Have you considered my servant Job?

Job 1:6-12 ESV
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. [7] The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” [8] And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” [9] Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? [10] Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. [11] But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” [12] And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

Job is one of those books that are hard to get into. I have started it many times but never fully read it fully before this weekend. There are 42 chapters, the first 2 are pretty good in historical story telling then until the last 12 chapters you have job in utter ruin and his 3 “friends” telling him what a terrible person he is while defending himself and speaking on things he had no knowledge of.

The most important thing to understand about job is who he was and the stature he held in his community. He was a man of much faith. He was a man of great love. He was a man of integrity. His faith in God was unshakeable. He did not sin by losing faith in God’s greatness nor his sovereignty. He didn’t curse God in his anger. He was never uncertain of his being. He was angery, and sad, and depressed. Most of all he wanted to know why? Mind you, he had spent all his life serving God, serving his fellow man, teaching how to be right before God. He uplifted those who were in doubt, he was a man who helped the fatherless, he defended the weak from the wicked. Now his children were dead, possessions gone, his body in pain from boils, his friends who had been there with him condemning him out of ignorance. His own wife told him to curse God and be dead. Perhaps out of pity for her husband? Where he stumbled was in his own self righteousness, not leaning on God’s righteousness.

Just from a spiritual stand point we get a minor glimpse of God’s relationship with Satan and Satan’s ability to wage warfare on those who are upright and walking in the his ways. There is nothing that Satan can do unto God’s chosen, that God does not allow. For job, he did not know why he was allowed to suffer so greatly after being blessed with so much. He did not understand God’s plan, he didn’t know if God had a plan. He spoke out of aggravation, he spoke out of ignorance. I believe God knew that would be his reaction and allowed him to be in his bitterness to allow job to know whether he could stand in his faith when it really counted. For the most part Job had not been truly tested.

From a faith standpoint we see how our friends quickly become enemies when we run into hard times. When people see you at your worst will they kick you while you’re down and tell you how bad you’ve been ( regardless of if it’s true or not ) or lift you up. Will they feed you more ignorance or bring you to your feet again? Will they show you truth and redemption or condemn you to hell before you’re pushing daisies? A true friend is like Elihu, first he rebuked jobs accusers. Then he assures him that he is not there to put more pressure on job, nor that he needs to fear him. He never accuses him of “secret” sins. He reminds him of his own words and only speaks on that which he knows for certain. Also we see that Elihu being younger than Jobs other friends, he was respectful to let them hash it out but in the end, age does not garner wisdom, nor is it a measure of knowledge. It is the willingness of the man to learn and the blessing from God to gain understanding.

Job 32:6-9 ESV
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. [7] I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’ [8] But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. [9] It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.

In trying to defend himself to be righteous before men he forgot to declare God righteous. Too often we look to defend our ways, why we are not wrong than showing him who lives within us. Why does so many convert to Christianity in countries hostile to our faith? Because of how those who react to adversity reflect Jesus unto death by those who are yet to have faith. In contrast why is it that it is so hard for the gospel to be spread while we live in freedom? Because those who have only known peace only know how to defend themselves, forget to justify God to the unbelievers and to lean on his righteousness, not our own! We are chosen to empty ourselves in order for his righteousness to fill us. Only then can we show Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-16 ESV
For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. [10] You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. [11] For you know how, like a father with his children, [12] we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. [13] And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. [14] For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, [15] who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind [16] by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved-so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!

Job 32:1-3 ESV
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. [2] Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. [3] He burned with anger also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.

Now God comes to job with his final word as a father. As if to say you live under my roof, and job had two ways of reacting. He could have continued with his ignorance and self pity or he could repent and listen. Out of it all, God chastens those who he loves, and Job was rewarded for his faithfulness to listen and obey the Lord. As such is our reward in heaven if we listen to his word.

Renewing of the spirit

Luke 1:78-79 ESV
because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high [79] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Why did Jesus so often go off to pray alone? Why did moses and Paul take so long to start doing God’s will? Because to be filled with what needs to be given from his servants we need to be emptied of all of all noise from the world. When we come to be filled of the Holy spirit we need to be empty vessels to be filled with God’s love and peace, his pure righteousness. Then we can pour out what we have been given, not what is inside of us the defiled us.

