We hope to provide you with all the faith writings we can to help you walk through your faith journey. May God be with you and us to help you and bless all of us.
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We hope to provide you with all the faith writings we can to help you walk through your faith journey. May God be with you and us to help you and bless all of us.
Thanks from LivingWater ministries team and Goforthinfaithministries
The Coming Is Sooner Than You think
For no one knows a time or place and no one knows the way but it is here and time to prepare before you can’t I only wish blessings and love upon you all and if you want to know how to come to the father there is still time before it is too late and to learn how to do so I invite you to the steps of faith page on our site I created titled
For God Listenze and hears all that you speak
And proclaim this tonight verbally and in your ear for the time is upon us and more than near
New Living Translation
I am counting on the Lord;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word
I am hoping for and counting on the Lord to walk beside me and with me as he always has in faith since I was a child I have been in specific situations to have healing affect on certain situations and my favorite hymn has always been eye on the sparrow and I come to the garden
Favorite scripture has always been psalm 139 and Hebrews 11 which talk about the beginning of the unformed body in the mother’s womb and a story of faith in my picture I wear a hat faith over fear that is my testimony sentence as I lived a life of sexual abuse and beatings and rapes my first time introduced in sex being a rape through it I lived the rest of my life in fear especially of the unknown in sex I lived life as a scared rebellious child because it’s how I was traumatized so I would give in out of fear to the act of sex in fear of hurt and pain again of being hurt or raped my family couldn’t take my rebel in me especially my mom as she and i spoke of the rebel in me and how I was different and had to live by faith for who o was yet I never believed so she sent me with my dad off to a National Youth Conference in hopes of someone releasing my rebellion not knowing what I had actually been through of being raped multiple times my virginity taken the first time in the crucifixion style rape I rebelled about going to Colorado to this conference and so my parents in their dismay actually physically forced me onto the bus to go away not in abuse but very stern
It was the climax of my life
I can not tell you the woman who spoke that very day but she spoke on drugs, abuse and rape and I mocked each speaker as they stood and claimed there prayers and preachings till she came up and began her speech I stopped intensely my words and laughter I had and actually felt inclined in pull to listen to what she had to say as she spoke immediately uncontrollably I began to cry I was standing at the time and fell suddenly to my knees in Wales of cries so weak I could not have held myself if I had tried as I had she offered for all to come to one anointer or another anointer for a blessing and anointing
I had never been witness or exposed to that yet at that time but felt compelled to go where I was being drawn and compelled me to go I went to the team member standing there in fear of the unknown of what shall come and as the human can not remember if male or female anointed me I again fell into my knees weak only this time again in loud boasting tears I cried I felt a presence flow like water over and throughout my body as the Holy Spirit flowed within me and baptized me as well that day the rest of the day I stayed to myself unsure of what I had been through in a week I returned home and was no longer a rebel that’s when I opened up for the first time to anyone about my rapes and allowing myself out of fear to give in to other men the same and spoke myself as a teen in need of a final release I went to my pastor at Green Tree Church of The Brethren as had been told and I sat alone with him for about 2 hrs as we spoke and expressed to him that I wanted to become a member of the church he assured me that could be done as he prepared for me to go through classes to become a member and if willing a baptism as well
I started attending these classes and was asked to give up three things in covenant to God
2. Foul and vulgarity of my lips
3. Drinking and smoking to release stress
That was how my story began
I released those three things in covenant to open my spirit for what was next in my fear and faith walk
Luke I know when you read this you’re gonna cry for I haven’t begun to tell you my entire testimony yet only pieces along the way
June of 1994 I was saved and baptized by faith in the unbelievers and unknown of the Holy Spirit and faith in Christ I never felt worthy enough until I began to understand my journey in faith
