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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The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Jesus The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m quite serious!!!

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

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

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

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

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

ARE YOU REJOICING? (Smile)  I SURELY AM!

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

His name is Jesus.

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

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

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

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

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Through Our Knowledge of Him

This morning, I was glancing over this wonderful verse, that is actually displayed on a magnet upon my refrigerator:

II Peter 1:3-4 

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

As I read it, the phrase bolded, “through our knowledge of him” was highlighted by the Holy Spirit within my spirit. And therefore, I began to ponder it within myself, against other verses I knew by memory, within my mind, and some conclusions began to form.

KnowledgeofHIMHere are the other verses:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.  Hosea 4:6

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  II Peter 3:18

For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.  Ecc 7:12

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

These verses are by no means “exhaustive”…They are only the ones that came to my own mind this morning. You may wish to find more in your own concordance…

BUT, in a nutshell, this is what I received, to share:

The divine power that is available to each of us is in direct proportion to our obtaining knowledge of Him and His Word and Will.  We “grow” in this grace and knowledge, and “obtain wisdom” which is then able to preserve our life, and give us understanding to handle day-to-day decisions, based upon believing the promises of God and obeying the will of God… Actually, receiving his very divine nature within us, as we take in this knowledge, enabling us to escape the corruption caused by evil desires.

SO, my friends, I exhort you in Jesus name, to GAIN KNOWLEDGE! Don’t be one of those  “that perish” for lack of it! In the days ahead, we are going to need all the knowledge we are able to obtain of our Lord…And we will be depending upon His promises… and on what he says of good and evil, right and wrong, etc.  We will be deceived and perish if we have lack of knowledge!! This is therefore, both an exhortation and a warning, to get into the WORD!

A great starting place in your quest for knowledge and wisdom is in reading a chapter of Proverbs for every day in the month, i.e. on the 3rd read Proverbs 3. On the 15th, read Proverbs 15. Today is the 28th, so read Proverbs 28… and do that each day of each month, each month of the year.  It is very enjoyable reading and can be the beginning of your quest for knowledge.  And remember, knowledge is not wisdom, unless applied.  Some of us “know” these things, but do not “obey” or “apply” them…and then it is to no advantage.  What you read must be mixed with faith, and then it results in God’s divine power released into your life… daily.  You’ll see!

ENJOY YOUR QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND CHRIST JESUS!  Herein is YOUR HOPE for the handling the future with wisdom and confidence! For His Divine Power will “activate” within you! Amen?!

In Jesus Name… May you be blessed with EVER- INCREASING KNOWLEDGE of HIM. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saul or David? Who will you be like?

This song was given me, to encourage believers to come into “maturity” in their faith, and it is especially directed at those who are in leadership positions.  Take a listen, and follow along with the words. Though my voice isn’t the greatest in it, the Holy Spirit is sure to speak to your heart.  Of course, if you haven’t read the stories of Saul or David from  I Samuel, this song won’t mean as much to you, so don’t hesitate to study these two men’s lives after hearing this song. I am sure google may even have comparison studies. (smile)

Click blue link to access the song itself without video. If you don’t have to time to listen to the song, then at least glance at the lyrics, which I’ve included below the link too. If you’d like to teach a small group and expound on this using your own bible study, feel free to cut and paste my lyrics as an outline.

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SAUL OR DAVID

We can be like Saul,

or we can be like David,

We live as kings, unto ourselves, or unto the Lord.

God can use us before and after our falls,

If we live, not unto ourselves, but unto the Lord.

Saul was a man who was seen as grand

In the eyes of the natural man

David, on the other hand, was invisible to man,

But was seen in the eyes of a supernatural God.

Saul and David both started with the favor of God

He Himself declared that they were “kings”.

They would rule and reign, make decisions for men,

But who recognized and obeyed the authority over “him”?

Saul or David?

Will you wait upon the Lord?

Saul or David?

Will you submit to the Spirit?

Saul or David?

Will you do it God’s Way or your own?

Saul or David?

Which is stronger?

Fear of God or Fear of Man?

Saul or David?

Is your heart longing for the praise of God?

Saul or David?

Or the praise of man?

Saul or David?

Is humility a desire over authority?

Saul or David?

A Repentant heart or a hardened heart?

Saul or David?

Both would reap what they had sown.

But David feared his God, he trusted in His words, He committed his future into God’s hands,

And his decisions were made for the praise of one… and the people didn’t dictate his decisions.

Both kings fell at one time into sin and condemnation,

But how they handled it,  was what we must learn.

Stubborn denial or a hardened heart leads to loss of our favor,

Repentance means restoration and second chances.

Saul or David?

Who will you be like?

Saul or David?

Saul or David?

Will you recognize and obey the authority over you?