The Armor of God – Part 2 (Update)

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I’m not quite sure why but I wanted to republish this post from over a year ago (has it really been that long since I posted this?).

I think the Holy Spirit nudged me on this one and that’s why I’m sending it out again.

I feel as though things are starting to speed up. By that, I mean, the Devil’s work in this earthly kingdom.

What’s good is now bad and what’s bad is now considered good. Drag Queen Story Hour is celebrated and promoted; a Netflix show about Jesus being gay is promoted and watched; if you have an opposing viewpoint from that of a liberal, you’re considered a racist or a bigot or whatever term they can think to call you. I could go on and on..

We need to be spiritually prepared each and every day because we are in a battle each and every day. We need to start by putting on the whole armor of God.

So without futher ado, here is my post from back in 2018!

One day last week, the Armor of God popped into my head. I’m going to take it as a nudge from the Holy Spirit. I love when He does that.

About 5 years ago I wrote about the Armor of God. You can read that post here.

What I didn’t know (or understand) is that each part of the armor has its own purpose and each part of the armor must be put on in a specific order. I will outline each part and its meaning and each description will be laid out in the order which you should put it on.

And put it on you should. We, as Christians, are under heavy attack by the enemy and we must be engaged in spiritual warfare every single day.

The Belt of Truth

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…” (Ephesians 6:14)

The belt was the first piece of their armor that ancient warriors would put on. This held everything in place such as their underlying chain mail or tunic. Our belt is a belt of truth. That truth can be found in the Word of God. We must always stand fast in that truth and keep that truth in both our hearts and our minds. When faced with spiritual attack, the truth of God’s Word will help defend us.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

…and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” (Ephesians 6:14)

The breastplate was the next piece of armor to be put on. The breastplate protected the torso and all the vital organs within, including the heart. We are putting on the breastplate of righteousness. This will protect our hearts from Satan’s attack. He is always there, trying to remind us of our past regressions. We must always be aware that our past has been wiped away by the grace of God through Jesus. The breastplate will help guard our hearts from these attacks.

The Shoes (the Gospel of Peace)

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” (Ephesians 6:15)

A warrior’s feet are, arguably, one of the most important parts that needs protecting. The feet help a warrior stand fast against the enemy. They provide stability and agility and the freedom of movement. Protecting them is important. Damaged feet can severely hamper a warrior’s ability to fight.

The gospel of peace is the protection our feet need to stand fast against the enemy. It allows us to stand fast and proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

The Shield of Faith

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Ephesians 6:16)

The shield is what I would call the first line of defense for the warrior. It is used to defend the warrior from the enemy’s attack. It will move with the warrior as he defends himself, regardless of the direction of the attack. Our faith is that first line of defense. When we are strong in our faith, we can stop ALL attacks from our spiritual enemies.

The Helmet of Salvation

And take the helmet of salvation,” (Ephesians 6:17)

The helmet is used to guard the head of the warrior against attacks from arrows, swords, and blunt force. Our helmet is used to guard our minds. That is where Satan attacks us. He tells us lies. If we believe those lies, then we start to question our faith. And when we question our faith, we lose focus on God and His Word. The helmet will keep Satan out of our minds so that we can always keep our focus on God.

The Sword of the Spirit

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)

The sword can be used for both offense and defense. Our sword is the Word of God (the Bible). Using our sword, we can tear down any stronghold that the enemy may have over us. Lies told by Satan can easily be taken down because we have the truth in the Word of God.

We need our armor now more than ever. Public officials are being targeted by witches and Satanists; Baphomet statues are being erected in public; the arch of Baal was erected in Washington DC as well as New York City.

If you stay in the Word and never take off your armor, you can make it through these trying times.

God Bless!

So….Right?!

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Okay, it’s pet peeve time. And for me, these might go down in my personal history as pet peeves that actually makes me cringe when I hear them.

Now this pet peeve is actually something that is said by people after being asked a question.

It’s the use of the word ‘So’ to start the response. Here are a few examples:

Question: What is the best way to measure dry ingredients for baking:
Answer: So, you always want to use a Pyrex measuring cup for liquids only.

Question: How did you hear about the sale at this store?
Answer: So, I happened to be listening to the radio and…

Question: How did you get that new TV at such a good price?
Answer: So, I happened to be in the store this weekend and…

See where I’m going with this?

At what point did we start sentences with the word ‘so?’

I’m starting to hear it more and more. And that’s probably because I’m actually listening for it.

