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.

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