Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Unrighteous agenda in America

 

 We have heard about it from other places around the world. Even so, many Christians in other nations have it worse than we do in America. However, there is an unrighteous agenda in America. It is being led by those who align themselves with liberal views.

These are the people who have fought to take prayer out of school, legalize abortion, promote the gay marriage agenda, get " In God We Trust" off our money, and many more communistic view points. They are the ones making strict legalistic rules and regulations all in the name of their self imposed agenda. Unfortunately, as the laws of the land change; the persecution of the saints increases. As our nation becomes more like Europe, Russia, China, and other Socialistic and communistic nations; the believers become more under scrutiny.

Now don't get me wrong. In America, corrupt pastors, leaders, and Christians in general have left many in our nation with a bad taste in their mouths. Just like not all Atheist are self indulged douche bags like Richard Dawkins neither are all Christians like the ones who have done evil things in the public eye. Unfortunately, the public in general chooses to put all Christians under one Crazy nut job umbrella. I believe Jesus warned us that this would happen, and it has been happening for centuries. In America, we have seen our fair share but nothing to the degree of the Chinese and Sudanese Christians. However, I believe that the American Christian will see an increase of persecution in different forms and ways.

Jesus said it would happen , so we should not be surprised.

Matthew 24:3-13  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, "Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign that you are coming again, and when will the world come to an end?"  (4)  Jesus answered them, "Be careful not to let anyone deceive you.  (5)  Many will come using my name. They will say, 'I am the Messiah,' and they will deceive many people.  (6)  "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Don't be alarmed! These things must happen, but they don't mean that the end has come.  (7)  Nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  (8)  All of these are only the beginning pains of the end.  (9)  "Then they will hand you over to those who will torture and kill you. All nations will hate you because you are committed to me.  (10)  Then many will lose faith. They will betray and hate each other.  (11)  Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  (12)  And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people's love will grow cold.  (13)  But the person who endures to the end will be saved.

There are some pretty detailed truths in this passage of Scripture that we can see is happening today in our world.

Sign of His return:

1. Many will come and deceive the world and the believers. We see this deception today. All on American Christian Television, we see many TV preachers deceiving the Body of Christ causing the American believer to be lazy in their faith. Hey if you can pay $20.00 a month to support a ministry to spread the message of God for you; why would you have to get your hands dirty? Truth be known, these ministries are getting rich at the expense of the ignorant American Believer. Many Americans foolishly follow the political candidate who can promise them convenience and all the while take away their freedoms.
2.There will be wars and rumors of wars.  There are over 40 current wars and skirmishes around the world today. Over half of those are in countries where Islam is the number one religion. We live in a volatile world. A new war can pop up at any time. Who knows maybe one day Canada might get mad at us  and declare war. We would call it the great Canadian Bacon war or the Cold War. ( You get it? I crack me up.)


3. We will be hated, tortured, and killed for knowing Jesus. This is happening already in many nations around the world. Most of the horrendous actions done against Christians are in Islamic Nations and Communists countries like China and North Korea. We are seeing persecution of the Saints in America as well. Most of the persecution is performed in the court system and through governmental laws. I know a pastor who was just recently arrested for a lewd act in the public. Supposedly some lady thought she saw him perform a vile act in public and turned him into the police. The police refused to believe the Pastor's true account of the matter, and this pastor is fighting for his life in the court system. I believe if the situation was between two non believers it would not make it to the court system. I believe the Detectives involved and the prosecutors are trying to make an example of this pastor. They want to make their career by sentencing a Christian leader to the slammer. They made the local news stations aware and by- passed his American Rights. His fifth Amendment rights were thrown out the window once the police and the prosecution shared bias information about the case with the local media. It is vile and corrupt but this is the world we live in. These individuals are puppets for Satan's desires and don't even know it. Jesus warned us that this would happen. The Liberal court systems and Liberals in general are out to get equal rights for every group except the Christian. Christians hinder their agenda of immorality and proposed life style without God. It will not get better but worse. Christians all around the world will see the evil against them rise. Not because of the believer but due to the Christ in the believer.
4. Many will lose faith and betray each other.  I have personally seen this happen many times. The going gets tough and the spiritually immature get going. They keep going and going and going until their history of faith has been erased like a chalk drawing on a chalk board. I have personally felt the bite of betrayal as well. People who were once  your best friends have now left you high and dry. Some are deceived by someone else because they can't think for themselves or have any discerning of spirits. This Christian on Christian Crime has to stop. We have to stand in unity. However, MANY who confess Christ today will deny Him tomorrow because of their shallow faith. There are a lot of minnow Christians. Minnows are little fish that stay close to the shallow end of the creek or pond.
5. Lawlessness will increase and the state of Anarchy will spread. In American, the motto is "if it feels good to me then it must be right" is spreading like wild fire. This is why many will leave the faith and rush to their own lustful desires. We live in a feel good society and Christians will become the targets from those who desire to keep their lawlessness.  Read this link:  http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/lawless-america-20-examples-of-desperate-people-doing-desperate-things

