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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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.

The Call – My Book Notes

The CallYears ago I read two books by Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries, entitled “The Final Quest” and “The Call.”, the latter being the sequel to the former. With exception of the Holy Bible, these two books impacted my Walk with the Lord the most! And so when I found my tablets that contained my notes from reading these two books back around 1998, I decided to type them up and share them with those who read my blog. They may give you enough morsels of truth to really impact your own walk with Christ, or at least give you the hunger to pick up one of these books to read for yourself in their entirety. I think they are becoming more relevant as the Coming of the Lord approaches. So please, PLEASE, skim through them in your quiet time. You can print this blog with the print button at the bottom and it will only print this particular blog article. (If you print with the browser buttom, it may just print out the whole blog, and you don’t want that!) (smile)

These, as I say, are just my notes, but they may be exactly as was in the book too. These are simply the lines that the Spirit highlighted to ME. If you get the book, the Spirit may highlight totally different areas, but this will give you a taste, at least of the truth shared:

NOTES FROM THE CALL:

Chapter 1

Page 29

The Holy Spirit was sent to convict you of sin, to lead you to truth, and to testify of me. He is with you continually.

Page 30

He will always lead them to the truth that sets them free.

I am about to reveal myself to the world as the righteous judge. First I must reveal my judgment to my own household. I am the judge but it is better for you to judge yourself so that I will not have to judge you.

Page 31

Rick began to feel small and insignificant and God’s glory…. You began to look at yourself and confusion made it harder to hear me. you must learn to abide in my presence without becoming self-conscious or self-absorbed, this causes man to turn to the deception of your fallen nature.

The time for falling is over… you must learn to stand in the Holy Spirit’s presence.. if you cannot stand when my spirit moves, he cannot use you.

Page 32

You must learn to abide in my presence without looking at yourself he must not look at your inadequacy, but look at my adequacy. you must stop looking at your own unworthiness,  and look to my righteousness. when you are used,  it is because of who I am, not who you are.

As Moses, this only reveals you were looking to yourself, more than to me, which is the main reason why I am able to use so few of my people for what I desire to do. this is false humility and actually a form of pride.

You can never make yourself into who you should be, but you must trust me to make you into who you should be.

Page 34 (ricks words)

I had to abide in the Holy Spirit and allow him to use me… this was my call.

Page 38 ditches

Your own way will never lead you out. I am the only way out when you fall, do not waste your time trying to figure everything out, for you always sink deeper in the Mire.. Just ask for help. I am your shepherd and I will always help you when you call on me..

Deception that comes from seeing the world from your perspective leads to depression. Truth comes from seeing the world from (through) my eyes,  from where I sit at the right hand of the father.

Age 39

When you dwell in my presence you will not see anything but glory.

Ricks words: “I Took my eyes off you.”

Page 42

Lot’s words, “I was silent and many perished. You must not be like me, you must not be silent. Being different is not enough! The power of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin is released by the spoken word.

Arise, speak out God’s judgments!

Page 43

Words must be spoken for God to anoint the… judgment begins in his own house.

Page 45

Jonah speaking, ” when you understand the Lord’s judgments, you understand his ways.

When you draw close to him with hidden sin in your heart it will drive you to insanity, as many have learned through the ages.

Page 46

Even so he is a holy God, and if you will walk closely with him you too, must be holy. The closer that you get to him the more deadly hidden sin can be.

You can come boldly to the throne of grace at any time, and for any need,  but rarely do you come.

You are always as close to him as you want to be.

Page 46, 47

In the times that you will soon enter, they will depart from his ways, because they did not come To Him.

Page 47

The church has run to Tarshish,  desiring to trade with the world, even more then sitting before his glorious throne.

Will be “cast overboard”….the world won’t let you keep going in the way you are headed. this is the grace of God to you. he will then discipline you,  with a great beast that comes up out of the sea! it will swallow you for a time… that you’ll be vomited out… then you will preach his message.

If you a wake yourself up, repent, and go the way that he sends you,  you will not be swallowed by the beast.

