Be Still, Be Quiet, Be Calm & Be Happy

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Boys and Girls of all ages, the title to this post offers you the reader some pretty simple instructions to follow. Those four very basic and simple instructions once again are Be Still, Be Quiet, Be Calm, & Be Happy.  Just where did I end up getting such simple instructions? I didn’t get those instructions from a poster I saw on  the side of a bus or beneath the earth while walking in a subway tunnel. I didn’t get those instructions from a celebrity focused magazine or  a psychiatrist  but I did get those very simple words from The Bible and tonight I want to explain to all my readers just how I came across these words. 

This last year has been a very confusing one to be kind. Allow me to catch my readers up to speed.  This past January a member in family blasphemed against the Holy Ghost when they signed a court order to order that I stop doing Bible Study with my church… Needless to say when this got the court order in an attempt to stop me from praying. I knew that I was endangering my soul being there. However, I wouldn’t stop praying and doing Bible study with my church so I dealt with various police officers. I was ordered to go to prison for praying. Worry not children I have read this story and I know how it ends.

Daniel 6:10-22King James Version (KJV)

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.daniel2

11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.daniel3

15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.daniel4

I talked about this very issue in a previous post titled. The Price Of Prayer. If you want more details on the matter, I suggest you read the post to catch up to speed on the current events of what’s going on in my life. I’m here to talk to my readers about the now.  Fast fwd to the month of February, the compassion of Christ fell upon me and my Mom stepped in and would not see go to prison for such a foolish thing such as a silly document.

So my mother worked out a deal with the police officers to bring to a home for certain people. I have been living in this home for the past three months and although I could still pray and not have to worry about seeing the back of a cop I disliked my time there. It was very noisy. At times I couldn’t pray like I wanted especially at night before sleep because I was afraid for my safety with certain people who living in my room.  However the sale of house meant this guy meaning me had to leave because I wasn’t covered under a certain government program with perks.  Even I knew the sale was going to place in mid May I was very confused because I had no idea where I was going to be housed. p419

Without getting angry I asked the previous owner where will I be placed. We had discussed possible options but the only problem was none of them sat well with me…  So with just hours to go until I was to move I still wasn’t  comfortable with leaving the house I was in. Needless to say confusion for all involved in the sale was raging in the air. There was confusion between myself, the owner, and the new owner…  So as myself and the former owner were driving to temporary option I talked with him in the driveway.

I plainly said to him that “the reason I’m in this mess to begin with is because various decisions were made for me without my understanding behind it.  Let’s think about this for a moment and just breathe.”

Proverbs 15:1King James Version (KJV)

15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

After that I suggested a house that I knew about. I called the owner of the house up and he invited me to live in my current home. It turns out that well before I got to the house there were meetings about me suggesting that I come to see this house months ago.     As soon as I found out who gave me the recommendation I said yes to the place….   I have been here for about a week and I am starting to see the perks that come with living in a house like this. The reason  I say this because I’m getting fat. I’m getting fat in the soul and in the stomach.   What I mean by getting fat in soul is that my prayer time has increased 10 fold. My health has also increased 10 fold because I’m eating better food. I’m no longer eating butter flavoured sandwiches.  For the past three months in previous house I ate butter sandwiches and in doing so, I often went to bed hungry and began to lose thirty pounds.  weight Since staying here for a little while I have been able to pray consistently three times a day. I have been able to fast. I have been able listen to sermons, music and talk to the Lord. Never forget these words.  The world likes to say that God works in mysterious ways and we Christian folk like quote scripture because his ways are not ours ways….

Isaiah 55:8-9King James Version (KJV)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

By allowing myself to get still before the Lord, he has supplied every need I require because I am simply looking for Jesus daily. Through this process of getting still I have learned this great teaching found in the Book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 13:5King James Version (KJV)

be_still_and_knowLet your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 

In this post I just explained why we as Christians should always be still, quiet, calm and happy. We Have Jesus.. Do I need to explain more? I think not…

 

Hate Subtracts & Divides While Love Adds & Multiplies

Warning: Some of today’s content may be graphic. Advice to the reader Kleenexes may needed to dry some tears. 