The Unrighteous life leads to destruction and soon will many see this truth. Christ is returning and all will see His glory regardless if they believe in Him or not. What can the Christians in America do? We need to stand fast to our faith. We need accept the seasons of persecution and fight back when warranted. We need to not lose hope but embody hope within our day to day lives. We need to kick unrighteous behavior out of our lives and live like there is no tomorrow. We need to seek the face of God on a daily basis and stand up for His truth. The American unrighteousness is rising but so can the righteousness of God through us.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Enemies of God part 3 " Hands that kill innocent people"


Proverbs 6:16-19  There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven that are disgusting to him:  (17)  arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people,  (18)  a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong,  (19)  a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.


Scripture is clear that God loves all of mankind but He hates or despises the sin in mankind. It is not His original purpose for us. There are certain sins and actions that God calls an abomination or disgusting to His nature.  They are Arrogant eyes or Pride, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people or murderer, a mind devising wicked plans or a person of mischief, feet that are quick to do wrong or someone who actively seeks or runs after sin, a dishonest witness or gossip, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives or trouble maker.

God obviously hates all sin but what makes these 7 so special?  I believe they are door way sins for others to enter through. Each one leads to more extravagant sins and causes greater bondage to the sinner. I would like to look at each one closely and hopefully shed some light on these enemies of God. For if they are enemies to God and at least one of them is living in me and through me, then I am an enemy to God. What do you think?


Society has a strict interpretation on murder. Some believe in capital punishment some don't. Some believe that murder can be justified in rare circumstances, but what does God's word say? God hates the shedding of innocent blood, and there are many different forms of it.

What about the genocide from Islamic extremists in Sudan? They have raped, mutilated, and murder thousands upon thousands of people all in the name of their false god. Do you think the Living God has a problem with people like this? Do you think, unless they repent, these men and women will reap what they have sown? You better believe it!!!!



There is the murder of innocent babies all in the name of choice. Mothers sacrificing their children to the false god named Molech without recognizing it.

Leviticus 18:21  Never give your children as sacrifices to the god Molech by burning them alive. If you do, you are dishonoring the name of your God. I am the LORD.

Molech was a false god who required the sacrifice of children. Molech is a demon posing as a false god and reinvented himself for today's world. Women all around the world have abortions for many reasons. For most an abortion is an act of convenience. For most abortion helps to cover up the promiscuity a person is in and allows them to go about their lives. For some it might mean having an abortion allows them to not have a child who is born with a deformity. The demon Molech is tricking the masses as they worship him through the sacrificial ceremony called abortion. Do you think God has an issue with people who commit such evil deeds? Look at the video of abortion. It is sad. We value the life of an animal or a pet more than we do the life of a human being. How warped has our world become?



It is shameful to note that one of the first sins after the garden of Eden was murder.Cain shamelessly killed his brother Abel due to jealousy and the lack of knowing God's heart. How much innocent blood is shed due to some one's lack of knowing the one true God?

What about in the US  where young gunmen and bombers can kill innocent people without remorse or regard to human life? How did we get to this point? Maybe because much of humanity has lost their way to God. They have forgotten his ways and His truth. Whether you are an abortionist, murderer, person who commits genocide, or someone who simply sheds innocent blood; you are an enemy to God and His nature. You have hate in your heart that has lead you to a path of destruction.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Enemies of God part 2 " Lying tongue"


Proverbs 6:16-19  There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven that are disgusting to him:  (17)  arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people,  (18)  a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong,  (19)  a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.



