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Legalism, Seducing Spirits and Marshmallows

God woke me up at 2 a.m. and I watched most of this program listed below on TV.

LIFE ON THE ISLAND OF JESUS – Premiering February 16, 2020 on ABC-affiliated stations. The true story of missionary pastor, Scott Campbell, whose ambitious dreams for ministry success crash into a disinterested spiritual culture, driving him into clinical depression and to the brink of suicide. The film explores how God uses great difficulties over time to transform followers of Jesus into new creations.

I went back to bed and when I got up, I put the whole thing together – a unified field theory if you prefer.  I’ve been struggling with the multiverse concept of the physicists and realize that their very accurate view of reality is a multiplicity of dimensions all working either together – or at odds.  

Can God be all and in all, but still His Will is not done except for those multi-verses where it and His Will are being applied.  Yes, this is all “head stuff” but it explains to me what is behind divorce, disease, failure, from the very first act in the Garden to today and the ultimate wrap up of history. It also explains all success.

I have been trying to discover the dynamic behind these almost inexplicable attacks on Lynda Bennett.  Clearly she is a flawed target, but hardly worth this Herculean effort.  Why would a group of people try to make sure she is NOT elected?  The explanation came with this film.

I hope you can watch it somewhere.  I have only Roku which means I have very limited TV or video access. 

But watching this, if you understand it, will break the back of depression or in truth, just about any problem you need solved.

I will be writing about this in the future.  And since you are the only two brain boxes I feel comfortable telling stuff to, please call me if and when you want me to go over it.  It will take me some time to put this all down on paper and bring in the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdom as well. Oh yes, and the demonic too. Yeh – angels too.

Legalism is a man made system of doing God’s will generally but not doing God’s will specifically. It is essentially an endorsement of the will of man.

When you Pray? and to Whom?

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Simmie and her husband are immigrants from Indonesia.  She escaped from China and is an implacable foe of Communism.  Together they run a successful beauty shop known for high quality work.  They both wear the brown prayer beads that identify Buddhists; both are very happy and fulfilled in their lives.  They remember President Ronald Reagan’s defeat of the Soviets and are conservative voters.

I like my appointments early so when Simmie shows up I am already there. She takes about 5 minutes  before work to stand in front of the little plastic Buddha in a corner of the shop.  She gives a daily offering, which is often fruit, and says some prayers standing there silently. (Buddhists in China eat the fruit for lunch.) Orientals are a quiet sort anyway.  Then she begins her work day.

I marvel at this sight.  Here is a plastic Buddha manufactured by presses in the Pacific Rim (even by those new copy machines filled with liquid plastic)  and painted with fake gold.  Sometimes these Buddhas are ceramic and covered in real gold.   But no matter.  I wonder, “Whatever good will that do? This is just plastic; he can’t talk back.“

Most people, even some Buddhists, don’t know that Buddha did not claim to be God, only that he had the wisdom of God.  And in fact, many people are wise. 

This is a god who cannot answer

My God can talk back. I want my God to tell me, “That is a stupid idea,” or – “You are on the right track.”  I left Texas because God said, ”Start packing.” I could not be happier with the results of the move.  Buddha can’t tell me that. 

In China I asked one teacher, a  Buddhist, “What is God’s name?”  She answered, “Shang Di.”  That is the Chinese word for the creator God.  Then I asked, “Do you know His first name?”  She did not.

I said, “His first name is Jesus.”  In October 2018 someone told me she accepted Jesus as Messiah, finally after 10 years.  These things take time.

What do we do with the Simmies in our midst?  We need to tell them that our god can talk back.  Not through a priest, or even a prophet, but directly.  I love hearing testimonies of people who have Jesus show up – sur-prise, sur-prise.  He will do it.  When Christians pray.

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The Evil Heart of Unbelief

The Heart of the Matter

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God says Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

The King James Bible has 884 references to the heart of man, and yes, God does know it. The heart we begin life with has this inside. We mya begin as innocent babies, but as we mature the divided heart becomes evident. We want to do good – we do not. We want the best – but we seek other options. We want truth but we speak lies. Adulthood is coming to grips with our basic nature. And then seeking an answer to our personal dilemna.

As a child we have hearts that can be brought to God because they are soft and pliable. But as we grow, if we do not heed the spriit of god calling to us hearts become hardened. This is soemthing we do as we respond to life.

This doesn’t happen overnight. Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts.

The story of Moses appealing to Pharaoh to let his people go is one of the increasing hardening of the heart in response to the pleas. God continued to give the ruler of Egypt a chance to change his mind. Changing you mind is fairly easy. When I discovered old produce at one grocery store I changed my mind and went to another. That kind of change is easy as the rationale is obvious. But when an attitude of change is required, that is a different story. Pharaoh was asked to substitute mercy for judgment – grace for law. He saw profits flying out the window. He could not afford to release his slaves. And his heart became hardened. It was a combination of God hardening his heart and he doing it as well.

Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so. 1 Samuel 6:6 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?

And that is the way God deals with us all. He gives us a challenge and then waits to see our response.

