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OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published – 11/20/21

Bible Question:

What is the will of the Father in Matthew 7:21?

Bible Answer:

First, we will define the “will of the Father.” The will of God the Father is whatever He has decreed in His wisdom, knowledge, holiness and grace. His decrees include the decision to create the universe, including humans. His decrees include the plan for salvation, the future road-map for the creation, and the righteous standard that we to conform to. The will of God the Father is found in all sixty-six books of the Bible. His will is revealed in the Ten Commandments and in every command found in any Scripture. Sometimes He explicitly uses the phrase the will of God is. In a previous study entitled seeking God’s will you discover five things are explicitly described as the will of the Father. The will of God the Father is found from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation. 

Those who do the Will of the Father go to Heaven

In Matthew 7:21 Jesus warns us that those who do the will of the Father are the ones who will go to heaven. “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (NASB) Matt. 7:21. That is, no one is going to heaven unless he or she is doing the Father’s will. The greek word for “does” is a greek present participle, which implies ongoing behavior. The person who does the will of God once in a while does not qualify. Jesus is describing someone who habitually does the will of the Father.

The Most Important Will of the Father?

What is the most important will of the Father? 1 John 3:23 tells us explicitly that it is the will of the Father that we believe in Christ. Notice we are commanded to believe in Christ. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” 1 John 3:23 (NASB). “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12 (NASB). Those who obey this command are called Christians. God desires that every man and woman believe in Jesus Christ, but not everyone will obey. Only by believing in Jesus Christ will any person obey this command and go to heaven.

Who Does the Will of the Father?

The message of Ephesians 2:8-10 is that the Holy Spirit transforms or changes Christians so that they will do good works. It is important to understand that the one who believes in Christ does the will of the Father, and then the Father transforms Christians to become like Christ (Ephesians 4:13). Philippians 1:6 echoes this truth. It tells Christians that God started a good work, is still doing a good work, and will continue to transform us into the future. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:6 (NASB) What is God’s goal for Christians? What does God want Christians to become? Ephesians 4:13 answers the question. The verse tells us that God is transforming every Christian “to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” That is, God is working in every Christian to make us like Christ. He is working to make us holy. As a result, only Christians are able to do good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” Ephesians 2:8-10a (NASB). Therefore, who will do the will of the Father? The answer is Christians! Only Christians can do the will of the Father. The Holy Spirit is the one who makes this happen.

Doing the Will of the Father Reveals True Christians

Now we are ready to examine Jesus’ statement in Matthew 7:21-23. In verse 21 Jesus warns us that on judgment day, only those who have done the will of the Father will enter heaven. Here is Matthew 7:21-23. “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS” Matthew 7:22-23 (NASB). Now we must ask, “Who does the will of the Father?” There is only one group of people who can do the will of the Father and who will do the will of the Father habitually. We do not mean perfectly, but their pattern of life is obedience to the will of the Father.

Conclusion

The only people who are going to heaven are those who believe that Jesus is God, died for our sins, returned to life, and because they are sinners respond in repentance and seek God’s forgiveness. It is an act of humility and submission to Christ. Non-Christians are not obedient to God and cannot do the good works that are done by the indwelling Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. Non-Christians are not obedient and cannot obey God because good works are the work of God, performed by the Holy Spirit. How a person lives their life is proof that he or she is a Christian. Only those who believe in Jesus and are depending on Him for salvation will do the will of the Father. But notice, doing the will of God does not make a person a Christian and guarantee that they will go to heaven. That is backward theologically. The teaching of the New Testament is that Christians do good works. Good works do not make a person a Christian. Consequently, when Jesus said, “He who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” are the missing words. He was describing the character of a Christian and not how to go to heaven.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 47 – Published 11/13/21

The Rapture in 2 Thessalonians 2:1–10

Myron J. Houghton, Ph.D. Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, Ankeny, Iowa, April 2002


In verses one and two, Paul states:
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” (All Bible quotations are from the King James Version.)

Several things may be said about these verses. (1) Paul is writing to the Thessalonian believers about the rapture. The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is further described in verse one as Our gathering together unto him.” (2) He writes to them because they were in danger of being troubled, and this disturbance was being caused by three things: “by spirit” (a false prophet—cf. 1 John 4:1), “by word” (a false preacher—cf. 1 Cor. 1:18) and “by letter, as [if] from us” (a false letter with Paul’s forged signature). (3) The false teaching which these three sources presented and which disturbed the Thessalonians was that “the day of Christ” had come. (Some Greek texts read “day of the Lord” rather than “day of Christ,” but in either case, this “day” refers to the time when Christ will directly intervene in human affairs by bringing destruction upon the world.) (4) Furthermore, the verb that is translated “is at hand” is in the perfect tense and thus signifies completed past action with present results. Thus, the false teaching was that the day of Christ the Lord had arrived and was now present. (5) This “day” refers not to the rapture (obviously the Thessalonians would know that the rapture had not yet taken place), but to the Tribulation, Second Coming, and the Millennium (Zechariah 14:1–4, 9, cf. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, 229–231). Thus, the issue which disturbed the Thessalonians was that they were being told that they were now in the end-time Tribulation. We know from 2 Thessalonians 1:4 that these believers were already suffering persecution, so this conclusion was not farfetched.

Paul’s purpose, then, in 2 Thessalonians 2:3–10 is to show these believers that they were not in the Tribulation. In v. 3, he states that two things must occur before the Tribulation can begin— (1) the “falling away,” and (2) the revelation of the man of sin. For those aware of Daniel’s prophecy (9:26) that “the prince that shall come” will confirm a covenant with many for seven years and then break it “in the midst of the week,” the lawless man of sin is made known when he confirms the covenant, not when he breaks it. II Thessalonians 2:4 indicates the identity of this man rather than the time of his revelation by relating him to Daniel’s prophecy.

The Removal of the Restrainer
There have been various views concerning the identity of the restrainer. Dr. Pentecost lists five of them as follows: (1) the restrainer was the Roman Empire, (2) the restrainer was human government and law, (3) the restrainer is Satan, (4) the restrainer is the church, and (5) the restrainer is the Holy Spirit (Pentecost, Things To Come, 259–62). Several comments should be made about these views. First, the restrainer could not be the Roman empire because such a view limits the restrainer to the past, while Paul indicates that the one being restrained (the man of sin) will live in the future, during the day of the Lord. Second, human government will continue to exist even when the man of sin is revealed; therefore human government cannot be the restrainer, since the man of sin is revealed AFTER the restrainer is removed (2 Thessalonians 2:7, 8). Third, Satan cannot be the restrainer because a house divided against itself will fall. Fourth, the church alone cannot be the restrainer because the one being restrained has “all power and signs and lying wonders” (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Nevertheless, in verse six, some thing is doing the restraining, while in verse seven, the restrainer is a person, so the church could be involved in the restraining process. Fifth, the Holy Spirit is the restrainer because only a member of the Godhead is able to restrain this man of sin who is empowered by Satan.

While all three Persons of the Godhead are omnipresent, the Father is resident in heaven, and the Son is resident at the Father’s right hand. It is the Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Godhead, who came on the Day of Pentecost. Notice carefully the promise of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who believe in Him: “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37–38). The inspired interpretation of this promise is given in the very next verse: “But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to create the Body of Christ by placing believers into that Body (1 Corinthians 12:13a), and He came to indwell the physical bodies of every member of that Body (1 Corinthians 12:13b).

2 Thessalonians 2:7 tells us the Restrainer will restrain “until he be taken out of the way.” Some have said this expression cannot refer to a spatial removal but only to a stepping aside (cf. The MacArthur Study Bible note at 2 Thessalonians 2:7). However, A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament (2nd ed., revised and augmented by F. Wilbur Gingrich and Frederick W. Danker from Walter Bauer’s 5th ed., 1979) lists this very verse as an example of this word’s use “to denote change of location” (page 159, bottom right-hand column). The third edition of this work, published in 2000, gives 2 Thessalonians 2:7 as an example of the sixth use of the word: “to make a change of location in space” (bottom of page 198 and top of 199). The removal of the Restrainer, then, refers to the departure of the Holy Spirit in the rapture of the Church.

The great “Falling Away”
Two possible solutions have been presented as to the identity of the “falling away.” The first solution is the one traditionally given and is still the most popular view today. It understands the “falling away” as a great apostasy or departure from the faith. Almost any standard commentary will defend this position. For a detailed defense of this view see The Thessalonian Epistles by D. Edmond Hiebert. Basically the argument is that the Greek word translated “falling away” means a religious apostasy. The second solution which is possible understands the “falling away” as a reference to the rapture of the church. This view is defended by E. Schuyler English in his book, Re-Thinking the Rapture.

There are four reasons which, when taken together, seem to indicate that Paul was referring to the rapture when he mentioned this term.

Reason # 1: The word which is translated “falling away” can refer to a physical departure. Note that this argument does not say that the word always or even normally has this meaning. “Departure, disappearance” is the second meaning given for this Greek word in A Greek-English Lexicon, by Liddell & Scott, I, 218. Part of the problem here is that this word is used only twice in the New Testament——here and also in Acts 21:21, where Paul is told that some accuse him of teaching a departure from Moses. In this latter passage, this word is used in the sense of a religious apostasy. In the LXX (the Greek translation of the Old Testament), this word or an older form is found in Joshua 22:22, 1 Kings 21:13, 2 Chronicles 29:19, 33:19, Isaiah 30:1, and Jeremiah 2:19. In these cases, the word also has the idea of religious departure. However, either the context or a descriptive phrase is used to indicate that a religious apostasy is meant. Therefore it might be argued that the word itself was more general.

In the New Testament, the verb form of this word is used fifteen times (Luke 2:27, 4:13, 8:13, 22:29; Acts 5:37,38, 12:10, 15:38, 19:9, 22:29; 2 Corinthians 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:1, 6:5; 2 Timothy 2:19; and Hebrews 3:12). Of the fifteen references, only three have reference to a religious departure, and these three are qualified by context (Luke 8:13) or by a descriptive phrase (1 Timothy 4:1—”from the faith” and Hebrews 3:12—”from the living God”). It is clear from some of the remaining references that a physical departure is meant (the angel who delivered Peter from prison departed from him—Acts 12:10, and Paul prayed that a thorn in the flesh might depart from him—2 Corinthians 12:8.) This word is translated departynge by William Tyndale (c. 1526), by Cranmer (1539), and by the Geneva Bible (1557). Beza (1565) translated it departing.

Reason # 2: The use of the definite article (“the”) lends support to the view that the falling away is the rapture. The basic function of the article “is to point out an object or to draw attention to it. Its use with a word makes the word stand out distinctly,” (Dana and Mantey, A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament, 137). Paul is not speaking of A falling away but THE falling away. In all probability, Paul is referring to some subject he has previously discussed with the Thessalonians. Robertson agrees with this use of the article in this verse. He states: “And the use of the definite article (the) seems to mean that Paul had spoken to the Thessalonians about it.” (Word Pictures in the New Testament, IV, 49). Now, if this is the use of the article in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, one would expect to find a place, either in 1 or 2 Thessalonians, where Paul previously referred to a departure from the faith. This writer knows of no such reference. However, there is previous reference to the rapture of the church in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–17 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1.

Reason # 3: Paul’s style of writing in this chapter also lends support to the idea that the “falling away” is the rapture. In verse 3, Paul states that two events must occur before the day of the Lord can come, namely (1) the “falling away,” and (2) the revealing of the man of sin. Paul’s reference to this second event seems to be more fully described in verses 8–9. If, indeed, this is Paul’s style, then verses 6 and 7, which describe the removal of the Holy Spirit and the church, would be a more detailed explanation of the first event in verse 3 (the “falling away”).

Reason # 4: Paul’s purpose in writing lends support to the view that the “falling away” is the rapture. Remember the setting. The Thessalonian believers were being persecuted for their faith, and they thought they were in the Tribulation. Paul writes to tell them that they can’t possibly be in the Tribulation because two things have to occur before the Tribulation can begin: the “falling away” and the revelation of the man of sin. If religious apostasy is a means by which Paul expects the Thessalonians to know whether or not they are in the Tribulation, then he has failed to prove his point because there has always been religious apostasy, even in the time of the apostle Paul, and the Thessalonians were not in a position to distinguish any present apostasy from “THE apostasy.” However, if Paul was referring to the rapture of the church, then the Thessalonians could know with certainty that they could not yet be in the Tribulation.

Conclusion
If both the removal of the Restrainer and the “falling away” refer to the rapture of the Church, then II Thessalonians 2:1–10 offers two proofs for the rapture occurring before the Tribulation.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 46 – Published – 11/6/21

THE LAST HOUR TRANSITION

There is a tsunami of information that is being released in this hour and it has come to a point where it’s very difficult to know who is telling the truth. In fact, without spiritual discernment it’s impossible to detect deception and sadly very few Christians have developed this crucial aspect of their commission. Most people within the Christian faith have discovered the general mainstream news is controlled by a highly controlled hierarchy that picks and chooses what is told and what is to be kept silent. The idea that media outlets can relay whatever stories they desire is not true. When we follow the trail of who it is that determines what goes out on the airwaves, we understand the news is not as much a resource to inform the masses of what is really going on, but rather the best way on earth to channel biased propaganda. There is a small group in the world that has always exercised power over the planet and have given their heart and soul over to the evil powers of Satan. This is the type of historical realities that are seldom found in the standard education curriculum. These secret orders spend much effort and money to remain hidden in the background much like the puppeteers hide behind the curtains as they control their puppets. The devil allows those who agree to serve him the impression they are ruling the world, in exchange for being used to accomplish his agenda which is the steal, kill, and destroy.

Those who do not believe the world is manipulated are like the sheep who puts their complete trust in the shepherd and are content as long as they can enjoy a normal existence. Sheep are happy as long as they have green grass and fresh water. They are simple minded and do not care about politics or evil plans to dominate and brainwash the masses all the while they are being led to the slaughter. These are the very ones who agree with everything the media says and believes the government has their best interest in mind and everyone who disagrees is a conspiracy terrorist. This attitude is a result of mind control and has turned out exactly as the system of the beast has planned. The idea is to flood the brains of the masses with lies and cause them to pledge allegiance to the New World Order while persecuting the ones who really know what is going on. For those who reject this truth, they have already crossed over to the other side to the promised land of deception. Their delusion is so infected that only God Himself could open their eyes. It’s true the Lord did intervene in the life of Saul whose name was changed to Paul, but everyone who is captured by a strong delusion does not have a guarantee that God will also give them this manifestation of aggressive mercy. The Bible mentions about the conscience of those who reject the truth will experience a searing as with a hot iron. In other words, their rebellion has cause such hatred for divine truth, they cannot sense the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Since this is the only way to be spiritually enlightened, they will continue to grow more cold and calloused.

We can argue and deny all we want and declare that the fact finding websites are telling the truth, but the reality is that they are also controlled by the wicked puppeteers. Since Satan is the prince and power of the airwaves, why would anyone in their right mind believe that he would allow any type of fact checking site to tell the truth? Demons guard every outlet where words are used for communication and until a person accepts this fact, they are vulnerable to being misled. The idea of drinking the cool-aid would be comical if were not so dangerous. As everyone knows, the last few years has revealed a dead giveaway pertaining to how everyone who tries to relay information that is contrary to what the politically correct culture says is censored and banned from social media. Again, do your own research and follow the path to who manages these socially acceptable cesspools of lies and you will find the Luciferian connection. Where is the world headed? It is not Biblical to teach that evil will be destroyed and this media stronghold will be exposed and eradicated. It’s true that God is moving and still saving those who are willing to dedicate their lives to Him, but this will not change the direction of the world. We know the evil Antichrist is coming, the mark of the beast, severe persecution for the saints, tribulation, and the battle of Armageddon. These are written in stone and do not allow anyone to persuade you that prayers or revivals can change this. I receive no pleasure or joy to proclaim the world does not grow brighter but will continue sliding deeper into the darkness of abomination. We realize this is not the prosperity, “feel good” gospel, but knowing the truth is what can help us become sincerely prepared for the future.

For the truth seeker, it’s not difficult to comprehend how as the Bible says that fear will come upon the earth and many people will have heart failure from anxiety, stress, depression, and dread. We are experiencing it now. Doctors offices are filled with people needing more sedatives, anxiety, and anti-depression meds than ever before and this is not including rampant drug addictions and alcoholism. Individuals are doing everything they can to escape the doom and gloom of what is on the horizon and it will only get worse without people falling on their knees in repentance and asking Jesus to save them. We are hearing about a coming outpouring of God’s Spirit and I pray that it will manifest, but the gospel has always been preached and God’s invitation for salvation has always been offered. There are not any new concepts or formulas for being redeemed by the blood of Jesus and most everyone has already heard the gospel of Jesus who loved us and came to be crucified and rose from the dead to save us. The problem is not a lack of knowing about a Savior but a refusal to accept Christ as Lord. What I believe is happening in this hour is a transition into a higher spiritual understanding for those who are being developed as overcomers and a stronger rebellion in those who are blind. In other words, the division between God’s faithful remnant and His enemies are growing more distinct and obvious. We will see this war between good and evil become more pronounced and the aggressive violence will continue. The last election and the virus revealed an ugly side to human nature and has allowed us to observe a tiny glimpse of how people can become hostile as they support their views. If people will fight in Walmart over a toy at Christmas, what will they do in a famine or when the mark of the beast is mandated?

It’s clear that our concepts of church was not the plan that God intended. The idea of developing programs to make it easy and comfortable for the Christian was a religious agenda that helped the clergy earn a living and justify the followers from their responsibilities. However, the fear of offending their congregations with what the life of the disciple actually called for, prevented the spiritual growth and development of the believer. Instead of teaching the members how to walk in God’s covenant and how to be a soldier to engage in spiritual warfare, they presented a sugar-coated attitude of compromise. How could this be? It was the result of those in leadership who was not dedicated to Christ and instead became afraid of losing money. Many pastors are involved with politics and are led by Satan to refrain from teaching spiritual reality. WE CANNOT COMPROMISE WITH THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD – PERIOD! There are no more games for the ones who are serious about God. Religion will always be a part of the spiritual landscape but it is empowered by evil demons of deception. These are the wolves who dress like sheep with the intention of leading the masses astray. Look around, it has worked perfectly. As a result of accepting that lukewarmness is acceptable in God’s sight, many will spend an eternity in hell. The truth is that many have never been born-again. We stand in a crossroad of decision to take up our cross and follow Jesus or to not be concerned with divine truth and blend in with the crowd. God is saying, “Are you going to conform to the world or be transformed by the renewing of your mind?” We are servants to whom we obey and it is the hour that each person is choosing whom they will serve. We cannot serve God and the devil at the same time! We are either a born again Christian or we are a puppet of Satan. Everyone has already decided.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 45 – Published 10/30/21

What does the future hold for America?

Many who claim to be a Christian have failed to research and study what is really going on behind the scenes within the spiritual realm and the government and yet they accuse those who know the truth as conspiracy lunatics. This is nothing new as only a few Christians have ever really read or studied the Bible at all. Those who pride themselves on the old saying, “I once was blind but now I see” do not realize that in many ways they are still unable to discern God, His truth, and the spiritual dimension. And then we have the lost world that rails out against the righteous and are also included as being incapable of understanding and these are exactly the types of sheeple an evil government hopes to lead. Those who lack spiritual wisdom have failed to recognize that Satan is the god of this world and the prince and power of the air and yet many consider themselves a follower of Jesus. Either these individuals are not a Christian or they are an infant in the faith that has never developed self-discipline or an awareness of God’s presence. The question remains as to why people do not understand that most everything the government has said and done is a lie? And why do they not comprehend the mainstream media is the voice of Satan who is the father of all lies? How can they not discern that Satan possesses the global leaders who are used as puppets to control the world and have sold their souls to accomplish Satan’s plans? They have decided to follow and obey an evil government and will do anything no matter how abominable to remain in power.

Those who are not interested in finding the real truth about what is going on have chosen to have more faith in an evil system instead of listening to the Holy Spirit and knowing what is the Lord’s will. They will not listen or consider that maybe they have been deceived and will do everything they can to silence the voices of anyone who opposes their political and social worldviews. The idea of a cancel culture is to eliminate everyone’s input that does not line up with a liberal progressive agenda and accuse them of spreading false information. Every fact checking website that is allowed to operate on a social media platform is controlled by the evil propaganda system. This is to ensure that every mainstream news channel and every internet information source are all on the same page. The beast system is aggressive and demands control and those who resist will be persecuted. If this sounds like communism, you have answered correctly as the kingdoms of Satan have always used force to keep the people in bondage. Those who have been brainwashed to embrace this New World Order have failed to realize that Satan’s governments work night and day to steal, kill, and destroy every person on the planet because he hates God and His creation. And yet, they believe the government loves them, has always told the truth, and wants to do everything they can to help everyone and bless them.

What would it take for those who are hypnotized to wake up and realize their spiritual blindness? Only those who are convicted to seek God, who see their desperate need to be saved, and will respond, will have the opportunity to comprehend the true reality. Those who insist on trusting the voices of darkness and deception will never be able to hear God’s voice or walk with Him in Spirit and truth. These are the ones whom God has sent a strong delusion over their minds because they refused to embrace His truth. Their conscience has been seared as with a hot iron and now they are unable to feel God’s conviction or see their need to repent and be born-again. Their hearts have become hardened and their love has waxed cold. Sadly, it is too late for many as they are unable to know they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. They have fallen prey to the charms and illusions of the world as the world pretends to love and respect them. They have sold their soul for a mirage and as their heart has become hard and cold; they hate those who love and serve God as they see good as evil and evil as good.

The world has always hated Jesus because they obey their carnal default nature and they will always hate all those who abide under the shadow of His wings. The depraved conscience of the lost world persecuted and crucified Jesus and this spirit of debauchery and violence will do the same to all those who stand for their Lord. Human perversion worships this evil system of the beast as the devil has been planning on dominating the masses with global control since the beginning. We know without a doubt there is emerging a one-world government where everyone will be monitored and managed through a computer database. Each person will be given some type of identification which will contain all information about them. There will be no need for currency as financial transactions will be conducted through this system. This process is designed as a way for the Antichrist to have control over every person and yet, the masses are going about their daily routines without a care as they believe all is well. These are the ones who are mesmerized and hypnotized and will continue to mindlessly obey a system that has every intention to force them into submission. They have been trusting the media all their lives and do not sense any type of danger or urgency to doubt them now. While the masses are focused on social media, movies, games, and television, the system has taken advantage of the opportunity to slowly pull the noose tighter without them recognizing it. Instead of concentrating on developing a strong personal relationship with God and a constant awareness of His presence, they are addicted and controlled by political and cultural acceptance as they argue about issues they do not understand. As the blind leads the blind, we are assured by God’s infinite wisdom they will both fall into ruin.

What does the future hold for America? There are several views for the future but I just want to comment on two. The first view is: Things will keep going the way they always have and the evil will continue to grow stronger. Progressive liberals who support same-sex marriage and abortion along with allowing an evil government to dominate, do not want to consider that God’s judgment is upon them and the nation. They do not have a reverential fear of God or they would not be His enemy. They see abundant prosperity and a twisted sense of freedom for everyone to do whatever they want to do. This is a philosophy from the pits of hell as fleshly freedom is rebellion against divine truth. They believe that removing God from the education and legal system is wonderful because they hate the idea of having His standards preventing their perverted visions. They are focused on making money, having nice things, without any type of conviction to live holy or stand for the Bible, to pray or declare that God and the blood of Jesus is the only way to heaven. They want to tear down the conservative Christian world views and replace them with a new set of carnal commandments that promote socialism and secular humanism. I do not see anything standing in the way of this political correctness train rolling down the tracks unless the Lord steps in and breaks down these demonic strongholds. When social media banned all commentary that disagreed with what the government and mainstream media were saying, we knew then that demonic spirits had taken firm control of the society. The cancel culture was established by Satan to overturn the constitution and re-write the legal system according to social and political correctness which was decided by none other than the kingdom of darkness. The masses will continue in their blindness as the nation spirals down into destruction and the horrors of captivity. The persecution of Christians will intensify and being accused of terrorism they will all eventually be arrested and murdered for refusing the mark of the beast.

The second view is that God is going to intervene and stop the madness. Many saints and prophets have been praying and fasting as they are hearing from the Lord that He sees what is happening in this country and is soon going to step in and remove this evil government. According to the passage in second chronicles, God promised to heal the land if His people would follow His instructions. Many believe this includes the situation that is happening now. I am hearing from spiritual leaders every day that God is getting ready to reveal His power and authority and that He is not only going to bring restoration but a spiritual awakening. The talk of a holy revival on the scale of a modern reformation has been growing and we know that faith moves God. I have been seeking the Lord myself and desiring confirmation about this amazing move of God’s Spirit but have not received confirmation. I am praying and hoping this happens soon. I am not saying that the world will turn into a global Christian atmosphere, but I can see a great spiritual stirring that would draw many souls into God’s kingdom as a last-day harvest before Christ returns. This revival in no way would prevent the first view from happening but would only present a “pause” in the escalation of world control. If this view is true, it should awaken the saints today to fall on their knees and become as close to God as possible. If we are ever going to fulfill our destiny and be used in this last hour’s outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we need to prepare our hearts now. I would like to hear your thoughts about these two views. May the Lord continue to give us His wisdom and understanding in these last hours.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 44 – Published – 10/23/21

A DEEPER INVESTIGATION OF SALVATION – PART 4

Jesus is good all the time but this does NOT mean that everyone is always excited about what He has to say. Generally most people will agree that He is absolute truth, can never tell a lie, can never fail, and He is perfect from alpha to Omega. Yet, these very same people are not interested in His teachings and instructions about how to live. This should give everyone a glimpse of the powerful persuasion of the human will and our weakness to fight against it. I want us to think about the word “default” for a moment. It is defined as, Something that is per-arranged and set to automatically happen. Failing to do something that is expected, the decision to ignore a responsibility to fulfill an obligation.” When we examine God’s plan for salvation, we realize the “good news” is the true account of how God loves the world and Jesus died and rose again to save those who would believe. This is truly the best news in the history of the world. However, before we can fully understand and appreciate the good news, we need to have a proper comprehension of the bad news.

When we ask people if they are going to Heaven when they die, most everyone would say yes. According to a national poll a few years ago, two thirds of Americans believed they they would go to Heaven. But, another equally important question is WHY they believe this. The common responses include how most every human believes they are a good person. Without keeping score, most people are convinced they have done more good in their lives than bad which tips the scales in their favor. Here is the huge problem: Heaven is NOT our automatic default destination. Living with God for all eternity is not a place where everyone goes unless we choose to live extremely evil which would remove our name from the list. It seems for many, their emotional imagination which is an extension of our fallen human nature, believes if you are not a serial killer you are going to be fine. This is exposed when every funeral service always talks about the deceased being in a better place. People do not want to think about hell and many do not believe a loving and gracious God would actually send decent, honest, hard working people there. It gives us a sense of peace to believe those we love are walking on the streets of gold. So, it seems logical and fair to the intelligent mind that Heaven would be automatic for those who would give you the shirt off their back. The problem is that in many cases it’s not true.

The reality of our eternal destination is that HELL not Heaven is the default. If we choose to accept this default and refuse to respond to the gospel and neglect being born-again, we are NOT going to Heaven no matter how good people say we are. It is the blood of Jesus which empowers us to be transformed into a new creation and our kind personality and generosity has nothing to do with it. Because of our sinful nature we are NOT holy and according to God’s perfect judgement we cannot be allowed to enter Heaven. We must be changed from our default spiritual condition and transformed into a new spiritual identity. This will require receiving Christ as the Lord and Savior of our life. We choose to believe that 95 percent of mankind will go to Heaven and that hell is reserved for the 5 percent who are evil tyrants and sexually abuse young children. It’s true these people are included on hell’s list, but Matthew 7:13-14 explains the percentages much differently. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Again, we know the world has it wrong. The overwhelming majority of humans are living in the broad way which is the default and only God can change their mind and their soul.

When I look around me, my heart breaks because I do not want to see those who are living in the default die and go to hell. I could get in their face and tell them they are going to hell, but that would only make them hate me more and would burn the bridge. Only when God arranges a divine appointment where He navigates and anoints, can a person be effective ministering to someone who needs the Lord. Yes, we are called to be filled with joy and hope, but at the same time the remnant follower of Christ lives in a state of sorrow. Why? Because those we know do not have a personal relationship with Jesus in this life and will not be with Him in eternity either. Does this make you weep? Does this drive you to your knees to intercede on their behalf? If you have no compassion about this, you are not filled with the Holy Spirit and may not be born-again. The Bible reveals that Jesus was a man of sorrows and this is reason. He was always thinking about pleasing His father and those He was called to save. He saw how many will reject Him and miss out on the amazing plan of redemption. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3). Let’s take a moment to ponder how heavy this burden was. Knowing they were created to serve God and they spit in His face and screamed crucify Him. Those who follow Him also share a portion of this sorrow and are brokenhearted over the wickedness of this world. Yes we can celebrate how much God loves us and we love Him, but it does not erase the reality that the majority of all mankind will spend an eternity in the torments of hell. On a scale of 10, how much do you care?

Our world is changing rapidly and soon we will be forced to take a stand against the government or to compromise for the sake of pleasing everyone and be submissive. The pressure is building each moment as the system is testing to know who will bow down and who will resist. In China today, there are people being held down forcibly against their will and being inoculated with an experimental gene therapy. Will it happen in this country? This is clearly a trial for the mark of the beast which is on the horizon. We see in Matthew chapter 4 where Satan tried to tempt Jesus and commanded that Christ bow down to him. Of course Jesus refused to bow down to anyone except His Father. Daniel chapter 6 tells the story of Daniel disobeying the legal decree to stop worshiping his God and to only worship king Darius. Daniel refused to bow down to the king and was thrown into a den of lions. However, God sent an angel to protect him and the lions did not touch him. Daniel chapter 3 is the story of the three Hebrews who were commanded to bow down to the 90-foot statue that king Nebuchadnezzar had built. They refused and were thrown into a furnace of fire and yet they were not harmed at all as Christ was seen in the fire with them and saved them. Jesus was God and had all the faith in heaven and earth. However, as also being a human we realize that Satan still had access to Him and was relentlessly trying to attack Him. This allows us to see that we can live close to God and walk in His Spirit but this does not mean we will not face severe spiritual warfare.

As we focus on these three accounts, I want to make a crucial point. In each case faith played a HUGE part of the victory. However, faith does NOT manifest suddenly. It is developed over time. It is a progression of maturity and anointing that grows stronger each moment. These individuals already had an experienced faith in God and were filled with God’s assurance and reliance no matter what would have presented itself. They did not hesitate to stand for God because they already knew Him. Faith is like laying bricks each day and eventually you have a strong wall of confidence and courage. If we are not intentionally drawing closer to Jesus in a personal relationship and then we are suddenly faced with life threatening crisis, there is not time to build a foundation, mix the mortar, make the bricks, and begin laying the wall. It is too late. Wisdom, discernment, decrees, strength, anointing, maturity and understanding are spiritual bricks and without them we are controlled by fear and confusion. Satan can crush us with hopelessness and doubt when we are not prepared in the Lord. We are moving into a new age of anxiety and fear in this world that we have never known. This methodology of panic is causing a tremendous amount of stress which in turn is increasing the need for more antidepressants and whatever people can find that will help them take their thoughts away from reality. Those who absorb the constant news stories are being filled with terror and dread. The enemy controls and uses the media as a war strategy and sets ambushes to keep the minds and hearts paralyzed with fear. Satan knows who is wearing their spiritual armor and can easily target those who are void of spiritual wisdom and revelation. “Why did this happen?” is the most popular response among the masses when tragedy comes and reveals the level of knowledge from those who are not strongly anchored in their faith with Christ. Those who have failed to develop their personal relationship with God are exposed and vulnerable to confusion and defeat.

We know the reason the average person does not think or care about God’s will. They are too busy focused on their own blueprints. When a person does NOT have a reverential fear of God, they do not have the burden and guilt of not pleasing Him. This is the carnal and rebellious attitude of the average person. Those who do not ponder about the need to have a stronger spiritual sensitivity and the accountability to develop a continual awareness of God’s presence are not members of the remnant. This is not judging but only addressing a spiritual reality that is revealed by the spiritual fruit of an individual. There must be evidence of transformation. Salvation is not just religious knowledge but an intimate personal relationship with Christ. When a person makes a holy vow to be in covenant with God, the character and nature of Jesus will be seen in their life or the miracle has not happened. It’s true there is backsliding and being lukewarm, but God will NOT leave us in this state for long. There is too much to do for the kingdom and we are bringing embarrassment and blasphemy to Him with our horrible attitude. We are to be representatives of Jesus which means everyone can see Him in us. Prepare your heart today for what is coming! Choose whom you are going to serve! Decide today if you are going to stand with Him or embrace the world’s system. Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

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Part 43 – Published 10/16/21

A DEEPER INVESTIGATION OF SALVATION – PART 3

When the average person thinks about when Jesus walked the earth, we find there are many ideas about How He acted and His personality. Some believe He was the light in the room, generating positive energy that made everyone feel happy and secure. Others, think of Him as someone who was quiet and meek and did not want to bring conflict or be offensive to anyone. Whatever our preconceived imaginations about His persona, we can agree that He was never afraid to tell the truth. We are called to do the same. Since He never compromised with His thoughts or words, we know that He made many enemies and the closer we walk with Him the more the world will hate us.

In this third part of our investigation of salvation, I want us to consider what a true Christian looks like. I worked diligently this past week on this message and unfortunately it was lost through a computer problem. It was a 2500 word document and of course, I am upset, but I must keep pressing forward. With sitting down and starting fresh, I ask the Holy Spirit to give me recall as to what I had already written. Life has its share of disappointments and discouragements, but we will worship God forever.

When we see people, we also see their fruit. Do their actions and words prove if they are a Christian or not? This is a very good question. Have you ever been having a bad day and acted ugly? We all have, but did that mean we were not saved? No, it just means we allowed our carnal nature to take control, and we obeyed our emotions instead of God. Let us continue with our ideas about judging. This is never more evident than at a funeral when everyone who knew the deceased are deciding if the person made it to heaven or not. Deeds from the past whether good or bad are remembered and the majority of the time, the good deeds are calculated to outweigh the bad ones. What we all need to remember is that salvation is not based on deeds at all. Yes, it’s true if we are saved, we will reflect the image of Jesus, but salvation is based on grace through faith in the blood of Christ.

It’s true that people who act like a heathen all the time and have never confessed Christ as their Savior are spiritually lost. However, let us remember that God is the ultimate judge that knows the true condition of every soul. Most of the time we are guessing as we base our conclusions on what we see, what we have heard, and what we have witnessed. So, where do we get the concept that God’s people are called to be fruit inspectors? In Matthew 7:20, we find the evidence, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” In the Christian faith, the practice of “fruit inspecting” simply means judging. It’s common to find large numbers of religious people finding fault with and criticizing others after evaluating their “works.” If there is little to no spiritual performance, it is determined the person is not saved. However, we must ask if this is a fair assessment of the individual?

I realize that our deeds and actions seem to be cut and dried, but things are also not always the way they seem. Yes, we are to live holy and people are watching our every move, but our emotions which support our worldviews often make decisions that are not led by the Spirit of God. Remember, the public opinion that called for the crucifixion of Jesus believed they were doing the right thing. In our study, we must include the fact that unsaved people can do good deeds and appear to be genuine, while on the inside they are ravening wolves. On the other hand, I know a good Christian man who has not lived according to the world’s standards and for following what He believes is the Lord’s direction he has been harshly criticized, mocked, and persecuted. Here are two different perspectives that could be deceptive unless a person was highly developed in their spiritual discernment. I’ve heard people say that a drug addict, glutton, smoker, or an alcoholic who passed away was not born-again, but this may not be true. It is the blood of Jesus that redeems us, not how good or healthy we live.

I want us to look at this passage in Matthew chapter 7 and verses 15-20 more closely so that we can understand the correct context. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” First of all, let us agree that Jesus is teaching His people. Next, who is He referring to when He says, you will know THEM? Look back to verse 15, He is talking about false ministers and prophets. The “fruit” here is not focused on the way people are living, but rather the doctrines and teachings of those who declare to know God’s will. Ministers, teachers, and prophets claim to know divine truth and we can clearly hold them accountable for what they say. Jesus is warning that church leaders might appear to be messengers of the Lord, but the content of their message will expose them. A corrupt tree, or a false teacher, manufactures wrong information which is bad fruit, but a good tree, or a Godly teacher, brings forth true knowledge which is good fruit.

Does this mean we are to neglect using wisdom and sensitivity to what the Lord is revealing to us about the way someone lives? No. The closer we are to God and the more we concentrate on the awareness of His presence, the more we will know what is going on around us. The truth always divides the same as a lie and this is the world of good and evil. It is God’s desire that we have the mind of Christ and there is no limit as to how close we can be to Him. However, in this passage, Christ is saying that we should be very cautious around people who teach false doctrines. This leads us to another question: are false teachers lost and are those who teach truth saved? This is a difficult question. I believe sometimes a person can teach something that is not true because they have yet to develop a deeper spiritual understanding. We know that a lot of Christians are misinterpreting certain scriptures and teach doctrines that are false, but they are still born-again. We are all learning and growing in our knowledge of God and we can make mistakes. Thankfully, the Lord is gracious and merciful. In this light, God can speak to the person and correct them. On the other hand, some ministers and prophets intentionally teach lies for the purpose of deceiving others for their own fleshly purposes.

We are learning that as Christians, we have a huge responsibility for how we live and especially for what we say. Within our daily routines, we are displaying fruit and everyone is noticing how we act and are judging our words. We are being held accountable to God and every person. The reverential fear of God is an awareness of His presence that He is watching and listening. If we could comprehend that He is with us every second, it would change the way we think and who we are. As we devote our mind, body, and spirit to His reasons and purposes, this recognition would enable us to walk in the nature and character of Jesus. In this light, the “fruit” that every person is observing would be good. Amen.

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Part 42 – Published 10/9/21

A DEEPER INVESTIGATION OF SALVATION – PART 3

The phrase “born again” comes from John 3:3-6: Jesus answered him, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.” We remember that Nicodemus had a difficult time understanding what Jesus was saying and ask Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh [the physical is merely physical], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” It is clear from this passage this is a critical subject when it comes to knowing God and having eternal life. To say the least, it is critically important to know what this means and to make sure we have it.

So, how do we know we are born again? No one would ever be saved by the blood of Christ if they did not hear the gospel. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” When we hear the word of God we are convicted by the Holy Spirit and this feeling of guilt allows us to see our need for God and the need to be born-again. You humble your heart, put your faith in Jesus, repent of your sins, and turned your life completely over to Him. You call upon Him to save you and transform you into His child and the Bible promises in Roman 10:12-13, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Once this miracle happens, we immediately experience the peace and joy of God’s presence flooding our conscience and the burdens of our soul are rolled away. Scripture tells us that when we place our faith in Jesus as our personal Savior, we actually become joined together with Him; we are ‘born of the Spirit’ and become a new creation. With His Spirit living abiding in us and at work through us, we know that our original spirit has passed away and our brand new spirit is born. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]” II Corinthians 5:17.

Can you relate to these changes since you have been born-again?

1. Your desires have changed. Your flesh no longer craves carnality, instead, your passion is to live for God’s glory and to do His will, (Isaiah 43:7). Sin was once what you pursued but now it makes you nauseated. You long to please God and to demonstrate your love for Him by obeying His commands and doing the works He created you to do, (John 14:15; Ephesians 2:10). You desire to honor Him in thought, word, and deed and to make Him known to others who also are in need of the peace, joy, love, and contentment that only He can provide. Seeking God and His kingdom and walking in His Spirit becomes your priority instead of following the world. (Matthew 6:33; Galatians 5:16)

2. Your vision has changed. Your eyes become fixed upon what is unseen rather than upon what is seen, or in others words upon what is eternal rather than temporal, (II Corinthians 4:18). You gain a God-view instead of your own human perspective, which provides you with revelation, understanding and wisdom and most importantly a constant awareness of His presence. You can discern people and situations through the lens of scripture, no longer focusing your attention upon outward apearances (1 Samuel 16:7). You realize that you can trust God with your personal life because you know He has all authority and is in total control, (Colossians 1:15-17; Romans 8:29-31; Psalm 47:8; Psalm 103:19).

3. Your mind has changed. You can have a new mind, the mind of Christ, if you ask God to renew it, (1 Corinthians 2:16). Your mind is being transformed as you meditate and read His holy Word that reveals His Character and His ways. Yielding your will to Christ enables you to discern what is the good and pleasing perfect will of God, (Romans 12:2), instead of the rebellious, self-focused, worldly thoughts you had before knowing Him. His thoughts will become your thoughts, and His ways your ways if this is what your desire with all of your heart, (Isaiah 55: 8-9; Philippians 2:5). You are learning that renewing your mind comes with self discipline, training, and repetition.

4. Your heart has changed. Being saved means we are given a new heart. (Ezekiel 36:26). The heart or the conscience is the seat of emotions, and you will find that you will love what God loves, and you will hate what God hates. He also hates what is evil which is rebellion against His perfect will. Rebellion is sin and this bondage always leads to death and destruction. He is the Giver and sustainer of Life. (Luke 10:27; Amos 5:15; Psalm 97:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; Matthew 5:43-44) God loves and forgives, and as your heart becomes more and more like His heart, you too will love others as Christ has loved you, even those who persecute you and are your enemies. (Matthew 5:43-44)

5. Your words are changing. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Since you gain a new heart when you are born again, what comes out of your mouth changes also. There is an old saying, “what is in the well will come up in the bucket.” When the well becomes spiritual, it will produce rivers of living water. Blessings rather than curses will be your communication. You will sing praises to God, and offer up prayers to Him and for His people. (Psalm 7:17; 35:28; 71:15; 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18). God’s truth will flow from you and become a fountain of life to others! (John 7:38; Proverbs 10:11; 21;Psalm 37:30).

