Day of Atonement

Sacrifice I know to many people, God’s Festivals like the “Day of Atonement” are considered either Jewish or outdated; and therefore hold no particular importance or meaning in our day and age.  Well, I’m not here to debate that issue, but will leave it to God’s people, his spiritual Israel, to prayfully consider the issue.  I would just ask that you read this post and consider if there isn’t some spiritual meat or meaning you might glean from this Holy Day with all its rich symbolism.


The below is a re-post from 2012, but it’s something well worth considering each and every year.


Leviticus 23:26-32

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your Sabbath.”


Many people look at the above scripture and say that is for the Jewish people, and another group believes the Old Testament was done away with. What do you think?


If you are of either of those beliefs, I would ask you to prayerfully read the following scriptures and reconsider your stance.


Galatians 3:5-9 & 26-29

5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[c] 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”[d] 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.


It is not my place to judge, condemn, or argue spiritual issues and doctrines with anyone. However, I do think there are some amazing lessons, and deep spiritual insights that can be gained by the celebration and keeping of the Old Testament Holy Days. If you see any merit in what I share, that’s great, if you think I’m brain broke, that’s okay too. I just ask you to consider.


Until Jesus Christ laid down His life as a sacrifice for mankind to make Atonement for our sins, we were cut off from God. Every year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would have to go through a very elaborate and bloody ritual which was a representation of our true High Priest, and His sacrifice to come. Let’s take a look at what was done every year until Christ’s sacrifice.


Leviticus 16:2-22

2 and the Lord said to Moses: “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.

3 “Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering. 4 He shall put the holy linen tunic and the linen trousers on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired. These are holy garments. Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on. 5 And he shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering.

6 “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house. 7 He shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.

11 “And Aaron shall bring the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house, and shall kill the bull as the sin offering which is for himself. 12 Then he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring it inside the veil. 13 And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die. 14 He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.

15 “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 16 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 17 There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Holy Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel. 18 And he shall go out to the altar that is before the Lord, and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and some of the blood of the goat, and put it on the horns of the altar all around. 19 Then he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, cleanse it, and consecrate it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.

20 “And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place, the tabernacle of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat. 21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. 22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.


Although Jesus was not sacrificed on the Day of Atonement, this day represents and commemorates Christ’s sacrifice which reconciles us to God through His atoning or covering of our sins.


Romans 5:6-11

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.


The Day of Atonement is a fast day in which no food or water is consumed from sundown to sundown. It is a time of repentance, and to reflect on the great sacrifice of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. When you go 24 hours without food or drink you realize just how temporary and weak our bodies are. It is a time of solemn reflection on our short comings and areas we need to improve on. But most of all, it is a time to be humbly grateful for Christ’s sacrifice.


I have been keeping the Day of Atonement for over 30 years now, and will be doing it again on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, starting on the pryer Tuesday evening at sunset. Every year I gain a deeper understanding of the significance of this day, and I become more grateful and dependent on our Savior because of it.


There are those who would argue the keeping of these days is not necessary anymore. As I said, it is not my place to judge or debate, only to share. I would not consider this a salvation issue, but a learning and relationship deepening opportunity. I believe if you keep this day, you will be spiritually impacted by it.


If you should decide to try keeping the The Day of Atonement, let me say this. If you have any health issues, talk to your doctor before doing so. You should take any medications that you’re on with a little water. This day is not an exercise in the letter of the law, but is a day of rich symbolism and meaning that can draw you closer to God.


Again, considering the scriptures in Galatians we read above let me leave you with the following scripture.


Leviticus 16:29-31

29 “This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. 30 For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. 31 It is a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever.


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Are You a Believer or a Disciple

last-supper-715921_1280With the state of the world as it is, and the insanity that’s plaguing our Country in particular, is there a more important time to make sure that you are 100% with Christ?  Below is an article I posted back in 2014, but feel it’s worth sharing again as the spiritual temperature is see throughout this Country is lukewarm at best.  Wickedness and evil are gaining strength and influence exponentially, and the spirit of Antichrist is everywhere.  So the question becomes are you a believer or a disciple?


We can’t be like the five foolish virgins that weren’t prepared and missed out on the wedding supper.  Just saying you believe in Jesus and that he’s your savior is not going to get you into God’s Kingdom.  We are saved by grace, and not by works, but if we are not living our lives according to the examples in scripture we’re going to be in trouble.  Jesus isn’t interested in people who say they believe him yet live their lives like the rest of the world. He want’s believers that are committed disciples, and not just believers that can’t be distinguished from everyone else.  Remember the example of Jesus separating the sheep from the goats?  Those goats aren’t atheists, they are Christians who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk.  So read and consider, and if you find yourself falling short, it’s not too late to turn that around.