In 1998 or 1999 I had a vision in a small group in Birmingham Alabama where I attended a mission faith trip to rebuild a single mother house completely demolished by a hurricane and she survived with her two children huddled in a small tub while the house was ripped from around her so while I was in this small group I envisioned I was going to have no offense meant to anyone in this but I was told and envisioned I was going to become pregnant with a black baby it was specifically spoke that way to me no offense meant I’m all love I burst out at the leader in question for I did not understand as I had given that part of my life up and had no known boyfriend I was extremely upset and questioned it and my faith and myself for I knew the word I spoke out loud to God and claimed as my faithfulness to Christ we were in Alabama for about two weeks longer and when I returned home I was still puzzled by this revelation I was given upon my life though I went about living out each day in life as if I may be wrong in what I thought and thought I had heard not to mention where I had heard it from in 1999 I began pregnant with a black mans baby unknowingly and I don’t recall what or how it conspired however the revelation became reality though what I was unaware to know was that I would not have a living life with that child in 1999 at 6 n a half months pregnant the baby’s heart stopped several doctors examined me one after another to confirm the child’s death in my womb and eventually they sent me in for an emergency DNE to be done to remove the deceased fetus I cried for I felt it was a gift and had drawn close and attached playing music to it and talking with it in the womb they said it was to be a little girl however I never saw the infant so the only closure I could bring was to find a name which became Katrina Amber-Renee as I was still unwed at the time I conceived she was to have been born in the millennium prediction date of January 11, 2000 after I lost her I was sad but also blessed because the man left me because he could not deal with the loss though I was not aware of that being the reason at the time for he had not told me or seen me after that for about 6 years when he finally confronted me the reason he left. In 2001 I went for two months to Taize France on a in depth faith and discipline study where I had many miracles happen we were to perform a detailed and in depth with God fasting and I felt again not good enough to perform this as I already had not eaten anything so I prayed fervent prayers and said Father you know the intimate fasting I have to do starting tonight for 7 days I can not do it I am already so weak and frail in need your guidance and offerings and blessing to be given to me if I truly must go on with this and before I began to open my eyes and finish the prayer a women came from behind me to right side of me and tapped my on the shoulder asking if I wanted her apple and bread and milk I think speechless and frail I sheepishly believed and said yes please
I than continued to put stuff onto my tray to get ready to eat my last meal I had for the day but noticed I still wouldn’t have enough food for how I was feeling already so as I lay the last item in my hand to pray over the food for blessing once more from the left side came another younger women all jubilant and such and said do you need some extra meal to eat and as she finished her question a white dove flew over my head and looking at me from above the beam on my head she was gone I never even saw her go again stunned and in shock I arranged the food and tray and began to pray over it in request of health and blessing I had more than enough to eat that night and had become fully satisfied in health body and nourishment that I fasted that whole week.
I had a spiritual bonding that night as I felt the waking of the Holy Spirit within me again I later in two months returned home and eventually went off to Valley Forge Christian College in PhoenixVille Pa and Eastern Christian College in St David’s Pa and while I was at VFCC I sang in the choir and the one day a college student friend of me in tears asked us to pray over her I was asked to present the prayer because of my faith I bashfully denied and said I couldn’t I wasn’t but only a beginner walker however I ended up doing the prayer and she immediately having the same reaction I had had when I was saved burst boastfully into tears and weeping and proclaiming she could feel differently and that she was blessed and healing from what was bothering her inner spirit she hugged me in the days when you could hug and thanked me great fully I left and moved back from college to later times when I went through the assault and rapes of my ex and became pregnant with 3 separate pregnancies one born in February 12,2005 BrieAnna Elizabeth Palmer who I remained in active labor with for 3 hours
Sarah Danielle Palmer born January 28,2006 the two of them being Irish twins and then Jaimie Lynne Palmer on April 13,2008 I had gone through the assault by his family to me in 2015 and because I had suffered a severe concussion and then a laceration of the head and as well as a TBI and bp heart and speech issue I mentally was unstable as well as had no place of my own to live any the time as where I was living was in my grandmother’s house hoarded and cluttered Mildred S Nagele (Spang) -Mary Magdalene my mother’s mom and the children youth and families got called on me and said I was homeless no finances and mentally unstable at the time and ripped the kids away from me giving them to the very family that had done this to me and had killed me that day while I was trying to make a call to 911 and while on the phone passed out and had my near death experience