Laws of the heart. part 2

To understand how to be righteous in the sight of God and be effective in doing what all Christians are meant to be doing which is to spread the gospel. We must understand the laws of God being written on the hearts of men. Unfortunately many Christians who have been born into the faith as second or third generation are best described as this verse.

Hebrews 5:11-13 ESV
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. [12] For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, [13] for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.

Thinking on the first Pentecost. At the beginning they were full of power of the Holy spirit. They had nothing but the spirit of god, no money, nothing holding them down. No government protecting their rights to worship. No programs.

Acts 3:2-9 ESV
And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. [3] Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. [4] And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” [5] And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. [6] But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” [7] And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. [8] And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. [9] And all the people saw him walking and praising God,

Now we have all this and now we are void of God’s power.

As far as adultery goes conservatives, liberals, and churches are swimming in it. The bible definition of how God intended man to be was this it is not good for a man to be alone, Genesis. Man is to become one with his own wife, not wives. Not second or third wives. Every single example of polygamy in the bible is one of broken or hard marriages that lead to hardships and consequences later on. Jesus said to divorce for anything else but adultery in the marriage is adultery.  When we partake in this we are as guilty as anyone else. Yes we have forgiveness in repentance but only if our hearts are in repentance and love towards those who still need that same forgiveness.

As far as the law of our hearts are concerned according to the bible, there is no true union but that between a man and woman in God’s eyes. Man however trying to appease the law in his heart by remarriage, aren’t guiltless of God’s Laws. By condemning anyone else for breaking his laws we condemn ourselves. As far as homosexuality is concerned, there is no binding union according to the bible. Therefore whether or not there is a ceremony or certification there is none according to the bible. I would point out that by judging those who partake in such things only condemn themselves by the biblical laws they broke. Paul was echoing the words of Jesus, Matthew 18:35 ESV
So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

It is very interesting to me that while we like to separate others from ourselves, God always talks to those who continue to live in sin like we are still in the church. Why is this interesting to me? Because of this.

Matthew 13:24-30 ESV
He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, [25] but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. [26] So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. [27] And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ [28] He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ [29] But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. [30] Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”

Until the end of the harvest the good is there. Within the church we have both good and bad seed planted. Until the end there is still hope for the good seed. Also he said this to those to in the church not the unbelievers

Revelation 3:19-22 ESV
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. [21] The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. [22] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'”

If you treat people like your enemy, forever they will be your enemies. If you treat people like your brother or sister, perhaps your enemy will become your family. If not then your reward is still in heaven.

Laws of the heart. Part 1.

For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. Forwhen Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them. Romans 2:13-15 ESV

Romans 1:18-32 ESV
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. [19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. [20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. [21] For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. [22] Claiming to be wise, they became fools, [23] and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. [24] Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, [25] because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. [26] For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; [27] and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. [28] And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. [29] They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, [30] slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, [31] foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. [32] Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Romans 2:1-8,11 ESV
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. [2] We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. [3] Do you suppose, O man-you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself-that you will escape the judgment of God? [4] Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? [5] But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. [6] He will render to each one according to his works: [7] to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; [8] but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. [11] For God shows no partiality.

Post Pentecost like experience

If there is to be a revival in this country like the revival of the church of the 60s and 70s, Christians are going to have to break away from the us and them narrative. Come together and start fresh. Instead of representing American values, and start representing Christ. Every generation must have it’s own personal Pentecost experience.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_movement#:~:text=The%20Jesus%20movement%20was%20an,subsiding%20by%20the%20late%201980s.

Romans 8:35 (csb) Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 12:1(csb) ¶Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.
2Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
3¶For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.
4Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function,
5in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.
6According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith;
7if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching;
8if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
9¶Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.
10Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Out do one another in showing honor.
11Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord.
12Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
13Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes.
18If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.
20But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.
21¶Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

Divided nation, fallen from God.

