Let Love Shine ! While They Whine !

I was reading my bible this morning when the Holy Spirit illuminated verses 5 and 6 of the Love Chapter of the Bible, I Corinthians 13.  It is a chapter most believers are familiar with… for it is read at many weddings… but this passage isn’t just for interaction by couples. This passage is telling true believers what operating in God’s definition of love looks like.  It reveals the importance of this attribute being exhibited by a believer in today’s modern society.  As a matter of fact, our spiritual gifts aren’t worth anything without this love being witnessed by society as they look upon each of us individually. Together…we can make a difference…for we can operate in love within our own sphere of influence…and live this definition.

So…let’s read these specific two verses as they describe love:  I Corinthians 13:5-6

Love…. “does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

Here is an easy question for you: Does Society today reflect this kind of Love? 

We can all emphatically say,  “No Way!”

After all, we all just experienced, via the media, the Charlottesville riot this past weekend.

Does Society as a whole behave rudely?  Yes!

Do they seek their own? Yes!

Do they think evil? Yes!

Do they rejoice in iniquity/sin? Yes! Like never before. No one calls sin SIN as the scripture does. Society is uniting in their acceptance of iniquity, and fighting for their rights to continue in it!

What about “rejoicing in the truth“?

Do they rejoice in the truth of God’s word? No!

Do they rejoice in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the Word, who says He IS the way, the TRUTH, and the life? and that no man comes to God the Father but through Him?  No!

Modern society is seeking to deny even basic truths like the institution of marriage, of male-female gender, God’s right to tell them, as their creator, what is good and what is evil? The absolutes of right and wrong are replaced by opinion and societal brain-washing! Evil is continually in man’s thoughts…and it doesn’t take anything to provoke someone to anger and violence! We’re getting pretty far from the truth when we want to erase our own history from existence.

And yet…. Doesn’t Society talk about Love?  … They sure do! … ALL the time!

The fact of the matter is, modern society, while condemning and persecuting believers who stand up for the truth, are calling those who agree with God “unloving”, when in actuality, their definition of love is a lie!  Love is neither tolerance of evil nor acceptance of the evil doer who is harming those around them by their evil ideology or works. Never being allowed to share an opinion different from them is not love.

Society has been operating under a false definition of love and we, as a whole, are therefore being destroyed from within. Not only the USA, but also other countries. They, who for the sake of this “false definition of love” have let people full of hate and division and immorality into their boundaries, which has now lead them to inner destruction. Lawlessness abounds across the land, and believers are really the only group of people who can remain hopeful, joyful, and loving amidst the chaos. Why? Because we have Christ within… and greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. Amen?! (smile)  This is why we can follow verse 7 of love’s chapter: “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  Did not Christ exhibit that kind of love? and we abide in Him…hallelujah!

Love is being kind and patient, not being envious, or proud, or boastful, yes….but this is an attitude of our own hearts God speaks of.  As a nation, we must place love for GOD and for HIS WILL above all “tolerance” of an evil doer. This takes wisdom and knowledge of the truth. Once reborn by the blood of Jesus Christ, we depend upon the Spirit of God and our Bible to be read and understood, to follow after Jesus. It IS a narrow way! And not all who say Lord Lord even are going to find that narrow way, but those who Obey His Will and find their righteousness in Christ. Becoming a believer is free, it is of grace not of works, and totally makes us all “even” in the sight of God. No group is better than another within the body of Christ. We find equality at the humble foot of the cross looking up to Jesus, who alone is worthy of greatness. Yet Believers, we are “higher” than Society, for we are already eternal and seated in the heavenlies with Christ Jesus (as far as our position), and we CAN affect lives all around us, by our own individual life lived in LOVE and OBEDIENCE, for Christ lives in us. We can Shine! We can allow Christ to be glorified through us. Through our life of true love.

John 17 is an awesome prayer, prayed by Jesus Christ to the Father, and he is praying for us, Believers!! He says he “doesn’t pray for the world” but for us! He prays for us, because He is “glorified in us”, not in them. (See verses 8-9 of John 17)

Believers, we, as we let true love grow, as I Cor 13 defines it, and allow our hearts to pray for and build up one other …and speak out for God’s will and edify with words of faith…following after Jesus…we can begin to shine while they all whine!

