A Christian Walk

A Christian Walk

A Christian Walk

I originally wrote this post under the title “Lessons From Rocky” in 2012, but feel it has a great lesson for now.  With our current culture wringing it’s collective hands over not feeling safe if people have differing points of view.  And when so many want to point the finger at others blaming them for their lack of success in their personal lives, I feel as a Christian we need to look within to see where our abundance or lack thereof comes from.   I’m not just talking about money either, but our personal values and character; and how what we do and say impacts the lives of those around us.

Have you ever watched the final installment of the Rocky movies, Rocky Balboa? If not, you really need to; and if it’s been a long time, you should watch it again. Whether you’re a fan of boxing or not, this movie is full of great examples of how we should treat others.

Rocky’s now probably in his mid to upper 50’s, widowed for three years, and has a son who doesn’t want to be around him because he feels he’s always in his father’s shadow. Rocky spends his evenings telling old boxing stories to the guests of his little Italian restaurant, and during the day interacting with the people of his neighborhood.

I think this movie is a great metaphor for our Christian walk. It has family values and examples of unconditional love. It shows a man can be strong and still be a gentle spirit. Rocky’s character gladly feeds those who are down on their luck, and would give someone the shirt off his own back if they needed it.

He’s respectful, kind and self-controlled even when he’s insulted. He cares deeply for his family and friends; and even when they are hurtful to him, he shows restraint and doesn’t hurt them back.

Now I don’t know a whole lot about Sylvester Stallone as a person, but his character in the movie is one to be emulated. He is a skilled warrior in the boxing ring, yet a gentle spirit outside of it. When in the ring he’s focused, committed to his task, and knows no fear. Outside the ring he’s kind, generous, and focused on making his part of the world a better place.

At the beginning of the movie, while visiting different places around town where he and his now passed wife had a history, he runs into, and befriends a single mom he knew from her youth. He takes her and her teenage son, with no father figure, under his wing to help them.

There’s a scene where this single mom, Marie, asks Rocky, “so why you doing this for us”? Rocky just kind of shrugs his shoulders and asks her, “Why does someone have to have a reason to do something nice for someone else“? What a wonderful example of loving your neighbor as yourself.

One of my favorite scenes in the movie though is when Rocky has a come to Jesus meeting with his son on a sidewalk near his restaurant. His son is trying to persuade Rocky not to fight the world champing because he’s going to embarrass himself as well as his son. At this point, Rocky gives a truly inspirational speech to his son that I believe speaks to us all.

There are some great nuggets of wisdom in the following video clip.

How often have we let life beat us down and steal our dreams?

How many times have we let adversity beat us up, and shake our faith?

I would like to have a poster made that says, “It’s not how hard life hits you, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”.

As a Christians we’ve got to be able to keep moving forward no matter what life throws at us.

When we get hit with trials, we can’t wallow in self-pity and hang our heads in defeat; we must grab hold of God’s promises, pull ourselves up by the boot straps, and keep moving forward?

Life is wonderful, but life is also hard. Our ability to keep moving forward will determine the kind of walk we have with God, and the works we’re able to do in His name.

Jesus Christ is our Rock and our strength. He will give us whatever we need to keep going, but He expects us to do our part and keep pushing forward.

———————————————————————————————————————————————-
“If you like what you’ve read, please feel free to share it with a friend; and recommend yourspiritmindandbody.com to them”.  Also, please like me on Facebook.

Knowing Our God

Knowing Our GodHow do you see God?  Is He like a great grandfather in the sky who smiles, pats us on the head and loves on us know matter what we do?  Or is He a harsh God who sit’s up there waiting for us to make a wrong move or bad decision so that He can zap us and throw us into some ever burning hell fire?

 

Is God capricious in His nature changing His mind about things as He goes?  One day He gives us these laws to follow that show us how to love God and our fellow man, and the next He gets rid of them because they’re just not necessary anymore.  Is God Omnipresent like some believe?  Is He in every leaf of every tree, in every blade of grass, in every rock, etc.?  Is our Great God “little baby Jesus meek and mild” like some view Him? Or is He a great and mighty King who will raise up His Saints while conquering His enemies on this earth one day?

