God’s Armor

SPEAK OUT WITH MONICA

We are created in Father God’s image. He breathed life into His creation Adam. To this day we have a void that can only be filled by the Lord, he is the missing piece, drugs, material things, sex, alcohol – cannot fill that void!
So, I ask, why, when we are so intricately made, created in His image, His very breath breathed into Adam…. are we so sinful?!
I know, we have free choice to follow Jesus or to reject Him. Even to follow Him, requires something’s from us.
We are spiritual beings in a body, and there is a spiritual world. if you readEphesians 6:10-18, you will find the answer to the “why” I asked above.

So the first thing we need to do daily is:
Ephesians 6:10-18
God’s Armor
“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day….. get your Bible and read the rest of the verses.
God’s armor brings us triumph/victory over the devil and his evil forces, it’s a shield, a protective covering. It’s the very beating heart of Jesus, it’s His very life.

“Put on the armor”, Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, Paul said “cloth yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ”. (Romans 13:12-14)
What happens when you do that, He becomes your covering, your hiding place, he shelters you in the storm you are going through. He is your shield. If you come out from under that covering, that is when the enemy has access to you and you can be influenced to make wrong choices. STAY under God’s covering… He promises to never leave you or forsake you!

We are spiritual beings in a body, and there is a spiritual world. if you read Ephesians 6:10-18, you will find the answer to the “why” I asked above.

Interview With Greg J. Matthews, Author Of Wild Awakening

Interview With Greg J. Matthews, Author Of Wild Awakening

Wild Awakenting

Who did you write your book for?
I wrote it for me: To heal from the physical and emotional trauma and PTSD as a result of the grizzly attack. I wrote it for God: To tell how grateful I was to my Dad in Heaven for rescuing His son and for healing and restoring my heart through the physical scars I still carry today. I wrote it for all of my future readers: To establish the truth and dispel the lies of what it really looks like to fall deeply in love with and have a Dad son/daughter relationship with the Father we have always dreamed of having.

Is there a central message in the book?
Our identity in this world, and finding true purpose in life, is never found through our achievements. The foundation of lasting joy and purpose is only found when your heart is unleased to engage in deep intimate relationships with God, Family, and those closest to you. We were created to have the foundation of who we are, rooted in the relationships we invest in.

What is the most important idea you are sharing in your book?
To shatter the world’s performance based rules of having an intimate relationship with God. Wild Awakening reveals a path to complete heart restoration and literally changes the way we think as Gods kids. When that battle of the mind is won, we are free to draw near to the kindest, gentlest and most loving Dad in the universe. This book tears down the seemingly impenetrable barriers of shame, guilt and condemnation and draws us into His arms of love and most importantly arms of “Grace”

Tell us your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?
The most rewarding aspect of writing this book is the hundreds of emails and messages I have received communicating how their lives have been completely changed through the reading of Wild Awakening. People are shedding their shame and guilt and running for the arms of their Dad, Jesus. Simply Amazing!

Most authors have one specific reason for writing a book. What was yours?
What is the part of your book you personally like best? The laying out in detail of the seemingly unending miracles God performed to save my life and restore the heart of a broken hearted eight year old boy……..ME!

Other than selling your book, what do you hope to accomplish with it?
One person, one family, one city, one nation and one continent at a time; I want to remove the lie that says “because of my past God could never love me”. I want to replace that lie with “Daddy I know I have a lot of baggage I’m dragging behind me, but I know now that none of that matters to you. Can I just crawl up in your arms and let you hold me?”

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing?
My upbringing and my life environments played a huge role in my writing. God’s fingerprints are all over my life both the good and bad parts. The situations in my life gave me the story, but God wove my writing together to heal me, and I believe to heal others.

How would you describe your writing style?
I have been told that my writing style is geared more towards fiction. The reason for this perception, is because of the level of detail I write to. Working with my editor/writer in bringing together Wild Awakening, I found we were removing some descriptive details. His reasoning was that we needed to leave room for the reader to paint between the lines with their imagination. I love to write in a way that convinces the reader that they are the character in the story, experiencing every sight, sound, smell and action as if they were really there.

