My last post mentioned examples in the bible about what comes around goes around, but when I wrote that, my objective was to assure you that God will one day take care of the wicked. I certainly didn’t mean that every bad thing that happens in life is because of a wrong we committed. We see this clearly in the scriptures; in the book of Job, the prophets of the old testament and the life and adventures of the apostles who preached the Word of God. If that doesn’t convince you, look at what Jesus went through. He committed no sin, but took the punishment we all deserved.
Why to bad things happen? We live in a fallen world Maybe there is no reason – Abel’s death- because his brother was jealous of him They were too good for this world – Proverbs ( when the young die) Maybe its a test- remember David and the census To save your soul… think about that There is an unseen army against us – Eph 6, travels of Paul, Job So we know how to comfort others (2 Cor 1) – training
King Solomon said sorrow is better than laughter , which is initially difficult to understand at the time, but it is in those deep dark times that we are often drawn in closer to the Lord- these moments/ hardships can make us better or bitter. It’s true that we reap what we sow, which I fully had scripture to back up in my last post, but I don’t think that every wrong, trouble and problem that hits a follower of Christ is a payback. We see this truth in scripture as well.
Consider the trials of the apostles : (1 Cor 4)
“Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.
God comforts us is those times, and in turn we know how to comfort others. I think the verse below is amazing: (2 Cor 1)
” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies and Comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort others who are in trouble“
I wanted to share some great scripture and truths from 2 Corinthians 1. Here are some things that jumped out at me today from this chapter: -He comforts us -He delivers us – He delivers us now and will deliver us in the future -He raises us up -He establishes us together in Christ -He anoints us -He seals us -He gives us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee
These promises and all the promises of God are YES AND AMEN in Christ Jesus.
I loved every word of this chapter today, spend time reading, thinking and meditating on this chapter 2 Cor 1
King Solomon told us there is a time for everything, a time to build up, a time to tear down, a time to mourn , a time to rejoice….. Have hope in the Lord, He will get you through and as Paul said, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. He has you in His hands, He will guide you, lift you up and He will comfort you.
Romans 5 tells us to rejoice in our trials, and also that it is a step in our growth process to holiness, consider the verse “ we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Trials produce endurance in us This endurance produces character This character produces hope This hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8
I never thought this was a biblical truth until recently. I thought it was a Buddhist or Hindu belief called Karma, and it had nothing to do with God’s word, but perhaps, the origins come from the true written Word.
Over the last year as I’ve read through the bible, I’ve marked off scripture with the letters WGACA (What goes around comes around) where I believe, this truth is found, and I found many! We reap what we sow, justice always prevails, evil works will eventually catch up with the wicked. Even our words – consider the curse that flew out of Jacobs mouth when Laban accused his family of stealing a family idol. Rachel was hiding it and soon after she died in childbirth. That’s just words, but there are laws and sets of orders in our universe that God has put in place.
Whatever you do, good or bad, may or will most likely circle around and either smack you back with what you put out there or bless you for what you did in this universe that our Great God has created and ordered.
But hey, God knows our heart and their are circumstances where we are not always paid back, well not in a way we’d think. Consider Peter when he denied Jesus 3x. Peter is the rock of the church. He felt awful after he did this, yet Jesus came back to him and 3x Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him and each time Peter said yes. Peter was remorseful, Jesus chose to show him grace and another law of the universe of God at work – love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8). I would guess the anguish, sorrow and remorse he inwardly felt was enough punishment. However, even with that example above and that’s only His grace and law of love, the reality of the laws of the universe is that stuff will most likely come back around at most people, and certainly the wicked.
THIS IS THE KEY —1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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Consider Galatians 6:7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Psalm 18:24-27 The Lord rewards those who do what is right, He is faithful to the faithful, He is pure to the pure, He is shrewd to the crooked, He humiliates the proud and rescues the humble.
Proverbs 11:16-27 : there is reward for the kind and destruction for the cruel, rewards of the godly last but the wealth of the evil last only a moment, Godly find life, evil find death, the wicked are punished, the stingy will loose all they have but the generous will become more wealthy. Help and refresh others and you yourself will be refreshed. Those who hoard curse what they have and those who help others will in turn be helped when in need. The godly are rewarded, the wicked are judged. IF YOU SEARCH FOR GOOD, YOU WILL FIND FAVOR, IF YOU SEARCH FOR EVIL, IT WILL FIND YOU!
