Don’t Be Discouraged


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It is easy to become discouraged if we allow it. The word says in Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. The truth is all battles are won on bended knee. When you begin to feel discouraged get down and get with God, tell him what you need right then. At this point in time it is no longer your problem. 2 Chronicles 20:15 says; This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. This brings joy to my heart because we serve a God who takes on all our battles that we may have peace and joy in our hearts. Thank you LORD! So the next time you feel discouraged, cry out to the one who knows what to do. God bless you all.

Youth leader,

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I am a man who has learned not to rely on my own understanding the hard way. God revealed himself to me two and a half years before I got out of prison. It's the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. There is truly only one way and that is to have a relationship with God. Since my release S.P.I.R.I.T Ministries has came to fruition. We meet every Wednesday night at 7p.m. God asked me to write a book, in 18 months I finished Rock Bottom; Inspired by God, He provided me with a web blog, thank you Andrew, as you can see, I am a motivational-inspirational speaker, and singer. We now have a band known as The Un-Scene, you can find the link on my web site and check it out on face book. I am just a man who was given true life while in prison, freedom, salvation, and unspeakable joy by the grace of God. We go many places to speak and sing for the glory of God. I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything a part from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. If you would like to hear us just contact me and God willing we will remain obedient. God bless you all.
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21 Responses to Don’t Be Discouraged

  1. Let’s start following Jesus of the Gospels, not PAAL,

    Many self-professed “Bible-believing Evangelicals” won’t listen to the words of Jesus, because they are brainwashed through reciting their “mantra” – “all scripture is God-breathed.”

    This “Evangelical Mantra” has been accepted by the collective subconscious mind of “The Evangelical Church” without thought, question, reflection, or even 2 witnesses from the Scripture itself. It’s based on a misinterpretation, out of context, of one verse in one letter written by one man, Paul the Pharisee, who was unfamiliar with the personal ministry and teaching of Jesus.

    But, “Once an idea has been accepted by your subconscious, it remains there and it governs your behavior until it is replaced or changed.” [ as a pastor named Bishop Dale C. Bronner observed in one of his sermons]

    (Definition from the American Heritage Dictionary.) Mantra (noun) (Hinduism.) A sacred formula believed to embody the divinity invoked and to possess magical power, used in prayer and incantation.

    When cult members repeat their mantra, it makes them deaf to the voice of God, unable to hear God. Instead, it puts their focus on their one “special man” above all others – his personality, words and teachings, character, life example, feelings, experience, intentions, mind, will, emotions, etc. Their cult leader is their hero – he is always right, could never be wrong about anything specific, and he must be obeyed in all things and never questioned. He will give himself a special title, write at least one special book, and claim special authority, with no need for a second witness to back him up.
    Here are 3 examples.

    .1) Fuhrer. The title of Adolf Hitler as the leader of the German Nazis, author of “Mein Kamph”. Mantra: “Heil Hitler.”

    .2) The self-appointed Prophet Muhammad, author of The Koran. Mantra: …..”and Muhammad is his prophet.”

    .3) Paul the Pharisee, the self-appointed Apostle to the Gentiles, whose 13 letters comprise one third of what, today, we call the “New Testament.” (The first, original “New Testament” was composed by the second century heretic Marcion, and he coined the term “New Testament.” His new “book” contained nothing except 10 of Paul’s letters and an abbreviated Gospel of Luke. There were no other “New Testament” books, and the Hebrew Scriptures were the “Old Testament” which was irrelevant, according to the heretic Marcion.) Mantra: “All Scripture is God-breathed….”

    I got my Masters Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. I was attracted to the school because they put Paul’s mantra of “All Scripture is God-breathed” above everything else, and I wanted to heed Paul’s command and “Preach the Word” like Paul….

    This mantra is a misinterpretation out of context of 2 Timothy 3:16. It ignores the previous verse, 2 Timothy 3:15, which clearly indicates that Paul was NOT referring to his own letters when he wrote the words “All Scripture.”

    Paul was probably making reference to some of the Hebrew Scriptures, quite likely including the Law and the Prophets. We cannot be completely certain exactly which “Scriptures” Paul meant in “All Scripture”, and what Paul meant by “God-breathed.” Why can’t we be certain?

    Because we must establish a matter by the testimony of two or three witnesses, especially something as important as “What is the Word of God.” No one else in the pages of the Bible besides Paul ever said anything like “All Scripture is God-breathed”. And Paul only said it here, one time, in the middle of a personal letter.

    The Apostle Peter made reference to “Prophecy of Scripture,” not “All Scripture,” and no it’s not the same thing at all. Jesus never said anything like that. And no one, not even Paul, ever said that all Scripture was equal.

