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What’s Really Wrong with America?

If we could open the door and see what’s really wrong with the world and particularly with America, what would it be? We could easily say its lawlessness or the lack of love and acceptance that’s created numerous divisions, which continue to splinter to even smaller groups. Or we could take a bolder approach and say its humanity’s rejection of their Savior, Jesus Christ, that’s causing the problem. All this is true but let me suggest that we use a scalpel instead of a sword to look at an even deeper truth that has adversely affected every single person upon the planet since the fall. This is something that the entire world is mostly blind to, unless they look very carefully at the Law of God. This transgression, that we will speak about shortly, is so powerfully sinister that it affects everyone from the cradle to the grave driving most right into the waiting hands of Satan to be controlled as his pawns. This transgression has taken a tremendous hold upon the Christian community where most don’t even see it as a real trespass. In our day this has caused the blameless Bride of Christ to look more like a blushing harlot. This will be a time of great embarrassment for many! I take no great pleasure in writing this article, but I feel compelled to follow the leading of Jesus Christ through the indwelling Spirit.

So, what is this trespass or transgression? Let’s unpack its meaning carefully so we don’t gloss over its diabolical hold upon humanity. The Bible says, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:16). To see the truth of this sacred Scripture is like a bolt of lightning to the soul. “All that is in the world” is not of the Father! So, what’s in the world that commandeers our affections and inflames our desires? The simple answer is everything! These desires of the flesh run very powerfully throughout all of humanity that drives many into a life of indebtedness or lawlessness to satisfy their many wants and cravings. These desires start with our very first cries as an infant for our warm milk or to be cuddled by our parents and then it proceeds throughout all of life always eager to fulfill our every desire. Whatever we see and desire online or in the store soon becomes an obsession that must be obtained at any cost. These powerful desires or longings can cloud our judgment, control our behavior, and even lead to strong personality changes. In time, our successes in the acquisition of all we desire can lead to displays of egotism and inflated pride; the pride of life.

This lust (or strong desires) of the flesh that’s driving and controlling all of humanity may be tempered with self-discipline or a religious quest but will never be completely solved without the help of our Creator, which we will address later. To fully understand the power of this lust we must now turn our attention to the lust of the eyes. The eyes give us the perception of what we want. Is it the right color or is it the right shape; does it fascinate us, is it pleasing to our eyes or will it satisfy our innermost longings? This lust of the eyes has transformed an entire culture to look thinner, to be properly manicured, to dress more revealing, and to be wonderfully appealing to the point of enticement. Both Social Media and the News Media capitalize on displaying these enticements to keep you scrolling and desiring more of what they have to offer or what they think you desire. We all know that the big screen has been doing this for many years giving the world exactly what they want. It is no wonder that most are working on their second or third marriage while many young people fear the prospects of marriage altogether. It has tragically affected our entire society ignoring the boundaries set up by God in His beautiful commandments.

The boundaries were established thousands of years ago when God delivered His beautiful commandments to His chosen people to be a light to the world. The Bible says, “Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbor’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbor’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor’s” (Deuteronomy 5:21). In those days, they did not have large shopping malls, television advertisements, social media, and online purchasing, so most coveting was directed primarily at the neighbor’s belongings. If the Law was written today it would need to encompass all of society that has coveted everything under the sun. Furthermore, coveting has so completely entered the psyche of mankind that they have always embraced some form of capitalism to fulfill their greatest desires of wealth and prosperity, even if it must be done on the backs of the poor. These desires reside deep in the heart of man taking his every thought captive. He may very well whitewash it with his religion of choice, but he is still driven to acquire all that the world has to offer. Many are known to arise early in the morning to immediately start planning and scheming on how they can have more of the world’s goods. Their entire lives from morning till night is consumed with having more things and how to enjoy the many pleasures in the world. They dream endlessly about getting rich, receiving an inheritance, or even winning a lawsuit.