Luke 14:26-35 KJVS
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. [28] For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it ? [29] Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, [30] Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. [31] Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? [32] Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. [33] So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. [34] Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? [35] It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Zechariah 7:8-14 KJVS
And the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah, saying, [9] Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: [10] And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. [11] But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. [12] Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. [13] Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts: [14] But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

Good morning! I pray that the words blesses you today. I look to be a servant of the Lord in a dark hour in history. America 2020. In these days we are pulled in different directions. We look to prioritise ourselves into groups and subgroups within our nation. We see the artistry of a creator who created all of the tones of our skin yet when we look deeper we see that under the canvas we are very much the same. We all do many of the same things in different ways.

The bible comprised of all 66 books shows us two different periods of how God looks to declare both his glory and his great love and compassion for a people who too often take both for granted. While God remains to be the same people are hard hearted and often fickle. Looking back on history we see the great measures that it took for God to express and ensure that mankind would be able know him. Know his righteousness, know his persistence, know his great love.

Jesus said follow me. He didn’t say, follow your nation. He didn’t say follow your parents. He didn’t say follow your wife or your children or your churches. He certainly didn’t say follow your heart. If we don’t pick up the cross and follow Jesus, we can not be his disciples. I would like to point out that Jesus was not saying to his listeners nor us to literally hate anyone. He was readying his followers to be told that they will be told by those close to them that true adherence to what Jesus spoke will look like hate in comparison to what society and culture expects out of you.

Hebrews 4:12 KJVS
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Too often we look to the bible to endorse our own view on how we live. We like to that just because God used us that he ordained the whole way we live our lives. Many times we credit God for the good and Satan for the bad. Imagine if the Lord never spoke to the prophets, the Hebrews who went into captivity, they too could have thought that their miss fortune was to be accredited to the works of the devil and not the works of the people and the punishment of the Lord.

I would like to point out that when God gave the Hebrews their country he knew from the beginning that it was a failed experiment. While Abraham was of such great faith he was chosen just as we are through the foreknowledge that he would follow the commands the Lord gave him even unto offering up his only son for sacrifice not to play a mean joke but show the world of Abrahams faith and the Lord would provide the sacrifice. Because of Abrahams faith the Lord never stopped extending his hand to the children of Israel. Even as they are now blind to his grace today those who accept it he blesses them as natural branches. Yes the Lord gave the children of Israel the example of what one nation under God would look like.

As we move onto God’s covenant with the gentiles. He fully removes all notion that you should align yourself with any nation. There is no calling to follow any other people who are fully fallible. No man or religion can bring you closer to a relationship with God. We can point the direction but in the end each individual will have to make that choice. Not your family, not your church, not your country.

1 Corinthians 3:3-7 KJVS
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? [4] For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? [5] Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? [6] I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. [7] So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

For this reason I believe that any idea that there ever was a Christian nation under God is misguided. Such thinking is carnal thinking. You can not defend the word of God through carnal warfare! Yes I believe that many were gathered together in America to further God’s word but when we seek worldly freedom we miss the mark. We see from the beginning that there was much blood spilled in our beginning. This wasn’t for the glory of God in that he blessed the adventure to be free from taxation without representation or free from being hated by ungodly men. The bible said pay your taxes, even to wicked rulers such as the Caesars. Jesus said
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 10:22 KJVS)

If we were truly a Christian nation then we would have more compassion. From the beginning we brought slavery with us. I know that many countries practiced slavery but in America we were cruel in not even considering those we stole from their lands who were free, and abused to be human beings. If we were a Christian nation then we would be just as concerned about the children ragged and malnourished raped from another land strangers seeking refuge yet finding this “one nation under god” to be as full of hate and discontent as their own. Yes even the fatherless are oppressed within our own country, the poor are burdened with various fines and taxes while those with money seek to avoid paying anything at all most times.

In a time of dividing people by left or right; I’m not saying either side is more or less godly as both indulge in the same sexual sins, both have prejudices against each other. Both neglect the children in either ending life before it starts or denying that every child has basic needs.

