The Peace of God that Surpasses All Understanding

//The Peace of God that Surpasses All Understanding

Tuesday, July 12

Let your petitions be made known to God.Phil. 4:6.

When Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines in late 2013, Sheryl, who was only 13 years old at the time, lost virtually everything. She said: “I lost my home, and I lost most of my family.” Her father, mother, and three siblings died in the powerful storm surge. What has helped Sheryl to get through this tragedy without becoming bitter? She has a grateful heart and remains conscious of the blessings she still has. “I saw all that the brothers and sisters did to bring relief and encouragement to those who needed help. I knew that brothers all around the world were praying for me.” She added: “I am very thankful that Jehovah is my God. He always gives us the things we need.” Yes, being conscious of our blessings is a powerful antidote to being swallowed up by grief. An appreciative heart helps us to go on despite any distressing events that we may face.

COMMENTARY

The point of the Daily Text is brevity. I get it. But sometimes if we just consider a snippet of a verse and neglect the surrounding context we can miss something. In context the verse states: “Let your reasonableness become known to all men. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.”

Everyone feels anxiety at times. Anxiety is defined as apprehension, distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune. Being anxious creates stress. And prolonged stress is one of the underlying factors of ill health, such as heart disease, depression and obesity.

Although Paul was likely referring to the figurative heart, given the body/mind connection the peace of God may contribute to a healthier literal heart as well. That makes prayer some powerful medicine!

Jehovah’s Witnesses are fond of the truth. We speak of being “in the truth,” of learning “the truth” or even of someone leaving and “falling out of the truth.” That being so, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses have come up with their own counter expression of their supposedly learning “the truth about the truth.”

Many of Jehovah’s Witnesses and persons who are studying “the truth” have been exposed via the Internet to the so-called “truth about the truth.” Being confronted with negativity can create doubt, uncertainty, anger and confusion —yes, anxiety.

And I am well aware of the jarring impact the information presented on this site can initially have on some people. Jehovah’s Witnesses are justified in being wary of being deceived. After all, the apostle warned that there are many deceivers in the world. But it may be especially disturbing to realize that the Watchtower does not have a clear understanding of the things to come in the immediate future. In effect, they have deceived Jehovah’s Witnesses. Perhaps it is just as well though. Does our knowing that the world is about to be plunged into war, famine, pestilence and unimaginable chaos bring peace of mind? Hardly.

I relate to the prophet Habakkuk. He was given a foregleam of the horrific global genocide that is going to occur at the appointed time. After experiencing the vision of the things to come the prophet said in the closing words of the Habakkuk: “I heard and I trembled within; at the sound my lips quivered. Rottenness entered my bones; my legs beneath me were shaking. But I quietly wait for the day of distress, for it is coming upon the people who attack us. Although the fig tree may not blossom, and there may be no fruit on the vines; although the olive crop may fail, and the fields may produce no food; although the flock may disappear from the pen, and there may be no cattle in the stalls; yet, as for me, I will exult in Jehovah; I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.”

Habakkuk experienced extreme anxiety because of knowing the future. Nevertheless, he looked forward to the salvation that God has promised. Be that as it may, it should be a comfort to know that the peace of God “surpasses all understanding.” In other words, we do not need to understand everything. As long as we rely on God through prayer, even intense prayer, which is what supplication is, Jesus will keep our faith intact and prevent our mental powers from being overwhelmed, even through periods of intense uncertainty and stress.

Sadly, it seems that many people stop praying and asking for peace when they need it the most, when they are in a turmoil. How sad that so many of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been engulfed in doubt and given up on the truth at this time, when all indications are that the system is about to come undone and the Lord —the real Truth —is near to being revealed.

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  • boy, yeah huh… reading…..

