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.

DO YOU LOVE GOD OR DO YOU JUST SERVE HIM?

How many follow the commandments that Christ has set for us to follow? Jesus Himself has stated the way to follow Him is a narrow way and any other way a person chooses to take will only lead to destruction. His words are told to us in Matthew 7:14 where it says, “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

These words are not spoken to give us an idea. If you want to find the way to eternal life, we have to follow the directions that Jesus has given. There is no other route, or method…you accept the way Jesus offers or nothing else. Any other way is a false way. Now there are many religions, but only one Christianity. Religion will put you at odds with God because they all have established within them gods of their own.

There are many who believe they can do goods works outside or inside of the church, yet totally miss the way to Heaven, for they have in some form chosen their own methods, yet Christ will reject them all. God is full of mercy and extends it to everyone, but He did not give His son as a sacrifice for mankind and allow the blood of Jesus to be shed so people could choose their way to heaven.

Love for God requires full obedience to His word and the examples Jesus set for any of us to follow. We may stumble, but it can be done. Today I am deeply concerned, for there are so many people who do believe they are in right standing with God that He will just overlook some of the things they’ve done and allow them to enter in someday to the Kingdom of God. There is forgiveness through Christ, but it must be genuine.

It is repentance, not just praying a prayer of repentance. Repentance means more than “I’m sorry”; it means I regret what I’ve done. When you can truly regret your sins before Jesus, you will receive repentance. Eternal life is for everyone. But it is only if you choose to live for Him that it is going to have any eternal value.

We must check ourselves against His instructions. To believe without knowing leads only to deception and believing in what we think we know will get us in places far from God.

WITHOUT A DOUBT

There are lots of prophecies given these days, and some are true and some are not. The church must be able to discern who the true voice is. I believe this is the most deceived generation that has ever been. Many are living a life of deception and have become spiritually ignorant of the truths of God’s Word. And here in the middle of it all sits the church.

When judgment fully comes to America and our nation is going to be brought to its knees, life as we know it is going to be transformed. If you can see what is coming and you don’t warn people, you are going to be responsible for what happens to them. Without a doubt, it is very clear in the Scriptures that we are not to fear.

Without a doubt, God can do incredible supernatural things. Most Christians can’t seem to understand there could be hard challenges coming against the faith and are not prepared. What if nothing does come and nothing happens? All is OK. But if others are right, it could be too late for many.

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus says, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

God has chosen the church to be His beacon of hope, power, light and a place of faith for those that will turn to Him and will preach the truth of the Bible.

1 John 4:4 –“He who is in you (the Christian) is greater than he who is in the world.”

God is not finished with the church. Or has it replaced Israel? The church stands alone as God’s instrument to the world no matter its struggles. And Israel is God’s timepiece that controls the world’s final destiny.

FOR AMERICA TO PREVAIL

To see our nation begin again and take on the character of godliness, we must begin at the cross of Christ. We must become, again, people of the word daily, and we have to pray.

Our first president, George Washington, gives the testimony of his belief in God and the providence of God in the affairs of the founding of our nation more than any other president in American history. Throughout his life, Washington prayed from the time as a young man until the end of his life, rising at 4:00 a.m. each morning and again at 9:00 p.m. at night, plus numerous times throughout the day.

If the gospel in America is to prevail, today’s Christian must not retreat except only to a place of prayer. The Christian’s life must mirror the life of Christ as we are His representatives to our culture that needs to see true Biblical Christianity.

Patrick Henry, a founding father of our nation who gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life for America, said this: “It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded not by religion but by Christians. Not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

We must- we have to- pray for our nation’s leaders. In fact, in leadership positions across the board, the pastors of the churches across this land find themselves having to face greater challenges to their pulpits than ever before.

Never forget that no matter what we face, no matter what we see going on all around us, no matter what is being said, God is still in charge, and God still has a plan if we will follow Him in it.

How Much

There is so much more available to the Christian to help them than the majority of the church realizes.  Do you want to see the answer to your prayers come into reality?  Do you want to do more with your Christianity?  Then strive for righteousness.  Nothing we can do in our self can make us righteous without a surrendered life to follow the ways of Christ. God will always extend grace to those that will seek His righteous ways.  God will help us as we are obedient to put our lives in His hands.

Deuteronomy 9:3 says, “Understand therefore today that the Lord God is He who goes over before you.”  That is how you can make it in this life with the kind of promise from the God of the universe wherever we need to go, God will go before us and that happens when we choose to follow His ways.  The word of God is a powerful word.

God reminds the church in Luke 10:19 where Jesus said, “Behold I give you the authority….”  The church today has all the authority it needs to win every day’s battles and every battle the Christian faces they can come out a winner in the end.  It is the name of Jesus and how well be believe in Jesus and what we believe about Jesus.  Many people believe in Jesus but just what do we believe about Jesus?

Everything is subject to Jesus Christ.  God has extended His power to His Son who then has extended this power to us through the Holy Spirit.

WHAT IS OVER YOUR DOOR POST

Most everyone has heard of the great battle between Moses for the Israelites and Pharaoh to keep them in Egypt.  This is one of the great stories of the Bible.  Finally when  Pharaoh had lost it all, his son was dead, his nation was destroyed and yet the Israelites lived.

When they were to depart, God told the Israelites this in Exodus 12: 12-13; ( the story in paraphrase tells us) “For I will pass through the land and will strike the land against all the gods.  I will execute judgement.  I am the Lord.  Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses.  I will pass over you in the houses where you are and when I see the blood, I will pass over you and the plague shall not be on you when I strike the land.”

Have you ever heard about history repeating itself?  It does and this event is going to be played out again.  What happens today as God passes by your house for He does much more than you think?  What does God see?  Is your home holy or occupied by the many gods of this world?

