Presumptions

Presumptions.  

A weird adjective but with a strong meaning.  — “full of… characterized by… or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing something without right or permission.”

No one is immune to this.  We all want to be recognized.  We all want to have notoriety, so we cattle spend so much time living in pride and arrogance thinking…presuming… we were “called“, then we form arguments to justify our actions or words.  More often than not, that justification is based on our own selfishness.  

We want, but we don’t have…so we take by force to possess because we believe strongly that we deserve.  However, that “deserving” belief is one that leads to contempt and strife because the one who was truly deserving is now without and the one who now possesses is filled with unexplained regret.

Moreover, to minimize the feeling of regret the one who now possesses justifies their actions by declaring they are deserving; but in declaring their deserving spirit hasn’t the one who now possesses become a judge over those who no longer possess?

This pride and arrogance…at it’s core is greed, hostility, contempt for others.  It is selfishness.  

So bold.  So confident in our own beliefs.  Thinking we are highly esteemed.  Overstepping boundaries.  Speaking out when you weren’t given permission.  You’ve been warned that such attitudes have been condemned…

If a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die.” – Exodus 21:14

The man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the Lord your God, nor to the judge, that man shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.” – Deut 17:12

But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.” – Deut 18:20

How many have presumed their actions of harm towards another were justified?  Or that their words are meant to be spoken because they had a “feeling of being “called” to speak or write a book“?   How many have acted boldly or spoke with liberty that was not theirs to possess?  Who took the reigns of a runaway cart where the horse was left behind?

Do they not possess a behavior that is perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate by a Holy and Righteous God, yet they continue each day paying no regard to the truth.  Living a presumptuous life of decay and immorality.  

Disobeying willfully, and out of arrogance and pride they justify their disobedience with no regard to the fatality of their words and actions towards their own soul.  

If only we all would pray as David… “Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me.  Then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.” 

Oh to be acquitted of great transgression and to live a blameless life!!   What joys would be experienced.  What love would be shared among all humanity.  What anxiety, fears and regrets would be abolished!!  What thanks humans would have from the cleansing of their conscience!!  What humility would come from the renewing of the minds and heart!! 

May the God of Heaven and Earth, the Father of our Lord Jesus protect each of you today from presumptuous sins.  

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Free Healthcare!!

At my last visit to the doctor’s office I had a conversation with the front desk nurses about healthcare costs.

We happened on the topic because I mentioned that my co-pays for office visits went up a whole $15 in the past 17 years.  (For those cattle who can’t do math…that’s a little more than 88 cents a year.  Conversely, my deductible has gone up about $60 per year, which still isn’t all that pathetic if you really think about it.)

Neither one of the nurses had much to say regarding the rising costs of healthcare, but they both expressed their concern about how many people are on medicaid who shouldn’t be.

Like say, the 24 year old college grad who refuses to work because they can’t “find a job”, even though there are tons and tons of jobs out there.  Maybe not in the field of study for which they graduated, but a job just the same.  

After listening to their gripes, I then mentioned how I would run for President of the USA and promote a four-step plan to offer free healthcare to everyone.

They were intrigued…until I laid out the steps… 

  • First: I would remove all IRS deductions and credits across the board.  That’s right! … No more child tax credits, no more deductions for medical expenses, no more deductions for gambling or investment losses, no more deductions for giving to a non-profit…  NO MORE DEDUCTIONS OR CREDITS…PERIOD!!
  • Second: I would raise the income tax of every single person in the USA by 50%, and any income over $499,999 would be taxed at 100%.
  • Third: I would remove any federal taxes on gasoline or petroleum products and then impose the following taxes:
    • a) a 100% tax on any net proceeds above $30 million that collegiate and/or professional athletics receive in a calendar year. This would include but not be limited to overall revenue or donations regardless of their non-profit standing with the IRS.
    • b) a 100% tax on any monies exceeding one-hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) for any Endowment fund of private or public secondary educational institutions.
    • c) a charge of $1000 per undocumented person living or working in the USA that would be billed to that person’s country of origin.  
    • d) a 50% tax on all gifts, donations or revenue generated through “fund-me” websites regardless of tax-exempt status. 
    • e) a 1000% tax on any business in the pornography industry. 
    • f) a 50% tax on all monies that are invested in foreign currencies, exchanges, banks or financial institutions by US citizens or companies.
    • g) a 50% tax on all proceeds from foreign investors who own real estate for rental or lease on United States soil.
  • Fourth: by putting massive regulations on every health insurance company, health provider and pharmaceutical company to…
    • promote healthy living and severely limit the ability to prescribe drugs that would become addictive. . .I’m talking opioids. . .(unless ALL other options have been exhausted), if they did prescribe these drugs, not only would the doctors who prescribe them have to fill out massive amounts of paperwork just to get the approval to prescribe them, they would also have their names placed on a watchlist to make sure they aren’t over-prescribing. (Ah…who am I kidding?   That paperwork and watchlist would exist for any and every drug that doctors prescribe.)   
    • create a cleanliness act that would force any and all hospitals, care facilities and health clinics to have the technology in place to sterilize and combat bacteria/germs/fungi that can cause further complications to overall patient health.

