How to tell if someone is toxic.
1- They bring confusion instead of peace.
2-They bring tension instead of freedom.
3- You cannot be yourself because you are afraid of causing an argument, You walk on egg shells.
4-They are unpredictable in public
What they may say or do.
5-You find yourself feeling down because of them, but you feel like your addicted to them they have become a poison to your own well being.
6-They play games with your mind just enough to keep you from moving on without them.
7-They will abuse your time, your family and friends to get what they want, they are driven by their own desire and interest.
The only way to break free is to stop the toxic flow meaning absolutely no communication avoid them like a sickness and let your health return.
H Scott Stimson
1 – You must cut off toxic relationships from the past..
2 – Begin to focus on what your wanting not what you don’t want, Think in the direction you want to go..
3 – Practice feeling good and look for things that make you smile and avoid things that make you sad or negative.
4 – Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and are positive..
5 – Listen and learn from the people that are already where you want to be in life.
6 – Never beat yourself up for past failures..
7 – Enjoy your life everyday make your intentions known what you want to see in the day because it is yours to rule over.
H Scott Stimson
The whole creation is on tiptoe, to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own. Rom.8:19 (J.B. Phillips translation)
Many questions are asked about disasters in the earth I don’t have all the answers and sometimes the best answer is I just don’t know, but here are some things to consider as we look to the Lord.
Here are some questions that arise.
(1)—–Is this God punishing man for their sinfulness? The answer is NO! God put the sin on Jesus at the cross. (2 Cor.5:21)
(2)—–Is this a sign of the end of the world? No ! Not anymore then any other disaster in the past 2000 years.
Consider this about tornados they have happened many other times in history, was it a sign of the end of the world when it happened a century ago or even before that? We must not allow ourselves to be put in fear or mis-understanding thinking the end of time has come.
Jesus when he mentioned earthquakes and other events in Mt.24 or Mk.13:8 he said, ” this is the beginning of sorrows” this word sorrows in the greek means travail or birth pangs, not the end of the world, but the end of one thing is the birth of something new.
(3)—–Is God trying to tell us something? always, but that is not the reason for the tornado God’s method for revelation is for us to embrace His son, and the Holy Spirit will teach us all truth.
(4)—– Did the devil do this? I don’t believe so I know that is surprising to some, but the devil is not that big and powerful, and he is limited to what men do, he does not own the earth and never has he is a defeated foe, when we don’t have an answer for something we are quick to blame the devil or even God, someone may say well he is the prince and power of the air yes he is, but the word air in the greek is not that kind of air where the birds fly but the greek word “aer” meaning breath or respiratory.
(5)——How could a loving God let this happen? It is truth that God is love, and His tender mercies are over all His works. The Psalmist said ,”The heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth has He given to the children of men.” (Ps.115:16) God has placed us in charge of the planet yet God is the owner, but we are still his managers authority of the planet is in our hands so we must come into our own together.
Here is what is happening; the earth is in travail giving birth to a new day waiting to be free from the pain of an old creation called “The first Adam” and delivered into the glory of a new creation called the” last Adam ” We also groan within our physical body waiting for the manifestation (Greek-apokalupsis) un-covering or revealing of God’s dear son’s or the disclosing or coming read Rom. 8 especially verse 19
(6) Can we learn something from this? Absolutely! We can learn more than we can say in this article. we can learn what is most important in life, and that it is not things, but people.
Scott Stimson Sr.
The very word revival means to breathe life into that which is dead or that which is dying.
In modern terms it takes on many different meanings sometimes nothing more than a week of meetings at a church where a few people come to the Lord, and the church adds a couple of new families only to do the same thing again next year, also to some it is experiencing the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that would be called a revival.
Many others think that revival is happening because of the crowds of people that come to conferences or special meetings where the praise of men and money are enormous, but of course this is certainly not a real revival.
“We are to be a revival not just have one”
8 ways we will know when it is a real revival:
(1)—–When the moving of the Holy Spirit is so great and awesome it cannot be marketed or controlled when we can no longer seize the moment to feed our greed
(2)—–When political and religious leaders humble themselves under the mighty hand of God. when they consider their title, seniority, and praise from men to be worthless, when they are more focused on people than popularity.
(3)—–When we are Christ centered and Kingdom focused When the gospel of Jesus Christ is fully preached not a prophetic interpretations of the news.
(4)—–When we are truly impacting and imparting to the generations to come, as leaders, mentors, and parents.
(5)—–When signs,wonders and miracles are common place, and those who would use them for greed would face divine intervention.
(6)——When relationships in the body of Christ are in covenant love, and not political when we actually can have relationship with those that we support, and they are not just a celebrity media image.
(7)——-When the people are doing the ministry and the need for a five fold ministry is more remote, this will happen when the church has come to the knowledge of one new man, and there is no difference between the laity and the clergy.
(8)—–When the walls between the secular and the sacred are torn down,and people evangelize through relationships and the light of the glory of God shines out of darkness, and a true witness of the finished work of Jesus Christ is manifest through kingdom authority.
H Scott Stimson Sr.
1. Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
2. Mark died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
3. Luke was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
4. John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome; however, he was miraculously delivered from death.John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote the Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
5. Peter he was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6. James the leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7. James the Great Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
8. Bartholomew also known as Nathaniel, he was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
9. Andrew He was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
10. Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
11. Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
12. Matthias the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
13. Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundation doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Jesus’ Death :The Death of Jesus at the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death. at the time Crucifixion it was the”worst” kind of death criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by His hands and feet. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder.
The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the Wrist that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe. Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus, He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water From his wounds. From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. ” He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest…All these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed). Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, So that you can have free access to God. So that your sins could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception! Don’t ignore this situation.JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU and as you.
This came Oct 23rd 1998 as a song of the Lord, I revised it in 2009 adding a verse and changing the melody.
Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 16:22
“Maranatha means Our Lord Comes”
Verse—When i was young they told me Jesus would come, Now that I’m older i understand.
He came to me one autumn night and touched my eyes and gave me sight.
Maranatha our Lord comes, Maranatha He appears, Maranatha He now rules.
Verse-Those that look for Him shall He appear,those that love Him they shall behold Him, lift up your eyes unto Him.
Verse–When you ask him you shall receive, when you seek him you shall find Him, and when you knock the door shall be opened.
(cw) written by H. Scott Stimson Sr.