The spirit of Jezebel is always around us and it seeks to hide itself, seduce, intimidate, manipulate and trade in human souls. It is a religious spirit but it promotes religious things that are contrary to God. Jezebel promotes fleshly indulgence amongst God's people and shuns the cross. The Jezebel spirit is the enemy of the true prophets of the Lord.
Child bullying is a big problem in our schools today. The main difference between child bullying today from the past is the nature of the bullying and the violence that occurs in the aftermath. Cyberbullying is becoming a popular and more destructive form of bullying than traditional bullying. More children today are bringing guns to school to seek revenge on others. Child bullying has been around and will probably remain for years to come.
Elijah the Tishbite was a mighty prophet in the Old Testament. His name means, "Jehovah is God" or "The Lord is God". He suddenly appeared on the national scene in Israel, and with fiery zeal and confident demonstrations of power, he went about to prove the Lord God's sovereignty over all other gods. He ministered truth to Israel, commanding them to serve God with all their hearts. The theme of his ministry was contained in these words, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him: but if Baal, follow him!" Under his prophetic ministry, Israel began to be purged of her wicked ways. Those false prophets, who sought to lead the people astray, were put to shame-then put to death. Through Elijah's bold proclamations of righteousness, Israel began to bow under the sovereignty of Jehovah God.
Christian men are well acquainted with this struggle. They want to know how to satisfy their wives and themselves, but wonder if Christian sex allows for turning up the heat inside the bedroom. There is no shame in fanning the flames as sex is as natural as the rising and setting of the sun.
I wish I recalled sweet aromas during holidays or laughter at family functions during my childhood. Instead I recall crying until I couldn't see while my uncle molested me. For years I kept this secret until I confronted him. We talked for an hour. He had also been molested. The molestation traveled from generation to generation, like a big snake that grows bigger).
Likely everybody has heard about or knows a teenager or young adult who has experienced trouble with the law or who has been expelled from school or perhaps even threatened someone at school, sometimes with a weapon. People know these teens have problems, but they may not know these behaviors can be symptoms of a very real psychiatric illness affecting approximately 9 percent of all boys and 2 percent of all girls under the age of 18 in the United States.
In today's society, divorce is a fast way out of an unpleasant situation. In the United States, roughly half of all marriages now end in divorce. This statistic is almost as high in the church as it is the world. What are we to make of this flood of broken covenants that wash across our land? Many are drowning in its tide, beaten by their own broken words and failure. Some are dying under a flood of guilt, while others sail merrily along, unaware that their boat is rotting and will soon sink under the waves. Is there a cure for this marital epidemic of broken promises, blame, guilt, unforgiveness, discontent and wounded children? Can God truly heal even the most broken of marriages?
In today's society, we define families in many different ways. We have single parent families, same sex parent families and father-mother families. And all of these families are acceptable in this world. Some of us were primarily raised in a single parent home and even though mistakes or sin was committed, with God's help, we turned out fine. No family is perfect. Just as no one is perfect. We bring all of our issues, problems and concerns to the table and usually take it out on the people who are closest to us. Families weren't designed to hurt one another, but to love and comfort one another. For Genesis 13:8 says, "So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers."
My name is Mercedes Ramirez Johnson. It was my 21st birthday and my parents and I were so excited to be embarking on our trip from Kansas City, Missouri to Cali, Colombia. It would be the first time in over 30 years that my parents would be spending the Christmas holiday with their family in Colombia since coming to the US in the 1960's. My parents, Benjamin and Mercedes Ramirez, were both hardworking parents that came to this country for us to have a better shot at life.