January 2012


“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

– Matthew 19:24

 

This sobering sermon will stop you short as an American to discover the wealth that we have enjoyed compared to most of the rest of the world…..enjoy Pastor Chan…..it will change you for sure…..are we lukewarm and loving it?

 

 

 

For further study~

 

The following teaching has been provided by: John Wesley over at  Drury Writing

 

How does wealth hinder holiness?  To list them would require a large volume, so we will only touch on a few of them.

 

 

Riches–hindrance to holiness

 

Hindrance to faith

Consider the hindrance to faith prompted by riches.  The root of all religion is faith, without which it is impossible to please God .  There are several ways to interpret the term “faith.”

 

(1) You may consider faith as the “evidence of things not seen” –a belief in the invisible things of God.  If so, then riches hinder this kind of faith in that they tend to focus your mind on the visible and material rather than the invisible and eternal, thus making faith in the unseen difficult.

 

(2) Perhaps you take “faith” as meaning confidence or trust in God.  What a tendency for wealth to destroy this!  Having wealth tends to make a person trust in wealth.  Rather than looking to God for happiness or protection, the rich trust in their riches to provide these things.

 

(3)  Or if you take faith in the proper Christian sense, as a divine confidence in a pardoning God; riches are a deadly–almost insurmountable–hindrance to faith!  Can a rich man lay aside his power and prestige and come to God as a sinner on the level with his poorest employee; with the “beggar who lies at his gate full of sores?”    Can a rich man have saving faith?  Impossible; unless through some power that made the heavens and the earth.  Yet without humbling himself like this, a rich person cannot, in any sense, “enter into the kingdom of God.”

 

So however you understand faith, riches are a great hindrance to it.  This is why it is difficult–almost impossible–for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.  They are hindered from having faith.

 

Hindrance to love

 

Wealth is an equal hindrance to the first fruit of faith, loving God.  “If any man love the world,” the apostle Paul said, “the love of the father is not in him” How is it possible for a man or woman to not love the world who is constantly surrounded with all the world’s allurements?  How can this person still hear the still small voice which says, “My son, give me your heart?”  What power (unless the Almighty’s) enable the rich person to honestly sing,–

 

Keep me dead to all below,

Only Christ resolved to know;

Firm and disengaged, and free,

Seeking all my bliss in Thee!

 

Wealth is an obstacle to love of God.  But it is an equal hindrance to loving our neighbor as ourselves; that is, to loving all men and women as Christ loved us.  A rich man may indeed love people of his own party, race, or those of his own opinion.  He may love those who love him:  “Do not even the pagans do the same?”  But a rich person cannot have pure disinterested good-will to every child of man.  This kind of love can only spring from the love of God, which his great possessions expelled from his soul.  This is why it is difficult–almost impossible–for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.  They are hindered from loving.

 

Hindrance to humility

 

Where does humility come from?  The love of God is the source-spring of all true humility.  Therefore as far as riches hinder the love of God they likewise hinder true humility.  But beyond this, riches cut us off from conversations which might make us aware of our own defects, weaknesses, and shortcomings.  People seldom tell a rich man what they really think of him.  Without this frank and humbling conversation we are likely to grow old in our faults until we die at the zenith of our deeply rutted imperfections.  The rich are seldom humble.

 

Hindrance to meekness

 

Without humility, meekness cannot survive; for “of pride cometh contention”.  Jesus directs us to learn of Him and at the same time “to be meek and lowly in heart.”  Riches are as great a hindrance to meekness as they are to humility.  Wealth prevents an attitude of humility which, in turn, prevents meekness.  Why?  Because meekness increases in proportion to our own decreasing opinion of ourselves.  Conversely, the higher we think of ourselves, the less meekness we exhibit.  Thus, since riches inflate a person’s self-opinion it likewise decreases the Christian virtue of meekness.

 

This is why it is difficult–almost impossible–for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.