I happened to be flipping through radio stations while driving home from work and i stopped at NPR for a short time. I don’t usually listen to NPR but it was the only station not playing a commercial.

While I was listening, the host was interviewing someone about a certain topic. I don’t remember the topic but what I do remember is that she started every answer with the word ‘so.’ And when I say every answer, I mean every answer. On a second occassion, a different person wa being interviewed and this person started every answer with the word ‘so.’ They even managed to throw in a ‘Well, so…’ I mean, honestly, why?

Okay, on to pet peeve number two: ending a sentence with ‘right?!’

No, not ‘right?!’

By using that word, in that ,way, at the end of a sentence, you are attempting to convince me of your position. Sorry, no dice. I’ll agree with you if I actually agree with you and not if you try to convince me with the word ‘right?!’ This is actually something that QVC and HSN hosts tend to do. And that’s probably why I buy too much food from them.

Okay, that’s it for me. I think I’ve vented enough. And I hope that all of you will start to pick up on these things and that it becomes your perpetual earworm.

You’re welcome. 🙂

God Bless!

 

 

Rome, the Colosseum, and Moloch

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Well, folks, I’m back again with another installment of my apostasy series.

In today’s installment, we are going to look at a recent article I saw about a giant display of the ancient god Moloch. A link to the article can be found here.

It’s another assault on Christians and our Christian faith.

In summary, a statue representing Moloch was placed outside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. It’s supposed to be part of an ‘art display’ celebrating the art of the Carthaginian culture.

Needless to say, there are a number of Christians who have expressed their distress over the placement of this statue at the entrance of the Colosseum.

It is believed that the Colosseum was used not only for entertainment such as gladiator combat and naval games, but it was the site where Christians became martyrs.

Those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were deemed heretics because their allegiance was to Jesus rather than the emperor. Because of this, they were arrested, tried, convicted, and brought to the Colosseum where they were sacrificed as part of the gladiator games or killed by lions. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV made it official church policy that the Colosseum was to be seen as a sacred and holy site and should be treated as such.

The statue of Moloch occupying this space is the antithesis to what Catholics believe this site represents.

Moloch was an ancient god who was worshipped by both the ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians. These people sacrificed their children to this ancient god There are a number of references in the Bible to this ‘sacrafice by fire’, including Ezekiel and Leviticus. Babies were brought to Moloch and thrown into a sacraficial fire as a way of worshipping him. This can act can be tied to the modern act of abortion.

No matter how you look at it, this is a disgusting display.

Anyone who hasn’t already needs ot wake up and see what’s going on around them and stand up to it. Things have been in montion for a while now but everything seems to be speeding up: trans story hour; men being allowed to go into women’s restrooms and locker rooms because they ‘identify’ as women; Colorado passing a law that allows girls 12 and under to walk around topless; lesbian priests supporting abortion; and on and on and on.

I can’t say much more on this topic but what I can ask is that you take a good look around and see what’s coming and be prepared. By that, I mean, give your life over to Jesus. That’s the only way you can be assured that you will survive the storm that’s coming. As long as you’re alive, it’s never too late.

God Bless.

 

Lesbian Episcopal Priest Named President of National Abortion Federation: ‘Abortion Providers Are Modern-Day Saints’

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I started writing a post about leadership and how God can help you lead but I had to put the brakes on that one when I saw and read the article linked below.

Unfortunately, this ties nicely into a series of posts I had done concerning the apostasy of the church. I think I was numbering them but I’m going to forgo that and just subtitle this one “The Apostasy of the Church – a continuing story.”

When I speak of the apostasy of the church, I am referring to the apostasy from within.

I’m sitting here right now and I can’t quite get my head around what is happening in our world. I am, however, reminded of what Paul wrote in Ephesians:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

There are so many things wrong with this that I can’t even begin to write them down. The first is that she is a lesbian.

Let me be clear that I do not condone her lifestyle choice. It’s clear in Leviticus 18:22 where God is stating that man will not lie with man as he does with woman. While not clearly stated here, we can make the assumption that He also meant that women should not lie with women. It is, however, clear in Romans 1:26:

For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:…”

Now to address her stance on abortion. Where do I begin with this?

Here is a quote from Ragsdale taken from a Rewire article she co-wrote in 2008:

“Thirty years ago, abortion was seen as a positive advancement — medically, socially, and religiously. … From a religious perspective, abortion enabled women to be responsible stewards of their God-given gifts and talents — to make decisions about how to order their lives so that they could best use those gifts to serve God and the common good,” she co-wrote in an article published by Rewire in 2008.