 

I could go on and on with the many ways that people view or see God.  We tend to have opinions about God and His nature we inherit from our parents, our churches, even our culture.  On top of that we have this tendency to want to see God the way we think He should be.

 

If what I’m writing here were not true, would we have hundreds of different Christian churches and doctrines?

 

There certainly are many mysteries about God that we like to speculate about, but we are just not able to know at this time.   God does not give us every detail about Him, but He gives us what we need to know.  He gives us a path to follow that will lead us right into His Kingdom if we are willing to follow it. 

 

Would you like to know what the most important thing to know about God is?  He tells us right in the scriptures and it’s actually very simple.  You can find the answer to this question in the book of Jeremiah.

 

 

Jeremiah 9:24

But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

 

That scripture says so much!  First it tells us that we can understand and know Him.  That right there tells us that He is not distant or esoteric.  He is a personal God and can be known by us.  What a blessing that is.

 

Next He tells us what His nature is.  He exercises lovingkindness, judgement and righteousness.  Let’s break those down a bit and see what it tells us about God.

 

The first thing God tells us about His nature is He exercises lovingkindness.  So what’s the difference between kindness and loving kindness?  I think the best example might be found in how we might show kindness to a stranger as opposed to how we show kindness to someone we really love and care about.

 

A perfect example of God’s lovingkindness is found in the book of Jonah.  We all know the story of God telling Jonah to go to Nineveh and prophecy to the people that in 40 days Nineveh would be destroyed.  And we all know how he tried to get out of the job and fled on a ship but eventually was thrown overboard swallowed up by a great fish and delivered to the beach near Nineveh. 

 

The gets very interesting when Jonah started going through the streets of Nineveh calling out, “Yet 40 days and Nineveh shall be overthrown”.  The king of Nineveh hears about this and immediately humbled himself and commanded all his people to do the same.  They rent their clothes, put on sackcloth and call for a city wide fast.  They even made their cattle and other animals fast and wear sackcloth.  And when God saw the repentance and how the people from the greatest to the least humbled themselves, God showed them lovingkindness and repented of destroying the city and spared all their lives.

 

The very act of Jesus Christ suffering the torture, beating, humiliation and crucifixion for our sins is the ultimate act of lovingkindness.  Isn’t it great to know that our God is a God that exercises lovingkindness?  If He weren’t, we would all be toast.

 

Next God tells us that He executes judgement.  What exactly does that mean?  Well, we are told very specifically that we are not to avenger ourselves of wrongs that are committed against us.  That doesn’t mean we can’t defend ourselves, only that once something is done to us, it is not our place to exact judgment on whomever offended us, but it is God’s place to exact judgment.

 

Romans 12:19

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

 

God his given us a great gift which is free will.  So if we are truly free, we must be free to do both good and evil; sadly, many choose evil.  Judgment is how God deals with evil and He will not ignore justice which is judgment.

 

We all know the story of the children of Israel in Egypt and the hard bondage they went through.  On top of the horrible servitude the Egyptians put the Israelite’s, the whole county was complicit in the murder of many of the Israelite’s baby boys.  Because Pharaoh couldn’t get the midwives to kill the baby boys when they were born, it commanded all his people when they found a new born baby boy there were to cast him into the Nile River.

 

We  have know way of knowing how many Israelite baby boys were murdered, but it was probably thousands.  There are people who ask, “Couldn’t God have just gotten the Israelite’s out of Egypt without killing all the first born of Egypt”?  Of course He could, but how could God let the murder of all those innocent baby’s go unanswered?  Where would be the justice?  God is fair, God is strait, He says very specifically, He will repay.  That is judgment.

 

Exodus 12:12

‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

 

Vengeance is God’s job and it shows that God is fair and will exercise judgment on those who have it coming.

