Destroyers of True Intimacy

Monday, August 7, 2017, 5:55 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Oh, To Be Like Thee.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Isaiah 33 (Select vv. ESV).

A Destroyer (v. 1; cf. Psalm 2:1; Rev. 11:18)

Ah, you destroyer,
who yourself have not been destroyed,
you traitor,
whom none has betrayed!
When you have ceased to destroy,
you will be destroyed;
and when you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.

What comes to mind here is John 10, in particular v. 10, where it says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

So, who are these thieves and robbers, i.e. these destroyers? They are the nations spoken of in Revelation 11:18 and in Psalm 2:1 who rage against Jesus Christ and his gospel of salvation, who persecute and martyr Christ’s followers, who kill innocents, and who overtake kingdoms, confiscate property not their own, and destroy lands and houses. The US government and their political allies are the ones who are doing this today.

Yet, they are also those strangers who have entered the gatherings of the church by a door other than Jesus Christ. They are false shepherds of the people, wolves in sheep’s clothing, and hired hands who care nothing for God’s people, but only for themselves. They have infiltrated the assemblies of the church for the very purpose to deceive, manipulate, lead people astray and to destroy the relationship between the church and their Lord.

Their goal is to pull as many people as possible away from the One and Only True God of the universe, who is the creator of the world and the people who live in it. And, it is to lead them to follow the world, the beast, the culture of society, and their own flesh. It is also to render spiritually powerless Christian men and women and church leaders, and to vilify those who are truly following Jesus Christ in pure devotion and dedication. It is to call evil good and good evil, to put darkness for light and light for darkness, and to put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:20).

These destroyers have been working at this for many years, to bring the church down, to emasculate Christian men, in particular, to destroy the gospel by diluting it beyond recognition, and by physically conquering peoples and nations throughout the world. They have reinterpreted key Bible verses to make them not say what they are saying, or they have ignored them and have focused on only a few verses which fit with what they want to believe, which fits with the lifestyles they want to live. As well, they have placed lewd images in grocery store checkout lines, in store windows, on TV, and on general sites on the internet to lure men and women into sexual sin.

They have redefined marriage, have stirred up strife among various people groups, have falsified information, and have persuaded many to believe their lies and deceptions. They also have convinced many to abandon the true faith in Jesus Christ in favor of a more lenient, acceptable and tolerant religion which accepts all religions as viable and sinful lifestyles as standard (customary). And, they have persuaded many to believe that repentance and obedience to Christ are not only not necessary, but not required by God at all, and that God is pleased with them no matter what they do.

Our Stability (vv. 5-6)

The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
and he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.

A day is coming when the Lord will put an end to the work of these destroyers and it will be payback time. What goes around comes around. What they have done to others will be done to them. The nations which have destroyed others will be destroyed. God will judge them, and that includes the USA, most especially, for all the evil they have done throughout the world to others, and including within our own nation. And, this includes all these false shepherds of the people, too, who feed only themselves, and whose goal it is to bring down the church and to destroy the gospel.

For, the Lord is exalted, and he will revive his adulterous people and he will bring many to faith in Jesus Christ. Not only will he judge, but he will also save. He will judge not only to punish, but to revive his people. Yet, this judgment will bring hard times on many people. If what our nation has done to other nations is done to us, much of our country could be reduced to rubble, as well as we could suffer much financial loss, loss of liberties, and loss of human lives, too. Yet, our Lord God will be our stability. And, the fear of the Lord will be, if it is not already, our treasured possession.

Who Walk Righteously (vv. 13-16)

Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling has seized the godless:
“Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire?
Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
he will dwell on the heights;
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.

When judgment comes, which it will, those who are rebelling against God will be afraid, for they will not be able to stand in the judgment (See: Ps. 1:5; Rev. 6:17). Thus, the call of God is that all people would pay attention to what He has done (or will yet do) in judgment, and that they would acknowledge his might (power and authority), that he alone is God, and he alone is to be worshiped, sought after, and honored above all else.

Only those who walk righteously before God will be able to stand. They are those who, by God’s grace, have repented of their sins and are walking in obedience to their Lord, who reject evil, and who pursue what is godly and holy. Only they will be able to dwell in peace with God, who is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:28-29). Only they will be able to withstand the judgment and not lose faith, but will persevere and endure to the end, but only in the strength of the Lord, and empowered by the Spirit of God living within them.

Those who walk righteously, i.e. who conduct our lives according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh, and who prefer what God prefers, will live in God’s continual presence. We have the Lord as our security and as our provider. He will supply all that we need. The fear of the Lord is our treasure. He is our defense and our stronghold (fortress). So, even though the earth gives way, and all hell breaks loose all around us, and even though God visits our nation(s) in judgment, and supplies are scarce, and troubles and hardships are numerous, we can rest in the Lord, believe in his promises, trust in his mercy and compassion, and lean on his strength. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will be our constant in a changing world. And, our desire will be for him, and to be like him.

Oh, to Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer
Thomas O. Chisholm / W. J. Kirkpatrick

Oh, to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh, to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.

O to be like Thee! while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.

Oh, to be like Thee! Oh, to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

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Love and Obey

Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 6:00 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “My Sheep.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read various scriptures (in the NIV) on the subject of obedience.

