And The Truth Shall Set You Free

John 8:32

And the battle goes on for your soul. Who will win? …You, if you’ve given your life to Jesus. I heard a preacher teaching on who you and I really are. We are made up of a body, soul and spirit.

What spirit dwells in you? If the Holy Spirit, then you have the ability to discern other spirits that are good or evil. But, don’t be deceived because some spirits can be in your mother, brother, friends, business associates etc.

Jesus said, “Who is my mother and brethren but those that hear God’s Word and does it.” In other words, if someone… anyone… does not line up with the word of God, cast him or her away from your world. That does not mean you never speak to them again, but it does mean… you are to keep them from controlling your life and making you think you need to be someone else or somewhere else other than serving God and being led by his spirit.

This is the time to know the truth … and the truth shall set you free. This does not mean that you know the truth and automatically you are free, though in some cases, all you need is to know the truth to go on standing. But, if you have not been standing in the truth and God gives you his revelation of the truth or truths that you need to become free, then you must apply, apply, and apply the truth to your situation(s). If you do, you will find yourself walking in the light and great strength. Joy and peace will once again, flood your soul.

By the way… your soul is made up of your Mind, Will and Emotions… So if you find yourself confused, tossed to and from and your emotions are out of whack, you know that you are not applying God’s truth to your situation and you are not standing on his revelation.

Example: If you have been praying and praying that a situation would turn around and God shows you plainly in his Word, (the bible), giving you a scripture to stand on and a truth for your situation, then you have to do something. You don’t just keep praying and praying and saying, ”o.k. I read the truth but I am not free.” Of course not, you have to apply the truth to your situation in order to be free. Here is one we received. Flee the Chaldeans. The Chaldeans represented family ties and flee means to run. Don’t look back and try to figure everything out… just get out of their presence and go on with your life. Don’t let them have authority over you. So we did and the truth of God’s Word to us set us free.

Oh, I can’t do that, you may be saying… but let me ask you a question. Do you want to stay stuck where you are, being slowly destroyed? In God’s Word it says, “My people perish because of a lack of knowledge” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” So stop the depression, the anger, the sadness and indecisions. Make a decision to stand on the Word of truth from your Heavenly Father and the truth shall set you free.

Until next time,

Rev. Marilyn Marinelli


May 2022 Blog

The Trap of An Erroneous Conclusion

The devil will always seek to lead us into confusion where he suggests a course of action that is not correct. The trap of an erroneous conclusion is his first weapon of choice. Here’s an example of an erroneous conclusion with a rebuttal.

Erroneous Conclusion: God cannot be trusted. He wasn’t there when I needed Him. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and yet he did nothing. Trusting Him now seems pointless.

Rebuttal: Blaming God when things go wrong is a clear indication that you never really put your trust in Him to start with. God is in full control of His creation. Part of that control is to allow man to have a free will to also be in full control.

When you gather thousands or even a few folks together that are all exercising their free will, things can get ugly. Some will get drunk; others will kill or steal and yet others will exercise good judgment in life. All this interaction of free wills brings on different opinions, different lifestyles and different attitudes.

If God intervenes to stop the flow of our free will decisions, He tampers with the future and denies man his right to be a free moral agent. His actions would contradict His own will and plan for mankind. Man must be free to choose his own way in order to escape a robotic existence that is not what God or man wants.

The blame really lies with the free will decisions of mankind. That’s why we have so many laws. We try to govern man’s free will to diminish bad decisions that cause pain and suffering among the populace.

When you put your trust in God, you surrender your free will. He now is sovereign over your life. This is a huge commitment because you now desire to do the will of God and are willing to fore-go any and all self-rule. We call this, “Making Jesus Lord” over your life.

Allowing God to be sovereign over you does not stop the evil reign of Satan or eliminate bad things from popping up in your daily routine. It does, however, give you access to divine wisdom needed to handle a situation, power to withstand the temptations of the devil, weapons to wage war against the enemies of God and an assurance of ultimate victory.

You become a partner with your sovereign in the battle of the ages. Your faith in Him is essential. Without it, you cannot please him. Hebrews 11:6 The apostle Paul said this, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” I Cor. 13:12

To make judgments and assign blame when you do not see clearly is wrong.
Sometimes it takes more faith to believe that God knows best than to draw an erroneous conclusion that blames God for the outcome of a life situation.

Just for the record, here’s what the dictionary says about the word, “Erroneous” wrong; incorrect: “employers sometimes make erroneous assumptions” synonyms: wrong · incorrect · mistaken · in error · inaccurate ·untrue · false · fallacious · unsound · specious · faulty · flawed · way out · full of holes.

Suggestion…Look deeply into every life situation to be sure your conclusions are not erroneous/false.

Until Next Time
John Marinelli
Author & Poet

April 2022 Blog

Dealing With A Critical Spirit
(Ephesians 6:12-18)

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty though God to the pulling down of strongholds.” What are these weapons? They certainly aren’t who can yell the loudest, or who is the physically stronger one. It is rather a spiritual battle. So then what are these weapons? They are the armor of God.(Ephesians 6:12-18)

Putting on the full armor of God is your best weapon. His armor includes: the breast plate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, your loins girt about with the truth and the sword of the Spirit. These are weapons we must use to stand fast in the liberty in which Christ has set us free. Free from what? From deception, critical spirits and so much more.
But, let’s take for instance the critical spirit. How do we over come this one?

1. Through our knowing first that we are saved.
2. That God loves us so much that the criticism can roll off our back when we are confronted with it. Why? Because we have searched God’s Word and have found out that he accepts us.
3. And that if there is anything not right with us, that God will show us what it is so that we can change.

I am reminded of a time that I saw a very old car in front of mine. It had a sticker on it that said something about Jesus. I thought,” why would someone be so happy to ride around in this very old car and yet give the praise to Jesus for it?” This was many years ago. But I wasn’t riding in the most expensive car, yet it was much better that the one I saw.

