When Wickedness Abounds

wickedness aboundsBelow is a post with some revisions from September of 2014.  Due to our current state of rampant wickedness, I felt it appropriate to share again.

 

Psalm 12:1-8 (HCSB)

 

1 Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;
the loyal have disappeared from the human race.
2 They lie to one another;
they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.
3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
and the tongue that speaks boastfully.
4 They say, “Through our tongues we have power;
our lips are our own—who can be our master?”
5 “Because of the oppression of the afflicted
and the groaning of the poor,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will put the one who longs for it in a safe place.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times.
7 You, Lord, will guard us;
You will protect us from this generation forever.
8 The wicked wander everywhere,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

Which of you reading this post feels safe anymore, especially if you live in an urban area? Which of you feels this chapter doesn’t speak to us? Who feels like everything is going just fine, with everything chugging along as it always has?

 

I believe we are living in an unprecedented time, and although there are pockets of individuals that are faithful to the Lord, they are dwindling;. and many in this nation who call themselves Christian seem at best a version of Christian lite.

 

Didn’t Isaiah talk of such a time as ours?

 

Isaiah 1:4-6 (NJK)

4 Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the Lord,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward.
5 Why should you be stricken again?
You will revolt more and more.
The whole head is sick,
And the whole heart faints.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,
There is no soundness in it,
But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
They have not been closed or bound up,
Or soothed with ointment.

The whole head is sick! Look at our morally bankrupt leaders in Washington flushing this country down the drain.  Political correctness is run amok, and now boarders on lunacy.  We have a progressive party that oppresses the poor, and at the same time opens their arms to migrants and illegal aliens diverting money that might help our own poor to build up a dependent voting block to stay in power.  What used to be good is now bad, and the bad has become good; what used to be dark is now light to them.  They are of their father the devil and they look to tear this Country apart.

 

 

We have organizations that this Country, many funded by George Soros, that are fomenting racial tensions and trying to start a race war. A sad part of life is racism, in which no race is immune.  There are racist whites who most decent people speak out against, but now we have groups like Black Lives Matter and the new Black Panter Party who are calling for beating and in some cases killing white people, especially white police officers.  The other day a black police officer shot and killed an armed black man, of course the media was quite quiet about the color of the officer so we had riots in the streets in Milwaukee.  And what did these rioters do?  They proceeded to pelt police officers with rocks and bricks, burn down business in their own community and started hunting down and beating white people.  Where is the outrage in our media or our Government, where are the cries from the White House about hate crimes being committed? You hardly hear any of this in the main stream media, instead you have to turn to alternative news services on line.  The whole head is sick!

 

The whole heart is faint! Look at many of our current Christian leaders who are more concerned about preaching feel good messages that gets lots of donations, instead of crying out for revival, repentance and a return to Christ.  The Bible is barely taught in church anymore, people aren’t being shown their sins, it’s all about getting a shot of warm and fuzzy so you feel better about yourself.  Joel Olstein just recently said the Apostles were wrong about homosexuality and basically called them homophobic.  I’m not for treating anyone unkindly, but when the church starts to embrace gay marriage, ignoring God’s will in this most holy union, we have a serious problem.

 

An american child is not allowed to bow his or her head in many schools for a moment of silent prayer; yet we have schools that have children take on Muslim names and celebrate Ramadan. We even have Muslim prayer rooms in many schools now as well. Tell me we don’t have a serious spiritual problem in this country.  

 

The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint. We have become a country that is covered in wounds, bruises and putrefying soars. We are obsessed with what we look like on the outside, and what we posses when our insides have become total rottenness. Unless this Country repents quickly, and begs God back into this Country, we will run out of time rather quickly.

 

I do believe God will look out for His elect, those men and women who are in this world but not of it, while at the same time punishing those who commit wickedness. I really do take great hope in Psalms 12:5-7, but I fear right now we are in a place where, “The wicked wander everywhere, and what is wicked and worthless is exalted by the human race.”

 

I want to leave you with the following scripture to ponder.

 

Revelation 12:12 (HCSB)

 

12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them!
Woe to the earth and the sea,
for the Devil has come down to you
with great fury,
because he knows he has a short time.

