Dear KMAG: 20210228 Open Topic

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The Storm is upon us.
Please remember to Pray for our President.


And,


My Thoughts Are Higher . . .

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) “. . . my word that goes out from my mouth . . . will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

A while ago we read about a very few top-level details concerning possible clandestine contingency operations carried out simultaneously against enemy assets located inside this country, and against enemy actions that take place outside the borders of the US. These operations are completely unfathomable to us without a lot more detail . . . and a few more synapses in our craniums would probably be necessary, too.

We also look around and see the corruption, violence, child trafficking, perversions, and general air of hatred that appears to be growing in our country and it’s bewildering that God allows this to happen.

Now, compare us trying to understand these clandestine operational plans, and understanding why our country is deteriorating with trying to understand the plans and purposes of the Person who spoke the universe into being. The whole difficulty for us is that we’re finite beings, trying to understand God, the Infinite.

So, what does God really mean when He says, ‘my thoughts are higher than your thoughts’?

In Isaiah 55, the Lord invites Israel to return to an abundant life in Him. God reminds them that only He can supply what they need. He then says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. . . . As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (verses 8–9).

A loving parent does things for a child that the child doesn’t understand. Likewise, the Lord loves, guides, protects, and provides for us in ways we don’t understand. His thoughts are higher than ours. As an infinite Being with infinite wisdom, God knows and understands things we cannot comprehend. We are wise when we bow to that knowledge rather than demand that He do things our way.

We live in a material world, so our natural focus is primarily on our physical needs. But when our thoughts are centered on mundane matters, we miss what God wants to show us. He is beyond time and space. His thoughts are always on the big picture. Our thoughts are earthly; His are heavenly. Our thoughts are limited; His are unlimited and unsearchable.

When God promises that “all things work together for the good to them who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28), His definition of good may not match ours. We may not see our struggles as leading to anything good because we can’t see into the future. We cannot know how God’s work in our lives will impact ourselves and countless others. He sees the whole picture; we see only the frame. Lost in our lowly thoughts, we cannot fathom the higher plan of God. That’s why we have to trust Him when we don’t understand.

In Jeremiah 29:11 God expresses some of His higher thoughts toward Israel: “For I know the plans I have for you, . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” In this verse, God promised that the Israelites, exiled in Babylon, would one day return to their homeland. He encouraged them not to give up or think that the Lord had abandoned them. His thoughts toward them were higher than they could imagine, and they had to put their faith in His promises, even while enduring His discipline (2 Kings 21:14; Jeremiah 29:14). God was reminding His children that He can see around corners and into a future that they could not see. As God’s children today, this verse also applies to us, knowing that God’s thoughts toward each of us are on a higher plane than our own.

When God allows sorrow and pain to enter the lives of His beloved children, it’s because His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He intends to use our difficulties to produce the character of Christ in us (Romans 8:29). He comforts us in our troubles so that we can learn to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4).

His goals for us are higher than our goals for ourselves because His thoughts always have an eternal dimension. Our experiences are small pieces in a giant puzzle that stretches across human history from beginning to end. We may not understand our part in the puzzle, but we can trust that God does. As we surrender to His plan, we set aside our earth-bound thoughts and allow His higher thoughts to direct our paths (see Proverbs 3:5–6).

*https://www.gotquestions.org/my-thoughts-are-higher-than-your-thoughts.html

On this day and every day –

God is in Control
. . . and His Grace is Sufficient, so . . .
Keep Looking Up


Hopefully, every Sunday, we can find something here that will build us up a little . . . give us a smile . . . and add some joy or peace, very much needed in all our lives.

“This day is holy to the Lord your God;
do not mourn nor weep.” . . .
“Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet,
and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared;
for this day is holy to our Lord.
Do not sorrow,
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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michaelh

The Culture War Heats Up: Time to Raise the Black Flag?
https://genzconservative.com/raise-the-black-flag/

No longer are we just bickering over gay marriage and tax rates, now we conservatives are fighting for our right to exist. That poses an important question for conservatives. Is it time to raise the black flag in the culture war fight? Should we free ourselves from any restraints and start waging the culture war as the left fights it?

Here’s what one person on Twitter had to say (I’ve boycotted Big Tech, but still occasionally see screenshots of tweets from time to time):
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. . . One particularly poignant article in the American Thinker, an article that inspired my question of whether we should raise the black flag, called “Conservatives Need to Start Taking No Prisoners and Claiming Scalps,” got to the root of the issue quite well. Here’s what the author, Selwyn Duke, said:

“One reason conservatives never saw a culture war they couldn’t lose is that they insist on using Queensberry rules, even as the Left fights no-holds-barred. Consider, for example, two scenarios.

When leftists discover someone “committing conservatism” — such as when former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was found to have donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 — they accept nothing less than the person’s termination. In fact, they never want him to work again. Ergo “cancel culture.”

When leftists effect something truly outrageous, such as the anti-white “Deep Equity” school curriculum being implemented nationwide, the reaction is different. Conservatives may fight back against it as they did with Deep Equity in Chandler, Arizona, but they’re generally satisfied if the social engineering is abandoned. They don’t go for blood. In fact, so often have I heard prominent conservative figures say in such a situation, “Look, I don’t want anyone fired.”’