Isaiah 33: When you are done destroying, you will be destroyed, when you are done betraying, you will be betrayed
1 Kings 21 and 2Kings 9: Field of Naboth- Wicked Jezebel hires people to lie and murder innocent man and neighbor Naboth because her husband, King Ahab wanted his land. Naboth didn’t want to give it to him so wicked Jezebel had him killed for his land. God saw this injustice done to Naboth “The Lord pronounced this message against him: ‘I solemnly swear that I will repay him here on this plot of land, says the Lord, for the murder of Naboth and his sons that I saw yesterday.’ So throw him out on Naboth’s property, just as the Lord said.” also “Give him this message: ‘This is what the Lord says: Wasn’t it enough that you killed Naboth? Must you rob him, too? Because you have done this, dogs will lick your blood at the very place where they licked the blood of Naboth!’” Ahab who originally wanted the land ends up dying in battle – by accident, he told the king of judah to dress like a king, but not him (so the other king would die not him) but ahab ended up dying on the field from a stray arrow and jezebel, his wife, was thrown out of her window and the she was so mutilated by the fall and the dogs that she was unrecognizable.
Colossians 3:25For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
Proverbs 1:15-19 Stay away from evil people and their paths, they hurry to do every kind of evil. Just as a bird sees a trap being set, and knows to stay away, you also should know to stay away. You see, the wicked set a trap for themselves, their own wickedness kills themselves and this is the FATE of ALL who are greedy for money, it robs them of life.
Psalm 62:12 Surely you repay all people, according to what they have done.
Proverbs 3:33-35 The Lord blesses the home of the upright, curses the house of the wicked, The Lord mocks the mockers, and is gracious to the humble. The wise inherit honor but fools are put to shame
Matthew 10:32-33 Deny Jesus here on earth and He will deny you before the Father – what is this ridiculousness we imagine that we can mock God, deny Jesus with excuses -oh I don’t want to offend anyone and think you can get away with it? You can’t! God is love but He is also a God of justice and wrath. Wake up . Never deny Christ , publicly acknowledge Him and who He is.
Proverbs 19:9 A liar will always be punished, even destroyed. yikes.
Proverbs 26:27 – Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Matthew 26:52 those who use the sword will die by the sword.
Acts 7:41-42 . The Israelites, in the wilderness. decided to worship the calf they made because they didn’t want to wait any longer for Moses . God saw this and turned away from them, abandoned them and let them serve their gods. You can’t serve God and your idols- and your statues and you praying to dead people, you prayers may be answered, but they are demons. Demons are behind all the idols, you choose who you serve. Jesus taught us how to pray – Our God who art in heaven, and He also taught us to pray in His name. Don’t add to it. Don’t make it complicated. Don’t do what you think is right in your own eyes- truth is truth.
2 Chronicles 24 – King Joash of Judah started out as a great and godly king (at 7 years old) because the priest Jehoida helped lead him in all godly ways. However when Jehoida the priest died (at age 130) , King Joash of Judah had new advisers who led him astray along wicked paths. Jehoida’s son , Zechariah, a prophet, came to warn the king and King Joash killed him! How could he kill the son of the priest who had helped him and taught him most of his life? He no longer wanted God’s advice and killed the prophet. King Joash was soon injured in battle and those around him conspired to kill him for murdering the priest’s son and he was not buried in the royal cemetery. WCAGA
Col 3:25the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
Consider also when David had Uriah killed so no one would know that he, David, had slept and impregnated Uriah’s wife. King David put Uriah on the front lines of battle so he would be killed. Soon after this pregnancy brought forth a child who died at only a few days old, David was grief stricken over the child’s death and sorry for his terrible sin. God continued to love and bless David, but sins had to be taken care of – look at this verse I read today in Proverbs 20:30 : BLOWS THAT HURT CLEANSE AWAY EVIL, As DO STRIPES THE INNER DEPTHS OF THE HEART. Our pains, trials, troubles cleanse us from evil even into our hearts. Think about it, that verse goes deep.
2 Chronicles 15:2– if you forsake Him, He will forsake you . If you abandon Him, He will abandon you. …..This isn’t the message preachers teach, they want you to think you have the golden ticket to eternity if you only say a prayer – but your heart needs to be right (see Simon the Sorcerer) and if you aren’t living right, well, scripture says you have no place in the kingdom of God. but I know most people want to make up their own rules…so we march on. Who is listening?