 

Next, God tells us He is a God of righteousness which is the quality of being morally right.  This tells us that we can always count on God to do what is right.  God is always fair and strait with us.  He will never be capricious or unknowable in His judgments.  He thereby gives us an example of how we should be in our dealings with others.  Below are just a few of many scriptures on God’s righteousness.

 

Psalm 7:17

I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 9:4

For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.

Psalm 9:8

He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness

 

The bottom line is all the issues we want to argue about regarding God are futile.  There are things we just cannot know about God and there are things we can only speculate regarding God.  But the things that are truly important to know about God are these:

 

Jeremiah 9:24

But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

———————————————————————————————————————————————-
“If you like what you’ve read, please feel free to share it with a friend; and recommend yourspiritmindandbody.com to them”.

I Had a Dream

swan-1002942_1280-1I had a dream the other night and it was so vivid and realistic that it almost didn’t seem like a dream.

I’ve been wrestling lately with feeling like I’m not as close to God as I would like to be.

I know I have not been praying nearly as much as I should be, nor reading my bible as I should.

Anyway, I tossed and turned for what seemed like hours before finally falling asleep. (That’s when it got weird).

I found myself standing on a beach, to my right was this large, deep and, beautiful lake it was cool and crystal clear and it seemed to draw me in; and to my left and around the whole perimeter of the lake was every kind of big and impressive structure you can imagine.

There were: hotels, casinos, movie theaters and restaurants of every kind, there were bowling alleys, dance clubs, colossal financial institutions and skyscrapers, there were amusement parks and water slides, there were street vendors and musicians on every other corner. And every where you looked there were bright lights and laughter and people scurrying about. I could feel myself being pulled in that direction.

Then I turned back and looked at the lake and I found myself captivated by its beauty. I noticed brilliant and strange looking creatures swimming under the water. The surface of the water was like a sheet of glass, and there was a cool and gentle breeze blowing toward me off the lake. When I focused on the lake, I almost forgot about the shore, it just seemed to fade away. Out toward the middle of the lake I noticed, there were people swimming. There were not nearly as many people as on the shore, and they were not laughing and hollering and scurrying about like the people on the shore, but they seemed to be really happy. They seemed to really be enjoying themselves. There was a look of contentment on their faces and they seemed to be completely at peace. It really seemed like such an odd contrast.

Then I started feeling this tug of war going on inside me. I felt pulled toward all the things that were going on around the lake, at the same time I felt drawn to the water. I really wasn’t certain what to do.

Suddenly I noticed there were people all around me. Most were enjoying all the pleasures that surrounded the lake. Some of them would walk up to the water from time to time, take off their shoes and dip their toe in the water. The majority of them would recoil as if they saw a snake. That water is way to cool for swimming many of them said. Plus, my friends and family are waiting on me so I really don’t have time to swim now, maybe another day.

Then there were some who would step in for just a moment, but when they saw a wave coming in their direction, they ran out of the water and said, “It’s way too risky and hard to stand, I feel much safer on the shore, I don’t feel comfortable in the water”.

Then there was a smaller number who even though the water was cool decided to venture a little deeper. Some went in up their knees and some up to their waists.

For a while they seemed to enjoy the water, but they kept hearing the sounds and voices from the shore. You could see a struggle going on in their faces, and unfortunately the pull was too great for some of them and they left the water and went back to the shore.

Then, there was even a smaller group who entered the water and didn’t look back. These people dove under and totally submerged themselves in the beautifully clear and cool water. When they came up, there was such a look of contentment on their faces. You could tell that many of these people had lived hard lives and been through a lot, but they seemed to be so at peace after submerging themselves in the water.

I was really troubled by all these images and didn’t know what to make of them when I heard a very loud and powerful voice behind me.  The voice I heard roared like the sound of Niagara Falls, yet extremely clear.

The voice called my name and I turned around and felt as though I was looking into the sun. The brightness blinded me and I found myself dropping like a sack of potatoes. I felt this feeling of insignificance and fear. I then felt a hand touch me and the voice said, don’t be afraid, be at peace.

