I Will Lift My Eyes

Hebrews 12:2 says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

In 2 Corinthians 4:18 we read: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

When we lift our eyes to the heavens and/or we fix our eyes on Jesus, this is not speaking merely of the use of our physical eyes, but this is speaking of our whole being – thoughts, attitudes, heart, emotion, and will. This means that the central focus of our lives, in all we do, think, are and speak is centered in Jesus Christ and his divine will for our lives, because of all that he has done for us in saving us from sin. We look to God, not to man, and not to the things of the world for our help, for all that we need, and to give us the strength and courage to live each and every day of our lives for Him and for His glory. And, God is faithful. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Pet. 1:3 NIV ’84).

I Will Lift My Eyes / An Original Work / December 12, 2012

Based off Psalms 121-125

I will lift my eyes to my Lord Most High.
My help comes from Him, who saved me from sin.
He will not let your foot slip, and He who watches will not sleep.
Our Lord watches over you, and your life He will keep.
I will lift my eyes to my Lord Most High.
My help comes from Him, who saved me from sin.
I give thanks to Him.

I will lift my eyes to my God in heav’n.
I look to the Lord. My sins, He’s forgiv’n.
Because of His great love for us, He made us alive with Christ.
Through the kindness of our Savior, He gave us new life.
I will lift my eyes to my God in heav’n.
I look to the Lord. My sins, He’s forgiv’n;
My home, now in heav’n.

Praise be to the Lord, who is on our side.
Our help found in Him. He gives peace within.
Those who trust will ne’er be shaken. God will supply all we need.
Our Lord has done great things for us. He’s our friend, indeed!
Praise be to the Lord, who is on our side.
Our help found in Him. He gives peace within.
I can count on Him.

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He is With Us

Friday, November 27, 2015, 4:27 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Fully Ready.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Jeremiah 46:27-28 (NASB).

“But as for you, O Jacob My servant, do not fear,
Nor be dismayed, O Israel!
For, see, I am going to save you from afar,
And your descendants from the land of their captivity;
And Jacob will return and be undisturbed
And secure, with no one making him tremble.

“O Jacob My servant, do not fear,” declares the Lord,
“For I am with you.
For I will make a full end of all the nations
Where I have driven you,
Yet I will not make a full end of you;
But I will correct you properly
And by no means leave you unpunished.”

The Setting (Summary Jeremiah 39-44)

The setting is this, as translated to our day and time: Many people who profess the name of Jesus Christ are living in open idolatry and spiritual adultery against their Lord God. God, in his great love and mercy, has been confronting his rebellious people with their sins of idolatry and spiritual adultery, warning of judgment, and calling them to repentance. But, the vast majority are not listening. They are not heeding the warnings. Many even despise these warnings, and they despise the messengers through whom these warnings come. And, thus, they persecute and perhaps even kill the Lord’s servants and witnesses.

God has been warning them, as well, against putting their trust in humans, because there are many liars and deceivers throughout the world who are leading God’s people astray. Yet, many are not listening. They are not heeding the warnings, and they are continuing to put their trust in humans over God. They are not testing what they hear, read and see, in prayer, and against the word of God, and in spiritual discernment and wisdom, but they are going their own stubborn way, some even vehemently refusing to even consider that what they are believing and trusting in could be false, and that they might well be deceived. So God, who keeps his word, is bringing against them the judgments he promised.

Some people, through judgment, will continue in their own stubborn way, refusing to repent, and they will deny the Lord they once professed to know, and they will take the mark of the beast. Others, through judgment, will be humbled before God, will acknowledge their sins, will turn away from their rebellious ways, and will submit their lives to their Lord God, and will follow him the rest of their days. Others, who had not been living in rebellion, will be refined and made holy through this process, while still others who never knew Christ, and/or who had never professed his name, will come to believe in Jesus Christ, by God’s grace, through faith which dies with Christ to sin, and which is resurrected with Christ to newness of life, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24).

Still, there will be others who will make a show of repentance, but it is not sincere. They call on God when they need help, but then they turn and still go their own way, because they don’t like the answers they get back from God when they do ask him for help.

The Hope

Although I certainly do not relish the idea of judgment, i.e. I am not looking forward to it by any means, I do believe that scripture teaches that in these last days, although we are now living in a time of great rebellion, we will see the adulterous church of the last days revived, and that from the revived church the true (full) gospel will go to the ends of the earth, and that people from all nations will be saved before our Lord returns for his bride (his saints).

As well, although the true church is being persecuted severely, which we who live in the west will come to experience, too, in due time, we can rest in the comfort that our God is with us, that he will not leave us or forsake us, and that he will give us all we need to keep going. He will give us the strength and power of the Spirit of God to live holy and godly lives, pleasing to God, in these troubled times. So, we are not to fear what is coming or be afraid when it comes. God will strengthen us and keep us, and one day he will take us to be with him forever, and then we will have peace, and no one will make us afraid ever again.