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Lev 26 : hate His laws and commands and terror will be appointed to you, sorrow, and if you still do not listen, you will be punished 7x more for your sins. Your PRIDE will be broken, your strength will be spent in vain, nothing in your land will increase. and if you continue to walk contrary to the Lord and refuse to listen to Him, He will again bring 7x more plagues ACCORDING TO YOUR SINS.
Galations 6:8-9 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.
Romans 12:19- you don’t need to bother with vengeance, for the Lord is the God who repays. You only need to forgive AND REMEMBER IF YOU DON’T FORGIVE OTHER, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN. If you judge others, you will, by the same standards be judged.
THIS IS THE KEY —1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
AND MAKE IT RIGHT
Think about the scripture and God’s laws- universal laws He has ordained in this life we live. This also reminds me of the Israelites in the wilderness. They complained non stop and never remembered the amazing wonders and works of God. Their faith was always faltering, God gave them everything they needed and more, yet they complained, worried, cried, feared and God said enough! Faithless people! Your never remember! Everything you feared will now come upon you and not one of you (except Joshua and Caleb because of their faith) will enter in the promise land. (Moses was allowed to see the land but not enter it) So all those complainers, worriers and those who never stopped to remember to build their faith died in the wilderness. And later many times, Israel relied on Egypt and other countries and God said, enough , fine, rely on them and not Me. They will be your downfall. Which reminds me of a chapter I read this past weekend- it was about King Asa in 25 Chronicles 16 – and I’ll leave you with these verses to think about WCAGA
To King Asa:
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly, therefor from now on you shall have wars. (this was because Asa wasn’t seeking help from God, instead ran to Syria for help)
King Asa kills God’s messenger and in turn Asa becomes diseased in His feet and it was severe ” yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians” of Asa, they say: he trusted armies and obtained war, he trusted physicians and obtained death”
The bible talks a lot about our garments, you’ll find more if you do a bible search for words like gird, apparel, raiment, array, robed, cloaked, covering, dressed, clothed and the words “put on”.
The garments aren’t the physical clothes we wear every day, but a supernatural, invisible or spiritual clothing that the Lord can see- and other spiritual beings as well as we see in Zechariah 3 when Joshua the high priest is before the angel of the Lord. We are told Joshua was standing in filthy clothing and among him were the angel of the Lord, satan, the Lord was there because He spoke and others were ordered to give Joshua new clothes. Satan was causing some problems , resisting him, the bible says. We can guess that satan thought he had leeway to get involved because of the filthiness of Joshua. The Lord rebuked Satan and said to those who stood before him ” Take away the filthy garments (on Joshua)” and to Joshua he said ” I have caused your iniquity to pass from out and I will clothe you with a change of raiment” So they clothed Joshua with garments , and put a turban on his head all this while the angel of the Lord stood by.
Romans 13 tells us to cast off our works of darkness and put on the armor of light
Scripture about spiritual garments:
We are to clothe ourselves with God’s word
We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ Rom 13:14 (The night is almost gone, the day of salvation will soon be here, so remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes and put on the shining armor of right living… clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ)
Clothe ourselves with humility 1 Peter 5:5
He took off my sackcloth and gird me with gladness Ps 30:11
Be dressed and ready with your light burning Luke 12:35
Put on the armor of light Romans 13:12
Mortal will put on immortality 1 Cor 15:54
Righteousness covered me like a robe, I wore justice like a Turban Job 29:14
Solomon prayed ” May your priests be clothed with Salvation” 1 chron6:41
He girds me for strength for the battle 2 Sam 22, Ps 18:39
Clothed with strength and dignity Pr 31:25
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10
seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him Col 3:9-10
Let my adversaries be clothed in shame and covered with confusion as a mantle Ps109:29
Let those who hate thee be covered in shame Ps 35:26,Job8, Ps 102:29
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually Ps 109:18
Blessed is He who stays awake and keeps their garments, lest he walk naked and ashamed. R16:15
The Lord is robed in honor, majesty, honesty, truth, strength. He is dressed in a robe of light.He bound up the waters in his garment Ps 106, Psalm 93, Ps 104,Pr 30:4
Gen 3 They were naked in the garden, when their eyes were open , they sewed fig leaves together and after the Lord spoke to them, He made them coats of skin.
