A Lesson From Shawshank Redemption

ShawshankRedemptionMoviePosterThe lady I am living with has some movies in her collection that I don’t have and Shawshank Redemption is one of them. Yes, I’m late, but I generally don’t do the R-rated thing, but I watched this one and the Green Mile and I have to say they were both pretty good.  In my opinion they could have easily been made PG-13 with a few changes, but that is not what this post is about.

If you saw the movie, you know the story line is about a prison called Shawshank and the friendship between two prisoners named Andy Dufrense and Red. Andy ends up in prison even though he is innocent. Andy is a banker falsely accused of killing his wife and her lover. Well Andy has a very hard time in prison, but later he becomes in demand because of his banking ability and he ends up helping the guards and the Warden do their tax returns. Later Andy ends up keeping the Wardens financial books.

The reason I started thinking about this movie is because I just posted about judgment and my mind went to the Warden. He was a bible-thumping hypocrite. Quoting scripture and living the opposite. The Warden was a crook and he used Andy to help him hide his dirty deeds, but what the Warden didn’t know was that his sins were about to find him out.

He thought he could keep on cheating the government, abusing and killing the prisoners and just being dirty and continue to get away with it. But he punished Andy one time too many and Andy had his own plan. Andy was planning an escape for 19 years and when he decided to do it, Andy took the Warden down after he left.

Isn’t that how judgment comes. You don’t even see it and sometimes the person you least expect ends up sticking it to you. The one you trust the most. What deceives many is that years pass by and they seem to get away with it, but then SUDDENLY, it happens.

It’s time to get it together. If the Warden had allowed Andy to go when he found out he was innocent, he probably would not have had the end he had. But the Warden REFUSED to let Andy go! Sometimes it’s the one you refuse to let go, when you should have that will end up doing you in.

Yes, there was a lesson, even in the Shawshank Redemption. Will you listen and obey God!

Hebrews 12:6

King James Version (KJV)

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Strong Delusion/Believing a Lie

bridge-out-signI’ve never seen anything like it. How can one proclaim what God is going to do, when they are not living right themselves? How is it blessing and cursing (profanity) come out the same mouth? How is it that some are watching pornography daily, lusting in their hearts, contemplating fornication and living with one another BEFORE marriage, smoking and drinking and getting drunk and pronouncing judgment on others?? It’s called strong delusion and believing a lie.

The thing about sin is it sends a spirit of delusion. Just like Samson, getting up from his bed of sin and having perceived success and he didn’t even know he was days away from DYING!! Well that may not be the case of anyone, but then again it might be (google Steve McNair) but some are on the verge of destruction and judgement and they have deceived themselves to thinking others are wrong and they are right. YOU ARE WRONG AND DELUDED AND LADEN WITH SIN AND GOD IS ABOUT TO SEND DIVINE DISCIPLINE.

I have my prophetic hat on right now. Some are believing a lie and they think God is with them because of success. Well Steve Hirsch, David James and Bill Asher are “successful” in their field of PORNOGRAPHY (I had to look that up) and God has NOTHING to do with what those men are doing.

Something is about to happen and it’s NOT GOOD. Judgement is getting ready to begin in the house of the Lord (among those who claim to know him). No one will be able to escape. GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER TODAY!

Here are some signs you may be deluded:

1. You proclaim God’s word, but you believe it’s an old irrelevant book…(what)??

2. You don’t think fornication/adultery and other sins of the flesh is really sin.

3. You only have interest in God’s word when it benefits you, but not when it corrects you.

4. You only listen to prophets who say what you want to hear.

5. You only want to listen to a positive thinking gospel. You never want to hear a word that convicts you of sin.

6. You mix, new age, and other religious practices with your so-called Christian faith.

7. You are accountable to NO ONE.

8. You lie regularly and have no remorse.You even encourage others to lie.

9. There is NO separation between  you and the world. You love everything the world has to offer.

10. You want to lead and instruct God’s people, when you are going rogue, not living right and are subject to no one.

These are signs of STRONG DELUSION. Listen! God sees your heart and that is why he is sending a warning. For some (God told me this about someone once) Your soul is NOT RIGHT within in you and God is angry! It’s time to repent and TURN from ALL SIN!

1 Peter 4:17

King James Version (KJV)

17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Romans 1:18-19

New Life Version (NLV)

18 We see the anger of God coming down from heaven against all the sins of men. These sinful men keep the truth from being known.19 Men know about God. He has made it plain to them.

Love Series: A Disconnect?

hurryI was talking to my mentor and asking her some questions about men and her advice was very insightful. She is a mature married woman and knows men like a married woman would.

What I didn’t understand is how men can claim their undying love to someone and then be ready to move on to someone else in 2 minutes. It’s maddening to me. When a woman loves (for the most part)  she will stay loyal and also pine away for the man (sometimes) long after the relationship is over.

I’ve observed men leave one relationship and rarely do they wait before moving into another relationship and this is something I have NEVER understood. Back in the day it used to be called a “rebound” relationship. Is there a disconnect somewhere? I know I would be hesitant to get involved with a man who was just recently out of another relationship, but men just don’t seem to get it.

I also don’t understand why men think using another woman is the way to motivate another woman. It actually has the opposite effect. I don’t know one woman who would be motivated by the thought of him expressing wanting to be with someone else. It just makes us want to keep it moving.

I’m learning that you need patience with men and as my mentor told me, the same patience you exercise while dating, you will have to have when married. I’m learning.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

New International Version (NIV)

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

God’s Perspective

GodIn my last blog, I shared how God used my Pastor to pinpoint something I did that was wrong and I’m not going to mention this anymore after this post, but  I learned a lesson.  While I was lamenting over what I did and feeling guilty, God’s prospective was that it was no big deal.  Imagine that! Yes, it’s true.

When the Word came forth it was clear that God did not see what I did the way I did and it almost seemed like God was saying my reaction was justified because of the situation and I have to agree with God, lol. So it was wonderful to see what I did the way God saw it.

Sometimes our reactions are about how we have been treated and yes perhaps we could have done better, but God sees all and knows all and once you see it the way, Gods see it’, we can really let go of the guilt for real!

Ephesians 4:26

New International Version (NIV)

26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,