Believers Obedience in The Only Living God: Jesus is Lord!

For when he dies he can take none of it along; his goods cannot follow him down
Psalms 49:18 (The Israel Bible™)
כִּי לֹא בְמוֹתוֹ יִקַּח הַכֹּל לֹא־יֵרֵד אַחֲרָיו כְּבוֹדוֹ
KEE LO b’-mo-TO yi-KAKH ha-KOL lo yay-RAYD a-kha-RAV k’-vo-DO
Learn Hebrew!יֵרֵד [yerayd]VERB: Go downThe Bible relates that after Solomon (Shlomo in Hebrew) becomes king of Israel, he has a dream. In his dream, God appears and offers to grant him one wish. Instead of requesting wealth or long life, Shlomo humbly asks for wisdom so that he can properly judge the people. God is pleased with his decision, and rewards him not only with wisdom, but with wealth and honor as well. Upon waking the next morning, he comes to Jerusalem and offers sacrifices, expressing his gratitude to the Lord (I Kings 3:5-14). In making his request, Shlomo demonstrates that he understands the message of this verse: Those things that most people chase, wealth and fortune, are the most fleeting.
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Dear delana ,

Have you ever known someone who put up a barrier that prevented true communication? Sometimes when talking to certain people, I’ve felt like there was a wall of cold steel between us. In moments like that, I find myself wishing the person could open their heart just a little. Do you know why this happens? Oftentimes, it’s because that person has a poor self-image and is afraid to let others see who they really are. But God wants—and has provided—so much more for His children.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Your self-image is the mental picture you paint of yourself. It’s important to develop it correctly, because how you think, feel, speak, and act flows out of it.

The shaping of your self-image began very early when you were a baby, and continues throughout your life. Your mental self-perception is influenced by the words of others as well as your own experiences. But because our hearts are self-deceiving (Jer. 17:9), we’re prone to a distorted view of ourselves. The only one who truly knows and understands us is God. By going to His Word, we’ll gain the right insight into who we truly are.

Paul is an example of someone who had a balanced self-image. We catch a glimpse of this in 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. After listing those who had the privilege of seeing the risen Christ, Paul declared with humility that he was the last one to see the Lord. What was Paul’s journey from an earlier, distorted view to this more accurate self-perception?

Before his conversion, Paul had too high an opinion of himself. He had reached the top tier of Judaism and was confident as a Pharisee that his obedience to the law had earned him God’s approval and acceptance (Phil. 3:4-6). He was so convinced of his self-righteous beliefs that he persecuted the church. It took a visit from Jesus on the Damascus road to open Paul’s mind to the truth that he was a sinner in need of a Savior.

After, Paul humbly adjusted his self-image to a more accurate assessment. He said, “Whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ” (Phil. 3:7-8). When he wrote to the Corinthians, he described himself as “the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Cor. 15:9).

Now, you might think Paul must have had a terrible self-image at this point. How could he possibly get over the guilt of what he’d done? Perhaps you feel this way about yourself. Is past sin dogging your steps, dragging you down into discouragement, and distorting your selfimage? Do you let your failures shape how you see yourself? If so, learn from Paul’s example.

Paul viewed himself as God saw him. He didn’t let past failures shape his identity. He left them behind so he could pursue Christ. At salvation, Paul became a new person, all due to God’s grace: “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). Paul didn’t develop a self-loathing attitude once he recognized his sins. Instead, he saw himself through the lens of biblical truth.

That’s what God wants for every believer. We don’t have to live the rest of our lives with a distorted view of ourselves, living in bondage to a low or high self-image. The Lord wants us to have a balanced perception based on Scripture. Ephesians 1:3-14 tells us how God sees us. We are His chosen, beloved children who are redeemed, forgiven, and lavished with grace.

Finally, Paul lived in his new self-image given to him by God’s grace. He didn’t rest after salvation, but kept pressing forward to become the person God created him to be and accomplish what he’d been called to do. Paul said, “His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them [the other apostles], yet not I, but the grace of God with me” (1 Cor. 15:10).

The purpose of a balanced self-image is not just so we can feel good about ourselves and relate well to others, but so God can use us as He desires. He’s transforming us into His Son’s image (Rom. 8:29) and accomplishing His will as He empowers our love, service, and obedience.

Many things distort self-perception—guilt from past sin, criticism, failures, and comparison to others are just a few. But these are not true markers of who you are. In Christ, you are a new creation and have been given a new self, made in the likeness of God. That is who you truly are.

The way to develop a balanced self-image is to saturate yourself with God’s Word. Learn what He says about you. Then begin living in those truths by faith, knowing that God is the one transforming you into Christ’s image. He’s working in and through you so you can serve Him effectively, interact with others in an open, godly manner, and see yourself as He does. If you’ll take hold of His truths and let them shape your emotions and behavior, you’ll discover the true you.

One of the first Scripture memory verses that our children learned was “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1 KJV). Most people expect that children should be taught to obey, however they rarely understand that obedience is for not only the children, but for everyone.

nullIn our ministry we teach Biblical Parenting classes and the definition and Biblical concepts of obedience are taught during the “Discipline – Part 1″ class. Obedience is often confused with submission; however, the two words differ in this way:

  • Obey – The Biblical word for “obey” comes from the Greek “hupakou” which means to listen attentively; by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority. This word conveys the idea of actively following a command. There is no choice in the matter, it is to be done whether one agrees with it or not. Obedience is involuntary.
  • Submit – The Biblical word “submit” comes from the Greek “hupeiko” which means to yield; to passively surrender to an authority. Submission is similar to obedience but in this case one might question what is being commanded. Submission is voluntary. 

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Examine the life of Paul and discover how through all the adversity, struggles, and persecution that he experienced, Jesus was present, powerful, and in control, just as He is with all believers.

