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Staying Untainted from the Political Divide

To see the political divide in this country largely perpetrated by the media is nauseating. Even the most righteous believers in Christ are indignant toward the negative, opinionated, and hateful rhetoric thrown at the President of the United States of America. Every word and action is over analyzed and fraught with contempt by the liberal media. As the divide widens and whole segments of the population are ripped apart and pitted one against another, the true believers in Christ must not be carried away by their lies and deception. We must remain aloof, but at the same time interject God’s truth into the matrix of society. What is truth? A question that has echoed down the annals of History. A truth that every believer must possess.

So, the only way to stay untainted from the political divide is to possess the truth to such a degree that we arise above the political hatred, to address the real needs of humanity and his society. To open their eyes and help them to look beyond their grievous divisions to a hope of unity for all people. A magnificent hope that can only be found in Christ Jesus the Author of our faith. A hope so grandiose that it envisions a humanity and his society where its Christian faith is so strong that it demonstrates an agape love to all, which binds it together in perfect harmony. You might be thinking that all sounds good theoretically, but you know we are living in the End Times and many of our churches are lukewarm. And I would say, although things are bad and will no doubt get worse before the glorious return of Christ, I am convinced that we must all still work for the hope that He has instilled in each of His followers. As we shall see a hope that will not disappoint us. Praise God.

Although I believe we live in the midst of the Tribulation, it must not give us an excuse to hide in the catacombs or to sit comfortably in the lukewarm church. Nor does it give us an excuse to join in the political fight that has divided this country and perhaps in time the whole world. On the other hand, our calling is much greater. We must come out from among them so that we can truly help them. Interestingly enough God’s methods have not changed since the beginning, quite simply because He has not changed. It’s still the same. To bring forth a holy and righteous people in the midst of a fallen world, giving them the commission to lead all of humanity to the truth. To be a true light in a very dark world. So, no matter if we are talking to a liberal or conservative we still must let the light of God’s truth shine forth brightly into their hearts. We must not take sides for the moment we do it will dilute the light to a dim flicker of the lukewarm church.

Therefore, to let our light shine we must truly be of the light of His truth walking in holiness and righteousness. When we are, then honestly, we will see some truth and error in both conservative and liberal positions, but in God’s way we see only truth. It’s this truth that must be taught among God’s beloved children. A truth that will lead them to submit to the governing authorities, but not to follow their ways or even their laws if they disagree with God’s law. So, this should always be our guide in every discussion that we have with the unbelievers or the believers who follow one political persuasion over another. It must always come back to what does God say. We must not remove God from society as the lukewarm church and the unbelievers have done. Quite frankly, then if God is truly in us then He is a part of our society. To remove Him for the sake of society is contradictory to our faith. Or to let Him stay, but make His children subject to its immorality, is an anathema. Our only recourse is to come out from among them so that we are no longer tainted by the political divide. To make our Christian societies strong demonstrating true agape love for all among our ranks to be a true light to the society of fallen man. I pray that we stay untainted from the political divide. Amen

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Shelter in Place an Enigma in Disguise

With all the evil things in the world today, we hear a lot about “shelter in place.” Every time there’s a mass shooting or a disaster we usually hear this refrain and we all know what to do. Don’t move from the area, take cover, and remain silent. We are not meant to fight back, but hide. For many, if not most, it’s the loneliest time in their life. You are left completely alone with your fears, your anxiety and the unknown. The dark daunting unknown. Almost anything these days could cause us to shelter in place, from mass shootings to natural disasters; and, from martial law to a nuclear attack as we hear it over the loud speakers or on emergency radios. Yet, this is an enigma in disguise, because where is the real shelter? You are hiding, hunkered down, behind an unlocked door or in your home, but where is the real shelter? Where is the solace, or the comfort that everything is ok? For those in the world there is no real shelter. Shelter in place is an enigma, but for the believers it should be different. Let me show you how.

When tragedy strikes you’re not alone. No matter how tragic your circumstances God is with us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. As the world panics and cries out in agony, we are convinced that nothing happens to His beloved children unless He allows it. So, we must ask ourselves, “what is the worst-case scenario?” What is the greatest fear of fallen humanity? And the answer, “To be tortured to death.” It has been proven over and over again that God has the ability to take away the pain. In all the persecutions throughout the ages there is no known recorded account of true believers crying out in agony while suffering at the hands of evil men. On the contrary, most exhibited an unusual calmness and peace that defies understanding. Moreover, many exhibited an unnatural love for their tormentors and on occasion praising God and giving testimony to God’s grace and mercy to save fallen humanity. They do not need to storm the gates of Heaven, because He is already there through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

While the heathen world is thrown into confusion and pandemonium let the believers in Christ be strong pillars exhibiting peace, speaking with great strength, confidence and clarity as instructions are followed to shelter in place. For the world, there is no real shelter from the horrors of impending doom, but for the believers they have already found their shelter in God. The Bible says, “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalms 91:4). Let us never cower even under impending doom, but show our strength in the relationship we have with a mighty and an all-powerful God. Demonstrating among the heathen that our trust is in our God to either deliver us or give us the strength to stand up under it. The Bible says, “There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13).

As the world falls apart around us, our true solace and peace is in Christ. In the dark night of our soul spoken of by St. John of the Cross, a 16th Century Spanish Carmelite, let us enter into that sanctuary of peace instead of being horrified by what’s happening around us. To do so will allow us to take comfort in God’s presence. To take encouragement from His Words spoken so softly to the soul giving it meaning in a world of confusion. In an instant, everything becomes crystal clear. The whole world is but a stage with meaningless pawns moved about to bring forth the ultimate consummation of humanity and the salvation of millions of souls to the glory of God. No longer are we caught up in the senseless day to day, moment by moment, drama played out by men who think they have the power to change the direction of the world and humanity’s fate. All is vanity. Ringing so true from the writer of Ecclesiastes, who was acquainted with universal truth well before his time. All is vanity, indeed, but for the believer his life is not vanity who has his life hid in Christ and sees the future through the lens of Christ, the Alpha and the Omega.

So what difference does a day make? For fallen humanity it makes no difference, but for His beloved children, every day is important as we work together, united in Spirit from around the world and throughout the ages, to shape not the outward world, but the inward Spirit to be the true tabernacle as a dwelling place for God. Yes, the One true God living in us, all of us, through His Spirit. So, this should be our aim to reach beyond the religious barriers erected by deranged men, demonstrating the pride of Satan himself. Then the question arises, can we trust God to make all His children one without the help of prideful man producing his doctrines. Doctrines that don’t always follow the Spirit of God, but end up being nothing better than the doctrine of demons. Doctrines used by man’s laziness, because he doesn’t want to spend the time studying God’s Word. If we are faithful to God’s Word then He will make us one. The Pope can’t do it. All the great religious leaders can’t do it. Political leadership can’t do it. And, let me emphasize that even the coming Antichrist can’t do it, even with his false prophet. But only God can do it by teaching His beloved children to look beyond the doctrines of man and look to His Word alone that’s made alive through the indwelling Spirit of God. That gives us everything we need for life and godliness (See II Peter 1:3). It’s this unity in the Spirit that gives us strength as we stand together to face the horrors of the world.

As we become one in Christ, everything comes into focus. For the first time we see, we really see our present reality, we see what lies on the horizon and the culmination of humanity’s fate. The tumult will be global reaching from shore to shore and around the world, we all know that it’s coming. This we can see clearly, but what do we see now? Those whom we never thought could be believers in Christ are becoming believers. The old religious territories are coming to life, the people of old are now seeing a great light beyond the foolishness of man-made religions of all the “isms” to a new life in Christ. No longer interested in the doctrines of man, they are seeking a higher calling in Christ to walk by His Spirit alone. This wave will have a profound effect upon humanity as it sweeps across the world enveloping everything in its path, until it runs into the walls erected by the Antichrist and his false prophet. For his rule will be fantastic, gathering up millions to follow his doctrines created by self-righteous man.

Millions will die finding that the shelter of man can no longer protect them from what’s coming upon the whole world. For those who are one in the Spirit of the living God have no fear. All fear is jettisoned knowing that what awaits them, is by far, a better place. They have already caught a glimpse of it by all being in the same Spirit. They have seen the love that has brought every race, culture, and nationality together as one in the same Spirit. This is a far cry from the old globalism sought by so many in ages past. For this unity embraces every individual who has turned to Christ in repentance and received the Spirit of the living God. We see the fulfillment of Christ’s high priestly prayer, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21). They have caught a glimpse of Heaven by witnessing the shunning of man’s religious doctrines and seeing millions who are now growing in the Spirit by putting off the old man and putting on the new. So, as they face the last hour together there is great joy in their heart, because the last enemy to be defeated is death. “Oh Death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?” (I Corinthians 15:55)

Mankind’s shelter in place is an enigma in disguise, but for the true believer in Christ we already have our shelter in Christ as we approach tomorrow, no longer with uncertainty but with great joy in our heart for the things to come. We will overcome, because we have “… come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Amen

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Three Great Powers to Overcome the Wiles of the Devil

The lukewarm church and the religious cult are both powerless to stand against the wiles of the devil. Both are missing the power of love, the power of forgiveness and the power of the resurrection – three great powers to overcome the wiles of the devil. Satan and the unclean spirits (or fallen angels) are incapable of overcoming these three great powers made manifest in God’s true children, the faithful remnant. This is good news for the end time saints who have witnessed the influence of Satan to capture so many in our day. Addiction to prescription drugs, both pain killers and psychiatric, have decimated the population leaving most under the control of demonic influence and the power of sin. A lukewarm church has done little in equipping the believers to stand against the wiles of the devil. The religious cult has robbed the believers of their power to stand against the trickery and deception of Satan. Psychiatry and the medical professionals are throwing different labels on people at the speed of light to explain their bizarre and unbelievable behavior. The world, the lukewarm church, and the religious cults are powerless to stand against the wiles of the devil. On the other hand, true believers have that power.

First, let’s look at the power of love. Christian soldier it’s past time to pick up the mantle of love, which is our sure defense against the evil one. True love that flows from God through us to others empowers the Christian to join Him in His work. The power of this love opens the eyes of the unbelievers who have been blinded by the god of this world. It unlocks the prison doors of the religious cult who have captured their followers with a strict legalism, which goes well beyond Holy Scripture. Love never lets anyone needlessly suffer to drive out sin, as the cults love to do. There are numerous stories where cults have locked their followers in rooms of solitary confinement for days on end to drive out their sin. They have forgotten that love knows the power of forgiveness. They have forgotten that the power of love rejects the sin and its entrapments in the world, but not the unbeliever for whom Christ died. Love goes the extra mile, it turns the other cheek, and it does not curse but always blesses. Love looks beyond the rough exterior of an individual to the heart that is crying out for help. It looks beyond the person in bondage to gross immorality to a heart that is struggling to understand their bondage. There is great power in love to defeat the wiles of the devil.

The power of love also motivates people to reach beyond their comfort zone to stand for truth and righteousness. It motivates them to carry God’s message to the ends of the earth to save fallen humanity. The power of love will not allow the lukewarm church to cast them into the prison of accepted idleness or spend their time in busyness accomplishing nothing for the Kingdom. Oh, how the lukewarm church wants to busy itself in senseless games and entertainment instead of doing the Master’s work. Oh, how the religious cult wants to rehearse their false doctrines over and over again driving their followers deeper into bondage and enslavement to the devil. On the other hand, the power of love overcomes obstacles, steps out on faith, and trust in God to touch the heart of man by rescuing him from the clutches of the enemy. Oh, what joy it is to see the simple gospel set people free, giving them a brand-new life in Christ, where old things pass away. To see them excited for the cause of Christ rushing out to tell their neighbors and their family of their new encounter with the living Lord. There is great power in love to overcome the wiles of the devil.

Along with the power of love every Christian will stand against the wiles of the devil by understanding the power of forgiveness. Unfortunately, the teaching of forgiveness and its power to release people from the bondage of Satan is not taught. So, the enemy is busy sowing the seed of bitterness causing much of the population to harbor bad feelings against others. Feelings that never get resolved, but eat away like gangrene in the heart of those unwilling to forgive. This bitterness has grown like a runaway virus effecting people both emotionally and psychologically causing erratic and dangerous behavior. Then, the old devil comes to the rescue offering an array of psychiatric drugs or pain killers to solve their problem. The pharmaceutical industry is making billions of dollars with its promise to make things better, but the problem never gets solved. In fact, in most cases the problem only gets worse, because of the many side effects of the medication. But that’s not the whole story because those unwilling to forgive are now living a life without forgiveness from God, unable to enjoy their new life in Christ with all its benefits.

So how do we as true believers in Christ tap into the power of forgiveness? If we follow three wonderful principles then we will not only learn how to forgive, but in time we will actually forget the trespass against us. The first principle of forgiveness is to never bring the trespass up again to the offending party, which always keeps the trespass alive and well – allowing the seed of bitterness to take root. The second principle of forgiveness is to never share the trespass with others (unless your life is in danger and you need to share it with the authorities). Now these do get more difficult as we move along. Most everyone wants sympathy from others when they have been mistreated or wronged in some way. It’s part of our human nature (or should I say our old sin nature). So, to truly forgive another we must not pass it around to others, which keeps the offense alive. In counseling, I have encountered people telling me of a trespass that I believed just happened by how it was affecting them, but then after further counseling discovered that the trespass happened years ago. The bitterness had fully blossomed. The final, and most difficult principle is to not dwell on the trespass. Every time the devil brings up the trespass we must immediately throw it out – stop thinking about. To follow these principles will truly help us to forgive the trespass not allowing it to have an emotional or psychological impact upon our lives. There is great power in forgiveness to overcome the wiles of the devil.

Finally, there is power in the resurrection, which the Apostle Paul even longed for. (See Philippians 3:10) Simply put the power of the resurrection is to allow the believer to experience all that the new life in Christ offers. To be all that Christ wants us to be, to experience all the Spiritual Gifts and the power to perform those gifts to the glory of God. Yet, once again the devil works very hard to keep us from experiencing the new life by his deceptive wiles. He convinces most believers in the lukewarm church and the religious cults that they are not good enough to experience the new life, that they are too tainted with past sins, and unworthy of this magnificent gift. Furthermore, he keeps the new believer looking back believing that he cannot separate himself from the old life. And when they fall or trip up in sin, there’s the devil whispering in their ear that the old life will never pass away for them. But what does the Bible say, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

Friends, this takes faith, believing that God will deliver on His promise. There is great power in the resurrection to overcome the wiles of the devil. As we continue to put off the old life and put on the new then we grow closer to the risen Lord and are able to experience all the Spiritual gifts that He would have us to perform to the glory of God. It is wonderful to experience power in the gifts that He gives to every true believer. We don’t all have the same Spiritual gift, but we are given the gift most needed for a specific occasion. Through the years I have experienced many such gifts knowing full well it was not my ability, nor my own giftedness, nor my own talent, but God working though me for His own glory. I have seen food multiplied, people healed, people saved (who I thought impossible), people changed right before my very eyes. Also, I have felt the power of God to preach and write only what He wants to see it have a profound effect upon the audience. Dear children, as we approach the end do not let the devil keep you in bondage. Don’t let him trip you up with his many wiles, but step out on faith believing that God has given us the power to overcome. The power of love, the power of forgiveness, and the power of the resurrection. Amen

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The Immortal Message of Easter

On Easter morn, we are drawn back to the message of the Cross that all-encompassing will of God. We are catapulted beyond the simple historical message of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection to the infinite heights of God’s will for our life in Christ Jesus. If we only see the historical event steeped in tradition then we have missed the message. In the Apostle Paul’s farewell message to the Ephesian elders he declared, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). And the starting place in this wonderful journey in understanding the whole will of God is by following the admonition of Christ to pick up our cross and follow Him. The Bible says, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To pick up the cross means death. It simply cannot mean anything else. It is a conscious decision to follow Christ in His death by dying to self. As we enter the dark night of our soul we discover that everything of the old sin nature must die. Every vestige of pride must be nailed to the cross. Every glimmer of self-will must die with Christ. Through faith in Christ our death to self becomes a reality. Step by step we are able to put off the old life. Continue reading The Immortal Message of Easter

What’s Impeding Your Faith?

The Bible says, “Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8b).” The answer is not a lot for most in the later days will allow many things to impede their faith. Although there will be a faithful remnant, I am sure that their faith will be mocked by the world. It will seem inconsistent with reason and against all the established norms of a pagan world. Unlike the faithless who had long given up their faith, they will continue to cry out day and night for God to vindicate them by righteously judging their oppressors. They will continue to cry out asking God to fulfill all His promises, especially the one that does not allow them to be tempted beyond what they can handle (See I Corinthians 10:13). Over the course of time they have learned well the things that impede their faith, being careful to resist them at every point. So, what are these things that impede our faith? Continue reading What’s Impeding Your Faith?