Monthly Archives: February 2016

O come, O come, Emmanuel (Video)

This song not just prays for the return of Jesus Christ but also pleads for him to save Israel as well. Indeed, God’s will be done.

Here are the lyrics:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Anti Narcissist series – Part two (A few men who were narcissist’s in the Bible)

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The Bible mentions many narcissists and also their how they got punished. So I’ll mention four such men below:

  1. Gehazi
  2. Nebuchadnezzar
  3. Judas Iscariot
  4. Herod

 

1) Gehazi the servant of the prophet Elisha

Elisha had chosen Gehazi as his servant. Many a times Gehazi must have first hand experienced miracles of God by the hands of Elisha. It’s an honourable thing to work with a true prophet of God. I’d say Gehazi initially was not a bad person. If we read  2 Kings 4:8-37 you’ll notice that he was entrusted by Elisha to even help out in the case of the dead son of the Shunnamite woman. Though he tried to revive the child and couldn’t succeed, Elisha never rebuked him. Instead Elisha simply by faith in the Lord revived the woman’s son. Gehazi still had potential in him for a great future.

So where did it go wrong for Gehazi?

It’s when Elisha healed Naaman the Syrian that Gehazi acted wrong. If you read 2 Kings 5:20-27, you’d notice a change in attitude of Gehazi. Through self-exaltation and deception he acted the way a narcissist acts and misused the healed Naamans gratitude towards Elisha for healing him. He pursued Naaman after Elisha said no to any gift and lied in the name of Elisha to Naaman as asked for gifts for prophets. And so he obtained two talents of silver in two bags and also two changes of clothes. Now when confronted by Elisha, he will still more impudent and lied about what he had been doing. So, then Elisha the prophet of God, pronounced upon him a serious punishment and here it goes :

“Did not my heart go when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male servants and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper, like snow. (2 Kings 5:26-27)

The very leprosy that Naaman once had now got passed over to Gehazi. A bad way to ruin one’s legacy of being the prophet’s servant!

 

2) Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian emperor

A pagan emperor who built his empire on violence and bloodshed. He too had an abundantly clear experience of the power and deliverance which comes from the Lord God. You can refer to Daniel Chapter 3 and you’d notice that the emperor first raised up an image of a false god made of gold, then his sly Chaldean citizens accused Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (the three holy colleagues of the prophet Daniel) of wrong doing. Nebuchadnezzar in his furious rage assigned them to the fires all bound up to prevent their escape. Yet in the fires a fourth person appeared and prevented them from getting burnt. Even Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged this one as from God in saying “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25). He soon enough made a declaration all through his empire that in favour of the Lord God and the three men who stood up for God. Seemed liked he almost had a conversion.

So where it go wrong for Nebuchadnezzar?

Now even after Daniel helped Nebuchadnezzar in getting to know the meaning of the Second Dream the emperor received (refer to Daniel Chapter 4) there came big time humiliation for him. He was already warned that “Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.” (Daniel 4:27).

Yet after a year of receiving the warning he still spoke pompously about himself on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon. And this there was no Daniel speaking, instead it as a voice from heaven which spoke to Nebuchadnezzar “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” (Daniel 4: 31-32)

So if you see, Nebuchadnezzar was through a dream warned by the Lord God about his pride. Yet despite getting a prophetic confirmation later he rebelled. Then he was punished by the Lord. He did repent and came back to his senses. The following verses confirm this:

Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.  At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,  for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble. (Daniel 4: 33-37)

A narcissist at times if he or she is willing to acknowledge his pride and then humble themselves, can actually get out narcissism for good!

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3) Judas Iscariot the vile betrayer of Jesus Christ

Judas Iscariot was a narcissist too. In spite of personally bearing witness to the Lord Jesus performing miracles, he didn’t have a clean heart. It may seem remarkable that when most of Jesus’ disciples left the Lord, Judas still continued with Jesus. However, before anyone says that he did it out of faith, I’d like to point that he was stealing from the Lord’s treasury and that’s one thing that kept him going on with Jesus. The following scriptures confirm this:

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” (John 12:1-7)

When did it go even more wrong with Judas?

Now just because he was not harmed due to stealing, he got even more obsessed with his own base desires. It went to be so evil in his soul that Judas for a few silver coins betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ. This betrayal is the worst ever betrayal till date and for the record he betrayed Jesus unto death. He did experienced grief but never really repented. As a result he committed suicide by hanging himself and later his body burst forth too (refer Matthew 27: 1-10 and also Acts 1:15-20) .

For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. (2 Peter 2:21)

Even Jesus said that it was better for Judas Iscariot to have not to be born at all. The following scriptures confirm this:

When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”  Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.” (Matthew 26:20-25)

A horrible way for once a person who was called an Apostle of Jesus to down to the grave and to hell!

