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Defining What It Means To Be Meek

13 Oct
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How the religious atmosphere has attempted to define what it means to be meek. Yet, we must understand by the example of Christ in the Gospels of what it means to be truly meek.

“Meek” according to the dictionary is defined as, “Quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” It is true that the meek are quiet and gentle. Christ called Himself as one who is meek. But, Christ was certainly not “quiet” when He rebuked the Pharisees, yelling “Woe!” And He was not so “gentle” when He turned over the merchant stands and money tables in the Temple, yelling, “Den of robbers!” Is Christ then, contradicting what a meek person is? No! For He is the Meek One! Therefore, we must unlearn this “quiet, gentle, submissive” meekness that has been taught for sometime.

Christ teaches that, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:4), which He versed from the Psalms, specifically, “But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in abundant peace” (Psa. 37:11). This word “meek” in Hebrew is “anav” which can also mean “poor, needy, afflicted, humble.” The word of more resemblance to “meek” would be “humble.”

The meek are “humble” or “lowly” of them “selves”. And the meek person is entirely submissive, but “submissive” to the truth. The meek person is one who quietly follows, and submits to the truth. We see Christ, always submitting to the truth, and in the reality of the truth. Because a meek person understands their submission and stance on the truth, they do not need to defend themselves, exonerate themselves in the midst of lies. “They know the truth” and because of this they are indeed quiet and mild and not offended by others. They are “quiet” of imposing themselves and “mild” in their thinking of their self. Let’s look at Christ when He was on the Cross and the people were demanding He come down and save Himself because He is the King of Israel. Christ knew the truth that He was Who He was. There was no “noise” of Him defending Himself. He did not need to “justify” Himself, and therefore remained “mild” in the midst of the evil circumstances, submitting to the truth and rejecting the lies, quietly.

Jesus Christ likewise, when brought to Herod who demanded a sign, “submitted to the truth” in all quietness. He did not need to justify the truth, exalt Himself, and submit to Herod’s demand, because Christ was already submitting to the truth. He therefore denied Herod’s request, which would seem “un-meek” to some, but according to God this is meekness. You see, being meek is not a doormat, or a pushover, or someone who is passively allowing others to dominate and control them. No, the meek are “passive” to the truth, and the truth alone! They, “rejoice in the truth.”

The one who is meek may have a loud voice, may even appear insane, have a “different” personality, but they remain meek because they yield to the truth. Because the person who is meek is following the truth, submitting to reality—they ultimately will be happy and “inherit the earth.” Not only is this a “future promise” but one for now. The one who is meek is an “heir of the earth and will receive it’s inheritance.”

What exactly is the earth’s inheritance? Just as the Israelite’s were redeemed out of Egypt and “inherited the land” and it’s goods, this is similarly to how the “inheritance of the earth” is. The inheritance is not necessarily earthly riches and wealth, and the earthly “things,” but is the overall “earth” being given for you as your possession and ownership. Because the meek “submit to the truth” they can be found trustworthy with having the earth as their own possession. With this ownership of the earth they will be using this inheritance according to the truth.

What can you make out of one who is meek in accordance with Christ’s example?

The Holy Spirit is NOT Instrusive

6 Oct

The Holy Spirit is NOT Instrusive

The Holy Spirit is NOT Instrusive


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The Word of God is Revealed

1 Oct
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“For the Word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword” (Book of Hebrews)

What is the Word of God? We so commonly hear, “This is God’s Word” but do we understand exactly what that is? The Word of God has many different concepts. What needs to be differentiated is the “Scriptures” as the words of God and “the Word of God.” The Word of God is revealed, as it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” and, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us,” and now, “He [Jesus Christ] is dressed in a white robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God” (John 1:1, 14; Revelation 19:13).

The Inspiration of the Holy Spirit Created the Scriptures

Paul wrote by the Holy Spirit, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). This word, “Scripture” is “Graphe (γραφή)” in Greek. And “Inspired” in Greek can also mean “Breath” or “Spirit.” When Paul wrote this, he was referring to the Old Testament, since the New Testament had not been completed yet.

God is seen throughout the ages giving His thoughts to man by means of His Spirit. We see this with king David who had the Spirit “rest upon” him and inspired words of God, prophecies, and revelations. The Law was given before David’s time as the “living oracles.” We see with David at the arrival of the Psalms that they too became “inspired texts” or words of God. Just as the New Testament’s words of the Apostles are inspired texts now, “living oracles of God.”

