Month: October 2014

Praising God In The Midst Of Disarray

One of the most important keys that will make it possible for us to walk in Heavenly Culture is our praise. Acts 17:6 talks about how Christians are those who turn the world upside down. As worldly people, we are prone to feeling sorrowful, disappointed and even angry towards God when things don’t work out the way we would like . The last thing I want to do when something goes awry in my life is praise God… however, the presence of praise is voiced continually in heaven.

  • Revelations 4:6 Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”

Therefore, it is our heritage as citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom that our voices should also be lifted up in praise to our Lord.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we are told to, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

The Lord tells us here that we are to HAVE an attitude of joy, thanksgiving and prayer at all times, no matter what the conditions or circumstances are that surround us.

CLEARING THINGS UP: This verse does not mean that we are to thank God for bad things and tragedies that come our way. It means that we are to remain joyful no matter what is happening in our lives because we have the Lord, and in Him we shall overcome no matter what the devil is trying to do to us. The Lord does not want us to thank Him for the bad things that happen to us because He did not send them. He is NOT the author of evil. We are not to become bitter over life’s circumstances, but rather to continue to rejoice in the Lord. It is the will of God for us to rejoice no matter what comes. It is not the will of God to receive evil things as from Him. It is an insult to God to thank Him for accidents, sickness, tragedy, etc. He does not send those things to us, the devil does.

  • James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We are to love and rejoice in the Lord in spite of what the devil tries to do to us.

UNDERSTAND: That one of Satan’s most common tricks is to send something bad into someone’s life in order for us to and blame it on God. If he can get people to believe it is from the Lord, he has an easier time convincing them of his next lie, that God has failed them and deserted them. He follows this up with a further lie, “Why go on serving a God who does these kinds of things to you?” Satan’s real target is to destroy our faith in God. He just attacks different areas to get at different people.

Our prayers should be in an attitude of praise even in the midst of our trials. We should lift our voices and praise the Lord like this,“Father, I praise You and love You, and no matter what the devil is doing to me I know that You shall bring me through victoriously! Show me what I need to do, Lord. Show me the door that I have opened to the enemy. I resist him in the name of Jesus, and I command him to leave with all of his oppression and attacks. Jesus, You are the Lord of my life, and I submit to You and will never deny You no matter what happens. Praise God!”.

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If you love music it may be because you have eternity in your heart

Music itself is an amazing thing. The right inspiring lyrics, the melody or even just the right chorus can give you awaken that slumbering spirit inside of you; music provides a quick pick me up to motivate you to accomplish your daily goals; sometimes it’s just a reminder about appreciating the beauty of the world that we live in and provides the lift that we occasionally need to get through the day.

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell  – “Don’t you know that there ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you”

Swedish House Mafia – “Who’s gonna save the world tonight? Who’s gonna bring you back to life?”

Demi Lovato – “Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground”.

Chumbawumba – “I get knocked down, But I get up again, You’re never going to keep me down”

Black Eyed Peas – “Take control of your mind and meditate”

Queen – “And bad mistakes I’ve made a few I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face – But I’ve come through because we are the champions”.

Ben E. King – “No I won’t be afraid. Oh I won’t be afraid”.

When I listen to these songs the lyrics seem to have a common theme:

  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – ain’t no mountain high enough that will keep God from getting to you. in other words…
    • Romans 8:39 “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” —
  • Swedish House Mafia – Who’s gonna bring you back to life? 
    • Ezekiel 37:5-6 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
  • Demi Lovato –“Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground”. 
    • John 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
  • Chumbawumba – “I get knocked down, But I get up again, You’re never going to keep me down”
    • Revelations 1:18 “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave”
  • Black Eyed Peas – “Take control of your mind and meditate”
    • Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  • Queen – W”e  got sand kicked in our face… we are the champions…”
    • Romans 8:36-37 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
  • Ben E. King – “No I won’t be afraid. Oh I won’t be afraid”.
    • Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you…”

This may sound weird but for me, everywhere I look, everything I hear is in some way worshiping God our Creator.

Praise and worship seems to be universal. Worshiping is built into our DNA and I believe it is a basic need for every person. A simple definition of worship is to regard with great devotion or to honor as a divine being. Take a second to think about what you are most devoted to in this life and ask yourself, “Is it worthy of my devotion; do I worship a divine being?”

EVERYONE worships something – however, we don’t all worship the same God, but everyone worships something or someone. Since we all worship, we should question the reason for this desire. The most logical conclusion is that we were created by a higher being for the very purpose of worship.

A Mothers earthly love versus the Fathers Heavenly Love

Mother dares anyone to criticize her for wishing she had aborted her son who has Down syndrome; “if I could go back in time, I would abort him in an instant”

A mother who dares anyone to criticize her for wishing she had aborted her son who was born with Down syndrome; “IF I could go back in time, I would abort him in an instant.”

Her argument is very simple…
“Because, while I do love my son, and am fiercely protective of him, I know my life would have been happier and far less complicated if he had never been born. I do wish I’d had an abortion. I wish it every day.

Many people would applaud this woman for her “bravery and honesty” while others may feel disgusted and disagree with her views… nevertheless wether we disagree or not — we should acknowledge the fact that many people today consider the word commitment as a curse word.