  • Burt Reynolds

    You are describing me some time ago. As I was searching for the real truth, the start of my search was in just those sites that want to tell the truth about the truth, but have no insight into the truth. All they know is that they want to get out of the organisation and encourage others to do the same. At the time, I drew some comfort from them as they showed me that the organisation was hypocritical and self serving, the GB that is. This at least proved to me that I was right to leave. I thought so at the time. I thought that it was right because I had no idea that the organisation could be right! But these sites were impotent of hope. They were and are, just a drain on the spirit and no matter what I said, they slandered the brothers and sisters. They called those still in the congregations all sorts of filthy names forgetting that they too were once those whom they now accuse of foul crimes and idiocy. When I found Robert’s site, it reeked of truth. Staying with the organisation made truth come full circle as it allowed us still, to continue to love the brothers and sisters but evidenced also, the problems within. I wish I had words to tell you all, The Brooklyn Kevin, the Joseph, the Eric, the Ali, the Patri, the volcanic, the Hannah, the 1914 and Robert and all of you, all you pseudonyms, how good it is to come and drink life’s waters free with people who I would love to spend an eternity with! In the old days, I used to groan inwardly….did I really want to spend eternity with the governing body? With the unreasonable ones who could not reason. There was no love, no humour, no joy, just drudgery. It was not of Jehovah’s way. Since coming to this site, I have actually started to pray to Jehovah again! When I was in the congregation, I thought why pray for the sick, the weak, the struggling, for I was told, only the furtherance of Jehovah’s will was for prayer. And how could I pray for the sick when so many children and vulnerable people, were dying, even though they prayed too? How could an impartial God be partial? We’re not the prayers of innocent unknowing children also valid? So many contradictions reside in the watchtower. I hope that I will find a part now in helping others to find the joy I have found.

    • Volcanic

      Dearest Brother Burt, you just said what I wanted to say, but you put it so much better. I echo back to you all your feelings about all our brothers & sisters here, they are all precious & I love them all. YES; I too would love to take life’s waters free with all of you, what a joy! We do need to appoint a chief BBQ chef though, I’ll make the garlic bread for the grill!
      I never actually could imagine Paradise before now, but lately I can see it. I thought it would be so lonely because I have never been made to feel a part of the congregation, probably with being a single sister, I was left out of everything & I felt like they only wanted ‘thoroughbred’ ponies at their gatherings who were trained to say yes in the right places.
      I honestly thought I didn’t want paradise for me, I couldn’t stand the thought of living forever without a life partner or a few dear loving friends that I could trust enough. This site has really opened my eyes!
      I too, hope that I can help others who really want the truth, but I have yet to train myself to stop racing around telling everyone to get themselves over to e-watchman, restraint has never been a strong point for me, it all gets blurted out if I believe it strongly enough.
      I have posted one or 2 articles from here on my status to FB JW friends, but of course none of them have commented, I don’t think any of them are yet ready to see the absolute truth 🙂

      • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

        ? I’ll do the BBQ! (But I think we’ll all be vegetarians!) I lived in Texas for 5 years…I know pit BBQ.

        • 1914for100Alex

          Revelation 20:10 “And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulfur”

          Sounds like someone’s going to be doing some barbecuing!

        • Joe Dman

          Eh hem. That thing you see me holding is a giant T for Texas. I’m not saying I should bbq, but I’ll judge. I think ( hope) we’ll get to eat meat. Even Jehovah likes to smell it on the grill. He said it was a restful odor.

          • if we dont, we wont miss it, thats for sure. food will be great either way

          • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

            Lol. Where in Texas? We were in Austin. Also….grilled veggies taste and smell great!

            • Joe Dman

              I’m from San Angelo but I travel a lot around Texas and have relatives all over the state. I try to avoid Austin. Too many old hippies there. Just kidding. We were in that area a couple of months ago and San Antonio last month. It’s too busy around there. Out west here, if you have to wait through more than one change in a traffic light during rush hour, it’s a traffic jam. Not sure if you know but Robert was a Houstonite for a while.
              I was told just today that about 150 people a day are moving in to the Austin area.

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Hi Joe, this is my first time commenting on this site, even though I have been a long time reader of the watchmans post. I have always been afraid of commenting as I’m not the most eloquent writer. But correct me if wrong, but I have always been under the impression that Austin Texas is home to the atheist society of America, hence why a lot of people are moving their. No I’m not an atheist, I truly believe in jehovah god. My story is like shelleys and sienna, I studied for quite a while but was never baptised, due to the obvious reasons which robert has taught me. Sorry if my question comes off as a little bit silly.

            • Darren Wilks

              Hi IPF, I’m really glad you’re here and decided to post. Welcome! I don’t know about Austin, but I see American Athiests are headquarted in Cranford,New Jersey.

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Hi Darren, thanks for the welcome, very much appreciated. New Jersey, that’s around the corner from Leonard K Flynn. The only reason I asked, is that when I was in the USA three years ago, there was a show called the atheist experience based out of Austin Texas. I was shocked that they allowed those kind of shows to air on television. It’s not something you expect too see on television, some of the rheotric they were using was very disturbing to say the least.

            • Darren Wilks

              I agree. Its shocking what I see on TV here sometimes. Especially when you look at the programming through the lens of the Truth. So much Satanism in everything, and by that I mean just pure ungodliness. What country do you live in now? I’m in Hawaii from the island of Oahu. So Aloha!