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The Peace That Surpasses

PeaceI don’t know about you, but all the political hostility, race batting, constant shootings, cops being assassinated; I have not been feeling very peaceful lately.  I’ve been struggling to feel that peace that surpasses all understanding. Below is a bit of a re-wright of a post from 2013 but felt it so applicable today with all the insanity going on in our country and world right now.

 

The absolute evil and vileness going on reminds me of the following scripture and makes me think we could be closer to the end times than most of us thought.

 

Revelation 12:12-17

12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them!
Woe to the earth and the sea,
for the Devil has come down to you
with great fury,
because he knows he has a short time.

13 When the dragon saw that he had been thrown to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent’s presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time.[a] 15 From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away in a torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 17 So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspring[b]—those who keep God’s commands and have the testimony about Jesus.

With the persecution of Christians throughout the world and the insane embracing of Islam in this Country,  those scriptures really fit in my opinion.

I’ve been praying for peace and wisdom in all this, but it is a daily effort not to let anger get the best of me.  I think the praying I’ve been doing has led me to the phrase, “The peace of God” which led me to the following scriptures and this post. When I typed, the peace of God into Bible Gateway, the following two scriptures below popped up and got me thinking.

 

Colossians 3:14-16

14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

Also:

 

Philippians 4:6-8 

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

 

Lately its been hard meditating on things that are pure, or lovely, or of good report or of virtue or things praiseworthy. Instead I’ve been consumed by all the evil and wickedness that has been going on around us.  Instead of turning it over to God and trusting him to deal with it, I pray about it and keep on thinking about it.

 

It reminds me of a story I heard a long time ago about four little boys sitting in the yard playing. The mother of one of the boys happened to look out the window, and to her horror, in between the four boys was a skunk. The mother instantly yells out the window, “It’s a skunk, run” Well, the boys all got up, one of them picking up the skunk, and they all ran away.  How often do we go to God in prayer just to pick up our problem, and carry it off when we’re done?  So, instead of leaving our problem at His feet like He says, we pick the skunk back up and run off wondering why life still seems to stink.

 

How about you? Do you bring your trials and tribulations to God in prayer only to pick them up and carry them off when you’re done?  I believe the times are evil and that evil is speeding up.  There is a lot of talk about making this Country great again.  Well, I’m all for that, but only so much can be done by a man.  This County will never be great again, unless and until we repent as a nation and beg God to come back and be our leader.  But no matter what happens, if we give our lives over, and walk with God, we can have that peace that surpasses all understanding even in the midst of a world that has gone mad.

 

What do you think?

 

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What is God’s Will For Us

A Mad World

A Mad World

It seems our Country has gone absolutely mad.  We have blatant lying, manipulation, back door deals and payoffs being received by our politicians on both sides.  We have liberal progressive students and their professors, at many major universities, shouting down any opinion contrary to their own, and needing safe places where thy won’t get their feelings hurt.  Is any of this God’s will?  Then you have the lying media spinning every story to bring about a narrative that they want us to believe. Throw in the hateful and violent protests happening at some political rallies, and we start wondering if we have left the USA and entered into the Twilight Zone.

 

So, where is God in all this?  Christians are under attack more and more while Islam is given a pass and celebrated by most politicians, college students and media hacks.  They scream we must have the separation of church and state, yet defend the indefensible acts and customs of many Muslims, all this leaving many Christians to ask the question, where is God, and why is he allowing this to happen?

 

Well, I’d like to try and bring some clarity to this madness if possible.  Although I understand the fear, uncertainty, hurt and frustration many Christians, including myself feel, I think we need to step back and try to understand just what is happening, and why.

 

I believe we need to start by asking, what is God’s will for mankind, and why is he allowing these things to happen?

 

When hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and random senseless shootings occur, is it God’s will? Is He guilty of making it happen, or is He complicit for letting it happen? Is it God’s will when innocent people die during disasters, or at the hands of a madman? Is it God’s will that innocent babies are aborted, or that some children are abused, and others are born handicapped? Did God make it happen, or is He complicit in letting it happen?