While in the experience a man had been standing in the experience and asked me what is our next move what shall be done now you have a choice you may stay or you may go back and although I felt safe and peace filled there most beautiful place I had been I said frantically no I must go I need to go my kids need me and was unaware they were in the process of being taken but knew that I had no one and that meant they had no one I said sir please my kids need me I have to return back to them and immediately I was back in my body on earth back trying to speak on the 911 call while they were still in my care I had a vision as I woke up about that I was Jesus I frantically argued and cried and said no lord why this can not be that is you not me and I asked Luke and Shane about how this could be and we all agreed I was panicking until I found in my grandmother’s stuff that paperwork I sent to him to review and see if he believed and agreed with me with that my grandmother was Mary of Magdalene and yet in me I still only believed I was only still an Angel and let myself stay living that these days I have since healed others as well and changed suicidal to death giving them a different outlook for life back to life options instead that is the story of Wolfie and how we met we met over the internet in high school 35 yrs ago now and have never met in life but through pictures and he had just lost his mother and his most intimate bond and came into my chat room ready to kill himself and take his life knowingly was wrong and he had more to do and I stayed with him Counceling and praying over him both of us in tears as it was when I had just lost Katrina as well for 26 hrs give or take I stayed by his side bringing him back to life in his mental attitude and spirit within and now I face death for a charge I did not do and though I was scared I do not fear anymore for I know God is there waiting for me and I wait till it is God’s perfect time I love Shane with my whole heart he as well refocused me as we refocused each other through the journey together and I love each of them in their own special ways for we grew as a family for me as I had no family as Jenny though still have some family as Jennifer L Palmer but I have seen my destiny that lies before me and it looks dark but you all must know through it you each are loved by him The Father God and now I just wait for what be our fate as Luke and both face fates together and I just wait for what it is in God’s time which brings me to the conclusion of the beginning to the end that
I am counting on the Lord;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word
and hope for him to be near for my faith has always been live and strong and it’s that which overlooked Shane trying to kill himself that day and see the faith he did have left within that changed his life and made me forever Angel Jenny as well as the name I held
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I Am Not Ashamed Of The Gospel
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. ( 2 Timothy 1:12).
Of course God is able-with the unsurpassed power of His mighty hand-to guard our souls for all eternity! No matter the storm that assails us, we need never fear our eternal destiny will be capsized in a sea of torment. How wonderful His lovingkindness! Let us not stand in shame of the Lord who bought us, but rather, rejoice in the wonder of His glorious Gospel!
Sow In Tears Reap In Joy
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. (Psalms 126:5)
How true it is that though we presently toil under a curse, sowing in tears upon this earth, it is in our hope of heavenly promise that we bask, joyful and content. Our earthly suffering is for but a moment! And truly-it is even now working for us who believe, a far and exceeding weight of glory! Rejoice, therefore, in the sweat of your brow and the pain in your side for these do but serve to focus your eyes heavenward to the consuming glory of promise!
He Renews Our Strength
He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Though we struggle to walk in the light and grow weary in the work of the Lord, our gracious Father is always there to renew us in His strength and power. By the might of God’s word, we are encouraged and brought to a place of rest in His wonderful peace and love.
The Children Of God
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3:1)
Did you know that you are loved by the Creator of the Universe? Regardless of who we are, God loves us and is willing to adopt us as sons and daughters. All we have to do is allow Jesus to be our Lord. Do not be surprised if people mock you once you become a believer. They do not understand God’s love for them, and therefore, cannot understand your love for God.
He Who Believes
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12)
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit allows the believer the privilege of greater works to honour the omnipotent and loving God. How sweet and wonderful is the life of the believer who trusts in the risen Saviour. Simply having the faith of a mustard seed allows us to do wonderful things for the glory and honour of Christ. Not only will we have the power to do the wonders of Christ found in the New Testament, but we also will be able to do other incredible miracles. As believers, we will see God’s goodness and greatness in the work He does through us. May all glory and honour go unto Him forever and ever.
