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Society of Victums!?!?!?!


Even a light perusal of the news, and it becomes oh so very obvious that we live in a Society that has become “Victim” oriented. The excuses used to explain why someone did what they did has become a game of “one-ups-man-ship” Each new victim has a grab-bag of blame giving way to excuses for their bad behavior, and each one convinced that we the citizenry are stupid enough to let them get away with it (no examples need be given).

I heard a couple being interviewed today and something the husband said hit me like an arrow. They had been in an accident and both burned severely. The wife was not expected to live, and as she made each progressive step to recovery, the doctors would warn her husband not expect her to walk, use her hands or be able to do much with her life. God had other plans, and they give Him all the glory from their recovery. 20/20 did an interview with them and left out the part of God’s intervention, but that has not stopped them from telling everyone who will listen that God is the reason for the miraculous in their burn recovery.

Now, what did the husband say. He said, “….we decided a long time ago to be burned SURVIVORS NOT,  burn VICTIMS“. There it is. The difference between those that want to live by excuses, and have people feel sorry for them, and those that choose to be VICTORS. It is that one word – SURVIVOR.

The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians in chapter 4: “……7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.’………….

16‘ Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (the NIV)

Studying the life of the Apostle Paul reveals that he suffered many hardships by the hands of men and nature. Here is this passage he sums up those experiences saying, “yes we were knock down, but ….. WE WERE NOT KNOCKED OUT!” Paul and his companions choose NOT to accept the role as victims, but chose to give glory to God and testify to being SURVIVORS of the trials. Which person would you rather sit and listen to?

Victim or Survivor is just that, A CHOICE. You choose to be a victim and you choose to be a Survivor (The Victor). As a victim you get to have a “pity-party”, yet few if any show up to the party(and they never bring gifts). As a Survivor (victor) you get to live and get on with your life having become stronger, of more value and smarter as a result of the trial. No one is going to make that choice for you, you have to make it yourself.

When we stand before God one day, we’ll find out that excuses NEVER work with Him. So, what are you going to do now?

Can’t Help But Remember the Reason for Memorial Day


I am so very blessed in so many ways. I am truly a man without excuses because of the family that raised me. Yes, I said a family. A Great-Grandmother, two sets of Grand-Parents, my parents, and a gaggle of Aunts and Uncles. Not even a whiff of dysfunction anywhere. I was born into a Christian family, and not one religious christian could be found. Every one without exception whore their personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ on their sleeve. No matter when you saw any of them, they would be the same as you saw them on Sunday. I really do not have any excuses for messing up.

I learned at a young age that my dad’s brother was killed at the end of World War II. He was a navigator in the Army Air Corp. His flight crew was taking one of their normal runs in the Philippine Islands. As they were about to take off to return to their home base, they were warned of a storm in their flight path and recommended they stay where they were until the storm passed by. The Pilot thought they could make it, and they never heard from any of them ever again.

Dad served n the Army and later in the Merchant Marines. One of my aunts married a career Marine, who became one of my lifetime heroes. He served in Korea. During one his transport missions they were ambushed. He was injured and couldn’t get away, so he pretended to be dead. A North Korean drove his riffle butt into my uncles back, breaking it. After coming home and getting healed, he went back. He was the lead truck driver behind General Puller’s jeep leading the 1st Marines out of the infamous Frozen Chosin Reservoir. His life of dedication, commitment and service added to the lessons learned from my dad and grand fathers.

When it came time for me to serve, and I thought I might be drafted into the Army, I took advantage of a special offer to join the Marin Corps. I served in Vietnam, earned a Purple Heart, and came real close to making the Marine Corp a career. Jill, my wife to be (and has been for over 40 years) had another idea.

A couple of years ago my dad asked me to accompany him to Texas over Memorial Day Weekend. The idea was for just the two of us to get away, see where he was born and raised, and on that Sunday, his brother, Ovie Junior Broussard, was being recognized. The church my dad and his family were raised in had a memorial outside the church honoring the members of their church that had died in service to their country. The church had moved to a larger property, and had built a massive memorial with a bronze statue of a soldier bowing before this memorial praying for a lost comrade. My dad was to get a smaller version of the statue during the ceremony.

We left here on Wednesday and came home the next Monday. To this day, dad and I often refer to that weekend and how much it meant to both of us. But that’s not the only reason I remember the reason for celebrating Memorial Day.

Like many others, I lost many great friends while in Vietnam. One in particular came home with me on weekend leave almost every weekend. It was four of us, Don Grubb, Don Cunningham, Jim Burnett and myself. Cunningham and I were placed on squads within the same Regiment, several miles apart. The third day in country, Don was setting out a Claymore Mine and a sniper killed him. That was the toughest of all the losses. Because our Daughter Amanda and her husband Scott invited us out to dinner and then to see the Copy of the Vietnam Memorial that was displayed at Rose Hills (never able to make my self see it before), I made it a priority to find his name. I did.