 

Is it God’s fault our economy is built on a bubble that will probably implode sooner than later?   Is it God’s fault that evil corrupt people run our Country? Is it God’s fault when a company fails and people lose their jobs and homes?

 

So many Christians wring their hands crying out why did God let this happen. Again, it seems God is guilty of either making something bad happen, or of letting it happen.

 

It doesn’t make sense to us why bad things happen to good people, so we have to find something or someone to blame so we can make sense of the situation. So if we believe in a loving God, it doesn’t make sense that He would let bad things happen, therefore if he let it happen. It’s God’s fault.

 

So, why didn’t God stop Islamist extremists from killing innocent people in San Bernadino, the night club in Orlando, or Paris or any other place? Why didn’t God stop the genocide in Darfur? Why doesn’t God stop all the wars, and crimes and evils that befall mankind?  It’s a valid question with a very simple answer.

 

It’s because of a very special gift that God has given us. It’s a gift that puts a lot of power in our hands, but also requires a great deal of responsibility to wield. It’s the gift of freedom and free will.

 

It’s not God’s will that people suffer, or that bad things happen to good people; but if we are to be free to make good choices, we must also be free to make the bad ones.

 

Now, can God protect us from danger and harm? Absolutely! I believe He often does. But who God chooses to protect and when or why, only God knows; and it’s not our place to know.  And of course, as we have systematically kicked God out of our Country, our government, our schools and public square, it boarders on the ridiculous to expect God to protect us as a nation anymore.

 

Look at what the wisest man who ever lived had to say about bad things happening to good people:

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10-12

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. 11 I returned and saw under the sun that – The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.

Some people ask, why did God let some man in Aurora Colorado shoot a lot of innocent people? God didn’t let him, the gunman chose to do that horrific act. If God stops someone like him, then God has taken away his free will. Without free will we would be automatons, and that isn’t what God created nor what he’s trying to bring about in mankind.

 

Look what Jesus said about innocent people becoming victims also.

 

Luke 13:1-5

13 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

God has given us the precious gift of life, and the free will to determine how we will live that life. Unfortunately the down side to free will is that many will choose to do evil, and we stand the chance of falling prey to that evil.  Of course if we are walking with God daily, and not just paying him lip service, there is a very good chance that God will protect us or at least keep us from suffering.

 

I don’t believe God makes bad things happen to good people, or that he is complicit because He doesn’t stop it. But I do believe, as I stated above, that as we continue to shut God out of our schools, our government, and our lives more Godless and heartless people will abound; and more and more evil will happen.

 

So what is God’s will?

 

Open your bible, and start reading. The Bible is filled with God’s will, and if you were to boil it down to its simplest terms, it is to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. It’s God’s will that we should have eternal life with Him, so even in this madness that is all around us, be of good cheer for if we are Christ’s we will have eternal life with him; and this insanity all around us will no longer have any effect on us.

 

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Curses and Blessings

Curses

Curses

I just finished reading through the book of Deuteronomy a couple days ago, and felt a a strong desire to share something very important from that book.  In the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 28 God lays out for us in clear and concise language exactly how we need to live our lives.  He shows us the path that leads to great blessings, but also shows us the curses that will catch up to us if we refuse to walk with him.  Now let’s be clear about something very important in how blessings and curses work.  If we walk with God he walks with us providing all we need to live, and live happily.  On the other hand, if we refuse to walk with God he no longer blesses and helps us.  Now, God does not need to lift a finger to bring about the curses that come our way, rather they are the direct result of the vacuum created when God lifts his hedge of protection from around us.

When we refuse to walk with or acknowledge God we lose our compass.  There is no longer a standard measure of morality, law, or behavior. Instead morality, law and proper behavior become what ever we decide it is.  Unfortunately, without God most men and women will sink to the most base place in nature, seeking only their own selfish and often wicked desires.   Remember, God isn’t up in heaven twisting and pulling levers and knobs to make things happen to us, they happens to us as a direct result of what we do.  Now let’s look as some scriptures that tell us exactly what will be the result of us walking with God.