…“If my prescription still sounds harsh, know that there’s a difference between being virtuous and being a “nice” guy — and that nice guys finish last. I’d also implore conservatives to stop being conservative, as in being defensive, as in conserving our now leftism-forged status quo.

Now, Mr. Duke’s call to, in effect, raise the black flag when fighting the culture war might sound harsh. It is. It might sound like it would lead to uncomfortable situations and lost friendships/relationships. It will. You might be worried that it would further weaken the ties that bind us together as a nation. I think the left has already done so, but that’s a fair point.

. . . MORE . . .

Aubergine

I’ve been talking about this for weeks.

The left owns social media, and bans anyone they disagree with on the right. They own mainstream media, and they use it to steal elections and ruin conservatives.

The right is mostly the people who build your house, fix your plumbing, your electrical, and your cars. The right grows or raises most of the food.

If the left grew most of the food, do you think we would be eating right now? If all the plumbers, electricians, and builders were leftists, how would right-leaning Texas be doing after their terrible winter storm?

It’s time for us to wake up to reality. We can’t win against dirty-fighting, cheating, lying, and scheming leftists by “taking the high road.” We can only lose with “dignity.”

pgroup2

We really need a Comment of the Week or maybe even a Comment of the Month, pinned to the top of the front page or something similar.

In order to properly respect comments like yours.

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Aubergine

Wow, thanks for that! What a compliment!

Linda

This is where what Andrew Torba is saying makes a lot of sense. Starving their economy and starting our own.

TheseTruths

Yes. This is war. War is neither polite nor pretty.

scott467

“Yes. This is war. War is neither polite nor pretty.”

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It has been a war for 35+ years.

Our side just didn’t want to acknowledge it.

And still doesn’t want to.

So the barbarian hordes are simply allowed to pillage and plunder.

It will likely continue to spiral out of control, until the Left does something so truly horrific that everyone is united to destroy them.

Which at the current pace, won’t be long.

Something on the order of what happened to the woman in Judges chapters 19-21, where after she was dead, and the crime against her published by chopping her body into pieces to send to all the tribes of Israel, and the tribes of Israel were so distressed by the horrific crime that they nearly destroyed the tribe of Benjamin, who committed the heinous crime against the woman and left her for dead.

But it will probably take several such horrific crimes by Leftists, in order to stir the sleepwalkers from their lethargy.

Coldeadhands
cthulhu

You could make it really easy….

*ring* *ring*

“Hello, Jake’s auto repair.”

“Yeah, my check engine light is on, my car won’t even turn over, and I need a fix.”

“Who won the 2020 presidential election?”

“Joe Biden.”

“Fix your own @#$^@ car.” *click*

Last edited 7 months ago by cthulhu
cthulhu

“Try calling the guys that fixed that election.” *click*

scott467

““One reason conservatives never saw a culture war they couldn’t lose is that they insist on using Queensberry rules, even as the Left fights no-holds-barred.”

___________

Where have I heard that before…

scott467

“Now, Mr. Duke’s call to, in effect, raise the black flag when fighting the culture war might sound harsh. It is.”

_____________

It doesn’t sound harsh to me.

The sound I hear sounds more like Wayoverdue… 😎

These are hateful people — truly merciless, people who feel virtuous by wrecking other peoples’ lives, simply for the fun of it.

People who have been empowered and encouraged — and in many cases paid, by the corrupt government, academia, big tech, entertainment and fake news media — to act out their worst impulses.

They are emboldened from experiencing no punishment for their hateful actions — not because of a derelict or broken justice system, but by a criminally complicit Just-Us system.

They have been taught and trained and conditioned to receive pleasure by causing pain to others.

For all practical purposes, they are Nazi brown shirts, tools of the illegitimate Biden Treason government. Violent intolerant bullies, bigots and racists who accuse others of what they themselves are.

Like an animal, the only thing they respond to is strength and the credible threat of force.

Samuel Adams expressed it perfectly:

……………………………
“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then ask yourself, ‘What should be the reward of such sacrifices? Are we just to do nothing? To allow the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the Earth?’
 
I detest any submission to a people who have either ceased to be human, or have not virtue enough to feel their own wretchedness. If ye love comfort better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, [then] go from us in peace.
 
We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands of your master. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

Samuel Adams, August 1, 1776… Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
…………………………..

scott467

“It might sound like it would lead to uncomfortable situations and lost friendships/relationships. It will.”

______________

Already done.

.

“You might be worried that it would further weaken the ties that bind us together as a nation.”

_____________

Already gone.

scott467

Sorry, posted in the wrong place!

Last edited 7 months ago by scott467
jamcooker

I very much like this post, I read it early this AM on the tablet before I got up. It very much reflects the walk I have with the Lord. Sometimes one is fortunate to see why something happens the way it does. Trusting in Him, waiting on Him, and learning to listen to Him are all part of the walk. TY

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