Inspiration

I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

-Luke 12:8-10

Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior. I give myself to Him and will serve Him to the best of my abilities.

Amen

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Living In A Fallen Nation

last week I posted that I believe our “Moral Compass” is not only broken but has been tossed overboard (link). How can we be surprised when people behave in such horrifying ways when we teach them from a young age that there is no right or wrong, that morality is fluid and all that decisions have value? How can we be surprised when individual accountability for one’s actions is removed? That the individual is not to blame for their choices and actions; it is the fault of the weapon, society, the police, or even the victims?

As a Christian, I struggle with this situation. To be honest, as I watch our nation’s moral and social decay, I want to leave. It makes me want to find a place where we can live by the values and beliefs we hold so dear. Unfortunately, no such place exits. I know there are lots of folks who are relocating to certain parts of the country and building up communities of likeminded individuals but are those locations any more immune to the decay that has set into our social fabric? The same media, the same judicial system, the same Congress still hold the same influence and power in Idaho and Montana as they do in Los Angeles and New York City. Some areas may be a little more insulated than others but it is all them same country. Should we fight and rage against the progressive machine that is crushing the moral and social values our nation was founded on? Of course, we should. However, there is a cost to such actions…

As a Christian, I (finally) decided to go to God’s word on how to live in what is rapidly becoming a modern day Babylon. From a Biblical perspective, (though I am no scholar) here is what I see:

God Will Punish The Wicked

Whether it be Adam and Eve in the Garden, Babylonia, Sodom and Gomorrah, or even Israel itself God will punish those who fall into depravity. Israel, for example, turned away from God and began to follow the ways of the Canaanites. These ways were the reason God took the land away from them and gave it to the Israelites in the first place. The sins they engaged in included the worship of other gods, ignoring the laws of Moses, sexual sins and even the sacrifice their own children to Molech. God warned the Israelites to turn away from their sin through the prophets but they did not listen. His wrath was terrible and punishment was delivered through the Babylonians who crushed Israel, destroyed Jerusalem and The Temple, and brought much of the population back to Babylon to live as captives in exile.

The Good Will Be caught Up In the Judgement Of the Wicked

Although the nation of Israel had turned away from God and to sin, there were still good and God-fearing Israelites who were caught up in His punishment. Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were good men who worshipped the lord and did not turn away from Him. Yet they were brought to Bablyon and suffered indignities at the hands of their captors. Sometimes the good will pay some of the price of the wicked.

This is not a comforting thought in a nation where over 3,000 unborn children are sacrificed at the altar of “Choice” every single day. A nation where attempting to follow the moral beliefs proscribed in The Bible can lead to loss of income, jail and being ostracized as judgmental bigots (there are some of those out there).

Hope In Wicked Times

There is comfort for those who are caught in the backwash of other’s punishment. Like metals in a fire God will use difficult times and trials to purify us and make us stronger. He will use these times to make us better people and better Christians. As Paul said in his letter to the Romans:

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

-Romans 8:28

We can also take comfort in the fact that regardless of what happens in this this world Christians are delivered from final death:

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

-John 16:33

Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction, is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

-2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We have hope in our faith and that God will use this to make us stronger. We can have hope in that He does not send us more than we can handle, although it may seem that way at the time.

I am pessimistic about changing the current course in our nation. I don’t believe we can stop this slide down the slippery slope. I am confident that through God, if it is His will, the nation can be healed. So every day I pray:

Dear Lord, I pray for our nation, that you will touch the hearts of our leaders and they will follow Your guidance. I pray that we will experience a revival and that we as a nation will turn to you and away from Godlessness and sin, that we will once again be one nation under God.

Take care and God bless.

A Sign Of The Times

My business travels took me to Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week which, to be honest, is not one of my favorite places in the state (no offense to anyone who may be a resident). We stopped in at a local restaurant for some wonderful food and as we were slowing ambling to the car (trying to work off a little of the fried shrimp) and enjoying the nice, cool day I noticed this local magazine in the rack out front:

Needless to say the cover caught my attention and I picked up a copy to read at my hotel later that evening.

The cover article actually turned out to be some sort of reader survey/poll where folks talked about the issues that concerned them. It was a pretty bland article and nothing in it couldn’t have been written about most any city in the south or west of the nation. However, I have been unable to get the cover associated with that article out of my head.

Now I know this is the print magazine version of click-bait but still. It seems like the conversation in this country has shifted. A few years ago, people would have considered you a bit of a crackpot to talk of a revolution in this nation. A few months ago, people would have considered you a crackpot to if you said the revolution was inevitable. Now it appears that the semi-mainstream, slightly left of center media consider it an foregone conclusion that it will happen…

As you consider your preparedness plans you might want to make sure you keep something like this in mind. Most importantly, if you are not already doing so pray for our nation.

God bless.

Trump Is Wrong

To be honest, there is a lot of things and times where I think Donald Trump is wrong. This weekend someone shared this quote on FezBook:

“In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.”

-President Donald Trump

While I agree with the sentiment of the statement, sadly I don’t think it is true anymore.Donald Trump is wrong.

Fewer and fewer Americans do worship God. More and more Americans worship false gods; celebrities, wealth, power, political correctness and, yes, government…

I pray for our nation almost every day. Please join me. Maybe we can turn this around.

Lord Jesus Christ, I pray for our nation, please touch the hearts of our leaders so they will follow Your guidance. I pray that we will experience a revival and that we, as a nation, will turn to you and away from Godlessness and sin, that we will once again be one nation under God.

Amen.

Inspiration

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

-Luke 8:5-8

I know my heart is hard and shallow but You who made the entire world can change my heart. Let Your Word and Spirit take root in the soil of my heart and grow. Lord, may Your Word and Spirit find my heart to be fertile ground. Let me be fruitful and share the bounty of love and forgiveness that only You can  grow in me.

Amen.

Inspiration

Psalm 130 – A song of ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

After reading this Psalm the other day I copied it into my prayer journal but substituting America for Israel:

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.
America, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem America from all their sins.

Given everything we see in the media deriding and even attacking those who want to hold fast to Biblical principles…

Given the moral direction our nation is headed…

Given the threats of enemies both foreign and domestic…

Given the growing hatred and intolerance of those who don’t share the same ideology or views…

…could this prayer be any more appropriate?

Inspiration (Part 2)

Earlier today I posted a verse from Psalm 121:

From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

-Psalm 121:1-2

I also prayed for those who were struggling and posted a few words of encouragement. Little did I know that I would need that same prayer and those same words today…

I found out today that a man that I respected deeply, a man I worked with for ten years and a man who had encouraged me and helped me to find Jesus as my Lordand Savior passed away. He was a great spirit who was always positive and always cheerful despite so many health issues. The only time I ever saw C upset or cranky was when his blood sugar tanked. He was diabetic. When he almost didn’t make it through a kidney transplant he was busy consoling others. When he had to quite driving because of his declining health we all knew how much that hurt him he still smiled. He loved his cars and driving them. When a lost young man was struggling to find himself he showed, by example, what a man should aspire to be. He wasn’t perfect. But he was forgiven and touched by Grace. As long as I can hold true, stay on the narrow way and make it through the small gate I will see him again on the other side.

I never told him how much he influenced me. I never told him how much I respected him and even admired him. There is a lesson there.

God bless you C. You will be missed…until we meet again.