The church is running from the presence of the Lord. It is running to activity in place of seeking God’s presence.

Page 49

The greater treasures, the treasures of heaven, few are seeking.

You must turn to the Lord instead of away from him!  he can untangle any mess, and he can bring up you up from the greatest depths. run from him no longer, run to him!

When you fall short of the Lord’s grace and sin entangles you, it’s hard for you to come to him, but you must learn to run to the Lord at such times, not away from him!

Page 50

You will not walk in his ways without coming to him daily. You must not only seek his presence but you must abide in his presence continually

Those who try to do his work without him will fall away.

Page 51

God does not exist for the sake of his house. His house exists for him.

Presumption pride different than Faith. Do not be proud because of your visions. This will always lead to a fall.

Page 52

The power of Jonah’s preaching is a sign…when he awakened and was vomited out of the beast, he had this power.

Page 53

Every day that I delayed my judgment is mercy. See it as that and use it wisely.

Page 54

One characteristic that is common to the over comers in every age, they did not waste their time!

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of my throne

Page 55

Many of my people still love sin. Those who love sin and their own comfort and prosperity more than me, will soon know my severity. these will not stand in the days that are coming.

Greatest distraction is prosperity!

You must learn to trust me as much in prosperity as when you were in poverty.

Page 56

Those who prosper by me do not compromise truth in order to prosper.

Page 59

Reality is wherever I am. Apart from me there is no life and there is no truth. There is no truth or reality apart from me.

Page 60

Learn not to just look for me, but look at me.

Those who come to me, obey me because they love me, and love the truth.

Page 61

They want to be with me so much that even when it all seems unreal, even when I seem like a big dream to them, they will risk all for the hope that the dream is real. That is love. That is the love of the truth. That is the Faith that pleases my father.

Obedience in the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom…. obedience in the love for God, is fullness of wisdom.

Page 62

Judgment for those who call upon my name but do not seek me, it will be that they will increasingly fall out of timing with me. They will be at the wrong place, doing the wrong things, and even preaching the wrong message. They will try to reap when it is time to sow, and sow when it’s time to reap. Because of this, they will bear no fruit.

Page 63

 

I Am -“come to me every day”- you cannot know me as I am, unless you abide in me.

If you do not stay close to me, you will lose the life that is in you. I am the light!… if you do not stay close to me, your heart will grow dark.

Page 64

Because man was made in my image, his mind and heart can never agree apart from me. When your heart and your mind agree, I will be able to trust you with my authority.

You must hear my messengers and obey their words that are from me without delay for the time is now short.

Page 65

The time is come when I will no longer tolerate those who say they believe me, but they do not obey me. The lukewarm are about to be removed from among my people. Those who do not obey me do not really believe in me. By their lives, they teach my people that disobedience is acceptable.

My people cannot continue to call on me to deliver them from their troubles when they still love sin. I will give a little more time to judge yourself, so that I will not have to judge you, but that time is short.

Page 66

Choose life by obeying me. If you are choosing me, and the light that is in you is my true like, it will grow brighter every day. The seed that was planted in good soil always grows and multiplies. You’ll be known by your fruit.

Page 71

Anointing, for true unity, your message will live on if you trust in the life that you have in God more than you trust in the life that you have on earth.

Page 73

When evil reigns, death is stronger than life, and death prevails over life. When righteousness reigns, life prevails, and life is stronger than death.

The life of the son of God will swallow up death that was released through my disobedience… it is not just living that you must love, but life… death is your enemy!  you’re called to be a Messenger of life.

When The Lords people begin to love, he will use them to release his judgments.

Page 74

Peace will be taken from the earth, but you are called to help restore it. Peace prevails in heaven, and you’re called to bring heaven to earth. Those who abide in his presence will know peace and will spread peace.

Page 75

Even the creation will recognize him and his people and will obey them as it does him.

When his authority is used in righteousness it will release life. Be careful how you use authority. With authority comes responsibility. You too can use it wrongly, but you will not do this if you love. As all of Heaven knows, love never fails.