            • Your so fortunate to live in Oahu, your own little paradise,.I love the HI island’s !??

            • Darren Wilks

              Thanks Joseph, I agree! I feel undeservedly blessed. I still have some thorns that need removing though.

            • We all do, only Jehovah and Jesus can remove and heal those final thorns. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/485196aff942966d7cfcb9449eaa9ccbf1311a47189fdd6d13ca1735fa8cb5ed.jpg

            • Darren Wilks

              Love It! Jesus is already a life giving spirit, and he “wants to” cleanse us just like he did to the man with leprosy.

            • Joe Dman

              You could be right. I may look in to it. Most of them are from California. They sell their house in Cali and have enough to buy three here or coast a while without having to work. But due to the recent oil boom we had a lot of newcomers all over the state. Now that it’s over, I’m ok with them leaving. Maybe property taxes will go back down.
              So now we need to look in to changing your online name. I for one would not feel comfortable calling you that. So for now it’ll be IPF.
              I use to just be a fly on the wall too and I’m not a consistent commenter and I’ve made a couple of less than intelligent sounding comments, but it keeps one humble I suppose. Have you read Robert’s book or listened to the podcasts?
              I use to look for reasons not to worry about getting reinstated but after having listened to all of Robert’s podcasts, I felt I had to return. We all have different situations and ultimately it will be our tested faith in Christ and our relation with Christ’s anointed brothers that will determine our future. I don’t know your situation, but if you will listen to the podcasts, I’m sure Robert’s insight will guide you. If they aren’t inspired much like the Christian Greek scriptures were, then they’re sure close to being.
              I’m glad you finally got your feet wet. If you don’t mind my asking, where are you from?

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Hi Joe, I have known Robert since 2010. I first sent him an email after I saw one of his youtube videos and I was hooked straight away. We communicate occassionaly on messenger, I also speak to Leonard K Flynn on the phone from time to time. I studied for about 2 years with the witnesses but was disqualified from getting baptised. I tried to reason with them on 1914 and few other issues surrounding the watchtower, but they were not having any of that. I have been dealt a severe blow, but I have resolved in my heart to keep moving forward no matter the cost. It will be very hard, but Jehovah is more then capable, is their anything impossible that Jehovah cannot remedy? I think not.

            • well threre you have it Robert and anyone else that has asked about. prevented from declaring his dedication to Jehovah for not excepting lies

            • Bklyn Kevin

              We must remember the organization are under the operation of error and most are not aware of the lie due to the man of lawlessness and his deluding influence which Jehovah allowed and in fact most truly believe they’re doing GODS will.
              https://e-watchman.com/jehovahs-witnesses-and-the-man-of-lawlessness/

            • Bklyn Kevin

              The public declaration of Baptism in itself is not what’s going to save a man.
              Did the physical circumcision of the Israelites actually save them? .

              Romans 2:
              25 Circumcision is, in fact, of benefit only if you practice law; but if you are a transgressor of law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

              26 If, therefore, an uncircumcised person keeps the righteous requirements of the Law, his uncircumcision will be counted as circumcision, will it not?

              27 And the physically uncircumcised person will, by carrying out the Law, judge you who are a transgressor of law despite having its written code and circumcision.

              28 For he is not a Jew who is one on the outside, nor is circumcision something on the outside, on the flesh.

              29 But he is a Jew who is one on the inside, and his circumcision is that of the “heart” by spirit and not by a written code. That person’s praise comes from God, not from people.

              Romans 4:

              13 For it was not through law that Abraham or his offspring had the promise that he should be heir of a world, but it was through righteousness by “faith”.

              14 For if those who adhere to law are heirs, faith becomes useless and the promise has been abolished.

              15 In reality the Law produces wrath,
              but where there is no law, neither is there any transgression.

              16 That is why it is through “faith”, so that it might be according to undeserved kindness, in order for the promise to be sure to all his offspring, not only to those who adhere to the Law but also to those who adhere to the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

              Romans 3:
              21 But now apart from law God’s righteousness has been revealed, as the Law and the Prophets bear witness,

              22 yes, God’s righteousness through the faith in Jesus Christ, for all those having faith. For there is no distinction.

              23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

              24 and it is as a free gift that they are being declared righteous by his undeserved kindness through the release by the ransom paid by Christ Jesus.

              25 God presented him as an offering for propitiation through faith in his blood. This was to demonstrate his own righteousness, because God in his forbearance was forgiving the sins that occurred in the past.