Therefore, we can live in grace, strive for unity, defend the faith, and obey our Lord, overflowing with His love for us.

Why obedience is important to God. In our daily life, we know that obedience is a very essential habit one should abide to in our homes, workplaces and in the communities in which we live. In simple terms, obedience is compliance with an order, request, law or submission to another’s authority.

In our daily life, we know that obedience is a very essential habit one should abide to in our homes, workplaces and in the communities in which we live. In simple terms, obedience is compliance with an order, request, law or submission to another’s authority.

The bible also talks a lot about obedience as it is seen in many scriptures.

Children are asked to obey their parents in Ephesians 6:1 as this is the right way to behave as a child in a family. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”

In Colossians 3:18, Wives are also called upon to be submissive to their partners as this is fitting with the lord. “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord”

Husbands too are asked to treat their wives with respect in 1peter 3:7 which says, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers”

We see in Philippians 2:8 that even Jesus showed obedience to death and death on the cross. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross” hence why the bible stresses it an essential part of the Christian faith.

Mathew 16:24 teaches us that as Christians, the fact that we deny ourselves from many worldly desires and choose to follow Christ, that is obedience. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

The book of John 14:15, reminds us that through obeying the 10 commandments, we show our love for Jesus. “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

Jesus also tells us in John 14:23 that in the same act of love for him, we must comply with whatever God has commanded for it is our duty to do so.

“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

However, Jesus condemns hypocrisy in the act of obedience to the law. Speaking to the Pharisees, he said that despite of our deeds, without Christ, even our best and most righteous works are as “filthy rags”.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

As Christians, we are asked to obey the law of Christ which is the law of love as it is seen in John 13:34. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”

Jesus also asks us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves for this is the second greatest commandment that he gave to his disciples.

“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

In Galatians 6:2, we learn that when we love God and obey him, we naturally have love for one another. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”

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It’s been a difficult few weeks for Israel, but thanks to your help, we have been providing ongoing support to many who have been suffering here. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and I wanted to share with you some of our activities over the past few weeks.

April concluded with a devastating tragedy unparalleled in Israeli history, as 45 people were killed and 150 injured in a deadly stampede at a Jewish festival, as many of you know. The Israel365 Charity Fund immediately got to work to support the families, being the first organization to distribute funds to the bereaved families, who were all extremely grateful for your assistance. I am also very proud that we were the official sponsor of the memorial commemoration for the families at the Western Wall and you can see videos and photos here.

With over 4,000 rockets launched at Israel during the recent clashes with Hamas, it’s abundantly clear that Israelis need more bomb shelters. 25% of the population lacks access to shelters which presents a dangerous risk and extreme emotional distress to those with nowhere to run when the sirens start blaring. Israel365 is working with Operation Lifesheld to quickly place a bomb shelter where it is needed most, and we will keep you updated when we have selected a location.

In commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, known in Hebrew as “Yom Hashoah,” we sent flowers to all the Holocaust Survivors who participate in the Israel365 Memory Clinic for Holocaust Survivors. This year, in addition to remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in WWII, we also remembered the 900 Holocaust Survivors in Israel who passed away this year from COVID-19, and as always provided for home repairs for several precious survivors. If you haven’t yet seen it, you can watch this powerful video of Rabbi Tuly standing in silence along with Holocaust Survivor Mrs. Miriam Bitton.

The real heroes of Israel are the brave men and women of the IDF who have been protecting us on the front lines. The Israel365 Lone Soldier Center provides a home away from home for many of our soldiers, thanks to your ongoing support. We did as much as we could to assist the soldiers on the front lines and when I ran into a few soldiers having dinner at a local hamburger restaurant I immediately told the waitress that I’d like to pay for their meals, and watch their heartwarming reaction here. I’d also like to thank our monthly partners, Helen and Lauri Weissman from Finland who shipped dozens of thick, protective socks to our IDF soldiers, who were so appreciative, not only for the socks, but for the love and prayers from Christian friends around the world.

While Israel scored a military victory on the battlefront, the real war today is being fought online, social media, and the mainstream media – and that is a war, we are sadly, losing. We have therefore been working nonstop on getting the pro-Israel message out through Israel365 News and our various Facebook pages. We arranged for an important webinar “What can I do to help Israel today?” that was seen over 40,000 times online and even helped organize a local rally in Columbus, Ohio featuring a rabbi and a pastor who put aside their differences to work together for Israel. I summed up my feelings on the importance of Jews and Christians working together for the Times of Israel which you can read here. We have much more planned for “Faith-Based Advocacy” in the near future, and of course, we will keep you posted.

MEET THE WINNER OF THE ISRAEL365 RAFFLE DRAWINGOne of the nicest moments of the past few difficult weeks was when we drew the raffle to see who was the winner of 2 free airplane tickets to Israel. When the lottery winner was revealed, Kris Brose from La Crosse, Wisconsin made a surprise announcement, which you must watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9z023QF3p8

As always, none of these important activities would be possible without your steadfast support and commitment to the Land and the People of Israel. Thank you, Todah Rabah for standing with us.

Shalom,

Good morning Delana, 

You may not realize it, but…you’re being lied to. 

The culprit is none other than the master manipulator himself: Satan

He—and his deceptions—can be hard to spot. Far from the cartoonish red-horned and pitch-forked depiction we all know so well, he masquerades to trick us into thinking he’s anything other than what he really is: the archenemy of God who is bent on destroying as many people as he can before his ultimate demise. 