Joseph’ garment given to him by Jacob, and Joseph giving his brothers garments
Angels described as wearing white robes John 20:12
Priest white linen
Scribe wore white linen
Priests robed in godliness Ps 132:9
Ruth was told to put on her best garments before going to Boaz
Esther spent months preparing and selecting clothing before seeing the king
I love this verse, I believe this is to Jesus, you have to read the full chapter to see : When you go to war, your people will serve you willingly, you are arrayed in Holy garments and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew. ( I need my strength renewed like that)
Consider the Parable in Matthew 22 when Jesus tells us about the wedding guest that came to the great feast the Lord God had prepared “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.For many are called, but few are chosen. (if you don’t know the story, read the chapter)
I always wondered about this verse, was the man poor? why wasn’t he wearing the right clothes? why was the Lord so angry at this? why was he given such a harsh eternal judgment? It wasn’t until I prepared my daughter’s wedding recently that I saw this verse differently. A lot goes into a wedding, I was doing something every single day for months to prepare for this massive event. I carefully considered each person, I wanted it to be a day to honor my daughter and a day every person would enjoy. A lot of time, energy, effort, money went into planning this. The days before the wedding, and perhaps my stress level was high, I remember thinking- if anyone shows up looking unkept- like they didn’t want to be there , or a someone comes in wearing a white dress to disrespect my daughter – I was going to take them down- horrible, I know, but I prepared this for my guests and to honor my daughter. Each person arriving also represented me and my family. If my brother showed up unshowered from a fishing trip with flip flops and shirt full of holes, and probably and ungodly message on the shirt, well that would say he really didn’t care. (He didn’t do that) I wouldn’t take him down, but if a girl showed up in a white long lace dress, I would have taken her down. Yes, sorry to disappoint my readers, truth be told. You can’t really judge me, because the Lord took his guest and threw him out into outer darkness…..
The Lord is dressed in a ROBE OF LIGHT -GARMENTS OF DAZZLING WHITE- LIGHT, LIKE LIGHTNING
In Luke 9:29, Jesus’ face was transformed and his garments became radiant, looking up the word in greek : like lightning, dazzling white
Psalm 104:1-2 O Lord our God, you are dressed in a robe of Light
He put on garments of vengence and zeal as a cloak. Righteousness was his breastplate, the helmet of salvation on His head. Is 59:17
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3
Woman clothed with the sun Rev 12:1
Those who come out of the great tribulation and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb Rev 7:14 (g3021 white- same as description of Jesus when he became radiant like lighting in Mark)
And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Acts 10:30 ( g 3021, only other time this word is used for white, is in Mark 9 describing the Jesus on mt of transfiguration- dazzling white light)
Remember Moses! He was so bright he had to cover his face among the people
Rev 19:7-8Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints: in greek white is : shining, brilliant, white, gorgeous (G2986)
A dream and vision of brilliant light garments ; a few years ago, early in the morning, I was waking up out of a very different dream. It seemed there had been an innumerable amount of time and hours spent searching through my entire life- an exhaustive study- you could say of me. Things were being taken out of my life- every bad thing I had ever done and said, along with every wrong or bad thing that had happened to me. All of this was being taken out of me and put in a canister that was being held by an angel. There was much- intense study- searching back to my early childhood. I stood there as my life was being cleaned out – as if they were going in my heart/spirit and cleaning everything out. I was waking up and the dream still continued as I was awake – watching it all play out before my eyes. They had gone back to my toddler days- every hurt was being taken out of me, things I didn’t even realize were there. Times when I had sinned, hurt others, moments of sadness, times when others hurt me. They didn’t stop until every wrong, every hurt, every evil was gone. It was amazing to think that even as a small child, there were things that I didn’t even know were there. They were taking out all the times I had been hurt or hard times I had suffered- even back to my toddler and childhood days. It was amazing.. This was no short event, it seemed to go on forever, but as I watched, and I was awake fully now, I could see a bright light around and on me, I could see myself standing up with my arms out as my life was searched and cleaned out.(At this point I am fully awake and watching this) I looked at the canister and it was almost full and I turned to see myself, I looked- and in amazement I had turned into this brilliant shining white light. My arms, my clothes were like a bright white shining light. I could see myself on a brilliant white step and there I was- a brilliant shining white light. I was changed and transformed. I wonder if this is what will happen when the Lord changes us when He returns again! It was amazing.
