Posts Tagged With: Poverty

“Do You have Your Gotham?”

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Unto the upright, light ariseth in the darkness.

Let a standard be raised against the evil of our day.

Will we enter the darkness to seek and save that which is lost?

The story continues…Chapter 15…“God has Heard”.

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“Lives that make no sense”

Lately I have been doing a lot more writing again. For a season my life took a major change and I dove into many ministry opportunities like a diver off a high cliff! (The fields truly are white unto harvest. There are a lot of hurting people in need of God’s answers.) I was quickly over-my-head in opportunities and in need of bringing some focus and order to the chaos. Out of the chaos is beginning to come some wonderful things, but I must apologize that I do not get to visit all the people who visit this site. For a time I was someone writing about such things based on past experiences and knowledge, but today I am back to being someone not only writing about it, but very much involved in “doing” it. The stories are coming quicker again, there is a quickening in my soul. I hope everyone reads the last article about the two dreams, but I am already writing another article based on “today”. As I am back seeking to help very poverty-stricken lives, which are poverty-stricken for many reasons, most of which the devil has his signature on, I find myself very reminded that many of these people are lives that make no logical sense. God and his Word bring a certain “logic”, “purpose”, and “order” to our living. In most cases, I would have to say, not so the very poverty-stricken.

Lives that make no sense. Sad, but true.

Here is an example for you that just happened today. I climb into my Dodge truck and head to this very familiar area stricken by poverty, drugs, violence, and alcohol. It is an area that my truck and I are beginning to know well. It has a large park in the middle of it, and quite a nice park, if it were not for all the poverty that surrounds it. Best not go in there at night.

A group and myself were in there two weeks ago feeding people in the park and giving out clothes for winter. We had hamburgers cooking on a grill and the smell was being carried in the wind. Quite a few homeless were gathered at the outdoor open shelter house, when I happen to see a tall, slim, black man coming across the open grass with four small black girls in tow with him. I connected with him immediately. He said the girls had smelled the food. He said he was trying to straighten his life out for the sake of the girls. We prayed together, and I asked him if he would be willing to allow me to visit his apartment, which was very close by, and perhaps disciple him in things of Christ? He said he would.

So two weeks later, today, I show up in the area and give him a call at 11:00 am. He answered the phone. I think he was surprised I was keeping my word. I asked if his kids and wife were home, and if they were hungry? I offered to bring in  hot pizza. He said yes to all of that and told me the girls liked pepperoni and cheese. It only took me about 15 minutes to be back in his area with two large hot pizzas and a 2-liter. I call again to find his exact location. “NO ANSWER.”

I wait a few minutes. Their vehicle is parked in the lot just in front of me. I call again.

“NO ANSWER.”

A young man walking through the parking lot narrows my search down to one of two doors. I knock on both. There is no sound of children. No light. No light or sound coming from any of the apartments. No answer at either door.

I wait longer. I call again. I leave messages on recorder. I have 2 pizzas getting cold. He is supposed to have 4 hungry little girls that are as cute as can be. This goes on for 45 minutes when I finally give up and move on.

I come home with the pizza and I tell my daughter-in-law what happened.

She says, “That makes no sense.”

“Exactly.”

Why would a man with hungry children and free hot pizza on a Saturday being delivered to his door, suddenly go silent. Stealth mode. Nobody home? I know your there somewhere. 15 minutes ago you wanted to do it. I go buy the pizza and now you shut me out, not even a word of explanation?
Darkness has its own logic.

I guarantee you, that if I were to get an explanation from him at this time, my mind filled with the light of God’s Word would identify the dark logic as ridiculous and sad. Also, more than likely, the man is tormented in his dilemma, and the little girls are being robbed of blessings that could come their way. They will grow up to think God never cared about them, but there he was knocking at their door the whole time.

So, obviously, there was something in that apartment they did not want seen, or the dad was “on something”, which he fell back into, and no one was conscious enough to answer the phone.

I still can’t get over all that silence.

Four little girls, and there is also a baby (boy), but no sound. No sound or “light” coming from the dark windows of all those apartments. Creepy, but that is the world I sometimes invade. These are a few of the things I do, leaving me little time to cruise blog sites, even though that is something I would enjoy doing.

Lives that make no sense to the normal mind. Severe poverty and addictions will certainly create such families. I’m sure he had his reasons. Reasons that probably made sense to him. In the meantime, some one with real answers, and a desire to help was turned away from their door so they could continue in the darkness they now know. To a healthy mind, that makes no sense.

Jesus said, “The poor have the Gospel preached to them.”

Why give them money, or invest too much effort, until the mind begins to see light? At the park I had told the tall slim man covered with tattoos, that it is a real good feeling when the “light comes on inside”. I was there offering light, but the doors remained dark and closed. I will call again, and I will knock again. Maybe next time…there will be light?

The first words in God’s holy book the he actually speaks, in Genesis 1:2, the first “spoken” words God chose to open his supernatural book of love to man with are…

“Let there be Light!”

If you were choosing what your first spoken words were going to be for millions of people to read, wouldn’t you be very specific in what you chose? Very important words, full of light and great revelation. God is light, and there is no darkness in Him. Amen!

 

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“The Will to Fight”

THE WILL TO FIGHT!

Where does one get it? Some have it and it seems that others don’t. Can you buy it in a store? How much does it cost? Can I be a “winner” without the will to fight? Probably not!

The only real “losers” in life are those who “give up”, cease to fight, surrender their dreams, and resign themselves to whatever state they may be. For whatever reason, they have raised the white flag of surrender, become willing to settle for less, and in some cases they settle into complete poverty, and a wasted life!

As was mentioned in my last article, I recently tried to help some homeless people in our area. This is not the first time I have tried to help the poor and every time I do, I cannot help but be angered at the “evil spirit”, or should I say “lack of spirit” that goes with complete poverty! Lack of spirit is an evil spirit!

Yes, I think anger is the right word. I hate the devil and his works. Frustrated would be another word, but also compassion and sadness, for I know that what has happened to them could possibly happen to anyone of us, and there is a part of me that wants to fix their pain, to reach out and help, but without the will to fight, without the will to help themselves,  you cannot fix their problem because it has become a personal failure within themselves. Now it is no longer just an attack of the devil, but it has become a part of them, they have embraced it, surrendered to it, no longer willing to fight, it becomes a part of who they have become, and how do you help someone defeat a foe they are no longer willing to fight?

There are different fighting styles, but life demands us to become a “fighter” if we expect to accomplish “anything” worth while. We have all had to be willing to fight if we have gotten anywhere in life. Like the difference between Aikido and Judo, and any of the various fighting styles, even boxing, there are different fighting styles. Jesus offered a spiritual fighting style. It is the one I have chosen, and the only one that can defeat certain kinds of foes!

For some, the complete breaking of their spirit came when a strong addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography, laziness, ignorance, or whatever other addicting evil spirit you want to put in there, possessed them. Addiction is a horrible thing. You become the “slave” of your addiction and these evil spirits are not kind taskmasters. They will suck your life force like a psychic vampire, slowly draining you over a period of years, until you become so wasted that you are no longer any earthly good at all, and finally you die. It can be a long, slow, and painful death.

Then there are those who have been broken by circumstances, perhaps even circumstances not of their own making. How many children are born into poverty and it is the only way of living they have ever known? How many people have been abused, or devastated by some great event in their life that they have never been able to recover from? Children, of course, are especially vulnerable while they try to survive long enough to grow up. Some are born into circumstances that are nothing but a jungle of death and curses. These people grow up as damaged souls, and they see no light at the end of the tunnel, even though there is light, there is a way out, but now they will not make the effort to take the “steps” that could change their whole way of living.

THE WILL TO FIGHT!

It’s not as easy as just saying to someone: “Here…here is some “will to fight”. Take it as your own. Use it.” However, sometimes it can be “inspired” into another person, and with mentoring, love, and help, it is possible for people to climb out of whatever spiritual hole they may be swallowed in!

When I study the Bible concerning poverty, there is a scripture that I find to be very interesting, and revealing. When John the Baptist was cast into prison, he sent two of his disciples to Jesus, asking if he was the Messiah or should they be looking for another? Jesus answered the question of John this way…

“Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Matthew 11:4-6)

Do you see anything odd in that answer? I sure do. I say “odd” only because one part does not follow the same logical progression as the rest. And if you think about it, I find that part of Jesus’s answer very revealing!

What is the opposite of blind? To be able to see! What is the opposite of deaf? To be able to hear! What is the opposite of dead? To be alive! The lame, the leper, all granted an immediate miracle gift fixing their problem! But to the poor? What is the opposite of poor? You do not find Jesus saying they have been made a millionaire!

The gospel has been preached to them!

So, in the mind of Christ, the gospel was the “fix” for their poverty. (Interesting.) And he followed it by saying “blessed” are those…and the word “blessed” means happy and favored. It was obvious that he knew exactly what he was doing. Of course we all know if you were to give someone with a spirit of poverty a lot of money, it would only be a short time and the money would be wasted and gone. Somehow the mindset and the lifestyle of living must be changed. The poverty mentality and spirit must be broken! The will to fight for that which is good and wise must be inspired! Until those things happen, no amount of giving of money is going to really help that person.

So in the park that day, free food was given, a gospel message was taught, and we talked with them individually trying to inspire some desire to change, offering help and compassion. Now here is a point. One individual I spoke with, I offered him a Bible to have as his own, and to study, in order that he might change his life. We had a plastic sealable bag to put it in to protect it from the rain and dirt, but he would not take it. Even though he had all kinds of time on his hands, memorizing scripture in the hopes of renewing his mind seemed like “too much work to him”. What can you do for a lazy spirit? One answer is to not feed them, and of course, that is what we had done in order to gain the opportunity to speak with them, but I think our government is doing way to much for the “LAZY”. When they get hungry they will either steal and end up in jail, or they will begin to work, even if it is just enough to eat, but it is a step in the right direction and offers some sense of self-respect. And if they are in prison, they should be made to work.

Jesus gave each person what they needed. To the blind he gave sight. Now catch this! To those in a deep hole, he gave a LADDER!

The Bible is a “spiritual ladder” that can enable any person to climb out of any hole, but like with any ladder, there are “steps” that must be “climbed”!

If a person is in a hole and they have a ladder before them, and all they have to do is be willing to use the steps and make an effort to climb, but they are unwilling, even with the offer of free help, they are unwilling to climb, then so be it. The hole will become their grave. It is sad to see any life WASTED, instead of INVESTED. We have one precious life to give. One precious opportunity to pass “it” forward, but what is “it” that we choose to pass forward?

Many of these people have children, and they pass “it” forward. They will be held accountable by the Judge of all judges. Each of us will be held accountable for what we pass forward.

This blog site I write. I do not know how many people are actually reading anything I have written. Why do I keep writing? One, God has put it in my soul to write. And two, even if there is one or two people who are inspired by these words, and they go out and create two more people inspired to invest their life, that multiplying of individuals will turn into a multitude one day. Perhaps I’m writing for only two or three people? Only God knows. I just hear him saying, “Write!”

I know the things that have worked in a supernatural way in my life. I am working hard to try to put those teachings into these writings, that whosoever will be inspired and learn, can take God’s word and overcome the enemy in their life! Joseph was cast into a pit, but the word of God in his life, the promises of God in his dreams, did not fail! Joseph rose from the pit to the throne, and saved many people! Was it an easy climb? No, not an easy climb at all, but a very rewarding one. None of this is about being easy! It is about what is right, and what is rewarding! It is about the will to fight! because Love has a spiritual enemy!

So this is the word through me this week. God has a spiritual ladder that can enable you to climb out of whatever pit you may be in. The ladder is supernatural. Christianity is supernatural of it is nothing at all! Any Christian worth his salt can teach you how God designed all things to work. It is a spiritual design, and it is spiritually discerned. Once you understand the ladder you have, not only can you climb out of your pit, but you can climb into the mountains, into the high places. I will leave you with a favorite scripture of mine. A very supernatural scripture because it speaks of “making you”, almost as if, if you do the right things, then God will see to it that it happens, and that has been my experience in climbing God’s supernatural ladder. Enjoy.

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19) KJV

(NIV Translation) “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”

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