Today, I want to help you discover the truth beneath the devil’s mask once and for all—by sending Unmasked—Revealing the Truth Behind Satan’s Lies as my thanks for your generous support for the ministry of Turning Point today. Inside, all is revealed—

  • Satan’s Identity: Discover the names given to Satan in Scripture and how they reveal who he really is.
  • Satan’s Origin and Fall: Learn how Satan went from being “very good” to being “cursed” by God as a result of pride.
  • Satan’s Strategies: Gain knowledge about how Satan seeks to deceive Christians—including disguising his true character, twisting what God has said for his own purposes, and others. 
  • Satan’s Vulnerabilities: Develop strategies to exploit Satan’s weaknesses and put on your spiritual armor to defend against his attacks.
  • Satan’s Doom and Destiny: Find out what will happen to Satan at the end of the age—and how he has already lost! 

If you’ve ever wanted to know “Who really is behind Satan’s mask?”…this handbook is for you. 

When his mask comes off, it’s not a pretty sight. But you will discover that you have nothing to fear because, know it or not, Christ has already won the war. And His victory is one that you can experience today if you only understand how.

Please, let me show you today! Request Unmasked as my gift of appreciation for your generous online support now.

Satan is on the prowl—“like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But you and your loved ones can be ready to fight back and resist the enemy’s attacks with the truth of God’s Word. 
 
God bless you,

There is a great encouragement in these words: “We are more than conquerors.” Not just that we are conquerors; we are MORE than conquerors in Christ. That means we win. Against everything, we win. How is it that we win? We win because, once we commit to Christ, nothing can take that away from us. Paul declares, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” NOTHING. What a wonderful promise! There are so many things that separate us from the ones we love on this earth: death, divorce, bad blood, conflicts of all kinds. How reassuring to know that our relationship with Christ will never be breached and that through Him, we will be victorious conquerors!

And we pray:

Lord, I am encouraged to know that nothing will separate me from Your love. You have promised me this and through Your love and steadfastness, I am more than a conqueror! Amen.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Commission of the Church

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

—1 Corinthians 1:21

One thing that both believers and nonbelievers have in common is they’re uptight about evangelism. Nonbelievers are uptight about being evangelized, and believers are uptight about evangelizing nonbelievers.

However, if we want to grow as Christians, then we must go into all the world and preach the gospel. We call this the Great Commission, and we find two variations of it in the New Testament.

Mark’s gospel states it this way: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (16:15 NKJV). And in Matthew 28 we read, “‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (verses 19–20 NKJV).

So where is Jesus calling us?

He’s calling us into the world. He’s calling us to go to all people everywhere. Because the primary way people come to Jesus is through hearing the gospel.

Who is supposed to do this?

All of us. Jesus directed these words to all of His followers. Everyone is supposed to do this—not just the so-called professionals such as pastors, evangelists, and missionaries.

And what are we supposed to do?

We’re supposed to preach the gospel.

So here’s my question for you: Are you doing your part to fulfill the Great Commission?

Jesus commands us as His followers to share our faith. But honestly, for some Christians, this has become the Great Omission instead of the Great Commission.

The commission of the church isn’t to wait for the world to show up. Rather, the commission of the church is to go to the world.

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As the days go on I will be updating many of my posts. I have been writing for so long, I keep finding notes on top of notes.

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Fear seems to come easy these days. It marches all around us through media, sickness, shootings, and news stories that make the heart feel sick. It doesn’t take much for a heart to be gripped with fear and live in a state of unrest. If it’s not all the big stuff that harms the heart, it’s the personal things. Like – how will I pay the bills? How will my marriage survive? Am I messing up my kids? What if I never get married? Will I ever feel worthy or measure up? What if what I do is never enough? null

While we all wrestle with our own fears, there is one common place we can run to when fear gets ahold of our hearts. God’s Word offers truth, promises, and prayers as remedy to cure the heart of the uneasy worry that seems to wreck us. 

Grab hold of one of these verses and claim it as your prayer and battle cry this week over your fear. There is no better place to find hope and help than God’s Word! Choose a verse and say it out loud in the presence of the fear that feels overwhelming to you. 

1. A Verse for Late-Night Fears

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3).

When my mom would tuck me in as a little girl, this was the verse she would give me. I’ve carried it with me all these years and find myself praying it often. If you are struggling with those late-night fears, get ahold of this one and claim it as yours. Say it, mean it, and repeat it. 

2. Remember That God Is with You Always

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

God is the only one who can hold you up through the fears of life. While friends change, and family passes on, God stays the same. He is steady and strong, always holding onto His children. Let God hold your hand and proclaim the truth about who He is and what He does. God is with you even now. He is where you will find strength to make it. 

3. Suit Up and Stand Firm

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

If you feel like you are being attacked on every side and like you can’t get out of the constant flow of struggles, this one is for you. Suit up for battle. The battle is bigger than what we see. But God is bigger than what we face. You can make it through the fear, but only if you put on the right armor.null

4. Sing Praise in the Storm

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him” (Psalm 28:6).

There is never a wrong time to give God a song of praise. If you are feeling afraid, weak, and alone, lift up this song of worship to our mighty God. It’s not time to stop singing. It’s time to sing louder. If you don’t like to sing or feel like your voice isn’t worth hearing, turn up the worship music in your home or car and let the music minister to your heart. 

5. God Is Your Light in the Dark

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

Sometimes it is good to remember all God is to you. He is your light in the dark. He is your strength in weakness. When fear rises, raise up your light and your strength. Not in an “I can do it” battle cry, but in a “God will do it” victory cry. The battle is not about us, it is about Him. When we change our focus to all He is, we begin to see a glimmer of hope.

6. Remember That God Is Bigger Than Your Fears

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

When we live in the light of God’s love and we remember who we are and whose we are, fear has to leave. Dwell on God’s love today. Grab hold of this verse and tell yourself the truth about the fear you hold or the fear that holds you. God is bigger than the fear. Let Him take care of you.