So, are you a believer? Do you believe that Jesus is God? If so, how many points does that give you? Where does that belief put you with God? How does that measure up in your relationship with God?


James 2:19

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!


So even the demons believe that Jesus is God, so how does that square with being a believer? You hear people say that all the time, “I’m a believer”.


Let me ask you a more important question, are you a disciple of Christ?


Well, I guess we should determine what a disciple is to see if we are one or not, right?


Harper’s Bible Dictionary describes a disciple as an apprentice or pupil attached to a teacher or movement; one whose allegiance is to the instruction and commitments of the teacher or movement.


Does that describe your relationship with Christ?


So above we see that a disciple is not just a believer, but he’s an avid learner and imitator of his teacher. Are you and avid leaner and imitator of Christ?


What did Jesus say about being a disciple?


Luke 6:40

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.


Do we have the peace of God which comes from being a disciple?  Are we investing ourselves and our time in training to be disciples? Are we striving to be like our Teacher? Do we emulate Him, do we speak His words, and do we act as He did?  Now let’s be clear, I nor anyone I know, is a perfect disciple.  We all fall short, and often.  The difference between a believer and a disciple in my opinion is a spirit or attitude in his or her heart.  Someone who’s just a believer never really invests themselves in training with regular prayer, bible reading and study.  They don’t spend their time meditating on the things of God, but feel just believing in God is a ticket to the Kingdom. Christ said, those who are going to follow him must pick up their cross daily and follow him, not step over the cross and do their own thing.


A disciple on the other hand, picks up his cross daily and follows Christ.  He invests his time and energy into developing a relationship with God not in a passive way, but putting in the time.  The disciple knows his Bible and is always ready and able to give an answer for the hope that’s in him.


Part of being a disciple is being like what Paul talked about in Romans 8:29: For whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, …


To be a disciple then, we must be emulating and conforming to the image of Christ. Are we doing that?


Again, I am not a perfect disciple by any stretch of the imagination. I can assure you I don’t always speak his words, or act the way He would in all situation. What I can tell you is when I fail; I get up, brush myself off, and move forward. I want to be like my Savior, but he is a hard act to follow.


Do you have a strong desire to follow Jesus and become like Him? Unless you do, the scriptures say we can’t truly be His disciple!


So, what helps identify us as disciples? Let’s take a look at some scriptures on that.


John 8:31

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.


Did you catch that, we must abide in word? Do we accept and act in accordance with his word and his will; not just with lip service, but with action?


James 1:22-25

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.


A doer isn’t someone who just hears and believes something, a doer is someone who takes what he learns and does something with it.


So, what’s another way to measure whether we are a disciple of Jesus?


John 13:34-35

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Sometimes people aren’t very lovable, but Christ doesn’t say anything about only loving the lovable. Also, this is not an emotional love He’s talking about, but a charitable love; a loving in spite of.


As a disciple we’re supposed to follow Christ’s example. People will know and judge us according to our actions, and how we treat others. What are our actions telling others?  I always shake my head in sadness when I hear atheist deny Christ because of the bad representation of some Christians. And I’m not talking about the fallibility of Christians, but of the hypocrisy and bad examples a fair amount of Christians give to others.


There is no greater calling we can receive than to be invited to be a disciple of Christ. That doesn’t mean that we’re required to read the Bible for hours each day, or spend all our free time in prayer; but it does mean our heart and thoughts are guided by Christ. Remember, some are called to evangelize or preach so much of their time will be in service to the church. Others are called to write, some to be activists for just causes; others for hospitality, teaching the younger men or women, etc., but all require time and effort to be invested into those callings. We all have a place in the body, but we are all different parts.  If you don’t know what your calling might be or what spiritual gifts you might have, you can google spiritual gifts test and take a free online test that can help get you pointed in the right direction.


Keep in mind, being a disciple of Christ is not about perfection, but rather about commitment, relationship and the heart.


So, if you feel you are having problems with having a disciple’s heart, ask God to be your cardiologist, and make it right.


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Difficult Times Will Come

Self, self, self

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (HCSB)

3 But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful,  proud, blasphemers,  disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control,  brutal, without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5  holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!


Watch or read our news, or look at social media. Listen to our current leaders from many cities to Washington DC.  Look at and listen to the speech from our University professors and students.  Look at what’s starting to happen in the NFL and other sports with the disrespecting our flag and National Anthem.  Listen to the activists screaming down anyone who doesn’t agree with them, and watch them burning down their own neighborhoods and the American flag, and tell me we aren’t living in the times described in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.


