Thursday, November 22, 2012

all these are the beginning of sorrows

I am giving thanks today because my God is constantly worthy of praise and thanksgiving. He showers many blessings on us and He is faithful and unchanging. 

I also prayed a lot, because I know that the world has entered a new era, an era we would be wise to understand is to be called 'the beginning of sorrows'  It does not take an overwhelming amount of discernment to understand that the times we are entering are perilous times. 

We must determine NOW where we stand and what we are going to do. We must gather our strength, gird up our loins, and get prayed up. This is not a time to be apathetic, or asleep at the wheel. It is time to awaken!

The USA Secretary of State just finished brokering a deal with Israel according to the demands of the evil, Islamist state of Egypt. Egypt has been a kingdom of worldliness and iniquity for thousands of years, and we just bowed to their will and betrayed the innocent people of Israel. If you do not think the consequences of that will be serious, you're sorely mistaken. We have begun travelling down a very dangerous road. 

I get criticized by those who do not understand for being too politically-minded as if my awareness of the times were some kind of vice that distracts me from God, it doesn't distract me from God, on the contrary, it reminds me that we must depend on Him more and more.

The people of Ninevah were saved because of repentance. The prophets preached repentance. John the Baptist preached repentance. Jesus Christ preached repentance. America's only hope is sincere, genuine repentance but the hearts of most Americans are VERY far from God and very proud and very hard. They will not repent, they will not listen, they will not humble themselves, they believe they are superior, enlightened, sophisticated, evolved and technologically superior......they don't see the need for Repentance. But it is desperately needed.

So.......if you DO realize that God is right and we are wrong, what should you do? 

What did Nehemiah do when he heard of the state of Jerusalem? What did Daniel do when he was taken captive in Babylon? 

#1, they humbled themselves, sorrowed, were heartbroken, fasting, praying, crying etc.

#2, they held onto their integrity and faithfully exercised their convictions and devotion-they maintained a lifestyle above reproach and were separate from the wickedness that surrounded them even as they were productive members of the society they were assimilated into

But Churches are still seeing anemic attendance and faithfulness. The people that name the name of Christ are not holding onto much of a testimony and often even the more zealous and ambitious Christians are simply exercising superficial, vain religious activity and pharisaical pseudo-piety otherwise known as a form of godliness that denies the power thereof. it isnt the real, true spirituality of the days of revival but a sad imitation that frustrates the actors. 

So, the simple truth is that we should be flowing into the Churches, crying all over the altars, humbling ourselves,  apologizing to God, each other and the public and desperately seeking a supernatural solution. But instead, we see quiet, half empty churches, self-satisfied, Obama-voting 'Christians' who are busy watching reality tv and going shopping for black friday but wont be in Church on Sunday.....and so, the obvious fact is, that judgment is coming, on all of us, CHurches included. 

This is not the message we want to hear or give. But this is still true. 

Are there any Christians out there thinking of repenting and fasting and fervently praying? 

Whatever happens, do not forget the examples of men like Daniel, Nehemiah and Joseph who stayed true to God and saw Him work powerfully amidst the trials, tribulations and wicked surroundings in their lifetimes. Purpose in your heart, as Daniel did, not to eat the king's meat. God bless my friends, Keep the faith. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Profane People


When you turn a flashlight on in the middle of the day, you can barely see the light it gives, but when you turn it on in the middle of the night, the beam of light that it shines is much more noticeable & useful. 

My understanding of good and evil is becoming sharper and more obvious. There is more and more evil and darkness around us and it helps to make the goodness of good much more apparent. The South Koreans construct a HUGE Christmas tree every year within sight of the North Koreans. North Korea considers this to be psychological warfare & propaganda, but we walk by them all season long at stores etc, and never stop and say, Hey! look at this symbol of all that is good and wholesome in western civilization and Christianity! No, we just think it's a decoration, or don't think much of it at all (unless you're one of those Baptists who call it a Baal-bush but we're not getting into that). 

But taking things for granted and neglecting them is what causes great and wonderful things to be lost. Many people consider the 'spirit of Christmas' to be silly and corny but the Communists in North Korea consider it a threat to their way of life! Because Christmas has to do with redemption, brotherhood, giving, etc....these ideas of Jesus, giving and sacrifice and human love-are a threat to a governing party which expects it's people to WORSHIP the man they call "The Dear Leader."  

Many people take their family, marriage, Church, children, freedom--for granted. They don't realize that they are good, wholesome things that stand in stark contrast to evil. 

