Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When The Locust Come

Last night as I was reading the book of Joel about the locust plague and the coming day of the Lord, every verse seemed relevant for us today.
Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?Joel 1:2
In other words, have you ever seen anything such as this?
As I read the fourth verse of chapter one, all I could think about was how the awful effects of sin have destroyed our world. Could this vivid imagery of the palmerworm, locust, cankerworm, and caterpillar used by the prophet Joel also be relevant in describing the stages of destruction that evil(sin) has caused in our land today?
I certainly think so.
That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. Joel 1:4
A study shows that in this verse, that Joel was describing the four stages in development in a single type of insect. The palmerworm(to gnaw) is the first hatched stage. The locust(to be many) the insect gets its wings and flies. The cankerworm(to lick off) is the stage in which it does its destructive work. The caterpillar(to devour or to consume) is the final stage in which the insect reaches full growth and devours everything in its path. 
Doesn't this sound like the effects of increased sin in our land?
It does to me!
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. Joel 1:6-7
"For a nation is come up upon my land..." 
Doesn't this sound like the Islamic nation and ISIS?
Today, ISIS is running people out of their land in fear. These refugees along with Islamic terrorists are coming into other countries like the Trojan Horse. They are swarming, gnawing, and laying waste to all in their path.
In the meantime we have a president who supports Islamic terrorists.
Watch this video!
The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
Do Americans not see this?
Do Christians not understand the importance of fasting, prayer, and repentance? Don't wait until ISIS is beheading men, women, and little children in your neighborhood before you rend your heart, mourn, and call out to God.
Christians in America have a lackadaisical attitude regarding their obligations in this WAR.
I won't get on that topic again, but we are indeed,
A Spoiled Nation (click to read),
and the locust swarm is nearing our backyard!
 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. Joel 1:10-11
What are the husbandmens and vinedressers doing today as the harvest is perishing. These represent the spiritual leaders or pastors.
Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.
Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord,
Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.Joel 1: 13-15
Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Joel 2:17
Do we have this type of SERIOUSNESS within our churches today?
We better!
The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. Joel1:17
Why is precious seed rotting under the ground? 
What a heart wrenching verse!
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6
If the seed is rotten under the clods, something is terribly wrong with the way it is being tended.
As Christians, how are our precious seeds. Did we weep bearing them? Will we rejoice in harvest bringing in the sheaves, or will we be saddened to see that, through satan's deceptions, we have tended to the tares more?
Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 2:13-14
Christians should be able to discern the times and the increase of evil!
We should be able to see the locusts' destruction throughout the world.
We should be wise enough to see the invasion growing in our own land.
Remove the scales caused by human pride and self reliance that have grown over your eyes, and see the spiritual realities!
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God. Joel 2:12-13
We should proclaim God's word!
Prepare for war!
Wake up mighty ones of war!
Let the weak say, I am strong! Joel 3:9-10
We have a weapon in prayer!
We have a Weapon of Praise!
                 (click to read)
The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. Joel 3:16
The whole world is in for a shaking!
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered Joel 2:30-32
Today, 09/23/15, is the Day of Atonement. The last blood moon will be this month on the 28th(Feast of Tabernacles). We are now in the 70th Jubilee Year
The English word “jubilee” comes from the Hebrew word “yovel” meaning a “trumpet or ram’s horn.”These rams’ horns were blown on the Day of Atonement to announce the start of the Year of Jubilee.
Blow the trumpet in Zion and sound the alarm in the holy mountain!
Gird Yourself!
Sanctify ye a fast!
Rend your heart!
Sanctify the congregation!
Yes, sanctify the congregation. Exodus 19:10 and the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify(consecrate: to be set apart, blessed, to be dedicate and devote to the service and worship of God) them today and tomorrow let them wash their clothes. As Christians, we should be sanctified and set apart from the world and devoted to the service of God and not devoted to the things of this world, which is idolatry! We should, through Christ, wear clean garments, but so many still love the look and feel of their old rags.
Are we a sanctified congregation today?
Assemble together!
Cry unto the Lord!
In the book of Joel, which is so relevant today, we are called to do these things.
And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.Mark 4:9