              26 This was to demonstrate his own righteousness in this present season, so that he might be righteous even when declaring righteous the man who has “faith” in Jesus.

              27 Where, then, is the boasting? There is no place for it. Through what law? That of works? No indeed, but through the law of “faith”.

              28 For we consider that a man is declared righteous by “faith” apart from works of law.

              29 Or is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also the God of people of the nations? Yes, also of people of the nations.

              30 Since God is one, he will declare circumcised people righteous as a result of faith and uncircumcised people righteous+ by means of their faith.

              31 Do we, then, abolish law by means of our faith? Not at all! On the contrary, we uphold law.+

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              I forgot to mention my real name is Joseph. I’m from Sydney Australia.

            • Darren Wilks

              Sydney is such a beautiful city! Looks like e-watchman’s international following is growing! Praise be to Jehovah!

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Yeah i’m so glad I came in too contact with Robert. Their were times in my life where I wanted to end it all, but something inside of me kept telling me Jehovah loves you, you have no right to give up my son, even though you are fallen and sinful and nothing good dwells inside of you, I am here to guide you and help you through it all.

            • Darren Wilks

              I felt the same way for many years Joseph. I still feel worthless, but I know its not true. And remember that His name means “He causes to Become” He can cause us to become something magnificent and pleasing to him. Psalm 135:6- And all that Lord Jehovah pleases, he does in Heaven and in Earth and in the seas and in all the depths!

            • amen

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              It’s so hard because I honestly love the brothers and sisters. The meetings I don’t miss at all, but getting together for dinners and social gatherings that I deeply miss, to me that was true association. When they told me I could never get baptised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses I basically knew that it was over for me in their eyes. I just hope i make it too paradise just to see them in the new system of things, without being worried about saying something to offend them. I don’ t like confrontations and i truly love them as my brothers and sisters, until that comes i will keep on proclaiming, jehovah may your kingdom come.

            • The reality is, everyone who wishes to live a godly life finds themselves at war, not only with the demons and the world, but with their own self! Paul explains: “I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within, but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body.”

              https://e-watchman.com/will-rescue-death/

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Thanks Joseph, great name btw. Yes Acts 14:22 tells us that we must enter into the kingdom of god through many tribulations. 2nd timothy 3:12 tells us that all those who desire to live a godly life through jesus christ will suffer persecution. Don’t you just love the bible, it tells you how it is and not how you want it to be. Everyone wants to believe in jesus, there just un willing to pay the cost associated with being one of his followers.

            • 1914for100Alex

              I get the impression that Christendom preaches Jesus’ sacrifice in a way that leaves people thinking he died so that we COULD sin, not IN CASE we sinned. Maybe it’s not fully intentional that it comes off that way (meaning that the preachers aren’t promoting going out and doing whatever you want) but I definitely think that’s how it gets interpreted. And once you view it that way, you’re not worried about the cost. Jesus has it covered!

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Yes the prevailing mentally these days is once saved always saved. They usually point to ephesians 2:8 were it says you are saved through faith and not of works lest any man should boast. So they cling on to that verse as the sole interpretator of the holy scriptures, conveniently ignoring the rest of the scriptures. Isaiah said that even our finest works are like filthy rags before Jehovahs eyes, does that then imply that we idly sit back and do nothing about our sinful nature, quite the opposite we have to contend for the faith that was delivered up to us, we have to fight the fine fight of faith. Paul said in romans 10:10 that it is with your heart that you exercise your faith, in other words if you just look at the letter of the law as something to obey, but your heart is not in the right spiritual condition you will most definetely stumble and not fulfil things of the law, case in point when Jesus was rebuking the pharisees in the 23rd chapter of matthew, he told them you give a tenth of your spices in service as well as bowing down to the letter of law, but you neglect the more important things of the law justice, mercy and good faith, you should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former. The point being that if a true believer has the right heart condition who truly loves jehovah with his entire soul, does not need a written code to tell him that sexually immorality, lying, cheating, are wrong, he obeys jehovah from the heart because his intentions and motives come from a pure heart that loves jehovah. Galatians 5:19 through 21 makes it clear that people who practice sexually immorality, idolatory, hatred, jealousy and the like will not inherit the kingdom of god. I guess there is more involved then simply believing in jesus.

            • Darren Wilks

              Well said brother!