James 2:5-6,8-16 KJVS
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? [6] But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? [8] If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: [9] But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. [10] For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. [11] For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. [12] So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. [13] For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. [14] What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? [15] If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, [16] And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

I’m not saying that one can always feed everyone. Too often we stand in the way of feeding our brothers in the name of capitalism and condemn socialism. Not withstanding that if God were to set up a godly nation (which he has) he would not make charity a choice. It would be in the way of forced taxation of the more fortunate for those who have not been so lucky.

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 KJVS
Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. [23] And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always. [24] And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee: [25] Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: [26] And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, [27] And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. [28] At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: [29] And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

We would be wise to also note that self defence by the way of the gun is also not a Christian concept. Do I believe a nation has a right to boarders and and defending itself? Yes, but as a nation. Does God look poorly on Christians serving their country? No way. But we have already established that Christ was not here to establish a country. Those who go about defending their country defend their country not God.

Matthew 26:51-53 KJVS
And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. [52] Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. [53] Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Luke 9:51-56 KJVS
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, [52] And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. [53] And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. [54] And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? [55] But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. [56] For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Matthew 5:3-13,19 KJVS
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [4] Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. [5] Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. [6] Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. [7] Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. [8] Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. [9] Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [10] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. [13] Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men…. [19] Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

At this moment in American history if the church is the salt, and if we lost our flavor, is man or Satan pushing the church out of America, or has the salt grown tasteless and being cast out?

As always I write this for love of my creator, and those he loved enough to give his son to be a sacrifice while they were in sin as I was so lost in my sin.

Wages of sin on earth and heaven

1 Corinthians 13:1(nkjv) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.4¶Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;6does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8¶Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.9For we know in part and we prophesy in part.10But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.11¶When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.13¶And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Romans 5:12 (nkjv)Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—13(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.15But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.16And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.17For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

I like to quote sections versus short verses. It removes all doubt of intent in the original context of the scriptures being quoted. Too many times we take certain verses out of context to emphasize our own message. Many times we talk of things of the spirit and use them to our purposes. One of my new favorite quotes from Susan b Anthony…

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

Ironically I haven’t studied anything about her and may be quoting out of context. I know she grew up in a home believing in right, wrong, equality, basic human rights for both women and slaves at the time. For me I do not know what tomorrow promises. I do not know where I will be led. I am down to ride or die. Do not know what tomorrow holds but I do have the word to guide me not to further my purposes but the Lord will.

Too often we take stands on too much grace, too much law. We say we love the sinner and hate the sin. It is interesting that just like faith without works is dead, love without compassion is also dead. When God told Moses to smack the rock to show his people his awesome power, Moses obeyed. When God said to Moses to speak to the rock, he smacked it out of anger. This miss represented God’s love and compassion for the people. If God had no compassion, no grace, then what good was it to even bring forth his people. Ultimately Moses not being able to be within the promise land did not imply that his faith was outweighed by his sin. It was a testament to the fact that even the greatest followers forgiven of their sin face the wages of what sin brings on earth. We still reap what we have sown. Just as David’s kingdom was never the same after his sins. His son left not chastened. He was a man after God’s own heart but his sins had earthly consequences

Likewise in our times we see the reaping of our nation’s sins in 2020 .We measure condemnation by the types of sin we see in others. David, would have condemned a man to death for theft, yet it was not a law worthy of death but his murder of a man to take his wife was so. So in condemning a fictional man to death he condemned himself to death for his own crimes! How much more love does a man have that is imputed much debt, than a man who is forgiven little. Praise the Lord David was not put to death, he was not condemned, he repented and his faith made him whole! He suffered many repercussions. For his faith may have saved him from the pit of he’ll when Jesus freed him in his sacrifice but he still suffered.