 

Hindrance to yieldedness

 

This Christian virtue is closely allied to meekness and humility.  For lack of a better term we shall call it “yieldedness.”  It is a readiness to submit to others, to give up our own will.  This seems to be the quality St. James credits to “the wisdom from above,” which we translate “easily entreated;” easy to be convinced of what is true; easily persuaded.  How rarely is this characteristic found in a rich person!

 

Hindrance to patience

 

How uncommon it is to find patience among the rich and powerful.  Unless, of course, there is the counterbalance of long and severe suffering, which God sometimes grants to rich people he loves, as an antidote to their riches.  This is not a rarity:  God sometimes sends pain and sickness or other great crosses to those who have great possessions.  By these means, “patience has its perfect work,” until they are “complete and lacking nothing” (James 1:4).

 

These are merely a few of the hindrance to holiness surrounding the rich on every side.  Riches poison the soul.  Riches keep the person from holy qualities like faith, love, humility, meekness, yieldedness, patience.  This is why it is difficult–almost impossible–for a rich person to be saved.

 

 

Riches–temptation to sin

 

Not only are riches a great hindrance to holy qualities, they are likewise a temptation to unholy dispositions.

 

Temptation to Atheism

 

The greatest temptation which naturally flows from riches in Atheism–even to the extent of complete forgetfulness of God–as if there was no such Being in the universe.  “Enjoy life, you deserve it. . . you owe it to yourself” is the creed of the rich.  This philosophy is common and its prophets are persuasive:  “you only go around once in life, grab all the gusto you can.”  They presume that God (if there is one) is “watching from a distance” and all that matters is the tangible, the material; what you have and enjoy.  Materialism is Atheism.  Laugh on; play on; sing on; dance on:  but “For all these things God will bring you to judgment!”  (     )  Riches promote Atheism–living like the material is more important than the spiritual.  This is why rich people have great difficulty being Christians–it is much easier for the rich to be Atheists–at least practically live like an Atheist.  This is why it is difficult–almost impossible–for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.  Atheists do not enter the kingdom of God.  Atheists do not enter the kingdom–even those who do not claim to be Atheists, yet live like it.

 

 

Temptation to idolatry

 

From Atheism there is an easy transition to idolatry; from the worship of no God to the worship of false gods.  In fact, he who does not love God will sooner or later love the works of God’s hand–the creature, if not the creator.  To how many varieties of idolatry is the rich man or woman exposed!  He is under constant temptation to “love the world” in all its branches–“the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the pride of life” .

 

(1)  Desire of the flesh.  The rich person is under countless temptations to gratify the flesh.  Understand this clearly.  The “desire of the flesh” does not refer to only one desire, but gratifying all outward senses.  It is equal idolatry to seek our happiness in gratifying any of these senses.  Some may boast that they would never gratify the fleshly desire through sexual promiscuity or drunkenness, but they seek happiness in the sensuality of eating great feasts.  They avoid unhealthy alcohol taking care of their bodies; they just keep the soul dead through their sensuousness.

 

(2)  Desire of the eyes.  Rich people are equally surrounded by temptation from the “desire of the eyes;” that is, seeking happiness in gratifying the imagination, of which the eyes are the chief minister.  How do you get pleasure through the eyes?  The pleasures of the imagination are those things which are grand, wonderful, beautiful, or new.  Have you not found this true?  Rich people have a taste for grand objects and beautiful things. . . but especially for new things.  The desire for novelty–newness-is as natural to men and women as the desire for meat or drink.

 

Now, consider the multitude of temptations to this kind of idolatry, which naturally flow from riches!  How strongly are the rich tempted to seek happiness in grand and beautiful houses, in elegant furniture, in valuable and curious artwork, in luxurious automobiles, and perhaps in that most trivial of all trivialities–expensive designer clothing.  The rich of lower mentality must have every new thing which they are told is fashionable.

