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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Turn and Return To The Lord

repentanceGod is asking NOW, that those who speak his son’s name from their lips, would be LIKE CHRIST….for scripture says of the true Christian, “By their fruits, you shall know them.” There has been a gradual “turning away” from Christ and the truth of the Word of God, even by those who “say” they are Christians, and the Spirit of God would like to have eyes opened to just how much we all have become desensitized and unaware of this shift “away” from God.

The Spirit of God inspired A SONG that I wrote and recorded that really illuminates this condition of His Church…and Father is asking us to be “reconciled” back to Him by a turning or returning back to Christ, and a following of His Ways in our everyday living.

Please, no matter who you are, after reading this blog, PLEASE TAKE A LISTEN… for this song is meant to shed light on hidden places of the heart that God sees, even though others may not.  Light dispels the darkness, so there need be no apprehension to listen through the song…rather, a feeling of being set free will come as you yield your heart to the Spirit of God. He gives this promise, “Draw nigh to God, and He Will draw near to you.”

THESE TWO VERSES from the Word of God are to bring YOU encouragement that the Lord stands ready to receive your repentance, and to abundantly pardon that which the Spirit may speak with you about.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord and HE WILL HAVE MERCY upon him; and TO OUR GOD, for HE WILL abundantly pardon.”  Isaiah 55:6-7

and

“For He says, ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, NOW  is the accepted time; behold, now IS the day of salvation.”  II Cor 6:2

Take a listen to this song and hear its message:

To repent means “to turn” … we turn away from revealed sin, and turn toward the Lord… He then empowers us to overcome. It is “A PROCESS”… so be humble and yet give your repentance 100%. Keep throwing your sin back on the altar of grace until you are “FREE” from it, for Christ did not only FORGIVE your sin at the cross…he FREED you FROM SIN at the cross. You have only to appropriate this power in your life.  How?  By totally abandoning yourself to Jesus. The Spirit of God is then given to lead and guide your life.

Why is this message important RIGHT NOW, TODAY? Because you have “A KINGDOM” available to you… to live in and walk in TODAY: The Kingdom of God.  Then, no matter what happens to “your country”, be it the USA or another country of the world, there need be NO FEAR, for your citizenship is in the Kingdom of God. God will soon send Christ for His Church, which is made up of believers everywhere, and the true believers will no longer be here. And when later we return with Christ, we will have HIM “reigning supreme over us all”! So, what better future and hope can there be than that? (smile) The thing is, God is to be reigning in all of “us, His Kids” RIGHT NOW, if we will allow him to have that authority in our lives. We each have a FREE WILL to choose to live for Christ. It is time for “The Church” to exercise its free will to radiate His Glory through our obedience corporately too, as God steers people here and there into their destinies and true purpose.

TURN — OR RETURN — TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  He is the ONLY WAY to the Father (GOD). You will be left behind if you are not “ABIDING IN” CHRIST. Plain and Simple.  He doesn’t take people who have divorced him, even if once married to him, to share His Life. Liken it to a normal marriage…Have you abandoned Him? Have you gone away from your first love? Or are you living as ONE FLESH? Or are you just in a house together, pretending to others that you love Him? or are you in “Close Intimacy? (Only you can answer…but “do ask yourself”…and don’t assume all is well.) Truly…If it is not likened to a marriage, then why does Scripture use the word adulterers and adulteresses, to describe those who have chosen the World and its ruler Satan over Christ, the lover of their soul? Who gave everything to be wed to His Bride, the church…

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

IT IS TIME TO TURN, OR RETURN TO THE LORD, IF YOU ONCE KNEW GREATER INTIMACY WITH HIM. HE IS READY TO TAKE YOU IN HIS ARMS AND ABUNDANTLY PARDON…HELP YOU TO OVERCOME SIN… AND GIVE YOU JOY, PEACE, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, WHICH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Romans 14:16-18 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

 

To Respond is simple.

Accept Christ Jesus, asking Him to take over the Lordship of your life, and receiving the salvation His Blood shed on the cross to purchase for you. The Spirit of God will come live within your life, and speak to your spirit, which is now reborn. Heaven is your destiny if Jesus abides with you now.

OR return to Him…and His Word…if you had once made him your Savior but never have quite given Lordship of your life to him.  “Submit to God, Resist the Devil, and He will Flee from You.”  Don’t GIVE UP… The Lord will NEVER give up on you, but TIME IS SHORT and the window is closing. TODAY IS THE TIME. Grace is giving you this message, for one of the greatest gifts of grace that God has given man is the ABILITY TO REPENT and be met with open loving arms of the Savior.

Tomorrow may be too late…. So please heed whatever is going on in your spirit man right now…for the Spirit of God communicates within to your spirit. And as I release this blog, I am praying for YOU to respond to make Christ “your” ruler, whether you’re just coming to know Jesus or have walked as a Christian all your life.

I am going to be responding myself… for the Lord is always and forever going to be encouraging me to draw closer and become more attune to His Voice, more aware of His Word, and more obedient to The Truth. The Truth will set us all free. Hallelujah! We can all be thankful that He loves us SO MUCH!

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USA – NOW is the Time to Make OUR Choice

Which Choice Will You Make?Years ago the Lord spoke the words to me: “Ask not, is my agenda God’s? Ask, rather, Is God’s agenda mine.”

The Lord also highlighted the scripture, Isaiah 50:10-11, Who is among you that fears the Lord?  that obeys the voice of his servant? (Jesus) that walks in darkness and has no light ? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God! Behold, all of you who Kindle a Fire and encircle yourself with Firebrands, walk in the light of your fire,  and among the brands you have set ablaze. This “you” will have from my hand: YOU will lie down IN TORMENT.”  Meaning we’d better pause to think and not “react” concerning any of the complex decisions to be made for ourselves and our country, without consulting the Lord God and really “knowing” what we are doing or about to do.

And I was also very aware of this verse of Isaiah 48: 22, “There is no peace for the wicked” says the Lord.

“So anyway this morning the Lord melted these verses together in my heart, and then He began to speak to me of individuals and nations in light of the current world scene. I am simply sharing what I feel the Holy Spirit shared with me, in my OWN words, and not that of someone else, except God’s, through scripture. After all I am to be “a witness”. 

Some confusion comes to all of us, throughout the world, leaders and ordinary folk alike, for each nation we speak of has both good and evil within it, for there are good and evil people within it. Not all the people of France are good and not all are evil… not all the people of Syria are good and not all are evil, and not all the people in the US are good and not all are evil. Same is true of each and every nation, including Israel.

It is when a nation collectively, as a whole, represents their GOD, that then “the distinction” of the NATION itself is declared to The World.

