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SLANDER: A Personal Perspective

A worthless man (woman) digs up evil, while his (her) words are like scorching fire. A perverse (woman) man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends (Proverbs 16: 27, 28).
Yesterday I had a truly horrible experience as a victim of slander and the possible, very precious relationship that is, for now, lost to me as a result of this woman's jealousy. What makes me feel especially betrayed is the quarter from which this assault came.
David expressed this same heart-ache when he wrote: For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, then I could bear it; nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself (herself) against me, then I could hide myself from him. But it is you, a man (woman) my equal, my companion and my familiar friend; we who had sweet fellowship together... (Psalm 55: 12-14a).
We know that David was betrayed by family members at various times throughout his life. The words, "then I could hide myself," seems to indicate a person that lives in close p…

POWER TO OVERCOME

Jesus Christ demonstrated His power by casting out demons. In the gospels we read that some were healed of physical diseases and others were healed of what presented as a physical illness but was actually of demonic origin.
It is a curious fact that Jesus allows Satan certain licence. When we feel attacked or persecuted it is then that we most often turn unreservedly to our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who overpowers the "strong man." But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house (Matthew 12: 28, 29). In the same way we overcome by praying in the power of God's Spirit, allowing Him to work through our prayers and actions.
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1st John 4: 4).
In defeating th…

THE LOST TRIBE OF EPHRAIM

In my last post I wrote how the Antichrist, when he appears on the world stage, will be recognized.  You may want to go back by date and into archives and read that blog as well. 


I touched briefly on the tribe of Dan. Dan is one of two tribes not mentioned in the book of Revelation; specifically Rev. 7: 6-8. It is believed that the false prophet will be descended from the tribe of Dan.  For this reason Dan has lost a place of high honor among this remnant of faithful Jews who will enter the tribulation as special prophets; each one supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit to be God's hands and feet; powerful warriors in the face of evil.
And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel (Rev. 7: 4).
There is another tribe conspicuously absent from this Revelation list. This is the tribe of Ephraim. Ephraim was the younger son of Joseph, adopted by Jacob (Israel). Jacob's right hand rested on E…