These garments, unseen to us, fascinate me. I know these scripture are more than words or more than an illustration, they are real. We know we will be given a white robe, will this robe be a brilliant light? How awesome to think of this day, a day with no more tears, no more fears, no more sickness, no death, no pain, no more sorrow and this day is being prepared for you!
I have so much more to share! There is so much more on garments, I’ve barely touched the surface. I hope you have found this as exciting and thought provoking as I have! If you want to study more, there is so much more in Revelation and throughout scripture- the 24 elders before the throne, the army that comes back arrayed in white robes with the Lord Jesus Christ, angel clothed with a cloud and face was like the sun, cloak of Elijah, Robe dipped in blood, white robes given to those under the altar who were slain for the word of God, the 7 angels who came out of the temple in pure white linen, uncountable number of people before the throne clothed in white robes, robes of the high priest, Church of Sardis who had not defiled their garments and will walk with Jesus in white, the church of Laodicea instructed to buy white raiment from the Lord
Besides our physical garments, we have spiritual garments both here on earth and new ones to be given to us. Consider your garments- are they clean and covered with God’s word, humility, righteousness,dignity, the Lord Jesus, and truth? or are they soiled by our dark deeds, what we say, our motives, what we allow ourselves to do and see? Be dressed and ready with your light burning or the master of the house will throw you into outer darkness. You won’t hear that in church. Wake up. (and Phil 4:8 your thoughts)
I love to workout, I love the gym, and now in quarantine, enjoy a good dose of youtube workouts ranging from dance, kick boxing, taebo, weights, cardio- you name it – it keeps me going. (Yes, I blog and despite the world’s perception of us, I’m not a big blob of fat and epidermis sitting here with unbrushed hair and last night’s food crusted on my face as I sit here typing, studying, reading and researching)
Let me tell you about my experience with yoga…. I LOVED YOGA, yes, loved it. Wow, I felt really good after each class. A serious Yogi instructor from India was our teacher. I did all the poses super good and could bend like gumby.( So proud of myself) I came out of each class feeling strong , super stress free and great..However, during the entire class, my conscience would be arguing with me (Or was it God’s Spirit?) that I needed to stop doing yoga. In each class, I had this ongoing inner debate going on about why I was okay to do Yoga. I would pray to God in the poses, and had no idea what the chants meant, but I would talk to God and pray while I did it, thinking, yeah I’m cool. My inner arguments during this awesome class were now with God. I said, come on Lord, you know I only worship you. The inner disturbance was too intense for me, so I switched yoga classes from the Yogi to a regular workout teacher with less chanting noises and so on. I mean, it’s just a workout class…..
The inner argument still came back! I was getting annoyed. I went home and did a little research. I did not like what I saw. One site after another warned about yoga for Christians. I told myself they were all crazy! I didn’t want to believe it. Yet the intensity of my inner debate with God was ruining my special time in yoga. So finally I prayed about it and my prayer went something like this: ” Dear Lord, I really like yoga, but if it’s something you don’t want me doing, I won’t do it. My relationship with you is much more important to me. I don’t know how you’re going to tell me this, I don’t know if you’re going to come down and tell me or what, but you need to let me know and I’ll stop” Prayer ends.
A week or two goes by and forgetting my prayer, I go to yoga class. I walk in, I roll my mat on the floor, take off my shoes – while I’m still standing…… and suddenly my entire body freezes – like I’m paralyzed. I couldn’t bend down to get on the mat. I couldn’t bend down to get my shoes. I was stuck in a board like position staring in the mirror, looking at all the people around me setting up their spaces for yoga class. They had no idea that my body had just turned into a stone like statue unable to move. Do I scream? I was shocked and terrified. I immediately remember my prayer and I’m also really really scared that I’m frozen. It felt like my legs and entire torso and arms were unmovable. I realize I can move my lower leg a little bit so I pick up my mat and shoes with my toes and walk out. As soon as I’m out of the door, I’m completely normal again. Say what you want, but that was my message, never never never going back, not going to mess with God about that, no way.