I happen to believe if our light, collectively, becomes brighter, and our love more visible, that the lost will come to us to find the answers in this dark world and find hope and freedom in Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

To conclude:

Does society today reflect true Love? NO!  Even unbelievers are realizing that Trump is not the blame for everything in society that is going haywire! Although he is continuing to be blamed for every evil work. What he has become is an excuse for lawlessness, and a license for others to go their own way, for they can blame someone other than themselves, the evil of their own hearts, and their own lack of true love.

It’s time to stop the blame game and start the love from above!

Believers, Make a loving stand! Know your word! Tell the truth! Be true to yourself in Christ! Don’t deny the truth to be falsely loved by them. Don’t be bullied into embracing their false definition of love! All this compromise has produced nothing good… so let’s try another strategy! Let’s love them to the truth! Let’s share the true definition of love with them!

Love never fails! (I Cor 13:8)

Let’s allow Christ’s love to show outward to all. We won’t be behaving rudely…we won’t seek our own…we won’t be easily provoked…we will think no evil…we will not rejoice in iniquity…we will rejoice in the truth.  Amen?!! (smile)

Now is our time to shine! While they whine!

Don’t let them condemn you, a believer, saying that you do not know how to love, just because you speak the truth! Love rejoices in the truth! Amen?!!

I am writing this article to dispel the lies/confusion of the “love” that society is speaking of!  Believers, let’s not get sucked into a false definition of love.  We just observed from these two verses alone, that society as a whole is not operating in God’s definition of love. Men have become lovers of themselves! They know how to whine! Not shine!

But I say, Let us SHINE, and While they WHINE!

II Timothy 4:18 gives you a promise to hang onto. Remember this verse as you look around you and things seem to be completely lawless, chaotic, and fear would like to replace love within you:

“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

Written by Beth Ann Smith, August 17, 2017

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In His Name or Mine? My Agenda or His?

Interestingly, this is what Jesus said to me personally: “If I ask you to do something and then you do it, then it’s in My Name. If I don’t ask you to do something, and you do it, then it’s in your name.” Such a simple truth brings me great clarity..So I thought I’d share it with you all. For me, it will cause me to ponder before taking an action, for I desire to do those things which hold eternal value, i.e. are done in Jesus’ name. Now I hope to be able to discern the difference between obedience to his leading and religious activity done to gain his approval, but that’s actually done in my own name.

In light of this, I recollect years ago the Lord told me also, “Ask not, is your agenda mine….Ask, Is My Agenda yours?”  Simple, yet profound too. He desires to be changing the paradigm of His Children. Not just mine. Are we looking at the future in light of what God would like to accomplish through us For HIMSELF? Are we listening to hear his mandate? Are we obeying his instruction? …Or have we been short sighted and focused on what We could accomplish FOR God?  Is focus of our Christian walk on ourselves? Or is it on Him? What happened to being his ambassador…representing him? He desires obedience, not sacrifice.

What prompts your own actions? Is He leading? Are you following? …or have you been super frustrated trying to lead Him? Or desiring Him to act on “your behalf”, instead of the other way around?

To do some thing in His Name, means “On His Behalf”… authorized to represent Him and His Interest in a matter. Here is a little object lesson graphic I just created to reveal the difference between acting on our own versus being sent to act on the Lord’s behalf. It is a fictitious authorization letter I just penned, to get across the idea.. of being authorized by Him to do His Will…to act in His Name:

This is short and sweet, but please ponder these two revelations…

May God accomplish all His Will in His Children…in Jesus Name.

Amen.

 

Lack of Knowledge is Destroying US

Ephesians 4:18-21 gives biblical insight into what we are seeing taking place in this hour:
…18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus…”

Indeed, truth is found in Jesus Christ.. in fact, he himself IS the Word of God. He is the way…The truth…the life…and the only way to God. But are we, as a people, being destroyed for lack of knowledge? Knowledge of Him? His ways? His thoughts? He is himself The Christ, the Anointed One, who returns soon to reign over all the world. Why not obtain the knowledge of Him and His Ways now? 

