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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

How to Pray for Iran & the Middle East

by Lance Wallnau
Prophetic WARNING
from a man with an eerily accurate track record.

Joel C. Rosenberg now lives in Israel and writes from his bomb shelter basement. His first book “The Last Jihad” blew people away and became an 11-week New York Times Best Seller. He wrote it to warn Americans about the danger of radical Islam, thinking he was four or five years ahead of the threat. He was shocked that 9-11 happened as fast as it did the way it did.

He is worried the same scenario is about to happen now with ISIS.

JORDAN IS OUR FRIEND!
Rosenberg says: “I am deeply concerned that ISIS is plotting major attacks not only against the U.S. and Israel, but also Jordan and other Arab allies in the Middle East.” (more…)

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.

It’s Easy to Lie about the Crusades

crusader…. because Americans pay so little attention to history.  The media, and more recently the former President {Obama}, can say what they will.  It is as though time began last week and no one will know the difference. This article should straighten things out.

Jihadis 14, Crusaders 2 from National Review Onine
The president Obama perverts history (again).

By Ralph Peters

In his ignorant and bigoted remarks to religious leaders this week, President Obama parroted jihadi propaganda. Bored (when not annoyed) by facts, the president referred to the Crusades and the Inquisition as evidence of the horrors religion can wreak. That kind of talk emboldens the Islamist line that Christian bad behavior justifies the Middle East’s bad behavior even today.

The president knows as little about history as he does about warfare, and even less about religion. But he’s not alone. With the Left’s successful destruction of history instruction in our schools and universities, even “well-educated” creatures of Washington accept the Arab fantasy that the cultural incompetence, practical indolence, and spiritual decay of the entire Middle East stems from Richard Coeur de Lion’s twelfth-century swordplay. (more…)

‘Intellectual Suicide’ He’s Waging a Battle Against Political Correctness — and Has a Warning for Churches That Sway Aimlessly With Cultural Whims

FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WARNING

Originally from The Blaze

Feb. 24, 2015 2:03pm Billy Hallowell

TheBlaze’s coverage of the NRB Proclaim conference is brought to you by the movie “Yellow Day” and The Rose of Bethlehem.

When author Joe Battaglia started seeing some troubling trends in politics, media and Christian culture, he decided to take action, penning a new book about the political correctness and “intellectual dishonesty” that he believes are running rampant in contemporary society.

Battaglia, who is attending the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee, this week, and is the founder of Renaissance Communications, told TheBlaze that he’s concerned that many people in today’s society seemingly bend over backwards to avoid offending others, while sacrificing truth and facts in the process, laying out his views in the new book, “The Politically Incorrect Jesus.” (more…)

2,600 year old Contract on the Jews

History does not, in this case, merely repeat itself; it is still very much in effect. 2,600 years ago in Persia (modern Iran) an egotistical political figure managed to engineer a way to destroy the entire Jewish people.  His name was Haman and he met an appropriate death – by hanging. gallows-858572__340 His contract, however, is still in effect today.  Iran still intends to destroy Israel and everyone in it, and such was the message of Bibi Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.

Haman’s plan was foiled, and it will be again as God has made it clear –  Israel is Forever.  Fi e years ago feckless President Obama became a subsidiary agent of this contract of death by naively believing that Iran has only a need for utility power, and not obvious revenge on a tiny nation the size of New Jersey.  There is no evidence that Iran has changed its political goal of the total annihilation of tiny Israel. If anything it is much worse now that Iran is suffering from its aggressive policies towards the rest of the world. Iran promises have not turned out to be genuine. (more…)

The Return of Yehshua Jesus

The best explanation I have yet to hear of the return of Jesus Yehshua Christ. Author Asher Intrater brings the sons of Ishmael, Jacob and the gentile Christians, that is the faith children of Father Abraham, together to rule and reign with the Messiah. It makes perfect sense to me that Yahweh (God) would not bring His son back without the entire complement of believers.

Locate this anywhere e-books are sold.

