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.

DARK DAYS ARE AT OUR DOOR

Have you noticed all the ethnic, cultural and diversity changes that are evolving here in America? There is a deepening situation growing that has allowed darkness to come into a nation that for centuries has been the Light to the world around us. Each day a little more truth erodes away and the goodness of this nation’s past and its struggles that have taught many of America’s people to be better citizens.

If they would read the Bible’s Old Testament accounts of how leaders who turned their backs on God’s ways and went their own way caused nations to fail and corrupted the people until their enemies took them over. Once great nations became weak simply because of the people becoming more like their sinful flesh than of Godly and righteous behavior.

America is being set in order for dark days ahead as the general population and its leaders continue to spiral away from God into a deepening hole. Far too many churches in America are into such close relationship with the world until they have become like it more than being an example to stop the darkness from invading. Not all but too many.

If Christians that are true to God don’t cry out now they soon will find out that it is a little too late to make any real difference. It is the church that is at the crossroads of America’s real destiny.

YOUR FUTURE

Ever since God created mankind, there have been problems, all stemming from the sinfulness of people’s souls. Today every problem there is in some way is rooted in sinful actions of some sort. People are born with this nature. Now the devil may be behind it all but people have to be willing participants.

The only remedy, and there is only one, that can change the nature of a man or woman, boy or girl, is Jesus Christ. Your future or anyone else’s does not depend on how you view God, but only on a personal relationship to Jesus Christ.

It is ok and a very good thing to know about the God of the Bible, but to be changed from a sinful nature can only happen by a personal encounter with God’s Son, Jesus. There is no other way to be changed, forgiven and set free from the sins that have hold on your life.

Yes, you’ll still have challenges and struggles in this world but you’ll not live a life that is destroying your eternal future. God’s able to do for you what no man can ever do. But the way for God to work in your life must come through personal relationship with Jesus. That is the only way.

God set it all up. God made the rules and He only honors His word, not people’s suggestions. There is no other way and no one that’s more able to help you and change your life like Jesus can.

CHRISTIAN ENTITLEMENTS

I had a conversation with a man once who told me about being in church as a young man, even speaking from the pulpit, but over the course of time became disillusioned with the church and how he would witness people saying one thing about living for God and yet doing things that were opposite.  So he just gave up and left the church deciding to just go about life his way.  But he made this statement, “Either there is going to be a lot of people going to heaven when they die or just a very few.”

I told him that probably the last of that statement had the most truth in it.  The Bible says that the road to heaven is a narrow road and few find it and walk in it.  I’m sure some walk it at times but then take off on another road, where the Bible says it is a wide path but it leads to destruction.

This story is all too common.  Just going to church doesn’t get anyone to heaven.  It should help put you in the right direction but there are many who believe just going to church makes them a Christian and therefore gives them the entitlement to go to heaven.  But not so. Yes there are those who claim to but are not.

There is only one way and it is through a surrendered life to Jesus Christ.  Not living for self, going about in the world living like your flesh wants you to.  But by repentance from sin and a changed life-style.  There are many of those that believe they have this entitlement, but few really have the real document.  Do you examine yourself against God’s Word?  And remember your own opinions won’t count in the end.

IT IS NOT OPINIONS

Only God can see where no one can see. Only God knows what no one else is able to. Without Holy insight from God, one only has their opinion of what they think about God. Romans chapter 3 verse 11 says, “Who understands who seeks after God.” This is a greater and greater concern for the people of the nations that once embraced Christianity.

Today the way people think about God by majority differs much more away from traditional Biblical values that were once established. The standards of Biblical values and morality have been moved and become large gray areas that cause so many to be very loose and lead astray from previous Bible teachings. It is evident more and more here in America as these loosened lines have given way to a more comfortable gospel that has been watered down and is eroding society.

It has been said by many over the years for God to bless America, and He has, but now today it must be said, “O God, help America”.

Only a few years ago those attending church was around 50% of the population. Today that number is 18 to 20 percent. To be considered a regular church attender, who was going every week, Sundays and mid-week, with occasional misses. Today, what statistics show, is that a regular church attender is only 2 times per month all together.

Do you see what is happening? There is corrosion of the Christian values that once did make America great and until we focus on this issue, alone, all others will do little good to avert the problems that are continuing to grow.

THE QUESTION IS

A ruler once asked Jesus, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” This is a question many ask. Who can be saved? Whoever will repent of their sins and accept Christ as Lord and Savior into their lives. This is about total surrender, not a now and again relationship.

Hearing the voice of God is largely a matter of one’s will. You must choose to listen. When we listen to God’s voice, He will turn to listen to yours. Jesus said in John 1-:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me.” If you are truly interested in what God is saying, you’ll listen.

A wise person will be the one who sits with the word of God before them pounding its words before the cross looking unto Jesus for the answers in life. One must draw near to Jesus. There is no such thing as those who attend church and believe they are just common law Christians by their association. A true life with Christ is always shown in one’s condition of their heart. The key to living a satisfying life with Christ is found in hearing and then obeying His word, His ways and with a humble spirit.

The Bible tells us about who a wise man is and who a foolish man is in Matthew. One built his house on the rock, the other on sand. When the storms came, only the one on the rock survived.

No one is exempt from the storms of life. The question is found in how you handle these storms. The trials of life always are a great indicator of where one’s walk is with God. Reliance on other people can only get you so far. But obedience to God can keep you and lead you to where you need to be.

