Greatest GIFT – Naomi Jeremiah

Faith, God's Wisdom, journey to healthy living, Life and dreams – Naomi Jeremiah


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Cold bedroom, best sleep!

This morning, I woke up and the room temperature was 62 degrees F. That is very cold for me. But when it’s cold in the bedroom, I always get the most relaxing, peaceful and long slumber. sleep7

I’ve been so fortunate for a while now that I am able to get a good shut eye, at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. It was not always a great sleep in the past for me. I had trouble sleeping before and I would wake up tired.

Two years ago, I’ve decided to find ways to correct my sleeping habits in the hope that I can cure my insomnia or sleep disorder. Through the latter part of my adult life, good sleep was very hard to achieve.sleep2 I resorted into taking over the counter sleeping pills, and then switched into more natural sleep aid, like Melatonin and Valerian. They did not really help that much. From time to time when I was very tired, I would doze off and get maybe 4 to 6 hours of sleep. For one thing my mind was so active, mostly worrying about the next day’s work activity or maybe personal issues would interrupt my sleep.

 

The internet and cell phones did not help and when social media and smart phones came along, sleeping was a distraction more than a necessity. sleep9Especially when some research group was saying you don’t need to have an eight hour of sleep. It’s different in each individual. Not everybody have the same sleeping requirements. So that played in my mind and as long as I’d get to sleep, even just five hours a night, I will be okay. I did not have a sleeping schedule set. Whenever I feel sleepy, that was the time. But as time went by, the less sleep I was getting. I had to rely on over the counter sleeping medication on nights when I was so wide awake. My mind was going 100 miles per hour thinking of so many things.

On one of our vacation road trips, I found a book written by Dr. Don Colbert entitled The Bible Cure for Sleep Disorders. The book gave way for me to embark and research about achieving a natural way to get good sleep.

Work With Your Wake/Sleep Cycles
Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day can help to set a rhythm to your sleep cycle and prompt your body to recognize when rest time is approaching. A morning ritual such as meditation or yoga that reduces your stress can be extremely beneficial – and this can also be repeated before sleep.

Move your body earlier in the day and avoid anything too vigorous at night, if possible. Movement, particularly movement that gets the heart rate up or is physically exerting, typically activates the sympathetic nervous system making you alert and awake, and subsequently decreases your melatonin (sleep hormone) production. Instead, in the evening, allow yourself time to slow down, unwind and stimulate your sleep neurotransmitters. Around 60 to 90 minutes before sleep, turn off your “devices”, turn the lights down and maybe include some meditation or light reading. Finding sleep hygiene that works for you is incredibly important, but these are great starting points for everyone. from: https://www.foodmatters.com/article/when-sleep-is-elusive-getting-quality-rest?fbclid=IwAR2n_bPPRMTPltLnxchyez6DdCw09nZAl8m5oS-ftwXDDv2kSMigL4Kszpg

The first thing I’ve changed was my sleeping schedule. I started sleeping at the same time at night and waking up at the same time in the morning. It took time changing the bad sleeping habit. I found a good herbal sleep medicine at Sprouts. It’s called Deep Sleep.deepsleep2 It doesn’t have side effects deepsleepso it’s safe to use. With Deep Sleep, it helped me to make a transition from a poor quality of sleep to a rhythmic sleep cycle. I try not to take it every night if I don’t have to.  When I am very sleepy, I would skip it. sleep4

I made it a point to turn off my desktop computer two hours before bed. I give myself time to relax. I brush my teeth two hours before I go to bed as I find that brushing my teeth right before bed makes me wide awake.

What helps me to stay asleep is making sure that I’m done with my daily water intake, which is 8 glasses a day, about 4 to 5 hours before bed, and not eating before bedtime. That’s where my intermittent fasting works in my favor. I stopped eating by 4 to 5 pm at the latest. It settles my stomach and most of the food I’ve eaten have digested by the time I get to bed. I don’t experience heartburn that can interrupt with sleep. I don’t take any medication nor supplement I discovered could interrupt with my sleep. Celery juice and smoothies and vegetables and fruits had helped me settle my stomach at night.

