Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Exhibitionism

The weather is definitely warming up and along with that comes something else. 

Did you ever wonder why so many women nowadays have to walk around half nude?  I mean, I don't know about you, but I personally wish I didn't have to see half of what I see as a requisite to walking down the streets of Manhattan.  It seems that no matter where I turn, between the billboards, advertisements, commercials, soap operas, reality shows and movies; there is a constant barrage of the human anatomy.

Not only am I bombarded walking down the street, but I'm bombarded from every direction.  Everyone seems to be on a mission to wear the least amount of or tight fitting clothes.  But is it really necessary?  And what is the point?  Is it to try to get attention and why? 

Sometimes when I walk, I observe men standing and waiting on the sidelines, just to watch and check out the women that pass by.  It's like a sport for them.  They absolutely love to gawk and comment about it too.  It's great fun for them.  I have to wonder about these women though.  I mean, don't they know they are being gawked at?  Don't they realize they are being objectified and lowered to the category of a piece of meat on a window display in a supermarket?  And people wonder why there is an epidemic of rapes, pedophilia, sexual abuse and exploitation in our country?

Think about it, men are visual.  God wired them this way to desire woman for the purpose of procreation.  Even godly men struggle not to look, because they are still men.  I mean, if a woman is flaunting her goods for the world to see, how in the world are men not suppose to even notice?  And forget about men, what about women?  It's like you are forced to see what you are not even remotely interested in seeing because it's blatantly in your face. 

I feel like saying, "Does your business need to become my business?" or "Why not just take all your clothes off and walk around naked for goodness sake?"  The sad part is that even Christian women are falling into this trap too. 

I mean, hey, it's great that you have a nice body, curves, cleavage and cute butt... However, what happened to the word "modesty"?  Do I need to see your cleavage or buttocks?  I personally don't even like to see men in tight pants, shirts or displaying their goods either.  I think its rather distasteful if you ask me.

I thank the Lord that I married a man who loves to dress conservatively and classy.  I find it such a complete turn off when I see men or women displaying their goods and their personal business for the rest of the world to see and have to deal with.  Half the time, I just look toward the ground when I'm walking in order to avoid having to see anything.

I'm not meaning to sound like a prude or anything... but I've learned in life that you have to have standards and not everything goes.  And from what I read in the Bible, woman are suppose to dress modestly (1 Timothy 2:9). 

Now, there will be some of you who will argue with me on this, claiming that there is nothing wrong with showing a little cleavage or booty so long as it's done tastefully.  Well, I disagree, which is why I'm writing about it.

I personally don't think it's at all tasteful for a godly woman to be dressing like the world, even if it's considered fashionable by the masses.  I have personally witnessed woman of all ages walking into churches, looking feminine, but displaying their goods... short dresses, mini skirts, tight pants, tight shirts, tight dresses, cleavage and buttocks of all shapes and sizes being displayed.  I've also witnessed other Christian men, single or married, gawking at them.  Can you really blame them though? 

So my question is, why are these women going to church then?  To be gawked at or to hear the Word of God?  To attract men or to become more like Christ?  I can tell you, I need all the Word I can get.  I really don't need to be worried about the latest fashion statement.  There is nothing wrong with dressing up and liking clothes if that's your thing.  However, it does becomes a problem, when you are attracting unnecessary attention to your body parts, especially in church.

People criticize some women for dressing in long skirts, long blouses or long dresses.  They say, it's too old fashioned, or it makes you look too old.  But quite frankly, I think covering in church is proper in the sense that it helps men not to be distracted.  You say, well then, a man should exercise self control and not look.  And that's true, however, we all have our weaknesses and some men struggle with a wandering eye.  Please help these struggling brothers in Christ from sinning, by dressing modestly and not causing distraction.  Unfortunately, we have not all arrived or are sanctified.  And just because you become a Christian, doesn't mean you are dead.  Whatever you may have struggled with before getting saved, could be the same exact struggle after being saved. 