The USA, in the past, was always represented as a righteous God-fearing nation, swift to punish evil, and swift to provide aid to the oppressed, etc. In recent years other nations have come to look at us as away from God and reprobate in morals and values, and not aligning ourselves with the God of our founding fathers of the USA… i.e. God and Jesus and Holy Spirit with the bible and constitution as our guidebooks. This is the same God who has declared Israel as His Chosen People, the God is Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the founders of The Faith. Our main leadership doesn’t appear to be representing it’s people… or do they? Are we turning toward God or are we turning away from God, collectively as a nation? At the present time, I think only God himself, who sees the heart of each one in the USA, knows the answer to this question presenting itself. It is only as we make the choice and declare our allegiance through word and actions that we collectively begin to see WHO we are as a nation. This is what is happening now, and it is not to be feared. We have been paralyzed in indecision as a country for too long.

What happens when we go after evil as a nation, is that the whole nation is affected…both for good or bad. Innocent are killed while doing nothing, and innocent are killed by doing something! Either way! and that is what brings complication! Man cannot sort out the good and evil individuals…only God can! When we see them as evil or good we can determine them by their fruits, so an evil man will “become visible eventually”. The warning is, that evil men may not display the evil immediately…but eventually they will.  We’re talking the individual with his evil heart…a heart that is set against the one true God and disobedient to His Words.  Evil men are within the USA, just as they are in Syria.

God himself declares in Isaiah 45:22-25  “TURN TO ME, AND BE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NO OTHER. I have sworn by myself, the Word has gone forth from my mouth and in righteousness, and will not turn back, that to me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. THEY will say of me, “Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.” They will come to him. And all who were angry at him will be put to shame. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel will be justified and will glory.

These things we know for a fact from the Word of God, and this is not “opinion”:

  1. God has sworn to Keep Israel. And “all the offspring of Israel” will be justified and will glory according to the verse above. SO, to make God’s agenda ours as a nation, we the United States must side with Israel and its allies. We must remain allies with Israel against Israel’s enemies.
  • Isaiah 45:17 gives just one glimpse of this well-defined promise of God: “Israel has been saved by the Lord. With an EVERLASTING salvation. You will not be put to shame or humiliation TO ALL ETERNITY.” This means, if we want to stay in God’s will we will stay on God’s side! It’s quite that simple. Israel’s enemies as nations are not to be our “friends” as nations. So to not bring in Syrian refugees is to not welcome enemies of Israel. These enemies will eventually turn into our enemies, from within, if they oppose, as Muslims do, the people of Israel.
  1. God invites the nations to come to him, BUT IF they choose to serve a different God, than the one true God, they have made their choice. They have chosen collectively to BE Muslim and Islam countries, or Pagan, or Hindu or Buddhist countries. And USA has a choice to make too! Will we serve the ONE TRUE GOD and be preserved, or turn into a nation that serves only itself and pleasures of sin and many different gods. Our choice, as a nation, will indeed, matter, in how God protects us as a nation. We need to be praying, sharing our faith, standing up for righteousness, and asking for revival of our individual hearts and that for us as a nation.
  1. So what about the INDIVIDUALS? The ones Jesus died for, to give His Righteousness and Love to? Each one in every country is given free will to choose to turn to the one true God and His Christ…Jesus. No one will be turned away from the gift of salvation if they turn to Christ…The LOVER of their soul, not the TAKER of their soul. Each one, in each country. None of us is righteous in ourselves. We have all sinned and fall short. But Jesus is The Way, the Truth, and The Light, and no man comes into God but through Him. So this means then, that two things could happen:
  • If the individuals of a nation, including the USA, turn toward God…If the numbers do, as in a revival…they can overcome their enemies within their own nation, through Christ. In other words, if enough Syrians accepted Christ, the good ones, the refugees we want to stand up for, then God would help them rise up against the evil and God would deliver them within their own countries from those that displaced them. Syrians rising against Syrians in the name of Jesus instead of the name of Allah and Mohammad. Right now, they are just destroying each other for they are all in the name of Allah, a false destructive god, whose ideology corrupts the hearts of men, and destroys its women and children.  History has revealed this truth, though The Light must expose the darkness of Islam, to expose it to its deceived followers. Jesus is called The Light. He has revealed himself to all who seek Him or Truth, for he is The truth.
  • And the USA, collectively, has a choice to make too! Will we serve God or turn into a nation that serves only itself and pleasures of sin and many different gods, including pride in ourselves as a country even without God.  We have our own civil war going on, even amongst our leaders. Let’s listen to those who are trying to turn this nation back to God! This calls for serious prayer and involvement on the part of the Saints. Our choice, as a nation, will indeed, matter, on individuals’ choices…in how God protects us as a nation. We need to be praying, sharing our faith, standing up for righteousness, and asking for revival of our individual hearts and that for us as a nation.
  • Even Israel, to know the salvation of the God who calls them His People, must come to recognize THEIR MESSIAH, has already come, and is Christ Jesus the Lord. He, when recognized by Him, will rise up with zeal and take over as Lord of Hosts. He is waiting on His own People to leave behind their rituals and traditions and to recognize who Jesus really is. He came to individuals, who make up nations, and so GOD THE FATHER is patiently waiting for mankind to CHOOSE CHRIST, the Lamb of God, who was slain, to remove sin, and to destroy the works of Satan.

Psalms 108 :12-13 says “Oh, give us help against the adversary, for deliverance BY MAN is in vain!  THROUGH GOD we will do valiantly, and it is HE who shall TREAD DOWN our adversaries.”

This verse is applicable to nations and individuals both.

Christmas is coming. Christ was born. Simeon, declared as he held and beheld the baby Jesus, who is The Christ : “My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples. A LIGHT of revelation to the Gentiles and the GLORY OF your people Israel.”

Christ showed us all the will of his Father was to bring forth life, and that more abundant.. To heal and make whole. And He gave himself FOR MANKIND, the whole world, no respecter of persons. Love dictates what God does, as it was demonstrated in what Christ did… He was His exact representation. But evil men destroyed Christ and Satan thought he won, BUT HE DID NOT WIN! Christ destroyed death, and raised from the dead, and gives LIFE and will one day raise from the dead all those who serve God through Him. The scripture says in I John 3:8, “He who commits sin is from Satan, because Satan is a sinner from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this reason: To destroy the works of Satan.”

The declaration by angels as Christ came?  “Glory to God in the highest ! and On earth, PEACE, and GOOD WILL toward  men!”  

Isaiah 9:7 declares: “7 Of the increase of His government and peace THERE SHALL BE NO END, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth EVEN FOR EVER. The ZEAL  of the LORD OF HOSTS will perform this. “

CHOOSE YOU …THIS DAY…WHOM YOU WILL SERVE.

Joshua 24:14-15 says: 14 “NOW therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

For those “on the fence” about the need to make a choice, I want to share Malachi 3:16-18:

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,  and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for those who fear the Lord and who is esteem his name. “They will be mine” says the Lord of hosts “on the day that I prepare my own possession. AND I will spare them as a man spears his own son who serves him, so you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

I, for the record, STAND WITH the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…the GREAT DELIVERER, and JESUS CHRIST…the GREAT SAVIOR…and listen to the HOLY SPIRIT, the GREAT COMFORTER. Ours is a “relationship” with a God who GAVE and didn’t take. He even GAVE his own son while we were YET SINNERS. He is long-suffering and patient with mankind, not willing that any should perish.

