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A Darkness that Veils the Eyes…..

As I begin to write these words my heart is breaking.  Before I opened the first page to research the beliefs of Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam I had be willing to keep my eyes focused on what Jesus wanted me to learn and not what my opinions would formulate.  I asked The Holy Spirit to help me see through the darkness that has veiled my eyes for so many years. 

All too often we make a quick judgment on someone based on appearance alone.  What nationality, financial status, education level, and so on.  We listen to their ability to communicate well and estimate their intelligence but don’t take time to examine what is in their heart.  If you are one of the few who hasn’t been guilty of this judgmental observation then I applaud you.  For me, I can say I am truly grateful that my Jesus sees straight into the heart and has given me a desire to want to do the same.

All three religions have a basic common denominator–worship.  To whom the worship is directed is the huge difference between these religions and Protestant Christianity.  Of the three Eastern religions, two of them, Hinduism and Buddhism serve many gods, goddesses or deities.  Praying to and offering sacrifice comes in many forms with mysticism, ritual and idol worship being a large part of their routine. Islam, however, worships one god but follows after the Prophet Mohammad’s teachings.  All three have elevations of reaching splendor or obtaining peace and tranquility, but rely on themselves to obtain this. 

Perhaps the one thing that struck me beyond all other aspects of these three religions is the lack of grace or mercy for the believer.  The principles here are all designed to meet the approval of the god, goddess or gods to receive wealth, happiness or acceptance.  It appears to be worship out of fear or ritual mandate and not a devotion of the heart.  Not an intimate relationship with the one whom they serve.  It is a matter of “meet these specific expectations and you may be rewarded” mindset. 

Regardless of one’s belief, even those who do not believe in the one true God–Father, Son and Holy Spirit as Trinity—are all loved by this God……Elohim, The Creator.  He created us all to love Him and He to love us.  He created us for a purpose and knew each of us by name before we were yet formed in our mother’s womb (Jeramiah 1:5).

This one true God listens to the believer and communicates back in love. A believer worships and praises the one true God out of love and devotion to Him.  Understanding that they are but a vapor in the wind and can do nothing without Him, but with Jesus alive in them and working in and through their lives, miracles can and do happen. 

The heart-break; this happens when I think of how lonely their life–without Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer and the Savior to all who would believe–will be when that day comes.  The day they bow at the foot of the Lord God Most High and give an account of their life and confess with their mouth that indeed Jesus Christ IS Lord.  (He speaks and understands all languages because He created all languages).  What will happen then?  Their souls I mourn for.  I do not know them but because of the Jesus that lives in me I mourn for them.  He came that NO MAN, WOMAN, NOR CHILD (at the age of accountability), should perish BUT shall inherit everlasting life. (John 3:16)

If you are a person who has studied for years, perhaps under one of these religions or any other that doesn’t teach the truth of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, then please, I ask that you would just speak out to God and ask Him–what is truth?  He will answer you.  Please consider what I have told you.  In genuine love I ask this of you.  You do not know me nor I you, but if you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as Savior of your precious soul, it is not a coincidence.  He is pursuing you.    He wants to love you and embrace you and tell you “welcome home my child.”  If you are a believer and know someone who is not, ask Holy Spirit if He is leading you to reach out to them.  Once the last breath is taken all hope is lost. 

Please email me at this address if you wish for prayer or more understanding.  michelle.hawkins2003@gmail.com


Same Love……..Same God………

Week 2 Disciples in Disguise Study

“Wake Up Oh Sleeper” What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

After teaching this class last night at church it has occurred to me that perhaps Mondays would be the perfect day to post the lessons.  After all, this way I could determine what components are most helpful.

At this point you should have the self-analysis completed.  Remember to put it in a place where you can retrieve it again later in the weeks ahead.  So let us get started.

Christianity is defined by the Holman Bible Dictionary as: One who becomes an adherent of Christ, whose daily life and behavior facing adversity is like Christ.  Once a person becomes a Christian, the thought process of that person begins to change.  This change is a process and one that is easily visible through the works of the Holy Spirit in the person.  This is why the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20 (NIV), “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  As you grow in your love and knowledge of Christ, you will become more like Him.  You will begin to think more like Him and your behavior will be more like Him.  This will not be an “act”–this will be a genuine change.  “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 NKJV). 

You have heard of the “Fruits of the Spirit”?  There are 9 of these and over time this will be the evidence of your life in Christ Jesus.  I remember praying for these to be manifested in my life and was frustrated that I didn’t have them all at one time.  That showed a lack of patience perhaps? After 22 years of prayer, meditation, Bible study and desire for these, I begin to see changes in how I handled adversity.  Oh I had several of the fruits but I had a passionate desire to obtain them all.  I didn’t realize I possessed them until adversity came my way!!  This is a test for the Christian.