Yeeeaaahh…much like you, the nurses weren’t all that interested in my plan after hearing it because they understood just how much money it would cost and how little freedom they would have in the healthcare field to actually treat patients.  

By the way…I never said I’d get elected, all I said is I would promote a four step plan to provide free healthcare to everyone in the USA if I run for President.  

I know I wouldn’t be popular, but at least I’d be honest.  

 

 

 

 

Standing my ground…Dealing with inept co-workers

I work on a team of three people.  We had four, but one quit late last year because he was tired of people not doing their work.  

Well…let me rephrase that…

He quit because after almost ten full years with the company he grew tired of having to bail out ONE specific person who refused to complete their assigned work.  

Here’s the poop, each of us has specific responsibilities that we’re assigned to.  Responsibilities that aren’t very difficult.  Assigned by our supervisor.  That should be completed in a specific amount of time. 

Matter of fact…this is probably the easiest job I’ve ever had.  Unfortunately, for a specific someone on my team…they tend to make it more difficult, and for some strange reason that person can’t seem to understand the concept of getting the work done on time. . . or at all.   

For example, when a new request comes in that is assigned to him, he lets it sit in his queue for months.

There have been times where he will let work sit in his queue for up to a year or longer.  

Never acknowledging the request was assigned to him.  

Never updating the request with a status of where he’s at in the process of completing the work.  

Never contacting the person who made the request to let them know if there’s a delay or a problem or when the task will be completed.

Oh, one might think that he’s probably burned out and doesn’t want to do this specific job anymore, but if that were the case, he’d do more to make that evident . . .

which he doesn’t . . .

So I don’t believe that being burned out is the problem.

Two years ago when I first started this job, I began hearing from a lot of people about how bad this co-worker of mine has been over the years.  People were sharing their stories of failed orders, lack of accountability, communication, laziness, slacking and just down right unacceptable behavior.

I asked why they haven’t complained about him, but I always received the same reply…“we have!!  but no one takes our complaints seriously!  He’s been like this for over ten years!!”

Many of you reading this might be asking yourself if management knows about this person’s ineptitude?  

Incredibly, yes they do.  

Management has tried to move him to another team or even fire him; but since the human resources team here at my little pathetic basket of hell is afraid to do their jobs, he remains employed.

And of course, he always has an excuse for delaying the work or never completing the work.  

His reasons are endless, but after only a couple years of being his co-worker I’ve managed to figure out the two main causes of why he’s so inept:

  1. He spends practically 6 hours a day on Facebook and other social-networking sites.  
  2. Years ago he was trained by a lazy, old man who constantly repeated the phrase: “don’t get it done too quickly, or they’ll always expect it.” 

Neither of these are conducive for providing proper customer service or getting your work done in a decent duration of time.

That brings us to the here and now.

After a nice, long weekend I came in to work, opened my email and found an email from upper management who requested a status on something that was submitted over a month ago. A simple request to purchase something that would take maybe a couple hours to complete.  Sadly, after a month of waiting the purchase has not been made and the staff who requested it has not been able to do their job. 

Interestingly the email was addressed to our entire team and not just to the inept co-worker who won’t do his job and since the email was sent to our team, I could easily take care of the situation and complete the work . . .

But what does my co-worker learn if I do that?  

Answer: he learns that his slacking off doesn’t have consequences and someone else will always bail him out when the pressure mounts.

Therefore, I’m not doing his work.   

If he plans on being lazy, if he refuses to complete the work assigned to him in a decent manner of time; then he also needs to suffer the consequences.  He needs to learn that his ineptitude won’t be accepted by his co-workers.

And that’s exactly what I said when I confronted my supervisor about the issue this morning.  

I refuse to bail him out.  

It’s not going to happen this time.  It’s not going to happen in the future.  He must take responsibility for his actions, or in this case, his lack of actions.

I’m tired of working with inept co-workers.  

This workplace is really pathetic.  

 

A message

 

Wounds of the wounded are never to heal.  They are spent days, mostly in anguish and lost in translation to their maker. 

You live your life as that of a harlot.  Spreading your legs for all men to view your nakedness.  To have their way with you at every turn.  