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Spoiled Nation

It is obvious that God has blessed America in more ways than we could ever count.  However, like a spoiled child, this nation is absorbed in self pleasures.  Even the "church"  doesn't want to think about God's impending judgement on America.  In my opinion, most people think they can live however they want and sin as much as they want because of grace.
  Well, I don't care what kind of preaching they're hearing, if any, but a child of God can not continue living a sinful life by
 indulging in alcohol,
  letting it all hang out,
 having casual sex,
 partying every weekend,
 watching and listening to whatever entertains them,
putting God on a shelf until a convenient time,
 whatever else pleases them without feeling the least bit of remorse.
 Listen up people, Grace isn't a free ticket to sin! You CAN NOT do anything you want just because you say you're living under grace! Why not just slap Jesus in the face?
That's like saying, "Thanks, Jesus.  It was so nice of you to suffer and die like you did just so I can live under your grace and act anyway I please." 

Paul the apostle wrote, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
 God forbid. 
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?(Romans 6:1).
  Not saying a Christian doesn't sin, but sin isn't something that a Christian  spends time cultivating as a farmer does a crop.

 As Christians, we need to be sensitive to the Spirit and quick to repent and turn from any sin.
One of the main problems is that this nation has gotten so sinful, and people have become adapt in accepting SIN as normal.
 Furthermore, people have had it preached to them that they can live like the devil and still go to Heaven. 

WARNING: If a man abide(remain) not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:6 
How can a person remain in Christ if he or she wasn't "in" or did not belong to Him in the first place?  How can one be a branch if he or she was not first a part of the Vine Itself?

I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death...John 8:51
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; John 15:10
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him John 14:23
The word "if" is key here!

1 John 3:6 – "No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” 
 How blatant is that?
 And if one does not KNOW Him, the next verse says…

2 Thes. 1:8,9 –"Those who do not know God and do not obey… will be punished with everlasting destruction…” 
To escape Hell, obedience is necessary.

1 John 1:6 –"If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness [sin], we lie…”

Jesus says that the security He provides is for those who hear His voice and follows Him.
The security of remaining in the love of God is comfort against all external threats.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28

Since people think they cannot be "cut from the vine" so to speak, then they are lackadaisical regarding their relationship with God. Moreover, they embrace sinful practices.

Galatians 5:19-21 How the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The bottom line is that many who believe this doctrine do not take sin seriously.

Sadly, some who say they are Christians don't believe this doctrine and they continually and willingly live in sin.

Let's look at the term sin, and what it means to sin.
Sin is the voluntary departure of the morals prescribed by God; any voluntary transgression of the divine law, or violation of a divine command; a wicked act; iniquity. Sin is either an act in which a known law of God is violated, or it is the voluntary neglect to obey a commandment of God, or a rule of duty clearly implied in such command. Therefore, one does not sin by their actions alone, but by neglecting to live a holy life according to God's word.
Here are a few thoughts and verses from God's word that come to mind:

1.Christians should be wary of entertainment that romanticizes spiritual darkness.
Scripture is clear there is an afterlife and a supernatural realm. Heaven is real, and hell is real. There are angels and evil spirits, but there's no such thing as ghosts, vampires or zombies. Even though most agree that it's only pretend, there aren't two separate kinds of evil, a real evil and a pretend evil. 
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
 1 Thessalonians 5:22

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3-8

But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
 Matthew 6:23

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.  See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you. Luke 11:34-36

2. What does God say about horoscopes, astrology, predicting the future or trying to communicate with the dead? Plenty, but here are just using a few Scriptures that clearly show how God feels about such satanic practices.
Deuteronomy 18:10-14 “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.”
How clear is that!?
 God has not allowed us to do this. It is an abomination to God. That is, He detests it.
Christians are treading on dangerous ground if they are fans of Long Island Medium television show, and if they are reading and following horoscopes or astrology. 

When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Isaiah 8:19
I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people. Lev. 20:6
People, this isn't harmless fun!

3. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination Lev. 20:13
Enough said!