Our Response

For those of us who have trusted in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, we should be giving out the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who will listen, yet we need to be giving out the whole gospel as taught by Jesus and his apostles, and not a watered-down version which is most popular in the west today. So, what do I mean by that?

There are many people and church leaders today who are teaching that God does not require repentance or obedience as part of our faith response to the gospel of our salvation. They ignore the bulk of teaching on salvation in the scriptures and build their doctrines around only the verses they approve. They reduce “faith” to a mere confession of Christ as Savior, or to a prayer to receive Christ, or to an intellectual assent to what Christ did for us in dying for our sins, or to an emotional decision made at an altar out of a desire to escape hell and to go to heaven when they die. Yet, they forget that Jesus Christ died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; that we might forsake our former ways of living for sin and self, be transformed of the Spirit of God, and now live for Christ, walking in the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh (See: 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 4:17-24; Ro. 8:1-14).

God’s grace to us, in dying on the cross for our sins, is not just so we can escape hell and go to heaven when we die. It is also not free license to continue in willful sin against God without guilt and without remorse. God’s grace, which brings salvation, teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and desires, and to live self-controlled, godly and upright lives while we wait for Christ’s return (Tit. 2:11-14). Jesus said that if anyone would come after him, he must deny self and take up his cross daily (die daily to sin and self) and follow (obey) Jesus Christ. He said if we hold on to our old lives (of living for sin and self) we will lose them for eternity. But, if we lose our lives (die with Christ to sin), we will gain eternal life (Lu. 9:23-25). Paul reiterated this teaching in Romans 6 and 8 when he said that faith in Jesus Christ means we die with Christ to sin, and that sin no longer has mastery over our lives, but now we are free to come under the control of Christ’s righteousness.

Eternal life is also not something we gain just when we die. When we trust Jesus Christ to be our LORD and SAVIOR, we receive eternal life with God at that moment, which is abundant life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Our lives are no longer our own to be lived out how we want, doing what we desire, but our desire should now be for our Lord, and we should want to know and to do his will for our lives. He didn’t die, again, just so we could escape hell and go to heaven when we die. He came to give us life to the full while we still live on this earth, but full life surrendered to him, no longer conformed to the ways of this world, but transformed in the renewing of our minds so that our lives will be living proof of what God’s will is for his people – his good, perfect and pleasing will (See: Ro. 12:1-2).

Yet, we must know and accept the fact that when we preach the full gospel of salvation, as taught by Jesus and his NT apostles, that we will be hated and persecuted and even put to death for our testimonies for Jesus Christ, because we do not deny his name, and because we hold strong to the tenets of the faith as laid down for us by Christ himself. Yet, we must know that God will work all this out for our good and for the good of those who will also come to faith in Jesus Christ, because through these times of trial and testing we are being made holy, we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ, we are being taught to rely on God and not on ourselves, we are learning perseverance and endurance, and we are also learning compassion toward others who are suffering in like manner so that we can encourage them with the encouragement we ourselves are receiving from Christ.

So, if you are suffering persecution for the name of Jesus Christ, hang in there, do not get discouraged, and keep trusting and believing that God has a purpose for it all and that he will see you through this to the end. Or, if you are professing to know Christ as Savior, but you are still walking in your flesh, then turn from your sins today and follow (obey) Jesus Christ with your life from this moment on. Or, if you have never trusted in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of your life, surrender your all to him today and allow his Spirit to transform you in heart and mind away from living for sin to living for Christ and walking in his righteousness. Time is running out. Not one of us knows if he or she has tomorrow. So, trust Jesus Christ with your life today, while you still have today.

Fully Ready! / An Original Work / June 19, 2013

Based off Acts 20-22, 26; Mt. 28:18-20; Ac. 1:8

Why are you weeping and breaking my heart?
I’m fully ready to suffer for Christ.
If I must die for the sake of His name,
I am convinced it will not be in vain.
Glory to God and to His Son Jesus,
Who has redeemed us; bought with His blood.

May I speak to you? Jesus came to me;
Asked of me, “Why do you persecute me?”
He said, “Now get up and stand on your feet.
Go, and you’ll be told all I have for you.
I have appointed you as a servant,
And as a witness; you have been sent.”

“Go into the world and preach the gospel.
Open the blind eyes. They will receive sight.
Turn them from darkness to the light of Christ;
From power of the evil one to God,
So they may receive forgiveness of sins,
And a place among those who’re in heav’n.”

Be Wise and Discerning

Monday, November 23, 2015, 1:13 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “All Through the Night.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Jeremiah 40-41 (Select vv. NASB).

