I was chatting with a 'freind' online and suddenly, he or she loggs off and leaved me talking to myself! I thought! I cried! I was after I prayed and told God in prayer was offended! And God said, "Do not tell me I did not tell you so, that in the latter days, many will be offended!..." And I marveled at the nickless and crookless work of God's word. But I had never expected this to happen to me on this place, from those who I thought I could trust!... You learn something everyday and everynight like this dark night of my life! But enough of non-sense! If God said it would happen and it did and does. If it happens to you don't tell me I did not tell you so! There seems to be a pervasiveness quilt coming over the land and over the hearts of men! God forbid but said that there will be a such a time that there would be so much evil that the love of many would snuff out and wax cold like a candle... And the thing is that people are snuffing out when you need them the most! They call themselves Christian, by God name and talk kindly one day and next morning they never heard of you and they log off when you send them a PM! I wonder what this is all coming to? I hope you do and be wary of what I say, because the grim-reaper could send you a PM also and have grim news. I hope this is all my imagination! And not my imagination, Matthew 24, ["... 9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another..."] And we've pointed out that the liars are to appear first and stumble the earth and its inhabitiants in error and hating each other. Let turn to Luke 21, ["...5And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 7And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake..."] And we see these things but why do, we are not warned of his ominous return? I hope I am and so are you and be wary of the insult and offenses that will come our way!!!... May you escape. Amen. thbg
I decided early in my Christian life that I will be offended if people are disrespectful or against my Lord, but I will be more thick-skinned if they are against me. When one gets offended it is either out of insecuritiy or thinking that the other person dislikes you, however, that may not be true e.g. I have often been cut off by the system while chatting on CB, and it is not because I wanted to but the system which kicked me out. Sometimes people are cut off because something else comes along which is more urgent and it does not mean you are less important but that an issue that is more time-pressured is on hand and more urgent...so what I am saying is it is not worth getting all offended and upsest about what people do.. let them be accountable for what they do ..they are not doing it to you. I whistle (under my breath because I cant whistle loud :) ) a merry tune under my breath and it takes the pressure off and I move on. Whereas if I stayed hurt I will be in a fog indefinitely until I choose to get out of the fog.
Yes the offended which is talked about in Scriptures is when it concerns our faith..is someone mocking at our faith.. then we have to respond by rebuttal with wisdom from the Lord or shut up and speak to the Lord (for angered response is no witness) and ask the Lord for right time and place to address the issue. In the last days, our deaarest relatives may cause us offnce in the faith so we are prepared by the Lord's warning and wont be surprised.
Yes, may the Lord teach us when to be offended, speak up or shut up.. We must the viewpoint of the Lord at all times for to work from the flesh will not be good testimony for the Lord as we may want to take revenge and the Lord says vengeance is mine, I wll repay..surely the Lord's repayment must be just and more appropraite than ours.
I obviously don't know of the incident to which you refer but I do know that there have been many times when I have been 'left talking to myself' or even worse 'left someone else talking to themselves! The site is a learning curve for all of us. Sometimes there is an issue of etiquette but sometimes it is just a hiccup in the system. For me, I think it is mostly that I am on dial-up and sometimes I disappear altogether! I encourage you to persevere because although our journeys differ, we all need one another and it is a privilege to walk beside you.
Yes kbird...the system seems to have a lot of hiccups lately. Weather perhaps? I know I sent a friend an Instant Message and it was 2 hours later I got an response...that I'm sure was sent 2 hours prior! Grrrr
And like thbg, it leaves you thinking they either shut the door in your face or you offended them. I was actually messaging with my hubby, and he was in the room across from me...and it couldn't even make it across the room!
God, please let all my friends know it's not me shutting the door in their face and if I've offended any, to please forgive me :)
Thanks for the alert thbg :)
But yes, His word says offenses WILL come, but woe to the one from who offenses come. And, LORD I don't want that to be me!
I Agree with Kbird my friend. Why I was praying with shani on Tursday when chat froze up on me and I was unable to get back in.
Technically I left her high and dry without even so much as a goodbye. But actually I had no control over what happened.
Chances are your friend was as frustrated as you were.
But isnt it wonderful we cam go to the Lord in prayer with everything that bothers or upsets us. And he ministers to us and settles our hearts.
thbg, you had me worried for a minute. But I saw that the one you referred to spoke of a house or something, so I don't remember speaking of that. I know that we have spoken several times through the one-on-one chats, I believe I have always said my farewells to everyone, but also I have noticed in the last year or so I have forgotten to do things I meant to, either age, or me losing my mind, and sometimes I wonder if I have one to lose!
I have noticed a few times if I am scrolled down in the page, or making a comment or blog, that someone has left me a message in the one-on-one method and I never saw it for quite some time, and when I respond they evidently have left or are doing the same thing I was doing. Also, my phone is next to the computor, and sometimes it occupies me, or the mobile phone! The world has just gotten too busy!!
Getting too long. In short, if I have done anything like that, I am sorry. Sometimes we offend, and don't even realize it, or circumstances just make it seem that way. Evil is certainly abounding in these last days, lets all hang tough. Be blessed, friend, billy
Thank you Billy for you input. Sorry for the misunderstandings. I too write and am thinking of something else and it comes out saying something confusing. I apologize for that! For me my wisdom, little, comes through a sort of allusion to something and sometime it take time for me to see what the facts of a matter is until I look into God's word and pray for meaning...
Thanks for being a freind and sorry if I offended you or anyone. God bless everyone. Amen.
But I learned that the issue prevails for me in my life. And certainly we've cleared up the issue here and hopeful forever, but there are other areas in my life where I see the mist that confuses us, then spin us and then slaps us in the face. For me, maybe it is my weak temper, and that's a weakness the devil takes advantage of in my life...
No, I will pray that we can have peace here and I'm glad of that. But...we'll leave it at that! Thank you all for your wisdom and good advice to leave the sword in its sash...
May you be blessed. Amen.