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in the last days He has spoken to us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1). The Son manifested is the why the Word of God is revealed. Since the Scriptures are of God’s Spirit and His living oracles, the Son however, stands as the Complete Word, the entire essence of God’s language.

The Manifested Word As a Message

Any word whether from God or man, is spoken. Which means a word always carries a message or meaning. Jesus Christ as the Word of God likewise was spoken by God and is God, and the Word’s message is revealed as the Gospel of Christ.

The book of Hebrews claims the Israelites also heard the gospel or “good news” when they were redeemed out of Egypt, the house of bondage. But they “had evil hearts of unbelief and fell away from the living God” and “did not enter His rest.” The Holy Spirit goes on to say, “we too have had the Gospel preached to us as they did” and “we who believe have entered His rest.” Next the Spirit says, “for the Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to divide spirit and soul, joint and marrow.” Indicating by context, the “Word of God” is not just the Scriptures, but also Jesus and His Gospel.

Peter by the Holy Spirit likewise also saw the Word of God as Christ, and the Word as His Gospel. He says, “you have been born again through the living and enduring Word of God,” also, “the grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord remains forever,” and, “this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you.”

Jesus Christ is the Complete Word of God

Since the manifestation of the Son of God in the flesh of Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Word of God is revealed. Revealed as in the “living speakings” of God. God created all things by speaking them into existence. As it says, “And God said, ‘Let there be light.'” All things were made through the Son. The “Son” is also the “Word” which came in the flesh of Jesus Christ.

This is why Christ is the “beginning and end” the “alpha and omega.” Because Christ, again, is the fullness of God’s language. Nothing is outside of God’s language, because all things were made through His language. And His language is the Son. Therefore everything in existence belongs to Christ the Son. There is no other “language” of God, only one and through His Son.

The Spirit Speaking According to Christ

The Word of God is both the Scriptures and Jesus Christ, since both are “alive and active.” The Scriptures are the final authority on spiritual matters and laws. We need the Scriptures that are living words inspired by the Spirit as our “spiritual milk” to grow unto salvation. The Scriptures are needed for “reproof” and “for the building up.” If we do not acknowledge the authority of the living texts, we “nullify” the Word’s commandments, and likewise become “least in the Kingdom of God” (Mat. 5:19).

If the Scriptures do not have a clearly defined truth on a matter, or a matter of Scripture needs further explanation, the Spirit of God sent by the Father through Christ will bring revelation to the matter. The Spirit still gives God’s words today and teaches. God’s thoughts cannot be counted, and are unlimited. The Word of God is alive, that is Christ and He is active. The Word of God is revealed to gain further apprehension of God’s language on “spiritual things.” This is why the Word divides the spirit and soul. For the spirit to acknowledge the spiritual, separated and clean from the earthly and natural soulish things.

The Word of Life’s Holy Spirit Gives Words of Power

There exist two spheres of truth. “Truth” without power and “truth” with the power of God. We must understand and realize that carnal truth is “of no avail.” The wisdom of fine speech and carnality will have a “form of godliness but deny the power of God.” At too many times in our age do we see the powerless truths presented to the masses. Truths of men that cannot set people free.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. When the Spirit gives truth to a person’s born-again spirit they can speak or record the truth. The truth contains the very “thoughts” and “words” of God and have power and freedom.

With All That’s Been Said About the Revealed Word of God…

We can see that the Word of God is revealed, the “alpha” and “omega” of God’s Word and language is the Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. His Word is the Gospel. And the Scriptures stand as the authoritative “living texts” breathed by God.

We are exhorted to “take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” (Eph. 6:13). With this further revelation of the Word of God, we can see that this weapon is the Scriptures and Jesus Christ and His Gospel. If you are in combat with Satan’s wicked spirit powers and the living texts are not piercing through to the foes, the Gospel preached will always cut through the “dark-powers of the air.”

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One of our ministry’s highest priorities is to “walk in the Spirit in order to nullify the lusts of the flesh.” A “mind on the Spirit,” inevitably will receive God’s thoughts and revelations, since the Spirit knows the thoughts of God.