            • Joe Dman

              That was a very good comment. It caused me to think of my own progression. Some things i use to convince myself are ok, I now realize that if i have to convince myself without finding scriptural proof, then I’m not really sure. And i remember reading a scripture that says if you aren’t sure of something and you do it, then it is a sin. It’s in the Christian Greek scriptures. Brkln Kevin help!
              For instance using canibas oil for health benefits. Well, If you take more than the usual amount you’ll get very relaxed. At least I did. Then next thing you know you’ll always be taking a little more. I convinced myself by research, That there is no evidence of harmful effects, especially when compared to alcohol. However it became a psychological addiction. I finally quit and I feel better about it. So if anyone can provide scriptural proof it’s ok, please share.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Romans 14: 23

              But if he has doubts, he is already condemned if he eats, because he does not eat based on faith. Indeed, everything that is not based on faith is sin.

              Romans 14: Work for peace and unity (19-23)
              19 So, then, let us pursue the things making for peace and the things that build one another up.

              20 Stop tearing down the work of God just for the sake of food.

              True, all things are clean, but it is detrimental for* a man to eat when it will cause stumbling.

              21 It is best not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything over which your brother stumbles.

              22 The faith that you have, keep it to yourself before God. Happy is the man who does not judge himself by what he approves.

              23 But if he has doubts, he is already condemned if he eats, because he does not eat based on faith. Indeed, everything that is not based on faith is sin.

              1 Corinthians 10:
              Freedom and consideration for others (23-33)
              Do all things for God’s glory” (31)

              23 All things are lawful,* but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things build up.

              24 Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.

              25 Eat whatever is sold in a meat market, making no inquiry because of your conscience,

              26 for “to Jehovah* belong the earth and everything in it.”

              27 If an unbeliever invites you and you want to go, eat whatever is set before you, making no inquiry on account of your conscience.

              28 But if anyone says to you, “This is something offered in sacrifice,” do not eat because of the one who told you and because of conscience.

              29 I do not mean your own conscience, but that of the other person. For why should my freedom be judged by another person’s conscience?

              30 If I am partaking with thanks, why am I to be spoken of abusively over that for which I give thanks?

              31 Therefore, whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory.

              32 Keep from becoming causes for stumbling to Jews as well as Greeks and to the congregation of God,

              33 just as I am trying to please all people in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, so that they may be saved.

            • Joe Dman

              Thanks Bklyn Kevin for those scripts. I guess it mainly applies to food. But then as Romans 14:23 continues it says that everything not based on faith is sin.
              I’ve been busy, mostly laying a hardwood floor piece by piece, the last few days so I haven’t been on to read posts. Now hopefully I’ll get caught up. I missed the meeting today but felt worse for not spending more time on e-watchman. Then there’s the 3 day convention next weekend. I don’t think I can handle 3 days. I can barely take 2 hours. There’s no encouraging going on there. Quite the opposite. But I go in case I need to be there when it all comes crashing down.
              Thanks again.

            • 1914for100Alex

              Just out of curiosity I looked up the surrounding verses in Ephesians to put things into context:

              Ephesians 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through God’s will, to the holy ones who are in Ephʹe·sus+ and are faithful in union with Christ Jesus:

              “Holy ones” and “faithful in union”. Imagine that. And it’s right at the beginning! How do they miss that and attribute the latter verses to whomever?!? Unfortunately we all know the answer. Gotta keep it easy for the church goers. Can you imagine how fast the attendance would drop if the church preached what was actually in the Bible?

            • How is my down under aussie brother?
              Aussie Joe
              Down Under Joseph
              Sydney Joe

              Welcome to the comments community, sending you my love from the east coast of the USA. Richmond VA

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Hi Joseph, i’m doing my best to stay focused on Jehovah and his kingdom, but I have to be honest, it has been very difficult. I have travelled the east coast of America, New York, Miami, Philadelphia and New Jersey, not to sure where Virginia is, my guess would would be somewhere in the vicinity of Indiana and Ohio.

            • I hear you, this is Satan’s world so he’ll keep trying to trip you up as you try to fight the fine fight. Keep pushing forward keep fighting.

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              I have been told that sydney is like a hybrid between san diego and new york rolled into one city

            • Darren Wilks

              I can totally see that.. I compared Sydney to San Diego when I was there a couple years ago. Its my favorite city I’ve ever visited so far. I’ve never been to New York though. Sydney is just beautiful.. quite expensive though!!

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              Why didn’t you come and visit me?lol.

            • Darren Wilks

              Well I just might one day, haha! My GF is Australian and she’s in Manly right now. I think we will be married when she comes to visit me next. I’m praying about it quite a bit, because she does not have a complete knowledge of Jehovah. She’s studied a bit, but she believes in an immortal soul still.