Today many would forget that the sins we commit all condemned us to death. Lying, murder, adultery, idolitry, fornication, homosexuality. Too quickly many are compassionate for the family or friend who struggles with all accept one of those sins yet many at the same time would be sick to their stomachs to be in the company of those who are gay. We would sooner march to keep them from worldly union together than to recognize they too need compassion. Many may even refrain from eating with or performing services for someone because of their sexual orientation. Is it a sin in the bible? Yes. Do we need to say it’s a sin? Yes. so that by chance someone who participated in this sin takes up his cross just like any other born again believer that repented of their sins. If we can not have a conversation, we can not stand the idea of being around them, how can we be a light shining in the darkness? We are not called to condemn the world. The law has already done that, and in our hearts is the law. We may ignore it, we may not listen to it. Jesus died before we were born again. He sat with the least of these. He sacrificed himself when no one saught him. As his example before we can show agape love we must forgive offense against the law written in our hearts. Only then are we free as Paul was free to be all things to all men. We smack the rock in anger, and we miss represent God. If we had spoken to the people, what could have been? No I do not feel called to condemn those who protest for their earthly rights. My faith is in heaven and so is my reward. We are called to bring the good news to the people. If they turn it away then as Paul went on dusting himself off city to city I too will go. Imagine the conversation and witness someone could have while performing a service for someone who me you know doesn’t know the grace of God. A baker making a cake, with Christian decorations in their bakery leading to conversation of the glory and grace of God. The seed is planted, if it grows then it is good. If not then nothing is lost. Years later that seed could begin to grow. Or it doesn’t but you have represented God and his grace. Most people already know that it isn’t acceptable according to the bible to be gay. If we speak to the rock, what could happen?

Next issue this one’s going to be a hard pill to swallow. The new fascination with pedophiles. This has been a struggle for me. Understanding how so easily a family member, friend, or fellow believer could forgive, hide and enable such a wicked crime. Again the pedophile is condemned in his birth after Adam. The wickedness of it is astounding. When someone who does this claims to be a believer, the disrespect to God is on a whole new level. When a believer covers it from justice they may as well have done it themselves. Jesus had his true hard og moments. He said that if any man stumbles the faith of a child in him, it would be better for that man to be hung by a milestone and cast in the sea. The only thing I could come to is that believers believing that love covers a multitude of sins. Correctly so. In my heart I believe that we must ultimately forgive the laws broken by others in our hearts. Righteousness demands that we rectify this to the law of the land because even if someone is forgiven by God, we misrepresent him in letting the actions of such people stand. We can not turn a blind eye. Let the law be served and let God decide if there is redemption. As for the politicians and actors (idols for those who have religion and no god alike) it is hard for me to condemn them with only conspiracy theories and pandemonium. I do not wish to participate in folly, if there is proof then I would say the same as those who are not in the spotlight.

Sin from brother to brother sister to sister. The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor. If you have not love for your brother then you have no part of God’s love.

1 John 4:7-8 KJVS
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. [8] He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

If we claim to love our fellow man, we must acknowledge the sin against our neighbors whether literally or figuratively. This is why Paul swiftly rebuked Peter so that God would not be miss represented.

There can be no love in a relationship without communication, how can we claim to love one another, fellow Christians and those who haven’t picked up their cross or outright don’t believe if we can not even communicate, and discover if we have perhaps offended one another? In today’s culture we have two trains of thought. Those who are offensive are terrible people. Those who are easily offended are snowflakes. Do we not have the word from paul, that if he believed that his freedoms would offend the faith of a weaker believer he would not partake in that freedom again? If you have no communication you can not claim to have love.

I’d say that in a knee jerk society, we need to pause and reflect before we react. Even if those who don’t believe do wrong toward us, and especially when we may have done wrong to them. Love commands that we do right by them. If we don’t have righteousness more then the Pharisees, we won’t make it. If we aren’t Christ like in our ways toward non believers then we mis represent God. The prophecies of the last days coming to pass shouldn’t pose fear in us, it should embolden us to do better. It should make us all the more like Paul in spreading all of the gospel. The sin, the faith the repentance, the blood, the sacrifice, the love and grace. If we suffer for Christ our reward is in heaven. If we misrepresent God their bed is still made in hell but what could have been?

Thank you for reading, I don’t write this to condemn but because of God’s love. selah.

If I were the devil

There are many things going on today. 2020 has been one for the history book. America has always been divided. Race and religion has always been a hot button since the beginning. Why? Pride. We look to be better than the rest. The one who works the hardest. Be the one who knows the most. We want to be the center of the universe. If we are not able to accomplish this as a king, we look to the next best person to fulfill our dreams by servitude to that person.