We offer multiple memberships, counseling, teachings, and books that are inspired by the Holy Spirit to better build you in the faith and maintain your freedom in Christ. As you begin read and learn, things will maybe come together for you…

The Uncovering Of Jesus Christ of Nazareth

25 Sep

The revelation Jesus Christ of Nazareth the King of kings is glorious beyond useable words. In Greek “revelation” (apokalypsis) is a combination of the root words “off” and “cover or hide.” This word gives idea as to something that is hidden from sight and invisible, but is being brought into visibility and appearance.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth has been uncovered as, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty, the One who died and came to life, the I AM, the One who has the sharp two-edged sword, the One who has the seven spirits of God, the Ruler over God’s creation, the Faithful Witness, the Amen, the LORD of Glory, the LORD our righteousness, the Root of David, the Son of God, the High Priest, the Word of God, the Man alive from the dead who holds the keys to Death and Sheol, the One whose heel crushed the head of Satan, the One who destroyed the works of Satan and death, the Son of Man, the power of God, the wisdom of God, the light of the LORD, and endless more revelations…

The Lord Jesus was crucified, and died. Yet, on the third day when His body was resurrected, He walked in a completely glorified body brought to life by the Father’s Holy Spirit. He is immortal, and indestructible. One of the most stunning revelations of Christ was given to Paul in his letter to the Philippians,

“For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Who substituting in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, having become in the likeliness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, having become obedient until death even the death of a cross, therefore also God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those of heaven and those of earth and those under the earth and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).

There is nothing not-subjected to the feet of Jesus Christ. Every power, every being, everything is under His subjection. Everything, including Satan and his kingdom is under the authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. There is no name that can rise above Jesus, there is no power than can overcome His, there is no lie that can overcome His truth, there is no wisdom that can outwit His, everything must simply bow at His Name and confess He is LORD. The Kingdom He rules is ultimately, the “Kingdom of kingdoms” and though we do not see Him reigning physically on earth, the authorization of His Kingship is completely official and valid. It’s only a matter of fulfillment, and the Father’s timing until that blessed moment happens, and all the unauthorized kings and kingdoms (physical or spiritual) on earth will be physically seen subjecting to His feet as He rules with an iron scepter.

The best way to describe this subjection and authority is like this: There exist a land that was purchased by a merchant. The merchant had to go to another place, yet still owned the land and all it’s settlements. The collection of settlements, and every person residing to the land has to give an account unto the merchant, and is therefore subjected to him.

It’s in this way, figuratively, we see the Lord Jesus as the “merchant” who owns all things, and all things must give account to His subjection. Although He is physically not here, like the merchant who went off somewhere else, He never the less has rightful law and order over what belongs to His rule, which is everything.

It is always darkest before the dawn. The Day of the Lord is near, like a sunrise; and Satan knows it. Although we are in an abode of night with overwhelming darkness and evil, we never the less are eagerly awaiting the “morning”—the coming and further revelation of Jesus Christ the light of God, who will shine like the sun at His coming.

“And we have prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as a lamp shining in a dark place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) rises in your hearts,” (2 Peter 1:19). [This is a metaphorical expression from the Apostle Peter, Jesus Christ is not literally in your heart].

Need preparation for the coming of Christ? Here at Pam Sheppard Ministries we have our hope in Christ Jesus and His Gospel, and await the Lord of glory, while being made blameless by His Spirit. Contact 888-818-1117 or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to be apart of our fellowship with the Father and the Son.

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Religious Parents Taking Matters into their Hands: Are Babies Born Sinners?

20 Sep
Religious parents either think their children are devils or angels. Therefore, they treat them as such with less than stellar results in term's of salvation's sake.
The Lord knows ourselves better than we do.

The Fall of Adam and Eve resulted in the totality of mankind to be spiritually entrenched in sin. Consequently, anyone born of the flesh must be spiritually reborn to be reconciled with God. Needless to say, the process is triggered by the Holy Spirit’s timing. When a person’s spirit becomes born again, the Holy Spirit first inspires a Godly sorrow. From there, they would be led to Lord Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Then, they supernaturally realize that their sins were paid by the blood of the Christ. Thereby, they spiritually rejoice for His Resurrection upon their rebirth.

That is the only path to salvation as validated in the Bible, “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit…The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:3-7).

However, that still doesn’t stop religious parents from taking matters into their own hands. They attempt to usurp power from the Holy Spirit through rituals like baptism, however, the truth is simple. Through God’s grace, salvation comes from the Holy Spirit’s revelation. Babies might be born sinners, however, that doesn’t mean they are not one of the saved.

Religious parents still attempt to strike salvation into their children in vain. Often, their strategies involve capitalizing on the fear of Hell. Other times, they passively lead their babies into receiving half-hearted baptisms. These supposed acts of parental aid actually produces spiritual hindrance with the potential of the child becoming frightened about committing sin, augmenting judgmental behavior, and spurring fear over a loved one’s salvation.