Testimony Time

Now this post isn’t your run of the mill posts. For quite some time I have wanted to share my testimony with the entire world. The reason behind this great urge is because souls hang in 20170105_213432_hdrthe balance. If my testimony recorded here today encourages someone to pray and seek God with all their heart than even if it’s just one person that this true story effects than I’ve done a good work and the scripture confirms this statement. I will explain more on what scripture says as it relates to a repented sinner. I will use that scripture to close this message. This is my testimony of tears, trials, turmoil and triumph. Most of this information is published in my autobiography which is entitled “The Footprints Of Funny Feet.” I wrote the book as we know back in  2015, and since that time many stories have come to the surface that perhaps I could possibly write Part 2. However at this time I don’t have the urge or need to write part 2 of my life. The reason why is because my life ilove_and_hate_by_elzecho-d5yfb2js a continued process and each and every day I face new trials, new tears, new turmoils and certainly most importantly the triumphs.
Like I had mentioned earlier there were many occasions in which I wanted to write this testimony. I perhaps had many ideas in which this testimony could be titled. However the testimony name above is the one I ultimately went with. The reason I decided on this special title is because I know that I am special to God and thus I wanted a testimony that want it to be very Christ focused without any extra garbage of resentment, anger, and of course past scars…

This testimony will have various subheadings.

  Many times I have heard it preached from the platform “Let your test be a testimony.” I have experienced various degrees of trials throughout my lifetime but perhaps this story I will share with you now had the biggest impact on me from a personal standpoint. It began with Hate it ended by embracing Jesus love.

Have you ever experienced what it is like to be like Joseph?

The reason I say this is because throughout my life I have had one great love. My dear grandmother Angelina. She would show me so much affection that it would make all my other family members extremely jealous…
She might have been raised up by Catholic doctrine but every Sunday she made sure her kids went to Church well in to their 40’s even if they didn’t want to go.

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To her honoring God was paramount. I can still faintly remember her whispering in my ear many times “God’s loves you Anthony, even if the world doesn’t.” To hear her say that about me was a blessing because I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at a year old as a child most young children didn’t understand why my “feet were so funny and at the time at a tender age of nine I was unable to explain to the kids of the school playground “why I was so different.”

2ec41403593c341cb9f7e680bbb81769 God was getting me ready to face persecution.
Growing up I was spend much time with my grandmother because I grew up in a very abusive household where I was constantly fighting for my life either due to an eating disorder or getting thrown around like a rag doll by my father. Often times my mother had to clean my cuts, attend to the care of my eyes, nose and head. There were many nights that as a small child I didn’t know if I was going to see the next morning and to mention it to anyone in public about my home life was irrelevant. I was not to talk anybody or anyone about my abuse. Silence was the key. However my grandmother was not silent she took action by taking it upon herself to have me sleepover on weekends when I didn’t have school. That kind of compassion would eventually rescue me from my eating disorder. I would choose to only eat at my grandmother’s house and very little at Mom and Dad’s place.
My dear sweet grandmother had so much compassion for me that even with her very serious health issues such as heart disease and the inability to walk long distance was at times trying to her Faith in God but she never failed to smile through the pain when I was around. In the year 1999, she had passed away. It shook me to my core because my great protector was gone. I was alone and the wolves were salivating at the opportunity to pounce.

After she had passed away the abuse continued for another 10 years. I was already having a hard enough time dealing with my grandmother’s passing that I couldn’t sleep right for seven years. For the first 6 months after her passing I cried myself to sleep at night, because I didn’t know what hurt more getting the belt across my back, black eyes and bloody noses or loosing her. At 14, I began to pray to God to help me find peace. It worked for a short while and then I would get mind battles again. This continued on.