#Jew #Muslim #Christian #2ndComing #sonsofAbraham #MessianicJews

Symbolism – Woman in Revelation 12

All women in the Bible have a symbolic meaning as a church or a group of people. Eve is the disobedient church, Jezebel is the wicked church, Hannah is the faithful church, Deborah is the warrior church, Leah is the Old Testament bride and Rachel the New Testament bride, and so on. This does not negate their genuine message as real people functioning in real history. But for the purposes of dream interpretation a woman in your dream can easily mean a group of people with a shared attitude or goal.

Let’s apply this to Revelation 12. This passage is bizarre on the surface but when you see it is a group of believers preparing the way for the kingdom of God it makes sense.

One New Man

12 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

God announced Jesus’ birth and this birth as well

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

God’s ultimate goal is not the church. We have that now and it is not the end of His Plan. Jesus said to His disciples as he departed earth, we are to share the “Gospel of the Kingdom.” Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

For 2,000 plus years we have shared the gospel of salvation. The kingdom is a different place. It is the place where not secular-religious people rule but Yeshua Himself rules through a holy people.

For this to happen a group of believers must give birth to this new wave of God’s will and prepare a way for him. We recall Paul saying he worked that “Christ be formed in you” just like the travail of the woman in verse 2. These glorified believers are clothed with the sun, that is of righteousness. There is no wicked way found in them.

Sun symbolizes holiness, moon the evil one

They have the moon, the symbol of the devil, under their feet (verse 1). When a foe is under one’s feet he is completely defeated. Symbolically this means that this group of people has a walk in God that is sin free as the feet symbolize the walk of one’s life.

The baby is called a “man child” meaning one having authority. The church, if you’ll recall, is always referred to as a woman who is under authority. She has power over the devil but authority is another issue. (See The Difference between Authority and Power.)

Power is delegated; authority is earned. Not every believer submits to the holiness of God. That lack of submission does not cost them their salvation but it does reduce their rewards. The chief reward of a godly life is to be a part of the kingdom. That submission in life gives a payoff later in being ready to assume leadership during the 1,000 year reign of Christ.

Heaven has more rewards than just heaven

Almost nothing is ever discussed by ministers about the rewards of heaven. It is always assumed that being in heaven is enough. No, rewards in heaven are based on the level of obedience in one’s life and particularly the willingness to engage in spiritual warfare against the enemy. This group of warriors simply called “the woman” is protected and hidden (verse 6) as she battles the Satanic powers. None of this is seen by the wider church.

Kingdom people are soldiers

She overcomes by spiritual warfare, her testimony and by being wiling to be “dead in Christ.” This passage is an extension of the scriptures which describe being “crucified with Christ.” Paul is referring to this level of obedience. We are willing to give up our right, and God has given us this option, to live our lives as free believers instead to submit to the governance of Yahweh in all things. People like this are needed to manage and promote the Kingdom.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Yeshua would like to have all men thus submitted but He takes those who are fully committed. No one is forced to obey. If you want to find these people today look for those who suffer great accusations, as verse 10 says.

We are watching the slow dissolution of the church as God’s primary focus. God is not finished with us yet. He has the Kingdom in mind and that is where we are going. Today believers are antsy and dissatisfied and they should be. They sense the Church Age is over. God will use this dissatisfaction to move them into kingdom territory and open up the demonic world to a more proactive warfare against evil in this world which increases all the time.

This past week I had a troubling dream A woman had me trapped inside an office building intent on killing me. There was a man there with me too, but he was not particularly wise about spiritual warfare. I was able to lock the office door from the inside but I knew it was just a matter of time before she got in to kill us both if I didn’t come up with a plan. I’ve been thinking about this passage and realized my dream was a confirmation of its meaning. The church must leave its place of safety and take on the enemy which is determined to destroy out Christian country and our selves.

The passage continues:

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Notice again the persons charged with the task of bringing the Kingdom in are those who have both as testimony and have a life of holy obedience. They will be protected out of the sight of others. A flood of accusations and slander follows her but she is not drowned.