In these passage as in Exodus we see that the basic problem is self-will, The Pharaoh wants his own will. God has another will. Moses presents the will of God. This is the pattern of salvation. Man provides the call of God, and then a response is expected. Many believers will tell you of how over a period of years they knew God was calling them but they hesitated or backed off, and then finally obeyed. But how much easier it is to response properly and quickly.

We a;l struggle with a divided heart – art of us want our will and another part wants God’s will. Psalm 86:11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Clearly the Old Testament shows no hope for the hardened, evil heart of man. But there is a promise.

The cure is in Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Curiously enough as you may know, God’s promises require a blood sacrifice to enforce a covenant, or a completed promise. In the Old Testament there is no sacrifice for this promise, not one time. But in the New Testament the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross does acknowledge this. That is why the Bible can say that the sacrifice of Jesus is the one and final blood sacrifice.

This is a good starting prayer.

Job 26:13 For God makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubles me;

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God’s Bucket List

Seniors talk about their bucket list, what they want to do before they die. Maybe God has a list for you too. Many of my older friends think they no longer have any position, value or duty now that they are not earning money or keeping up a busy household.

Not so. If you are going to live 10,000 years, plus, then your short life of 80 years is equivalent to 15 minutes of the total time of existence. A mere whiff.

God said He had a set of plans for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 Lexham English Bible (LEB) 11 For I know the plans that I am planning concerning you,’ declares[a] Yahweh, ‘plans for prosperity and not for harm, to give to you a future and a hope.

Think of this as a time of reward. Working for God and with Him has many blessings. So sit down with paper and pen and make a list of all the things you think He would want you to do. I was 67 when I went to China for the first time; it is one of the top highlights of my entire life, which brings blessings even today with Chinese friends by email.

  • Mercy Ships – Using your own money you accompany doctors and nurses around to various ports where the patients may have never seen a real doctor. You do not need to be medically trained, just know how to take instructions and be helpful to the full time staff.
  • Senior citizen programs – Social service agencies have placement for attendants who work with sick babies and children who need love and attention in hospitals and agencies. Many pay a small stipend which is not tax deductible and occasionally they have transportation services. You’ll need a physical checkup and a background check but they’ll be happy to have you.
  • Volunteer teachers are needed in schools, playgrounds, sports pavilions. Chick-fil-et at one time even had volunteers who offered to pray for diners.
  • God may want you to go back and get another degree, or learn to play an instrument. I wish I had time to learn the guitar – or to buy one.
  • I have a friend who is partially disabled. He gets into a little electric cart at WalMart and zips around, asking people if they want prayer. He hardly ever gets a “no” answer.
  • Your being out in the public gives you a chance to make an impact on someone else’s life. And when you do, it impacts you as well.

Now put your list in your Bible and don’t look at it for two weeks. Then open it up again and write down what God has told you to do. He might say buy an RV and tour the country with your niece! Be open ended about your life and God will fill it with meaning.

#bucketlist #Godsplansforyou

Worship Defined – Not What You Think

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To watch major TV religious programs one would think that Praise and Worship were all about singing, dancing, and praising God with musical instruments and much jumping around.praise-worship  And while God applauds that, it is not the whole story.   The English word worship means simply to show what something or someone is worth; the more attention you pay to something the more valuable it is to you, and that is a sign of your worship.  That could apply to almost anything.

But worship of God has, according to the Greek  word used in the Bible,  a  quite different meaning.  The word is eusebeia.  It’s unusual because it comes from a word meaning  “to step back from.”  And the prefix eu is a term of praise.  So the worshipful person steps back from God. And you thought (at least I thought) worship would be stepping forward.

On the contrary, to step back from God indicates a fear of the Lord or a recognition of His total power and authority.  But asebeia is the opposite, one who does not fear the Lord, does not step back from the authority and reverence of His presence, or consider His word and His requirements of much value.  Asebeia is translated trough the New Testament in many ways but it always indicates ungodliness, or behavior which shows that obedience to God’s will means very little.

Clearly this is not singing and praise.  Worship then is how you act, either in accordance with God’s word, or in violation of it.  It can also mean irreligion in general, but considering the things we pay close attention to in life –  idolatries – that may definition not apply these days.  Clearly worship does not refer to going to church, especially if your actions outside of church show no fear of the Lord.

Since we have tied worship to fear of the Lord here are two scriptures worthy of memorizing.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the deceitful mouth, do I hate.
 
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
 
This short lesson comes from 27 pages on the internet, so if you want to read the whole thing, click here. A complete exegesis of the word “worship”
 

But now for the kicker.  Worship, if defined by the amount of
attention you pay to something could apply to hobbies, work (workaholics), attention to clothing and body image, sports and recreation, acquisition of things, and the list goes on.  Since the very first commandment is “You (singular) shall have no other gods before me” then anything that consumes our worship (time) that is not God is idolatry.  You could almost say that this one commandment is quite enough to recognize our separation from the truth.

Modern Americans have so much free time and extra money; it is not hard to see what consumes us.

#worth-ship #worthourtime

Do you love them enough to tell them the truth?