Oh boy, I can just hear it now, I know a lot of people are going to be like, what is her problem?  What is wrong with the way I dress?  I can't help it if God gave me a great body?  What's wrong with showing it?  There is nothing wrong with flaunting what God gave me?  I mean, it's all natural?  It's how God made me?  Why should I be ashamed of what God has blessed me with?  She's just jealous because she doesn't have a hot body like me and she don't want her husband checking me out.   I'm not going to be dressing modestly... as far as I'm concerned she needs to step up her game in the fashion department instead of telling me how I should be dressing!

And my rebuttal is this... and I'm saying this humbly... I know a lot about fashion.  I used to design clothing, and was accepted into F.I.T. full time based on my portfolio.  I also modelled for many years and went to professional make up school as well.  However, during the course of time, I became a naturalist.  I stopped wearing make up.  Occasionally, I may put on some lip gloss.  And please don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying there is anything wrong with make up.   I just made a personal choice to stop wearing it.  Anyway, my husband didn't like kissing my lipstick or make-up. So it worked out brilliantly.

But, my blog is not about fashion or make up, but rather exhibitionism.  Fashion is one thing, showing cleavage and buttocks is another.  My point is, you can dress classy and tasteful without showing an ounce of skin.

When I first met my husband, I was dressed very conservatively.  I was wearing an Italian pin striped grey pant suit. The jacket went down to my mid-thigh, meaning that I wasn't showing an ounce of flesh.  He had nothing to check out, other than my face and my nice suit.  He asked for my hand in marriage 9 months later.

I honestly wish I can actually tell women they don't have to show every nook and cranny of their anatomy to be loved.  A real man is going to love you for your virtue and heart, not your booty.  What really lasts is an attraction that goes beyond dressing like a hoochie.  You want a man to treat you with honor and respect, then you have to demonstrate it by the way you carry and conduct yourself. 

The days are getting more and more like the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.  The bible does talk about the last days and describes everything that is happening right now.  In order for people to see a difference in us, we can't dress, act or be like the world.  We have to be different, not fit in and be like everyone else.  There is no grey area, wrong is wrong and right is right... and our compass in living is the Word of God. 

We really need to get back to the basics in our walks and honestly evaluate what we are doing.  We need to examine and ask ourselves why we are doing what we are doing, what are our motives and does it line up with the Word of God. 

I know this blog was kind of rough, but I don't really hear anyone addressing this issue.  Yes, we should be more concerned about sin and our heart condition, but the way we dress and carry ourselves is a direct reflection of the motives of our hearts and minds. 

I pray that the Lord open our hearts and minds to see the truth and make the necessary changes needed to be able to truly exemplify Christ in and through our lives.  In Jesus Name, I pray... Amen.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Good Friday, Earth Day & Resurrection Sunday

I just love the fact that Earth Day fell on Good Friday.  It was kind of symbolic for me.  Lately I've been getting in touch with some truths about our food.  Basically what we reap we sow.  We pollute the earth, we will eat what we pollute too.  People wonder why so many people are getting cancer, it seems like an epidemic.  Well, I challenge you to start reading about genetically modified foods... known as GMO's.  I purposefully purchase non-GMO foods now.  We have a bunch of rich people who decided to be clever and act like God... by genetically cloning corn, soy, etc...  I have to say that my mouth dropped open in shock from the information I have been reading about what we are actually putting in our mouths.  It explains why my son was born with massive food allergies, chronic asthma and a host of other health issues.

I've always been a good eater and very open to try different things.  Basically, I was never picky... but now, it's a whole other ball game.  You know, I used to think these people running around trying protecting the earth were a little extreme, but they are not.  I was just ignorant, I wasn't read on the subject.  But now that I am, oh boy, it's like the veil lifted and I know the truth.

It sort of reminds me when I first got saved... my eyes were opened from darkness to light.  I was able to discern the spiritual realm.  It was kind of overwhelming at first... all was brand new and so much to learn.  But it was as if I woke up and was seeing the world around me in a whole new way.  Much like my awareness of how our food is being processed.  How we are polluting the earth, which is making us sick.  People are being born with illnesses and there is an epidemic of how many people get cancer.

I just thought it was more than a coincidence that Earth Day landed on the same day as Good Friday.  Both are important to me, besides being very symbolic at this stage and new chapter in my life.  A right of passage, so to speak, on my new journey toward caring about our planet and organic nutrition.  God gave us this earth to take care of it, to be good stewards of it and our bodies too.