Scripture is clear that God loves all of mankind but He hates or despises the sin in mankind. It is not His original purpose for us. There are certain sins and actions that God calls an abomination or disgusting to His nature.  They are Arrogant eyes or Pride, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people or murderer, a mind devising wicked plans or a person of mischief, feet that are quick to do wrong or someone who actively seeks or runs after sin, a dishonest witness or gossip, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives or trouble maker.

God obviously hates all sin but what makes these 7 so special?  I believe they are door way sins for others to enter through. Each one leads to more extravagant sins and causes greater bondage to the sinner. I would like to look at each one closely and hopefully shed some light on these enemies of God. For if they are enemies to God and at least one of them is living in me and through me, then I am an enemy to God. What do you think?

Lying Tongue:

It is fair to say that we have all lied at some point in our lives. Whether as kids who were trying to get out of trouble with their parents. The book of Proverbs has a plethora of information about those who love to lie.

Pro_10:18  Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips. Whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Pro_12:17  A truthful witness speaks honestly, but a lying witness speaks deceitfully.
Pro_13:5  A righteous person hates lying, but a wicked person behaves with shame and disgrace.
Pro_17:7  Refined speech is not fitting for a godless fool. How much less does lying fit a noble person!
Pro_19:5  A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will not escape.
Pro_19:9  A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will die.
Pro_21:6  Those who gather wealth by lying are wasting time. They are looking for death.
Pro_21:28  A lying witness will die, but a person who listens to advice will continue to speak.
Pro_26:28  A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.


I know a few people who are sweet talkers. They know how to get people on their side by simply lying to them. Yes, even sweet talking people to get a selfish result is lying. People who are liars or even habitual liars are simply selfish. They care about numero uno. THEMSELVES. I know people who lie for no reason. They try to impress others or simply desire to make their lives look more interesting. It is just plain stupidity. The lie always gets caught.

Why is lying an enemy of God? Surely a white lie never hurt anyone correct? Lying was one of the first sins to enter mankind. Remember the garden? The Serpent told Eve " Did God really say that?" Eve convinced herself that it was alright to partake of the forbidden fruit and sin became alive in humankind. Lying allows us to forget about reality and embrace our own fantasy. The majority of the world lives in their own made up fantasy because they have believed a lie.

Lying causes individuals to fall into a life of deception. Deception is a hard thing to over come. When deception is ruling then other sins start to follow. Wickedness compounded without the forgiveness from God and the repentance of man brings the soul of man to hell.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  Don't you know that wicked people won't inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals,  (10)  or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Lying allows individuals to shift blame onto others. It allows them to save face by tricking others as to why they were unable to make an event. People lie to avoid confrontation and to get what they want without earning it rightly. It is an enemy of God because God can only operate in the realm of truth. He create us the same way. Lying is only available when there is an absence of truth. To lie means to live without truth. 


Liars are phony people who the bible would call fools. Fools inherit the kingdom of Hell not heaven. Liars are pawns to the king of all liars, Satan. To live a life in lies is to become a blind servant to the Devil. The only way to overcome is to allow Christ into your life. Truth is the only way to conquer the life of lies.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Enemies to God part 1 " Arrogant eyes"

 
Proverbs 6:16-19  There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven that are disgusting to him:  (17)  arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people,  (18)  a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong,  (19)  a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.
Scripture is clear that God loves all of mankind but He hates or despises the sin in mankind. It is not His original purpose for us. There are certain sins and actions that God calls an abomination or disgusting to His nature.  They are Arrogant eyes or Pride, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people or murderer, a mind devising wicked plans or a person of mischief, feet that are quick to do wrong or someone who actively seeks or runs after sin, a dishonest witness or gossip, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives or trouble maker.

God obviously hates all sin but what makes these 7 so special?  I believe they are door way sins for others to enter through. Each one leads to more extravagant sins and causes greater bondage to the sinner. I would like to look at each one closely and hopefully shed some light on these enemies of God. For if they are enemies to God and at least one of them is living in me and through me, then I am an enemy to God. What do you think?

