The legacy of purity. Exploring the power of NOT letting it all hang out, or giving ‘it’ away.

St Anna and Virgin Mary Hand painted orthodox icon Byzantine image 1

Depicting top to bottom; Anna the mother of Mary, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and of course, The Christ.

The above is one of my favorite icons. It shows what kind of legacy can be created by purity.

In the story of Anna and Joachim, Mary’s parents and Jesus’ grandparents, Anna and Joachim are barren. One day when Joachim, a righteous man, takes his offering to the temple, it is rejected by the priest. The reason the priest gives is because children are a blessing from God. If people do not have any children, they must have sinned against God or else… children!

The priest tells Joachim to come back when he is ready to fess up and reveal the sin he committed to have God refuse to give he and his wife children. Since Joachim IS a righteous man, he goes into the desert to pray. Anna hears about this and she too prays. She stays home and walks out into her garden to pray and seek the Lord. she sees all of the animals, the birds, and even the fish have offspring while she remains barren. Additionally, she and Joachim are too old to have children! How will they prove to the priest they have not sinned? It’s not as if they can have children at their advanced age… or IS it?

Anna prays to God and promises to dedicate to Him any child they are given, male or female. After 40 days, Joachim comes home from praying in the desert. He and Anna talk things over and come together not out of lust, but in obedience. They have prayed, they have fasted. As a result of their purity and obedience, they conceived– as God promised them. Their child is born… Mary! I do believe she is the only female child born from such a situation. Hanna bore Samuel, Sarah– Israel, but Anna… Anna bore the mother of the King of the Universe!

Mary was NOT immaculately conceived! Joachim and Anna came together in the regular way.

Mary was no ordinary female. she was not JUST a female child born to two old people. She was special. her mother fed her special foods. Anna also made sure to keep the floor of her tent covered with rugs and pillows so that Mary’s feet never touched the earth.

Prior to my husband becoming Orthodox, and even a bit after, he had a hard time understanding this information. Due to the protestant habit of understating Mary out of fear of Mary worship, they just do not venture into her story much if at all. I think it is immensely important to know one’s history/ancestry, especially religious/spiritual history/ancestry.

There is so much curiosity these days about our worldly history. Let’s study and understand our spiritual history too!

Back to my husband. He kept trying to tell me that ANY girl could have born the Christ. There was nothing special about Mary that made God choose her! What?! God carefully orchestrated EVERYTHING on hearth down to the girl how could be the Queen of Heaven, the God bearer, the Theotokos!

From her own conception by her parents to the Spirit of God coming over her and her quiet, bloodless delivery of Jesus, there is nothing ordinary or impure about the mother of God.

There is a reason for Mary being pure and yet NOT having been immaculately conceived. The message is SO clear it is almost embarrassing that entire false doctrines have been made up to cover it and other Christians have tried to ignore her altogether.

Mary’s purity is an example to us all. A totally obtainable example. EVERYONE AND ANYONE CAN CULTIVATE PURITY IN THEIR LIVES!!

We have been told, nay brainwashed, into believing true power lies in sin and that trying to be pure is impossible or worse, a legalistic ‘work’ to be cast aside as unobtainable by we the dirty, huddled masses. this is a lie from the pit of hell. Yes, it is difficult. Difficult does not mean an impossible, unachievable, lost cause.

Even if you have led a VERY impure life up until now, you can still course correct and finish well.

To help you understand ‘finishing well’… here are 100 bible verses about it from one of my favorite resources; openbible.info