The Holy Spirit quickened me and reminded me of when I was saved, how everything didn’t look as good on the outside either. Remember, He prompted me. God works from the inside out. Maybe this person didn’t have a car at all and they had one now and it was very much a blessing. After all, it is better than trying to walk everywhere. Maybe this was all the person could afford at that time and God was providing for them with this particular car, until the persons faith grew stronger.

We need to be thankful for what we have and take care of the things we have now, not wait for better and then believe we will take care of something better later. If you can’t keep an old car clean, why would you keep a beautiful new car clean? Oh, because then you can show it off. I don’t think so. God told me years ago to take care of what I had and not to be looking at everything everybody else had that was better. Take the time to be proud of what you have.
So let’s not be critical of someone else that is trying to follow God. And let’s take care of the things God has entrusted to us.

Now back to being criticized. You know, when someone criticized or rejected me, I would fall apart. But, God showed me a better way. I should keep my eyes on Him and know that God is guiding me. Do you know what happened? God built me up, made me stronger through His Word, as I sought Him and read my bible. Then I even became more knowledgeable and was able to stand against criticism.

Not everyone is you and you are not everyone else. All flowers are not the same, yet each one of them is beautiful or handsome in their own way. Wouldn’t it be boring if there were only one kind of flower? Look at all we would miss. God has made each and every one of us special and unique. When you let God’s love and gifts shine through you, all that you are in God will shine through and be a blessing to others.

How do we stop the critics? By being who you are in God. If you don’t know who you are in Him, keep seeking God for your special gifts and talents. You will be surprised at how the critics will find some one else to criticize when you have your shield of faith up to quench their fiery darts.

May God bless you and kept you and let His face shine upon you and give you peace, Peace of mind and peace in your spirit, for all to see that you are blooming for God.
What a blessing you will be to others, who are just waiting to enjoy all you have for them, that has been given to you by God.

Until next time,
Marilyn Marinelli
Christian Author & Poet

March 2022 Blog

It’s Not Too Late

Did you ever think you would live long enough to see the turn of the century? I can remember a time when I was in Junior High school looking ahead to the time that I would be in my 50’s. None of us in the class could imagine living that long. Planning for that day was, in our minds, ridiculous. Now I am past the 50 mark and am in my 70s and still find it hard to really plan for the future.

I guess the sluggish economy, changing world events, uncertain employment, more liberal morals and all the other daily trials overshadow any organized planning. However, failing to plan is really planning to fail. Life is too short not to look ahead and at least try to plan for those days.

Life Example

We all know that winter comes every year but in the middle of July, we pay little attention to its slow decent. When it gets here, we will deal with it the best way we know how. That’s life! However, there is a Biblical basis for both not caring and caring about the future. Some folks get hung up on them and miss God’s will.
Jesus said that we were to take no thought of tomorrow. Most of us understand that to mean…do not get anxious, worried or frustrated about the future with respect to basis provisions. God knows that we have need of them and will provide. Trusting God is the focal point but some miss that and disregard the need to plan for tomorrow.

Jesus tells us a story about two men that built houses, one on the sand and the other on a rock. Guess which man lost his house when the storms came? You are right, the one who built his house on the sand. It is obvious that he took no thought of tomorrow and its storms whereas the other man surely must have known that his tomorrows would have storms and made sure that his house was on a proper foundation.
We are all speeding into the future and forced to deal with both its calm and fury. How can we plan when we are always dealing with this or that? Here are a few thoughts to consider:

STOP! LOOK! AND LISTEN! That is to say…Slow down, evaluate your direction. Pay attention to what you are hearing in the Spirit. There is no reason to rush through life not paying attention to what God has placed into your heart. You have a divine destiny, and it is about time you knew what it is.

THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE! That is to say…will life lead you or should you lead it. Look far into it with prayer and supplication before the throne of God. The Word says that the prudent or wise man perceives the evil ahead and hides himself but the fool rushes in and is punished. Thinking about the future involves what you will be doing as the future unfolds. What is the Lord’s will? What direction? What revelation?

KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR FEELINGS. It is important to review and possibly consider things more than once. How you feel is usually a good channel to knowing the right path to take. Remember, it is the. “Peace of God” that is to referee, thus approve or reject all situations. No peace, No path No joy, No hope, No satisfaction.
Now let’s look at the future. It’s full of promises. We can, with the hand of faith, start taking those promises that the Spirit of God has placed in our thinking. This is your inheritance as a child of God. Don’t let the devil steal the precious promises of God, leaving you bankrupt.

We all know that Jesus is coming back to earth one day as King of kings and Lord of lords. Most of us believe that the saints will be caught up with Him in the air in a glorious union as He brings heaven to earth at the end of the age. What have you done to plan for that future event? If you plan for everything else and overlook the greatest awakening of all times, when Jesus will call to Himself the sheep of His pasture, where will you be?

THINK ABOUT IT…Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready to meet Him? If you do not look at it now, you will have to at His coming and what then? If you are into immorality or other fleshly sins or just selfish and self-absorbed, it’s time to put away foolish things and prepare yourself to meet Jesus.

Now you have a lot to ponder over the next few months or many years before the return of Christ. Will we be closer to the knowledge of His will and actively perusing our divine destiny? Only time will tell. With Holy hands and clean hearts, let us march confidently into the future and let us bring into reality all that God has promised.

Until next time
John Marinelli

February 2022 — Dealing With Adversity

Will the person that has no enemies please stand up? Ok, instead, raise your hand if you are free of adversaries. I didn’t see even one hand go up. No one stood up. Oh, I forgot, I meant to focus on just Christian folk.