            • Darren Wilks

              Correction she’s not in Manly anymore, she just left for near Cairns.

            • Ignorant pompous fool

              I hope all goes well for you Darren. Manly is one of my favourite beaches it’s about 40 minutes from were i grew up. We need as much love and support in these critical times, I hope she compliments you well.

            • Darren Wilks

              Me too. I pray that she’s a gift from Jehovah. I just hope I’m not adding another thorn to my list of thorns. :/ I’ll preface that with she’s amazing! I pray Jehovah’s hand is in this arrangement is all.

            • Joshua King

              Praise Jehovah!

  • Volcanic

    para 6 is especially true; it IS jarring to find out the truth about the organisation & NO, it does not bring peace of mind knowing what is actually going to come about shortly!
    However, having said all that, I have found more comfort on this site in 3 weeks than I ever found in 20 +years in the congregation.
    This site, although making me very cross initially that I had not been taught what is really the truth, has given me such peace. Yesterday was a prime example when I had come across the article about Subliminal Messages in the WT pictures – I was deeply shocked, but yet, by commenting on the article I had at least 6 people helping me & showing me that it wasn’t necessary to be so worried about the organisation – at least we can ask questions here without being afraid of a ‘committee’!
    I have NEVER had that sort of back-up from my congregations & because of that, in addition to all else I read here, I am utterly convinced that, for whatever reason Jehovah has chosen me/us here & hopefully many others to yet arrive here, to see things better & I will be eternally grateful to Him for that.
    I don’t think that any of us here are more ‘special’ than the Witnesses, but I feel certain that because we have enquiring minds that our minds are being gradually opened by Jehovah Himself so that we may be prepared for anything that is to come upon us shortly, however terrifying that may be. I think that in itself gives peace of mind.
    At least we know to a certain extent what is to come & can mentally prepare ourselves & I think that is an amazing gift from Jehovah, no matter how we are to suffer in the future trials to come.
    I also believe that it is a pure blessing that we have all come together on Roberts site so that whatever does happen, at least we have the comfort of each other rather than being left in the dark within the cliques of our own congregations. .
    I praise Jehovah & thank Him so much for what I am newly learning here.

    • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      I couldn’t have said it better. Amen!

    • patri

      Hello volcanic… Its the connection here with like hearts and minds that is so strongly compelling. The truths abounding here are irrefutable, beyond dispute even, and the more scriptural guidance we tightly absorb into our very souls, from Robert mainly, of course, and each other, then the harms , rightly or wrongly perceived from our congregations are slowly but surely balanced up and our equilibrium is disturbed less and less until only God’s purpose is foremost in our hearts and minds.
      My reaction to Rose’s last paragraph were exactly the same as yours. My head darted towards my bookcase shelves before I remembered that I’d thrown all the magazines away when I learned about the U.N connection. And when I spoke to the brothers about that heinous deception i was amazed at their blasé reaction. Concern was voiced at my tearful reaction. Concern for MY sanity! Well. As the saying goes… I’m so over it! Dr

    • Andres Felipe

      Muy hermoso ese comentario y estoy muy de acuerdo contigo. Creo que a diferencia de nuestros hermanos en la congregación nosotros tenemos más paz al entender verdaderamente que tenemos que ser castigados por nuestro error .esto debe impulsarnos a ayudar en tiempo de más angustia a nuestros hermanos .un abrazo de tierno cariño

      • translated:

        Andres Felipe –

        Very beautiful that comment and I very much agree with you. I believe that unlike our brothers in the congregation we have more peace to truly understand that we must be punished for our error. this should prompt us to help in time of more anxiety to embrace our brothers with tender affection

      • Volcanic

        Muchisimas gracias, mi hermano. Sí, nosotros tenemos más paz y es de esperar más comprensión de por qué debemos ser castigados por nuestros errores . Ahora entiendo que debo seguir para asistir al Salón del Reino con el fin de ayudar a cualquier persona que es realmente lo necesitan . También espero que puedo encontrar a alguien con el mismo amor a la verdad y el anhelo por la paz de Jehová.

  • LW

    Well said. Unfortunately it can be no other way. We all are in this system and are influenced, whether we want to admit it or not, by what’s around us.

    Not even Jesus was immune to these pressures, even as a perfect human! Remember when he was in the garden of Gethsemane, praying just before his execution, his “sweat became as drops of blood”. That is no exaggeration, for there is such an actual medical condition.

    Yet the distractions and issues just continue to pile up, just this morning there was a train collision in Italy. So far twelve people have died…

    It will not be until this world is at its knees that things will truly be righted.