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 281 helpful votes I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Acts 20:24 ESV / 180 helpful votes But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 138 helpful votes Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Ecclesiastes 7:8 ESV / 137 helpful votes Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 130 helpful votes Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. Philippians 3:14 ESV / 129 helpful votes I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 2 John 1:8 ESV / 108 helpful votes Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Philippians 1:6 ESV / 98 helpful votes And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:10-14 ESV / 83 helpful votes So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Galatians 6:9 ESV / 82 helpful votes And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Colossians 3:23 ESV / 63 helpful votes Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, James 1:3 ESV / 61 helpful votes For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Luke 14:28-30 ESV / 60 helpful votes For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Philippians 3:12-16 ESV / 49 helpful votes Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. James 1:12 ESV / 38 helpful votes Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Galatians 5:7 ESV / 36 helpful votes You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV / 35 helpful votes Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 31 helpful votes Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 2 Timothy 4:10 ESV / 28 helpful votes For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Philippians 4:13 ESV / 28 helpful votes I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV / 26 helpful votes Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 ESV / 25 helpful votes For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. Hebrews 10:35 ESV / 24 helpful votes Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Jeremiah 32:27 ESV / 24 helpful votes “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? Luke 14:25-35 ESV / 22 helpful votes Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, … Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV / 21 helpful votes Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 2 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 21 helpful votes For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 1 Timothy 6:12 ESV / 21 helpful votes Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 21 helpful votes For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Romans 8:29 ESV / 20 helpful votes For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 2 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 19 helpful votes Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. Galatians 2:20 ESV / 19 helpful votes I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 2 Timothy 1:14 ESV / 18 helpful votes By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. Psalm 65:11 ESV / 17 helpful votes You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. Hebrews 12:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 16 helpful votes All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 16 helpful votes Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Romans 12:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Matthew 11:28 ESV / 15 helpful votes Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Psalm 37:4 ESV / 15 helpful votes Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. John 5:24 ESV / 14 helpful votes Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 14 helpful votes Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 13 helpful votes Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. … 1 Timothy 6:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” Galatians 2:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. John 17:6 ESV / 13 helpful votes “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 2 Timothy 2:2 ESV / 12 helpful votes And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Micah 6:8 ESV / 12 helpful votes He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Philippians 3:10 ESV / 11 helpful votes That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Psalm 119:9 ESV / 11 helpful votes How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. Numbers 28:7 ESV / 11 helpful votes Its drink offering shall be a quarter of a hin for each lamb. In the Holy Place you shall pour out a drink offering of strong drink to the Lord. 1 John 1:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Philippians 4:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 10 helpful votes Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 ESV / 10 helpful votes Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. John 19:30 ESV / 10 helpful votes When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Luke 12:40 ESV / 10 helpful votes You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 19:26 ESV / 10 helpful votes But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 10 helpful votes But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Psalm 16:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Joshua 1:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Revelation 1:1 ESV / 9 helpful votes The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 1 Corinthians 9:26 ESV / 9 helpful votes So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. Matthew 25:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:14-30 ESV / 9 helpful votes “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. … Joshua 14:10-12 ESV / 9 helpful votes And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.” 2 Timothy 4:6-7 ESV / 8 helpful votes For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 ESV / 8 helpful votes I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Acts 7:59-60 ESV / 8 helpful votes And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Matthew 28:18-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 1 John 3:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. James 1:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 7 helpful votes Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 2 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 2 Timothy 1:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes Which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Philippians 3:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Philippians 2:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes Holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Romans 8:28 ESV / 7 helpful votes And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Acts 17:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. John 17:1-26 ESV / 7 helpful votes When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. … Luke 21:27-28 ESV / 7 helpful votes And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 8:1-56 ESV / 7 helpful votes Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means. And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. … Luke 7:36-50 ESV / 7 helpful votes One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” … Proverbs 24:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Luke 18:31 ESV / 6 helpful votes And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. Luke 14:31-33 ESV / 6 helpful votes Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 6 helpful votes The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. … Philippians 1:19-20 ESV / 5 helpful votes For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV / 5 helpful votes Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Luke 21:5-38 ESV / 5 helpful votes And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” … Acts 10:11-15 ESV / 4 helpful votes And saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” John 4:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes And he had to pass through Samaria. Matthew 24:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Joshua 4:1-24 ESV / 4 helpful votes When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, … Suggest a Verse Enter a Verse Reference (e.g., John 3:16-17) Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for.

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If you would like, you may read them at the source, LINK.

You could write one out per day or week and work toward memorizing it, breaking it down a bit or researching it further. It might help take your mind off of other things you used to do to kill time and have ‘fun’.

Bottom line? this is YOUR life to live. If you are exhausted from how you have been living there is nothing wrong with reworking things to your favor. By which I mean toward your eternal salvation not eternal damnation. Do not allow friends, family, or strangers to determine where you will spend eternity.


There must be a better way

I did something interesting over the summer… I took some witchcraft classes, created an alias, and infiltrated some groups on social media. My goal? To better understand pagans, wiccans and witches in order to better discuss with them the gospel.

One question I asked was: “If you have a deity belief system, why would you believe evolution over your creation myth? There is NO scientific evidence for evolution.”

Instead of finding out about other people’s belief system of creation, I received a scalding hot earful of vitriol and name calling.

I had always thought that evolution was used by atheists to get people to stop believing in ANY deity, not just to try and get Christians to walk away from God. I did not get to read much about other people’s creation myths which is unfortunate. What I did discover which truly surprised me was, these groups of people all believed either fully in evolution, or a combination of evolution and whatever deity system they held dear. Mostly, however… and disappointingly, the conversation devolved (hee-hee) into arguments and name calling.

There has to be a better way… does there not?