In A Twinkling Of An Eye
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)
In an instant, the saints of the Christian faith will be caught up in the air to meet their Lord in wonderful glory. What an incredible picture of the church ascending to their glorious home at the long anticipated trumpet trill! Indeed, the victory over death and sin is evident through the return of Christ and we shall reign with Him forevermore. This promise of hope and everlasting life only brings us to a place of great thanksgiving to our beautiful Saviour.
Death is defeated
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:55-58)
Death defeated! The Law stripped of power! No longer crushed beneath the fell weight of the curse! Praise the Lord that the resurrection of Christ has secured your own resurrection, O people of the Almighty! Hell can hold no victory over you, O believer, for you are a child of the Most High, made into a new creation. Perfect! Righteous! Clothed exquisitely and adorned in beauty befitting the bride of Christ Himself! Christ has cleansed you unto righteousness, so go forth in that righteousness, steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the good work that all God’s children desire!
The Suffering Servant
The Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled in Isaiah 53
The prophecy technically starts at the tail end of Isaiah 52 but takes up the whole of Isaiah 53. Let’s break the prophetic verses down and show how Jesus’ life matched these:
Isaiah 53:2 talks about how this suffering servant had no beauty or majesty to attract others to him. Although Jesus was likely not deformed in appearance, he wasn’t the most beautiful human being to walk the earth.
Isaiah 53:3 discusses how mankind despised and rejected this servant. In the same way, Jesus’ audience rejected him because his message was too difficult to digest, and eventually killed him for it.
Isaiah 53:4-5 Through his suffering, he takes our place and heals us. This really wouldn’t work in terms of the Old Testament prophets. Although they did suffer, Israel wasn’t healed by their wounds. Alternatively, by Jesus’ wounds, we are healed.
Isaiah 53:7 He doesn’t open his mouth in the face of execution. When on trial, Jesus doesn’t answer (Matthew 27:14) any of the charges.
Isaiah 53:9 Assigned a grave with the wicked and in the rich with his death. He dies alongside two thieves (the wicked), but Joseph of Arimathea buried him in a tomb (the rich).
The passage goes on, each highlighting Christ’s life first, but Isaiah 53 makes it clear that no one else fulfills the role of suffering servant quite like Jesus did.
Could it Be Someone Else?
Not likely. Many Jewish scholars struggle with this passage because it clearly points to Jesus. Although they’ve offered other contenders such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, or even the Jewish people. After all, throughout their history, Jews have been despised and rejected.
However, none of the contenders appear to fit the substitutionary roles the suffering servant plays. None of those contenders can heal us by their wounds and restore us to God.
Why Does This Matter?
Fulfilled prophecies matter. If someone predicts something hundreds of years before an event takes place, the odds of that happening by a mere guess are astronomical. Let alone all the prophecies that point to Jesus in the Old Testament.
This passage in particular matters because Isaiah lived during 700-600 BC. These prophecies took place 600-700 years before Christ came to earth. If even just one of them came true, the odds would be astronomical, let alone this passage.
This passage also gives us insight into Jesus’ life and his work on the cross. We can read and appreciate just how much he has done for us.
This passage also leaves the Old Testament readers with no excuse. Jesus made it obvious that he was the suffering servant. Even if people never read the New Testament, they can see from the example Jesus gave that no one matches the Suffering Servant quite as well as he does.
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1 Corinthians 5:17
Restore our minds (Romans 12:2)
Restore broken relationships (Jere 17:14)
Restore system of Injustice (Jere 30:17)
Restore Hope ( Psalm 51:12)
Restore Peace (Romans 15:13)
A PART OF LIFE
Conflict is a part of life. No matter how closely you walk with God, you will still encounter times of conflict. The goal in life is not to avoid conflict at all costs… but to address conflict in the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
Are you in conflict with another person at this moment? Is that person your spouse? Your son or daughter? Your mom or dad? Your boss or another co-worker? Your neighbor? What does God want you to do? The Book of Proverbs gives us great wisdom into dealing correctly with conflict.