All the talk in the world about war is utterly worthless. No one actually loves war except for those that want to lord control and power over others. To those of us who willingly went to war for our country, war was a necessity to defeat those that want to lord control and power over others. It’s that simple. I’m not asking people to love war, but to accept that sometimes we are called upon to fight for freedom. The Bible is full of war references, and God used verbiage of war when writing through men like the Apostle Paul. We all are in an ongoing Spiritual War. The advantage we have is we know the Victor and that we win because we belong to Him.

In closing, keep up the good fight a faith.

Can You Count the Clouds?


Psalms 108:4 The deeper your love, the higher it goes; every cloud’s a flag to your faithfulness. (The Message)

Have you ever heard a more excellent expression of praise than to describe the unlimited Faithfulness of God as “Flags “. Only the Holy Spirit could give Eugene Peterson this word picture. The question above is a challenge; Can you count the clouds? If not, then we cannot count the times God has been FAITHFUL.

I know what struggles are and I know how dark our enemy can make our lives. At those times, counting God’s faithfulness is difficult. Remember this verse in every aspect of your life. It will open the door for the Holy Spirit to do “the remembering” for you.

Relax. Let the Holy Spirit do His job. Use these times to learn how to REST in Him so you can enter His Rest.

Know Yourself


Part of my daily devotions is reading “Right From the Heart – 1 Minute Devotions”, by Bryant Wright. Yesterdays devotional was from Philippians 3:10I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself.” (The Message). Here is the devotional (highlighting mine). We’ll discuss afterward;

“The person we spend the most time with is our self, so we tend to be pretty interested in ourselves. I ask you: Do you really like yourself? Would you rather be somebody else? Are you realistic about your strengths and weaknesses?

Socrates gets credit for saying, “Know thyself,” even though what he really said, was, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Either way, the message is clear. Knowing ourselves is a key to a meaningful life.

Let me go a step further. Since God is your Creator and He knows you better than anyone, why don’t you get to know God personally and then you’ll get to know yourself–the real you–better than you ever could on your own. God gives us the way to know Him through Jesus and His Word. If you get to know Him, you’ll come to know yourself and why you’re here. You’ll be on the road to a very meaningful life.”

We walk around with someone everyday and we really don’t take the time to really know him or her. We think we know who that person is that looks back at us from the mirror, but is it a realistic perspective? I suggest that’s the real reason we don’t get to know The Triune God Who is walking beside us everyday. Ignorance of a person, subject or matter last only for a short time. That excuse goes away real fast.

What are we afraid of is getting to know ourselves, or at least own up to the real person? I’m 64 years old. The last 15 to 20 years has been a series of “reality-checks”. Not fun in any way, shape or form. However, as I have deliberately submitted myself to God’s examination with the determination to really except who I am, has peace and joy reentered my life. The “Jerry” I though I knew, really never existed. As I peeled back the layers of the façade was I able to see the real me, the me I didn’t like, the me I did like and what God was looking at. As I yielded THAT man, I found my vision of The Triune God change and our relationship has been greater than ever.

No, such an examination is NOT fun, nor do I want to paint a word picture of the process being easy. Yet, the results are so fantastic, fulfilling and beneficial. There are some of us that need help doing this, I am one of them. So what. Better to admit we need help and get it, than to continue in some phony act that most people can see through. Yes it’s a lot of work. Most great accomplishments require hard work. Do I really have to tell you that nothing happens in this life easily? And yes, He still gives strength to the weary to accomplish the goal. This goal He is eager to help you achieve.

The end result we all want to knowing God as much as He desires us to know Him. To have that unhindered prayer life and a confident faith knowing we have the best relationship possible with Him is worth the effort. Take the Niki philosophy and “Just Do It”.

I Love Israel


It is important for us to remember history, the real version, and not from some revisionist with an agenda. As we are face with present day dilemmas, many times they are the result of the fact that we have forgotten our history. It is easy to get caught up in an agenda of crafty people who want to shape the world in their own, private image and philosophy. Today is a great example.

President Obama gave a speech saying that he wants Israels to give into the demands of the Palestinians and redraw the lines of their borders to the point in 1968 (that would make Israel only 8 miles wide). President Obama, joining with other world leaders like Iran, want Israel to give up the land that God gave them, and deny their heritage and history. In other words, by allowing others to tell them what they must do with their own land will make them defenseless, unable to protect their nation, and be wiped off the face of the world (the vision and mission of Iran and many other Muslim nations). Sounds gret, right?

Let’s look at history (the real one);

  • God gave the land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants, Israel.
  • God brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt into the promised land and established for the nation of Israel.
  • No matter the many times that Israel was taken into exile, God always restored the land to Israel.
  • A Muslim Terrorist named Arafat formed a following in Saudi Arabia and eventually tried to assassinate the Royalty so he could take over the country. He and his followers were driven out of Saudi Arabia, and no other nation  would allow them to enter their country.
  • He forced his way into Israel while they were struggling to reestablish their nation and God give n boundaries.
  • He claimed they were a people called the Palestinians who were at one time the owners of that land. Could never prove it, and because he was a well-known terrorist, other nations were afraid to confront him, and they gave into his demands. Thus the followers of Arafat, terrorists, became a people, who had no provable history, were allowed to become squatters in Israel.
  • They remain squatters to this day, making demands, they have no right to make, except for the rights given them by other nation heads who have joined with these terrorist squatters because they keep throwing temper tantrums by killing more and more Israelis, forming other terrorist groups calling them a “people”, and threatening to do the same in other nations.
  • Oppose them, and they throw more tantrums, making more trouble, teaching their children hatred against Israel and those that support Israel.
  • The Left has produced one “Israel-Hater” after another. President Obama sat under one of them for over 20 years, Pastor Write. When you look at all the people President Obama has associated with, you’ll see a long line of “Israel-Haters”, and some of them he brought into the White House as advisers.
  • Now President Obama has joined forces with the Palestinian Leadership in demanding Israel give up more of their inheritance.