In conclusion, I just wanted to share a devotion I finished reading called Thirty-One Days of Drawing Near to God:  Resting Securely in His Delight, which I received for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group to review.  I really enjoyed reading this every morning for 31 days. I especially loved reading about the author's life, experiences and the obstacles she had to overcome. I was left meditating and contemplating on the truths I learned from this devotion. Ruth Myers prolifically draws you into her life and shares her spiritual wisdom throughout the book.   It was refreshing, especially in preparation during this time as we are ushering in Resurrection Sunday.

Happy Easter everyone:  http://youtu.be/B2lhR2aBpo0

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thus saith the Lord...

Lately I've been struggling with something.  It's when I come across believers who tell me they heard from the Lord and He told them to tell me ... "Blankety blank blank".

At the risk of sounding cynical, I have to share.  A majority of Christians are walking around acting like a bunch of psychics.  Thus saith the Lord, the Lord told me, the Lord showed me, the Lord wanted me to tell you... and on and on. 

Now granted, I'm sure they mean well and all... I know I certainly did when I was doing the same.  However, the more I read the Bible, the more I realize I was missing the point.  We are not suppose to be going around speaking Prophe-Lies.  God takes that sort of thing seriously.

In my humble opinion, I believe that the people that go around saying they heard from the Lord, just want to feel important. They want to feel like they are special to God and that they have some unique gift or calling that sets them apart from the rest.  That they were hand picked by God exclusively to speak on His behalf.  They want accolades, they want recognition, they want to be noticed... but that's all flesh, ego and pride.

You see, I understand this, because I too was one of those people.  I've always struggled with my self esteem based on the schmorgesborg of abuses I've endured through the course of my life.  So, of course, I was the perfect candidate for the devil.  And I lapped it up like a hungry and wounded dog that I am. 

The enemy is going to feed on our vulnerabilities and weaknesses.  He is the master of lies and deception.   Presently, he is using many well intentioned Christian's to carry out his work, not God's will. 

I mean, take a look at the majority of our celebrity preachers today... what do you hear?  Mostly feel good positive messages... but you hear very little of the Bible... They strategically pick and choose what they are going to focus on and tell you.  They pick on one or two character traits of God and purposely leave out the rest. They are very manipulative and cunning.  But looking from the outside, it sounds and looks good... as they focus on love... Love is in the air... such positive and inspiring fleshly feel good messages. 

So you had sex with your father's wife, so you had sex with your daughter, so you are molesting your nephew, so you are having sex outside of marriage, so you cheated on your taxes (uh oh), so you are committing adultery because you say your wife or husband doesn't understand you...  They say, No worries, God loves you and He forgives you (which is true, but only when you repent and forsake the sin, Proverbs 28:13 )... but then they add, You were born for greatness... Thus sayeth the Lord... you will do great exploits for God... you will be a prophet to the nations... So with just a slap on the wrist and feeling pretty good... off they go, right back to their own vomit. (2 Peter 2:22)

Granted, being encouraged or inspired in and of itself isn't a bad thing.  However, it is bad when it's just all about that... as you noticed above.  Just hearing good and encouraging messages, with no true repentance and forsaking of sin, grieves the heart of God... because He is a holy, righteous and just God. 

But I guess it's not in vogue to preach on sin or anything negative.  Everything has to be upbeat, charismatic and positive.  As they have to keep up their image, popularity and celebrity status.   Meanwhile, these jokers are making a mockery out of Christianity.  What it truly means to be a true Christian.  We have a bunch of hypocrites speaking prophe-lies to people who are on their way to hell.  I know these are harsh words, but someone's got tell it like it is, since obviously they won't.

I'm sorry, but there are too many Christians running around saying that the Lord told them to do this or that, or giving you a word.  Meanwhile, their lives are a mess, in a shambles, their homes in chaos and they are in blatant sin or rebellion.  Their lives do not line up with the Word of God in any way, shape or form.  There is no evidence or fruit showing the signature of God is upon their lives, in contrast, only the stench of this world. 

But they go through the motions, "acting" pious, attending Church every Sunday religiously, go to bible study, go to conferences and retreats, going here and there looking for some new sensation, listening to this preacher and that preacher.  However, they themselves lead very selfish and sinful lives, only gratifying their own flesh and not glorying God whatsoever.