Murder and Trickery (41:1-10)

As a judgment of God on his people for their disobedience and refusal to listen to him and to his messages via his messengers, and because they were determined to do what they had decided to do in open rebellion against God, God judged his people, as he had warned them, and he brought about the destruction of Jerusalem via the Babylonian army (chap. 39). Then, those who did not die in the siege were taken into exile, with the exception of some of the poor who were left in Judah, but who were given vineyards and fields. A man named Gedaliah, appointed by the king of Babylon, was left in charge of the people who were left in the land. Jeremiah stayed with Gedaliah and with the people who were left in the land. Many Jews who were in the open country or who were scattered among other countries heard that a remnant had been left in Judah, so they came back to the land. Some of the army officers warned Gedaliah that Ishmael had been sent by the king of the Ammonites to take Gedaliah’s life, but Gedaliah did not believe them (chap. 40).

In the seventh month Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal family and one of the chief officers of the king, along with ten men, came to Mizpah to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. While they were eating bread together there in Mizpah, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him arose and struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword and put to death the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land. Ishmael also struck down all the Jews who were with him, that is with Gedaliah at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans who were found there, the men of war.

Now it happened on the next day after the killing of Gedaliah, when no one knew about it, that eighty men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria with their beards shaved off and their clothes torn and their bodies gashed, having grain offerings and incense in their hands to bring to the house of the Lord. Then Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping as he went; and as he met them, he said to them, “Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam!” Yet it turned out that as soon as they came inside the city, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the men that were with him slaughtered them and cast them into the cistern. But ten men who were found among them said to Ishmael, “Do not put us to death; for we have stores of wheat, barley, oil and honey hidden in the field.” So he refrained and did not put them to death along with their companions.

Now as for the cistern where Ishmael had cast all the corpses of the men whom he had struck down because of Gedaliah, it was the one that King Asa had made on account of Baasha, king of Israel; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain. Then Ishmael took captive all the remnant of the people who were in Mizpah, the king’s daughters and all the people who were left in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard had put under the charge of Gedaliah the son of Ahikam; thus Ishmael the son of Nethaniah took them captive and proceeded to cross over to the sons of Ammon.

This man Gedaliah, who was a government leader over God’s people, was given warning that a certain man intended to kill him, and that it would mean the death or the scattering of God’s people, but he refused to heed the warning. He took this man Ishmael and ten others into his trust, and he ate with them, and they killed him and many of the Jews and the Babylonian soldiers, too. Then, Ishmael tricked Jews who were mourning the destruction of Jerusalem into coming with him by pretending to be mourning with them, and he killed them, too. And, then he made captives of all the rest of the people whom he had not killed.

What Can We Learn?

Ok, so what can we learn from this story? For one, I think we should not be so quick to cast off warnings of danger or to so easily put our trust in human beings, no matter who they are or how trusted we believe them to be. We should also not so easily be gullible by believing everything we hear, read or see, for there are many tricksters who will play on our emotions and who will try to convince us they are our friend, when truly they are our enemy. Our enemy will try to deceive us by playing on our emotions in order to trap us, utilizing trickery (a Trojan Horse) in order to gain our trust so that we invite him or them into our lives only to have him or them turn on us and take us captive. So, we need to be wise and discerning, we need to test everything, and we need to put our trust in the Lord and not give human beings our blind trust, believing everything they tell us to be true.

So, how is something like this being played out in our world today? The US government and their political allies, as servants of this New World Order “Beast,” first create crisis situations within nations so that they can go in as “saviors,” but not to save, but to kill, destroy and take captive the people of the earth. The US government and the intelligence community, in concert with this New World Order, recruits, trains, equips and finances various terrorist groups to do their dirty work for them, such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, etc. Then, when the terrorists attack, these government leaders fake tears, pretending to be grieved with the people, but then they use “going after terrorists,” as a Trojan Horse in order to gain control over independent governments, to conquer people, to kill and to destroy, and to take out their real enemies, which are all those opposed to the rule of the “Beast” New World Order, and followers of Christ, especially those who are sharing the gospel.

In other words, the real terrorists going throughout the nations of the world, killing and destroying, work for the New World Order “Beast,” which means many of the leaders of our nations who are part of this New World Order help facilitate these terrorist acts, which means they are actually turning on their own people in two ways. First they bring in the terrorists and allow them to do their dirty work, then they have an excuse to cause even more death and destruction to their nations, or to other nations, and to exercise tight controls over the people of their own nations via lockdowns, martial law, raids throughout the city, etc., all under the guise of protecting their own people from the terrorists whom they first let into the country. They also go into other countries to kill and destroy under the guise of going after terrorists and to protect their own people, but they can’t be trusted.