Tragic is the nation that does not support and protect Israel. God said He blesses those that bless Israel, and is against those nations that are against Israel. We cannot count on our elected officials to do what is right. We must remain obedient to God and pray continually for the blessings, prosperity of protection of Israel.

Who are you aligning yourself with?

Where, Looked, Acted, Covered Up


2 Samuel 11-12

David was Where he was not supposed to be, looked at what he was not supposed to look at, and acted on his desire upon whom he was not supposed to be with. James tells us in chapter one that we are drawn away of our OWN lusts. Then when lust is acted upon, sin is birthed, and left to itself, destruction.

David was at the palace instead of leading the fighting where he had the anointing and training from God.

Because of his boredom, he was walking around. He ended up looking at what he should not have lingered, fueling his lust.

He acted on that lust and had the woman brought to him, even though he knew she as married to one of his soldiers.

He sent her home as if nothing had happened treating her with disdain as if she were a prostitute.

He tried to hide everything by trying to force her husband to go home and have relations with her. He proved to be more honorable than David.

David committed murder by the hands of an enemy, that David was supposed to be fighting with the troops.

At least David owned up to the sin and repented, but the destruction was already set in place.

How am I like David? Where have I been where I was not supposed to be, gave my attention to what I was not supposed to look at, lusted upon what was not honorable before God, and acted upon with no regard for my covenant relationship through the Lord Jesus Christ?

Where did I try to cover it up with flesh type efforts? Is what I am reaping now the results of that (those) sins?

“Lord, I repent in Jesus Name and ask that You cleanse me from all unrighteousness with the Blood of the Lamb, and by Your Spirit never to do such a thing again. In Jesus Name, Amen”.

Judgment


My wife and I were having a discussion last night when she accused me of being judgmental. She wasn’t being mean, and she was not trying to fight. In her opinion my statement was judgmental. Instead of reacting to the accusation, I asked a question instead; “How do you define judgmental?” She was lost for an answer at first, then she said, “when you judge these kinds of people because you don’t like them.” I asked another questions; “How am I judging when all I am doing is stating the fact that because of the values I live by, and the Scripture I know and have studied, their life choices are wrong, and I do not like their choices being forced on me?” She had no answer.

There is the problem between Right and Left politics. Name any group holding onto the Left for their Political Support, and you will find several consistencies. The primary being that when you voice any disagreement with their position, life choices, political policies or any aspect of value differences, than you are accused of being judgmental. That is interesting because the primary religion in the world that teaches against being judgmental is Christianity. Another consistency; They only throw scriptural values at Christians knowing they will recoil at the thought of being caught at being judgmental.

Well, let’s dispel that accusation right here and now. Ask anyone you know to define “Judging, or being judgmental”. You will probably find what I have that most people cannot give you an accurate definition. So I went to Wikipedia. Here is what they say;

Judgement

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Judgement (or judgment[1]) is the evaluation of evidence in the making of a decision.[2][3][4]The term has three distinct uses:

For other uses, see Choice . Choice consists of the mental process of judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one of them. While a choice can be made between imagined options (“what would I do if …?”), often a choice is made between real options, and followed by the corresponding action. For example, a route for a journey is chosen based on the preference of arriving at a given destination as soon as possible. The preferred (and therefore chosen) route is then derived from information about how long each of the possible routes take. This can be done by a route planner. If the preference is more complex, such as involving the scenery of the route, cognition and feeling are more intertwined, and the choice is less easy to delegate to a computer program or assistant. More complex examples (often decisions that affect what a person thinks or their core beliefs) include choosing a lifestyle, religious affiliation, or political position. Most people regard having choices as a good thing, though a severely limited or artificially restricted choice can lead to discomfort with choosing and possibly, an unsatisfactory outcome. In contrast, unlimited choice may lead to confusion, regret of the alternatives not taken, and indifference in an unstructured existence; and the illusion that choosing an object or a course leads necessarily to control of that object or course can cause psychologicalproblems. Just because I don’t agree with your;

  • Choices
  • Ideas
  • Opinions
  • Perspectives
  • Political Views
  • Life Style Choices
  • And any thing else;

DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AM JUDGING YOU, NOR DO I HAVE SOME SORT OF PHOBIA!!!!!!!!! What it means is that I have MY OWN;

  • Set of Choices
  • Ideas
  • Opinions
  • Perspectives
  • Political Views
  • Life Style Choices
  • And any thing else;

Next time you find yourself in that situation remember, ask questions, and let them quiet themselves.

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