TRUTH VS POWER

What is truth? Well there is only one source. What is power? Again the same answer, that is, if you want to believe truth. There are many definitions of power. Many I’m sure believe it has to do with money and position. Well that is half the truth. Position is the right answer if it’s placed with the real source of truth.

There is only one place where truth begins and the only source that keeps real truth alive. “He who knows God, hears God. He who is not of God does not hear. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6.

People over the centuries have lied but this has grown worse over time until today where lying is just a very common way of life, especially those with what we look at as power. There has been many an empire and political system built on lies. Yet they will eventually crumble and truth will still be standing. The only way to address deceptions, misquotes, half- truths or whatever word you want to use which means lying, you can.

But it is only truth that is going to stand in the end. Today there are some, but few it seems, that will speak truth against the powers of the day that lie when and wherever they feel like it. Truth in a person is becoming more rare but it possesses great power against all others. And those that choose to make telling lies a habit will have no place in heaven and that is not my opinion. That is the truth from God’s Word. And the Christian has the greatest of all power when they live their life in the truths of God’s Word.

CHOICES MADE

Politicians exert much influence.  Worldly people know how to make things happen.  Worldly business people know how to acquire and increase possessions. 

And the Christian many times is more subject to worldliness than to God. The children of this world show much determination to accomplish what they want.  The Christian must determine what God wants and decide where their duty lies, to serve God or worldly interest.  If they will and serve God’s interests,  and not live on the food of this world only but take in the word of God and follow its laws and teachings.  They must make a decision to trust in the Lord with all their heart and not lean on their own understanding and in all their ways acknowledge the Lord.

The worldly make their choices and so do the Christians.  The worldly are committed to the world but the follower of Christ too must decide where their real interest lies, whether they will commit their way to the Lord to put their trust in Him.  They must determine to fear the Lord, or fear mankind.  If they will speak of God and His righteousness, or speak worldly chatter that leads to foolish things and sinful thinking.  Choices are made and judgements will be rendered to all.  It comes down to where you trust and where you take refuge and invest your life.

THE BIBLES INSTRUCTIONS

Those who have forsaken God and walked after other gods, serving and worshipping them and have not kept the Lord’s commandments, they will suffer.

When the people follow the dictates of their own evil heart and will not listen to God, they will be cast out of God’s favor. The people’s ways are not hidden from the Lord and their sin with their detestable behavior.

When people make their own gods, they will not know the true God. Their wealth will not help them.

Cursed are those who trust in the strength of flesh, whose hearts depart from the Lord. They shall not see God. Those who depart from God and forsake the ways of living truth shall be ashamed because they have not obeyed. They will not listen to God’s instructions.

The heart of people is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? If you heed God’s instructions and follow His ways, God will send out those to guide them home.

Bring your sacrifices of praise to the Lord and you shall enter His gates. He is your help in the day of doom. He will guard you from your enemies. Keep His commands as holy.

The Lord searches every heart and tests the mind so to give to everyone according to their ways and according to the fruit of their doings. God’s glorious throne is the place of His people’s sanctuary. He is the hope and refuge for all.

It is the Lord that heals and saves. Praise Him for the Lord is your strength and your fortress. Blessed are those who put their trust in the Lord, who is their only hope. Those that do will be like a tree planted by the waters which spreads out its roots and will not fear in hard times.

THERE AROSE A GENERATION THAT KNEW NOT GOD

We have the great evidence where the Bible repeats itself from Judges chapter 2 verse 10 and it says, “There arose another generation after the others of who did not know the Lord nor the works He has done.”

The Bible goes on to explain how the people turned their back on God and did evil in His sight. The scriptures go on to say that the people threw off the restraints of God and did what they considered was right in their own eyes.

Sound familiar? Isn’t it amazing how educated men and women can become yet end up being ignorant of the past and the price it cost for previous sinful actions? This is all over the world but in America, where we should know better, we have turned on our forefathers that helped shape such a great nation.

It is now being allowed to erode. And where is the church, the only source of true stability? The ungodly leaders of our nation cannot help us. It is only the church if only it would arise out of its traditions of people and reinstate the principles of God’s word no matter the cost.

America is on its last leg and swaying. Will not some Christians stop the normal routines and go to prayer? Cry out to God in this dangerous hour where the church will fade away or regain its God-given place of authority in the cultural.