Since a true conversion of the Lord can only be led by the Holy Spirit, these religious parents often lead their children into a man-made, false conversion. Once a false conversion takes place, work must usually be done to renounce the façade before a true conversion takes places. Consequently, religious parents trying to force their faith onto their youth results in more harm than good. Out of fright or malice, they shove their baby bird off the cliff without even realizing if they were ready to fly yet. Hence, the importance of understanding that the all-knowing Holy Spirit must lead the salvation process.

Many religious parents fail to understand that salvation is not something for a human to seek themselves. Rather, a person must attempt to avoid the alluring influences of the occult and the false doctrines of the church-system. Hence, a parent’s responsibility to their child isn’t to enact their salvation, but to clear to path for an easy spiritual rebirth process. A child’s spirit might be easier for the Holy Spirit to rebirth based upon not receiving spiritual lies.

The possibility begins to diminish for a quick deliverance when parents attempt to teach ‘spiritual truths’ that might actually be fallacies. Keep in mind, the Holy Spirit knows everyone’s rebirthday. So, no one is going to get left behind that wasn’t supposed to. It is not the fallen nature of the human spirit to revive itself. That would be like thirsty flowers trying to water themselves. However, if a parent is still concerned, they could teach their children the basics of the Gospel with the urgency for repentance left out. Babies may be born sinners, but they can still be led to the light in due time.

These days, everyone wonders why the suicide-rate is so high amongst children. The answer is the increasing number of non-benevolent caretakers. Most parents think they know best, but they still hold the responsibility to examine the fruit of how they treat their child. If their son or daughter is having mental issues and acting out, the parents must look to themselves to change their strategy. Sadly, these parents are usually the most stubborn. Everyone pays the price for the parent’s ignorance when the child finally snaps and consequently takes things into their own hands.

Indeed, there is a balance between planting seeds of faith in a child’s spirit and screeching religiosity into a child’s ear. It is not a parent’s job to force their children to want God. While the Enemy might charm the child’s sinful nature, a faithful parent must trust that the Holy Spirit will guide them out of their vices once the time is right. All in all, salvation is out of everyone’s hands. Instead, it lies in the Spirit of the Lord. At first, babies are born sinners, but they just might be saved by the wind of the Holy Ghost later down the road.

At RESCUE, there is a fellowship group offered on Facebook for people willing to detox from religion.

Based on the topic, members have written:

“The love of God is grace and control is counterproductive to grace. As a parent I try to be careful not to be controlling and to allow my children to make their own mistakes and try to help them learn from it.”

“[I had] a mother who used religion to control me. I remember feeling suicidal as a child because I felt unloved and misunderstood. People are sincere but being controlling is not love. Thank God, I grew out of how I was feeling at the time.”

If you’re likeminded and would like to join our Facebook page, the link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rescue/.

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Translated From Darkness to Light

8 Sep

Five years ago, I did not know Pam Sheppard Ministries. At that time, I was hearing voices 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It all started gradually when they would say one word every 5 to 10 minutes. They would say things like “leave”. Later on, it gradually turned into constant, long running words telling me to do things and talking about Jesus.

The voices grew stronger after I visited a psychic, who claimed that she could help me. The voices started telling me to leave my job and not to go back into that building. One day, I obeyed those evil spirits and I left my job. That was a big mistake. As soon as I obeyed them, I gave them authority and control over me, and with that, those evil spirits continued a 24/7 harassment, while not giving me any breaks or pauses.

Then, I discovered an article online written by Pastor Pam Sheppard. I called her and when we spoke about my situation, she had knowledge about this subject and understood what was happening to me. One of the ways her knowledge was evident was when she made it clear that me obeying those spirits was the absolute wrong thing to do. She discerned fear coming from me, and she also knew that I was not really born again, even though I thought I was.

Eventually, Pastor Pam started counseling me and I watched many of her videos, read her articles, and read her books. One of the many great things that Pastor Pam and the Holy Spirit did for me was help me take back my free will. Like she says in the video below, we worked and worked and worked until I took back my God given free will!!! And yes, I am holding it dear to me.

After being in counseling and mentoring with Pastor Pam for 5 years I have progressed tremendously. The voices dramatically decreased to the point where I would go days without hearing from them. To me that is a true miracle. I have found multiple jobs and have been able to easily work in different areas that I felt was a better fit for me, compared to before where I was living in fear about being unemployed and unsure of when I would ever receive another pay check again.