If you are a Christian and are walking in accordance to God’s will, you will never be free of enemies. They will attack you and plot to defeat you at every turn. How do I know, because the apostle Paul said so in his second letter to Timothy back in the 1st century? He said, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12

Word Origin and History of Persecution

“Oppression for the holding of a belief or opinion,” from Old French persecucion “persecution, damage, affliction, suffering.” Directly from Latin persecutionem (nominative persecutio), noun of action from past participle stem of persequi “follow, pursue, hunt down; proceed against, prosecute, start a legal action,” from per- “through” (see per ) + sequi “follow” (see sequel ). Psychological persecution complex is recorded from 1961; earlier persecution mania (1892). (British Dictionary)
(Easton’s Dictionary 1897)

The first great persecution for religious opinion of which we have any record was that which broke out against the worshippers of God among the Jews in the days of Ahab, when that king, at the instigation of his wife Jezebel, “a woman in whom, with the reckless and licentious habits of an Oriental queen, were united the fiercest and sternest qualities inherent in the old Semitic race”, sought in the most relentless manner to extirpate the worship of Jehovah and substitute in its place the worship of Ashtoreth and Baal.

Manasseh followed Ahab’s example. He “shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another”. (2 Kings 21:16; comp. 24:4)

In all ages, in one form or another, the people of God have suffered persecution. In its earliest history the Christian church passed through many bloody persecutions. Of subsequent centuries in our own and in other lands the same sad record may be made. Christians are forbidden to seek the propagation of the gospel by force (Matt. 7:1; Luke 9:54-56; Rom. 14:4; James 4:11, 12).

Psalm. 7:13 says, “He ordains his arrows against the persecutors,” ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, “He maketh his arrows fiery [shafts].”

Persecution, according to… is, “a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group.”

So, “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12. I guess that means “All ” Not just a few. If you are not under the critical eye of an advarsary, you probably are not living godly in Christ Jesus. If you are living a godly lifestyle, you are sure to be at war with someone over your faith.

Who Is Your Adversary?

Your adversary is anyone that engages in persecuting you. It all has to do with making you feel worthless, defeated, helpless and afraid. Their goal is to hurt you physically and emotionally. The Bible tells us who the chief advertorial agent is. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” I Peter 5:8-9

The devil is the one behind all forms of persecution. He is the architect of evil and oppression and he can use you or anyone else that he desires if you are not aware of his tricks. When you gossip, criticize, mock, degrade or speak against another, you are being influenced by the devil. He’ll put a thought or insert a question in your head and off you go saying what he wants you to say. The speech patterns are always destructive in nature…again, here the word of the Lord.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

The goal of your adversary is to Steal, Kill and Destroy. He is bent on our extermination. However, Jesus said He came that we might have live, abundant or overflowing life. As Peter said, resist the devil steadfastly in the Faith and he will flee. (Run away in fear of you)

Types of Persecution

Here’s a short list of types of persecution.
Lies, Gossip, Backbiting, Criticism and Rejection. I am sure you will find more as you think about it.

All are meant to hurt you in some way and keep you in a low self-esteem. We certainly need to stay away from people that do these kinds of things.

Agents of Terror

We have already learned that the devil is the source of evil and terror focused at us. His demons are hard at work to kill, steal and destroy. What may not be apparent is whom these evil forces work through. Here’s another short list, this time of the “Agents of Terror.”

Consider these folks; Mom, Dad, Siblings, Teachers, Co-Workers, Other Christians, Religious Leaders and so on. Anyone that allows access to evil thoughts can become an agent of terror and oppression.

The apostle Paul wrote this to the 1st century church, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

Yes, almost anyone can be use by evil forces to oppose us but our battle is not with them. They are only pawns in the hands of the devil. They might even think they are doing a good think. It will be obvious to us that they have no Spiritual insight.

So what do we do with the flesh and bones that come against us? How do we handle attacks that are initiated by the devil and driven through the mouths and actions of human beings? The 35th psalm of David gives us a really good plan of action.

The 1st Thing To Do Turn The Problem Over To God

Listen to what king David said more than 3,000 years ago when he confronted his adversaries.

“Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” Psalm 35:1-3

Even the king knew that he alone was not strong enough to overcome his adversaries. He cried out to the Lord for help and did not try to muster up enough strength to fight on his own. He called upon the Lord to fight for him. It is important to allow the Lord His rightful place as your Lord and to let Him do His work in your life. He will work everything together for good as indicated in Romans 8:28.

The 2nd Thing To Do Be Specific In Your Request

“Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them. Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them. Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. Psalm 35:4-6 & 8

It’s like praying for a bike but not asking God for a girls or boys bike or specifying the color or size. If you do not be specific, you might get a tricycle instead of a 26” bike. Be specific on how you want God’s help. Don’t be afraid to talk to God and share your true feelings. David did just that. He must have known that his adversaries were not thinking of his best interest. He just wanted God to end their reign of terror over him.

The 3rd Thing To Do Is: Keep A Clear Perspective

“For without cause have they hid from me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.” 35:7 “False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.” 35:11-12 “But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, they gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.” 35:15-16 “For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.” 35:20

Look deeply into the situation and determine if you are right or wrong. If you are not right, get right with God and clear up the matter. However, if you are right, then be right and keep that perspective before you at all times. There will be those that will say to you, “Oh forget about it” “It’s not worth it” or “Forgive and forget” but that does not shut the mouths of the mockers or take away the oppression from their persistent efforts to hurt you. That is just another trap to snare you and keep you in fear or some other type of bondage. Do what Jesus did. He said, “Get thee behind me, Satan”

You must keep it clear in your own mind. Make a list and read it often if you have to. Be like the elephant that never forgets. Remember, you are not dealing with folks that ask for forgiveness but rather folks that are opposed to your lifestyle and faith in Christ. It’s ok to remember and keep a clear perspective on why all of this is happening to you.