Jesus Saves Us (Acts 5:32; Hebrews 5:9; John 8:51)

“We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Literally, “to those obeying” (present tense) “him.”

“And, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” Literally, “to all those obeying” (present tense) “him.”

“Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”

I hear many people, including many ministers of the gospel, say that we don’t have to repent of our sins and we don’t have to obey Jesus and his commands in order to be saved, but is that true? Or else they just leave out repentance and obedience from their gospel messages, and they dilute the gospel message to make it more acceptable and appealing for the world, and for the worldly church. They reduce the gospel message to a mere acknowledgment of the existence of Jesus Christ, or of his blood sacrifice for our sins, and they teach the listener that all he has to do is accept Jesus’ forgiveness of sins, i.e. God’s grace, and he now has heaven guaranteed him, and that it can never be taken away from him. But, is that true?

A careful study of scripture will reveal that these people who are teaching (promoting) this are liars and deceivers who are gaining disciples for themselves (or for Satan), but not for Jesus Christ (See: Matt. 23:15). It will also quickly dispel their lies, and will reveal the truth that God does, indeed, require both repentance and obedience as part of saving faith, and for eternal life with God. This study will also show us that our salvation is progressive, i.e. we are saved (past), we are being saved (present), and we will be saved (future) when Jesus returns for us, his bride. And, it will teach us that faith is not a one-time deal where we live how we want, and that one day we go to heaven, but it will show us that genuine faith must be enduring, continuous, and steadfast if we want to have the hope of heaven and eternal life with God.

[See: Jn. 8:31-32; Ro. 11:17-24; I Co. 15:2; Col. 1:21-23; II Tim. 2:10-13; Heb. 3:6, 14-15; 2 Pet. 1:5-11; I John 2:24-25.]

We Know Him (1 John 2:3-6; 1 John 3:24)

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

“Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

If we say we know God, i.e. that we have believed in Jesus Christ for salvation, and that we are assured of eternal life with God in heaven, then we must understand here that obedience is evidence that this is true. If we claim to know God or to be in fellowship with him, but we don’t keep his commands (his instructions to us), we are liars. Also, if we claim to be in fellowship with our Lord, but we are still walking (in lifestyle) in darkness (sin), we are liars, and we do not live by the truth (1 Jn. 1:6).

So, if we want to be assured of our salvation, and the hope of eternal life with God, we must walk in obedience to our Lord. We must walk (conduct our lives) according to the Spirit of God, and not according to our sinful flesh, for if we walk (in lifestyle) according to our fleshly desires, we will die in our sins, not have heaven guaranteed us when we leave this earth. Yet, some people will falsely claim that this is works-based salvation and not God’s grace, but they are lying to you. For, God’s grace, which brings salvation, commands us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we await Christ’s return (See: Tit. 2:11-14; cf. Ro. 6:1-23; Ro. 8:1-14; Lu. 9:23-25).

We Love Him (John 14:23-24; 1 John 5:2-4)

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

To love God is to obey God. If we do not walk (in lifestyle) in obedience to our Lord, then we do not really love him. This is not to say we will never sin (See: 1 Jn. 2:1-2), but that true faith in Jesus Christ is both repentant and obedient. And, although the word “repent” literally means to have a change of mind, it cannot be reduced to merely accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins on a cross and his forgiveness for our sins. For, in context of scripture, the word “repent” is nearly always used in the sense of turning away from sin (idolatry, wickedness, immorality), forsaking our former way of living for sin and self, and turning to follow our Lord Jesus with our lives. And, to follow means to obey. It means we are not hearers only of the Word, but that we are doers of the Word of God.

Yet, none of this is done to earn or to deserve our own salvation. Our salvation is a free gift of God’s grace to us, and we can only obey our Lord in the power and strength of God’s Holy Spirit now living within those of us who have truly given our lives over to him. Yet, God’s grace is not a free license to continue in sin without guilt or without remorse. His grace to us is freedom from slavery to sin. He delivered us out of bondage to sin so that we can walk with him in righteousness, not so we can continue living like we did before, only slightly cleaned up for the Christian world. It is not grace, in other words, if we are still enslaved (addicted) to sin. So, although it is free, freedom is not forgiven slavery while we continue in enslavement. God’s grace sets us free from the control Satan had over our lives so that we can now come under the control of Christ’s righteousness (See: Ro. 6:1-23).

My Sheep / An Original Work / June 24, 2012
Based off John 10:1-18 NIV

My sheep hear me. They know me.
They listen to my voice and obey.
I call them and lead them.
They know my voice, so they follow me.
They will never follow strangers.
They will run away from them.
The voice of a stranger they know not;
They do not follow him.

So, I tell you the truth that
I am the gate, so you enter in.
Whoever does enter
Will find forgiveness and will be saved.
Nonetheless whoever enters
Not by the gate; other way,
He is the thief and a robber.
Listen not, the sheep to him.

Oh, I am the Good Shepherd,
Who laid his own life down for the sheep.
I know them. They know me.
They will live with me eternally.
The thief only comes to steal and
Kill and to destroy the church.
I have come to give you life that
You may have it to the full…

They know my voice, so they follow me.

Do Right

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 5:14 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Near the Cross.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Isaiah 56 (ESV).