Everything that is sown must be reaped, unless those have sown evil call upon the cross in spirit and truth. The army of the cross is about to be released, and it will march in the power of the cross, carrying mercy to all. Those who have rejected the mercy of God have rejected life.

Page 84

This is my commandment to you: love me and love your neighbor. Only then will your witness be true. Even when I command you to speak of my judgments it must be done in love.

Page 85

I will restore all things, and all evil will be overcome with Good.

Apostles – John the Baptists – will have one devotion: to see my bride made ready for me!

98 to 100

Vision of prison yard and divisions

To remember, you have the wisdom to escape any trap or wisdom… only remember,  fear can blind you!

Page 100

As you walk in the faith that I am with you, you will always see the way to go.

Vision is what the guards fear the most. Only reveal your vision to those to whom I lead you.

 

 

 

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Will the Lord’s Army of these End Times be as Gideon’s Army?

gideonJudges Chapters 7-8 tell us of Gideon and the assembling, or rather disassembling, of His army, which was then put together according to God’s Guidelines.

The result was totally amazing warfare waged, and victory won, because Gideon’s Army, in essence, BECAME the Lord’s Army!!

Today I was considering the question above that seemed to pop into my mind:

Will the Lord’s Army of these end times be AS Gideon’s Army of old? 

I reasoned as I read the passage…

“This is what happened concerning Gideon’s Army. Perhaps it is, or will be, this way with the Lord’s Army during these end times.”

“If we can recognize what God is doing, then we can adjust ourselves, as to what we think or do or focus on, accordingly.”

The Holy Spirit instructed me years ago saying, “Ask not, Is My agenda God’s…Ask, Is God’s Agenda Mine?”  and I realized then that God desires the transforming of our minds and a conforming of our ways, so He can have us “do life” centered on His perspective and not our own. This is why we are given the Word and the Spirit. To acquire a new paradigm, so we can BECOME the LORD’S ARMY!!

So let’s begin:

What was Gideon’s Army like?

To his amazement, God considered that Gideon had “too many” men, yet his original numbers were way lower than the opposing forces to begin with. So, if God’s end-time army will be as Gideon’s army, then it really has nothing to do with “how many” believers are left to be in God’s hands. God’s not about numbers!! He is about the ones “He can trust”, though they may be few.  Even if his modern churches are crowded with people, there may only be a few that will be able to meet these “qualifiers” that Gideon’s army had to meet:

First, those men AFRAID to face the enemywere let go.  The men themselves were told, if you’re afraid, you can leave. And they did. Each one of us must determine our own level of faith versus fear. I remember in my younger years when I was stumbling into sin fairly often, even as a believer,  God told me this: “Beth, you have more faith in the Enemy to take you down, than in Me to keep you and build you up!”  I realized that loving rebuke was right-on, and so I changed my mind’s thinking, and the Spirit began to show me the areas in my life controlled by that former paradigm . This FEAR can be experienced in the natural against men, or in the supernatural against the unseen realms of darkness. But Fear is essentially a Lack of Faith in God’s Ability, and a Faith in Satan’s Ability…and an Inability to Take a Stand, be it with God or with Satan.  Choosing Faith in God really does take fear away, but these men chose to stay with Fear, but not so much so that they sided with the Enemy. They simply saw the odds of losing their lives was too great, and wanted out when given the opportunity.

Then, Those NOT ALERT to the enemywere let go.  A test was given to determine this, having to do with how they drank their water, whether lapping with their hands so their eyes could peer upward to keep alert to danger, or whether they laid down their weapons and put their face right into the water to lap it up.  The ones NOT ALERT, failed the test, and were let go. God did not want them in Gideon’s army! Nor will He likely want people who are unaware to the enemy’s presence, in His army Today! Turning a blind eye, will disqualify.