The 4th Thing To Do Is: Be Joyful In The Lord

“And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which delivers the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoils him?” 35:9-10

In the midst of the turmoil, we are to rejoice and be happy in the Lord. It’s like that part of the 23rd psalm that says, “Thou prepareth a table before me in the presence of my enemies”. We are invited to a feast as our enemies look on. We can do this because God is with us, not against us and He is greater than all our adversaries combined.

I refer a lot to Psalm 118:24. It says, “This is the day the LORD has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.” When we are joyful, we rejoice. Knowing that the Lord has made the day just for us and it is full of His blessings makes us glad.

The 5th Thing To Do Is: Be Patient & Wait Upon The Lord

“Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.” Psalm 35:17
How long? As long as it takes. It is in God’s timing, not ours. It is His will that will be accomplished on our behalf.
Let’s look at what it means to be patient. can help with this. It says the following:
1. The quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

2. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.

3. Quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.

We need to keep our cool and strive to stay focused. Doing otherwise makes us look foolish and destroys our plan of action. The Bible tells us many times to “Wait Upon The Lord”.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 See also, (Psalm 37:9; 123:2; Isaiah 8:17; 40:31)

Got\ offers some good insight into what it means to wait upon the Lord.

The command to wait on the Lord is found extensively throughout the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, it is more about waiting for the Lord’s providential care, but most New Testament references relate to Christ’s second coming. In all cases, it is about waiting expectantly and with hope. Fundamental to being able to wait is trusting God’s character and goodness.

Waiting on the Lord is something the godly do. It’s about holding on tight, hoping with expectation and trust, knowing that our Lord is not making us wait just to see how long we can, “take it.” There are times when God will delay His answer, and we will at times wonder why He seems so reluctant to intervene in our affairs: “I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God” (Psalm 69:3). But, knowing the Lord, we trust that He will come at the perfect moment, not a second too soon or too late.

Waiting on the Lord necessitates two key elements:

1. A complete dependence on God … and
2. A willingness to allow Him to decide the terms, including the timing of His plan.

Trusting God with the timing of events is one of the hardest things to do. The half-joking prayer, “Lord, I need patience, and I need it RIGHT NOW,” is not far removed from the truth of how we often approach matters of spiritual growth and the Lord’s will. To wait on the Lord produces character in the life of the Christian in that it involves patience (see James 1:4). Waiting involves the passage of time, which is itself a gift of God.

The word wait in the Bible carries the idea of confident expectation and hope. “For God alone my soul waits in silence . . . my hope is from him” (Psalm 62:1, 5, ESV). To wait upon the Lord is to expect something from Him in godly hope, “and hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5).

We wait on the Lord in a way similar to how we wait on the arrival of out-of-town relatives, with loving anticipation of seeing them again. All creation eagerly awaits God’s restoration: “The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:19). Those who wait for God to keep His promises will not be disappointed.

Waiting on the Lord involves being at rest in the Lord. Psalm 23 provides a lesson concerning being still. Sheep will not be at peace near rushing water, but they will lie contentedly by “still” water, and that’s where the Good Shepherd leads us (Psalm 23:2). The words “He makes me lie down” can be translated “He causes me to rest.” When we, like sheep, are still, we are resting in the Lord and trusting our Shepherd.

Being still means we have ceased from following our own agenda or ingenuity; we have stopped trusting in our own strength and will power. We are waiting upon the Lord to exchange our weakness for His strength (see 2 Corinthians 12:9).

The apostle Paul had a “thorn in the flesh,” and, as he gains spiritual insight, he understands that the affliction is a protective suffering meant by God to keep him from sin. As a result, the apostle is content to rest in God’s grace. God does not remove the thorn; He gives Paul a place to be still in the bearing of it. Paul learned to be still and wait on the Lord.

To wait on the Lord is to rest in the confident assurance that, regardless of the details or difficulties we face in this life, God never leaves us without a sure defense. As Moses told the panicky Israelites trapped at the Red Sea by Pharaoh’s army, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).

The heavenly perspective comes as we focus not on the trouble but on the Lord and His Word. When it seems God has painted us into a corner, we have an opportunity to set aside our human viewpoint and wait upon the Lord to show us His power, His purpose, and His salvation.

When we don’t choose to wait on the Lord, we solicit trouble for ourselves. Remember how Abraham and Sarah did not wait on the Lord for their child of promise; rather, Sarah offered her maid, Hagar, to Abraham in order to have a child through her.

The account in Genesis 16 and 18 shows that their impatience led to no end of trouble. Any time we fail to wait on the Lord and take matters into our own hands—even when we’re trying to bring about something God wants—it leads to problems. When we “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33, ESV), we can allow God to work out the rest of the details.

This doesn’t mean we sit idly by as we wait on the Lord to act on our behalf. We should not spend our time doing nothing; rather, we should continue to do the work He has given us to do. Psalm 123:2 says, “As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy.”

That is, we should look to God with the constant anticipation and willingness to serve that a servant shows to his master. The idea of waiting on the Lord is not like waiting for the dentist in the waiting room (thank goodness!). Rather, the sense of waiting on the Lord is somewhat akin to what a waiter or waitress does in a restaurant.

Our attitude and actions should be as those of a waiter anticipating and meeting the requests of the one he’s waiting on. Our waiting on the Lord is not biding our time until we finally get the service we’ve been waiting for; it’s filling our time with service to the Master, always on our feet, ready to minister.

The command to wait on the Lord means that we are to be near Him and attentive so that we may catch the slightest intimation of what He wants for us. We naturally think of ourselves as self-sufficient. We turn here and there and expect help from our own ability, from friends, or from circumstances. But in the spiritual life we are taught to distrust self and depend upon the power of the Holy Spirit.