While some of the ancient fathers, theologians and philosophers were against literal interpretation of the Genesis telling of creation LINK I tend to lean toward the ideas and writings of modern day supporters of the Genesis account.

We can see in various passages of scripture the description of the stars and planets and their placement in the constellations. The bible is accurate about that information to the point where the Wise Men used the stars to show them the way to the Christ child AND the stars can be used to tell someone of the gospel story.

The Witness Of The Stars: Color Illustrated, Formatted for E-Readers (Unabridged Version) by [E.W. Bullinger, Leonardo]
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0173TUBRC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
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In the book of Job, God asks, Job “

Job 38:4-30

English Standard Version

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
    and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors
    when it burst out from the womb,
when I made clouds its garment
    and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
    and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
    and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
    and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
    and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
    and its features stand out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
    and their uplifted arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
    or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
    Declare, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
    and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
    and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 You know, for you were born then,
    and the number of your days is great!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
    or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
    for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
    or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
    and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
    on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
    and to make the ground sprout with grass?

28 “Has the rain a father,
    or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
    and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
    and the face of the deep is frozen.Read full chapter

The reason why I think it is so important that Christians lay hold of the Genesis creation account (not myth.. ACCOUNT) is because evolution is used as a lame attempt to disprove ALL of the bible but especially the gospel. If there is no Adam nor Eve, then there is no reason for Christ to have come to redeem us.

Get it? No creation, no fall, no need for a Savior and certainly no resurrection. It matters. either all of the bible matters or none of it does. We tend to get ourselves caught on a slippery slope telling ourselves this or that does not matter. This is how alternative lifestyles are given a toe hold where they should never be allowed.

As Christians, what are we doing to be apart from the world? Not a part of the world… apart as in separate from the world?

I went to ladies group today for the first time in a WHILE.

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This is the book we are reading for those of you who would like to join in. today’s lesson was about grace, and some other things I will go into in my next post.

If you have been a staunch supporter of evolution over the creation account in Genesis, I lovingly urge you to read more about it. Maybe even watch some Kent Hovind videos on the topic. He has a fair few. I put on down below to help you get started.




A momentary lapse of identity

Thor: Ragnarok - Who is Valkyrie? - Den of Geek

For a moment, I forgot who I was. Have you ever had that happen to you? An identity crisis of sorts? In the midst of battle, I forgot that:

I am Matrona, the handmaiden of God

I am blessed and highly favored

I am made in the image of God

Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

Leviticus 26:36 ‘And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues.

Numbers 10:35 So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.”

Hear the plowshares being beaten into swords. A lot of people are coming under spiritual attack. Remember who you are and send that garbage back. Rise up from the floor where your face was pressed, sharpen your sword and go on the offense. It is time…



Righteousness or ‘feminism’

Miriam the prophetess | Passover Haggadah by Raquel Vieira

Although I have not yet reached, Exodus in my daily scripture reading, other readings with which I am presently involved have mentioned, Miriam and some interesting aspects of her story of which I previously was unaware.

Miriam was not only the sister of Moses and Aaron, she was a prophetess, she was brave, she was a source of water for the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert. One thing I doubt she would have called herself, especially since the word did not exist back then would have been, ‘feminist’.

I do not understand the need for feminists to attach the word ‘Feminist’ to brave, righteous women of the bible. Is it virtue signalling? Is it a desperate plea for recognition in yet another male-dominated traditional religion?

When I see women ordained as Rabbis, Anglican priests, or stamping around stage in their Protestant ministry, dressed like men and speaking like men I think, ‘how unimaginative’. I believe asserting oneself into male dominated arenas

Miriam stands alone as a righteous women without the need to clarify her through the use of modern feminist language. I cannot imagine her, or any other strong woman of the bible, standing on a street corner wearing a big, pink, vagina costume or cat ear hat.

Whatever feminism started out as, it has become a joke.

The Prophet Miriam: Vision for the Future | Messianic Bible
The Prophetess, Miriam

Miriam’s water cup should be allowed on the Seder table but not as an act of feminist inclusion, but rather as an acknowledgement of the very important contributions of a brave, righteous woman not only to the Israelites, but to the entire world.

You can be righteous and do brave things without being a ‘feminist’.