6. Your hearing is changing. You will have ears to hear and be able to sense and know the voice of Jesus Your shepherd who protects, leads, and guides you into paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake (Psalm 23; John 10:4; 14; 16; 27). You will hear the convicting, comforting, and encouraging voice of the Holy Spirit who will lead you into all truth; (John 14:26; John 16: 7-11; 13). You now have spiritual antennas and a new receiver to understand the voice of the Father as He guides and relays His instructions to you, (Zephaniah 3:17). Without being able to know God’s voice, we cannot walk or be led by His Spirit. This is critical part of our relationship with Him.

7. Your relationships have changed. You have been adopted into the family of God and have a new name and new identity. Your brothers and sisters are also believer in Jesus from every tongue, tribe and nation from all over the world and throughout history. You still have your natural family of origin, but now you have a spiritual family who can come alongside you and help you develop into a strong warrior for Christ. It is important that you surround yourself with fellow believers who can help you understand and encourage you to love others and do good deeds, (Hebrews 10:24), especially as you see the Day of Christ’s return approaching, (Hebrews 10:25). In addition, although you will pray for and share the gospel with former friends who are living in rebellion toward God, you will limit your interactions with them in order to be careful not to do as they do, knowing that bad company ruins good morals, (1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV).

8. Your attitudes are changing. You are bringing forth the spiritual fruit that is keeping with your repentance, (Matthew 3:8). You are a “Doer of the Word” who proves that your faith is indeed alive, (James 1:22; 2:17, 26). It will become apparent to everyone that it is “No longer you who lives, but Christ who lives in you by faith” (Galatians 2:20). Jesus is empowering you to do the will of the Father, even when your flesh doesn’t feel like obeying God. You are bearing the fruit of the Spirit that is at work and living inside you, operating in His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control, (Galatians 5:22-23).

9. Your attitudes are changing. You have found that you are not selfish anymore and you are generous because you realize that God loves a cheerful giver, (II Corinthians 9:6-7). You love to help those who are in need, (Isaiah 1:17). You share the gospel and make disciples because you have a burden for the lost, (Matthew 28:19). In your prayers you ask God to teach you how you can offer your body as a living sacrifice, (Romans 12:2). You want to be a reflection of Christ Who offered up His life for your sake, (Philippians 2:1-11; Ephesians 5:1-2). You are learning that in all situations you can have peace, knowing that the same Spirit that overcame death is alive in you, and therefore even death has lost its sting and has been swallowed up in victory! (1 Corinthians 15:54).

10. Your personality has changed. People that have known you for many years have made comments how you are not the same as you once were. Your conversation and language is different and people have noticed that your spiritual wisdom and sensitivity has increased. You are more gentle and patient and instead of being angry you are now more forgiving and understanding, (Ephesians 4:2, Psalm 37:7). As you are learning to anticipate God’s divine appointments, this is causing your spiritual awareness of His presence to change how you act and what you say. This new “higher” way of living is bringing more evidence each day that God is doing a good work within you, (Philippians 1:6).

These are just a few of the outward signs that God has performed an inward miracle within you. If you can relate to this progressive development, you are rejoicing in His great love and mercy who found you when you were blind but now through His grace you can see. However, if you have read through these signs and you do not feel or notice these changes, I encourage you to take the time to do some self-examining within your soul. I personally believe there are many who had an emotional religious experience at some point in their lives and they thought they were being born-again, but for whatever reason, the transformation did not take place. This is actually common and there is no reason to feel embarrassed or condemned. The brain is easily deceived and Satan tries his best to convince the world they are alright when he knows they are not. Of course, God also knows who is saved and who is lost and wants the world to know that He loves them and is waiting to receive them into His family. If you are feeling that you have never really given your life to Jesus, the good news is that you can ask Him to come into your heart right this moment. This is an example of a prayer you can say to Him. He is listening and He will respond to those who are brokenhearted, humble, and sincere.

Heavenly Father, I come to you in faith, believing you are who you say you are. I realize that I am not saved and I’m asking you now to please save me. I open the door of my heart and I ask that you sit on the throne of my heart and please be my King and Lord. I repent of my sins and ask that you wash them away with your blood. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and transform me into a brand new creation. I accept my holy vows to be in blood covenant with you. I love you with all of my heart and I ask that you help me with all of these changes that I have read here. I ask that you change me from the inside out and make me into what you died for me to be. I am now born-again! I have a new mind, heart, and spirit! I love you and worship you in spirit and in truth. I will serve you forever, in Jesus name I pray, amen.” May the Lord bless you abundantly and lead you into all of His ways. The family of God rejoices in your new identity and you are being saturated with love and prayers.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

PART 41 – Published 10/2/21

A DEEPER INVESTIGATION OF SALVATION – PART 2

Some denominations believe that the born-again transformation experience cannot be reversed and declare that no one can be spiritually unborn. The other side is convinced that a saved person can love their faith, turn their back on God and ultimately lose their salvation. For those of you who study the Bible, I’m sure you have established which side you are on. However, regardless of your doctrine about eternal security, I want us to focus on the here and now as to what makes us effective followers of Christ. I want to begin by saying that knowing God’s Word is crucial for our spiritual growth and the ability to lead others in Biblical truth. However, as we search deeper for the most important aspect of the Christian life, we will find that beyond knowledge, spiritual discernment is at the heart of walking with Jesus. I want to ask a question: If a person cannot hear God’s voice, how can they know where to go, what to do and what to say? This reminds me of someone who is blind and deaf trying to be a star baseball player. From God’s perspective who uses His remnant warriors to advance His kingdom, do you agree that without a passionate desire for discernment, revelation, wisdom, and the awareness of His presence, nothing would be accomplished for God’s glory? Taking this into consideration, we can observe how this is the most devastating failure in the lives of God’s people and most do not have a clue how they are disappointing Him. True salvation is more than accepting, it is learning how to develop what we have been given.

I have been involved with ministry most of my adult life and I can testify there are many levels of spiritual depth. Whether these levels on earth will reveal, our position in heaven is probable. The justice of God oversees the crowns and rewards and should inspire us to dwell within a constant awareness of His voice and a relentless desire to obey Him. Until the shadow of God comes over a person and draws them into His Holy of Holies, they will never enter and experience the revelation of who He is. This begins with a realization of our desperate need to know Him. If we do not pray fervently for His wisdom, knowledge, spiritual sensitivity, discernment, and passion, we will remain in the deception that living without concentrating on Him is pleasing. Nothing could be further from the truth. As we cry out to the Lord in sincerity, it is by His grace that He convicts His servants as the Holy Spirit compels them to be purged in His refining fire. Without this daily desire to yield and surrender our old nature, we will drift farther away from His perfect will. We have been promised that if we seek Him, we will find Him and without this driving passion, we cannot walk with Him. There is no limit to how close we can be to the Lord, but we must want it more than anything or we will never have it. He does not appreciate nor is He impressed with a half-hearted interest in His glory. A lukewarm attitude about the blood of Jesus and the covenant vows of salvation is an insult and will not be accepted. Offerings that do not contain blood are still not received as they are emotional and carnal religious substitutions. It is a tragic deception to think that God will honor and bless something that is done in our flesh. This is why many ministries are void of the anointing and demonstration of God’s authority and power. We know that Cain’s offering was rejected and is clearly an example of our rebellious nature that believes we can substitute a fleshly idea for obedience and righteousness. This aversion helped establish the false church and the apostate gospel that has misled the religious world and is still brainwashing many souls into ruin.

Anyone that has studied the Bible knows the complete message when understood in its full context is very difficult. Religion wants to pick out all easy and comforting passages because it’s much easier to keep people’s interest when presenting God offering Heaven and blessings. The early church realized that if they taught Christianity was a life of agony and sacrifice that not very many people would be interested. They had to come up with an idea that would be more appealing and encouraging. Serving a slice of bread does not cause a lot of excitement but if you dip it in chocolate, it changes everything. As some churches refused to compromise and remained faithful to serving God’s Word, they saw that people left them and went down the street where the bread was sweet and had no sorrow to it. Eventually, the false churches did not even need to serve bread at all and just provided comfort and entertainment. This impostor spirit can always draw large crowds as it poses to represent God. This is an ancient deception that is void of the Holy Spirit, gifts, prayer, holiness, sanctification, or manifestations and demonstrations of God’s power and glory. The candlestick is removed from these places and Ichabod is written over the doors which means the glory has departed. Those who are in these types of assemblies are warned to leave immediately, to pray for forgiveness, and seek the Lord for His wisdom and discernment.

Along with being blinded by spirits of darkness, the true reason why many cannot see or understand the spiritual realm is that they refused to know the mind of Christ. Human nature does not care about what God thinks as long as they get what they want. The reality of constant spiritual awareness is rarely taught and yet is one of the most important revelations within covenant salvation. Is it not important to be able to see the “bridge out” sign in order to avoid disaster and even death? Not only has this caused many to perish from a lack of understanding God’s truth and not having a vision of His will, but how can anyone who proclaims to be born again not have a spiritual perception of what is going on all around them? I have prayed and meditated much about why we are not more sensitive than we are. A few individuals have developed a higher level of awareness, but this is God’s will for ALL of His children. This sensitivity is not given except through much seeking, praying, and fasting. It is hard work to rewire our brain which is why it is critical to not be conformed to thinking like the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We can be close to God as we want and the only thing that is preventing us from walking in His Spirit and not having the mind of Christ is refusing to surrender our will. I recently was speaking to a man that has been an acquaintance for many years. Four days later he was found dead. God knew he was going to die, but I did not sense this danger. Why? Because I was not walking in the awareness of God. My spiritual antenna was not up, and I was not dialed into the Holy Spirit’s channel. I was concentrating on what I needed to do instead of listening for the Lord’s divine appointment. If I had heard God relaying to me about this tragedy, I’m sure He would have wanted me to witness to him and warn him to make sure that all is well with his soul. Maybe it could have made a difference in his eternal destination or maybe God knew he would not listen. Whatever the case, I am reminded how most of us are failing to be used in His kingdom because we are not praying fervently to have discernment. Do you believe God wants us to live in this level of spiritual sensitivity? Do we have a desire to be a living sacrifice? Knowing about God does not mean we know God.

When someone dies suddenly that did not live for the Lord, it concerns me to see those who knew them not be disturbed or convicted of their sins and the possibility that they could also die at any moment. You would think a reverential fear of God would come over everyone and they would see their need to repent and dedicate their lives to the Lord. Instead, I have witnessed those who profess to know God laughing and joking the very next day without being broken or convicted in their conscience at all. This is a sign of a calloused heart that has grown so cold and hard that nothing can penetrate it. We have been warned of a strong delusion that God can send to those who refuse to humble themselves and obey His commands. These are the ones whose conscience becomes seared as with a hot iron where they can no longer recognize the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit. Ezekiel 36 gives us a glimpse of what God wants to do in the life of a believer. Verses 25-27 declares, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” If someone has truly received a new heart and a new spirit, doesn’t this mean they are a brand-new person? Either God lives in them, or He doesn’t! If He is dwelling within someone, we know they cannot live however they want without being disciplined, chastised, and painfully convicted. If there are none of these occurrences, the person is not saved. Those who are a prodigal are still being strongly urged by God to return home. “And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons” (Hebrews 12:5-8). God said He removes the heart of stone and as the Lord of their life, He GUIDES the person to obey and follow His will. So, we must agree those who proclaim to be saved but show no fruit of this transformation are living in deception We may have the freedom to return to the mud just like a freshly bathed pig, and there is such a thing as backsliding, but I’m afraid it is evident that many are not truly born-again.

We realize that only those who study God’s Word have a comprehension of what it says. God is perfect and does everything with divine order. And yet, the concept today within the illusion of religion is that He is lenient, grades on a curve, negotiates, compromises, overlooks most things, and makes deals. This is a lie and if it were true, it makes the Bible a fantasy novel. God must be dogmatic and strict to His truth, or He is no better than a human politician. The demand for accountability is why the average religious person does not read it. Many will choose to read a selected Bible devotion verse that makes them feel good and is void of guilt and responsibility but will stay away from the commands and warnings. This is the path of least resistance, but it is not the path of God.

There is a terrible misunderstanding of what it means to be saved and this has been accomplished through Satan using false teachers. If the truth is being told there would not be a church on every corner. I’m very alarmed about this as many believe and assume they are going to Heaven, but they have never been born again. You see, there is a true gospel, and a modified gospel. The true gospel does not appeal to our fleshly carnal nature and wants nothing to do with being refined in God’s refining fires. This is why a modified gospel was created to promote church attendance and increase finances that are used to pay people to serve the Lord and His people. This generic alteration is widely accepted among those who enjoy the comforts, politics, and securities it presents. This has always been a clever plan by Satan who acts as a pied piper to hypnotize those who refuse to advance into the depths with God. Why would the devil spend so much energy trying to pull us away from God if he did not believe he can steal our souls? Are the wages of sin mentioned in the first chapter of James only referring to physical death?

When we discuss the meaning of salvation, we must comprehend that grace was never intended to be an opportunity to live according to our desires according to our will. It is not a license to sin and live according to our carnal nature and yet when we look around at those who claim to be Christians, this is exactly what we see. Yes, there is liberty for the individual, but this freedom is the opportunity to be transformed into a remnant warrior who is an overcomer against the devil and their flesh. It is the invitation to allow the fires of God to melt everything that is not of Him and to leave only the pure gold of His love and truth. The church has turned everything around upside down as they now believe God is serving us and we are in control. Heaven is for those who endure until the end, not for someone who raises their hand for blessings and yet never walks with Him. Trying to be a part-time Christian who demands a full-time God is a dangerous illusion. Many have been taught the sinner’s prayer is the means to an end, but calling on the Lord to save us only opens the door to begin proving our love for Him. To think that eternal life is handed out like candy without accountability is a fantasy designed to derail us into destruction. Salvation is being faithfully betrothed to our beloved as we are focused on Christ every moment expecting His return. Works cannot save us, but they prove our love and through our faith, our service enables His grace to be activated in those who agree to the covenant vow of holy matrimony. Without the blood covenant vows of dedication being exchanged, there has been no real born-again miracle of regeneration and explains why we do not see the evidence of the atonement of Christ within those who claim to follow Him. As God’s mercy has been distorted, it is commonly taught that we “accept” Jesus being crucified and resurrected and this gives us eternal life no matter how we live. This easy version of the gospel is false, along with the day dreams that Christ suffered so that we do not need to. As our Lord suffered so shall we and the closer we are to Him the more we will be hated and persecuted. He died and resurrected as a type and shadow of how we are to die and be resurrected into a new creation in Christ Jesus.

The genuine plan of God for His remnant cannot escape rejection from the world. As we carry our cross which keeps our old nature crucified and buried, we will continue to lose our attraction for the world and the world will hate us for it. Being an overcomer for Christ is a lifestyle of sorrow as we carry the burden of suffering which includes being disrespected and mocked, attacks on our integrity, living in isolation, refusing to be conformed to the world’s system, friends and family turning against us, and knowing that people without Christ will be lost forever. So why aren’t those who proclaim to be saved experiencing this agony? Why are Christians not falling on their faces and broken-hearted from the anguish of knowing that many around us are going to hell? The foundation of prayer is love. The amount of our love for others in measured by how much we pray for them. The less we pray the less we love, and yet first Corinthians chapter 13 makes it plain that without love we are nothing. Does this mean if we do not have love we are not saved? But brother, we are to be happy! On the contrary, Jesus was a man of sorrows and the closer we are to Him the more we will be transformed into His nature and character. There is nothing happy or exciting about billions of people not knowing Christ and burning in hell forever. When we study about salvation we also cannot leave out the demand from God to holy like He is holy. I recently heard a true story about a 90-year-old-man who served in the church his adult life and led the music for over 50 years. Shockingly, it was recently discovered he was “and is” a sexual child predator that also involved his own family members. How can this be? This is evidence that a person can appear to be a trusted, faithful and respected Christian, and yet they refuse to apply God’s Word to their life. Knowledge about God is nothing more than a history lesson. We must have a personal revelation of divine truth, a quickening of our conscience, and a reverential fear of who God is to be spiritually transformed into a NEW creation. Sadly, many are living a “Jekyll and Hide” existence where they pretend to be innocent while behind the sheep’s clothing is a ravenous wolf that is only focused on their carnal desires. Without being controlled by the Holy Spirit we cannot develop into the realities of genuine salvation.

In closing, it is obvious that without discernment we are useless to God. How can we know His perfect will if we cannot hear His voice? Doesn’t knowing God’s will have everything to do with knowing Him personally? Can we have a desire to love Him without a desire to know Him? We cannot. What does this have to do with healing? Do we desire to be healed without a desire to know Him? If we do not have a passion to live in His perfect will, we are not following Him. If we are not following Him, we are not His disciple. If we refuse to take up our cross, eternal redemption has not been activated. “Children, let no man lead you astray; he that practices righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that practices sin is of the devil; for from the beginning the devil has sinned. To this end the Son of God has been manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:7-8). If we are not thinking about God and training our minds to be aware of His presence every moment, we have no intention of following Him. If we do not study His Word every day and have a prayer journal where we intercede and meditate on His will every day, we are not serious about knowing Him or living for Him. Our constant thoughts should be, Lord please give me your revelation wisdom, as I must interpret your written Word correctly along with having ears to hear your specific will for my life. If we are not asking for discernment so that we can recognize divine appointments, this means we have no desire to be used of Him. If we are not possessed by Him and He is not sitting on the throne of our heart, He is not our Lord. When we are exposed as not having an intimate personal relationship with Christ and are not walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, then we are not the definition of a Christian. Some will say, now brother Billy, this is legalism and too radical to be realistic. Really? I cannot think of anything more extreme than God demanding for us to yield our will to Him and to take up our cross and follow Him. The eternal destination of millions of people today is at stake and much of the blame is associated with false teaching about salvation. Those who have no desire to discover divine truth about the atonement or to examine their own heart as to why they are not demonstrating evidence of being born-again is a dead giveaway there is something seriously wrong.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 40 – Published 9/25/21

A DEEPER INVESTIGATION OF SALVATION – PART 1

I have been involved with ministry most of my adult life and I can testify there are many levels of spiritual depth. I believe that until the shadow of God comes over a person and draws them into His holy of Holies they will never enter and experience the revelation of who He is. This begins with a realization of our desperate need to know Him. If we do not pray fervently for His wisdom, knowledge, spiritual sensitivity, discernment and passion, we will remain in the deception of religion. As we cry out to Him in sincerity, it is by God’s grace that He gives His servants this conviction of the Holy Spirit which haunts and compels them to come closer. We have been promised that if we will seek Him we will find Him. He does not appreciate nor is He impressed with a half-hearted interest in His glory. A lukewarm attitude about the blood of Jesus and the covenant vows of salvation will not be accepted. It is a tragic deception to think that God will honor any type of sacrifice we want to offer. We know that Cain’s offering was rejected and is clearly an example of the rebellious carnal nature that tries to substitute and exchange relationship for religion. This was the beginning of the false church and the false gospel that has misled the world and is still leading many souls into ruin.

Anyone that has studied the Bible knows the complete message when understood in its full context is very difficult. Religion wants to pick out all easy and comforting passages because its much easier to keeps people’s interest when presenting God offering Heaven and blessings. The early church realized that if they taught Christianity was a life of agony and sacrifice that not very many people would be interested. They had to come up with an idea that would be more appealing and encouraging. Serving a slice of bread does not cause a lot of excitement but if you dip it in chocolate it changes everything. As some churches refused to compromise and remained faithful to serving God’s Word, they saw that people left them and went down the street where the bread was sweet and had no sorrow to it. Eventually the false churches did not even need to serve bread at all and just provided comfort and entertainment. This impostor spirit can always draw large crowds and is mostly what we see today that poses as representing God. This is an ancient deception and has never had the Holy Spirit, gifts, prayer, holiness, sanctification, or manifestations and demonstrations of God’s power and authority. The candlestick is removed from these places and Ichabod is written over the doors. Those who are in these types of assemblies are warned to leave immediately and pray for forgiveness.

Along with being blinded by spirits of darkness, the true reason why we cannot see or understand the spiritual realm is because we lack wisdom and discernment. The reality of constant awareness is rarely taught and yet is one of the most important revelations within covenant salvation. Not only has this caused many to perish from a lack of understanding God’s truth and not having a vision of His will, but how can anyone who proclaims to be born again not have a spiritual perception of what is going on all around them? I have prayed and meditated much about why we are not more sensitive than we are. A few individuals have developed a higher level of awareness and I know this is God’s will for all of His children. This is not given except through much seeking, praying and fasting. We can be close to God as we want and the only thing that is preventing us from walking in His Spirit is our refusal to surrender our will. I recently was speaking to man that has been an acquaintance for many years. Four days later he was found dead. God knew he was going to die but I did not sense this danger. Why? Because I was not walking in the awareness of God. My spiritual antenna was not up and I was not dialed into the Holy Spirit’s channel. I was concentrating on what I needed to do instead of listening for the Lord’s divine appointment. If I had heard God relaying to me about this tragedy, I’m sure He would have wanted me to witness to him and warn him to make sure that all is well with his soul. Maybe it could have a made a difference in his eternal destination or maybe God knew he would not listen. Whatever the case, I have thought how most of us are failing to be used in His kingdom because our mind has not been renewed. Do you believe God wants us to live in this level of spiritual discernment? Do we have a desire to be a living sacrifice? Knowing about God does not mean we know God.

When someone dies suddenly, it concerns me to see those who knew them to not be disturbed or convicted of their own sins and the possibility that they could also die at any moment. You would think a fear would come over everyone and they would see their own need to repent and turn their lives over to God. Instead I have seen Christians continue to curse and be perverted the very next day. This is a sign of a calloused heart that has grown so cold and hard, that nothing can penetrate or break it. Ezekiel 36 gives us a glimpse of what God wants to do in the life of a believer. Verses 25-27 declares, I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” If someone has truly received a new heart and a new spirit, doesn’t that mean they are NOT the same person? God said He removes the heart of stone and literally moves into the conscience and GUIDES the person to obey and follow His will. So, what happened? Do we have the free will to return to the mud just like a freshly bathed hog? Or was there a true spiritual transformation at all?

We realize that only those who study God’s Word have a comprehension of what it actually says. God is perfect and does everything with a divine order. And yet, the concept today within the illusion of religion is that He is lenient, grades on the curve, negotiates, compromises, overlooks most things, and makes deals. This is lie and if it were true it makes the Bible a fantasy novel. God must be dogmatic and strict to His truth or He is no better than a human politician. The demand for accountability is why the average religious person does not read it. Many will choose to read a selected Bible devotion verse that makes them feel good and is void of guilt and responsibility but will stay away from the commands and warnings. This is the path of least resistance but it is not the path of God. There is a terrible misunderstanding of what it means to be saved and this has been accomplished through Satan using false teachers. If the truth is being told there would not be a church on every corner. I’m very alarmed about this as many believe and assume they are going to Heaven, but they have never been born again. You see, there is a true gospel and a modified gospel. The true gospel does not appeal to our fleshly carnal nature and wants nothing to do with being refined in God’s refining fires. This is why a modified gospel was created in order to promote church attendance and increase finances that are used to pay people to serve the Lord and His people. This generic alteration is widely accepted among those who enjoy the comforts and securities it presents. This has always been a clever plan by Satan who acts as the pied piper as he hypnotizes and brainwashes those who refuse to embrace God’s truth. It is for this reason God sends a strong delusion over their hearts which seals their doom.

When we discuss the meaning of salvation we must comprehend that grace was never intended to be an opportunity to live according to our desires according to our will. And yet when we look around at those who claim to be Christians, this is exactly what we see. Yes, there is a liberty for the individual, but it is the opportunity to be transformed into a new creation. It is the opportunity to allow the fires of God to melt everything that is not of Him and to leave only the pure gold of His love and truth. The church has turned everything around backward until it sounds like God is serving us. Heaven is for those who endure until the end not for someone who raises their hand and never walks with Him. Most religious people believe the sinners prayer is the means to an end, but it only opens the door to begin proving our love for God. To think that eternal life is handed out like candy without accountability is a fantasy. Works is how we prove our faith and enables grace to be activated in those who have taken the covenant vow of matrimony. Without blood covenant vows of dedication being exchanged there has been no real born again miracle of regeneration and redemption. As men have distorted God’s mercy, it is commonly taught that we “accept” Jesus being crucified and resurrected and this gives us eternal life no matter how we live. This is false along with the idea is that Christ suffered so that we do not need to. This is also not true. In fact, as Christ suffered so shall we and the closer we are to Him the more we will be hated and persecuted.

The true plan of God for His remnant cannot escape rejection from the world. As we carry our cross which keeps our nature crucified, we will reject the world and the world will hate us for it. Being an overcomer for Christ is a lifestyle of pain as we carry the burden of suffering which includes being disrespected and mocked, attacks on our integrity, living in isolation, refusing to be conformed to the world’s system, friends and family turning against us. So why aren’t those we know who say are they are saved experiencing this? Why are Christians not falling on their faces and filled with sorrow from the burden of knowing that many around us are going to hell. But brother, we are to be happy! On the contrary, Jesus was a man of sorrows and the closer we are to Him the more we will be transformed into His nature and character. There is nothing happy about billions of people burning in hell forever.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 39- published 9/18/21

PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO GOD’S KINGDOM

I listen to preachers, teachers, prophets, medical professionals, and politicians each week. It’s quite a challenge to put all the pieces of life together into something that resembles some type of spiritual direction that makes sense. Like many of you, I pray for spiritual discernment as I seek to be led by God in His wisdom and understanding. When God wants to know if He can give us something, let us always remember to ask Him for more wisdom and discernment. Some ministers today are saying that a huge revival is coming and I certainly hope it is. I personally have not heard the Lord tell me this, however many believe this is going to happen as the Bible does say in Joel 2:28 and again in Acts 2:17, And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of my Spirit on ALL flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” This does sound like a spiritual awakening and a harvest of souls from His grace and mercy, but the question is what time period is this prophesying about. Many scholars believe the Joel passage was referring to the warnings to repent or face the consequences of God’s judgments and the same situation again in the days of the early church. It is commonly accepted the original writers when mentioning the “last days” were not referring to the end of the age as they believed they were already living in the last days. Staying within the context is very critical as we interpret scripture. In my studies and research, I am convinced the dispensation we are now living in, will grow darker and more evil instead of being filled with repentance, love, and the reverential fear of God.

Satan has come on very strong in the last couple of years and it seems that everything has changed – even the church. People are changing, their minds and hearts are more calloused and less trusting. Love is waxing cold. The average religious person today has the attitude that Christianity is doing well and there are no problems, but how can they say this? Are they not sensitive enough to know that the evil spirits of religion are wearing sheep’s clothing? Deception has grown to the point that people have become desensitized and are not even aware of it. This has come as a result of being exposed to sin. The “tell a vision” along with social media has removed the child like innocence and humility and while slowly feeding the carnal human nature with darkness and depravity. Like the frog who sits in the water as the temperature slowly rises, the habits and attributes of the flesh can fill the mind and heart with lust and laziness. As a man thinks so is he, and the problem is that the mind cannot drink in the filth of the world and walk in God’s presence at the same time. Following the flesh is the evidence of a strong delusion and the conscience being seared as with a hot iron. We can understand the lost doing this, but we are also seeing a spiritual blindness within the general population of the church. An organized assembly of lukewarm backsliders is NOT what God had in mind.

The modern idea of revival is calling a preacher to hold services for a week to excite and make us feel good. This is not revival unless there is widespread repentance and people being transformed and dedicating their lives to Jesus in a brand new commitment to Him. If there is no fervent praying and fasting or a reverential fear of God’s holiness, it is nothing more than just another emotional program. For the most part I believe the churches have exchanged obedience to God’s demand of sanctification for the ideas that we can live however we want and it’s no big deal. I am convinced that only a very few people are taking up their cross and are trying to pull away from the temptations and darkness of the world. We need to remember that a revival meeting has very little to do with a holy lifestyle. People go to church meetings all the time and are the biggest sinners in town. We have plenty of good speakers but what we are lacking is a constant awareness of God’s presence. Many have become calloused to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and are not demonstrating the knowledge that they know.

When we read the Bible and try to imagine what it was like for the early church, it’s truly difficult to comprehend. Our structures are beautiful cozy buildings, our preaching is systematic and technical, we have tremendous organization, professional training, higher education, and yet we are missing the most important ingredient – the anointing and presence of God’s Spirit. In fact, we are so different I am concerned that we now have a different religion. The world has changed and unfortunately the church has changed with it. We are no longer focused on the spiritual but are controlled buy the culture. We must see the difference between the organized assembly and the bride of Christ. Most of what is presented as the church is NOT the true church whom Jesus gave His life for. Just as the pagan idol worship has been in the world for thousands of years, we see the spirits of religion today on every nearly corner. The people go in for numerous reasons and then they live a lifestyle that is no different than those who are spiritual blind and lost. And we wonder why these places are spiritually cold and dry. We here a lot about conservative right wing patriots who love God and country, but are these individuals really walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit? It’s going to take more than flying a flag and singing God bless America to endure in the tribulation. If anyone is putting their faith in a political party or an individual to save the country, they are already deceived. Turn away from the world, pledge allegiance to His kingdom, get alone with God and stay under the shadow of His wings.

We hear about how we need to get back to the book of Acts, but does anyone talk about what it would take to experience it? People may want to see the miracles, but does anyone really want to live like the disciples lived? Who is prepared to pay the price of holiness, rejection, hatred, isolation, and persecution? Very few to say the least. This is exactly why the manifestations of God’s power were traded for entertainment and the comforts of encouraging stories. The churches are only as spiritual as their members and with widespread lukewarmness and deception, the Lord removed His candlestick and turned them over to a strong delusion. Today we see that people do not know the difference as their conscience has been seared as with a hot iron. They do not have the fire of the Holy Ghost because they do not want it! Revival is one thing but reformation is quite another. You can shout and dance in a revival but be killed when standing for reformation. Revival excites our emotions but reformation brings permanent transformation. Martin Luther refused to renounce his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 which resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and was condemned as a criminal by the Roman Emperor. His writings were burned and anyone caught with his teachings were also considered a heretic and arrested. He hid from the authorities to escape being burned at the stake.

I’m not sure if there will be another reformation movement. People are just too worldly and most will never agree to yield and submit their will to God. Unless there is a sincere desire to become a living sacrifice for His glory, there is no understanding of genuine salvation. Being religious is wanting the blessings without having to change who we are. Most churches today are more worried about church attendance and passing the offering plates than they are about how the people think and live. It’s not about the large numbers, it’s all about someone who desires to give their life to Jesus. Of course, people would rather go to church than take up their cross and follow Jesus. Spoiler alert – these are not the same things. It would be better to have one person agreeing to enter into a blood covenant vow with Jesus than for 10,000 people to call themselves a Christian and never live for Him. You see, when we are born again, the old nature has died and new nature has risen as baptism symbolizes. The problem is that when many people raise their hand to be saved, there is no change. Something is wrong.

How many want a personal reformation? Reformed means to be changed. Here are some other related words to being reformed, alteration, amend, correction, realignment, reconstruction, overhaul, rehabilitate, rectify, and rearrange. We can see this has everything to do with being made new and taking an 180 turn in the opposite direction. Many who believe they are saved have never been born again. There is nothing more dangerous than being deceived by our emotional feelings. How can we know the difference? If you never have have burden for the lost who are dying and going to hell, and have never shared your faith with someone, there is something wrong. If you never have a desire to be alone and pray, or if you do not have a hunger and thirst for God’s Word, this is not normal for a true Christian. If you have never heard His voice or been aware of His presence, this is not the lifestyle of a follower of Christ. If you can intentionally sin and not feel any remorse or guilt whatsoever, you are either backslidden very far way from God or you do not personally know Him at all. The reason why the Word of God does not convict or change these types of people is because the wine of God’s truth is being poured into an old wine skin. There must be a new wine skin. In spiritual terms, the individual must become a new creation in Christ in order to receive His Spirit. True redemption is turning away from the carnal nature of the flesh and running into the name and presence of the Lord. It is surrendering our control and giving complete control to God in everything we say and do. Until a person understands the holy vow of the blood covenant with Jesus they will not comprehend what it means to be saved. What will bring someone to take this pledge of responsibility and dedication to the Almighty? When the convicting desire to change becomes stronger than the temptation to remain the same.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 38 – Published 9/11/21

Are you prepared to give an answer?

I had been seeking the Lord for a few days and meditating about the tabernacle of Moses. I have studied this before and have seen the correlation of these stations with the true Christian life. There is a divine order in God’s ways and I encourage you to study the procession to the holy of holies and ask God to give you the revelation of how this pertains to your personal relationship with Him. Without understanding the path to God, we will not walk in His Spirit or accomplish His will. I recently had a vision as the Lord brought me into a large place where it was just Him and me. It was white all around like the inside of a cloud and I could see nothing in the distance above or below. I also could not see God but I knew He was there. I could sense His presence. He spoke and it sounded like nothing I had ever heard. I cannot describe it in human words. It was like the Ocean and thunder mixed together. He said, “What do you want?” I was dumbfounded and embarrassed that I could not think. My mind was reeling as I said nothing. I was filled with a reverential fear of Him and fell before Him. I came out of the vision and this troubled me for many days. I have now thought of a reply, but I want to ask you how you would respond if the Lord were to ask you this question. I remember when God presented this question to Solomon and he replied that he wanted wisdom and discernment so that he could lead people in the ways of God. This was a very good answer and the Lord not only gave him wisdom but since he did not ask for riches, God also made him one of the wealthiest people on earth. I too want wisdom and spiritual sensitivity as I know we are heading into the end of the age and the tribulations are becoming more aggressive against Christians. The remnant are being called to walk in a higher spiritual level in order to be victorious for His glory. We must be prepared to stand or we will compromise and fail Him. Today is the day to choose to walk in His direction and listen to His voice or we will be swept away in the flood of lies and deception.

The spiritual atmosphere is changing and everyone is standing in a crossroad to go all the way with God or follow the world’s system. Satan is unleashing fear and panic and only those who live in the strong tower of God’s name will endure until the end. Faith will overcome fear but building faith takes a lot of determination, discipline, and perseverance. I want to be a servant of God and to dwell every moment in His presence. I want to be filled with agape love for Him and everyone in the world. I want to have a burden for the lost and a burning passion to fervently fast and pray without ceasing. I want to pull completely away from the world’s system and the carnality of my flesh. My cry is for God to create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. I ask for the revelation of His wisdom so that I might understand who He is and who I am in Him. I need a higher vision of faith and I appreciate the revelation of knowing that resting in God is the ultimate proof of trusting Him. Yes, we are battling in constant spiritual warfare, but there is no greater demonstration of faith than the peace and joy than when we rest in Him. He is honored when we trust Him completely and nothing reveals this more than when we can walk in this level of confidence. The Sabbath was not just for our bodies but is also for the development of our faith, hope, and love. I want to be His messenger until He returns and to be a vessel of honor for His glory. I am constantly asking God to give me an ear to hear what His Spirit is saying and to allow me to relay His message. I pray that He will use me to reach as many people as possible and that many seekers will receive His truth and draw closer to Him. I desire to be filled with His Spirit that I might demonstrate the attributes of God’s character and nature. I encourage you to take some time this week and write down how you would respond to God when He calls you and wants to know what you desire from Him.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 37 – Published 9/4/21
\This weekend we have an interesting presentation (the comments are also informative). Most of us are not doctors and even if we were, it does not mean we would be 100 percent correct in our knowledge or our decisions. We can talk until we are blue in the face, but it comes down to trust. In this video, we see there was no trust in the standard protocol for covid and that is this family’s right. They requested a certain treatment, and it worked for them. Many of us have wanted a second opinion as we disagree many times with the direction of treatment. So, did her husband actually have covid? We are not sure because supposedly the test had a very wide parameter. Has there been a good deal of flu and pneumonia and colds that were listed as covid that were not? Who knows?
We each have a choice and make decisions about everything in life every day. There is no need to argue, be angry or hate people. We study and do our own research and then we choose what is right for us. I believe it is a legitimate question as to why the doctors and the hospitals would not be overjoyed to supply the Regeneron monoclonal antibodies which by the way are provided by the government at no cost to health care professions, also hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, and the IV high dose supplements of vitamin C, D, Zinc, NAC, etc… All of these have been proven to help and yet for some reason, the doctors think this is crazy. It seems the protocol is to use remdesivir instead and then go to a ventilator which has a high risk of mortality. Since remdesivir is very expensive and these other treatments are cheap, I wonder if $$$ has anything to do with it? You decide. Have a blessed weekend.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 36 – Published 8/28/21

GOD IS NEAR AND HE IS LISTENING

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he desires to spend quiet time with us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit beckons us to draw near as God longs to be with His children. As we go about our busy day, many times we do not realize his presence but nonetheless, he is there. Let us listen with our ears, watch with our eyes, and be aware of our thoughts because God is always trying to communicate with us. The Lord of compassion gives us breath and every heart beat as a gift of his endless mercy and grace. He cares about every thought and every situation in our life because he loves us so much.

Time on earth is short, here today gone tomorrow, but eternity will last forever. Each person has a spirit, and every spirit will either live forever with God or forever without Him. Jesus was born into this world, was crucified, and rose from the dead so that whoever believes in Him can be spiritually born again. His blood paid our ransom and forgives our sin. Christ the spotless lamb of God willingly gave His life and now is waiting for someone to give their heart to Him. Jesus is the way to heaven and those who embrace the Savior as Lord, are transformed and prepared to be a vessel of honor. As our heavenly Father is preparing our place in heaven, we are living, loving, and trusting in Christ, the solid Rock of our salvation.

God created you as a unique, one-of-a-kind individual. There is not another person like you. He drew a blue-print for each person to follow and wants to intervene, inspire and empower us to accomplish His plans. It is not about our will, but His will be done. In this journey you will have tribulations and trials, but do not be afraid because greater is He that lives in you, than anyone in this world. Your heavenly Father is in total control and has complete authority over all powers and principalities. His angels are all around you and He never takes His eyes away from you. He is waiting for someone who will do what He says and love Him for who He is.

Within our mission and calling, there are two great commandments above all others; love God, and love one another as ourselves. If we choose to take up our cross and follow Him, we will live in the peace and joy of His presence. He is holy and desires that we have a clean heart so that we can walk closely with Him. Forgive those who have trespassed against you and sincerely pray for them as this will set you free. Holding on to resentment and hatred is a snare trap and will make our hearts hard and cold. Be humble, give your anxieties and fears to Jesus and He will give you rest. Demonstrate His light of forgiveness that you may dwell in the secret place of the Most High.

God knows our pain and sees our tears. You are His precious child. Trade your bitterness and sorrow for His joy that is unspeakable and filled with his glory. Offer up your fervent prayers and burdens for the souls that are lost and hurting. It is in loving and giving you will find true contentment. When you reach out to help those in need, you are reaching out to the Lord. Jesus is the Bread of Life and He is the Living water. He who comes to Christ will never be hungry or thirsty again.

Always know that God’s promises cannot fail. Lean not on your own understanding but believe that your steps are ordered by the Lord. There are times the way will grow dark and will seem as you are walking through the valley of death, but fear no evil. Remember, you are fighting in a war that has already been won. His word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. Run into the name of the Lord and rejoice that you are safe and secure. Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the Almighty God that considers you his highest treasure. He will never leave you or forsake you, he has engraved you on the palms of his hands.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 8/21/21 – Part 35

Greetings! For this week’s devotion, I have permission to share a post by one of my good friends and mentor Joseph Herrin. Over the years I have learned a lot from this man who has devoted his life to God. I hope you will enjoy this very interesting and dangerous subject about the technology we are using every day. I encourage you to go to his website where you will find excellent articles along with his books which he provides free downloads. They are packed with amazing information about many subjects. Joseph has spent much of his life researching the Bible and the world system. Feel free to send your prayer request and your comments to us. Blessings!

The Internet Is Not Free

Posted: 17 Aug 2021 08:20 AM PDT

Here are a few articles I have done on the intrusiveness of the government in the life of the World Wide Web and the Internet. Both of these programs were created by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). If the Defense Department paid for these programs don’t you think they will use them?
These are quite long blogs. I suggest you read them as you have time.
Lawlessness!!!!

Joseph Herrin (10-30-2013)

The Bible teaches that one of the defining characteristics of the last days will be lawlessness. I believe it would be profitable to identify what this lawlessness will look like. Some may have the mistaken idea that the last days will be a time when there is no strong central government, leaving the people of the nations to rampage unimpeded in a wild display of global anarchy.

Although I foresee plenty of civil unrest arising in the coming days, it will be met with the overwhelming force of a highly militarized government. Dissent will be crushed as Satan moves to erect his New World Order out of the ashes of the old nationalistic system of governments. There will be tremendous conflagrations as patriots resist that which is to come. Millions will die. Others will be imprisoned as the cruel hand of global tyranny asserts itself.

Revelation 13:10
Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison.
Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword.
NLT

When the New World Order has been established, the Beast government will be known for its rigid control of the masses. A surveillance society similar to that in the novel 1984 will be in place. What people whisper in their bedrooms will be heard by the men wielding the truncheons of the beast system. Already we are seeing that the pieces are being put in place for government to spy on every activity of humanity. It has been disclosed that the government can activate the microphone on nearly any cell phone and listen in to all that is happening, even when no phone call is being placed. It is known that the government can activate the video camera and microphone on people’s computers, and record whatever is visible or heard.