I cringe when I hear certain politicians saying God bless America when they have no clue who God is or anything about him.  If there is any god they believe in or worship its Mother Earth aka the pagan god Gaia.


When I was growing up most people stated their loyalty as God, Family and Country.  Now most people’s loyalty is to self, self, and self.  Look at the above scripture and consider many of the youth and those on the progressive side, as well as, career politicians on both sides.  They are lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanders, without self-control, they are brutal, without love for what is good, they have become traitors, “look at our president”, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.


God has been officially removed from this Country by our courts, politicians and many of the people.  We have told God that we don’t need or want his ways. We want to kill our babies when they’re inconvenient, his marriage covenant is too old fashion and denies the rights of men and women who want to marry their own kind.  Fortunately God made us a promised in Deuteronomy that can give us hope:


Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”


So I believe that God is with all those who don’t just call themselves by his name, but those who live as he commanded us to live.  Lip service isn’t enough.


I believe we are currently in a tailspin toward the great tribulation.   To me it seems we are at a point where one major disaster or false flag event could be just the catalyst that could bring the tribulation about.  At the same time I realize God has a plan, and if he deems it to not happen for another 5, 10, 20 or more years that is just what will happen.  So, no predictions on my part, just a lot of concern.


A lot of my concern in relation to end times comes from looking at the history of ancient Israel and Judah.  I see our society is so like theirs were right before destruction came upon them and they were taken into captivity.  God gives us free will, and enough rope to hang ourselves; unfortunately that’s what we seem to want to do.


We are coming to a point not only where are social society is breaking down, but if you look at any news outside of our corrupt media, you will see we are on the very of WW 3.  Our media makes everything seem like it’s just “A Okay”! But, if you look online at alternative media and see what’s really happening in other countries and in our very own economy, you will see that we have all been fed mostly lies about most everything and are truly facing very difficult times.  We are being dumbed down as a people and manipulated at every turn by our government and media.  Our military has been decimated under this current administration, and the policies coming from the white house have emboldened our enemies and brought distrust and contempt from our allies. We seem to be heading toward a one world government as the Bible talks about with the 10 kings or rulers, and it seems just about everyone with influence is in on it.


I believe we are just in the beginning of the difficult times scripture warns us about, and I don’t really see us able to pull out of it.  After 9/11 there was a huge spike in church attendance, but sadly it was very short lived.  Most people only care about themselves anymore, so even if a major event happens people will not suddenly become lovers of God and others, but seek only to make things alright for themselves.


Our hope in these difficult times is in Christ only, so put your trust in him and not some man or woman.  I read an article lately that I found very interesting stating that no matter who won this election, there would be chaos to follow, and I think they may just be right, “Read that here“.  That’s not to say that God cannot use someone to do his will, even to slow the downward spiral for a while, but if it does slow down, it is will be because God wants it to.


God once used an unrighteous man named Nebuchadnezzar, which you can read about in the book of Daniel, to save his people after they had become so bad and so corrupt they could no longer govern themselves.  He could do the same thing now, and I am hoping he will since we are coming to that point.


There is a great deception coming during these difficult times that is so bad God says if possible even the very elect would be deceived.


Matthew 24:23-25(HCSB)

23 “If anyone tells you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it! 24 False messiahs[a] and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Take note: I have told you in advance.


If you are not grounded in scripture, both old and new testaments, and regularly spending time with God, you will very easily be deceived.   The only way for you to understand what’s happening is if you know what’s happened in the past.  When things really start hitting the fan, we will see and experience things that we have never seen or experience before.  We in America are so used to soft living and every convenience at our finger tips.  Can you imagine if we lost our power grid for a couple weeks let alone for a few months?  Groceries from our food stores would be empty within a day or two.  No money being put on the EBT cards, no food, no water, no medicine, hygiene products, etc. being delivered for the foreseeable future.  I realize it’s not a fun thing to think about, but we need to face the facts, this country and this whole world is in deep trouble, and it’s only going to get more difficult.


The time for smooth words are over, even though that is what most of us want.  We want the positive messages that tell us how if we’re close to God no trouble will overcome us.  God tells us just that in the book of Isaiah.


Isaiah 30:10 (HCSB)

10 They say to the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets,
“Do not prophesy the truth to us.
Tell us flattering things.
Prophesy illusions.


If you call yourself a Christian, but are not living the life, you will end up like the five foolish virgins who didn’t bring enough oil while waiting for the bride groom. They were not allowed into the wedding supper because while those who were prepared went in and began, they were out trying to buy oil.  They were not ready! Are you?


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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.




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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