Is Ellen Degeneres a Christian?

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This is the question I was forced to ask google this morning after seeing many friends posting on Facebook about a financial blessing with her photo on the image to share and say Amen. The only information I could find was this interview:

She says:

“I was raised very, very strictly with Christian Science. I didn’t have a shot or an aspirin or anything until I was 13 years old. We had to go to church, do testimonies every Wednesday night. I think all religion is based on what happens after this life. You live a certain way so that when you die, things can be good. But why can’t things be good now? Why can’t you understand that you’re in heaven now? That’s how I live. I believe in God. I think that God is everywhere. Every morning I look outside, and I say, ‘Hi, God.’ Because I think that the trees are God. I think that our whole experience is God.”

The summary suggests she is a very vague Christian since obviously, she believes in God.

First of all, there is no such thing as a vague Christian; you either are or are not. That is the biggest problem in churches today, is in the belief in a sometimes every now and then Christian.

Second of all, there are many different religions, such as Muslims, that profess that there is a God. That in no way makes you a Christian. It’s not the acceptance of God but the acceptance of Christ that makes a Christian.

Summery, she is not a Christian, nor does she believe God the same way we do. According to this interview, her religion is Deism. Which is the belief that God is nature and the things we see and experience.

That would be the same as me painting a picture, and though you don’t know me, you like my painting and assume we’re best friends. The creator is not the creation.

I’m not trying to push anyone down, we cannot help what we do not know. I’m not saying to hate her. Contrary, love her, pray for her. God wishes her to know the truth as well.

Jesus said, I am the truth and life, no man come unto The Father but by me.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV

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Trust In The Lord and Lean Not To Your Own Understanding

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“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverb 3:5-6

Trust in The Lord and lean not to your own understanding.

The thing that people don’t realize is that trust isn’t something you just automatically have for someone, its something that is established over time. Just think of someone you trust in your life, I’m absolutely sure it’s not someone you just met. Trust comes by knowing a person the better you know them, the more confident you are on how they will handle a situation.

For example, if you know this person and they lie all the time about a situation you might not like it, and chances are when they tell you something you are certain they are not telling you the truth. And you will continue to feel that way about that person until they change. I don’t mean just for one day but over a period of time.

See, you must relearn them in a sense. It’s hard to trust and know people because people are inconsistent. Always changing. Always letting us down. After a while, we forget about just knowing people individually and start to believe we know all people in general. See that is what is so great about getting to know Our Father; He is never changing. He will always be as He always was. We don’t have to learn and relearn as the world sometimes suggests that we do, we just get to know Him over time in reading and/or hearing His word. We learn Him in our lives. It is not something that just appeared over time, it takes an effort to know Him. As you get to know Him you will grow in trust for Him; that trust is enough to get you through any situation that you might find yourself in. So trust in The Lord Your God.

The Lord Your God Which Goeth Before You

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“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

I am so thankful to be serving a loving God. One that loves me so much that every aspect of my life, everything that I must go through, He has already been there before me. I’m so thankful that no matter the situation, knowing God, He has already been here. It is He that has made this bearable because of Him I know I can make it through. He is not a God who just sits back and watches to see how we will handle a situation as some may think, but he is one that goes before us; all we have to do is stop getting ahead of ourselves and allow Him to take the lead in our life. That’s where He wants to be, and that’s where He should be, in Charge. If we allow Him to go first and we follow we can be confident of victory.

“The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;” Deuteronomy 1:30

I am not saying that when following Him there will not be tough times; actually, I’m telling you the exact opposite. When you follow the Lord into battle you will face many enemies, but you can be confident knowing that He is there to get you through.

You all have a blessed day today and allow His guidance to be your direction in all you’re going through.

“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:” Isaiah 45:2 (KJV)

Bible Knowledge 1&1: In The Beginning God…

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This is the most fundamental necessity of faith. We must come to the understanding that in the beginning was God. All through the Bible, the spirit confirms this being an important frame of thought. The first commandment is “thou shalt not have any other God but me.” What God is saying is before Him there is and was no other. He’s not saying that we should not place another God before Him, as if we have the power to do so. He’s saying that we ourselves need to come to the understanding of His infinite position and creation. He was not created but creation came through Him.