Computer chip manufacturer Intel recently announced that their new computer chips have 3G wireless access built into them. This gives the government the ability to tap into anyone’s computer system, even if it is turned off, and to access all your personal correspondence, files, passwords, etc..

These features give a new understanding to the name Intel, for this computer company is now fully a partner with the government’s intelligence services, providing Big Brother with access to all your private (no more) data, even if you are not connected to a network. By having 3G phone access built into the chip core, the computer is now wide open to anyone with the capability to dial into it.

Yesterday I was reading online and someone was discussing dumping Windows because Microsoft has given the government backdoor access to the operating system. The person said they were switching to Ubuntu, a variety of the Linux operating system. If they have one of these new Intel chips, switching to another operating system will not do them any good. The video clearly states that this access feature is independent of the operating system. In fact, you do not even need to have an operating system installed, for access to the computer is gained at the chip level on the computer’s motherboard. Your computer can even be turned off and it can be remotely switched on.

We are seeing such capabilities sold to the public as advanced security features in the same way that governments are forever promoting the need to keep nations and peoples safe by monitoring them more and more. What these features actually do is remove all privacy from the individual. Every action, every word, is monitored, searched, and screened to check for anything that might be a threat to the arising beast system.

As I sit here in my 41 year old school bus in a campground on Jekyll Island, I am aware of numerous ways that my privacy is being invaded. I have a TomTom GPS on my dash for navigation. Approximately every week or two it turns itself on all by itself, and has been doing so for a couple years. By simply powering up it can report my exact location back to anyone monitoring the signal. I have noticed that my Verizon cellphone, which is a simple feature phone, and not even a smartphone, activates every night at 4:15 A.M.. I keep the phone by my bed to use as a clock when I want to check the time. I have noticed that its lights brighten as if it is being accessed every night at this same time. The GPS feature in it can also report my location. Aside from this, the camera and microphone can be accessed remotely at any time by the FBI, NSA, or any number of other government agencies who engage in spying.

My laptop computer that I use for all of my ministry work runs on an Intel i7 processor and has Windows 7 operating system. Both the processor and the operating system provide entry points for the government to gain access to all of my files, or to activate the camera or microphone and listen in. If you use Skype, Microsoft purchased this popular communication program last year and promptly redesigned it to give the government access to every Skype session. It should be noted as well that by gaining chip level access to an individual’s computer, installing an encryption program will not shield your private data from prying eyes. The computer processor is able to utilize key-logging techniques to record every button that is pressed on a keyboard, so even if the data is encrypted before it is stored on a hard drive or transmitted across the Internet, it has likely already been read and stored by the key-logging software.

I also have a Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon is announcing a new feature called the “Mayday button” on their most recent Kindles that allow a service tech to remotely access the tablet, take control of it, and even draw on the screen while they are speaking to you. If they have this level of access, then you can be certain that the government does as well.

https://www.bullguard.com/blog/2015/07/did-you-know-that-your-kindle-is-spying-on-you-here-is-how-to-stop-it

It should not be overlooked that this remote access to a computer or tablet also gives another party the ability to load software, install files, and to create a false history of computer usage on a person’s computer. It would be very easy to frame an innocent person by installing child pornography, or altering files to make it appear that the person was researching terrorism related topics.

In addition to this, 96% of new cars have black boxes built into them that can allow them to be tracked, and remotely accessed. Published data states that the black boxes record data ONLY a few seconds before or after an accident. How do they know to record data before an accident? The answer is they don’t, so they record data continuously. Knowing that the government has had agreements with computer hardware and software manufacturers for years to give them back door access to anyone’s computer, it is quite reasonable that they also have installed remote monitoring of this automotive data. A similar technology as the Intel 3G system would not be difficult to implement. The government owns General Motors and GM installs black boxes in 100% of their vehicles.

If your car has Onstar, or a similar dashboard computer system, the government has been listening in on your conversations in your vehicle for years. A lawsuit was brought back in 2003, a full decade ago, to block the government from doing so. That just means that since 2003 the government has not been able to publicly admit they are listening in on people’s conversations as they drive their cars down the road.

http://news.cnet.com/Court-to-FBI-No-spying-on-in-car-computers/2100-1029_3-5109435.html

One troubling development is that the governments of several states are now talking about taxing people according to the number of miles they drive in their cars. Until now, highway taxes have been collected at the pump, and there is no good reason that taxes should not continue to be collected in this manner (electric cars are still a minuscule percentage of vehicles traveling the roads). However, under the guise of taxing people more fairly, the government will gain the ability to track every individual’s location.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-roads-black-boxes-20131027,0,6090226.story

The electric smart meter on your house also reports data back to the government, and a burgeoning number of home appliances are reporting information and being used as behavior tracking devices.

http://rt.com/news/cia-spy-people-petraeus-795/

In addition to this, the government is installing millions of cameras and microphones throughout cities and along highways to track people.

With all of this surveillance, one might ask how anyone would get away with being “lawless” in the coming New World Order? The government is seeking to eradicate anonymity. They want to know what everyone is doing and saying all the time. If this is to be the state of the New World Order, the Beast system that the Bible foretells, how could citizens possibly get away with lawlessness? To answer the question, we must understand what the Bible means by lawlessness. Let us begin by reading the following passage of Scripture.

II Thessalonians 2:1-10
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Yahshua Christ, and our gathering together to Him, that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he may be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

When the Bible speaks of the last days being a time of great “lawlessness” it is not speaking about violating man’s laws. It is speaking of violating God’s law. I am not here speaking of the Law of Moses, but rather of the much broader sense of God’s righteousness and holiness, His will for all men in all situations. This is what men and women and children will be violating.

Throughout the ages of this present creation Yahweh has restrained the sinfulness of man. When man’s every thought and action became wickedness in the time of Noah, Yahweh brought judgment upon man, and began over with 8 individuals. After the flood Yahweh also greatly shortened man’s lifespan so that he would not become so thoroughly corrupted by evil. This shortened lifespan has had an immense impact upon limiting the wickedness of mankind.

We also see Yahweh judging cities and peoples who gave themselves fully over to the pursuit of wickedness. He rained fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Abraham. Nearly 1,500 years later, He did the same thing when Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other nearby cities were destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.. Yahweh has continually cast down peoples and nations that became exceedingly wicked, yet we read that in these last days, “he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.” Then we will see the evil of men in its full vileness. These will truly be lawless days. The Beast government will rule the world, and will make every form of evil acceptable. We are seeing this occurring globally now as nation after nation is normalizing homosexual behavior, a behavior that Yahweh characterizes as an “abomination.”

I have mentioned a few times that pedophilia, the sexual exploitation of children, is one of the next areas of sin to be normalized. Homosexuals are renowned for their attraction to children. Observe how many Roman Catholic priests were having sexual relations with young boys. The same is true of Jerry Sandusky at Penn State. It is also true of Harvey Milk, the first openly homosexual man to be elected to any public office in America. The U.S. Postal Service recently announced they will be issuing a stamp to commemorate the life of Harvey Milk. A biography of Harvey Milk reveals that he was a sexual predator who preyed on young boys.

http://godfatherpolitics.com/13047/obama-honors-sexual-predator-harvey-milk-postage-stamp/

People of God, this is an example of lawlessness. In 2009 President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Harvey Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Harvey Milk’s life ambition was to liberate people from Yahweh’s definition of sexual morality. The only freedom he brought was bondage to sin and slavery to sexual deviance. Yet this godless man is being set forth as a national hero, someone to be emulated. The state of California has even proposed that a Harvey Milk Day be observed each year where school children would be required to discuss some positive achievement of this godless, homosexual, child abuser.

One of the key duties of any moral nation is to protect its children from those who would abuse them sexually, physically, or mentally. Yet, America is giving her children over to be abused. Is it any surprise that a nation that has murdered tens of millions of their unborn is now moving to abuse those who have been born. A shocking story appeared this week regarding the Obama administration’s push to have Common Core adopted by the school systems of all 50 states. Already, 45 states have signed on. The Common Core program would regiment all education so that the same subjects are being taught at the same time on the same day in every government school throughout America.

The overseers of the Common Core program are not elected, and their decisions are not subject to appeal. Common Core has drawn up a list of “exemplar texts” that are to be read and discussed in each of the grades. The word “exemplar” means “a model or pattern to be copied or imitated: George Washington is the exemplar of patriotic virtue.”

One of the exemplar texts for the 11th grade, which consists of students who are typically 16-17 years of age, is The Bluest Eye by author Toni Morrison. The book contains GRAPHIC descriptions of incest, rape, and pedophilia written from the perspective of the perpetrator. Morrison set out to describe the thoughts of one who commits such wickedness, without any censorship, or criticism. She said she was writing from the perspective of one who is a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. The result is a book that reads like a how-to-manual for sexual predators, and encourages youth to entertain the thought processes of one who abuses others sexually. Such an action can only lead to an inestimable number of young people acting out the deviant sexual fantasies that are put in their heads.

The following website includes excerpts from the book which is recommended for all 11th graders in America to read. It is very explicit. It is outrageous that anyone could consider this suitable, even exemplary, reading material for the nation’s 16 and 17 year olds.

http://politichicks.tv/column/warning-graphic-common-core-approved-child-pornography/

One commenter to the above article stated the following:

Robin H
First you desensitize the parents with the “Fifty Shades of Grey” novels which are also about pedophilia, and then you desensitize the kids that you want to prey on. Therefore you have a whole crop of people who now think this is somehow normal.

The book Fifty Shades of Grey has been promoted endlessly by the media who seemed determined to make it a best seller. It is now scheduled to be made into a movie. The book is quite obviously pornographic. It has been described by various media as “mommy porn” as the target audience is women. What the media has not been telling people is that the book is subtly written to disguise the fact that it is actually describing the seduction and sexual exploitation of a young girl whose behavior and mental maturity could be as young as a 12 year old.

http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/08/16/50-shades-of-grey-pedophilia-hiding-in-plain-sight-letter-from-a-reader/

A recent article stated that 60 million copies of this book have been sold. This is evidence of widespread lawlessness. The laws being broken are Yahweh’s. He has said:

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

The government of America, controlled by a global elite, has become a champion of immorality, and an adversary of all that is righteous and holy. The media, controlled by the same global powers, has been complicit in the dissemination of that which is indecent, prurient, and morally decadent.

It is not coincidental that the President has honored, and continues to honor, a homosexual child abuser at the same time that the youth of the nation are being instructed by his government to read material provided by the public school system that promotes pedophilia, rape, and incest. Nor is the timing of the Fifty Shades of Grey novel and movie coincidental. There is a movement afoot that is intent on normalizing the idea of adult/child sexual intercourse in the same way that homosexuality has been promoted. Like the homosexual movement in its early days, there are organizations being formed to defend pedophilia, which is being described as “minor-attracted” individuals. One of these groups is B4UACT.ORG.

http://www.b4uact.org/

Just as the homosexuals advocated to change the definition of homosexuality in the American Psychiatric Associations manual of mental disorders, so too are those who are promoting adult/child sexual relations lobbying the APA to redefine pedophilia as a normal sexual attraction.

http://sainteliaschurch.blogspot.com/2011/08/academic-conference-seeks-to-normalize.html

This is how lawlessness becomes normalized. Brothers and sisters, do not think that pedophilia will not become normalized in the same way that homosexuality has. The moral depravity of the nation is accelerating. The end of the age is before us. All restraint is being removed. Soon we will see that it is declared legal and protected activity for an individual to pursue any wicked action that enters his/her mind. This is a fulfillment of the words of Christ.

Matthew 24:12
“And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”

Marriage has been redefined by the government to include same sex unions. Marriage has historically been one of the most clearly defined and sacred institutions recognized throughout the world. Now that it has fallen, what will hinder the collapse of all family roles and values? Children which were once protected are increasingly being portrayed as objects of lust to be preyed upon. The dark night is upon us. Seek the Lord to know how to shelter your family as deep darkness falls upon the nations.
A Word to the Wise – Big Brother IS Watching You!
Joseph Herrin (06-24-2013)

Matthew 10:16-17
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves. But beware of men…”

This blog post contains practical information promoting an awareness of the world we live in and how to walk wisely in the midst of it. There are some who would suggest that Christians need not be concerned about issues such as privacy and government spying on the populace. I disagree. Yahshua instructed His disciples to “beware of men.” We are admonished to be “wise as serpents.” Neither ignorance nor naivete are extolled as Christian virtues in the Bible. Tragically, I have found that Christians are some of the least informed, most gullible, and easily deceived members of the human race.

Perhaps some of the problem lies with a misperception of Scripture passages such as the following:

I Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature.

The apostle Paul is NOT advocating that we be ignorant of the fact that there are evil men with evil intentions all around us. Rather, he is counseling the saints to be pure in their thoughts, not pursuing a course of evil. We are to walk blamelessly ourselves, while being aware of the evil and dangers around us. The apostle elsewhere states:

Ephesians 5:15-17
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish…

There has been much in the news of late about government programs of the U.S. and other nations, that engage in spying on the communications of foreigners and their own citizens. Despite all the press, the half has not been told. In the area of government intrusion into the private affairs of citizens, I am persuaded that the majority of Christians do not have an inkling about the true extent to which their lives are monitored. This is an important subject in which to be informed that the saints might walk wisely in a world that is quickly falling into a condition of totalitarian government oversight and persecution of any who march to the beat of a different drummer.

My professional background, prior to being called to a full-time ministry of writing and teaching, provided me with some insight into the capabilities of electronic spying. I was employed at a hospital complex in the field of Microcomputer Management. In this position I was tasked with the oversight of hundreds of computers, printers, and various peripheral devices. I was responsible for maintaining them in working order, and this required some knowledge of both computer hardware and software.

When I first began in this field, most of the personal computers I oversaw were standalone devices. They were not networked, and the Internet was in its infancy. Over time I saw the evolution of the use of personal computers from standalone to networked devices. This brought with it concerns for data security, especially in a healthcare environment where patient information needed to be kept confidential. Yet, the networking together of computers also opened up opportunities for greater ease of management of end-user’s computer systems.

Back when we were using Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME (Millenium Edition) on most of our personal computers, I researched and became familiar with remote administration software that would allow me to sit at my desk in my office and connect to another user’s computer. From my office, I was able to see exactly what they were viewing on their screen. I could take control of their mouse and keyboard remotely. I could pull up a directory of the files on the user’s computer, and view it right next to a directory of files on my computer. If I needed to copy a file from my computer to another user’s system, or from their computer to my own, it was as simple as dragging and dropping the file from one computer to another.

These capabilities were not built into the Windows Operating system at the time, so we had to purchase a third party product. The software could be installed by visiting the individual’s workplace, or installed across the network without needing to personally visit the user’s location. There was a parameter that could be set to cause the remote access software to either pop-up a small message box to indicate when it was running on a user’s desktop, or to be invisible to the end user. Although the purpose of the software was to aid in the administration of the hundreds of computers I was tasked with maintaining, it could be used to spy on an individual, and to observe everything they were doing. These capabilities were available through third party software vendors nearly twenty years ago.

Beginning with Windows XP, which was released by Microsoft in August of 2001, it was no longer necessary to purchase a third party product to have the capability to access a computer remotely, or to take control of its mouse and keyboard. Microsoft included a feature called Remote Assistance in the operating system itself.

You can read about this Microsoft Administration Tool at the following link:

Windows Remote Assistance
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/what-is-windows-remote-assistance

This capability to access and take control of a computer has been included in every Windows operating system since XP up through the present release of Windows 8. Nevertheless, the majority of users are unaware of this feature on their computer.

I would interject here something I believe to be true. Every major world corporation, including technology companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, Cisco Systems, and Facebook, are permitted to attain their position of ascendancy, and to maintain their viability, only by collusion with the corporate masters of the New World Order. You will find that these corporations were only able to succeed as they received infusions of money from major banks, support from the Illuminati controlled media, and the acquiescence of governments under the dominion of the same rulers. It follows quite logically that these corporations are following an agenda dictated by their global masters. Many of the capabilities of the hardware and software systems that are sold by these major technology companies are there to serve the agenda of the hidden hand that guides them.

If you think this sounds like some far-fetched conspiracy theory, I encourage you to read the series I posted last year titled Dragon Flood. The world is a much darker and deceptive place than most people (including Christians) realize.

http://www.heart4god.ws/H4G%20Website_htm_files/Dragon%20Flood.pdf

I have no doubt that the government of the United States has contributed to the development of the Windows operating system, as well as other popular alternatives. They have guided the development of both hardware and software to insure that they are provided a back door to spy on the citizens of the world whether in their homes, at their places of employment, or in the realm of academia. Such conclusions are not speculative, for the government has passed laws requiring that technology companies assist them in this way.

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation, a watchdog and lobbying organization focused on Internet freedom, has an article posted on a government program referred to as CALEA which was being greatly expanded to require that manufacturers of computer hardware and software make it easier for the government to tap into, and monitor, all computer traffic. Following is an excerpt from the article.

The Perils of Wiretapping the Internet

EFF and a coalition of public interest industry and academic groups filed suit in 2005 challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) unjustified expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). By forcing broadband Internet and interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to become wiretap-friendly the FCC ignored CALEA’s plain language and threatened privacy security and innovation.

Congress passed the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in 1994 to make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap digital telephone networks. CALEA forced telephone companies to redesign their network architectures to make wiretapping easier. It expressly did not regulate data traveling over the Internet.

But now federal law enforcement agencies want to change that. On March 10 2004 the Department of Justice (DOJ) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) filed a joint petition with the FCC. The petition requested that CALEA’s reach be expanded to cover communications that travel over the Internet. Thus Broadband providers would be required to rebuild their networks to make it easier for law enforcement to tap Internet “phone calls” that use VOIP applications such as Vonage as well as online “conversations” using various kinds of instant messaging (IM) programs like AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).
[Source: https://www.eff.org/issues/calea]

Please note that this expansion of CALEA was accomplished in 2004, nearly a decade ago. Nevertheless, the news focused around the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden has struck the world like a bombshell when he has disclosed nothing more than the fact that the American government through agencies such as the NSA has been making use of the wiretapping capability that Congress required technology companies to build into their systems. Why should this be startling news?

That this information is being touted widely now by the mainstream media, as the Edward Snowden case is receiving major public air time, is itself a subtle form of deception. Articles have been posted criticizing government officials who have lied and given perjured testimony to Congress about what their capabilities are, and what they are doing with the data. Some government officials have said they are collecting NO INFORMATION on American citizens. Later they amended this to declare that they are collecting only metadata such as phone numbers called, time of the call, and length of call, while denying that they were monitoring and storing the content of calls. Similar claims were made regarding Internet communications. Now it is being admitted by some that the government is indeed intercepting and storing the contents of phone calls and Internet communications, while it is being claimed that the information can only be accessed by order of a judge. This too is proving to be a lie, as Edward Snowden’s testimony is revealing.

Slide Made Public by Edward Snowden

Slide Made Public By Edward Snowden

As these slides reveal, the government is collecting e-mail, chat sessions, videos, photos, stored data (such as DropBox), voice communications (such as Skype), file transfers, and every other type of communication that passes over the world’s internet and telephony networks. The focus on requests for information from vendors such as Google and Facebook is itself a form of disinformation. The limited number of formal government requests for user data from these companies provides the illusion that the government is gathering only limited content on users. The truth of the matter is that the government is tapping into the internet at the hubs and switches that form the backbone for ALL communication. They are capturing ALL Internet traffic, and storing it for retrieval whenever necessary.

Some of the types of information the government is compiling into huge data depositories will surprise many individuals. You do not even have to be transmitting data for the government to collect it. The government can spy on users proactively by activating the microphone in their cell phone, or turning on the video camera on their cell phone, laptop computer, or tablet computer, without the user knowing it is being done.

Twenty years ago when I was managing computers over an internal company network, we had the capacity to turn on a computer remotely when it was shut off. The network cards we purchased had a feature built into them called Wake On Lan (Lan is an abbreviation for Local area network). I could sit in my office and send a signal to a powered off computer in another building and power it on. I could then log onto the computer, accessing it as if I were sitting in front of the keyboard. Such capabilities have only improved over the passing years.

Fox news reported some months ago on the FBI’s ability to listen in on people’s cell phones even when the individual was not making a phone call. The person could be sitting in a restaurant, chatting with the person across from them, and the FBI could listen to every word, record it, store it, and bring it up for retrieval at will.

https://youtu.be/G7H9uo3j5FQ


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It may shock you as well to know that the government has the capability to turn on the video camera on your computer, or smart phone, whenever they wish. There was some outcry months back when it was discovered that a public school system that gave every high school student a laptop computer was activating the cameras in them to spy on the students. One student was shocked when his camera came on when he was in his bedroom. He could have been undressed while some individual was remotely capturing video. When the student sued the school system it was disclosed that the camera on his computer was activated more than 400 times in a two week period, often late at night when he was at home.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/11/lower-merion-school-distr_n_758882.html

Numerous media articles on this topic state that the user can be warned that they are being viewed remotely if the activity light on their camera comes on unexpectedly. However, many computers and smart phones do not have activity lights. Also, the activation of a light is controlled by software. It is not beyond the capacity of a spy agency with an annual budget of billions of dollars to interfere with the normal function of a camera’s activity light, allowing a video camera to record without the light coming on.

I personally would recommend that anyone with a laptop computer with a built in video camera treat it as if it is on and recording them at all times. The same is true for smartphones, tablet computers, or desktop systems that have cameras attached to them. Not only is there a high probability that the government is recording individuals routinely through such devices, but they are storing the information away permanently to be pulled up as the opportunity, or need warrants.

Perhaps there is a pastor somewhere who has been speaking out against some evil in society and the government wishes to silence him. This same pastor may have at times viewed pornography on his computer. This information could be used to coerce the minister into silence, or agreement with some immoral government agenda. Even as the government has developed sophisticated software to listen in on telephone conversations, and to flag any communication where certain key words are spoken, so too can they develop software to turn on the video camera, or to initiate screen captures on a person’s computer, whenever they visit a pornography site.

Sound far fetched? Not at all. There are software programs that you and I can purchase today that will accomplish basically the same thing.

https://youtu.be/whZGe2JLPOA

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Why would the government NOT employ the same capabilities? The U.S. government is spending billions each year for Cyber Warfare. It would be naive to believe that this warfare is aimed only at foreign nationals. The same government agencies that developed the highly sophisticated Stuxnet virus that destroyed hundreds of nuclear centrifuges in Iran is capable of developing stealthy and elegant software tools to spy on American users. An article online reported on a Chinese government website that was spreading a variant of the Hupigon Backdoor virus. The computer security website F-Secure reported that this professionally developed malware, once installed on a computer that visited the site, would provide the following capabilities.

• It allows others to access the computer
• Allows for recording with the user’s webcam
• Can make the user’s computer to attack various servers
• Send victim’s computer messages
• Has rootkit functionality so it has a stealth component that hides files
• Create logs from keystrokes, steals passwords, and sends this information to remote servers

A government that has passed legislation requiring that hardware and software manufacturers make their products accessible to spying surely intends to exploit these capabilities. Edward Snowden provided an explanation for one possible government motive. When asked why people should care about surveillance, Snowden responded:

Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody even by a wrong call. And then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.
[Source: http://www.policymic.com/articles/47355/edward-snowden-interview-transcript-full-text-read-the-guardian-s-entire-interview-with-the-man-who-leaked-prism]

To put this into a Biblical framework, the book of Revelation describes Satan as “the accuser of the brethren.”

Revelation 12:10-11
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.”

Satan has many agents working for him in this hour to establish a New World Order. These human agents employ the same tactics as the fallen angel they serve. They accuse that they might condemn. To facilitate this work they are storing up massive amounts of data, audio, video, and written evidence to be used against their enemies.

To the Christian out there who has viewed pornography on the computer, there is a very good possibility that this information is filed away, along with screen shots of the images you viewed, and possibly even video capture taken from the webcam of your computer showing you looking at this material. You may have repented of such actions, and Yahweh forgiven you, exercising mercy, but Satan will show no mercy, nor will his disciples.

This should cause any Christian to walk carefully, fearing lest they give the adversary ammunition to be used against them. Your computer camera and microphone can record everything that transpires within their range. If you keep a computer in view of a bedroom, or bathroom, or other area that you have considered private, you have rendered that place a public forum. Everything in view of the camera and hearing of the microphone can be recorded.

The government, and various technology companies in league with them, are working continuously to expand this coverage and to remove all privacy. Both Google Glass and the Microsoft Xbox One represent profound leaps forward in the government’s ability to monitor the lives of people everywhere.


Google Glass (Little Sister is Watching You)

There is an article at the following link that describes some of the privacy issues raised by Google Glass.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/29585/3-new-ways-google-glass-invades-your-privacy

Google and Microsoft are leading companies in the employ of the Illuminati. Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, is a cheerleader for everything that the New World Order is pressing toward. He has given millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, and is focused on issues related to decreasing the population of the earth. His company is a tool of the NWO. The new Xbox One entertainment and gaming console is designed to provide the government with an advanced portal into people’s homes. The Xbox One uses the Kinect motion sensing system that has had recent upgrades to allow it to determine the number of people in a room, and to even monitor a person’s heartrate. Following are some comments on this technology.

The patent, submitted on April 26, 2011, and passed on Nov. 1, 2012, essentially allows the company to remotely turn on any cameras, be they mobile or from something like the XBox Kinect, and count the number of ‘consumers’ watching licensed content.
[Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-patent-uses-kinect-and-mobile-cameras-to-count-people-in-your-living-room-2012-11]

The terrifying thing about this patent is that it would grant copyright holders virtual access to private dwellings. The patent application suggests that the technology could be applied to head-mounted devices, large screens, computers and even mobile phones.
[Source: http://www.vg247.com/2013/05/24/microsofts-kinect-patent-suggest-they-will-be-always-be-watching/]

Microsoft ran into a storm of criticism when they announced that the new Xbox One would have to be connected to the Internet in order to play games, and would have to be connected at least once every day.

The company revealed that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be “always on,” a startling feature in the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency’s efforts to collect American citizens’ phone and e-mail records. The Xbox One system will require an online connection to allow users to play games they have purchased themselves (the system requires a login to Xbox Live at least once every 24 hours)…

There’s more. In addition to the required online tracking system, Xbox One will ship with the second generation of Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor in the box, a connection to which will be required for players to use their consoles. The Kinect 2 is also “always on.” It’s able to identify individuals based on face and body recognition, works in the dark, records audio and is constantly connected to the Internet and 300,000 Microsoft servers. Even when your Xbox One is off, the Kinect is still listening, watching and waiting. (It’s also worth noting that late last year Microsoft filed for a patent that would use the Kinect camera to monitor the number of viewers in a room, checking to see if the number of people in a given room exceeded a particular threshold set by the content provider. Too many occupants, and the user would be prompted to purchase a license for more viewers.)

As a series of bullet points, it’s rather grim stuff – a new and seemingly more menacing level of Big Brother oversight.
[Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/xbox-one-features-create-privacy-concerns-20130613]

It is not difficult to read into these requirements some nefarious government motives. This is the ultimate monitoring device. It can listen. It can see (even in the dark). It can count the number of people in a room. It can even identify people individually. That the government would want such a device to remain on at all times is consistent with their goal to know what every person is doing and thinking at all times.

When a storm of protest threatened to abort the acceptance of this new gaming system, Microsoft backed down from some of their stated requirements for this system’s operation. After all, it will not fulfill the desires of its designers if no one buys, or uses it. Nevertheless, I anticipate that Microsoft will return to its previous requirement of a constant Internet connection, and a connection at least once every 24 hours, after the system has been widely adopted. This will permit the government to gain access daily to individual’s lives. It may be possible for it to record data when offline, and then to transmit it each day when it is required to be connected.

With the current emphasis upon cloud computing, more people are keeping their personal data on the Internet where it is accessible to those who control the infrastructure. At the same time, major web presences are getting more sophisticated in tracking what users are doing, and even predicting what you may do in the future. I am not surprised anymore when I search on a product through Google and then find that in the following hours and days I am accosted by advertisements related to the specific search. I experience the same thing through Amazon’s website.

These websites are getting more sophisticated at analyzing people’s Internet viewing habits and predicting what they may want in the future. At times I have found this very helpful. Yet, at the same time it reveals the need for caution. Everything a person does on the Internet is recorded. Some of those doing the monitoring do not have my best interests, or yours, in mind.

Walk wisely, and be innocent of evil. Big Brother is watching you.

Additional Resources:

GPS Tracking Via Cellphone
http://www.wikihow.com/GPS-Track-a-Cell-Phone

Garmin NUVI Spy Matrix
http://car-gps-navigation-systems-news-zoneo.blogspot.com/

NSA Spying

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57589495-38/nsa-spying-flap-extends-to-contents-of-u.s-phone-calls/

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A Little Birdie Told Me
Joseph Herrin (06-25-2013)

After I posted yesterday’s blog that focused on the subject of government spying I was browsing some news sites and came across some excellent articles on the same subject. The first article I found was located on The New York Times, and was dated June 19, 2013. The information it reveals far exceeds the revelations disclosed by Edward Snowden. This really causes one to wonder what the government agenda is when it will pursue one individual for disclosing information that has been in the public domain for years, while raising no outcry about a New York Times article that shares far more egregious information.

The mainstream media has been giving the Edward Snowden story so much coverage that one has to question what the agenda is of the powers that be. If they did not want the extent of the government’s spying disclosed, they would surely shut down the presses that are reporting on this information.

The New York Times article I read yesterday is a case in point. The New York Times is perhaps the nation’s leading Illuminati propaganda distributor. What is reported in The Times is picked up and repeated by hundreds of other newspapers, periodicals, and various media distributors across the nation and the world.

What I suspect is happening, is the powers of the New World Order are seeking to condition the populace to the idea that being spied upon by the government is normal, necessary, and will not go away. Readers are left with a sense of powerlessness. Protest and you will be branded a terrorist or spy. Accept the government’s intrusive spying and you will be left alone.

Perhaps that is the distinction between Edward Snowden and James Risen and Nick Wingfield, the authors of the news article published by The New York Times. Risen and Wingfield, although disclosing far more damning information about the government’s collusion with technology companies, are reporting the information without protest. Their attitude is one of impartiality, or perhaps indifference. They merely report on the current state of things, but they do not raise any alarm about loss of privacy, or the dramatic expansion of government intrusion into the lives of its citizens. The following excerpts from The New York Times article disclose the interconnectedness of government spying agencies and technology companies.

To get their hands on the latest software technology to manipulate and take advantage of large volumes of data, United States intelligence agencies invest in Silicon Valley start-ups, award classified contracts and recruit technology experts…

Despite the companies’ assertions that they cooperate with the agency only when legally compelled, current and former industry officials say the companies sometimes secretly put together teams of in-house experts to find ways to cooperate more completely with the N.S.A. and to make their customers’ information more accessible to the agency… They are also under subtle but powerful pressure from the N.S.A. to make access easier.

Skype, the Internet-based calling service, began its own secret program, Project Chess, to explore the legal and technical issues in making Skype calls readily available to intelligence agencies and law enforcement officials, according to people briefed on the program who asked not to be named to avoid trouble with the intelligence agencies.

Project Chess, which has never been previously disclosed, was small, limited to fewer than a dozen people inside Skype, and was developed as the company had sometimes contentious talks with the government over legal issues, said one of the people briefed on the project. The project began about five years ago…

A Skype executive denied last year in a blog post that recent changes in the way Skype operated were made at the behest of Microsoft to make snooping easier for law enforcement…

Microsoft executives are no longer willing to affirm statements, made by Skype several years ago, that Skype calls could not be wiretapped…

Many software technology firms involved in data analytics are open about their connections to intelligence agencies. Gary King, a co-founder and chief scientist at Crimson Hexagon, a start-up in Boston, said in an interview that he had given talks at C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va., about his company’s social media analytics tools.

The future holds the prospect of ever greater cooperation between Silicon Valley and the N.S.A…
[Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/technology/silicon-valley-and-spy-agency-bound-by-strengthening-web.html]

Visit the following link and you will get an idea about the scope of the attention The New York Times is giving to this subject. Day after day the populace is being bombarded with articles on government spying. All this attention seems intent on bringing the subject out in the open while controlling the conversation to make it seem reasonable for the government to gather vast amounts of data on its own citizens.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/n/national_security_agency/index.html

Mainstream media is downplaying any government overreach, and is emphasizing a message that spying on citizens, and gathering vast reams of data on them, is not a cause for concern. This bias is revealed in the heading of the following news article.

Why Surveillance Draws Little Outcry
June 11, 2013By Ben Werschkul, Pedro Rafael Rosado, Alyssa Kim and Marcus Mabry
[Source: http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/06/11/us/100000002275350/why-surveillance-draws-little-outcry.html]

Is there truly no outcry over the government’s surveillance programs, or is The New York Times attempting to make it appear so? I am convinced that it is the latter. Those raising an alarm are denied a voice in the mainstream media to express their concerns. This is how the powers that be shape public opinion. They marginalize the dissenters, criminalize the whistleblowers, and emphasize the fairy tale view that everything is business as usual, no cause for alarm.

Following are some excerpts from another news article that I came across yesterday after I posted the blog on Big Brother.

Is the Government Spying On You Through Your Own Computer’s Webcam Or Microphone?
June 24, 2013
Source: Washington’s Blog

Government – Or Private Individuals – May Be Watching and Listening

We documented earlier today that –  if you are near your smart phone – the NSA or private parties could remotely activate your microphone and camera and spy on you.
This post shows that the same is true for our computer.

Initially, the NSA built backdoors into the world’s most popular software program – Microsoft Windows – by 1999.

And a government expert told the Washington Post that the government “quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type” (confirmed).

Reuters documented last year that the U.S. and Israeli governments can remotely turn on a computer’s microphone:

    “Evidence suggest that the virus, dubbed Flame, may have been built on behalf of the same nation or nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010 [i.e. the U.S. and Israel], according to Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber security software maker that took credit for discovering the infections.

    Kaspersky researchers said they have yet to determine whether Flame had a specific mission like Stuxnet, and declined to say who they think built it.

    Cyber security experts said the discovery publicly demonstrates what experts privy to classified information have long known: that nations have been using pieces of malicious computer code as weapons to promote their security interests for several years..

    Flame can gather data files, remotely change settings on computers, turn on PC microphones to record conversations, take screen shots and log instant messaging chats.

    Kaspersky Lab said Flame and Stuxnet appear to infect machines by exploiting the same flaw in the Windows operating system and that both viruses employ a similar way of spreading…

PC Magazine tech columnist John Dvorak writes:

    From what we know, the NSA has back door access into Apple, Microsoft , and Google…

    Microsoft is the source of the operating system for Windows and Windows cell phones. Apple controls the OS for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Google controls the Chrome OS, Chrome Browser, and Android cell phones. The companies regularly push operating system upgrades and security updates to users on a regular basis.

    Imagine however that the NSA has access to these updates at the source and has the ability to alter these updates in order to install some sort of spyware on your phone, tablet, or computer. The software could turn on your camera or microphone remotely, read all your private data, or erase everything and brick your phone or computer.

Moreover – as documented by Microsoft, Ars Technica, cnet, the Register, Sydney Morning Herald, and many other sources – private parties can turn on your computer’s microphone and camera as well.

Cracked noted in 2010:

    All sorts of programs are available to let you remotely commandeer a webcam, and many of them are free. Simple versions will just take photos or videos when they detect movement, but more complex software will send you an e-mail when the computer you’ve installed the program on is in use, so you can immediately login and control the webcam without the hassle of having to stare at an empty room until the person you’re stalking shows up.

The bottom line is that – as with your phone, OnStar type system or other car microphone, Xbox, and other digital recording devices – you shouldn’t say or do anything near your computer that you don’t want shared with the world.

Postscript: You could obviously try to cover your webcam and microphone when you don’t want to use them.
[Source: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Is_the_Government_Spying_On_You_Through_Your_Own_Computer%E2%80%99s_Webcam_Or_Microphone%3F/26892/0/0/0/Y/M.html]

My purpose in sharing this information is NOT to incite protest, nor to cause alarm. Rather, it is to inform the people of God of the true state of things that they might walk wisely in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.

It is quite reasonable to conclude that the mega corporations that dominate all areas of communications technology have been working in collusion with government spy agencies for a long time. If any company proved unwilling to cooperate with the government, there were ways to apply pressure upon them. The same powers that run the government also control banking and the media. Simply cut off a company’s access to financing, or begin a media smear campaign to cause a company to lose favor with the public. If all else fails, a hostile corporate take-over can always be arranged whereby a company that is complicit with the government can take ownership of some less compliant technology company, and bring it into line with the government’s wishes. This is evidently what occurred when Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011.

Shortly after Microsoft purchased Skype, fundamental changes were made in the way Skype routes its communications sessions. Following is an excerpt from an Internet source:

According to CNN, hackers and bloggers are saying the changes, which push some of the video calling process onto Skype’s own computers instead of onto random machines on the Internet, could help the app spy on users’ calls, presumably at the request of a court or government.

“Reportedly, Microsoft is re-engineering these supernodes to make it easier for law enforcement to monitor calls by allowing the supernodes to not only make the introduction but to actually route the voice data of the calls as well,” Tim Verry, from the website ExtremeTech, wrote last week. (Supernodes are third-party computers that act as a sort of directory service for routing calls.)

“In this way, the actual voice data would pass through the monitored servers and the call is no longer secure. It is essentially a man-in-the-middle attack, and it is made all the easier because Microsoft — who owns Skype and knows the keys used for the service’s encryption — is helping.”
[Source: http://lissnup.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/skype-whos-listening/]

It would be well that the saints today take the words of King Solomon to heart.

Ecclesiastes 10:20
Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound, and the winged creature will make the matter known.

Did you ever wonder where the saying, “A little bird told me” originated? Solomon is to be credited with it.

Modern technology has breathed new life into this old proverb. Therefore, be careful what you tweet!

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 33 – Published 8/14/21

CHRISTIANITY IS SPIRITUAL NOT CULTURAL

I am responding to a letter that was written by a person who embraces a liberal ideology and is concerned about the reactions and responses from conservative Christians concerning several topics we are facing in our world. This was not a private communication but was posted on social media. I have corrected the spelling and grammar but have not changed any words. It is just as it was written. Here is the letter.

Something I’ve been thinking about recently. The vast majority of people I see refusing to wear masks or get the vaccine are usually Christians and Republicans. Not always but the vast majority of the time. They claim that mask mandates are “infringing on their rights”, “no one can tell them what to do with their body”, “it’s their choice what goes into them”, etc. Since the mask mandates ended, a lot of places used the honor system, if you’re not vaccinated, then you need to wear a mask. But where is the honor of these Christians? They know they aren’t vaccinated but they abuse the honor system and go mask-less. To me, that screams a poor witness. What happened to “love your neighbor as yourself?”

Another thing that I’ve noticed is they say, “you can live in fear but I’m not”, or “you live how you want and I’ll do the same.” To me this says, “I believe what I believe and should not be forced to live by your beliefs and standards.” But yet when it comes to topics of abortion and LGBTQ+ rights, they want everyone to live by their beliefs and their standards. This is hypocrisy at its finest. The Christ I know is a loving and caring Christ. The example of Christ I’m seeing from so many is shouting from the rooftop that it’s all about “me, me, me and what I want to do. To hell with anyone else that thinks differently.” The name-calling, “sheeple” “demorats” “libtards” and this coming from so called Christians? I’m not saying people on the other side aren’t name calling, but I’m pointing out that Christians are supposed to be above that. Setting an example that the world would see Christ in them. Right now, I see more hate and judgment from Christians than ever before. I know what churches I would not want to go to just based on how those that go there act.

They scream that abortion is murder and that women who get them are murderers. But where is this outcry for our children now? Where is the outcry for the homeless children, or the need for foster parents? The fact is, they don’t really care, because if they did, then they’d get the vaccine and mask up to protect those who can’t yet. They’d be first in line to become foster parents. They’d be finding programs to get children out of the street. They’re saying “my body my choice” but yet won’t extend that same courtesy to women. They cry about their rights being infringed upon, and choices being taken away but yet they want to infringe on the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. They don’t want 2 people to get married because they themselves find it “wrong.”

I grew up in church and constantly heard about how God places those in authority over us and we need to obey because God chooses them to be there. But now I see so many people posting about how they should stand up, rise up, and not comply with any mandates, that these governors and new president are “evil dictators.” Well, which is it? Did God mess up or are they going against what God said in the Bible? By the looks of things, they make it seem like God messed up and messed up royally. I think there’s a lesson of compassion for others that could be learned.”

End of letter.

I believe when an individual is confident enough to express their opinions about God in public; they are opening the door and challenging anyone to respond. As a newspaper columnist, I know all about facing opposition, but that is what our constitution defines as freedom of speech. I express my opinions and anyone has the right to disagree; I have no problem with that. I will listen to opposing arguments and if I am wrong, I will repent and thank God for opening my eyes. I remember when the constitution was honored, and we had free speech but that has changed. Today, only the liberal voices are allowed to speak. Communication is one-sided as the left believes they are the voice of truth. I understand completely because as messengers of God’s truth, we also believe we are the voice of truth. The crime being committed is the left banning the freedom of speech. The deep state has always been in control since the United States became a corporation, but now they have tightened their grip. The progressive culture now labels all conservative Christians, right wing republicans, patriots, moral leaders, and concerned individuals as being ignorant and wrong, therefore our thoughts and comments are not allowed and considered misinformation. This is a dictator communist environment and the liberal, supporters are in complete agreement. Democrats love socialism and communism. They say they are for the working person but the trade-off is they will give them assistance for their vote so they can stay in control. They do not care about any amendments or the fact that what they are doing is wrong. Let me ask a question; When have conservative republicans ever banned or censored anyone from having an opinion? Never. It’s because we believe in freedom and fairness in the eyes of God but oppose anything that disregards His holy demands. If the shoe was on the other foot, there would be violence and riots in the streets. Conservative Christians are not being uncooperative for any reason other than they know what is really going on behind the scenes and they are not going to bow down to the idols of Baal, Jezebel, and Molech. Christ stood firm in His mission and His followers are standing firm because this is His will.

