Tidbits and Mindbytes

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November 2010

What About Thanksgiving?

As we approach this holiday season, I often wonder how we got away from the real miracle about Thanksgiving Day. These people, who knew nothing of the bitterness of Northern New England, were spared by the hand of God. No, He did not sway the storms, and cold air, nor did He stay the deaths that occurred. Instead, He gave strength, resilience, and hope to those that survived, and moved on the hearts of the native people, whom could have utterly destroyed the pilgrims in an instant. That great people could have left those settlers to starve, to die, and to leave their land.  They could have just watched this pitiful band of Christians struggle along forever. But their hearts were stirred to the people’s aid instead! No, they did not foresee the cruelty they were going to suffer, however they could see the imminent cruelty of death that the pilgrims would suffer if they did not help. So, with compassion, kindness, and a leery eye, the Natives helped them…as they had before.
People say that is was just human kindness that spared the pilgrims from death. But I see that as the fairy tale of the Thanksgiving concept. That natives  could have just slaughtered, and probably strongly considered doing such an act to drive the pilgrims from their lands. That would have been the human thing to do, protect your own stuff. But instead, they chose to have compassion, and felt a pity or a mercy towards these strange pales invaders who were ignorant of the lands they took.
So I consider again Thanksgiving Day, to realize that the real miracle is not the saving of the people…but God’s  hand overruling human nature. It distresses me to see a people of long ago, able to heed the words of God, and nowadays people are just the opposite. Here they are dead, and cold inside, having forgotten the true values in life, and left their moral codes behind…America is not going for the better. America only remember the fairy tale, and has forgotten the real meaning of Thanksgiving which is all that made this country brave, noble, and brilliant. America has forgotten what she really is.
Today, our forefathers would be ashamed of the America that is present. They would see it as what they had opposed so long ago—a corrupt system, a loss of morally, and infringement of the peoples happiness, liberty. They would despair over the imbalances in their government today, and I believe the forefathers of this country would be so disheartened by the America of today. Her sinking is the tragedy of the world, and the beacon of light is dying fast to the corruption that was once stood against in the beginning eras.
So, where has the real thanksgiving gone?  Where is it?  You will have to set aside those fairytales, and see the truth. Revelation of the truth has its cost, “Repent! Repent! And therefore be converted from your wicked ways!” Change your hearts and your minds! The winds of change are blowing, how will you change your heart? How can you change your mind? Who will save your soul? There is only one answer to this question…Jesus. He moves mens hearts, He changes the mind and nature of man…He is the only one who can save your soul.  Can you remember the real reason for Thanksgiving is that we have gratitude to Jesus, God, and Holy Ghost, for moving on the human heart to change human condition ? For the many thanksgivings to come…will you remember the truth? Will you show gratitude to God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit?

Whom do you serve?

No man can ever serve two masters faithfully…
Luke 16: 10-14
He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon ([a]deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another [whether God or man], who will give you that which is your own [that is, [b]the true riches]? No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches, or [c]anything in which you trust and on which you rely).
Often in this world, people try to balance themselves with incorrectly. It’s done often through business practices, and behaviors. I used to work for the cellphone company T-Mobile.
It was hard work, and emotionally draining for the one simple reason. As a customer care representative, you were torn in between two masters. Your company, T-Mobile or the Customer you represent. In dealing with the customer, you took a lashing for T-Mobile when things went wrong, and no one really calls customer care because things are ‘okay’. People would call with their problems, and we were required to get to the root of the problem. The root of the problem being emotional needs of the situation as well as the service end of the need. So you had to do take on the customer literally. You were there to gather information about the situation, the emotional side acknowledged with a quick pat statement, then move along into resolving the issue. Supposedly, this was going to help the customer. But nowadays, customers expect your time, your energy, and your abilities, and they expect the resolution to be what they want. If not, they go the superior because the ‘representative’ is just stupid, ignorant, and unwilling to help…there is where your half our of resolution is gone. This all had to be done in less then 7 minutes, just so you know. You’re expected to heal people, and make them happy/satisfied with T-Mobile in less then ten minutes. But people are not people of grace, they are people of demands. These demands were damaging, emotionally because they aimed right at you as the representative because you are T-Mobile. A person of my personality wants to fix everything. Make it all right. But it was a no win situation for me, because I knew there was little I could do to really help the people as T-Mobile itself had it’s own demands and regulations that I had to follow.
T-Mobile itself expected you to do everything you could, but they wanted you to do within their lines drawn. Customer’s had to accept what T-Mobile was offering, even though it wasn’t the solution. It was the problem. You were expected to Think Out side of the box, but stay within the lines. You had this scale of grading that was dependent on the mood of your coach, and often you would fail because your coach was nothing more than a number cruncher. The structure was set up that you had to please the Coaches and the Customers. If you failed to do either one, you were not a ‘good representative’ then you’d be written up for not succeeding to serve both masters. When odds are clashing, the chance of you successfully being able to serve two masters is improbable. Even if they shared the same exact traits, one eventually would demand more from you, and expect you to neglect the other.
This is why Jesus was so strongly against serving two masters, as the World will demand your attention, and make you give it to the World more and more and more as you serve the world. However, so does God. God demands our life, our attention, and our affections. Two entities that can have claim on you. But, you cannot serve them both. You must serve one. Either you will fall slave to the world, or you will be free in the redemption bought by Jesus. There is a choice in the matter, for all believers. This does not apply to those not saved, as they do not know of other options. They are bound to the World’s call and duty because they do not know the power of salvation. However, to the Christian, you have to make choice to serve either Jesus or the World. You cannot have both. They are in conflict with each other, just as oil is with water. The World must give way to the Lord, for the Lord reigns the World and all things in it. If you are going to succeed as your Christian walk progresses you need to keep the World in its place. Or else you’ll be torn apart by the conflict and desires of both. 
Matt 6:20-24(AMP) But [a]gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your [b]conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be [c]against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon ([d]deceitful riches, money, possessions, or [e]whatever is trusted in).
What do you do? You make a choice, and stick with it. Do not be caught off guard, prepare your mind and your soul daily with prayer and reading of the word. That doesn’t mean you have to be studying for hours upon hours, though if you were doing that I might question your reality connection. A simple prayer for thanksgiving, and armory in the morning when the need arises and at night. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out prayer, it’s a simple straight to the point prayer. Reading of devotions that get you into the Word are good ways to keep up your understanding of what God desires. Or even just opening the Bible for yourself and reading passages that spark your inner Spirits interest. These are how we begin…and grow more dependent on God than on what the World says. it takes effort and practice to do so. Use all your resources, as we are Holy Ghost Filled, Baptized, Anointed, and Given the Strength through Christ Jesus our Lord. These are our resources, the Blood, the Spirit, and Father.
James 1:5-8 (New International Version)
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Therefore, seek wisdom from God in His authority He will grant you the stability that is needed in your life. If you lose your grip on the world, and God will give you more. The More you lose your grip on the desire to serve the World, the more you will succeed in doing your call that is on your life, granted to you from the beginning of time. This is how we as Christians must think, live, breathe, and act. We are to be in the world, but NOT OF THE WORLD. This means we are not bound by the World’s call, but to the call of the Father in heaven, who’s Son gave up His Life for us that we ought to give our up to serve Him.

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