I felt my strength come back and stood and turned toward the One who had said, “don’t be afraid, be at peace”. He no longer had the appearance of the sun, but looked like the image of a man and said, “walk with Me”.

He asked me if I understood all the things I had seen, and I told Him, “no, I am very confused over it all”. Then He proceeded to explain what I had seen.

All the things you saw around the shore, like the hotels, casinos, movie theaters and parties, the restaurants of every kind, the bowling alleys, dance clubs, colossal financial institutions and skyscrapers, the amusement parks and water slides, the street vendors and musicians all about ARE THE CARES AND THE THINGS OF THE WORLD.

The beautiful large and deep lake that you saw that was full of brilliant and strange looking creatures. The one whose surface was like glass and had the cool and gentle breeze that blew against you, THAT IS GOD’S SPIRIT AND HIS KINGDOM.

The people you saw that were scurrying around all the buildings and happenings that surround the lake ARE THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD,

The people you saw dipping their toes in the water ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM AND DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT, THEN THE WICKED ONE COMES AND SNATCHES AWAY WHAT WAS SOWN IN THEIR HEART.

The people you saw who waded out a little further, but ran out when they saw a wave coming ARE THOSE THAT HEAR THE WORD AND IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE IT WITH JOY; YET THEY HAVE NO ROOT IN THEMSELVES, BUT ENDURES ONLY FOR A WHILE. FOR WHEN TRIBULATION OR PERSECUTION ARISES BECAUSE OF THE WORD, IMMEDIATELY THEY STUMBLE.

The people you saw who ventured into the water up to their knees and some up to their waists ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD, BUT THE CARES OF THIS WORLD AND THE DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES CHOKE THE WORD, AND HE BECOMES UNFRUITFUL. (This is the place where so many people fall)

The people you saw who entered the water and didn’t look back. The ones who dove under and totally submerged themselves in the water. Those that came up with such a look of contentment on their faces. The ones that though they had lived hard lives and been through a lot, yet seemed to be so at peace after submerging themselves in the water, THEY ARE THE SAINTS OF GOD, THE ONES WHO HEAR THE WORD AND UNDERSTAND IT, WHO INDEED BEAR FRUIT AND PRODUCE SOME A HUNDREDFOLD, SOME SIXTY, AND SOME THIRTY.

Then He said to me, “Michael, why do you struggle so”. “You submerge yourself in the depth of the water then keep walking in the direction of the currents that tend to drag you back to the shore”.

“You live in a day and age that seems to make your walk with God so challenging.” “Do you know why that is”, He asked me. “No, I said as I looked down sheepishly. “It’s because you let the busyness of this world come between you and God.”

Instead of reading the word in the morning, you get up as late as possible where you have to rush off to work, or put on the news and close Me out. Instead of taking time during the day to go into your room and pray, you find other things to busy yourself with. Instead of making the last thing you do before going to sleep, spending time with God, you end your day with the news drinking in the horrors and sadness of the day. Instead of going to sleep with the Word in your heart, you go to sleep with the worries of the world on your mind and weariness in your spirit.

Then He put His hands on my shoulders, looked me strait in the eye and said, “Come to me Michael, you and your brethren. I know you labor and are heavy laden; I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” “You must stop trying to find time for Me, or fit Me in; you must make time for Me.

I then woke up and felt compelled to share this dream with you. You see, I learned from this dream what I already knew, that God must become number one in our lives.

God must be more important than your husband, more important than your wife, more important than your sons or daughters, more important than your mother or father, more important than your boss or your job, your friends, your hobbies, your fun. God must be paramount in our life or we run the risk of being lukewarm in the eyes of God and being spit out of His mouth.

Stop trying to find time for God. Make time for Him!

