Christians and Halloween

Knowing the pagan roots of Halloween I have a real problem with celebrating it.

I am going to admit, right hear and now, that it was soooo hard for me, as a mom, to deny my children the fun everyone else was having.

I remember once, prior to backsliding and then being restored, the church we attended in Washington State had a party where the kids dressed as biblical characters. Looking back on it I guess it was still participating in Halloween because you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.

I was a mess as a mom, But “saved and sane Cathie,”If I could do it over, would have sat my kids down when they were small and told them the history of the major demonic holiday. I then would have done something special including favorite movies, not horror flicks, and pizza, goodies and fun just for our family.

Think sanely Christians. Why would we celebrate a holiday dedicated as Holy by demons fathered by the devil? I know it’s hard but if we are truly saved it should prick our consciences to celebrate Halloween.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

A Christian Cannot Be Cursed

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When we think of Balaam we normally think of the story of Balaam and his donkey. As a matter of fact I often use that talking donkey as an answer to people who believe women should not teach the Word of God. I often say “If God used a donkey to talk to Balaam then he surely can use whomever He chooses to do His talking, even a woman.”

Today I actually want to teach on something that we often miss in Numbers 22. Occasionally, and especially with Halloween coming up at the end of October, I see prayers that people have on Facebook to ask God to deliver them from curses of witches and warlocks. Christians cannot be cursed by any witch or warlock, PERIOD. We often have people who have sat under the wrong teaching. These people, a lot of them taught by ministers in pagan countries, have learned that if they just pay one minister or the other they will give them a magic prayer to have a curse lifted from them. Truthfully, there are a lot of so called ministers in the United States, who being hungry for money, do the same thing. There are many who promise to curse someone for you if you send them money, and if it doesn’t “take” the first time, they then tell you they need more money.

In the time that Numbers 22 occurred there were the same kind of folks. There was fortune tellers, soothsayers, etc, that offered to curse people for money. Balaam, it turns out, was a so called diviner in the Old Testament.

King Balak of Moab was extremely concerned about the Israelites taking over the land. He decided that the thing to do was to hire Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites and that would get rid of them, he believed. I am not, for the sake of writing a long story and losing the reader, going to go into all that is in Numbers 22. I urge you to read it for yourself and by doing that you will see very clearly that NOBODY was able to put a curse on the Israelites.

The city of Alexandria was an occult hub. Egyptian witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, enchantments, incantations and spells were practiced throughout the city. Balaam had a reputation for being a master sorcerer. Just as we see with so called prophets today, diviners in that day with a great track record made a whole lot of money. King Balak was well aware that hiring Balaam would not be inexpensive but he was so desperate to get rid of the Israelites he was willing to pay whatever it took.

Cutting to the chase Balaam tried THREE times to speak a curse on Israel and could not do it.
Finally he told King Balak, “How can I curse whom God hath not cursed, or how shall I defy, whom the Lord has not died?” Numbers 23:8.

It was absolutely impossible to place a curse on anyone whom God had placed a blessing on.

The Word teaches that when we accepted Christ as our savior, we were grafted into the blessings that Israel received from the Lord. We cannot be cursed by another person. It’s not possible!

God protects His children. I often hear from people who believe that someone has put a curse on their family. This is just one of the places in the bible where we see that Gods’ divine protection cannot be breached by someone operating under, or in cooperation, with the powers of Satan.

Beloved, I encourage you to come out from under the fear that Satan has put on you regarding the possibility of being cursed. If you are in Christ you are blessed of the Lord and as Balaam told Kind Balak, “What God has blessed, no one can curse!”

In His Unconditional Love,
Cathie
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The Importance Of Respecting Elders In The Faith

Christian’s, if someone we know is older in the faith, and still loves and obeys God, then maybe we do ourselves a disservice when we don’t listen to what they say regarding God and keeping the faith.

Everyone who is saved will reach a crossroads experience at least once. That’s a place where we pray about something and it doesn’t turn out like we want it to turn out. During these times some will take the path of trusting God and others, because of free will, take the path away from God and back into the world.