“Set your smart thermostat to slowly lower your home’s temperature starting at dinner time and ending at 65 degrees when bedtime rolls around. This gradual loss of temperature and light can really help stoke the motivation to sleep.” https://www.menshealth.com/health/a25628788/how-to-get-more-sleep-expert/

In winter, I would turn off the central heat and by the time I’m in bed the bedroom is getting cold. During warm days, I set my air cooling thermostat to 68 degrees, but now that I know that I can have a good sleep at 62 degrees under three blankets and a thick comforter, I might settle for 65 degrees.

What I find so helpful that relaxes my mind is reading my daily Bible devotional before bed. As I meditate on God’s Word, my mind relaxes and what I have read about God’s goodness and faithfulness and His love for us completely take over my mind. Thankfulness and gratefulness to God clears my mind of worry, concern and fear and giving my burden to Him stop the mind from self-involved thoughts. Afterwards, I would do my deep breathing of 4-7-8 about 8 timesbreathing and I’m ready for a restful shut eye.

And If I get lucky, I might remember my dream that I usually have about the time I would wake up. And I remember a lot of my dreams since I no longer deprive myself of a much needed sleep every night. I actually have a sleep journal and it’s fun to go back and review what I wrote from time to time.

When I get to Stage 5 of my sleep, I can feel, when I wake up in the morning, that I had a restful, long and peaceful sleep and a deep sleep at that. I’m getting a lot of them lately, the cold weather must have aided as well.sleep3

“What is deep sleep and how much do we need of it?

Some studies have shown that your deep sleep should at least be 20% of your overall sleep. It means that since most adults need 8-9 hours of sleep, they will need about 1.6-1.8 hours of deep sleep to feel fully functional next day.”  from: newhealthadvisor.com

What stage of sleep is most important?

For a quick review of the four stages of sleep:
Stage 1 (N1): This is the lightest sleep, lasting as little as five minutes,…
Stage 2 (N2): This light sleep is also fairly easy to be awoken from,…
Stage 3 (N3; formerly N3 and N4): This is deep sleep, during which the body performs maintenance…
Stage 5: REM sleep is the only sleep stage in which we dream.

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Why is REM sleep important?

REM sleep is important because it is the restorative part of our sleep cycle. Typically, you begin the sleep cycle with a period of non-REM sleep followed by a very short period of REM sleep.  from: azumio.com

How much sleep does an adult need?

An average adult needs between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night.

Can you get too much deep sleep?

According to New Health Advisor, adults 18 and older need anywhere from 1.5-1.8 hours of deep sleep per night, which is about 20% of your overall sleep. Some people, however, may find they need more in order to feel fully rested. There’s no such thing as too much deep sleep.  from: eightsleep.com   sleep6

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Where there is no Vision, people cast off Restraint

This is so true in all that we do and see. When people do things outside the guidance of God, people get destroyed. Humans follow what the devil stores in their minds for lack of knowledge on God’s Word written in the Holy Bible. Humans succumb to their anger, fear, hopelessness, bitterness, negativity, and self destruction.

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One morning,  I woke up with a vision and the vision spilled through when I was already had awaken and the Holy Spirit of God was still speaking to my heart. In my dream, there was a group of  friends and relatives who were very angry with me. They were even ready to hurt me for something I did which I thought was to save them. I was doing them a favor, but it did not come out that way in their minds. They were in a judgmental mode and disagreements ensued that all were talking at the same time complaining and unhappy to something I’ve done which I thought were good deeds. But they were ready to cast stones to destroy me. It was a huge effort to explain my side to ease up their anger revolting in their ignorant hearts.

The Holy Spirit of God explained that God has given His instructions (His Word) in the Holy Bible which He inspired. Nothing can be added into them. God wants us to do His will and one of them is to believe in His Son and Jesus’ eternal salvation that He offers. This is His Gift to us. He does not want us to boast on which religion is better.

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The Holy Bible is already His complete Word, but humans like to over emphasize, they like to override His plans and purposes because they feel that there is still lacking in the Holy Bible. There are false prophets after Jesus Christ came, died and resurrected that are contradicting what God and Jesus Christ have already said. The words that come out from their mouths are not what the Holy Bible teaches. They pick and choose the Bible verses that justify their false beliefs and condemn those Bible scriptures that do not align with what they believe in. They come up with all kinds of arguments and doctrines made up by men.

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The Holy Spirit revealed that God already knows the condition of the heart of each one of us. People tend to abuse and twist His Word for their own purposes and leading millions of people to Hades because of the false and added doctrines to what God and Jesus Christ have already established and had been written in the Holy Bible.

