Oh, Little Children . . . Part II from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thanks so much for joining me for Coffee Hour today and part II of our WOW for May! Grab your coffee and come on in.

So now that we have the backdrop for verse 4, let’s get our spiritual shovels and go dig through this verse which holds significant relevance for us individually as well as a flashlight of hope for us nationally, considering the disastrous direction we are headed.

You are of God, little children – STOP! Now, I don’t’ know about you, but when I read that, I thought, why in the world is he calling these people “little children”? Is it because of their weakened faith? So I looked up the translation for “little children” and bingo! I found the answer and I was so excited. I’m telling you, it pays to dig! “Little children” was/is a term of affection by a teacher to his students/disciples. The term is figuratively only and not meant literally in this verse! This implies that we are teachable! Okay, let’s keep going.

You are of God, _________ (put your name there), and have overcome them – STOP! Let’s talk about the “them.”

The “them” in that verse is referring to is those false prophets/teachings/spirits. Now let’s stop and graze here for just a bit with the term “brainwashing” in mind. Pardon the pun. Whew, this is tricky because brainwashing can be both bad and good but not at the same time! What I mean is some people may call me brainwashed because of my faith and how I try to live my life. I try and wash my brain daily with His Word, which is the only truth that can wash away the lies from my past, those that were passed on to me from others as well as those I’ve told myself.

See, we aren’t born thinking we are fat, or thinking we are ugly, or inadequate or stupid, or ____________. The list can go on and on and you can fill in the blank. Something or someone contributes to the dilemma of false message based on false teaching. Please hang in here with me; you’ll be glad you did. And by the way, I’m not trying to get all psychological on you and I understand many believers have a fear of psychology but when we apply The Word to our life’s experiences, you can’t help but see God, so therefore you have God-ology! Sometimes it just requires digging to get to the simple truth.

So while 1st John 4:4 was/is John speaking to 2nd and 3rd generation Christians about the spirit of oppression that surrounded them, brought about by false teachings, he is also speaking to us in our generation about the false messages we tell ourselves about ourselves as well as those who try to oppress us with things that go against the Word of God.

Now in Part I of this WOW, I mentioned national brainwashing … website mission statement cloud 200x

Sorry for the pause, but I had to stop and pray for the spiritually correct, and not politically correct words!

Some bloggers use their blog as a political platform often with the intent to create a schism, drawing a line; I am not one of those. I will never proclaim to be wise in the ways of the governmental/political forum so let me just say with confidence what Scripture tells us over and over again: What was once wrong will become right and what was once right will become wrong. I was both outraged and fearful as I read that our military could suffer severe consequences if they share their faith. Here’s an excerpt from an article I found about this:

“The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.

“(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of ‘spiritual rape’ as serious a crime as ‘sexual assault.’ He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are ‘enemies of the Constitution.’)”

I urge you to take the time to read the entire article for yourself. The article’s title is: “Pentagon may court martial soldiers who share Christian faith.” Google it! After you read it, determine if there is any type of brainwashing that has brought about this possible order. If you determine that there is, is it good? Or is it bad? Doesn’t the assurance that Greater is He that is in You comfort you in these times?

Join me tomorrow for part III of our May WOW.

In His grip of grace,



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