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David Brooks On President Obama's Manhood


David Brooks, New York Times Columnist said President Obama has a manhood problem when dealing with Middle East issues.  This is Brooks reply to a conversation on Sundays "Meet the Press." "And let's face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a -- I'll say it crudely -- but a manhood problem in the Middle East.  Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad or somebody like Putin?  I think a lot of the rap is unfair, but certainly in the Middle East there is an assumption that he's not tough enough."  See The Huffington Post for full article and video.

Brooks is coming from a soulish or fleshly perspective; self-styled wisdom with his own opinions.  The term manhood is used to describe the period in a human male's life after he has transitioned from boyhood, having passed through puberty.  The word man is used to mean any adult male, which has nothing to do with how a person performs his duties; it describes his physical progression.

But if he wants to go there, humility is a necessary ingredient when a President makes decisions on issues that may affect the world.  Humility is having a clear perspective, and therefore respect for one's place in context.  To be humble is to be grounded, the direct opposite of pride and machismo; a strong aggressive masculine arrogance.
The Creator dying at the hands of His own creation exhibits no greater display of humility.  A man “exhibits” strength when he humbles himself for a cause beyond and greater than himself.  A man “demonstrates” strength when he practices self-control of his thoughts, imaginations, and his words.

None of us are privy to Presidential information on world affairs; so we can't assume what's in his spirit when he makes his decisions.  Paul said: For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?  Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God, 1 Corinthians 2:11 NASB.  Don't assume by questioning the President’s manhood unless you understand the spirit within him.

The Origin of Easter

Ishtar Goddess of fertility and Sex - 
Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated when full and that she had come down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River at sunrise at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox, on a Sunday. Semiramis became known as "Ishtar" which is pronounced "Easter" referred to as Ashtoreth in scripture, and her moon egg became known as "Ishtar's" egg." One of her titles was the Queen of Heaven, and two of her fertility symbols were the rabbit and the egg.

Nowhere are the customs associated with Easter sanctioned in the Bible. Read this brief but in-depth history of THE ORIGIN OF EASTER, Wiki Books.

Entrepreneurs, The Number One Place To Start A Business, Detroit

Detroit Entrepreneurial Centre | Studioefra, 
Kingdom Builders (entrepreneurs), the number one place to start a business is Detroit, the best kept secret. An underused labor force, urban area filled with empty buildings offers some powerful advantages. Presently residing in New York, I was born and raised in Detroit. All I've been hearing is how bad Detroit is doing, the media showing pictures of the worst areas in the cities decline, enough to scare anybody. Not mentioning that Detroit has some of the wealthiest counties in the United States. The media is pushing far too hard to show Detroit’s negative side, enough to say hmmmm! I thought there must be some deception involved; what are they hiding? So I decided to go check it out for myself. Here is what I observed: 

PROPOSED ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTRE, THE ARCH20

Detroit is becoming an entrepreneurial gold mind; take the ARCH20 project, a start up culture for the city’s innovative entrepreneur. Human potential is at the centre stage of this proposal. The centre’s design is based on the varied nature of start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. ARCH20 embraces a variety of allotted areas for different activities. Lab spaces open studios high-tech floors are some of the facilities attributes, check it out: ARCH20.

STATE OF THE ART DETROIT MEDICAL CENTRE, DMC

Presently under construction is Detroit's Medical Center (DMC), one of the single largest private investments in the city’s history and will total $850 million in capital improvements, making DMC more competitive locally and nationally building a world-class healthcare center in southeast Detroit.

FINANCIAL SYSTEM, QUICKEN LOAN INC.

I observed how J.P. Morgan Chase and Quicken Loans Inc. have setup shop in Detroit. Quicken Loans announced the completion of purchasing Chase Tower, a 505,000 square foot, 14-story high rise office building occupying a full city block at the foot of Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit’s central business district, April 7, 2011.

Along with Quicken Loans, J.P. Morgan Chase, Co. will continue to occupy part of the building. In addition, a portion of the current vacant space is being allocated for several midsize to large companies that have expressed a strong interest to move into the rapidly increasing technology and new economy growth business district, along Woodward Avenue.