It’s obvious that if we can tell ISIS and other Islamic radicals that crucifying small children and raping men and boys as they merrily behead their opponents is a sure way to hell, we ought to be able to tell the truth to others nearby.  But where is it happening?  

People beg to be loved – do not condemn me!

Everywhere I turn someone is complaining that their sin is being condemned, and somehow we (the believers) are  responsible for it, or at least guilty of some egregious “un” Christian sin by not endorsing their evil behavior.

Two lesbian mothers recently complained that the church is condemning them, and not allowing them in fellowship.  Shame on you – they cry.  What nonsense is this – that the spokesmen for God – the Christian Church – is now expected to endorse the sin of two whiny females?

They have no place to go to church.  They wanted to worship God. I suggested to them that they try New Age or the Rosicrucians or maybe even set up a little altar in their home. Why would they ask God’s people to affirm what God Himself calls an abomination?  Is the Church going to risk calling God a liar?

God gives no one permission to change His Word

Of course, I am over-stating this.  But Truth at the core of everything God says has not changed.  God’s people have no right or ability to change God’s word.  We can only defy it.  If we defy and deny, we put ourselves in the same boat as these women – we become anathema to Him.

Apparently many pastors are now willing to affirm homosexual lifestyles and even in some sorry cases to permit a homosexual priesthood.  That is a final slap in the face.  And to what end?  They want these lost people to attend their churches? And for what purpose?

THEY ARE STILL LOST

 Pastors may think that continued sitting under the preached word will change hearts – but why should anyone who has his/her sin endorsed bother changing?  In fact the entire purpose of the gospel is that We CHANGE.  God doesn’t.

 Malachi 3:6 I am the Lord. I change not.

As the Supreme Court sits to decide on homosexual marriage the Church continues to have a duty to stand by God’s word and His Holiness. Franklin Graham said it best – When God changes His mind, I’ll change mine.

 

When you consider the way preachers have opened their arms to deny the Word of God, it is a wonder anyone is being saved at all. Once you let that horse out of the barn the entire stable can be let loose, and so folks bragging about adultery, or incest, extortion, lying, and you name it are happily joining to praise the god of Anything Goes. The Church has lost its way, and the congregation is lost.

And all because no one loved them enough to tell them the truth.

#sodomy #homosexual #spiritoferror

Can You Interpret this Dream/Vision?

I was in the vision high above the earth.  and communicating with people, I don’t know who.  It was extremely dark but I was not afraid.  Then because of several (more than 2) flashes of light (twinkling of an eye flashes) I could see into the earth’s crust and the land was desiccated to the depth of about 8 or more, maybe even 12 feet.  I could see the honeycomb pattern in the interior of the earth’s crust.  All moisture was gone.  The surface of the earth was unchanged. webdesign

I have attached this picture showing how only a web-like structure was seen underneath the surface of the earth.

I decided to inform a group of people including President Obama of this, but I also wrote all this in a letter, addressed and stamped the envelope and placed it on a stainless steel cabinet for mailing.

Obama did not receive my prophecy/vision about the earth’s crust.  He started walking back to the White House which was not far away and I followed.   The letter, I noticed, was now missing; someone did not want this word getting out.  The President continued walking with me slightly behind him.  He had no protective secret service detail escorting him.

If you have an interpretation please write it in a comment box.

Repentance means “Change Your Mind”

Repentance is not hanging your head in shame and skulking around under guilt and fear. But real repentance is proactive and healthy. 

Repentance is internal

Jesus never said, “How do you feel.” Emotions are reactive, they occur after something happens. You fall down the stairs and start to cry. The crying follows the fall – the crying does not precede it.

Our emotions lie to us

People who live in their emotions are usually unsuccessful. They identify as victims. Their focus is in the past and everything that either went right or wrong for them.

If they are on the top of the world, they live in a cloud of glory and happiness. If something goes wrong and they are rejected, they lash out. Most of what parents do to correct and rear children is in this area – preventing the emotional life from taking over.

Thinking precedes decisions

Meanwhile, Jesus said often, “What do you think?” The thought is father of the deed. Education is a life long exercise in thinking about what you are doing and why. One whole book of the New Testament, Philippians, is about managing your thinking. When your mind wanders, grab it by the throat and drag it back into reality.

In primitive societies people thought demons sat in the tops of trees and threw sticks at them to make them stumble. We think that is absurd now, but in reality the smallest child starts out in this world not knowing who or why things happen to them. And without guidance, they would grow up with the same notions of malicious invisible beings acting out of vengeance.

The process of thinking which leads to repentance

The Bible gives us the steps. “With the heart man believes unto righteousness and confession is made unto salvation.”

At some point an individual needs to recognize that he/she is not righteous, and that the Person involved in changing him is God Himself. This process of deep dissatisfaction with oneself is important, and it must not lead to emotional reactions of being God’s victim, or hopelessness, or abject failure. These emotions take the person away from the reality of the solution. The tendency of a human being is to be completely self-focused. And many people fall into this pit.

Corrie Ten Boom said this, “I look inside and I ‘m depressed. I look outside and I’m distressed. I look at Him and I am blessed.” Repentance is taking your focus off the problem and back onto God and His solution.

