Father God, indeed you are a good God! Thank you for another new day. Help us to make the most of this day by keeping our minds stayed on you. Your word tells us that you keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you. In the name of Jesus, we also ask for continued spiritual, mental, physical and financial healing for us, our families and loved ones. Thank you for your mercy and grace! Thank you for healing!
2 Chronicles 36:5-8 and vs. 15-16 (NIV) explains that “Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God’s name. He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel. Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.” The LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.
The Bible gives strong warnings to those who despise and ignore God’s instructions. Proverbs 28:9 says that “If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.” Looking at this scripture, meditating on it, I cannot help but understand that the prayers of people who refuse to listen to the Lords instructions are despicable, disgraceful, shameful, appalling and even vile. These are strong words! People who are unfaithful to the word of God and follow the vile practices of the world, those who are stiff-necked and hardened in their hearts against the Lord, those who become uncomfortable, agitated or get a little angry or defensive and refuse to pay attention to anything having to do with God, the Bible, Jesus or Holy Spirit…these people must understand that their prayers will not be answered because they are despicable to the Lord according to Proverbs 28:9. Furthermore, once God’s wrath is aroused against those who despise His instructions…there will be NO REMEDY!
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 the 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.” 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.
Revelation is the act of God whereby he gives knowledge of Himself which man could not otherwise know. Therefore, there is a great difference between the revelation of God and the discovery of God. Discovery implies that man, by exploration or research, has found God, who was unknown or had hidden. Discovery further implies that God was inactive in the process and that man took the initiative in seeking after God. However, the opposite is true. God revealed himself because a man could not have found God by searching for him. Man is spiritually limited, and man would not have sought for God, because a holy God condemns and punishes man, who is a sinner.
Theology for Today
Elmer L. Towns
America celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th. However, some Americans do not understand the significance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is about honoring the many brave military people who defended our country. As an ex-soldier of the United StatesArmy, I was not one of those who actually went to war. However, I stayed behind and did a great deal of guard duty for families left behind enemy lines in Germany.
Some Americans go about their daily duty without ever thinking about the security of our country. We often run around trying to make ends meet or are partying hardy while men and women fight for our country. Personally, I do not think there is enough recognition for those brave men and women who risk their lives for us.
Nevertheless, military people are not the only people on the battlefield. Christians are on the battlefield every day. A devout soldier of the Lord has the responsibility of pulling God‘s children back from the enemy lines. They do this by telling them the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who released us from the grips of the enemy. As a Christian, we make it known to the lost that “WE WIN” through believing and trusting that the battle is the Lords and we are instruments sharpened by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Christians are required to take this spiritual battle serious and understand that whether we want to or not, we must stay focused on the Commanding officers lead. He automatically knows every move and sees every thing the enemy is trying to do. He is the all-seeing, all knowing God Almighty!
Only through listening and believing in Him will we have the ability to be steps ahead of the enemy. Our Commanding Officer gives us the ability to NOT get caught off guard. However, we must pay close attention to Him by building a strong line of communication with Him. He even helps us when it is hard to venture into the unknown as to accomplish our mission.
God teaches us how to be effective mighty warriors defending the lost and wounded souls of battle. Those who try to be heroes, not listening to the commanding officer will not gain a purple heart or great badge for bravery. The only badge they will receive is a badge of dishonor for refusing to obey.
As mighty warriors, we are invincible through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Live or die, we win! Carry on Soldiers of the Lord!
I know that most of you have heard the statement: “God knows my heart”. Well that is very true…Mark 28 tells us how Jesus knew that the high priest reasoned within themselves. Luke Well, from the beginning of time, even in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 6:5, God say that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil continually.
Not one of us has the ability to cleanse our own heart. Proverbs 20:9 states: “Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure and free from sin?”
Proverbs 21:2 says people may be right in their own heart, but the LORD examines their heart.
God wants wicked hearts to depart from him. In Psalm 101:4 it states: A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
Ezekiel 11:19 says: And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stoney, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, a heart of flesh.
It’s amazing how humanity tries to change God by coming up with man made laws to justify their actions so they will not have to conform to the Word. Romans 10: 3 remind us: For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
St John 1:16 tells us: And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. This means all believers possess continuous grace, power and ability. God foresaw the fall of Adam and Eve. He already made full provisions for our restoration back to Himself. He invites all humankind to partake of these provisions!
When you know that God loves you, you will put your confidence in Him.
As we continue believing, God’s grace comes in and take us beyond what we are able to do.
Christians should always make time to pray and draw closer to God. We will never uncover what God has already supplied for us until we draw closer. If we cannot make time for God…We are far too busy.