Read the verse of warning in this graphic…

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Do we, the USA, a Christian Nation, dare follow the same pattern and lose our blessings from God?  Is this already happening? Have we rejected knowledge? Have we forgotten the laws of God? Has our glory now turned to shame? And Will He forget our children?

Surely, a house divided against itself cannot stand…and prayers are needed for this “divided” nation. Yet, not only our prayers, but the giving out of Truth. Lies are quickly dispelled when truth comes in, just as darkness leaves when a candle is lit. The more truth that is revealed, the more light we live in….the clearer we can “see” the truth for ourselves.

Many protestors, and I don’t just mean public ones…but ones on Facebook, or wagging their tongues in criticisms in the schools and workplaces, or even talking aloud to their own TVs in private, need to be given some of the Word of God in relation to what’s going on in our land. There is a need to be still now and listen. Some of you maturing believers realize knowing the Word really “simplifies”your life.. This doesn’t make you “simple” , as in simple-minded… On the contrary, it takes away confusions, and striving, and fears. It is wonderful to embrace the Will of God. It is true freedom, which everyone longs for, but is looking for in the wrong places. Confusion leaves! Doubts cease their intrusions! Fears lose their torment!  Peace comes! All…from knowledge of God…and embracing God’s ways and thoughts.

If you’re saying inside to yourself, ours is no longer a godly nation, it is a democracy, and the other people will tell us what’s what…let me tell you something: Christians FEAR NOT! Now is not the time to be timid in regard to “standing” in our faith…and also standing in our backing our government leaders as instructed in Romans 13:1-5. GOD MAKES HIS WILL VERY CLEAR…as you will see…and these verses apply to President Trump and all our elected officials:

Romans 13:1-5  All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. 2 So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged. 3 If you do what is right, you won’t need to be afraid of your rulers. But watch out if you do what is wrong! You don’t want to be afraid of those in authority, do you? Then do what is right, and you will be praised. 4 The one in authority serves God for your good. But if you do wrong, watch out! Rulers don’t carry a sword for no reason at all. They serve God. And God is carrying out his anger through them. The ruler punishes anyone who does wrong. 5 You must obey the authorities. Then you will not be punished. You must also obey them because you know it is right.

There…is simplification…knowing God’s will in the matter, whether a Trump fan or not! …you trust God and obey your President. You don’t oppose him. You do right yourself, and you need not fear him or any decision he may or may not make.  Note, obey authorities, yes, policemen, and then you will not be punished…by man or directly by God’s discipline! Honor all your leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. Your vote was your choice. God saw it. Now leave it alone. There. Simplified. Whenever you want to judge or condemn or gossip about leadership, be silent, and pray. Prayer according to the Word activates the power of God, and He then steers the hearts of our leaders according to our pleadings. Or if you are particularly passionate about something, and it is in accordance with Gods word, then perhaps you are called to get personally involved in that area of politics, or your church, company, etc.  Protesting without a plan is not doing anything creative. It is very destructive.

Yes, this obedience requires faith in God. Yes, it requires knowing Jesus. And yes, you will need the Holy Spirit living within to instruct you in this hour. But all are available and ready to be received even this moment. Jesus is the gift that includes all others: wisdom, joy, peace, love, forgiveness, discernment, power, peace, freedom from addictions, healing of wounds, freedom to captives, etc.    Now, Just take him into your life as your Lord! It’s a wise choice. And you’ll never be the same again.

You see, the World, including the LGTB community with all its plans and protests and good-sounding words, doesn’t matter! The government, whether it makes a right or wrong choice, doesn’t matter!  Hollywood with all the “beautiful powerful people” doesn’t matter! All lives matter, not just black lives matter! And a women’s right is not more important than Gods right to his own creation! Evil always divides! Why do you think there are divorces, and church splits, and quarrels of many kinds? Believers, its us, and what we will do in this hour, that matters!! We rule and reign With Christ, even now, and it’s what WE DO that will dictate what God does with Our Country…because friends, the USA is His Country and He wants us to now stand up declaring IN GOD WE TRUST.