 

And the rich who are of a more elevated mind are tempted to seek happiness in poetry, history, music, philosophy, or curious arts and science.  Although these things all have their use and can be pursued purely, seeking happiness in any of them, instead of God, is outright idolatry.  Therefore since riches furnish a man or woman increasing opportunity to indulge these desires shouldn’t it be asked, “Is not the life of a rich person, above all others, full of great temptations to indulge the “desire of the eyes” on earth.

 

(3) The pride of life.  Or consider how much a rich man or woman is tempted to seek happiness in “the pride of life.”  The apostle Paul was not meaning pomp, or showing off, or traveling with an impressive entourage as much as the “honor that comes from men,” whether deserved or not.  A rich person is sure to encounter this; it is a trap he can not escape.  Why is it universally true that “if you do well” and increase in goods, “men will speak well of you.”  Riches bring honor.

 

And who can withstand this honor and applause without beginning to “think more highly of himself than he ought to think” succumbing to the temptation of the “pride of life.”  How can a rich person escape pride for this reason alone–his wealth attracts praise from every quarter?  Praise is generally poison to the soul; and the more pleasing, the more fatal.  This is particularly true when it is undeserved.  But not only praise–deserved or undeserved–but everything about the rich man or woman tends to inspire and increase pride.  The opulent home, elegant furniture, well-chosen art, expensive automobile, fine suits or dresses have an almost irresistible tendency to make the rich person think more highly of him or herself than they ought to think.  Riches bring the temptation to the “pride of life.”  This is why it is difficult–almost impossible–for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.  They are constantly tempted to idolatry–to gratify the desires of the flesh, or eyes, or submit to the temptation to the pride of life.

 

Temptation to self-will.

 

All of us start out life with a natural self-will–a selfish drive to have our own way.  Riches naturally feed and increase self-will.  Employees’ jobs depend on pleasing the rich owner or boss.  Friends and acquaintances work hard at obliging the rich person.  The rich person’s will is continually being indulged and thus strengthened; until eventually he or she is unable to submit to either God or men.  The rich inherit a great temptation to self-will.

 

Temptation to other sins.

 

Riches have a tendency to nourish every attribute which is contrary to the love of God.  But they have an equal tendency to feed every passion that is contrary to the love of our neighbor.  The rich are tempted to contempt, particularly to those who are inferior, and nothing is more contrary to love.  Or consider resentment of some supposed or real offense.  Perhaps even revenge, which God claims as His own peculiar prerogative.  But at least there is anger, for it easily arises in the mind of the rich, “What!  How dare they treat me this way!”  Related to anger is peevishness and irritability.  Are the rich guilty of these more than the poor?  Experience shows that they are.  The wealthy tend to be the hardest to please, considering any kind of less-than-perfect workmanship as a “cross to bear.”  They are the quickest to throw their weight around and insist that things be done over again–and right this time.  Ask any car wash attendant if this is true.  Peevishness and irritability are exceptional temptations of the rich.

 

Or consider how the rich are continually tempted to self-gratification, the opposite of self-denial.  Jesus “said to them all” (the whole multitude, not just the apostles only) “If any man will come after me,” (will be a real Christian) “let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”  (Luke 9:23)  How hard a saying for those who are living the good life among their piled up possessions!  But the Scripture cannot be ignored.  Therefore, unless a man or woman does indeed “deny self” every pleasure which diverts pleasure in God, “and take up his cross daily,” (obeys every command of God no matter how contrary to the flesh) he cannot be a disciple of Christ; he cannot “enter the kingdom of God.”

 

Think further about this important idea of self-denial.  How many rich people in today’s church really do actually “deny themselves and take up their cross daily?”  How many rich church people do you know who resolutely abstain from every pleasure unless they know that it prepares them for taking greater pleasure in God?  Who of you who are now rich deny yourselves like you did when you were poor?  Who willingly endure labor or pain like you did when your net worth was nothing?  Do you fast now as often as you did then?  Do you rise early to pray now as you did then?  Do you endure cold, or heat, wind, or rain as cheerfully as ever?  Do you see one reason why so few increase in possessions, without decreasing in grace?  Because they no longer deny themselves and take up their crosses daily.  They no longer endure hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. 

