Delusion of Being Owed

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Satan used delusion in the Garden of Eden to make Adam and Eve believe it was owed to them to eat of the forbidden fruit. Satan used delusion when he tempted Jesus unsuccessfully. Today he continues to use delusion through the misuse of the promises in the Word of God to make Christians think they are owed something while on this earth.

I was having lunch with a friend of mine studying for his doctorate in Theology and we were discussing his chagrin for the Prosperity Gospel when he turned to me and said, “The day we act like God owes us something, is the day we are turning our backs on grace.”

I couldn’t help but think about the simplicity of what God teaches us in His Word. We are saved by His undeserved grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We become the King’s servants, and are not to act like His spoiled brats (2 Corinthians 6:4). We are to live a life of humility regarding others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We are to exude thankfulness in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We are to enter our Lord’s presence without fear, but with confidence blended with awe (Hebrews 4:16). We are to lay our petitions down at His feet with assurance of being heard, but never with a tone of demand (1 John 5:14). We are to accept His will, despite the fact it may defer from ours, and we are to do it with total acceptance and are to praise Him for the strength He supplies (Ephesians 1:9-10). All of this with a total recognition that He is LORD, not us, and that His ways are much higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Does the Lord perform miracles, healings, and bestow unbelievable blessings on us? Yes, He most certainly does, but only in light of what Jesus accomplished for us and for the glory of His name. Our focus is not to be on our needs, nor is it to be on our prosperity, but our focus is to be on our service to the Lord. Proverbs 3:6 reminds us that we owe the Lord acknowledgement in all our ways and in the process He shall direct our paths in serving Him. Our home is in Heaven and that is where our treasures are to be according to Matthew 6:19-20.

The following verses are the cement that holds this article together:

Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” So it is God who decides to show mercy. (Romans 9:14-16 NLT)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT)

These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (Isaiah 66:2)

“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’?  No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’  And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not.  In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’” (Luke 17:7-10 NLT)

And the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. (John 15:20 NLT)

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. (Matthew 16:24-25 NLT)

Job said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord !” (Job 1:21 NLT)

So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? (Hebrews 2:3 NLT)

In summary, it all comes down to attitude. I humbly serve a good good father who loves to bestow lavish gifts upon me and protect me. But once I step over the line and think I am owed this, I am no longer dependent upon his grace and mercy–> I begin to walk in the danger zone!

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No More Death?

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My favorite TV show of all time is Twilight Zone. There is a very simple reason for this. I do not enjoy just being mindlessly entertained. I want to use my brain especially when I am challenged to think outside the box.

I went onto YouTube the other day and was watching one of the episodes. It was entitled “One Night At Mercy”. It made me think, “What if there was no more death in the world we presently live in?” Outside of the obvious answer of overpopulation, really think about it. Yes, it is heart wrenching to lose someone you love. But move on to the negative ramifications. If death is removed and sorrow, tears, and pain remain, there will be a horrible price to pay. Just imagine being trapped in a burning building, unable to die. The pain would be unbearable. Here is the episode:

Now let’s move on to a biblical perspective of “No More Death”. The first thing we have to look at is the tree of life which we are introduced to in the very first chapters of the Bible and capped off in the very last chapters of the Bible. I have put together a PDF study of the tree of life:

Tree of Life.PDF

The following sequence of Bible verses tells the simple story of how death entered our world, of how redemption came about, and how death will become no more:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17 KJV)

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. (Genesis 3:4 KJV)

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6 NKJV)

And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22-24 KJV)

So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died. (Genesis 5:5 NKJV)

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14 NLT)

And now He has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. (2 Timothy 1:10 NLT)

After that the end will come, when He will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. For Christ must reign until He humbles all His enemies beneath His feet. For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under His authority.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-25, 27 NLT)

Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14-15 NLT)

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4 KJV)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7 NKJV)

So my friends, until Jesus comes, this world will experience death, sorrow, crying and pain. But we have nothing to fear on this earth:

