There are groups of self-proclaimed witches gathering together in various places in America with the intention of putting curses and hexes on the President of the United States. I Timothy commands us to pray for and bless those in authority. There is a wrestling match----says Paul in Ephesians---between Christians and rulers and underlings of evil in the spirit world. We are to use the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to come against those powers of darkness and lawlessness, lifting up our country and leaders that we could have a peaceful, righteous place to live and work. Join in the battle for good, and pray for our country and our leaders!
The culmination of a plan---planned out an eternity ago--was set in motion on Good Friday and Easter.
God's heart has always longed for a people to love Him. He tried with Adam and Eve. He tried with Israel. Only a blood sacrifice and an experience that changes and renews the heart of man could make it possible. Now, thru Jesus sacrificial death, resurrection, and Holy Spirit transformation of the heart----God has a people that can love Him and follow Him. A holy nation, a royal priesthood---destined to live with Him forever.
You-----can be part of that plan! Give Him your heart today!
Interesting concept in these days.......God thinks unity is very powerful. He broke up civilization at the tower of Babel for their rebellion and said------"if they really work together, nothing will be impossible for them." This statement, about people rejecting God's rule, still says there is amazing power in unity.
Imagine your family, group, church, city working together while cooperating with the Spirit of God! Such great things could be in store!
Under God----says that we are bowing our knees and hearts before God--to what He wants. Where do we find what He wants? In His beautiful, inspired Word, and by His Holy Spirit's leadings. So, let's read the Word and pray for our country, our leaders, our churches and families. The hard part is knowing what to say to someone who is at cross-purposes with what you think to be right. May the Spirit of God fill us with the words and attitudes that might.....might bring healing and unity.
2017 is almost here. Personally, I remember as a child thinking of the year 2000 being a far off, futuristic date. But----here we are, 2017. We have a new year, a new president, a new optimism, a continuing mission-----Sharing how to have a daily life-changing walk with Jesus. He came to change hearts, mend the broken, gift us with the Holy Spirit, offer eternal life, and fill us with love. His Word is true, trustworthy and worthy of study and honor. The Apostle Peter verified that it gives us everything we need for life and godliness. A New Year, a Great Love, an Inspired Life to live----Enjoy!
Jesus called us to be salt here on the earth. We have a wonderful privilege in America to let our Christian and Biblical worldview have a blessing effect on all around us.
So, let us think about the two main directions our country could go:
The continued destruction of Biblical marriage
The continued breakdown of the family
Welfare expanded with a permanent underclass who vote for benefits
The economic nuclear bomb of $20 trillion in debt continuing to expand
The forcing of Christians by government to go against their beliefs
Christians and conservatives held in contempt and hate
The continued celebration of America's shame---58 million abortions
The continued government control and lower quality of healthcare
The worsening safety due to uncontrolled illegals flooding the country
Radical Islam celebrated and excused
A returned respect for our laws and the Constitution
Carefully controlled legal immigration
Life and babies celebrated
Encouragement for people to break out of welfare and poverty
Freedom for churches and Christians to express the gospel
Protection from those who would kill us
Restored choice, freedom, and sensible costs in healthcare
Allies abroad faithfully supported
Israel loved and blessed
It is NOT a toss-up election. It will make a TREMENDOUS difference for us,
our children, and our grandchildren----for better or for terrible.
Please! Christians-----GO VOTE!
"Hath God really said.....?" Satan
In the garden, the Word of God was doubted and the rest is history. Adam and Eve were cast into a wilderness because they bought into the lie. They had traded the pure waters of Eden, for the murky waters of the wilderness. If we begin to doubt the pure water of the Word and all that is inextricably linked, we will end up drinking the contaminated waters in the wilderness of doubt. One doctrine after another will fall. Furthermore, we will put ourselves in a very dangerous position before the Author and Judge, Jesus Christ. A. W. Tozer proclaimed:
"Let a man question the inspiration of the Scriptures and a curious, even monstrous, inversion takes place: thereafter he judges the Word instead of letting the Word judge him; he determines what the Word should teach instead of permitting it to determine what he should believe; he edits, amends, strikes out, adds at his pleasure; but always he sits above the Word and makes it amenable to him instead of kneeling before God and becoming amenable to the Word."
The discussion goes on.....who killed Jesus? The Romans? The Jews? Judas? Satan? We sinners?
Each had roles in the story of the cross---but none of them took Jesus life. Here is what Jesus said:
No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded." John 10 NLT
His love for us---His wanting to spare us from the alternative---To be the sacrifice Lamb of God----caused Him to lay down His life.
Thank You Lord! Amazing!
Pentecost started as a Jewish festival of first fruits of the harvest. 50 days after Jesus resurrection, the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to give---was poured out on His followers. It caused quite a stir in Jerusalem. The 120 who received the Holy Spirit were transformed from fearful doubters into bold witnesses for Christ. Peter stood up and gave a sermon and 3,000 responded in belief in Jesus as Savior. The Church was born! The promise of the Spirit was to them and to "all those far off" said Peter. That means me and you! Invite Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and be transformed today!
The name---the Man, the Example, the Savior, the Eternal One, God Almighty, Creator,
The Risen One---our Friend. To be a Christian is to accept Him and His forgiveness then
To live in obedience to Him, given the power to do so by His Spirit who comes to live
in us. It's an old story, but it is ever fresh----He is at work in YOUR life and mine right
now.....He is wooing, calling, urging us to become His follower, His worshiper, His
agent of reconciliationi, peace and joy in your job, neighborhood, family.
Jesus---The One to follow and love. Jesus.
So......how is your spiritual life doing? Content to dip your toes in the water? Is Sunday morning an annoying habit you got in to? Do you just sort of sing songs during worship instead of expressing your heart to God? Well.....this is a great time of year to shake off the spiritual cobwebs, dust off that beautiful Bible of yours and re-examine your relationship with God and His people. Lent is a 40 day period that precedes Easter. It begins with Ash Wednesday on February 10th. We will be having a special service that night at 7pm to begin the season. Many people take these 40 days to start over with God---to determine to seek Him, to express our thoughts to Him all day long, to draw near to Him, to listen for thoughts from Him, to forgive any who we have grudges against........to give up some meals, to read the Bible, to getting serious in their faith.
If the Bible is true-----life on earth is short-lived, but eternity is forever---and how we relate to Jesus and show His love to others make all the difference for eternity.
So....let's dive into the deep end of the pool and go after God!
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