 

Deuteronomy 28  (HCSB)

Blessings for Obedience
28 “Now if you faithfully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all His commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will put you far above all the nations of the earth. 2 All these blessings will come and overtake you, because you obey the Lord your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city
and blessed in the country.
4 Your descendants[a] will be blessed,
and your land’s produce,
and the offspring of your livestock,
including the young of your herds
and the newborn of your flocks.
5 Your basket and kneading bowl will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in
and blessed when you go out.
7 “The Lord will cause the enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you. They will march out against you from one direction but flee from you in seven directions. 8 The Lord will grant you a blessing on your storehouses and on everything you do;[b] He will bless you in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 9 The Lord will establish you as His holy people, as He swore to you, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by Yahweh’s name, and they will stand in awe of you. 11 The Lord will make you prosper abundantly with children,[c] the offspring of your livestock, and your land’s produce in the land the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open for you His abundant storehouse, the sky, to give your land rain in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow. 13 The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you will only move upward and never downward if you listen to the Lord your God’s commands I am giving you today and are careful to follow them. 14 Do not turn aside to the right or the left from all the things I am commanding you today, and do not go after other gods to worship them.

 

There was a time when we possessed the above blessings.  There was a time when we had such abundance that our storehouses were bursting open. We were often the first ones on the scene in most disasters with massive supplies.   We used to lend to other nations and never had to borrow.  We were the head of nations for many years, but now we’ve moved closer to the tail.  Where once we were respected by our allies and feared by our enemies, we are now despised and laughed at by our allies and enemies alike.  We were once considered the most powerful nation on earth, but over the past several years have become impotent and weak.   We have also murdered more than 50 million unborn children since 1973.  We have gone from a mostly moral country to a mostly immoral one in the space of less than 100 years.  There was a time when most Americans were patriotic God believing people.   Now most Americans who call themselves Christians don’t have the moral fortitude to stand against the tide of immorality and political correct insanity that has overwhelmed our Nation.

 

So, let’s look at what God says will happen to us if we refuse to walk in his way.  We are only beginning to see the signs of the curses that our coming our way because of our turning our backs on God.  It starts out with a weakening of our nation.  Elitist immoral men have become our rulers and dictate laws that slowly enslave our bodies and minds. We now have churches that have become corrupted with ministers who love money, fame and power more than God.  We are losing all that God has blessed us with, and it seems like the leadership in Washington is more than happy to have it happen.  So what’s going to happen if we don’t turn things around, and turn them around quickly?

 

 

Curses for Disobedience
15 “But if you do not obey the Lord your God by carefully following all His commands and statutes I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overtake you:

16 You will be cursed in the city
and cursed in the country.
17 Your basket and kneading bowl will be cursed.
18 Your descendants[d] will be cursed,
and your land’s produce,
the young of your herds,
and the newborn of your flocks.
19 You will be cursed when you come in
and cursed when you go out.
20 The Lord will send against you curses, confusion, and rebuke in everything you do[e] until you are destroyed and quickly perish, because of the wickedness of your actions in abandoning Me. 21 The Lord will make pestilence cling to you until He has exterminated you from the land you are entering to possess. 22 The Lord will afflict you with wasting disease, fever, inflammation, burning heat, drought,[f] blight, and mildew; these will pursue you until you perish. 23 The sky above you will be bronze, and the earth beneath you iron. 24 The Lord will turn the rain of your land into falling[g] dust; it will descend on you from the sky until you are destroyed. 25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will march out against them from one direction but flee from them in seven directions. You will be an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 Your corpses will be food for all the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land, with no one to scare them away.

27 “The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt, tumors, a festering rash, and scabies, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness, and mental confusion, 29 so that at noon you will grope as a blind man gropes in the dark. You will not be successful in anything you do. You will only be oppressed and robbed continually, and no one will help you. 30 You will become engaged to a woman, but another man will rape her. You will build a house but not live in it. You will plant a vineyard but not enjoy its fruit. 31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat any of it. Your donkey will be taken away from you and not returned to you. Your flock will be given to your enemies, and no one will help you. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another people, while your eyes grow weary looking for them every day. But you will be powerless to do anything.[h] 33 A people you don’t know will eat your land’s produce and everything you have labored for. You will only be oppressed and crushed continually. 34 You will be driven mad by what you see. 35 The Lord will afflict you with painful and incurable boils on your knees and thighs—from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.