Opportunities along Woodward Avenue and beyond are becoming very compelling for Detroit retailers. With Quicken Loans employees working and moving in the city, as well as Compuware, Blue Cross, GM and others, the interest in real and sustainable retail in downtown Detroit is becoming more and more apparent. When you add to all of this the concept of the M-1 Light Rail project running curbside along Woodward Avenue you have a true opportunity here for something very special to develop in downtown Detroit.

STADIUMS, HOCKEY ARENA FOR THE RED WINGS

Detroit recently built a new baseball and football stadium. Also Detroit will spend more than $400 million on a new arena for the Red Wings. Construction for the new hockey stadium is scheduled to start soon.

CASINOS IN DETROIT

MGM Grand Detroit, Greek Town Casino, and Motor City Casino

Trending now are crowded airplanes to Detroit from New York full of business minded people and entrepreneurs. I also heard rumors from a reliable source that aid will come in from the federal level, philanthropic level, and even the business community. They've been sitting on the sidelines waiting for Detroit’s bankruptcy to occur. Everyone knew this had to happen. Now that it it’s upon us, it's going to pave the way for positive things to come and more investments. I hope you're getting the picture, I'm collecting my pennies.

Fleshly Prayers, Our Will, Part II


Our flesh (no matter how emotional we get) is not permitted in prayer, it must be put under submission.  It is impossible to combine our will in God's work. God's will is not to follow what man initiates.  We have no right to direct Him.  We have no ability to offer our opinion except to obey His guidance.  God will not bless anything that originates with man, no matter how much we pray.  The Holy Spirit rejects the best of human intentions, because prayer of this nature is considered fleshly."

This is how I was introduced to prayer; at bedtime my parents would instruct my brother and I on how to pray, we'd recite word for word memorized prayers.  The first being a poem written in the 1690's called The Christian Slumber Song, by Augusta Browne Gabbett: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.  And this I ask for Jesus sake, Amen."  The second prayer we memorized was the Lord's Prayer; however, as children we never understood what it meant. 

While attending a local church, I was introduced to another form of prayer; open prayer, prayers performed before men.  This form of prayer began early on in my church experience, where the new kid got put on the spot to pray.  I remember when I was called to pray for the first time.  I was totally caught off guard, nothing came to mind to pray about nor did I want to pray.  The only thing I could think of was, "Now I lay me down to sleep..." get the picture?  To save myself embarrassment I tried practicing praying aloud.  I never was good at it because prayer seemed private; praying aloud never felt sincere; to me it was just a process, ritual or tradition.  If I had shared what was in my heart I would have been escorted out of the building.  Therefore, I conformed to how the institutional church wanted me to perform prayer. 

I recall wanting to pray like some of the individuals in the church.  They'd pray with such emotion and flare, I thought, God himself would stand for that performance.  But, as I began to understand prayer and took a deeper look, I noticed God was not the primary focus of their prayers.  There were too many "I's," being used as they prayed out of their will and not God's.  The focus of prayer was geared toward raising members to build the institutional church instead of building the Kingdom of God.  There were individuals who didn't want to pray for various reasons, but, performed prayer anyway because it was their church duty to do so.  Their desire to hold on to a title or position and to please the church leaders became more important than their own salvation.  

Walking with God is an individual walk, just because we have a knack for public speaking and entertaining abilities to perform before others, does not give us the authority to pray before believers, only the Holy Spirit can do that not the leaders of our organizations.   Jesus said: "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  And in thy name have cast out devils?  And in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (the absence of spiritual values) Matthew 7:21-23 KJV."
  
Why does God speak against fleshly prayer?  Because it is hypocritical.  Hypocrisy is failing to practice those virtues that one preaches.  Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.  Think about this carefully, aren't we all sinners?  “There is not a righteous man on earth.  Who does what is right and never sins, Ecclesiastes 7:20 NIV.” Matthew 6:5 KJV says; "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.  Verily I say unto you, THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD." 

This form of prayer has been passed down to us through the ages.  How did this type of prayer enter into the institutional church? It came through false prophets and teachers. In 2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV it says: But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies (departure from the truth), even denying the Master who bought them (Jesus), bringing swift destruction upon themselves.  Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.  


The following brief information is how destructive deviations of scripture were introduced; which has nothing to do with race, creed or color, but of a spirit that is unholy.  Note; if there is anything we can learn from Jesus on this subject is to not submit to man made laws, traditions of men or false Bible interpretations by religious men.