It is more important to be obedient to the Lord (which is why, Miriam did what she did and was able to do what she was able to do. Not because she was a feminist but because she was obedient and righteous!), than to be a feminist. You can live without feminism but living without God, without the spirit of obedience (obedience is not a character of feminism so how could feminists label an obedient righteous woman as a feminist?) can have disastrous results in one’s life. Being disobedient, is something, Miriam, a pious Jewish woman, would never have done. she would have known that blessings come from being obedient.

when reading about, and studying, the women of the bible please keep in mind they existed in a different time. this might sound very basic and obvious, but I constantly see people making the great mistake of trying to either judge people in the past by our modern standards, or make the other mistake of trying to give modern labels to the behaviors of those in the past who do admirable things.

The things done by, Miriam were brave, different, maybe even a bit scary to those looking on in awe, or wonder, or even skepticism. To, Miriam however, they would just have been the things she did in obedience to hearing God’s voice. A stirring in her spirit perhaps, or a vivid dream she prayed about the next morning and went on to accomplish in ‘real-time’.

Labeling things done by brave, pious women as ‘feminist’ can be considered exclusionary or even as theft by those who are more traditional. Piety fits into tradition but the modern label of ‘feminism’ is not readily accepted by everyone… nor is it necessary. It is another act of exclusion if one thinks applying the label of ‘feminist’ to brave women of the Torah or Bible is the only way to acknowledge that what these women did was extraordinary (Extraordinary yes, but not unattainable to today’s pious women).

What women like, Miriam, the Myrrh Bearing women celebrated during Pascha and Pentecost, the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) and other women of renown, were able to do was only because of their piety and obedience. the willingness to be a vessel for God. To take a risk in order to help others. Feminism has become such a terribly selfish thing. More like a ravenous, self-serving beast in need of a shock collar (abortion, promiscuity, rage, hate, division, etc.), than a thing of beauty or of benefit. Women of the Bible who were brave and accomplished great things did so out of love for their community. They saw a need and fulfilled it. They were selfless, brave, loving, giving, self-sacrificing.

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Women such as Miriam, Sarah, Anna, Mary, et al, are exemplars of piety, righteousness, sacrifice, obedience, and love. They already have crowns of glory. They do not need the label of, ‘feminist’ in order to make them ‘relevant’.




Purity has its own magic!

That was the message of the dream I had last night. A man, not my husband, was trying to seduce me. In my dream I was a widow. he was wanting what was not his to take and when he challenged me about it, the Lord gave me that reply… “Purity has its own magic.”.

There is so much in the world that we have gotten used to that would shock and appall people from just a few decades ago. Remember when Criminal Minds aired after 9:00p.m. because the content was so gross and disturbing? It now airs on Sunday DURING THE DAY.

On Sunday. The local paper used to not even print the comics in color on Sundays because it might distract children from going to church.

Purity has its own magic.

In a world where feminism is reduced to shaking your mostly naked behind in a camera and calling it empowerment, the woman who protects her reputation is often seen as an oddity. There is SO much degradation freely available of free or on the Internet, brothels in Amsterdam have closed. Amsterdam one of the most liberal, anything-goes, cities in the world cannot compete with the filth that now flows freely.

The Orthodox Church just commemorated the Dormition of the Theotokos on august 15th.

The Dormition of the Mother of God is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches which celebrates the “falling asleep” of Mary the Theotokos, and her being taken up into heaven. It is celebrated on 15 August as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Greek orthodox icon of the Dormition of Theotokos (SSC) –  orthodoxmonasteryicons.com

The purity of Mary is something worthy of study.

When Anna and Joachim prayed to God to give them a child, they promised to dedicate said child to God upon their third birthday. However, preparing Mary to spend time in the temple serving God did not begin at age three. It began the moment she was born.

From the time, Mary was born until she turned three, her feet never touched the ground. Her mother placed pillows and thick carpets around the room so that Mary’s feet never touched the floor of the house.

Growing up, she lived in the temple and was fed by angels. She never said an unclean word, never committed an unclean act. She was kind and obedient, a hard worker. Too many times today I see/hear parents giving up, people giving up on themselves insisting that keeping discipline in their lives is too hard. The consequences of impurity are far worse than, FOMO (fear of missing out).

Mary’s discipline was its own reward but it was more than that, it is what enabled her to be the Mother of God.

My husband and I used to go round and round about Mary.

‘Any girl could have been chosen to be The Mother of God.”. He would say.

“No!” I would reply. “Only Mary was pure enough to be the vessel for our Lord and Savior!”. Aside from prophecy and blood line, there is a reason why Mary was chosen as the God bearer (Theotokos)… her purity.

Is there a place in your life that needs spiritual decluttering? Have you allowed your soul to be compromised? Only you can answer that but ask Holy Spirit to guide you. Your purity carriers so much weight in the spiritual realm. There is SO MUCH written in the bible about purity. Don’t let the world drag you away from your purity.

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