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.

REAL FAITHFULNESS

Times and troubles are not hidden from God. He appoints and performs that which His people need and all you have need of is with Him. The book of Job in the Bible tells us you need wisdom and understanding. God provides what you need the book of Proverbs reminds us.

I had a discussion a while back with a man that was going through a Christian program called Teen Challenge which I’ve worked with for years. Helping men and women of all ages get their lives back in order the right way God intended and their success rate is phenomenal. One day while I was out with a group of these men, one of them began to tell me about how they’d messed their life up so much that it had affected their mind and thinking where now doctors said they’d never be able to think beyond an 8 or 9-year-old child.

Yet I challenged him to begin to study the Bible continuously to put into his mind God’s word whether he really understood it or not. Because the scriptures are holy and have the power to restore regardless of what medical science says. Several months later I again had the chance to talk to this man. He began to tell me that he applied what I told him for it gave him hope and that now he was able to memorize several verses of scripture at a time and that his learning ability had regained its ability to think the way of an adult and every day his life was improving.

That is what God can do if you’ll take Him at His word. What is it you have need of? Take it to God. Be serious and you’ll find out He will be as well.

TIMES CHANGE

Until the heart of a person changes toward God the heart will never be well.

Until all parties involved are willing to address the truth of what is causing society’s problems only then can fixing it begin. Only by placing God’s Son into the center of the discussion that faces society will ever repair and ever resolve the matter.

Humankind can never solve the core issues of people’s needs until they are going to discuss the real reason there are struggles in culture and are going to make the real effort to put the sovereign God of the Bible into the entire equation. Times change but God does not.

Everyone has an opinion of what is wrong and how it may need to be fixed but it is only veneer over the face of what troubles the heart of men and women – young or old.

If this is not done then the situations people face will never be restored. Social efforts are worthwhile, programs helpful but they can only fill gaps but never totally repair; never fully heal like the ability of the ultimate solution to it all – Jesus Christ.

Most will go on with business as usual, working but never completely solving the issues. But for those who do will have accomplished a much greater service than any other.

JUST WHO IS TO BLAME

We all see what’s happening in America.  We continue to hear the talk, the blame, the solutions and ideas that will end up going nowhere but start the cycle over again next time there is a tragedy or mass shooting that involves guns.

But really who can we look at?  Where does the truth lie?  Guns like bicycles can do nothing without an operator.  The fault is not in the instrument, it is in the one’s that handle them.

Now here is who we need to look and why do people choose to pull a trigger and begin killing innocent people randomly.  Who in this nation is responsible or enabling the shooter?  It all is surrounded by mental illness and not a weapon whatever it might be and mental illness is a direct result of a fallen world society.  Sin is the root and today’s America has allowed the root to take a firmer hold in our culture.

This fallen nature of men and women is directly related to allowing sin to have its place and driving God out of the way to prevent its deprivation to exist and absorbed into the heart of people.

So, who is to blame?  It is every Washington politician that has voted to separate church and state out of society.  It is every city council member who votes in some form to remove God out of their town.  It is every judge that rules against the very word of God and its principals in the constitution.  Each school board member that raises their hand to vote to remove the very appearance of God or prayer from the classroom.  Every business person, corporate leader, every person of influence that has been a part of driving God out of the work place, out of society in general. Every parent that keeps their children from learning about what the Bible says is right and wrong.  Yes, and every religious leader that won’t speak the truth against sin and has allowed their sermons to be nothing more than politically correct.  It is those who let special interest groups that oppose Godly values have the authority to remove them from our nation’s heritage and culture.

The problem lies just as much with those who tolerate sinful behavior and void God out of the culture as the ones who commit them.

FANNING THE FLAMES OF STUPIDITY

The Bible holds the answers to everything that goes on in this world, everything people do and will keep doing as long as they void God out of their lives while continuously trying to drive Christianity out of the culture. People believe they know more about how to lead a nation better than God can. Proverbs 7:15 says, “the way of the fool is right in their own eyes.”