Hold it Fast (vv. 1-2)

Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my righteousness be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
and the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

In the book of James, we read that we need to not be just hearers of the Word, but we need to be doers of the Word. We need to not just read the Bible and then walk away and forget what we learned, but we need to be putting into practice what it teaches us. In Romans we read that Jesus died for our sins that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us who walk (conduct our lives), not according to our sinful flesh, but according to the Spirit. For, if we walk (in lifestyle) according to the flesh, we will die in our sins, but if by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, we will live with Christ for eternity. So, it is essential that we not only believe with our minds, but by doing what we say we believe, we show that we believe also in our hearts – in the center of our being.

We need to be people who practice righteousness, holiness, honesty, integrity, fair dealings with people, and impartiality. We must do what is righteous, i.e. what is pleasing (or approved) or is right in the eyes of the Lord, i.e. what is pure, upright, honest, moral, just, and decent, etc. Not only must we be people of integrity, living holy lives, pleasing to God, and practicing what is right in the eyes of God, but we must hold it fast. In other words, we need to stand on the Word of God, and on the truth of the gospel, and on the teachings of Jesus and of his NT apostles. It is absolutely necessary that we hold fast to godly character and to holy living, and not forsake these to run after false gods, but that we remain steadfast in doing what is pleasing to and approved by God, and is right in his eyes.

The book of Isaiah is in the Old Testament. The Jews of this time period were required by God to keep the Sabbath, which was every Saturday. This was to be a day in the week set apart for God, for worship of him, and for resting from their work (their labors). In the New Testament, believers in Jesus Christ are not given the same command. In fact, it appears that we are not to judge those who do keep it or those who don’t (Col. 2:16). Yet, we do read in the book of Hebrews about a Sabbath-Rest (Heb. 4:1-13). We enter into that rest when we trust in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, with God-given faith. This rest is our salvation, and it is eternal life with God. And, it is conditional upon our obedience to Christ and to his Word, yet not in absolute perfection, but in regular practice, keeping our hands from doing evil. For, one day Jesus is coming back to judge and to take his bride to be with him forever. We need to be ready for HIM.

A House of Prayer (vv. 6-8)

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”
The Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”

To a Jew, a Gentile (non-Jew) would be a foreigner, I believe. We, who are true followers of Jesus Christ, have joined ourselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love his name, and to be his servants. Thus, we are to live out the truth of the gospel in our everyday lives, keeping to (obeying) the Lord’s commandments (his instructions) to us, his followers. And, this is not just Old Testament. This is what the New Testament writers taught, as well. If we say we have fellowship with God, but we walk (in lifestyle) in darkness (sin), we don’t live by the truth. If we don’t obey Jesus’ commands to us, we don’t love him, we don’t know him, and we don’t have the hope of eternal life with God. We have to be not just hearers, but doers of the Word.

When we walk in obedience to our Lord, we submit to his will for our lives, and we walk in his ways, and in his truth, abiding in him and in his Word. We, thus, experience much in the way of spiritual blessings. We are joyful in him, for we know there is no better place to be than right in the center of his will for our lives. We give our lives to him, as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to him, which is our reasonable and acceptable worship of him. We no longer conform our lives after the pattern of this sinful world, but we are transformed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, so that by our lives we show what is God’s perfect and pleasing will (Ro. 12:1-2).

His house, which is now in our hearts, is a house of prayer, if we are truly following him with our lives. It may not be that we have formal times of prayer each day where we read a list of requests to him, but that we have hearts that are in an attitude of prayer all day and night. We can talk with him throughout the day, and this way our Lord can speak to us 24/7, as we go throughout our days, because we are in tune to his voice, and we are listening for him to speak, and we respond to what he says with obedience. Yet, again, this is not to say we will live in sinless perfection, or that we will never fail, but that our lifestyles should reflect Christ and our salvation from sin, and our commitments to him as owner-master of our lives.

All You Beasts (vv. 9-12)

All you beasts of the field, come to devour—
all you beasts in the forest.
His watchmen are blind;
they are all without knowledge;
they are all silent dogs;
they cannot bark,
dreaming, lying down,
loving to slumber.
The dogs have a mighty appetite;
they never have enough.
But they are shepherds who have no understanding;
they have all turned to their own way,
each to his own gain, one and all.
“Come,” they say, “let me get wine;
let us fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow will be like this day,
great beyond measure.”

Yet, not all who call themselves Christians live like we just described. Many make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, but they are not doers of the Word; they are not doers of Christ’s righteousness, even though Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24). They are not keepers of justice, nor do they hold fast to the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by Jesus and his NT apostles. They don’t refrain from practicing evil. They don’t love the Lord and honor his name as holy. They don’t minister to him, but to themselves (See: Ez. 34). Their sacrifices to God, if there are any, are for selfish purposes, and not the kind God desires, anyway. Their hearts and lives are not given over to the Lord, but to please self, so the house of prayer does not live inside them. Their character has not been transformed of the Spirit of God, but has remained the same as before.

Some of their characteristic traits may be that they are charming, deceitful, entertaining, amusing, frivolous, shameful and vile. They come up short on submission to Christ, because they want to go their own way. They like to escape life via what is not real or via what is a cheap substitute for pure intimacy with God, rather than stand for what is righteous and holy. Some of the ways in which they are involved are crooked, twisted, immoral, abusive, and manipulative, while denying their sin, and covering it up with lies. They perform in order to try to appear righteous on the outside, while inside they are weighed down with sin, but they will not let go. So, they hide their sin, and do their evil deeds in secret, thinking no one knows, but God knows.