And isn’t this “standing up” to be done individually? As in letting people know in our words and deeds that we love Jesus and obey God? And in prayers? And in our own repentance? If God changes each one of us, then collectively we will become a greater light in this darkened country. Truth will be seen and heard. And love can break through the deceptions! Isn’t this better than fighting, bickering, protesting, etc? Let’s see what God says.

He declares in II Chronicles 7:14,  “If MY People, who are called by My Name (Christians that’s us! ), Will humble THEMSELVES, and PRAY, and SEEK My Face, and turn from THEIR wicked Ways, THEN will I hear from heaven, and WILL forgive their sins, and WILL HEAL their land.” BELIEVERS, NOT PROTESTORS, WILL DICTATE WHAT GOD WILL DO WITH THE USA! Believers, not unbelievers, will dictate what God will do As far as healing our land and its divisions.  And God’s power is great, and He is able to preserve the individuals who GIVE CHRIST THEIR LIVES, even if the lukewarm believers will be spewed out along with the evil ones who may be judged as that healing of our nation takes place. The word says not to fear if brought before magistrates on account of his name…he will give you the words and help that very hour!

Let’s just look at immigration for a moment…a very real divisive thing at present. There are way too many who are looking only at the surface of things…and if we look at portions of Europe and how Muslims have destroyed these countries’ culture and way of life, we will realize that prevention of troubles is a good thing. When immigrants are allowed in to USA, it is a choice for them, yet they must, before coming, embrace American law and American culture, and not carry out hidden agendas pressing upon us their sharia law and false religion.  There IS a spirit of anti-Christ loosed upon the world! It is pervasive and includes way more than just Muslims. Anyone who wants to be free of being told what to by God is part of this spirit that pervades societies worldwide. We must honor God and Christ who established the USA and gave us Our Land. It is NOT UNloving to keep immigrants out who pose a real threat.  We are not killing them! We are not destroying them. Wisdom and Love for our nation and its peoples simply dictates “protection!”. Those concerned about protection of the Muslim faith can make a choice to go over to the Muslim countries and love on them, embracing “their land’s rules and their faith”. And those immigrant applicants who desire to embrace the values and laws of our land can be properly vetted to do so. The Muslims here, who are your neighbors and friends, should be loved on in Jesus’ name, even while standing up for the Christian faith. The desire of God is that they be grafted into his family by faith in Jesus, and loving one another is essential for this to take place. They chose the USA, so they can live in a way as to embrace the law of the land, but if they can’t compromise with Americans because of “their faith” let them return to their own land.

Please pray, for the masses in our country are being deceived!! And the Bible declares that one thing that can destroy his people is Lack of Knowledge. It is absolutely LOVING what Trump desires to do! If you the head of a large family, and your wife and own children, natural or adopted, lived in your house, would you let a group of people into your own house, who desire to destroy you, and your women and children, raping or devaluing them if not killing them, and bent on destroying everything you worked for and your way of life? Destroying your right to serve the true God? Of course not! LOVE REQUIRES PROTECTION! Trump is being used in answer to Christian’s prayers across the land …the part of the Lord’s Prayer that Christ Jesus taught us to pray which declares, “Deliver us from Evil …for thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever, Amen!”