Who will YOU stand with?

Individuals can no longer “stand ON the fence”… we each MUST CHOOSE.

One must ask his or her self , Who IS  “MY” God?

If I choose Christ, I cannot side with the “other god.” I cannot serve God and mammon… I cannot serve God and Islam… I cannot serve God and Satan… I cannot serve God and Evil.

For He declares, “THERE IS NO OTHER”.

God himself declares in Isaiah 45:22-25  “TURN TO ME, AND BE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NO OTHER. I have sworn by myself, the Word has gone forth from my mouth and in righteousness, and will not turn back, that to me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. THEY will say of me, “Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.” They will come to him. And all who were angry at him will be put to shame. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel will be justified and will glory.”

Seems to me, one key is illuminated now, isn’t it?

Which Choice Will You Make?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shared by Beth Ann Smith, 11-19-2015, just a middle-aged ordinary woman, who seeks truth and loves and worships her God, and has no agenda, but to be obedient and faithful TO CHRIST the Lord.  

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Confrontation with Sinful Men – Is It Too Late? Or is it NOW to be Done?

courageA righteous man who stands up and against atrocity or sin in the camp will be hated and mockingly and angrily taunted with the words: “Now you want to play the judge!”

When evil is exposed, one is quoted only too well, the scripture back: “Judge not lest ye be Judged”,  but rarely is it used in the spirit of God, meaning the Holy Spirit isn’t giving them utterance of that scripture in response to a sincere Spirit-led warning concerning sin.  Rather a doctrine of demons has come in, and the Devil has twisted a scripture in the mouths of sinners as “a license” to DO evil, rather than as a means to resist temptation or sin, or to be reconciled to wonderful fellowship with God in Christ. Twisting God’s words has been his strategy since the beginning of time.

Judging one another from proud self-righteousness in a hateful haughty way is one thing, but standing up for righteousness and bringing reproof is another. Standing up for righteousness is placing a judgement on sin that is occurring, as in exposing a LIE that someone has bought into that will destroy their future, or confronting a HABIT that will cost someone their family or spouse, or someone’s WORKS that are of the darkness causing many others to stumble. Speaking the truth in love, even if in a confrontation of sin, is not Judging! It gives the person, company, church, or city, etc. a conscious “opportunity” to repent and turn, and keeps them from true judgment by God later on, for light “reveals” the darkness they’ve grown accustomed to.

Believers…friends… We must STAND and not let evil bulldoze us over! We must discern the depths of sins degradation around about us and guard our hearts, for out of them flow all the issues of life.

Anyway, I have personally had several encounters of recent date because I took a stand against some form of deception, some form of evil, that I was noting in those close to me who had once proclaimed Christ. Immediately the wickedness I had addressed resulted in an ugly attack which was turned upon me, as a person.  I was “whipped” as if I was in the wrong to have tried to prevent evil works from worsening, or lies becoming more embedded.

So severe were these attacks on my person, that it caused me to stop…pull back… to remove sin’s warnings I had given in writing, and wonder what I should have done. I questioned before the Lord whether mine had been a “proper response” to wickedness and love’s tug at my heart toward that person and another, due to their departing from the faith. My own heart being examined, and my mind being set to prayer on the matter.

Well…TODAY the Lord showed me something interesting.. And I want to share what He spoke to me in this regard, with you. For my prayer is that it will strengthen you in your own stand for God.

I want to take you to Genesis Chapter 19:1-11 which tells of exactly the same scenario as we have playing out in this hour… Evil men, not held back, becoming even more evil. This is the story of Lot facing the men of Sodom.sodom

I am going to focus you on Genesis 19 especially verses 9-10, where Lot goes out to TAKE A STAND… a Good and Evil Confrontation, you might say.

Lot basically said to the entire towns men, “Please don’t do this wickedness!” He was approaching in diplomacy, tact, whatever you want to call it, but he was still calling sin, sin…calling what they were doing “wickedness”. He was attempting to reason with them. So, too, we try to do this with disobedient wayward believers and unbelievers around us, don’t we.

Lot even went so far as to try to appease them, by instead of ridding them of their evil intent and behaviors, going about offering them a “lesser degree” of evil: “Here, take my two virgin daughters instead!” My land, how misled! Didn’t do any good at all, did it! Why? Because the intent of their hearts was to do the evil they set out to do, and by George, no one was going to stop them by reasoning or appeasing!

I believe we are being shown what does NOT work: giving an option of a lesser of two evils rather than repentance… Or trying to politely confront evil …or being so desperate as to cause violation to our own households to appease evil doers. (I won’t elaborate much on these things, but continue on with this…)

I believe God spoke to me today, that a righteous man, woman, or child who simply takes A STAND against sin in the camp (i.e. each of us in our little worlds of influence), will be responded to as the men of Sodom responded to Lot. That mankind is to that degree of hardness of heart, but that we still must take the stand we know in our hearts must be taken. Right at the same time spiritual maturity is coming to the Body of Christ, spiritual wickedness is coming to maturity in this world. We must pick a side, knowing that Greater is He who is in us, than he that is in the world. But when we do take a stand, we can expect this reaction:

Let’s see now what they, the men of Sodom, spoke in reaction to Lot’s stand:

They responded to Lot emotionally, verbally, and with action response. Genesis 19:9 says, they first said “Get out of our way!” Clearly they did not desire anyone to interfere with their intent to do evil.

Next they clearly attacked Lot’s “right” to say anything to them, by attacking him by saying, “You’re a foreigner!” Which interpreted in modern language is to say, “What right have you to tell us what to do!”

And finally, the same verbal response heard in the majority of our encounters these days:
“Now, you want to play the judge!” Yes, if you take a stand, you’ll be accused of judging…them. Rather than them acknowledging the truth that Lot was trying to prevent wickedness, and was standing up for righteousness which is a loving act toward them, their response was “Who do you think you are, judging us!”.  Ever hear that one??

And their action of response comes then…and their heart’s intent speaks in declaration: “We will treat you worse than them”!

In other words, they were now going to turn from that evil to doing Lot evil.

They then brought pressure on to Lot….as they moved forward to crush him.

In my recent experiences this was exactly what took place. The wickedness they were in the midst of, gave place to a “personal attack” upon me, just as I noted the men of Sodom did to Lot.

People can put pressure on you. People can then “gang up” to attack you, to crush you! These men did it to Lot physically! And it can happen to us… Spiritually and physically!

But FEAR NOT!

Believers! It is The Time to take Your Stand… Even if it looks like the whole city (school, workplace, home, company) is surrounding you… and you are totally alone!

For, Praise the Lord…that’s not the end of the story! In Genesis with Lot, or in modern day with us!

