DESPISERS

Dear Lord, thank you for such a beautiful day and for all you are doing in the lives of our families and loved ones. Thank you for helping us to go this journey of life with the confidence that you will not leave nor forsake us. In the name of Jesus help us to rightly represent your Holy name by conducting ourselves respectfully and not allowing our emotions to get the best of us. Also Lord, for those who are abundantly blessed materialistically, please don’t let them become over-confident and therefore compromise your Godly principles for ungodly material gains. We thank you for self-control!

2nd Samuel 11 tells how David, a man after God’s heart grossly did evil before the eyes of God. His various sins started when he stayed behind instead of going to war with his men. Did overconfidence cause him to slack off from his duty? Maybe David was slacking from his responsibilities because God gave victory over all his enemies. Anyway, while chilling and taking a stroll across his enormous roof which overlooked his kingdom, David lost all senses when he saw the beautiful Bathsheba bathing. David wanted Bathsheba; he sent for her, he had sex with her, got her pregnant, tried to cover up the pregnancy by having her husband (Uriah) come home from the war and have sex with his wife, Bathsheba so Uriah (her husband) would think the child is his. When this plan failed, David sent Uriah back on the battlefield carrying his death warrant. David arranged for Uriah to go to the front line and die in the direct line of fire.
Brothers and sisters, this is an example of sowing evil. However, we must never forget the reaping season. When we go against the word of God, we demonstrate that we despise the word of God. The Cambridge dictionary defines the term despise as ” to feel a strong dislike for someone or something because you think that the person or thing is bad and has no value. The word of the Lord given by Nathan the prophet to David in 2nd Samuel 12:9 asked David: “Why did you despise the Word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes. Although David admitted his sins and repented of them, he could not escape the wrath of God. He could not escape reaping the evil he sowed.  In 2nd Samuel 12:11 the Lord said, “Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Bad things began to happen to David. David’s life became chaotic and painful.
Listen, some of us may be experiencing times of great hardship. Although sometimes we are tested, there are times of reaping what we’ve sown. Let’s examine our lives. Have we despised the Word of God and disregarded his principles? Could it be some of us are in the reaping season because we despised and went against the Word of God to satisfy our lust and our desires for comfort and material things? It is sad that some of us are so high upon our own pedestals, that we believe our lies and continue the practice of sinning. Refusing to repent is a deadly eternal mistake. If you have sowed evil, though you cannot escape the reaping season, please confess and repent as David did. The mercy of God endures forever. There is still time to avoid the gates of Hell. Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!

AMEN AND AMEN

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Fallen Angels

 Oh most gracious Father, this is the day that you have made and we rejoice in it. Thank you for life, provisions, strength, and guidance and for all your benefits of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you for your mercy and grace in giving us an opportunity to dwell with you forever and never know pain and suffering again. Praise and Honor to You dear Lord!

Revelation 12 says: “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”

In Mark 3:24, Jesus said “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” [1]Satan is not imaginary; he isn’t something people dreamed up just to try to explain the existence of evil. Satan is real, and the Bible makes it clear that he is a powerful (and evil) spiritual being who is absolutely opposed to God and His goodness.”

Devoted followers of Satan’s kingdom are the angels who fell during his rebellion, and the hearts of unregenerate men. The unregenerate men or women are those who reject God’s plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Satan’s domain or kingdom is the system that denies the Creator yet praises the things He created. Satan’s kingdom focuses upon hindering the plan of God and manipulating as many Souls as possible to Eternal separation from God.

John 1:12-13 explains, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Theology for today Elmer L Towns page 371

[1] https://billygraham.org/answer/who-is-satan-is-he-a-fallen-angel/

Warning Against Sin (Isaiah 59 NLT)

Warnings against Sin

Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you,

nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.

Because of your sins, he has turned away

and will not listen anymore.

Your hands are the hands of murderers,

and your fingers are filthy with sin.

Your lips are full of lies,

and your mouth spews corruption.

No one cares about being fair and honest.

The people’s lawsuits are based on lies.

They conceive evil deeds

and then give birth to sin.

They hatch deadly snakes

and weave spiders’ webs.

Whoever falls into their webs will die,

and there’s danger even in getting near them.

Their webs can’t be made into clothing,

and nothing they do is productive.

All their activity is filled with sin,

and violence is their trademark.

Their feet run to do evil,

and they rush to commit murder.

They think only about sinning.

Misery and destruction always follow them.

They don’t know where to find peace

or what it means to be just and good.

They have mapped out crooked roads,

and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace.

So there is no justice among us,

and we know nothing about right living.

We look for light but find only darkness.

We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.

We grope like the blind along a wall,

feeling our way like people without eyes.

Even at brightest noontime,

we stumble as though it were dark.

Among the living,

we are like the dead.

We growl like hungry bears;

we moan like mournful doves.

We look for justice, but it never comes.

We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.

For our sins are piled up before God

and testify against us.

Yes, we know what sinners we are.

We know we have rebelled and have denied the LORD.

We have turned our backs on our God.

We know how unfair and oppressive we have been,

carefully planning our deceitful lies.

Our courts oppose the righteous,

and justice is nowhere to be found.

Truth stumbles in the streets,

and honesty has been outlawed.

Yes, truth is gone,

and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.

The LORD looked and was displeased

to find there was no justice.

He was amazed to see that no one intervened

to help the oppressed.

So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,

and his justice sustained him.

He put on righteousness as his body armor

and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.

He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance

and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.

He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds.

His fury will fall on his foes.

