Speaking Against the L-RD’s Anointed

Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?”

— Numbers‬ ‭12‬:‭6-8‬ NKJV


Moses had a very unique relationship with G-d. G-d lifted up Moses and defended him and stated that Moses was faithful in all G-d’s house. This meant that there was no one more faithful than Moses at this time.

Moses’ relationship was so unique that G-d stated that He spoke with Moses plainly, without dark mysterious sayings. G-d also pointed out that Moses sees the form of the L-RD.

He then asks Aaron and Miriam, “Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”

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Your Speech Betrays You

And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”

— Matthew 26:73 NKJV

Here we see Peter betray Jesus, twice before, and a third immediately after this statement by those that were near him.

It is clear by their statement that Peter’s speech was different. He was no longer the fisherman that Jesus called out to follow Him. It is interesting to note that after this statement it says that Peter began to curse and swear, saying I do not know the Man.

While the verses do not specifically point this out, I do believe that by this account, we can say that Peter’s speech was clean up until this point. He was not talking like the others with foul language. To continue in his denial he used foul language to try and be more convincing. It was at this moment that Peter remembered Jesus’ Words prophesying of Peter’s betrayal. It was at this moment that Peter realized what he had done, along with the sin of his mouth.

For some reason Peter was compelled to “fit in” with the crowd. So much so that he even violated his speech to try.

We have to remember that we are not of this world. When we came to know Jesus, He changed us. He changed everything about us, and our speech too is different from the people of the world. As believers we do not use foul language, we do not partake in the hopeless conversations, the foolish jesting, nor the harsh statements that we hear the world say. Without even mentioning Jesus, our speech will expose who we are. It is noticable, or it should be.

When we are among those that do not know Jesus, what are we partaking in? Do we abstain from the sinful things of the world? Do we keep our speech pure?

Are we trying to fit in with the majority for the sake of fitting in? We don’t know exactly why Peter was making such an attempt, but we can speculate some things. It could have been out of fear of persecution. Fearing that he may receive the same punishment as Jesus. What is our reason for compromise? We really need to examine our hearts and allow for the Holy Spirit to guide us in the examination to expose our sin. Compromise comes with a cost. Peter understood this cost once he remembered Jesus’ Words about his betrayal.

We need to be careful to not be seeking approval nor acceptance from the majority. The fact of the matter is this, as a believer in Jesus Christ, we are a minority. Also, as a believer, we cannot hide nor cover up who we are. Jesus has changed us and it is noticable, regardless of our attempts. All we are doing is creating a false witness of what Jesus does in a believers life. For if we compromise for the sake of fitting in, the message is sent that Jesus creates cowards instead of victors.

By compromising to fit in, we are denying Jesus with our actions and any words that go with those actions. Jesus said, “whoever denies Me before men, him also I will deny before My Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)

I believe this is what Peter was remembering when he realized what he had done. I believe this is why he wept so bitterly following his denial. He had betrayed the One who loves him, who called him out to a greater purpose and now believes he won’t see Him again. Praise G-d for His Love that is everlasting and graceful and full of mercy. G-d knew Peter’s heart of hearts. Peter had that personal relationship with Jesus. So when Jesus returned after resurrecting from the dead, Jesus called out to Peter by way of an angel (Mark 16:7) making it clear the Peter was still included as a disciple, and then also entrusted him with a specific mission “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:13-17). Then, in the following verses (John 21:18-19) Jesus prophesied of Peter’s death that would glorify G-d and He then followed up with “Follow me.”

Peter was forgiven for his betrayal and was still used in a mighty way. While the sin of betrayal was costly, G-d is still the victor and will still forgive, but the question is this:

How deep are our roots in God?
  • Do we have that relationship with Jesus that changes our life to the point that it is even noticed in the way we talk?
  • Do we spend time with Him daily?
  • Are we making the effort to get to know Him?
  • Do we talk with Him in the good times and the bad?
  • How deep is our relationship with Him?
Does our speech betray us? It should.

Not only should it betray us, but our heart should be compelled to use it to glorify Him every chance we have. We need to make sure that our speech is honorable and always testifying of His Truth, not cowering away to fit in. As a believer we will never fit in. This is not our world. Later Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:11-12,

“I beg you as sojourners [strangers] and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Here Peter is a changed man and confident and victorious, and encouraging others to follow in the same victory. Exhorting others to not “fit in” but rather “stand out” in actions and words.

May our speech and actions testify of G-d’s great works in us each day. May we have the courage to stand out for G-d and stand up when called to glorify Him.

As a Marine, foul speech was in me, a part of my life. It was only when I came to Jesus that I was empowered to stop the language in every part of my life. He is the source to draw from for strength in all things. Philippians 4:13

Our language is the one of the hardest things to control and it easily creeps up on us because of how prevalent it is around us. James 3:6 says that our tongue is a fire and it is set on fire by hell. In verse 8 of the same chapter it states that no man can tame the tongue.

This doesn’t sound hopeful, but through G-d filling us with the Holy Spirit, we surrender our tongue to Him. While man cannot tame the tongue, G-d can. We must take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) to the obedience of Jesus Christ. This is to stop ourselves from speaking or acting out, it is seizing it to analyze whether it is good or bad. This provides the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what needs to change in our mind.