Please understand that the elder saints have been through the crossroad experience and passed the test. They have been taught in the crucible of fire and passed the tests there. This is not to say they will not continue to be tested while in these suits of flesh, because we will all be tested until the day Christ comes to take us home.

When you are remodeling your home and need advice about plumbing, let’s say, do you go to someone who is an apprentice or the man who has been a plumber for twenty years?

Every time in my life when I have puffed myself up with pride and thought that I knew more then my elders in the Lord, who have been around longer, or think I am wiser then them because I have more anointing, I have fallen flat on my face.

No one will go further then you without God’s permission. God chooses to showcase some and often times leaves others, with just as much favor, in the background. I have learned that He is God and, as tempting as it is at times, I don’t question him.

When we first start out in our chosen profession we think we have “arrived.” Twenty years, or more, down the road we realize that we learned the most through on the job training, not education.

We have to stay humble and have a teachable spirit. The whole Christian life consists of learning and teaching, learning and teaching, learning and teaching.

Who are we to grieve the spirit by disregarding the teaching of our elders? Instead of calling a friend when we have a problem we should first take it to God, and then discuss it with someone older in the Lord.

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

I said all that to say this, the help we need is there from experienced elders, we simply have to ask. The wisdom you seek is hidden in little ministries that are not flashy and don’t seek attention. Pray for God to direct you to an elder Christian and pray to have a teachable spirit.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie Miller

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He Wants You To Stand Still

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You think you have a problem today? How about this one?

The Israelites were in a world of hurt. They had the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaohs Egyptian Army in back of them.

Exodus 14:10-14 10And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

The Lord wants you to do the same thing that he told the Israelites to do STAND STILL THE LORD SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU HOLD YOUR PEACE.

But standing still sounds like doing nothing to most of us. We rush around, we wring our hands and we say, “Lord, what am I going to do?” We all get that manipulative Jezebel spirit on us every now and then. We think we have to figure it out. When we cannot do that we call first one friend and then another and pour out our problems hoping that they will help us.

The Word of God tells us the following; I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? 2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Our help comes from God. Not from mom and dad, not from our best friend, but from GOD.

I was doing a bible study on “standing still” today. It is amazing how many times, in so many verses of the bible, God tells us to stand still.

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!” 1 Samuel 12:16

“Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10

“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20-17

You may be thinking, “I am going to do this, or I am going to do that!” God is saying to you today beloved, STAND STILL.

God is not a man that EVER lies. He will do this for you and do it in a way you may never have thought of and from the hand of someone whom you never imagined blessing you.

Calm yourself. Sit down, take a deep breath in and hold it to the count of five, and then release it to the count of 5. Then say, “I am standing still and I am quiet while God solves this problem for me. I relax in peace because I belong to God and He is working this out for me now! I may not see Him at work but I knowHe is because His Word says He is.” Then relax. When the worry thoughts come back to you again, courtesy of the tormentor of your soul, do the same exact thing.

God has this! Send me an email with a miracle report so we can encourage others!

Stand STILL.

In His Unconditional Love,
Cathie

Spiritual Counseling

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I wanted to let folks know that I offer Spiritual Counseling. If you have never had Spiritual Counseling before you will be surprised at the difference between it and regular counseling.

In Spiritual Counseling the session that you have is totally Holy Spirit driven. Each session lasts for one hour. I can do it over the phone an/or online.

The sessions are built around your schedule as I counsel at night also. I work up until 10PM Mountain Time and also on weekends.

It always amazes me at how the Holy Spirit shows up and reveals to me things about your life, both presently and in the past, that explain what is currently happening in your life. The counsel is backed by scriptures and biblical based knowledge pertaining to your specific area of concern.

If interested please go to HelpforGodsHurtingPeople.com and fill out a contact form. I will then send you information on how it works.

I did a counseling session yesterday that totally caught myself and the woman I was counseling off guard. In a beautiful way God addressed her problem and explained to us both what was happening currently for her and why. She was very thankful and so was I.

Look forward to seeing what God has in store for you!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie Miller

What Are Your Sin Prejudices?

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I notice that a whole lot of Christian have what I call “Sin Prejudices.”