We need to get to a place of understanding in which we realize that without Him nothing could ever be, and because of Him all have the capability of being. So if we have something to be thankful for, let it be, in the beginning, God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Rejoice Always

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“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

Rejoice. What does this mean? Rejoice is actually a verb, it is the action in which you show your joy. It doesn’t say for us to have joy always, it says to show our joy always. Remember you have something to be joyful for today look at this beautiful day before you! Another opportunity to do more work for the Lord. Today don’t let the adversary steal what is rightfully yours. Rejoice, and again I say rejoice! Have an amazing day in the Lord dear brothers and sisters. God is rising up a great army but it is these things the world makes seems so meaningless that is going to change the world. With peace and love on your journey. God Bless you.

“But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” Isaiah 65:18 KJV

Here Am I

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Too many times I hear people grumble and complain that they don’t understand why God will not use them. But the truth of the matter is we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God designed each one of us for a purpose. Everything about you, every characteristic that a person has, was designed by God. See, God does nothing in vain. Now, if you spent your time, valuable time at that, to create a perfect tool of some sort you would intend to use it would you not. There is no way you would create a tool without a purpose in mind for it. Likewise, when God created you He did it with a purpose in mind; and there’s nothing He would love more than to use His tool.

So, if we were carefully created by THE ALMIGHTY FATHER for a purpose then why do we feel as if we are not being used for a purpose. Well, let’s look at a few scriptures and see what the Bible says about this very thing.
For we know that the Bible was written as an ensample for us to follow.

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11)

Let’s look at a character in the Bible named Samuel. Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was in a bad way. She was married to the man she loved, who loved her as well, and she wanted nothing more than to be able to give him a son, as was the custom in their time. However, Hannah had a problem, no matter how hard they tried she just couldn’t have a baby and everyone around her laughed at her and made her feel worthless. So one day she went to the temple, praying to the Lord in a humbling way. She was in such hysterics with her prayer that the priest Eli thought her to be drunk. 1 Samuel 1: 12-17 tells how she explains her behavior and he tells her to go in peace, that God grant her what she wanted.

With her granted appeal there was also a requirement in return on her part. It said that when God gave her a son (Samuel) that she would give the child back to God. So, the story goes that she has a son, nursed him, and took him back to the very same temple, to the very same priest, Eli; presenting the child for Gods work. Now, Samuel was little more than a servant, not being of the right tribe for the priesthood he could only do certain duties (not fun stuff). On one occasion, when Samuel was a little older Eli charged him with keeping the flame. You see, in his old age his sight was failing so he was not capable of doing this simple task and his two sons were far too important to be doing something as simple as to watch a flame. So it was decided to make Samuel do it. One night while keeping the flame his name was called. At first, he thought this must be Eli calling him so he runs to Eli and says, “here am I.” This happens a few times until Eli realizes that it was God calling Samuel, so he tells him to go back and answer The Lord. (1 Samuel 3:1-10)

So, what is my point?
A lot of time in life we think we are just wasting our time, that we should and could, be doing more not realizing the purpose of our position in life. See, God is not short minded like us, He sees the entire picture. He alone knows the reason and the purpose of where you’re at in any time in life. We just need to accept our current circumstances as an advancement for the kingdom of God. You can’t accomplish anything by wanting to be somewhere else, but what can you do? Conduct yourself as God would have you in the place he has allowed you to be. Ask yourself how Jesus would handle the situation that you are a part of. Does it line up with the way you are? We know that Jesus is the way. John 14:6 says:

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

So, if you are handling it in a way to honor Him than you are handling it correctly if not you can decide right now to do so. This is how can you better align yourself with the will of God.

You say “But I want to do more everyone else does more than me.”

Remember there is no such thing as unimportant work in the kingdom. Recall Samuel he had to watch a flame so it didn’t go out. How boring would that be? But, I could picture little Samuel, big-eyed full of excitement, watching the flame ecstatic for the simple thought of he was able to do something for God. He was more than willing, he was wanting to do something for the kingdom. He took pride in the simple task.

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10)

Now he wasn’t doing it in hopes to do more, but being thankful to be considered worthy to do anything for the Almighty.

Here am I….

