Monday, July 11, 2016

America Today

In the wake of so much sin and lawlessness,
 what is America in for? 
I am in no way claiming to be a prophetess, but I do study to know God's word.
With the tragic shooting of our law enforcement officers in Dallas, social media is bombarded with prayers, comments, love, and even more hate propaganda.
I was just watching a live newsfeed of people 
coming together to commemorate the fallen officers.  Prayers asking God to help those who were mourning were requested, and people were asked to unite together for a more peaceful future for America.  
Sounds good right?
Well here's the first problem.

They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
 Jer. 6:14-16

Our nation has said, "NO, we will not walk there within."
America is not ashamed of the abomination!
Rather, we're living in a Sodom and Gomorrah nation where laws are legalizing sin such as homosexual marriage.
Transgender discrimination laws are allowing gender neutral bathrooms. A major problem with that is perverted men in bathrooms with little girls.
To add to this abomination, the United States of America is aborting approximately 4,000 babies each day!
Women are protesting, "It's my body!", yet it's not their body that is murdered.
 Furthermore, every sinful lifestyle is protected by law while decent Christian values are ridiculed as hate.
We're living in a society where ALL lifestyles have to be accepted, yet everyone is offended by any lifestyle or belief which has "true" Christian morals.
Violence is widespread.  Just today in my small hometown, a lady was arrested for threatening our law enforcement officers.  She insinuated to start a  "purge", presumably influenced by the evil and lawless movie with the same name. Surprisingly, it seems this movie is a sensation even to some professing Christians.
 On the same note, a murder is being investigated.  Apparently, the suspect or suspects opened random fire in the direction of the master bedroom of some one's home. One was killed and one was taken to the hospital.
Even small rural towns can not escape the rapid escalation of sinful violence.  It's frightening.  
However, America, as a nation, has blatantly opposed God's instructions.  America has said, "No, we will not walk there within."  Because of this sinful behavior, an entire nation is paying the price of sinfulness.  Don't get me wrong, God will still work on the behalf of His people, but we're in for perilous times as a whole.  This will cause many to cry out, "Where is God?"   Well, He's been here the whole time, and He's watched over and over as people have turned their backs on Him, and swept their sins under a rug.  Even professing Christians have become too complacent indulging in the worldliness.  
Here's another part of the problem.

As I mentioned in a previous post, you can not unite with other faiths to pray for this nation.
To say the least, those prayers are amiss.
Uniting in prayer with other religions who worship strange gods will not bring about peace and harmony.  On the contrary, it leads to further destruction of a people who have forsook the Lord their God!

For there is ONE God, and one mediator between God and men, CHRIST JESUS.
 1 Timothy 2:5

 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
 Psalms 33:12 

Just because people address god, it doesn't mean they are praying to the God of the Bible.

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
Isaiah 60:12 
Looking at the news, America seems to be headed to "utter waste" forthwith!
Yes, we are all in this nation together, and love and peace would be extremely nice.
 Likewise, we need to have compassion and respect for others, but we do not have to accept their sin.
 We need to pray for lost souls and for those who are doing satan's bidding by senselessly killing others.  We need to pray for those who are hurting and mourn with those who are mourning, but our prayers are to be directed towards
 The One True God
 The I AM
 through the name of His son,
 Jesus Christ,
 who died on the cross for all mankind!  
We should ONLY unite with those doing the same.
We need Christian leaders and ministers setting themselves apart by praying only in the name of Jesus with only those doing the same.
 Christians should refuse to stand alongside other religions to join together in prayer especially on the steps of our nation's capital.   Not because we are hateful, but because we fear God! 
How many times throughout scripture was a nation allowed to be destroyed or taken over because of joining or following other religions?
  Numerous times throughout scripture, God has shown that He is the only God and that he doesn't play second fiddle.  
I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8

Our God does not work along with any other so called god! Any other god is satan's devise.
God is unequaled, unparalleled!
  How dare we merely include His name among other so called gods during a time of prayer for our nation!
Such instances are just satan's intent to be called upon as God because he wants to be like God.
God will not listen.

He said, "If MY people, which are called by MY NAME"!
 2 Chronicles 7:14
Not the people who serve some other god!