Just how many believe that unless mankind takes over the climate the world will be destroyed. Yet Job 26:7, “God stretches out the north over empty space. He hangs the earth on nothing.” If God can hang the earth on nothing, He can surely keep people from destroying it.

We’re told in 2nd Thessalonians 5:10 to work or you should not eat. Yet leaders talk of giving away this program or that program and it is free and there will be no repercussions. People all over the land say and believe they can personally act out as they wish, live like they want, do anything from marrying, attacking, lying, cheating whomever they choose and God is ok with that.

But the Bible says in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a person but its end is the way of death.” Thousands of people daily are slipping into a place of eternal torment thinking all the time it won’t happen to me. Millions are daily being led astray. Just as Psalm 49:13 says, “this is the way of those who are foolish.”

Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus Christ came to rescue all people from the very sins that will destroy them. Call upon Jesus before it is too late. Turn your life over to Him and start a new life.

THE CARNAL THE REAL AND THE IN BETWEEN

Each of us have to fit into one of these three categories. Most would probably fit into the carnal and the second into the in-between. Probably not as many fit into the real.

It is like where the Bible talks about in Revelation chapter three and verse fifteen and sixteen that explains what the Lord says about these three categories, He says this, “I know your deeds that you are neither cold or hot. I wish that you were so because if you are lukewarm and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” So, in-between won’t work, it is either to be one or the other.

Now if you are carnal, you are in trouble. Still with the Lord Jesus it says that He alone is the only way to eternal life, the real. So where do you stand? Examine your life.

The scriptures also tell us (and this you very well better do) because don’t forget how Revelation verse fifteen starts out the Lord says, “I know your deeds” and if you are carnal, if you are in-between, He will have to reject you from entering into heaven one day.

Don’t over-estimate good deeds or being a good person. No one is going to ever enter through the gates of heaven by these terms. It is Jesus’ way and no other. That is how God made the path to heaven and set the rules to enter there.

Make sure you are in the real. Nothing else will work.

THE ERODING OF AMERICA

Our nation which was founded by those who believed the Bible to be the bedrock of our civilization has for the last decades begun to erode its foundation that it was built on. The very government that removed prayer from public schools in 1962 was the government that printed the Holy Scriptures for school children in 1782 so they would have free access.

We are now becoming a nation of two histories where God was welcomed in the lives of our people as America grew in its infancy to God now being edited out of the public square. America’s liberalism and non-commitment to its founding is squandering its spiritual inheritance for political correctness and blatant disregard for the Bible and the freedom to sin anyway one chooses, while trying to force others to believe or else.

Neglect of Godly principals has caused a deep lack of character in its citizenry. America’s foundational values are being chipped away at an alarming speed these days to the point where it is very likely our constitution will be changed to be approved of people not of God any longer.

If American Christians don’t get serious about prayer and speaking up for truth then the results will be disastrous for a nation that was first founded as the first colonists knelt on its sandy shores and thank God for this place that now has to fight to even be able and mention God’s true name in public or speak of Jesus the
Son, the only way to God. Fewer and fewer believe this anymore but it is still just as true as it ever was.

IF THE GOOD REFUSE

What happens when men and women who stand for goodness, fairness, morality and who have character step up and become leaders in our towns, cities, counties, state and nation? There is greater peace, more unity and hope for the people.

When the unjust become leaders our towns, cities, counties, and states then the nation begin to lose its way. When the moral compass is removed or expanded, goodness becomes shadowed fairness. It is unbalanced and there is a spiraling down of human courtesy and a lack of genuine peace.

When people of godly character leave a void in leadership the dark side of life’s humanistic thinking fills the gap quickly. When good people refuse to step up and run for leadership positions at all levels of politics in life, bad rules will emerge.

The Bible says if you want good leadership then elect and support God-fearing citizens, qualified people, who have high character standards who listen for sound counsel, that are not arrogant. But who are willing to take correction as needed; who can’t be corrupted by bribes or power of any kind.