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NLT)

No one looks forward to the pain they may suffer in the process of dying, but as a Christian we are never to fear death itself because Jesus conquered it for us. We are encouraged by the fact that not a tear or drop of blood goes unnoticed by our Creator and Redeemer:

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. (Psalms 56:8 NLT)

But the Lord said (to Cain), “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! (Genesis 4:10 NLT)

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Romans 8:28 Proper Understanding

One of the most misused verses of the Bible, especially by the exploiters of the Gospel, is the following:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

Romans 8:28 is not about personal blessing and pleasure. It is about the coordinated effort of those who are called according to God’s purpose. Notice how it does not say, “For your good.” But what it does clearly imply is, “For the good according to His purpose.” What is His purpose or master plan? We need not go any further than the Great Commission which is the propagation of the Gospel throughout the world. This hopefully leads to us fulfilling the motto, “To win the lost at any cost.”

Romans 8:28 is also not a blanket statement for one to claim so no bad will come upon them as a believer. All that one has to do is read the book Foxe’s Book of Martyrs or study history about the persecution of Christians from the conception of the Church until this very hour we live in.

Paul, the same writer of Romans 8:28, wrote this:
“Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.” (II Corinthians 11:23-28 NKJV)

Paul further re-enforces this in the following:
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (II Corinthians 4:8-11 NKJV)

But Paul does not leave us hanging. He let’s us know what the secret is:
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT)

No one in their right mind would say that the things that happened to Paul were always good or pleasant for him on the personal level in the physical realm. But as far as they were for the advancement of the Kingdom of God, they most definitely were good. This does not mean that good on the personal level cannot be reaped as a by-product. When God works all things together for good and He is glorified, His people will always reap spiritual blessings from it and this can carry over into the tangible realm with good things spilling forth!

Now let’s move on to the real meaning of Romans 8:28 and see how it can be best illustrated of what the word good in this context means. It can be best illustrated by the following poem:

The Factory
by Annie Johnson Flint

In a factory building there are wheels and gearings,
There are cranks and pulleys, beltings tight or slack—
Some are whirling swiftly, some are turning slowly,
Some are thrusting forward, some are pulling back;
Some are smooth and silent, some are rough and noisy,
Pounding, rattling, clanking, moving with a jerk;
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In a wild confusion in a seeming chaos,
Lifting, pushing, driving—but they do their work.
From the mightiest lever to the tiniest pinion,
All things move together for the purpose planned;
And behind the working is a mind controlling,
And a force directing, and a guiding hand.
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So all things are working for the Lord’s beloved;
Some things might be hurtful if alone they stood;
Some might seem to hinder; some might draw us backward;
But they work together, and they work for good,
All the thwarted longings, all the stern denials,
All the contradictions, hard to understand.
And the force that holds them, speeds them and retards them,
Stops and starts and guides them—is our Father’s hand.

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Pursue Love

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This website not only blesses the multitude of readers from across the globe that visit it daily, it blesses me tremendously also. It stores a lot of my gems that I have gleaned from over 40 years of being a committed Christian. Most of the written materials on this website are mine, but once in a while I come across something that no matter how hard I try I can’t say it any better. Such is the case of the following except that I have attached about the pursuit of love:

‘Pursue Love’ by Pastor David Jeremiah. He calls all Christians to pursue love because it is a command, not a feeling.

Pursue Love MP3

As you can hear in the MP3, there is a rapid fire comparison of what agape love is in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians chapter 5. Because of the meat of the Word we are handed, I had to listen to it over and over again. I had to write down the scripture references where he points out that we are not to take a passive role, as so many churches and bible teachers lead us to believe. Instead, we are commanded to take an active role and to pursue love along with the rest of the fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit only enables us. It is our responsibility to carry it out.