The army’s leader, Gideon, LISTENED and DID EXACTLY AS HE WAS INSTRUCTED! (Leadership needs to be hearing and obeying God, in order to lead the people under them! Amen?!) We have a Captain of the Hosts too, who leads us daily, and his name is Jesus Christ.  He takes and leads us with what he hears from Father God just as Gideon led his men. And the Holy Spirit takes the orders He gives us straight to us, the men and women of His Army! He uses the Word of God, which is referred to as the Sword of the Spirit.

To Gideon and to the small number of men that were left God said, “Surely I Will Be With You.”  He says this to all who are in His Army today too. We are “never abandoned” “left alone” or “forsaken”. His promise remains with us as it was with Gideon.

The men remaining in the army LISTENED to their leader, Gideon, and DID EXACTLY AS THEY WERE INSTRUCTED even though their orders may have sounded as “foolishness” to them.  We too, will hear instructions come our way, that may not make sense to our finite minds, but we must realize who our Leader is. He is chosen of God. Annointed. More than able to lead us. He, Jesus, already “proved” that he listened and did exactly as He was instructed. Now will we?

A “divine strategy” WAS given. The army of Gideon’s was not left to depend on themselves or their own own numbers, their own wisdom, or their own strength. They were led by God and told exactly how to overthrow their enemies. So too, we who remain in God’s army, have a “KNOWING” (a total awareness) that what’s coming down is NOT of US, but of God. Not originated with us, nor played out totally by us, but that we have a part, that requires trust and obedience to THAT PLAN when its made known to us. God is a strategist every minute of every day, if only we would heed our orders, following those promptings of the Spirit, obeying what we know to be the Will of God, seeking His Ways within His Word.

Unusual warfare was fought! Gideon’s army actually surrounded the enemy-blowing trumpets-breaking pitchers with torches lit- shouting loudly, so this indeed was not your typical warfare! It was ingeniously master-minded! God knows how to use his army! But afterward, when we read of it, we think “wow” that was so smart! They thought they were surrounded by huge numbers! Their enemies were put into confusion by the unusual noise and light!  Believers, if we’d only realize that if we all start shining our lights and making noise unto the Lord in way of testimonies and sharing and helping and loving on each other, the enemy will go bonkers! We can really cause them to go into hysterics when they realize they are surrounded and unable to go forward in their evil way. If they can’t turn their frustration on us, they’ll turn it onto each other.

As they obeyed this unusual instruction, they shouted and declared:  “The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon!”  This was repeated in the chapter, as if for emphasis… and I wonder if God is indeed saying to us in modern day, from even this simple declaration, that His Sword today is the same Sword Gideon operated in in days of old. The sword stands for the real truth in my eyes… being on the “right side”…the side that GOD is on! It will penetrate through the enemy lines with ease. Nothing can stand in its way.

Now note this: It says that Every man STOOD in His Place, whilst they just did what they were told…while the Enemy’s Camp became hysterical and panicked!  Interestingly, a passage in the New Testament, Ephesians 6:13, says, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  I can’t help but see that this is exactly what Gideon and his army did. They did what they were told and they STOOD, each in his own place! And they watched God fight the battle “for them”… yet they actively participated… so, in essence, God fought “with them”.

The Result? The Enemy, which was of a great number, began to destroy one another, for confusion came upon their camp!  They turned on one another!

Oh wow, I love that!  They got so frightened by God’s army taking a stand, letting their lights shine, and letting the trumpet sound be heard, declaring the words about the Sword of the Lord, and they simply didn’t know who they were “taking out”, as in destroying. It ended up it was their own men! They destroyed themselves.