Meanwhile, we as Christians are suppose to be living epistles to this lost and dying world.   Our lives are suppose to show evidence that Jesus lives in us and that we are one of His.  How can it be that the Church looks more like the world  now than it ever did?  I don't see much of a distinction between the saved and the unsaved if you ask me. 

Just so you don't think I'm casting stones... I'll cast the first stone at myself.  I personally do not believe I am exemplifying Christ in my life at all.  I also believe that I'm the biggest disappointment to God that ever lived.  I'm a moral failure to Him.  I'm only here by His grace... that's it.  I am insufficient and can offer nothing... only the hope that exists in Jesus Christ.  All I can do in my imperfect flawed state, is point people to the all knowing, loving and perfect creator. 

I have been walking this walk for a long time and unfortunately haven't shown much for it.  I have been stubborn and rebellious and God has had to take me through many, many things, to break me and have me surrender.   But yet and still, I continue to grit my teeth of self will despite it. 

But simultaneously, I have been a seeker of truth.  I've explored many religions and faiths searching for truth.  I have been saved for over 20 years, but when I take a synopsis of my life, I have to say I haven't come very far in my growth and maturity as a believer.  I think to myself... Would someone who didn't know me, know that I am a Christian just by looking at me?  I would have to honestly say, No.  And I'm not being hard on myself, this is the truth, I can face the truth about myself as disappointing as it is. 

Thankfully though, I have come to various realizations in my broken journey.  I'm glad God woke me up and had me see that there is an abuse occurring within the body of Christ today.  People walking up to others and telling them whatever they believe God told them.  Meanwhile, it could be their own imagination, their own flesh, and possibly an unclean spirit.  We must be watchful, careful and test the spirits. (1 John 4:1)  We just can't take things at face value, believing whatever anyone tells us, just because we think they are believers and seem nice or loving. (Matthew 10:16)

We have the Word and the Word is the Final Authority.  God speaks through His Word... any word of prophesy you want to know is in the Bible, you don't need to get it from a human being.  So please don't run to others for a Word.  Christians are not to function as psychics.  If you want a Word, just sit quietly before Him and ask Him to reveal Himself and His Word to you.  He is God, He formed you in your mother's womb, it's not hard for Him to get something across to you. (Jer. 32:27)  You don't need another human being to tell you anything, if you seek Him, He will answer you. 

But, people don't want to wait... they want a temporary fix.  We live in a microwave society that's addicted to the word "quick".  Noone wants to wait on the Lord... everyone wants an answer now.  Saul didn't want to wait either, he wasn't hearing from the Lord, so he took matters into his own hands by going to a witch, but things didn't wind up good for Saul by doing that (Read 1 Samuel 28).  If you really think about it, modern day Christianity has been cheapened to a circus. 

Yes, yes... We have many Christians going around doing a lot of good works, and that's great.  But my question is, did God actually tell them to do it?  Many just take the steering wheel away from God and drive where they think God wants them to go... Meanwhile, God may not have been in it the entire time.  In and of itself, it's not bad to do good works, however, is it really God's will or our want?  He may want us to do something entirely different than what we think or believe.  It may even be something we are not even interested in doing or going.   But because it doesn't line up with our desires, we say, No, this can't be of God.

We have to face the truth... We all want to be our own director and we don't want to submit to an authority.  We want to be free agents, start up our own ministries, prayer groups, etc... However, God wants us submitted under an authority, that being a pastor.  God is not a God of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)  We are not suppose to start our own thing apart from the covering of a church and permission of a pastor.  But you have so many Christians that are not accountable to anyone but themselves. 

This is what is causing so much confusion... everyone wants to do their own thing and take matters into their own hands, without consulting anyone.  Everyone wants a ministry, everyone wants to feel special, everyone wants to be important...

However, God may just want you to sit and do nothing but wait on Him.  We are chasing things, doing good works to fulfill ourselves.  But instead of chasing all these things... why aren't taking the time to read the Bible, pray and seek the Lord?  Instead of doing all of these superfluous activities? 