AGAPE LOVE AND THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AS THE HOLY SPIRIT ENABLES:

Love(agape) suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (I Corinthians 13:4-8a NKJV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love(agape), joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23a NKJV)

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE LAID OUT PURE AND SIMPLE IN COMMANDS TO OBEY BY TAKING ACTION:

LOVE(AGAPE)- Pursue love. (I Corinthians 14:1a NKJV)

JOY- Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NKJV)

PEACE- Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14 NKJV)

LONGSUFFERING- Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. (I Thessalonians 5:14 NKJV)

KINDNESS- And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV)

GOODNESS- For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)
That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10 NKJV)
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. (Titus 3:8 NKJV)

FAITHFULNESS- Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (I Corinthians 4:2 NKJV)

GENTLENESS- To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. (Titus 3:2 NKJV)
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient. (II Timothy 2:24 NKJV)

SELF CONTROL- But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (I Corinthians 9:27 NKJV)
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (II Peter 1:5-7 NKJV)

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Hatred For Christianity

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As I look around me, it is extremely evident of the hatred for the true God, who was revealed to us in the Old Testament as the LORD God of Israel. This spills over to a hatred of His one and only true Word to us known as the Holy Bible and an outright hatred of His people known to the world as Christians. The reason for this obsession is a three letter word called ‘sin’. The world wants to sin to its heart’s content and doesn’t want anyone spoiling their party. It is just like what the people of Sodom and Gomorrah said, “Stand back!” they shouted. “This fellow came to town as an outsider, and now he’s acting like our judge! We’ll treat you far worse than those other men!” And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door. (Genesis 19:9 NLT)

Even though we must remain a standard against sin, please let’s never forget that as Christians we MUST LOVE THE SINNER IN THE MIDST OF HATING THE SIN. If the sinner only sees that we hate the sin, we are failing miserably as Christians. They must sense first and foremost that we (representatives of God) love them. Jude 1:22-23 states it beautifully, “And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Many Churches get it wrong when all they do is quote Scripture to hate sin. Other Churches get it wrong when all they do is pervert love without the truth about sin. Oh Lord, help us to get it just right even though the world in general will hate us for it.

If we are confronted, we cannot compromise God’s Word, even though the world sees it as extreme narrow mindedness and wants to annihilate it just like they did with Steven in Acts 7:57-58 which tells us, “Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.”

The following is a list I compiled of the nucleus of truths of why the LORD, the Bible, Christians, and Christianity are so hated by the world. Many today try to explain away these truths or pervert them into something different, but the Word of God is clear and as Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

1. A hatred for God along with rampant sexual perversion has become epidemic:

“But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us . Oh, yes! Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.” (Romans 1:18-27 MSG)

“They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.” (Romans 1:30a,32 NLT)

2. Way beyond the fact that life begins at conception, the selfish assumption that a person’s body is their own to do with what they want to is the bigger lie:

“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT)

3. The woman was made for the man not the man for the woman. This is not about dominance, but it is about harmony where respect from the wife and love from the husband equally balance themselves:

“For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. For this reason the woman ought to have a  symbol  of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.” (I Corinthians 11:8-12 NKJV)

“And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.” (Ephesians 5:21-25 NLT)

“The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.” (1 Peter 3:1-4 MSG)

4. Love without truth and justice is a perverted love:

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-6 NLT)

5. If you are capable of finding work and don’t work, then don’t demand to eat:

“Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 NLT)

“If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:3 NLT)

6. Owe no man anything:

“That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders. Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other.” (Romans 13:6-8 MSG)

7. There was nothing that was created that wasn’t made by God:

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” (Colossians 1:15-17 NLT)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-5, 14 NKJV)

8. There is no other name under heaven whereby man must be saved:

“Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10,12 NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)

9. Anyone who has not submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and accepted Him as their Savior over sin, will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire:

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:18-19 NKJV)

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15 NKJV)

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41, 46 NLT)

“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:41-43 NKJV)

“And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” (Isaiah 66:24 NKJV)

“And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’” (Luke 16:23-24 NKJV)