 

“Go to now, you rich men!  Weep and howl for the judgments that are coming upon you;”  The “canker of your gold and silver” will be “a testimony against you,” and will “eat your flesh as fire!”  What a pitiful condition!  And who will help you?  You need someone to deal plainly with you.  But few will speak as plain to you as to one of your children or employees.  No one who hopes to gain by your favor, or fears losing by your displeasure will tell you the truth.  O that God would cause these words to sink deep into your hearts!  You have been a friend of the church, and have given when the Lord’s work was in special need.  Might we even say you love God’s work and his ministers?

 

Here is the word for you.  You know that it is difficult–almost impossible–for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.  But it is possible with God.  Let your heart be whole with God!  Seek your happiness in Him alone.  Be careful to not cling to the dust of your riches.  “This earth is not your home.”  Work to use the world and enjoy God, rather than using God and enjoying the world.  Cling to all the things you possess as if you were a homeless refugee.  Be a good steward of the many gifts of God; so that when you are called forward to give an account, He will say “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord!”

 

Blessed to be In His Grip again today~

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Many Thanks to Jennifer over at Hybrid Rasta Mama for granting permission for me to re-blog her informative article about one of my favorite oils! Hats off Jennifer…..you did a wonderful job compiling this information!

 

Knowing how important it is to provide accurate and useful information, I decided to take my post to a new level. I have spent countless hours reading through all of the comments on this post (as well as those made on the numerous sites it is reprinted on). I have researched far and wide. And what I bring to you today is a much improved post on the benefits and uses of Coconut Oil. I have revamped some of the existing information, re-categorized the uses, and alphabetized everything to make it much more user friendly. The best part? There are now 160 uses for coconut oillisted. You read that right! I doubled the number of incredible uses for coconut oil.

I hope you enjoy this post and discover even more ways to use this amazing wonder of nature.
 

 

Coconut Oil – An Overview

 
 
 
 
Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!
 
Coconut Oil Is:
  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
  • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
  • An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals
 
Daily Dosage:
 
Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin coconut oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good neuropath will have the information at the ready. (Starting at 12 months of age, I gave my daughter one teaspoon per day and she weighed about 16 pounds at that time.)

 

Weight in pounds/kilograms
Number of tablespoons of coconut oil daily
175+/79+
4
150+ /68+
3 1/2
125+ / 57+
3
100+/ 45+
2 1/2
75+ / 34+
2
50+ / 23+
1 1/2
25+ / 11+
1

Type of Coconut Oil to use:

  • Expeller pressed (refined) coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coconutty smell or taste.
  • Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil tastes and smells coconutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavor. You can use it for anything but it will impart a coconut taste (mild) and odor (pleasant in my book)!
  • Food grade should always be used.
 
160 Uses for Coconut Oil
 
Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body

1. Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
9. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
12. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
13. Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
14. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
15. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
16. Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with either olive oil or castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
17. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
18. Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
21. Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
22. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
23. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
25. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
26. Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
27. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
28. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
29. Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
30. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
31. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.
32. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.
33. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
35. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
36. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on wrinkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!

Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness

37. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply. 
38. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
39. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
40. Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.
41. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
42. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
43. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
45. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
46. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
47. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
48. Vitamin and nutrient absorption
49. Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.