4.  Worldly gain has made so many just plain out GREEDY! They want it all for "me and mine".  They do not care how it may effect others, and they don't mind shoving God in the corner to obtain their wants.
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Ephesians 5:5
5. If a person is a church going, Bible carrying, church t-shirt wearing, Christian memes posting,  
professing Christian, why is their Facebook profile picture revealing so much cleavage? Why is yesterday's status a prayer request and today's status a horoscope?
 Then there is the status containing a cute picture with a Bible verse  praising God for His blessings, and the very next status is publicly cutting down another person for whatever reason. The cycle continues with prayer requests followed by selfies at the river with beer in hand.
 Then come Sunday, it's off to church with lots of smiling faces, sweetly dressed children, singing hymns, opening pretty Bibles that otherwise never get opened, shaking hands, know the routine.  There's still plenty of cleavage and thighs to show off in God's house.  Then it's off to eat Sunday dinner with all the other good folks.  You know, I think a whole lot of people are confused with the term "Christian".  It's just become a title such as Southerner or Country
  The church is asleep, except for a few.  Christians are complacent.  Christians  don't want to think about God shaking the heavens and the earth or judgement coming to America.  They don't want to think about...
men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken Luke 21:26.
  They turn their ears from hearing and don't even want to think about "living in the last days" or "the return of the Lord".  After all, this world has offered them more than they want to part with.
 People are so wrapped up in worldly obsessions and possessions. For example,  I'm not saying that playing or watching sports is wrong, but so many people live and breath it.  For some, it's practice almost everyday of the week, traveling so many miles for games, and everything else takes a back seat.
 Anything you allow to take precedence above God is an Idol, and you are practicing idolatry.
 Where is the family Bible reading nights?  When do kids drill and practice scripture memory?  When do families commit this same kind of passion and time into the things of God as they do ballgames?   
When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God....
And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth...
And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. Deut.8

