Monday Mornin’ Ministration

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A quick word of encouragement this wonderfully wet winter Monday morning…

If you are a genuine believer, every single decision of importance that you will ever make will be opposed by somebody else – especially other Christians.

About twelve years ago when we left the abusive religious group we were part of, we had to re-inspect every element of our belief system.  In fact, we had to recognise that a ‘belief system’ is not what Jesus died to give us.  We have a relationship with Him, and a part of the Kingdom of God and the Body of Christ.  We are united with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

But we had to look at alot of issues we had not previously considered because we had lived in a religious bubble for 15 years. The world was much bigger than we thought.

Did we believe the gifts of the Spirit, miracles, casting out demons, speaking in tongues etc are still active today or not?  Were we cessationists or continuists?  I shake my head as I read that sentence.  We are brothers and sisters.  Thats.  It.  Yet, such is the environment today, there is far more error in the Christian church than we ever thought possible.  Our little cult experience was the thin end of the wedge. We still had to understand the arguments that well meaning believers put forward and understand what scriptures actually taught, rather than what somebody told us they taught.  We had lived in a church which did not practice any kind of faith in God, it was all about faith in men and in erroneous religious traditions.  We had to learn to weigh the arguments and decide for ourselves, a scary thought. So, in the end, we settled in our hearts that yes, we believe the Holy Spirit is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He still heals, still delivers us from the enemy, still sets us free, still heals the brokenhearted!

Then there was the old ‘place of women in the church’ issue.  Did we believe it was OK for women to preach in the church or did we believe that women should ‘remain silent’. Having spent 15 years being told everything that went wrong anywhere was the fault of women, more specifically wives not ‘obeying their husbands or the elders’ and watching women’s marriages and families torn apart by controlling meddlers who claimed the right to separate what God had joined together, you can imagine we were not all for ‘submission to men’ by all christian women or anything like it.  I am not a complentarian, nor am I an egalitarian.  I am a woman, filled with the Spirit, who obeys what the Spirit tells me to do.  I don’t go to a church, so I don’t have to worry about offending somebodys religious sensibilities, if God wants me to preach the gospel to somebody I do, if God wants me to teach somebody something from the scriptures I do, and I don’t get hung up about labels.

But here’s the thing.  After 12 years of having to weigh options, pray through and make choices about what we believe, we have realised one very important thing.  Whichever position you take, you need to take it in faith and you need to cling to Jesus with all of your heart and resist the devil because he will oppose you. He will bring doubts, fears and worries about ‘what other people will think’ to you.  These thoughts, my friends, are the same thoughts which assail the unsaved.  Fear of men is universal.  It is NOT from God!

Whichever belief you hold, you will be attacked for it, especially on the internet.  If you are a Calvinist, you will hate Arminians. If you are a Baptist you will hate Pentecostals.  I am obviously making sweeping statements here to make a point.  I am against siding with any dead white theologian of any stripe, with the possible exception of Paul and the Apostles.  I hate the anger and the hostility and the abuse which is thrown around by some of those claiming to be ‘watchmen’ for the body of Christ. If you believed these men everyone who didn’t believe exactly what they believed would be going to hell. In my experience, they need to be ‘watching’ their own attitudes because these often tend to prove their immaturity and fleshly natures more than any amount of ‘discernment’ that they apparently have in exposing other people’s faulty theology.

Be assured my friends, you will be attacked and opposed for saying what you believe.  Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and he is having a field day out there.

Search your hearts, search the scriptures, spend huge amounts ot time in prayer and hold fast to your faith.  True brothers and sisters will stand together regardless of whether or not they believe the rapture will happen before or during or after the Tribulation. True lovers of Christ will love the brethren in word and deed and will take very great care not to offend another because of their own beliefs.  We no longer have issues over meat sacrificed to idols, but we are going to be held accountable for starting and/or contributing to feuds over whether or not a woman can teach Sunday school to boys over the age of 13 or not.

Come on, lets remember that Jesus died for us, not for our belief systems.  We are one with Him, and preparing ourselves as a Bride waiting for her Bridegroom!

Lets strap that armour on, and pray for one another earnestly and with love!

Anita Brady

 

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Women’s Suffrage – Was It Worth It?

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This has been and is going to be an interesting year politically – mainly abroad I fear rather than in our own backyard.  Here in Australia it will be more of the same lacklustre and highly predictable lies, damned lies and statistics.

On a related note we no longer have a television set.  Yippee!  We are not Luddites nor are we Amish, we are simply tired of having to look at twaddle and we would like our brains back!  So we are not following the Election media jedi mind numbing tricks.  We have some understanding of what is going on via the internet newsfeed which is far more distracting than the interminable and unhinged overkill of the media news outlets but is nonetheless far more tractable. It is all very underwhelming.

What is it to vote?  Some would say that in a democratic country it is the essence of people power.  I used to believe that, only because, as I said, my brain was numb.  Now I am more likely to say that voting is a little more than giving most people a sense of ‘having done their duty’. However,  most people are not really interested in what their  politicians are doing to their country on a day-to-day basis because if they did, they would riot, the people that is, not the politicians.

As a woman, I can’t help but wonder if being given the right to vote was really all that much of a big win.  From what I can ascertain, its the bankers,  industrialists and billionaires who run the world, start wars, destroy and create countries and generally act like a mob of three-year-olds with no supervision.

As Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the founder of the infamous Rothschild banking and power broking dynasty said “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws’ (or who people vote for I would imagine). For the most part, the Rothschilds, who are one of the controllers of the World Bank, generally do both. If you are interested in just how huge their banking interests are, here is a link to a list of their international holdings. Please note the listing for Australia’s Federal Reserve Bank.

But get this, credited to Rothschild’s wife, Gutle Schnapper  in 1849 “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none”. At a time when women in Europe were campaigning to be allowed to vote, a right bravely fought from 1718 in Sweden right up until the early years of the 20th century in Australia, Gutle, mother of 19 children and matriarch to one of the most powerful families in the world, was breeding psychopaths and claiming that her family were the ones who got to decide who was in power and who was not.  Voting is not an issue to people such as this, they are the ones who control countries thankyou very much and they will be the ones who decide who gets to be the sock puppet du jour. Somebody tell the Rothschilds that mothers are supposed to tell their son’s to play nice with the neighbour kids, NOT to plot their demise!

While Britain has decided to leave the European Union and is getting a new Prime Minister and the U.S. is facing a change of government, Australia is set to avoid the polling booths until just before they close on Saturday July 2nd and to then wake up on Sunday July 3rd and realise that a familiar (face it they all are)  and not terribly attractive face is adorning the front covers of those newspaper thingies we used to read. And since it is School holidays, the rest of the week will be spent down on the snowfields of Victoria or on the beaches of Queensland.

Life goes on.

Yet, the world is going stark raving and this downward incline will continue until the Tribulation period begins. We have observed that the world now dictates that what used to be true and right is now no longer, the political lobby groups that represent nano-minorities have managed a hostile yet incredibly swift take over, children, families and marriages are under attack everywhere, being a Christian has now become a red flag to every raving hostile nutbag in the Empire, and there are now no longer any morals, rights, wrongs, immutables, untouchables and irrefutables.  Everything you thought you knew is wrong.

As for voting, don’t imagine for one little tiny second that the current Prime Minister and associated cabal are doing anything without consulting overseas interests and their subsidiaries.  Nor will a change of Prime Minister and associated cabal (or is that rabble?) make any difference.  What was going to happen to this country will happen anyway sooner or later, and the asinine propaganda that ‘your vote makes a difference’ has no actual currency any more.  I don’t think anyone really believes that, especially in a country where voting is compulsory. And as I pointed out above, there are far too many obvious and well-documented proofs that the world is not run by fair-minded and reasonable men and women who love their countrymen and wish only their welfare.  We do not vote in goverments who actually represent their constituents and work for them.  We vote in professional actors who play parts in the Canberra or state equivalent seats of government.  Why do you think they televise question time?

I don’t want to end on a negative however.

I have read too many stories of people who have spent all their time and energy to get something changed.  The women who struggled to get votes for women quite often sacrificed their family’s welfare to do it.  Clearly the men should have been supporting them in it, but when that doesn’t happen, the family suffers.  Often women feel they are on their own and they simply have to do what they believe is the right thing.  Each human being must weigh the cost of their fight.

I think in the end, we make far more difference at a grass roots level.  Parliament is not a friendly environment, especially to women apparently.  When we start to speak up at a very basic level, at our children’s schools for example with this heinous ‘Safe Schools’ programme which is neither safe nor about schooling but is by the words of its authors about changing people’s understanding of gender rather than any kind of bullying, other people realise that they are not the only ones to recognise something is not right.   Many people are beginning to  understand that they can stand up and make a difference.  I just don’t think that voting in a change is really the way to go.  By the time somebody becomes a politician they are already aligned to a party which has its own agendas, some stated, some not.  Human beings need to wake up to the forces which are working in society and have the courage to say no when it involves their own family members.  Governments DO NOT have the right to tell parents how to raise their own children, but the education department thinks it does.  We don’t therefore go to the education minister, we work on the schools, the individuals, the principals and the teachers and fellow parents we know and relate to each day.  This is far more effective and is going to effect a more thorough change than thinking that politics is going to make the difference.

As I said, the politicians in this country are owned by overseas interests.  It is the individual who is going to have the greatest influence on their own neighbourhood.  As people’s thinking changes, as they wake up and recognise how they have been duped and used, they will find others who are likewise seeing the forces behind all the changes that are occurring in society now.  And Christians, far from being demonized by the media, are the ones who are going to help others stand up and say ‘no’ to moral decline.  We have a moral compass that many lack by virtue of the fact that the Holy Spirit himself lives within us.  We also have God’s promise that if He is with us then who can stand against us? If we can’t stand up against the evil empire, like Daniel did, like Joseph did, like Moses did, like so many have in recent history, then the salt has lost its savour and the light has lost its shine!  God Forbid!

Just remember that as Christians we give to Caesar what is his due, but we are not of this world.  Our interests will never be upheld by the ‘elected’ party or in fact any ruling group since Satan is the ruler of this world.  God controls it all, we belong to Him, and He has promised to come back for us soon!  Our eyes are on our coming King, and NOT the earthly ones.  All we can do is pray that God’s will is done on earth, and ask the Holy Spirit to tell us what to put on our Ballot papers.  But as for expecting politicians to be looking after our own best interests, please do not let that propaganda reach your heart, it simply is not true.

Anita Brady