Then on July 21st, 2019 at 12 pm, my day arrived. He gave me a true salvation experience, which was truly supernatural, and absolutely not of my own doing. I had no idea I would become born again that day and was definitely not expecting it.

You see, years ago as a teenager I “accepted Jesus”, when prompted by the preacher to walk down the aisle and do such a thing. Yet looking back I realized I accepted Jesus out of pressure and fear to do what was expected of me and because of the promise suggesting I would be saved just by accepting him.

Yet when those evil spirits came to harass me, my prayers, church attendance, and reading the Bible only made the voices come stronger and led to an increasing mention about what Jesus thinks I should do.

 Hearing voices constantly and consistently, for example when they spoke about Jesus, didn’t make sense. Everything they wanted me to do was not fruitful and did not help me in my life whatsoever. In contrast, anything I listened to them about, put me in danger. After being in counseling with Pastor Pam, she taught me that I had a false conversion and everything that I felt didn’t quite add up during my time of being religious, started to make sense to me, as to why this was happening. I was worshipping the fake Jesus and praying to him and when I found that out, I stopped worshipping the fake Jesus, and removed myself of religious behaviors that were deeply rooted in my life.

One of the ways I advanced against those evil spirits harassing me was when I renounced the false conversion. Not too long after that, I no longer heard voices in my head saying “Jesus thinks this”, “Jesus thinks that”. Still, my goal was to get those evil spirits to leave me alone and not talk to me about anything at all because they were still commenting about everything I was doing. Thankfully, I went from hearing voices constantly and consistently to significant and dramatic reduction, as I continued being counseled and mentored by Pastor Pam and I was feeling relieved and grateful for this.

As far as true salvation, I learned from Pastor Pam about waiting on God’s call to cause my salvation. Besides, there was plenty of work I needed to do on my soul, due to all the years, since childhood, of damage, pain, insecurity, and worries lodged deep inside me.

On the day of my salvation experience, July 21st, 2019, at Pastor Pam’s annual workshop, after she preached an incredibly powerful sermon the day before, a sermon so powerful that after hearing it, the next day, the Holy Spirit led me to think about Jesus. Next, the Holy Spirit led me to repent, have Godly sorrow, GAVE me a clear understanding of the resurrection, and GAVE me the pure awe, shock, happiness, and excitement that Jesus actually is alive!! I went from loudly sobbing and to joyful astonishment that Jesus is actually alive. As this was all happening, all who were in attendance at that workshop were cheerful and encouraging witnesses to this occasion.

Now today, I know that I am a new creation in Christ. His grace of everything he has done and the power that is Him with the faith given to me that He defeated death, has a resounding and continuing impact on me.

As for those voices, even before I got born again, they had already completely reduced. Since my rebirth less than 2 months ago, I have observed even more change and improvement. My salvation experience is so unforgettable, that it is my weapon and shield against them. The peace that I have is wonderfully more consistent than before I got born again and the voices from evil spirits continue to decrease even more and more than before. Each week, I notice even more improvement against them, in that their presence has and continues to diminish. Hearing voices is now on a rare occasion.

One would wonder was waiting for Five years for the Lord and my born again experience worth it? It definitely was. Why? Because in the first few years, once I realized I had a false conversion and was progressively undeceived, I realized how much of a gift it is to be undeceived and aware of all the devils schemes, plots. His countless and often hidden tactics to destroy have been uncovered and as a person who became privy to this information, I used this knowledge to my healthy advantage, going about my life, safely altering, adjusting my life decisions based on what I knew about Satan’s deception tactics. God has blessed me with the truth of all the enemy’s deception and I am continually grateful for that. So in the midst of waiting for my salvation experience, that gratefulness has been sweet to have, just like the first bite into your favorite fruit you’ve been longing for, that sweetness of truth was and is refreshing.

So over a five year period, I overturned my false conversion, realized that salvation is a gift from God, not of mans own doing, and I did not waver but remained steadfast to what I continued to learn from the help I received in weekly deliverance counseling sessions.

With guidance and counseling from Pastor Pam Sheppard, her teaching, experience, and own born again history, Once flighty, I am now resilient. I know that God intended to cause me to eventually enter His family.

