Monday, February 19, 2024

January 9, 2024 Posted thoughts on physical and spiritual training

 ***Just in case you didn’t know Southwest Gas wants a cost hike in April. Let your voice be heard and say no to another utility bill increase!

Valentine’s day has passed. This week is my anniversary of not having a shingles breakout in 5 years. It was this week when my face was unrecognizable and the loss of my left eye could have become reality. Plucking my eyebrow still sends shockwaves through the right side of my body even though my forehead on that side is still in a state of numbness. Nerve damage is one that others can't see on the outside, but anyone with this can attest to the waves that remind me daily the nerve is still misfiring. 

In my shingles neuropathy group, many people just give up and try not to move as it causes pain. I have found this to be the worst decision during recovery. No, the nerve may never be the same, but movement retrains the nerve to become functional so the electricity and pain is greatly reduced. It may sound crazy but I do exercise my face daily and at first my goodness my eyes would water. Now I just feel a tightness in the affected area and a spark here or there, but what a difference it has made. Anyway, to those who are dealing with any pain that reduces your movement don’t just allow it to take over to the point it takes over you living your life. Trust your body to heal and gain strength as I can attest to and don’t forget to take your vitamins to help your body heal from the inside as well. 

Our spiritual life works the same way, if we don’t exercise our beliefs then it can weaken and like a damaged nerve become useless. Like nerve damage, we try to mask the pain with numbing drugs. It is a temporary false sense of relief. It is useful for the short term, but determination and focus brings about more mobility to live in a body that brings about a satisfying life. Our spiritual muscle also needs to be active in our lives so that it stays strong in times of being bruised, attacked, and injured by the wokeness of this world.The Apostle Paul reminds believers that we are to be like one who runs a race like an athlete. To run the race of faith. 

“Keep yourself training for a godly life. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises  life both for the present and for the future. This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed” (1 Timothy 4: 7-9).

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)

Deflect the damage this world can do to our spiritual life. When trying to heal the body it is said mind over matter. In this evil psychological warfare if this world it is our spiritual connection to Jesus over following this fallen world. God calls us to be courageous in our walk with Christ. This world’ dark agenda wants us silent and permissive, but that is not what God calls us to do. 

Passive leads to permissive

Permissive leads to protecting (that is their right)

Protecting leads to promoting (like black square on social media, posting pronouns or rainbow in your byline)

Promoting leads to participating 

Participating leads to perdition

Subtlety of Satan starts with being passive

Hold onto to the truth that “we are all creators made in the image of God with in infinite transcendent worth is as true as any statement can be” Jordan Peterson (on the World Economic Forum’s Dark Agenda). 

There is nothing in our capability on the side of good if we aim up and tell the truth, have sufficient faith and courage and nothing is truer than that.” Jordan Peterson

What spirit animates them (WEF)? If you think people are the problem then you have a genocidal spirit. You are the impediment so don’t lie to yourself about the agenda that is people are the problem and if you are the person then your life is in the way of whatever goal they are seeking to achieve by definition. This is a demonic spirit who wants to hurt, kill, divide, and demoralize people. This is by definition evil.

The urgency is the need for all believers to bring their faith into the public square. Don’t shy away from speaking out against corruption. When you take people’s standard of living and tank it through filth and crime and inflation so people literally can’t buy the groceries they want then you are wrecking our country. This should awaken your spirit of protection to live out the commandments of love God and love your neighbor. 

This is why I volunteered at the Caucus. It is why I advocate for My Faith Votes. It is why I believe churches need to arise against the political agendas that want to destroy lives. Don’t be mistaken that your silence and reluctance to get involved will have no consequences. Get out and exercise your spiritual muscles in the public square.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”--but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10: 23-24)

On the list, coward mentioned 1st:

 “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Revelation 21: 8). (new posts on Genesis and ever heard of dominionism)

Here is a song by Danny Gokey, “I Got You,” which is a reminder He will never let you go!

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