In my vision, the Holy Spirit is conveying to me that humans will be in revolt when we tried to correct what they believe in their hearts whether it is based on truth or not. He uses us to share Jesus Christ, His works, His death on the cross, His resurrection and what it means to our eternal salvation. It is a complete work and there’s nothing to be added or to be taken away from it. If they do, it is at their own peril or destruction. Lack of this wisdom and knowledge of what the Holy Bible teaches will get your eternal soul to the path of Hades.LackofKnowledge11

Those who believe in Jesus Christ’s offer of eternal salvation, His work, His death and resurrection and His Power to save us, Jesus offers an immediate presence with God and His Kingdom when they die. You don’t have to add works to it in order to be in heaven in the presence of God. Works are the results and evidence after the saving grace of God which has saved us through faith. No where in the Holy Bible says that you have to do all kinds of works first before you are approved by God. Through what Jesus has done and offer His life for our sins, we are already saved when we accept and receive Him.

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The results of being saved by Jesus here on earth while we are still in this world would bear fruits of good works or good deeds because the Gospel of Jesus Christ will open our eyes, sets us free, make us joyful and hopeful and Jesus Christ wants us to share that Truth, nothing added to it or taken away.

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If our Faith is based on works, that we have to do more even Christ has already done what God has required for us to be saved and be in His presence here on earth and the afterlife, we truly insult God. That is what the message of the vision I had as the Holy Spirit conveyed. If I set aside what the Grace (Jesus Christ) of God has fulfilled and being right with God, His Salvation and being in the presence of God in heaven could be based on Torah or God’s law in the Old Testament, Christ died for nothing. His shedding of the blood was wasted and His resurrection was just that. His soul was resurrected to go to heaven and nothing else. So all the Holy Week and Easter were nothing but just shows for fake holiness. But according to the New Testament, Jesus came back from the dead ALIVE! He was seen alive by 500 people aside from His disciples. Don’t compare this to other miracles because in this TRUTH lies how God planned it all to save us. This is God’s eternal requirement nothing added to it or taken away. This is God’s POWER. God did not say, okay this is done, but you still have to do this and this and this to be in heaven in my presence. Jesus Christ said it is finished! He accomplished what needed to be done, all we need to do is accept this through Faith and Grace and follow Him and live for Him, for we are His branches. Following Him only and believing in His teachings, nothing added or taken out from what the ancient early Christians inspired by God had already written. God is not asking for anything more.

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We don’t really believe in God, His plans and purposes if there’s more to Jesus Christ shedding His powerful blood. When we added or taken away from God’s Word, then what standard do we hold? The standard of man that’s what, their own doctrines, false prophets and their erroneous interpretations of what God and Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible have already proclaimed to be the Truth.

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Paul said that we are saved by believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ written in the New Testament. If you add more to Jesus Christ’s finished work, you have been deceived. God will add plagues in your life: fear, hopelessness, bitterness, unhappiness, strife in relationships and many more and will remove your name from the book of life, which means our souls are forever damned in hell.

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You are forever feeling guilty and hopeless because you have to follow the law, God’s glorious standard, like the Ten Commandments; working on your good deeds hoping that God will let you in His Presence because of your good deeds. Our mind is already our battlefield, the center of our sinfulness. We cannot control what the devil can work on: our minds! That’s why we need Jesus Christ and His complete Salvation work.

Jesus said He is our vine, God is the Gardener and we are the branches. vine_branches.jpg

Without holding on to Jesus’s teachings in the New Testament, we will be the same as the rest of the world. We won’t measure up, we will be trying so hard to be good, but deep inside we are not good, we all fall short of the glory of God. Jesus Christ is more than enough. He is the only way to the presence of God and to heaven, no human doctrines can surpass that. He is the light in darkness when we are confused, downtrodden and beaten up by this world’s sinfulness. Jesus Christ is the TRUTH. He died for our sins, He is God incarnate. He is God who came down to earth to save us and give us eternal life when we die and directly spend the afterlife with God and His presence. Don’t believe anything else, but test the Spirits thru God’s written Word in the Holy BibletesttheSpirits Jesus’s TRUTH is written in the Gospel of Luke, John, Matthew and Mark, presided by Paul and Peter and Christ’s other apostles. As His followers, Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us. Don’t be deceived by feelings and emotions. Test the spirits by God’s Words in the Holy Bible.