“But now, after decades of badgering and finger-wagging from the purportedly morally superior Right, not only are individual women succumbing to obligatory guilt where once there was relief and gratitude, but even the pro-choice movement has jumped on the bandwagon,” Ragsdale said, opining that certain terminology is harmful to the cause as it “dispar[ages], rather than “rejoic[es] in, abortion.”

I find it impossible to rejoice in the death of an unborn child.

in the article, she also states that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the unborn are people. And yet, abortions can be performed in their trimester. If you look at the picture of the fetus during the their trimester, I would have to say that it looks very much like a person. Psalm 127:3 states this very clearly:

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

The bottom line is that we need to stand up for what is right. The church is not a building but the body of Christ. We are the church.

I will first say, upfront, that I won’t chastise anyone who is Lutheran or Catholic or Episcopalian but one thing we can do is to abandon these organized religions that teach apostasy and go back to having Bible study within our homes. Remember that when two or more are gathered in His name, He is there in the midst of them.

This post might agitate some but I think this something that needs to be brought out into the light. The comments section is open if you wish to discuss this further. 🙂

God Bless!

 

Source: Lesbian Episcopal Priest Named President of National Abortion Federation: ‘Abortion Providers Are Modern-Day Saints’

Halloween – Just Another Harmless Holiday?

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I’ve been out of the blogging loop for a bit.

I was recently promoted to a new position in my company and with that comes a lot of extra work and not a lot of time for anything else. I am trying to keep up with it. I might even write a blog about leadership and how God leads us through it but I go where the Spirit takes me (which is why I haven’t written a follow up to the Bilderberg blog I wrote a while back).

That being said, I thought I would stick with tradition and repost a blog I wrote a few years ago about Halloween.

Since I wrote this, things in this country (and, quite frankly, around the world) have changed dramatically. I believe evil is ever more pervasive. And celebrating Halloween could give Satan a bigger foothold in both our lives and the lives of those around us. Recall what Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this workd, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV).

Be mindful of this time of year and, as Christians, take a moment to really think about what this holiday is truly about and whether or not you should be celecbrating.

Okay, on to the blog…

October is here and in full swing. The air is beginning to get colder and crisper and the trees are beginning to display their fall foliage. In just about a week and a half it will be All Hallow’s Eve, otherwise known as Halloween.

It’s a time of year when kids go from door to door and collect candy from both neighbors and strangers; businesses will decorate for Halloween and some may even have a Halloween party for the children of the employees (mine is one of them). Some schools partake in the festivities by having the kids parade around the school grounds in their costume of choice.

There are many stories that explain the origin of Halloween. Most of them seem to have a common theme among them.

Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic pagan tradition known as Samhain (pronounced ‘sow en’). This day is considered to be the highest holy day for pagans. For them, this is the day where the barrier separating the living from the dead is the thinnest and both the living and the dead can cross over into the other’s world. It’s thought that ghosts, goblins, witches, and demons of all kinds come out to play along with the spirits of the dearly departed.

Halloween Costumes

The origins of the Halloween costume are numerous and varied but I will narrow it down to the three most common ones I have found:

1) The costume was worn so that it would disguise the wearer from identification during their participation in the Samhain festival.

2) The costume was designed to attract the evil spirits to the wearer in an effort to commune with that spirit and have that spirit (or demon) become part of the wearer.

3) The costume would cause the wearer to take on the personality of the costume they are wearing.

The Jack O’ Lantern

There are a few different origin stories for the illuminated pumpkin but the one told by Irish folklorists is that of a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree and picking an apple for him. While the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk of the tree. Thee cross prevented the devil from coming down out of the tree. Jack made the devil swear that he would not try to steal Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly made the promise.

When Jack died, he went to Heaven but God didn’t accept him because of the drunk and stingy lifestyle he led. The devil didn’t accept him either because of his promise to Jack. As Jack was leaving Hell, munching on a turnip, the devil threw a red hot coal at Jack. Jack caught it and put it inside the turnip as a way to light his way while he wandered the earth looking for a home. We now use the pumpkin as a substitute for the turnip as it’s a lot easier to carve.

Trick-Or-Treating

Today, kids can be seen roaming the streets going from door to door asking for candy. If no candy is provided, then they must perform a trick on the homeowner as a way of getting back at them for their confectionery oversight.

It is generally believed that this started as part of the Celtic tradition. Many believed that not all of the spirits roaming the earth were necessarily good ones. They left treats out to appease the evil ones from doing harm to them.