Coconut Oil for Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues)

50. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal
51. Adrenal fatigue
52. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
53. Alzheimer’s/Dementia
54. Asthma, even in children
55. Autism
56. Bowel function
57. Bronchial Infections
58. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)
59. Candida Albicans
60. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to HDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
61. Chronic Fatigue
62. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation
63. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
64. Colds and Flues
65. Constipation
66. Cystic Fibrosis
67. Depression
68. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings
69. Dysentery
70. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t
71. Edema
72. Energy boost
73. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)
74. Fever Support
75. Flaky, Dry Skin
76. Gallbladder disease and pain
77. Gas
78. H. pylori
79. Head Lice
80. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)
81. Hemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)
82. HIV
83. Hot Flashes
84. Hyperthyroidism
85. Immune System Builder
86. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
87. Jaundice
88. Kidney Disease
89. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)
90. Liver Disease
91. Lung Disease
92. Malnutrition
93. Mental Clarity
94. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
95. Migraines (with regular use)
96. Mononucleosis
97. Osteoporosis
98. Pancreatitis
99. Parasites
100. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay
101. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
102. Rickets
103. Skin problems
104. Scurvy
105. Stomach Ulcers
106. Toenail fungus
107. Thrush
108. Thyroid Function (regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid)
109. Ulcerative Colitis
110. Underactive thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting coconut oil daily
111. Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)

Coconut Oil and Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues)

112. Acne
113. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
114. Athletes foot
115. Back pain/sore muscles
116. Boils and cysts
117. Canker sores
118. Cellulite
119. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
120. Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
121. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
122. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
123. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)
124. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
125. Hives (reduces the itch and swelling
126. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)
127. Ringworm
128. Toothache
129. Warts
Coconut Oil and Cooking
130. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
131. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
132. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
133. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.

Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals


Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.


134. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
135. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
136. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
137. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
138. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
139. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
140. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
141. Helps prevent or control diabetes
142. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic
143. Helps reduce weight, increases energy
144. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
145. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
146. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.
147. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
148. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
149. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
150. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function

Other Uses for Coconut Oil


151. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
152. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
153. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
154. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
155. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
156. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
157. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
158. Seasoning animal hide drums
159. Seasoning cookware
160. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.

Did I miss any? Do you use coconut oil for something not on my list? Please add it in the comments. I am always excited to find new ways to implement coconut oil!

I have also written several other posts about coconut oil that you may be interested in reading:
 
You can also check out these books for further information on coconut oil:

 

Always In His Grip~

It took me long enough……but I have finally realized that God does not exist for me……I exist for Him~

 

1 Corinthians 6:20

 

For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

 

My friend and sister in the Lord Lynda shared this video sermon with me today and I am so thankful!  I learned more about Paul’s Roman imprisonment and tonight have a much deeper understanding about what it means that my life is not my own….but rather…I am a bondservant of Christ……a willing and grateful follower of the one who purchased my pardon…..

 

 

 

I Give Myself Away

What would happen if a whole generation embraced this?

Chorus:
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me

Verse 1:
Here I am
Here I stand
Lord, my life is in your hands
Lord, I’m longing to see
Your desires revealed in me
I give myself away

Verse 2:
Take my heart
Take my life
As a living sacrifice
All my dreams all my plans
Lord I place them in your hands

Bridge:
My life is not my own
To you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you

My life is not my own
To you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you

 

 

 

Humbly In His Grip tonight~

 

 

 

Testify To Love

All the colors of the rainbow
All of voices of the wind
Every dream that reaches out
That reaches out to find where love begins
Every word of every story
Every star in every sky
Every corner of creation lives to testify

For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I’ll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough
With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love

From the mountains to the valleys
From the rivers to the sea
Every hand that reaches out
Every hand that reaches out to offer peace
Every simple act of mercy
Every step to kingdom come
All the Hope in every heart will,speak what love has done

O-Oh Ohhh

For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I’ll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough
With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love

Colors of the rainbow
Voices of the wind
Heaven reaches out where love begins
Word of every story
Star in every sky
All creation testify

Mountains to the valleys
Rivers to the sea
Heaven reaches out to offer peace
Simple act of mercy
Kingdom come
Every heart will speak what love has done

Colors of the rainbow
Voices of the wind
Heaven reaches out where love begins
Word of every story
Star in every sky
All creation testify

For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I’ll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough
With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live
I will test——————ify

For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I’ll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough
With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love

For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I’ll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough
With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love!