For me, Being born again is worth all the waiting I have done, because the new creation that salvation in Jesus Christ has given to me is extremely fulfilling, rewarding, and sustains me. The grace of salvation by Christ is everlasting and irreplaceable of anything the world offers. The peace the Lord has given to me , I am thankful for it and will always be thankful for it. The Lord has taken me out of Satan’s dark world and into his light of truth.

Pam Sheppard Ministries is THE place to be if you are lost and in the dark. The answers you have been looking for are right here. There are people who have been struggling with torment of all sorts whether by demons, fallen angels, or the family members and friends the enemy is using against them. Call 1-888-818-1117 if you would like to know more about Pam Sheppard Ministries and what help you can be offered.

What is Worship?

7 Sep

What is Worship?

What is Worship?


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Americans vs. Mexicans vs. Hispanics: Looking Beyond the Labels

6 Sep
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Within the twenty-first century, cultural pride has exploded in the United States. Online genetic databases have even been developed for Americans who feel ignorant of their ancestral heritage. Nevertheless, Mexican-American people still face distinct challenges establishing their own ethnic identities. Unlike other minorities, Mexican Americans have overlapping ethnic labels. These labels start with the overall term ‘Hispanic’ that applies to anyone of Spanish ancestry. Then, the term ‘Hispanic’ narrows down to ‘Latino’ that particularly applies to anyone of Latin American ancestry. After that, Mexican Americans must choose to describe themselves as ‘Mexican,’ or ‘Chicano.’ Thereby, Mexican Americans can call themselves: Hispanic, Latino, Mexican, or Chicano. Since, most Americans prefer to categorize people based on their race, numerous Mexicans have adapted the approach to change their ethnic call card depending on their audience. It is their way of camouflaging themselves out of discrimination. Although, on both sides, it’s time to focus on our commonalities as a society and look beyond the labels.

 With so many applicable labels, many Mexican Americans find themselves disoriented. For a clearer perspective, I interviewed a Hispanic person about the development of his racial identity. Jesse describes, “Funny enough, during my childhood, I thought I was white. My friends called me gringo…they had a much darker skin-tone than me. If I stayed outside, my hair would turn blond. My eyes were a much lighter shade of brown too. I wouldn’t tan, I’d turn red… they’d call me red lobster.” As the Spanish Empire generally sent men to colonize Latin America, Spaniard men often took Indigenous American wives, “Spanish America gave almost instantaneous rise to a mixed-race population, called mestizos, which quickly became numerically by far the largest portion of the population.” Consequently, Mexicans have a wide-range of skin-tone from extremely light to unmistakably dark. With intermarriage continuing to be prevalent in the Mexican population today, each generation has increasingly fewer people identifying as ‘Hispanic.’ Instead, ten million Hispanics, according to the 2010 Census, switched their ethnic label to ‘White’ or ‘Black.’ Factors that are believed to have caused the shift are assimilation, intermarriage, and upward mobility. So, Jesse’s childhood seemed to be a precursor of the upcoming trend. 

It wasn’t surprising to hear Jesse was called a gringo, since he is rather fair-skinned. However, I was still shocked that Jesse ever identified with the term ‘White’, considering that many Mexicans usually draw a deep, cultural line between ‘White Europeans’ and themselves. Curiously, I asked about his pride as a Mexican. Given that Jesse grew up during the 1980s, a period when San Antonio public schools outlawed Spanish on campus, I wondered if he felt political pressure to identify as ‘White.’ Conversely, he responded, “…I have great pride in my Mexican heritage. Thinking back, I recall my mother telling me stories of trucks filled with Mexican workers, bound north to Wisconsin to work the farmland, normally picking corn.  Every year, she’d migrate in those same trucks to earn what little living she could until my siblings and I were born. Having heard her experiences, I had a great pride to call myself Mexican.” So, once again, I was astounded. Many Mexican American stereotypes and labels are based on poor, immigrant laborers left working the fields. Yet, instead of shame, Jesse appeared to be proud of his roots.