The Lord is pointing me particularly today to the US government and their political allies as fitting this description. The US government likes to present an image on the outside that they are the ones being persecuted by the nations of the world, but it is the other way around. They like to act as though they must protect us, American citizens, from terrorists and from wicked regimes, but they are the world’s worst terrorists, and the most wicked of regimes, for they go throughout the world killing at will, murdering innocents, attacking followers of Jesus, confiscating property and lands, and destroying and taking over other nations, and all in the name of good will and democracy, but that is a bold-faced lie! And, then they cover-up all their evil with made-up news stories which are to deceive the American public.

Our leaders are good at utilizing false flag operations, too, in order to have an excuse to bomb “the tar out of” other nations. They are using such tactics as this within the USA, too, in order to advance their New World Order agenda. The US government is not the actual government in America, anyway, for they are under the authority of a shadow government of the Elite of the world, who are the de facto government of the USA. Our leaders work for them, and much of what we read of our leaders in the news, or hear from them, are merely performances, carefully acted out by skillful actors who are just playing their parts in a play. All the while, they are in the process of handing this nation over to the New World Order “beast.” And, they will then desert us, the people, including Christians.

The message of this New World Order is one of UNITY, i.e. that we, as a people, need to rid ourselves of all which divides us, which includes the kind of commitments to Jesus Christ described in this writing, so that we can join together in harmony with people of all religions and all walks of life. And, the US government has served as this N.W.O.’s messengers in forcing compliance or pressuring people and nations and even professing Christians to bow to this “beast.” They want to stomp out individualism and for us all to think alike. They also want to stomp out “religious extremism,” which includes Christians surrendered to Jesus Christ. Yet, God plans a day in which he will judge these evil doers, so don’t be caught among them living a secret life of immorality, while hiding your wickedness behind a façade. Repent of your sins today, turn to Jesus, and follow him in obedience.

Near the Cross / Fanny J. Crosby / William H. Doane

Jesus, keep me near the cross;
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o’er me.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever,
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Swords in Their Lips

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 8:48 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Total Praise.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Psalm 59 (Select vv. ESV).

They Lie in Wait (vv. 1-4)

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me;
deliver me from those who work evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men.

For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!

Who are our enemies, if we are followers of Jesus Christ? Satan and his hordes, that is who. Our real battle is not against flesh and blood (human beings), but it is against the powers of darkness and spiritual forces of evil (See: Eph. 6:10-20).

This is not saying we don’t have physical enemies, i.e. humans who are working evil against us. We do. But, we don’t fight our enemies with physical weapons of warfare like they did of old. And, the real power behind these enemies is Satan. So, we fight these enemies with the armor of God, but not in a mean or hateful way, but in love we put on truth, righteousness, faith, prayer, the truth of the gospel, and the Word of God (of truth). We combat lies with truth, evil with righteousness, deceptions and false accusations with the Word of God, fear with faith, doubt with prayer, and false gospels with the true gospel. And, we stand on the Word of God and the true gospel. And, God delivers us from the control or the power of our enemy (or enemies) over us when we put on the armor of God, which he has supplied to us.

If we are truly following our Lord Jesus in obedience to him and to his Word, Satan is going to be coming against us, and he will use humans to do his dirty work for him. They will hate us, in this instance, not because of any evil we are doing, but because we love the Lord, because we stand on the Word of God, because we do put on the armor of God with which to fight off Satan’s evil schemes against us, and because we teach the truth and combat lies. And, Satan hates that! And, so he will use humans to try to stir up trouble for us, to make up lies about us, and to spread those lies to others so that they will hate us, too.

Like Howling Dogs (vv. 6-10)

Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
There they are, bellowing with their mouths
with swords in their lips—
for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

But you, O Lord, laugh at them;
you hold all the nations in derision.
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

Those who come against us, may speak evil against us. They will heap abuse on us with their tongues. They may even be close friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow believers or even family members. They may pretend to be our friends, and may act nice to us to our face, though, but then betray us behind our backs by divulging whatever we have shared with them in confidence, and by twisting our words and actions to give an impression that is not true of us. They gossip about us in order to wound us and to cut us to the heart, and so others will not like us, too, or they may speak to us this way in person, as well. And, it is because they don’t like what we stand for, and what we do, and what we say. Yet, they think God does not see, and that he does not hear, and that he will do nothing.

This is not to say, though, that we are perfect, or that we are never deserving of censure, but this is speaking specifically of the undeserved mistreatment of God’s servants. This is speaking of willful and even premeditated abuse and persecution, and just because we are followers of Christ, who do what he says, and because we hold to the truths of scripture.

Yet, God is not intimidated by them. They have no power over him. He is completely in control over all he has made. And, there is nothing they can do to us, either, but what God allows it for his purposes, and for our maturing, holiness, purity, strengthening and perseverance. When we face such opposition from sinful humans, it should only draw us even closer to Jesus Christ, and it should instill within us an even greater dedication to the Lord and to his service, for God is our strength and our help in time of need.

But I Will Sing (vv. 16-17)

But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.