    And let me say something else…that reference in the Hezekiah drama to the Assyrians being like the locust plague in Joel, could very well be a tacit admission by WT of the real truth of what is to come as outlined by Robert in Jehovah Has Become King…

  • Bklyn Kevin

    Who of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his life span? If, therefore, you cannot do such a small thing, why be anxious about the remaining things?.

    Rear more> Luke 12:1-59 https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/nwt/books/luke/12/#v42012025.

  • Beverly kenyon

    No, the horrors of the things the world is going to be plunged into doesn’t bring peace of mind at all. The thought is horrific! After experiencing the vision the prophet Habakkuk felt sickening fear to his bones, the fear was so intense he was literally shaking…poor man! But he went on to say, even if there’s absolutely nothing Jehovah will be my salvation…he will deliver me from harm and ruin. Even people who don’t believe in God when they’re facing dark times in their lives, pray to God for help. So building up our relationship with Jehovah by always talking to him….and doing that should be such a natural thing to do…will help us to cope with periods of stress and anxiety. Some people use smoking, drugs, sex, partying, alcohol as coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety but simply talking can bring stress levels down…that’s why they say sharing is caring. Jehovah invites us to throw our burdens on him. That means you DA…hope you’re doing ok.

  • Andres Felipe

    Todos a ayudar !!!! A nuestros hermanos antes que se haga tarde. Que la fortaleza que hemos obtenido al ampliar nuestro entendimiento de las profecías se vea reflejado en la ayuda que podemos dar a nuestros hermanos. Mi predicación ahora incluye a mis hermanos . Con amor y compasión

    • google translated:

      Andres Felipe->

      All help !!!! To our brothers before it happens later. That the strength we have gained by extending our understanding of the prophecies is reflected in the help we can give our brothers . My preaching now includes my brothers . With love and compassion

      • Beverly kenyon

        Hiya DA, just wanted to say how fantastic it is that you and Volcano is translating for Andres Felipe that way we can understand what he’s saying and he doesn’t feel left out because of the language barrier and it’s lovely of Volcano to communicate with Andreas in his own language. Always wished I could speak another language….too dim and didn’t have the knack for it…struggle with English as it is! Lol.

        • Darren too 🙂

          • Beverly kenyon

            Soz. Oops. You’re so right. I remember now you mentioned it…Darren did speak to Andres Felipe in his own language cos I remember being impressed at both him and Volcanic being able to speak another language. Well jealous!! My memory is so shot! Lol. Looking out and praying for you DA. Keep your chin up!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hey, DA, do you know what’s happening with Leonard K? He’s been offline for a while now and was wondering if everything is ok with him. Miss him and his comments.

            • opps typo, not sure. i wondered the same. as B Kevin

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hiya DA, thanks for letting me know regarding Leonard K. You mentioned him not being a great chit-chater along with yourself…I get that. Didn’t want to come across as being intrusive and a nosey neighbour but wondered where he’d disappeared to. Sometimes you can feel overloaded by people and other things and just need time out to breathe and recharge to carry on for the next battle. So long as he’s alright.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Leonard and his wife has been extremely busy because recently he received a new addition to his family, a baby boy.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Awwwwww. That’s so lovely to hear. Can’t stop smiling. Bet he’s so ecstatic…both him and his wife. That is so sweet. Thank you Bklyn Kevin. You have a lovely family.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hey Bklyn Kevin, do we have our first EWatchman baby with the birth of Leonard’s new baby? Just a thought!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hiya DA, so I’m watching the Keiser Report before I go to work, and Stacey Herbert very naturally just said, “for the financial collapse that’s coming.” Brother King can’t stress enough about the financial collapse and I’m sitting here thinking shouldn’t that be headline news all over the world!! It just doesn’t make sense that this momentous event is going to take place leading us into the Tribulation and it’s being talked on a small show on a Russian tv station?!?! I’m silently screaming inside because it’s unbelievable!!

            • ty for the news update! crazy. yeah im scared and excited at the same time.

            • it was Keven i meant at first. i was mistaken for a moment an i made a typo. but Kevin should know

  • Song of Hannah

    Hi everyone! I’ve been caring for a sick relative so haven’t had much time at all – but I just wanted to pop in and hug all my dear Bros & Sisters! I’ve been catching up on all your poss – and what can I say? It is so wonderful – indeed, a fantastic blessing – to belong to the congregation of Philadelphia!!! Along with Robert as our faithful presiding elder, and our other faithful elders here who constantly support and encourage us… plus all the faithful sisters who mother and bandage up all the battered sheep who come in! I love you all so much! May Jehovah continue to bless you dear friends!