1. Seek wise counsel. “Prepare plans by consultation, and make war by wise guidance” (Prov. 20:18). Get a wise and unbiased third party to give you advice on the situation. You may be greatly in the wrong and not even know it. You may be so mad that you are unable to see the conflict from the other person’s perspective. There are three sides to every argument: yours, theirs, and the unbiased truth.
2. Watch for pride. “Pride leads to conflict” (Prov. 13:10). Many conflicts are the result of wounded pride. If you at odds with someone, and your wounded pride is the main reason… confess it and reconcile. “God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble” (Jas. 4:6).
3. Watch for anger. “A man with a bad temper starts fights, but he who is slow to anger quiets fighting” ( Prov. 15:18). Conflict and anger are often joined at the hip. When you start to get angry, you need to back off the discussion. Many hurtful words are spoken in anger – I hate you… I wish I never married you… You are no good…You are stupid… You will never amount to anything. Once words like that leave your mouth, they cannot be retrieved. Better to bite your tongue and walk away from the argument than to start spewing words of anger that may indeed damage for a lifetime.
4. Take the high road. “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him” (Prov. 26:4). It has well been said, “Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” Always be kind, considerate and respectful even in conflict. Think of the other person as your boss (even if he or she is your child). If you were pleading your case with your boss, you probably would not resort to name calling, would not interrupt, would not be disrespectful and condescending, and would not threaten. Those are keys things to remember when involved in any argument.
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!”
Dear Lord, I will not get worked up when I see people doing evil. I will focus on you and check the motives of my own heart. I trust you.
It’s easy to get all worked up when we see injustice, unkindness, and people treating other humans with disrespect. But all this evil in the world isn’t something we need to live in fear over. Instead we can claim the truth that God is in control. He is always working and in the end He wins (Revelation 21:4-8).
“For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.”
Dear Lord, I know the evil I see in the world will not last forever. Your righteousness will reign, and right will ultimately win. I trust you.
There is coming a day when the heartache of this world will pass away and right will win. This gives us the hope we need in fear filled times to continue trusting until those final days (Revelation 22:3-5).
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.”
Lord, I know my heart needs to rest in you, but sometimes it’s hard to do right. Help me choose to live a faithful life over a fearful life. I trust you.
This is not the time to give up and quit living for the Lord. Fear will give you every excuse to throw in the towel and decide there are too many challenges to keep pressing on. But Paul gives clear instructions on what to do when we fear begins to get the best of us. We must press on! (Philippians 3:13-14).
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Lord, I choose your way and will. While I have many ideas and thoughts of how things should work out, help me remember your way is the best way. I trust you.
Sometimes I want to figure everything out. I have ideas of how to fix the problems in our world and I can’t understand why others won’t jump on board and get to work to make things right. But God is continually reminding me that His way is the best way. And He already has it all figured out (Romans 8:28).
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
Lord, I commit my fears to you today. There are so many unknowns and so many things that make my heart worry, but I know you are in control. I trust you.
Sometimes fear simply requires a commitment to let God work. He already knows the outcome. He already knows the things that keep you awake at night. When we turn it over to him, we are committing to trust Him and then our job is simple – wait for Him to work it out (Psalm 27:14).
“He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”
Lord, You are just. You bring light in the darkness. I choose to believe you will shine through the circumstances I see. I choose to wait for you to work everything out for good. I trust you.
Though our world looks unfair and unjust, God is absolutely just and will make all things right one day. While we worry about being heard, seen and known, God is not concerned with our worldly agendas. He will make things right. Our job is loving Him and loving others well. (Matthew 22:36-40)
7. Psalm 37:7
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!”
Lord, it’s hard for me to sit still in moments like this. I just want to fix it. Help me sit still in your presence and wait for your timing in all things. I trust you.
Sometimes fear paralyzes me, other times it makes me run like a maniac looking for help. Over and over again I see God reminding us to let Him take care of our fears. A few verses that remind us to let Him take control are Psalm 46:10 and Isaiah 41:10.
“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.”