God’s goal as He says in Ephesians 2:15, is One New Man. We know it is not a woman (church) but a man, because males are given authority and women are given power. This in no way reflects gender or natural sexual identiy as in the kingdom ll the believers are equal.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The Church is the saved believers; the kingdom is for the ruling believers. That Kingdom will be a joint operation of the Messianic Jews, the Gentile Christians and the Muslim Christians. God will not leave any of Abraham’s believing people outside of the covenant community. (See Asher Intrater’s book, Alignment.) Just where we are in the cosmic drama God will need to tell you.

#endtimes #prophecy #KingdomofGod

Apologies

My computer crashed January 7, 2020 so I’ve been offline for a week plus. But – the good news, I have a cleaned up computer, new software and a faster system. All good.

The Difference between Islam, Judaism & Christianity

An explanation of the Soleimani killing for my foreign readers.

Iran’s air power compared to USA

Judaism is a monotheism based on the written Bible, primarily the Old Testament with emphasis on the first five books known as the Torah. The Jews were required by Yahweh to obey the laws as given by Yahweh and were promised a Messiah who would deliver the nation from her enemies.

Christianity is a monotheism based on the written Jewish Bible plus a New Testament of writings after the sacrifice of the Messiah Yahshua for the sins of the world. In addition to the laws of the Old Testament they also accept and believe the promises of the New Testament offering them the mercy of Yahweh as gentiles.

Islam is also a monotheism because it has the same father of the faithful, Abraham, but have added to that doctrines from a prophet known as Mohammed. Islam kept the Old Testament genealogies but did not add the Messiah Yahshua. They believe that dying for the faith will bring them redemption of their sins, not the sacrifice of Yahshua.

They also believe that Islam will be the worldwide religion of all peoples and that killing non-believers, also called infidels, is acceptable in order to make this come true.

So the chief difference between them is the method of salvation and a place in the afterlife:

  • Jews believe the slaughter of the sacrificial temple animals gave them their salvation from sin for one year.
  • The Christians believe in the single death of Yahshua (Jesus) brings them the salvation from sins and it happened only one time.
  • Islam believes that their personal death for the faith gives them their salvation.

The Bible says, “Can any two walk together lest they be agreed?

Clearly there is no fundamental agreement here.  The world yearns for peace.  Looking at this list of beliefs one cannot see peace unless two groups agree with the third. It is the other subsidiary beliefs that cause the trouble.

Now to explain the death of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, by the United States on Jan. 2. There is a long history behind this act.

Embassies are Protected Places

First, our embassy was attacked.  Embassies across the globe are protected territory so that Chinese, the British, the French and everyone else is safe on their own territory in Tehran just as the Americans.  When they attacked our embassy they violated international law.  It is possible that President Trump and his military advisers were waiting for just an excuse like this to take the guy out legally as he has been a terrorist for a long time and a gifted general.

Profits from War

Second, if the information came from CNN about American politics it is false – not just occasionally but all the time. CNN is owned by investors who support the Democratic party.  Many Democrats use money to finance their campaigns for office garnered both legally from lobbies and also under the table from foreign nations, all actions now pending in the Department of Justice.  The Democrats have been using Ukraine as a convenient ATM machine to finance their business which is what Trump asked the Ukrainians to investigate. Yes, this is treason and it is hard to prove but expect more indictments this year. 

Some of these are the manufacturers of military equipment and as you know airplanes are very expensive.  Many Democrats think a war would get rid of Trump.    The gun merchants have been around a long time.  Our President in 1956 called it the Military-Industrial Complex.  Money spent on the military drains it from private citizens who need that money for schools, hospitals and other needs. So this didn’t start yesterday!

It was the military expenses that defeated the Soviet Union in the long run.  It was spending 32% of its budget on military while President Reagan was spending 12% here in the USA.  There was no way Gorbachev could keep up with us in this area and the Russians were getting poorer and poorer so it all collapsed in 1989. Russia has never really recovered.

Iran is Committed to War Everywhere

Third, Iran is a religious dictatorship.  Islam believes that all men everywhere will be Islamic and that starting a war with any country and converting them, by any means possible, including murder, is acceptable to their god whose name is Allah.  Allah is not to be confused with the god of Israel or the Christians.

