Sunday, February 08, 2009

Onward Christian Soldiers!

Job 12:18-21
He looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips. He leads priests away stripped and overthrows the mighty. He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment of the elders. He pours contempt on princes (ESV)
I truly believe that our now Leftist Marxist President Barack Obama is only in office at this time by God’s temporary permission. First of all I believe, as I have gathered from information available, that this President is not in office legitimately. He has denied the people of America proofs that he was truly eligible according to the laws of the constitution of the US which is of the People, by the People, and for the People. The government is supposed to be accountable to and answer to We the People. There was no excuse for his failure to supply this proof to the USA People yet at the same time he paid a very large sum of money out to cover up his true identity. I believe, as do those who have their eyes clearly open, that Barack Obama is a part of those (see Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky) who schemed and worked long ago to help deteriorate the morals and the morale of this country so as to -by design- subvert the government from its original intentions to another form of communistic control over the people which strips them of their rights as citizens and demoralizes this once great country. Hypocritically they are accusing others of what they actually do and also claiming things like "hope" which they have worked to steal from the people and replace with the fear they accused others of instilling. Many of those out there who blindly deny this and accuse everyone else of the failures in this country will likely not even honestly consider this until it is way too late. That is if God permits this work towards communist control to develop unchecked. This is where faith of believing Christians comes in.

Those of us who believe our God is the absolute and complete Sovereign over all of the affairs of the earth know that no man (or woman) can or will stand in any office of authority any longer than our Lord pleases for His purposes. This Scripture passage has been shared many times by Christians and I would hope not to wear it out in the hearts of people but rather to see God truly revive the heart of what He has said here:
2Chron 7: 13-14
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (ESV)
In context we know that this was specifically spoken for Israel in that time yet I believe the principle of God’s response is the same today for His people through Christ. At that time of Israel the nation was a theocracy with a king, prophet, and priests under the direct rule and laws of God. At this time, in this country, I believe as I have heard pastor/teacher John MacArthur say that there is no such thing as a Christian nation and there never was nor will be until Christ has subdued all enemies under His feet in the Millennial Reign of Christ Jesus our Lord. There are Christians within this country shining the Light of Christ’s call to Salvation by repentance through faith in Him and we are to be His salt and light in our personal and corporate witness of Him. And through this influence of our prayers, life styles, morals, and declaring the Gospel of Salvation God may grant mercy by stirring the hearts of His people and saving other souls from this world’s corruption which is inevitably heading for a further judgment from God. Obviously if God wills this mercy to happens enough in this country the result may be a change in the government reflecting the will of the people and maintaining honest and godly laws which keep the people’s lives (including those in the womb) protected from evil men and impostors. If, however, the majority of people in this country keep calling good evil and evil good (Is 5:20)-as is happening so much these days- we will know the result of an unchanging Holy God who rules over the affairs of all men and the result will be disastrous to say the least. For He has promised this found in Gal 6:7-9:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
As I consider the truth of Job 12:18-21 I will be praying along with my brothers and sisters who take God at His Words (ALL OF THEM! Not just those few bible quotes spoken with other godless words to please men and pervert the gospel as those spoken by the likes of Rick Warren and company) that God will work a work of true Salvation in the souls of many who will come to Him for Life. And the truly changed hearts will produce enough salt and light to influence the removal of those in offices of this government who are full of corruption and death and then see fit to place in authority those who will govern as God intends through godly laws and sound and strong defense for this country's well being (Rom 13:4).

At this time verse 20 of Job 12 is understood in this country; “He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment of the elders”. Due to the ill will of so many in this country who choose to ignore God and His Truth I believe God has given them what they wanted. And that is men and women ruling without conscience and with hard hearts. Yet may God have mercy on us and reveal His Power by turning the tide before it is too late and much more (as it has been severe to this time already) ungodliness hits and destroys beyond repair. And we hope as the Scripture says:
Is 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. (NKJV)
This has been misunderstood because of the difficulty of the original language so it is said like this in the ESV:
So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the LORD drives.
I believe the meaning of this is that when the enemy gains strength against true followers of Christ and even increases persecution on the true Church, the Sovereign Spirit of God will come in like a flood with His wind which will overcome with spiritual and effective force to accomplish victory over the enemy. Though the victory may include hard times for the Church She will shine brightly in this dark world and promote the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which will bring new souls into the Kingdom of God (Phil 2:14-16, 2Tim 2:24 - 3:1). This is a spiritual battle (not of flesh and blood) which we can and will eventually win as we will not be overcome by evil but rather overcome evil with good (Rom 12:21) never confusing the two (evil and good) with ungodly twisted words or ideas.

Onward Christian Soldiers!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving everyday and pray...Keeping alert in it!