We can’t let people get to us and get us down. We can’t let gossip, slander, hatred, bitterness, mistreatment, abuse and persecution undo us, either. We have to keep loving even our enemies, and returning hatred with kindness. Yet, we should grow in wisdom and discernment through this, and we should take care to not make our close friends those who are unbelievers or who are gossipers, haters, and the like. Yet, we should minister God’s love and grace to even our enemies. And, we must rely upon the Lord for our strength and for wisdom to know how to respond to such mistreatment as this.

One of the ways we should respond to opposition is by singing and praising our Lord, thanking him for his steadfast love and for the strength he gives us each day in order for us to keep going, even in the face of great opposition. Singing is a great antidote to fear, oppression, discouragement, sadness, and broken hearts, etc. Singing songs to our Lord has a way of lifting our spirits and filling our hearts with love, but also with confidence and even greater determination to keep on keeping on in doing what we are called to do. Singing gets our focus off our circumstances, and off those who oppose us, and it gets our focus on to Jesus Christ and all that he has done for us and all that he has gifted us with and has equipped us to do. It gets us thinking about HIM and his love, mercy and strength, and of his absolute sovereignty over all things, and then we can rest in HIM and not give way to fear, doubt, discouragement or even anger. His joy will then fill our hearts.

Total Praise / Richard Smallwood

You are the source of my strength
You are the strength of my life
I lift my hands in total praise to You.

Wind of Change

Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:36 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “His Tender Mercies.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read John 10:1-13 (NIV).

A Stranger’s Voice (vv. 1-6)

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Jesus Christ is the shepherd of his sheep. He is also the gate by which we enter into his sheep pen, the church, the body of Christ, and the kingdom of heaven, via God-given faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to the Father and to eternal life with God in heaven. There is no other way. His way is also the only way to salvation from sin and to eternal life, and that is only by way of the cross. First Jesus died on a cross, where he put our sins to death, and then he was resurrected from the dead, whereby he rose victorious over sin, hell, Satan and death, on our behalf. When we believe in him with God-given faith, we are crucified with him in death to sin, and we are resurrected with him to newness of life, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (See: Ro. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Pet. 2:24).

Yet, there are strangers who have entered this sheep pen by another way, i.e. via deception, manipulation, force, persuasion and fakery. They are not true shepherds of the sheep, but are forgeries, phonies, liars and hypocrites who pretend to care for the sheep, but who are truly thieves and robbers. Many of them serve as pastors and elders in local congregations or in man-made churches, which are really businesses called “church,” but which are not founded on Jesus and the gospel, but on business marketing techniques and schemes. And, they preach a false grace gospel which requires no death to sin, no repentance, no submission to Christ and his cross, and no obedience. They twist the scriptures to their advantage, or they take them out of context in order to back up their lies and their false hope gospel.

Yet, these strangers exist, as well, in the political realm. Some of them claim to be Christians in order to convince Christians to follow them and to believe they truly care about the people, when that is a lie. One of them is Donald Trump, the current president of the USA. But, they also exist as some or all of those on the White House staff, and among those who are our senators and representatives, governors, and mayors, etc. Yet, our federal government of these United States is not the de facto government of this nation. Instead, a shadow government of the Elite (wealthy and powerful) of the world is the actual government of these United States, and our government leaders actually serve them, like the harlot who rides the beast. Thus, our government leaders are really more like the hired hands, which the shadow government uses to do their dirty work across the globe.

Steal, Kill and Destroy (vv. 7-10)

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

In actuality, what our government leaders are involved in is the conquering of nations and peoples and Christians throughout the globe, murdering innocents (including Christians), raping, pillaging, destruction of property, confiscation of property not their own, and the take down of sovereign nations, and all for this shadow government, a.k.a. the New World Order, a.k.a. the beast (of Revelation 13). They are also involved in the forced relocation and deaths of many, many people, some of whom probably die in route or else they die in camps, much like the American Indians who President Andrew Jackson relocated from the southern states to west of the Mississippi River. Interestingly enough, Donald Trump seems to be making a parallel of sorts between himself and President Jackson, as kinship spirits.

What I believe the Lord Jesus is showing me today is that this is coming to America, too. It has to in order for this beast to ultimately rule the entire world and for all nations to be in subjection to this beast New World Order. America will not be spared. What we have done to other nations will soon be done to us, too. What goes around comes around.

Our president is not who he says he is, and he is not going to do most of the things he says he is going to do. He, alias the shadow government, a.k.a. the New World Order beast, which is comprised of multiple people and groups joined together for one common purpose, is planning to force compliance with this beast New World Order. They will do this by forced separation of what is vital, fundamental and essential for our survival physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually from its supply and support and/or from its foundation, such as removing from the people their bank accounts, incomes, sources of food, church fellowships, Bibles, homes, and lands, et al. The plan will also be to try to separate Christians from their beliefs and to get them to bend, i.e. to conform to the shape of the beast, to deny their Lord, and to compromise truth for the sake of acceptance and unity.

The Lord has been showing me much lately that America is in for a low time, a time of depression or decline financially, but that through this low period his church will be revived and many people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord will purify his bride to make her ready for the consummation of the marriage between her and her Lord (husband), Jesus Christ. Although this thief New World Order beast is here to kill and to destroy, Jesus is here via his Spirit to give life, and to give it abundantly to all who will trust in him to be Lord (owner-master) and Savior of their lives, via death to sin and resurrection to new lives in him, to be lived to him and to his righteousness.

