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Anyone who has followed me for a long time knows that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. However, because of what has been occurring during the Evangelical Christmas movement, I have been silent about where I stand in all of this. I have talked around it, but now I can no longer talk around that elephant in the room. I must deal with it.

The Enemy is Not People

According to Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

The rulers of the darkness of this world are not people, but there are people who are controlled by this darkness, but it is not those people who are the problem. It is their ideology.

Conspiracy Theories are Agendas

Conspiracy theories fall into that category as much as anything else does. They are almost always lies and are used to control us with fear. The first time I realized the insidiousness of conspiracy theories had to do with a military installation in Crane, IN. Someone had taken pictures of the parking lot that was inside the Naval Surface Warfare Center made the parking spaces look much smaller than what a normal parking lot would look like. The commentator pointed out that FEMA was going to use the installation for keeping people rather than for cars and that the fence around was to keep people in.

I knew that wasn’t the truth, because I worked with several reservists who would go to the installation for training and used classified information. The reason that there was a fence was to keep people OUT not to keep people in. The parking lot in the photo didn’t have any cars in it so it was hard to distinguish the actual size of the parking spaces inside the lot. A good photographer could position his camera so that it appeared that the parking spaces were smaller. The conspiracy promoted fear that the government was out to get them and that they would be put into concentration camps if they didn’t stay on top of this.

This incident taught me to be weary of conspiracy theories because people often have agendas that they are trying to promote. Sensational conspiracy videos offer the most outlandish ideologies that people believe because they want to believe that the government is out to get them and that the enemy is on every corner and wants to destroy them.

People become convinced that what they are watching is true because of algorithms. Algorithms on the internet feed you more of what you are watching and don’t give you the alternative so you keep hearing the same ideology over and over again until you think that it all must be true because it appears everywhere.

No King but Jesus

Another aspect of the lie that we are being fed is the idea that some one person is going to save us from those powers. Again, it’s the fear of the darkness that makes us look for a savior to save us from that darkness. The sad thing is that any savior that we see except for THE Savior is a phony. It has happened throughout history. We often are just too lazy to see that any person other than Jesus Christ, no matter how benevolent he might seem in the beginning will succumb to the dark powers.

I saw this happen firsthand under a pastor that I sat under. He was a young man who wanted to do something great for God. He encountered a man who was on the radio who convinced him that God had chosen him to lead a church to greatness in the town where I lived. He then picked up and insisted that our church read a book that insisted that churchgoers were required to follow and not question their leaders.

This started him on a campaign to kick out anyone from the church who did not completely agree with him including the church board. I stayed long enough for the pastor to say that the church secretary and her husband (he was on the board) were holding seances and conducting witchcraft incantations on Saturday evenings at their house! I knew that wasn’t true! I attended the Bible studies that occurred there every Saturday night. There were no evil things happening there! I continued going even after that and sat right in the front of the church and then the pastor came after me and said that I had no business sitting there judging him. I told God there was no way that I could sit another service there and I got the impression that God was telling me that he wasn’t the one keeping me there. I left.

A few months later I heard that he had chased everyone out of the church and that he had convinced the last of the parishioners that since there were so few of them that they should sign the parsonage over to him as payment for his services. Shortly after that he chased those last ones away and then one Sunday, he and his family were the only ones left so he took the keys to the church and sent it to the denomination leaders saying that the people in the area were a backslidden wash that wanted nothing to do with the truth. He had murdered the church body one by one. He sold the parsonage and moved away.

Developing True Faith

How can we know what is true and what isn’t? Well, first, you must realize that fear is the opposite of faith. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. “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

When it comes to spiritual things, we tend to be lazy and depend on another person to tell us what God wants to tell us. We try to depend on someone else’s faith rather than developing our own faith in God and therefore we are duped by conspiracies and teachers who have their own agendas.

Our faith is developed through heart-knowledge of the God who saves us and I leave you with this from his word. “For God so Loved the World, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him will not perish but have everlasting life for God sent not his son into the world but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16 & 17. I urge you to meditate on these words this week.

A field of Mustard

A field of Mustard

This year, this blog is exploring Fifty two of the gifts that God has given us. The gift we are discussing today is faith. How much does God give us? What exactly is faith? When the faith God gives us is all used up, can we get more? What is the value of faith anyway?

In Romans 12:3 In the King James the Apostle Paul writes

For I say through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, according as God has dealt to every man a measure of faith.

The word measure in the Strong’s is metron (3358) which means a limited portion.

In context with the rest of this passage, everyone is given a limited portion of faith. It also says that God gives this limited portion to every man. In order to have the full picture of faith, we all have to share our faith with those around us. There are no big I’s and little yous.
God gives every person a measure of faith. but what is faith?

Faith is. . .

According to the definition given in Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is the Substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

The translation from the original Greek to English leaves a lot to be desired.
According to the Strong’s Concordance, “faith” is the word pistis (4102). It comes from the word pitho (3982 in the Strong’s) which means to converse by argument true or false.
The word pistis therefore means persuasion, credence, conviction of religious truth, God’s truth, or the reliance of Christ for salvation.
Let’s move on to other relevant words in this passage.
“Substance” in the Greek is hupostats (5287) meaning supports, assurance, confidence, confident, substance. The word substance, in this passage basically means that it supports our holds up what we hope for. It is like a platform that we stand on.
The phrase “things hoped for” is the word el’pidzo (1679) meaning to expect or confide, to trust, from the word elpece (1680) meaning to anticipate with pleasure.
Finally we get to the word evidence (1650) el’engkhos in the Greek. This word means proof, conviction, evidence, reproof, the root word of this is el’engkho which is admonish, convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove.
This passage therefore appears to be talking about unseen negative forces that we come against rather than other “things unseen” like future events or whatever.

Therefore, we could then translate this to passage to say:

Faith is the conviction of the truthfulness of God. It supports those things that we anticipate with pleasure. It is the evidence against unseen forces that come against us.

Faith is powerful!

I can almost hear you saying, “Yeah, but how much can it be worth if we only get a small measure of it?”

In Matthew 17:19-20, the disciples had just asked Jesus why they were not able to deliver a man from a demon. Jesus answered,

“Because of your unbelief. If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible for you.

When I read this, I get really excited because I realize that this is what we can do with just a single grain of faith. Imagine what we could do with a whole measure!

We are not limited to that one measure either. We can grow our faith. It says in Romans 10:17

“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

The word hearing here (both times) is the Greek word akoe which means to “actively be listening”.
The phrase Word of God is Rhema. This Word is not the Bible although the Bible will back up the Rhema word. Rhema is God speaking to us. God can speak to us through the Bible, but he can use speak in other ways as well. He can be that small gut feeling that we know what we know. He can be a voice in a dream or a vision. He can be speaking to us through another person like a preacher.
Our faith should be planted in other people. When we look at Matthew chapter 13, we see that the Word of God is like a mustard seed. So faith is part of this because it too is like a grain of mustard seed. In the parable of the sower, we see that the Word can be planted and not produce any results. We can also plant it and it can grow so big that it can become a thousand times more than what it started out as. The results of our faith can become so much that by the time that we are done those birds that stole our faith from us in the beginning are now enjoying the fruits of that faith as well.

Faith is truly a remarkable gift. I thank the Lord for it!

Something new for Fridays

Since I have moved my dates of when I am doing my blog posts, it gives me a long stretch of four days when I don’t have anything posted. I don’t however want to write another blog so I decided that I would put a video blog up of a video that someone else has done about the writing process or book marketing. This way, you will be hearing writing ideas from a different perspective. These perspectives may or may not reflect the views of this blogs author.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at .



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