In our society the poor can also demonstrate the “pride of life” even if it’s just owning one set of nice or fancy-looking clothes or only one well-polished automobile to make his splash upon others who happily cheer him on, causing him to boast even louder. Where is God in all this lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life? He is nowhere to be found unless one truly repents. Remember, this lust of the flesh is not of the Father. This should be a wakeup call, especially for those who can never seem to get enough of the world’s goods. Storage units or rental space have been among the hottest businesses for some time now, as most people are running out of space in their homes to keep all their prized possessions, collected as a result of their unfettered lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes. There is absolutely no end to this powerful lust to have more and more. This lust of the eyes for others have even followed the bride or groom right up to their actual wedding ceremony casting their lustful eyes upon others in the wedding party. Yet, this is the carnal sin that no one is talking about. It’s time to have that conversation before it’s too late, before Christ returns for His blameless Bride and only finds a blushing harlot. It’s past time to wake up and repent!

Perhaps one thing fallen humanity can do to fight this obsession of owning everything their eyes lust after is to learn how to give away what they have to the poor and being satisfied with what they have been given by the hand of God; to be content with what they have. The Bible says, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). As we put off the old life and are transformed in Christ, by the indwelling Spirit it will remove our fleshly desires to obtain everything we see. In time we will learn how to be content with what we have and even give away our excess to the poor amongst us. Believe me, this will take a lot of hard work on our part listening to and obeying the indwelling Spirit. We have all grown up in a society and have become so accustomed to having whatever our hearts desire, it will be most difficult to change this mindset. Thanks be to God that in time we will no longer need to fight this old enemy.  The Bible says, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (I John 2:17). All glory to God, for we will no longer be referred to as the arrogant gatherers blindly headed for the fiery pits of hell, but we will be set free through repentance and the grace of God.

The Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15)

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Why Do We Follow Jesus Christ? (Video)

Not everyone follows or wants to follow God. Remember, dear friends, there was a rebellion in heaven by Satan and his fallen angels, who no longer wanted to follow God. This rebellion has continued for thousands of years and continues today on Planet Earth. Our all-powerful God could have stopped the rebellion then and He has the power and authority to stop it now. God chose not to! Simply and profoundly put, our Mighty God does not want slaves, He wants followers. After watching this video, please share it with others.

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Why Do We Follow Jesus Christ?

Not everyone follows or wants to follow God. Remember, dear friends, there was a rebellion in heaven by Satan and his fallen angels, who no longer wanted to follow God. This rebellion has continued for thousands of years and continues today on Planet Earth. Our all-powerful God could have stopped the rebellion then and He has the power and authority to stop it now. God chose not to! Simply and profoundly put, our Mighty God does not want slaves, He wants followers. As a follower of God, I may, like the great Apostles, choose to be a slave but it’s our choice. This is our choice driven by our great unyielding love for our Savior. So, why did Satan and his fallen angels decide to rebel against God, a God of love? Simply put, Satan did not want to just accept his position as “the anointed Cherub” in all his grandeur. (See Ezekiel 28:13-15). In his pride he wanted much more. The Bible says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! … For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God … I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:12-14). The true hallmarks of Satan are his nauseating pride and his outrageous lies. Let’s be very clear Satan is still in rebellion against God, even now upon Planet Earth, to usurp the worship of God!

This rebellion by Satan is in full swing because he knows that his time is short. His greatest desire is to have the worship and adoration of all humanity but especially from those who claim to be Christian. He will lie, cheat, and make empty promises to get their worshipful praise. He longs to hear their chants that proclaim, “We love you” or “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” He will do all that he can to win the favor and adoration of God’s holy people and the nation of Israel. He will boast greatly of his many accomplishments caused in large part by overturning the many laws and regulations that keep big business in check. Although he may surround himself with Christians, he will not follow their God in humility speaking only the truth. If Satan is really at work in our day, then only weak, unintelligent, and godless people will be put forth as his competitors. There will be no serious thought about the sustainability of the planet. Satan will rejoice at the destruction of the planet as she burns and floods herself into oblivion. Creating peace among the nations is only an illusion. The Bible says, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (I Thessalonians 5:3).