Every day is a day for thanksgiving and every day is a day to pray.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; … (Col 4:2 -NAS)
I am looking at this verse on this day those of us in America call “Thanksgiving Day”. This country may or may not be considered much of great country in the days to come but we know that the founding fathers intended on those born or legal immigrants in this nation -including those in the generations to come- to offer thanksgiving to the Sovereign God for His providence and protection. This will not likely continue with those seeking to “change” this nation into far left liberal cesspool of legalized and enforced sin but I will stand with those true Christians who love God and oppose evil. For those of you who do not think “evil” is a choice word to use these days because it is an extreme word, I promise you that when the enemies of America gain a foothold and come in to torture, murder, or rape because we let them through an administration working to weaken our defenses, and this happens directly to you, you will then understand that evil is not so far from your vocabulary.

Going back to the Scripture from Colossians, I like the NAS rendering through the words “attitude of thanksgiving” because attitude is something from the heart and not just the lips. God sees our hearts and knows if there is real genuine faith in His True Person there and not just lip service for the sake of PR as we so clearly found from the tongue of the President-elect Barack Obama. Let us face it, the next president of the USA has given clear evidence of having no real faith in the Holy Words of God but rather clear evidence of very much opposing the mandates of our Lords Words. Consequences for this will follow as we continue to see a decline of moral strength in this country greatly influenced by such a man as this next president and those who endorse or back him. Yes, we must respect his position of authority by acknowledging him for the good he does (if he does any good) but never are we to give in to demands for Christians to accept evil policies or laws clearly contradicting Gods Word. As the apostle Peter said to those in authority at his time “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5). And John the Baptist lost his life under the rule of Herod for publicly denouncing Herod’s sinful immorality (Mt 14).

We cannot yield to those with a double tongue who are gently hissing the words “has God really said?” On one side they present to the world that they are such a loving and sweet family –as Stalin and Hitler in their day attempted to do through propaganda- beguiling so many who swallow this foolishly and even harshly defend their appearance. And yet on the other side we know –and I mean KNOW- that it is clearly expressed from Barack Obama’s own words that he is willing to enforce through laws the killing of babies to the extreme and the rights for immorality as that found in the homosexual choice of living. Any human with a brain KNOWS that these behaviors and actions (abortion and homosexual rights) all stem from selfish desires caring less for others lives all in the name of "HAPPINESS". And this coming President is willing to spend through taxation the hard earned money of others for this as he takes away from the much needed security for the USA where this country needs to spend. And of course we know that we do not have the money in the first place so to say that paying for the willful sins of some is more important than using that particular money for our security is bound to be deadly to this country's well being and the lives here including those who would rather have their selfish and irresponsible pleasures paid for by Americans. Will Barack Obama stop at the murder of those who are yet alive from a botched abortion which is -by any honest definition- infanticide? They sure know how to say they love their own children and some others but they clearly are heartless toward the very existanse of these most innocent and voiceless people. Obviously because they will never be given the right to vote! Why would he need to stop there if he believes that the life of an innocent human being –who otherwise would be rocked in his mother’s arms within minutes- is not important at that time!? Will those demanding that they have the right to sin in homosexuality by undermining the family unit -as God ordained it- stop there? The activity of homosexuality is a choice not something you are born with like the color of your skin or the sexual organs you have. For these people to say that they have equal rights under our constitution for their choice of activities is a blatant sham! If you think all this evil will stop there you may be dead wrong!!! The limit is on the evil imaginations of man and how far God will have patience before correcting His willfully sinful human race.

I have heard the utter perversion and insanity of some in the media defending the rights of homosexuals because they say it is right that these people should have some pursuit of "HAPPINESS". Saying out of absolute dumbness of the true meaning that this is granted to them in the constitution. If the majority says pedophilia, bigamy, and bestiality must be made legal because this is what "gives people happiness" do you really think it will stop there? THESE CERTAIN BIG MOUTHS IN THE MEDIA -HARPING FOR ATTENTION FROM THOSE WHO HAVE THE ITCHING EARS FOR IT- ARE DUMB, BLIND, STUPID, AND MAYBE WILLFULLY SO AT THAT! If the life of the most innocent and voiceless of humans is not to be acknowledged because of "my right to happiness" and the will for pleasure without responsibility or care for another life, do you really suppose that your life can not be seen as disposable by a people trained to think of life this way? If you think this evil will be limited you may be dead wrong as those in the days of Hitler or Stalin!!! And if you have any conscience at all you know I am right even as you fight against it. God will permit this evil to go so far and then He will act in His own justice and no defense on earth will stop Him then. All the laughter, sick jokes, and mocking will come to a SUDDEN AND TERRIFYING STOP as you will see that you have promoted terrorism to come to you personally and to those of us who have been warning you all along while you enjoy your fame in being a foolish mocker!