The true “wheel man” who drove the getaway vehicle in the Paris attacks, for instance, is two-fold, i.e. Beast #1 and Beast #2 (Revelation 13), or a one-world totalitarian government and a one-world false religion, both of which are being forced upon the people of this earth today, in our time. They are the same people (or entities) who or which attacked and killed people in Mali and Beirut, and are threatening people in Brussels. They are coming against all people throughout the earth in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. All this talk in the news about terrorist suspects is fake, for the US and their allies in the N.W.O. are the terrorists, so they are not going after ISIS, but after us, the people of this world and Christians and independent governments. This is all about getting the people and governments of this world into compliance or cooperation with the New World Order. So, the real “grave threat” facing our nations is the death of the gospel of Jesus Christ and its messengers by the leaders of their own nations who are part of this “Beast” (#1 & #2).

So, when we read in the news that the goal of these “terrorists” is to divide us, to get us to turn against one another, to get us to be afraid, and to get us to treat people badly who are different from us, because we fear they are our enemies, and that they do this in order to defeat us, know that this is exactly what the US government and their political allies in the New World Order are doing. It is a strategy called “divide and conquer,” and they have been utilizing it much, trying to pit black against white or white against black, Muslim against Christian or Christian against Muslim, or Republican against Democrat or Democrat against Republican, etc., which often entails Christian against Christian as they fight over these issues among themselves to the point to where they are not united, and to where they are giving the name “Christian” a bad reputation. They have forgotten that they are to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth and to proclaim the excellencies of Christ to a world in need of the Savior.

Also, when we read in the news that the goal of our leaders is to defeat these “terrorists” and to take back the land they are living on, to terminate their financing, to chase after their leaders, to disassemble their networks and their supply sources, and to finally destroy them, know they are not talking about “terrorists,” but they are talking about independent nations, the people of those nations, and Christians who proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, i.e. all who pose a threat to the rule of the “Beast,” and/or who directly oppose the rule of the “Beast,” and all people in general who they intend to bring under the rule of this “Beast” New World Order, i.e. one-world totalitarian government and one-world false religion. Their intention is to make us all in subjection to the New World Order, so they must destroy our way of life as we presently know it so that we will have to be dependent on them, or so they think, but we are commanded of God not to take the mark of this “Beast,” which means we will not be able to buy or sell, but God will take care of us, and then he’ll take us home.

So, don’t be afraid of what is coming. Put your trust in Jesus Christ/God, and not in humans. Don’t believe everything you read, hear or see, especially coming from our government leaders, the news media, and even many of our church leaders. Test everything. Cling to the good. Hate and reject all that is evil. And, follow Jesus Christ in obedience, even if it is to your death. You will be richly rewarded.

All Through the Night / An Original Work / December 7, 2013

Based off Various Scriptures

Blessed are you when you’re persecuted
Because of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Blessed are you when people insult you,
And falsely say what leads folks to doubt.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is
Great in the heavens. You’re not alone.

When you are persecuted in one place,
Flee to another. God will be there.
You will be hated by all the nations
Because you testify of God’s grace.
Many will seize you and persecute you,
And put to death the foll’wers of Christ.

Yet, do not fear what humans may do to you,
For I’m with you all through the night.
I tell you, love your enemies with my love,
And forgive as I forgave you.
Pray for those who do evil against you.
Rest in my love and grace from above.

Not Be Silent

This psalm, updated to our relationship with Jesus Christ, God the Son, is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise for all that God has done for us in providing salvation for us from sin through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, and through his resurrection. He delivered us from our ultimate destiny of hell, and emptiness, and slavery to sin, and he healed our hearts and souls and gave us new lives in Christ Jesus through our faith in him as our Lord (master) and Savior. He turned our weeping into joy!

When we were outside of faith in Jesus Christ and still in bondage to sin and selfishness, we could not see God, and we did not recognize our need of Christ. We were self-sufficient and felt secure where we were. Yet, Jesus Christ, by his love and mercy, forgave us, and we, by faith, now stand confident in Him. By his grace he set us free! Amen! And, because of all that he did for us and he continues to do on behalf of those who love him, we give him thanks and praise and honor and glory. We should be so filled up in our spirits with joy that we cannot hold it inside, but we must sing of his praises and share his gospel always.

Not Be Silent / An Original Work / December 3, 2012
Based off Psalm 30

O Lord my God, I’ll exalt You.
I called for help,
And You healed me.
O Lord my God,
You brought me from the grave.
You spared me from hell.
Sing to the Lord, you saints of His;
Praise His holy name today.
Weeping may remain for a night;
Joy at break of day.
Our debt He did pay!

O Lord my God, I said, “I will
Ne’er be shaken.” Secure, I felt.
O Lord my God, You forgave me.
Confident I stand in You.
When I could not see
Your face I was dismayed.
I called to You. O Lord,
You are my help.
You were merciful to me;
By Your grace set free!