Jesus is our reward and our rewarder. We are not suppose to go to other people for a Word, we are suppose to go to God ourselves through prayer and His Word.  We need to learn to seek His face and be satisfied not in good works, our giftings, callings or rewards, but in Him alone.  

In conclusion, I'm going to share scriptures that opened my eyes to the truth last October:

"The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading."  (Lamentations 2:14)

"But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him." (Deut. 18:20-22)

"Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart." (Jer. 23:25)



"The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him." (Jer. 28:9).

"Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. (Jer. 28:15)

Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD.(Ezekiel 13:2)

"They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word." (Ezekiel 13:6)

"Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end." (Ezekiel 21:29)

"And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken." (Ezekiel 22:28)

Last but not least:

"I can't stand your religious meetings.

I'm fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I'm sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I've had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That's what I want. That's all I want." Amos 5:21-24 (from The Message Bible)



Dear Lord... Be Thou My Vision... http://youtu.be/5XZ3ja-quhA

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Plague

Numbers 16:46-48

KJV:  "And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.

And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.

And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed."

NLT:  "And Moses said to Aaron, “Quick, take an incense burner and place burning coals on it from the altar. Lay incense on it, and carry it out among the people to purify them and make them right with the Lord.  The Lord’s anger is blazing against them—the plague has already begun.”

Aaron did as Moses told him and ran out among the people. The plague had already begun to strike down the people, but Aaron burned the incense and purified[b] the people.  He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped."

While reading the above verses this morning, I was struck by them. 

Moses was a prototype of Christ.  He had Aaron run out amongst the people to purify them, to basically save them from God's wrath... the deadly plague.

I love this verse, "He stood between the dead and the living..."  This is what Jesus Christ did for us.  The blood that He shed covers us from the wrath of God.  Which means like Aaron, we also stand between the dead and the living to this lost and dying generation. 

I'm sure you all keeping up with the news... between the earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, famines, wars, that are unfolding worldwide. And now, the alarming radiation situation in Japan... reminds me of a plague.  

I seriously believe we are living in the last days and now more than ever we are to be His faithful witnesses.  We need to spread the Good News of salvation. We need to be beckons of light in this dark world, as we don't know the day nor the hour of Christ's return. (Mark 13:32).

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sugar vs Sin

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments; his praise endureth for ever. Psalm 111:10.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  Proverbs 9:10.


You are probably wondering about my title and I don't blame you.  But it will all make sense in a minute.  Lately, I've been making changes as a result of educating myself on healthy eating.  I have to say it's been overwhelming and mind blowing. 

I have been reading a lot about sugar and the effects on the body and mind.  I truly believe between this and the growth hormones they inject into chicken, beef and pork, the mercury and toxins in fish, etc... is what is making people sick.  Plus, children are being born with autism, allergies and asthma.   I believe it is a direct correlation to what we are breathing, eating and drinking.  My eldest son was born with massive food allergies and chronic asthma.
 
You probably are saying to yourself, well, we are going to die anyway, so what's the use?   For a long time, I thought this same way too.  
 
Through the years, the Lord had me cross paths with so many different people who went alternative, macrobiotic, vegetarian and organic.  I knew it was the right way, but I always resisted it for some reason.  A series of events lead me to finally submit to God in this area.  Ultimately, it was God all along who was directing me while I was resisting. 
 
Isn't that what we tend to do?  We know something is good for us, or is the right thing, but we don't want to submit to it?  For example, the Bible says, to flee fornication... but some of us don't...
 
Sugar:  How can something that tastes so good be so bad? 
Sin:  How can something that feels so good be so bad? 
 
Sugar gives a temporary high, but can ultimately kill us, just like sin will.  What you are not seeing is killing you.  But God gives us a choice...
 
You can't see what sugar is doing to your mind and body, just like you can't see what sin is doing to your heart and spirit. 
 
The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  He's not saying to be petrified of Him, it's more like honor, respect and reverence.  The Lord doesn't want us relying on our own wisdom.  He actually takes pleasure in our going to Him and asking Him for direction.  As a result, the Holy Spirit gives us wisdom. 
 
Ultimately, what you put in, is what comes out... whatever you feed on is what you become.  So choose wisely :)
 
I am ending this with my 4 year old's favorite song... I get such a kick out of watching him sing it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgBNQWR4a-0