NEEDS A TITLE

Politicians exert much influence.  Worldly people know how to make things happen so to get that vehicle they desire, that new home or that better job.  Worldly business people know how to wisely do a deal for more work, acquire new property and increase possessions. 

Yet the Christian many times is more subject to the worldliness that to God. The children of this world show much determination to accomplish what they want.  The Christian must determine what God wants and decide where their duty lies, to serve God or mammon, to be one that wins souls and is wise.  If they will worship the Lord their God and serve His interests only.  If they will not live on the food of this world only but take in the word of God and follow its laws and teachings.  They must make a decision to trust in the Lord with all their heart and not that they will lean on their own understanding or in all their ways acknowledge the Lord.

The worldly make their choices but the Christian must as well.  The worldly are committed to the world but the follower of Christ too must decide where their house will serve, whether they will commit their way to the Lord and where to put their trust.  They must determine to fear the Lord or fear mankind.  If it will be the Lord Himself that will establish their steps.  If they will speak of the wonderous ways of God and His righteousness or speak worldly chatter that leads to foolish things and sinful thinking.  Choices are made and judgements will be rendered to all.  It comes down to where you trust is and where you take refuge and invests your life.

Do not work for the food which perishes but for the food which endures to eternal life which Jesus will give and this world cannot grant you.  The people of the world depend on the world for what they have need of and they are always thirsty and hunger for more.  Jesus said “I am the bread of life.  They who come to Me will not hunger and they who believe in Me will never thirst.”  So do not put your hope and your love for things of this world, for if you do the love of God will not be in you.  For all that is in the world, the lust to have things, boasting and pride, this is of the world not of God.  For this world is passing away and all its lust but the one that does the will of God are the ones that live forever.

There is a way that seems right to people’s way of thinking but in the end only leads to death.  Those that choose to be friends with the world and its ways only will become an enemy of God.  It is not the world but the spirit who gives life so that the flesh does not profit.  So take courage.  Christ has overcome the world.  You do not need to be controlled by it, though you have to live in it for just a period of time.  Only Jesus is the way.  Only Jesus offers the right way and only Jesus is the truth in a world that has little to give that’s eternal.

WORDS OF WARNING

Daniel Webster who gave us our Webster’s Dictionary was a lawyer who became a leading American statesman gave a speech in 1852, the year of his death, and made this statement about America and said this:

“If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God and shall respect His commandments, if we and they shall maintain just moral sentiments and such conscientious convictions of duty as shall control the heart and life, we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of country.  But if we and our posterity reject religious institutions and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions or morality and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

These words should very much ring true today to us all.  Previous leaders of generations before us understood that to disregard Godly principles is a clear danger to America’s future.  America will not survive as a free nation when ungodliness is continued to run without being challenged and lawlessness is not stopped.

These United States are becoming a little less united as political correctness and agendas that reject God, our constitution, and the Bill of Rights with replacement of our former American principles of morality and our Rule of Law that stood for over 200 years.1

Every protest that turns to destruction is led by sin.  Every person that attacks and destroys other people’s property works for satan.  Evil is evil and cares for no one or no one’s agenda but its own.

HUMAN REASONING

Human reasoning brings many problems upon a nation that once followed God’s plans then forgets what God has done.  It is even a great tragedy when the church Jesus gave His life for forgets God and develops spiritual alternatives of who God is.

The media, professors, scientists, politicians, doctors and educators may all give us facts about the circumstances that we face. But it is only God through the leading of the Holy Spirit that can give people real insight into what truth is.

So many people perish because of being led astray from truth, even by good intentions.  In 2nd Peter verse 9 the Bible says the Lord is patient not wishing any should perish but that all people would come to repentance, that they would understand the influence of the righteous.

The human reasoning center referred to as the heart which is actually in the brain area isn’t always a trustworthy guide because it is so greatly influenced by emotions.  God wants to reason with you on choices apart from emotions but the devil and your flesh want to much more influence your decisions, emotions and desires.

Real success and wisdom can only come when you invest your true interest toward the ways of God and Jesus Christ is the only way to ever know God or have a successful journey.

IN A WORLD OF MUCH COMPROMISE

In a world of much compromise it is the Christians that should model a life that stands out while the rest of the world is hiding, stands up for what is right when others sit and do little to challenge the status quo, that speaks out while others remain silent.