36 “The Lord will bring you and your king that you have appointed to a nation neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you will worship other gods, of wood and stone. 37 You will become an object of horror, scorn, and ridicule among all the peoples where the Lord will drive you.

38 “You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it. 39 You will plant and cultivate vineyards but not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 40 You will have olive trees throughout your territory but not anoint yourself with oil, because your olives will drop off. 41 You will father sons and daughters, but they will not remain yours, because they will be taken prisoner. 42 Whirring insects will take possession of all your trees and your land’s produce. 43 The foreign resident among you will rise higher and higher above you, while you sink lower and lower. 44 He will lend to you, but you won’t lend to him. He will be the head, and you will be the tail.

45 “All these curses will come, pursue, and overtake you until you are destroyed, since you did not obey the Lord your God and keep the commands and statutes He gave you. 46 These curses will be a sign and a wonder against you and your descendants forever. 47 Because you didn’t serve the Lord your God with joy and a cheerful heart, even though you had an abundance of everything, 48 you will serve your enemies the Lord will send against you, in famine, thirst, nakedness, and a lack of everything. He will place an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 The Lord will bring a nation from far away, from the ends of the earth, to swoop down on you like an eagle, a nation whose language you don’t understand, 50 a ruthless nation,[i] showing no respect for the old and not sparing the young. 51 They will eat the offspring of your livestock and your land’s produce until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine, oil, young of your herds, or newborn of your flocks until they cause you to perish. 52 They will besiege you within all your gates until your high and fortified walls, that you trust in, come down throughout your land. They will besiege you within all your gates throughout the land the Lord your God has given you.

53 “You will eat your children,[j] the flesh of your sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you. 54 The most sensitive and refined man among you will look grudgingly[k] at his brother, the wife he embraces,[l] and the rest of his children, 55 refusing to share with any of them his children’s flesh that he will eat because he has nothing left during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you in all your towns. 56 The most sensitive and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her refinement and sensitivity, will begrudge the husband she embraces, her son, and her daughter, 57 the afterbirth that comes out from between her legs and the children she bears, because she will secretly eat them for lack of anything else during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you within your gates.

58 “If you are not careful to obey all the words of this law, which are written in this scroll, by fearing this glorious and awesome name—Yahweh, your God— 59 He will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, severe and lasting plagues, and terrible and chronic sicknesses. 60 He will afflict you again with all the diseases of Egypt, which you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61 The Lord will also afflict you with every sickness and plague not recorded in the book of this law, until you are destroyed. 62 Though you were as numerous as the stars of the sky, you will be left with only a few people, because you did not obey the Lord your God. 63 Just as the Lord was glad to cause you to prosper and to multiply you, so He will also be glad to cause you to perish and to destroy you. You will be deported from the land you are entering to possess. 64 Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will worship other gods, of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. 65 You will find no peace among those nations, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and a despondent spirit. 66 Your life will hang in doubt before you. You will be in dread night and day, never certain of survival. 67 In the morning you will say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and in the evening you will say, ‘If only it were morning!’—because of the dread you will have in your heart and because of what you will see. 68 The Lord will take you back in ships to Egypt by a route that I said you would never see again. There you will sell yourselves to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

 

The curses I believe are coming our way are frightening.  We have kicked God out of our schools, our courts, our public life, and he is now being squeezed even out of our private affairs.  If you refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding you are ostracized and destroyed.  If you speak out against gay marriage or men using the women’s bathroom you are labeled homophobic and shouted down.