Arrogant eyes (Pride)

Being arrogant means having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance. ( definition take from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/arrogant)

In today's world we see this enemy of God more prevalent than ever. Many dictators, presidents, leaders, and people in general but more value on their lives. Think about the current sex trafficking issues around the world. It is a billion dollar black market industry and growing. Many women, and children are abused and sexually exploited all in the name of self preservation. Some sick-in-the-head man puts his selfish desires above the life of innocents.( http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/march_2011/human_sex_trafficking)  I could see why God calls Pride an enemy to Him. Arrogance is a door way sin that paves the way for many more.

 The bible says that Pride or arrogance brings many to their knees. Proverbs 16:18  Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. I think about the son of King David in the Bible. Absalom was his name and at one point he was considered the handsomeness guy throughout the whole kingdom. However,  after all what his father would do for him;  He would one day gather support for himself to hopefully one day seize the throne of David. This made him think he was better or smarter than his own father. His prideful actions opened him up to greed and more selfishness.  His arrogance grew each and every day until it one day killed him.


2 Samuel 18:8-18  The fighting spread over the whole country. That day the woods devoured more people than the battle.  (9)  Absalom happened to come face to face with some of David's men. He was riding on a mule, and the mule went under the tangled branches of a large tree. Absalom's head became caught in the tree. So he was left hanging in midair when the mule that was under him ran away.  (10)  A man who saw this told Joab, "I saw Absalom hanging in a tree."  (11)  "What! You saw that!" Joab said to the man who told him. "Why didn't you strike him to the ground? Then I would have felt obligated to give you four ounces of silver and a belt."  (12)  But the man told Joab, "Even if I felt the weight of 25 pounds of silver in my hand, I wouldn't raise my hand against the king's son. We heard the order the king gave you, Abishai, and Ittai: 'Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.'  (13)  If I had done something treacherous to him, would you have stood by me? Like everything else, it wouldn't stay hidden from the king."  (14)  Then Joab said, "I shouldn't waste time with you like this." He took three sharp sticks and plunged them into Absalom's heart while he was still alive in the tree.  (15)  Then ten of Joab's armorbearers surrounded Absalom, attacked him, and killed him.(16)  Joab blew the ram's horn to stop their fighting, and the troops returned from pursuing Israel.  (17)  They took Absalom, threw him into a huge pit in the forest, and piled a large heap of stones over him. Meanwhile, all Israel fled and went back to their homes.  (18)  (While he was still living, Absalom had taken a rock and set it up for himself in the king's valley. He said, "I have no son to keep the memory of my name alive." He called the rock by his name, and it is still called Absalom's Monument today.)

Absalom built and altar to himself by building up a heap of stones while he was living. After he was killed, he was thrown into a pit and heaps of stones thrown on top of his dead body.  Pride truly brings you to a horrible place Arrogance is never the reality of us. What did Absalom's pride bring him?

Absalom's pride

1. Brought him delusions of grandeur.
2. Gave him the ability to lie and manipulate others for his benefit.
3. Brought him face to face with the heart of rebellion.
4. His pride created a civil war with his family and with Israel.
5. Gave him the ability to devise evil plans against his father and others.
6. Gave him a path to revenge
7. Allowed him to disgrace father by sleeping with his concubines.

How much arrogance is in the world today? In families? In the church? Sons rebel against their parents because of pride. Daughters seek the wrong kind of guy due to pride and in turn rebel. Congregation members are mean, haughty, gossipers  and revilers because of the pride within them. The world mentality is " I do what I want." It is all pride, and it will one day fall. Many will be like Absalom and crushed by their own self-made idols. So how can we over come pride?

Overcoming the enemy of God called Arrogant Eyes or Pride:

1. Fear the Lord or realize that He is the ultimate greatness and truth for all of mankind.  Pro_15:33  The fear of the LORD is discipline leading to wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
2. Search for the heart of humility by your relationship with Jesus. Zep_2:3  Search for the LORD, all you humble people in the land who carry out his justice. Search for what is right. Search for humility. Maybe you will find shelter on the day of the LORD'S anger.
3. Live in God's wisdom not your own.
4. Don't think of yourself so highly than others.
5. Surrender completely to the will of God.
6. See others through the eyes of God.