. A Verse for When You Can’t Go On

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2).

There are some fears that captivate the heart so much, it is difficult to function. This prayer is for you if you feel like you don’t have words, don’t have strength, and feel like your hope is fading. Rather than pull the covers up over your head another day, get out of bed and remember your Rock. He is mighty and He is stronger than what you are going through. 

8. Cry out to God

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

When you feel alone, like God is not listening or near, your heart needs to be reminded of the truth. Don’t stay stuck in a cycle of pity and seclusion. Cry out to God and remember He is near. 

When we pray God’s Word over the fears of life, we find freedom from fear. God is stronger and able to conquer your fears, but you have to use the right tools. It’s not our strength or might or power, but it is His. He is the one who will help us through every storm. 

THE FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA; The truth from a SURVIVOR!!

Human Trafficking: by Delana Forsyth

Dear Delana,

1600 Daily

The White House • October 21, 2020

Democrats want to abolish ICE. President Trump wants to help ICE abolish human trafficking.

In 2018 alone, more than 23,000 human trafficking victims were identified in the United States. Of these victims, 65% were women. More than 1 in 5 were children.

It’s a “level of evil that you would never believe is even possible in a modern age,” President Trump said in January. “The level of evil is incredible.”

President Trump has joined law enforcement officers to fight for the voiceless and end this scourge of modern-day slavery in our country. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—which Democrats have called to be abolished—has arrested more than 5,000 human traffickers over just the past three years.

“I want to thank ICE. They have been incredible,” President Trump said.

Rather than dismantle law enforcement agencies, as the far left demands, President Trump has doubled funding for the Department of Justice to combat human trafficking.

The President also signed the largest DOJ grant package in history to stop trafficking. It included, for the first time ever, grants to provide safe housing for survivors.

All told, since taking office, President Trump has signed nine pieces of bipartisan legislation that target human traffickers, both domestically and internationally.

This week, the Trump Administration released its National Action Plan to build on these important steps. It lays out a strategy in three parts: prevention of trafficking, protection for victims, and prosecution for the criminals who fuel this evil industry.

In January, President Trump recognized the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. That day, he signed an Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation in the United States. With that order, he created the first-ever White House position focused solely on ending trafficking.

Americans also heard that day from Bella Hounakey, a survivor of trafficking whom President Trump invited to speak at the White House.

“At age 13, I was brought into this country. I survived trafficking, along with 19 other girls. Afterwards, I was placed in foster care, but this negative experience in my past should not wholly define who I am today,” she said.

“Today, I am a college graduate. Today, I am an American citizen.”

Last fiscal year, ICE initiated 1,024 human-trafficking and forced-labor related cases. These actions led to 2,197 criminal arrests, nearly 700 convictions, and, ultimately, the rescue of more than 400 victims.

📖 The Trump Administration Is Fighting the Evil of Human Trafficking

Under President Trump, our First Americans are being put first again!

President Trump is committed to honoring the heritage of America’s first inhabitants, our Native American communities. To that end, his Administration just released a plan to continue partnering with Native Americans to build a brighter future for all people.

The plan, titled “Putting America’s First Peoples First: Forgotten No More,” outlines President Trump’s core principles to fight for these communities:

  • Respecting tribal sovereignty and self-determination
     
  • Promoting safe communities
     
  • Building a thriving economy with improved infrastructure
     
  • Honoring Native American heritage and improving education
     
  • Delivering better health outcomes

President Trump’s policies will add 51,000 Native American-owned businesses and up to 196,000 new jobs for tribal communities. In addition, tribal entrepreneurship will be supported through growing opportunities for access to Federal contracting.

With a priority on education, Federal investments will be increased in tribal colleges and universities, and $10 million is pledged to support the creation of new tribally operated charter schools. Federal funding will be doubled for the improvement of quality Bureau of Indian Education schools and other education options, as well.

The plan also continues to prioritize the important work of Operation Lady Justice, President Trump’s task force to address missing and murdered indigenous persons.

MORE: How the White House Is Seeking Justice for Native Americans

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May 5th is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day (MMIW); a movement to bring recognition to the disappearance and murders of Native women and girls.

Today, we acknowledge the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic which has especially skyrocketed during the past year.

The U.S Department of Justice finds that American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average, and going missing at a rate of more than 5,000 every year since 2016.

There are many factors contributing to this raging epidemic against our sisters ranging from individual to societal, and therefore many intersections at which this devastation multiplies.

Today, we encourage you to make a difference with your attention and awareness for Native Women.

I have been doing research on human trafficking for many years. everything that I am write is the truth, things i have seen and experienced. Human Trafficking is an American problem as well. I worked in New York, when I was 20. the first day, I had only been there a few minutes the owner made me have sex with him. This had been in the lower east side of New York, You don’t say no or you could find yourself, dead, or next to dead. By that time you wish you were. It’s not just the sex you get into, you have to be numb to all of this, so you start use drugs. Both go together no matter what. Human Trafficking occurs for many purposes.  Most women and children are trafficked for prostitution, some for marriage, and many are exploited. Women who are trafficked for domestic labor often end up being sexually exploited as well. This is not just a problem for women; many children are trafficked for adoption. Of any means everything to many poor countries. In these countries it has become increasingly high, especially in Africa children there are being trafficked for organs. There are enormous difficulties in producing accurate assessments of trafficking.

∙    The International Organization of Migration (IOM) attempted to estimate numbers of trafficked women in Europe for the European Union and concluded that accurate numbers were not possible.

∙    However, the United Nations estimates that trafficking is about a 5 to7 billion dollar operation annually. There are about 4 million (people) persons moved from one country to another and within countries.