The process of individual salvation can take a very long time – years of alcoholism, drug addiction, wandering from job to job, fighting, jail, failed marriages – all because the focus of the person’s mind was on the natural world, or the self, and not the spiritual solution.

At that point, it is the heart which accepts the truth, believing that righteousness will come from God. What follows is a public confession which leads to salvation as the verse above shows. No one is saved by joining a church, anymore than you can be saved by joining the Kiwanis Club. Your new connection to God comes in the spiritual, unseen world.

God’s tool for reformation is the Bible; many people will tell you they were saved by reading it, even a small portion. And that is why so many dictatorial governments reject the Bible because it does result in changed lives. The Bible was ejected out of American schools and today shootings, violence, rape, broken families and all kinds of social ills are visible in schools that we had almost none of 60 years ago.

Reformed, repentant people can then reform their culture, society, politics, and the media. We can hope.

Check this out. Real Repentance

#emotions #thinking #socialchange

A Word from the Bible about Alcohol

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There are many denominations that preach against alcohol. It can be a life-threatening addiction. It killed off my mother, my father and my husband. Nevertheless it is not the product but the usage. Nothing is dangerous unless used in excess.

Everything God made is good. Too many video games, too much TV, too much alcohol, too much time on your cell phone, excessive listening to music, excessive anything – is flat wrong because life is about balance.

But now to answer your question. Jesus was a guest at a wedding and when the wine ran out he asked his mother to see that the servants filled great vats with water which He then turned to wine.

John 2:5- 10 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.

7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.”

So they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him.

9 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom,

10 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

No, we don’t have proof here at Jesus actually drank any of this wine himself, but if it was wrong would he have provided it for others? In all things we have free will.

We are not under law but grace. When we live foolishly the Law comes back to remind us that we didn’t use good judgment. There are people sitting in jail today because they used the grace of God foolishly and drank too much. And their “will” was suddenly placed at the mercy of the police. Decisions have consequences. If you fail to control yourself you can be sure the “state” will come in and control you until you learn your lesson. I worked with prisoners for many years, and that is the lesson they had to learn.

Saying this passage is about spiritual things, or only for the end of time places meanings on it which are not in the original.  Yes, it is possible to see spiritual application in this passage, but that is true of every other Bible passage as well.  It is possible to spiritualize something so much that you lose the plain meaning of it.  That makes you the judge and jury over what God said, and that can’t work. Picking and choosing what you believe is called heresy.

If you know you are not supposed to drink you do not need me to tell you that; if you want to drink, you do not need Jesus telling you it is OK. And in any event, you do not need to stop drinking to get to heaven.

Salvation is about believing that Jesus died for your sins, not you stopping drinking and then getting yourself saved because you did.  Many churches believe that drinking is a sin, but no matter what you believe, you are not saved by doctrine. And you are not saved by what you do or not do.

The old gospel tune, Trust and Obey, is still the path of life.  If God told you not to drink, then that is your command.  And He expects obedience. And think how easy that is. He hasn’t asked you to come up with $10,000 dollars?

The decision, to drink or not, is yours. But the results are also yours. Be wise, be cautious. Life is more than food and drink. Jesus said that too.

God’s Plan for America 2020

God’s word in plain text; man’s words in italics.

from Kenneth Copeland, well-known evangelist:

During the VICTORYThon, and those of you who watched it remember this. They had a camera set up in our den/kitchen area at the house where I could interrupt anytime I got ready to, and I did. I didn’t know the camera was on all the time where all they had to do was just send me over there to it. But that camera was live all the time, and recording all the time. I was just sitting there, and this began to work in my spirit. This was on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, during the VICTORYThon:

Politicians of Hate will go

Those politicians who refuse My call to unite and become the United States of America, and not just “America.” Those politicians who refuse to listen, those politicians who continue the pathway of hate, I will remove them from their place, and I will remove their influence from the record books. I will remove them from their place. I will remove their influence from the record books. I will remove their candle in their families. I will remove them from office and put somebody in there who will.

That’s what the Spirit of God is saying. That was on the first of Oct. Now, I had heard this already, sometime before this. It was the first thing I heard about the year 2020. And I knew that 2020 just yielded itself to vision, and there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s good, like Hank Kunneman, the young prophet in Omaha, Nebraska, said. My, my, my! He came out of this ministry. Just a powerful man of God. And he began to talk about double vision.

Hank Kunneman also said, The LORD said to me:

2020—The Year of New Visions The LORD is revealing new visions this coming year that will be absolutely stunning. They will include insights, ideas and concepts that have never been heard of before. Joel 2:28-29 (and Acts 2:16-18) tells us, “It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.

2020- a time of many dreams and visions

And The LORD said to me, 2020 will be the time when there will be great increase in dreams and visions. And then He said, Be very careful because you know 2 Corinthians 11:14 says that satan can present himself as an angel of light and bring about visions and dreams. So make certain it is from God.

© 2019 Now I’ve had visions, but I don’t remember ever having a prophetic dream until just a few nights ago. Well, I’m an old man. I qualify!