When Gideon and his army’s victory was become known and they were crossed over the Jordan, while yet still in pursuit, other rulers were asked to feed Gideon’s army and they defiantly refused, and Gideon destroyed their defiant leaders as “enemies” as well. It tells us they were Ishmaelites. (Yes, as in modern day ISIS-Islam). Their leaders’ words to Gideon, “Rise yourself and kill us, for as a man is, so is his strength.” Well, Gideon did kill them, for they only looked at men As men, and didn’t see it was God who gave Gideon all ability. Just as Gideon took out these “leaders” for their defiance, so The Lord can easily “take out” the leaders of ISIS and other evil armies that would be anti-Christ as their root nature. They challenge God, as these leaders challenged Gideon? They’d better begin to tremble!! But they won’t (tremble) for they have the same mindset as these men of Judges 8. Yet Gideon’s men knew what was coming down, and knew the danger their open and direct defiance put them in. The End Time battle is about good versus evil, not a person automatically your enemy because of the color of his skin or where he is from.

In fact, when I think of  the atrocities our enemies, the Islam extremists, ISIS, Taliban, etc. have done, which are becoming so Vile and Violent, so great and widespread, I believe that the people of their own Islamic faith will begin open their eyes to their false God and beliefs and put their eyes onto Jesus! They will recognize the dichotomy and be given the grace to make the choice for Jesus! I’m praying for the Light of the World to shine upon them! That Jesus would reveal himself to people of all faiths that are not acknowledging Him as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Why would people continue to serve a God that takes life from them, when they can serve a God that gives life TO them! Why would they choose bloodshed and hatred, over love and peace? God’s Army, following God’s Divine Strategy, remains on the winning side! Many may even be joining our ranks, while their brothers are killing one another in confusion!

Well, In the end, Gideon took no glory or rank, but declared to Israel:  “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you: THE LORD SHALL RULE OVER YOU!!”

All of this….warfare…in the spiritual realms and in the natural realms, comes to an END. And we in the Lord’s Army know that end!  Jesus, Our Leader, will reign… and ultimately will turn over the Kingdom of God, and God will be all in all !

I Corinthians 15:24-28 Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His Feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.”

But now for a final, sobering observation—-after reading to the end of Judges 8.

Note, though their enemy was quieted,  a stumbling block was created, by taking the plunder from the Ishmaelites…their golden earrings…which was made into a ephod…hung in the city of Ophrah, which caused all Israel to play the harlot, and it became a snare to Gideon. What place did God hold in their hearts as to the “glory given”? Evidently not too much! Victories of the past were not regarded as God’s but Gideon’s maybe…and not sure really how harlotry played out, but harlotry meant they weren’t loyal to God. Nor actually, to Gideon. And we see this horrible insight:

Near the end of Judges 8, it says when Gideon died, the children of Israel again played the harlot with the Baals, and did not remember the Lord their God, who delivered them from their enemies on every side, nor did they show kindness to the house of Gideon in accordance to the good he had done for Israel.

The people both ignored God, who had delivered them, and forsook their leader, who had led them and fought in their behalf.

IS THE LORD’S ARMY doing this TODAY? Are we holding God in our hearts and giving Him the Glory, for everything?

Are you drawing any parallels to modern-day events? Do we not even have plans to reconstruct Baal’s temple right in New York. God did so much for the USA, we were small but God fought with us for our independence. Then we erected glory unto ourselves, and now we have forgot God. The next step, returning to Baal?

I don’t know about you, but I’m choosing to be part of God’s Army, RIGHT NOW, Today! Not a part of those who turn away and forget who God is…  Or who, when in victory, believe we’ve overcome all the obstacles along life’s way ourselves. But we can confidently do our part… Taking Our Stand for truth, and righteousness, and exalting Christ our Lord.

As we take our stand, remember the size of our army to the enemies armies may look small… But We Have the One True God! And it is our Heart That God looks at. He can wage war with us. And, He is also Captain of the Hosts, and commands angels to fight in our behalf! Hallelujah!

So to capsulate these truths, let me just say this:

  • Wow! I’m getting excited!! I’m Seeing God’s Agenda, not mine!
  • I want to be as one in Gideon’s Army!!! or should I say “The LORD’S ARMY”
  • No Fear!
  • Alert!
  • Listening!
  • Doing Exactly as I am Instructed! (Whether it makes sense to me or not)
  • Standing in my Own Place
  • Seeing the Lord fight the Battle, of which I’ve done my part by cooperating with known strategy.
  • Pursuing the enemy until he is destroyed
  • AND Giving God all the Glory! Not setting up monuments onto ourselves and taking credit for our own victories, but realizing God is all in all !
  • Are YOU centered on Him and giving Him the honor due His Name?