But I hear you say, but what of love for “them”? and I respond, what of love for “God”? Do we desire to hand over our nation to His Enemy? To be a friend with the world is to be an enemy of God.  Satan reigns over false religions and The World, and these anti-Christ systems desire license to do evil. Whether it be The LGTB communities, abortion-rights activists, Hollywood, or just a society who no longer fears the Lord… do they not realize that if Muslims take over the land it could mean their distruction too! None of them have God-given wisdom…so they side with each other? Makes no sense for a gay man to hold a love sign for a Muslim to come in, when Islam wants that gay man dead, does it? No wisdom. Women’s libers who want to abort, do they not know Muslims would kill them for that sin? Neither fears God or they would be honoring him with their lives. Yet, I think that deep down all of society knows lawlessness is not the answer. It is preserving love and respect, and truth, that is important. In fact the love chapter of I Corinthians 13:6 declares that love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.” Somehow that part of loves definition does not get repeated amidst all the love talk out in the world. With this definition of love, are even believers aware of the simplicity that gives to our decision making? If something is not of of his righteousness or his truth it is not “real love“. Love is of God. God is love. So he has the right to define it. And by his definition, love does not rejoice in unrighteousness. And love does rejoice with truth. So can you be saddened and outraged by the sin around you, and still be in God’s love? Yes! Can you be without joy when you see people lost in deception? Yes! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Cry out to God and beg him for the deliverance of the nation, your communities, your family, your self. The poor in spirit know their “need” for God’s loving interventions.

And Believers don’t be afraid to stand.  In the Bible we read often that God intervened and the evil armies/nations destroyed one another, while those trusting God were delivered. I myself am going to ask God to protect us as a nation, yet that might not mean that we won’t have internal wars going on. I only know that one day we all….individually, and as a nation, give account to God who reigns supreme. Many have access to bibles to give them God’s will ..they just don’t desire to follow it or to know him. So sad, too, for God gives everyone love, acceptance, and value, as they do embrace him. He empowers the believer to do His Will, and gives righteousness, peace, and joy though his Holy Spirit that comes to abide within any true believer in Christ. He is slow to anger and abounding in love. Warnings come nonstop, for grace has been restraining his anger at those who are living in defiance against him. He’d rather draw sinners and those deceived presently to him, to SAVE THEM from their sin and his wrath to come upon the nations in the end. Get into reading and studying God’s Word….read it…come to Jesus and learn of him…and your peace will come when you come to abide in Jesus.

As the verse in the graphic says, what CAN “destroy us” is the Lack of Knowledge…knowledge from the word of God, and not only factual carnal knowledge.

USA, Let’s Pray for our leaders… not wag our tongues in judgment or ridicule…

Pray for truth to be realized and that the darkness of ignorance dissipates…

And be at peace, while the world shakes around you, God is giving the USA opportunity to be saved, under Christ’s name. I am confident that God is in control and will hear the prayers of His People, no matter what the masses who act in ignorance and under media control do. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This kind of fear refers to our respect, awe, and submission to God because he has the power to destroy both body and soul. He is so great, he laughs as the heathen nations rage in defiance against him! We must not fear man, who can only destroy the body. Let’s get our focus on trusting a sovereign God and aligning our own individual lives up with His Word and His Will. Amen?!

Friends and family…the safest place to be…is in intimacy with The Lord. Here are a few favorite verses in a favorite Psalm of mine:

Psalm 91:14-16

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

My Part: set my love upon the Lord (not only affections but obedience and attitudes); know his name (in other words, who He is!) , call upon him!

His Part: I will deliver you, I will set you in high, I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you, I will satisfy you with a long life, and show you my salvation.

We have the EASY PART 😀…. And God? Well, His promised responses are way awesome! What a divine exchange!! Each one of those who can do the “My Part”, can go into an unknown future KNOWING God will do “His Part.” No Fear! Just Trust! Amen?!

Prodigals, it is time to return...to your Father who has opened arms. Please…hear me…Reread this scripture I began this blog with… and choose you this day whom you desire to be like… those of this darkened world? or those who desire to belong to Jesus, who will soon be the supreme ruler over all the whole world? In confusion?  The truth is IN JESUS! Run please to him, for your future depends on it, and he will forgive and receive you, and everything he has and is becomes yours. How wonderful!

Google the lyrics of Joy To The World if you have a moment. Yes, the one we sing at Christmas! It begins, “Joy to the world. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room!”  The Holy Spirit has prompted me to be singing that song at the piano recently, all the verses…even after Christmas. Could he be declaring aloud “He’s Coming Again Soon!?” “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love!” Perhaps I am only one of many who are declaring it so from my lips during worship.