After a while it becomes second nature and stopping ourselves through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit becomes easier and easier. While we cannot tame the tongue ourselves, G-d still gives us a choice. When we stop our mouth and discern what is about to be spoken, we can choose to continue or we can choose to cast it away.

As Christians we can never say, “Well, everyone else is doing it.” This is what gets us into trouble. Everyone else is the world and this world is rebelling against G-d and everything about Him.

“We must forget the things that are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead, and press toward the goal of the high calling of G-d through Jesus Christ our L-RD.”

— Philippians 4:13-14 (paraphrased)

This is how the ebbing away of the old self takes place. We focus on Jesus and we press towards being like Him every day through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Be strong and courageous! — Joshua 1:9

Politics and Freedom of Speech

“We have forgotten G-d”Abraham Lincoln

Read the full proclamation by our President, Abraham Lincoln at http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm

Our Constitution is based on the principles of the Bible and G-d and they are intertwined into the document. Our founding fathers believed in G-d and the Bible and they were not ashamed to mention it in their politics. They believed in the freedom of choice, as G-d does.

The first Amendment is the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It is our Constitutional right to speak our mind, regardless of what it is. Whether you are Atheist, Feminist, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, Mormon, Gay, Straight, Jewish, Christian, or any other belief that you have, you have the right to speak your mind openly. That is what makes our country great. It is what the men and women of this country have fought and died for. Don’t let that go in vain. Let Freedom ring.

Any opposition to this amendment is the same mentality as Nero, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, governments that approve of genocide, enforce the burning of all literature, education for only the elect few, banning of the internet, and the list goes on.

If we hold to these oppositions and continue down this path, we will see history repeat itself in the same negative way. These histories are all blemishes of mankind and represent how wickedly horrible we can be.

The world in general is shouting out tolerance, but when someone brings up the Bible, G-d, and/or Jesus, tolerance is thrown out the window. The reaction is “shut them up and shut them down”. “Get that out of our courts, our politics, our work, our lives. He doesn’t belong here.” This is the attitude in a lot of cases.

Why is this? Granted, in a lot of cases, G-d, Jesus and the Bible have all been misrepresented as something of hate. However, if you read the Bible, you will find that it is filled with love all through it. It is a love story of G-d and His people and how He has continued to pursue them, protect them, bless them, and yes discipline them, as a parent disciplines their child. Does that sound like hate?

Bottom line, G-d allows freedom of choice because He loves you. You can make the choice to follow him, or you can make the choice not to. You can make the choice to believe in Him, or you can make the choice not to. It is entirely up to you.

Speak freely of what you believe, speak it in love and don’t get upset when someone disagrees, regardless of what side of the conversation you are on.

Tolerance is an interesting word. It is thrown around without much thought. The root word is tolerate. The definition of tolerate is this: To allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hinderance; to permit.

Tolerance and Agreement are two different things.

I believe in G-d, every bit of His Word (i.e., the Bible), and I also believe that Jesus is the Messiah. I believe that He loves you and that He wants to have a personal relationship with you, just as a parent wants to have a personal relationship with their child. If you disagree with me, I accept that. If you don’t believe in Him, I accept that.

The only question I have for you is this: Have you truly looked into the possibility that the Bible is true in its entirety? To do that, you would have to read it for yourself and make that judgement, and not rest on the opinion or statement of another individual or organization. It is your personal journey while you are here on earth. Their statements and opinions are from their journey, their decision, not yours. The point is this, if I tell you that the direction you are traveling in your car leads to a 3,000 foot cliff because the bridge is out and I just came from that direction barely escaping, are you going to look into it, or are you going to blindly keep driving full speed because the person sitting next to you says, “Don’t believe him, he is a nut.”?

Live in a clear conscience that you have at least looked into the possibility that it is true. If you can say that you have read it entirely and still not believe, then you have made your choice and I respect that. However, because I believe it to be true and because I truly do care for you, don’t get upset when I tell you that He loves you and He wants a better life for you. I am speaking to you in love, His love which is the purest love there is. If you tell me that you don’t want to hear that any more, I am going to respect that and not tell that to you any more. But, don’t get upset if I throw out a “Praise the L-RD, Hallelujah, or Glory Be To G-d” because that is who I am and what I believe. Also, if you ask me a question and you don’t like my answer, remember that you asked the question and it would be rude not to answer it.

I may not agree with what you believe, I may not agree with your lifestyle. That doesn’t stop me from caring for you. I am not going to get upset when you tell me your beliefs or your lifestyle. Just remember this: If you allow yourself to get angered by someone believing something different than what you do, you have to question the root of the anger. Was what they said directed at you personally? Are they forcing something down your throat? Or are they perhaps just simply stating what they believe to be true? Are they coming at you with a pointing finger or are they coming at you with a gentle loving hand?

Also, please remember: We are all human and make mistakes. So if I make one, please forgive me and anyone else that makes one.

G-d loves you dearly and wants to be a part of your life. Your choice, your decision.

Is Jesus Outwardly Visible in You?

When you talk or visit with people, do they see Jesus? Thinks about it. What comes out of your mouth, what are you doing?

To Speak One’s Mind

What is our motive when we speak?
“A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in revealing his own mind.” (Proverbs 18:2 NASB)