Let’s Fight the Good Fight of Faith!

Let’s Wield “The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon!”

…. written by Beth Ann Smith, April 8, 2016

 

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The End … at God’s Appointed Time

Clearly, “at the appointed time”  The End of all things will come.

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And clearly, The Living God knows the endings from the beginnings…and future history has been determined even as we live in the today of our own individual lives. The triumph that comes from trusting in what God has revealed of what the future holds, is what I want you to know!

I just read through the book of Daniel today in my bible …a very difficult-to-understand book, but I want to record some simple truths to share with you today, regarding The End of All Things. Why? Because I think a godly perspective gives understanding, wisdom, and focus, and some of you may not have visited this book for awhile.

I am not going to focus on Daniel or his life…but rather share insight into “The End”…which was revealed to him by God, and is shared with us who are living in “today”! Yes, much understanding is actually sealed up until the end, but as time unfolds we gain more and more momentum, and more can be understood as time seems to be accelerating. I don’t know the interpretations to these visions, for they remain a mystery to me in many ways, but TODAY, you and I can know some powerful simple truths about what’s coming and what’s ahead for us, that can strengthen us immensely!!

It was God who showed these things to Daniel, who recorded the visions of what was to come forth in the future, though they troubled him, making him physically ill. He wrote down the revelation and made it plain, and now we have it to give us “encouragement” to face our future.

Rest assured, NOTHING in modern time is a surprise to God. Nothing that will happen in the future will be without his foreknowledge. He KNOWS what’s what, people! And it is all predetermined! But how “you and I” fit into this Eternal PLAN, is really up to us. And how we walk our daily walk can be determined by our gaining some understanding into the future. Ignorance of spiritual truth and lack of knowledge regarding God’s plan can be very costly to a person and a nation!

First let’s see what simple truths Daniel shares about The End:

The END includes:

  • A kingdom which shall not be destroyed…it is everlasting. (It is the Kingdom of God.)
  • A dominion that endures to the end…forever! (It is the rule and reign of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.)
  • Jesus Christ is given by God…dominion, glory, and a kingdom…that all peoples, nations and languages will serve him! … it’s an everlasting dominion!
  • God has a 1000 thousands serving him and 10,000 ten-thousands standing before him as the court is seated, and the books are open. Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? What is being recorded in the books about you?
  • The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the Saints of The Most High!

This is the end of the matter, Saints! God’s Kingdom and Christ’s dominion is everlasting, and WE WILL INHERIT THIS KINGDOM!

What an awesome and incredible future awaits us all!  We have no reason to be sad, worried, fearful, depressed, or confounded. We have been told OUR FUTURE!!

So what will happen up until the appointed time?

  • The people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits!
  • Some with understanding, will fall… to refine them… purify them… make them white…until the time of the end, because it is still for the appointed time.
  • There will be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that time. And at that time God’s people shall be delivered... everyone who is found written in the book… and many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake… some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
  • Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament…those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. (I.e. We will be glorified! at least those who are WISE and TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS will be!)
  • Many will be purified, made white, and refined …but the wicked shall do wickedly… and none of the wicked should understand… but the wise shall understand.

So, as you can see, trouble will continue…such as the world has ever known… the wicked will remain wicked and not understand what’s what… but the WISE  WILL UNDERSTAND.  What?  That THE END has already been determined by Almighty God! And we are already a part of it… those of us who believe in and follow Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the only way to the Father!

Do not fear what the future holds, brothers and sisters in Christ. Just as Daniel never feared standing up for God though he was thrown to the Lions and lived among foreigners, don’t fear being thrown to the Lions of modern day. But Fear God, who has the power to save or destroy…which choice is yours: To believe in Jesus and his death and resurrection and coming again, and look forward to his everlasting Kingdom, which all believers are now a part of? or to live for yourself and care nothing about the end of time, refusing to repent or turn toward God, and just “going along with the crowd” to destruction. This will lead to “everlasting destruction” eventually.

