The SHOCKING Power of Common Admissions

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“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
–Romans 8:18

“It’s not been such a bad life.”

SOMETIMES, the most ordinary of statements can elicit shock and surprise from the listener.

And so it was–not so long ago–that the statement which heads this piece, was suddenly spoken by a person who, to that point, had not indicated this belief in ANY form.

Which is WHAT was so shocking about the admission.

“It’s not been such a bad life.”

These words were uttered by a man whose PREVIOUSLY most-frequent expressions seemed to be ones of pain or discomfort.

Once upon a time, these MANY groans, grunts and squeals of displeasure were remarked upon by a bystander.

The answer?

“It’s how I deal with my pain–whether it is big or little.  Most of the time, I’ll cuss–but that’s just the way I deal with pain.  It makes it seem smaller.”

It was at this point the man provided a very SCIENTIFIC-sounding word.

“That’s what they call it when someone cusses to relieve their pain.”

Maybe providing a SCIENTIFIC-SOUNDING word made the whole process seem more real to this person?

“It’s not been such a bad life.”

At any rate, this very ordinary statement had the power to SHOCK and SURPRISE the listener–because, until that admission, there had been NO indication whatsoever that the person felt this way.

IN FACT, this simple phrase was SO shocking–coming from a person who had previously uttered only exclamations of distress and woe–that the listener did NOT even inquire into what it was that prompted the speaker to make such an uncharacteristic statement.

Maybe the one who made that shocking statement was feeling ‘philosophical’?

Maybe the one who made that shocking statement was feeling ‘mellowed’ by one the many substances of the world which the speaker used regularly?

Maybe the one who made that shocking statement was struck by his “not-so-bad life” and wanted to share that feeling?

WHATEVER it was, this simple phrase so SHOCKED the listener, that WEEKS later, his mind STILL walked back to the time it was made.

This simple phrase so SHOCKED the listener, that WEEKS later, the one conclusion made–upon reflecting on that occasion–was

The most common admissions are sometimes the most shocking.”

WHAT does the reader believe was behind that SHOCKING statement?

HAS the reader ever heard similar sentiments from others?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 31, 2021.]

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–with Mondo Frazier

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Habits II

Habit

“How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”
–Proverbs 6:9-11

It has been claimed that “man is a creature of habit.”

IN FACT, pointing out this obvious idiosyncrasy of man might be the ONLY reason the name G. STANLEY HALL is known today.

Man is largely a creature of habit, and many of his activities are more or less automatic reflexes from the stimuli of his environment.
–G. Stanley Hall

Of course, Hall (who made his living as both a psychologist and an educator)–as well as other men–along with God’s Word, was most likely referring to the UNDESIRABLE routine behaviors men call “habits.


Habits


 

God’s Word is largely silent about these little building blocks of behavior which make up so much of LIFE.

What God’s Word DOES have to say is largely confined to the bad habits which make up what are generally referred to as “laziness” or “sloth.”

Over-eating (gluttony), as well as indulging in wine and/or strong drink are also habits mentioned in the Bible.

“For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”
–Proverbs 23:21

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
–Proverbs 20:1

Those self-destructive behaviors in which men regularly partake are mostly called “sin” in the Bible.

They are not called “bad habits” or some other phrase used by man.

And so, men–as well as God’s Word–have little to say about GOOD HABITS.

Maybe it is because men so rarely fall into behaviors others (or God) judge to be “GOOD“?

Maybe it is because OTHER MEN can see the damage these behaviors cause the men who DO indulge in such (usually) self-destructive behaviors (BAD HABITS)?

“All my brother wants to do is drink beer! When he dies, they’ll probably find a beer can in his hand.”

“She likes her weed!  She’ll probably be firing one up at her funeral!”

Maybe it because the MEN WHO INDULGE IN THESE (MOSTLY) SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS can see the damage caused by their own actions?

“These cigarettes are KILLING me!”