He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.

In the west, people will respect the name of the LORD;

in the east, they will glorify him.

For he will come like a raging flood tide

driven by the breath of the LORD.

“The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem

to buy back those in Israel

who have turned from their sins,”

says the LORD.

“And this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the LORD, have spoken!

Extrordinary Exchange

Dear God, thank you so much for this new day. Thank you for stamina, wisdom, and knowledge and thank you for our families, friends and loved ones you’ve sustained and kept alive. In the name of Jesus let us be mindful not to put off for tomorrow those things we can do today. We thank you for motivating us to keep it moving forward toward your plans and purposes in our lives.

We are finite which means we’re limited and of course, God is infinite, unlimited in all things. Because we are finite, we disappoint God ourselves and others. Hebrews 10:14 reminds us that “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”  You see,[1] Since we are stained by sin and cannot keep the Law of God, then the only one who could do what we cannot is God Himself. Only God can satisfy the Law requirements of a perfect life and perfect sacrifice that cleanses us from our sins. James 1:2-4 ESV reminds us saying “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. [2]A key New Testament verse for understanding perfection in the Christian life is 2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” True believers are perfect to the extent that they share in the perfections of Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, throughout the Bible we learn of God’s unique Holiness. He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! (Says Deuteronomy 32:4-5)We cannot be perfect in this sinful body, however, the attribute of perfection or holiness is given to us by God. [3]He exchanged our sins for his righteousness.[4]God laid our sins on Christ and punishes them in him. In Jesus Christ’s obedient death, God fulfilled and justified his righteousness and assigns ( or credits) it to us. Our sin was put on Christ, and his righteousness was placed on us. All our forgiveness, all our justification (or defense), all our righteousness is in Christ. We become perfect once we accept the righteous sacrifice of Jesus Christ who blotted out our sins when they were nailed to the cross. In Christ only are we perfect because he is perfect.

[1] https://carm.org/why-did-jesus-have-die-our-sins

retrieved January 31, 2018

[2] https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/perfect-perfection/  retrieved January 31, 2018

[3] https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-great-exchange The Great Exchange Devotional by John Piper, retrieved January 31, 2018

Silence of the Sheep

Precious Father God, words cannot express how grateful we are to be here today. In the name of Jesus, we give you praise, honor, and thanksgiving for your majestic grace in allowing us to see this new day. Throughout this day enable us to continuously examine ourselves more than we do others as to discover the error of our own ways. We pray to be more like Jesus! Therefore, Father God, continue to transform our families, loved ones and us by the renewing of our minds so we can be in sync with your plans and purposes upon this earth as it is in heaven! As long as we are in agreement with you Lord God, we know we Win!

I recalled working on a job assignment when a certain so-called highly spiritual man had the full attention of people who professed to be Christians. I too listened, however; I was astonished by the fact that my co-workers, who professed Christianity as their faith, knew nothing of the Bible. This man’s words sounded spiritual and moving, however, he was outright exchanging the truth about God for a lie and worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator, which Romans 1:21 speaks of. The Lords sheep had that “oh how spiritual this mans is” expression on their faces. They were clueless to the fact that this man was opposed to and spoke opposite views of the Bible.

Brothers and sisters, this is what happens when we do not study the Bible. Not knowing the Bible keeps the sheep silent. Keeping silent, many people are misled and doomed to perish right along with those who oppose the Christian faith.  1st John 4:1 plainly tells us “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Colossians 2:8 warns us to “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” In  2nd Timothy 4:1-5 Paul told Timothy, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:  Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.  But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

Brothers and sisters, as Christians we are to speak up and not surrender to myths and fables and outright lies. God is not pleased with the silence of the sheep. By the way, in God’s allotted time, He allowed me to usher this spiritual man into the presence of the Lord. I spoke up when God gave me the opportunity to get him alone. He eventually accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. Praise, honor, and thanksgiving to our God of Great Grace! Amen and Amen!

Hiding? Not Really

Heavenly Father, we are so grateful to have made it to this new Day. Dear God, help us to continue to cling to you, listen to you, and strive to draw nearer to you. Lord, please help us to use the talents and gifts you’ve given us as you intended. In the name of Jesus help us to be a blessing to others and not stumbling blocks hindering others from growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus, we thank you so much for your guidance and protection over us and our families and loved ones.

The room grows silent at the mention of the name of Jesus.  What makes some people shrink back at the mention of Jesus? Well, John 3:19-21 tell us that Light has come into the world, (that’s Jesus) but men loved darkness (that’s Satan) instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” Since Adam and Eve, mankind attempts to conceal themselves from our Omnipresent God. Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” (Isaiah 29:15)

Genesis 3:8-9 says “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Scoffers (or people who make fun of the Bible) might ask: “If God knows everything, why did he ask where are you?” However, this is actually a good question. My pastor preached on this some time ago. He said God knew where they were, but Adam and Eve did not know where they were. My pastor said that sin placed Adam and Eve out of fellowship with God and therefore they were now lost. I believe that God was actually asking Adam and Eve: “Do you know where you are?”

Brothers and sisters, without God’s presence, and guidance in our lives, we are walking around groping in darkness. We do not know where we are.  Adam and Eve were in the very presence of God, yet they were now spiritually dead. The same problem exists today among devoted church members. These people attend and serve in the church, yet they are doing dark deeds thinking they can hide them from God. They are spiritually dead. Within the darkness are wars, hatred, misery, and strife. Those who are in darkness must come to light because “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Says Hebrews 4:13)