O Lord my God, I’m so thankful for
Salvation through my Jesus.
You turned wailing into dancing;
Clothed me with Your joy today,
That my heart may sing
To You and not be silent.
Praise Your name.
O Lord my God,
I will give you
thanks forevermore.
My Lord, I adore!

Listening to His Voice

Monday, November 23, 2015, 5:00 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “A Believer’s Prayer.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Jeremiah 39-40 (Select vv. NASB).

Disaster, Not Prosperity (39:15-16)

Now the word of the Lord had come to Jeremiah while he was confined in the court of the guardhouse, saying, “Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold, I am about to bring My words on this city for disaster and not for prosperity; and they will take place before you on that day.

Economics is not my strong suit. I have great difficulty wrapping my mind around that subject, i.e. I have great difficulty understanding it, though I do attempt to understand. I have never understood the stock market or how that all works. What I do understand, though, is when it affects my pocket book (my purse or wallet). The Lord, several years ago, did teach me much about the Federal Reserve and how that all works, but my mind has trouble maintaining that kind of information. It doesn’t stick with me. Yet, what I do know is the Federal Reserve is privately owned by the people who run the world, primarily by Jews. It is owned by private banks. Every dollar it prints and puts in circulation in the USA has no backing to it whatsoever. It is an IOU. The Federal Reserve then makes money by collecting interest on the money they loan us. And, so the US government has put this nation so far in the hole financially that we will never be able to crawl out of that hole.

In the news today was a story about the Federal Reserve getting ready to hike interest rates, which they have not done for seven years, apparently. Supposedly the dollar then rose but commodities were hit and stocks and bonds were in trouble. In another story, oil prices fell, but this had something to do with Saudi Arabia. Those of you who understand this subject would do better than me in interpreting what all this means.

Ok, notwithstanding the fact that I have little knowledge of economics and how all this financial stuff works, I do believe the USA and the world are headed for financial collapse. It is inevitable, for the powers that are taking over this world are the ones who own the banks, and they are the ones who control the money. The Bible teaches that the beast will conquer all people on the earth, including followers of Christ, and that no one will be able to buy or sell unless they take the mark of the beast. So, the plan is to bring us all under a one-world totalitarian government and a one-world religion, with a one-world currency, and a one-world bank, etc. The people who rule the world must destroy the riches of the rich, not including themselves, of course, in order to bring us under their totalitarian and communist control, i.e. so that they bring about financial (income) equality among the ordinary people of this world, which is what Obama and the Pope are preaching right now.

Because You Sinned (40:1-3)

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord after Nebuzaradan captain of the bodyguard had released him from Ramah, when he had taken him bound in chains among all the exiles of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon. Now the captain of the bodyguard had taken Jeremiah and said to him, “The Lord your God promised this calamity against this place; and the Lord has brought it on and done just as He promised. Because you people sinned against the Lord and did not listen to His voice, therefore this thing has happened to you.

The reason all this is happening to us, or will yet happen to us, and will continue to get much worse, is because the people of this world, including or most especially many who call themselves Christians, have not listened to God, they have not repented of their sins, and they have not obeyed their Lord. So, God is bringing upon this world all the calamity that he promised, as was prophesied in scripture.

The church, which is to be the light to the world and the salt of the earth, and is commissioned by Jesus to go and to make disciples of Christ of people of all nations, baptizing and teaching them to obey Christ’s commandments, has largely failed in this area. Instead of taking the gospel to the world so that many will be saved, the vast majority of the church here in the west has brought the world and its worldly ways into the church, and is entertaining sinners instead of teaching them the way of the cross of Christ. As well, they have diluted the gospel of Jesus Christ to make it more appealing and acceptable to human flesh, and thus they are giving people a false hope based on a lie.

This diluted gospel teaches that all one has to do is pray a prayer or make a confession of Christ as Savior and bam, they are saved, and it doesn’t matter what they do with Jesus from that point on. They can live however they want and still claim their ticket into heaven, and claim that nothing can ever take that away from them. They teach that God does not require repentance (turning from sin) or obedience to his commands, and that anyone who teaches repentance and obedience are those peddling works-based salvation. As well, they teach that God is pleased with them no matter what they do, that he never gets angry with them, and, in fact, he delights in them and smiles on them even when they are living in sinful rebellion against him. If they are steeped in sin, many are told just to claim who they are in Jesus Christ, and they are told that sin does not define who they are, and that they really are good people, even if they are willfully and consistently doing what is harmful to others and what is opposed to God’s will and purposes for their lives.