This is because we as a society agree with the worldly definition of words like commitment, love, sacrifice… To put it bluntly we as a society hate commitments, no one wants to be totally committed to anything or anyone because it demands too much of us. Look at today’s relationship between man and women — one night stands, instant gratification, divorce etc.., look at governments, companies and the way they run business… look at society as a whole. There is little to no commitment — it’s all about give me now no strings attached kind of relationships — and in this turmoil of self gratification, while the word love (in the true sense) is being lost and redefined as something we drink, today love is conditional something we earn on the basis of conscious or unconscious conditions being met by the lover, whereas in unconditional true love, love is “given freely” to the loved one “no matter what”.

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Even when we look at ourselves (let’s be honest here), commitment is sometimes something for someone else to do because it interferes with our schedules.

  • Webster’s dictionary defines Commitment as: to pledge to some particular course or use.
    In the Bible however, commitment to God is more than a definition, it requires: my life, my soul, my very being inside of me! Not twice a week, or even once a week, but all the time!

When I look at the cross I see just how committed Jesus was to His people and to His mission… even though His mission was inconvenient, even though it was troublesome, tiresome, burdensome, full of awkward moments, disappointments, betrayals, arguments etc… He continued, He persevered… why? Because of His great love for us.

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Many people these are not committed to anything other than their own self and there own desires. The things of God (true love, peace, acceptance, morals etc…) are hardly if ever talked about in a sincere thought out manner even between Christians because we live a life of what is CONVENIENT in God. A clear example of this lifestyle is this: “I go to church on Sunday morning, isn’t that enough?”

Webster’s dictionary defines the word convenient as: suited to one’s comfort or ease.

Are we living a life for Jesus that is suited to our comfort? Do we want to be committed as long at it is easy? What if Jesus decided not to die for our sins … where would we spend eternity today?

Bipolar Disorder: A Quick Recap

The mnemonic DIG FAST helps to outline the clinical presentation seen in mania (mood of an abnormally elevated arousal of energy level)

  • Distractibility
  • Insomnia
  • Grandiosity
  • Flight of ideas
  • Activities / psychomotor Agitation
  • Sexual indescretions
  • Talkative / pressured speech

Depressed Brain

While interviewing the patient suspected of having bipolar disorder it is helpful to pay attention to these signs – patients may report excessive engagement in pleasurable activities (excessive spending, sexual activity etc…)

This elated mood however may change to a low mood associated with low self esteem or even depression, and a restricted emotional expression… these patients who suffer from bipolar disorder are sometimes distrustful and suspicious — and occasionally interpret others’ motives as malevolent.

These patients who suffer from bipolar disorder are often involved in reckless behaviors (irrational anger, fighting, shouting, bragging, drug abuse marijuana, alcohol etc…)

These patients have ideas of grandiosity (an unrealistic sense of superiority), they may believe they have the next great invention or product in hand and spend many sleepless nights reading/studying watching T.V preparing for there “breakthrough”.  These patients are also highly distracted going from one topic to another  and when they speak their speech is pressured and often loud.

Treatment:

Mood stabilizers are needed for maintenance therapy

Lithium (first line treatment) watch out for narrow therapeutic window [ Lithium toxicity > 1.5 mEq/L] note ataxia, dysarthria, delirium, and acute renal failure — this is why we usually avoid Lithium in patients with poor renal function.

Carbamazepine is our (second line treatment) watch out for side effects such as nausea, skin rash (SJS), leukopenia…

Valproic acid and Lamotrigine can also be used

What is our true identity? How do we find our true purpose?

The most important thing is to be victorious over the fight against yourself. If you lose the fight against yourself you won’t be able to truly move forward… So forget about (comparing, competing) with everyone else…

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When I was younger, I had no idea who I was and really had no interest in discovering who I was… I was too obsessed with material things, high school, dating, movies etc… but when I went to college I began having conflicts with these issues.

I remember reading many books that suggest ways to discover my identity and purpose in life. Many of the books I read could be classified as “self-help” books because they approached the subject from a self-centered viewpoint.

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All these books are really similar and have the same layout:

  1. Consider your dreams
  2. Clarify your values
  3. Set some goals
  4. Figure out what you’re good at – Aim high
  5. Go for it!

Believe in yourself and you can achieve your goals!!!

Of course, these are all good things to follow and can lead to success. You can usually succeed in reaching a goal if you work hard and put your mind to it. But being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose are NOT at all the same issue! You could reach ALL of your personal goals, becoming an amazing success by the worlds standard, and still miss the purpose of your life because you never bothered to find out who YOU ARE.

I realized this later in my life that I needed more than what these “self-help” books had to offer.

The Bible says, in Mark 8:35 “self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way to finding yourself, your true self,”

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What is our true identity? How do we find our true purpose? Does a particular job, image, ethnicity, sexual orientation, temperament, or social status determine identity?

If we define identity as a simple list of personal characteristics, we ignore the issue of why we are here on this earth. There is no infinite purpose attached to a hollow and malleable definition of identity.

If you believe there is more to this life than whatever image we create for ourselves, you can look beyond this finite existence and peer into eternity — into some eternal identity. If you have an infinite existence-an after-life, surely your identity is fastened to something beyond this world and your natural life.

When we focus only on how we appear in this life, we can become enslaved to the superficial and limited pursuits adorned by media, culture and society which have no real lasting or satisfying meaning. Our invented images are poor substitutes for addressing our true needs.

The old adage “You can’t take it with you when you go” is an axiomatic phrase that begs the question “What can you take with you then?” There is only one lasting constant which transcends all boundaries from this finite, natural life to the next life – a relationship with the eternal and infinite God.