The End will come, you see, at its appointed time.

I for one, am happy God’s Word clearly tells us the VERY END OF TIME will come at its appointed time, so we can make it through all that happens between now and then by staying IN CHRIST and Believing In His Eternal Kingdom. Then no matter what happens to our earthly nation…be it the USA, or another nation of the world… and no matter what happens to us individually as far as how we would die or suffer, we KNOW an eternal kingdom awaits The Saints of God, and we need not live in fear. Ever! We can be REJOICING even now, for we know what The End includes! God’s got this!!!

This will take faith on the part of the Saints. And it may mean making a stand, as Daniel did in his day, as he was surrounded by people who served other gods. His life was in danger, yes! Yet, His Faith led to others coming to the True and Living God, and our faith will do the same!

Here is a verse in the New Testament that simply confirms what God showed Daniel in the old testament: Colossians 1:9-13

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us qualified to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.

Accept Christ – And inherit His Kingdom! It’s as simple as this friends. He paid the cost to redeem you from the Kingdom of this World, and deliver you out of darkness… Just receive what He did for you. Then live for him… as the verses above describe. You’ll be SO TRIUMPHANT if you simply ABIDE IN CHRIST!!

 

Written by Beth Ann Smith

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Life Eternal – What a Gift!!

christ born to dieVirgin Born, Jesus IS The Christ, the Son of the Living God, ….came TO die…that God might forgive us our sin, not counting our trespasses against us. Christ gives us life’s most perfect gift through himself! Eternal Life! Reconciliation with the true God and knowledge of who He is, Himself!

“And this IS life eternal: that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast SENT.” John 17:3

that is: in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. II Cor 5:19

Familiarize yourself with the above two verses! For they sum up the Good News:

TO KNOW GOD AND CHRIST is each Believer’s greatest GIFT and is LIFE ETERNAL!

Become a Believer! or should I say, Receiver… (smile)

And then you, are “entrusted” to share Christ and this message of reconciliation with others! No other “qualification” necessary to share!… but to have “received Christ yourself!”  Your “calling” is now known!

I pray you had a Merry CHRISTmas and I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

ENJOY your Life Eternal, TODAY! And let Your Light SHINE! (smile)

An Opinion or A Witness? Which is the More Reliable?

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God is a greater witness than a person, wouldn’t you say?

…whether that man or woman be expressing their thoughts, opinions, beliefs, reasonings, or interpretations on religious matters?

So the question…

Is Jesus the ONLY Way to God and Eternal Life?  

Jesus said that he was The Way…The Truth…The Life.. and that no man could come unto the Father but by Him. (John 14:6)  Was he telling the truth?

Well, Let’s hear A Witness…That’s how we expose a lie when in court, right?

Let’s hear what God the Father, Himself, has to say: 

Let’s take a look at this passage of I John 5:9-20 which is powerful to dispel the lie that there are many ways to God and eternal life. Feel free to look it up in your bible, yet because we are a society of bullet points, I have broken up this passage using them for emphasis, while keeping the text and punctuation totally intact, so that you may see more clearly its truth:

Here is the scripture, I John 5:9-20:

  • If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:
  • for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son:
  • he that believes on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:
  • he that believes not God hath made Him a liar; because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son.
  • And this is the record: that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
  • He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
  • These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
  • And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, He hears us:
  • And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
  • If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
  • All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
  • We know that whosoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.
  • And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
  • And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is trueand we are in Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

One of the biggest lies out in the world is that there is more than one way to God and more than one way to eternal life. This “lie” is really antichrist (against Christ).  This lie has everyone around us questioning…the true God?