So why all of this after starting a Thanksgiving Day post with a verse from the Scriptures? Well, I intended to keep with the idea of showing our need for continued thanksgiving and prayer everyday but as I look back on my words here I realize I may have responded to the mandate in this verse which seems to be overlooked too much. Not only do many of us tend to forget the daily need for prayer and thanksgiving to God but what of the words “keeping alert in it”. If we don’t know what is going on in this world at this time how will we know what to pray? And the foundation of understanding what is going on is based on knowing God’s Words and their balance and application.

I am very thankful today –and I should be every day- for the grace and mercy God has shown to me in my life in every way as I have sinned and failed like the rest of us. God tells me I must acknowledge and turn from my sin to Him and this is what I choose to do. If it was not for His grace and mercy I would be completely lost and a spiritually blinded man or I would be in Hell by now. And I do pray today –and I should pray every day- that God’s will is done on earth as in Heaven. That evil is exposed and innocent lives are spared and protected. That immorality will not continue to undermine the strength of this country. These are some of the prayers I will pray along with other true Christians of our day. God will grant us justice in His way and time; meanwhile He may permit some evil to increase to test our faith and also He may prepare to judge those promoting the evil unless they too come to know the grace and mercy of God through repentance.

On a more personal note I am thankful to God for my wife who has been faithful and loving to me all these years even when I have not been the best husband to her at times. And I am thankful that God has been faithful to meet all the needs of my family and He has given us the direction and strength to work a small family owned business for going on 13 years now. Only He knows what the days ahead have for us and yet I want to have a heart that will trust Him in the good and the difficult. May I always pray, be aware of what is happening, and have an attitude of thanksgiving every day.

He makes counselors walk barefoot...

Job 12:17
"He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges. (NAS)

He leads counselors away plundered, And makes fools of the judges. (NKJV)

He leads counselors away stripped, and judges he makes fools. (ESV)
Consider this commentary by John Trapp:
Ver. 17. He leadeth counsellors away spoiled] viz. Of wit, wealth, and honour. This should be a warning to them, not to take ill causes in hand, not to call evil good and good evil, not to justify the wicked for a reward, and to take away the righteousness of the righteous from him; not to bolster out a bad cause, and to outface a good, lest if they improve their wits and parts to so evil an end, God make them as despicable as before they were honourable. They may see what the Lord did to Ahithophel, that oracle of his time; to Pharaoh’s counsellors, #Isa 9:11,12; to Pharaoh himself, #Ex 1:10 with #Pr 28:15.

And he maketh the judges fools] Broughton rendereth the verse thus, He brings counsellors to badness, and judges to stark madness. He infatuateth them, not by infusing folly into them, anymore than the sun, when he shineth not in our horizon, causeth darkness in the air, which of itself and of its own nature is dark. But when God withholdeth that light of wisdom which he had imparted to a man, his inbred darkness must needs show itself. More than this, it sometimes cometh to pass, that when God delivereth a man up for his sins to a reprobate and injudicious mind, he is thenceforth deprived sometimes of natural wisdom and common sense, that the divine revenge may be the more apparent.
I truly believe the more I read Holy Scripture -as I believe it is applied to today- that this man Barack Obama is certainly going to be judged by God in due season if there is no repentance of his will to use the power granted him on an evil course. I read this Scripture from Isaiah chapter 3 and believe there is relevant truth here as well:
1 ¶ For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread And the whole supply of water;
2 The mighty man and the warrior, The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder,
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.
4 And I will make mere lads their princes, And capricious children will rule over them,
5 And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will storm against the elder And the inferior against the honorable. (NAS)
God can and does as He will make life difficult for a nation turned away from Him. America is seeing this happen to her now. And I know about half (maybe more) of America has thought just before the elections that Obama is mature but I have to say he fits with the "capricious children" as Isaiah saw it.

And what is the definition of "capricious"? ...tending to make sudden unexpected changes

As we heard from Barack throughout his campaign "change" was the buzz word. And a constant chameleon is ready to be sworn into the office of the President of what was once -before all this horrible mess the leftist media and ungodly liberals have promoted- considered a great nation. Of course the balance to the truth that the leftist media and the ungodly and godless liberals have worked hard to undermine the integrity of this country is that we Christians sat back and let it happen. Prayer is vital now as we do not wrestle against flesh and blood (Obama and his human cohorts) but we do spiritually fight against the controlling and blinding spirits behind them.

This is where we need to be and stay as it is stated in Ephesians chapter 6...
10 ¶ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,... (NAS)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The misled and the misleader are His...