Lord, the events I see happening in our world make me angry. Help my heart rest in the peace you offer. Forgive me when I act out in anger. I trust you.
Fear graduates to anger once it settles in. I think of the question, “How dare they?” or the statement, “I can’t believe people are so terrible.” Anger rises us and I feel the need to speak up. But there is a way to respond to the fear and anger without an evil heart. It’s not easy, but with God we can still be angry about what is happening, but respond with grace (Ephesians 4:22-27).
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.”
Lord, thank you for giving me direction and guiding my steps. Sometimes I don’t know which way to turn, but I’m reminded today to always turn to you. I trust you.
Knowing I can trust God for the next steps in my life gives me hope. It’s hard sometimes when we can’t see the future. We don’t know which direction to go. We wonder if we should take action or lay low. But God will direct when we seek Him (Psalm 37:7).
“Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”
Lord, as I wait to see how things will work out, I choose to honor you with my thoughts, words, and actions. Help me to shine your light in the darkness. I trust you.
Waiting. Fear seems to always lead to this word. It’s in those unknown moments that we don’t know what to do that we have to wait. But we find the key to those uncertain moments in this verse. We wait and keep doing right. Sometimes we wait and do things our own way. This is when life gets super messy. But when we keep doing what we know to do, our focus stays steady on Jesus. It’s when we get our eyes off of the Lord that we begin to worry and doubt. Fear grips us and we begin to sink (Matthew 14:29-32).
If fear seems to have a hold of you in these difficult days we are walking through, choose one of the verses that speaks to your heart and pray it aloud today.
Scripture teaches that God created all human beings in his image. There is no exception to that, and being made in God’s image makes each person valuable and precious. There is no hierarchy of human beings demonstrated throughout Scripture. Jesus came so that all may be saved.
The Bible makes it clear that racism is wrong and entirely contradictory to God’s command to love our neighbors, His unconditional love, and the teachings of Jesus.
Racism is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Racism results in hatred, fear, and inhumane treatment toward someone because of the nation they’re from or the color of their skin.
But there are also other forms of prejudice that must be examined, for example colorism and xenophobia.
Colorism is a form of racism. It is defined as prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group. An example of this, explains an article by Time magazine quoting a 2006 study, is that employers are more likely to hire a lighter tone black man over a dark tone black man.
Xenophobia is defined as dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries. This, too, is a form of racism. Dislike or stereotyping of a whole nation is a grotesque form of racism that has caused wars and heinous acts against human beings.
Racism in all forms goes against clear biblical principles of love, compassion, and servanthood.
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands” (Acts 17:26).
Scripture clarifies that there is one human race. God created humanity in His image. Yet we learn from the Bible that there are many different nations and ethnicities. These are some of the most mentioned nations in the Bible:
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Arabs – In the Bible this term refers to peoples who were nomads in the Arabian deserts.
“It will never be inhabited or lived in for all generations; Arabs will not pitch their tents there, shepherds will not make their flocks lie down there” (Isaiah 13:20).
“Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power” (Acts 2:11).
Egyptians – This ethnic group inhabited the nation of Egypt and is mentioned often in Genesis and Exodus, but also appears in other parts of the Bible. It was the Egyptians who enslaved the Israelites for over 400 years.
“I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:4).
“Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them” (Isaiah 19:1).
Greeks – Often mentioned in Paul’s writings, the Greeks were those who were from the nation of Greece. Many Greeks became followers of Jesus due to Paul’s ministry.
“And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women” (Acts 17:4).
“For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:22).
Israelites – Also known as Jews, the Israelites were God’s chosen people in the Old Testament. Jesus was Jewish, interacted often with Jewish leaders, and was the Messiah Jewish people had long-awaited.
“All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, everyone with the blessing appropriate to him” (Genesis 49:28).
“I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin” (Romans 11:1).
Romans – The apostle Paul penned a letter to the Romans, those who were citizens of Rome, a place Paul longed to go in person to preach the Gospel and strengthen the church. Paul was also a Roman citizen.