God’s Messengers, pulled Lot into the safety of his home, shut the door, and struck all the would-be attackers with blindness! God’s Messengers then told Lot that the outcry of the Lord against its people was so great that they were sent to destroy Sodom. But Lot, a righteous man who took a stand, was “taken out” before judgment came down. Actually Lot was saved for Abraham’s sake, but imagine… the whole city could have been spared if even 10 righteous men could have been found! If nine more of those men confronted would have repented..when confronted…imagine, the city spared. Wow…

We, my believing faithful friends in Christ, may find ourselves in life-threatening situations in the future… Standing up for Christ… Seeking first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness… So fear not taking a stand!  Be not alarmed as evil begets evil, for we are in a war of good and evil…but don’t be afraid to lovingly confront or simply to stand yourself….judge the evil, loving the sinner to repentance…. But if hearts become hardened, and minds deceived to the point where they will NOT LISTEN, and turn to rend you…Know that the Lord’s Messengers are still in “your house” with you… They will pull you into safety…They will “close the door” … They can deal with your enemies… And God will ultimately judge your enemies!  Our job is to love everyone to repentance, but light must manifest to expose the darkness, and this is something believers are failing to realize! Darkness can’t put out our light. But our light can put out the darkness, as in a light bulb turned on in a dark room!

Now, Note this, my final statement: God is showing us that a righteous man who stands up for Christ, and against atrocity or sin in the camp….in this hour… is going to be hated and called “a judge.” Yet, all believers are to judge whether something is wrong and an action is wrong, or something is a lie or deception to be exposed! Leaders must lovingly correct. We must reprove as a parent does his child! It is the child who then can either harden his heart and go after rebellion, or have his heart sorrowed and true repentance cause his behavior to change. Truth of God’s Word must be honored and obeyed. And Christ must be Lifted Up, that He may draw men unto himself! We set the example of being Christ’s, allowing the fruits of the spirit to be displayed to others, so our walk and our talk match.

Be bold IN YOUR LOVE! And note that the world’s definition of tolerance is not the same as God’s definition of love. The aim of our love is to have us all become mature in Christ, and prepare for the ultimate return and reign of Christ! Ephesians 4:15, “ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Furthermore Ephesians 5:12-13 says: ” 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

We don’t have authority over others, they have free will, but we can take authority over sin! We can attack sin! We are to reprove or correct or instruct, as led by the Spirit of God… addressing sin as sin…So that the light can bring “repentance” and God’s kindness, which leads many to repentance, may be experienced. It is love to warn. Exposure ought never to be feared, for then God’s kindness and favor may be experienced, rather than His Judgment.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we are in a time right now when IF we do stand up for what’s right and declare what the word of God says about a particular subject, we are called judgmental… But it is holding back wickedness by the Spirit of Truth… For when the Spirit is taken away and lawlessness abounds, there will be no holding it back.

Those righteous who “blend into their environment by not standing, even if vexed in their spirit” will come to the position of Lot, where they themselves are in danger of judgment or in danger of life if they suddenly stand. God even promised, if ten were found righteous, he would not destroy the city, but ten were not found. This is the danger of “silence”. There may also come a time when for our own protection God may protect His Own, in their homes, behind shut doors, while angels watch over us, while judgement occurs on the evil ones around about them. We can trust, in the protection(s) of our God.

The safest place to be is IN HIM… whether abiding or taking our stand.

Please pass this article onto your friends, for I am praying that God will give all those who read this an empowering of His Spirit to TAKE A STAND and to be counted as FRIENDS OF CHRIST in a world that is fast becoming anti-Christ.

Amen!

Warning-Alert: MCD – Manipulative Communication Deception

MCDThis is a post of a previous article I wrote in April 2005, about how The Enemy often uses prophetic words to deceive. They are to be authenticated, then received. Revisited for its application NOW, in this hour.

April 3, 2005     I had a very interesting morning as I sat at the feet of my now-deceased husband David, and he taught me saying:

I worked in “Intelligence” while in the US Army and we, and the enemy, used a tactic called MCD.  This was our mission. This stands for Manipulative Communication Deception.

M – Manipulate Truth  (take what you know to be true, manipulate it just enough to let the enemy think it may be true, and not “suspect” a lie, with the purpose of throwing them “off the right track”)

C – Communicate (you have to find some subtle way to get your enemy to receive this “manipulative truth”…bring it to them through some back door way…or let them eavesdrop, or just send a messenger to them that blatantly tells the lies to them. The best way to do this is to let the “messenger” believe he has the truth…that way he will really “give out” the message convincingly. The lie will be accepted, and acted upon.)

D – Deceive  (this is the end result of what we want to accomplish.)

Our target to deceive?                        Ans. Their Source of Intelligence.

(If we deceive their Intelligence Source we get the rest of their operation easily for their plans are based on their Intelligence Source.)

Then he asked me: “Who is “Source of Intelligence” in the Body of Christ?”  He proceeded to tell me it was the Office of the Prophet, or Prophecy as the gift, or simply people speaking as if they are speaking with the authority given by God; pastors, teachers, etc.

He added this:

The prophet is to hear directly from God and speak only WHAT and WHEN as instructed by God. Many, however, who walk in the gift of prophecy receive a “message” with error. MCD has occurred.  The Enemy has intervened, and False Intelligence has been transmitted.  This is why there is a multitude having received prophetic words which have almost destroyed their lives.  Prophecy as “Real Intelligence” is of such value, that it can’t be ignored or abandoned by the Body of Christ. Communications with God must continue.  Real Intelligence must get past enemy lines.

So how does one know whether a message they receive is from God and true, or is from the Enemy and is a lie?  The answer. What the intelligence agencies MUST DO: AUTHENTICATE!

As a rule, if what a person communicates to another is:

  1. Speculation
  2. Feelings
  3. A Belief
  4. Opinion

IT MUST NOT BE CONSIDERED A WORD FROM GOD!

 

If you cannot say: “Thus saith the Lord”, then you have nothing to say.  If you are going to speak as from the Lord, then you must clearly, without any doubt, know that the Lord has spoken directly to you.

One of the greatest errors made by believers is to receive a minister’s OPINION as if it is Gospel!  Another is for a minister not to realize that his position gives his words a “connotated seal of approval from God”.

A true prophet or minister of God will say to himself, “Unless I KNOW it is FROM GOD then I DO NOT SPEAK IT FORTH.”

The rules that a Godly minister or would be prophet say, “Speak WHAT God tells you and Nothing Else”  And “Speak WHEN God tells you to and no other time”.

If it is a speculation, a feeling, a belief, or opinion it must be “authenticated” by going directly to God, (the written word and the Spirit in perfect agreement) and getting TRUTH firsthand.  Do not speak it (if you’re at the giving end) or receive it (if you’re at the receiving end) until God, himself, authenticates the message.

He gave me an example.  This is a fictitious name I use.  Let’s say Joe Ryan is in some major transition in his life.  He is under great tension. He knows change has to be made and is coming.  He needs to hear from God.