Doubting that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, and the only way to God being through His shed blood and abiding in His Name, causes people to try this and try that, and look into this religion and that one, and they become more and more confused as to what is the truth.  They exchange the witness of the true God himself for the opinion of man, especially if this or that person or argument or perspective has “impressed him”…BUT I repeat the scripture Romans 3:4, “Let God be true, but every man a liar.” That is, Let us believe all men’s words and opinion are fallible, rather than God to speak what is not true! The word tells us God cannot lie(See Titus 1:2) Therefore, He is indeed a reliable witness, is He not?

Do not doubt what God has spoken, though you may see hypocritical speech or behavior around about you. Our passage tells us true believers are kept from sin. Or do you happen to “like someone” who is impressing upon you their Anti-Christ philosophies…(meaning they are against Christ as God’s only way to eternal life)? Is their logic and reasoning causing you to side with “an opinion” and not “God’s witness”?  Are you already aligning yourself with the AntiChrist spirit which is upon the world, rather than siding with God?

I John 2:22-23 says, “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”  

I John 4:3 says, “every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

The first-given, bulleted passage of 1 John 5 is written for those believers who will call on the name of Jesus to be saved and to be answered in their prayers of faith…and my prayer is that unbelievers will also become believers by reading THE TRUTH… And the confidence and assurance of a true believer CAN be theirs too, upon receiving Christ as Lord.

God’s main emphasis? He tells us we, as believers, can know…we are His…and that eternal life… is indeed Ours!

Do you see all the “know” references? (in the scripture I just revealed to you at the bullet points?) I encourage you to read them again, please…

Now look at the last verse in particular:

  • And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is trueand we are in Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Can you see that God, who bears witness in this passage, is trying to get you to understand that Jesus is TRUE?  we are in Him, who is the TRUE God?  and is Eternal Life? how many times does can one verse say this?… answer: enough so that we will “know”, I suppose, as believers, that ours is the true God. (smile)

We ought not to entertain the ideas of other religions, alternative lifestyles, new age experimentation, questioning continuously our own faith.  We can stand on solid ground, and establish ourselves in our faith. We can simply BELIEVE WHAT GOD HAS SAID in the Holy Scriptures concerning His Son, and the only way to He, the Father!” He is the greatest “witness” to his own Sonfor God is the greatest “being” of all! Again, I repeat, God cannot lie.  He should know what His Son has purchased for us in dying on the cross and shedding his blood…don’t you think? The word says concerning Jesus, His Son:  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Now… with the words of God’s testimony embraced… Believers, you can REST in your salvation.  Put on that helmet of Salvation and protect your mind from “incoming” lies and doubts and questionings that you as a believer in Christ Jesus have somehow “missed it”.  You do not need to know more of “the world and its philosophies”! Quit seeking when you HAVE the answer, if you have already once believed in Christ. What you need is to know more of is “the Word and God’s statements” about His own creation and plan, and His plans and purposes for each of us…so you can stand…against the lies, and be a witness too, speaking to others of Christ Jesus.

I encourage you…Go after God, and stand firm!

Believe and be made strong, if you are already a Believer. Pray, believing God hears! Speak believing others will hear! Stand in your conviction, as the Spirit empowers you.

And if you are not yet a believer in Christ, TODAY is the day!

Simply Believe the above passage, and what God says, and YOU CAN KNOW TOO… that CHRIST is The Lord, and ETERNAL LIFE is yours, in Him.  It is quite simply, a choice to Believe God and what He himself declares of His Son, and then you HAVE eternal life, immediately within…yet you will then grow in Grace and Knowledge of God and his Son Jesus Christ…and sin is removed as you yield to His workings within your heart…and His Grace gives you righteousness, joy, and peace.  

Being confident, and “knowing” for certain of your salvation, and eternal security, you will then have the power to walk the walk of Being HIS…for Christ’s Spirit then dwells within you, that you may Know Him.

I will close with this confirmation….from another scripture passage:

John 17:3 Now this is ETERNAL LIFE: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Let’s not heed man’s opinion but rather embrace God’s witness.

Written by Elizabeth Norland, May 28, 2013

 

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