Pharisaic Religion

The Pharisees were a religious sect who made up their own laws that were not from God. Jesus ministry was in conflict with their teachings that addressed the religion that they perpetrated upon the people; read Matthew 23:1-39 NASB.  They were very religious and most were in awe of how blessed they were.  They were well known and wanted everyone to learn and follow their ways and interpretations of the Scripture.

Slavery

During slavery, the slave owners also used similar teachings. Each plantation owner handled their slaves physically different, but, distorted the scriptures to execute their own brand of religion upon them.  The slaves, wanting to please God; accepted this distortion of scripture as gospel; most couldn't read or write therefore, never questioning the validity of the scriptures as they wanted to please their master. Using this method along with free labor, the owners grew in wealth with a happier and more productive slave, even after slavery was abolished.  Blind to the slave owners motives, learned their masters ways and passed this spirit on to us today.

The Institutional Church

Being unaware of the adversary's schemes, we are deceived.  We have taken the above religious concepts and developed our own religious organizations.  Instead of plantations we now have the institutional church, we have created our own laws in our churches, and we interpret scripture to fit our denomination or non-denominational values.  Instead of a slave master, we have religious leaders who exploit you with their philosophies of scripture and with words not used by God.  By using these religious methods along with free labor, the church leaders grow in wealth as we help build their institutions, thinking were building Gods Kingdom; as we continue to believe what we hear from man.  Colossians 2:8 ESV says: "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."  Why are we ignoring these warnings?

One of the most potent tools used for manipulation in the institutional church is open prayer, prayers before men; using clever ways to convince you by guilt, fear and just plain spiritual manipulation for the purpose of growing the institution just like the pharisees. Why didn't Jesus pray this way? He had the perfect opportunity to do so as he spoke before large crowds of people.  When Jesus fed the multitude this was a great time to pray, but, what did He do? "And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone, Matthew 14:23 KJV." Why? Because men worship what they hear and see, therefore fall prey to spiritual manipulation. Jesus knew that the people would follow the sensuality of open prayer (fleshly Prayer), worship man and not God who the glory belongs too.

Prayer is not a performance.  It is personal communication between you and your Father: Matthew 6:6 KJV says, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."  When Jesus prayed He went away from people to pray alone.  Here are just a few scriptures for your review:  Mark 1:35 KJV, Matthew 14:23 KJV, Luke 6:12 KJV, Luke 22:41-44 KJV, Hebrews 5:7 KJV.

Can you see how the scriptures have been twisted today?  Man says pray openly to the people, God says pray in your secret closet.  Why did God say pray in secret? BECAUSE IN SECRET, GOD BUILDS OUR POWER!  When we’re built in secret, God rewards us openly through demonstration; healing the sick, raising the dead, etc… Just like Jesus did.  With open prayer, we pray to the flesh, and flesh is our reward.  Pray to the one who can save us from death.

Coming: Part III, Spiritual Prayer, The Formula, God's Will, Holy Spirit

The Truth Behind Addictions


Revised, April 2, 2014: 

We all at some point in time search for fulfillment, inner peace or something that will help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives.  Sometimes our quest for fulfillment leads us into unwanted areas of addictions (food, sex, drugs, alcohol...), trying to fill a void.

I want to share with you what was revealed to me through the Holy Spirit about addiction, but first, I want to define addiction:  addiction is "the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming."  Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed harmful effects (long-term consequences)."

When our addictions reach a harmful stage and become uncontrollable, we seek out professional help either by entering a behavioral health care center or private therapy.  The role of the therapist is to help investigate our innermost thoughts, feelings and behaviors in an effort to help us attain a greater level of happiness.  They look at how our unconscious mind influences our thoughts and behaviors.  This usually involves looking at early childhood experiences in order to discover how those events may have shaped who we are and how they contributed to our current actions.  In other words, a therapist tries to get us to change how we think about ourselves.

I spent approximately thirteen of my twenty years of counseling in behavioral health, counseling addictions and using the above therapeutic process.  There where successes, but the failures outweighed them.   Even with the successes one or two years later there were individuals who relapsed; meaning, a recurrence of the addiction.  As I continued to research the successes, I noticed that those who connected themselves with an organization that taught the word of God remained substance free for longer periods, eventually developing a healthier life style.  So, I thought this needs further investigation.