Now well-meaning people, want to:

  • Encourage
  • Help
  • Aid

And Joe Ryan is:                     Open to suggestions (he desires to hear from God)

In the middle of these is

  • GOD, Wanting to make His Will known
  • Satan with the MISSION to MCD

What happens is this:

People with all good intentions:

  • Cause Confusion
  • Aid in Error
  • Confirm a Lie
  • Mis-Direct

BECAUSE  of M C D

(they received and gave out a message without authenticating it! They speak it to Joe Ryan as if its truth, for they themselves don’t realize the difference between the False Intelligence and the Truth which is of God.)

I asked “Why can MCD happen? Both the receiver and giver not knowing the message has met with MCD?”

His reply?

Because though in their hearts they want to be a blessing, they are being led by

  1. Their mind
  2. Their belief in their heart
  3. Their desire to be used by God
  4. Feel they have a responsibility to help
  5. Feel obligated when asked for “a word” (even when they have not been given anything from God to give out. Altar ministry can be a specific place this MCD occurs, especially between the immature.)

My interjection, “Well, what if it HAS BEEN authenticated as truth. It is even the Word?”

My husband’s reply: God said in the Written Word:  “Those who are led by the Spirit are called the Sons of God… NOT those who speak the truth.

Many who speak the truth out, without being LED BY GOD to do so, are destroyed by Satan. Even the giving out of truth, authenticated intelligence, must be done as led by the Spirit of God, or Satan can intercept the message with MCD.  This is what happened with Job’s friends.  They saw circumstance, perceived their truth in their mind, it sounded like God, but it was mixed with MCD. It wasn’t TRUTH. It didn’t accomplish what they desired and meant to do. God sent the Real Intelligence, and Job went to God Himself for the authentication, which God gave.

Why am I sharing this teaching I received at my kitchen table?

In this hour we all are to be more alertmore determined to get our direction directly from the Lord himself, less apt to speak our words as if they are God’s, and less panicked when we don’t know what to do.  It’s better to WAIT ON GOD for a clear message, then to receive an unclear message for the sake of movement…to make our “tension” cease during transition, etc.  Be careful what books we read as truth, what advise we take as truth, what impressions/thoughts we have that aren’t of God but are MCD messages. Authenticate!  Authenticate! Authenticate!  Then when authenticated, receive and do the Will of God “wholeheartedly” without doubts and reservations! The Spirit will bear witness with our spirit. Then the true sons of God, those led by the Spirit of God, will arise!

BE WISE FOR THE DAYS ARE EVIL.

May God bless you with this, as he has me.

I thank God for my previous husband David (*deceased), who, alongside my father, was one of the wisest men I ever knew!

Elizabeth

PS   Feel free to pass this along to anyone you believe could be blessed by what I’ve been taught that day. I don’t believe this is just for me, but is indeed truth for this Hour.

Covetousness – Rampant!

As a songwriter with a mandate to create songs which present godly truths, I was in wonder by the ominous assignment God gave me.  His words?  “I want you to warn the Body of Christ of a Gross Sin in My Eyes that is NOT being warned about from church pulpits, and is NOT being considered SERIOUSLY by my people…but that is RAMPANT in My Church.  This sin is COVETOUSNESS!”

Rampant means, “in full sway; prevailing or unchecked“!

Listeners, If God says it’s so, it is so! I felt an urgency in my spirit at the time of receiving this mandate…as if He was awaiting Our Response!

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I did my part to research The Word…And observed and pondered covetousness’ effect upon society (and in my own life too, bringing about a repentant heart)… YET was most surprised of what the Spirit revealed of how the The Kingdom of God was experiencing a devastating blow “to its advancement” due to this sin being rampant among ignorant or deceived Believers! God, for sure, needs to discipline us and turn us!  I truly believe it is due to the unrelenting onslaught of The Enemy, in this area, that many of us have fallen prey to this particular sin. (I’ll talk more of this later…) 

I want you, my readers, to know that the Holy Spirit personally revealed the scripture immediately below to me, as I was preparing to release the song “Covetousness”…and it is certain that God looks on our hearts:

Ezekiel 33:30b-33  “…and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’ 31 So my people come to you, as people do, and they sit before you as my people, to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy and in pursuit of their own gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings a lovely song, with a pleasant voice, and plays an instrument well; for they hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. 33 When all this comes to pass–and it surely will–then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

Frankly, I believe He was further communicating to me, that THIS is indeed the present condition of The Church! The stronghold, covetousness, now evidently so rampant that He is grouping us together, saying: “my people” are “greedy and in pursuit of their own gain” (covetousness) and “it has come to pass”! Actually Phil 2:21 says similar: “For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” Revealing that I shouldn’t expect to observe much response to what He is giving me to share publicly on the subject.(You know your own heart, before you read the Ezekiel verse…if you were just being “entertained” by the video or were responding to the message in a serious manner.)

YET, I pray that my labors are NOT in vain, and that many WILL TURN, as I myself have chosen to do….resulting in God being made joyous by our newly-surrendered lives! I am praying for you, even as I release this blog!

Therefore, I exhort: EACH must question his or her OWN RESPONSE to the message He is giving His Church, of which we are a part.

Will you please be the One who puts what He is reveals into practice”?

Will you turn toward Contentment and away from Covetousness?

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain! …More gain than covetousness could ever bring us!

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Now.. If you would like more information and truth, insight and practical application, about Covetousness, then read on:

Quite simply, Covetousness IS IDOLATRY.  It is your seeking contentment in “other things” apart from God… a “keeping up with the Jones”… a going after status, possessions, and power out of envy of our neighbor. It is taking your eyes off GOD and unto SELF.  It is taking your focus and resources away from the KINGDOM and God’s Purposes…and putting them on temporary things and fleeting pleasures, using them for your Own purposes. 

possessionsWe can covet many things: status, money, goods, houses, lands, and even people! Anything that someone else has that we desire to have for ourselves is covetousness. Anything we hang onto tightly, and are unwilling to give to God or others represents covetousness. Anything we zealously “want” so much that we take on needless debt or get involved in improper conduct (such as adultery) to satisfy “our craving” for that thing or person, is covetousness. Anytime, instead of asking God and waiting for his goodness of provision, that we covet and take, we exercise covetousness. Simply speaking, it is Love of Self rather than Love for God. Satisfying ourselves and our lusts, rather than honoring God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 

Let there be no mistake.  No covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of God.  In fact, it says in Ephesians 5:5-7 that the wrath of God will come upon the children of disobedience in this area, and that we are not to be partakers with them in Covetousness. (the verse can be found in the scriptures area below)

Lust is “longing for” and “going after” So the question is: Are you “longing for” things of this world, more than you are “longing for” God? 

I John 2:15-16  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Friendship with something, means we have a closer alliance with it than we have to God. James 4:4 says “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 

Do you buy and sell (the world’s system) more than you give and receive by faith (the Kingdom’s economy)? Do we “chase after” ? …more than we “ask of God” ?