Over time a Christian will also begin to desire the things of Christ versus the carnal desires to satisfy the flesh.  Galatians 5:16-18 (NKJV) states, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  The flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do the things that you wish.”    Loved one, the LAW, binds you this but not grace….not grace!!!  Not grace by which you find in JESUS.  If you walk according to the Sprit, He will fulfill every longing and empty place within you that you have.  That feeling you get when you know you are about to do something you shouldn’t or you did do it and feel bad about it.  In both of these instances, the Holy Spirit is speaking directly to you.  He loves you and wants what is good for you.  That is why He tells us in Jeramiah 29:11(NIV),” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.  “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Loved one, don’t settle for less than JESUS best for YOU.  Don’t settle for who “keeps you warm”, or what appears to be “light” when it is actually darkness in disguise.  The word of the Lord was written thousands of years ago, YES, and it is still the word of the same Lord with the same authority and with the very “same love”.  He IS STIII GOD AND HE IS STILL ALIVE!! He wants to bring this love to you.   If only you believe…….

The biggest proof of the gospel is the evidence of a changed life, as we were speaking about earlier.  A person’s testimony will prove the word of God. We are told that His word doesn’t come back void.  That is why you can see transformation.  What is spoken into a person’s life by His word is manifested in them by their Spirit.  Not overnight necessarily.  This is an excellent way of defending our faith.  “I was ——but now I ———.”

An excellent resource to read is Jude Chapter 4 and the entire book of James.  It is a quick read that gives a depth of information and confidence to the believer. 

Next week we will review Jehovah’s Witnesses.  I am a former Jehovah’s Witness who found love, truth and grace in the loving arms of my Savior Jesus Christ.  If you do not know Him, He is ready to receive you in those same arms.  Call upon Him, He will listen. 


In His Steps,

Michelle Hawkins


Paths that Twist and Turn….

Happy New Year.  In this brand new year that is upon us, we can look back and see where our lives have taken us.  Reviewing our paths we can see the twists and turns, dead ends and open doors.  Many of these turns–good or bad–are no consequence of our own doing but many may be?  For me I can see where I have let “busyness” steal the time from me.  Time I can never get back on this earth before Christ’s return.  Time that I could have spent with my family more or loved them better.  Time I could have used to read the Bible more.  Time that I could have witnessed to the non- believers or encouraged the children of God.  Times that I could have written for the Lord as He has called me to do. 

Too much of this time was taken up by texting or watching television shows that do nothing but fill our minds with thoughts concerning what we don’t have instead of being thankful, happy and fulfilled with what we do have.  This year I do hope to spend the time that the Lord has given me with hours reading the living Word of God and loving my family better and loving others better and more completely.  Less of me is what I am saying and more of the One who lives within me

The spirit of my Lord has burdened me with a word.  Expose.  This word lends itself to some fearful thoughts.  But if I truly seek then I shall find and will not expose but what He the Holy Spirit wants exposed.  Don’t worry, those of you who are thinking….ooh….this sounds rather scandalous.  Sorry, not that kind of exposing.  What the Spirit of the Lord has me to expose are the lies of the enemy.  These lies produce oppression, depression and steal a person’s true understanding of the gospel of Christ.  Understanding what it means to love those whom others in this society, and even in the Christian churches, know not how to.  I mean groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  What do we do when we see them coming?  Run and hide or put on our self-righteous clothing that is stiff and full of starch.  It is uncomfortable for us to wear this type of stiff and starchy clothing.  It rubs us the wrong way.  Well it doesn’t do anything for the kingdom of God either.  What about when someone of another race gets too close to you in the super market or parking lot?  What about abortionists or those who have had abortions? What about someone who is lesbian or gay?  What about when you hear someone speaking of the current administration?  Ever hear positive things lately coming from the mouths–not only of the media and secular but from Christians too?  I don’t like the path America has turned either.  If it is against the Holy Word it is against Christ.  No matter how it is spun.  BUT, speaking slanderous words about anyone is wrong, really.  Even the Archangel Michael when arguing with Satan over the body of Moses wouldn’t slander him…”The Lord rebuke you”, he said (Jude 9).  And that was Satan!!!  Don’t misunderstand me.  I am not saying we shouldn’t speak out against injustice…..we most certainly should.  It’s the way in which we do this that either promotes Christ’s teaching or not.

We all fail.  We all fall short of God’s glory.  However, we don’t have to.  The word says in 1 John 2:1, “My dear children, I write this letter to you so you will not sin.  But if anyone does sin we have a helper in the presence of the Father—Jesus Christ, the one who does what is right.” (NCV) Instead of continuing to slander, even if the content is true, isn’t it our responsibility as a Christian to take the matter to our Lord and let Him deal with it?  That is what it says.  Then we will have the helper.  Peace is found this way.  Open door……

The next several blog posts will be dedicated to this.  Why?  It’s because we are called to love, not called to bring judgment or to condemn.  This is left up to our Lord and He himself said He hasn’t come to condemn the world to but to save it through Him.  If He said this–and He did–then are we not to replicate this? (John 3:17)  We need a heart transplant, one massive heart transplant.  It all starts with Jesus.  Can we just bring Jesus?  No opinions…just Jesus?  Let us learn from the Bible together.  I will have more to say over the weekend…keep watching.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters where your Spirit may call me.  Take me deeper than my feet could ever wonder where my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my savior. Hillsong UNITED Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)