    I remember the general approach to the Bible at Dallas being that “every word in the 66 Books is the Word of God”….. and we should interpret it based on “the intended meaning of the author in the historical grammatical context.”

    That is the basic idea of the heavy-duty seminary language we were being trained in. It sounds so right, so intelligent, so professional, so “godly”….. but it is fundamentally flawed.

    When we look at Paul’s teachings and testimony about himself, (in his letters that make up 1/3 of the New Testament,) we should NOT immediately ask ourselves; “what did Paul say, what did Paul mean, and how does this apply to my life?” The fundamental question is NOT “what was in the mind of Paul?”

    Before any of that, the FIRST question to ask is; “does Paul agree with Jesus, who came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets?”

    Paul contradicted himself, and his teachings and testimony about himself don’t harmonize with the teachings of Jesus (or with Luke’s record of his life.) Let’s not waste our time with endless debates about “what Paul really meant” with his wacky teachings about “baptizing the dead” or “there is neither male nor female.” Paul was wrong. Jesus reminds us from The Law “at the beginning, the Creator made them male and female.” [Matthew 19:4, Genesis 1:27]

    As to the question of “whether the Bible is ALL truly Gods WORDS”…

    The underlying unspoken assumption is that “The Bible” (66 Books) was given to us by God as “one book” and it’s all “equal” in level of authority, priority, and importance. This comes from unconsciously believing Paul’s mantra, the “Evangelical Mantra”, that “All Scripture is God-breathed”, and falsely assuming Paul was referring to every word in the 66 Books of the Bible. Yet even here, not even Paul, not even once, ever said that “All Scripture is EQUAL” in authority, priority, and importance.

    No one in the pages of the Bible ever said or wrote that “all Scripture,” or “the Bible,” is “all truly God’s words”. Jesus never said anything like that, and Jesus did not see it that way. Jesus did not see even the Hebrew Scriptures, what we call the “Old Testament”, as a whole unit or book that was all equal or “all truly God’s words.” Jesus spoke of The Law, or The Law and the Prophets, holding these 2 sections of the Old Testament above the third, least important sections the “Writings.” And Jesus held the Psalms, the first book of the “Writings” section, above the other books in the “Writings” section in importance, since some parts of some Psalms are prophetic.

    Obviously, the New Testament Scriptures were not written when Jesus was walking the earth. But if we want to get closest to The Source, Jesus himself, it makes sense that we should look first to the eyewitness testimony of two of His appointed Apostles who walked with Him faithfully for over 3 years, Matthew & John. (Also to other eyewitness testimony, recorded by Mark and Luke.) This is more accurate, important, and authoritative than personal letters written by Paul the Pharisee, who never knew Jesus personally, had no part in His ministry, and had no eyewitness testimony.

    We should follow the Jesus of the Gospel writers. We should not follow the “jesus” of Paul the Pharisee or Muhammad or any other man, who had their own ideas of who “jesus” was and what He did.

    • Thank you for sharing these words, furthermore, I do follow Jesus. He is my Lord and Savior. I just read the word and accept it for what it is and I have a truly blessed life. People can do or say whatever, I just happen to know that if we all believe in Jesus Christ, then that’s all that matters. God bless you brother! Keep up the good work.

      • You wrote QUOTE: “I just read the word and accept it for what it is……….. if we all believe in Jesus Christ……..”

        WHOSE words do you just read and accept? Jesus or Paul?
        Is the Most Important Commandment the one found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5?
        or
        Is it the one found in Leviticus 19:18?

        Jesus and Paul don’t agree on this, the most important commandment.

        Which “Jesus Christ’ do you believe in – Jesus of the Gospels, who said He did NOT come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them?
        Or the “christ’ of Paul, who Paul claimed “abolished the Law”?

        Poem – What is love?

        Two men came to Jesus
        With different motivations.
        They asked Him the same question
        Relevant to all the nations:

        Which is the Most Important?
        The answer was the same.
        Jesus did not manipulate
        He was not there to play a game.

        “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
        as He quoted from The Law –
        to fulfill and not abolish
        was His purpose, full of awe.

        Jesus did not make all Scripture
        Into one new great commandment.
        He summarized The Law and Prophets
        “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

        The Love of God is higher
        Than the love of any man.
        Receive from God, give back to God-
        Then to others, that’s His plan.

        The Love of God involves much more
        Than simply “love your fellow man.”
        Worship, trust, and pray to God,
        and obey Him – that’s His plan

        To worship and pray to neighbors,
        Whoever they may be,
        Or trust and obey our enemies
        Would be idolatry.