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It is only when we believe the promises of God and trust in Him alone as OUR SOURCE, that we will find ourselves moving from covetousness to true contentment.

  • We must realize the goodness and generosity of our Father, and how he does delight in giving good things to his kids, if we but ask… And he gives to us, mostly, that we may give of our resources to meet others’ needs, and to the advance the Kingdom.  Friends…even if all we have left someday is God, He is enough.
  • Do not be afraid to give…to enjoy contentment… to stop the frenzy of this sin, for I assure you, that He WILL GIVE to you in answer to YOUR ASKING.  “Ask and it shall be given. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be open” ! Our God loves giving us GOOD GIFTS when we ASK!
  • It is alright to enjoy his contentment - already haveblessings, Saints.  And He does prosper His Servants.. and prosperity IS of God… But it is so we can be conduits of his divine resources too!… Giving and Receiving is the way of the Kingdom! His provision coming in and being sown outwardly …all the while holding very loosely all that He has given us to enjoy.    In reality, all we enjoy belongs to Him, and we are just stewards of what He has entrusted to us.

money-root-of-evilCovetousness “clogs” up the flow of God’s Provision toward US and toward OTHERS. This is why it is a serious sin to The Church as a whole at this time. Do we realize how many churches are closing due to this sin? For supply is being closed off…just as Satan desires. Monies are being allocated to satisfy our Covetousness instead of Advancing the Kingdom! And some people don’t go to church at all, because covetousness has reached maturity, to the point that they no longer want to part with their own money for offerings? They fail to realize that they are supporting the work of God in their giving, and that tithing is simply giving back that which God has given them. But can churches be covetous too? You bet they can.  Many small church pastors are covetous of mega church pastors, for they have larger budgets, they get more kudos, they have more prestige or power. Bigger paychecks! Frustrations and bitterness comes…discontentment with their small church, etc. AND yet we then look at some mega churches, who have pastors coveting each other’s roles within their own organizations!…and each others’ pay grades!

Covetousness has invaded every single area of society, this is why it is on the heart of God TO WARN, for he says “because of these things his wrath will come onto the children of disobedience.” Covetousness grows as a virus, spreading into other areas of our lives: individuals… schools….churches… businesses… internet… nations… the World!

desire creedWe have more gadgets,  thingamajigs, and whatchamacallits then we can keep track of…our malls and supermarkets full of enticing merchandise that we don’t think we can live without. Advertising seductively speaks that we will find happiness, and all will be peachy, if we just get “that”, whatever it may be. Status is measured in name brands and company logos.

An example of what I mean? Brand Name labels used to be hidden in the inside of our pants or shirts, and now they are viewed as being the important thing! Why…If you don’t wear a certain “brand”, you’re just not “cool”.  Friends, this breeds covetousness in children at school, in workers at work, and between companies as they “covet” for their brand renown. It has gone so much to the extreme in the US, that we actually export “non-brand name clothing” to third world countries, for we and our own children would not be seen wearing such “cheap clothes”. (i.e. not brand name!) This is a single example of a widespread issue. Do you know that brand-name athletic shoes are among the most stolen items at high schools and colleges? It is because of “covetousness”!!

  • covet-definitionAnd we’ve been assaulted with covetousness online!
  • I personally receive dozens of emails daily, from people trying to get me to BUY SOMETHING.  They do it by presenting a picture, a great price, and putting a thought in my head that “I just can’t live without this!”  Groupon, Amazon Local Deals, eCost, Yipit, and others come daily attempt to feed our lusts… and most websites, when you do buy something, put you on “their list”. UNSUBSCRIBE if you are daily tempted! and STOP BUYING! The more you are caught up in shopping and spending, the more you will be “enticed”.  It is a vicious cycle, unless it is “taken in hand”!  Instead, Start Giving what you have in surplus to others, as God would prompt you. (I’m not telling you to give everything you have away. Just listen to the Spirit if he prompts you to give something to someone! What goes around comes around…God will replenish you through someone else) 
  • By the way. those in poverty may have the biggest struggle in the area of covetousness, for they “desire MORE” for themselves, and may experience envy of their neighbors, coveting what “they” have.
  • Poverty is to be met by ASKING of GOD! He is no respecter of persons. In fact, Christ became poor, that you might give you his riches!
  • Poverty sometimes causes hoarding, for a person may FEAR LACK. Hoarders LOVE THEIR THINGS.. so much they can’t part with them… until they are lost under piles of stuff they have already, that is!) Instead, their family members part with them, in relationship! Covetousness, manifested as hoarding, has really become a serious issue! Choosing things over love from family! Wow! (But, I guess you don’t have to be a hoarder to do that kind of choosing though. Covetousness has a serious consequence: We can lose relationships!)

Now, understand, covetousness is not only in regard to things and possessions.  It has to do with “competing” and “grasping for more” …you covet that person’s job for yourself… lust after your neighbor’s wife… covet that woman’s beauty so you just must have that plastic surgery…or “I need a lawn care company too!” Covetousness takes many forms, and can lead to financial ruin, destroyed relationships, and sorrows of many kinds.

  • Even Eve, sinned the sin of forbidden-fruitcovetousness… she wanted more than what God had given her… she wanted what was out of her reach… she coveted the fact that she could become like God. Contentment was NOT her heart, even when the whole of the garden was hers to enjoy.  Covetousness today is exactly the same.  We have plenty and then some, but we want more! We want what “that person” has!

looking at neighbors ice cream

  • As part of our sinful nature, carried down from that first sin in the garden, covetousness will show up in children almost immediately. Parents, this is your opportunity to teach them about coveting what is their brother’s or sister’s or friend’s things, and to have them learn contentment.  Lovingly train them early about how God looks on covetousness, and you will prevent a stronghold in their life. Praise them as they ARE content, and lovingly correct them when they aren’t.
  • Women beware of coveting other women’s shopping ability if you go to the mall and have little resources to spend, while your friend pulls out her credit card and racks it up. It’s not a competition to see who can go home with the most goodies! Better to have a contest of who can “spend the least” on a shopping trip, and getting the better deals on the things your household needs!looking at others shopping
  • And for heaven’s sake, if you have a husband or boyfriend, do not be covetous of your friends and their household situations, putting strain on him or your marriage…to keep you in your “luxuries”, due to covetousness.  This is grievous and burdensome to him if finances are tight! God is your source, not him! Ask God. Don’t let your covetousness destroy your marriage, by piling up debt, never being satisfied with his gifts, having to have a certain expensive brand at the grocery store, etc. Let him enjoy your attitude of “contentment” and “pleasure in Him” instead of complaining! 

fish menMEN, don’t be envious of the income, resources, haul, or catch of another man in your life or vantage point. Proverbs 12:12 says, “The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of righteousness yields fruit.” 

BE CONTENT with what God has given you for position or income.  Be faithful where you are…ASK OF GOD, and He will promote you for your hard work and honoring of Him. The scriptures teach that promotion comes from The Lord: Psalm 75:6-7 “For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.” You don’t have to “take” power  or “abuse” your authority or “compromise” your integrity in order to get ahead.