Visit Greg’s website here

 

 

Human Trafficking

Speak Up with Monica

This is what Wikipedia says about Human Trafficking:
Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficking or others. This may encompass a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and oval removal. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim’s rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. Human trafficking is the trade in people, especially women and children, and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person from place to place.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), forced labor alone (one component of human trafficking) generates an estimated $150 billion in profits per annum as of 2014. In 2012, the ILO estimated that 21 million victims are trapped in modern day slavery. Of these, 14.2 million (68%) were exploited for labor, 4.5 million (22%) were sexually exploited, and 2.2 million (10%) in state-imposed forced labor. The International Labor Organization has reported that child workers, minorities, and irregular migrants are at considerable risk of more extreme forms of exploitation. Statistics shows that over half the world’s 215 million young workers are observed to be in hazardous sectors, including forced sex work and forced street begging. Ethnic minorities and highly marginalized groups of people are highly estimated to work in some of the most exploitative and damaging sectors, such as leather tanning, mining, and stone quarry work.
Human trafficking is thought to be one of the fastest growing activities of trans -national criminal organization.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It is the exploitation of men, women and children for forced labor or sex by a third party to profit or gain.

Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas – texasattorneygeneral.gov
Texas, my home state is in the forefront of combatting this hideous crime. In 2016 – in one of his first major initiatives – Attorney General Paxton formed the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organizational Crime Section (HTTOC), tasked with combatting human trafficking across our state. There are 234,000 Victims of labor trafficking in Texas any given time. This section has already won significant battles against human traffickers, including developed and produced a powerful training video – designed to mobilize all Texans to “Be the One” in the fight against human trafficking.
Go to their site texasattorneygeneral.gov and watch the video, it is available in both English and Spanish… Prevent . Recognize . Report
Texas ranks first in the nation By Drew Knight – kvue.com
According to a report from The Human Trafficking Institute, 74 criminal human trafficking cases made their way through federal courts in Texas last year.
Austin, Texas – The state of Texas has some work to do when it comes to human trafficking, according to a report from The Human Trafficking Institute.
The report, released Tuesday, shows Texas ranked first in the nation for the number of criminal cases that wound their way through the federal courts last year. Of those 74 cases, 68 involved sex trafficking and six involved labor trafficking.
Texas also ranked first for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases in 2018 with 19 initiated cases. That’s well above the national average of five new cases per state or territory.
Of the new criminal cases, the report shows Texas initiated two criminal labor trafficking cases last year, making Texas one of seven states or territories to initiate a new labor trafficking prosecution.

My thoughts
The trafficking industry is a $32 billion industry, that is the third largest criminal industry in the world, only lagging behind drugs and guns. Most being sex slavery and a high percentage being female. Almost impossible to catch and bring to justice. With people becoming more aware and pay attention to their surroundings some victims of trafficking are being noticed but this is very rare.
What is it like to be a slave, well your freedom is taken from you. From the moment you were trafficked you have no more free choice; you do someone else’s bidding. If you become a labor slave, you work long hours with not much to eat and no free time, beatings and endless work, often hidden away not to be noticed by others. If you become a sex slave, your used and abused so many times a day and night that you lose all track of time and your emotions become frozen. I can’t think of anything worse than to have no free choice. Bad treatment and abuse become the norm even though you never become used to it.
A passion burns inside of me of various emotions, anger, sadness, horror of what is happening to people who have been stolen who have been trafficked and why, because of evil, greed, lusts, selfishness…. No one is safe from sexual slavery; a baby, toddler, young child is desired by some evil person because he wants a young tight helpless child to get his gratification from…. that’s the harsh reality, no sugar coating here. Childhoods are stolen, lives are taken as you enter a nightmare underground world.
Atrocities are going on, people dressing up as the opposite sex and reading to kids in the libraries – I saw one video where one of these people was actually on the floor imitating a sexual act…. To young children no less!!!! It’s beyond my understanding why parents would allow a child to participate in such activities. Parents need to be diligent, keep their kids close and yes, we need to get back to a traditional and moral way of life.
I will continue on this topic.