I want to begin at the top of this letter and go through it one subject at a time. I am very sorry for everyone that has suffered in the catastrophe and every Christian has been praying the entire time for healing, restoration, comfort, and God’s protection. Many have died and been disabled from the virus and countless others have died and agonized with serious side effects from the vaccine. This letter seems to be focused on the unvaccinated as the liberals cry how these conservative “rebels” are the very reason the virus keeps mutating and killing the innocent. Really? The writer expresses concern about people not wearing a mask even though it has been proven they protect very little unless they are wearing an N95 respirator. The letter fails to talk about how the current administration has reopened the border and are bringing infected people into the country who have covid and the authorities are distributing them around the nation. This is intentionally “seeding” the country with new infections and no wonder the number of cases are rising. And you still are not convinced the cabal is not trying to lock us down, ruin our economy and cripple our nation? Why? This is another tactic to gain total control.

The letter also failed to mention that Obama recently had a huge party, and no one wore a mask, but of course, when churches gather or a Trump rally without a mask they are uncaring and dangerous. This is a one-sided political bias, but hey we conservatives understand because we are also biased about what we believe. Right and left. The liberals also refuse to admit it is actually the vaccinated people who are causing the variants because when they are subject to the virus it reacts in very strange ways within their bodies. The variants are certainly not coming from those who have never had covid nor had the vaccine. Hello. The letter also mentions that people who refuse an experimental vaccine (who by the way are mostly Christians and republicans) are wrong for saying they do not want it. Since it’s now proven that anyone can be a spreader whether they are vaccinated or not, it is not a valid point that those who did not want the inoculation are guilty of being a bad witness for Christ or not having love. The flu has been around for hundreds of years and I do not remember in my lifetime ever needing to wearing a mask. Every year people catch the flu, and pneumonia and unfortunately there are considerable deaths, but usually over time the majority of people get over it and move on. Many will say these viruses are much more dangerous and they may be, but with a normal immune system, the statistics show the recovery rate is 99.9 percent. I am not saying the virus is not a deadly disease because it is, but serious health conditions before the virus has everything to do with recovery. If someone has symptoms, we know they are infected and contagious and they should stay home and we should stay away from them. It’s not the asymptomatic individuals that are spreading it, it’s the sick people who refuse to isolate and quarantine themselves. It would be wonderful if instead of fighting against each other we could be unified, but it seems this dissension and division helps to lead the effort against those who do want the vaccine. We should be fighting against Satan and embracing God.

Before we go any further, I must give a brief summary of spiritual reality so that what I am going to say will make more sense. I am astounded at how many people have never learned about the basics of how the world operates. This writer wanted to point out that the conservative Christians are the bad people and the progressive liberals are the ones who are trying to save us. In the light of God’s truth, nothing could be more opposite. To make a long story short, God has given Satan a long leash to do whatever he wants with God’s supervision of course. Satan is called the god of this world but God has allowed it. The devil is on God’s leash as he was with Job and him running around like a roaring lion is a part of the Creator’s plan. Anyone that understands the condition of the world realizes that Satan is in charge of big tech, big Pharma, the medical and scientific world, the entertainment industry, the banking system, stock market, transportation, all governments, courts, judges, and legal systems, the mainstream and all social media, the internet, energy sources, and even leads in all religious activities where demonic spirits are active. There is a small group of individuals and families that own and control much of the world and they are working as the servants to Satan to help accomplish his agenda. They are the ones who are being used to help roll out the red carpet for the Antichrist.

Most people have no problem watching movies about Satan but for some reason they are surprised and even offended at the mention of Satan having a strong influence in their own lives. This evil influence has been around since he fell to earth and is seen when he offered to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Christ would bow down to him. Satan always tries copy God and is an impostor who deceives those who do not have genuine spiritual discernment. I am not talking about the true church who has the indwelling Holy Spirit and the presence of Christ, I’m referring to the same demonic masquerade that Christ confronted when He told the Pharisees they did not even know God. Things are not the way they seem. Knowing all of this, we have been given the wisdom to realize these globalist Luciferian’s certainly do NOT have our best interest in mind. How can I prove it? John 10:10 says, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The thief here is the devil and since these leaders are his minions it does not take a genius to know what they are planning for humanity. It is astounding how many people are brainwashed to support the stealing, killing, and destroying and are convinced they are not included targets. They vote for the ones who plan to kill them. This is why it is called deception. I realize the liberals do not believe this and call it conspiracy but it’s only because they refuse to do the research – it’s all there if you want to take the time to connect the dots. It’s a war and has been since Adam and Eve and Cain and Able. This is why Christians are called soldiers, they fight on the front-line for God’s truth, they have authority in the name of Jesus to defeat the devil and pull down his strongholds, and we call it spiritual warfare. Each person will choose who they are you fighting for and who you are fighting against? There is coming a judgment when all will stand before God and explain why they trusted the world more than they trusted Him.

Many are saying what does this have to do with the virus? It allows us to see that the dark spirits of the world do not love us and are not trying to save us. Remember, Satan is trying to kill us. When we realize that everything that is going on around us is a war between good and evil, our eyes are open to the truth. On the subject of truth, we must admit that most everyone receives their information from the news and each person will choose to either trust them or not. None of us know for a fact that what we have been told is true, we only assume that it is. Much of the information about the virus has been proven wrong so many times that we hardly know anything for certain. This is not surprising as the ones who launched it has to be careful not to get tangled up in their secrecy. To add to the confusion is the reality that the mainstream media is the link of communication between Satan and the gullible masses. Since the devil is the prince and power of the air, we know that he controls the airwaves and uses the voice of the media to relay his propaganda. So why would any intelligent person be naïve enough to believe the nightly news? Because they trust an evil system to tell them what they need to know. Both sides accuse each other of being brainwashed – one side is wrong. How do we know that everything the devil says is a lie or a half/truth? Because John 8:44 tells us, You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.” If we trace who owns the media, we know it is the cabal, the Illuminati, globalists, or whatever you want to call the deep state which are world rulers within the kingdom of darkness.

Since Republicans were called out in the letter for living below God’s standards of everyday living, it is fair to say the liberal left are not only a horrible testimony but are the face of this aggressive movement to keep the world in bondage to their control. Christians know they fail every day but at least they understand right from wrong. The dividing line is simple: those who love God and obey His commandments are hated by all who want to live by their own standards and pleasures. The deep state and all who vote and support them hate the followers of Christ who speak against their agenda. God’s people are the light holders of His presence and Satan wants to silence and destroy them. If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you, a servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours as well. But all things they will do unto you for my name’s sake because they know not him that sent me.” This is a beautiful explanation as to why there is so much division in the world. If all who proclaim to be Christians knew God, they would walk in one accord because they would all be listening to the same instructions. To put things in perspective, the overwhelming majority obeys the master of their unrenewed mind, while only a tiny fraction of the population follows the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. This is why the true children of God are called the remnant. A tiny part of the whole.

It’s now common knowledge the virus was created by man. Anyone can do the research and discover that all viruses and vaccines have patents and are owned by certain people who have invested research and money into the labs. We now are told these patents can be known by anyone who wants to make the effort to find them. The critical considerations about this is that the same people who created the virus and the same ones who created the vaccines. If this is not enough to cause us to fall out of our chairs with fear, we can take a step further and see these global dictators have been talking about depopulating the planet for many years. It does not take a genius to see the sinister connection that is going on and yet the media calls any possibility of this plan to kill millions or even billions, preposterous misinformation. Oh really? Anyone who has listened to the panel discussions and interviews of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the weaponization of the Biosphere knows this is not a science fiction movie but is true reality. Those who rolled up their sleeves and gladly allowed Satan to inject their poisons evidently did not consider the danger of being like sheep that are led to the slaughter. They accepted what they were told and allowed fear to overcome their faith in God. This anxiety and lack of discernment is not only seen in a virus but in everything that happens in our everyday life. It has everything to do with trusting God more than we trust the world or our emotions. The constant streams of misinformation provided by the media is being used to herd the masses to a supposedly perfectly safe injection that has no damaging side effects or possibilities of being fatal. The dead giveaway is when the media refuses to warn everyone that this vaccine has already killed more people than all other vaccines in history. We realize that many doctors and hospitals were not allowed to list the cause of death on the certificates, but just those who have been verified are staggering. Any other vaccine that was proven to have even a slight percentage of deaths compared to this, would have normally been stopped immediately. Why hasn’t this one? Because they want everyone to believe the risk of the vaccine is less than the danger of the virus. I’m reminded of playing a game of X and O’s where one player has his opponent defeated both ways.

The letter mentions that Christians are shouting from the rooftops that everything is about them, but does not mention the dominance and control that the new administration has over free speech. The writer is appalled about anything negative being said against the deep state, and yet never mentions a word about democrats laughing at actors who hold a bloody decapitated head representing the republican President of the United States. All the late-night talk shows that made fun of Trump, the cartoons, the books and articles of lies, the intentional ignoring of his speeches and amazing things he did for the country, the mocking and hatred that this writer thought was funny because they hate him. We all know the media and the left hated him and accused him of cheating the election and for 4 years only reported the negative and false accusations. The writer never mentions this in the big picture of not being fair and decent. Why is the accusation of hypocrite always one-sided? It is the liberal democrats who are saying it’s all about them and their supporters are punch drunk with joy. Isaiah 5:20 says, Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” We are seeing a dissolving of discernment with mental and spiritual clarity. Why is this? Because many have decided that God does not know what He is talking about and to make religion more relevant to our modern world, we must create a new world order. Much of what is being established are humanistic philosophies and even more dangerous is cultural religion. This is a new way of living that does not regard Biblical truth and has exchanged it for a list of emotional laws and regulations that must be obeyed by every person. Anyone who has a conflicting opinion or disagreement are labeled as a conspiracy kook and are a danger to society. The liberal left believes they have been given the power to mandate and force the masses to do as they command. To what extent will this be enforced? Well, God’s truth and free speech have been censored already. Are we heading into tribulation where persecution and execution will be brought against those guilty of standing for God’s truth? The power of God’s message convicts the sinner to change their ways, and this is exactly what the deep state are determined to silence. The crazy part of this is that the left are so deceived, they are thinking they are building a better world but are only being used by Satan to destroy it. He will use them for his purposes and does not care about them at all.

When the letter compares having a right to refuse an experimental and deadly vaccine, with someone having a right to have an abortion, we are stunned at the lack of comprehension with this comparison. I absolutely believe it is a personal and legal right for every person to decide what drugs, treatments, or surgeries, they will accept or reject because they are in charge of their own body. But what on God’s creation does this have to do with abortion? NO ONE has a right to kill a child – period! When a woman becomes pregnant, they are no longer speaking for themselves only; they are carrying and are now responsible for another human being who has their own right to live. The woman’s choices now affect the child which is a complete person who deserves to live just like you and me. If you notice in the letter, it only mentioned the supposed right of the mother and never mentioned the child? When a mother-to-be takes drugs while they are pregnant everyone cries out about how their foolishness will hurt the child. Why? Because the baby is God’s creation and it could be harmed permanently. I also find it unbelievable that people will fight over an endangered turtle one day, and fight to kill a child the next day. Strong delusion. There is absolutely no other way to see the killing of a child that is not wanted as anything less than murder. If a pregnant woman is intentionally shot and killed by someone they are charged with two counts of murder. The view of the unborn being nothing more than a glob of tissue is horrific as the cruelty of killing a child has desensitized the hearts who support this slaughter. And trying to justify the killing by saying there are too many foster children with no one to adopt them is ludicrous. Why should every Christian in the world be blamed for a woman’s ignorance and lack of concern for birth control? The writer does not mention the accountability of adults having unprotected sex and yet for some reason accuses God’s people of not caring about children. Really? It was never mentioned the hideous crime of abusing and killing a child after it is born but what is the difference? Does the age of the child make it any less brutal? Why is it outrageous to hear about a two-year-old beaten to death and perfectly fine to kill a child right before it is born? If every parent loved children, there would be no slaughter. Have you ever watched a video of an abortion where they tear the arms and legs off? The Christians are not killing babies because they do have this type of spirit. In the same paragraph, the writer declares that the Christ they know is a loving and caring Christ. I would be embarrassed and humiliated to imply that God loves what He has plainly stated as an abomination. There will be a day when you will not be able to stand and point your finger in the face of God and say I believe that every woman has a right to kill her baby. You might think you have done a wonderful thing to make it legal for babies to be slaughtered, but you will have an impossible time trying to explain this to God. You and everyone else that are mocking God and have no reverential fear of His majesty and glory will melt before Him in a puddle of shame and disgrace. Why would any sane person fight to kill a baby? A strong delusion and a seared conscience.

Must I remind the reader that God drowned billions of people because of their debauchery, violence, fornication, and perversion while saving only eight individuals. Did He not say the road to heaven was narrow? And yet the liberal progressives declare that God winks at sexual perversion. Do you not comprehend holiness and sanctification? Have you forgotten all these people are going to hell if they do not become born-again? And yet you support and celebrate with them in their choice to go to hell forever? Where is your burden for their souls? Either your heart has become hard as concrete or you do not believe the Bible at all. Does the modern cultural acceptance of sin and the political correctness of freedom to do whatever a person wants, demand that God apologize for His judgments? Are the progressive world-changers waiting for God to say He is sorry for destroying Sodom and Gomorrah? The anger of God poured out His wrath upon those who are filled with rebellion and defiance. And yet God’s churches are to support these same lifestyles? Never! How can we preach against sin if we say there is none? But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them” (Genesis 19:4-5). Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7). The letter says the Christians do not want two people to get married because THEY find it wrong. This is incorrect. God says it is wrong and we are only relaying what He has commanded. If someone cannot understand the foundation of the Christian faith as representing God’s truth, then we realize the problem. The confusion with those who do not know God’s will, or have fallen away from their personal relationship with Jesus is that Christians are NOT trying to force others to live their beliefs and standards – they are declaring God’s demands and standards. It is not the Christian’s truth, it is GOD’S truth. The writer never mentions the ones who are the ones forcing the masses to surrender their freedoms are the deep state but there again we see them calling good evil and evil good. There is no way to misinterpret the divine truth that God hates abortion, same-sex marriage, transgender, pedophilia, pornography, and any type of sexual immorality.

God and His children love everyone’s souls and pray they are delivered and born-again, but the overcomers cannot compromise with error and sin. If they play the games with politics and religion and support any type of sin, they are guilty of betraying God and will be held accountable. There is no such thing as everyone on the planet sitting around the campfire singing “we are the world” in one accord because underneath the outward appearance, fake smiles, and worldviews, there is always good and evil. There are only two sides in this world and no in between – no middle of the road. Every person either serves God or Satan and the Bible declares we can serve them both at the same time. If you are not born again and living, worshiping, loving, and serving Jesus with all your heart, you have already drifted away from Him and become His enemy and this is spiritual reality. We have come to a point at the end of this age when the diving line is being drawn and it’s becoming obvious as to which side everyone is on. Many need Jesus and need to hear the gospel, and it’s true that God will accept us as we are to come to Him, but no one has been commissioned to relay that God wants us to remain in our sins. Once we are born again, we begin the process of transformation and this includes turning away from our old nature and being changed into a new creation. We saw what happened to Jesus when he told everyone they needed to repent and be transformed and the same outrage and hatred will be unleashed toward those who speak the same message. The anger that you are feeling this moment is driven by the same demonic oppression and influence that crucified the innocent Christ. Being offended can be a good thing because God can use it to get our attention. It’s called conviction and we can either submit to His warning and invitation to accept Him, or we can walk away and allow arrogance to harden our heart.

The remnant does not blend in with the world because they are peculiar and swim upstream against the influences and persuasions of sin. They march by the beat of God’s drum. They have read God’s Word and they know right from wrong and have been commissioned to blow the trumpet and warn the world of their sins. God is the highest authority and the lost hate authority. This is why they hate the Christian message and why they are focused on silencing them. The only way to rid the world of God’s truth is to eliminate His Word and His followers and we see this everywhere. If the liberal agenda cared about God’s Word and prayer they would not have taken it out of schools and public buildings. I was recently told by a good friend that in her son’s sixth grade class the teacher asked who has ever heard of Moses and he was the only one who raised his hand. Taking Jesus and the Bible out of the education system helps to remove the exposure to God, while teaching that homosexuality and transgender activity is normal and wonderful. One sided. Do you see a pattern? It’s proven over and over that liberal democrats do not support conservative ideology but choose to embrace secular humanism. Loving our neighbor, evangelism, and witnessing is a major part of our Christian life and it is based on proclaiming His truth – not our opinions. This is not hypocrisy at all, it is fulfilling God’s mandate, demonstrating our responsibility and manifesting His glory.And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things” (Romans 10:15).

The letter talks about the conservative Christians rising up against the democratic governors and president and how they are not obeying God who places leaders over us. This is true when an election is won fairly and the majority of the people have voted. However, it is completely different when anyone cheats and we have a fraudulent outcome. Not proven some may say? That is a total lie. There is no doubt whatsoever the election is stolen and has been definitely proven to be a fraud. Most Democrats know it, they just do not care. You know, a real group of fine upstanding people of honor and integrity. Again we see the power of mainstream media who spoon-feeds the masses with lies. Trump won in the largest landslide in history and even most democrats are aware of what the deep state has done. The Christians are NOT going against what God has said in the Bible. This corrupt administration ARE evil dictators and soon the world will know the truth. Has the writer taken any time to watch the videos which prove the voting data was sent to other countries and manipulated? Does the writer care the election was flipped when everything shut down in the middle of the night and when it came back on the numbers were turned upside down? Has the writer listened to how many dead people voted, how many ballots were unauthorized copies, ballots that had no correct name and were counted multiple times, mail in ballots from out of state, more ballots in a county than registered voters, and this does not even include the cyber manipulation from foreign interference – of course not? Why? Because the fact-checkers and lying media who work for the evil global cabal said this was all proven to be false. The truth is this was the greatest landslide victory in the history of our presidential elections. Where is the proof? Watch the presentations which reveal the results of the forensic audits! I must ask are you afraid of knowing the truth or is it that you simply do not care? The left cried about Russian collusion causing Hillary to lose (which was proven to be completely fabricated) and now they declare that anyone who would say there was cheating in this election is delusional – and this time there is rock solid proof. The writer wants to know why the Christians are not submitting to this administration? Or did God made a mistake when He allowed Biden to take office? Really? There was no mistake – the left stole the election which means Biden is NOT the president. Trump won fair and square, and it is God’s will for him to resume his second term and I’m waiting any day for that to happen. God chose Trump to bring down the corrupt thieves and to restore our republic and the original constitution. The election is temporarily stolen and anyone in their right mind would never respect or acknowledge an illegitimate president unless of course; you support lying and stealing. Trump has never stopped being the president and when the truth finally comes out, naturally, the liberals will burn the country down like they always do. And like always, those who contribute to the Democrat deep state will say even though their plans failed, and they were wrong, the violence and destruction were justified. The writer ends the letter by saying that conservative Christians need to learn more about compassion but never mentions the liberal democrats have never apologized for two impeachments that were made up fabrications, funding the riots that destroyed billions of dollars of private and government property, and planning to steal the election for four years. It’s all one-sided deception and denial just like always, no forgiveness, no brokenness, no repentance.

In closing, I want to say again God’s remnant will never obey a sinister system even when faced with persecution and death. What is being portrayed in Washington today is a pseudo administration and a representative of the Antichrist. This spirit has been on the earth since the beginning and there have been many kings and leaders who have been controlled by it. These vaccine mandates are NOT the mark of the beast but is a trial run to see if the masses are ready for total domination. This is why they are trying to kill the elderly because many of them believe in God, the conservative values that glorify Him, and have a love for the country because it is the greatest nation in the world and many have shed their blood to protect it. The idea behind depopulating the earth is the fewer “rebels” to deal with in the new system the better. Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, George Soros, the Rockefeller’s, Rothschild’s, all the bloodline families and the entire company of global leaders have talked about reducing the population for years. It’s not a secret, and it’s happened in history. The idea is compliance, and the method is to use fear to threaten and drive the masses like cattle to their demise. Why would anyone roll their eyes in defiance while knowing that an experimental vaccine was given to animals and they died. And now it is being given to humans. If faced with taking the vaccine or losing our jobs, the Christian must decree and confess that God will give them another job that is even better. Governor Cuomo said that people need to pulled from their homes and pinned to the ground as they are injected. Many laugh and say this is science fiction, but it seems they have forgotten all those who were loaded onto trains and sent to the incinerators. The Antichrist will be a world dictator empowered by Satan and many who are faithful to God will lose their lives. The original disciples were all martyred for their faith and the trail of Christian blood has flowed ever since. There are Christians today being killed for the faith in Christ and yet the mainstream media would never allow anyone to know it. What will the new progressive world order do with the ones that will not comply? Am I going to be sent to a concentration camp and my bank account seized and all of my belongings confiscated? Time will tell. Many places of business have already approved vaccine mandates and are only waiting for FDA approval. These mandates will demand if you do not take the vaccine you will lose your job unless the government stops it. This is against the constitution but it is still going forward. The vaccine police are coming door to door, this is aggressive coercion to bring more fear and anxiety. The mainstream news is pumping out lies and misinformation around the clock as it is the mouthpiece of Satan.

There will be many more aggressive tactics and threats in the future when all with be forced to take a mark on their hand or forehead in order to buy or sell. This is talking about personal finances being suspended and having to show proof of the mark to go shopping, travel, attend an event or to pay a bill. The most important part of this tribulation is we are told in the Bible that for any person who agrees to take the mark their soul is damned forever – no exceptions. Everyone will say that God will understand my situation, or this is not really what the scriptures are saying, God is wrong, or however someone justifies accepting this deal with the devil it will not change the eternal consequence. It’s coming, what will you do? Those who are in Christ realize this dividing line will only grow worse. Christians know this is coming and we are being called by God to learn how to take a stand now. Everyone is standing in the crossroad today and it’s now time to either stand for God or betray Him. We are not forsaking our love for God or our neighbor as ourselves, but God’s love does not bring peace it brings a sword. True love never compromises but has the courage to stand boldly and tell the truth. This last day anointing to walk the walk of sanctification will be fierce and we are seeing a tipping point of the revolution of righteousness. I am brokenhearted to know that spiritual blindness and rebellion will be the cause for division even within the family, but God already knew this would happen, and He clearly states that all who truly love Him must not be led to join forces with the darkness in order to make emotional peace. Jesus gives this warning that pierces the soul. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:34-39).

We are called to respect Godly authority, but nowhere does it say to serve or cater to an evil world just so that we can be happy. Luke 4:8 demands, Jesus answered, it is written, worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” Of course Christians do not want to see these divisions because they love their families and friends, but those who have been given God’s truth are accountable to walk in it. It is such a blessing filled with joy and peace when families agree with God’s Word and are unified in the Holy Spirit. God’s people are waking up and breaking away under His anointing to be strong in Him and the power of His might. Followers of Christ are called to sound an alarm and offer to lead all people to the water but we do not have the right or ability to make them drink. We all have free will and that is God’s plan, but the liberals believe they do have the right and power to force everyone to drink what they tell them to drink. We must look past the fact of there being two opposing sides because this will always be, and pray for the specific ones who are caught in the snare trap of deception. Everyone is choosing their said as Joshua 24:15 says, And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Denial and ignorance of the danger do nothing to diminish it.

How far are to go in this war of standing for what we believe? We read about the crusades where two sides were so fervently opposed to each other they actually picked up swords and shields and killed one another. Who was right? Was anyone right and were they both wrong? Did God tell one side to go to war? When I think about this, I consider that in the Old Testament God told His people to go to war and He blessed them with victories. I also know this; whatever the situation we are not to surrender but to believe that God will go before us and that we will hear the sound of His enemies falling at our feet. In today’s world we are not using chariots or bows, but the deep state has the same goal in mind and that is to make God’s children bow down and worship them. It is breaking the will and beating them down with fear and holding them in bondage. This is Satan’s specialty and I am hear today to declare that we have authority over the devil and demons in the Name of Jesus. We have the same dividing line today and it is just as deadly, but Jesus said the battle does not involve flesh and blood, but rather is fought through the spirit realm with prayer and fasting. I was thinking this afternoon about great it would be if all the corruption and lies were to be revealed for all the world to see. And then I realized it already has been exposed except the media will not allow it to be seen. If the Mainstream news would start reporting about all that has been going on and everything that has been classified as top secret over the years, the people would surely believe it, right? Sadly no. Many are so brainwashed they would no longer believe the truth than the people who saw Jesus being tortured. God was standing in front of them and they could not see Him. What if we did not have the Bible? We would be saying, God if we only had a book that was filled with your truth, I know that every person in the world would believe you are the only way, truth and the life. Yes, but sadly we know this is false. We have the greatest collection of God’s thoughts and commands and yet most of the world pays no attention to it at all. He is standing and knocking on millions of heart’s doors and they walk away as the rich young ruler did. Pleading and arguing never convinced anyone, it is only the power of God who can get open the eyes and His point across. We must have an ear and we must have a desire to hear. There are webs of deception where individuals become victims of their own arrogance and denial and this spiritual blindness can only be removed when they allow God to break their heart and repent of their sin. Conviction and obedience are what the lost is fighting because they hate to be governed by God.

No one is perfect except God and I have made mistakes like everyone else. Sometimes I’ve said things when I should have been silent and other times I hesitate when I need to be bold and unafraid of confrontation. It’s a big world out there and people have their own opinions about everything. I’ve learned the more general and passive you are, the fewer attacks will come your way, but if you choose to bare your soul and express your convictions about everything, you will definitely need to raise your shield. We all want to be respected and loved, but whoever chooses to be God’s representative and witness, the world will never accept you. I’ve received my share of rejection as its just part of the territory. If we hide and avoid sharing what we know is true, we are being ashamed of the gospel and are failing in our mission to relay God’s love and light. Christians are called to be a gatekeeper of God’s truth which can set us free, but I also realize that not everyone wants to obey His demands and requirements. In today’s world the follower of Christ who stands for the Bible is a fool. In this light, I will be whatever He needs me to be. I wrote a song many years ago called, “All the way” and it refers to conquering our fears, doubts, and excuses, and being willing to drink the cup of suffering that accompanies being His messenger. His Word is a light and lamp unto our path, but it’s also a difficult road filled with challenges and trials. I am brokenhearted, I fall before God as I know I am a sinner. I pray for my own understanding and that God will open my eyes. I repent for my sins and rebellion. With all the strife and disagreements, the question I have for myself today is the same as everyone on the planet; will I deliver and stand for God’s truth even if it cost me everything?

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 32 – Published – 8/7/21

God’s warning for today’s apostate church

Many believe that just because someone builds a structure or gathers together and calls it a church, that it is automatically blessed and a holy mandate for God to use for His glory. This can be true if the Lord is the one building His house so to speak, but they labor in vain if any organization or program is built with motives of the flesh. The old assumption, “if we build it, they will come” might apply to baseball fields and worldly entertainment, but we do not force, negotiate, manipulate, deceive, or command God to do anything He has not divinely planned and ordained. The correct thought process is to believe that it is The Almighty who inspires and leads His people to gather together and then He will provide for whatever else is necessary. The same as all who call themselves Christians are not born again, all local assemblies who believe they represent God are not shining the light of Christ as the Bible describes as a city that is set on a hill. Born again children of the Most High are the actual temples of the Holy Spirit on this earth that are not made with human hands and should not be confused with the dark spirits of religion who are wolves in sheep’s clothing. There are many specific groups and sects of people around the world who gather together live in bondage to religious arrogance and are more in love with their titles, creeds, and structures than the Creator of all things. They believe they are the only ones who know the truth and are deceived by a spirit that has blinded their minds. This confusion originates from the devil and brainwashes people to be divisive and political. This spirit is filled with false judgment, apathy, lust, greed, and are spiritually lukewarm which is the same religious spirit that was active in the time of Christ. Sadly in these social gatherings, God is not present and the people do not even know it. Why? Because you cannot know what you are missing if you have never experienced it.

I’m hearing the Lord say that many candlesticks of the Holy Spirit are being removed from these places that call themselves a Christian assembly. God is holy and demands to be reverenced, He will not play games with those who pretend to be something they are not. Those who have no spiritual discernment may recognize these organizations as a church but God does not. These gatherings are more of an enemy of God and cause more harm than good with their lies and deception that spread misinformation and lead many into error. Remember Jesus confronted the priest in His day and met with the most religious leaders in that time. What did He tell them? He said they were teaching about God but did not even know God at all! John 8:19 says, “Then said they [the Pharisees] unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.” This same evil spirit is very widespread today and though it may look good on the outside, it is actually a fierce enemy against the truth. A religious spirit is an impostor of God and is a spirit of the Antichrist. The term Ichabod is found in first Samuel 4:21 and in 14:3. Ichabod was an actual person the son of Phinehas the grandson of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh. The sad story of Eli and his two wayward sons, Phinehas and Hophni, is found in 1 Samuel, chapters 2 and 4. Hophni and Phinehas died in battle with the Philistines who captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it away from Israel. Upon hearing this terrible news, Eli fell backward off his chair and broke his neck, and died. With all of these horrible events, Phinehas’s pregnant wife went into labor and bore a son whom she named Ichabod which means, “The glory has departed from Israel.” The word means literally “inglorious” or “there is no glory,” and in her pain and despair, this woman not only was grieving over her family but lamented over the loss of the glory of God from Israel. Followers of Jesus must never take the glory of God’s presence in our midst for granted, lest we wake up one day and find that Ichabod has become a reality among us. To worship, love, teach, witness, minister, and walk with God’s Spirit is an honor and privilege. If we are truly born again we are being transformed into His image which is the exact opposite of the carnal flesh. We will have discernment about what is right and wrong. We will NOT compromise with God’s truth. We will NOT sit in a cold dead church. We will not enjoy the perverted entertainment of the world in our movies, television, social media, and music. Sin will make us nauseated and if does not, we need to fall on the cross and be genuinely saved.

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OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 31 – Published 7/31/21

AWAKE TO THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET

Greetings to everyone? According to those who proclaim to know what is happening in our world, a lot is going on behind the scenes. Our mainstream media has always told us what THEY wanted us to know, but now we have many alternative news sources along with the prophets and those who walk closely with God, which reveals secrets and insights to keep us informed of some things that are going on. I’m not saying that everything we hear is true, but as truth-seekers, we all want to at least be able to judge and discern for ourselves. Allow me to recap on some of the things we have mentioned in the last couple of weeks. I feel stronger than ever that television has been one of the most deceptive enemies of God’s people. It has brainwashed most everyone as much of what we thought was true is actually a lie. With CGI now available, we cannot one not trust what we hear, but also nothing that we see. Anyone who has watched a modern movie, knows that most scenes are filmed with a green screen which means they are not where they seem to be when the fake backgrounds are added. On top of this, the actors themselves are made to look like an entirely different person. Understanding all of this, how could anyone imagine the rulers of the world not using the realm of projecting video images and subliminal frequencies to lead the world away from God?

Another reminder is that when it comes to knowing what is going on in the world we can only trust what we are told. I’ve mentioned this before and I’m trying to remember to be careful with the information I hear. Without spiritual discernment we will never be able to know the truth from error. The alternative news sites are only repeating what someone has told them. This is where things become weird because there are most likely many sources that are either misinformed or even worse knowingly relaying false intelligence to mislead others. We identify the good people from the bad people by referring to the white hats and the black hats but it is coming to the point where we cannot them apart. We are definitely in a war for this nation and the world in general. As you know some are saying that Trump will return soon, the Nesara Gesara will be established, prosperity will flourish, the fraudulent elections will be overturned, and the wickedness of the government and the child trafficking will be exposed and dealt with by military tribunal courts. On the other hand, others are saying the cabal and deep state are much too powerful to be defeated and as John MacArthur has recently said that tribulation and persecution will continue to grow worse until Jesus comes. Now we are hearing about the declassification of top secret documents that will reveal many lies and deceptions about our government. However, why would the enemy allow this to happen? And even if some things were leaked, would the general public even care? And what could we do about it? Are we going to protest and go to war? Who are we to fight? Is this what God is saying? I thought our battle was not with flesh and blood? As the subtitle of my new book declares, we should be going to war on our knees as we draw near to Him.

Tomorrow is August first and most of the Christian conservative patriots believed the election results would have been settled by now and the entire world know that Trump is still president. If you mention this to many people today they look at you like you are crazy. We read on the mainstream news sites that Trump cannot come back and Nesara is a conspiracy fantasy. We pray this is a lie! These are two polar opposite worlds and we are standing in the middle of a crossroad trying to know which side is right. I would love to see everyone who has abused children to be prosecuted and I would love to see evil defeated and Illuminati and the globalists cabal destroyed, but the only person who can do that is God. Yes, God’s people have been commanded by God to defeat the devil and to pull down the dark principalities and the strongholds of Satan. Yes, God is honoring the prayers of His saints and has promised to heal our land if we seek His face and repent of our sins. This is why I am still holding on to the hope that He will bring His judgment and send His angels to cleanse this nation. I am praying He will break the bonds of captivity that has held us in deception all these years and stole from us. I am praying the curses of Baphomet and Baal that were established at the birthing of this nation will be destroyed in Jesus Name. May our Satanic government be destroyed and a new government created that honors and glorifies God. May the Lord open the eyes of the blind that they might see that Jesus is the truth that set them free. May the world know that Satan has lied to them and that God wants to save them. Please Lord come quickly, we trust you and know that your timing is perfect.

O Zion, holy people of God, awake to the sound of the trumpet, for the day of the Lord is near, and our King comes in glory with His armies to set up His kingdom. O ye slumbering saints of the Most High God, shake yourselves and put on the whole armor of God; for the enemies of God have determined to war against the Lord and His saints. Can you not understand the times and seasons; Do you not sense the day of the Lord is at the very door?” David Wilkerson.

I want to share a short article with you this week from Jan Markell and I believe it brings another angle of perspective to our thinking. Enjoy and take care –

What on Earth is Going On? by Jan Markell (July 16, 2021)

Even the secular, unbelieving world is stunned at all that is happening in our collapsing world. Most have no explanation for it. Some offer weak explanations that to the tuned-in and spiritually astute are laughable. Even once-sound pulpits remain silent and perplexed. Political commentators suggest that if we just elect their candidate, all will be rosy again someday soon. Their faith is in their political party.

We Will Own Nothing and be Happy?

Leftists promise that if we fix climate change and spread the wealth around, we will achieve peace on earth. Outfits like the World Economic Forum suggest some day, if we follow their formula, we will own nothing and be happy! How can society be happy under Godless Communism? Here are my conclusions as to why we’re where we are in history. I am sure the list is much longer than this but here goes:

  • Our times are perilous because God is trying to wake up and warn a sinful world. People don’t listen when life is smooth-sailing.

  • The Bible is fulfilling itself. It predicts perilous times (II Timothy 3); a Laodicea end-time church; a Romans 1 society at the end, characterized by depravity. Evil and violence will escalate. The “birth pangs” will become intense and will be hard to watch and read about. We get worn out seeing floods, fires, droughts, and hurricanes. But the Bible says these things must happen.

  • God is warning because He always warns before He judges and the world is facing judgment. It is being judged now but far worse is coming during the Tribulation. This is just a warm-up.

  • There are terrible consequences when we don’t do things God’s way. Society will fail. The church will head into apostasy. But prideful mankind always thinks their way is best and wreckage results.

  • God is specifically sending a message to His church. He is trying to shake us up, so that we will wake up and ultimately look up.

  • America and the world are now caught up in end-time strong delusion. That has serious consequences. Delusion does not permit people to think rationally and to act reasonably. It does not allow people to vote sensibly. The consequences are staggering.

  • Many think that politics will be the savior, or a particular political party. They just want to “make America great again” but minus God’s oversight. God is letting us know that only “one nation under God” will ever function properly and no nation can be great and Godless.

  • America showed God the door fifty years ago. That has consequences. His blessing and protection may have left when we opened that door!

  • God is allowing some pre-tribulation birth pains on the entire world. But what we see happening today is minor compared to what is coming. The Church will be absent during that Tribulation time, so in the meantime, may we have a greater burden to save people from the wrath to come. The consequences for a world that rejects Jesus Christ are unthinkable.

  • America and other Western powers have to fade as a world influence so that global government can rise up and rule the world. As these nations diminish, keep in mind that this is orchestrated by God for his end-time purposes.

  • Lastly, I think there is chaos on earth because Satan knows his time is short and he has ramped up his activity. He is getting new recruits for his kingdom. This is all the more reason we must be salt and light in these final days.

What Did You Expect the End-Times to Look Like?

That’s a short list summarizing a few options as to why the world is in a mess! What did you expect the end-times to look like? With God marginalized and mocked, society cannot work properly. It will collapse under the weight of everything in the world that is fractured. Only Christ’s return at the Rapture and then His Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation to establish a near-perfect Kingdom will fix it! The closing days of the Church Age are a challenge for all mankind. For the Godless, these days cannot make sense. For those who know the Bible, His Word is the road map that is already planned out for us!

Your Assignment

Don’t allow more time to become wasted. Seize the moment. Jesus is coming and most of the world is in a dark place! And they have not a clue how to turn the light on unless you tell them.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

PART 30 – Published 7/24/21

I received a video this past week and feel led to send it out for this weekend’s message. We spend so much time thinking and discussing politics and all the evil that is going on in the world, maybe it would be good to take a break and think about something even more important. I was convicted with this presentation to not forget about our real mission and this is to share the gospel and ask the Lord for a burden for the lost. As we are reminded of a literal hell that is dark and burning with fire, we should be spending more time praying that many will come to know Jesus before it is too late. People are dying that need God and how are they going to know about Him? God is saying that we need to tell them. We are so focused on surviving the tribulation that is coming, our finances, the government, the virus, and the vaccines, and all the other fears and worries, many have forgotten the reason why we are here. May the Lord give us His grace and mercy as we draw near to Him. Blessings –
Click on the link below to watch the video

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

part 29 – Published 7/17/21

AN URGENT WORD FROM THE LORD

“I the Lord God of heaven and earth would say unto the churches in America, I have heard your cries and prayers. I know the hearts and minds of everyone and I know my children are begging me to expose the evil and bring swift justice and judgment upon the wicked. The stench of depravity and blasphemy against me fills my nostrils however, I want to remind you that the Satanic bondage within your country did not happen overnight and the evil which now surpasses even Noah’s time and the debauchery of Sodom and Gomorrah has grown deep roots in every facet of your land. As the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, I see thy works and have weighed you in the balance and declare this day that you have fallen short in your responsibility to be a watchman on the wall. You turned your eyes away from me and focused on pleasure instead of following my voice. Your slumber caused the land to be filled with lukewarmness and you laughed at evil. You professed to be my church but have not considered the deceptions which you desire for me to uncover and punish also applies to you. The assemblies which gather and call themselves my church are also guilty of being dishonest and hypocritical and I am preparing to expose all who have been living a double life. You have left your first love and now I am shining my light of truth into your lives and the darkness will have nowhere to hide. You have refused to learn discipline. You have become rebellious toward the thoughts of sacrifice and have ignored my call to surrender your will. You have wrongly called me Lord because you failed to obey my word and now I am pulling back the covers and will expose your sins saith, God.

I called my people at the birthing of this nation to lead and guide this government and to create and enforce a legal system according to my divine truth. But instead of standing strong against the challenges of intentional sin and following my instructions to rebuke, reprove, and cast out demons, you turned your eyes away to the pleasures of the flesh and believed that everything would be alright. You refused to boldly confront sin and were not strong enough to fight against your own carnality. You became weak when you paid others to preach and pray for you and do the work of the ministry that I called you to do. You replaced taking up your cross and becoming a living sacrifice with a seeker-friendly social club of politics and entertainment. I am removing my candlestick from all of these assemblies and sadly the people do not even recognize it. Why? Because they do not know me. The churches did not want my presence; they turned their ears away from my prophets and chose to create and embrace a distorted gospel that made them feel good. You were foolish to underestimate your adversary and decided that interceding without ceasing was uncomfortable, extreme, unnecessary, and fanatical. Your churches became haughty and filled with delusion and deception. You allowed your will to control you instead of surrendering your will to me. I called you to holiness and sanctification and to walk in the power and authority of my word, name, and the blood of Jesus, but instead you justified your weakness and taught others that I was lenient and did not care about sanctification and transformation. Instead of calling my house a den of thieves, you said let us reason together and be happy. There are always consequences for not obeying me and my church in America is no exception.