Kenneth Copeland’s dream:

I dreamed I was in an airport to go to Nashville, Tennessee. When the airplane was close to boarding, I decided to go to the restroom, but I didn’t need to go. I went into a restaurant and asked if they had a restroom I could use, and a young man said no. I said, “Oh come on, man!” and I peeled off a bill from a wad of money I had in my pocket. Another young man was with him and went with him. They took me to the restroom. I decided to go in. I decided to give the other young man a bill, and I noticed the bills had no numbers on them. Mac Gober, who’s in heaven, was somewhere in the airport, and I thought, Mac can hold the airplane for me.

Confusion in the money system

More confusion is coming in our financial system. Who knows what the money is worth? But those who have gone before us, the great cloud of witnesses led by Jesus are, by intercession, holding things together until the great changes come.

That’s 2020, brother. And then I kept saying, “LORD, there’s more than just the visions and the dreams.” Well, on October 13, I’m headed to preach in the Navaho Nation. Jerry and I have been involved in the Navaho Nation now for almost 48 years. And I’m just riding there in the airplane. I wasn’t even praying about it. I was working on the message I was about to preach there on the reservation. Suddenly, this just downloaded into me, and David took it down as fast as I could speak it out:

2020 will be a year of great change.

Wonderful and magnificent changes in the kingdom of God in the earth. Changes that will come because of insights, ideas and concepts directly from Jesus to His Church by His mighty Spirit.

Understanding God’s Laws

Glorious concepts of how His laws work; the laws governing increase and financial prosperity; the laws of the Spirit that release miracles and divine healings and manifestations of His Almighty power on the earth.

New concepts of His love; His very person; for He is love. Insights into the true power and strength of His joy. It will be days of political change, great victories and great defeats. For the spiritual enemies of God and His people shall be crushed—spirits, not flesh and blood. But there are those on both sides of the political divide who refuse to listen to The LORD Advocate General of the Church.

Dashed dreams of those who refuse to listen

Their dreams shall be dashed, their desires shall be wounded, and they will be removed from their offices and replaced, some by the ballot, some by tragedy, and some who in despair will quit and go do something else. This is My country, saith The LORD Jesus. It was founded by people who love Me for the sole purpose of their love and desire to worship Me and to worship the Almighty God, and I will never forget that. Change.

2020—the Year of Change and Manifested Power, saith The LORD.

Prediction about which Congressional seats may be lost in 2020.

https://www.lifezette.com/2019/12/prediction-pro-impeach-house-dems-12-more/?utm_source=activeengage&utm_medium=email

Get the Church out of the Foxholes

If you want to make sense of the Old Testament books, read The Message.

Here, 1 Samuel 13:6-7 we find that prolonged loss in battle finds the Israelites hiding in foxholes.

6-7 When the Israelites saw that they were way outnumbered and in deep trouble, they ran for cover, hiding in caves and pits, ravines and brambles and cisterns—wherever. They retreated across the Jordan River, refugees fleeing to the country of Gad and Gilead. But Saul held his ground in Gilgal, his soldiers still with him but scared to death.

The Philistines had disarmed them.

That describes today’s American culture, turned over to the enemies of not just Yahweh but of a healthy culture. America today is a moral sinkhole. The details on sex-trafficking are enough in themselves but there is also the statistics that 43% of males spend hours watching pornography which encourages rape, incest and every form of perversion – monkey see, monkey do.

Anarchists in charge

A small group of Congressmen and women are trying to overturn the results of a legal election because they do not share the same personal opinions of the current President. There is no crime named in this impeachment. The school systems are teaching socialism by example, and millions of Millennials have few civic skills to prepare them for what is coming, all issues they must eventually face.

Sanctuary cities are enclaves of civil disobedience sheltering the self-willed. Portions of the nation are literally burning up; others have no water. Yahweh Himself said he uses the weather to bring judgment on sin. (See the book of Amos.) And groups of people are so anti-truth they insist they are another gender, something they cannot prove scientifically, and then they demand special policies to support this nonsense. You are what your DNA says you are. Period.

Where is the church

the salt of the earth which is supposed to cleanse the society? Hiding out.

How can we get back into the war. There is nothing in our Bible which says Christians are to be isolated from political decisions. On the contrary, we are to be Change Agents in the world, not just as Christian missionaries in religious work, but as salt and light in business, education, law, social work, food service, retail, nongovernmental operations, transportation, the justice system, prisons, sports, everywhere. Because if we are not, nature abhors a vacuum and the devil will come in like a flood. That is our call to arms.

#spiritualwarfare #changeagents

Holy Spirit as Unifier

Back in 2008 when I was a missionary in China that nation suffered an earthquake which took over 1/4 million lives. When I returned to the States I learned that a well-known California family had lost their adopted Chinese child through a freak accident around that same time. The Lord showed me (more accurately the Holy Spirit showed me) – that this child was now reunited with her original Chinese family – a great home-going for them all.

How exciting. But of course the grieving Californians could not know what I’d been told. I have no contact with these people so I completely forgot my revelation.