Halloween has changed from its original Celtic pagan roots into something more palatable, having gained some of these changes from Roman Catholic influences. Some churches have even gotten into this more modern approach to Halloween by having activities such as ‘Trunk-or-Treat.’

As a child, I used to dress up and go out and collect candy from all the neighbors. At that age and time, I didn’t know any better. Now that I’ve been saved and my eyes have been opened, I realize that we are participating in the celebration of the occult.

Each family needs to make their own choices and decide if they want to participate in this. For me, however, the Bible is pretty clear on this:

” There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations, the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  ” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

To me, it’s pretty clear where God stands on this. My family has chosen not to participate in this tradition. As Christians, I think we should all strive to do the same.

Who do you say that He is? (Matthew 16:15)

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The road I travel to work brings me past a billboard that was covered with a message on it from one of the local churches. It was quite a simple message:

“Who do you say that I am?”

I see it every day but don’t give it a thought because I’m concentrating on the cars in front of me. More then likely, the other drivers are doing the same. But there are times when the traffic light is red and everyone is stopped. That gives people time to look around (if they aren’t looking at their phones) and, quite possibly, see this billboard.

“Who do you say that I am?”

At the time of His ministry, Jesus had many followers. The Bible focuses on the original twelve apostles. They knew Him as a teacher and prophet; they knew He was special in some way but couldn’t quite put their finger on it. Until Peter answered the question of all questions asked of him by Jesus:

Who do you say that I am?

Peter then answered Jesus: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16, KJV).

Peter’s realization was the seed that would grow into our Christian faith.

But are we telling others who He is? Are we spreading the Gospel to those who have not heard it? Are we winning souls to Christ?

I admit it can be a daunting task. I’ve struggled with it as well. I often wonder what I would do or say if God put me in a situation where I had the opportunity to spread the Gospel.

I think He gives us each our own gifts and ways of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that my blog is one of those ways. Some may be able to speak with people when they witness. In either case, the Holy Spirit will be there to give us the words we need to spread the message.

When that time does come (and it certainly will), you have to be ready to tell that person (or persons) who He is.

If you’ve never received the gift of redemption through the shed blood of Jesus, I invite you to do so now. Repent of the sins you have committed and commit your life to Christ. Believe on Him and on His blood sacrifice and you shall be saved.

 

Our New House, Courtesy of God

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I was doing my daily Bible reading and Phillipians 4:19 was my verse of the day:

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

After I read this, I thought about our recent move from Point Pleasant, NJ. to Toms River.

We moved to a smaller house since we’re now officially “empty nesters.”

We decided to sell our house back at the beginning of the year. It’s was a lot of house for two people and the property taxes in our area were getting to be ridiculous. I mean, $7800 a year ridiculous.

The entire time we were going through this process, we always kept God at the front of it all. We made sure to consult Him in every decision we made. We always knew that He would bring us to the place we needed to be. And He led us to the place we are in now.

Now, it’s not brand new. The house was build in 1997 and it has its share of issues such as some mold in the crawlspace and a few other things that can easily be fixed. Oh, and did I mention that the property taxes went down to $3100 a year? Yeah, a nice savings for sure.

Okay, confession time: it’s in an adult active community (hence the lower property taxes). Now before you start laughing and saying that we moved into a retirement villlage…well, we did.

The neighbors are great and the association fees are low. They take care of snow shoveling, trash collection, and lawn care. It’s not a bad deal for $30 a month.

But I’m not going to second guess where God brought us. We (meaning my wife) spent a lot of time going around with the real estate agent looking at different properties. We were first looking at the adult communities but then decided that we wanted a single home that wasn’t in an association. But all the areas we looked in weren’t the greatest when it came to crime and the appeal of the area.

We ended up going back to the adult community idea. And that’s when God led us to where we are now.

And we’re thankful for it. He has put us in a better place both physically and financially.

And if my wife reads this, I have to give her all the credit for getting us to where we are today. She spent so much time and energy looking for houses and then going to see them as well as doing all of the packing of the house (I was working during this entire time). She kept everything organized and made the process a lot easier.

The long and short of it is that God will always be with you when you need Him. And He will always take you to where He needs you to be.

God Bless!

God, Guns, and Man

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A lot has been said, from both sides, concerning the recent shootings at both the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Walmart.

I’ve listened to and read arguments from both sides. On the one hand, you have people who are blaming the guns instead of the shooters and they want everything from stricter gun laws to a total ban on all firearms. They believe that taking guns away will eliminate the mass shootings that have happened over the last few years.