∙    The U.S. government estimates that 50,000 women and children are trafficked each year into the United States, primarily from Latin America, Russia, the New Independent State, and Southeast Asia.

∙    Child sexual exploitation has grown especially in all countries, but especially in Asian and Latin America countries. Travel agencies, hotels, airlines, businesses,and so called, child protectors are often involved in sex tourism.

∙    Some child sexual abusers seems to think that they can avoid AIDS, if they have sex with children, but more often, they seek out children because can be made to fulfill the abusers demands.

∙    Organized crime is certainly involved in trafficking, but in many cases trafficker and pimp are small-scale operators who are husbands and boy-friends of victims. 

∙    Women trafficked into the United State, for example, often through other transit countries or across borders. The women are trafficked by cars, bus, boats, and planes.

∙    The condition of trafficking range from force or coercion to deception. Abuse of power, or abuse of a victim’s vulnerability. Many women are deceived into thinking they will work as domestic, waitresses, dancers, and models. Others are sold outright and moved around from place to place. Some know they will engage in prostitution but have no idea of the conditions that await them. Many are women whose vulnerabilities are preyed upon. The majority of women in prostitution have been sexually abused a a child.

∙    Once in the county of destination, women are held in apartments, bars, and make shift brothels where they service multiple men a day.  Many are raped, beaten, and confined under the worst of conditions.

∙    In most countries, various factors make it nearly impossible for trafficked women to seek assistance and to testify i against traffickers and other exploiters. These include death threats to their families, conditions of isolation and confinement, the violence and control within the sex industry, constant movement from place to place within a strange country, fear of deportation lack of shelters, no one will talk. 

∙    Many of the women I’ve interviewed, could talk about their troubles, but none of them would give their names. Many of these women I have worked with, in New Jersey, just about every dance club would have dance girls from other countries in them. They would tell me stories. 

∙    The most vulnerable are the women that have children. 

∙    I would do anything just to be with my children. (To be a mom and know.)

∙    Trafficking affects mostly all countries, and although not all have not been treated equally, there are countries, transit countries,and countries of destination, with some countries that are in crisis, no one cares about the poorest countries that are being affected the most. There are three categories in general, economic, social, and political crisis are more likely to turn there heads just to make money on that trade. For example the Philippines and Thailand, are countries are making sure they have plenty of women for the sex tourism. I have seen these girls get abused. 

∙    A few places tried that crap with me. Some of the owners would try to have sex with me and I would need to a hire body guard to watch my back. I’ve have picture taken of me for the internet. There is no discrimination about how they use, no one is safe. I’ve had owners take me in back rooms pull their privet parts out, and push me head down for me to have oral sex with them. Most times i was could walk aways, but there had times i knew i could not get away. either i give in or be beaten and raped at the same time.  I myself have been gang raped, It had been my firt day on the job. (I think my so called agent set that up. The shame I felt for years, and sometime i still do.) 

∙    The definition of Globalization and the sex industry,

∙    Globalization of the economy means it becomes an industry without borders. Large and small net trafficking works across borders, actively recruiting girls and women, especially from villages, city streets, and transportation centers.

Human Trafficking in the U.S.

by Delana Forsyth

i have been doing research on human trafficking for many years.

everything that i write i the truth.

things i have seen and experienced.

This was not an easy story for me to write. 

I must admit I hesitated to share some of my life experiences I feared the worst.

Of people’s rejection. I really don’t care any more what people think, this my healing point. It may break your heart to see it happening in other countries, it hurts even more that it is happening here and no one is doing anything about it. I was born an American and lived here all my life and never realized I had been a slave too. Human Trafficking is an American problem as well. I worked in New York when I was 20. the first day, I had only been there a few minutes the owner made me have sex with him. This had been in the lower east side of New York, You don’t say no or you could find yourself dead, or next to dead. By that time you wish you were. It’s not just the sex you get into, you have to be numb to all of this, so you start use drugs. Both go together no matter what. The violence is bad when you fight back. i learned after a while just to give in, don’t fight it can get you killed. We are only begun to scratch the surface in the fight against human trafficking. If there were on only one soul still being trafficked, our fight atrocity would continue, but the ugly truth is that there are millions. We have much more work remaining. Human trafficking exists in every state and nearly every city. If you look hard enough, in our nation’s small towns and in the countryside. In short the U.S. has a problem. We can all help by standing to stop this. I lived in Scranton, Pa all my life. My region consists of small, sleepy country, and towns. On the outside of town we have large farming communities, even the country roads there are not safe.

Not surprisingly, this area attracts convention and other gatherings, as ell as wealthy(some very wealthy) individuals looking for upscale and resort living. If human trafficking can happen my ton it can happen anywhere. NO community is immune. I have read many stories and seen many lives ended because of human lust for sex. Most of which are tragic. Human Trafficking occurs for many purposes. Most women and children are trafficked for prostitution, some for marriage, and many are exploited. Women who are trafficked for domestic labor often end up being sexually exploited as well. This is not just a problem for women; many children are trafficked for adoption.

∙    of any means everything to many poor countries. In these countries it has become increasingly high, especially in Africa children there are being trafficked for organs. There are enormous difficulties in producing accurate assessments of trafficking.

∙    The International Organization of Migration (IOM) attempted to estimate numbers of trafficked women in Europe for the European Union and concluded that accurate numbers were not possible.

∙    However, the United Nations estimates that trafficking is about a 5 to7 billion dollar operation annually. There are about 4 million (people) persons moved from one country to another and within countries.

∙    The U.S. government estimates that 50,000 women and children are trafficked each year into the United States, primarily from Latin America, Russia, the New Independent State, and Southeast Asia.