 

I know that I myself have them.

 

You may be wondering what I am talking about. Well, let me explain.

 

Some people judge others even though we are told in the Bible, “Judge not lest you be judged.”

 

We Christians have certain things that might bother one person more then it does the other person.

 

While sitting in a restaurant once, with a dear Christian friend of mine, a woman walked past our table with an extremely short dress on that was also low cut and left very little to the imagination. My friend said to me, “That woman goes to our church. I cannot believe that she dresses like that and calls herself a Christian.” Now I understood where this woman was coming from because there were probably people in the church trying to overcome a porn addiction and this woman’s lack of modesty was only making it harder for them to do so. Church is not the place to dress like that.

 

There are other things too. There are people who are publically involved in sex sin, people who have terrible tempers, people who constantly talk about other people, people into porn, people whose children are holy terrors, people who still dabble in drugs and drink too much alcohol, gossips, people who put pictures of themselves half-dressed on FB and completely ignore the fact that there are scriptures about modesty.

 

If I didn’t hit your favorite Christian prejudice I am sorry, because unfortunately there are a lot of things we Christians judge.

 

I know that the bible tells us we are to judge, using righteous judgment. But honestly, none of us walk on water and a whole lot of these things are better off left in God’s hands.

 

I wrestle with certain prejudices myself. Those times when I say to God, “How can this person or that person really believe that they are saved and still participate in those things?”

 

I have had people bring up things, people and situations in my life, especially the past, and ask how I can consider myself a Christian and allow this or that in my family.

 

I started to pray for God to blind my eyes from some of the things I see and to help me to give them to Him. Frankly, I was really struggling with some of it.

 

One day as I was praying God downloaded the following into my spirit; “Cathie, what if you look at it this way, haven’t I spoken to you in my Word that the most important thing is love and yet it’s hard to love when you judge.” Then He said something that changed my judgment habit. He said, “What if that person is a test that I send to see if you really can love unconditionally? The one thing you judge the harshest, being unable to love folks just like they are, could just be the one thing that breaks my heart about you. You can’t just love the mature Christians; those who really upset you are your test. If you cannot get to the point where you love all, regardless of their weaknesses, then you will never get to where I want you to be. I want you to love everyone just as they are. Unconditionally.

 

It takes surrender, complete surrender to ego, pride and especially self-righteousness. It doesn’t happen just once either. We have to do it over and over and over again.

 

There are ways to handle things. The bible speaks about taking a church member, who continues to bring ridicule on the church, and speaking to them with a few other members of the church. In other words not giving up on them immediately. Then if they continue in rebellion they must leave the church. BUT that is only the job of a pastor and church elders. It’s not my job and probably not yours. We are told to pray about it, take it to the Pastor and then let it go into their hands.

 

I truly believe that we must learn to love unconditionally. Hate never brought one soul to Christ. Not one. Rejection, and many other things that we don’t know about, happen daily in a person’s life. You cannot reject them and expect them to see anything different in us then they see in the worldly that are not saved.

 

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

When Someone You Care For Disappoints You

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I hate it when someone I believe in disappoints me. You work with someone, pray for someone, study the Word with him or her, and counsel him or her and then when you least expect it they are back in the gutter of life. We so expected that something we said would have stuck. We hoped and prayed that God would have given them a realization, like He did for some of us, that He hung on a cross, bloody and beaten to shreds, because of His deep love for us. We hoped that realization would have taken root and kept them strong for Jesus. Perhaps it wasn’t their time, or perhaps they were never really saved and just playing a game for what they could get out of it.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t be expectant. Of course we should always expect the best from those we loved. But we must remember that they are human beings, with imperfection, just like we all are.

Jesus expected his disciples to do their best. When they fell asleep the night before his crucifixion and left him alone, he felt awful, “He said to them, “Could you not stay awake with me?” But He knew that they were who they were. They were men in suits of flesh. The soul was willing but their flesh was weak.

God has used situations where people have let me down in many ways. First He has taught me that the perfect friend, pastor, spouse and relative does not exist. He has used these times of disappointment for me to cling even closer to Him.