It is important to be careful with arrogant eyes. It will lead us to destruction if we let it. 




Sunday, July 7, 2013

Strangers


 

 1 John 3:1-10  Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God's dear children. And that's what we are. For this reason the world doesn't recognize us, and it didn't recognize him either.  (2)  Dear friends, now we are God's children. What we will be isn't completely clear yet. We do know that when Christ appears we will be like him because we will see him as he is.  (3)  So all people who have this confidence in Christ keep themselves pure, as Christ is pure.  (4)  Those who live sinful lives are disobeying God. Sin is disobedience.  (5)  You know that Christ appeared in order to take away our sins. He isn't sinful.  (6)  Those who live in Christ don't go on sinning. Those who go on sinning haven't seen or known Christ.  (7)  Dear children, don't let anyone deceive you. Whoever does what God approves of has God's approval as Christ has God's approval.  (8)  The person who lives a sinful life belongs to the devil, because the devil has been committing sin since the beginning. The reason that the Son of God appeared was to destroy what the devil does.  (9)  Those who have been born from God don't live sinful lives. What God has said lives in them, and they can't live sinful lives. They have been born from God.  (10)  This is the way God's children are distinguished from the devil's children. Everyone who doesn't do what is right or love other believers isn't God's child.



Here is my simple devotion for today. I was reading in I John this week and this passage really hit me hard. Yes, I have read it 200 times before but Holy Spirit was directing me to it for a purpose. Maybe to gauge my own heart. Maybe to share it completely with others and challenge the church. Either way it had an impact to me.


We are strangers in this world. Those who are not of the faithful should look upon us with a face of bewilderment. Why are those Christians always happy? Why do they live a life of purity? Why do they seem to be free from depression and worry? Why aren't they getting a divorce? How do they live a life of sexual purity? What is their secret? Why do they forgive each other and carry on? Why do they treat each other with respect and don't let petty differences hold them back?

Does the world actually ask those questions today of us? I can't fully answer this question. I am not sure if I can fully answer this question if presented on a personal level. I would hope the world would ask those questions about me as I try to represent Christ to them, but sadly I wonder if I am being the complete package. Am I a stranger enough to spark curiosity to the indifferent?

In today's American Christian culture, the message of sin has become tainted with muddy water. Oh the Baptist still preach about it hard enough but it is usually wrapped around their man-made doctrine. I am talking about SIN. Biblical Sin. The Bible even has lists of what they are. For some reason, we started looking at them through the muddy glass. I believe, and I am guilty of this sometimes, that our sermons and messages have become more topical instead of expository. We have loss some of the main meaning in the mystery of God's word. The depth, to the core, message has become splintered at the trunk of the tree. Therefore, many Christians live in a grey area of their faith. Jesus was very clear. If we sin continually without repentance; we are not a part of His kingdom. He made it clear that the world would hate us because of this message. Just like the world laughed and hated Noah for his message. We should be strangers or enigmas to the current world's system. The question is this. Are you living your life according to this passage of scripture? This one passage which encompasses many more throughout scripture? Think about it. Below are some points to consider.

Being a stranger to this world.

1. Clearly become the Child of God you are meant to be. Children of God reflect His character every day.
2. Become unrecognizable to the world by living a holy life.
3. Live your life like Christ is returning this very moment.
4. Keep your confidence in Christ at all times.
5. Live a life of purity at all times.
6. Understand that Sin equals disobedience. Flee from the sinful life. Use the Bible to know what exactly sin is.
7. Live a life that God approves. Don't live your life to seek the approval of men.
8. Christians who sin continually without repentance are not Christians but Satanists.
9. Children born of God can't sin naturally.
10. If you don't love or forgive your brother or sister in Christ, then you are not a child of God.

Powerful points from a powerful book. People might ask. You want me to be perfect but there is only one who is perfect? I would answer. Yes you are correct and He lives inside of me. Should not His perfection change me and make me more like Him?

Become the strangers to this world and make a difference in His kingdom. This is all God is asking of us today.