So, my dear children, how do we stand against this Satanic rebellion that’s against God and everything holy? Let me say very clearly, any frontal attack will fail miserably, just as assuredly as this article will fall on many deaf ears. No, what’s needed is returning to our Savior’s plan. This is a plan that’s worked for over two thousand years, showing people the great wonders of following God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the Last Days! Although the door to Eternal Life is closing quickly, I believe we still have an opportunity to show people how to follow God and experience their wondrous new life in Christ. Let me give you just a few reasons why we chose to follow God. First and foremost, we believe and am confident that Christ’s death on the Cross paid for all of our sins, past, present, and future. Once we believe and turn from our sins, known as repentance, agreeing to never fall into the same sin, then God no longer remembers the sin. We have a clean slate, we are forgiven. Now God can go to work in our life as a believer. We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead to give us a new life in Christ. This faith opens the door to heaven and the indwelling Spirit to come and dwell with us; to teach us all things.

Now for the second reason we follow God through Jesus Christ. He promises to make us into a new creation. The Bible says, “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). This is a completely different way of thinking for the modern world. Their sciences have taught them that we are a compilation of all our past experiences that define who we are. Hundreds of years have been spent developing the art of behavior modification through endless counseling and approved drug therapy, which have never been proven to work. All of these accepted teachings, also taught in our schools, are a complete contradiction of God’s masterful plan for our new life in Christ. We believe in a new life where old things truly pass away. We believe in the transformation. We believe that the indwelling Spirit is helping us, moment by moment, to put off the old life and to put on the new life in Christ, making us true followers of Jesus Christ. We actually see this work of transformation taking place in our lives by producing spiritual fruit, largely unattainable by the fallen world (See Galatians 5:22-23). We chose to follow God who has given us a new bountiful life in Christ. Every day is a new day! But that’s not all.

We follow God because the indwelling Spirit comes bearing gifts of the Spirit. These are miraculous gifts to equip us for our work in the Kingdom of God. Every believer is given his own gifts, some permanent and some temporary for only when the need arises. I have personally been given the temporary gift of healing on one occasion and the gift of casting out an evil spirit on another. We follow God through Christ for this amazing opportunity to be used in His Kingdom work. I believe my permanent gifts are preaching, teaching, and counseling all to the glory of God. Let me stress that every follower has their own gifts that must be used. Although we may be a bit timid and even afraid to step out in faith to use our gifts, God will give us confidence with great boldness. Oh, what tremendous joy it is to participate in His kingdom work by utilizing your own unique Spiritual gifts with great power. We soon discover that every believer is needed in the Kingdom to help others to become all that God wants them to be. We follow God because we fit perfectly into the fellowship of believers as the true Church where everyone is needed for the common good. What a tremendous joy it is to be a part of something so wonderfully unique.

Finally, as followers of God, we don’t have much interest in political affairs. So, we simply render unto Cesar the things due to Cesar though the obedience of their laws that don’t conflict with God’s law (See Matthew 22:21). As followers of God, we render unto God the things due to God, such as, raising our children to fear and obey God, which is nearly impossible if we send them to public school. We have observed what public education has done for our young people and the direction of this county. We render unto God by being obedient to all of His beautiful commandments. We stand against a culture that condones homosexuality, the transgender, abortion, psychiatric counseling, the use of mind-altering drugs, and the many other perversions of a world gone mad. No, our real interest is in spending time with God in the Spirit through long periods of silence and solitude learning how to listen to His still small voice. Therein is the amazing joy and peace of following Christ. The greatest joy, however, is walking in God’s love by allowing His love to flow through us to others. We pray daily, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Let’s make the Church great again! This is our true hope for the world, which neither political party can produce. Remember dear children, they along with the rest of the world leaders are in total rebellion against God, even if they tell you otherwise. Please keep your eyes wide open!