My father thought that God had given me Cerebral Palsy as a way to punish him for something he did in his days as a youth.
Years later, it was revealed to me that the reason I got Cerebral Palsy happened because Satan tried to Kill me at birth to avoid me coming into the truth of God. God would make sure that wouldn’t happen.download (1) The world would think that having a diagnosis like this a form of weakness. As a youth I used to cry whenever something was said against my disability. However these days I laugh with great Jesus joy and the reason behind this thinking is found in the scriptures.

1 Corinthians 1:27King James Version (KJV)
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
At the age of 23 I went to college for the first time and I wasn’t ready for what my eyes would see or my ears would hear. “It was a culture to myself. ” I tried to run around with the popular kids who were usually high on drugs. However because they had a lot of people around I felt the only way I could get acceptance from the world was to hang around people like that.textgram_1451289301 Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4.
I was so far off the narrow path. I couldn’t even see the road anymore. Due to the fact that I hung around people of that nature I myself became spiritually disconnected from God and began to be invaded by many different spirits of drugs lust, and improper language. However during my college days I still felt the need to go to church every Sunday and put 20 dollars Canadian in the offering each Sunday. I thought that was tithing. I was so uneducated from a biblical perspective. However some of the Canadian churches in which I frequented often left myself catching more shut eye rather than catching the words of Jesus.
I was a hypocrite and the worse part about it is I didn’t even know it. The reason behind this way of thinking was because the churches I attended preached that everybody sins, because Adam and Eve sinned. The reason the church thought like this was because they measured themselves by the weakness of flesh and men and not by the strength of Jesus and by his spirit of Holiness. This kind of doctrine nearly sent me to hell one winter’s night.images

Ephesians 4:14King James Version (KJV)

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
One night in college the Lord had just about enough of my prayers only to go back into sin the next day. Although I was a hypocrite, I was still aware that there was a hell to go to if you didn’t repent. I repented constantly only to go back into the same sin just hours later.
This was before I knew about the nature of spirits. There came a time where I had enough and I believe God did too. One cold winter’s night my furnace broke and my bedroom was down in the basement. All of sudden it felt like my lungs were burning from the inside out.
I tried to walk. I couldn’t I was very dizzy and couldn’t even walk up the stairs.
Something inside me, told me to keep awake because If I fell asleep, I would have never woken up. After crawling on my stomach near my roommates bedroom door “I told him, that we need to go to the hospital. If we don’t I will die here.” It took much to convince him to finally take me to the hospital. As we arrived I was immediately given attention, they ran some tests and determined that I had carbon monoxide poisoning. The nursing staff had simply instructed me to “stay awake” until the doctor was able to see me..
They took my vital signs and they were all dangerously low. I glanced over at my roommate and motioned to him there is nothing more they could do. I was going to die…

Fighting back tears and fighting for air, I looked up thinking that it was my last moments before death. I whispered under my breath

“Lord, I’m sorry for all that I have done wrong. Please forgive me, and please don’t let me be separated from my grandmother.” I need your help and if you save me now I will dedicate my life to you no matter what I have to go through.”

Just five minutes after that prayer went up. my vital signs were looked at again and to the nursing staff was surprised because they were improving. About a week later, I contacted a friend who than proceeded to tell me about I went down to church and what surprised me at first was how much people had for each other. I recognize this kind of feeling before but where??? I saw the love the church members showed for another and that’s what kept me fed. I was swimming in deep, deep waters of joy. I experienced that kind of love only once before in my entire life. My grandmother showed it too me…

1 Peter 4:8King James Version (KJV)

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sinslove-each-other-deeply-1-peter-4. My grandmother may not have given great understanding of the English language. However she sure had a great understanding of the Love Language of Jesus. The reason I bargined with the Lord that night is because I remember the Love that I was once shown by my lovely grandmother and thought of never seeing her again tore down my walls of pride, it tore down my walls lust, it tore down my walls of wanting acceptance from the world by using drugs and being rebelious. Since joining Grace Catherdral back in July 2014. I don’t measure myself by the standards of Adam and Eve but I choose rather to measure myself by the standards that Jesus taught and brought. I put off the old man…

Ephesians 4:22-24King James Version (KJV)

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
I was able to do this simply because when I accepted the Grace that Jesus brought that night in the hospital my heart had no more room for hate.
That’s the reason I titled this message Hate tried to Kill Me , Grace Saved Me and Love Fed Me…

The Word Of The Week Is…. Patience

Project Bible 365 Day 73: The Word Of The Week Is….. Patience!