 

4) Herod the impious king

Herod was a king who was way too full of himself. The only thing he was truly great was in actually was in wickedness. He persecuted the Church and even got the Apostle James killed!

About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.  He killed James the brother of John with the sword,  and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.  (Acts 12:1-3)

Herod was a manipulative narcissist who would go to any extent to please the crowd so as to get in favour with them. So he got Peter arrested and kept him in prison because Peter proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, the Church didn’t lose hope. The people of the Church prayed very earnestly unto the Lord God. And the Lord sent his angel to rescue Peter. Despite being guarded by two soldiers who even kept watch as the Apostle slept the rescue was still successful. God’s angel got rid of Peter’s chain and led him to a safe place (Refer Acts 12:5-19). Yet this didn’t humble Herod but rather drove him into rage due to which he got the prison sentries killed. He had no regard for the Lord at all.

What finally nailed Herod in the end?

His most evil deed was yet to come. He began manipulating the people of Tyre and Sidon by his anger. And they depended on his country for their food they had assembled to meet him and ask for peace. Instead like a vile narcissist he gave such a speech that he got them to shout out that he is a god. This provoked the Lord God with burning rage that the angel of the Lord struck him and as a result Herod died of worms

Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.  But the word of God increased and multiplied.  (Acts 12:20-24)

Herod was never a good man from the beginning nor was he a good man at his end. He tried to please others only for his selfish agendas. Not giving God the glory cost him his very life!

 

bible warning

I shall soon write about the first narcissist ever to exist (hint: the Fallen one). However for now, from the above four examples we can learn that:

  1. It’s possible for a narcissist to repent.
  2. Not every narcissist might repent.
  3. The actions of narcissists can be harmful and even ungodly.
  4. Narcissistic people may even lie in the face of facts.
  5. Narcissist’s can hide their true inner motives by covering them up with good motives publicly.
  6. God can bring down the most proud narcissist to his or her rightful end.
  7. It’s possible for narcissist’s to experience miracles of God but remain unchanged.
  8. God can at times warn narcissists too either directly or through others.
  9. As in the example of Peter there is no need to deliberately get back to a narcissist who intends you harm.
  10. The Church though prayer and faith in the Lord God can actually defeat the plans of narcissist’s especially those one’s who persecute the Church and try to hinder the preach of the Gospel.

Anti Narcissist series – Part one (Narcissism defined)

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The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. (Proverbs 22:3)

To avoid a narcissist in your life, you must first know what a narcissist is and take your actions. That’s the difference between a prudent one and those are simpletons or gullible people.

At times, I encounter to people who face issues on being in love with a narcissist. Their sufferings are odd but what’s more odd is that these people can’t seem to keep away from their narcissist fiancé whom they intend to marry. They allow themselves to be the proverbial doormat to their oppressive fiancé. Some of these despite my warnings to cease and desist from continuing with such vile ‘sweethearts’ went on with the relationship, lost a lot of their emotional and physical health. And then they came back to me saying that the fiancé now is not interested in marrying them and how to win back their fiancé. I’d then say to them, good riddance for you, now please go and thank God for this, but the people whose hearts were broken by their narcissist ‘loved’ one were still in disbelief that the break up happened. I late understood this weird attachment as a soul tie.

Narcissism is not limited to only a couple who intend to marry. It could be a vile boss, a despotic dictator, traitors, serial stalkers etc. They don’t just seem to care about whom they have to hurt, just so that it inflates their self image to the clouds.

For those who wonder as to what a Narcissist is, here are two most appropriate definitions:

1. Excessive preoccupation with or admiration of oneself.
2. A personality disorder characterized by self-preoccupation, need for admiration, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem. (source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/narcissist)

Now for those who still don’t get my point, maybe due to fact they could be with only genuinely nice people, let me make it real to you; bad people do exist. About a few years ago, I encountered once such Narcissist. We due to some reason had to be in the same vehicle. And she kept yelling at her fiancé over the phone. Now all of a sudden she was speaking kindly to him. Initially I was not one bit interested in what she was saying, I was more bothered as to why she became polite without dropping a hint. She then told her fiance that, for two minutes they are to be off the phone and he must not call her and only after the actual time is over to call her back. This is the bit that provoked my interest. She held her mobile phone in her hand and also kept looking at her watch to see if two minutes passed by.

Her boyfriend or fiancé I suppose, called her a few seconds before the stipulated two minutes were done with. Immediately, this vile woman unloaded the worst possible insults to her boyfriend and kept asking him to apologize for calling before the two minutes were over. Even after the boyfriend once said sorry to her, she kept demanding that he keep saying sorry over and over again. Finally, she said the only sorry that she will accept is if she given a ‘treat’ of shopping for her whatever she wishes, provided the boyfriend pays the bills.