So priviliged to be In His Grip!

Psalm 139:23

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

 

 

 

How do you explain, how do you describe
A love that goes from east to west
And runs as deep as it is wide
You know all our hopes, You know all our fears
Words cannot express the love we feel
But we long for you to hear
Chorus
So listen to our hearts, and hear our spirits sing
A song of praise that flows
From those you have redeemed
We will use the words we know
To tell you what an awesome God You are
Words are not enough to tell You of our love
So listen to our hearts
If words could fall like rain
From these lips of mine
And if I had a thousand years
I would still run out of time
So if you listen to my heart
Every beat would say
Thank you for the life, thank you for the truth
Thank you for the way
*Chorus*

 

Thank You Father that you hold me tightly

In Your Grip~

 

James 1:17

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

So very thankful this evening for so very much!

 

1000 Gifts continued~

 

I am thankful for:

 

57 ) A patio to BBQ under during winter in the Pacific Northwest

58 ) Little out of the way stores that have wonderfully useful supplies….

59) My husband….I know I’ve mentioned him a couple of times already but truly….he is my *happily ever after* 🙂

60) The daughters of the King who live at The Harriett House.

61) Coconut Oil

62) Daffodil bulbs attempting to burst through the cold soil…..reminding me that spring is truly on its way.

63) The Bible…..

64) Fresh, clean drinking water

65) Telephones :)))

66) Good coffee

67) Good tea….Earl Grey…oh yes….

68) The privilege of prayer

69) Hot water to bathe in….

70) The Willamette Valley….where I live…..breathtakingly beautiful……seriously.

71) 2nd Hand Stores

72) Snail Mail

73) Pastor JD Farag of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe

74) Pastor Jon Courson of Applegate Fellowship in Medford Oregon

75) Corvallis Calvary Chapel

76) Joy!!

77) Peace!!

78) Hope!!

79) Sunshine in winter

80) Friendly business people

81) Some wonderful neighbors

82) Garden Fertilizers

83) Heirloom vegetable seeds

84) Honey…..yes…I love honey….in my tea….on my toast…..such a treat!

85) Popcorn…..now don’t laugh….I bet you are thankful for popcorn too!

86) Rotary Cutters

87) Cutting Mats

88) Cutting rulers

89) Free online quilt block patterns!

90) Coffee Nips

Enjoying the undeserved abundance In His Grip!

 
 
 
 
Daily Devotional
 
January 29
 
  And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  
  Mark 15:38  
 
In rending the massive veil in the Temple which kept everyone but the high priest from going into the Holy of Holies where the shekinah — the visible presence of God — dwelt, the Father declared, ‘Open House! You can come boldly into My presence anytime you want because the price has been paid once and for all.’

This grace is free, but it’s not cheap. It cost Jesus everything to open the way to the Father. Therefore, don’t sew the veil back up, gang, with legalism, rules, regulations, or expectations. Don’t feel as though you must prove something to God before you can come into His presence to present your petitions or to enjoy His fellowship.

Believers do this in subtle ways, like saying, ‘Before we can enter into the glory of God, we must spend time praising Him.’ Not true. The way is open. Nothing else remains to be done. Am I discounting the importance of praise? Of course not. Praise allows us to be refreshed in our knowledge of Who the Lord is and what He’s done. While the Lord is indeed enthroned upon the praises of His people, praise is not a prerequisite to fellowship. Neither is confession.

As valid as both of these elements are, we can come boldly into the presence of God not because of our ability to articulate confession or express praise, but solely because of what Jesus did on Calvary.

 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book “A Days Journey” by Pastor Jon. “A Days Journey” is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of “A Days Journey” you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store

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