Waiting on the Lord involves the confident expectation of a positive result in which we place a great hope—a hope that can only be realized by the actions of God. This expectation must be based on knowledge and trust, or we simply won’t wait. Those who do not know the Lord will not wait on Him; neither will those who fail to trust Him.

We must be confident of who God is and what He is capable of doing. Those who wait on the Lord do not lose heart in their prayers: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

Waiting on the Lord renews our strength (Isaiah 40:31). Prayer and Bible study and meditating upon God’s Word are essential. To wait on the Lord we need a heart responsive to the Word of God, a focus on the things of heaven, and patience rooted in faith.

We should not despair when God tarries long in His response, but continue to patiently wait on Him to work on our behalf. The reason God sometimes waits a long time to deliver is to extend the goodness of the final outcome. “Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him” (Isaiah 30:18, ESV).

The 6th Thing To Do Is: Give Thanks & Focus

“I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.” 35:18

When your eyes are upon the Lord, it is easy to give thanks. If you have difficulty, just look at all the many benefits and blessings that came your way over the years. These things are the reason why we give thanks. You also begin to see Jesus and if you stay in tune with Him, you will no doubt fall in love with Him. He is not only the Son of God but is also our redeemer. That, in itself, is reason to praise, worship and thank Him.

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant and my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long” 35:27-28

We also need to focus. Most of the time we get scared because of the nature of the adversary’s attack. Then we fall into confusion or fear. Staying focused is vital to overcoming. The way to do that is to give thanks to God for whom He is and all the times He has been there for you. This will keep you in times of trouble.
It Is Good To Give Thanks

The 7th Thing To Do Is: Keep Praying Until You Win

Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord. Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. 35:21-24

It is important to keep praying about your situation. King David did not through up a prayer and rest easy. He went back to God more than once to keep his request in front of the thrown of God.

Is God Hard of Hearing?

Now this can be a stumbling block if you do not understand what is going on. God is not hard of hearing. He knows our thoughts and hears the cry of our hearts before we even utter a sound.

I believe the issue is really, “How much do you really want what you ask God for? God will sometimes delay His actions until you get your act together. When we continually seek the Lord through prayer, we strengthen our relationship and solidify His Lordship over our lives. We end up in an utter abandonment of our wills and a serious trust in the Lord. One flippant prayer will not accomplish this.

Some Final Thoughts

There are many ways of dealing with adversity. You can put your head in the sand and not acknowledge it. You can reclassify it so it is not a threat. (Good luck with that) You can descend into denial and say that it doesn’t exist. You can agree with your adversary and fall under his oppression and torment. Finally, you can fight the good fight of faith and resist your adversary at every turn. Listen again to what the apostle Peter said.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” I Peter 5:8

King David’s 35th psalm gives us a plan of action that will keep us and defeat our adversaries. It’s only seven little or big steps, depending on how you perceive it.

1. Turn The Problem Over To God.
2. Be Specific In Your Request.
3. Keep A Clear Perspective.
4. Be Joyful In The Lord.
5. Be Patient & Wait Upon The Lord.
6. Give Thanks & Stay Focused.
7. Keep Praying Until You win.

God wants to partner with you. Yes, He can do it all and doesn’t need you. However, His original plan was to create man and give him authority to rule on the earth in His image and likeness.

God loves to work with and through man. We are His crowning achievement and His beloved creation. When we see this truth, it makes reality a lot better and brings life into perspective. We begin to see ourselves as God sees us. Our faults no longer matter. We are blessed of God. We join the Lord in doing His will. It’s a great time to be alive.

Isn’t it time to stand up and be counted? Join the adventure and become an Overcomer.

Believe It or Not

Believe it or not, God is good. He loves us and has a destiny for each of us. I call it, “Divine Will”. His destiny is far better than one that we manufacture. The reason it is better is because he fills it with blessings and happiness.
I know that our society blames God for all the wrong that happens. They say that he could have stopped it from happening. However, God gave us a free will to do whatever we so desire. He also holds us accountable for our actions. You can’t blame God for the drunk driver that smashes into your house or runs over your dog. You can blame the drunk for getting drunk and driving.

So, we can live above our trials and circumstances. It takes only a free will choice to dawn a mindset that puts God first in your life and a desire to take the journey with him into his reality.

With Eagles’ Wings

I mounted up with Eagles’ Wings
to soar above the clouds.
I viewed life above its trials,
separate from the crowds.

Just God and me, together in the day,
His love to behold.
With Eagles’ Wings, He led the way,
my future to unfold.

Forgiveness and peace in a distance,
suddenly I could see.
Joy and happiness trailed behind
then overshadowed me.

With Eagles’ Wings,
I soar above life’s every trial.
Now I walk by word of faith,
rejoicing with every mile.

Poem by John Marinelli

Until next time
John Marinelli, Author & Poet

January 2022 — Final Judgment Upon Whom?


The Bible clearly states that Judgment will follow death. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27) We all will die some day and according to this scripture, we all will face judgment. The time and date is out there somewhere in the future, closer for some of us than for others. It’s interesting to learn that death is an appointment.

Did you know that 55,300,000 people die every year? That’s over 150,000 every day, 6316 every hour, more than 105 every minute and 2 people every second. They all had an appointment with death. That’s one appointment that we wish we could break but it is inevitable.

There are different judgments. We will not all be summoned to the same court. By the way, these judgments have no court of appeal. The Bible talks about two judgments, one for the lost or unsaved and one for the saved.

The believer will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”(II Corinthians 5:10) The resurrected saints will be rewarded.
Remember, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1). The application of “no condemnation” is exclusive to those who walk after the Spirit. The Christian that walks in the flesh will also appear at the Judgment Seat of Christ. They will experience loss but will not lose his or her salvation.