Sometimes only a cartoon can capture the irony of the world we live in:

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The Window is Opening

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Romans 13:1 reminds us, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” No matter who you voted for or rooted for in the last few USA elections, we know for sure that The LORD has who He wants in governmental power for His purposes. And yes, He used Hitler in Germany as His tool for His purposes. He also used Obama as His tool to wake America up as to how ungodly we can become. He has now put Trump in power and it is exposing the divisiveness we are left with in America. Suppressed hatreds are spewing forth. Anything biblical is viciously attacked. What our future is as a nation, I do not know. But spiritually I do know that we desperately need revival. We have strayed so far from our Christian roots that Devine intervention is our only hope.

There have been two special nations that the LORD rose up on this earth. One rose up 3500 years ago and became the Jewish nation of Israel. This is what Jeremiah 31:35-36 says:
“He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord Almighty is his name: “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,” declares the Lord, “will Israel ever cease being a nation before me.””

The other nation the LORD rose up was 500 years ago to become the Christian nation of America in order to be the primary tool to fulfill Mark 13:10 (The gospel must first be published among all nations.). Don’t ever fall for the lie that we were never a Christian nation. The LORD’s handwriting is all over us. It is throughout our most precious documents. It is even stamped on our coins and our monuments.

Yes it is true that over the past few decades, America has veered terribly off course. But the LORD has risen up a remnant, just like He showed Elijah there were 7000 during his time. This remnant has been praying earnestly for a spiritual revival. Emanating from the heartbeat of this remnant is the consensus that this window of revival in America is opening.

Carter Conlon of the Times Square Church NYC speaks of this revival in the five MP3’S below. The first two are from when he first was given the vision and the next three are from the days just before the Inauguration.

Revival Is Coming And What It Will Look Like

Miracles and the Coming Revival

Day 1 Rediscovering Our Identity

Day 2 Fast For Our Nation

Day 3 Fast For Our Nation

No one who is Christian or non-Christian can disagree with the fact that America is being turned upside down. Whether this is good or bad worldly speaking only time will tell but one thing that I know deep down is that a limited window of time for a spiritual revival is being opened. Conviction of sin will be poured out. Let’s not miss the opportunity for the LORD to use us in a mighty way for His purpose and glory!

Jesus told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10:2)

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Therapeutic Gospel

“We do not want to give you the therapeutic gospel that only touches your behavior and doesn’t change your character.” (Dr. David Jeremiah)

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The gospel that has become increasingly emphasized in our modern Christianity has turned the saving work of Christ into a therapeutic focus on a Jesus who meets our felt needs in a way that keeps us at the center of our lives. Whereas the real Gospel goes right to the heart of the matter and deals with our deadly SIN ISSUE and FALSE LORDSHIP in our innermost being. Sin must be cleansed and Jesus must be allowed to sit on the throne of our life.

Please take note of the picture below with the Tweets from Twitter on it. Tap on the picture and blow it up so you can read all the Tweets. The first two are vastly different from the rest. The first two exemplify the therapeutic gospel:

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“Church isn’t about what you or I can do; it’s about what Christ has done.” (Gary Wilkerson)

Thomas Aquinas, back in the 13th century, exposed the error behind the therapeutic gospel:
“We confuse two similar yet different human actions. We see people searching desperately for peace of mind, relief from guilt, meaning, and purpose to their lives, and loving acceptance. We know that ultimately these things can only be found in God. Therefore, we conclude that since people are seeking these things they must be seeking after God. People do not seek God. They seek after the benefits that only God can give them. The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God himself. We are, by nature, fugitives.”

Paul tells us we must first become a new creation:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he  is  a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)

Then, and only then, after we become a new creation, can we do all things, not by the help of Christ, but through Christ:
“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13 NKJV)

Jesus emphatically tells us:
“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:38-39 NKJV)

What we need is not a few doses of self-esteem, but the esteem that only comes through the reproach of Christ:
“Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:26 NKJV)

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