This I know without a doubt. Jesus does not disappoint us. He is who He says He is, and He does what He says He will do.

As Christians the Holy Spirit is always with us to comfort us when a human being lets us down. He is there; too, to give us enough strength to get through situations by ourselves when someone we counted on for help has let us down.

So many people miss the boat when it comes to helping others. We are, as believers, to be reaching out to others, not constantly looking for someone to help us.

We have to keep focused on the good times Jesus promised us. We also have to be realistic. I don’t care who you are there will be hard times in your life and unpleasant people who are disagreeable. We should not quit pouring into the lives of others just because of a few who disappoint us.

People who disappoint us teach us how to be merciful. Can you imagine how many times you and I have disappointed God? Where would we be without His mercy and forgiveness for those times when we let God down?

So today, as I sense some folks are dealing with disappointment in relying on others who have let them down, lift your head up and don’t let it get you down.

God will bring others into your life that you will not be disappointed in. He will bring others who will be there for you through thick and thin.

Be glad you found out who the person that disappointed you really is. They are not the person they pretend to be. God is removing them from your life. Don’t hold on to them. Release them now so that God can bring people into your life that appreciate you and love you JUST AS YOU ARE!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

Words Of Knowledge For God’s People

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I do not know why,but I do know I’d better obey, this whole week God has been saying, “ It’s the calm before the storm. Stay close to me, rest up and save your strength because what is coming will take all the spiritual strength you have and more!

I have been praying during this time for many people, some on my prayer list and some that God just brings to my mind.

Here are some of the things God has shown me In the spirit;

I see a man who is literally at his wits end. He walks around all day with a smile on his face but truthfully he is torn to shreds emotionally. He is thinking of committing suicide. He has gone so far as thinking of different ways to do it. He is worn out from his stressful job and money worries. He loves his wife but her constant complaints are wearing him out. He needs help and feels there is nowhere to go, no one seems to care. God wants you to hold on brother! He cares and wants you to know he sees and is getting ready to increase your finances. You must hold on just a while longer because there is a promotion ahead for you. Just don’t blow it with “your mouth.” This is a time to trust nobody but me, says Father God, keep your anger inside. Soon everything at work will make perfect sense. Amen?

There is a woman God is showing me who is very devious. She is working against a woman of God. You think she is your friend, beloved sister, but she is two-faced. She says one thing when she is with you and it’s not the same things she says when you are not there. If you do not get her out of your life she will destroy it. God says to fast and pray. Surround yourself with angels and keep her as far away from you as possible. She is jealous of what you have and who you are. She pretends to be a sister in Christ but she has a Jezebel spirit and would love to destroy your relationships by telling lies about you. Bind that Jezebel spirit and keep her out of your inner circle. God will cover you and what she has planned for you will fall back on her. Amen!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

Are So-Called Friends Becoming A Burden?

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“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

 

Do you have a lot of friends?  Are they real friends, friends that will quit what they are doing and come running when you are in need?

 

It’s wonderful to have friends that are loyal to you, but how about you? Is it all about you or do you take time to ask someone “How are you doing?” prior to launching into a conversation regarding all your troubles?

 

If you are only concerned with your own problems you will not be able to keep many friends in life. Sooner or later we recognize, “Takers” because they take, take and take from us but are never there for us.

 

I find it interesting that when we finally decide we no longer want these takers in our lives that they act as if they don’t have a clue as to why they lost our friendship. They cannot stand the fact that they no longer have someone around to use as an emotional scapegoat. They then get paranoid,about all the things you know about them, and set out to start turning their friends and family member against you.

 

Isn’t it amazing that people no longer talk to you because of the evilness of other people? I used to let it bother me, but not anymore. At my age, I let it go. I try to ignore them. I go on with my life.

 

These people need to develop a relationship with Jesus. I have found that Jesus never leaves us and never forsakes us. Jesus is there for us and is on “duty” for us 24/7.

 

If you find yourself losing friends take your own inventory. Do you invest as much time into that friend as they invest into you? If not you need to change. If you cannot quit telling your problems to someone then get a counselor. As counselors we break the law by sharing the secrets of those we have counseled with.