Paul pictures Christ seated on a magistrate’s judgment seat, The Bema, as though He were a judge of an athletic competition, a place where rewards were given out and losses clearly seen by all in attendance. In other words, it is a reward seat and portrays a time of rewards or loss of rewards following examination, but it is not a time of punishment where believers are judged for their sins. Such would be inconsistent with the finished work of Christ on the Cross-, because He totally paid the penalty for our sins.

This event will occur immediately following the rapture or resurrection of the church after it is caught up to be with the Lord in the air as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Hampton Keathley III , of, offers three great scriptures in support of rewards instead of judgment.

(1) In Luke 14:12-14, reward is associated with the resurrection and the rapture is when the church is resurrected.
(2) In Revelation 19:8, when the Lord returns with His bride at the end of the tribulation, she is seen already rewarded. Her reward is described as fine linen; the righteous acts of the saints—undoubtedly the result of rewards.
(3) In 2 Timothy 4:8 and 1 Corinthians 4:5, rewards are associated with “that day” and with the Lord’s coming. Again, for the church this means the event of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
He further states…So the order of events will be (a) the rapture which includes our glorification or resurrection bodies, (b) exaltation into the heavens with the Lord, (c) examination before the Bema, and (d) compensation or rewards.
The Positive Aspects of the Bema
(4) To evaluate the quality of every believer’s work whether it is good or bad, i.e., acceptable and thus worthy of rewards, or unacceptable, to be rejected and unworthy of rewards. Actually an evaluation is going on every day by the Lord (Rev. 2-3).
(5) To destroy and remove unacceptable production portrayed in the symbols of wood, hay, and stubble. All sinful deeds, thoughts, and motives, as well as all good deeds done in the energy of the flesh will be consumed like wood, hay, and stubble before a fire because they are unworthy of reward. Why? This will be answered as we consider the basis on which rewards are given or lost.
(6) To reward the believer for all the good he or she has done as portrayed by the symbols of gold, silver, and precious stones, that which is valuable and can stand the test of fire without being consumed.
The Negative Aspects of The Bema
Here are a few negative aspects of this judgment, which are indicative to the believer experiencing loss.
(7) The loss of rewards (1 Corinthians 3:15). The phrase “he shall suffer loss” would be better expressed as, “the reward shall be forfeited.”
(8) The disqualification mentioned in 1 Corinthians 9:27 means disqualified from rewards, not loss of salvation.
(9) The “recompense” or the “receive back” (KJV) of II Corinthians 5:10 refers to receive back what is one’s own as though it were given and then taken away.
(10) 1 John 2:28. This verse undoubtedly refers to the Bema and shows there will be both boldness as a result of abiding, and shame before the Lord as a result of failing to abide.

I see it as an examination of how well we abide in Christ while on earth. How well did we walk in the Spirit, revealing God’s love and grace to others? Did our lights shine or did they dim and eventually burn out?

Theologians tell us that the “Bema Seat” experience will happen immediately after the rapture. I think it will be a glorious time of fellowship with other believers and great joy to be in the presence of Jesus. Yes, there will be loss of rewards because they were not motivated by the Spirit but rather done in the flesh. Wood, Hay & Stubble that will burn away, characterizes these deeds done in the flesh.

The final Judgment will be the “Great White Throne Judgment.” It is reserved for all people who have rejected God’s call to salvation. Every person who has lived upon the planet earth and has refused to accept God’s way to redemption from sin will face their creator and be judged.

Many that thought they were safe will be shocked. Jesus, as recorded in Mathew 7:23 will say to them, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” I believe these to be all the religions of the world. But also, many who were called Christian but were members of a church and not truly “Born Again.” Verses 21 & 22 tell the story. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? This is religion without the guidance and control of the Holy Spirit. These are also they that will go through the tribulation and still not believe.

The concept of a great white throne comes from Revelation 20:11-15, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead, which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead, which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.
Note that there is a, “Book of Life” filled with the names of the redeemed.

If your name is not there, you can put it there now, before it’s too late by asking Jesus to save your soul and committing yourself to Him.

Another point is that the dead, both great & small are all there. That’s famous and nobodies. The text seems to suggest that all mankind including the redeemed are there but it is important to see that the verse says, “The Dead”. All the folks that are living are listed in the Book of Life and are enjoying eternal bliss.

I know what you are going to say, “Why then is the Book of Life” at this judgment? I believe it is there as a final condemnation. It’s to prove that they did not receive God’s plan of salvation.

Guess who is sitting on this great white throne? “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him”. (John 5:22-23) “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2:16) You guessed it. It is none other than Jesus. He would know if your name is in His book, right?
The Greatness of this Throne is not in the size of it, nor is it the number of the multitude who stands convicted before it, but in the greatness of the Judge who presides over it–the Lord Jesus. The white color is representative of His holiness and purity, and of how fitting it is that He should judge mankind.

Now, here’s the big question. Which judgment will you be at? Now is the time to consider your options because this deals with eternity. It is your final destination. I am sure you’ll want to rally think it through. If you need some more help, drop me a line at with question and I will try to answer them using Bible references so you know my counsel is Godly.

I will leave you with a link to my website. Check out my newest book, The End of The Word-From The Beginning. Get the book. It will explain a lot as to where we are on the diving timeline. Click here

Until Next Time
Rev. John Marinelli
January 2022 Blog

November 2021 — The Significance of Being Thankful

By Rev. John Marinelli

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Introduction…This month, in the USA, we celebrate a national holiday called, ‘Thanksgiving”. As you can imagine, it’s a day filled with overeating, lots of family and friends, some we would rather not be around, and football or some other televised sport. Does this sound like what you might experience in your day off from work?

Like most holidays, Thanksgiving has lost its true meaning, being hijacked by commercialism and the almighty dollar. Most of us are all caught up in the things of this world and do not realize the significance of being thankful.

I know you will say, “Speak for yourself, John”, and so I will. I look around me and see no real difference between Christians and non-Christians. The divorce rates are the same. The governing laws of our society protect gays, abortion and immorality. Society is being lulled into a state of death where faith is inappropriate and prayer is deemed foolish.