Then I moved to Texas where I joined a modern charismatic church. The pastor one morning told the congregation that this Chinese child’s father was his personal friend. Later I told him what the Lord had revealed to me. Would he would please tell the grieving father, even though now it is 2 years later? Then I completely forgot about it.

Many months later I asked if he had talked to the father? Had he told him about what God had told me? NO, he had not. The Holy Spirit is called The Comforter, but his friend offered him no comfort.

Frankly it shocked me that this pastor would not care enough for his friend to ease his pain with this revelation. In fact, I was so put off by it I left the church entirely. Then I moved to another town and the entire thing was lost to my mind once more.

Eventually the impact of this earthquake came up again so I asked God – Why didn’t he tell his friend, the father? The Lord made it clear to  “Her father already knows!” So God gave the revelation of what had happened to his child, perhaps directly, perhaps through another person. God is more than willing to tell us why He is doing things, or what has happened to our family beyond the grave. And it relieved my mind too, knowing that a family of Chinese were happily in heaven after I’d spent so much of my time trying to reach my Chinese students for the gospel.

This is what God wants for his church. He wants us to minister revelation and truth to each other. When that happens, the Real Church happens. Look at Acts 2. They are all in an upper room, in one accord. Out of this upper room came a massive 5,000 souls revival including a large number of foreigners (that is they were all speaking diverse languages) were taken into the church in one day. A crusade followed when many were sent out, miracles were common. Out of that original unity came the greatest single move of God up until that time.

And that is what God wants now.

No – He is not giving revelation to just anyone. Non-believers, mockers and the hostile are not included in the revelation of truth. But if God’s people will come together they’ll find themselves being effective beyond their wildest dreams. And prophecy is not just about the future – but also present reality and confirmation that when we are obedient we can receive assurance that we are on the right track.

Right now, angels are gathering people together – people who believe the word of God, in addition to people known as “tares” – those who pretend to be believers but who don’t believe. This is before the final harvest.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

If someone in your church does not agree, let them go.

If you no longer agree with what is being done in your church, you go. God has new barns and will deal with the nay-sayers.

We lost that unity and still don’t have it back, but the call of God and the potential is still there. When we are all on one page God will show up and do mighty things.  It requires us all to be in total agreement with the word and the will of God.

Can any two walk together lest they be agreed? Amos 3:3

If you are tempted to, don’t ask God to rifle through piles of tares to drag them out and into the Kingdom. Not all people are going to be saved. Only those who do God’s business God’s way! We are to pray that those who have not made up their minds will be sought by God, but as for the rest – Let them go. His business and yours is the Kingdom.

That event in my life demonstrated to me one of the major duties the Holy Spirit has in this world – that of bringing believers together and empowering them to minister to each other.

#unbelievers #prophecy #Chinaearthquake

How to read through the Bible in a Year without losing heart

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Print this out an place in your favorite Bible. Decide now that you will get up a half hour before everyone else and get this reading done before you start your day. once you get in the habit you will never give it up.

If you read the Bible through cover to cover, and I’ve done it often, you may get bogged down in Deuteronomy or Leviticus, so I recommend you start with the New King James version, which is the one most often quoted, and I’d read The Message for all the historical books, Chronicles, Kings, and Samuel.

Try to skip around the other books reading those chapters that have come up in discussion or a sermon.

Let’s say your minister speaks on Ben-Hadad.  He is a wicked King of Syria and Syria’s wickedness is at the top of our current news.  You can look up chapters on this man by going to Bible Gateway

If you get up early in the morning to do this, the thoughts you read will filter through your brain during the day and keep your mind off how broke you are.

After you read a chapter check off the number at the chapter heading. If you read 3 chapters each day and 5 on the weekends you should be done in a year. One Psalm each day will take 5 months. Now that doesn’t sound so hard, does it?

Remember 3 chapters a day and 5 on the weekends = 1 year.

What the Bible Says about Immigration

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This information is the work of Joseph Farah originally published 10/28/2014 but since it is the Bible the words stand forever as the principle behind immigration and the issue of homelessness of peoples and their migration.

“Thou shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Exodus 22:21

It’s always good when people consider the moral implications of public policy. So the Bible is a good place to start exploring the right and wrong of immigration laws. But seizing on one or two out-of-context verses in the Bible does not make for the kind of comprehensive moral case you would expect of those urging “comprehensive immigration reform.”

The Bible actually has a lot of say about national borders, foreigners, citizenship and the law.

For starters, I challenge anyone to check an exhaustive online or offline concordance for the word “border” or “borders” to get an appreciation of how many times God’s Word references these terms. While not all of them are relevant to our discussion, I count 169 references, most of them making the point that God really cares about them. Is that surprising? He cares about boundaries between nations. In fact, it is God Himself who invented nation-states back in Genesis 11.

Why did He do it?

It seems He scattered the world’s population and created the diverse languages in an effort to subvert man’s efforts to unite in a global kingdom under a false universal religion. Keep in mind, this took place before God created the nation of Israel.

Interestingly, one of the prime motivations of those behind the promotion of borderless societies is this very same notion of regional government and global government and the breakdown of nationalism.