Yet, scripture does not teach that. Jesus Christ said that if anyone would come after him, he must deny self, and take up his cross daily (die daily to sin and self) and follow (obey) him. He said his sheep know his voice, they listen to him, and they follow (obey) him, and they are the ones who can’t be snatched out of his hands. He says if we hold on to our old lives of living for sin and self, we will lose them for eternity, but if we lose our lives (die to sin and self) we will gain eternal life (See: Lu. 9:23-25; Jn. 6:35-66; 10:27-30). Peter said that Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24). Paul said that coming to faith in Jesus Christ means death to sin, being transformed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, and putting on our new lives in Christ, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” He said that Jesus died that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave himself up for us. This is the goal of our salvation (See: Eph. 4:17-24; Ro. 6:1-23; 2 Co. 5:15; cf. Ac. 26:16-18; Gal. 2:20; Tit. 2:11-14).

Paul also reiterated what Jesus taught when he said that Jesus died that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but according to the Spirit (See: Ro. 8:1-14). So, what does this mean? The righteous requirement of the law is sinless perfection, i.e. that we must obey the law 100% or we are still under its curse. Since no one could obey the law perfectly, Jesus Christ became our sacrifice for sins so that through faith in him we might be made righteous in God’s sight and might have the hope of eternal life with God in glory. Yet, as part of believing faith, which is essential for us to have such a great salvation, is that we turn from sin and we follow our Lord in obedience, i.e. that we no longer conduct our lives after our sinful flesh, but that we walk in the Spirit, and by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh (dying daily to sin). Paul said that if we walk according to the flesh, we will die, but if by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, we will live. True faith involves repentance and obedience.

The Call

So, God is calling out to his wayward people right now, and he is confronting them with their sins of adultery and idolatry, and he is calling them to repent (turn from their sins) and to obey him, not in their own human flesh, but in the power and working of the Spirit of God within them, as they cooperate fully with the Spirit’s work of grace in their lives.

He is asking that we give our lives to him as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is our reasonable service of worship of him, and that we be not conformed to the ways of this world, but that we be transformed in the renewing of our minds so that our lives are evidence (proof) of what God’s perfect, good and pleasing will is for our lives. As well, he has called us to be holy, set apart (unlike, different) from this sinful world, because we are becoming like Jesus. His grace is not free license to continue in sin without guilt and without remorse. His grace, which brings salvation, teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we wait for Christ’s return. If we say we have fellowship with God, but we walk in darkness (sin), then we are liars, and the truth is not in us (See: Ro. 12:1-2; Tit. 2:11-14; 1 Jn. 1:6).

So, if you are believing a lie, and you are walking in the flesh and not according to the Spirit, get your life right with God today. Repent of your sins and follow Jesus Christ.

A Believer’s Prayer / An Original Work / July 31, 2012

With my whole heart,
Lord, I pray to be Yours,
And Yours always.
Lead me in Your truth today.
May I love You, and obey.
Lead me in Your righteousness.
When I sin, may I confess;
Bow before You when I pray;
Live for You and You always.

Love You, Jesus,
You’re my friend.
Life with You will never end.
You are with me through each day,
Giving love and peace always.
You will ne’er abandon me.
From my sin You set me free.
You died on that cruel tree,
So I’d live eternally.

Soon You’re coming back for me;
From this world to set me free;
Live with You eternally.
Oh, what joy that brings to me.
I will walk with You in white;
A pure bride,
I’ve been made right
By the blood of Jesus Christ;
Pardoned by His sacrifice.

Refresh My Spirit, Lord

Sometimes our bodies get tired and need rest. Other times our spirits get tired and need refreshed, i.e. our emotions sometimes get drained, or even our spiritual lives might feel like something is missing. Sometimes it is because we lack true Christian fellowship with the Body of Christ, and therefore we are not getting the encouragement from others that we need. Or, it can be because the Body of Christ has been rejecting, mocking, ostracizing and/or marginalizing us, instead. There can be times when we are under serious attack from our enemy Satan or when our brothers and sisters in Christ (or professing Christians) attack us at every turn, or else they ignore, avoid, and snub us. Or it can be that we face much resistance when we share the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is at those times when we need our spirits refreshed and our souls revived.

For me, my times alone with my Lord in prayer and in his word refresh my spirit, as well as does listening to and/or singing songs of worship and praise of my Lord, or songs of encouragement, hope, healing and leading in the ways of the Lord. And, other times God sends along an encourager at just the right time to give me what I need in order to help me keep going. The Holy Spirit is the best encourager I know. He is the motivating force in my life which keeps me pressing on even in the face of many difficulties and persecutions.

Refresh My Spirit, Lord / An Original Work / August 8, 2011

Based off of Psalm 51 & Matthew 11:28-30

Refresh my spirit, Lord.
Revive my heart today.
Move me to serve You,
Lord in all I do and say.
Be my heart’s one desire;
my spirit set on fire
In pure devotion, Lord,
to love you and obey.