If you think I am wrong, and in some cases I just might be, but there is a way to find out. Try taking your own unscientific poll among your family, friends and coworkers. Survey your church members to see. Ask them one of these simple questions; “Is there anything to be thankful for in this world?” or “What are you thankful for this holiday season?”

Most answers will fall into a “Worldly” category. That is to say, the origin of one’s being thankful comes from something or someone other than God. The giving of thanks centers around the cares of this life and the focus of any thanks centers on family, friends, or things that make us happy. Here are some examples:
· I am thankful to be off of work.
· I am thankful for my family, supporting me.
· I am thankful for my good health.
· I am thankful for my job.
· And so on…

Most people do not honor or even acknowledge God as the source of blessing for which we are thankful. They instead, shower their thankfulness on people, places and things that they feel are important to daily living.

We are admonished by the scriptures to, “Be Thankful Unto Him”, meaning Jesus. However, that cannot happen unless we really understand what He has done for us, that we should be so thankful.

If you do not know the character of God, how then can you appreciate or even recognize the move of His Spirit. The pay raise or promotion you got at work will be seen as a result of your efforts alone and not from the hand of God. So will most other things in life. You will miss seeing the hand of God in your life and end up having no reason to be thankful.
The Blame Game

Some Christians even blame God for things that happen. Have you ever heard someone say, “Why did God allow this or that to happen? I have actually said it myself. If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t He do something?

I got over my “Stinking Thinking” years ago when I realized that God is all-powerful and does intervene into the affairs of man but He gave us the right and privilege to think, make intelligent choices and generally have “Free Will” to govern our own affairs. We are held to our decisions. It’s not God’s fault if we get drunk and run over a kid, playing in the street. It is our “Free Will” to do foolish things and we will one day stand alone before the judicial system of man and/or the judgment seat of God to give an account.

In order to be thankful, we must know Him. Who? Jesus. What’s He like? Why does He do what He does? Who is He anyway? How can we be thankful to someone we do not know? Most Christians that I have met express a shallow thanksgiving that stops at salvation and some even tack on to that their own works. Their hearts are not full of grace but rather fear of life and continual confusion because they have only believed to gain fire insurance.
Let’s take a look at who we are thankful to and for what.

· His mercy endures forever.

He is merciful, slow to anger. He has not dealt with us according to our sins. His loving kindness is better than life. His mercy is new every morning. Who is He? He is merciful, knowing that we were formed from the dust of the earth.

His character is that of mercy. If you feel inadequate, sinful, or downtrodden, knowing that God is merciful or full of mercy draws you closer to Him and builds a trust and appreciation for who He is in relationship to you. Will He be merciful to you? You Bet He Will.

· I will never leave you or forsake you. I will be with you always.

What does that say about Jesus? Is He the type that will stand and fight for you in a clinch? Or run away at the first sign of trouble? If we believe that He is there and never leaves, then why are you so fearful and afraid of every little trial and circumstance that pops up in life? Shouldn’t we be praising His name and thanking Him for taking the time out of all eternity to stay right by our side during good and bad times? True faith comes from the belief that He is in fact by your side and ready to act on your behalf. The problem with most of us is that we forget to call upon Him as our counselor. Instead, we make foolish decisions and end up in a mess.

· While we were lost and dead in our sins, Christ died for us.

What manner of man is this that would be a sacrifice for my sins? Who asked Him to do that? He alone opened the door for me to approach God and to be accepted. He alone shed His own blood that I might live and have that life more abundantly on this earth and in heaven. What manner of man is this? He is my Savior, my friend and the one in whom I trust. He is the one to whom I am eternally thankful.

· God is Love

Can a God that is described, as being “LOVE”, be responsible for all the sorrow, hate and sin in this world? What is Love anyway? Now the fruit (or character) of the Spirit is LOVE, PEACE, JOY, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE, against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22).

Love and hate do not exist in the same place. Joy and sorrow do not either. The same can be said of longsuffering and short temperedness and gentleness opposed to anger, peace opposed to confusion, and so on.

Get the point. God has a definite character that distinguishes Him from all others and what makes Him who He is. Knowing Him fuels our appreciation and desire to be like Him. It also keeps us from false doctrines, misunderstandings and the snares of the devil. If God is for us, who or what can defeat us? He is greater than man, evil spirits, sickness, disease, unemployment, or anything else. Yes, we are more than conquerors through Christ, Jesus, our lord.

Thank you Jesus for who you are. Knowing you helps me to be able to face tomorrow with all its trials and difficulties as well as even having the courage to stand up against the enemies of my soul who so desperately seek my demise.

Let us be thankful unto Him, Jesus, our Lord and Savior and let us praise His name for being who He is.

Until Next Time
Rev. John Marinelli

October 2021 — Restoring Your Peace

By Marilyn Marinelli

Philippians 4:6-8


Our peace, in troubled times, can sometimes get lost. Then fear begins to move in and rage takes over. What a crowd. Is your peace under attack? Does fear rage in you? No not me, I’m blessed. Why should I take a look at me, me, and me? How about all the other people and all the other circumstances that trips me up. I was happy before they all showed up.

Now come on let’s face it, we all would like to blame someone else for our problems.

It’s so much easier. Sure I’d rather blame anyone else but me. But guess what, they don’t care or aren’t even aware how they are affecting you, you, you. You’re the one that is walking around with no peace inside with fear trailing behind and sure enough something stupid comes out of your mouth and rage just may raise it’s ugly head. So, looking at me, me, and me may be a really good idea. As we look at Me! Me! Me! Let us see what God says in His word to help us get on the right track.

In Philippians 1:4, God says, “My brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”

My, what a greeting. God loves us and longs for us. We are a joy and crown.