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The Condition of our hearts

 

God, as I have learned, is BIG in the matter of our hearts. He is more concerned of how our hearts operate in things about how we see the world as He sees it.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

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He is concerned of how our hearts reacts to Him as Someone who matters to us the most, the beginning and the end, the giver of life and the taker of it.

 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways… Proverbs 23:26

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The Holy Bible is full of verses dealing with our hearts. He observes how we obey Him, how we worship Him, how we present Him to the world. He close-captioned and zero in on our hearts specifically. Our deeds are secondary to Him. If our hearts are focused on Him, everything in our life is in the proper place including our deeds.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8Pureinheart

God has our best interest at heart all the time. He operates using His own heart in dealing with His creation. His heart speaks first before His mind. His mind is Holy for He is a holy God.  Everything about Him is holy.

for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

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God knows that our ways are not His ways, so when we become children of God as followers and believers of Jesus Christ, He has given us the Holy Spirit of God to guide and teach us the ways of God. The Holy Spirit is straight living in our hearts as believers of Jesus Christ. The more closer we become in our relationship with God through His Son; and studying and focusing on His words to us, our hearts are transformed. Everything with God is about our hearts. Believers of Jesus not only have eternal life after death, they also have a Holy Spirit that is leading us to be joyful in all circumstances. We go through trials and struggles with confidence in our hearts that God is with us all the time, through the Holy Spirit He has given us. HolySpiritFunctions

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for Him, we make good decisions in life, when we are tuned in to His words, life is worth living and able to endure the things that will come our way whether good or bad, we know that God is holding our hearts to the path where He wants us to go. HolyinHim

 

 

 

 

 

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love… Ephesians 1:4

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The consequences after the Fall from Eden

“Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved.” G. K. Chesterton

Original Sin – the tendency to sin innate in all human beings, held to be inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall.

If you still believe that all people are basically good or were born good– look inside you and look around you – the people of this modern age – You will see the Total Depravity of man – wicked or morally corrupt act.

synonyms: corruption · corruptness · vice · perversion · pervertedness · deviance · degeneracy · degradation · immorality · shamelessness · debauchery · dissipation · dissoluteness · turpitude · loucheness · profligacy · licentiousness · lewdness · lasciviousness · salaciousness · lechery · lecherousness · prurience · obscenity · indecency · libertinism · sordidness · wickedness · sinfulness · vileness · baseness · iniquity · nefariousness · criminality · viciousness · brutality · brutishness · perviness · vitiation

Hell is real, life is short and eternal life after death is forever

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

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Fools fall for the devil’s deception that there’s no God jeopardizing their souls and their short life on earth. The media news show accidents and deaths all the time.

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 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

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This is happening in today’s modern generation…

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The heart is deceitful above all things
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Whether we believe it or not, there is the reality of hell. God is merciful, loving, just. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful). He possesses a number of attributes, but one attribute that describe the totality of Father God: HE IS HOLY – God is morally and spiritually excellent.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Isaiah 55:8

God is HOLY –

“Of all the attributes that create a distance between God and us, it is His zero tolerance for sin of any kind that makes Him – ‘wholly different’ from us. Sometimes we actually imagine ourselves to be morally superior to God because we are more accepting of sin than He is. The fact that we can tolerate sin in others- and especially in ourselves– is not proof of our godliness but actually evidence of our ungodliness.” Dr. Robert Jeffress

OneWayonlyWhen Jesus Christ said on John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” He is not trying to be arrogant, boastful or proud. He is stating a fact – a truth to the core.

As HOLY as Father God, whose thoughts and ways are higher than us, there is no religion or other faiths that can get us near God and the heaven that God dwells. There are no good deeds, going to church every Sunday, praying to our chosen gods will get us to heaven when we die. And we are all going to die.  God is unchanging of His Holiness – He is the same God in the Old Testament and the New Testament. We cannot approach Him in our own ways. God knows the TRUE conditions of our hearts. We are totally depraved – sinful to the core. Our sinful thoughts and actions will always find us out. In fact, in this modern days, humans today parade their sinfulness. The social media, the internet, the news, the celebrities, the ordinary people, everyone is committing contempt against the holiness of God. Humans true nature comes with being disobedient and disrespectful against God.ContemptfortheLord