I was shocked at such behaviour. A gentleman in the same vehicle, once the girl got off, remarked as to once the girl and her fiancé get married it’s going to be an emotional riot in their marriage. I later pondered on the situation and realized that the girl was indeed a narcissist. Suppose if her boyfriend could think of how his actual future would be with her, he could either tactfully correct her or just leave her. Both ways it would set up a non oppressive future for him with her.

I believe that since the Bible warns of narcissism it didn’t do so only for the sake of our reading. It’s something we must pay attention to and also act on.

Does the Bible speak of narcissism?

– Yes it does and elaborates on narcissism very clearly. Here’s what it says:

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

Name a few in the Bible are known to be narcissists?

– I’ll mention four such men. Here we go:

  1. Gehazi
  2. Nebuchadnezzar
  3. Judas Iscariot
  4. Herod

God himself got these four punished in various forms and as per the degree of their sin. At times he did it through his servants on earth, at times by the angels, at times by the narcissists own actions and at times even one on one. (I’ll cover these four in detail in next post of these series) If the Lord knows how to recognize narcissists, shouldn’t we keep guard against such types? Yes, and like I mentioned we need to know what as narcissist is and then take decisive action.

Just because someone looks neat and beautiful doesn’t mean that you should say he or she is a nice person. Understand what their words and actions mean, and you’d know the kind of person they truly are.

Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” (John 7:24)

Christ be with you!

Grace does not allow you to disobey

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Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

The grace of God will never allow you to disobey the Lord. Any one saying that once you say a prayer of salvation you never need to refrain from sinning in the future, is actually deceived. I strongly exhort you to keep away from such people.

having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:5)

Now obedience is not the same as grace. Plus you cannot earn God’s grace. But at the same time it does not mean you deliberately refuse to honour the Lord Jesus by disobeying. Like it or not, those who don’t do the will of God won’t enter the kingdom of heaven.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

 

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Hope came in a basket (Christian poem)

Hope came in a basket,
Moses if you ask it.
Born a child to liberate,
God’s plan to operate.

Escaped from a death so cruel,
By the Lord’s grace, no duel.
Raised by Pharaoh’s daughter kind,
Grown up with a princely mind.

A vile Egyptian oppressor he smote,
Of which two Hebrews took note.
Avenging his brethren cost him exile,
He had to flee from the land of the Nile.

With no regard for idols of obsidian,
Moses dwelt in the land of Midian.
His divine calling at Horeb needed a push,
God spoke to him within a burning bush.

The Lord all merciful heard each cry,
Of Israel when their hope went dry.
Sent he Moses to lead them all,
Egypt’s king’s pride to fall.

Spoke Moses freedom for Israel’s sake,
From Pharaoh’s ruthless grasp to take.
God worked miracles through him a plenty,
He only needed ten plagues not twenty.

Striking fear and warnings to the impudent,
Moses with Aaron blessed by the Lord proved prudent.
Eventually Jacob’s children were set free,
One day to have milk and honey under their own tree.

Holy Ghost Fire (Video)

This song was sung by D-Maub and T.Haddy

Song lyrics:

I need it want it close to me,
I need it want it
Holy Ghost fire, Burn it up
Holy Ghost Fire, Burn it up
Everything that’s wrong in me, Burn It up
All of my impurities, Burn it up
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Anybody want it, anybody need it, anybody want it, anybody need it
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Anybody want it, anybody need it, anybody want it, anybody need it
Holy Ghost Fire, Burn it up
Holy Ghost Fire, Burn it up
Everything that’s wrong in me, Burn It up
All of my impurities, Burn it up
Say Fire, FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
Lord we need yo, FIRE!
Lord we nee yo, FIRE!
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Anybody want it, anybody need it, anybody want it, anybody need it
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Anybody want it, anybody need it, anybody want it, anybody need it
We need the Holy Ghost fire
(D-Maub)
Don’t come to close to me homie cause there ain’t no telling,
how long you can last from all this smoke you might be inhaling,
Gotta realize, Cutty on the winner side so I ain’t buying nothing you selling.
So don’t even bother with me
cause I got the Father with me
I’m passing you failing.
Yes i got a lot of passion to go out and testify
about his goodness and his mercy, I can never let it die
and outta me flows living waters I can never let it dry.
Because I know my flesh a mess and it is never satisfied. FIRE!
Simple desires I cannot gratify
because I’m only human will never work as an alibi.
You better believe I’m ready so when it’s time to battle I
come with the holyghost and make sure you hear my battle cry.
Told yall we want stop till you know,
holiness is what we stand for,
you don’t like it I’m not sorry
we holyghost F-I-R-E. FIRE!
I need it want it close to me, Fire
Its raining fire, one touch from Jesus,
and we’re going higher, Higher
Fire
Fire
Holy Ghost Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
We need it, Fire
We need it, Fire
We need it, fire
We need it, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
Holy Ghost, Fire
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If not yet warned then remember to avoid dangerous selfies

If you have not yet been warned, then consider this a good warning:

Overzealousness, ignorance and lack of regard for safety of self and others while taking selfies may result in grievous bodily harm or even death. At other times it may be totally disrespectful and even immoral if done in the wrong place, at the wrong time and with the wrong attitude.