Here am I is a term used in the Bible quite a few times. What it really means is, at your service. We will do good to remember that we are to be grateful just to be accepted worthy to be at the service of God. I believe too many people stay focused on the calling of God and not what God calls them to do. If a master was to call his servant and tells him to tie his shoe. Does the servant say I’d rather not and walk away? No, he does it. Does he do it with an attitude, like he hates to do it? Or does he/she do it like it’s an honor to do so? Now, which servant would the master call for with the important task when it arrives? The one who did it cause they had to, or the one who done it cause they wanted to?

Luke 12:41-48 (KJV)
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

We too quickly want to be used just like that at the drop of the hat. But my question to you is how’s your character? Are you living a lifestyle pleasing to God? Don’t worry about the things that you can’t change just focus on the decisions you should change and be happy where God has you. Be thankful to be a part of His plan. And whenever he calls, you are truly able to say, here am I?

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8)

Breaking Bread

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

I want us all to look at this verse carefully. I believe a lot of times people look at the word of God in verses, taking significant-sized bites out of the bread of life; and often times, just as with food, miss the pleasantness of the flavors, and missing essential key elements within the meal provided. Sometimes, you just need to break it down to smaller, more manageable, portions to enjoy your food better. Just because you ingest it quicker doesn’t mean it will give you the most nutrition to supply your body. Simply put, one of the most important parts of digestion is the prosses of ingesting. Let me show you what I mean.

[God is]

These two words express so much. This is the beginning thought of the passage. Unmistakably, the author of this Psalm believes that God is. He didn’t start this verse with “God may” or “God might,” but clearly that “God is.” This is an important manner in starting, for it is started in faith.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

See, through a lot of our toughest problems these two simple words can heal us from all doubt and worry in the midst of chaos. In the middle of all that comes against us if we could hold on to these two words comfort will flow over us. Our Mighty God is. Simple, yet powerful words that restore our faith in times of trouble.

[… Our refuge]

As we move forward with this meal presently prepared for us, we see that God is. What is God? It is written here that God is our refuge. Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is one’s refuge anyways?

Refuge(noun) a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.

Notice that refuge is a noun, which we know means that it is a person place or thing. This validates what we have learned thus far that God is. He is physical, He is the condition of one being protected from the pursuit of danger or trouble. This verse is assuring us that He is the provision which is able to shelter us from all that pursues us. If anything comes against us, we can rest assured knowing that we can find refuge in the presence of The Lord.

“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6 KJV

He is enough to protect us, if we believe this and have confidence in His word then all fear is gone and we can boldly trust in Our Lord.

[… and strength]

Not only does it tell us that God provides us with protection, but here it tells us that God also gives us strength. This is vital to understanding God. See, God is strength, and God is power. How does God choose to show His power? He shows His power through His servants. Take a look at Moses, Moses is a great illustration of the power of God. God wants to give you strength. I assure you a shepherd can continually protect his sheep however the wolf will always be watching for a time when it can slip in and get a free meal. When it believes no one is around to protect it. But, if when the wolf goes to attack the sheep, and every time the sheep kick him right in the snoot, eventually the wolf will realize that it needs to go find a meal someplace else.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Ephesians 6:10 KJV

[… a very present help in trouble]

Not only is He present, for we serve an omnipresent Father, but here, according to this scripture, His help is very present as well. He isn’t just present in the good times or high times but in the midst of trouble as well. When all come against you, and you are under attack, this is when God prefers to manifest His power. When others understand the trouble that you are in, that the battle is bigger than you, there is no denying that the power of God is the only thing that can give you victory. He doesn’t go missing in the time of trouble, as others often will, but Our God is very present in the midst of the trouble.

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV

Therefore do not be discouraged or live in fear. Resist the lies of the devil and embrace the word of God.

You see, there is so much that we can get from the word of God. This verse goes way deeper. The deeper you study it, the better understanding you have of it. The better you understand it, the better you can use it in your life. Don’t let numbers and chapters cause you to miss the power in the word, for when the word was written the numbers weren’t there. They were added later for the sole purpose of being able to find certain things as a group. Ask God to provide you with understanding, seek it out and it will be yours. For knowledge is power.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 KJV