∙    Child sexual exploitation has grown especially in all countries, but especially in Asian and Latin America countries. Travel agencies, hotels, airlines, businesses,and so called, child protectors are often involved in sex tourism.

∙    Some child sexual abusers seems to think that they can avoid AIDS, if they have sex with children, but more often, they seek out children because can be made to fulfill the abuser demands.

∙    Organized crime is certainly involved in trafficking, but in many cases trafficker and pimp are small-scale operators who are husbands and boy-friends of victims. 

∙    Women trafficked into the United State, for example, often through other transit countries or across borders. The women are trafficked by cars, bus, boats, and planes.

∙    The condition of trafficking range from force or coercion to deception. Abuse of power, or abuse of a victim’s vulnerability. Many women are deceived into thinking they will work as domestic, waitresses, dancers, and models. Others are sold outright and moved around from place to place. Some know they will engage in prostitution but have no idea of the conditions that await them. Many are women whose vulnerabilities are preyed upon. The majority of women in prostitution have been sexually abused a a child.

∙    Once in the county of destination, women are held in apartments, bars, and make shift brothels where they service multiple men a day.  Many are raped, beaten, and confined under the worst of conditions.

∙    In most countries, various factors make it nearly impossible for trafficked women to seek assistance and to testify against traffickers and other exploiters. These include death threats to their families, conditions of isolation and confinement, the violence and control within the sex industry, constant movement from place to place within a strange country, fear of deportation lack of shelters, no one will talk. 

∙    Many of the women I’ve interviewed, would talk about their troubles, but none of them would give their names. Many of these women I have worked with, in New Jersey, just about every dance club would have dance girls from other countries in them. They would tell me stories. 

∙    The most vulnerable are the women that have children. 

∙    I would do anything just to be with my children. (To be a mom and know.)

∙    Trafficking affects mostly all countries, and although not all have not been treated equally, there are countries, transit countries,and countries of destination, with some countries that are in crisis, no one cares about the poorest countries that are being affected the most. There are three categories in general, economic, social, and political crisis are more likely to turn their heads just to make money on that trade. For example the Philippines and Thailand, are countries are making sure they have plenty of women for the sex tourism. I have seen these girls get abused. 

∙    A few places tried that crap with me. Some of the owners would try to have sex with me and I would need to a hire body guard to watch my back. I’ve have picture taken of me for the internet. There is no discrimination about how they use, no one is safe. I’ve had owners take me in back rooms pull their privet parts out, and push me head down for me to have oral sex with them. Most times i was could walk aways, but there had times i knew i could not get away. either i give in or be beaten and raped at the same time.  I myself have been gang raped, It had been my firt day on the job. (I think my so called agent set that up. The shame I felt for years, and sometime i still do.) 

∙    The definition of Globalization and the sex industry,

∙    Globalization of the economy means it becomes an industry without borders. Large and small net trafficking works across borders, actively recruiting girls and women, especially from villages, city streets, and transportation centers.             


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We have only begun to scratch the surface in the fight against human trafficking. If there were only one soul still being trafficked, our fight against this atrocity would continue, but the ugly truth is that there are millions. We have much work remaining.

This story is to help regular citizens (if you can find one), understand what human trafficking is, how to recognize it, and what to do about it, without fear, when they see something that just not right. Human trafficking exists and is every real. It’s in every state across America, and in every city, small town, etc. no one is safe. But we all can do our part, talk about it LOUD. So the traffickers know we have eyes looking for them, and we all can stop this human slavery and demand on sex.

I was born and raised in Scranton, Pa. Only about 15 minutes from the beautiful Mount Pocono. NASCAR comes here twice a year, to Long Pond. My region consists of vacationing from New York or Jersey. We have large farming communities as well. Most people know each other. Small mom and pop stores. Most of the Poconos are known for Honeymooners and tourism, 365 days a year. If you ever visited Pennsylvania you’d know why. There is so much to do there. 

I have witnessed and experienced human trafficking for many years. This is not an easy story for me to write. I must admit I feared the worst, I hesitated to share my experiences. I feared rejections from loved ones, but I don’t really care anymore this is about me this is my healing point. It may break your heart to see human trafficking happening in other countries it hurts even more that it’s happening here in America and no one is doing anything about it. I was born in American and I am very happy President Trump has put the ban at our borders. We may not be able to stop the grouse exploitation, but he can help slow it down.

My hope is that this story saves some child or woman, yes young men reading this article. Yes they are victimized as well. I pray it encourages all of us to love as we want to be loved and willing to help. Fight against human trafficking and beyond. I’ve written stories I’ve seen and heard, stories that have broken my heart and, I suspect, will yours as well. It certainly broke my heart when I learned about what happened in other places around the globe. But when I understood what was happening here in America, in this country where I live and which I dearly love, I knew this is where I was called to make a difference. I have lived my entire life up and down the east coast of the U.S., and never realized that slavery still exists here. I am in agreement with others that are in the fight to stop human trafficking we need to speck out. None of us can be all things to all things to all people. We all will not last long if we go around kicking in doors of brothels and grabbing pimps by the neck. That will get us killed or near death. But those with a story to tell can fight back by telling your story. Writer’s with heart listen to the ones willing to talk. Because most of us who are writing these stories have been a victim of human trafficking. We can guide the victim to get help and let them know we are willing to help. Most of us can work to improve legislation, call the authorities when we see something that look suspiciously like human trafficking, and network with anti- trafficking organizations and agencies. By doing these things, we can take a stand together. We will save lives in every community in American. Once you realize how pervasive this tragedy of human trafficking is, I encourage you to get behind one or more of the an it trafficking groups, especially in you own city or town, and support them, volunteer your time. Just go set watch and listen. 

Unfortunately, the truth is sometimes worse than what you might imagine. Some stories have good endings, some not so good. 