However, I still pondered how Jesse dealt with identifying as both ‘White’ and ‘Mexican’ at the same time. On one hand, ‘White’ is a political majority in the United States, meanwhile, ‘Mexican’ is a discriminated minority. I was about to ask if Jesse ever felt overwhelmed with so many names associated with the Mexican identity: Hispanic, Latino, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, etc. Although, he took initiative on his own, “That was put to the test when I decided to join the military. I was bombarded with labels: White, Hispanic, Texan, and Latino. Suddenly, I was a little confused of what to consider myself.” Apparently, Jesse was raised in a Mexican ethnic enclave. So, the community was practically one-hundred percent Mexican and considered to be one of the state’s many ‘ghetto Mexican Projects.’ He said that the only labels that he had known to apply to himself were ‘White’, ‘Texan’, and ‘Mexican’. The terms ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latino’ were foreign to him until someone explained, “…’you’re white. Your family is from Mexico that speaks Spanish. Spanish comes from Spain which makes you Hispanic. Since Mexico is considered a Latin American country, you are Latino. Ethnically, you’re Mexican.’” From another armed forces member, Jesse claimed to hear the word ‘beaner’ for the first time. Popularized in the 1980s, the derogatory noun became popularized after millions of Mexican immigrant workers flooded into the agricultural labor sector. Specifically, these Mexican immigrants were usually undocumented and were often found harvesting pinto beans. Since then, some Mexicans have attempted to turn the term into a badge of honor. However, if that has gone mainstream is yet to be foreseen. The majority of Mexican Americans would rather avoid the word’s usage outright. For comparison, it is similar to the N- word for African Americans, except it’s still frowned upon even when a Mexican would refer to another Mexican as a ‘beaner’ in conversation. To put bluntly, only xenophobic people use the term in casual conversation. Which goes to show, Jesse’s own fellow servicemen didn’t even accept him as their own fellow, equal American.

Considering that Jesse was a product of the 1980s, I enquired whether pop culture also pertained to the establishment of his racial identity. According to a 1996 New York Times article, “Hispanics maintain that Hollywood films have always portrayed them as either vicious bandits, lazy peasants, or humorous buffoons. While emphasizing these stereotypes, Hollywood motion pictures have ignored the positive contributions of Hispanic-Americans toward life and culture in the United States.” Appearing bothered by his testimony about racial discrimination, Jesse recollected, “…The low rider or the biker?  I struggled to decide, who was I going to be? So, I decided to forgo all the labels. When someone asks me about my nationality, I would tell them American. The only thing that matters.”

Overall, Jesse’s testimony brings on a disturbing question to all people currently living in the United States. If a natural-born, armed service member cannot be accepted by his country, who could? Over the last eighty years, countless minorities have found themselves proudly supplemented into America’s melting pot: African Americans, Italian Americans, Scottish Americans, and so on. Yet, Hispanic Americans often are deemed not “American” enough, whether by Spanish-speaking or skin-tone. While other minorities may worry about racial profiling, Mexican Americans must dread the possibility of wrongful deportation even if their birthright promises otherwise. Given the government’s intimidation over Mexican Americans, it becomes the responsibility of all Americans to begin to rise for the sake of their neighbor, looking beyond their “label.” After all, cultural acceptance starts with society’s choice, not found on a DNA test.

RESCUE is a safe haven for the people feeling excommunicated from society. Our group’s mission is to dissolve religious and cultural bondage for the lost and found. We believe no one should ever feel like they must hide in fear of retaliation. As a closed group on Facebook, members may speak openly about their struggles and receive feedback. As the people who care when no else does, click the link to give us a shot. We can lead you to the path of the freedom step-by-step: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rescue/. Instead of looking at all the labels, we look at you.  

Breaking Free From The Evil Matrix

4 Sep

I recently watched a video explaining how the movie, “The Matrix” is really a movie explaining our world in a “fiction, non-fiction” way. Whether you have seen the movie or not is not relevant to what is about to be discussed in order to “break free” of this evil “Matrix.”

When we are naturally born in our flesh and blood as a human being into the world, we are born cut-off from God, sinners with an un-renewed mind, in bondage to death and Satan. While on top of that, we are mostly likely also raised by people in the same position teaching us how to live, what values are, what’s real and what isn’t. As time goes on, and just like our bodies grow into maturity, your mind also grows into believing the assumptions and delusions Satan has introduced through the world and all the people held captive by Satan’s system. This also includes all religions, and the churches, which just add a different “spin” to the delusion.

When you observe the world around you, this is what the reality is. People are robotic, zombie-like, brainwashed, and under this sort of mind-control that has blinded them from reality and truth. People believe whatever, think whatever, feel whatever, do whatever they feel, whatever is the norm, whatever is presented by the world (and the church) as good, without question. Almost as if people have become purely instinctual animals, like lab rats running through a maze trying to find the cheese. While many of these people understand what a prison is, little do they understand the various types of prisons, and that mental slavery is a form of prison slavery also.