Job 12:16 "With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him. (NAS)

The NKJV and the ESV uses these words: “The deceived and the deceiver are His”

This verse brings some light on the extent of our Lord’s Sovereignty. I want to mention some other verses that seem to uncover the endless reach of the Sovereignty of God over all of His creatures or any persons within His Creation. I believe that Scripture interprets Scripture and seeing other references that bring out the truth of God’s Sovereignty over all beings will give a clearer picture of what is meant in Job 12:16. These are only a few of the multiple references regarding the Lordship of Jesus Christ and His Father.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Col 1:16-17 -NAS)

Our souls will comprehend only that which God gives light to. I pray God will give light to our understanding of this passage of Scripture. This verse –speaking of Jesus Christ and His Power- covers all, everything, and everyone in any existence at any time without any exception including those things or beings yet to be created. What more is there to reign over than what has been summed up in those few words found in Colossians? “…, and in Him all things hold together”. This tells me that He has not only created all things but He maintains and rules over all He has created or that which He will yet create.

Now going back to my initial post of Obama is not on the throne...GOD IS!!! If we have any concerns about those in authority over us just know that God is ruling over them and we may go directly to the very Highest of all authorities -Jesus Christ Himself- to intercede and ask that justice and correction is served for the sake of righteousness.

“…now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? "I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:7-8 –NAS)

Consider this verse:

The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil. (Prov. 16:4 -NAS)

And this passage was penned by the Apostle Peter to those Christians of his time who were going through great difficulties:

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. (1Pet 4:12-14 -NAS)

As this world closes in on true believers -in The One True and Only Christ Jesus- and demands that all join in with acceptance of sin, we must not compromise. True Christian (not those in name only) who wish to be salt and light to a world that is corrupt will hold fast to all the truths of God’s Word and let no one steal their reward through being forced to go against what God said is right and to accept what is wrong. What God said is sin IS SIN! It is an offense against His unchanging Living and Eternal Character and Person. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb 13:8 –NAS) Men may work hard to insist that God has changed as they pervert His Holy Words through taking away, adding, or changing the meanings. But when His Power and Holiness is revealed from Heaven they will bow their knees with inconceivable shame on their faces. Their hardened hearts will be crushed as they realize too late that they have denied the only hope of salvation found through Christ Jesus. Those who practice and accept sins like homosexuality, fornication, adultery, murder of their own offspring, lying, or any other sin -clearly spoken by God through His Word as SIN- will no longer have a big month demanding their rights to sin full force in the face of others for they will not be able to speak then. They are load and boisterous now and they may have their way for a season and to a degree but God’s Wrath will come to them in fullness if their hearts are not softened and turned to Him with repentance and acceptance of the death Christ died for them and the New Life He offers them.

The misled and the misleader are His and they will stand before Him and give an account for the life they chose to live before His all-seeing Eyes. If they have rejected His Son and stubbornly held to their selfish sins they will know what it is like to see the One who has gracefully sustained their life suddenly pull back all support and protection that He has been so patiently giving to them through each breath of their life. They will know that Hell is for those who don’t choose Life. Hell is not something true Christians will bring to you but it is something you chose as you reject His Salvation. True followers of our Lord will pray for you and ask God to show them how to speak the truth in love but they will not compromise the true character of God's spoken Word. Christ Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! The Devil came to steal, kill, and destroy through lies of promising ease and pleasures without any obligation to a standard of morals. We each must choose Life or we will know the only alternative. Will your heart respond to Him before it is too late?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Obama is not on the throne...GOD IS!!!

Think of what is happening in America today and realize God our Great Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ is Sovereign. The more we come to know Who is really in control here the less we will have to fear. I am asking God to grant me insight into the truth of the following passage as it pertains to today in this country which was once known by the rest of the world as free (yet with relative restaint from evil or immorallity) and different. Consider this excerpt of some final words from a writer in the UK after he witnessed what America has chosen. The article is titled:

The night we waved goodbye to America... our last best hope on Earth

Written by Peter Hitchens and posted on the Daily Mail in the UK
................They preferred to posture on the world stage. Scared of confronting Left-wing teachers and sexual revolutionaries at home, they could order soldiers to be brave on their behalf in far-off deserts. And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?
He who has ears to hear will hear...
Job 12:
16 "With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him.
17 "He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.
18 "He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.
19 "He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.
20 "He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 "He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.
22 "He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.
23 "He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 "He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 "They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
I plan to study this passage in depth and wish to welcome any one else who will do this with me here in the following weeks. Personally I believe this is true...Barack Obama is not the last hope of America but rather he is standing with those who are attempting to steel the last hope of this world as far as a once relatively responsibly free country goes. But true freedom really comes in knowing Christ Jesus and knowing that He has already overcome and is the owner of the misleader and the misled as we witness their part in History. There is no way the discerning will trust Obama as the days ahead will prove, but we can trust in the LORD Jesus Christ! For though we can not see Him, we have a True Hope that will not fade away like the fool's gold hope will which America has just consumed possibly to her own end.