“I’m in a hole!  I gotta get a handle on all of this spending!”

Habits.

They are so common.

EVERYONE has them–mostly those of the “BAD” variety.

Perhaps that is because more factors are at work in man engaging in these (usually) self-destructive little behaviors than the world lets on?

Perhaps that is why bad habits sometimes appear IMPOSSIBLE to ‘break’?

How often do we hear a person complain that they have to “change their ways” when referring to one of their BAD HABITS?

Yet, BAD habits seem to be like the weather: men TALK A LOT about those little bits of daily routine, BUT when it comes time to take action…

…That’s usually quite different than the talk.

DOES the reader have a BAD HABIT he’d like to drop?

DOES the reader have any HABITS which he wishes he could better control?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 1, 2021.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Do NOT Give Into Rebellion!

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Once upon a time, there was–in America and other countries–little snippets of public-mindedness called public service announcements.

A public service announcement (PSA) is a message in the public interest disseminated without charge, with the objective of raising awareness of, and changing public attitudes and behavior towards, a social issue. In the UK, they are generally called ‘public information films‘ (PIFs); in Hong Kong, they are known as ‘announcements in the public interest’ (‘APIs’).

Although almost ALL PSAs were little bits of propaganda, their short messages many times DID provide some HEALTHY food for thought about HEALTHY ideas as well.

Some PSA campaigns lasted for a VERY long time and became ingrained into the public’s awareness.

One of the earliest television public service announcements came in the form of Smokey Bear whose “Only you can prevent forest fires” campaign became famous and ran for decades.

With all of the preceding in mind, we would like to present ETPR’s own public service announcement for the end times.

“Resist the calls to rebel.  To rebel is a CHOICE: do not make the WRONG choice! Unless their laws CLEARLY contradict God’s laws: obey the civil authorities. Obey God’s Word: do NOT rebel!”

There are a GREAT many pieces featured in the Corporate Media (Satan’s Mouthpiece) these days about the need to REBEL.

Sometimes, those pieces use phrases which urge rebellion WITHOUT using the words ‘revolt,’ revolution’ or ‘rebellion.’

Sometimes, those pieces are written in the name of GOVERNMENT FIGURES, in which they urge REBELLION against the same government they represent (or used to represent).  These use phrases such as “Take back our country!” or “Stand up to tyranny! Throw the bums out!”  [Left unsaid is the fact that “throwing the bums out” is a NEVER-ENDING job: there is an ENDLESS supply of bums who will rush to take the place of ANY and ALL bums who are thrown out.]

Some of these pieces are authored by well-known men of the world who come from the churches, the culture or some other sphere controlled by the world.

REGARDLESS, the reader is NOT to rebel…

…IF the reader is to remain safe, secure and obedient to God’s Word.

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
–Romans 13:1-2

“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”
–2PETER 2:13-14

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”
–Titus 3:1-2

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
–1SAMUEL 15:23

EVEN IF there comes a time when the civil authorities act contrary to the Word of God, there is NOWHERE in the Bible declaring it to be okay for man to rebel.

EVEN IF there comes a time when the civil authorities act contrary to the Word of God, the reader is advised to take action OTHER THAN REBELLION.

“But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.”
–Matthew 10:23

The reader can then consider this as a sort of PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Do NOT rebel.

WHAT does the reader think of all of the chatter about ‘tyrants’ and ‘ungodly men running the USA into the ground’?

DID the reader ever stop to consider that those who chat about ‘ungodly men’ are MOST LIKELY to be ‘ungodly men’ themselves?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 30, 2021.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

image: Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay.com

© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-21. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Link Disclaimer: inclusion of links to other blogs/websites is not necessarily an endorsement of all content posted in those blogs/websites.

[NOTE: The following articles are from a service. We neither endorse nor at times have much control over them–although we do, of course, enjoy articles originating from this website on this service. Some articles illustrate points made in ETPR articles; some are merely for the reader’s edification or education.

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