Today is Truth or Lie Thursday! Inbox me your questions, doubts, issues, or beefs with the Bible or Christianity or Jesus Christ, and I won’t blast you but I’ll do some research and inbox you back with an answer that is (hopefully) good for you!
MY FRIENDS THINK I’M CRAZY!
Q: How does one deal with a former friend…who understands that you are now fully persuaded of the love that Christ gives and the benefits of trusting on His Word and Actions…and sees you as practicing cognitive dissonance..or choosing an alternative to reality?
A: Ok so I assume you mean a friend that thinks you are brainwashed, or not honest about the truth, because you now understand and follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s a tough situation because often former friends can’t understand the change that goes on in our hearts even if we try to explain it to them.
There are many ways to preach the gospel, but in addition to prayer, I would just continue to testify about the good things God does in you. Philemon talks about that – it says the communication of your faith is made effective when you share the good things God does in you.
6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
WHY DO FOREIGNERS OWN ALL THE GAS STATIONS?
Q: I have a question…why are all or most of our gas stations operated by middle easterners…in the Chicago area anyway.
A: Its like that in the cities all over the US. The answer is part natural and part spiritual. First the natural, then the spiritual.
On the natural side, its just family, humility, and investment.
When you are a foreigner coming into a land that you believe is powerful and has great opportunities you will humble yourself and do the best work you can do, start the easiest business you can start. Your family will help you, then you end up rising and the family business just grows. You develop a niche and you network with people who came from the same place you did. Next thing you know your people own that niche. A little tax, loan, and investment help from the US government or your own government and in a couple generations you are on top.
More on the natural side: with strong family networks comes strong financial support. When you stick together to the point where 3 or 4 families live together in the same house, all pooling their money together, you have no choice but to make it eventually. People living in the curses tend to stay divided and prideful. We want to live above our means, and we want fancy things and flashy businesses versus pooling our money, or starting and persevering in humble service businesses.
Also, more on humility. When you don’t mind starting a simple service based business, and you don’t mind doing simple work that other people don’t want to do, or owning simple businesses that other people don’t want to start, its easy to make money over time.
Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.
Spiritual Side: Deuteronomy 28. The bible promised that when Israel rejected God’s Word, they would be scattered, cursed, and that foreigners would come in among them and quickly rise up over them everywhere they went.
37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.
43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
The only way to overcome that curse is through Jesus Christ and depending on Him for our righteousness, and walking in His ways. By walking in obedience to God and putting our families first, we can begin to get more access to His blessing and begin to gain economic independence in our own neighborhoods.
Ultimately Jesus salvation will fully manifest at His return. But we can have a small piece of peace now through our obedience to the Gospel and obedience to God’s commands.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
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