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Guest Blog – Written by my life-long Friend, Pastor Dennis Morris.


















1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.


Confusion: instability, disorder, commotion, tumult.

I think we can accurately conclude from this scripture that there is an author of CONFUSION! Satan is that author!

Another conclusion is the peace authored by God is the target of the attacks of confusion.

Ephesians 6:16 speaks of the fiery darts of the wicked!


Fiery: ignited, to be inflamed with anger, grief, to burn or be on fire.

Caution! Sometimes even people can be fiery darts, inflamed themselves with passion for their grievances.

Flaming arrows, if not striking a fatal wound, can be distracting nevertheless. Inflammatory to the point that we take our focus off the enemy and put it on the immediate pain or danger, becoming confused about the problem and disoriented about who our enemy really is. Many have fallen prey to the spiritual tumult caused by confusion. Not suffering natural death but spiritual wounding some never recover from and suffering even death.


Peace: to join, by implication, have prosperity, quietness, rest, to set at one again.

God’s plan is for peace to reign in our hearts and minds. That we be bound together in love, with peace and joy our being our signature presentation before the world. Having through every trial and test “the peace of God which passes all understanding“!


James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Envy: heat, jealousy, malice, emulation, fervent (or fevered) mind, indignation (taking offense).

Strife: intrigue (suspicion), factions, contention.

James lets us know that confusion has companions “every evil work”.

The fevered mind of envy and the suspicions triggered by strife make the perfect storm for confusion to cause us to turn against those who God instructs us to love and to even charge God for not caring and doing something to help us! Why God am I wounded?


Isaiah 9:5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

(Confused) Noise: vibration, bounding, uproar, commotion, earthquake, fierceness, quaking, rattling, rushing, shaking.

Someone said that “War is hell”, I’m not sure it qualifies to be compared to hell but according to Isaiah there are similarities.


Eccl. 8:8… there is no discharge in that war…

No matter how bad it is, we can’t just decide not to fight anymore! No matter how fierce the battle gets we must not get confused by the noise and even the death and dying around us!

Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat. Wheat sifted, is just flour, wheat ground to powder.

Satan wants to remove all resistance and leave us so devastated that we’ve no recovery possible. Giving in to the confusion will only make matters worse.

  • Fight the good fight…
  • Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good…
  • Having this same mind in you…
  • Run the race with patience…


As the battle rages don’t just listen to the clamoring and confusing noise. Listen with a spiritual ear! There is a still small voice, encouraging you to “fight the good fight”.

“We’re not wrestling flesh and blood,”

Go ahead “lay hold on to eternal life”

Child of God, don’t take a chance, through the power of prayer “put on the helmet of Salvation“ don’t get confused!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

April 24, 2019 at 9:58 pm

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  1. Confirmation I so needed!!!!

    Christina Kidney

    April 24, 2019 at 10:37 pm

  2. Eld. Ballestero, I’m humbled to see my feeble attempt at writing, displayed on such a noble site. I pray that someone will be blessed if even a small way. Thank you for allowing me this honor.

    Denny Morris

    April 24, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    • Thank you for allowing me to share this! It has already been a blessing to so many. (Thank you also for not wasting your pain and tears.) Love and Prayers!

      Martyn Ballestero

      April 25, 2019 at 4:24 am

  3. Thank you Bro. Morris and Bro. Ballestero for being used by the Holy Ghost! I woke up this morning praying for a word. I’ve been going through a battle and in a new territory I’ve never been in before. Your words confirmed a lot of things I’ve been going through lately. Every time I get an email and I see a new Ballestero blog my heart rejoices because I know I will be blessed by it! Thank you!

    Rodney Fulton

    April 25, 2019 at 4:38 am

  4. Thank you for this wonderful word this morning! This has confirmed so much that has happened in resent weeks. Much needed. May the Lord bless you mightily.

    Tammy Fulton

    April 25, 2019 at 9:01 am

  5. My apologies to the Bishop of this blog, and to the followers. The reference listed as Eph 8:8 should have said Eccl 8:8. A typo but a mistake nevertheless.

    Denny Morris

    April 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm

  6. I have great respect for Elder Morris! My wife and I are grateful to be neighbors within 100 miles. Yesterday, the Lord smiled upon us and we were able to enjoy lunch and company with these fine folks. Making memories are still crucial even when the memory is in critical care. We love the Morris’!

    Ron Townsley

    April 27, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    • The Townsley’s are wonderful friends. Yesterday was iffy about whether we would be able to get together. At the last possible minute my wife Donna said, let’s go somewhere! 😊 I called and we met for a pleasant lunch! Thanks to them we had a break from the struggle.
      We love the Townsley’s

      Dennis Morris

      April 27, 2019 at 1:31 pm

  7. Very relevant to the times we are living in! Thank you, Dad! I’m always finding new reasons to be thankful I’m your daughter! And I echo Eld. Ballestero’s words! Thank you for allowing something beautiful to come from your struggle!

    crystal smith

    April 27, 2019 at 8:45 pm

  8. Thank you! Thank you. This I surely needed! PTL!! Sometimes we are surrounded with family and friends that we cannot speak our troubles to lest we add to the confusion… but God knows. And He sends an answer every time!! God bless you both!

    Pat Peacock

    May 9, 2019 at 4:50 pm

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