What was wrong at the time of the Tower of Babel remains wrong today. That should be clear to anyone and everyone whose standard of morality is the Bible.

Remember the Tower of Babel story? It seems there was a man named Nimrod who attempted to set up the first world government and the first false religion.

After the Flood, God decreed that man should scatter across the whole earth and be fruitful and multiply. But, about 100 years later, a large contingent of men, under the leadership of Nimrod, whose very name means “let us revolt or rebel,” decided they would settle in Shinar and build a tower to make a name for themselves.

God foiled this plan by scattering them around the world and creating new languages among the new nations that were thus established.

Make no mistake about it: Nation-states are an invention of the Creator – a deliberately chosen device to serve His purposes.

That’s what we’re told in Acts 17:26-27: That God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord.”

The purpose of nation-states seems to be to restrain Satan’s efforts at creating his kingdom on earth. That will happen eventually – only when God Himself permits it in His timing, as shown in Revelation 17:17: “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” But nation-states serve another purpose as well – to be God’s instruments on earth for meting out justice and providing protection for the people (Deuteronomy 17:14-17).

Ultimately, the political debate about borders and illegal immigration is a debate about national sovereignty. You have heard it said that if we don’t have borders, we don’t have countries. It’s really true – especially when two countries very different from one another in language, culture and economy share a 2,000-mile border as do Mexico and the U.S. But, as the Bible shows, it’s not just a political issue, it’s a moral issue – it’s an issue, ultimately, of right and wrong.

But, first, what about those selective biblical citations used by apologists for illegal immigration?

There’s much more to consider.

I have prepared two previous “Bible study” commentaries on this topic for those who want the complete picture:

Countless Bible studies have been conducted in America in recent years using some familiar citations about “strangers” and “aliens” and applying them to our current controversy. Let’s take a look at those – in context.

There are many more like Exodus 22:21.

  • Leviticus 19:33-34: “And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”
  • Exodus 23:9: “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
  • Deuteronomy 10:19: “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Some churches and synagogues have stopped right there after reading that last verse and decided they know all they need to know about their duty as Christians and Jews to illegal aliens.

“We’re supposed to treat them just like one born among us, according to the Bible,” they proclaim. “That means amnesty. It means all the benefits of citizenship.”

But is that true? Is that what the Bible is actually teaching – or is there some nuance that is being lost in the translation?

You can develop some really bad theology – not to mention politics and morality – by reading the Bible out of context, by not fully understanding what is being said to whom and about whom.

Strangers that sojourn with you or live with you do not equate with illegal aliens. In fact, the corollary here, in each and every case, is that the children of Israel were “strangers” in Egypt. That’s why they were to treat their own “strangers” well, because they knew what it is like to be “strangers” in a foreign land.

Clearly, then, what it means to be a “stranger” is to be a foreigner. In the case of the children of Israel in Egypt, they were invited and, at first anyway, were honored guests. Later, they would be oppressed by a generation who “knew not Joseph.” But they were certainly not trespassers. They were certainly not in Egypt illegally. They were certainly not breaking the laws of the land by being in Egypt. In fact, they were commanded not to offend their hosts in any way (Genesis 46:28-34).

So, we must conclude that “stranger” does not equal “illegal alien.” Even when the term “alien” is used in the Bible, it seems to have the exact same meaning as “stranger.”

God loves the stranger, we’re told. You should, too. They should be treated with respect and dignity. They should not be mistreated. That’s the clear message of the Bible – treat law-abiding foreigners and aliens with love and compassion.

But the aliens and strangers of the Bible were expected to obey the Hebrew laws, though they were exempt from some. They were also treated differently than the children of Israel in that they could not own property; they could be bought as slaves and charged interest on loans.

Only if these aliens and strangers were fully converted to the covenant could they be landowners, partake of the Passover and be fully integrated into the nation of Israel.

In other words, even though the aliens and strangers of the Bible were not illegal aliens, they were still expected to fully assimilate into the Hebrew religion and culture before they could receive all the blessings and all the responsibility of full citizenship.

Is there a moral lesson for us to learn right there? You bet there is.

Further, keep in mind these godly instructions were meant not just for the governing authorities in Israel – the judges and kings – but, more importantly, for the people. These were personal instructions. And they are clearly good instructions for us all today.

If we want to be compassionate to the strangers and aliens of our world today, those law-abiding foreigners who desperately want to come to America and are patiently awaiting their turn, we need to be certain they don’t get squeezed out unfairly by those who break the law and push ahead of them in line. And we should expect them to fully assimilate into our national culture.

We shouldn’t be mean to those lawbreakers, either. We shouldn’t mistreat them. We should even forgive them. But they have to leave.

They haven’t been invited. They are not our guests. They are not just strangers; they are trespassers. They are victimizing others through their presence – namely American citizens and foreigners who are trying to immigrate to the U.S. legally. They need to go back home and get in line like others waiting to enter our country lawfully. They need to follow the rules.

Let me conclude with one last relevant verse – Deuteronomy 27:17: “Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.”