One day, as I was perusing the bible, several scriptures were revealed to me.  The following scripture is the one that helped me and continues to help connect the dots;  "The mind GOVERNED by the FLESH  is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so Romans 8:7.  After meditating on this scripture for a time, I thought, maybe we are looking at addictions the wrong way.  If our mind is not governing our flesh, then how can we defeat our addictions through psychotherapy?  I received the following revelation; THE FLESH ALWAYS GOVERNS THE MIND WHEN GOD'S SPIRIT IS NOT PRESENT IN US. “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please Galatians 5:17.” Note: THE FLESH sets IT'S desires against the spirit indicating our flesh does not belong to us; therefore not controlled by our mind.

Now, if the flesh is governing our mind, then selfish ambition and self-love is what drives it; addictions are all about self-gratification.  We choose to be governed by our flesh because we love our selfish nature.  The following describes our flesh nature, Galatians 5:19-21 says; “acts of the flesh” are sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  Our flesh is the sin skin we were born into which is SATAN'S CURSED NATURE.  FLESH IS THE ADDICTION, not sex, food, drugs, alcohol... Addictions are the acts of the flesh.  The flesh is like a child, it cries out when it cannot have what it wants.  The natural mind cannot subdue it, which is why we need the Holy Spirit to put flesh under submission.

The following scripture presents further evidence of our nature; "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  For to set the mind on the flesh is DEATH, but to set the mind on the Spirit is LIFE and PEACE Romans 8:5-6 ESV."   Therefore, when we set our mind on things of the flesh, flesh controls our way of thinking, making it impossible for us to control our addictions. 

As therapist, all we are doing is putting a band aid on a leaking pipe.  We must renew the pipe.  No one can be truly free of their addictions without the Holy Spirit.  Romans 6:16 NLT says; Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.  If our flesh is Satan's cursed nature and he is spirit, it will take a spirit to defeat a spirit.  We were born into sinful flesh, now we must be re-born into spirit to free ourselves from its bondage.  Without receiving the Holy Spirit, we are slaves to the flesh going from one addiction to another.

What is Prayer? Part I of a III Part Series


This is the first of a three part series on prayer. What is prayer? Who taught us how to pray?  Are we using God's guidelines or mans?  Where is the fruit from our prayers?  Prayer has always been an issue for me.  I watched pastors, deacons, members, relatives and others pray with emotional zeal but with very few results.  If what we are taught in our churches about prayer is correct why don't we see more fruit from it?  So, I decided to do my own investigation by researching prayer guidelines given to us by Jesus.

A Medical Study That Questioned The Power Of Prayer

In 2006, there was a long awaited medical study that questioned the power of prayer, see New York Times news article. The study cost $2.4 million, the majority of funds came from the John Templeton Foundation, which supports research into spirituality. The government has spent more than $2.3 million on prayer research since the year 2000. The results have shown no effect or a potentially small effect. The 2006, 14 studies concluded that there is "no discernible effect" while a 2007 study of intercessory prayer reported inconclusive results, noting that 7 of 17 studies had "small, but significant, effect sizes" but the review noted that the most rigorous studies failed to produce significant findings, Wikipedia

"No Power" can come from this type of study on prayer; why?  Because it is of a fleshly nature and is not genuine.  Most test groups were instructed on what to say in prayer as they prayed for hospital patients with serious conditions.  I want to share something with you from a well known bible scholar, Watchman Nee who said this about prayer; "ALL PRAYER OUGHT TO BE SPIRITUAL.  Non-spiritual prayers are not genuine and can produce no positive result.  What abundant spiritual success there would be were every prayer offered by believers on earth in fact were spiritual! But sad to say, fleshly prayers are far too numerous.  Self-will found therein deprives us of spiritual fruitfulness.  Nowadays Christians appear to treat prayer as a means to accomplish their aims and ideas.  If they possessed just a little deeper understanding, they would recognize that prayer is but man uttering to God what is God’s will."  

Prayer Guideline 101

The following instructions on prayer are not to be prayed word for word; this is the method or formula by which we pray.  Jesus said: "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen" Matthew 6:9-13 KJV.  

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done In Earth, As It Is In Heaven

I'm going to focus on a small portion of the Lord's Prayer, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."   I had questions about this segment of the prayer.  Why did Jesus say, Thy will be done "in" earth instead of "on" earth, is He talking about inside the planet?   This puzzled me for a while, until I went back to the beginning and looked at the foundation of creation.  