Create within me, Lord,
a pure heart, this I pray,
So I can worship You
and yield to You always.
May all Your love and pow’r
be lived in me, I pray,
So I might love as You;
be Your witness today.

Jesus says, “Come to me
all you with heavy hearts,
And find in me your peace,
and give to me your all.
My yoke is light to bear,
‘cause I paid for your sin,
So you might be set free,
and purified within.”

Don’t Be Deceived

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 8:44 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “A Believer’s Prayer.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Jeremiah 37-39 (NASB).

They Don’t Listen (37:1-2)

Now Zedekiah the son of Josiah whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had made king in the land of Judah, reigned as king in place of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim. But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.

I have no direct knowledge of the present situation with the church in other nations, other than in my own nation, other than I do believe the church throughout the world is being severely persecuted, and I suspect that the church in America is not alone in its plight with so many being deceived and following after false gods and their false doctrines, and in adopting the ways and customs of this sinful world. So, I will mainly speak of what I know from personal experience with regard to the church here in the west, but also of what I know is being taught throughout the globe, and which many may be accepting and adopting, in the hopes that eyes will be opened, and people will be turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, and so many will receive forgiveness of sins.

The vast majority of the church here in America (in the West), has been on a spiritual decline for some time now, especially within the confines of the institutional church. It is largely indistinguishable between the church and the world anymore. Rather than the church going out into the world with the gospel of salvation, the vast majority are bringing the world into the church. Rather than confronting the unsaved world with their sin, with their separation from God, and of their need to repent of their sins, to believe in Jesus Christ, and to follow him in obedience, they are largely entertaining the world and are being entertained by the world themselves. And, so the salt of the earth has lost or is losing its saltiness and its light is being largely hidden under a bushel, so that few are truly spreading the good news of the gospel of our salvation from slavery to sin anymore.

What is taking place, most especially here in America, and within the institutional church, is that in order to attract the world to the meetings of institutional Christianity, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been diluted so as not to offend the world, so that they will want to come back to the gatherings of institutional “churches,” i.e. to businesses of human origin, which contain some of the true church, i.e. true followers of Jesus Christ. Many are no longer teaching that Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, and that coming to faith in Jesus Christ means death to sin and being resurrected with Christ to new lives in Christ, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24; 1 Pet. 2:24). Instead, they have reduced faith in Jesus Christ to a mere prayer that is voiced, or a mere acknowledgment of what Christ did for us in dying for our sins, and they teach that God does not require repentance or obedience, which clearly he does throughout the NT. So, many are deceived, and are following the lies of Satan, and are rejecting the truth.

Don’t Be Deceived (37:9-10)

Thus says the Lord, ‘Do not deceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely go away from us,” for they will not go. For even if you had defeated the entire army of Chaldeans who were fighting against you, and there were only wounded men left among them, each man in his tent, they would rise up and burn this city with fire.’”

There are many today who are saying “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace, and they are dressing serious sin wounds as though they are not serious. They are telling God’s people that it doesn’t matter what they do once they are “saved,” for they now have heaven guaranteed them, no matter what they do with Jesus from that point on. They are leading them to believe that God smiles on them when they are living in sinful rebellion against God, and that God never gets angry with them, as well as he won’t judge them for their sinful rebellion. Yet, that is contrary to what scripture teaches, most especially in Revelation 2-3, but is supported in other NT passages, and in OT prophecies concerning God’s people in these last days before the return of Christ who are living in sinful rebellion against God.

God/Jesus is saying to his wayward church, “Turn from your wicked ways, repent of your sins, and live like you say you believe. Walk in my ways, and obey my commandments. Forsake your idols, and reject the lies, and follow after what is true, righteous and holy.” He is saying to his wayward church, “If you do not repent, I will come upon you in judgment and divine discipline and correction. But, he who overcomes will experience rich blessings in heaven, and will have the promise of eternal life” (summarizing Rev. 2-3). Yet, I believe that judgment has already come because the vast majority of the church did not repent, and they continued in their sinful ways, and thus God is now visiting us in judgment, and that, in judgment, the wayward church will be revived, and the true gospel of salvation will go to the ends of the earth, and that many will be saved before Jesus returns.

The People’s Well-Being (38:3-4)

Thus says the Lord, ‘This city will certainly be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and he will capture it.’” Then the officials said to the king, “Now let this man be put to death, inasmuch as he is discouraging the men of war who are left in this city and all the people, by speaking such words to them; for this man is not seeking the well-being of this people but rather their harm.”