I’ve probably been the outsider of outsiders. I won’t lie and say I have not dreamed of being bigger than life. I won’t say that being socially different is what I personally dreamed of as a child. As I excelled as a child above my peers in knowledge, I found shame in that I could no more acknowledge my knowledge without feeling the imposter syndrome set in. That as I wanted to belong I absorbed knowledge to belong and I found it to be vanity. No, I didn’t want to Lord over others with intellectual knowledge. Therefore I looked to become a fool to belong. This too I found to be burdensome. In trying to belong I separated myself from the truth I found within the knowledge that I found. All of this I suppose is to acknowledge that I have been blessed not to have one man’s point of view on the world. I’ve sat with sinners. I’ve sat with saints. I’ve heard the folly of those who try to make known things that don’t make sense because not all has been made known yet.

Before I disclose my outlook on what I’ve been seeing, I would say that no man knows how the end times will truly play out. Things we know…. Jesus returns as a thief in the night, the church has not been completely faithful to him (revelation 3) and not everyone who calls him lord will be saved from the hour of trial coming. As of right now we are seeing the signs of the end as the signs of the changing of seasons (Matthew 24). We know that the bible predicted that there would be a great deception that would fool even the elect ( those who are chosen by God). People will have a appearance of godliness but deny the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3).

Polarization. The USA today is polarized. Those who are of the left want to do one thing and the right want to do the opposite. We know our history. It’s dirty. For both unbelievers and those who claim Christ as the Jews claimed Abraham as their father. In the last days we know it will be like Sodom and Gomorrah. There was one man righteous in the city. Not 100. Not 50. Not 10. 1. Lot thereafter being drunken and sudduced by his own daughters was the only one saved from the fire with his daughters(Genesis 18, 19 Luke 17:28, 29) somewhere in the middle of this mess is the elect.

I fully believe Satan to be the best of liars. The grandmaster of it. He says to the the unbelievers, that God is not real. He plants bad seed with the good. He accuses the church of its weaknesses. He counterfeits faith with religion and cults. He sudduces people into destructive ungodly lifestyles. He spreads misinformation both to unbelievers and believers alike. If I were satan, I would pit the church against those in need of compassion by threatening their comfort they’ve enjoyed. I would pit the world against the church by accusing the church of its hypocrisy. In turn, pride on both sides would cause either not to admit that there is sin within and without the church. That ungodliness and denying the power of the cross and the blood of Christ has led to the detriment of America and the whole world.

Something to think on.

Monday peace

Philippians 4:6-7 (esv) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Uncertainty. We are living in uncertain times. Schools are in disarray, parents scared to send children to school. Public gatherings are a thing of the past. Politicians are out of touch with it’s citizens. The hallmark of free worship is being tested. People are reeling from disasters caused by changing climates. We see the fabric of a once religious society being turned upside down by those who seek equality in living lifestyles that at times we don’t always agree with. We see people rebelling from the burdensome chains local government has placed on its people by those who are charged with protecting and serving, yet are not infallible as they are only human too.

I’m not here today to debate science, politics, validity of suffering over another person’s suffering. I believe that everyone is feeling the Blues. In Christ, I find peace which surpassed all my understanding. It is but a small scripture in a rather large beautiful book which can be applied to every aspect of life. The early church often beaten and murdered by local authorities and zealous religious groups, angry pagans. The early church was not ignorant of suffering. You may get the idea that early followers had a unreal outlook on life. You may say they lived a totally different time. True, they lived in more uncertain times. While we are free to worship our creator in our homes, with unlimited supply of bible translation and online tools and sermons. We don’t even have to leave our homes to talk with each other. We haven’t been afraid of the authorities dragging us from our homes and families for our faith.

In close I do believe when we ponder what tomorrow looks like. We can pray to a father in heaven and lay our burdens on him. We do have strange and trying times coming predicted in both the bible and scientific community. But I know with all my heart all uncertainty is part of a higher plan to fulfill God’s purpose for us.

Philippians 4:9-13 KJVS
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. [10] But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. [11] Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. [12] I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. [13] I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

May you find peace this Monday.