We will never get to heaven until we are transformed into a new creation. Only God can do this. This body is not equipped to handle heaven. If we will not stay still and let him do His mighty works in us, we stay stained and marked as the devils property. The unsaved must ask Jesus into their life to clean them up and releases them from being a brainwashed slave to the accuser who is always sewing negative things into our minds.
Once the unsaved accepts Him, they are justified, just as if they never sinned yet constantly reminded by the Holy Ghost that we are much better than our old nature. God do not keep accusing us of our wrongs, He transforms our minds through the Word, the working of the Holy Spirit so we are able to do the right thing in his sight. We are free people! FREE from slavery. We don’t have to succumb to what the devil tells us to do. Resist the devil just like you would resist the enemy on the battle field. Stay alert and stay close to God so he cannot have his way with you.
Some people just love sin so much that they invite it in and relish the so-called good life only on this earth. They are not concerned about their eternity because they actually think that after death everything is all over. Whooping it up might last for a lifetime, but when it comes time to give out wages for what you did or did not do here on this earth, well, that is a completely different story. In this case, the wages are higher than one would probably care to accept. The wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life. Why do people reject eternal life? Because they don’t believe it exist.
After physical death, our real life begins with who we really are and we will either spend it in heaven or hell. We simply go back to being what we are without the human body suits we are in… spirit beings. However, your decision here on this earth determines your eternal destiny. Don’t get it twisted too bad where you can’t get untangled. Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation..(Matthew 26:41)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 (KJV)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Healing will not manifest physically, mentally, or financially unless one actually believe it. A person must take hold of it and run with joy telling it to people believing Gods Word that it is already done! You see, that’s crazy to the human mind. We scare the unsaved when we are bold like that.
When under pressure, we often discover what we believe.A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45)
You can speak “I am healed by his stripes” However when the doctors delivers a bad report of your health… What comes forth out of your mouth at that moment is what you really believe.
There is an abundance of treasure waiting for us to take hold of us, why don’t we take them? (Mark 5:36)
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.(Luke 8:50)
But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Humans typically believe what they see, hear, taste, feel and smell. If none of these attributes are present, we tend to dismiss the idea as not real, ridiculous, stupid or bizarre or whatever.
However, most humans are not aware that they we are spirits and must learn how to operate in the spiritual realm in order to have a relationship and close bond with God. Read the first chapter on Genesis how God breathe life into us. It was his life…but when Adam and Eve switched out they forfeited all they had and unfortunately the same went for us until Jesus Came and Delivered those who truly believe thou they never saw Jesus with their eyes. Demonic oppression is the only thing stopping us from reaching our ultimate powers we have through Christ.
Applied pressure causes many to cave in, give up, quit, then crash and burn.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
In the Book_of_Proverbs” Proverbs10:22 it says: The blessings of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. In Mark 10:17 a rich man ran up to and kneeled to him asking him what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life. Well the rich man admitted to not committing adultery, killing, stealing or bearing false witness and not defrauding or dishonoring his father and mother. However, Jesus answered the rich man In Mark 10:21 and said:
One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. In Mark 10:22, the rich man went away grieved: for he had GREAT possessions. You see the issue brothers and sisters is not the riches, it is that the rich man deeply trusted in his riches. Many of use misinterpret these scriptures and believe that God wants us to be poor. This in untrue… he wants us to trust in him not riches.
Indeed the rich man trusted his money more than he trusted His God who blessed him with the money. The kingdom of God meant less to him than his money. This is the case with many of us. As long as we have money, we are in a safe haven. Look in Proverbs 18:11 where it says, that a rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. Do not allow your wealth to cause you to miss everlasting riches…
In the first few chapters of the book of Genesis, God established Adam as Eve and gave them power over everything, and everything they needed, he also gave. After the serpent convinced Eve against God’s s specific instructions, Genesis 3:6 tells us that she was convinced after she saw how beautiful and delicious the fruit looked and she desperately wanted it. Allurement is attraction to something flattering or desirable.
Eve‘s desires for the fruit made her forget the importance of what she already had. According to James 1:15; lust gives birth to sinful actions. In Ephesians chapter 4 and verse 18, states we continue to drift far from the life God gives.
Many of us keep closing our minds and hardening our hearts towards God. Still, even in our rebellion, God loves us so much, that again, he gave us everything we could ever need or want through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Yet, we still do not understand the importance and the power we possess. Some people are not excited by God, but by His creations. Clearly, they are after the charming things they see, hear, taste, and feel, however, we should be chasing God. We should be storing up heavenly treasure that will never end. We are to desire the creator more than His creations.