If the other man has more “man toys” then you, he probably also has more headaches and expense to “maintain” them!  And this could include “their wives!”

And EVERYONE:  “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side!”  (this is covetousness in a sentence!)

Exhortation: HOLD EVERYTHING LOOSELY…meaning Do not attach your heart to it!

I Cor 7:29-31 implies our time is short here… and we are to hold everything “loosely”. This passage instructs: “…and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passes away.”

This is basically saying, we need to have a certain amount of contact with the world, and yes, you need the world’s goods… but Use It – Not Abuse It! Do not “love the world”. Love God! Only the Kingdom will go on… the World will pass away.

Proverbs 28:16b says “…But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.” Sounds like a great promise to hang onto as you are decision making in the days ahead!

in god we trust

  • WHO and WHAT you “trust” matters!
  • Is it GOD? or SELF?
  • Are you going to ASK and BELIEVE? RECEIVE and GIVE and RECEIVE?
  • OR, are you going to covet and take? holding on and not letting go!

IF WE WILL BECOME ALERT, THE SPIRIT OF GOD WILL DO A ONE-ON-ONE RESCUE OF EACH OF US – SO WE, HIS CHURCH, MAY COME  “OUT” FROM THIS STRONGHOLD!

CHOICES WILL BE MADE…EACH AND EVERY DAY:

  • TOWARD CONTENTMENT or TOWARD COVETOUSNESS…
  • TOWARD GIVING or TOWARD TAKING…
  • TOWARD HOLDING or TOWARD RELEASING.

We have free will. And it’s God’s great grace that will empower us to overcome. I know I have some things, myself, to bless others with, stored away in my garage… so, I’ll appreciate the one-on-one getting out from under my own covetousness, by being more of a giver too!

idolatry 2Now… here are some related scriptures to help us. Let us no longer remain ignorant of this gross sin in God’s eyes, that we might please Him, AS Lord:

Ephesians 5:5-7 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

I John 2:15-16  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

James 4:1-3 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight.You do not have, because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

James 4:4 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses*, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the ENEMY of God.  (*infers “being unfaithful” to God in this passage)

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’

Luke 12:15-21 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.  And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”  Worthy to Note: It’s the storing up of our many treasures that can be of covetousness, even if God’s blessings gave them in the first place. If we desire them for “self” and “status”, disregarding God’s need for them to be distributed that our plenty will satisfy someone else in their scarcity, then we are not rich toward God. If a person is rich toward God, he or she will be using their given resources to bless others and to advance the Kingdom. They better be prepared for increased resources.. for God loves a flowing-in and a flowing-out GIVER!  Our “always having all sufficiency in all things” is so that we may “abound unto every good work”! (smile)

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Timothy 6:7-12 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.e of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

James 5:1-6 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.  Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.  Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.  Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.

Matthew 6:19-24 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

I Cor 7:29-32 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.  (Use it-Not abuse it!)

Jeremiah 8:10 says within it:  “Because from the least even to the greatest, everyone is given to covetousness.”

Proverbs 28:16b says “...But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.”

CLOSING REMARKS:

I know this is a very serious topic, and very sobering in presentation.  The verses reveal the seriousness of the sin to God.  And the seriousness of the result to us, if we live a lifestyle of covetousness.

Although the Lord is expecting more our obedience than our words… Still, a good way to begin surrender in this area, is with a prayer of repentance. His blood is powerful and will wipe away your sin, as you ask forgiveness, so there no need for condemnation. Just turn from covetousness, toward contentment, in response to the sweet conviction that is within your heart.

Dear Lord,  

I come To You, acknowledging that, yes, I, myself,  have walked in a certain degree of covetousness. I choose to turn away from Covetousness in my life…but I need you to help me!  Make me alert to temptations, and please reveal those times I am “falling into it” unknowingly deceived.  I will trust you, and ASK for that which I need to satisfy me.  And I will GIVE as you instruct, to the work of the Kingdom and to my neighbors in need, knowing that I will RECEIVE from your hand as I myself sow.  I will be content with what all you have given me, and I thank you for all the many blessings that are mine, Lord.  Reveal to me what to do with what I do have. Enable me to enjoy the things you give ME richly to enjoy, whilst holding it all loosely, able to release it anytime to your purposes. God, I know I have become entangled in this sin.  I know it has been rampant in my own life, as it is The Church, so please forgive me now… Cleanse now my conscience from my acts of selfishness, and I will “reckon myself dead to this sin!”. Being no longer ignorant, but aware, of how you look on this sin, enable me to have GREAT GRACE to DAILY OVERCOME – choosing contentment over covetousness – and using that which I am given to store up treasures in heaven and not hoard it here on earth.

In Jesus name, AMEN   

And here also is a word from the wise, that you may go on into victory:

Contentment makes poor men rich; and Discontent makes rich men poor! (Benjamin Franklin)

Written by Elizabeth Norland, August 10, 2013

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Identifying The Hardened Heart

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As I began to read the book of Exodus this week, the Lord began to unfold to me characteristics of “The Hardened Heart” and how when one has one, it can grow increasingly hard, and is indeed Identifiable.  I’ll show you the hardening heart’s progression in these verses from Exodus that are in progression as well.

I am speaking of a person’s heart, their real inner self, and how their heart responds to God, when His Words and His Will are revealed.

The Number One characteristic of a hardened heart is that it WILL NOT LISTEN TO GOD. Indeed something IS going into the ear or heart, is heard, and its meaning acknowledged, but a hardened heart will not heed what is heard or respond to God in heart-felt obedience. A person with a hardened heart may temporarily respond, for RELIEF, but then will continue back into their own way. God will continue to speak, that He may be heard, until the hardened heart is stone cold.

None of us is exempt from the possibility of a hardening heart. Therefore try recognize yourself as well as others around about you in these identifiers. These are the last days and many will have hardened hearts. It is good, therefore, for all of us to be able to recognize what a hard heart will be like in those around around us, and know the identifiers so we can avoid a hard heart ourselves. In this case, preventative maintenance is indeed better than damage control.

You may desire to print this and follow along in your Bible, as a personal bible study, and I will bullet point the identification of a hard heart. If you don’t have the time to look up the corresponding scriptures, at least glance through the bullet points…please..for I believe that the Holy Spirit gave this important revelation for this hour. God and Christ Jesus must want these identifiers noted… for the Spirit does not reveal things that have no need to be revealed.

Friends, we are and will be surrounded by those with hardened hearts. Let’s see now what the Word of God reveals concerning one with a hard heart.

Exodus 7: 22-23

  • Easy to turn away from the truth of God, his words or instruction, even having heard it clearly declared.
  • Easy to walk away, to disengage from the reality of what they’re facing
  • Easy to ignore and to go back into their comfort zone
  • Don’t even take it to heart; no thought wasted upon it. Conscience seared.
  • Because the world and the occult mimics what God does, oftentimes His Acts don’t receive consideration.