The devil wants interfaith unity, because it will bring the world closer to a one world religion as it tries to remove Jesus.
  The devil is implementing more and more chaos through a corrupt system that fuels the flames of terrorist attacks, hate groups, and racial groups.  Not to mention how the media distorts issues to get a rise out of the public which in turn adds to the chaos.
The devil knows that enough chaos will bring people to the point where they ignorantly choose acceptance over the truth trying to find a peaceful way to coexist with sin.
The government wants a helpless ignorant society playing into their hands.
We are in for perilous days.  I believe we are living in the end times. 
We are now living in the 70th Year of Jubilee which is significant considering end time prophesy throughout the Bible.
Signs are all around us. 

In the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:5

The Bible tells us that there will be signs in the heavens, earth, and seas.
Never before have I heard of so many warnings as I have this summer about the dangers of swimming in our oceans. 

I don't mean to sound negative, but according to the Bible,  evil will increase.
  There will be great distress among nations. There is no doubt that we are living in the last days. Things are coming on the earth, and the powers of Heaven shall be shaken.
We need to discern the times.
  The perplexity of the end times will continually play out true to the Bible.
We, Christians, will be hated and persecuted. 
However, The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7

Our answers to the perilous times we are facing now will not be found through interfaith prayers or the next president. Society is plagued with evil.  Sin has become the "norm".
  We will find no solid plan to save America.
 America has said, "No, we will not walk there within." Jer.6:16 
The gateway to destruction is broader than ever before, and I understand more and more each day the true meaning of the narrow path that few find (Matthew 7:13-14). The path is narrow because it has only one door, Jesus.  Broad is the gate to destruction because so many go the way of the world. 
God is not unjust for having such a narrow way.
 On the contrary, Jesus gave His life so all could have the chance to enter into life.
  However, He gave everyone free choice.  He does not force us to love Him because that would not be genuine love.  He stands at the door and knocks.  He urges us to taste and see that the Lord is good.  
Our hope is not in man.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen. Matthew 28:20

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Deceitful Lips & Itchy Ears

A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
 Proverbs 16:28

Most professing Christians would not consider themselves to be "perverse" or a "troublemaker". 
 I believe such an abomination is an epidemic
in the lives of so many professing to be Christians.
Truly, a person is not living for the Lord if he or she constantly has a flagrant, unbridled tongue.
If a person spreads gossip, they are serving the devil!

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

 Proverbs 16:6

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

Because I am not excluded from the devil's manipulating wiles, I have learned lessons myself during my Christian pilgrimage. I have prayed for forgiveness and to have the heart to forgive others.  I have prayed for a right spirit and for the strength to know when to speak and when to shut my mouth.
 It's not right to fight gossip with more gossip. We can know bad things about a person to be true, but it doesn't help to use them against a person to bring them down.
On the contrary, we are to edify each other!
We are to esteem others more than we do ourselves!
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Eph. 4:29
What is happening to people?
I admit, it isn't at all times easy, especially when provoked. 
Petty gossip among believers is serious.
"Petty" being an oxymoron,
because lies and gossip are far from petty (inconsequential). 
Lies carry great consequences!
Note the significance of lies and gossip as you read these next few verses of scripture.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,...

and the following verses accurately describes a gossip
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Proverbs 6:16-19

Many are quick to excuse their "false witness" for various reasons.
 Perhaps the devil is guiding their reasoning by making them feel like they are being justified because they themselves have felt mistreated,unjustly treated, or maybe they feel like life hasn't treated them fairly.
They point out slanderous falsehoods about others while at the same time try to use the utmost spiritual tactfulness.
One should not claim to have Christian moral standards and beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform!
Justifying one's reasoning for sowing seeds of discord is merely
On the other hand, I know people who lie and spread lies as naturally as talking or breathing.  It's seems to be just part of who they are.  Most likely, they were raised like that, and to them it's second nature. It comes out of them in such a nonchalant manner that I don't think they even realize how wrong it is. 
Although I genuinely feel sorry for them, I have oftentimes been hurt by their "evil" ways. I worry about their eternal salvation, and I pray they will realize their need for repentance.
while the wicked slander me
and tell lies about me.
They surround me with hateful words
and fight against me for no reason.
I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations
even as I am praying for them!
 Psalm 109:2-4

Trying to convenience others to believe bad about another person is an abomination!
Why do so many professing Christians quickly turn their ear to hear the lies?
Furthermore, isn't it just as wrong for a person to hear gossip and falsely accuse or treat another person unjustly because of it?
A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. Proverbs 17:4