To close…I pray,

“God, please hear the cries of all your people…see into their hearts…know their thoughts…”

and yet I hear you suddenly reply back to me… “Let the people hear My Cries, see into My Heart, and know My Thoughts!”  

And we reply humbly, yet excitedly…

“Yes Lord. We will come TO YOU And seek your face.”

 

 

 

Written by Beth Ann Smith, February 2, 2017

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NEW SONG – We Magnify Your Name Lord – Psalm 34

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This is Beth Ann Smith. This song was given me in One Day – October 27, 2016 – and I believe it is for such a time as this. First the piano part, while worshiping at the piano in the morning time. Then the lyrics, when I went to the Lord for them, for I heard the first part (title) in my spirit: We Magnify Your Name Lord. Upon looking those particular words up on my bible app, Psalm 34 scripture came up. The lyrics, after reading it, just came forth. So, realizing this song was “given”, I believe, “for such a time as this”, please take a listen and come back to worship with the cc lyrics any time you’d like!

Psalm 34.. It is an amazing Psalm! …so I believe God would have me also share it with you, to read, after you listen to the song.

Psalm 34 (KJV)

34 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

 

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Jesus, Not Your Ordinary Man

img_0003I am sharing these words of John the Baptist, spoken concerning Jesus Christ, for I believe we all will be blessed to familiarize ourselves with his testimony, for it will keep us in the truth, and from falling into error in these end times.

John 3:31-36

He that cometh from above IS ABOVE ALL; he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven IS ABOVE ALL.

And what JESUS hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

yet, he that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God IS TRUE.

For HE WHOM GOD HATH SENT speaketh the words OF God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

The Father loveth THE SON and hath given ALL THINGS into his hand.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth NOT the Son SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Learning What NOT To Do as a Nation Under God

Nation under God?

 

The USA has been responding to God as the nation of ancient Israel did, right before their Enemies were made to Rule Over Them. God has not changed, and has given to us an incredible warning passage, Psalm 106, that holds key observations and similarities between our nations. It reveals their actions and his responses, so we can literally learn from ISRAEL, what NOT to do.

The first verse assures us that God’s mercy is always and forever available to us, for He is a Good God. Oh how wonderful it would be, if we would each respond as God desires us to, so we can collectively keep ourselves as a Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.  Clearly we need to turn toward Him to stay in our blessed state of existence, for justice and righteousness are the foundation of his throne. There is no liberty or justice apart from God. It is a deadly lie of the modern world that liberty is “apart from” submission to our Creator and King. He is our supreme authority at all times, and His Word reveals His Will.

HERE IS MY OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTER – PSALM 106

Psalm 106:1

Praise the Lord, for He is Good…for His Mercy endures forever!

  1. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can declare all his praise?
  1. Blessed are those who keep justice and he who does righteousness at all times!

It is interesting that a prayer begins the chapter, as the nation’s sins are then acknowledged, for future generations to see, and to learn from. We can learn from their mistakes, from seeing God’s responses, and how godly men can indeed “intervene” when sin is standing in the way of God’s merciful nature and turning him toward wrath. Clearly, as scripture says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much!”

The remarkable prayer that begins the chapter:

“Remember me Lord with the favor you have toward your people…

visit me with your salvation…

that I may see the benefit of your chosen ones…

that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation…

that I may glory with your inheritance.”

Now let’s observe what the people did against God….that we may learn… and turn:

  • sinned with our fathers
  • have committed iniquity
  • have done wickedly
  • did not understand your wonders
  • did not remember the multitude of your mercies
  • instead… rebelled against God
  • soon forgot his works
  • did not wait for his counsel
  • lusted exceedingly in the wilderness
  • tested God in the desert.
    • And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.
  • envied leadership and spoke against their spiritual authorities, Moses and Aaron.
    • The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan and Abiram, and fire burned up the wicked.
  • exchanged their glory (God), for an image of an ox that eats grass
  • forgot God and his works and awesome things done
    • Therefore He said that He would destroy them.
      • But Moses stood in the breach, interceded, and turned away his wrath
  • despised the “pleasant” land
  • complained in their tents
  • did not heed the voice of the Lord
    • Therefore He raised his hand in an oath to overthrow them in the wilderness.
  • joined themselves to Baal, and ate sacrifices made to the dead
  • provoked him to anger with their deeds
    • Therefore a plague broke out
      • And Phineas stood up and intervened in the plague was stopped
      • The plague was stopped and that intervention was accounted to him for righteousness.
  •  angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses on account of them..
  • they rebelled against His Spirit so that he, Moses, spoke rashly with his lips. (leaders are held accountable by God as they lead; he wasn’t allowed into the promised land, that he led them to)
  • did not destroy the peoples, concerning whom the Lord had commanded them.
  • mingled with the Gentiles (those who did not know or follow Jehovah)
  • learned their works and served their idols, which became a snare to them.
  • sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons..shed their blood to idols of Canaan, polluted the land with blood.
  • were defiled by their own works.
  • played the harlot by their own deeds.
    • Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against his people, so that he abhored his own inheritance.
    • He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles and those who hated them ruled over them.
    • Their enemies also oppressed them and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
  • Many times he delivered them, but they rebelled in their counsel and were brought low for their iniquity.
    • Nevertheless, he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry, and for their sake he remembered his covenant and relented according to the multitude of his mercies.
    • He also made them to be pitied by all those who carried them away captive.

The Chapter ends with another remarkable prayer:

Save us, oh Lord our God… and gather us from among the Gentiles… to give thanks to your holy name… and to triumph in your praise! 

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting!

And let all the people say, Amen.

Praise the Lord!

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NOW… Why is all this shared? Because I have GOOD NEWS and I have BAD NEWS:

The GOOD NEWS is...Jesus took God’s wrath upon himself, so if you repent as an individual of any of these sins listed in Psalm 106, and believe Jesus took away God’s wrath toward you, you can rest at ease and pray for the nation to turn toward God too. Even in this chapter we see clearly it is God’s desire to extend Mercy over Judgment.

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YET, THE BAD NEWS is.…He who does not Believe the Son shall not see life but the Wrath of God abides on him.  And the wrath of God IS revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. God has indeed made The Truth evident to mankind of how He looks upon ungodliness (evil behavior) and unrighteousness (believing we are good and righteous in our own right or that there is another way to reconcile with God.) Take a look at the detail of these verses in the pictures:

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Friends, Christ is the GOOD NEWS amidst THE BAD NEWS. Always was and always will be THE ANSWER for an individual’s sin problem!

So…What About The Nation ?  The USA? and it’s sins collectively???

We have been met with great mercies, yet the Lord is calling for individuals to come to Him, and as he “collectively sees” hearts after Him, he can hold back wrath. If, however, we are as Israel, and continue in our rebellious ways, collectively as a Nation, we can expect nothing else but God’s Wrath to be extended upon the USA. We have indeed committed the same sins as Israel, his chosen people did. They started out blessed and delivered, as the USA has… but they were brought into captivity and judgment. What will be Our Fate as a country? If we are the same toward GOD, as Israel was in days of old, then we know we will be taken captive by our enemies.

Can YOU make a difference? Yes, of course!!!

Come to Jesus and be reconciled to God! Repent of sin and receive sweet cleansing and reconciliation to God through Christ.  In Christ is everything you need! Ever!  Be saved. Be water baptized to identify with Him, and ask Him to baptize you with His Spirit to receive power to go through the end times now upon us, and to be his witness! His Word will be a lamp to your path, and his hands will take a hold of yours and lead you…as his Spirit comes to dwell within you. Trust and obey Him. As you align yourself to Him, you will receive such a sweet abiding presence of His Spirit within you, and will be just fine, no matter what the future holds.

Only God knows whether we have, as a Nation, tipped the scales toward his wrath… so Today, If you Hear His Voice, Harden not your heart.  Your being saved as “an individual” whether you live or die, is what is important right now. Cry out to Jesus, and God will be be reconciled to you through Jesus’ blood. He is The Way! And YOU become the righteousness of God in Christ, and He will no longer see your unrighteousness, but His Son’s Righteousness in you.