 

Of course, I didn’t really dream this but believe allegories and metaphors are such great teachers.  And although this is a re-post from 2012, but felt it was a good time to re-share it.  We are living in perilous times, and there is nothing more important right now than our relationship with God.  As we head into these perilous times, we need to stop with the toe dipping and being afraid of the waves.  It’s time to submerge ourselves in the Word of God!

———————————————————————————————————————————————-
“If you like what you’ve read, please feel free to share it with a friend; and recommend yourspiritmindandbody.com to them”.

Is Being a Believer Enough

Disciples

Disciples

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”.

 
Matthew 7:21-23

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

 

Let me ask you a more important question than are you a believer! (Are You A Disciple or Warrior Of Christ?)

 

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

 

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.

 

Are you in training? Do you have the peace of God?  Are you investing yourself and time? Are you, am I like our Teacher? Do we emulate Him, do we speak His words, and do we act as He did?

 

Part of being a disciple is being like what Paul talked about in Romans:

 

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?

 

I don’t know anyone who is a perfect disciple. I can assure you I don’t always speak His words, or act the way He would in all situation; as I still struggle with carnality when not vigilant. What I can tell you though is when I fail; I get up, I repent, I brush myself off, and move forward. I want to be like my Savior, even though 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 is something that might 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.

 

Do we abide in Jesus? 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. He also tells us to love our enemies.

 

Matthew 5:43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. …

 

Again, this isn’t some warm and fuzzy love for people who are evil toward you, but a decision to treat others well in spite of their treatment of you.  As a disciple we’re supposed to follow Christ’s example, the only people He treated harshly were the religious hypocrites. People will know and judge us according to our actions, and how we treat others. What are your actions telling others?

 

Don’t be discouraged if you find yourself falling short as a disciple, we all fall short more often than we’d care to admit. But, being a disciple isn’t a matter of getting everything perfect, it’s a mindset and commitment to emulate the one we follow.

 

Isn’t it the same in life when learning a skill? Those who truly want to succeed in life, in relationships, in business or some career must have a disciple’s commitment in their learning.

 

There is no greater calling to me than to be a disciple of Christ. That doesn’t mean that your whole life is about reading the bible, and spending hours in prayer each day. Some are called to evangelize or preach so most of their time will be serving the church. Others are called to write, or to be activists for just causes; they are called to devote time and study to that calling. Some are blessed with financial success so that they may help others in that way.

 

Being a disciple of Christ is about the heart. If you feel you are having problems with your heart, ask God to be your cardiologist, and make it right.

 

In all my years, I have never felt the sense of urgency to be right with God as I do now.  There is a time when God says it’s too late.  Look at the parable of the 10 virgins.  If we are not spiritually ready when the Groom returns for His bride, the door will be shut on us.  Don’t wait another day, if you feel you’re not where you need to be with God get on your knees and pour out your heart, and He will make His home with you.

 

———————————————————————————————————————————————-
“If you like what you’ve read, please feel free to share it with a friend; and recommend yourspiritmindandbody.com to them”.

God is Not Happy

End Times

End Times

I want to share some very heavy, but very important scriptures with you today.  These scriptures were prophecies given to an ancient Israel, but I believe they are just as applicable to us here and now.  If we are Christ’s, then we are indeed spiritual Israel, and the future bride of Christ.  So, being spiritual Israel we have to ask ourselves, could we be living and doing some of the same things ancient Israel did?  Could our society have become like theirs rampant with spiritual adultery, self interest and sin?  If so, it stands to reason since God loves us, He would want to give us the same warning and chance to repent that He gave to them.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, God is not happy with us.  The world laments about the foolish action of a dentist who killed a lion for sport.  People are calling for him to be extradited back to Africa to be locked up for many years.  Others are calling for all people to boycott his business and ruin the man.  Yet we have an abortion industry that we now learn has been illegally butchering babies and selling their body parts for profit, and there is hardly a grown from most people. 