 

How did this happen?  Did God press some lever or turn some knob to bring this about?  No, it is the direct result of our refusal as a people to walk the way God told us to.  We have told God we don’t want him interfering with our lives anymore, so God being the God of liberty and freedom said, “OK, you go ahead and do it your way.”   The things that are happening to our country is not anything God is doing to us, it is what we are doing to ourselves for refusing to walk with him.  We are following the same path that ancient Israel did, and the path that Europe has walked down.  That path that rejects the God that created all things, and replaces him with the false god of government.  Look at Europe, what’s happening with the migrant infestation, and see the future of America.

 

We need to pray for revival, we need to stand up against immorality and godlessness.  We need to stop being the silent majority and become the loud standing in the gap for God majority.  We need to wake up my friends as the hour is getting late.

 

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Perilous Times

Man kissing himself in mirror

Narssistic

I  feel a great deception has befallen us during these perilous times we’re in, the deception that man can cure what ails this country.  We so want to believe that lie that we are willing to believe anyone who tells us the things we want to hear.   We so want to believe it that we are willing to vote some of the same politicians in office over and over again although they fail us over and over again.  We so easily believe the lie because we so want to bring back the values that we have lost.  As Christians, we want someone in office who will actually represent the values  we hold dear.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of our leaders are liars, cheats and care only about their own power, wealth, influence and control.  Most of our leaders in Washington are  narcissists who will say anything to hold onto the power, prestige and influence they hold.

 

I have bought into the lie myself many times.  I have foolishly believe that a man could make this country great again, and represent the values that I hold dear only to be disappointed.  I wonder how can a man promise to do things to stem the tide of destruction coming to this country, and then turn around a do the polar opposite of what he said?  How can a man look you you in the eye or in a camera and lie without batting an eye.  How can a man be so full of himself that he thinks he knows so much better than us lowly average Joe’s?   Well, I decided to try and find out what it was, and see if I could understand it better.  Well, I found at least a partial answer in the field of psychology.   The word I found that best describes these men and women it narcissist.

 

I looked on a website called: http://psychcentral.com/ and found the description that brought a good part of the answer to light.  Read the list of some of the symptoms of a narcissist below, and see if it doesn’t describe most of our leaders and much of our population to a tee.

 

Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

 

In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:

  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  • Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

 

The scriptures talk about perilous times when this type of behavior will be rampant in society.  I think we live in that time where this behavior is rampant, not only in Washington, but in our general population.  Look at the young people that fill our Universities.   Look at our elite media, sports figures, and Holly Wood celebrities; and tell me we’re are not living in the times of 2 Timothy 3:1-5.  Does anyone believe we are not living in those perilous end times?

 

2 Timothy 3:1-5

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

I don’t see a current candidate running that doesn’t display some level of narcissism.   On top of that, we need to accept the fact that no man can fix what’s broken in this country.  No man can pull us out of these perilous times, and reestablish the values we held 50 or 75 years ago, as our society is very different now.  Only a revival and a turning back to God can fix what’s broken here, and with godless people filling all the institutions of power and influence that is highly unlikely.  I do feel there are one or two candidates who even with their narcissistic tendencies might stem the tide of the current death spiral we’re on, but even they cannot heal us of the cultural Marxism that has slowly permeated this country over the past 50 years.  And although no man that can fix what’s broken in this country, they may give us just a little more time to get right with God.

 

If you have never read through the book of Jeremiah, or not read it in a long time, I would suggest giving it a read.  You will be shocked to see the parallels between that nation and our own.  You will see a nation of people who has turned away from God, and themselves living in perilous times only feigning a form of godliness. Reading through the book of Jeremiah is like reading a newspaper talking about us here and now.

 

We are a long way down the rabbit hole, with our only hope being to reestablish a close and obedient relationship with He who are hope is in.

 

Deuteronomy 30:9-11

9 The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, 10 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

John 15:9-11

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full..

 

I don’t believe we have a lot of time left.  We have gone so far from God as a nation that I believe God has lifted his hand of protection from us. Look what’s going on in Europe and quickly coming to America.  Islam is celebrated and Christianity is condemned. Turn to God and there is a good chance he will keep you safe in the perilous times to come.  I can tell you one thing for sure, if you are not right with God there is a very good chance you will experience many of the terrors that are talked about in Revelations.   It’s time to quit procrastinating and make God your priority now.

 

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