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. (Proverbs 22:3)

Just because the whole planet is okay with selfies does not mean that you too should be okay with such things. I’m not saying that all selfies are bad. Some are good infact and capture the nostalgia of the moment. However, there are many selfies that are downright dangerous. I mean people actually put their lives and even of others on the line to obtain their precious little selfies.

There are people who take selfies at the edge of a cliff while ignoring the fact that one misstep while taking the awkwardly timed selfie might mean certain injuries and even death if things go even more wrong. There have been instances that people taking selfies while driving their cars have immediately gotten into a car crash and have not walked out alive!

If one has to choose between an outrageously dangerous selfie and a plain vanilla selfie, it’s actually wiser to avoid the dangerous version, even if you don’t the likes you want. Getting a million likes on Instagram is the same as getting a million dollars in Monopoly, it doesn’t actually do you good in the long term in the real world.

 

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Put your love for family and friends above your love for selfies

Never risk taking a selfie if your friends or loved ones need immediate help to save them from danger. It is not worth risking their lives for your 15 minutes of fame. First save their lives, then get into a safe location with them and then only click a selfie without harming or insulting anyone.

Those who truly love you will never want your love of selfies bring any harm even if you intend to make them happy and laugh. So don’t let them be in a situation where they later need to feel sorry for getting the selfie done.

 

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Have regard for your own life when taking a selfie

Just because you might be a fast runner doesn’t mean you provoke a horde of bulls or even a pack of wolves and let them run after you; while you take a selfie with them in the background. Want to prove you are a hero, then why not join the army or navy? But then the question comes as to why do you want to prove yourself to people who’ll just see your selfie today and three days later forget about it.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

One must ask oneself, if taking a selfie will really improve one’s self esteem or simply get into a continous cycle of pleasing people. One must also ask, if this selfie at so and so place is really worth risking life and who are the people who’d miss oneself if the selfie results in disaster?

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Do not play around with dangerous animals when taking selfies
Some people actually photoshop their images with those of animals such as tigers, lions etc while others include big sharks in the background. Obviously, these are liars and do get caught and then shamed online for their hypocrisy. But there are people who are genuine but for the wrong reasons. They actually stand close to a grizzly bear in the wild and expect it to play nice like their little kittens at home. Then the bear paws them on their backs or shoulder and lo the bear becomes the proverbial bad guy. Someone with a gun then loads a few bullets to ‘neutralize’ the bear which was first provoked by the people. Good grief, for just a few seconds of fame they want to jeopardize both the bear and themselves.
There are valid reasons that wild animals should be called wild animals. Especially, since they are not trained nor accustomed to human company one never knows if they will be calm or attack if one approaches them. Never take children and put them near a hyena for the sake of a selfie. The hyena has sharp teeth and quick reflexes. A few seconds is all it needs to injure and kill.
No matter how much of an expert you are, don’t get overzealous with selfies.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Remember your life is precious to the Lord God. So don’t waste it on trivial pursuits that are foolish. Know when to take a selfie and when not to. And then you will for one thing, still be in one piece.

 

May God’s angel protect you

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The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. (Psalm 34:7)

Ask the Lord in faith to send his holy angels to protect you. Especially against the evil angels of Satan who at times are called as demons. Do not fear the world but only believe in Christ. Avoid being scared of the powers of darkness but pray unto the Lord to guide and deliver you from all your enemies visible and invisible. Take courage in Christ, O those who believe in him. And by faith you’ll see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Quick reminder : Avoid needless promises or vows

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“If you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay fulfilling it, for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin. (Deuteronomy 23:21)

It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,” and to reflect only after making vows. (Proverbs 20:25)

When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5)

Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. (Matthew 5:33-37)

Purge me from every sinful blot

Purge me from every sinful blot;
My idols all be cast aside: 
Cleanse me from every evil thought,
From all the filth of self and pride.

The hatred of the carnal mind 
Out of my flesh at once remove:
Give me a tender heart, resigned, 
And pure, and full of faith and love.
(John Wesley)

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