“Meanwhile Jesus stood before the Roman governor, and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied” (Matthew 27:11).
“So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome” (Romans 1:15).
In the Old Testament, the Israelites were God’s chosen people. Through Abraham’s lineage, God established a new nation. A nation that God protected and guided. The Jewish people were given laws and commands that, as God’s people, they were instructed to obey for their own good. They were invited to follow God not only in action, but also in heart by having faith in a God that loved them and took care of them as a father.
The Israelites were God’s chosen people, but God’s love and care was extended to every nation. God doesn’t prefer one ethnicity or nation over another. For instance, God instructed Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach repentance so that the people there would be saved from destruction. There are also instances of converts in the Old Testament, those who were not Jewish who chose to follow God, such as Ruth or Zipporah.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
God has always had open arms to the whole world. In Paul’s writing to the church of Galatia, we are challenged to consider how Jesus unites all of us as brothers and sisters, regardless of ethnicity or nation. God breathes life into every human being and everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made.
In the life and death of Jesus, we learn of God’s love, compassion, and mercy shown to all people. God sent Jesus to die for the entire world and instructed the disciples to go into all nations and share the Gospel so that every nation and generation could have the opportunity for eternal life.
Jesus came to save the whole world, he confronted racism, and he commanded his disciples to preach to every nation. Jewish people believed that Samaritans were second class people who they weren’t supposed to talk to, touch, or even be in their presence. Jesus would have grown up knowing the hatred and division between Jews and Samaritans. Yet in two powerful accounts recorded in the Gospels, Jesus challenged the racism and prejudice that existed between Jews and Samaritans.
Jesus did the unimaginable when he approached the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4). Jesus, a Jewish man, took time to speak with a Samaritan woman. He treated her honestly and showed her mercy, he told her that he was indeed the Messiah, and invited her into eternal life.
Jesus also shared a radical parable in which the hero of the story was a Samaritan (see Luke 10). Once again, Jesus spoke against the racism that existed between Jewish people and Samaritans through a powerful story. Jesus did not judge by appearances, or rank one person higher than another.
Jesus spoke to, interacted with, and ate with everyone because He loved everyone the same despite what they looked like or where they were from.
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community” (Proverbs 6:16-17).
There is no passage that specifically answers the question of how God feels about racism, but Scripture gives us plenty of guidance about God’s love for all people, God’s hand in creation, and what the Lord does hate.
Pride, dishonesty, and conflict are found at the root of racism; all are evil that God hates. Racism leads to a plethora of injustices, discrimination, and outpouring of evil toward fellow human beings. When we judge the fruit of racism, we see that this only produces evil, pain, and strife.
In the New Testament, Paul wrote a powerful insight to the church of Ephesus:
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14).
Jesus tore down the divisions of hate and prejudice between groups that hated one another. Some of Jesus’ ministry on earth was aimed at opposing racism. Racism is a grave consequence of the fall, and part of the redemptive work that Jesus did was to begin deconstructing racist ideologies and challenging the evil of racism in the world.
The phrase “fall from grace” has long been a part of English vernacular. It is quite probable that you, as well as I have used this phrase at one time or another. Traditionally, when we speak of someone falling from grace, we are referring to an individual who has lost respect, status, or support due to action on their part.
Standing upon this definition, we have seen many in this age of technology and social media who fall into this category. With the temperament of this present world, it does not take much for this to happen. Many times, simply having a different or opposing opinion on issues is enough to turn the tide against the famous and popular among us.
In other cases, some have been guilty of questionable or unacceptable behavior, and have caused themselves to be plunged from the celebrity status they once occupied. Such are said to have fallen from grace.
Other interesting definitions of this phrase begin to shed light on where we need to go, but still fall well short of properly establishing the true nature and scope of this important truth. Of this phrase, the Free Dictionary says, “to sin and get on the wrong side of God.”
Wikipedia expands upon this definition by saying, “…the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to God to a state of guilty disobedience.”
To gain a full understanding of what it means to fall from grace, we must start in the book of Galatians. The apostle Paul said:
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4).