You drink strong wine and alcohol to numb the pain of your ways, hoping that the drug of choice will finally bring an end to your regret and sorrows.  

Yet, it does nothing but cause more sadness.  

Your actions are those of a harlot.  One who spends her days enticing the naive and feeble minded, attempting to find joy when there is none to obtain.  

Like a wailing Jackal in the wilderness who has lost her young, your desires are not fulfilled.  

I have set a Standard in the high places.  One on whom you can look and be fulfilled, but instead, you spend your wasted days looking to the fields which cannot fulfill; looking to the weeds which cannot produce fruit.  

Turn to the Lord, the God of Heaven, and He will give you the rest you seek, but your head will not turn, your eye will not move.  

Look to the One who’s mercy and love will never end, but your eye has found another lover and your heart has lost its way. 

You!  The harlot of your people.  You seek to raise children and offspring who will worship God, but in spite of all your work, you only raise up more harlots among your family.  

Your children are harlots of harlotry!  Cursed among the people and left to their own desires.  

They are far worse than you as they have no one to guide them for the blind guides which I have not sent, lead them down the wide road of destruction.  

Their mouth is filled with indecency.  They are not chaste.  They have not learned righteousness or how to be holy as I AM.  

They stretch out their hands to the wicked and beg for unrighteousness.  Their plea to those who can never bring justice is futile.  

The wickedness of their hearts is against Me, says the Lord of Heaven and Earth.  

How would you want me to answer you?  How would you desire that I set you free from this bondage?  

Have I not provided a way in which to release you?  Have I not been open and truthful about My plans and purposes?  

I gave you a key to freedom and what did you do?  How did you react?  

I provide a way of escape and what was your decision?

You blame Me for your faults and your lack of fair judgement, but am I not the one who is innocent in this matter?  Haven’t I answered you in the past and given you freedom?  

Yet, you rejected My free gift. You spit in My face. You mocked Me.  I set you free and you cursed Me.  

You did not want My abundance.  You did not want Me to be your savior.  

Because of your pride and arrogance, you looked to the stars to save you.  You looked to men, who cannot save, because they have muscles and pretty eyes, a flashy smile.  

Have I not told you that this life is not for the swift of foot, nor is it for the strong or self-willed?  Have I not informed you that horses and chariots will never save you in a time of battle?  

Many days have gone by and My patience is wearing thin with this obstinate people.  

I will not contend with you forever.

You have prostituted yourself to other gods which are not gods at all, and your children have followed in your footsteps.  They too have become harlots just as their parents before them, yet they are worse.

How should I deal with your disobedience?  Should I not judge you with righteous judgement?  

Should I, the Lord of all creation, not have the right to lift My hand against you for your disobedience?  

Tell Me.  

State your case that it may fall on My ears so I can hear your rationale.  

If I did not let My people, Israel, go free from their iniquity which they committed against Me, then why should I let you go free?  

The days are coming, declares the Lord of hosts, that I will judge the whole earth for its deeds.  The great and small will stand before the judgement seat of My calling and I will either be their end, or I will be their life.

Choose wisely, oh sheep.  

Make haste to wash yourselves in the pool of my radiance, for I can make you clean.  I can wash away every stain from your soul.  

Your name will be changed to a righteous name if you would only look to me and turn from your wickedness.  

I Am the Lord.  The Son of the Living God.  The One who is and who is to come.  

My name is Holy.  

Be holy, for I Am Holy!

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The truth is still truth even if you don’t agree…

 

If you run a red light or a stop sign, you know that you broke the law.  

It doesn’t matter if you didn’t cause an accident, the truth is that you broke the law and you know you broke the law because the law says…don’t run a red light and don’t run a stop sign.  

But the world today wants to tell you that running a red light or a stop sign is okay because the law was meant to be broken if it feels okay to you.  

The world will tell you that as long as you feel okay with running the red light or the stop sign, you’re not doing anything wrong because you didn’t hurt anyone.  They will tell you that breaking the law is up to you because it just depends on how you feel.  

So what if everyone feels okay with running red lights or the stop signs?  Wouldn’t that create a mass amount of chaos?  

You see, the law, not to run a red light or a stop sign, isn’t there to protect you from other people.  Whether you agree or disagree, the fact remains…the law was written to protect you from the one person that would bring you the most harm…

The law was created to protect you from yourself.

YOU …don’t lie.

YOU …don’t commit murder

YOU …don’t covet

YOU …don’t steal… and so on and so forth.

Yet the world wants to proclaim that the law wasn’t created to protect you from yourself.  The world wants to proclaim that the law wasn’t created for any other reason than a simplistic guide for others to not harm you…but, of course, that’s only based on how they feel at that given moment.

yet!!… God himself is looking you in the eye and stating quite clearly…

YOU!!    YOU!!!    YOU!!!!!!!  