 

Disclaimer/Advice: NEVER WRITE ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET WHILE YOU’RE ANGRY!

The idea for this devotional occurred after I dealt with a very stressful financial situation.   I was dealing with a financial fiasco earlier today because the government officials I deal with on an everyday basis would not honor my contract that I signed at a house I’m currently living at.  These same officials believed that I was double dipping. They thought that I was scamming the system. For anybody that personally knows me, they know I would never do that…  I was alerted by telephone that there was a problem with my original contract. I then did the honest thing. I talked with my landlord and asked him to change the contract. Together we did. The second contract was submitted and denied.  So for the past mcflythree days dealing with the government was similar to a old west stand off.

After the rather heated discussion at length I decided before I become more upset at the situation the best thing for myself to do is hang up the phone on them. Sometimes the best way to fight a war is with silence… It worked for Joshua and The Walls of Jericho…  #AmIRight!

Joshua 6:10King James Version (KJV)

10 And Joshumaxresdefaulta had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

 
Now the smartest thing I did during the discussion was hang up the phone and I will tell you why exactly that was a wise decision. It allowed me a chance to hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as he said to me, that “I need to calm my sea and trust the Lord.   PeaceBeStill-1145annJMJ

After I calmed down I later discovered that there was backdoor funding reimbursement that I can receive as compansasion. for their error. The thing I regret is reacting too much in the flesh and I didn’t reason  with the Lord early enough to get his reasoning and wisdom about how best I deal with the occurring opposition I was facing.   Reasoning with God is important because

Proveritoons-disney-inside-out-characters-angerbs 15:1-5King James Version (KJV)

15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 

So immediately, when I explained what is going to the building manger what’s going on with my rent she was graciously   offered me her house to live in because she said I was special to her. That’s favour…   Divine favour. There is also a reason so hard though. I fought so hard to keep God’s ten percent in tact. After I receive backdoor funding I will retain God’s ten percent.

When I discovered that I will retain funding due to their error. I quickly became silent because  God got the victory!

Ecclesiastes 3:7King James Version (KJV)

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

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The Good News Gospel #9

Psalm 90King James Version (KJV)

90 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

The Good News Gospel #8

Psalm 62King James Version (KJV)

62 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

The Good News Gospel #7

Psalm 40King James Version (KJV)

40 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.

14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

DEAR ROMANS

Dear People Of The Interwebs….

Today I am happy to announce a new challenge for myself as well as for you my beloved readers.

I am going to introducing a series of messages directly from the Book of Romans (KJV of course. Fear not about the translation. KJV is the best kind and if you have any reservation or confusion about what is being mentioned, I will do my best to speak simple so that all will understand.

With the book of Romans I intent to study and write based on one chapter at a time. The study period for a chapter will likely take about three weeks. Meaning the readers would get one message a month from the book of Romans.

However be not dismayed, my writing will still carry on.

I already have Project Bible 365  Devotions

The Good News Gospel (examining The Psalms)

Songs for God

& Now even more content will be produced with Dear Romans. Quick someone nominate me for a versatile blogger award. I am kidding…. Or Am I?

 

So the way my blogging schedule will work happens like this.

You will get The Good News Gospel everyday three times a day with the exception of Saturday and Sunday’s.

Project 365 Devotions will be written on Wednesday twice a month.

Song For God will be posted on Saturday’s &  Sunday’s

Dear Romans will be featured on the blog once a month. The first of every month.

 

All this is scheduled to take place April first and no this is not a joke. It’s time to think deep.

Thank you to the fans and supports of this little space of the web that I have. God is the one who gets the glory honor and praise for anything I do, I do for Him…