THE DAYS OF MAYBERRY ARE GONE

For many years the Andy Griffith Show was a favorite among television viewers each week and still many of the reruns are somewhat popular today. But the days of moral wholesome ways of life, places of peace, and respect has faded into a digital highway of information that has stolen away peace and brought about tensions and much half-truth and personal agendas from all kinds of technology.

The good ole days of Mayberry are gone. People today are doing what they want, not what’s best for society in general. The main culprit behind all of this is sin and its author who has finally gotten a strong enough foothold on people’s lives because of a lack of the influence of Christianity and a tremendous onslaught of Satan’s continuous attacks until he has finally broken down barriers that have kept him at bay.

The war over Mayberry has been breached and now there is a much bigger prize, America and the world. Only a great move of God by revival, rapture of the church or some method that is not going to be very pleasing, will bring about the finality once and for all.

The positions are being taken or forced into position until it comes to a head. And it probably will soon, very soon.

YOU CAN’T GO BACKWARDS BUT YOU CAN GO FORWARD

You’ll never get anywhere in life if you don’t move on. And what can make it worse is you can still get run over even if you are going in the right direction, but just barely moving along.

Every one of us has wished we could go back and redo something we did at some time and place in our lives. Ninety-nine percent of the time we can’t, and we have to move on.

God has the ability to increase that percentage by 99 percent because “all things are possible,” as God tells us in His word time and time again. If you read the Bible, you’ll know this to be true.

Right in the first part of the Bible He says, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14.) Well, the answer is “no,” but for us to try and fix some messes it is “yes.”

I, myself, have thought many times how I would like to be able to go back and apologize too many people for how I hurt them or have done something I shouldn’t have done. But I have had, as you should as well, to just give it to God, and let Him work it all out in His order.

I don’t mean for you or me to just move on with condemnation and live our lives beaten down by our past mistakes. I don’t know how God fixes things, but I know in some roundabout way He will, no matter what the enemy of our souls tries to tell us.

When we accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness, we are forgiven – period. And we can move on and still become better people than we used to be because of His free gift of salvation and total forgiveness. And that should get an “amen” from every believer.

WHERE LIFE’S BATTLES ARE WON

Unless a Christian is willing to make their life a matter of prayer along with the study of God’s word a matter of top priority, than they will have little effect as a Christian.

No Christian has the answers to life, or the understanding, without taking the time, making the effort to have a relationship with the Lord.

Christians say, “I talk to God here or there, I’ll pray as I go to work or in the fields.”  This is all good and well.  But there must be quiet time, those reserved places for just you and God.

Unless you are willing to stop and put everything aside, you will never know the Lord like you should.  You will continue to struggle more in the matters of life because you are taking more time for yourself than visiting personally with God.

The only way to live a more real life as a Christian requires you personally taking the time to get to know, to talk with God.  Until you do, life will be more of a struggle than it needs to be.

I believe prayer is the only hope today for mankind.  Prayer is the key to unlocking the outpouring of the Spirit of God.  That will begin the transforming of society.  For the Christian, life’s real battles are won in the field of prayer.  When a Christian presents an honest and heartfelt prayer before heaven, even hell pays attention.

Real prayer is the language of God.  Prayer was Jesus’ first choice of weaponry to fight against His enemies and it should be ours.

 

REDEFINING GOD

That’s where many are at today! Years ago people, regardless of their life styles, still had a respect (not all but most) that God was not to be trifled with. They may not have served God but they knew better, at least, to respect who God was.

Now today, that has changed greatly for America. Though founded on God’s Biblical principles that helped establish this nation- this is basically no longer the case. A great deal of the public have decided through sinful behaviors in one form or another, to redefine who God is and what the Bible says for today.

The Bible tells us that God doesn’t change. It also says, “Don’t lie against the truth” but so many do. City council leaders, courts, politicians, even some in the churches have side-stepped and re-arranged what they believe in, what is right according to God’s word. Yet they have no real form of Godliness.

We are seeing in our lifetime a terrible injustice being done in society by the twisting of God’s Holy Word to accommodate ungodly people’s sinful lifestyles, attitudes and immoral behaviors. But God is not going to be silent. In the Book of Revelation, God points out to people that anyone who changes, removes or adds to His Word will suffer great consequences. Societies that have rejected the truth and principles of God’s Word have continued to decay until they are no more.

God help us as a nation. For you that still know how, you need to pray and pray a lot.

TIME IS QUICKLY PASSING

There is no greater book than the Bible and it plainly tells us in the book of Matthew that there is no stopping its influence or its power at any point in time. Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Read the last chapter of revelation where Jesus warns us about meddling with and changing what the Bible says and means.

We cannot twist and misuse His word and interpret it to mean something it doesn’t and many have done so and there will be a high price to pay for this. The Bible tells us that even the angels are assigned to guard over the word of this scroll now in form of a book. The Bible is holy. God’s word is holy because God is holy and we must be a holy people even in the midst of a wicked time that may get even more so.

Fight for God’s word, spread it for many need to hear it and time is quickly running out. Fight from your knees for we are called to His service. Matthew 24: 13, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

I know we have lots of unanswered questions and concerns for the day but it is Christ who has the answer. He is what you need for today or tomorrow. We have His Holy Spirit to help us, but our names must be written in the Lamb’s Book, the book of life and there it must remain.

Evaluate your life today for as Jesus said Himself in the second to the last verse of the Bible these words, “Yes, I am coming soon.”