Obey the law!!!  

And when you don’t obey the law, there are repercussions.  

Also, there are repercussions for being repeatedly disobedient to God’s law, which brings us to  Romans 1: 18-32

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

You may disagree with God’s commandments.  You may not agree with God’s plan.  You may not agree with the word of God. Heck, you may not agree with the law of God, but the truth still remains…No matter how much you disagree with God’s commandments, plans, words or laws…that does not nullify any of them, and living a life of disobedience to God will only lead you to one place…

Separation from God for all eternity.  

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There’s a common lie being spread through the churches today that God accepts you just the way you are, but based on Romans 1:18-32 that message just is not true.  

God will not accept blatantly disobedient people.  

God will not accept those who blatantly disregard His laws and commandments or live a life that is contrary to His truth.  

God will not accept any person who’s lives are filled with wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossip, slander, hate of God, insolence, arrogance, boasting, inventions of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving or unmerciful.

The truth is, God will only accept those who’s heart is humble and who express true feelings of remorse affected by the guilt of wrongdoing..in one word:  contrite.

God will tolerate disobedience for only so long…

Word to the wise….Don’t test the patience of God.      

 

 

Obsessed With Sex-u-al-i-tee

Udders

What is wrong with you sick people that you feel the need to know so many details about every person’s life?  Especially the whole issue of a person’s sexual preference?

I’ll tell you why…

Because YOU are obsessed with sex!

Oh. . .and on the topic of sexual preference. . . if a person is born with a certain sexual preference, why the hell can’t you tell just by looking at them?  Shouldn’t you know without having to ask???  Why exactly do you even question it?  

Oh, wait!  That’s right!  It’s similar to all of you who were born a dumbass.  

No one can tell you’re a dumbass just by looking at you, instead people have to ask you if you’re a dumbass.  

Typically, you all try to cover it up, but eventually the truth is revealed as soon as you open your mouth.  

Soooo, going back to my initial question…why is it so important for you to know which way someone swings their ding-a-ling?  

Does knowing that someone is a pervert make you feel more human?  Does it make you feel more adequate that you’re not the only pervert in town?  

With the way society has become so sexually obsessed I’m not surprised that companies don’t require sexual preference on a résumé. 

Work History…

Skills…

Education…

Sexual Preference!  — Ah!!  The perfect candidate!

You cattle need to get over the sexual obsession already.  After all, it’s just a means of creating humans. 

But leave it to humans to make it into something perverted, addictive and disgusting! 

Bravo humanity.  

Brav-o!  (insert slow, pathetic golf clap here)

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Pathetic cattle disgust me.

Persecution

christian-persecution

Every morning I happen to read numerous headlines of media bias and pathetic rhetoric that assists me in starting my day with the understanding that the world has fallen off the deep end into a very shallow grave.  

This morning was no different.

Except that I happened upon the above image and became intrigued at the headline. . . or . . .  byline. . . or . . . line of text under the picture. . . or . . .whatever it’s called.   

Anywhoo! . . . my intrigue wasn’t that the line of text mentions the persecution of Christians or that said persecution of Christians is growing across the globe.  

You would think that would be something I would be interested in reading about since I am a follower of the LORD Jesus, but no. . . that wasn’t what intrigued me.  

Instead, it was the first two words that are written in all caps.  

What’s so “startling” about the report that persecution of Christians is growing across the globe?  

Christians will be persecuted for following the LORD Jesus because Jesus told His disciples that they would be persecuted because Jesus was persecuted first, and no one is above their master.  Therefore, since Jesus is the master and was persecuted by those in the world who didn’t believe in Him or trust Him while He was here, those who are true followers of Him will be persecuted as well.

Why? 

Because we are an example of the Light that shines in the darkness and exposes the deeds of humanity for what they are.  Evil.  And Humanity hates the light for that very reason.  

So, because the world hates the Light because it exposes their deeds as evil, the world wants to snuff out the light so they don’t have to be held accountable and feel remorse, sorrow, guilt or shame for their actions and words.

AND…as more and more people turn their lives over to the LORD Jesus and turn away from the life of lawlessness and sin that enslaved them, we should not be startled that a growing number of people are being persecuted for being Christians.

Of course, this also proves that the bible is accurate, yet again, because it foretold of how Christians would be persecuted for the sake of Jesus.

“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” – 2 Timothy 3:12

“For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;  we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.  For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.” – 2 Cor 4:6-12

“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”

– John 15:20

 

Therefore, I’m not startled about the growing persecution of Christians around the world.  I’m actually praising God for it.