Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ye Are Bought With a Price

"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:20

We are facing judgment as a nation because the church did not take this scripture seriously, and if the church wouldn't take it seriously, how much more the rest of the country. I don't need to go into the string of sins that our nation is guilty: killing over 50 million babies, adultery and fornication, homosexuality, wholesale pornography, lovers of money, rebellious against God and his scriptures, and it goes on and on. The church hasn't been far behind. Adultery is rampant in the pulpit yet scripture is very clear about this. "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;" 1 Timothy 3:2 The same goes for a deacon. "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well." 1 Timothy 3:12 Adultery and fornication is practiced within the church without even a blink anymore. Many are living in this state in America. I do not know for sure what these should do if they truly become converted to Christ: Some say they should depart and others say not. That is between them and God. There isonly one thing to remember here, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." Hebrews 13:4

Our teenagers know little or nothing about prayer and consecration but they do know how to "party for the Lord." They don't know scriptures but they can sing the latest Christian rock song that has little or no substance, if you can even understand all the words. Yet, the Muslims teach their children the Koran even from a language they don't understand and they can quote much of it. We are to be shamed as a church.

It is time to take God's Word seriously and quit trying to go around the scriptures. This is not the time to fool around on God. It's time for us to examine our lives and keep ourselves pure. It's time for us to pray for revival that must first begin within ourselves then spread to others around us. I don't think America as a whole will heed God's warnings even when things really begin to happen. They may respond in the form of political opposition and rally around those who believe the "conservative point of view." While I understand that in itself, it is not the thing that will move the hand of God. We are the ones that can do that as the body of Christ. Championing conservative causes is fine but we must also realize that without God's help, only a temporary healing will come, if any. We must realize that it is God that controls the destiny of nations as he showed Jeremiah when he went down to the potter's house.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. Jeremiah 18:1-10

Those who God uses to judge our nation will go as far as God will let them, but no farther. "When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?" Job 38:9-11 We must realize that we are looking for a better place and though it is our duty to pray for the peace of our nation and seek the peace thereof, we are looking at being with Christ forever. The wicked only have a short time to work as we read in Psalm 17:13-15. " Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes. As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Be and stay pure for your redemption draweth nigh! "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. " Luke 21:28

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Come to the Water

"And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth." Exodus 9:16

Judgment of America is eminent. I believe it's at the door. We have seen the results of what the American people have chosen. They have chosen a man to lead the country that will have unbridled power due to the vast majority his party in congress. His associations and ideals fit a man raised up by God to judge a nation that has wondered away from God. The majority of Americans care nothing about liberty or even about freedom of religion or speech so long as their bellies are full. This has been proven in the past but is now magnified. We are now in a post-Christian which will pave the way for God's judgment, not only on the United States, but the entire world which will culminate in the final battle of Armageddon.

Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:12-14

Men's rebellion against Christ and the authority of his word has been brewing since the first sin in the Garden of Eden. The rulers of this world have no time of Christ and haven't for some time as we read in Psalm 2: 1-3. " Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." But their rebellion will one day be culminated as we see God's reaction in verse 4-6. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion." We must keep in mind the final outcome and take care we are on the right side, that is the winning side, which is the King of Kings' side who is the creator of the earth, the first and the last. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Revelation 22:13

As God raised Pharaoh of Egypt, he has raised up Obama. Pharaoh's stubbornness to let the children of Israel go allowed God to send plagues on Egypt and judgment on their gods. "For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD." Exodus 12:12 So will God do to the United States to raise judgment against the lukewarm church who is drunk on the cares of this life and care nothing about the things of God. They care more about their Sunday afternoon ballgame than about preparing for the service Sunday night, if they even have a service. They are more concerned about planning the next eat and will turn out in the droves for a social occasion but will pray for only a minute or two at the end of the service, if they even do that. American churchgoers by and large have sold the children to the people who care nothing for God nor his Biblical standards, even with such basic institutions as the traditional family. I could go on and on! Is there any wonder why we're facing what we're facing? I've said this was coming for years and I'm not alone. Many others have said it as well….that judgment of America was coming. Now I'm afraid it is at the door, even the very door! I wish I could tell you something else but I can't.

I will tell you that after the results of this election I was devastated for awhile. My last blog shows it! I had fasted and prayed that it wouldn't turn out this way and so did others, I'm sure. But now that I've had some time to stand back, pray, and study the situation, I realize what has happened. God has done this. Look at Psalm 75: 5-7. "Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."

But, Christ is still in control and if you are one of his followers you can still trust in him. If you are not, then it's time to fully trust in him and let him do a work in your life. Jesus said in Revelation 21:6, " And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Come to the water my friend and drink! The well is still flowing!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

False Prophet?

I recently received a comment regarding the blog I posted entitled Ester. The comment was this, "Looks like we have a false prophet here since McCain/Palin lost. Apparently she wasn't chosen to reign." Jeremy

First, let me mention that I was passing this on and wanted to give you something to think and pray about. Second: Maybe he is and maybe he isn't. You say, well McCain lost the election didn't he? Yes, but we must remember that sometimes God does things different than we do. The big thing is that, when you look at what he said, there is not a clear cut statement saying that they were to win the election, only that they should stand strong. Being an Ester can have many applications and can mean that she will be used later. So Jeremy, don't be so quick to label someone a false prophet until you look closely to what is said.

Also, I do not know the man so I have no reason to defend him except that I want to be fair to him. Personally, I'm of the current attitude that God has forsaken his people and that there is no hope. Now they have enough votes in congress to pass whatever bill they want and have a president more than willing to sign them. They will pass the Fairness Doctrine (don't be fooled by its name) and that will silence any conservative voice on talk radio, even the Christian voices in most cases. They will pass the Card-check bill which puts most workers into unions (I know that is simplified) and they no longer can vote secretly. Knowing the make-up of the unions I don't think I need to tell you how they will vote since Big Brother will be looking over their shoulder. They will also make Christian education illegal and possibly force the true church underground due to massive bureaucracies. They will hike taxes so there's little money left and prices will go up. Obama wants a civil army which will function as a tattle-tale army telling Big Brother if someone speaks out against him or his government. I'm not prophesying so if God is gracious enough to stop some of these things then well, but this is what I see now. There will be total control by a people who has no love for the truth or our traditional values. I'm afraid judgment is coming to America and very fast!

We are truly like the Jews in Ester's time, waiting for the slaughter. I'm not trusting in anyone here so don't get me wrong but if God can somehow raise up an Ester, so be it!