You learned how to compromise and enjoyed playing games and negotiating with a carnal and wicked world. Your motives and intentions were based on carnality because you loved your sin more than having a personal relationship with me. You went to sleep at the wheel and allowed Satan to choose the direction of the country and gave the kingdom of darkness control of the government and legal system and this is the reason America has turned into a cesspool of filth, hatred, and corruption. Instead of being filled with my spirit and using my authority to advance and overcome the perversion and abominations of rebellion, you hid behind the walls of buildings and pretended to be strong. While you focused on prosperity, the world demanded their right to serve Satan and took control of the nation. And now that you are stirring from your slumber, you want me to immediately uproot all the evil and restore your land and return America as a nation under my name? Do you actually believe that I am going to rip the evil from the hearts of those who hate me? Did I not say that I love the world and gave my only son so that whosoever would believe in me would be saved and have eternal life? I do not force myself on anyone. You call yourselves patriots and are now begging me to prosecute and court marshal all the evil people within your government and restore the republic and the gold system that was lost, stop the abortions and overturn Roe vs. Wade, reverse same-sex marriage, stop the homosexual agenda, restructure the public education system into a Christian curriculum, enforce spiritual views of morality based on my word and make America a Christian nation. And you want me to do it immediately? I say unto you this day, instead of you waiting on me to cleanse the nation of sin and make it holy, I am waiting on you to put on the whole armor of God and take the initiative to step out on the battlefield and engage my authority against your enemy on the front line of spiritual warfare. Your life is not about living in peace and prosperity, it is about being obedient to me. If you want the devil and his followers to be taken out of power, you must go to war on your knees and use my authority to cast them out. Did I not promise that your warfare was spiritual instead of carnal and that you have the responsibility to pull down demonic strongholds and principalities in my name? The key to pleasing me is to do what I say to do. I did not call my people to purify the world, but to be led by my Spirit. My church needs to repent for disobeying me and must begin this hour to obey my voice, have my mind, and see the way I see.

I ask you this hour, where have I promised that I will rid the earth of evil before the return of Christ? Where in my Word have I declared that in the last days I will turn the world upside down and cause the earth to flourish as a paradise of peace and love? Did I not say that wickedness would increase, false prophets would mislead and deceive, and the love of many would wax cold? I promised that I would pour out my spirit on my sons and daughters, but this is not the same as removing immorality and darkness from the planet. Beware of false prophets and those who speak from their fleshly emotions for personal gain. Do you actually believe there will be a holy government that loves me as the masses sing praises to me and worship me? I said the world hates me and if you truly love me it will also hate you! Yes, there will be a millennial reign in the future where Jesus is the King of kings, but you are now in a time of intense tribulation and I’ve given Satan the liberty to carry out his agenda to steal, kill, and destroy. Wake up! Wake up saith the Lord of Host! While the end of the age is coming to a close, I am calling for my people to spend quiet time with me, to lead revivals and bring many to me in this last hour harvest, and to move with the Holy Spirit, but this does not mean I am going to destroy the wicked, remove the darkness, and bind Satan and his demons so that you can enjoy yourselves. You are going to face fierce resistance and persecution which is why you must dwell in the secret place of the Most High. In fact, the closer you live in my presence and the more involved you are for my kingdom the more likely you will face persecution, hatred, rejection, mockery, imprisonment, and even death. I can protect you and you can overcome sin by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony but I will not promise that you will never be a martyr for my glory.

You must understand your life is hidden with Christ and that to die for my sake is gain. This is why I call those who are fearless and who fight on the front line my holy remnant and the bride of Christ. My wise virgins have their lamps filled with oil and their wedding garments are clean and white and have no wrinkles. Do you not comprehend you are standing at the end of the age? These sheep and wheat are faithful and are but a tiny portion of the masses who claim to love me but who have no intention of doing my will. Have I not said, the religious spirits praise me with their lips but their hearts are far from me? I say unto you this hour, all earthly governments and kingdoms are corrupt and always will be because they are controlled by evil people. The entire world has a depraved nature and chooses each moment whom they will serve. Be more concerned and burdened with allowing your light to shine in a realm of confusion and violence as this is why I have called you. Do not spend all of your time trying to fix what cannot be repaired. Develop your discernment so that you can know what is of me and what is false information. I am the way, the truth, and the life. Do not allow your mind and heart to be distracted with visions of comfort and financial gain and fantasies of the world loving and respecting you. Have you forgotten the world does not allow prayer and my Bible because they do not believe I am the creator of all things? Do you not understand you are in a war unto death and that all who are not on fire for me are my enemies? Do you realize those in your family who are not sold out for me are fighting against my kingdom which includes you? Pray that you will not be brainwashed and mesmerized with deceptions and lies. It is your responsibility to protect your conscience from the airwaves. Your citizenship is in heaven and your hope is in me alone. Focus on listening to my voice and doing my will so that your name will be found in my book of life. Allow me to fill you with my Spirit and above all things do what I say. Concentrate and meditate on taking up your cross and following me, love me with all of your heart, pray without ceasing, and walk holy before me as this is the meaning and purpose of your life says the Lord of Host this day.”

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 7/10/21

TELEVISION – A PROGRAMMING DEVICE FOR THE WORLD

Those of us who pray and walk with the Lord have learned that the mainstream news programming media is not speaking God’s truth. In fact, we realize the narrative is being controlled by the dark side. Many have not understood this spiritual reality and continue to willingly absorb twisted information. We cannot overemphasize the importance of spiritual discernment because this is what can help steer us away from lies and lead us into truth. The definition of program is, “a set of related measures and activities with a particular long-term goal.” The long-term goal of worldly or secular information is to teach and brainwash the masses to accept a certain cultural and social belief system. Since we know this system is based on the deceptions of Satan, one would either have to be unaware of the hidden agenda or a fool to listen to the message. What other words can use to describe those who know the truth but do not live by it? A sincere follower of Christ watching secular television would be like accepting a drink of poison after it’s announced on a loudspeaker of the danger. Everyone could be doing anything that would be more productive and beneficial but people watch television because they love it. What would people say if you asked them why they spend every night watching something that has no importance? Could it be they have become addicted to it like drugs? Could it be they have been mentally programmed to return night after night like a robot and they do not even realize it? We know there is subliminal technology with audio frequencies and that the human eye cannot detect images that are presented at a high rate of speed, but the brain can still absorb the message. And yet, the naïve masses would never consider that television is not using this technology to brainwash the planet as a way of controlling our thoughts about sin and Satan’s agenda?

Since the television is filled with programs, we can see there is a definite and secret plan to indoctrinate all those who give their attention to it. To be “programmed” means, “to be trained to believe or perform something until the individual no longer questions it. They do it automatically.” If anyone does not believe that Satan’s most powerful weapon is the television, I have little hope for them. If you were the god of this world, what would you choose to communicate your propaganda? Since the Bible has given the devil a title of “the prince and power of the air” I would hope that most intelligent people would recognize the connection between him having control over the airwaves. The saints of God can clearly see that music and television programs were intended to educate, indoctrinate and program the human mind away from divine truth. The devil is clever when it comes to the natural world, but he is easily defeated in the spirit realm. His principalities are pulled down by the Word and blood of Jesus, his lies and darkness are exposed by God’s holy light, and he must always bow his knee to the name and authority of Jesus Christ! Satan does not have a reputation of being powerful, but rather he is a master deceiver. He watches carefully and is sneaky. He tempts, influences, instigates, and persuades humans but he does not force anyone to do anything. In arrogance he will laugh and boast for being able to cause humans to destroy themselves and it’s true his strategies are very effective. In the judgment no one will be able to say the devil made me do it, as everyone was guilty for their own sins. Just like Adam and Eve willingly trusted and accepted the fruit from the serpent, no one made them eat it.

2 Timothy 2:26, “And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”

John 8:34, “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”

Hebrews 2:14, “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil”

Romans 7:24, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?”

2 Peter 2:19, “Promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”

Romans 6:18, “And having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

1 Timothy 3:7, “And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

Acts 8:23, “For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.”

I do not doubt that much of the alternative news has some truth in it, even though many are talking about turning the world completely upside down. What I have pondered since November is who has the power and authority to defeat the cabal and take control of our country? I realize that God is the only one who can do all the things we are praying for, but I’m referring to humans who are going to expose the evil New World Order and break the demonic stronghold of the Illuminati. If our military has a secret plan to pull the plug on our current government, establish Nesara, and reinstate Trump as our leader, would you not think that all of this would have leaked out by now? What about all the globalists and deep state politicians and American military leaders who are opposed to this idea? Is the military really going to arrest thousands of demon possessed leaders for treason and child molesting? Why have they not been doing it for the last 50 years? I know we are in a spiritual war, but what I’m saying is since the country is divided in half, I cannot imagine how the good side can defeat the bad side without a civil war. I’m not implying your sources do not have good intentions, but can anyone generally explain who is going to take the bull by the horns and create a new government, take over the mainstream and social media, relocate our U.S. capitol, reduce the size of our government, reverse Roe vs. Wade, stop the child trafficking, stop the pedophile ring and execute those involved, establish Nesara, prove the presidential election and many congress seats were stolen, restore our republic, and have a patriotic Christian, conservative atmosphere where police and military are loved, the Bible is our standard, and everyone respects our flag.

We have heard a lot of people quoting second chronicles 7:14 and I also believe this is a wonderful promise from God that He will intervene on behalf of His children. The problem is that most Christians do not understand what it means to repent. There are two parts of spiritual repentance. One is asking God to forgive us of our mistakes and our intentional sins. The second part is swearing under oath that we will never do it again. The passage specifically says, “turn from your wicked ways.” Most individuals have certain sins they love and have no intention of surrendering their private will over to God. They have no problem asking Him to forgive them now and then, but do not want to deal with personal change, sanctification and holiness. You would think that Christians love to humble themselves and seek God’s face but this is not the case. Strangely enough, many do not understand what it means to worship Him and have never really sensed His presence. The religious crowd has never studied the Bible on their own, neither have they fasted, interceded, or shared the gospel with another soul. How am I sure about this? I know people like this. Are these people born again? Only God knows. Whether we want to admit it or not, in the cases where God does not heal the land, we must consider the probability that the people did not follow His instructions. One way to measure the sincerity of a nation is to compare the amount of time the people are watching television with how much time they are spending in prayer. We can deceive ourselves, but we cannot deceive God. Today is the hour to intercede and fast not only our food and pleasures but also the television. When the disciples asked Jesus why they could not cast out a demon, Jesus replied these can only be defeated and cast out with prayer and fasting. Compare this situation with our nation being bombarded and controlled by multitudes of demons. Do you see the responsibility that God’s people have in this hour? The Almighty is not basing the reality of His truth on a religious feeling or being patriotic, He desires obedience which comes from a broken and contrite heart. Until God’s people are willing to fight on their knees, the power of darkness will control the world. Amen.

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URGENT WORD FROM THE LORD – 7/3/21

WhereforeGod exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” Philippians 2:9-13.

I love receiving messages directly from the Lord and maybe He comes to me in my sleep because He has a more difficult time trying to get my attention when I’m awake. Whatever the case, I do not have these special experiences every night but occasionally I will have dreams and visions that I know are information and instructions that He desires to relay to me. I’m writing this on the morning of July third, 2021, and last night I received one of these messages. This was not a normal dream where there are individuals that we know in surroundings we are not familiar with, but rather this was a direct statement. It was an audible voice without anything visual. In the first part of the statement, God said, “You must take total control of your will.” I want to stop here just for a second and say that even in my subconscious state, I was taken back by this warning. I’m always thinking and writing that we are not to have control and to surrender our will so that we can do God’s will. We indeed need to let go of our will, but I’m seeing this will not come automatically just because we know we should or say this is a good thing. This brings me to the second part of what I heard the Lord say. He said, “The only way you can give me control of your life, which includes all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength, is for you to have complete control over it. You are unable to give me something that you do not have. You cannot turn over your will until it no longer controls you.”

Please listen, my dear brothers and sisters, I am broken by this revelation as I know that God is saying that most of us are at a place where we can no longer be a halfhearted follower and expect to be a last day overcomer for His kingdom at the same time. Does this bear witness with your spirit? The statement God spoke to me has everything to do with Jesus being our Lord and King. I often talk about Christ desiring to sit on the throne of our heart, but for Him to rule and reign within us, we must remove ourselves and allow Him to sit down. This is the seat of our will and we cannot assume this transfer of power and control will just happen on its own. Our carnality does not want us to surrender this position of control to God because it loves to do whatever it wants. Our emotions will fight to the death and present every deception, compromise, and justification to protect its independence. The question that remains is whether we are strong enough to once and for all take control over our flesh or will we continue being timid and willingly negotiate a middle ground. It’s clear to see the reason why the churches have been asleep and are filled with sin. The people are being controlled by their will The Lord is saying that He is unable to establish the ultimate bonding of our covenant relationship because we are trying to play both sides. We are missing out on the deep spiritual intimacy which comes when we are filled with His presence because we have never trusted Him with everything. I am joyful that He shared this with me but I am also filled with reverential fear. I had a glimpse of God that has brought me to my face before Him. This is a very serious warning that many unfortunately are not aware of. To be honest, most would rather not hear this at all, and that is exactly why the faithful are called His “remnant.” Not being in control of our will is the cause of many other problems such as our relationships, health problems, finances, ministry anointing, and the lack of peace and joy, just to mention a few. I am in deep meditation about this word and I pray that you will take a moment and think about your relationship with Jesus. May we examine our heart with the light of His perfect truth and allow Him to expose and penetrate beyond our excuses and lukewarm attitudes of mediocrity and apathy.

I’m sure that many will agree that we are at the end of the age and are standing at a spiritual crossroad. Today each one of us will make a conscious decision to go all the way with God or choose to embrace the deception of religion and allow our will to control us. We are reminded of God’s warning to Israel in Deuteronomy 30:15-20. His message is the same, He is demanding that His people either give themselves completely to Him or suffer terrible consequences. Total devotion to God was never an option but was suggested by a deceptive fallen nature. The old nature is supposed to be dead but have we ever really buried him? When will we put on the character of Christ permanently! We claim to be a new creation in Christ but are we? We claim to be crucified with Christ and free from sin but are we? We claim to be an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony but are we? All of this is about our WILL and who is in control. It does not matter what we say or do if we have not surrendered our will to God. May we choose life. Amen.

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them. I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

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part 26 – Published 6/26/21

THE LIFESTYLE OF A SERIOUS CHRISTIAN

These are just a few practical bits of advice to help us in our daily walk with Jesus. I use the term “serious Christian” because I believe there are many religious people who are not really serious about their relationship with God. To me, Christianity is about being aware of God’s presence. When we are aware that He is watching and listening every moment, we will see a drastic change in how we act and what we say. This evolves around the crucial factor of obedience. We can do a lot of things and be very busy, but are we following His voice? Those who are devoted to God are not adding Him to the life they have already established. They are laying down their old life and allowing Him to lead and direct them into a brand new way of living. This is probably one of the most confusing aspects about Christianity and one of the main reasons why so many are discouraged and dissatisfied. Our flesh wants all that God has for us, but we do not want to suffer any type of sacrifice or cost. Allow me to ask you, how is being a Christian costing you? What price are you paying to follow Jesus? Most religious people want to squeeze Him into their lifestyle but have no intention of abandoning their will to Him. However, without yielding and surrendering our will, are we truly taking up our cross and following Him? God is not just someone to call on when we have an emergency. Salvation is about having a relationship with Him and consulting Him about everything. This means we are to communicate with Him constantly. He is not just an item on our list – He is the list!

There is only one throne within everyone’s heart and whoever is sitting on that throne is controlling our life. Most of the time it’s our own self and it’s called doing whatever we want to do. There is also the presence of evil that can influence and persuade us to do wrong and of course there is Christ which has graciously offered to be our Lord and King but first there is something we need to understand. Whoever sits on the throne of our conscience is willingly selected by our freewill and most certainly will be a major part of our judgment. Not only are we a servant to whom we obey but we are also held accountable for making these choices. Yes, our spiritual life is all about God living and working through us, but on the other hand, in order for this to be successful, it also includes a major responsibility on our part to allow Him to have complete control of our mind and conscience. He can do all things and is always ready to intervene, but He will wait until someone becomes serious enough to invite Him to be their Lord. Everyone wants a Savior – but how many want a Lord?

1. Serious Christians do not follow the world:

A remnant disciple does not give in to pressure from the world to support or participate in things that are wrong. They do not care about being politically correct or socially acceptable. The serious Christian is so spiritually sensitive they will run from evil. Sin makes them nauseated. They are not under pressure to be popular or appreciated because they know that standing for God’s Word creates many enemies. They are seekers of truth and are ready to be hated and receive persecution. One of the greatest snare traps of the remnant is compromise. God gives strength to say no. It is not uncommon for God’s people to walk a narrow path that very few desire to travel but they are never alone.

2. Children of God refuse to place all their trust in a person:

They do not allow others to control them, and they refuse to give someone else power over them. The overcomer is usually familiar isolation because they have learned that humans can be deceiving especially those who are not what they say they are. Discernment is critical to develop for those who are determined to walk with Jesus. Whether our spiritual battles come from our enemies or even family and friends, The serious Christian is learning how important it is to keep their eyes focused on Jesus. The government cannot save us or even protect us. The serious Christian must learn to walk by faith and to know without a doubt that God is everything to them and they love and trust Him with all their heart, soul, and mind.

3. They will never shy away from personal change:

Those who walk in the awareness of God’s presence do not try to avoid change but instead they welcome spiritual transformation and are willing to be flexible in order to do God’s will. They understand that change is inevitable to become closer to God and believe that He will continually give them the grace to adapt. We can call ourselves whatever we want, but changing into the image of Christ always speaks louder than words. The remnant believer understands that Jesus came to save those who believe in Him and the evidence of salvation includes being changes into a new creation. This is not just an instantaneous identification but a gradual and lifelong process. A serious Christian will eventually realize that God is the Potter and they are the clay.

4. They are not snared by things they cannot control:

You won’t hear a mentally strong person constantly complaining over small irritations. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives and do it. They recognize the most important thing they can control is their relationship with Christ and that will manage their attitudes and emotions. They realize that being offended is a snare trap within their own soul and that forgiveness is the key to contentment. Crying and pouting helps nothing and actually increases the misery, while praying and fasting can open the doors of heaven and bring peace and confidence.

5. Serious Christians will not worry about pleasing everyone:
Mentally and spiritually strong people recognize that they cannot and will not please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary when it comes to doing what is right. They strive to be kind and fair, but realize that God’s way will actually cause many people to become upset and angry. They do what God tells them to do and then will turn everything and everyone else over to the Lord.
They realize that many will hate them because the world hates Jesus.

6. The sold-out Christian will not be afraid to take calculated risks:

Overcomers will not take a reckless or foolish risks, but are always ready to step out in faith and obedience in order to trust God. The Holy Spirit can direct those who are listening and give them valuable wisdom and advice. These individuals are devoted to prayer and will listen before they leap. They study diligently before making a big decision, and will step forward only when they have God’s green light. The key is to KNOW you have heard from God.

7. Disciples of Jesus refuse to allow their past to defeat them:

Overcomers do not waste time dwelling on the agonies and disappointments of the past and constantly wish how things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can learn from it, however, they don’t constantly relive these bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future. They don’t view failure as a reason to give up but will use failure as an opportunity to keep trying until they get it right.

8. An overcomer for Christwill not continue in intentional sin:

Proverbs 22:3 talks about how a wise person will see a problem coming and will prepare for it but those who have no spiritual discernment are a sitting duck to serious problems. An overcomer will accept responsibility for their actions and will learn from their past mistakes. They are aware that sin is a shame on them and is a disappointment to the Lord. As a result, they don’t keep repeating the same failures over and over and creating a distance in their relationship with Him. If we willingly commit the same sin on a regular basis – there is a major problem within our heart and we are only playing games with God. We cannot walk with God and walk in sin at the same time. Those who abide in Christ will continue progressing and advancing in holiness and sanctification because they truly love God. Honesty with our Heavenly Father and ourselves is the key to being an overcomer for Him.

9. Serious Christians will not resent other people’s success:

Spiritually mature people appreciate and celebrate when someone finds success in life. They will not be envious or become jealous or feel cheated when others experience good fortune because they recognize that many times success comes from hard work and deserves respect. They understand this because they have every intention to work hard for their own accomplishments. The remnant are more focused on spiritual success than worldly possessions because they realize how materialism can distract and lead us away from what is truly important. We must seek FIRST the kingdom of God.

10. The remnant are not uncomfortable with silence:

Those who have an intimate relationship with Jesus embrace silence because it’s a time when they can hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. They actually enjoy being alone with their thoughts and will use this quiet time as a chance to sense God’s love in the secret place of the Most High. The world uses the chaos to drown out the convicting call of God call to give their heart to Christ. Overcomers do not need constant companionship and entertainment but instead can be happy and content alone in His presence. Silence is beautiful because God is there.

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Published 6/18/21 – PART 25

Greetings everyone! I’m releasing the weekend blog a day early as it is my birthday and I have plans for the next couple of days. I had another article ready for this weekend but felt led to relay this column by Bernard Kerik. We all know the audit is close to being finished and many more states have stated they will soon begin their own investigations. I feel this statement is relevant to this situation. I’m not sure what is going to happen if the results prove that Donald Trump won the election in Arizona. The mainstream media has laughed at the idea since early November, and I have personally been insulted by suggesting such a thing. I believe the military knows the truth about this situation and if Trump is declared to still be president, the deep state will be ready to riot or worse. Let us pray for peace and that justice will be declared whatever that might be. I know we do not want to see a war over this. All Christians want to see God’s will be done.

THE DEVASTATING REALITY OF THE ARIZONA AUDIT

By Bernard Kerik Tuesday, 15 June 2021 04:31 PM

Democrats and the mainstream media have been aggressively denouncing the Maricopa County, Arizona election audit from the beginning. At, first I didn’t understand why. I thought that it was because they were afraid of what the results would be, but I now believe it’s something far worse. The Democrats aren’t “just” afraid of the outcome – but they’re afraid that the audit results will be irrefutable and unimpeachable. They know that their efforts to discredit the audit process in Arizona will not stand up to scrutiny and here’s why.

The Arizona audit is being run impeccably, utilizing security and surveillance procedures with a longstanding track record of effectiveness. To say that I was impressed after viewing the audit process for myself would be a massive understatement. I’ve spent decades working in security and law enforcement at the highest levels, and this is exactly the level of conscientiousness and attention to detail that I would demand for a sensitive or high-profile investigation.

They’re not trying to reinvent the wheel; they’re using the same methods casinos have used for decades to catch cheaters. It’s common knowledge that casinos are exceptionally good at catching cheaters, and if anybody tries to pull a fast one during the Arizona audit, they face the same long odds of getting away with it. Before a person can even enter the premises, their name must be on a pre-approved list. After winding their way through a maze of corridors, they arrive at a security checkpoint where their ID is checked. From that point forward, visitors are escorted at all times by audit personnel.

After being briefed, visitors must forfeit cell phones, cameras, and any writing implements they might be carrying before they can be escorted to the audit floor. That’s why the Democrats’ claims of seeing auditors wielding blue and black pens are so implausible. On the coliseum floor, the audit is conducted in several stages, each of which takes place in a designated area. The tables in each section are color-coded, and workers wear shirts with corresponding colors, making it easy for anyone to spot if someone strays from their assigned area. At every table, there is accountability and supervision, all of it live streamed and viewable by the general public.

Just like in a casino, where “pit bosses” keep a close eye on a relatively small section of tables, there is an audit supervisor responsible for groups of two to three tables. If any problems arise or anything appears to be even slightly amiss, the supervisor immediately steps in to address it. And just as casinos use high-resolution cameras in the ceiling to monitor every single table, the auditors in Arizona labor under the scrutiny of state-of-the-art cameras positioned directly above each table. Every ballot reviewed by the auditors goes through distinct stages, starting with a simple count. One by one, ballots are placed on rotating stands in the middle of each table, and each one is viewed and counted by three separate people, whose independent tallies must line up. Each batch has 50 ballots, and once all of them are counted they’re boxed, sealed, and marked with the name of each counter, much like an evidence label. The box is then taken to a locked cage until it is ready for review at the next station.

Next, the ballots undergo digital imagery examination, which is done at such a high resolution that it’s almost better than reviewing the ballot itself, because you can zoom in without losing resolution. When I was there, one of the auditors showed me an example of a ballot that was flagged as suspicious because every single oval was filled out perfectly, without a single stray mark – something that would be easy for a machine to accomplish but is almost impossible to do by hand. After being imaged, the ballots are re-boxed, a new tabulations page is attached, and the box is sent to a different cage. From that point on, the ballots are kept under lock and key, with 24/7 video surveillance.

If every state performed an audit like this one after every election, public faith in our democracy would be absolute and unshakable. The audit process being used in Arizona has accuracy, integrity, and accountability, and there’s no way to cheat because everything is captured on film. Now that I’ve seen the process for myself, I finally understand why it has the Democrats so hot and bothered. They know that if anything improper happened in the 2020 election, this audit will catch it – and they also know that they have no hope of refuting any improprieties this audit reveals.

Bernard B. Kerik was the 40th Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department and is a New York Times bestselling author.

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PART 24 – Published 6/12/21

WHOSE WILL IS BEING DONE?

I have some questions for you today. Do you have certain goals for your ministry that have not come to pass yet in your life? Do you often wonder when and if these visions will ever be manifested? Do you sometimes speculate that maybe you have done something to “prevent” your ministry from being much larger and more effective? To some Christians, these questions do not convict them at all because they have never really felt the call or any desire to become involved with a ministry. Many have never really felt the call or responsibility to step into a leadership position in God’s Kingdom. However, others have sensed the drawing power and conviction of God to do some type of “hands-on” work for the Lord, but, it’s difficult to find clear answers and open doors are seldom found. The reality is that a ministry is not just going to fall our head and establish itself. It takes faith, prayer, discernment, diligence, courage, planning, and hard work to know where we are called and God’s timing.

This is why it is so important to seek divine appointments and to develop sensitivity and spiritual vision to know how God is trying to intervene. Do you believe He is calling you to take your place in this last-day spiritual awakening, but are constantly running into obstacles and discouragement? There are solid points we can rest on and KNOW that God is ready to empower and equip you and has not forgotten His plans for you or the abilities and anointing He has put within you! If you study the leaders of the faith, including Christ, you will see their life was empowered yet filled with obstacles and rejection. Those who overcame the resistance finally realized the dynamics of determination and placed ALL of their trust in the revelation that God was their victory even in the trials and persecutions. “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6.

Number one: EVERYONE has a gift from God! The ones who say they have nothing to contribute are usually just trying to wiggle out of the commitment and accountability to serve. Since this life is a training ground for the next life, it would be a good idea to recognize your gift and begin to find places where you can use it! You may be thinking that you do not want to get involved with other people or all the headaches that go along with being a part of a team but allow me to remind you that you will be working in heaven and you will be involved with the entire assembly of heaven. The more we give of ourselves NOW the more God will bless us with later because we have earned His trust and followed His commands. In the parable of the talents, we must remember that Jesus Himself is teaching and was very serious about this issue. He wants us to focus as He drives home the point about how what we do with what we have is seen as a measurement of our love for Him. If we respect His Word and the glory of His being, we will be intense about obeying His voice because we KNOW we will face Him one day and give an account of our attitude and service. Those who pray for wisdom and divine appointments and become strong in His Spirit will be constantly watching and waiting for opportunities to do His will. Through the symbolism of this story, these overcomers (you and I) have been promised that in the next life we will be given authority to reign with Him. “His lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” Matthew 25:23.

When it comes to enthusiasm and fervency, Christ is emphasizing here that we notice at the end of this story, He does not compromise or fail to deal with the consequences of laziness and rebellion. I believe the traditional religious system has failed to teach the importance of being actively involved with our calling and how God is expecting us to embrace the calling He has given to us. Sadly, it seems the politics of religion does not want the people to become overly involved with demonstrating their calling unless it is associated with helping the pastor’s ministry grow larger. It’s no secret that pastors and church officials earn handsome salaries and if they encouraged everyone to support their ministry, they would lose much of their support. It’s always been important in church history to promote the concept of one person leading a congregation along with the need for paid ministry. I believe that every person who is born again is a minister and even though their callings may be different, they still have equal importance and effectiveness. The Romans and the Catholic church began the idea of controlling the masses and requesting they give their money to the churches for the priest to direct and manage. The truth is that we should be listening to the Holy Spirit as to where our giving is directed and possibly it could be used to finance our ministry for God’s Kingdom.

The organized church through the years has taken much of its style of government from the traditions of men and this representation of ministry causes many to rely on the compensated clergy to do the work of the Lord instead of Christians examining their own hearts as to what God wants them to do. God’s children will be held accountable for not listening to His voice as the sins of omission include refusing to embrace our responsibilities. Why should we call the pastor when someone is sick when God’s people are filled with God and have faith to release miracles? We can answer that question with the average church member is not living for God as they should. It’s much easier to live a lukewarm life and pay someone else to do the work of the ministry. This is the spirit of religion and is one of the reasons why the church has grown spiritually anemic. “Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” (Verses 28-29) In other words, if someone becomes lazy or refuses to develop their spiritual gift, they will lose the ability to use that gift. However, for those who give their life to serving God and doing all they can to obey Him, they may end up doing more than they ever dreamed they could do. The spiritual life is a gradual progression and development into an experienced warrior that serves faithfully on the front-line for the sake of all that is precious in God’s sight. The pastor has a specific office, but every saint has been given the authority to operate as a powerful minister and instrument of Jesus.

Number two: Everyone says they want to do God’s will – but many are just hoping that He will bless their plans. These are the kind of statements that need repeating so they can be slowly absorbed into our conscience. It’s not about us – it’s about listening and obeying God. We sing “I surrender all” but how many mean it? Actually, this must become a “revelation” of wisdom or it cannot be truly realized or manifested. You see, we can do many things in God’s name and lots of Christians are busy with religious activity but the question remains are they doing what God said to do? Of course, it is much easier to do the things we “like” to do or that we find familiar to us, but what about when we are asked to go out of our comfort zone? What do we do when we are faced with the decision to obey Him or try to think of everything we can to avoid Him? I believe that God is not as nearly impressed with “what” we do as much as He is with our willingness to obey. How many are called to be missionaries have never stopped running away from what they know God wanted them to do? How many have the calling to be a minister yet have never yielded their heart to God’s service because they were afraid of what it might cost them? This is one reason why some Christians live in intentional denial because they fear what people might say and are not willing to abandon the things they hold dear. I keep going back to the rich young ruler but until this becomes a life-changing reality within the very depths of our soul, we will only believe this was something just between Jesus and this man. Christ said that he had done well and was no doubt a respected man of the community but if he thought that he had attained the plateau of the Christian life – he was mistaken. Jesus is trying to explain how this man had designed the Christian life “around” all the things he loved so that everything fit perfectly into his imagination and plans for a comfortable life. Even though the young leader had done marvelous works – he had never really surrendered his will. And allow me to say that until we also come to terms with this wisdom and become enlightened to this same truth, our lives will never enlarge beyond how this man lived. God is not happy for His people to walk around “proud” of their religion or who they are in the eyes of the world, He is touched when He knows that someone has presented themselves completely to Him and is sincerely ready to do whatever He says! This is the highest level of spiritual living unto the Father. “And He (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done” Luke 22:41-42. Most Christians do not have a clue what this means. Only the remnant will say “send me” and become victorious overcomers.

Number three: Be ready to be rejected. If anyone thinks that spreading the gospel and doing Kingdom work is like eating chocolate cake – they have never tried it! I would say one of the most discouraging aspects of the ministry besides demonic attacks is the seemingly endless lethargic attitudes from those who know you are a Christian. And it is shocking, but many times you will find those who you thought were brothers and sisters in the faith are the ones rolling their eyes and secretly mocking as an obvious way of NOT wanting to be associated with you. We remember when Jesus was arrested and a young girl accused Peter of being one of His disciples. As the crowd became focused on this accusation, Peter fell apart and lost his courage to stand boldly with Christ. In his fear and anxiety of the moment, he angrily cursed and denied that He was a follower of Jesus to protect his social integrity and save his skin. He later regretted what he had done and wept because he knew he had failed, but the point is that we must be prepared for the resistance, rejection, and lack of enthusiasm toward us – and Christ.

Allow me to say that in most cases across the board, the way people react to you and your calling is nothing “personal” – it is spiritual. Remember the old saying, “birds of a feather – flock together?” Everyone is an individual and has different desires, specific interests, and hobbies that they usually try to make time for because people are captivated by what they love. Even Christians can easily have their priorities out of order and cherish several “idols” that take preference over being obedient to the Lord. For example, you would think those who follow Jesus would enjoy reading Christian books and articles about their faith or listening to Christian music that edifies and encourages their spirit – but that is not always the case. Many who call themselves Christians do not even read or study their Bible or worship God in any way. Sadly, many do not pray unless they have a personal crisis. So, if you write, sing, teach, give, or create any type of spiritual contribution to the body of Christ and expect your fellow Christians around you to be jumping up and down excited about your gifts and talents – you will probably be disappointed. It’s not because they do not like you or believe that your ministry is not a quality and worthy cause, they are just NOT interested in it! They feel guilt and condemnation instead of joy because they are lukewarm. There are so many distractions with technology that most people refuse to filter out the garbage and embrace a constant awareness of God’s presence. By the time they read the newspaper, magazines, surfing the net, texting, e-mailing, face-booking, and watching TV in the evenings – there is no time left for meditation, study, worship, or prayer. Christians are allowing Satan to steal their time and ultimately distort and diminish their spiritual life! We cannot change their heart or make them rearrange their desires; we can only pray they will return to their “first love.” If they are not sensing the Holy Spirit convicting and have no concern about their relationship with Christ, they are either backslidden or they have never truly been born again. We can say with confidence that God will never allow His child to drift away indefinitely without Him intervening and bringing chastisement and discipline. It’s the ones who never sense the Lord trying to get their attention who are deceived and in danger of eternal death. Amen.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 6/5/21 – Part 23

WE MUST DO OUR HOMEWORK – PART 2

For those of us who have discerned the mainstream media as the voice of evil over the years, are now seeing this was much worse than we thought. Even in the forties and fifties we now realize the public has been presented a full course meal of lies on a daily basis. The leaders of the world who work for Satan and his dark kingdom have manipulated the minds and thoughts of the general public. Nothing is as it seems and actually most everything is the opposite of what has been told. Only the remnant, the true bride of Christ who receive their information from the Holy Spirit and God’s prophets have known what spiritual warfare really means. The remnant is now waiting to see whether God is going to reveal the truth about this wicked agenda, or if He will just let it go and allow the end of the age to follow His course. Saints of God, continue to seek God’s presence and may you be more concerned with growing in God and learning to know Him more than ever before. Today is the day to draw near to Jesus and with a pure heart and mind, we can have an ear to hear what the Spirit has to say. I along with you are praying that truth will come to light and that many in this last hour will see how they have been deceived by the darkness of evil and will repent and turn their lives to God. Many are saying there will be an outpouring of God’s Spirit in a great outpouring of His grace and mercy. I personally have a burden for those who are on the edge of receiving a strong delusion from God that will seal their fate to an everlasting existance to hell. I fear that many have already been sentenced to this judgement as God knows they will never give their hearts to Him.

I have witnessed several different styles of ministries through the years and have noticed something very interesting. Christian ministers and even churches are like faces in that all are different, yet all have the basic components of singing worship songs and someone bringing a Biblical message. The contrast is “how” the music and sermon are presented and of course the higher the level of anointing the more powerful it will be. For example, one speaker can bring a word that is accurate but in a “low key” delivery and a congregation just sits there yawning. Another speaker can preach the same message but inject high energy, charisma, and enthusiasm and the people will shout and rejoice about how blessed they were to hear such a life-changing message. If both are anointed and both have spoken the divine truth what is the difference? Could a listener’s interest be increased by a speaker’s level of passion? I believe so. Unfortunately, with many believers, the ministry is a way to make a living while only a remnant considers the ministry as their life. Our calling is more than our identity, it is the extension of our love for God. Everyone who is a Christian has a message to share as the gospel is not just an option, but rather is a pillar of the foundation of our faith. Ministry is not just the obvious speaking, singing, and writing, but we can share Christ within our gift, and this gives us a beautiful opportunity to allow the world to hear and see Christ in us. It seems that presentation measures effectiveness and there is not one person that was ever given a vision to communicate that did not want to be as effective as they can possibly be. First impressions are powerful and generating respect through our words and actions is critical. This is why it’s important to take our ministry seriously and realize we have been called to represent Christ. When we understand that what we are saying (or not saying) could be the difference between life and death, we will take our spiritual responsibility more seriously.

Whoever said Jesus had a quiet personality and presented boring lectures, obviously knows very little about Him. As the divine revelation from heaven, He was not only an orator but was and is the literal hope that can save anyone who calls upon Him. Jesus knew that what He was saying was not just a strong conviction – but absolute truth filled with the ultimate authority and power of Almighty God. The world was sick with sin and He was and is the antidote. He wept throughout His time here because He knew what was at stake. To Him, the masses were filled with darkness and He was and is the light of the world. Do you actually believe there was a minute in His lifetime that He was thinking about this? Each word contained divine illumination which had the power to pierce the mind and heart and leave the listener convicted and it has never changed! This is an hour when serving cold cereal is not enough – God wants His ministers to serve fresh steak. Sharing divine revelation will not happen when our mind is cluttered with worry or when we stressed about finances and declining popularity. Only when we let go of our carnality and the influences of this world and become saturated in God’s presence, can our faith and anointing begin to grow into what the Lord intended for it to be. Some are saying we are leaving the church age and moving into the kingdom age. The idea of people gathering together, singing a song, and one person speaking and then going home has been the normal for many years. However, we must ask: has this helped the cause of Christ or has it created an attitude of lukewarmness? Most church members do not have a clue about what God is saying – something is wrong. When you talk about the gifts of the Spirit, worship, the anointing, prophecy, healing, casting out demons, revelation wisdom, and signs and wonders, church members look at you like you are weird. The truth is that what many call normal is not normal at all. Normal is walking in the power of God and speaking in His authority! Is God wanting us to grow up and become participators instead of spectators? Is He calling for His true followers to take their place as overcomers instead of just being religious? Yes, absolutely, but who is listening? We must go beyond the milk and the passive comforts of being a spiritual baby. It is time to step forward as a warrior of God’s kingdom and be equipped with truth, filled with the anointing of God, purged with the fire of God to do the work of the ministry. It is time to accept the responsibility of becoming the overcomer who Jesus died for us to be.

There is nothing wrong with examining what we are doing, how we are doing it and making sure we are demonstrating our ministry the way He desires for us to present it. I realize that many will respond and say, “This is the way I’ve always been, and I do not need to change anything” but this is an arrogant statement. Why would we not want to follow Jesus instead of our own ideas? Do we really believe we know more and can manage our ministry better than Him? This is not as much about changing our style as it is simply allowing God to breathe life into our work. It’s about obedience and as we continue marching toward the end of the age, we cannot afford to keep going through the motions of meaningless religion. The king is coming and it’s time to awaken from our slumber and respond to His voice. There are individuals who are spiritually thirsty for His presence and long to know more about His covenant life and hopefully, we can help them. Many times, these seekers are within our network secretly observing us and we are not even aware of it. Let us be careful that we do not ruin our testimony by our sinful words and actions. We might convince ourselves that how we act in harmless and innocent, but once our reputation has been tainted it is difficult to restore respect.

If emotions can be manifested with weeping when something hurts us or makes us sad, then why can’t we release joy and praise to God when we are happy? And for those who claim to have a quiet and reserved personality, do not tell me you are quiet when your favorite team scores or how “low key” you would be if you won the lottery. Whatever means the most to us in our life is what we are going to express, focus, think about, talk about, and give our undivided attention to. A heart that is divided causes us to be lethargic in our ministry and our relationship with Jesus. Mankind has always wanted to worship themselves instead of God and nothing has changed. A battle is constantly raging within each of us and only we will choose whether we will love and serve our flesh or God Almighty. I’ve heard people say they worship the Lord privately because they are afraid of having a reputation of being silly, but do you think we will be embarrassed to praise God in heaven? Those who are genuinely filled with divine joy will manifest an outward display of gratitude. In front of everyone and in all situations, God will be praised by those who are not intimidated to let their light shine. “And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him [Jesus], ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ he answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out” Luke 19:40.

God’s children will understand that being consumed with earthly politics is a distraction from their mission. The laws and governments of men are not to consume our thoughts or attitudes because it is built upon the philosophies and views pertaining to the world and the flesh. The remnant followers of Christ are not patriots or devoted to wicked empires but are identified as spiritual citizens of heavenwho live and serve under His authority. Things are not what they seem in the struggles for control and with so many illusions it is easy to be deceived. Be careful of the snare traps which can capture our imagination and distort the vision of our mission. Our life is to be a witness and testimony to the glory of king Jesus as we know that His Word is true and His kingdom will last forever! Matthew 16:18-19 Jesus declares, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Jesus taught that His followers which include us today, can hear His voice and know what God wants to do. When we are praying about a situation, it’s critical to listen to His voice before we speak. Jesus gives us His authority to represent Him and when operating correctly according to our obedience, our prayers and actions will reflect His will.