        The love of God is first and greatest,
        And the love of man is second.
        “All we need is love” are words
        of dead Beetles on the pavement.

        “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
        are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
        It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
        “an accuser of our brethren.”

        “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
        in his chapter to the Corinthians.
        “I will show you the most excellent way”
        is the road to eternal perdition.

        Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
        Nowhere in view of the eye.
        Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
        “I, I, I, I.”

        Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
        Not the words of a Pharisee.
        The words of Jesus are very clear.
        Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

  2. “The word says in Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
    AMEN.

    So we should listen to the voice of the King, telling us what is most important, speaking in complete consecutive sentences- (not sentence fragments, or one verse out of context.)

    Jesus was asked twice which Commandment is the greatest or most important one, (Matthew 22 and Mark 12)
    Both times Jesus answered quoting the same two commandments, from the Law of Moses.

    Jesus said that one of these two commandments is the first and greatest most important one. Which one is it? The one in Deuteronomy 6, or the one in Leviticus 19 ?

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, of Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [Mark 12:29-30, Deuteronomy 6:4-5]

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” [Matthew 22:37-38, Deuteronomy 6:5,]

  3. I think one big reason true followers of Jesus feel discouraged when they SHOULD NOT (and feel no shame about sin sometimes when they SHOULD) is because they are listening to the voice of Paul the Pharisee, and imitating the voice of Paul and the attitude of Paul toward sin, rather than listening to Jesus and imitating Jesus.

    In 1 Corinthians 6;9-10, Paul named some very shameful, “uncool” sins, and then in 6:11, Paul reminded the congregation in Corinth that he had abandoned “That is what some of you were.”
    That is the voice of Paul, an “accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night.” [Revelation 12:10]

    The way the Jesus of the Gospel writers sees sin is basically the opposite of the way “Christian Pharisees” like Paul see sin.

    Jesus wipes away our pre-conversion sins, and never accuses us about them again. (When Jesus told the woman caught in adultery “go and sin no more” he was not naming her sin. And the woman at the well with 5 husbands was not a follower of Jesus when she first met Him.)

    But God does see everything, and He rebukes His followers for all our sins as “Christians”, as a loving Father would to His beloved children in His eternal family – not disowning them, not abandoning them, but being firm when needed, for our own good. The voice of Jesus speaking to the churches in Revelation chapters 2 & 3 is a good example of this. (Jesus spoke with the authority God the Father gave Him.)

    Paul wrote a lot about “Sin” –
    .1) Theoretically, Philosophically, Theologically (without quoting Jesus)
    .2) Harshly accusing many other Christians of specific sins
    .3) Reminding the Corinthians of shameful pre-conversion sins
    .4) Positioning himself as a cool “Christian Bad Boy” and writing about his own “hip, tough guy macho man” pre-conversion sins like “I was once a blasphemer, and a persecutor and a violent man.” [1 Timothy 1:13]
    .5) Referring to himself with false humility in vague, general, theoretical terms like “the worst of sinners.”

    .6) But sin is always specific, not general. SPECIFICALLY what were some of Paul’s SPECIFIC sins AS A CHRISTIAN? Paul the Pharisee was totally silent about that. He never admitted to a single sin, specifically. Yet, Paul wrote one third of the New Testament by chapter count, 33.4%, and a large portion of this is autobiographical, with lots of personal details about his own intentions, motives, feelings and experience, travel plans, ministry, credentials, etc. Paul writes like his own words don’t need a second witness, and acts like they are “The Word of God” and override the words of Jesus and everyone else too.

    Many “Bible believers” have “the mind of Paul”, and they carry this idolatrous attitude toward Paul’s words over into Luke’s biography of Paul in Acts as well. They believe that every word SPOKEN by Paul in Acts is also “The Word of God” even when Paul is contradicting himself, Luke or Jesus. Compare Luke’s account of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9 with Luke’s account of Paul’s boastful false fabricated self-serving testimony in Acts 22 & Acts 26.

  4. Jane osuagwu says:

    Great words…Indeed,Matthew 6:33 is a great confidence booster that God has,every area of our lives covered.

  5. 50djohnson says:

    And when we make it through our trials with our eyes on Christ and the prize we will have the eternal hope of the joy to come!!

  6. rsmithcando says:

    Thank you for the “encouragement”. It’s good to have the reminder of God’s promises. Your story, like others in my home church, remind us that, if he can set physical prisoners free, he can set spiritual prisoners free, too. Blessings to you, Brother! May God give you boldness, opportunity, humility, and grace to preach His Good News to all who will hear it!

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