There are pockets of Islamic rule in the USA, remember that all our government bodies are local, under what they call Sharia Law, which is extremely harsh.  For example if  woman dates a white man or a man from another religion she can be legally murdered by her male relatives.  This is called honor killing. 

In the USA no one is permitted to kill any sentient being and not answer for it, including your dog.  So the presence of Islamic people is a real problem here because we allow complete freedom of religion.  Obama was a Muslim and he was dealing with the Muslim nations and letting them away with murder.  One of the reasons Trump was elected was to stop this.

I’ve attached a graph to show you the military strength of Iran.  You can see it would be suicide for them to attack us in any real measure, so they will just be an annoyance as long as they can and use the news media to make people think they are stronger than they are.

Iran’s Internal Woes

Fourth, The dissidents in Iran, mostly people your age and younger, want the religious leaders GONE.  They have been begging us for 20 plus years to help them get rid of the Mullahs, but our laws prevent us from engaging in any civil wars.  We are committed to our treaty holders, like Israel.

Israel is Protected 

And speaking of Israel, Iran constantly threatens them with militarily trouble, and every day has rockets coming at them.  Israel has a special Iron Shield however that as soon as a rocket goes off, a computer sends a missile into the air to destroy it.  Apparently they don’t even need people to run the machine!  But Israel is very small and our chief ally in the Middle East.  Israel is very happy that this general is gone.

Fifth, if Iran wants our business then we can protect our Iranian property and people.  But if they want our businessmen to leave, which they don’t, then they have to let us defend our people.  American businessmen bring a lot of cash to Iran so Iran must decide – American money or send us all home?  Can’t have it both ways.

End to Oil Dependency

Sixth, we no longer need Iran’s oil.  In 2019 the President announced that we are now oil-independent.  We do not need to buy a single drop of oil from any foreign nation, friend or foe. Period. Iran thought their spigots of oil would never run dry.  They thought we’d be buying at their inflated prices forever and ever.  Not so.  So Iran is in a difficult place. 

In addition Saudi Arabia does not like Iran either, so their friendships in the Middle East are shrinking, and the Saudis are much larger, stronger and richer than Iran. The ball is in Iran’s court as the saying goes.

Finally, CNN would have you believe that Trump is in trouble.To the contrary, he is extremely strong with the common man;  only the politicians who have been living off bribes, lobbyists and under the counter deals are unhappy with him, and the DC bureaucracy. The rest of us are rejoicing.  He promised to drain the swamp and he is doing it. 

#Israel #Soleimani #Military-IndistrialComplex #lobbyists



The Worst Sin of All is …

Presumption? I would not have picked that myself.

Psalm 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

It all begins with self will.

Satan gets his big come down in Isaiah 14:11 ff. This is the key passage where Jews believe for the restoration of their national homeland. The Message is a modern translation and too priceless not to quote in full.

This is where your pomp and fine music led you, Babylon,
    to your underworld private chambers,
A king-size mattress of maggots for repose
    and a quilt of crawling worms for warmth.

12 What a comedown this, O Babylon!
    Daystar! Son of Dawn!
Flat on your face in the underworld mud,
    you, famous for flattening nations!

13-14 You said to yourself,
    “I’ll climb to heaven.
I’ll set my throne
    over the stars of God.
I’ll run the assembly of angels
    that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon.
I’ll climb to the top of the clouds.
    I’ll take over as King of the Universe!”

15-17 But you didn’t make it, did you?
    Instead of climbing up, you came down—
Down with the underground dead,
    down to the abyss of the Pit.
People will stare and muse:
    “Can this be the one
Who terrorized earth and its kingdoms,
    turned earth to a moonscape,
Wasted its cities,
    shut up his prisoners to a living death?”

18-20 Other kings get a decent burial,
    honored with eulogies and placed in a tomb.
But you’re dumped in a ditch unburied,
    like a stray dog or cat,
Covered with rotting bodies,
    murdered and indigent corpses.
Your dead body desecrated, mutilated—
    no state funeral for you!
You’ve left your land in ruins,
    left a legacy of massacre.
The progeny of your evil life
    will never be named. Oblivion!