#immigration #illegals #publicpolicy

Beating the Christmas Blues

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Depression is a staple at the holidays – too much food and drink, too many people, the horrors of air travel, traffic, high prices, over spending money and then disappointment over who and what happens.  The gift we did not get. The family member who died or was not there for the first time. The unexpected sickness or accident.

Depression is always about looking at the past. The cure is a future oriented, hope filled view of life.  The Bible says, a merry heart does good like a medicine. Check out the fun, positive folks you know.  They’ll live longer.  Make them your friends. Make hope your friend. You can’t take a pill for this as it is only a matter of taking control of what you think.

Why did Yahweh show Moses only His back?

The late Kim Clement pointed this out and the reason is terrific. Here Yahweh is speaking to Moses. Exodus 33:23 and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

By standing behind Yahweh, Moses only looks into the future.

Yahweh does not want us looking at the past

Those who live in the past are depressed and unhappy; they try to make the present either fit the past or correct it. They are often unable to believe new ideas or correct old ones. It is a futile existence. Can’t be done.

Future-oriented people have hope which generates faith in them and others. The Just (person) live by faith and without faith it is impossible to please Yahweh. If Yahweh isn’t pleased, you won’t be either.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him

The quotation “the just live by faith” appears seven times in scripture. And seven is symbolically the number of maturity, therefore words to live by.

Prophets of doom

Politics is divided into those who have no hope for the future and those who don’t. Climate Change tells us we are doomed by our own exhalation. Scientists think the loss of bees on the planet means an end to the reproduction of vegetables and other crops. (They have a point.)

Marine biologists worry that we are over-fishing the ocean. Scientists say the oceans are fouled by plastics and killing off important food supplies. Most of the trash is coming from the Pacific Rim nations, not the USA although we’re routinely blamed no matter what is wrong.

Why does crisis sell?

Fear of the future causes people to react and act. Politicians want votes. Sellers of drugs want people to think “sick”and seek a doctor. Colleges tell you that your child will be a home-bound dunce without a college education. Psychologists can tell you every awful habit of the person you should not marry.

Yes, it is a program for exercising control, but it also is a chance for you to mature in the face of information.  What we read and hear can either make us stronger or ruin us with fear. We can examine what people say and not let sucked into their systems.  Somewhere is the truth but you need to be discretionary.  Don’t eliminate information. Be dispassionate and check it out. Just cut out the negative TV – what a bore!

But if you are looking ahead at Yahweh, and following Him, you are going to be fine, and let the prophets hawk their wares.

#criticalthinking #controlbyfear #hope #lookingback

Unmasking Washington DC

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This is a guest editorial from Ryan Murphy of SMU:

In a study titled “Psychopathy By State,” Ryan Murphy of Southern Methodist University concluded that the level of psychopathy is far higher in the District of Criminals than in any other state. What is the surprise?

Psychopathy is Greek for “sick soul”

Psychopaths are attracted to power, and power attracts psychopaths. All governments by nature attract greedy and parasitic people. In short, these are people who have the born mentality to live off other people. Many of them belong to secret societies that historically have been at the center of subversive movements. Boy, this is kept mum!

We will call these people humanoids because they are deviants and devious. They have no conscience and no moral scruples. They are no respecter of persons except a feigned glow to extract something. Their every thought is how to make the world flow to themselves. They would rip off their own parents or mate. “Selfish” is a kind word we can use to describe them. To know them…

A caveat here is that most psychopaths don’t know that they are psychopaths. This makes them even more aggressive and sinister. They can kill people en masse for aggrandizement and greed. They hate wealth if it is not theirs. Sound familiar?

So that you can spot them in the future, and never vote for them again, here are the traits of the psychopath, according to Robert D. Hare, criminal psychologist and author of the books, Without Conscience, Snakes in Suits and

The Psychopathy Checklist: 

  • Possesses a glib and superficial charm. 
  • Has a grandiose self-worth.
  • Has a need for stimulation or proneness to boredom Is cunning and manipulative. 
  • Lacks remorse or guilt.
  • Has a shallow affect (emotional poverty or limited range or depth of feeling, dispassionate and cold-hearted).
  • Is callous and lacks empathy. 
  • Has a parasitic lifestyle.
  • Has poor behavioral controls (acts hastily, unable to control temper, easily annoyed, impatient and aggressive). 
  • Promiscuous sexual behavior. Early behavior problems, delinquency (criminal and/or anti-social behavior prior to age 13, criminal activity between ages 13 and 18). 
  • Lacks realistic long-term goals. 
  • Impulsive. 
  • Irresponsible. 
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions. 
  • Many short-term relationships.

If you find me a congressman who sincerely proposes mass repeal of all the terrorist laws and every law connected with human liberty suppression, I will believe in and support this person. I would not be offended by his or her party label if they prove themselves to not be psychotic. Legislative madness comes without a label—wake up!!

You’re on the animal farm. Political propaganda puts us in an altered state of consciousness, otherwise we would know that we are at war, and it is against we the people.

Conclusion – mine. We need to clean up the swamp and not expect President Trump or our governors to do this.

#Congress #DeepState #politicians

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