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Coming Trials Will Test Your Faith (Video)

We all know, or should know, that it’s faith that unlocks the door to heaven and eternal life. Perhaps that’s the first thing we heard when we embraced the glorious message of Jesus Christ and His offer of salvation. The majority of those who say that they believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially those living in the West today, have not had their faith severely tested but their time is coming quickly. After watching this revealing video on my secure website, please share it with others.

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Coming Trials Will Test Your Faith

We all know, or should know, that it’s faith that unlocks the door to heaven and eternal life. Perhaps that’s the first thing we heard when we embraced the glorious message of Jesus Christ and His offer of salvation. The majority of those who say that they believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially those living in the West today, have not had their faith severely tested but their time is coming quickly. You might be thinking that the trials thus far this year have been quite enough to test or prove our faith, to make it stronger, and to rely solely upon the Lord. But I will tell you plainly, that the trials coming will either break you completely or they will strengthen your faith. We have not seen anything yet. The trials on the horizon will shock the entire world. Unfortunately, most have allowed their faith to grow weaker and weaker as they lean more on their own understanding or their unwavering reliance on the many props and counseling of the modern world. This weakened faith, my dear friends, will not stand during the coming trials to test our faith. On the other hand, we must allow the coming trials to strengthen our faith, just as the metal is strengthened by passing through the fire thus purging it of all its impurities.

The Bible says, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). We rejoice because we have not given in to the temptations that test our faith. Let’s look at some of the most dangerous temptations that try our faith. When these trials come, most people will be tempted to strike back or take matters into their own hands. They will be tempted to make quick, irrational decisions, that often bring about even more grievous trials that can last for decades. Or they will immediately strike back with no thought of the consequences. Or they will rely heavily upon the counsel of the world with no thought of asking God for His counsel. Our first lesson, during the approaching trials that test our faith, is learning to wait upon the Lord, allowing our trials to teach us patience. The Bible says, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:3). This is a beautiful verse because it teaches us, if we allow it, by not striking back, our patience will increase. Be patient. Our patience will increase if we don’t make quick irrational decisions when trials come. Be patient. Our patience will increase when trials come if we don’t rely on the world’s counsel but seek God’s counsel immediately and then wait for His answer. Be patient.

To stand firm against all that’s coming upon the world will take a great deal of patience that will grow stronger after every passing storm if we don’t overreact by taking matters into our own hands. In the midst of the storm, we will only need to cry out to the Lord, waiting for His counsel, for his direction, and His leading. It takes great patience to do this in the midst of your trials because you will be tempted. You will be tempted to rely on others. You will be tempted to make the same mistakes. We have seen this in people returning to abusive relationships, or following the same old crowd, or returning to their old addictions. When trials come the temptations will be great. The Bible says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:4). Patience is an often-overlooked virtue that’s so desperately needed today. Patience is our path to perfection and the glories of heaven. Let me be clear, patience is not just sitting down and doing nothing. Patience is active and sharper than any two-edged sword. Patience turns to God alone seeking only His advice. It takes great patience to stand on God’s Words alone and follow His directions in the face of an evil world.

Let’s take a look at Daniel for example who was cast into the lion’s den simply because he continued his daily prayers to God. Daniel demonstrated great patience as his faith was being tested. He did not cry out to an unbelieving world. He did not attempt to fight the lions. He did not attempt to hide from them. He did not hide his face in shame, nor did he just give up. No, I will tell you what he did, he turned immediately to his God, the God of both heaven and earth. He put himself totally into the hands of God who answered his petition by sending an angel to close the mouths of the lions. Let me tell you that I believe that Daniel continued in prayer and faith, throughout the entire night, believing that God would keep the mouths of the lions shut and in their respective places so that they would not bring any harm to him. Daniel allowed his patience in the coming trial to bring forth its perfect work, that he would be perfect wanting nothing. So, please dear children, when tragedy strikes and you’re facing your next trial meant to strengthen your faith, turn immediately to God with all patience waiting upon Him to answer.

Dear children, if we are befuddled by what’s happening, unable to understand why we are going through our trial then we can ask God for wisdom. This heavenly wisdom is very useful because it tells us why our trial came in the first place. Was it our doing that caused it? Or was it simply a trial sent by God to strengthen our faith? Or was it our perception of a trial, simply caused by our unwillingness to accept the course of events? Or was it simply a course of events that are causing us to do something that we didn’t want to. God’s wonderful wisdom will answer all of our questions which will help us to face our trial, to make sense of it. However, we must ask. We must ask in faith, believing that God is listening, believing that He has not left us alone, and believing that He will tell us exactly what’s causing our trial; and most importantly, how to face it. However, if you are one who believes one minute and not the next, you will not receive anything from the Lord (See James 1:5-8). On the other hand, if we have faith, if we wait upon the Lord, and do nothing until He directs our path, then we will be absolutely amazed at how God works in our life. You could very well be the next Daniel facing his lions.

On the other hand, what if we discover that it’s our sin that’s causing our trials? Don’t blame God. I know many who have done that, by saying, that the sin just happened, or I just fell into the trespass. So, you blame God but remember dear children, He only sends good gifts (See James 1:17). Furthermore, the Bible tells us falling into sin is a process. You did not just fall into it. I can remember years ago coming to the aid of a dear Christian woman who was absolutely broken-hearted that her husband had admitted to the third extramarital affair with another woman. Three separate affairs devastated this poor woman. I insisted on meeting with the husband as well, which in time took us to this very Scripture (See James 1:13-15). The husband said it wasn’t his fault. He insisted that he had just fallen into the trespass, taking no blame for his actions. As I took him through the Scripture, step by step, I demonstrated to him that the trespass began the moment he had “lust” in his heart making it easy for him to be “enticed.” It’s a process. Then over a period of time by allowing an intimate conversation to take place with someone other than his dear wife (which I see happening to a lot of people on Facebook). It’s a process. Then his lust finally conceived and brought forth sin; the sin of adultery. It’s a process! This man faced many needless trials in his life, because of his own ungodly, wrong choices. God cannot be blamed for your trial if you sinned.

Also, it could be that our trials are simply due to our own bad decisions. You may have just started running with, or listening to, the wrong people. I see this all the time on Facebook; someone asking questions on Facebook and then getting fifty different answers to choose from. Instead of praying for God’s guidance through the study of the Bible or being led to a mature believer that God has picked out, they turn to an open forum relying on their own understanding to make the right choice. Believe me, making the wrong choices can lead to many grievous trials. God’s beautiful wisdom can reveal that your bad decision is the cause of your trial. Ask God for wisdom. Then immediately ask God for His forgiveness, forgiveness for your bad choices. Then ask God for His new direction. His answer may be difficult. You may not even want to do it. God may not even deliver you from the trial because of your bad decision. However, you will feel different. You will receive God’s magnificent peace that He is back with you, back in charge, working out everything to the good (See Romans 8:28). Just remember, dear children, every trial is not necessarily the hand of God but could be brought about by your own evil actions.

So, as you can see there are various types of trials to test our faith. For those who have no faith, their trials will destroy them. We are already seeing this in today’s world where people are going stark raving mad because of the many trials and tribulations falling upon the world. For you Christian, it should not be so. As we face the raging forest fires, the heat waves, an increasing number of earthquakes, destructive hurricanes, rising sea levels, and flooding, along with this latest pandemic, we will not be overcome by our trials, but our faith will be strengthened. We stand before the storms of life with great patience believing that God is in control. We believe that God has His faithful children in the palm of His hand. We believe that He is giving us the grace and mercy to see it through to the end. We don’t cry out to the world. We are not afraid. We don’t complain. We don’t overreact. We don’t take matters into our own hands. We don’t seek the counsel of the world. We stand firm on the truth that God has given us the truth, that He will work all things together for good for those that love Him. Dear children, let the world, who’s in a panic, see your strong faith instead of your constant complaining and bickering among yourselves (See Philippians 2:14-16). Stand firm, dear children, the coming trials will test your faith – as they destroy fallen humanity.

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