With God’s holiness, thanks be to God, He is also merciful! Godsolovedtheworld John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God so loved His creation that He doesn’t want us to perish in hell. That’s how much He cares for our eternal souls. God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, experienced an excruciating, hideous and humiliating death on the cross because of His love for us. He was like a lamb slaughtered for our sinfulness. But that is the only way, in the holiness of God, that we can reconcile to Him. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to earth to save us. He humbled Himself to die for our salvation. His death and resurrection open the doors to heaven and, to the presence of our Holy God, to those that believe and have placed their trust and faith in Jesus Christ.  To those that believe His death and resurrection and have surrender his will to Him and walk with Him and follow God and Jesus and obey His commands for our safety on earth from the evil one.

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Because Jesus Christ lives, I can face tomorrow!

 

James 4:14 “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Do not risk the destiny of your soul.

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Life is way too short!

 

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God’s Love is being offered to us in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, a Name above all Names who has the keys to Heaven and Hell. God has given Jesus Christ the power to save us, the Lamb that was sacrificed for our morally corrupt nature. Jesus Christ is God incarnate that has the power to reconcile us to a Holy God. GodsLove


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External Circumstances

“My vision of God is dependent upon the condition of my character. My character determines whether or not truth can even be revealed to me. Before I can say, “I saw the Lord,” there must be something in my character that conforms to the likeness of God. Until I am born again and really begin to see the kingdom of God, I only see from the perspective of my own biases. What I need is a surgical procedure – His use of external circumstances to bring about internal purification.”  Source: Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3

The recent shootings at Sutherland Springs, a suburb of San Antonio, Texas, was directly a rebellion against God. It was aimed to discredit the Almighty and powerful God to prove to all that God does not exist. If He does exist, as the atheists, the agnostics, the seculars chimed in, then He will stop the massacre of these God-fearing Christians to have happened. The truth is since Bible times, God-fearing humans have been massacred through the ages. Jesus’s disciples have been murdered except with the apostle John who died of old age. And the world will continue to kill Christians for what they believe in: Jesus Christ and the Creator of this world.

The devil was surely in the details that Sunday morning. As He controls and plays with the unstable minds of these mass shooters and terror-causing killers, the Godless cheered these wicked acts of terror.

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”    2 Timothy 3:1-5 ArmorofLight

Sadly, these types of people are what we are seeing now in this generation of humans. These are the same type of people that God banished from earth in the flood of Noah’s days, Sodom and Gomorrah of Abraham’s time period, Babylon described by the prophet Isaiah:  “Babylon, the most glorious of kingdoms, the flower of Chaldean pride, will be devastated like Sodom and Gomorrah when God destroyed them.” Isaiah 13:19

Our demands for change, and depending on what changes we want for this world, depend on which side we are associated in: good or evil. Eventually through the Bible times, God eliminated evil. Goodness stays for some generations, and evilness reappears again. This is the cycle of life on earth. Unless everyone is on the same page with God, our life on earth is always in a state of disturbance and uncertainty.

It’s ironic when this godless generation is making statements of our nation being divided. The truth about it, is the world has always been divided: evil against good. The devil always makes sure evilness propagates. evilagainstgood

Not unless Jesus has transformed our character, we will not see the truth of God’s precepts, His instructions and commands, and His will for our life: of what is good and what is bad in the real sense and true meanings of these words. These are what represent the Kingdom of God. When Jesus transforms our character and we respond to it, it opens our eyes to the realities of God’s good and evil as He describes them in the Holy Scriptures. And we let go of what the world describes what supposedly is the world’s concepts of good and evil.conformity Since our in-born character is confused and unable to distinguish God’s good and evil in His sight, we are shaped Donotbeconformed5 by this world that is overcome by the devil and his minions. Donotbeconformed6

As Christians, we should put on the armor of God everyday. It will always strengthen us and will not overcome us during these dangerous and perilous times. ArmorofGodIn other words, keep on studying and staying true with God’s words of Truth: His Grace of Salvation which leads to heaven, be always in sync with the Holy Spirit that Jesus has given us, be Christ like in Righteousness, stick with God’s TRUTH, stay firm with our FAITH in God and always share Jesus’s Gospel of peace and deliverance. Donotbeconformed3