21 Get a place ready to slaughter the sons of the wicked
    and wipe out their father’s line.
Unthinkable that they should own a square foot of land
    or desecrate the face of the world with their cities!

22-23 “I will confront them”—Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies—“and strip Babylon of name and survivors, children and grandchildren.” God’s Decree. “I’ll make it a worthless swamp and give it as a prize to the hedgehog. And then I’ll bulldoze it out of existence.” Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

The sin of Adam and Eve was their self-will. 

The fruit business was just part of the test.  Why does God test us? Simple.  He knows what we are made of, but we do not. 

The test is to let us know where we stand and what is in our heart. 
When we finally see our need, our lack and the solution, repentance follows.  

Years ago I stayed with a 99 year old woman who had no diseases but she needed care.  She had plenty of money, no children, and lived in a paid for house but her heart was consumed with evil. She thought I was stealing her clothing – size 5; I was a size 18.  But when evil fills the heart facts do not matter. 

She complained about everyone and everything. Apparently she had never been tested. It occurred to me that God really did not want to send her to hell so here she was, waiting for death, in a world of conflict, rejection and misery all brought on by her own empty life. 

It reminded me of the funeral director who said there was only one woman whose corpse on which he could not manage to create a smile. She too lived to a very old age, and her caregiver said she never saw in her life the slightest kindness or love. 

Behind this road to hell is the presumption that God is supposed to make your life easy, fun, rich, and successful.  It is not. Whatever brief time we have on earth is to prepare for the eternal life we all have – no matter where that will be.  It is our decision. Our will.

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.

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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.

Why Your Vote is a Religious Obligation

Your vote in China is not a religious duty. In fact, the secret ballot is not permitted in China, and you can be sure if you, as a legislator, fail to vote the way the Communist Party wants you to vote, you will hear about it. This party even went so far as to call itself a Republic-democracy which is most certainly is not in actual practice.

The true dictatorship controls everything that controls you. There are no guns for private citizens; they have hampered freedom of movement, and no real religious worship is permitted if it disagrees with the beliefs of the state. And Christianity does disagree with the Communist State.

Most nations have no electorate

Your vote means nothing in Yemen which right now is ruled by thugs and terrorists. Your vote in Russia is empty too. The whole nation is on a downward slide, having never fully righted itself after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Vladimir Putin is a man steeped in military culture and planning for that nation exactly what previous communists have done – make it a military stronghold, which as before will collapse.

Americans are asked to vote all the time. Not just President, and Governors, but sheriffs, police chiefs, Tax Collectors in small counties and large, even the board of water managers. It is all too much.  30 million Christians did not register and vote in the last election. Voting is a civil right; not voting is a civil wrong. And look what we got – a Congress of soreheads spending millions on impeachment while issues like health care languish. Shame.

God gave us this system – if we can keep it

But because God has provided us with this kind of democracy we have a religious obligation to keep what He gave us.  Not just because we are so blessed, but because so many other nations cannot make that claim.

There are millions of people trying to get into the USA on all our borders.  We always say it is the opportunity to make a living, or for better health  care, or an education – but we ignore the one thing all dictatorships do not have – and that is the private, personal, hidden vote at a ballot box available at least every two years and often more even than that.

The first thing Hitler did when he became head of Germany was to remove the guns from private citizens. No inanimate object is your enemy – and guns are inanimate. Let that be a lesson to you.

We are without excuse if our government is diseased and overpowering us. And now with the exposure of the FBI and other major agencies being riddled with corruption we have a broom in our vote to clean up the whole mess.  If we don’t do it you can be sure the enemies of America will be more than happy to take over. God warned Cain –

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Evil crouches at the doors of our free, Christian nation – although it hardly seems very Christian anymore. But what God raised up He wants to restore.

That will only happen with your vote, a New Year’s resolution you can easily keep.

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Happy New Year

Lord, this year let me be a bridge over which Jews can walk into the Kingdom of God, and where Christians can walk back into the Chosen People for one united fellowship under the King of Kings.

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