It won’t.

Evil will do evil and will do it using whatever means they have at their disposal. Whether they use a gun, a knife, a bat, or a machete, they will find a way to cause harm if that is their intent. The Walmart shooter purchased his gun legally. There are any one of a number of illegal guns out there that can be purchased off the streets. They might try to take away our right to have legal guns but they will never get rid of the illegal gun problem.

Evil will still find a way to destroy everything that is good. Paul wrote in Ephesians that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

During his Olivet Discourse, Jesus said that the ‘love of many will grow cold’ (Matthew 24:12 NKJV). This would be the result of the growing lawlessness seen around the world.

And boy are we seeing that right now coming from radical groups on both sides of the political aisle. We’re even seeing it from our politicians who are openly calling for their constituents to attack conservatives and those who support President Trump.

And what is the one thing missing from all of this?

God.

We’ve removed Him from our schools, from the public square, and, in some cases, even from church.

What’s good has now become evil and what is evil has now become good. It’s almost as if we’re starting to live in the Upside-Down World from ‘Stranger Things.’

We need to get God back into the classrooms, back into the public square, and back into our homes and churches. And the parents actually need to start parenting again instead of coddling their children and telling them that they’re all winners. Let’s start by introducing them to what life is really like; that there are going to be winners and losers and that sometimes you’re going to be one of the two in life.

Be friends with the kid that looks like he’s a loner. Let him or her know that they aren’t alone and that people do care.

And then let’s get the Word of God into their heads and get it to stick where it will make a difference.

Then, and only then, will we start to see a generation that knows the difference between right and wrong and a solid set of morals to carry with them througout their lives.

And maybe a few less mass shootings.

God Bless and thanks for reading!

Consuming Your Lusts (James 4:3)

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I opened up my YouVersion Bible app (something everyone should have on their smartphone or tablet) this morning and the verse of the day was from the Book of James, chapter 4 verse 3:

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3 KJV)

We live in a consumer-based society. And Satan controls all of it. In fact, he controls the world. We saw that in Matthew 4:8-9 when Jesus was fasting after his baptism:

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me.”

Digital and print media advertise everything from soft drinks to cars, begging you to try their product, use their razors, or drive the newest model year of their cars. We’ve taken on a ‘keeping up with the Jones” mentality. If the neighbor has a new car, we want the same car or one that’s even better. If their patio furniture is newer and brighter than ours, we want to go out and get something even bigger and better than theirs.

Do we do the same thing when we pray?

Are we asking for big things rather than what we need?

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there are a few of us who would like God to give us a big bag of money so that we could take care of every debt that we own everyone and then have some leftover for a nice vacation.

But is that what we truly need in our lives?

Prosperity preachers like to say that you need to ask God for big things like money and cars and houses, etc. And they are not humble in the least when they show everyone how many cars they have or how big their mansions are.

Now, before I go any further, I want to be clear that I’m not out to get these guy (although I do think some of them live a rather gaudy lifestyle); my main point is that God will give you exactly what you need and when you need it. He won’t give you too much or not enough of something; He’ll give you what you need, exactly how much you need of it, and when you need it.

If you ever wonder why your prayers aren’t being answered, maybe you’re asking for the wrong things. Always remember to thank God every day for what you have, even if you have nothing. There will be something better for you just around the corner.

God Bless!

Trusting in the Lord

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I happened to be going through one of the drawers in my office desk when I came across a credit card sized calendar from 2015 (can you tell I don’t go through it that much?)

On the card was the following version from Proverbs:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

The flip side of the card has the following:

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27 KJV)

The reason I’m bringing this up is that we are going through a ‘life even.’ Nothing serious. We’re selling our house and moving to a smaller place. It’s just my wife and I so it makes a lot more sense for us. It’s one of those active adult community places.

Let me tell you something. It may seem corny to move into one of those places but my property taxes are going from &7400 a year down to $3100. That’s one big step in the right direction.

And how does all this tie into the verses I mentioned?

As Christians, my wife and I do our best to put our trust in the Lord. And we did it with this move.

We didn’t want to move but we knew that we would never pay off the house in our lifetime. So we gave the decision up to God. And He’s taken us through every step of the way. And for those little things where we didn’t consult Him, it didn’t work out the way we hoped.

When you put your trust in God and let Him guide you through any major decisions, you can be assured that it will work out the way He wants it to. Don’t lean on your own understanding and think that you can plan better than He can. Either way, you’ll end up exactly where He wants you to be.

Remember that through Him, everything is possible.

God Bless!