Exodus 8:8-10

  • When to call upon the Lord?
  • Always “Tomorrow”.
  • Hard hearts always want to yield or to make change “tomorrow”…never TODAY…never NOW.

Exodus 8:15

  • When RELIEF was received, back came the hardened heart... and the “not listening”.
  • This is how to differentiate between “worldly sorrow” and “godly sorrow” (II Cor 7:10)

Exodus 8:18-19

  • Even those in Satan’s camp, those into the occult practices, the magicians could not help but believe when they experienced the Finger of God …. But One with a hard Heart can still resist great signs. (This also gives indication that those in the occult may not have hard hearts, but misplaced alliances, and can and will be brought to salvation through Christ, resulting in them “changing sides”.)

Exodus 8:25-28

  • A hard heart will try to bargain or compromise with God. (Sacrifice “here” not there)
  • Even conceding, seemingly, One with the hard heart will not go as far as what God commands. (God said, a distance of three days. Hard heart “don’t go very far”)

Exodus 8:29-32

  • Hard hearts deceive, over and over, to get their own way… All they are after is “relief.” Then they go back to their own will and way.

Exodus 9:7

  • Even knowing the righteous would “receive favor” and that those of hardened heart would “receive judgment”, a hard heart will remain.

Exodus 9:11-12

  • Even if they notice the aspects of sin or judgment in the view of sufferings, griefs, pains around them, One with a hard heart will remain hard.

Exodus 9:17

  • A Hard heart acts arrogantly against the people of God.

Exodus 9:19-21

  • A hard heart will not heed a warning, even when given the option to receive grace! Whereas, when one has the “fear of the Lord”, they will at least take the warning “just in case”.

Exodus 9:27

  • A hard heart can speak words of repentance: “I have sinned” and can acknowledge God: ” The Lord is the righteous one and I am guilty” yet…

Exodus 9:30

  • Though they speak words, to get relief, God knows the real hearts. He revealed his heart: “I know that you still do not fear the Lord God”
  • True repentance is of the heart… not with words.

Exodus 9:34

  • Again, when relief comes, from God’s heavy hand… Those with a hard heart will sin again, and their heart will harden all the more!

Exodus 9:34b

  • At the hardhearted harden still more, they will bring others to the same hardness of heart that they have. (Note, “and his officials”, was added.)
  • Hanging around with someone with a hard heart? Warning: Your own heart will become hardened!

Exodus 10:3

  • God’s words to those of hardened heart: “How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me?

Exodus 10:4

  • God gives you “TODAY” to repent of your hard heart.

Exodus 10:7-10

  • Devastation realized… those with a hard heart will try ” to control the situation” even in their choice to yield. (men only… ) (God had said: Everyone, with the herds)
  • When the discover that they cannot cause God to compromise with them, anger will ensue from their frustration of not having the control.

Exodus 10:16-17

  • A hard heart may again be speaking words of repentance and even go so far as to speak words of apology to the person representing the Lord (“and against you”), Or who they sinned against…But…”Please forgive my sin once more” remain empty words…for they only do this “for relief” of God’s heavy hand (I.e. a change in circumstances)…. Not because of any genuine fear of, or belief in, the Lord.

Exodus 10:20

  • When they have received grace… in other words, they get RELIEF… they go right back to “resisting” God.

Exodus 10:24-26

  • A hard heart, when going into another time of some kind of conceding to God…will then compromise a little bit more with God… but will still not let obedience or concession be full, or obedience complete.
  • A hard heart STILL wants to have SOME control. Humility Is just out of the realm of possibility!
  • A hard heart is afraid of losing control, power, or the right to dictate. It still holds itself up “as God” and “self” rules.

Exodus 10:25-29

  • When one of God’s servants is continuously standing up for and declaring God’s will, one with a hardened heart will not desire further contact with that person.

Exodus 10:28

  • Even a murderous heart will become resident within a person with a hard heart, if he refuses to let God dictate to him.

Exodus 11:4-10

  • A hard heart can even resist a warning “against LIFE” and will even sacrifice “human life” (of others) just to have its own will and way.

This is why it is called “a hard heart” ….there’s no life in it toward God. It is a heart of stone.

If you walked through these identification points regarding one of a hardened heart, you will receive an understanding of what the end times are going to be like.

Let’s look at a few more related Scriptures too:

Matthew 4:18

“They are darkened in their understanding; alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

  • They don’t desire to know what God has to say.
  • People around us with hard hearts will not care about understanding, for they don’t want the life of God… and their ignorance is quite notable.
  • Their hard hearts and pride, and self-rule, have kept them from the word of God, or from listening to any one who witnesses to them or preaches the word.
  • Consciences seared, they are alienated from even the great grace of having a guilty conscience to steer them toward God.

Proverbs 28:13-14

“He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them, shall have Mercy. Happy is the man that is always reverent before God, but whoever hardens his heart falls into trouble, mischief, and calamity.”

  • Trouble will mark the life of those with hardened hearts.

NOW HERE IS HOW TO AVOID THE HARDENED HEART YOURSELF:

The book of Hebrews, especially chapters 3 and 4 talk about “TODAY, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled!”  A “Rest in the Lord” is available as our reward… a promise obtained from our obedience!

But the operative word is TODAY.

Hebrews 3:13 says, “Exhort one another daily, as it is TODAY, so you won’t be deceived by sin and become hardened in your hearts.”

Hebrews 4:7
“So God sent another time for entering his rest, and that time is TODAY. God announced this to David much later in the words already quoted: TODAY when you hear his voice don’t harden your hearts.”

Psalms 95: 7 – 11
Excerpt:
…”TODAY if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. I said they are people whose hearts go astray and they have not known my ways…”

Today is the time.

Tomorrow may bring judgment, consequences, reaping of our wrong choices, etc.

But we have TODAY…To affect any “future outcome”…through our heeding the Lord God and Honoring Christ through our obedience and following.

As we choose to soften our own hearts to humbly listen and obey God, we ourselves can avoid a hardened heart.

The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men. This occurs when they continually Make Choices Daily NOT TO HEED HIS WILL when it is known.

By the way I read a quote, recently, sort-of a side-line to the subject but not OFF the subject. Hardened Hearts will affect people’s health too! This is the quote:

Hardening of the Heart ages people more quickly than the hardening of the arteries! (Author Unknown)  

Proverbs 3:7-8 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

In this case, too, I repeat: “preventative maintenance” is way better than “damage control“, for when it is too late…our hearts have become as stone.

Encouragement:  If you are at all concerned about this topic, having read it, I assure you that you do not have a hard heart that is unable to become pliable in the Lord’s hands. So simply guard yourself, turn toward God and make necessary changes, and have your resolve to use TODAY to heed God’s voice. You will be led into sweet victory!! Amen!

Written by Elizabeth Norland   January 25, 2013    http://www.theimageofchrist.com