Amen. Truly the Good News for a nation and an individual is Christ!! For the wrath of God was turned away, as the love of God gave us Christ, who took the wages of sin upon Himself, that those WHO BELIEVE IN HIM MIGHT BE SAVED!

The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Jesus The Gift That Keeps On Giving

I was pondering today, the fact that Jesus is the Greatest Gift that can be given to anyone. And He offers himself to all mankind. He will give Himself to any person, from any culture, from any nation, who is open to receiving Him as Their Gift. A gift that is free, which only has to be “received”.  Yet a gift that will change a person’s life totally and completely.

I have received Jesus as My Gift, and He has neither been a gift that I tossed aside, nor one that I did not regard as valuable, once I received Him.

In fact, to most of us “Receiver Believers”, He is our most cherished gift ! One we would never give back, or give away, ever!!!  Am I right?

Yet do we stop to ponder the gifts that are ours within the Gift of Jesus?

 …and the fact that He IS The GIFT that KEEPS ON GIVING ?

I have been thinking on the gifts I enjoy, daily, because of Jesus being my Savior, and the Lord of my Life… my Received Gift.

It’s like opening a present, to find another present…opening that one, to find yet another present…opening that one, to find still another, all throughout my life.  Amazing! Thrilling! Oh friends, you simply must ponder this…

Here is but just a glimpse of my list, that I have rejoiced in. Perhaps you can add to it, many more gifts, but this will at least get you pondering about what I mean:

  • His Love
  • His Presence
  • His Wisdom
  • His Comfort
  • His Provision
  • His Listening Ear
  • His Forgiveness
  • His World’s Beauty to Behold
  • His Acceptance
  • His Family
  • His Salvation
  • His Healing
  • His Life – Eternal Life
  • His Discipline
  • His Guidance
  • His Peace
  • His Judgments
  • His Protection
  • His Word of Truth
  • Hope for Tomorrow
  • A Eternal Kingdom to Dwell in, not dependent upon my Nation’s Destiny
  • Multiplication of What I Give To Him
  • Eternal Rewards
  • Relatives that died that I’ll see again some day because They Believed in Jesus and await me in heaven
  • Knowing God looks after my children and grandchildren when they are grown and go off on their own
  • Knowing He is in control when things are out of our control
  • Security in an insecure world
  • Knowing I belong to Him and He belongs to Me
  • His Promises

I know this list could go on and on, for Christ is simply the gift that keeps on giving…

So…Don’t know what to offer someone on your Gift List? Offer them Jesus!

I’m quite serious!!!

Share HIM… give HIM to them… so that they may receive THE GREATEST GIFT in life: CHRIST JESUS!

Yes, a gift must be received, to have it be a blessing. So pray daily that God will prepare the hearts of those “you’ll approach” before you offer them The Gift, of Him. Our prayers going up, that the Spirit may draw them, and your forethought as to how you can present people with This Valuable Gift, will make them more likely “To Receive Jesus” too. Share with them the gifts that are within Jesus, and open their eyes, so they can “imagine” what’s awaiting them within their Own Gift of Him!

Oh that Eyes would SEE, and Ears would HEAR, even amidst all the commercialized hoopla, or depressing news evil brings to this world, the fact that CHRIST, IS INDEED, WITH US… alive and well…giving us everlasting gifts, valuable gifts, gifts that money can’t buy!

HE GAVE HIMSELF… TO BRING YOU ALL THESE GIFTS…THAT ARE FOUND…WITHIN HIM.

He comes again, triumphant, as our King…to Give us a Home Eternal !

ARE YOU REJOICING? (Smile)  I SURELY AM!

I HAVE the gift that keeps on giving TO ME! 🙂

His name is Jesus.

And I VALUE HIM…enough to give Him myself, in appreciation.

Do you know what? No one can take THIS GIFT away from me.  Hallelujah!!!

I shall Hold Unto Him, and Not Cast Him Aside… for I truly like this Gift that KEEPS ON GIVING to me.

A recommended scripture to read after reading this article is: I JOHN 5:11-15

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