Sometimes I like to sing. Sometimes my wife and I even pull out some markers or pastels and do some coloring and drawing. It's good, clean fun. You wouldn't think it was any big deal for us to do this. Unless you had spent time in an atmosphere where someone oppressive wouldn't allow people to enjoy themselves. Where some sociopath wouldn't let you sing or laugh too loud or enjoy yourself without being intimidated or silenced or punished....imagine if you grew up like that, and all you wanted to do was spend one night with people you care about, maybe sitting back and watching a movie, or just talking and sharing jokes and stories. Just a night of relaxation and recreation. Something so many people take for granted and don't look at as anything special. But it is special. It shouldn't be taken for granted. 

Jesus spent a lot of time with people He cared about. He ate at Zaccheus' house, he ate with the disciples, He made them fish on the fire on the shores of Galilee after His resurrection. Jesus liked to fellowship. Paul talks in his Epistles about certain people who he loved so much and wanted to see. Loving people and spending time with them is actually spiritual :) 

What I am trying to say is, value those things which are valuable! Put a difference between the good and the evil. Do not let this twisted world define what is good and evil for you but follow what is Scriptural. 

We need to hold on to those things which are truly good and guard them and cherish them as never before. STOP neglecting God's gifts and privileges that He has made us stewards of.

ONE of the biggest things we have neglected is the home. We need to love our families, enjoy our families, watch out for our families. 

Marriage is one of God's very first creations. He instituted it and so it is holy and sacred. It isn't something to be taken lightly. And it is something that should be defended. It should not be redefines as being between a man and a man etc, and you should never find yourself opposing or harming someone else's marriage-it is not wise to criticize and denigrate someone's spouse and families and friends should be supportive and helpful to one another's marriages, seek to be an encouragement and to pray for one another's marriages. 

Children-#1 There is NO excuse for child abuse! Children are a gift from God an heritage from the Lord to be brought up in His nurture and admonition. Children should be cherished, protected and watched out for because they're a gift from God. Today, adults don't seem to think twice about their KIDS well-being when they go ahead and get divorced or cheat on their spouses. Or when they have a baby and don't even bother getting married, or when they let  Day Care raise their child, when they think being a MOTHER isn't GOOD ENOUGH and that being a career woman is more significant.....when they abort innocent children so they can treat sex as a recreation instead of unity of man and wife that brings about a family.... not to mention that many children have their minds polluted by internet/tv/cell-phone media because their parents and society have NO interest in protecting their minds from the degradation and perversion of this out of control culture. Perverts and predators are kidnapping and abusing kids and even turning them into slaves in Asia......abortion and other forms of child abuse are a total affront to a Holy God. God has a special place in His heart for children. Jesus said you have to become like a little child to enter His kingdom. So you can be sure, that harming them and neglecting them is a terrible, vile disease in our country and it will bring down the judgement of God. 

CHURCH-God's house is also sacred. For many reasons. It is a place set aside, sanctified for the use of worshiping God and hearing His Holy, Sacred Word. It is a place for the saints, the Holy people of God to gather. it is very special, Christ died for the Church. 
But we also take that for granted. There have been MANY times when God's people have not had the liberty to meet together in public and worship God. Those people could only wish to have the opportunity that we have to go to Church like we do, and yet Church attendance today in this Country is way down and our attitude about the Church is insane. 
Many people look at Church with the attitude of a consumer, Church-hopping, looking for what is most convenient and complaining about things they don't like. The New Testament saints would probably be shocked by our attitudes in 2012 America.

It is also important to look at how we treat our Bibles, our women, and our elderly. We will get into those subjects next time. Please pray and ask God to help our country repent and stop profaning His holy gifts. 

Woe to them that call evil good and good evil and put no difference between the holy and profane!
Peace. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

a voice cried in the wilderness

We are in a battle. A battle that is often unseen by those that aren't aware of it. But we shouldn't be ignorant of this battle. We shouldn't be lulled into complacency and think that the people sounding the alarm are being overly-dramatic. Because that is a big part of the battle. The enemy can do SOOO MUCH if you're convinced he is not there!

An old African Proverb says if there is no enemy within then the enemy without needs not be feared. It's when the enemy infiltrates the camp that we're in trouble, which is why people thinking that someone who is a complete enemy of that which is good, holy, wholesome and American being our leader is no big deal is a BIG DEAL!

We can dress it up in all sorts of religious lingo and spiritual platitudes but the FACTS remain the same.