Look at Genesis 2:7 KJV; "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."  After reading this verse I realized that the earth Jesus is talking about is our bodies.  We are the earth and its salt.  The Bible contains numerous references to salt. In various contexts, it is used metaphorically to signify permanence, loyalty, durability, fidelity, usefulness, value, and purification.  Matthew 5:13 KJV says; "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost 'HIS SAVOUR', wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Meaning; if we are not doing the will of God then we are under the will of men and left to their control.  We are the salt of the earth and if we lose our SAVIOR (Jesus, Holy Spirit) the earth will be left to the will of men.


Our bodies are temples or soil for the Holy Spirit (seed).  God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit to grow His kingdom.  Matthew 13:31-32 KJV says: "The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."  When we receive the Holy Spirit (seed) the Kingdom has come to us with all of it's power.  Jesus allowed His flesh to be crucified so that the seed could be released in the earth (man).  Therefore, God's kingdom comes TO THE BELIEVER through the Holy Spirit so that His will can be done IN THE BELIEVER as it is in heaven.  


So know I thought, as believers with the Holy Spirit why are we not seeing the fruit from our prayers or doing the works Jesus said we can do?  Is it because we are not following His prayer formula?  Are our motives wrong?  The miracles Jesus performed is suppose to be a normal course of action for praying believers.  Jesus said we have access to precisely the same power that He used to do all His works - the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit was the source of all Jesus' power during His earthly ministry.  Jesus exercised no power of or by Himself.  We can do the same or greater things than Jesus did because we have access to the same power source John 14:12.  


Further investigation revealed that we don't have true power because of how we pray.  Everything that we receive must be first asked for in prayer.  When we pray God's will we receive His power and He rewards us openly with a demonstration of that Power.  If there is no demonstration then we are doing something very wrong.


There are two forms of prayer, Fleshly Prayer and Spiritual Prayer.  In Part II, I will investigate fleshly prayers, prayers under our will.

The Spirit Behind Words


Updated March 11, 2014

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits, Proverbs 18:21."

One Sunday, I attended a local church and there was a statement made that was insightful; "behind every word there is a spirit" as in the case of Eve, who listened to a different spirit when speaking to the serpent in the Garden, she believed words not used by God, 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.

I often questioned why someone would go to a local church just to hear someone explain a book, until I understood the power of its words.  The Bible has drawn men, women and children since its inception; no other words in a book have done this.

Everyone who reads and understand the words written in the bible will find themselves.  However, too many of us believe in words defined by the world which are deceptive.  Man's structuring of word's are not God's and therefore designed to move us away from discovering who's we are.  We have been so bombarded by words, we can't find our way through the maze of their deception as we seek to find truth.  

Deception is believing information that is not true or not the whole truth as in half-truths or omission.  Words defined by the world utilize distraction, camouflage and concealment.  There are so many fascinating words to choose from and new ones are being formed, sadly, for our destruction.   James 3:8 ESV says: "no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison."  Words can change how we perceive reality.  The way we structure our words can literally create stress, depression and sickness; even death.

The adversary's mission is to distract and dislocate us from God who gives us life, healing and power.  How?  Through our mind with words.  However, believers should know that the adversary does not have power to hinder God's word from doing what it needs to do in our lives; we are the ones who give the adversary permission to reside in us by believing in his words.  Satan's only has power if we allow it as in the case of Simon Peter, Luke 22:31-32.  Note; Satan had to "ask" for permission to sift Peter like wheat and Jesus did not interfere because Peter gave that spirit rights to him.  When we allow the adverse spirit to enter, The Holy Spirit will not interfere because we have freedom to choose between the two in God's creation.  God allows this adverse spirit to do its devilment ultimately to accomplish His divine will.  Hopefully, when the sifting of our mind is over we will come out of it better people, Revelations 2:10 KJV.  


The more we understand the words Jesus spoke, the more we uncover truths about who's we are.  When we look into a mirror from a distance and walk towards it, the illusion is our reflection walking toward us.  Each mental step you take towards Jesus, He comes close to us in the same manner until He is in us.  That's when we discover the true meaning of His words.  There is truth and power behind the words of the unseen God.  We just have to have the courage to take the first step -- read your bible and receive the Holy Spirit it is the key to our existence; John 1:1.

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