We often talk about things that God has planned for us. We hope and confess good things and present toast which include health and prosperity to be poured out upon us. Have you ever thought about living your life according to what God has planned for you? Even more rare is if we knew what the devil has planned for us, we would get off the couch and begin to put on the armor of God so we would not be crushed by his evil attacks. Do we actually believe that we are going to live for God without Satan coming to kill steal and destroy what we have? Why are we not prepared for battle, why are we not ready to engage in warfare? Because we accept the lie that everything will all work out without investing the time and effort to make sure it will. Those who do not train and prepare for warfare are sitting ducks to the devil because their mind and heart are not thinking about the spirit realm, but rather are mesmerized with pleasure as we entertain the false hope within carnality. Many have made the choice to serve the flesh and then wonder why they do not know why evil has come upon them. We fill our mind with the world and wonder why we cannot hear the voice of God. A wise man sees a thing coming and deals with it, but sadly many are are not wise because they do not love God. Many are naked in the spiritual realm and are intentionally ignorant of the enemy’s devices because they reject God’s truth. We are our own worst enemy and there is no one to blame but ourselves. Everyone had the opportunity to dwell in the holy of holies and most chose death. For those who turned away from God and allowed their heart to turn to stone, they will reap what they have sown and the end will be filled with bitterness and sorrow in this life and the one to come.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 5/29/21 – Part 22

WE MUST DO OUR HOMEWORK – Part 1

To say the least, there is a lot going on in the world. The problem is that it’s very difficult to know what is true. Many people have a personality that does not want to know the truth. Why? Because it is convicting and this is a feeling they do not want to deal with. It’s not peaceful or relaxing if you are intensely trying to examine within yourself and taking the time to research something that will require you to to have more accountability. It’s much easier to avoid truth in order for our mind and conscience to concentrate on our own pleasures. Our carnal flesh fights very hard to protect it’s position of being our master and is very sensitive to detect any type of threat to it’s kingdom. The natural response from those who avoid conflict is to keep the mind occupied with self preservation. The unrenewed mind wants to be satisfied and entertained at all times with no interruptions. The natural human loves to live in a fantasy land of vacations, never being still, eating out, watching movies, going to parties, never being quiet, having fun, and experiencing as much pleasure as possible. These type of personalities do not like non-fiction, news that opposes their opinions, anything sad or discouraging, solitude, reminders of reality, confrontation, conviction, carrying burdens, and generally live in secret state of fear and dread but refuse to ask God to help them have more faith. This is what can be called as a simple minded lifestyle that chooses to float down the river of intentional ignorance instead of researching truth and learning how to deal with it.

Another type of personality is called a truth seeker which walks into the wind. These are the ones who swim against the current and will not rest trying to find facts until they have turned over every stone. They have a passion to study because being prepared to answer every person is very important to them. They desire to know what they believe and why. They love to have deep conversations about all aspects of life and consider themselves to be a lifelong student of God’s Word and world events. These are the ones who cannot sleep at night because of what is going on around them and the condition of the souls of those they know and love. They read and study into the night trying to understand the hidden knowledge and revelation wisdom from the spirit realm. They do not want to be deceived because they feel not knowing makes them vulnerable to the devil and the evil agenda of those who follow him. They comprehend the reality of spiritual warfare and want to fight on the front lines of the battle against the dark lies of the enemy. The war is is not as much politics as it is good and evil. If we sincerely love God and diligently seek Him, I believe our views will more in line with what He believes. Our philosophy of life should have very little with what everyone else believes because God has designed an opportunity for all of us to have a personal relationship with Him. It is wrong to not study to show ourselves approved unto God as a workman who needs not to be ashamed. This means each of us who want to know the truth can find it if we are willing to do our homework. Of, there is not enough time to know everything, but if there are certain areas we want to know, God is saying, just how determined are you to find it? Let us take a glimpse of some questions that can help us understand which side of the war we are on.

Do you believe there is a God and there is a Satan?

Do you accept these two beings represent good and evil?

Do you believe that God is ultimately in control as the creator and master of all things, but has given a certain amount of authority to Satan to roam the earth seeking whom he may devour?

So far, we have constructed a spiritual view that allows us to establish a foundation. There is an all knowing God and His angels who are good, and there is a devil and his demons who are evil. And so we are in agreement this light and dark, good and bad perspective is real?

John 10:10 gives a clear description of what each side has come to do.

In this view of good and evil, do you believe we can use this knowledge to judge and understand right and wrong?

You would think for example, that in our elections people would take the time to research the candidates and analyze what they believe so they would know what to expect. The truth is that most people are lazy and would rather listen to flowery presentations. Especially if the person claims to believe and will fight for the issues the voter leans toward. The danger with following a pied piper is the risk of being deceived. Nonetheless, many are just as wrong with embracing the candidate in the first place as their platforms are against God’s desires. This seems so simple to sort through the rights and wrongs and for the most part it is, however as we know, spiritual discernment is as rare as finding a diamond in a gravel driveway. It’s only the remnant Christian that has a chance to hear from the Lord about who to vote for and unfortunately in most cases it would be the lesser of the two evils. Why is this true? Since when does an ungodly person have a direct communication with the Lord? We have to be born again to even have the opportunity to be connected with His Spirit. Anyone can call on Him to save them and He will listen and respond, but there is no such things as a lost person worshiping God or interceding in prayer on a daily basis. Those who attempt such things without being spiritually transformed are deceived by the spirit of religion. Going back to politics, God knows when someone is elected, the temptation to be corrupted is going to come fast and furious if it has not already. Even if a person were determined to stay pure, they are walking into a lions den where Satan waits to show them the kingdoms of the world in exchange for their soul. Remember, Satan tempted Jesus when He was rising in power and popularity. Sadly, most politicians have surrendered their relationship with God and have willingly allowed the demons of hell to possess them in the name of success.

Many will ask if the Christian should be involved with politics at all. This is a good question, but if someone pays taxes I’m afraid they already are. This article makes it sound like America has always had presidents that have played secret games behind everyone’s back and laughed at the people who trusted them. What do you believe? Whatever our views, I hope we can agree that our country is not controlled or led by one person. We vote and the majority wins. This could be bad or good, but rules are rules. Unless of course there is a way an election can be secretly stolen. If we follow the crowd or our flesh, we will be judged for our decisions and for leading others astray. We can consider what others say, but let us be careful what we claim to know as truth. To say the least, things are not always what they seem to be. Lord willing, we will continue this conversation next week.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 21 – Published 5/22/21

THE NEGOTIATIONS OF OUR FLESH

The vision of the true Christian should be to stay continually filled with God’s Spirit as we pray for this without ceasing. This can only come about when we become serious in our quest to develop a constant awareness of His presence. Is this possible? We know the Bible says that all things are possible with God, and of all the miracles that would seem to be difficult, this is a request that only requires our diligence and focus. God is not going to force anyone to draw near to Him. This way of living can only manifest when the determination of our discipline becomes greater than the desires of our carnal nature. It is God’s intention for us to become more spiritually sensitive and stronger in our fight against sin, but we will never overcome our failures and weaknesses with a half-hearted attitude toward spiritual warfare. The concept of studying to show ourselves approved as a workman who will not be ashamed is referring to knowing what we are talking about and understanding the reason and purpose for which we are living. We realize that most who profess to be Christians do not actually have Christ as their first love but instead have Him much further down on their priority list. Even those who seem religious are guilty of allowing their depraved nature to negotiate how involved they will be with God and how much it will cost them. Let us realize that Jesus never approved of a religious lifestyle and a lukewarm attitude is not acceptable to Him.

The line is being drawn about to whom we give our allegiance, and the question of the hour is whether we are going to accept whatever the devil tells us to do, or are we going to rebuke him and stand firm for what God wants us to do? Ladies and gentlemen, there has never been a middle-of-the-road with God without consequences. Being backslidden can indeed happen to one of God’s children, but it’s not a place of spiritual joy. Being lukewarm is being an enemy to God because this person is tearing down what God is trying to build. You see there are only two sides, either we are with God, or we are His enemy. The ones who are truly born again and have drifted away are still saved but they are siding with the dark kingdom and are a hindrance to the Lord. The world is filled with secular philosophies and humanistic ideas that seem to be relevant in our modern world, but what does God think? It does not matter what you call yourself, if you are not seeking God for every answer, He is not your Lord. If you think you have a better idea than God, He is not your Lord. If you justify sin and support social issues that God hates, He is not your Lord. As you can where we are heading with this, the only thing that matters to the Christian is what God wants. If you disagree, you are most likely not born again.

Being spiritually lukewarm allows the enemy to inspire these people to bring negative and dark persuasions and influences to everyone around them. These individuals are also subject to the Lord’s discipline and chastisement until they are returned and restored. It’s very important for the remnant to see with their spiritual eyes and hear with their spiritual ears. WE ARE IN A WAR. Why does this go unnoticed? You would think that every Christian would talk about this constantly, but I seldom hear it mentioned. I hear a lot about problems and struggles and how they are turning to worldly solutions. Maybe only a few really believe in spiritual warfare. If this is true, we now realize why so many live in defeat. It seems most people just want God to fix what is broken but will not spend any time trying to know Him better or researching His Word. He is not fooled by this carnal attitude. Godly sorrow and a contrite heart of sensitivity and repentance does not come naturally but is a learned behavior. Only those who are born-again will have this desire.

It’s disturbing how the mind and conscience is just clever enough to justify our human conclusions as being more reliable than what God has said. This should be one of our most serious concerns. In a world where we must have spiritual discernment to walk in God’s truth, many who call themselves followers of Christ have become numb when it comes to knowing what God is saying and the dangers of accepting what the world is saying. Wherever we spent our time and give our attention is where we are drawn to believe and trust. Within the flood of information, most Christians do not see their need to seek God for His wisdom because they already have more knowledge than they can mentally process. The strategy of Satan is to overwhelm the brain with voices intending to trigger negative emotional responses. This overload of confusion not only becomes a distraction with our mental clarity but easily leads us away from the peace and joy of God’s presence. It’s common for the average person to take daily medications to help deal with anxiety and stress as they are blind to how the enemy of their souls has lured them to step aboard the carousel of chaos. It is obvious that all forms of worldly entertainment and social media are a weapon against all people and are especially a form of warfare directed at God’s people. There was a time when technology was used as a way for Christians to share the gospel, but today God’s truth is being censored and it will only grow worse. Very soon we will no longer be allowed to go into the enemy’s camp and preach against the devil. Since very few people are protesting against the freedom of speech being removed as the constitution being discarded, the dark side has observed the weakness and timidity of the church as a sign that establishing a cancel culture will be easy. We are now living is a politically correct society where Christianity is seen as dangerous misinformation and propaganda to an intelligent progressive world.

Knowing God personally is truly the meaning and purpose of life. I want to get so close to Him that He is all I think about. For the remnant who are desperately trying to come away from the beast system and surrender their will to God, I believe we are standing at a crossroad of decision as to whom we will serve and follow. I’m convinced the reason why we cycle in and out of peace and torment is that we have never agreed to be transformed into the image of Christ. Most have never fallen on their face and begged God to renew their mind and purge their conscience. Very few desire for God to bring His holy fire of cleansing. We have heard what we need to do but our nature refuses to be crucified. It makes perfect sense that this is why we struggle. The more we surrender our flesh to His spiritual control the less warfare we will have. We are supposed to be at war with all things that oppose God, but are we?

We hear a lot about peace, but this does not mean we are to be at peace with our rebellion and disobedience. Is anyone listening? Our nature wants to twist the idea of living in peace as a way to avoid being convicted for our sins. God’s idea of true peace is the contentment that comes after we repent and are holy in His sight. Our commitment to walk in His purity and sanctification is when we have His peace and assurance. God does not bless our reverse psychology or our denial that all is well according to our emotions. Just because we believe that we have figured out a way to deceive God only means we have chosen to be a fool and have learned how to live with an intentional illusion. The mind, will, conscience and spirit are called by the Lord to unite together under the submission of His divine plan so that we can serve and love Him in one accord. First Corinthians 13:11 reminds us, When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Our carnality hates this message. It is one of the most unpopular subjects in the spiritual world and is the declaration of war between Satan and God. The closer we draw to Jesus, the more we will see this reality and the more we talk about it the more the spirit world of darkness will hate us. You see, every human has this depraved nature and is willing to fight to keep control of their independent will. When someone hears about the need to surrender this will and allow Christ to sit on the throne of the soul as Lord and King of the conscience, there becomes a huge problem. The decision is made to accept or reject just as the rich young ruler did. This is why the flesh still cries for Barabbas. Amen.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 20 – Published 5/15/21

GOD IS SEPARATING HIS SHEEP FROM THE GOATS

I was thinking about the recent Kentucky Derby and how many people were excited to see “Medina Spirit” cross the finish line and win the race. The problem is that the horse failed a drug test after the race and is disqualified. So, does this mean he won or not? Technically, he finished ahead of the other horses and claimed victory, but this does not necessarily mean he is the winner or that he was the best horse in the field. It has been proven that someone injected him with a drug that caused him not to feel pain which gave him an unfair advantage. In other words, his owners and trainers cheated even though they deny it. This means if the findings are finalized, the second place winner “Mandaloun” will be named as the rightful winner of the race. Is this fair? Of course it is in the real world of right and wrong, but sadly, our world modern does not know good from evil.

This reminds me of the recent presidential election where one side is being accused of cheating in order to win. Democrats are laughing because they believe they have pulled off one of the greatest deceptions in the history of our country. They are also doing everything they can to deny and prevent any type of audit or recount of the ballots. So, why would they care to investigate if they are so positive that the election was fair? The only obvious reason is they know they cheated and do not want to be exposed. The general public does not know what really happened and when the idea of election fraud is mentioned, they respond by saying this is nothing more than a conspiracy theory. Why? Because they absorb their information from a mainstream media who is biased with those who cheated. Democrats believe the election results are proven to be accurate and anyone who disagrees is a conspiracy kook. These are the same people who either do not have a clue about a Satanic agenda to control the country, are actually working with Satan, or they simply do not care. If you ask one of these progressives about the election results they will say that congress certified the electoral votes and the media confirmed the victory clear as day – period. Like the horse who crossed the finish line first, they fail to consider that things are not always as they seem. Proof they say, where is the proof? Just like the drug test became the proof the Derby winner was a fraud, recounting the votes will be the proof that Trump actually won in the largest landslide in the nations history.

Since spiritually there are basically only two types of people, the lost and the saved, this helps us to more clearly comprehend what is going on in the world. When we discuss good and evil, it is God’s people who have been given spiritual discernment to know the difference. It’s true that most Christians do not invest the required time developing their spiritual sensitivity, but nonetheless, the Father has commanded for His people to meet Him daily in their prayer closets and to pray without ceasing in order to know His thoughts. On the other side, those who do not have Jesus as their Lord do not have the ability to comprehend truth nor right and wrong because they are not connected with the absolute truth. This is why the Bible talks about the blind ones who call evil good and good evil. Christians are to have strong discernment when listening to anyone talk about anything. There are many liars and deceivers who are not to be trusted. Also, Christians are never to listen to anyone who is not born-again about spiritual subjects because they are unable see life as God sees it. In this light, it is the follower of Christ who should not only be manifesting the presence and power of God in their lives, but should be leading the world into His truth. Why is this not happening? Because there are few serious and devoted Christians. Many who proclaim to be followers of Christ are spiritually lukewarm, are not filled with the Holy Spirit, and do not understand blood covenant authority. Over time, Christianity was intentionally replaced by those who operate in a religious spirit and this gave Satan and the lost world an opportunity to gain control of the world. God has the ultimate authority and control of everything, but He is allowing evil to rule because His people have no spiritual vision or revelation knowledge and are distracted with the sins or carnality.

With Satan being the prince and power of the air, we do not need to be a Bible scholar to know that he is controlling the airwaves. The first heaven is where we live, the environment of oxygen. The second heaven is beyond our atmosphere, the universe. The third heaven is the spiritual realm where God lives. We know that Satan and a third of the angels were removed from the third heaven and were cast down to the lower heavens. Satan and his demons have now been given authority by God to carry out their agenda which is based on deception with the intention to steal, kill, and destroy. This is not a game, Satan is waging a deadly war that is being directed against anyone who stands with God and His divine truth. When we talk about satellites, cell towers, the world wide web, and all the other forms of cyber and electronic communication, we must realize this is Satan’s domain and he is in control. As we have said, the general population who are spiritually lost are also spiritually blind and do not recognize that the mainstream media is a source of lies and propaganda that is being manipulated by the enemy of our souls. Those who are unsaved still have the old nature and the default spirit which are dialed to the frequency that Satan is broadcasting. The devil is the father of all lies, he is subtle, and he has learned how to deceive the carnal mind. When anyone drinks the poison of these lies, they are allowing themselves to be led by evil and thus they are persuaded and influenced by the power of demons. This is why we must be focused day and night to be so close to God that when we see or hear something that is wrong, we will receive a red-flag warning from the Holy Spirit immediately.

As there are spiritually two types of people, lost and saved, and two spiritual forces in the world, good and evil, this makes it is easier to discern what is right and wrong. Yes, many words and actions are obvious to detect and there are levels of each category, but we must pay special attention to the areas that are more difficult to identify. Yes, there is such a thing as a backslider, but this is not a third category. These individuals are still born again and saved by the blood of Jesus, but have drifted away and God promises that He will bring them back. Many will say there is no such thing as a carnal Christian, but I believe that spiritual lukewarmness is real and all Christians are vulnerable of leaking God’s Spirit and turning to sin in their times of weakness. Christians are vulnerable to depression, anger, hatred, discouragement, lust, and everything the lost are tempted with. The good news is they are protected by the eternal security of God’s promises to heal and restore through our repentence. Leaving the ninety nine to find the one is a glimpse of the love and mercy the Shepard has for His sheep. Once a person has been transformed from being a lost spirit into a brand new spirit, how can they become unborn? Can a person fall from grace and have their name blotted from the book of life? Or what happens when an individual does not respond to God’s call? This is another controversial subject, but The Almighty is the only perfect judge who will declare His final decisions and His eternal sentences when we stand before Him.

Either we have been spiritually redeemed and are now a child of God, or we are lost and blind, and are living with a depraved conscience and a default state of carnal thinking. Those who have been transformed by God’s grace can remember what they have been delivered from, but the lost have no idea what it means to be rescued by Jesus because they are living in the dark and spiritually unable to see “THE light.” This is a terrible situation, as many are intelligent in their knowledge of worldly information, but unless they are convicted by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, they will spend an eternity suffering in the darkness and torment of hell. The dividing line is whether we are born again or not. All of us are sinners, but it is the spiritual identification which separates us. There is only one God and one way to heaven and that is through the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross and His ressurection. Included within the curse of being spiritually lost is the inability to detect truth and this is especially important when these individuals watch the mainstream news broadcast. Since Satan is the one delivering the messages, the lost are like baby birds who swallow every word of what is being said and will trust it as being inscribed in stone. Of course, Satan knows this and realizes that his control of the airwaves has given him control of most of the world.

Speaking of the news, we have said there are only two spiritual forces and that Satan is in control of the television, internet, and our legal and education system just to name a few. With this level of control, it’s not a mystery as to how so many people are deceived. The television and internet are filled with websites and stories that are absolute lies and yet the mainstream media says they are no longer going to allow anyone who disagrees with what they saying to be allowed to speak. This is communism. The Christians have never demanded the lies of Satan to be censored because of the first amendment of our constitution and God establishing that humans have free will to say whatever they want. This socially acceptable and politically correct movement is clearly from Satan. It is a dead giveaway for those who know God to recognize that cancel culture is from the dark side. Why do you think the devil is working so hard to censor and condemn anyone who disagrees with him as misinformation? So who cares about this? It’s not the unsaved because they agree with it. In fact, they cheer at the idea. It’s the Christians and conservatives that are being silenced and yet they are the ones who have the actual truth. Will God’s people rise up and fight back with prayer in order to pull down spiritual strongholds and evil principalities? Will they step forward in the authority of Jesus and crush the head of Satan? Yes, of course the devil will continue the persecution of God’s truth and it will only grow worse as time proceeds, however this does not mean that Christians should be silent. Greater is HE that is in us than he that is in the world. God is a God of war and we are His warriors!

Remember in world war two, the Germans had taken over Poland and were rounding up not only all the Polish Jews and herding them into trains headed for concentration camps, but also deported many Polish Christians and used them as slaves to help Germany in the war effort. Hitler wanted to destroy Poland and prevent them from rising up as he brutally killed their government leaders, priests, educators, and artistic creators. The Polish people who were not Jews were watching one of the most horrible tragedies the world has ever seen and so why didn’t the Polish government fight against this? They had a large army but they were weak and were paralyzed with FEAR. They were afraid to speak up and fight back. If any of the Polish people had complained against the Germans or were discovered hiding a Polish Jew they would have all been executed and many were. Then let us think about the German civilians who lived close to the concentration camps. Do you think they were listening to the nightly news and cheering their military to victory? Of course! Do you think they believed that Hitler was doing the right thing to build a better world? Absolutely! Do you actually think that some of the German people could not smell the burning of bodies from the incinerators? Do you not believe that rumors were circulating that their leader was commanding that hundreds of thousands of human beings were to be gassed and burned in order to purify and cleanse the human race? What do think would have happened if a German citizen had protested against this? They were afraid to stand up just like the early church after Christ was crucified. Today, I’m reminded how many are more afraid of a virus than an experimental vaccine. People are intimidated to speak their opinions from fear of being censored or being criticized, condemned, and persecuted. Will we be controlled by fear?

So, what type of message do you believe Satan is trying to promote in the news? Well, we must organize our views within these two spiritual forces. On one side we have the liberal view that is closely associated with humanism. It’s true that in today’s world, Democrats are connected with being more liberal. This view does not consider what God believes or how He wants us to live. Here is one definition: “An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.” I actually know a lot of people like this and it is not a good thing. For example, The majority of Democrats believe in abortion and same sex marriage, two subjects that God hates and considers an abomination. Those who support such wickedness are people that do not have a personal relationship with Jesus and are again spiritually lost. Many who are unsaved are naturally drawn toward a liberal, progressive, humanistic ideology and are the receivers which accepts information from the evil transmitters – if you will. The attitude of not caring about what God cares about proves they are not a Christian and are in fact an enemy of God. For those who claim to know and love God and still embrace a humanistic philosophy, we must know these individuals have drifted so far away from God they can no longer hear His voice. Many have refused to acknowledge Him and have become cold and calloused. If they are truly saved, God will break and restore them. Most likely they have never been saved.

On the other side we have God’s children who have the opportunity to develop a strong personal relationship with Christ which gives them the ability to judge right and wrong. God commands us not to be conformed to this world but to be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind. This means we are not supporters, endorsers, or robots for the world system, we do not obey man over God, we do not listen to their lies. We stand for God’s truth and are fearless front-line warriors! To compromise with the world is SIN and we will be severely chastised and possibly even taken out of this world if we refuse to repent. It is the Holy Spirit within the overcomer that leads them into truth or sounds an alarm when something is wrong. The key is to make sure our dial is set to the right frequency, our volume level is up, and we are paying close attention to what is being said. The Christian MUST receive their news from Godly sources and ONLY those who are walking with Him. The prophets and the teachers who are filled with God and who can hear His voice have His wisdom and understanding. They are called to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to develop an awareness and a sensitivity to God’s presence. This is why followers of Jesus can no longer listen to sinful music or watch nasty movies because we are convicted of this being wrong and damaging to our relationship with Jesus. We will march by the beat of God’s Word and are peculiar in the sight of the world. If there is no difference in a Christian than a lost person, there is a good chance that person is also not saved. God is separating the sheep from the goats in this hour! No more middle of the road, the virgins are preparing their lamps and their wedding garments! The world hates a Christian because they hate God. This is heart-breaking but true. If the lost loves and respects a Christian, the person is not a sincere Christian. There is nothing wrong with isolation away from the evil as we have been called to turn our eyes upon Jesus and stay focused on Him. The closer we come to Christ, the more we will lose interest in the things of the world. God is calling for His people to seek Him for greater wisdom and discernment. May we be prepared to answer all people with God’s guidence as we also learn when to be silent. Amen.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 5/8/21

REFUSING TO BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with overeating, and drunkenness, and cares [distractions] in case that day come upon you unexpectedly. For as a snare shall it come upon all them that dwell upon the face of the whole earth. WATCH therefore, and PRAY always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, [trials, temptations] and to stand before the Son of man” Luke 21:34-35.

As always, the flesh hates to listen to anything about discipline. Usually whenever discipline is being enforced, it is in the light of training to win a competition, to receive an award or to excel as successful and victorious. The concept remains the same in the context of spiritual warfare. Being an overcomer for Jesus Christ is not an option – our salvation has a unique mission and destiny. Every child of God has been called to utilize all that Father has provided along with the responsibility to fulfill His will. The “overcoming” perception I am convinced, is as much about conquering our flesh – as it is about resisting the devil! Walking holy is not just a religious thought or phrase – it is a demand from God and a free-will determination within the heart of the disciple to follow and obey the voice of the shepherd.

God’s Word mentions about an exchange that is crucial concerning the beauty of Holy intimacy. It is the condition and commitment of the heart that measures how far and how deep we can follow Him. If we are “surface” Christians, we will only be interested in the basic blessings and eternal security that a Savior can provide. If we choose to be a disciple, we are committed to following Him into the depths of His presence as LORD no matter where they may lead. This exchange involves the tears of the servant mixed with God’s empowerment and joy. “Weeping may endure for a night – but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5. Do you know what the weeping represents? It represents a “breaking” of the heart. Sin has a subtle way of slowly creating a “film” of dirt and guilt which is a result of carnal compromising.

In our hurried life, we can ignore the calling of the Holy Spirit to come into the secret chambers and spend time with God. We can slowly allow our emotions and flesh to lead us and influence our thoughts with negativity and sin. This deception does not go “unnoticed” in the Spirit realm in fact it has definite consequences concerning our personal relationship with Him. Each day that we ignore our need to repent and restore our fellowship – the further away we drift into lower levels of lukewarmness. Our fire and the awareness of His presence fades away while our flesh enjoys the freedom to tempt our body and mind. Our spirit cries abba Father, but cannot overrule our free-will. Our heart chooses what we do and “whom” we will serve. This condition progresses until one day Father intervenes by opening our eyes and revealing what we have done. Thus we are pierced with conviction in the deepest part of our being and as our heart breaks with sorrow and shame, we respond by weeping from within our soul. After we have asked Him to forgive us and cleanse us, we are refreshed and renewed in the beauty of His mercy, grace and love. This of course, is where our heart is flooded with joy and happiness that we have now been restored into the security and good standing of His fellowship. When is the last time you have allowed Him to break your heart and cleanse your soul? “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” Psalm 51:17. The word contrite means completely penitent and thoroughly remorseful as a result of guilt. Pride advises and protects the heart to remain hard and calloused. Humility is meek and puts others before themselves as sensitive, loving, gentle and patient.

There are many levels of maturity in the body of Christ. The religious masses love to hear about all the blessings God has for them or how wonderful they are. The problem with “nursing the bottle” of chocolate cake and rainbows all the time is that we can become unbalanced in our spiritual perception. As I have said many times, I am not against being encouraged because we do need it, however we must see the big picture of not only the reality of the way God sees everything and everyone – but more personally how He sees US. (This is where many immature believers need to leave because their mamma is calling!) If you announced a weekly Bible study that was going to be about sanctification, I would guess that you would not need to put out very many chairs. To tell you the truth, I am the same way and do not spend near enough time “deeply” examining my heart and this is because we all have the same common problem – our flesh wants to rule our life. I can do a general assessment and say a quick prayer and keep running along the path of the spiritual routines we all are a part of. However, let me say there will come “seasons” in all of God’s children, where we will come face to face with truth about ourselves that has the power to change who we are for the better! The amount that we progress and CHANGE into His image will depend directly on how convinced we are of our NEED to change. If we do not believe we need to change, as the scripture above declares we will NOT pursue the image of Christ and His glory, which will result in us staying the same ALL of our life. In the routine that we have always followed, we want to live our spiritual life exactly as we have lived our physical life. We look in the mirror and see ourselves and decide what we will do and how everything will affect us. Our old state of mind will continue to lead us unless we receive the revelation of who Christ is – in us.

The concept of being made holy in the image of God can become a deception if we do not understand sanctification. If we depend on our “title” of Christian, to take the place of His refiner’s fire – we are living in a fantasy land. Just because we call ourselves a Christian, it does not mean that we are what God desires for us to be. Many believers are an embarrassment to God and to the world because they have never allowed themselves to be transformed by the renewing of their mind. It is true that we have been called to be “set-apart” but set apart from what? We have not just been separated from the world to keep from being contaminated or infected with sin, but we have been PURIFIED to be a holy witness of light to a world that stumbles in darkness. Where the crowds begin to slip out the back door, is when someone begins to reveal how much being purified is going to COST! Our carnality must be crushed and crucified just as the body of Jesus was nailed to the cross. In order for us to live the resurrected life of victory over sin, our old nature must die an agonizing death. Many will say that there is no suffering for the Christian because Jesus paid for everything. It is true that Christ paid for our sins with His blood but to eliminate the need for us to suffer as we deny our flesh to dominate us – is bad theology. The agony from sacrificing our carnality is crucial for our spiritual development and will flow directly in context with how much we have surrendered our will. If we have NOT allowed Jesus to be our Lord, (to be in control of our life) our carnal witness will prevent us from being sanctified and we will NOT be please Him as a faithful servant.

So, what makes the difference between those who desire to walk in sanctification and those who live in carnality? It is either a lack of spiritual instruction or blatant rebellion. Everyone has a personal responsibility to study and pray and listen to what God is telling them, but in many cases it seems that people just choose to not consider what God thinks about. I am not not implying trying that I’ve arrived at walking in His Spirit as I have my share of struggles and failures. I realize that most of the time we are NOT concentrating on the mission at hand and I believe this comes from allowing our mind to be distracted with our carnal human nature. It’s common for the Spirit filled Christian to have a wonderful time of intimacy with God one day, and then spring a leak and discover the next day they are empty again. The vision should be for us to stay continually filled as we pray without ceasing, but that will only come with the highest determination of discipline. It is God’s intention for us to develop a constant awareness to sin, however this will only happen when we establish a constant awareness of His presence. Godly sorrow and a sensitive attitude of repentance does not come naturally but is a learned behavior.

I had a person (that is close to me) make a comment about my ministry the other day. They said that in all of my songwriting and my article writing there seemed to be a consistent message. They said that God is saying the same thing over and over in hundreds of different ways and they all are about the condition and intention of our heart. The contents of the conscience is who we are, and reveals everything about us. I thought about this statement and I must agree that in the last 30 years, God in His graciousness and patience has been trying to tell me how much He wants ALL of my heart and Not just my heart – but everyone’s heart as well. I know we wiggle and squirm because it is uncomfortable to think about laying down our secrets and the things we do that are not right. I mentioned Godly sorrow at the end of the last paragraph, and I wonder if we know what it is. As a Christian, have you ever done something or said something that after it was over, you felt ashamed? Have you ever felt heaviness in your soul over a sin and you tried to shake it off but the nagging misery just would not go away? This is a glimpse of the sorrow of sin. Godly sorrow is a blessing in disguise as it allows us to feel the sadness that God feels. If we could realize how much it hurts Him when we disobey, it would definitely help us to do better. If we are willing to discern truth and stop sugarcoating our “rose-colored” image, we may discover that our conscience contains things we need to deal with. Father is doing a work in His people who do not want to draw a line as to how far they will go with Him. He is preparing His children not just for a one-way ticket to paradise – but so they might be able to be transformed NOW and do His work NOW! There are spots and wrinkles in our bridal garment and He is saying to come away from being like the world and become like Me. We must preserve and protect our tenderness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love. Who wants to surrender this life in order to gain eternal life? Amen.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 18 – Published 5/1/21

HOW CAN WE STAY ENCOURAGED?

There are indeed times when we are emotionally weary as we all have problems and situations that we must deal with in this life. Thank God that He has provided a place of safety for us to receive genuine love and support that can help us through our times of troubles and sorrows. Where is this place? It is within our own heart and it is in holy fellowship with our Savior. We will face disappointments and discouragements, but we need to keep a close eye on a special type of sadness that can find its way into the hearts and minds of God’s warriors, and it’s a result of a decrease of joy. Yes, the battle is very difficult and many of the soldiers but a healthy Christian life must never embrace unbelief or an attitude of defeat. A negative attitude can be like a contagious virus that can infect and drain everyone we meet and especially those who need God’s love and are looking to us for hope and expectation. In first John chapter one, verse 4 we see that joy is like a liquid in a “vessel” that can run low or be filled to overflowing, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.We must keep a full tank of joy if we are to have victory in our daily walk and be effective in our witness. Have you noticed there are times we let down our guard, and it makes an impression on someone they will never forget? We feel bad about it but it’s difficult to remember that someone is always watching and listening. Think of it this way, If the general of an army told the soldiers, they were afraid and doubted they could win the battle, it would drain their strength and crush their faith. So how do we stay filled with joy? It is one of the simplest yet most complex revelations of our faith: Joy comes from abiding under the shadow of The Almighty, in a personal, constant, intimate relationship with Him.

I want to say today, there is nowhere in this life we can go that can encourage us the way God can. He will provide people and situations that can help us find peace, but ultimately, he is the only one who can heal our hearts and restore our joy. Hope is one of the three main themes that are to be ministered along with faith and love as edification to our mind and the deepest parts of our soul. Studying God’s Word, meditation, and praying with all help to align our minds with the unfailing promises of God’s perfect truth. When we are going through difficult trials, and despair we should be aware of our words and be careful of negative advertisements by allowing things to come out of our mouth that can make the situation worse. Curses can be established when we release pessimistic decrees through our frustration and anger. This is where discernment and self-discipline are so important in the realm of developing a constant awareness of God’s presence. Those who do not realize the seriousness of spiritual warfare have not received the revelation of how fierce we must guard our joy. If we play “patty cake” with our joy we will be vulnerable to live defeated which in turn causes our light to grow dim and our salt to lose its savor.

Love is the foundation that all the other spiritual attributes rest on but joy cannot be far behind. Can our level of joy determine how much in love we are with God? Worry, depression, and fear have become the uninvited guest in the lives of all who have committed their lives to take up their cross and follow Jesus and are too familiar with these spiritual attacks. What does all this have to do with worshiping God and walking in His Holy Spirit? The strength of the overcomer is based on the fullness of God’s joy in their hearts! Without a strong personal relationship with the Lord, there is limited joy and with low joy, there is a mediocre interest in worship and God’s Word; so the closer we are to Christ the more joy we will have and the more excited and victorious we will be. I believe as the Spirit-filled remnant, we must be careful not to fall back into human reasoning and become deceived about what is “normal.” Yes, normal religious people do not pray, worship, or read the Word and do not care if they are lukewarm. It is sad to imagine how many Christian assemblies have become spiritually hindered by fear, depression, and anxiety to the point where it is difficult to tell the difference between God’s Kingdom army and a gathering of unbelievers. I do not mean to be critical or have a negative outlook because I speak positive confessions and decrees of revival every day but the Bible reveals how the last days are going to unfold and sadly how religious spirits will continue to flourish. True, the last days will have trials, tribulations, and persecution but in every life, in every testimony, there will be victory in Jesus! The future has been divinely designed, and it is already written, the gates of hell will NOT prevail! We are still living in the last moments of grace and a time of blessing but it is also a time to become strong in our faith and personal intimacy with the Lord because our lifestyles can change very quickly and many will be stunned to find themselves in places and situations that are not comfortable, to say the least. Where will people go and what will they do when life becomes really difficult? Now is the time to seek God’s face and find our spiritual identity. We must be filled with His Spirit, knowledge, and the wisdom of His word, or we will not have the courage to boldly stand or lead others in the days ahead.

We have been given His promises and instructions that explain how we are to react to the world’s system and how to believe that He will create and provide the miracles we need. But we have become a spoiled generation that has not needed all that much except when we have a crisis which has put much of the church into a self-induced coma of pleasure and prosperity. We must not lean on our understanding or trust in our strength, politics, logic, or education when it comes to survival but rather listen to God’s counsel and He will guide us. If we are going to be provided for like Elijah at the brook and the woman with the measure of meal, we must learn how to walk in faith and completely depend on the supernatural manifestations from God and His angels. If we are to minister the compromised gospel with His anointing, it will not be with our ideas about how to entertain the people or keep them entertained it will be with the power of God’s piercing truth that will bring true salvation, deliverance, and healing. The seeker-sensitive atmosphere, church growth programs, and all the fancy technology cannot take the place of the Holy Spirit stirring and convicting the heart. Those who are desperate for the person of Jesus, who cry out for mercy and thirst for the living waters of God’s salvation can only be changed by God Himself.

Let us not hang our heads in discouragement because we have been promised that our direction and encouragement will come from God’s word. He will lead us with the revelations of His word, prophecies, visions, dreams, wonders, miracles, and signs like He guided and provided for the children of Israel. The Lord said in Acts chapter 2 verse 16-21, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, And it will come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams: and on my servants and my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they will prophecy: and I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon to blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: and it shall come to pass that whosoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

We notice several pity parties in God’s word and as we open the eyes of our heart, let us see some examples of how we are to handle our times of discouragement. Remember the story found in I Samuel chapter thirty about David and his army when they returned home to Ziklag and found the city had been burned and all of their families had been taken captive by the Amalekites. In verse four it says, “Then David and all the people that were with him lifted their voice and wept until they had no more power to weep.” But notice in the last part of verse six, “but David encouraged (strengthened) HIMSELF in the Lord his God.” Those of us that are involved with ministering God’s word will not always feel like standing strong or be electrified with an overflowing current of joy but we must reach down deep in our faith and speak to our body and mind. We must listen to only King Jesus as He inspires us to confess out loud HIS TRUTH over ourselves and our situations. This is why it is crucial to find that secret place with God where we pray and praise so we can be the overcomer that God wants us to be. We must command, demand, and speak to ourselves just like a general would give orders to a private. Either the flesh or the spirit is constantly giving orders and the body will respond to whichever one has been chosen by the will. We can take the safe path of least resistance where we just hold our shield, play defense and do just enough to get by or we can face our fears of being uncomfortable, take a bold stand, pick up our sword and go on the offense! How will you choose to live?

Yes, there was another scenario of sadness; in the upper room after Jesus died they were afraid and their faith was shaken but Jesus appeared which gave them a faith experience they would never forget. When Lazarus died, his family was very heavy with sorrow and even Jesus cried because he loved all of them but when He stepped into the situation and spoke His authority – realities changed and the darkness had no place to hide, Praise Him forever! Paul and Silas were locked in prison yet they began to worship the Lord because joy is not confined to a geographic location, a mood, or an emotion – it is activated with determination to believe that God is true no matter what the circumstances! They chose to praise God because THEY LOVED HIM and TRUSTED HIM and He appeared and brought deliverance through a manifestation of His miracle power. Are you worried that God is not going to come through for you? God is not moved by human need but through our faith!

Hopelessness belongs to the lost and dying world that has nothing to put their trust in except their strength. Human intellect, impressive education, riches, and political power cannot help save their souls or the kingdoms of the earth. Only God can change a mind and transform a life. I realize that church leaders must be real with their feelings because if the “human factor” did not come through our personalities we would all seem very robotic. At the same time, many are forced to wear the “smile” of being positive all the time because they want to keep everyone pumped up and they fear if they do not “demonstrate” a positive image they will discourage others. Learning to balance this daily decision of knowing what to do is like walking a spiritual tight wire but this is another area where is where discernment is needed. The role of a pastor is not easy and deserves more prayer and less criticism. Many depend on the pastors because they are supposed to have the answers! Why? Because that is a part of their calling. We have teachers, prophets, apostles, counselors, associate pastors, evangelists, singers, musicians, superintendents, elders, and deacons but none of these are responsible for knowing the direction of the assembly because they do not “literally” lead it. Of course, Christ is the head of the church but He appoints the “under Shepherd” to relay His messages and care for the sheep – right? Yes! And remember, the leaders also wear the brightest bulls-eye.

God’s leaders are to know His vision and are called to lead the warriors into the battle, however, it’s the pastors who are the ones that get up in the middle of the night and kneel on cold hospital floors praying for the sick. They hold people’s hands as they pass on to the next life. They help counsel the messes that others have made and go inside the prisons to preach the Kingdom’s message. They carry the worries and stress that no one else knows because many people have shared their secrets with them and trust them to remain confidential. While none of God’s remnant soldiers are to live in a world of depression, let us also remember that it’s alright, to be honest with the ones we trust and who care for our souls. True, there is no time for a lengthy pity party, but let us not forget that as servants of the Most High, ministers feel the same pain and heartaches that we do and there’s no condemnation for being real. It’s not an option but crucial that we all learn how to encourage ourselves in such a time as this. Find some comforting and soothing background music, lie down and be relaxed and still where no one can distract you. Begin to talk to the Lord and envision that He is with you. Feel His presence and worship Him for His love and all that He has done for you. Pour out your heart to Him today and give Him your burdens and cares. Relax your mind and ask Him to fill you with His Spirit. Pray for strength and allow your body to be calm and filled with His peace. He is waiting for you now. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” II Corinthians 4:8-9.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 17 – 4/24/21

THE LINE WHICH DIVIDES – Part 1

Greetings everyone in the mighty name of Jesus! I want to talk about a topic that I know is on a lot of people’s minds. I’m a conservative Christian and about as far right as one can be. My views are seen as outdated and even archaic to many, even to those in my family. I embrace traditional values which the progressive movement believes strongly are outdated and should be abolished forever. I’ve been accused of being a racist, a bigot, prejudiced, homophobic, xenophobic and generally very confused about what is true and relevant. It’s common to hear people say what a shame that some individuals on the other side of the fence live in a fantasy reality of conspiracy theories and I’m sure they were referring to me or those like me. I do agree with the analogy of their being two ways of thinking and in my opinion they basically come down to what the Spirit of God reveals God and what the world says. There has always been good and evil and today we are witnessing how the world and much of the church does not know the difference. I’m reminded of how God told Adam and Eve what was right, but Satan came in and said that God had relayed misinformation. I was studying the other day, and a thought came to me, “There are 2 types of people, one type is on fire for God, dedicated, sold-out, not afraid to be an extremist and radical for His truth, and doing everything they can to draw as near to Him as they can. The second type is everyone else.” Which type are you?