 

Once you try to ignore these people they then send their “Flying Monkeys” after you.” I was shocked one day when an ex friends mother attacked me online as I made a comment on someone’s FB page. It was mean, it was cruel and not the truth. She had been listening to my “ex” friend and believed everything that she had heard. I then blocked them both. She was telling someone that I was not a “real” friend. What was sad about that was that I had given the woman’s grandson money when he was in need. I guess she had forgotten about that.

 

Sometimes you get disappointed with a friend. If it’s a one-time thing, talk it out and don’t let it break your friendship. But if it continues to happen then let the person go. We become like those we spend the most time with. Unless you want to become a whiner too, it’s best to let the person go. Pray for them, but let them go. Life is too short to be burdened with someone else’s problems daily. You too have problems and if they continue to dump on you don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting depressed, and angry, for no apparent reason. Like sponges we absorb a lot of other people’s emotions.

 

Find positive, happy people who love God. Find people who will pray for you when you need it. Find people who call you occasionally and ask you, “How are you doing, I was thinking about you!”

 

If you are anxious and stressed today, look around you. It might not be you but someone whom you are spending a lot of time with that is draining you. These people are so low on energy that they literally drain those around them. It’s not always you, but instead those who you surround yourself with.

 

In God’s Unconditional Love,

Cathie

Pride Born Of Hurt Delays Our Help

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9“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11

 

My father was a man with a heart like God’s. The sad fact is though, with rampant divorce rates, a lot of people didn’t really know their fathers. If they did know about him they often learned that they couldn’t trust him. So because of that, a whole lot of folks have a hard time trusting God.

 

We may have grown up in a family where our needs were ignored, for one reason or another. Perhaps our needs were seldom met. The way we handled it was to get very self-sufficient. We may have felt that no one helped us anyway and so we learned, unfortunately, to never ask for help. In fact, we decided to strive to never ask anyone for another thing as long as we lived!

 

This is a source of pride, born of deep hurt. This is the type of pride that often keeps us from going to Daddy God for help. We don’t ask Him to help with our shortcomings either because often we were verbally abused to the point where we started believing we were stupid, or unwanted, and so we learned to keep our problems to ourselves and not trust anyone.

 

Jesus said, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10.

 

Beloved do you find yourself in a bad situation today? Are you anxious worry about how you are possibly going to make it? This is the time to give up our pride and our self-sufficiency. We must be willing to ask for help. We can’t ask for help once or twice and then be done with asking. There are times when we have to ask, ask again and keep on asking.

 

I have had times when I thought I would not make it. I still have times that I think I might not make it, but God has always come through. Nothing will keep Him from coming through for us, again and again. Sometimes He will speak to us what we should do, and where we should go for help. Sometimes He will put it on someone’s mind to help us. But, I tell you truthfully, when you humble yourself, lay down your pride and ask, God will help you.

 

Tell people the truth. Drop your pride and ask for help when you need it. I know it’s hard but people are willing to help when you ask in sincerity for help for you and/or your family.

 

Pride born of hurt and disappointment can lead to our downfall. Once we ask, as any loving parent, God will help or send help. Sometimes I believe God waits to see if we will put our hurt and pride behind us and ask. We have to, as hard as it is, leave the past in the past. We have to walk forward, one day at a time, and one step at a time, and as we learn to live for Christ, putting our addiction to feeling sorry for ourselves behind us. God will open doors miraculously and people will step forward and help.

 

One more thing I have learned is that nine out of ten times my help didn’t come from the people I thought, in the natural, could help me. It’s not the rich that usually help. It’s more often people who have been in the same place as we are and now like to help others in the way that God helped them. This is why God says it’s harder for a rich man to get into heaven then a camel to go through a needles eye. Some people, who have money here on this earth, are not givers. One day the Lord spoke to my heart that those are the ones who will not be in heaven. Let them enjoy it here, because they cannot take it with them and they won’t need it where we are going!

 

Don’t get preconceived notions about where your help will come from. God will surprise you. The thing is, you just have to ask Him for wisdom and keep asking. He will not fail you nor let you down!

 

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie