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Death by Criticism! What does it mean?

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Some are experiencing “death by criticism” right now. And you need to fight for your life and extinguish those flaming arrows with prayer and the blood of Jesus Christ! Criticism should be constructive. Not destructive! 

Proverbs 26:17-19 “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking!”

Let’s think about dogs for a moment. What do they do? Our dogs used to fight over a bone (even if they each were given their own bone!). It was sport to them. Now, dogs to not have the make-up of human beings. They do not ask questions like; “How come you don’t go chew on your own bone?”

The nature of dogs is to fight over a bone, bite for sport, and if someone bothers their home or family “growl, snarl,” and maybe even bite someone! The Nature of crows is to eat your seeds (of Faith)

 

And look at the passage above. How do you “throw” Death at someone?

James says “life and death” are in the tongue (and it can be an unruly evil full of deadly poison!). How so?

I had a friend who called me once, and said how some Christians told her how “messed up she was’ by a certain activity she was doing. I’ve heard countless stories of how someone “Christian” said “do you need prayer?” The person said “yes’ and the Christian (a representative of Jesus by the way) told them how God isn’t going to answer because of sin in their life.

It could be anything from smoking, drinking or living with someone not married yet, to not attending church, or listening to the wrong type of music. THEIR SIN is not your business! It’s God’s business! And their business! and if he has you say anything to convict them A HUGE dose of God love will go out in front of your words so that hearing about their sin will be so full of Love they will say THANK YOU For the conviction. That’s how GOD works! He is not a soul killer that kills people with the letter of His laws!!!!. The letter of the law kills the Spirit BRINGS LIFE!!! 

2 Corinthians 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for theletter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

TELL ME one example where Jesus Said they could not be prayed for because of sin? IN fact, even for those IN Christ it says in James “and the prayer of faith will make the sick man well, and his sins will be forgiven.” (James 5). 

So then, death by criticism comes in many forms. The Spirit of God brings life, and a person’s hope is renewed that God’s going to help them.  When someone comes along and says; “He will not” because of sin, because this person is not doing what YOU did to get where you are at, or because God just doesn’t do that (according to You!) You are causing “Death by Criticisim” and you don’t even know what you are talking about. You are not God! You don’t KNOW what he will do or not do. Capiche?

                                  These Crow-like ways are NOT the nature of God! 

Faith is fragile when it first starts out. It’s like a tender young plant, and the seed of faith is growing into this beautiful & young (sapling, tree) and if someone comes along and “mows it down” with their words of Unbelief, jealousy, or anything else not of God, it’s like the crow who stole the seed in Matthew 13.

So (Christian) your job is to Protect the seed. Watch over it, guard it, and chase off the crows!

 The seeds of God are far more precious than any seed upon this earth! You need that garden of God’s word to live on! Don’t allow the devil to “kill your dreams” through others that don’t agree with you.

IF you are not all the way perfect, or right with God yet (in every area of your life), welcome to the club (of humanity). HE will show you what to do and when!  Find out for yourself what the Word of God says about his heart toward mankind! Find out for yourself! Ask him! Today!! Today is a great day to get started!

“Father today I ask you if this person reading has been stolen from by those who are like crows, I pray you would restore and re-assure them about their Faith, and allow them to see and know that Faith pleases you, it honors you, and those seeds of Faith in your word that have been planted “Must Remain” and be cultivated and watered. I pray for great crops in their lives today Father! and a Very great Outcome (and more testimonies of you!) In Jesus’ name! amen!” 

With Love and assurance God is for you, not against you!

Laura Grace, Author, (Grace to Grow) And an advocate for his Mercy (and grace).

 

Scripture Ref: James 5, Proverbs 26 Matthew 13 & 2nd Cor NKJV

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Shame! Whose to blame? How to break free of condemning thoughts…..#always hope.

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I don’t like shame based teachings and, I do not believe in them. Here’s the thing. Should someone be convicted when they do something wrong? Sure!

But shame, that’s another story. Shame has it’s roots in condemnation, and condemnation has it’s roots in evil (and the lies of the evil one.) 

I know there are those who say “you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

But, the truth is, people know instinctively if what they are doing is right or, if it is wrong. When the bible talks about those whose “condemnation is just’ It is referring to people who, time and time again, fight off their conscience, resist the Lord who is trying to tell them what they are doing is wrong, and plunge headlong into rebellion and anarchy against the one who made them. (God!) 

If you make a mistake, you should not feel ashamed. If you misinterpreted a situation, got it wrong, assumed falsely, imagined something that wasn’t there, or whatever the case, I want you to remember something. WE ARE HUMAN! We make mistakes. 

Most of what I have learned in my life, I learned by first making a mistake. I tried to walk, I fell down. I tried to ride my bike, I tipped over. Sometimes more than once! 

When I was learning to talk, I mispronounced my words sometimes….(Ps-getti!) and I remember many years ago, I was just a child, I accidentally pushed someone too hard on the swing, and they fell out. I felt terrible (ashamed) but I had not done it on purpose. I had a car accident from being foolish, many years ago as well. 

I have (when I was younger) bounced checks, miscalculated the finances (still do sometimes) yelled at my kids and wished I hadn’t, waited to long to go to the bathroom because I was having fun and wet my pants a little! Got upset got in a hurry, dropped the mayonnaise all over the floor, crunched my finger in a garage door (also, in a hurry) and the list goes on and on. I have burned bridges, told off friends, and I have to tell you, probably made more mistakes more often than I did things right (for years!)

But there is still nothing to be “ashamed of” so long as we are willing to learn, and grow. Satan is our mortal enemy, not God. He accuses continually and he always says there is no hope. One of the most fundamental teachings of God is….

There is always hope! Today is a new day, with no mistakes in it. Don’t like your results! Change how you do things! Ask God for help! He will help you, and he never thinks you are too far gone ……..His Arms are not too short to grab you, hold you restore you help you, yes even SAVE YOU from yourself! This is the basic gospel message. What I have lived for almost 30 years now. A simple message. With God, there is always hope. 

Oh here is your scripture; Romans 8 there is therefore now no condemnation to those who

are IN ….So if you got out get back in! And if you were never in, Ask God to take you in. It’s never too late.

 

with love for you all

Laura grace Author, Grace to the Rescue available on Amazon