Philippians 4:6-8 “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Wow, God is telling us to be happy, how? “I don’t want to be happy. I’ve lost my peace. I’m sitting in fear. I’m going to just blow my lid.” But, God is saying to us that we first need to come to Him in prayer, letting Him know our request. Then we will receive peace… Peace from God that other people couldn’t understand. Peace that you could have in your situation, because they couldn’t have it without God’s help. God then instructs us as to what to keep our minds on. What is true, pure, honest, lovely, of good report, if there be any virtue, or any praise think on these things. I’m sure it does not take an o.k. God?, I got it. It takes application each day, at every turn and circumstance. You want peace? Then you need to work on it. God will always help us as we apply His directions to our life.

Are you still with me? Let’s go on and see what else God has to say to help us to keep our peace during troubled times.

Colossians 3:8 “But now you also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

Ouch ….

II Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Think about that! If we walk by faith, then we see how God wants us to see the situation. If we walk by sight, we could just about lose it, can’t we?

God understand that we will have tribulation but reminds us that Jesus has overcome them all, as in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have PEACE. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

But how am I going to do this Lord?

John 16:13 “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”

In other words, the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth and show us things to come. It will be o.k. if we stay in our walk with the Lord and apply His word in our situation.

Ephesians 2:1-10 Let’s us know that God understands where we have been but let’s us know He is rich in mercy and love towards us. He reminds us that by His grace we are saved. Very important!

I Timothy 6:10 Shows us not to look towards money. Don’t make our finances our god because many have gone down that road and found much sorrow.

What should we do instead? Glad you asked.

Acts 26:16-18 “But rise, and stand upon your feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 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.”

God has not called His children to sit in fear, rage or a loss of peace. Rather, to stand in Him and minister to others.

II Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (freedom).”

Isn’t that what we all are looking for, freedom?

In Jeremiah 10:10-12 God let’s us know who He is. He is the true God; he made the earth, by His power, wisdom and discretion. In Jeremiah 9:23-24 We are told not to glory in our wisdom, might or riches.

Isaiah 60:1-3 encourages us to arise and shine. That God’s light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon us. Also, that His glory shall be seen on you.

But what about me? I’m still hurting right now. Psalm 140:12 says, “I know the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and the right of the poor.” God knows your hurts and will always, continually be there for you.

And our prayer should be like, Psalm 141:8 “But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.” Put your eyes on God and trust Him and pray that your soul (mind, will and emotions) will not be barren or empty.

Psalm 53:5 shows us that they were in great fear, where no fear was: for God had scattered the bones of him that encamped against them. God had put them to shame, because God despised them. Sometimes we’re just afraid of things that aren’t even there any more. God has taken care of the situation, yet the fears of the past keep coming back to steal your peace.

But look at this scripture…Psalm 55:18 “He has delivered my soul (mind, will and emotions) in PEACE from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.”

Isn’t that great! God delivers us in peace from the battles against us as we turn to Him for His help, guidance, and direction as we apply His word to our situations.

When we have understood and receive our victory, we can then say as the Psalmist in Psalm 41:11 & 12 “By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy does not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholds me in my integrity, and sets me before thy face for ever.”

Therefore, our confession should be:

Micah 7: 7 & 8 “Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. (Resurrection Power)…Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”

Praise God! You Win…

Can you do it? Yes. Will you do it? If you do, you will gain your peace back.

Praise God.

Until next time,
Rev. Marilyn Marinelli

September 2021 — Count It All Joy

By John Marinelli

James 1:2-8


There are times in our lives that we fall short of real joy. Being happy seems to elude us and we drift upon a sea of wishful thinking. Stress overshadows us, confusion follows close behind biting our heels, and heartache is just around the corner with a sneering smile as if to say, “it’s my turn next”. Ever felt that way? I guess we all do now and then…or should I say, “Most of The Time” The bible says that we are to rejoice exceedingly when we fall into various trials.

Note the action word is “Fall.” Only a fool would willingly walk into a situation that hurts them or puts them at risk. It is most often that we fall into it because of a thousand reasons.

Start Counting

It’s hard to count it all joy when you are depressed, troubled, fearful, angry, upset, worried, anxious, or in any other bad situation. We are usually consumed with it and forget to count. But God says we are to start counting. We are asked to laugh and rejoice in the midst of that terrible trial. The only reason given for such joy is that the trying of our faith will bring patience.

It is important to realize that without the trial or testing of your faith, you will never know where you stand. If you fall apart under the weight of the trail, your faith is obviously weak and in need of help. It clarifies our measure of faith and level of spirituality. It is also important to realize that God does not tempt us with evil. The trial is not from Him. He only uses it to teach us and show us how much we have grown in His wisdom, love, and grace.

God’s goal and purpose for using the trial is to teach us patience. We, as Christians, can never ever be a testimony to others without exhibiting patience. If we are always angry or appear constantly worried or always fearful, we do not show forth the character of God nor do we shine our light as a beacon to those around us. In other words, we will be just like them and they will not see Jesus in us. We must have the longsuffering needed to minister to those in need.

Growing Pains.

So the next time you fall, sing on the way down and rejoice as you hit bottom, knowing that God will bring forth His patience in you and you will discover that the fall was not the end of life but only a quarry in which the imperfections are chipped away. We could call these types of experiences growing pains.

I will leave you with this poem

Growing Pains

Count it all joy, Brethren
When you fall into despair.
This is the only way to know
That God is really there.

It is one thing to say,
“I believe that God cares”
It’s yet another to see,
His mighty armies there.

So every time you fall
Into some sort of trial,
Believe in the Lord, Jesus
And begin to laugh or smile.

It’s only spiritual growing pains
As you learn patience and faith.
Better to grow now in God’s grace,
Than to hold back until it’s too late.

Poem Written By John Marinelli

Until next time
Rev. John Marinelli