How many people don’t think about the sale of human beings happening right here in America. If you consider the possibility of human trafficking within the borders, our assumption may be that it’s confined to Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, and other cities. Even those who recognize that human trafficking is as much as American disgrace as an international one sometimes don’t realize this crime don’t just occur in big cities. Although human trafficking has certainly been discovered in large urban areas, it can flourish in upper-class suburbs, rural areas, and even small towns like the one in which I lived.

Human trafficking happens in up-middle-upper class neighborhoods where business internationally  “invest” in domestic help, who upon arrival in America can become modern slaves. In search of cost-effective workforce, resort communities, hotels, and country clubs sometimes unknowingly hire agencies that are actually fronts for slave labor.

In places where regular conferences are held-including but not limited to political and business conferences- as well as at large sporting events, sex trafficked individuals are made available because traffickers know there are consumers with money who will buy them.

Even church elders have unwittingly supported human trafficking. That’s why I am presented with the reasonable (and sometimes, I must confess, not completely reasonable) opportunity to enlighten folks about the modern slavery that’s around us, I take it because I know the extent to which this problem permeates our land. It’s prominence here makes sense if you think about it. Human trafficking follows money, America, being the richest nation in the world, start D’s to reward traffickers with some of the highest profits anywhere. 

It may come as a surprise to learn that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that well over one hundred thousand children are trafficked every year in America alone. While many of these young victims are runaways or foster children, others are from shat would be considered “good” families and have been lured or coerced in human trafficking by clever predators.“These predators are particularly adept at reading children and knowing what their vulnerabilities are.

But human trafficking in this country doesn’t just take place where sex is sold. Labor trafficking, which occurs on the street, in homes, factories, in fields, and any number of other places, is also big business.

Warning Signs of Human Trafficking

Since human trafficking is often a crime that is hidden in plain sight, it is important to be aware of its warning signs. Some indications that a person may be a victim of human trafficking include (especially in the case of women and children):

Appearing malnourished

Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse

Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement

Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction

Lacking official identification documents

Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions

Working excessively long hours

Living at place of employment

Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp

Poor physical or dental health 

Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back

Untreated sexually transmitted diseases

Small children serving in a family restaurant

Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment – barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows

Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves

These warning signs are adapted from information provided by the Polaris Project and its National Human Trafficking Resource Center and Innocents at Risk

Human trafficking is happening all around us.

Victims are often hidden away, but it is possible you will encounter individuals or situations of concern. Knowing how to ‘spot the signs’ could save lives.

The indicators below should be considered together and even if you are able to apply one or two or even three of the indicators to a person they are not necessarily trafficked. However, if you have any suspicions about human trafficking in your area you should report it.

Department of Justice Will NOT collect DATA on Native Human Trafficking Victims,

Resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native Women and key members of Congress.

According to the department of federal authorities prosecuted just two trafficking cases in Indian county between 2013 and 2016. Only one of them resulted in a conviction.

The number pales in comparison to the 1,000 – plus cases that were prosecuted in other jurisdictions during the same time. It also flies in the face of a consistent stream of reports which show that Native Americans, especially women and girls, are victimized at a higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States.

Yet the department isn’t able to explain the disparity because federal agents aren’t required to determine whether a trafficking victim is Native American. And it doesn’t plan on collecting that data anytime soon.

“If it’s voluntary information, great, but we’re not going to mandate that,”

Tracy Toulou, a descendant of the Colville tribes who serves as the director of the Office of Tribal Justice, told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. 

According to Toulou, finding out whether a victim in Native American could end up hurting Native Americans. Service providers that receive federal funds shouldn’t be forced to collect the data because he said it would have a “chilling effect” by making people more reluctant to come forward. ” WE don’t want to do anything that’s going to keep a victim from coming to our victim services providers and getting the services they need,”  Toulou said,  who is a career employee, not a political appointee of the Trump administration, which did not send a more higher-level official to the long-planned hearing.

The explantion stood in contrast to the stance taken by another federal agency. Jason Thompson, the deputy director of the Office of Justice Service at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said he hasn’t heard concerns about collecting data on Native Trafficking victims.  “BIA-OJS, as of 2014 does collect that information in our basic crime reporting,” said Thompson, who is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Like Toulow, he is a career employee of the federal government. 

The lack of data limits the way in which the federal government can help a victim, according to Nicole Matthews, the executive director of Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual assault Coalition.

Be aware of these coalitions, most are fronts may trafficker are the sponsoring these coaltions. The University of Toledo has had conference’s for the past 17 or 18 years. And, yet Toledo is number five.

I would like to raise money to build a Human Trafficking safe house for all who need help all over America. To protect those who don’t how to protect themselves, no matter who you are, because Human Trafficking does not discriminate. I know that better then anyone.

👣👣Murder of a People! Iroquois Indian.👣👣

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – An indigenous chief alleged on Saturday that Canadian police beat him in March after an incident involving an expired licence plate on his truck.Slideshow ( 2 images )

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), however, say officers used reasonable force after Chief Allan Adam of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation resisted arrest, and laid criminal charges against him.

Adam made the allegations as protests spread around the world following the death in Minneapolis of a black man in police custody on May 25.

Indigenous people this week expressed outrage at two other incidents with Canadian police, including the shooting death of a young woman.

Adam, speaking in Fort McMurray, Alberta, said RCMP approached his parked truck on March 10 as he and his wife prepared to leave a casino in the city.

After police refused to answer why they had pulled up, the couple began to drive away, before an officer ordered them to stop and pulled Adam’s wife from the driver’s seat, Adam said.

He then intervened. An officer grabbed his arm while a second one knocked him down and punched him, Adam said.