    • Song of Hannah

      Probably should add the scriptural reference I am refering to…

      Rev 3:7 “To the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write: These are the things he says who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens so that no one will shut and shuts so that no one opens: 8 ‘I know your deeds—look! I have set before you an opened door, which no one can shut. And I know that you have a little power, and you kept my word and did not prove false to my name. 9 Look! I will make those from the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews yet are not, but are lying—look! I will make them come and bow before your feet and make them know that I have loved you. 10 Because you kept the word about my endurance, I will also keep you from the hour of test, which is to come upon the entire inhabited earth, to put to the test those dwelling on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly. Keep holding fast to what you have, so that no one may take your crown.

      • thank you for that. “Because you kept the word about my endurance…”

        “Keep holding fast to what you have”

        ?

        • Song of Hannah

          I know! That scripture always gets to me, too! ?

  • Joe Dman

    WOW. I was reading everyone’s comments here and I had to stop and thank Jehovah for all of this. So many things were brought out that are so uplifting and relatable. It is like being in our own little congregation where we aren’t afraid to say things and ask questions and give our own thoughts and opinions without the fear of reprisal. I don’t chime in as much as the rest of you but I read your comments more often now than I use to. The more I read the more it feels like we’re all just stitting around talking to each other in real time and that brings me closer to y’all. And it’s almost like real time. I had posted a comment recently and in less than a minute one of you responded.
    Many years back, our congregation here use to get together after the Wednesday meeting at a pizza joint. We would have a great time. Now it only happens after the memorial or with family members. I miss that and I think that was more encouraging than the meetings.
    I’m going to pull this article up and have some family members read these comments. Maybe they’ll get why I’m spending so much time here.
    I don’t suppose it would be too far from the truth to say that we belong to a congregation that is far more encouraging than the brick and mortar one. Our other brothers just don’t know what they’re missing.

    • Volcanic

      just finding time to catch up here, Joe, baby granddaughter has had bad gastroenteritis for 48 hrs & it’s been pretty hard to say the least. Better now & visiting with her Papa overnight so I have peace to talk to you all & catch all the comments.
      Yes, it is like all being together & I so wish we were, maybe one day in the new system. I would so love that. I agree with you & really believe that we are our own little congregation here & I miss certain people when I don’t see them around for a day or two. The time zone differences are such a nuisance, I am approx 5 hrs ahead of Florida time for example, so I miss sitting around the camp fire with you all late at night!
      Say a big hello to your family members, Joe 🙂

  • ELiJAHxSEVEN

    Thank you for this article!…Its right on time for me…a terrible burden, knowing the “storm” is coming…Trying to warn others can be overwhelming to ones heart and mind!…I pray for you Brother King, you are doing Jehovah’s will and your efforts are truly a blessing from Him!

  • Rowel Jimenez

    This scrptures help me to overcome my anxiety and depression especially when they wrongfully disfellowship me and my wife, for telling them about the problem of the org like U.N. partnership, about pedophiles in the org and the wt have many court cases about this issue, and other prophetical interpritation of the wt that i did not understand and hard for me to accept and teach. many times i cried and ask “where is justice?”” is it wrong to tell the truth that the wt deceived many brothers and sister?” Praying always really helps to have peace of God and have joy. cause you know you have Jehovah’s favor.and that is most important.
    Although wt teach the basic truth from the Bible, this website helps me to find spiritual hunger coz it answer many important question how about what is the future of the org and other prophecy. It brings Joy and peace to cope my sadness. I knew also Jehovah use this website, e-watchman helps to strength our faith and find comfort. i tell this website to few dfship, inactive and publisher that i met.

    • Of course, the Governing Body is not going to sit idly by while the revealing, that is, exposing of them and their sins and errors is progressing. They blame apostates for they have not come to understand that the revealing is from Jehovah; and therefore they see no need to repent and humble themselves. We can be absolutely certain of one thing: The man of lawlessness gets revealed, his cover blown, before Jesus returns. And all the evidence indicates that this is now in progress. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3b0f2ddb70be77849b6e35dbbf1e80e39704f16ce915bda1eee83a7f1f70cd2c.jpg

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    Some Jehovah’s Witnesses have given up on the truth at this time is really a saddest thing to digest.

  • “But the one who searches the hearts knows what the meaning of the spirit is, because it is pleading in harmony with God for the holy ones.” – Rom 8:27

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