Oh but a Christian wouldn't consider themselves to be a "wicked person" for just listening to gossip and believing it.
It happens all the time.  A person eagerly tunes in to false accusations about another, believes it, and are glad they heard it.
  Without a second thought that they have paid attention to a destructive tongue, they go to a midweek church service, clap their hands, sing a song, and praise the Lord all while their thoughts bear false witness against another. 
Satan is happy.
Oh sadly, I'm not without guilt,
 but I have been redeemed!
Thank God!
I am not so easily deceived by satan's ploy to 
divide and conquer!
Christians, open your eyes!
Let go of resentment or pure foolishness that keeps your ears in tune to destructive tongues and your own lips ready to spread the seeds of discourse.
Wouldn't families, churches, friend, and other relationships be better if we made it a point to build each other up instead of tearing each other down. 
Even if someone you know (for fact) has many indecencies themselves tells lies and gossips about you, you should make it a point, as Christians, to find the good qualities about them and speak only words of edification. 
If someone has hurt us, we will never allow the wound to heal if we keep picking at it, even in the hypocritical manner I mentioned above by trying to retaliate with words spun with "Christian" tact.  Just as we don't talk evil of someone, we shouldn't use God's word to instruct or point a finger if it's done with a resentful heart or vindictive motives.  Most times this behavior is easily recognized by a mature Christian.
 If we try our best to bring out only the good in a person, it might just work. 
  If not, we must strive to speak no evil against a person.  It is better to remain silent.
This can be extremely hard, I know.
 However, it is part of our spiritual growth process.
  Are we still just
 babes in Christ?
 If we can not help a person, we should not hurt them.  The truth has a way of coming out over time.
Jesus says, "bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:4
In doing so,
we shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee. Proverbs 25:22
It's past time for professing Christians to seriously question in their own hearts and minds if they are furthering satan's ploy to divide and conquer, or if they are exemplifying the Kingdom of God in their lives.
How quickly one can become defensive and deny that they have done and/or continue to do "wickedness".
 It is so important to ask ourselves a few questions such as:
Should I say this about that person?
Is it true, and if so why would I want to spread it? 
Would God want me to say this about that person?
Why do I want to talk bad about this person?
Would I want someone saying this about me?
Do I love this person?
Do I hate this person?
Is my heart right towards this person?
Has this person hurt me? 
Should I listen to this gossip?
Should I believe this?
Why is this person telling me this?
Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
 Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

If we can read God's word without having love and compassion for one another,even those who mistreat us, 
something is major wrong in our hearts.
  My eyes were swelling with tears as I typed,
Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
 who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
God is love!
His word is love!
His kingdom is love?
Love does not envy!
Love is not puffed up!
Love does not behave itself unseemly!
Love seeketh not its own!
Love is not easily provoked!
Love thinketh no evil!
Love rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth!
If we love each other, we will not speak lies or gossip about others.

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 1John 3:14

We can not call ourselves the children of God if we do not love each other enough not to speak evil of one another or, just as wrongly, listen and believe gossip. 
God has called us out of such childishness and worldliness.

Again, I must stress that I believe we should all carefully ask God to help us search our hearts about this instead of feeling like we're too "holy" to be caught up in this deception.
  There is so much strife in the world.  Family and close relationships are being effected more and more.  The Bible says that in the last days evil will wax worse.  People's hearts will grow cold, and there will be more wickedness including slander.
 It's time to stop any form of gossip!
Just as importantly, it's time to stop listening and believing gossip!
It's time to ask ourselves this question,
Is this gossip?
Do people realize when they themselves gossip, or do they only call it gossip when others do it?
Lord, help us to realize gossip, lies, and deception even when we're talking or listening to those closes to us.
  Gossip is wickedness!
Slander is evil!
Lies are born from the father of all lies, satan!

People would not lie and slander others without having bitterness and resentment residing in their heart.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. Psalm 66:18

That should be a sobering verse.  How desperately we need for God to hear our prayers in the days we are living in!

Let us do our best to have love and compassion for others. 
We need to take our cares to the Lord's ears.  We need to vent to the One who can deliver us, comfort us, and guide us into all understanding.  

We need to shut out the lies and ploy of the devil, and strive to live peaceable and considerate lifestyles.

Here are just a few more verses regarding this topic:

"But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:26

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. Psalm 101:5

For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; 2 Cor. 12:20

Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander... 1 Peter 2:1

You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD. Lev. 19:16

to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. Titus 3:2

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