“We are a minority and nobody speaks up for us,” Adam said.

Senior police reviewed in-car video and determined police actions were reasonable and an external investigation not justified, said RCMP Const. Patrick Lambert.

But Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said he was “deeply disturbed” by a photo of Adam’s swollen and bloodied face taken after the incident.

“While we cannot comment on a specific case before the courts, we will be following developments of these serious and troubling claims closely.”

Adam’s lawyer called for police to release their video and suspend one officer.

The chief is due in court on July 2, charged with resisting arrest and assaulting police.

Adam said he waited to publicize the incident because he was busy with pandemic precautions.

Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Chris Reese

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Native America; Human Trafficking in Native Communities

Since the Presidential Proclamation of 2010, we have annually observed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking prevention Month. Despite all the media attention and many worthy organizations fighting this problem, there are still over 40 million slaves in the world today. Women and girls account for 71% of those victims.

Before the colonization of the U.S., Native Americans held women in high regards as life bearers and the future of their people. They were the political, spiritual and ceremonial leaders and violence against women was*is) forbidden

Cairn erected in 1975 marking the Battleford Industrial School cemetery
In 2011, reflecting on the TRC’s research, Justice Murray Sinclair told the Toronto Star: “Missing children—that is the big surprise for me … That such large numbers of children died at the schools. That the information of their deaths was not communicated back to their families.”[52]
Missing children and unmarked graves[edit source]
The TRC concluded that it may be impossible to ever identify the number of deaths or missing children, in part because of the habit of burying students in unmarked graves.[

Mohawk Residential school deaths were common and have been linked to the persistence of poorly constructed and maintained facilities. The actual number of deaths remains unknown due to inconsistent reporting by school officials and the destruction of medical and administrative records in compliance with retention and disposition policies for government records. Research by the TRC revealed that at least 6,000 students had died, mostly from disease. Other estimates place the death toll at three times that number and some in the tens of thousands.
The 1906 Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs, submitted by chief medical officer Peter Bryce, highlighted that the “Indian population of Canada has a mortality rate of more than double that of the whole population, and in some provinces more than three times”. 97–98, 275 Among the list of causes he noted tuberculosis and the role residential schools played in spreading the disease by way of poor ventilation and medical screening
In 1909, Bryce reported that, between 1894 and 1908, mortality rates at some residential schools in western Canada ranged from 30% to 60% over five years (that is, five years after entry, 30% to 60% of students had died, or 6–12% per annum). These statistics did not become public until 1922, when Bryce, who was no longer working for the government, published The Story of a National Crime: Being a Record of the Health Conditions of the Indians of Canada from 1904 to 1921. In particular, he alleged that the high mortality rates could have been avoided if healthy children had not been exposed to children with tuberculosis. At the time, no antibiotic had been identified to treat the disease, and this exacerbated the impact of the illness. Streptomycin, the first effective treatment, was not introduced until 1943. 381
In 1920 and 1922, Regina physician F. A. Corbett was commissioned to visit the schools in the west of the country, and found similar results to those reported by Bryce. At the Ermineskin school in Hobbema, Alberta, he found 50% of the children had tuberculosis. 98 At Sarcee Boarding School near Calgary, he noted that all 33 students were “much below even a passable standard of health” and “but four were infected with tuberculosis”.In one classroom, he found 16 ill children, many near death, who were being made to sit through lessons.

The work is further complicated by a pattern of poor record keeping by school and government officials, who neglected to keep reliable numbers about the number of children who died or where they were buried. While most schools had cemeteries on site, their location and extent remain difficult to determine as cemeteries that were originally marked were found to have been later razed, intentionally hidden or built over. The fourth volume of the TRC’s final report, dedicated to missing children and unmarked burials, was developed after the original TRC members realized, in 2007, that the issue required its own working group. In 2009, the TRC requested $1.5 million in extra funding from the federal government to complete this work, but was denied.[6] The researchers concluded, after searching land near schools using satellite imagery and maps, that, “for the most part, the cemeteries that the Commission documented are abandoned, disused, and vulnerable to accidental disturbance”.

Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse, born on this day in 1849, was a famous war leader who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn and several other important battles of the American Indian Wars. According to the National Park Service, he fought in defense of Oglala land, but eventually brokered a surrender with the white leaders of government troops. The exact details of Crazy Horse’s personal life are shrouded in mystery, but he’s still remembered as one of the most prominent Native American figures of his time. His memorial, like his legacy, is larger than life–that is, if it ever gets finished. Here are three things to know about the historic site:

This is an Elders Poem

The Elders say the American Indian women will lead healing among the tribes. We need to especially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them And give them strength. 

Inside them the power of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. 

When everyone else gives up it is the women who sing the songs of strength. 

She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say sing your songs of strength. Pray for your special powers; keep our people strong, be respectful, gentle and modest.

Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make us strong today.

In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow – and it’s likely going to hurt.

Another poem

Raindrops and Rainbow

When the sunlight strikes rainbows in the air, they act as a prism and forms a rainbows. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors. These a takes shape of a long round arch, with its path high above and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon.

There are according to legend, of pit of gold at the end of the rainbow. People look but you will never finf it. When a person looks for something beyond their reach, our Friends may “say one is looking for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I remember as a kid I looked for that pot of gold.

Others have tried to explain the phenomenon physically. Aristotle thought that the rainbow was caused by a reflection of the sun’s rays by the rain. Since then physicists have found that it is not a reflection, while  it is a refraction by the raindrops that causes the rainbow.

Throughout the centuries people have explained the rainbow in vicarious ways. As a miracle without physical explanation.

I say read the Bible, it is written Genesis 9:13-16

The Lord said, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me (as in God himself) and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember my covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of a flesh.; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on earth.”