Like physical prison, a person is bound to a cell, restrictions, and regulations. The prisoner cannot behave freely, and is unable to be independent. He must submit his will to the controlling authorities and be dependent upon them and their power in order to survive. It is in this way that the world’s people’s minds are. They are imprisoned, and captive to the world and its restrictions, regulations, programs, gratifications and are unable to behave freely, be independent and therefore must surrender over their will to the evil system that lies in the power of the evil one, Satan. They will continue to sleep-walk through the world, and belong to the world until they receive the love of the truth, and desire to know what the reality of things are.

The moment God, the God of truth begins to “awaken” one from this dream, this delusional state of mind, this mental-prison, it’s a shocking moment. There are many layers of this mental prison, and only God and His truth can get one out of all of them. First, you are trapped in a cell. The moment you begin to desire, or love the truth, is the moment you are “awakened” from your mental slumber and realize the reality of where you are, mentally. Since the truth is freedom, loving the truth is loving freedom. As you begin to learn and know the truth, you find the needed resources to escape the cell. However, once you are out of the cell, you now are in the prison where other guards, officers, and even prisoners will all attempt to keep you captive in the prison and put you back in your “cell”. The more you desire to know the truth, the more likely you are to escape.

After all the denials, confrontations, doubt, shocks and uncertainties you now have been led out of the “prison.” Although mentally, you have escaped, what will hold you back is the past, if you allow it to. You see, although you are out of the “prison system” and its delusions, the prison system still exists, and the life you once lived there once existed. That way of living was a reality, a part of you and what shaped you up until this point. And now, even though you are a freeman, knowing the truth, you are in a different place where you have to survive and live. It is here, that lies the challenge of living a life that is entirely different from that of the prison-life. And just as physical prisoner’s have challenges returning to society, so do those who have been released of the mental slavery to delusions and into the truth. Sadly, some fail to overcome the truth’s reality demands and prefer to live in bondage to the “system-prison” and be a slave of delusions.

To finalize all of what’s been spoken, here at Rescue and Pam Sheppard Ministries, we were people who were once, part of the “prison-system” of the world controlled by Satan. However, we have been broken out, and freed from that system, and live in the truth, with minds renewed and delivered from bondage to delusions. And we work as a united people in Christ to break as many free from the sleeping mental-bondage of delusions and illusions of this world. We are here to help you be set free, and get out of this “Matrix” or “prison of the mind” and stay free. For any questions or help, email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com

What contrasts can you compare with the idea of a “matrix” or prisons, that relate to the idea of deception?

The Mysterious Babylonian Reality

1 Sep

Babylon the great, who are you? How can we understand your mystery? This is a wonder going through the book of Revelation.

Her possible beginnings, could be when the peoples of ancient times united together against God to construct a tower, to make a name for themselves. What happened to you oh, city? Though your people’s tongues and understanding was disrupted, did your hearts ever change? You people of old sought to be as one people, one united humanity, yet together in rebellion against God. Your riches, your knowledge, your industry, your city, your business, your pride all in harmony to defy the LORD. Your history of beliefs surely has not died, looking at Sodom, Egypt, and then Babylon. Rebellion, idolatry, sexual immorality, uncleanliness, spiritual abominations, sins upon sins, maybe you did not take directly part in their share, but your system, yes your beliefs scattered like a blaze. Maybe this what the LORD foresaw, and knew would come; and maybe had not He disrupted your language your beliefs and influence would have come sooner and grown worse.

Babylon when you occurred in time, you just were the best city and people to describe whatever this mystery is. Whatever this drink of rebellion is you’ve given the nations and peoples, can we ever understand you? Babylon, you are symbolic of rebellion, idolatry, sexual immorality, horrendous greed, injustice, cruelty, unclean spiritual and religious practices, lustful lust, abomination upon abomination. But,

Babylon the great, you must be similar to this. You must know your own. But you, oh Babylon are not just Babylon but Babylon the great. You must be so proud, because you are the one over all these rebellious cities from the beginning of this age to this end of this age. You are on the top, the mother of the system. You are the one who gave birth to the Tower of Babel, Sodom, Egypt, Babylon and every city of idolatry, every city of sexually immoral behavior, every city of rebellion and defiance, every city of drunkenness, every city of your religious and spiritual prostitution.

Babylon the great, though you have stood tall over all these years. Though your influence still exist today in the churches, businesses, organizations, media, entertainment, education, and so many more areas… you will fall!

What are your thoughts on this mystery name, “Babylon the great?” And who is she?