Yes, sin is almost unrecognizable in our nation and families today.
  The nation is spoiled.
  Everyone wants to be loved by the world and live up to worldly standards such as
the best jobs
a college education(often wasted)
social status
and so on.
Christian daughters are encouraged to dress half naked, strike a pose, and flaunt their bodies around because, after all, it's just dance class. Many of the costumes are nothing more than bra and panties, and the dance moves are ridiculously seductive.  Sorry about those toes I just stepped on, but it's the truth!
  You can't even mention modesty without the word legalism being brought up. Modesty isn't legalism.  It's in God's word. When people begin marking inches on hems or saying a garment has to drag the ground or be two inches below the knee, then it can turn into legalism.  However, a child of God should not be able to feel modest with half their breast or the cheeks of their butt exposed, as so many are comfortable with today.  We should pray about it and ask God if He approves of our attire.  We should ask ourselves if we are dressing to please God, our self, or  the opposite sex. The Lord will guide us and lead us into understanding. 
But, people are not concerned.  If it works for them, then it must be okay, and they assume it's okay with God as well. 
The bottom line is, if a person isn't spending time communing with God in prayer, then he or she is walking blindly.
  If one does not study God's word then he or she will not gain true knowledge and spiritual wisdom.  Without prayer and studying the word, a person is like a feather in the wind.  They will be  blown in any direction landing here for a while and there the next. 
Because so many people are doing what's right in their own eyes, they may never seek to know what is right according to the Lord.
I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:7-8
As a nation, we have been so blessed.  Our blessings have become curses because our nation has forgotten God.
  Our nation has more entertainment leaders than spiritual leaders.
 A reason for that is because, as a nation, we rather be entertained than preached to.
  People rather fit into a worldly mold than to be set apart as a separate and holy people. 
Especially if it's going to cost them something, or make them seem less in their social status.   
  They rather say yes to what the world offers and play church on Sunday mornings. 
God has been long suffering to America as a nation.
  America has indulged in blessings and turned them into idols.
  Americans are spoiled, and expects the blessings to keep on flowing.  It scares me to say, "God bless America." America needs to bless God and stop being so downright greedy.  America mocks and ridicules God by legalizing sin.  America kills millions by abortion.  America recognizes and applauds people and their sinful lifestyles. America takes away the rights of Christians.  America celebrates sin!
How many spoiled Americans lash out and blame God for any heartbreak or misfortune in their life?
    Do you hear people on the news bashing satan for  the evil out there?
  The church needs to wake up and be a beacon to the world instead of blending in and going along with the sin. 
There are a lot of "Christian" fads in America!
 Being a beacon is more that just acknowledging that there is a God or singing a hymn at a ballgame(which is great, yes indeed!). 
It's actually KNOWING God personally.
 It's what we do throughout our day.
  It's not using foul language.
It's the jokes we choose not to listen to.
It's praying for others instead of just saying we will.
It's reading our Bibles each day.
It's praying throughout our day.
It's not continuously filling our minds and souls with nothing except secular music, but rather listening to music that will stir up God's Spirit within us and strengthen us. 
It's keeping our hearts and minds on God so we can act according to His will.
It's having a drink of the Living Water rather than a beer or glass of wine to unjangle our nerves at the end of a stressful day.
It's praising and worshiping Him as we drive down the road.
It's having a sincere love and compassion for others.
It's being sensitive to His Spirit guiding us and helping us through temptation.
It's being quick to repent.
It's not being blind to future prophesy and judgments.
It's looking for His return.
It's coming boldly to the throne of grace with our prayers.
It's praying for the eternal souls of others.
It's sharing God's love and the gospel with others.
It's not allowing the world to drown out God's voice.
It's sitting down for family Bible time instead of watching tv all the time.
It's being hungry for an outpouring of His Spirit.
  However, too many Christians are content in their own little world.
We have been a blessed nation, but look where our nation is today.
 It's time for seriousness.
If we claim to be Christians,
 it's time to open His book.
  It's time to read about God's standards of holiness.  Oh, so you don't think He sets standards because you're living under grace? 
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16
The blood of Christ and His shed grace does not render His commandments null and void.
God's word reveals countless requirements for His children.
I can hear the old argument now. "It's not by works."
However, that is for salvation, not for your entire Christian walk! 
Still think you don't have to do anything?
Well here's a list that just scratches the surface:
 Be reconciled—Matthew 5:24-25
Keep your word—Matthew 5:33-37 
Let your light shine—Matthew 5:16 
 Honor God’s law—Matthew 5:17-19 
 Go the second mile—Matthew 5:38-42 
Press toward the mark—Philippians 3:14
 Give, Pray, Fast—Matthew 6:1-18 14, Matthew 6:16-18
Abstain from all appearance of evil— 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Pray for those who spread the word—Matthew 9:37-38 23
Fear God. Do not fear man— Matthew 10:28 (Also Luke 12:4-5)
Listen to God’s voice—Matthew 11:15, 13:9, 13:43, Mark 4:23, Luke 14:35, 1 Kings19:11-13
Speak in psalms and hymns...make melody in your heart to the LordEph.5:19
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouthEph. 4:29 
Deny yourself—Luke 9:23 (Also Matthew 10:38 and Mark 8:34)
Minister grace unto the hearersEph. 4:29 
Lead by being a servant—Matthew 20:26-28 
Pray in faith—Matthew 1:21-22, John 15:7
Feed my sheep—John 21:15-16 
Watch for Him— Mark 13:35-37
Stand in the gapEzekiel 22:30
Give thanks Eph.5:20
Be strongEph. 6:10

America is changing!
 Evil is waxing worse. 
I hear a 
and it's time to
(click on the four links above to read those posts.) 

People are ignoring God's warning signs all around them!
 David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 1 Chronicles 21:16
The sword is stretched out over America today!
Where are those clothed in sackcloth falling down upon their faces? 
We're too spoiled for that.
We've been too blessed to see our need.
We're too use to prosperity and everyday routines.

We're too use to "God Bless America" that we do not foresee nor fear God's judgments on America. 
True and just are His judgments!

If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. Mark 4:23
 If we share that which we have received of the Lord, we shall be led more into the secret of the Lord. Gifts and graces multiply by being exercised, and God has promised to bless the hand of the diligent.
Blessings, dear readers.

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