The Hired Hand (vv. 11-13)

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God (and God) died on a cross to deliver us out of slavery to sin and to free us to now come under the control of his righteousness. He took the punishment for our sin, as well, so that we would be delivered from hell and have the hope of eternal life with God. When we believe in Jesus with God-given faith, our old self is crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin (Ro. 6:6-7). Now we walk (in lifestyle) according to the Spirit and no longer according to our sinful flesh (Ro. 8:1-14).

Yet, there are those who are the “hired hands,” i.e. those who come only to kill, steal and destroy who want nothing more than to convince us either that Jesus is not the only way to God and to heaven, and/or that salvation in him requires no death to sin and resurrection to new life, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. They want to convince us that we can make some acknowledgment of what Jesus did for us and some type of acceptance of his grace to us in providing forgiveness of sins, minus death to sin and living to righteousness. Thus, they do not teach that Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, so we must not heed them.

As well, there are “hired hands” in the political realm, and in this case they are the US government who work for this shadow government (beast). They have already handed us over to this beast, i.e. they have already deserted the people of this nation. A turning point for America is coming when the wind of change will shift and will propel this move into the next phase of this takeover of the USA by this New World Order beast. It will come suddenly upon us like a surprise storm and the gust of a strong wind, and it will shake this nation to its very core. Yet, we are not to be afraid, for our Lord is with us, and he will give us all we need to endure and to cope with this change.

His Tender Mercies / An Original Work / January 26, 2014

Fear not! I’m with you.
Be not dismayed!
God watches o’er you.
Trust Him today.
He’ll lead and guide you;
Give you His aid.
He’ll love and keep you
With Him always.

Walk in His footsteps.
He’ll lead the way.
Trust in His love;
Believe that He cares.
He will not leave you.
Faithful He’ll be.
His tender mercies
Now you will see.

Fellowship with Him
Throughout the day.
Tell Him your heartaches.
He’ll heal always.
Rest in His comfort.
He is your friend.
Your faith He’ll strengthen,
True to the end.

A Righteous King

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 3:21 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “When in the Stillness.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Isaiah 32:1-8 (NASB).

A King Will Reign (vv. 1-2)

Behold, a king will reign righteously
And princes will rule justly.
Each will be like a refuge from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like streams of water in a dry country,
Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.

Though an earthly king may have been in mind here, he was merely an antitype of the One and Only truly righteous king to come, and who has come, and that is Jesus Christ, our Messiah, Savior and Lord. And, although this appears to speak of his future millennial reign on the earth, with his saints ruling with him, I believe there is an application of these truths which we can make to his kingdom now, in today’s world.

Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God (God the Son), left his throne in heaven, came to earth, was born as a baby, grew to be a man, suffered as we suffer, and was tempted in like manner as we are also tempted, yet without sin. When he walked the face of this earth he was fully God yet fully man. Although he knew no sin, he became sin for us when he died on a cross, so that we might become the righteousness of God. He died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us (1 Pet. 2:24; 2 Co. 5:15, 21).

If Jesus is the King, then we are his princes, and we are given the task and responsibility of taking the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of this world so that they can also enter into Christ’s eternal kingdom. Jesus Christ is our refuge and our shelter from the pain of unjust suffering and from slavery to sin. He paid the penalty for us for our sin so that we could go free from slavery to sin, and so we might find our peace in him. As His servants, we are his messengers in taking this message of hope, healing, restoration, comfort and fulfillment to a hurting and dying world.

Yet, not everyone is going to receive the message of the gospel of our salvation. In fact, even many church leaders will reject the true gospel and its messengers, and maybe even some will ban us from their churches because they are more concerned about what people will think of them and their “church” than they are concerned about people dying and going to hell. So, they dilute the gospel message by teaching a half-truth (false) gospel, which does not teach death to sin, but which rather entertains it. They tell people that all they have to do is repeat some words after them in a prayer and that now salvation and heaven are guaranteed them, no matter what.

The problem with this teaching is that it is a lie, and a lot of people are believing it, i.e. they are trusting in a false hope of entering into God’s eternal kingdom, so that is why we, as Christ’s followers, must tell them the truth. We must tell them that faith in Jesus Christ is God-given, is spiritual, and is divinely persuaded as to God’s will for our lives. Thus, it submits to Jesus Christ, and the believer is crucified with Christ in death to sin and is resurrected with Christ to newness of life, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (See: Ro. 6:1-23; Ro. 8:1-14; Eph. 4:17-24).

Blinded Eyes Opened (vv. 3-4)

Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
The mind of the hasty will discern the truth,
And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly.

When the truth of the gospel is preached, those who are now blind spiritually will be able to see the truth clearly. They, who put their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and as Lord of their lives, will be turned from darkness (sin) to light (truth, righteousness), and from the power of Satan over their lives to God and to his righteousness, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by God-given faith in Jesus Christ (See: Acts 26:16-18; cf. Ro. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24).