If we speak the truths of God’s word to the people we will be hated and rejected just as Jesus and his apostles and the prophets of old were hated and persecuted for giving God’s messages to his people. There is a campaign going on now in the world, which is coming from the “Beast” New World Order, and is being presented through its messengers Obama and Pope Francis, though I am certain they are not the only messengers giving out this message. The message is one of tolerance of religious syncretism, which is “the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion” (dictionary.com). They want the world to all come together as one in unity of faith, and accepting of all ways of life contrary to what we believe is acceptable. Thus, the New World Order “Beast” has condemned the holding on to the tenets of the Christian faith as bigoted, hate-mongering, intolerant, and draconian in nature. And, it is their goal to either reprogram our minds to think their way, or to do away with us entirely.

They Laid Siege (39:1-3)

Now when Jerusalem was captured in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it; in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the city wall was breached. Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came in and sat down at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sar-ezer, Samgar-nebu, Sar-sekim the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, and all the rest of the officials of the king of Babylon.

A wedding is taking place presently. The nations and people of this world are being married to the New World Order “Beast,” i.e. for those who have taken its mark on their lives. Leaders of the false church and many rulers of this earth have joined forces with this “Beast” in conquering independent governments, private citizens of nations, and those who profess the name of Jesus Christ, who hold fast to his testimony, and who obey his commandments. ISIS and other rebel groups supported by the US government and their NATO allies and the intelligence community, as well as those “refugees” who are not really refugees but who are soldiers in disguise, and others, serve as “attendants” for this wedding. And, they are spreading throughout the globe to Asia (including Australia), the Americas, Africa and Europe. This is the 4th kingdom mentioned in the book of Daniel.

“Terrorism” is a product of this “Beast” New World Order and its subjects (servants, i.e. attendants). This war on terrorism is not a war on terrorism, though, for those making war are the terrorists, and those they war against are independent governments, all opposing forces to the New World Order “Beast,” and all who follow Jesus Christ, who are taking the true gospel of salvation to the ends of the earth. We are the enemies. We are the extremists who must be dealt with in order for the “Beast” to rule the earth for a time. The US government has been leading the charge in this for some time now, but now it is our turn to be treated in like manner as what our government has treated the people of other nations. We are being handed over to this “Beast” by our rulers. Once we had independence as a nation, and once there was separation between church and state, but no more. Soon we, too, will become casualties of this war against humanity, and we will be numbered among the fallen, for we will be conquered, too, judged by God for our adulteries.

Not everyone is on board with this beast, though. They are facing opposition from those who do not wish to bow to the beast, and from those who are spreading the gospel message of salvation. In other words, just because the federal government of these United States serve as the groom or as the attendants in this wedding to the mistress does not mean the states all follow suit, or that all the church is on board, or that all Americans are ready to give up their freedoms and to join forces with this N.W.O., but it will be forced upon us, as it has been on many other nations throughout the globe, and is still being done via this privatized terrorist military force of the New World Order “Beast.” Our government is “guilty as charged” of “collaborating with hostile governments” (the New World Order), but our government has also been the primary hostile government coming against the world.

So, don’t believe everything you hear or see or read in the news. The (mainstream) news media is owned and operated by those who are running the world (the Beast). So, they write what they want us to believe. All they have to do is say that something happened, or that something is being threatened, whether real or imagined, or whether completely staged or just orchestrated by the world powers, and the world powers can literally do whatever they want. They can close down public meetings, churches, schools, public transportation, malls, sporting events, etc. or they can force evacuations and relocations, or can bring nations under lockdown and under martial law just on their word. What power!

And, this is coming to America. It is moving west. It is just a matter of when. For, when our president and our leaders speak of American values, they are really speaking of the values of the New World Order “Beast,” which is totalitarian global control of all people, the persecution and killing of Christians, and the takedown of independent nations. Their values are that of a one-world religion absent of the cross of Christ, communism/socialism, and the forcing of all people throughout the world to comply or to pay the consequences. Theirs is of a false light, i.e. Satan, who masquerades as an angel of light to deceive the people of this world. And, it is one of hypocrisy, i.e. of blaming others for their dirty work, and much more. So, know the times we live in, and put your trust in Jesus Christ now.

A Believer’s Prayer / An Original Work / July 31, 2012

With my whole heart,
Lord, I pray to be Yours,
And Yours always.
Lead me in Your truth today.
May I love You, and obey.
Lead me in Your righteousness.
When I sin, may I confess;
Bow before You when I pray;
Live for You and You always.

Love You, Jesus,
You’re my friend.
Life with You will never end.
You are with me through each day,
Giving love and peace always.
You will ne’er abandon me.
From my sin You set me free.
You died on that cruel tree,
So I’d live eternally.

Soon You’re coming back for me;
From this world to set me free;
Live with You eternally.
Oh, what joy that brings to me.
I will walk with You in white;
A pure bride,
I’ve been made right
By the blood of Jesus Christ;
Pardoned by His sacrifice.