 

Our government and a segment of society seem hell bent on causing a race war.  The family unit is being systematically destroyed, parents rights are being usurped, and PC insanity has become rampant throughout the land.  You can hardly say “God” in public without fear of retribution or chiding.  More and more children are being born out of wedlock, while the institution of marriage is being destroyed and made a mockery.  On top of that more and more polices are being put in place that reject’s God and His authority.  Christians are being persecuted as being hate mongers, while were being told that Islam is a religion of peace. This country, as well as, this world has gone absolutely nuts.  Didn’t Isaiah prophecy of such a time? What was once good is now bad and what was once light has now become darkness.

 

Isaiah 5:20

20  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Hear what God says to us.

 

Isaiah 1:2-6 (NKJV)

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
“I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me;

3 The ox knows its owner
And the donkey its master’s crib;
But Israel does not know,
My people do not consider.”

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.” Our government and career politicians are corrupt to the core.  They say anything to get elected, but serve only special interest that grease their palms.  They no longer care about the will or interest of the people and our Constitution.  They no longer acknowledge God as the one who blessed this land and gives us our freedoms. The three branches of government are no longer separate powers, instead they are there for show.  Our supreme court is now making laws instead of interpreting them.  Our president no longer acts as a president, but instead has given himself the power of an emperor.  Our congress has become weak and ineffective and serves only those who help keep them in power. “The whole head is sick”.

 

“The whole heart faints.” Many of our churches have become corrupt as well.  We have Christian churches welcoming unrepentant gay couples and transgenders to fellowship with them.  All people who repent and want to change should be invited to fellowship, but people who are openly and unapologetic about their sin should not be in my opinion.  Many of our churches no longer teach from the scriptures, but preach feel good and prosperity messages.  All the messages are about love, love, love, and hardly anything about obedience and loyalty to God, overcoming sin, helping others, changing your ways and making yourself ready for the Bridegroom.   These churches have become prosperous businesses and their preachers have become highly paid rock stars.  “The whole heart faints.”

 

We as a people have become lazy and now worship the god of government and business, instead of the true God. We have become spiritual adulterers seeking after the lusts of our hearts.  It seems the more prosperous we get as a nation, the more we turn our back on God and trust in our own abilities and ways.  God is despised in our government, our schools and our public square.  Do we really think we can reject God and continue to live the good life?

 

Jeremiah 5:23-31 (NKJV)

23  But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart;
They have revolted and departed.

24  They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the Lord our God,
Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season.
He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”

25  Your iniquities have turned these things away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.

26  ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
They lie in wait as one who sets snares;
They set a trap;
They catch men.

27  As a cage is full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit.
Therefore they have become great and grown rich.

28  They have grown fat, they are sleek;
Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the fatherless;
Yet they prosper,
And the right of the needy they do not defend.

29  Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the Lord.
‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’

30  “An astonishing and horrible thing
Has been committed in the land:

31  The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule by their own power;
And My people love to have it so.
But what will you do in the end?

 

These prophecies should give us all chills. 

 

I am not a prophet, but I have a book that is full prophet’s words.  Some might think that these prophecies were just applicable to ancient Israel, but they’d be wrong.  Many of these prophecies are duel prophecies for the simple reason that human nature doesn’t change, and neither does God.  So, as man did before, he is doing again only with technology making it bigger and broader.

 

Looking at the present world and all that is happening, I find it difficult to believe our time isn’t growing short.  Could Christ return in our life time?  I can’t say for sure, but it certainly seems possible to me.  With that said, there are a lot of things that have to happen first.  The thing is, a financial melt down of the world economies and or a major natural or man made disaster could very easily send us on a death spiral which could lead to the beginning of the great tribulation. You have to admit that sin and insane behavior is rising exponentially, and I believe beyond anything that man can fix. 

 

Revelation 12:11-13 (NKJV)

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”  13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.

 

It’s time to make ourselves ready, for we know not which hour our Savior will return.  Are we ready to overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and His testimony, and are we willing to lay down our lives if necessary for that testimony?  

 

———————————————————————————————————————————————-
“If you like what you’ve read, please feel free to share it with a friend; and recommend yourspiritmindandbody.com to them”.