The matter of falling from grace happens to be one the most important teachings in the entirety of the Bible. In spite of this, it remains somewhat obscure to many, and entirely misunderstood. As we unpack this powerful verse, it will be important to keep in mind just what precipitated Paul’s writing of this letter. We find his reason in these two Scriptures respectively:
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel” (Galatians 1:6).
“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?” (Galatians 3:1).
The Galatians had been newly converted to Christ through Paul’s ministry, probably during Paul’s first missionary journey. False teachers known as Judaizers, who were Jews who had converted to Christianity were convincing these new converts that Old Testament customs were still binding, and that their new found faith would not be complete unless they kept these Jewish customs and laws. Paul wrote Galatians to refute this doctrine, and referred to it and any other teaching that would pervert the true gospel as “another gospel.” He went so far as to make this staggering declaration:
“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9).
We can see Paul’s love and concern for the Galatians as he speaks the truth; he did not want to see them fall from grace.
To fall from grace is to fall headlong into the error of the Judaizers; and that was and is to believe that our righteousness can be secured and maintained through a mixture of law and grace.
To be sure there are modern-day Judaizers, who put a great emphasis on the things that they do. They have a works-based mindset, and hence rely heavily upon their works to justify or make themselves righteous in God’s sight. How is a person justified, or made righteous in the sight of God? Is it through the keeping of the law, or through faith in Christ?
The Judaizers concluded that both were needed to maintain a walk with Christ. It was a good thing to be saved, they surmised, but in order to be “more saved,” or “better saved,” you need to add the Mosaic law to your Christian diet.
Of course, we know that as Christians that the Mosaic law is no longer binding. The truth is, “Christ plus nothing.” We read:
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Colossians 2:14).
The “handwriting of ordinances” referred to here is the Mosaic law. For the Christian, how do we define “law?” It can be defined as, a set of rules, a routine, or pattern of works that man uses as a means of obtaining righteousness or sanctification.
With this in mind we conclude that anything can become law to us — including the Christian disciplines, i.e., prayer, Bible reading, fasting, attending church, etc. Simply put, when we place our faith in the things that we do, rather than what Christ has done for us, we fall from grace. Scripture makes it clear that we are saved by grace:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesian 2:8-9).
Since we have not been saved through or by our works, we must not suppose that we can live for Christ by them. While our works are necessary, and the Christian disciplines are mandatory, we must not conclude that these things justify us. Once again, Paul makes this abundantly clear when he wrote to the church in Rome, and of course to the Galatians:
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20).
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified” (Galatians 2:16).
How can the Christian avoid the peril of falling from grace? The key to doing this is to learn how to properly live the Christian life. I know how that may sound, because after all, we are God’s people, and of course we know how to live for Him, right?
The question is, where is your faith? Is it in what you do, or in what Christ has done? The apostle Paul speaks again:
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Colossians 2:6).
What is he saying here? Simply that in the very same way that we came into Christ, which was by grace through faith, this is to be the very same we are to proceed in living for Him: by grace through faith. He expounds upon this precept further in Galatians:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:20-21).
The way to live for the Lord, and remain free from the “fall from grace,” is to live each day by faith in Christ. To do otherwise is to set aside the grace of God, which is the spiritual equivalent of falling from it.
As the Scripture explains, if we could be justified through our works or the law, then Christ’s death on the Cross was meaningless; and we know this is not the case. So where do you stand? Are you living under law or under grace? To attempt to do both is to cancel out grace.
Dear Lord, thank you for your sacrifice; help me to keep my faith in you.
1. Listen without interrupting ….. Prov 18
2. Speak without accusing …. James 1:19
3. Give without sparing …. Prov 21;26
4. Pray without ceasing …. Col 1:9
5. Answer without arguing …. Prov 17:11
6. Share without pretending …. Eph 4:15
7 Enjoy without complaining …. Phil 2:14
8. Trust without wavering …. Cor 13:7
9. Forgive without punishing …. Col 3:13
10. Promise without forgetting …. Prov 13:12
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