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Miracle Bathroom Cleaner

When we moved into our new home I quickly released that the previous owners hadn’t cleaned the house in probably the 10 years they lived there. It was so gross! I discovered  trash, noodles and toys in the vents, dirt that had been there for so long it was sticky, and found out what we thought were rust stains in the bathroom… well, weren’t rust.Yeah. Nasty.

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After several deep, deep, deep cleanings and a few bottles of bleach, I finally felt like the house was livable.However, our bathtub is the original tub from 1982 and is pretty badly stained. I had tried everything to get this tub looking decent. I tried baking soda, vinegar, Clorox, a number of different cleaning products, soap scum removers, every Pinterest hack I could find, bleach, etc. Nothing was getting the job done. I could spend hours scrubbing the tub down and it still looked like I never cleaned it. Then my mom told me she read something on Pinterest about a really expensive product that had great reviews. I thought, “Okay, I’d be willing to spend $40 on a product that will make the tub look nice.” Well, I couldn’t find the post she was talking about. What I did find was a much cheaper alternative. Borax. I thought to myself, “It’s cheaper and worth a shot.” I went to Wal-Mart and found 20 Mule Team Borax, went home and got to it.

So, I decided to take a before shot of my “clean” bathtub.

That’s not lack of a good cleaning for several days or months… That is just how my tub always looks.

After my 20 Mule Team Borax scrubbing.
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Huge difference! There’s still a stain right down the middle of the tub, but even that’s not as bad as before.

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So, what is 20 Mule Team Borax? It is a natural mineral used for all sorts of stuff; cleaning, laundry, even gardening I found out! I’m going to try it out in the next load of laundry I do.

You can buy just about anywhere, but I just stopped by my local Wal-Mart and picked it up in the Laundry aisle.

 

 

 

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The Free Gift

For the wages of sin is

We have been given a beautiful gift… life. Jesus Christ paid the price we could never pay. He took a punish He did not deserve and died willingly. Our sins cost us death, but God stepped in and took our place to give us His. We have done nothing, nor could we ever do anything to deserve this wonderful gift we’ve been given. It is not by our own doing, but by His. Stop looking at your own deeds, good or bad, and start looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). No amount of good that you do will ever add to what has been done for you through His blood. And no amount of bad that you’ve done, or will do, will ever take away from His love for you. Eternal life is a free gift just waiting to be opened. So, open it today!

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God Is Not Creating Your Problems – Part II

Since my latest post, “God Is Not Creating Your Problems” I’ve received a lot of comments. Some positive, some negative, some indifferent and some very emotional. First of all I want to say that I in no way am intending to hurt feelings. I’m also not trying to force my point of view on anyone, or trying to debate people. At the end of the day, if you believe and accept Jesus, you’re going to Heaven. Period. I just believe the Body of Christ is largely missing out on some wonderful things God provided for us through the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I also believe we’re greatly misunderstanding the nature of God and His Word.

God Is Not Creating Your Problems as well as this post, are not intended for anything other than expressing a different point of view. It’s for those looking for answers that they can’t find. It is not for debating or “making” anyone agree with me. I just want to answer some of the questions that came up because of this post. I said in my original post to please study this all out for yourself. Do not just take my word for it. Take what I say and find out if it all lines up with the Word for yourself.

“…He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mark 4:9

 

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.”  Acts 11-12

 

What about the sovereignty of God?
God turned over a lot of that power to man in the garden of Eden. In Genesis 1:26-28, God gave mankind dominion over the earth, and all things in the earth. Dominion means sovereignty. So, God turned that sovereignty over to man, essentially limiting Himself. Again in Psalm 115:16, we see that earth belongs to man. God gave us His word when He gave man dominion, and according to Psalm 89:34, He will not go back on His word.

Man also was given free will and God will not override the will of man. That would make God unjust.

 

What about Job?

Job did not have a covenant with God. Satan had total authority of Job whereas God did not. Also, if you read in Job 42, God tells him that he spoke wrongly of Him (vs. 7), but instead of cursing Job, or putting more hardship on him, God blessed Job! In verse 10-12 it says that God restored all that was lost to Job and blessed him in his latter days more than his beginning! That’s without a covenant, so now that we have an even better covenant (Hebrews 8:6) God is most definitely not afflicting us with hardship, grief or loss. Colossians 1:12-13 says, “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” There’s been a change. If by the cross of Jesus we’ve been moved out of darkness, then that means darkness must not be of not of God.

If God was allowing bad things to happen to us, then we would be wrong to ever go to the doctor. We would be wrong to ever fight against temptation since God must be bringing into our lives for our betterment. We would be wrong to protect our children from harm if God is trying to show them something. Could you imagine watching your child run into the street in front of a car and just sitting by so they learn to not do it again? Could you imagine injecting your child with a disease so that they learn to trust in God? Could you imagine your own mom or dad allowing someone to rape you so that you learn to forgive others?

Acts 10:38 says that Jesus went about healing ALL that were oppressed by the DEVIL. I said this in my original post, but I’m going to repeat it… if God’s will for us is to sometimes go through bad things in order to allow something better to come of it, then Jesus was totally going against God’s will. Jesus never afflicted pain, grief, or refused to heal someone. “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”  Matthew 8:2-3.

The only time Jesus did not heal someone or work miracles was due to someone(s) unbelief (Matthew 13:58). So, it’s God’s will for all to be healed, delivered from the devil, darkness, etc., however, our own unbelief can hinder it from happening.

 

Romans 5:6-11, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Verse 9 says that we have been saved from wrath and verse 10 says we’re no longer enemies, but reconciled and saved.

James 1:13-18, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”

Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

Luke 9:56, “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

I believe with all my heart that God has only good intentions for us and that He would never do anything to cause us harm. He is a good father. Good fathers don’t abuse their children. I know sometimes we find peace in believing that God is doing something good in the midst of all the pain, but it’s so much sweeter to recognize that Jesus already won the battle for us and that we have the victory. We can stand up and believe His Word and rest in His peace and goodness. The peace I have knowing that God is not afflicting me, but instead helping me walk out the victory is much greater than believing God would allow it to happen for something good to out of it.

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