We tend to swing from one extreme to the other which is unwise. We need BALANCE. We can't be screaming and yelling and foaming at the mouth all the time. But that doesn't mean there is NEVER a time to be stern either. People argue about Jesus-whether he was a cream-puff or a tough guy. But He was neither. He was a man, in all that being a man means. He was what He needed to be when He needed to be, just like a good father He knew when to be stern and when to be gentle. We need to learn to be more versatile and flexible, and have some discernment,..it isn't ALWAYS time for hellfire and brimstone nor is it always time for encouragement. both are needed WHEN APPROPRIATE. There is a time for ever purpose under the sun,a time for war and peace, building and tearing down etc. We seem to just want to pick one, we don't seem versatile at all. But Christ is sufficient for EVERY situation and He can be the Prince of Peace and a Man of War at the SAME time! So, while we need love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, kindness and charity, we also need conviction, integrity, courage and honesty. We need to stand for something and not compromise and we need to speak the truth and let it be heard!

In light of all that let me say this

1. America's version of Christianity is a train-wreck.

In a sophisticated, condescending manner, I have been instructed many times that I should stop expressing how I feel about Obama and other political degenerates. Because this is the popular wisdom of many spiritual giants who want to be popular and don't want to confront evil. But there isn't as much wisdom in this as some seem to think. Is the election the end all be all in our spirituality? No. Not even close. But it is a painfully obvious SYMPTOM of a huge problem.

If you are filling sanctuaries or stadiums with people or filling racks with your paperback books and selling them, does that make you a successful leader? Not according the Jesus' standard. What shows your success is the FRUIT! What FRUIT is it bearing? We like to talk numbers when it comes to attendance but how about some other numbers, how about divorce rates, crime rates, abortion rates, and votes counted......we may be able to get "our" books on the best sellers list but we aren't putting bars out of business because people are so in love with God they'd rather not get drunk (Billy Sunday did) we aren't seeing the crime rate go down (the Welsh Revival did) we aren't seeing families strengthened b/c the divorce rates are still insane....we aren't even producing disciples with enough conviction not to vote for a baby-killing, sodomy-endorsing, Christ-mocking President.....yet despite our failure of today compared to the success of many of our forefathers in the past, we are STILL impressed with ourselves, impressed with our cliches, thrilled with our false-piety and excited about our enlightened opinions.

If our methods, fads, and thinking are so impressive why did our forefathers backwards, fundamentalist, unenlightened, silly beliefs seem to bear superior fruit?

We are very self-satisfied. We assume that the PROBLEM must be in someone else. We MAY even bring ourselves to blame liberals and secularist extremists but we sure aren't going to blame ourselves.

Well, I think it does have to do with us, my friends. As a people....we've failed. As Christians, we may be the poorest group that's ever been :( DOn't get mad! Be honest. You know it is true, or atleast you should, come on, don't you feel it somewhere in the back of your mind, don't you feel as I do that we are not that impressive? Oh sure, I've had my days where I've convinced myself I am quite the spiritual giant but when push comes to shove I know in my heart that my attitude, my actions, my lifestyle, has been substandard!

I don't condone self-loathing or false humility, please dont think I am headed in that masochistic religious direction because I am not. I am just talking about good old fashioned honesty and humility. The Bible does say humble thyself in the sight of the Lord doesn't it?

I am angry at Obama, and I am frustrated at the circumstances we find ourselves is, but deeper down, I am heartbroken, sad, sorrowful, broken over the state that WE are in. And I know we have fallen far away from what God planned for us.

Our love for God is no longer hot,,.....it's dwindled to a lukewarm, dying coal in the fire.....as is our love for one another and our desire for the holy things God has blessed us with. Things Christians once cherished and prized are now utterly neglected. We do not love our Bibles and cherish reading or obeying it. We do not FEEL tenderness and respect for our families and friends like we used to. We neglect attending God's house.  

We do not defend the sacredness of our women, We do not honor and cherish them as we should. We don't
fight for the purity and the minds of our children. We don't honor our elders. We don't honor our Preachers. We don't honor God's Word. We don't honor the flag. We don't honor the home. We don't honor God. We don't honor much of anything.

The whole idea of anything being sacred is lost on us. Which means we are a very profane people. We are unholy. The word "Irreverent" is an adjective OFTEN used as a COMPLIMENT today when it is irreverence that is utterly DESTROYING our nation.

Say what you want. Think what you want. Rationalize how you will. There is only ONE answer for this Nation, ONE word and there is NOTHING you can do to escape this truth we will not survive unless there is REPENTANCE.