A saved life is a changed life, transformed of the Spirit of God in new birth (born again) to a living hope. The old life of living for sin and self is forsaken, i.e. put to death, and a new life is given to be lived to Christ and to his righteousness. If we say we have fellowship with God, but we walk (in lifestyle) in darkness (sin, wickedness), we are liars. If we walk according to the flesh, or if we hold on to our old sinful lifestyles, we will die in our sins. But, if by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, and we are walking in the Spirit, then we will live with Christ in his eternal kingdom.

Wicked Schemes (vv. 5-8)

No longer will the fool be called noble,
Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.
For a fool speaks nonsense,
And his heart inclines toward wickedness:
To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry person unsatisfied
And to withhold drink from the thirsty.
As for a rogue, his weapons are evil;
He devises wicked schemes
To destroy the afflicted with slander,
Even though the needy one speaks what is right.
But the noble man devises noble plans;
And by noble plans he stands.

Right now, on this earth, we often have things backwards. We, as humans, often end up honoring the thief, the scoundrel, and the wicked charmers who are deceitful and full of lies, while we reject and persecute the honest, sincere and righteous individuals, who are telling us the truth. We do this because we think the righteous are “holy rollers” and not “normal,” because they take God and his Word seriously, and because they are truly living lives separate (unlike, different) from this evil world, because they are being conformed into the image of Christ.

Yet, we accept the scoundrels because they make us laugh, and they are fun and entertaining, and they don’t talk about sin so much, whereas the righteous individuals confront sin in sinful humans, warn of divine judgment, call for repentance, and promise hope only for the repentant. The wicked scoundrels, masquerading as servants of righteousness, don’t tell people the truth they need to hear, but they tell them what is pleasing to their ears, because they want the people to like them, even if it sends them straight to hell. But, those who are noble (honorable, upright) will care more about those who are dying in their sins than they will care about their own reputations, and so they will often suffer injustice and false accusations in order to continue to bring people the truth so they can be free from sin.

Yet, one day, when Jesus returns, it won’t be like this at all. The scoundrel, the liar, the deceiver, and the workers of iniquity will not be honored, but the honorable, trustworthy and righteous will receive their eternal rewards. Those who work iniquity will die in their sins and will face eternal punishment, while those who sincerely trusted in Jesus Christ to be their Lord (owner-master) and Savior of their lives will live on with Christ forever, for they didn’t love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Rev. 12:11).

So, each of us must ask ourselves here where we fit into all of this. Do we honor God with our lives, and do we speak the truth in love to people, or do we dishonor God and tell people lies so they will like us, even if people get hurt in the process? Who do we love more, ourselves or God and others?

When in The Stillness / An Original Work / September 26, 2011

When in the stillness of this moment,
Speak to me, Lord, I humbly pray.
Be my desire, set me on fire,
Teach me to love always.
Help me to walk in fellowship with You,
Listening to You; sit at Your feet.
Whisper Your words to me,
Oh, how gently, guiding me in Your truth.

While we are waiting for Your blessing,
Lord, in our hearts be King today.
Help us to live for you ev’ry moment,
List’ning to what You say.
May we not stray from your word within us,
Help us obey You, Lord, in all things,
Walking each moment, Lord, in Your presence,
Our offerings to You bring.

Help us to love You, Lord, our master;
Be an example of Your love,
Helping the hurting, lift up the fallen,
Showing them Your great love.
Teach them to love You, follow You always,
Bearing their cross and turning from sin;
Walking in daily fellowship with You,
Making You Lord and King.

His Bride

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7:50 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song, “Give Me Courage, Lord.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Revelation 19:1-9 (NASB).

Hallelujah! (vv. 1-4)

After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

I don’t know about you, but I am conflicted every time I read this. Why? Because this judgment on the Great Harlot means the death of ungodly people, and the end of their hope. As long as people are alive on this earth, and they are not robots, but they have human souls, there is hope that they could be saved, I believe. That is why scripture teaches that God is not slow in his promises, but he is patient, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But, once they are dead and gone and buried, all hope for them is gone. And, the thought of that breaks my heart.

Yet, I also know the pain and suffering these wicked people have inflicted and continue to inflict on the people of this world, and so my heart goes out to the hurting, and I pray for God to rescue them from evil men (and women). I especially pray for the children to be rescued. All the evil that is in the world just tears my heart apart as I think about all the lives which are being destroyed by hatred, bitterness, abuse, addiction, perversion, and by predators, liars, deceivers, and adulterers, etc. I hurt for the hurting, but I know judgment means much bloodshed, and I find it hard to rejoice in that.

There are so many people who know the right way, but they continue to live the wrong way. God sends out his warnings, and he confronts them with their sins, and he calls for repentance time and time again, and yet they refuse him every time. No matter the consequence, it doesn’t seem to faze them, as though they think they are invincible, and as though they truly believe God will never do what he says he will do. And, this breaks my heart for I know what awaits them if they do not repent, and I know none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.

Yet, the thought of being delivered from this evil world and from wicked and evil human beings is cause for rejoicing! Just thinking of all these children being handed private internet access, which they can take into their bedrooms where they can teach other children how to get on pornographic sites just kills me inside. I want to strangle (not literally) their parents. I want to knock (not literally) some sense into them, i.e. I wish there was a way I could communicate to these young parents that they are handing their young children a death sentence, for many will never recover from what they view on those smart phones and tablets (I Pads). Only by the grace of God can they be delivered from these ungodly influences and be set free.