Far too many Christians surrender to overwhelming situations and it is not for the lack of resources. God has plenty. It is not because of lack of time for every clock is set to God’s timing. It is all because of the lack of faith and the will to persevere under pressure.

Our world is in a mess simply because only a few Christians have stood up and called out society for its moral sins against God and His word when it should have many Christians coming forth and addressing the issues of our times.

This kind of thinking among Christians and especially from pastors behind the pulpits must become more vocal in the seriousness of our times with a much-needed call to real repentance and change in our practices.

Our current situations are demanding a true voice of the gospel to challenge the sinfulness of humanity and to cry out to God to help the church rise above this moral decline.

You may not always like what God allows you to experience but you can choose to trust God regardless. You may not understand but keep your faith in God. Remember God is still in charge no matter how out of control things seem and don’t quit God because God never quits you.

SO WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED

The recent crises that we as people of the earth have faced that has caused our world to change in different ways is only a test of things to come.  We now live in a world where those changes are going to challenge us in what we believe and who our trust is in.

America and the world are going to have to face the facts that there are changes that have challenged who we were and who we are, and now we wonder where is this all going.  The changing times may bother us but we should understand what is to eventually come soon.

No one knows the timing but God does.  1st John 2: 17-18 says, “The world is passing away and the lust of it, but they who do the will of God abide forever.  Children it is the last hour and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming.”

All that is happening is setting up for a world ruler to lead a one world government when the world is infested with disease.  There will, and already is a plan being made so a one world union can be able to handle the next and then the next event. But at one of those points there will be a man who will greatly help the world situation as leader.

We have now seen how governments, states and cities can stop and start our way of life and with force, if it needs to be.

People, wake up for the day is drawing near for the Lord Jesus’ return.  Be ready.  Prepare your hearts.  Be faithful to God.  Let Him create a clean heart within you and a right spirit so you can rightly deal with what is next to come.

WHO WILL PREVAIL

Many a person’s soul is fallen captive because of the greatness of their sins.  Those that follow the dictates of their own heart, in the end profits them nothing.  Far too many have forgotten the true God and have trusted in falseness.  It is dangerous to wander near sin because WE won’t always restrain ourself.

Sins will not go unpunished, and fake repentance will cost many.  Many search for peace but can’t find it all because they continue to allow blatant sin be a part of their lives.  There is only one savior, one hope for the world to those that call upon Jesus Christ, the only true Son of the Living God.

Many have and will fight against God but can never prevail.  The Lord is with you and will always deliver from the grip of the enemy.  God knows who His enemies are and will deal with them in due time.

Those that make vows to God who claim to belong to Him, must FULFILL those vows and be true to a real commitment.  In who and to what do you truly place your trust?  Only Christ alone can help the lives of humanity.  Many reject the gift of God’s salvation and by doing so put themselves in line with eternal damnation.

The Lord is far from those that are dishonest.  Even though sin is pushed away at times, unless it is dealt with it will return and always in greater magnitude.  But blessed are those who hear the word of God and will heed it.  Wise are those who walk in the ways of the Lord.

GOD KNOWS THE PLANS

I would suspect, one of the most used scriptures many a person has ever leaned on since it, the Bible, was written to God’s people is from the prophet, Jeremiah, where it simply says in chapter 29 verse 11 and into verse 14. The scripture says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. When you will call upon my name and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search with all your heart, I will be found by you declares the Lord.”

Such was the case of Dwight Eisenhower. As a young boy of 13, he fell and cut his leg which got infected and the doctor was going to have to remove it. But Dwight’s parents and siblings prayed around his bed all night and day. The infection left Dwight’s body. If he had lost his leg, he would never have entered the military where he graduated with high honors. At age 25 he was assigned to General Douglas McArthur, then promoted to military base commander, to liaison between American and British forces to being appointed by Winston Churchill as Supreme Allied Commander of all allied forces and led them to win World War II.

Dwight then served two terms as President of the United States. Though he struggled, his faith he never left. He prayed publicly himself in his own inauguration. Over the course of his life, not only America, but other nations were blessed. Dwight D. Eisenhauer was used by God and so can your life. For God Himself has plans fashioned especially for you if you will surrender your plans to God’s plans.