God will not dwell in a home that has cluttered itself with so much of the world’s influence.  There is not much room for God.  So there is nothing placed over their door that recognizes them as belonging to God and when Jesus comes to complete the final chapter of life here on earth, there will be many homes passed over, places where God was known about but never known Jesus Christ as their Lord.

What would God find this day when He passes by your home?  A place He is familiar with or a place familiar only to the things of the world?

Good Night or Good Bye?

There once was a man who had raised 5 children. He was a Godly man doing his best to raise his family in the ways of God. Over the course of time, his children grew, all experiencing the different trials and temptations of life, like we all do.

Then one day the man began to fall ill, and as days passed his condition grew worse. Eventually, realizing that his time on earth seemed to be drawing near, he called his children to his bedside, giving them instructions to prepare for his departure and their future.

At the end, to each he began to call them by name with his last words  “Good night, son, good night, my daughter,” except for one to whom he said “good-bye, my son.” Knowing that his father had spoken differently to him than his other brothers and sisters, he asked, “Father, why did you say ‘good-bye’ instead of ‘good night,’ like the rest?”

The father replied, “Because, son, your brothers and sisters have chosen to remain faithful to my teachings of living for Christ. One day we will again be reunited in heaven. Yet you have always lived loosely with the things of God. You have not done God’s will nor ever really tried. Therefore, you and I will surely end up in a different place. And so it has to be ‘good-bye,’ for we will never meet again.”

This should make us all think. For the reality is the same for us. None of us can make it to heaven on the Christian living of others before us. Between heaven and hell, we alone will make that decision by ourselves and how we choose to live.

RUNNING OUT OF TIME

No one knows the day. No one knows the hour. But it is quickly approaching humanity. It is that very moment in time when God will make His ultimate move for those that are His. Who knows? It could be today or maybe tomorrow. Regardless, the day is coming because God has said so in His word, and God is not a man that He can lie. Truth only accompanies God, and in a world that seems to have a problem with truth, all will find God keeps His word.

Many believe they’re ready when that portion of time runs out as we here on earth know it. Yet some will most likely be surprised to find others gone and them still here. Why? Because they are what the Bible refers to as lukewarm believers. Revelation 3 says that they’re neither hot nor cold. Therefore, God will spew them out of His presence.

The day- that hour- that minute- is quickly and most assuredly coming. What a glorious moment that will be for some while others will just be in shock.

There will be a great amount of panic and most likely some real turbulent times of lawlessness that people in this generation have never experienced. Time is running out.

How does your life compare to God’s word- because what it says is the measuring stick? I would strongly suggest making it the major part of your daily life. Apply it and then live it, at any cost. Yes, there will be a cost, but when time runs out it will be worth it.

THE GENUINE CHRISTIAN

This world is going to wake up one day. The people of this world, especially America, are going to have to be put into a place where they are going to cry out to God, and when they have questions, the only answer of truth will be found with the genuine Christian. Family, neighbors and strangers are all being set up, and the time is nearing for this to take place.

There is always hope when you are in God’s care. We have a brighter future awaiting us in everything we face. We have Jesus, but many do not. People must not just see Jesus in the genuine Christian but be able to know Jesus through how they live and talk and how they handle adverse times they also face.

God is calling all of His true followers to be ready, for soon there will be reaping to do. God will help. He loves people, and all are valuable to Him, and His genuine followers must be about the Father’s business- seeking His plans over theirs.

Does God have the center stage of your life? Does He travel with you daily because He has been invited into every part of your life? Have you given God the time to change and to prepare you so He can trust you with His possessions? To really help a world that is going to wake up and realize what is happening, time may be short.

God will work with us, and it will go a lot better for us if we will humble and forsake ourselves for His greater plans. God is always trying to teach us if we will not look at our needs but to His concerns.

Where are you on that journey today?

WHAT ARE THE CHRISTIAN’S CHOICES TODAY

We may not always have the choices we want before us, but we always do have some kind of a choice. One must look at not the effects of how does this help my flesh, but what does it do to my spirit? How does this affect God’s Kingdom work more than it would affect me?

Now we have business that has decided to get involved in the lifestyle agendas and give large donations to or punish people who don’t go along with their new way of thinking. And here we sit in America thinking somehow that we are going to be exempt from this or all the corruption around us, the immorality and idolatry isn’t going to really change our way of life.

If the Christians in force would just stand together, much could be done. But many won’t because religion, demonstrationalism and self-beliefs separate far too many churches because their own thinking means more to them than to fully work with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Now I believe there are changes going on in the atmosphere. There is a spiritual war building like the church has not experienced since its early days. And Jesus says, “My church will prevail.” Scripture is being fulfilled all around us. More Christians are being killed every year than the previous year. How many will it be this year?

Matthew 24:9-13, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended and will betray one another and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

THE BIBLE IS OK UNTIL IT SAYS THIS

“Then I saw a great white throne and I saw the dead, small and great standing before God and the books were opened and another book was opened which is the Book of Life and they were judged, each according to his works and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15.

People like God as long as He is love and is nice. But when the other side of the coin comes up concerning how people live and God’s judgements, the Bible becomes very unpopular. Sometimes even so far that there are some churches where you’ll barely hear this mentioned.

Now look at what the Bible goes on to say in Revelation 21:1, 8, says, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire.”

Now this is pleasant news for some. But ignore it or not, it is true, and it doesn’t matter who you are. Unless a person is born again by repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and then obeying the teachings of the Bible, no matter who they are will be at odds with God concerning where they will spend eternity.

We all need to be serious about the end of life because God sure is and His word is final when it comes.