So, I rejoice in knowing that one day Satan’s power and influence in this world will be no more. I can rejoice in the punishment of evil and the setting free all those who have been victimized by such evil. The thought of no sin, no pain and no sorrow is awesome! The idea of people no longer harming one another is so welcome! The concept of children being safe from those who would take advantage of them is much cause for rejoicing! So, yes, I rejoice that one day we will be safe from harm and no longer have to endure hatred, persecution, and abuse. I am happy knowing that one day, when Jesus returns, we who believe in Him can be forever relieved of these flesh bodies and this world of sin, and we can live at peace forever with HIM.

Fear Him (vv. 5-6)

And a voice came from the throne, saying,

“Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

One of the reasons there is so much evil in the world is that the people of this earth have largely forgotten that they are to fear God, not in a frightening way, but in showing him much awe, honor, respect, regard, value, praise, adoration and worship. Even within the church the fear of God is rarely taught or lived anymore, it would appear. Instead, they often present God as a doting grandfather in the sky there to grant their every requests. They also present him as soft on sin, and as one who just looks down on them and smiles, even if they are sitting there engrossing themselves in pornography or other sexual entertainment. They teach that when God looks at us all he sees is Jesus, and he never sees our sin, but that is just not biblical.

Another thing they do is they teach a half-truth (diluted) false grace gospel which appeals to human flesh, and which gives its adherents carte blanche (free rein) to continue in sin without guilt and without remorse. They tell their listeners that all they have to do is repeat some words in a prayer and they are saved and heaven is guaranteed them no matter what happens from this point forward. They teach salvation as though all it is is a get-out-of-jail-free card and a promise of eternal rewards and bliss in heaven with nothing required at all in between. In fact, they teach that God requires nothing of them at all – no repentance, no obedience, and no submission to God/Jesus and the cross of Christ. What a mockery that is of what Jesus did for us in dying on the cross for our sins so that we might be free!

Freedom is not freedom to continue in sin. NO! The Bible says that if we say we have fellowship with God, but we walk in darkness, we are liars. It says if we walk (conduct our lives) according to the flesh, we will die in our sins, but if by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, we will live with Christ for eternity. It teaches us that being a follower of Christ means we forsake our old lives of living for sin, and that we are transformed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God (born again), and we put on our new lives in Christ Jesus, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (See: Eph. 4:17-24; Ro. 6:1-23; 8:1-14; 1 Jn. 1:6; Lu. 9:23-25).

If we are the Lord’s bond-servants, then he is our Lord (owner-master) and we are his willing and obedient slaves. We don’t have ownership rights over our own lives anymore, for we were bought back for God with the blood of Jesus, shed on a cross for our sins, so that we could be set free from bondage to sin and walk in victory over sin. Jesus reigns supreme over our lives, i.e. he is the one in control, not us, and he is the one calling all the shots. So, it is not our choice what we do every day, but it is his. He is the one now directing our path, or he should be. We should now be walking (in lifestyle) in the fear (respect, honor and worship) of our Lord. And, our worship of him, which is acceptable to God, is that we give him our lives on the altar sacrificially, holy and pleasing to him, and no longer conformed to the ways of this world, but transformed in the renewing of our minds.

She is Ready (vv. 7-9)

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.”

The book of Revelation is written to the church (See: Rev. 1). In chapters 2-3 there are seven letters written to seven churches, which most people, I believe, accept as speaking to the church of all ages, i.e. the number seven meaning completeness, though some people feel the Church in Laodicea speaks primarily to the church in these final days before the return of Christ. No matter your point of view, the Bible says that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). So, we can learn something from each one of these letters.

In these letters Jesus commended the churches for what they were doing right, with the exception of one (Laodicea), and in five of the letters he confronted them with what they were doing wrong. He warned of divine judgment, called for repentance, but promised hope and heavenly rewards for the repentant and the overcomers (who overcome sin). Then, following these seven letters we have the proclamation of the judgments of God.

And, we see that there were Christians (the saints of God) present during the time of tribulation and the rule of this beast. And, they are being persecuted. Then, here we read that the Bride has made herself ready for her husband. I believe that the saints of God will be present and will be persecuted during this time, at least for part of it, and that through this tribulation, trials and persecutions God will make her holy, purifying her, and pruning her so that she will be even more fruitful for his eternal kingdom.

For those bond-servants of the Lord who have labored hard in presenting the truth of the gospel and in strongly encouraging the church to repent of her sins, and to be restored to fellowship with God, when the Bride has made herself ready, and she is now prepared to meet her groom, this will be our reward. We may not see much fruit now for our labors, but they are coming.

Give Me Courage, Lord
An Original Work / November 13, 2013

Based off Various Scriptures

Do not let your hearts grow weary,
For your work will be rewarded.
Be strong; let your hearts take courage.
Do not fear, but wait on Jesus.

Be strong and very courageous,
For your God will go before you.
Do not fear. He will not leave you.
Wait for Him. He’ll not forsake you.

Be careful to do what He says.
Do not turn away from your Lord.
Take courage! You’ll be His witness,
For God will guide and protect you.

So we are always encouraged.
We walk by faith and not vision.
We make it our aim to please Him,
So in Christ, we glorify Him.