The Bible teaches in Exodus chapter 18 to put in rulers who honor and are busy in honest work, not the credentialed or important. People need leaders who loathe dishonest gain, who are not interested in promoting self but are respectable servants.

Far too many in our land have gotten into leadership that are not fair and honest at all and so we see a nation slowly crumbling. The good must step up and offer themselves in service to our nation, that only consider truth over all other opinions. Only God’s word alone establishes the best qualifications of a leader.

AMERICAS FUTURE RESTS IN THE HEARTS OF THE CHRISTIANS

Now some people, well I expect several people, may disagree but I believe the Bible and the Bible says God’s in charge. Therefore God doesn’t do magic. He has chosen to use people in His process of accomplishing His will through events, nature and situations of all kinds.

God gives us all the personal ability of choices in one form or another. God has set all things in order and it is God who chose to give humanity the opportunity to live their lives for Him and have eternal life through His Son Jesus if they accept His terms. Or they can live as they want to and end up spending eternity in hell separated from God.

People’s future rests in their own hands by the choices they decide to make. God also chose to establish His church on earth made up of Christians and through the Christians God ordained His work to be done.

So if the world is going out of control it is the Christians who must rise to the occasion. For the church has been ordained with the power if they will take it by faith and use this to make a real difference. The church has always had to fight and it must for countless lives depend on its efforts.

If you consider yourself a Christian then are you acting like one? Are you standing up in the market place and being the light to this culture it really needs?

The future of America rests in the hands of the Christians and they must pray like never before. Christians must speak the truth that this society needs so desperately. It is up to the church. If you consider yourself a Christian it is up to you. Do what the Bible instructs. Because lives depend on it.

FAKE GODS

What is real and what is fake? The choices are many but there can only be one truth. We live today in a world that is full of fakes and many people don’t really know what to believe. Throughout the Bible there can be found many a lesson of the True God being challenged by false gods. In Exodus chapter 3 God said, “I AM who I am. My name is forever to all generations”

 In Exodus chapter 20 God said, “I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not worship them.” But people have fallen into various religious movements, self-promoting desires and many forms of following after fake gods that will never get them into the eternal presence of the One True God who is the author of creation and keeper of life.

In John chapter 14 of the Bible, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to God the Father but through Me.” Today there are people who say there is other ways to God but not according to Jesus and the Bible.

There are many gods in society today and many fake ways for people to believe that is going to get them into heaven. Yet in reality, God’s word says there is only one True God and only one true way. Anything different is false and fake and will lead people right into hell at the end of their life.

You’ve heard the truth. Now what are you going to do with it?

THE EXPANDING WAR

All through life we all have a battle to work out. No one lives on this earth without those places of trials and difficulties that come with life. There are also high points, good times and bad. But the greatest battles we all have to come face to face with are right and wrong, good and evil. How those situations are addressed really determines how you will spend eternal life and how you choose to live out the life you have here on earth.

Over time there has always been a battle for good and evil. But now it is expanding and rapidly because life on earth as you know it is coming to its climax. Some just blow this kind of talk off or believe it yet ignore it. It is your choice but ask yourself, has not the world been accelerating in technology but yet becoming more divided? Has not there been more of an ever-growing tension in religious matters and beliefs? Is the world really a safer place?

Have we not seen strange weather patterns or crazy ideas of how to fix problems or people? Isn’t it true that more and more people don’t know who they are and trying to force their beliefs into society?

Also look at the laws being passed to force people into compliance with another person’s lifestyle or protecting the right of people who want to strip you of your rights. You know there is a growing attitude against Christianity and what people consider right and wrong, void of the Bible or the twisting of it.

Let me leave with the words of scripture from Proverbs chapter 14 and verse 22, “Will they not go astray who devise evil. But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.’ You get to decide but the results will end up telling the tale of truth just as it says in verse 12 of chapter 14 of Proverbs, “There is a way that seems right but in the end it is the way of death.”