The latest term being used in our politically correct, socially accepted atmosphere is now being called the, “cancel culture.” What this means is that everything that is said which does not support the mainstream media’s laws of thinking, needs to be eliminated and censored. The new idea from humanism is to label all communication that opposes the liberal agenda as “misinformation” and all who support the conservative Christian view as dangerous. Instead of the church of Jesus Christ being reverenced and respected as the only spiritual truth since the beginning of time, and the true leaders of our world, Satan and his demons have now convinced the majority of the planet that human intelligence knows more than God and this secular should be highly regarded as the “true” truth. The masses have always been blind and ignorant when it comes to God because they do not have a transformed spirit that can understand spiritual truth. We must have a receiver and be on the correct channel in order to hear God’s voice. Only those who are born again have this capability to discern what God is saying. This is obviously proven since there is so much chaos and confusion about Biblical principles and social issues. It’s the tiny remnant that is closer to God’s truth than the broad way which leads to destruction.

When it comes to standing for what God is saying, I want to encourage you to never compromise in order to please others or attempt to get along with everyone just because it’s easier or makes you look popular. We have only begun to feel the separation of truth from lies and this will demand for the remnant to stop playing games and pretending to serve and love God. It does not take but a moment for a remnant believer to know if a person is a religious fake. If they are loved by the world, we should be on high alert. Many who seem to be followers of Christ are actually double-minded as they are led by their emotions. The Bible says in John 15:18-19 says, If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” This fear of being rejected causes social anxiety and is a button that demons can push all day long with solid results. Why should the enemy change tactics when what they are using is so effective?

I know today that if you and I claim to be a Christian, it’s time that we step forward and get real. The dividing line has been drawn and there is NO MIDDLE. You are either HOT or COLD! The state of lukewarm falls into the category of cold. The farther you turn to God, the more persecution and resistance you will experience from the devil and his followers. It’s time to come out of the closet and announce to the world what your allegiance will be. If you love God, tell the world that you embrace Matthew 22:37-40. If you do not love the Lord and have no intention to do what he says, stop faking it! Who are you trying to impress? God’s Word promises that all who play religious games are not impressing Him, and if you do not turn from your wicked deceptions, you will end up being tormented in hell. With God there has always been a line that divides, it’s just most people refuse to see it.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 16 – Published 4/17/21

TAKING TIME TO EXAMINE OUR SOUL

Life is all about changing from who you are now to the person God longs for you to be. It is definitely possible, but it will not come without a price. You have already been purchased with the blood of Christ which is the most valuable ransom eternity has ever known. This was done that we might have the possibility to develop into the image of the one who created us. The question remains with whether we will “allow” God to break us, melt us, mold us and use us within the specifications of the journey He has selected for us. Yes, it is true that if we refuse to invite God into our private life, He will never be our Lord. You see the idea behind praying for God to help us is not just asking for things. To many, prayer is making a “grocery list” of items that we want and then hoping that God would fill our request out of His desire to make us happy. This is not a realistic view of intercession. We pray because we love Him and know that to be pleasing to Him, we must become transparent. Our highest honor is bow before Him and our most worthy motive should be to know Him deeper in the power of His resurrection. Some of His children have already been in this spiritual evolution for many years and have made wonderful progress while others are just starting to see the personal “map” that God has drawn for their destiny – (and by the way have discovered they have a long way to go). And then there are those that have been a Christian for a long time and have absorbed volumes of religious knowledge but have never really come into the revelation of what transformation means. As we have said before, it is EASY to accept what Christ has done for us without ever yielding our will to Him, but to become one with Him calls for the emptying of one’s self so that we can be filled with His nature and this is the “possibility” of becoming renewed that we are talking about.

I know that God is speaking to me about personal change and I am convinced by the witness of His Spirit that as Jesus is preparing to return, He is trying to relay this message to all of His children. I was sitting around tonight watching some show about Alaska state troopers and I could hardly concentrate on what was happening because I am meditating in my spirit about what God wants to do within His disciples. Once again I have come into my office to write and empty my heart with what I feel He is trying to communicate to those who love Him and who desire to follow His Word. I believe He is attempting to reveal to ALL of us His will. Not only about “things” that are going on around us but about who He is, because if we can know Him more intimately, we will know what He wants us to do. And if we can know what He wants, we will at least find ourselves in the crossroad of decision to obey or walk away. Maybe this is the very reason why people do not want to go deeper in their relationship with Him is because they are afraid of what He will ask them to do. I have said many times that it is much easier to visit God at church than to be constantly aware of our responsibility to accomplish His commands. Sadly there are many who are convinced they have already done everything necessary to fulfill their commitment for eternal life and that has given them a false sense of security. Could it be that eternal life will still be given to the religious spectators who praised the Father for His mighty deeds but refused Christ to be their personal Lord?

Since change is what we are focused on, allow me to say again that God is ready and willing to help any of us with whatever is preventing our spiritual success. This success is the fulfilling of what He has called us to do and to become. He will not be satisfied with a half-hearted, lukewarm attitude that allows the flesh to control our life and no matter how much we cry on the shoulder of His grace, we must grow up and become accountable. I realize that God is filled with mercy and compassion but He will not betray His own integrity just because we memorize confessions or use our weakness as an excuse. We must support what we really believe with action which is the demonstration of faith. This means that whatever weakness or dysfunction is causing us to stumble, we must be willing to lay it on the alter and watch it burn to a crisp. Until we are ready to sacrifice these “idols” that bring us great fleshly satisfaction we will live our life at the gates and in the outer courts of His presence. It has never been acceptable to bring idols into God’s camp and this idolatry is seen by God to be an abomination and a direct enemy to His holiness. We love to hear about God’s understanding and forgiveness but we back away from hearing about how strict and uncompromising He is! The only place for anything that competes for God’s attention is the smoldering pile of burning rubbish.

Let us go to the book of Joshua and be reminded of the seriousness that God is trying to relay to us about purity and how there is no room for any other “thing” in our heart that tries to share His glory. Being a disciple of Jesus is about abandoning our will and setting our heart free to follow Him with the “single vision” of love. In Joshua chapter seven, we find that Joshua and his army have just defeated Jericho with the super-natural intervention of God’s power. They were given instructions to gather ALL the spoils and bring them into the treasury of the Lord. (This is an example of how God wants us to view our treasures of highest value as being dedicated to His service and not our own control). The people obeyed the orders from God except a man named Achan who stole some of the spoil and buried it in his tent. God became very angry at this act of rebellion, deception and theft. In fact, His anger burned against the entire nation of Israel. While this was going on, Joshua sent a few of his scouts to spy on a land called Ai. The spies returned and told Joshua that he would not need to send but a couple thousand of warriors because there were only a few who lived in Ai. To the surprise of everyone, the small group of soldiers from Ai chased the three thousand warriors and killed thirty-six men before they could escape. The people cried in fear and Joshua fell on his face to beg God to show him what happened to their favor with the Lord. God spoke and said that someone had taken some of the spoil from Jericho and that now the entire nation was cursed. They went through a process and discovered that Achan was guilty of “loving” a material possession more than he respected God’s command.

Achan admitted that he coveted the gold and silver and told them he buried it under his tent. Joshua sent his messengers to dig up the treasures and lay it before all the people. Listen to what happened in verses 24 and 25, “And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan son of Zerah, and the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had; and they brought them to the valley of Achor. And Joshua said, why have you brought trouble on us? The Lord will trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him and those with him with stones, and afterward burned their bodies with fire.” Do you actually believe that you can have secret idols, habits, desires and indulgences that are wrong in God’s sight, and not be experiencing closed doors, failures, depression, anger, hatred, disappointments, frustrations, and the misery that goes along with having a distance in your soul with Him? Do we want our carnal comfort zones caressed or do we want the truth? If we love ourselves more than we love God – we are idolaters and are cursed! I know we all want to be in control but we are the temple of the Holy Ghost – we do not “own it”. Our life has been given to us for a purpose and that calling was NOT to do whatever we want! It is time that we raised our expectations to His standards because He is not going to “skip over” holiness and sanctification. You see, God is not telling us to “try” harder, He is telling us to “die” harder! We only need a one step program and that is to embrace the revelation that we have been called OUT of darkness into His marvelous light!

This message of His divine reality will only be manifested when we decide to sell out completely for Him. This means holding nothing back because the amount of return depends on the amount of investment! Would you like to be totally possessed with God? Do you see yourself as being seated in heavenly places? The heart that is completely yielded to His Word will spend time at each level within God’s tabernacle that portrays the level of their love and devotion to Him and eventually will come to perfect rest and peace in the holy of holies. This surrendering and abandoning of our nature is exactly what Jesus is saying in this hour to His beautiful bride so that we can become adorned for the grandest wedding of all eternity. Can you hear His voice today? Can you hear Him calling you away, to let go of the world and embrace His instructions and to seek Him with all of your strength and mind? “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder saying, Alleluia for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His WIFE HAS MADE HERSELF READY. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints” Revelation 19:6-8. Did you see that? His wife has MADE herself ready! That my friend is the Word of the Lord to His people in this hour! Changing our life is more than just cleaning the spots and ironing the wrinkles, it is embracing His commands to reach out to the hungry and homeless with God’s love. It is using our resources to help finance God’s work and not worrying about 30 years from now. It is stopping OUR plans to hoard up everything we can get our hands on and start allowing God to pull our fingers away from our idols that we love and hold on to so strongly. It is time to ask God to renew our mind and give us love and mercy for those we have a hard time with. Let us ask Him each morning to cleanse our heart and to see situations the way He sees them. Let us forgive and pray for those who need Christ. It is the hour to walk in His peace and His anointing to think, say and do what is right! Amen!

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

PART 15 – Published 4/10/21

THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY

The Lord is very interested in us. He created us and everyone knows that whatever you create; you watch it, protect it, and are proud of it. God listens to every word we say and knows every thought we have. He would love to help us change but He is waiting patiently for us to call on Him to help us. However, it is MORE than just saying words…it is meaning it with our heart. We must be completely focused and be ready in faith to surrender our will to His will. Change is God’s specialty but if we are not serious, He is not deceived. He loves us so much that He cannot compromise. We have moved past the age of awakening and are now in the place of accountability. If you choose to fight on the front line and become determined to take up your cross and follow Him, may you have the love and courage to leave it all on the battlefield. Go before Him with a broken and contrite heart and He will flood your heart with His power and wisdom. Is God or your flesh in control? There is literal misery living with the internal conflict of regret. Anger and resentment toward our own decisions we have made can torment our conscience and directly affect how we think about our future.

Discouragement can become so heavy that it can convince us that we cannot become anything more than what we already are. This self-image of low esteem is related to depression and hopelessness and has no place in the life of the believer. We all have times of feeling down but this is usually the result of taking our eyes from Christ and looking at the stormy waves and wind. Remember, when John kept his eyes on Jesus he walked on the water but when he allowed fear to overwhelm him, he began to sink. Call on Him today and tell Him you are sick with doubt and defeat. Ask Him to encourage you and listen carefully to what He wants to say. It is crucially important that we stop living in denial and ask God for the courage to lay ALL of our cards on the table. Taking a personal inventory of our hearts is a great place to start because it reveals what you have and what you need. Examining our conscience is like taking inventory and launching a strategy proposal so that we know where we are and where we need to be? Instead of living with our head in the sand and allowing our negative emotions to control our destiny, it is time to push “satisfied-self” off the throne and invite Christ to be our Lord and King. This is not easy, in fact, it will take our entire life to learn and develop into this way of living.

Harvesting has to do as much with planting words as it does a crop in the fields, and if we allow heaviness and sadness to be planted in the rich soil of our conscience, we can be sure that if we water them with doubt and negative confession, a huge crop of oppression will flourish. These dark clouds can block the beautiful rays of light from God’s Son and deceive us into thinking that we are a failure or that our labor is not desired or appreciated. Satisfied-self is always ready to give up and forget about trying to persevere because it is an extension of the old carnal nature and it has every intention to dominate our thought life until we become determined to do something about it. Until the vision and desire of the possible self become stronger than the “established” satisfied self – we will stay the same! You will never be the person you desire to be unless you can “see” the possible you with the eyes of your spirit. The most important aspect of the metamorphosis process is to make certain that the individual you see is the person God has called you to be. Freewill has been given to each man and woman but as Christians, this does not mean we can become whatever WE want to be. When we were redeemed with the blood of Jesus, this meant that we were literally purchased from the eternal legalities of spiritual law. In other words we were all doomed because of the curse of the fall to be hopelessly destined to everlasting punishment and separation from God. Within this purchase agreement, there is a covenant vow that declares that everything God has is ours and all that we have is His.

We have no problem dancing and shouting about inheriting the riches of heaven but become selective when it comes to surrendering our most loved possession. And what exactly is that? I thought you would never ask – our will. We want to enjoy unlimited natural and spiritual blessings while still clinging to the freedom to do whatever we want. This is not going to work! He is not blind nor deceived to our game playing. Since He bought us and that means He now owns us. We can play around all we want but the true reality is that He wants our intentions, motives, desires, energy, dreams, plans, hopes, visions, and decisions which sum up in one word; our heart. Until we “see” this divine revelation we will always think that we are in charge of our own destiny and that we can do anything in our own strength and courage. This is a twisted view of a successful life. The truth is that we must see exactly what God has designed for us to be and with His anointing and intervention He will bless our labor and faith in order to accomplish HIS will in our life for HIS glory! Getting all the pieces arranged correctly is crucial when it comes to being truly blessed and victorious.

IF my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land” II Chronicles 7:14. This has been a popular verse for many years and is one of the strongest and clearest encouragements for the body of Christ when it comes to repentance and prayer. It has mostly been used in the context of God’s children being re-dedicated back to God so that He can deliver them from the hardships and difficulties resulting from sin. Let us decree this verse as meditation and confession about walking with Him as a lifestyle. Instead of thinking exclusively about God bringing restoration and blessings to a nation as a whole, we could pray that God would align our will with His will so that His purpose can be manifested IN US personally! I realize that trying to understand the hidden mysteries of how God operates behind the scenes will take more than just “surface mining.” I also believe that we can see and hear many things with our spiritual eyes and ears – IF they are open. As always, He is willing to bend over backward to help us, but He is “limited” by what we allow Him to do. Yes, I know it sounds disrespectful and blasphemous, but I am convinced we can prevent God from accomplishing His desires in us. I was reading an article the other day, and they closed by stating, “As with all things in life, if it’s God’s will, it will be.” I disagree with this saying. I’m not implying that God cannot do whatever He wants, but He does not make us love Him or force us to worship or serve Him and we know this is His perfect will. All that have lived wicked on Earth and who will spend an eternity in Hell had nothing to do with God’s will. Each of us every day disappoints and fails Him and ruin His plans for us. Prayer and obedience could have changed many things, but our wrong choices prevented His perfect will from happening.

Brother God can do anything and everything – He is God! How dare you even mention the possibility that there may be something He cannot do if He wants to do it! He is the creator of all things and His sovereignty gives Him the authority to decide all things and makes Him in total control! Well, it is not my intention to take anything away from the glory and splendor of God’s majesty, but truth has the power to set people free from their ignorance and the bondage’s that result from the lack of knowledge. Take this verse for example; It begins with a very important word, “IF”. Just this first word indicates that it is the decision of the people that will depend on whether God intervenes a little, some or not at all. We must be in agreement that God always wants to forgive and bless, but He does not “make” people repent! In this light, we must also agree that God does not always see His will accomplished every time in everyone. I understand how unusual this sounds but there are times when He is disappointed and saddened about the choices people make. You can go through the entire Bible and see the numerous situations where individuals made the wrong choices and suffered the consequences of disobedience. God was with them, trying to warn them and help them, but their free will gave them the power to control their destiny. So why am I saying all this? I am trying to put the spotlight on the fact that everything that happens is not necessarily God’s fault, but rather WE have direct responsibility when it comes to running and winning the race of life. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily beset [harass, tempt, attack, afflict, trouble, oppress, plague, torment] us, and let us RUN with patience the RACE that is set before us” Hebrews: 12:1. It is NOT God’s desire that we partake in sin and allow our lives to become so entangled with carnality that we cannot run. Likewise, it is not God’s fault that we finish our life in disappointment, sadness, and failure. You see, the miracle we are looking for is within our own hearts. We just need to understand how it can be manifested through God’s power and for His glory. In this light, it may be possible that we are holding back our own victory by refusing to let go of our favorite sin.

Sometimes we think about our spiritual life and do a quick summary of how we are doing and usually, we come up with a generally clean bill of health. Of course, our flesh is often the doctor in charge and his opinions are of course biased according to his own convictions. This old nature is a happy-go-lucky type that never sees the harm in doing anything as long as it gives pleasure to the body. Instead of being disappointed at being deceived, the flesh is actually content with it because it simply means that it does not have to worry or stress over reality. In fact, the flesh is so determined to avoid reality that it cannot stand to be anywhere that is quiet. Why? Because when we are quiet the old nature is afraid that we will hear God’s voice and that we might be drawn to His presence. If this is given a chance to evolve, the heart just might reach out by faith and accept the love of God which will destroy the stronghold of the old nature and replace him with a new Lord and Master of the soul. It is clear why the flesh loves to live in the darkness and saturate itself in the chaos of noise and distraction. The truth is that most of the time we are not doing well within our heart and we have issues that need to be dealt with. Only when we become an extreme radical about our relationship with God and have a red-hot passion to become holy as He is holy will we ever come closer to His refining flame. Amen.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 14 – Published 4/3/21

A DEAD GIVEAWAY

Those who are followers of God have realized for a long time that the mainstream news is biased toward Christians and conservative views. Most of the news world disguises information and distorts it in a blanket of what is commonly called fairness but is actually one sided in favor of the liberal view. It was no more clear than the four years of Trump’s presidency when not a word of positive truth was presented and everything that was reported was either criticism or neglected completely. Lester Holt recently gave an award speech where he so arrogantly declared that he represents the absolute truth and that everything which does not agree with his views are misinformation. In the most hypocritical display of deception, Holt said that journalists should be more active in communicating what they see as the “truth” on any given issue, which is exactly what he and all the rest of liberal news people refuse to do. He went on to say that media organizations should not waste their time being fair to the voices who have something to say that is opposite from what is politically correct. Sounds like pure communism. There are many problems with this arrogant declaration and one is to wonder who established that the mainstream media has the power to decide what is true and false? The Christian world proclaimed at the founding of this nation that is was God who sets all standards of right and wrong, but over the years God and His standards have been banned from our society. This rebellion against the one who is perfect in all His ways, is a blasphemy to the one creator of all things. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20.

In one of the most bold explanations of the intent of the news, there is no longer any doubt of the vision of media to indoctrinate the masses with what they believe is correct. Political correctness has now expanded into a cancel culture where those who have a voice that is contrary to liberals are actually being censored which is a violation of our first amendment. Holt is quoted, “One goal of media organizations should be to expunge “misinformation” from their reporting.” Oh really? So let me get this straight, if a liberal news agency does not want to report certain information because it exposes them as liars, all they have to do is call it misinformation. This is the benefit of being in total control of what is being said, and the disturbing part is the majority of the world is happy to drink it and absorb every word as absolute truth. This is a deception that will clearly pave the way for Satan to have complete control of the airwaves which is the vehicle for information. Have you noticed that if you give a person enough rope they will hang themselves with their own words? He should be humiliated to act like he is passionate about what is true while supporting the things that God hates. The upside down world of cancel culture is an abomination and God is very angry with this blasphemy. This is such a critical subject as we continue to move forward in this journey for God and I would be interested in hearing what you think about it. Those who do not know or walk with God do not really care because their mind is already clouded with thoughts pertaining to humanistic philosophies. Birds of a feather flock together and the lost world gladly embraces deception because they choose to believe human opinions rather than Bible truth. With the media having the power to silence a president and all who support him, what do you believe will be able to stop this nation from becoming a dictatorship? Can you believe that half the country is being seen as insane? Why haven’t millions of conservatives protected over being censored from media platforms? The laws protect gays and transgenders from doing and saying whatever they want and the Christian does not have the freedom to say they believe the cancel culture is wrong? Of course, Satan always turns things around backward and says it’s for the good of the people which is reverse psychology and a part of widespread brainwashing.

The NBC anchor and host made his remarks during his acceptance speech after receiving the Edward R. Murrow Award for a Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. If you want a good laugh, listen to this. The anchor urged journalists to pursue the truth in their reporting, and also touted the “responsibility” of journalists in the midst of times of crisis. Is this like reporting that trump planned a takeover of our government when it was staged by the democratic party to make Trump look bad? Or is this like never mentioning that Bill Clinton was good buddies with Jeffrey Epstein? Oh, I see. Listen to a quote from Holt, “I think it’s become clearer that fairness is overrated. The idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in. Decisions to not give unsupported arguments equal time are not a dereliction of journalistic responsibility or some kind of agenda, in fact, it’s just the opposite.” What if I as a Christian minister made a statement like that on the national news about how that Jesus is the only true God and every other religion is a deception? I would be crucified and yet Holy was praised by every liberal in the world for being a genius. Again, we see clearly that unsupported arguments are many times the light that reveals what is hidden in the darkness. For example, if people are dying from the vaccine, why would the media refuse to report about it? Because the virus was created in a laboratory in China and was somehow released just in time to tear down the American economy right before one of the most important elections in the history of our nation. This gives Bill Gates and the vaccine people a perfect opportunity to make billions of dollars with an unproven medicine that could be more dangerous than anyone can imagine. Oh I see, another conspiracy driven by highly respected doctors and scientist all over the world. Hmmm… NBC recently launched a so-called “disinformation” desk, whose goal is to root out online purveyors of contrary political narratives, or in other words anyone who does not endorse a progressive view. This is not say there is no such thing as conspiracy theories, but all information that contradicts humanism is not harmful. In fact the Bible is in direct opposition to the liberal agenda and it is absolutely correct. Johnny Enlow a minister of Jesus recently stated that the mainstream media has become so corrupt and evil that we can easily identify lies from what is true. If the news promotes something as good, we can suspect that it is evil, and when the news refuses to report on a certain issue, we can know there is a secret reason why. He called it a, “Dead giveaway” and is a great way to measure the intents of a corrupt system.

Holt is seen as a leader in the world of journalism and yet we know he is also the greatest hypocrite. For example, he talks about his integrity of only reporting the truth and not making fun of others or not giving credit where credit is due, and yet the mainstream media did not report one good thing that Trump did during his presidency and instead mocked his wife, children, his cabinet, and those who voted for him the entire time. Why? Because Trump did not play the game and sell his soul to the swamp. This made them furious, and they were not going to rest until they run him off. Holt and everyone like him intentionally smeared Trump every day for four years and were proud of their lies. Did anyone ever apologize to Trump for falsely accusing him? Did anyone say they were sorry for trying to impeach him twice over things he was innocent of? Of course not. Satan never say’s he’s sorry for stealing, killing and destroying m- it’s his nature. Since when is filtering, manipulating, distorting, exaggerating, and twisting information a good thing? This is exactly what Satan does in his full-time job as a deceiver. We now live in a world in which the major media outlets assemble the news cycle to the advantage of Democrats, and according to Holt they are justified to not only present political bias, but have every intention to force-feed it down the throats of all gullible and vulnerable listeners. Critics of Holt’s approach saw his comments as essentially a dog whistle to liberal reporters who are not being held accountable and are allowed to present the news from a one-sided perspective.

The same as Holt describes who declares there is no need to listen to anyone who is against what the liberal world believes, likewise as Christians we do not need to be objective to those who do not know God to tell us He is not real. However, when Christians speak up and say the same thing that Holt did, we are called bigots, prejudice, close-minded, conspiracy promoters, and ignorant fools that spreads dangerous disinformation. What’s the difference? It’s not right against left, it’s Satan against God. We must understand that lies against God’s truth is spiritual warfare and the Christian cannot go hide under the bed and hope this assault against God will just go away. The same as everyone knows the sun always sets in the West, followers of Christ know that He is real and do not need to be objective or open-minded to the views of an atheist or anyone who does not know God. Is fairness overrated when it comes to compromising the foundation of our convictions? In certain areas yes. People who believe the world is flat do not really deserve equal time or attention with the rest of us who know it is round. However, this is a smokescreen because we are not talking about something so obvious. For example, the mainstream stars such as Cooper, Lemon, Stephanopoulos, Cuomo, Roberts, and the gang, defended Hillary Clinton in all the corrupt, lying, and cheating acts she committed. Fair reporting? Right. They spewed day and night about Trumps collusion with Russia and told everyone he stole the election, when in fact it was all a fabricated lie from the democrats. All the ones who said all along that Trump was innocent were labeled dangerous and members of congress like Maxine Waters literally said that liberals should run these people down and violently harass them in public.

Now we have the same cycle of the “Dead giveaway” as we have heard from every major news organization is that anyone who even considers this past election was hacked by foreign Cyber terrorist, manipulated algorithms in computers, destroyed ballots, fake ballots, and all the rest, are censored and silenced. What are the liberals afraid of? The truth! Once again, those accused of conspiracy are absolutely right and the dead giveaway once again exposes what is really going on. It will be proven the election was absolutely stolen and was carefully organization and funded by liberals to hijack the office and had been planned since 2017. Cyber forensic experts with the highest degrees of integrity have proven without a shadow of a doubt that Trump won the election by millions of votes. I have a question: why don’t the media spend as much time and many investigating this real fraud as they did with the fake collusion conspiracy? Oh, I know, because they are liars who only say what Satan tells them to say. Another dead giveaway. Will Holt eventually make a public apology that every news agency was used in a plot to lie to the world about the election? Of course not. They will say the military is staging a coup as an illegal attempt to change outcome of a fair election and the course of our government. Yes, this would be another huge fantasy woven by those who shout from the housetops that fairness is overrated. In truth, when an election is proven to be a fraud, The new president, his cabinet, and every executive order is null and void because he was an Illegitimate official. It all means nothing except a huge embarrassment. All who were a part of the deception are responsible and guilty of treason. Who’s laughing and mocking now? The lying media who works on the front-lines of a Satanic agenda are bought and paid for by the globalist. They are told exactly what to say and are paid well for it. Sadly, all the money in the world is not worth selling your soul over. Their words have nothing to do with being fair and balanced, in fact they are proud to relay one-sided progressive views and all those who watch are proud to absorb it. They are all servants to whom they obey. The heresy of false information originates in an attitude based on opinions of how they see the world. Christians on the other hand place their faith in how God sees the world. Huge difference. Jesus said the world hated Him, and if we love Him, the world will also hate us – another dead giveaway. If you are not being hated by the world – you are not walking with Christ at the level He desires. Another obvious cover-up is how the news will never mention the number of powerful people that are involved in the pedophile and human trafficking industry. Why do they keep this quiet? Because there are so many well-known people involved, it is common knowledge that to mention it will cost people’s jobs and most probably their lives. And the media wants those who walk in God’s light to trust them? Really? Why would anyone allow their conscience to be contaminated with half-truths?

The problem with those in mainstream media who are not born-again, is they are being paid to tell the truth but personally have no idea what it is in the areas of politics, social issues, and the spiritual realm. Jesus says the unsaved world are blind and they grope in the darkness. He’s not making fun of them, he is stating a fact that everyone who does not have Christ as their Lord cannot understand His ways and have no desire to listen to Him. It’s God who gives us the ability to see and discern truth. Remember the words to Amazing Grace? The lost love to be independent and rule their own lives and surrendering their will to God is the last thing on their minds. They are deceived and thus cannot and also refuse to understand truth. It’s sad and dangerous to know the very people whom the majority of the world is trusting to keep them informed are unable to comprehend what is right and wrong. Their perceptions are slanted and their views are corrupted with bias against God. The only nature they have to filter information is the carnal mind which is depraved and corrupt. Jesus called the crowd to him and said, Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them. Then the disciples came to him and asked, Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this? He replied, Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit” Matthew 15:10-14. The Lord demands for His people to stay away from blind guides who are bound in deception and error. Why would any Christian listen to those who have no spiritual discernment when it’s the followers of Christ who are filled with the light and wisdom of God? It is the remnant Christian who knows the truth, who has the anointing and spiritual authority, and are called to set the captives free in the name of Jesus.

So where are we headed as the world is changing every day – and not for the better? Many are praying that God will clean out the evil and sweep away the liars and deceivers like one would sweep the floor and throw the dirt in the garbage. To be honest, God loves everyone and wants to save them. His mercy is reaching out to the evil people the same as He reached out to us. I do find it hard to imagine that he would bring down His wrath now upon so many who are mesmerized by carnality and humanism. There are just so many people who are wicked, where would He begin? How can He remove evil from the hearts of the lost when His program allows people to live however they want according to free will? Of course we should keep praying that God will save and protect this nation from becoming another Sodom, Babylon, or Rome, but if He does not purify America, we should stay focused on His face and keep doing everything He is telling us to do. There is much to pray about and we still have a window of grace to serve Him and love others. James 4:4 reminds us,You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” There are no more excuses for Christians to play patty cake with vipers. We must pull away from the darkness, be sanctified, embrace holiness, be determiner and diligent to walk in His love and His Spirit. We were never created to change the world, because we cannot change anyone. Only God will change who will believe in Him.

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Published 3/26/21 – PART 13

I want to do something a little different this weekend and share with you an article that is written by a man named Justin Honse about a growing term that is being used in our world today called, “THE GREAT RESET.” As Christians we know the end-times is here and the world is changing rapidly. I’m not sure what the world will look like in the next 10 years, or if God’s people will still be here. For those of you who spend time researching, I’m sure you have noticed how the rulers of the world are planning to turn the world into a global economy. This is no doubt setting the stage for the anti-Christ. I’m also including a very interesting video by a minister named Johnny Enlow, and he has some very encouraging things to say about how God is getting ready to reveal His power and authority. There is much evil in this world and we actually know very little about to what extent or who is involved. Only the Lord Almighty would be able to expose these abominations as the mainstream media controls the airwaves to protect the wickedness. Mr. Enlows spiritual insights are very interesting and I thought you would enjoy listening to him. Much love and blessings to you!

Does the Great Reset Really Mean I’ll Own Nothing? | by Justin Honse | Medium

https://justinhonse.medium.com/does-the-great-reset-really-mean-ill-own-nothing-79ec55b98809

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OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 12 – Published 3/20/21

THOSE WHO SEEK GOD SHALL FIND HIM

It’s not how many times you fall down – it’s how many times you get up!

When we are facing a crisis, we have 3 choices: We can let it define us, we can let it destroy us, or we can let it strengthen us. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” I Timothy 1:7.

An encouraging scripture to confess every day – “I can do ALL things thru Christ who strengthens me.”

What cancer and disease cannot do:

It cannot stop love –

It cannot shatter hope

It cannot dissolve faith –

It cannot destroy peace

It cannot silence courage –

It cannot steal eternal life

It cannot conquer our spirit

We must CHOOSE hope over fear and allow our faith to be LARGER than our doubt!

Do not confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy today does not mean the sun will not shine tomorrow. We can have joy and peace on the inside no matter what is happening around us.

An African proverb says; “however long the night, the dawn WILL break.” “Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. The devil cannot defeat us! He is only allowed to tempt us and influence us. God is in control.

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. “Your mind is a garden your thoughts are your seeds, you can plant flowers or you can plant weeds.” This means we choose what seeds we plant into our mind and are responsible for the thoughts we allow to grow.

We cannot direct the wind BUT we can adjust our sails. (We choose each day what we will say, how we act, and who we will serve). God is waiting for us to become the person Jesus died for us to be.

Courage does not always ROAR. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, “I will try it again tomorrow.” NEVER give up – ask God to help you. The Bible says in Psalm 118 verse 5, “I called upon the Lord in my distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side – I will not fear, what can man do to me?”

Proverbs chapter 3 and verses 5- 8, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge HIM and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and strength, nourishment and refreshment to thy bones.”

We KNOW that God is the HIGHEST authority and has complete power and control over ALL things! We are celebrating how GOD is bringing VICTORY over an enemy that is trying to do us harm!

We speak God’s Word that is the true reality and His will. We believe and receive His Word into our life and come into agreement with Isaiah 54:17, “NO weapon formed against thee shall prosper; and every that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of ME, saith the Lord.”

We are celebrating this day because God loves us with a never failing love and we know in our hearts that He is intervening in our recovery, He is our great deliverer, our healer, He is the great physician, the Savior of our soul, the King of Kings and the Lord above all lords.

God is the creator of all things and SPOKE the universe into existence! He said let there be light and there was light and it was good. And this same spiritual principal is active and alive within us. He wants us to know and agree with His will and to SPEAK His Word in faith and He will bring His Word to life because God’s Words ARE LIFE! In Isaiah 57:19 the Lord says, “I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to him who is far away, and to him that is near – AND I WILL HEAL HIM!”

I know that what I have to say in my flesh does not really matter – but what God has to say has the power to DO THE IMPOSSIBLE – TO CHANGE WHAT MAN CANNOT CHANGE – AND TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WILL!

As many of you know, my wife is a two time cancer survivor and I have walked with her through the dark valleys and now I am rejoicing every day because she has been cancer free for 10 years. We believe that God healed her and desires to heal many others. Let us praise Him for what he has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do, and most importantly just for who He is.

We repent of our sins and ask God to help us become victorious! Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart God will not hear me.”

Psalm 51:10-12 says, “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.”

Psalm 18:6 says, “In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.” Do you believe He hears you?

Father, I come to you today with a broken and contrite heart. I am weak and you are strong. Fear and doubt are standing at my door like ravening wolves. I look across the world and I see evil and darkness everywhere. My heart is heavy as I see more people every day turning against you and your Word. I humbly ask that you fill my mind and soul today with your peace that passes all understanding. Please encourage my heart and allow me to see as when Elisha’s servant’s eyes were opened. Rekindle my joy and confidence in you and use me to do your will. Help me to stay focused on you and to dwell in the secret place of the Most High. My hope, my trust and my life is in you and nothing else. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.”

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Part 11 – Published 3/13/21

I HEAR THE SOUND OF OUR ENEMIES FALLING AT OUR FEET

Christian! This is NOT a time to hang our harps on the willows and weep! It is the enemy of our souls who loves to whisper his lies and tell us we are defeated. Listen, my brothers and sisters, has Jesus Christ ever said that you are defeated? Has He ever told you to curl up in a fetal position and give up? Absolutely NOT! It is the devil that persuades us to see the glass half empty and to develop a dark negative view about the world and our personal life.

Many in our government are being controlled by the globalist and are quite proud of themselves. In their twisted perception, they believe the swamp prevailed. This demonic stronghold has been in power since the beginning of the country and I’m not sure what it would take to pull it out by the roots. We know that God can and does bring justice and judgement, but He also does not force anyone to love or serve Him. It’s not a negative creed or confession to say that evil people are like weeds, they can be cut down, but they will grow back. If the corruption in Washington is exposed and if leaders are removed, this does not mean that evil has been destroyed. It simply means they will regroup and start again at another time. We know that anti-Christ is coming along with a seven-year tribulation period and we cannot pray against this because it is prophesied in the Bible. However, this does not mean that we stop praying against evil government leaders and the wrong things they do. We must continue interceding that God’s power will be released and that many will be saved and delivered from sin. There is much to do before Jesus comes and we have no time to waste feeling sorry for ourselves.

DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE NEGATIVE INFLUENCES! Turn off the negativity coming from television and the computer and only absorb God’s truth and those who are speaking His instructions. Stand up – set your face as flint – look down and see the enemy is under your FEET! This reality is not because of our power, but it’s by GOD’S Spirit say’s the Lord! I John 4:4 declares, “You are of God, little children and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE that is in you than he that is in the world!” We are reminded in Colossians chapter 2 and verses 10-15 that we are in covenant with Christ and that He is the ultimate authority over everything including Satan! “And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Jesus gave His life and delivered us from the lies and deceptions of the devil so that you and I could be “set free” from the darkness of deception and be empowered to live victoriously in light and life of Christ in Jesus Name!

Is the devil whispering to you that you are defeated and that Satan’s kingdom wins? Remember the story of Gideon and how the Lord told him to only take 300 men to fight a war against an army of 135,000 soldiers? Have you ever felt that your situation also looked that hopeless? This is exactly what the Lord wants! If you and I could do it ourselves, we would not need God’s help at all! Gideon obeyed the Lord and trusted Him completely and the enemy ended up destroying themselves without Gideon actually having to literally fight them. We can see in God’s Word when it seems there is no hope, this is when the Lord will manifest the greatest miracles. Remember, Lazarus was dead four days. Many times we look in the mirror and see our problems and realize our needs are greater than what this natural realm can provide, but this is this place of total dependence on God that He is trying to bring us to. We must extend our faith into the supernatural realm where God operates so that we can receive His DIVINE power and the miracle we are asking for. Read all the true accounts in the Bible that were impossible, BUT God stepped in and made it POSSIBLE! Do you need the Sun to move backward? Do you need the Red Sea parted? Do you feel like you are in the lion’s den or in the fiery furnace? Is there a huge giant laughing and threatening to kill you? Listen, my brothers and sisters, the same God that brought deliverance in all of these trials, desires to do the same for you today! Amen! You might believe He CAN, but He is waiting for you to believe He WILL!

Jesus made an open show that darkness can never will overcome the light when He conquered Satan on the cross! This is just one display of eternal truth and the next one will be at His glorious coming when Jesus melts the world and cast Satan and his demons into the bottomless pit! A blessing that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit is that our eyes can be opened and have spiritual discernment which will set us free from the devil’s lies and deceptions. God has given us His Word, the Holy Spirit Spirit, faith, and spiritual authority in His Name, so why are we afraid and discouraged? It’s because we are listening to the demons that say all hope is lost. WHOSE ACCOUNT ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? God has given to you His promises of life and hope while the devil is whispering his lies of death and failure. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” Psalm 1:1-3.

Those who are spiritually born-again are the covenant heirs of God’s will, AND His will are the promises of His Word that cannot fail! You have been called to be an OVERCOMER on this earth and God is counting on you to arise, put on your armor, and claim His victory on the battlefield of intercession. Let’s go into the enemy’s camp and take back what he’s stolen in Jesus name! Awaken giant of the Lord, repent of your unbelief, wash your face, fall on your knees, and become filled and empowered! Speak to the mountain and command it to be cast into the sea in Jesus Name! Demand the cripple to stand on their feet with the authority of Jesus’ blood, His name, and His Word! Boldly prophesy to the dry bones and command them to live! Satan trembles at the thought of you rising up in holy confidence and realizing who you are in Christ. God needs His warriors in this final hour to listen in the spirit realm and to hear the sound of their enemies falling at their feet! Listen closely, can you hear this sound? It is in the secret place of the Most High where we hear His voice and receive His instructions. “If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear” Mark 4:23.

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Part 10 – Published 3/6/21

IN THE NAME OF DECENCY

If a Christian stands with liberal progressiveness in the name of decency, we wonder if the passion to embrace God’s will is a part of the equation. It is not a secret there is a plague of deception and our media is responsible. God’s Word clearly teaches that the system of humanism is in direct opposition to being a follower of Jesus Christ as they are opposed to one another, and yet we hear about a growing number of people rejecting the conservative ideology. Since there are two realities who have different interpretations of right and wrong, can there be a happy medium? Probably not. An individual can pretend to serve both God and the carnality, however the Bible say’s in Luke 16:13, they will always end up loving one and hating the other. This confusion and rebellion causes many to live in the bondage of deception and is a result of the spiritual principle which declares that a house divided against itself cannot stand. For example, it’s impossible for any person who has an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ to justify and approve the murder of an innocent child, ONLY for the reason because it is unwanted. If this is not true, then I challenge anyone to get on their knees and sincerely ask God is it’s alright. Yes of course there are acceptable situations where the mothers life is in danger, but I’m talking about a circumstance where the only excuse is because it’s too painful or too much trouble to give birth and give the child to a couple who would love to have it. I agree that everyone has the right to decide a medical issue for their own body, but NO ONE has the right to kill another human being.

I’ve actually heard liberals declare there are many more important political and social issues to consider than the tax funded slaughter of innocent people. Really, what are they? Yes, a child is definitely a person and according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, “Including neural development, psychology of pain sensation, and moral implications of fetal pain, concludes that unborn babies may experience pain as early as 12 weeks.” When it comes to our personal convictions and worldviews, I would rather stand with God and be condemned by the world, than to stand with the world and be condemned by God. Intact dilation and extraction, is where the developed fetus is moved into a breech position, the brain is suctioned from the cranium and the skull is crushed in order to be more easily removed. Kathy DiFiore, Founder & President Emeritus of “Several Sources Shelters” was shocked to learn that in her own home state of New Jersey, abortion is allowed after fetal viability. Further researched uncovered that there are 7 other states, where there are no restrictions on abortion: Colorado, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Alaska, and New Jersey and the District of Columbia. The phrase, “Late term” is considered vague and now referred to as, “Fetal viability” which is the ability of the child to survive outside of the uterus.

Sadly, other laws are currently being established and taught in our public education system that even small children now have the right to disregard their biological chromosomes and change their gender if they so wish. Anyone who disagrees and teaches that God wants all humans to follow their original sexual identity and their God given dignity are now falsely accused of discriminating as a bigot and racist. While the suicide rate for transgenders is higher than the traditional sexual identification, there is not an honest concern as to why this is among those who support and encourage these lifestyles. Spiritual truth and even science is not based on carnal prejudice and human rights are not always the same as God’s perfect will. Jesus loves the babies and He loves males and females, and yet His standard of absolute truth is boldly attacked and accused as wrong. Christians who have been hiding behind the walls of the church in fear of being involved with political and social issues, are now shocked to discover there are no religious exemptions to these dangerous laws. Churches that refuse to allow gays or transgenders to teach and lead their services, who refuse to marry same sex couples or transgenders, who teach that homosexuality and irresponsible abortion is a sin, will be forced to either comply or be closed and possibly prosecuted for a hate crime. For the last 50 years, Christians have been asleep while the enemy has been working diligently to remove traditional Christian values and cancel our Constitution. The political correctness and the socially acceptable movement has now grown into a cancel culture beast and it’s agenda is to censor conservative ideology and replace it with a new world order. This is the judgment of God upon this nation in regard to a weak and lazy church who left the gate open and now the horses have escaped and can never be caught. Evil has increased and suddenly Christians are begging God to completely cleanse our government and turn it upside down and stop what they allowed. This is much easier than putting on battle armor, being an activist, getting involved, studying, learning, and fighting against Satan’s lies in the Name of Jesus.