Let’s get to the facts:
Yoga means united and yoked, there’s just no way getting around the reality of that, and who do you think you’re yoking with? All the poses are worship stances to gods – yes, you already knew that but won’t admit it’s wrong. I know, I was there. This is very much like the idea of bringing the Hindu Color Run into churches (Christian view of the Color Run) Hosea 7:8 comes to mind now, God tells Ephraim – you have mixed yourself among the people, you are a cake unturned, worthless as a half baked cake.
I linked websites below for you to check out yourself. In the article from crosswalk.com, you will find a few of the poses and names. For instance, one popular pose done in warm ups and cool downs is called the sun salutation. They are poses designed to greet the Hindu sun god. (Dt 17:”1-7 If there is found among you any man or woman who has been wicked in the sight of the Lord your God in transgressing His covenant AND WHO HAS GONE AND SERVED OTHER GODS AND WORSHIPED THEM, EITHER THE SUN OR MOON OR ANY OF THE HOST OF HEAVEN…..)If you are into yoga or an instructor, you may be very mad right now, but understand there are many other things you can do besides yoga. If you’re an instructor, you are not only harming yourself, but everyone in your class. You have a responsibility to stop. I believe yoga can bring on demonic oppression and well as possession.
I know a lot of readers won’t like this and have all kinds of arguments to speak back, but remember for a minute how satan works. He uses some truth and twists it, he is the master deceiver. There’s a lot more behind the ways of yoga, meditation and new age today that seem so innocent. Meditation is in the bible – we are told to meditate on the Word of God – if you really want to find healing and peace – Meditate on Scripture – It’s life changing! Yoga is directly linked to Shiva and the Kundalini spirit, “serpent energy”.
Does it glorify God? Are you glorifying your Maker and Creator as you stretch in poses that are originally meant to worship demonic deities? I really just wanted to share my story with you. Please take the time to do more research (and links I’ve attached) and not take it on your understanding to make it right, let it be God’s way that leads you- not your way.
As a follower of Christ, you are called to be Holy as He is Holy. Placing yourself in a Hindu ritual of poses that are intended to worship gods, is not a place for a Christ follower who strives for a relationship and holy walk with the Lord.
Yet, I know some don’t agree, but don’t worry, you’ll come around because I’ve already prayed for you!
Consider these Verses
Take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Deuteronomy 12:30-31
Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned– as worthless as a half baked cake.Hosea 7:8
For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; Isaiah 2: 6
You have put pagan symbols on your doorposts and behind your doors. You have left me and climbed into bed with these detestable gods. You have committed yourselves to them You love to look at their naked bodies. Isaiah 57:8. (none of the deities of Hindu are wearing clothes)
But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. 2 Cor 11:3
Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’ You must not worship the Lord your God the way the other nations worship their gods,
Do not follow the abominations of other nations Dt 18:9
I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you Romans 12:1-2
So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:9
Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge 1 Tim 6:20
Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple 1 Cor 3:16 ( Do you think it’s okay to continue to do poses to demons, follow teachings from demons with the Holy Spirit of God in you? Amos 3:3-Can two people walk togetherwithout agreeing on the direction? and 2 Cor 6:14-16 How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols?)
the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.1 Tim 4:1 (Yoga is a teaching given to them from deities – demons)
If you’re not really sure, ask God , pray about it. He will answer you.
Short story I want to share on answered prayer- years ago I was volunteering in my children’s school with the book fair. The book fair had just opened up and class by class was beginning to come in to buy books (K-8th). The first class comes in and immediately heads for the witchcraft, spells, demonic and death books. I kept trying to lead them to something more intelligent or more captivating, but they all gathered around this one section. My heart was so sad for these kids. The next class come in, they did the same thing. I did not know what to do. When that class left and while waiting for the next class to come in, I paced the area the kids were drawn to and I prayed over the area, I prayed non stop asking the Lord to protect them from these books and not let one child come this way to purchase these books on spells, witchcraft, horror , demons, etc. I’m praying, praying….The next class – same age, same grade- comes in NOT ONE CHILD CAME INTO THIS SECTION -and they were the most popular books at that time. I stayed for the rest of the day and continued to pray and it was amazing. It was as if God had stationed 2 angels there and throughout the time I was there, not one child was even remotely interested in looking at books in that area. It’s true! Say a Prayer, He hears, He answers. He is a God of the impossible.
The serpent asked the woman; “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Gen 3:1