Allow me to stop here and explain an important point of this conversation. Christians realize the government for the most part is not interested in being guided by the Lord Jesus or His principles and have openly admitted to it. We also understand that God has given everyone freewill and our laws of freedom and liberty allow people to choose and make decisions on their own. I realize the separation of church and state was created to “protect” the people from being forced and dictated to worship in a certain way while other religions could be outlawed. Without a separation of the church and the state, schools could indoctrinate children in a “national religion” and families would be able to do little to stop it. Governments can take advantage of the separation. However, not having the church involved at all in the lawmaking process, congress can decide to pass unjust laws that could be highly offensive to Christians such as forcing tax payers to fund abortions leaving Christians unable to do anything about it. Because there is separation, the church is now taken completely out of the role of governing. Many have stated the best government is where lawmakers focus on the body while the church focuses on the soul, but there is a fine line when it comes ethical and moral decisions. It’s one thing to accept elections where atheist and communist are fairly voted in, but what are conservative voters to do when it’s discovered that elections are fraudulent? The reason why the Obama administration continued to emphasize the United States is not a Christian nation was to establish an environment where the government has no obligations to obey the will of God. This opened the door to accept and serve a humanistic agenda without having to consider a Godly standard of divine truth. How convenient.

To imagine that anyone could have the arrogance to say that God is wrong is evidence of being controlled by Satan. This is what the world of darkness has being influencing people with since the devil fell to the earth. The world is blind and they hate God and the remnant who love God and follow Him will also be hated. These are just facts. We as a population are divided by good and evil as it comes down to those who love God and those who hate Him. This is where we must understand the remnant of Jesus will not compromise nor back down in this fight. The follower of Christ will stand for truth whether it separates children from their parents, offends family members and friends, or even causes divorces. The conservative Christian is not hating the person, but they realize this is a spiritual war and they are engaged against an enemy of God. No weakness, no surrender, no compromise. When we try to make peace, we are being defeated by an evil enemy who hates us and has come to destroy and kill us. With the decisions being made in this current administration, we are seeing that our future is being decided today. I’ve actually heard people recently say that it does not matter what is being done in congress because they believe it will all work our alright. For those who choose to live in denial and refuse to fight in this spiritual conflict, you are missing the voice of God and His call to stand. What is at stake? Our existence. We have a large number of traitors that have sold their soul to the highest bidder. Those who are possessed by demons, have been allowed to take their positions of control and are now ruling on behalf of their Father the devil. The lines are being drawn and it’s time for every person who is born-again to come out from under the bed and learn how to resist this attempt to be brainwashed by secular humanism. If our television news channels and social media are causing us to be deceived and distracted from Jesus – turn it off. If our friends and family are condemning us and attacking what we believe, pray for them but turn away from them. In Matthew 10 we are reminded to shake the dust off our feet and leave if someone will not listen to our message and is rude to us. God’s children are actually commanded to be salt and light and to not be ashamed of who they love and serve. In a world of chaos and ignorance, it’s the Christians who are supposed to stand boldly for God’s truth and walk in His wisdom and authority. However, instead of the blind world respecting the heirs of righteousness, they hate them. Why? The same reason they hate Jesus. Darkness hates light.

It’s true that arguing and debating rarely changes the minds of others, but I will say that God can plant seeds of truth and the Holy Spirit can bring conviction to the conscience. In every battle, we always find a dialogue that exists between two opposing views. If every Christian were afraid to share what God wanted them to say, how would the world know what we believe? Look at all the brave Christian individuals that have podcasts and who devote their lives to speaking God’s truth. Look at all the pastors, prophets, evangelists, and teachers who are not afraid to address the issues of our time. We must develop a strong courage and be willing to put on the gloves and fight against those who are teaching and lying to the next generation. How will our children and grandchildren know what is right unless we have the strength and faith to step forward and tell them? However, I will say that studying to “show ourselves approved” generally means that if we are going to step into the arena to defend our views, we need to make sure we know what we are talking about. If we are a non-confrontational personality and have no intention to stand for what we believe, we should crawl back under the bed. My question is did David run from the giant? Did Jesus run from the cross? When the world makes fun of what we believe, even it’s from our loved ones, let us realize they are not showing love or respect. Even if we could prove them wrong, there is a good chance they would resent us even more. It’s true, the key to being effective is to listen to the Holy Spirit and only verbally engage when God approves, but many Christians are not sensitive enough to know when that is. The truth is that most Christians are not knowledgeable or prepared to speak even if they had a chance. In general, Christians are fearful and intimidated of a secular world that is educated and well equipped to communicate for their agenda. Of course, as God’s remnant we are going to be mocked, persecuted, ridiculed, attacked, and discredited as a way to embarrass and humiliate us, but for God to arrange divine appointments for our conversations, He uses those who have invested the time and have become a living sacrifice available for His use.

Speaking of divine appointments, we read an interesting account found in the book of Acts chapter 26. Paul was brought before king Agrippa to explain why the Jews had accused him of breaking the law by having faith in Christ. King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews” Acts 26:2. Isn’t the Christian life a constant examination of our behavior along with an opportunity to explain why we love God? Do you believe Paul should have said that it was a waste of time to stand boldly and explain what was true? Do you believe that no one should say anything about government corruption or have mentioned that the election was stolen? If you do not believe there was widespread fraud, cheating, hacking, and other forms of cheating, then I’m sure you would not mind at all if there is an investigation to just make sure everything was done perfectly and the results were fair. But, wait a minute. Haven’t we witnessed every judge and every court in the nation boldly refuse to listen to the evidence? Why is that? Something as critical as a presidential election being intentionally manipulated and the chance for many people to go to prison for treason is surely more important than a farmer being accused of stealing a chicken. Christians, conservatives, and patriots of America have been laughed at and mocked the entire four years of Trump’s presidency as an evil smear toward the fantastic job he did. Why? He was standing in the way of a liberal agenda. He was constantly attacked falsely and yet he still managed to actually help the nation more than anyone ever has. Republicans are still being hated, mocked, and now being censored from their rights to free speech, as they seen as a danger to society because their views are more conservative according to Satan’s idea of political correctness. My question is how will the liberal left respond when it is proven that Trump won by over 10 million votes and is still president? Will they apologize for following a party of deceivers and a media of liars? If it is proven the election was fair, the conservatives will go about their business as usual, but if Trump comes back into office because he actually won the election, the liberal left will burn down the nation while crying that he cheated. This alone should open the eyes of everyone (whatever party they support) and who consider themselves intelligent with a moral conscience. I do not know what will happen, but I am waiting for a court and a judge who will step forward and be willing to at least look at the evidence. What’s wrong about that?

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 2/27/21 – Part 9

THE CALL TO BATTLE

This week I’m including an article by Scott McKay and I believe you will find it interesting. It’s based on the writings of Yuri Bezmenov who as a Soviet defector, knows quite a bit about the Marxist philosophy. We also know how China and other communist regimes use deadly force to silence any voices that are not supportive of the government. I recently watched a documentary about the prison on Green Island and how the Taiwan government sent people there because they were being too outspoken in their views and even in the artistic expressions. Hundreds if not thousands were subject to brainwashing tactics and many others were tortured and killed. Is this where we are headed? As Christians, we know the anti-Christ is coming and the system of the beast will be enforced. The cancel culture we are seeing today is conditioning our society to accept political correctness by silencing free speech. It is intimidation meant to bring fear in those who trust God and believe that His Word is absolute truth. This new law of control declares that if a person does not agree with the liberal culture, they should be censored, blacklisted, smeared, disrespected, discredited and even literally attacked with the purpose of eliminating them. Even though the Constitution has given each citizen, the legal right to express one’s opinions, the cancel culture refuses to recognize these rights.

Christians must show love to everyone, but we have as much right to stand for our views as anyone else. How many soldiers and how much blood has been shed for us to be able to speak the truth? When I was a growing up, I always assumed we were a Christian nation, but many today say we never were. Issues that were commonly accepted 50 years ago, are now openly mocked and rejected. I read about a debate about the Equality Act which took place the other day in the House of Representatives. Republican Greg Steube criticized the bill saying it violates Christian beliefs and is quoted, “The gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God’s good design. Whenever a nation’s laws no longer reflect the standards of God, that nation is in rebellion against Him and will inevitably bear the consequences.” Democrat Jerry Nadler responded, “Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this congress.” Even with the emphasis being directed to the separation of church and state, I still find this shocking with “In God we trust” being our motto.

Since “God’s will” is the meaning and purpose of life, I cannot imagine how Jesus feels when He hears someone say that our government has no desire to listen or follow Him. Even though much of the world reacts to God in the same way every day, it is heartbreaking know the majority of our law-makers would publicly agree with this. To think that a humanist legal system could make right decisions without asking for God’s wisdom and direction is arrogance, deception, and foolishness. It’s no wonder our country is filled with confusion and corruption. We do not need to be ugly, but God has not given us a spirit of fear. It’s obvious the liberal agenda does not want to share the realm of communication and is only allowing a one sided flow of information. Will Christians confront communism or will they crawl under the bed and hide? When the Christian is being attacked by demons, this is a sign they are walking in the light. As we keep our eyes on God’s standard for living, we are filled with the confidence and boldness to fight the good fight of faith. God has given us spiritual armor, His holy Word, the power of prayer, the Name of Jesus, and His infinite authority to plead the blood of Jesus in this war against evil.

The giant is awakened, and we are seeing the power of God being activated! The bowls of prayers in Heaven are filled and God is intervening against this spiritual darkness. The truth will soon be exposed! We must keep believing, we must never give up. I was very impressed the other night listening to congressman Jason Rapert. Many of you might know him as he is a strong Patriot like Josh Hawley who is a fighter against abortion and the conservative Christian ideology. He was talking about the House of Representatives and the Senate that consist of 535 seats, and how sadly many of those are occupied by corrupt and evil people. He made an interesting comment: “With over 330 million people who live in America, can we not find 535 lawmakers who follow God’s standards for justice, morality, and decency?”

Let us remember to pray for those who are in Congress and who fight on the front lines of spiritual warfare every day. Also remember the state Senate in Arizona who just today was given the green light by a judge to analyze the voting machines, and the ballots from Maricopa County. Much evidence of fraud has already been gathered and proven and this should now settle once and for all the question of cheating. If it’s officially proven that Trump actually won in Arizona, there are at least 15 more states that will proceed with hearings that will include presenting evidence to prove mass voting fraud. The question will then be; how much evidence will be needed for the Supreme Court to agree to listen? Are they even a factor? Maybe not. What will these liberals say when it’s proven the election was stolen? The entire world will see this current administration are evil liars and truly a swamp of corruption and deception. I would hate to be a lawyer trying to defend a traitor. They might as well start cleaning out their desk! God does not need a human to help Him with His sovereign authority. He can turn the world upside down if He chooses. I pray He does.

FOUR STAGES OF MARXIST TAKEOVER

By Scott McKaybased on the words and warnings of Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov.

It’s been a couple of months since this article was published and the situation today is even more dire than predicted. Most of us could not have imagined the antics of the Marxist left during the 2020 elections and now they are laughing. The Marxist takeover of America is well on its way. The first goal of revolutionary propaganda, particularly the Marxist variety, is to demoralize and depress you and make you believe your civilization is lost. Once you succumb to that, you are, in the words of Ming the Merciless, satisfied with less. Why do you think ordinary Caucasians are so willing to apologize for the sins of their ancestors and to confess to being racist without even knowing it? Why do you think corporate America is blindly endorsing a Marxist revolutionary organization that openly declares war on the nuclear family? That’s demoralization and according to Bezmenov it’s the first step in engineered societal collapse.

The second step is destabilization. Bezmenov describes this as a rapid decline in the structure of a society including its economy, its military, and its international relations. We realize the unquestionable passion on the part of Democrats to keep the economy as hamstrung as possible with COVID-19 shutdowns, and those continue despite a precipitous decline in death rates as testing ramps all across the country. It’s clear the virus is no longer a significant threat to the health of Americans who don’t already have serious medical issues, and yet COVID hysteria is increasing, rather than decreasing. Recently the Ivy League shut down all its sporting events planned for the fall semester, an absurd decision that is nonetheless likely to be copied by other universities dominated by leftist political activists (the Big Ten, ACC, and the SEC are all in various stages of planning conference-only schedules this fall, which makes no sense whatsoever). The virus is the perfect platform by which to impose the economic destabilization the Left has wanted all along.

No, that isn’t a conspiracy theory. They are boldly telling you it’s what they’re after. Do you believe Ilhan Omar was off-script when she suggested dismantling America’s economy as a system of oppression? Ilhan Omar, who paid a political consultant $900,000 in fees last year, money that came from somewhere, isn’t smart enough to say these things without having the script written for her. She’s being trotted out to introduce them because she’s already radioactive and a lightning rod for criticism, and also because she’s (1) black, (2) Muslim, and (3) an immigrant, and even an illegal one at that. To criticize her statements as just a joke, reveals the signature not of incisive reasoning but rather racism. So when other democrats join her politically correct battle cry, no one is allowed to object. Google Omar’s statements and what you’ll find is a loud cacophony of gas-lighting by left-wing media outlets like Common Dreams, The nation, the Washington Post, and others attacking Republicans for reacting to what they saw and heard on video as “meltdowns” and “losing their minds.” Even Snopes, the left-wing website purportedly acting as a fact-check operation, declares that Omar didn’t actually say what she said. That’s destabilization. The liberals are fully engaged to usher in a progressive society, whether you believe they’ve been successful or not. But ask Mark McCloskey, for example, whether or not he thinks it’s outlandish to suggest the American order has been destabilized. McCloskey told Tucker Carlson that after the police told him, they couldn’t protect him after the incident where he and his wife used guns to protect their property from a mob of Black Lives Matter trespassers, he called around to private security firms for help and was given advice to get out of his house and let the mob do what they would. Does that sound like a stable society to you?

The third stage is crisis, the catalyzing event that builds on the first two stages to bring on the change the revolutionaries are looking for. Looking for a crisis? Take your pick. We barely even remember the fact that we just had only the third presidential impeachment in American history half a year ago, a constitutional crisis that was wholly and completely manufactured directly out of thin air. We progressed immediately from that to COVID-19, which was unquestionably another manufactured crisis — not that the virus itself isn’t deadly to a certain portion of the population, but if you think the panic and destruction it’s caused doesn’t smell like it was manufactured then it’s clear you’ve been demoralized.

And then the George Floyd riots and the paroxysms of violence and virtue-signaling those have brought on, complete with the current campaign to bowdlerize American history and culture in an increasingly indiscriminate fashion. That’s a crisis, everybody, and it’s a completely manufactured one. The speed of the cultural collapse that followed Floyd’s death — when the legal system moved very swiftly against the police officers responsible for it — makes it undeniable this was planned and only needed a catalyst.

What’s the fourth stage? Normalization. As in a “new normal.” The statues and monuments are gone, the ball games are out, or at least you aren’t allowed in the stadium to watch them (and you’ve got to watch them on TV interspersed with commercial spots and in-game messaging pushing whatever memes and narratives the ESPN’s and NBC’s of the world and their Madison Avenue partners wish to implant in your mind), the schools have purged American history and culture, the Universal Basic Income checks have replaced your job, which you can’t do because the small business where you used to work has gone under thanks to the virus.

And now we have Biden as our president. At least for a little while, until it’s clear he’s incapacitated per the 25th amendment, and then somebody else that you didn’t vote for is in charge of the country. We close this short history lesson with this nugget. This was back in July, before Democrats locked doors for two days to manufacture ballots, hooked voting computers to the internet so they could be hacked, drove in vans full of fraud ballots at 3:30 AM, and pulled out suitcases of fake ballots hidden under tables to steal the landslide 2020 election from President Donald Trump. Let’s hope your confidence that none of this can possibly happen is well-placed. Let’s hope Bezmenov was just imagining all of these horrors like people believe G. Edward Griffin is.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 8 – Published 2/20/21

NO MIDDLE GROUND

So many things are changing in our country as I wonder what is going to happen next? I will say that I pray for the corruption and lies to be revealed. As of this writing, Trump has just been acquitted again and the Arizona battle concerning the election fraud is still moving forward. All the liberal leaders in Arizona have done everything they can to block the investigation and have been determined to NOT turn over the ballots or the voting machines so that forensic scientist can examine them. The first question that comes to mind is why not and what are they trying to hide? If there is no fraud, they should be happy to allow anyone in the world to examine all they want. I notice today the Arizona Senate has just passed a subpoena bill as litigation is continuing. This would give the legislature the express authority to subpoena ballots, election equipment and information from counties to find proof of fraud. In light of all these claims on both sides of the fence, I’m amazed at how the left can openly declare there was no cheating. I cannot lay my hand on the Bible and swear that I know for a fact the election was stolen. However, your average liberal democrat cannot either. We have one half of the country saying that it might be possible and the other half saying it is definitely impossible. My question: how could any intelligent person say that election fraud is impossible? The same principle applies for the statements and accusations that are being said by Lin Wood. I’m not guaranteeing that what he is saying is true, but how can anyone KNOW that he is wrong?

Another thought about the latest impeachment trial. The liberals were screaming about how Trump had supposedly planned a takeover of the Capitol with a handful of unarmed citizens. However, when the Trump attorneys declared they had many videos and solid evidence that would implicate those who were making the accusations and SUDDENLY – the case was dropped. Why? If the left was positively sure this was real, why were they scared when questions were being asked as to why there was no security stationed at the entrances when the protesters entered the building? Since Nancy Pelosi was responsible for security, why did she tell them to leave the area when Trump was speaking? Very strange indeed. We are still seeing many businesses on the edge of closing and many people have lost their jobs. Biden is cutting jobs and who knows what the stock markets will do. Free speech is being censored and many Christians are concerned about the rise of hatred and persecution that is coming against them. A sure way to be removed from any type of social media platform is to mention how the election might have been hacked and presenting questions about human trafficking and widespread child molesting. Yet, when Trump won in 2016, the mainstream news agencies and social media was filled with proclamations that Russia had enabled Trump to steal the election, but not one person was ever censored. One sided, biased journalism? Absolutely! And is why they are considered fake news.

In a recent Time magazine article, it was clearly explained that Democrats along with media giants, large corporations, and many left-wing organizations had been planning a strong resistance against Trump for the last 4 years. They were going to make sure he did not win this time! It’s not a secret that liberals embrace a completely different world view than the other half of the country and the mainstream news agencies was the driving force behind their success. In this last election, we saw that Biden hardly needed to campaign at all as the media did it for him. Besides the Arizona investigation, we are soon getting ready to see another huge legal battle between Sidney Powell and her attorney Lin Wood, against the Dominion and SmartMatic voting machine companies. It’s strange these voting machine companies are willing to be exposed, as there is a mountain of proof these computers were connected to the internet and hackers from other countries including Germany changed the information. If you have watched Mike Lindell’s video called, “Absolute Proof” I’m sure you will agree how difficult it would be to ignore this evidence. The footprints inside the computers reveal that voting data was sent to other countries, and the information was changed and sent back. They supposedly have the servers in Germany that confirms this is true. While no democrat will even listen, the real problem is going to find a judge that has not been blackmailed or threatened. Many will laugh, but have you even given anyone access to your computer? Unfortunately, I have. Supposedly, these computers were connected to the internet and once someone has control of a computer, they can change whatever they want. As I’ve said before, if Arizona proves that Trump actually won in their state, many more states are going to begin their own investigations. I assume this will eventually end up in the Supreme Court.

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There is no doubt the anti-Christ is here and is ready to enter onto the world stage if he has not already. I’m still believing and praying for God to intervene in this election, but if He must proceed with His agenda, I will surrender to His sovereignty. I know the Almighty has been listening to His people and the bowls of prayers in Heaven are overflowing. However, if He decides to not step in and expose wrongdoing, we must accept that He has a perfect plan and in His wisdom He will do what He wants. Allow me to say this before we go any further, if it is PROVEN there was no election fraud, I will accept the results the same as I accepted any other election. If Biden won fair and square, the voice of the majority of the people have spoken. We just need to know the truth so that all of us can move on, but the way it stands at this moment, this is far from being over.

We cannot tell God what to do or when to do it. At this point I do not know why He has not revealed the truth about our government, but maybe He is saying for us to focus on preaching the gospel more than looking for Him to purge our government. We do know that if He does not stop what is happening; we are close to seeing the tribulation begin and we should make sure we are ready for the rapture. If the rapture is not before the tribulation, we must be prepared to suffer great persecution like we have never dreamed. There is a new global system that is being activated and whether it happens soon or 10 years from now, the Lord has said it will come and it will be enforced. The direction of the world is like a locomotive that is picking up steam and no human or political movement can ultimately stop it. Yes, God did allow Trump to win in 2016, but whether he will have another opportunity to rightfully serve his second term is yet to be seen. I’m not sure what type of legal system the anti-Christ will declare, but we know his dictatorship will not tolerate a Bible preaching presence of truth, no more than Rome allowed it in the days of Christ. The darkness has grown much larger in the last few years and it has now become the voice of global law that is based on the philosophy of humanism. The line is being drawn this very hour for everyone to choose which side you are on and there will be no middle ground.

In God’s Word, we see there will eventually be a system of the beast and it will be established as the most powerful impostor religious kingdom the world has ever known. This order will be completed at the emergence of the anti-Christ as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Satan knows that God’s Word is true, and His children are loyal to Him, so he has been carefully planning to bring global confusion, and division for a long time. The concept of world religions and denominations was a part of this chaotic strategy and has not only been adopted by those who rejected the genuine gospel of Jesus and wanted an easy way to heaven, but has brought much doubt to those who are spiritually blind. As the tares look like wheat, it has always been Satan’s idea to ruin the world with lies and evil influences by inspiring teachers to spread false doctrine and corrupt philosophies in order to prevent as many people as possible from researching the Bible and seeking God’s face. As Nimrod became an evil world ruler and his wife Semaritis had their child called Tammuz, this introduced to the world the “mother and child” cult which was adopted by many false religions around the globe. Semaritis was called the queen of heaven and this idea inspired the Catholic church to place Mary the mother of Jesus as their queen to sit beside God the Father the King. This was never God’s intention as Mary is not to be worshiped as a deity. She was just a servant of her Lord like we are to be. This is a very interesting history about the deceptive spirit of religion and one that every Christian should research on their own.

We read in Psalm 21:11, For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device which they are not able to perform.” This mischievous device is designed to take away God’s truth and replace it with a modern progressive worldview where society is controlled by a humanistic political and legal system. The part that sounds like the twilight zone is that anyone who speaks out against this evil agenda will be accused of being mentally ill, a rebel, and a threat and danger to society. Remember, the 3 Hebrews who would not bow down to the statue. We can definitely know this demonic strategy has been planning this takeover of our government and our legal system for a long time and we know the reason is that they hate God and are determined to eliminate Him. The coming war or Armageddon will be the final attempt to accomplish this. Thankfully, Jesus will come in the clouds with great glory and power and will destroy the armies of the world with His WORD! The creation of social acceptance and being politically correct were the forerunner to brainwashing the masses and many have already drank the poison. The humanistic robots see those who embrace the Christian faith, as the only standard of truth that separates them from living however they want without feeling guilty about it. I am a newspaper faith columnist and when I write about spiritual transformation, I will always have publications that ask to be removed from my weekly mail-out list. Why? It’s just like Christmas, the lost do not mind seeing a baby in a manger, but they do not want to hear that Jesus is the only true God who demands and judges. I know the Lord has a remnant of overcoming warriors that will endure until the end and we need to decide here and now (today) whether we are going to be a part of the Lord’s end-time army or are we going to compromise and blend in with the masses? What you are willing to walk away from will determine what God can bring you into.

The line is being drawn and of course the Almighty already knows our heart, but the commitment of choosing is a witness and testimony which declares to everyone which side we are on. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” Deuteronomy 30:19. I pray that everyone who is reading this has already determined and made the holy vow to serve and follow Jesus even if it will require our life. When we talk about pledging our allegiance, we should be careful to worship and serve God only. The environment we are living in this hour is not a war game or just a bump in the road, the gates of evil have been opened and the enemy is searching for God’s remnant for the purpose of destroying us. The evil spirits and the demon possessed people of the earth are seeking those who are filled with the light and love of God with the intention of silencing them. The censorship of God’s message will continue to increase as the Constitution is thrown into the garbage. The deceived masses have literally invited Satan to take over our country and as Jesus cried from the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” We are called to love the spirit of the person and pray for their salvation. I cannot overemphasize the danger of persecution for those who are standing strong for God’s truth. Matthew 24:13 says, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Many are saying this means physical death, but I am convinced this can also mean our eternal salvation. The key word here is endure and it means, “To continue in the same state, to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding, to undergo especially without giving in.” It’s clear that saving our physical life is not the most important goal and we can know that many will deny Jesus because they are afraid of dying. The true test of our love and trust in Christ as our Lord is to stay strong in our faith as we endure suffering and to be willing to surrender our life if we need to. Individuals who are living in a state of spiritual lukewarmness will not have the courage to stand which is why our relationship with Christ needs to be developed now. We must walk away from the darkness before we can embrace and understand God’s light. God declares in II Corinthians 6:16-17, And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said, I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”

According to God’s Word, many today are under the influence of a strong delusion. They blindly accept a new world order and have become hardened by sin and rebellion. Listen to II Thessalonians 2:9-12, The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” I will be honest, I am heartbroken that many of my friends and family members see God and His followers as the enemy and have refused to receive God’s truth. Could anything be more serious? Many individuals do not have a personal relationship with Jesus and are are in serious danger of losing their soul. This is why we must ask God to give us divine appointments to share His Word with others before it is too late. For those who receive information from the mainstream media, they are absorbing lies into their conscience and it is blinding them from knowing truth. Deliberate selectivity and manipulation distinguishes propaganda from education as the latter presents various sides of an issue. Distorted propaganda only presents a one sided politically correct biased view and through mind control is exactly how the anti-Christ will gain the support and be accepted as the leader of the world.

The longer a person goes without accepting God, the more difficult it is to repent and surrender their will. This is why it is much easier to train a child and lead them into the Lord at a young age, for when they are old it is very unlikely they will change. Those who refuse to yield and surrender their will to God are risking the chance of being given a strong delusion from God and this means they will most likely never repent or be born again. We are redeemed when God’s grace opens our eyes and are drawn to Him through the Holy Spirit, however it’s the Lord who decides when His doors of grace are open and when they are closed. The huge danger is when anyone’s eyes and ears are blocked by the Lord, their chances of covenant salvation are gone. When concrete is first poured, it is very pliable and easy to shape, but when it is dry, it can no longer be changed unless it is broken and ground to powder. The water of God’s Spirit can be added and the individual can become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Deathbed confessions can happen but are more rare than we realize. Just wanting to go to heaven is not salvation. The thief on the cross was given the opportunity to recognize that Jesus was who He said He was, and the man’s faith activated God’s salvation. The discussion about Paradise, Heaven, Hell, Hades, and all that will be for another time. Yes, God can break the heart of stone, but it is much better when the person is saved at a young age so they can serve the Lord all of their lives and not at the last second. With God’s sovereignty, just because He gives someone 10,000 chances to repent and cry out to Him, does not mean He is obligated to continue knocking on the door of their heart. Grace is a precious gift and is not to be trampled under our feet. It is beyond the imagination why God gave His beautiful love and holy grace at all. May the Lord continue to give us His wisdom and understanding.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 2/13/21 – Part 7

EVERYTHING WAS NOT ALRIGHT

When we look around and see what kind of world we are living in today, it’s now common to hear, “how did the world change so fast?” or “the world has completely changed in my lifetime.” These questions and statements may confound us but the answer is obvious. The Christian world went to sleep about 70 years-ago and forgot they were in a war. We just assumed that everything would be alright…we were wrong. There is not one place in God’s word where He declares that we can take off our spiritual armor, let down our guard, and spend the summer in Florida vacationing. The idea of church being a place where five percent of the congregation are doing all the work while the ninety-five percent are willing to let them – is wrong. It reminds me of going to a musical concert where a few people are on stage and the entire audience is there to judge and be entertained. This spectator mentality was never God’s intention for His church and it’s obvious the attractive yet cunning spirit of religion was launched by Satan the great impostor, and human carnality gladly embraced it.

I remember 40 years ago; we had come out of a traditional church and was searching for more spiritual understanding. I was raised where the salvation message was taught every service and an invitation was always given at the closing of each meeting. There is nothing wrong with this and I believe it’s a good practice however, I still had a lot of questions about the spiritual gifts, physical healing, and spiritual authority. I had always been given answers that gifts and miracles had passed away, healing was not something anyone understood, and God has all spiritual authority. I thought there was more to this and set out on an adventure to learn and I’m still learning. With being a part of different church groups throughout the years, I’ve noticed the world changes as the older generations pass away and the new generations step into leadership. The new wave of children always believe they have a better way of doing things in the name of progress. Nevertheless, I still commend communities like the Amish for trying to preserve the integrity of their faith and I’m sure they are being tested more now than ever. They refuse to let go of the principles they were taught even though most of the world believes they have lost their mind. An interesting note is they allow the younger ones to leave their colonies and live in the outside world if they choose and then are given the opportunity to decide which world they want to live in. This is in contrast to the modern church which felt pressure to compromise with the younger generations in order to make them feel like they had a voice in the direction of the congregation. The subtle and dangerous problem is that many of the younger folk, especially those who attended secular universities, were told that sin is an old fashioned opinion and they were persuaded to adopt a liberal progressive attitude that secretly contains a deadly poison. Spiritual discernment was thrown out the back door as the emphasis on professionalism, correctness, and educational integrity became more important than what the Bible and God was saying. Many churches that held firm to sanctification and holiness saw their numbers diminish while the seeker friendly movement who embraced humanism saw growth and financial gain. I’ve laid a brief foundation as we continue.

One of the most common explanations why our government and legal system has become controlled by evil is how the human conscience which is not governed by Christ is susceptible to demonic influence. As politicians climb the ladder to gain more authority, the devil begins to target these individuals in order to control and manipulate them for his agenda. Satan understands that kingdoms and governments develop laws which allows them to rule over the people and if he can control these systems, he can force the masses to obey his agenda. The average (uninformed voter) church person has never really taken the time to think about the seriousness of our government concerning spiritual warfare. People whine and cry when they watch the news instead of fasting and interceding against the principalities and powers of spiritual darkness. Many politicians eventually become like hand puppets where you watch their actions but do not consider the unseen hand that is controlling them.

This is where another reality must be included and that is the traditional church allowed the government to become the monster it is. So brother, how could the church stop the government? Well, did pastors instruct their congregations on who to vote for? Why not? Did congregations go to their state capitols and protest against laws that are contrary to God’s truth? Why not? Did they flood their congressmen and senators with letters demanding that their voice be heard? The gays and pro-abortion people have been doing it for years – and it worked. This is one area the church failed as they were singing about going to heaven while the nation was going to hell. Sunday morning services should be power point presentations showing what each candidate believes about every issue. God’s people can be a powerful force in our society but they choose to ignore what is really important in life. Christians should only vote for candidates who love God, follow His word, and have vowed to never compromise their faith or sell their soul to the swamp. How many Christian church members have voted for liberal candidates because they liked the way they spoke or thought they looked nice? Uninformed voters are worse than not voting at all. Many have agreed that John Kennedy became president because women thought he was handsome. And then we have politicians who win elections and when they get to Washington, they sell out to lobbyist who pay them to decide laws that are contrary to what the voters wanted. And worst of all, now we have learned that it does not matter who you vote for as the elections can be stolen by those who control the counting. Again, what is keeping every Christian from protesting at their state capitol to demand for a new voting system?

I read a newspaper column recently (from a Christian) who said a Christian should not be involved with politics at all. Really? This means that no Christian should ever run for office and no Christian should ever vote. And yet these are the people who sit around and complain about how the government is so evil. Instead of church leaders instructing Christians how to be wise in their voting, they became scared of offending the liberals who were well respected members of their congregations. So the pastors decided that being neutral caused less strife, was more profitable, and called for less courage. As a result of churches ignoring the Holy Spirit and bowing down to the evil spirit of religion, our tax money is used to openly slaughter innocent babies, our public education system teaches that being gay and transgender is normal, to erase history and replace it with lies, to be controlled by China, and for the constitutional right of free speech to be eliminated along with the Christian ideology to be censored. There are many who call themselves a follower of Jesus Christ and yet proudly voted for all of this and much more. Really? An important fact we need to comprehend is that just because someone believes they are a Christian, this does not mean they are. Remember the Pharisees were recognized as the most religious people in the world and Jesus said they did not know God at all. Let’s just say that what we thought was the church was not really the church. What do you mean?

When most people refer to the church, they are speaking of all Christian denominations and Catholics around the world and this includes Mormons, Jehovah witnesses and many other groups. With nearly eight billion people on the planet, there is said to be three billion who identify with being a Christian in some way. However, we must come to the realization that everyone who attends church or has their name on a membership list is not born-again. This means that generally speaking, churches are filled with impostors who seem to be genuine but they are not. For example, when a thousand people are sitting in a sanctuary they all look the same and if you ask if they are a Christian they will all say yes. Only God knows the heart. The parable of the wheat and tares explains how that it’s difficult to tell the real disciple of Christ from those who are being deceived at just a glance. The wheat and tares look the same and can only be recognized when examining carefully. At the judgement, God will identify His people from those who were playing a game. Remember the parable found in Matthew 13:24-30 where Jesus explains where the tares come from and how they will negatively affect the Christian faith. “He put another parable before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.’ And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, ‘Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

They say that one way to detect a tare weed from wheat is that tares grow straight and proud, while the wheat stalk bends or bows. Interesting. We can discern and judge a person by their fruits as we watch their actions and listen to their words and the Lord will reveal how we are to deal with these situations. It would be amazing if three billion people were walking in the blood covenant relationship with the Almighty and filled with His Holy Spirit as I believe the world would look completely different. Sadly, we realize this is not true. The world hates Jesus and His teachings and He warned us that if we love and serve Him the world will also hate us and want to persecute us. We are reminded in Matthew 7:13-14 that within the vast amount of people on the earth, only a very FEW are actually the legitimate children God. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.”

There is another teaching the Lord spoke of concerning the abnormal multitudes of those who claim to be His followers. It’s easy to be religious but it will cost us everything to be spiritual. And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?” It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it” Matthew 4:30-32. Notice the seed of the mustard plant is tiny and mustard bushes are small; they do not normally grow into trees where birds can nest in. This parable is a warning of what happens to churches that do not adhere strictly to the Word of God and welcome the spirit of the world to come in. The number of people which attend these meetings does not necessarily mean they have an intention to sincerely live for God. People go to church for numerous reasons and those who are faking are much more comfortable in fake churches. The Parable of the Sower is found in the same chapter, (Matthew 13:4-9) and identifies the fowls who devour the seed along the roadside as the evil ones. These are the hardhearted deceivers who disguise themselves as believers but are held captive with evil spirits and who hinder the churches. These people hear the Word of God, but never really believe. Idioms in the Bible are consistent and now we find these fowls again in verse 32. The mustard seeds begin in faith and are pure and then it becomes distorted and grows into something it was never meant to be. A true follower of Christ who abandons their will and the control of the world system is actually very precious and rare among the throngs or religious impostors. Whenever we see an unusually large religious gathering, we should be discerning if the people are there for the right reasons and if the gospel is being presented. The parable of the leaven is also explained in verse 33 as how powerful a small amount can affect the whole. When demons enter into the midst of God’s people through false teaching and the compromise with carnality, it does not take to corrupt the entire assembly.

The great division has always been good versus evil, even in the days of Noah and the times of Sodom, Satan has been successful in turning the hearts of people against God. The depraved, fallen nature that we are born with gives the devil a tremendous advantage when it comes to negative influence and deceptive persuasion. Today, he is using humanism to brainwash those who believe they are more intelligent than the common person or even God Himself. This philosophy reminds us of what Satan thought about himself right before he was banished from heaven. It is arrogance to shake a fist at God and declare that I can rule the world better than you, and yet this is exactly what we are seeing in our legal system, our government, and the entire world. You are right; the church has been a light to a world of darkness but it is becoming less bright and less effective. A remnant is a smaller section of a larger representation and it will be these overcomers who will endure no matter what happens. I believe the question being asked by Jesus in this hour is, “who will forsake everything (including their will) in order to follow me?” When persecution comes and the heat is turned up, sadly we will see many more churches and Christians fall away into compromise and fear. As the world continues to turn upside down, we are witnessing a revolution which intends to establish evil as being good and good as evil. History is repeating itself as the German theologian during Hitler’s time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, declared, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.” God will not hold those who cower in fear guiltless. Choosing not to speak is actually saying much and agreeing not to act is to act more than we could ever dream. We will continue to see denominations split over social issues because the liberal members demand the rights to do whatever they want no matter what God says. Church leaders will need to make up their mind whether to stand for God and be fired or play the game for a pay check. Go along to get along is the common church strategy for the future as entertainment rather than enlightenment is the popular message.

I have watched the Mike Lindell video, “Absolute Proof” and it does clearly prove the election was stolen. According to the experts, the voting machines were connected to the internet and the data was sent to foreign countries where it was changed and sent back. It’s so strange to hear the Democrats say that all these computer scientists who have spent their entire lives in this field are insane. Why don’t the liberal voters watch it for themselves? This voting fraud is the most devastating criminal act in the history of the United States and no one is going to do anything about it? My question continues to be, is God going to step in and not allow them to get away with this? We know this administration is cursed because God did not put them in office. They stole the election with the help of Satan as the devil does not want America to do well. He has come to steal, kill, and destroy and this is exactly what he has planned for the country and the world. There are several videos out about Kamala Harris, and with her being the most liberal person in our government, I shudder to think how this person could very soon be the president. Will she be used to bring down America, allow China to take over, and usher in the anti-Christ and the tribulation? I am hoping that God will do something to remove these people, but if He does not, maybe He is using them to fulfill His plans. We are waiting and praying in faith, but we are not seeing anything that would give us hope that all of this is going to be changed. Could it be that God is moving ahead with His plans for the end of the age? Is there a time when the prayers of the saints cannot change God’s agenda? I’m not giving up, but just trying to hear from the Lord because I do not want to pray against His will. I know the Christian message is under attack and if things keep going in the current direction; public communication will be legally restricted and monitored according to what is socially acceptable to the new world order. These new laws could also apply to what is said in the churches and Christian gatherings and reminds me of communist China where the remnant may have to meet secretly in houses.

Yes, we are witnessing the open attack on free speech today as evidently our current government has thrown the Constitution in the garbage. And yes, persecution is here, but we must press forward in faith as we declare to endure and stand for Jesus unto the end. The enemy cannot steal the believers spiritual authority! The only way the devil can get a foothold in our life is if we give him access. It is the joy of the Lord that is our strength and no matter what happens in this corrupt world, nothing can stop us from God’s love! Amen!

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 6 – Published 2/6/21

FREE SPEECH IS NOT FREE

I was thinking and praying the other night after I went to bed and was trying to compare what has happened in this election (so far) with something more simple and understandable.

I thought of an analogy involving a championship football game which comes down to 2 teams investing much hard work all season to see who would emerge as the best team in the state. Both teams, (let’s call them the Patriots and the Steelers) are on the field warming up and the anticipation is like electricity in the stands and for those watching on television. Back in the locker rooms the water boys are preparing the sports drinks for their respective teams, when a young man walks into the Patriots side and offers the water boy (let’s call him Mike) $1000.00 cash to step outside for just a few minutes and allow him access to these drinks. Mike takes the money and steps outside while the stranger opens each of 18 plastic bottles and adds a large dose of liquid laxative to all of them. He winks at Mike as he quietly slips away. Mike runs the drinks to the side lines as the game is getting ready to begin and offers a last gulp to those getting ready to run out on the field. Throughout the first quarter, the Patriot starters are squirting the drinks into their mouths as the game is very intense. As the first half comes to a close, the score is Patriots 17 and the Steelers 3, however there are a few complaints coming from the Patriot players of stomach discomfort.

Late in the second quarter the starters are acting sluggish and several of them ask to be taken out of the game. The coach looks at the bench and begins to call upon the lesser talented players to go up against much stronger and faster athletes. It does not take long to see a startling difference in the game and the score as the halftime score is the Steelers 24 the Patriots 17. After an agonizing third quarter, the score is now 38 to 17. The coach of the Patriots is believing a plague of Egypt has fallen upon his team but there is nothing he can do about it. He wonders if maybe the pre-game meal might have been infected with salmonella, maybe the lettuce, the onions, maybe spoiled mayonnaise? Nonetheless, the game continues and it keeps growing worse for the Patriots. The final score is 55 to 17 and all the Steeler players are laughing and running around the field rejoicing. They are all huge smiles as they pose for a picture with the huge State trophy and then the star players are being interviewed after what is said to be a fantastic win. On the other side, the Patriots are not only depressed and heart-broken, but many are physically sick with nausea and diarrhea. All the Patriot coaches can do is force a smile as they congratulate the Steeler coaches and players.

The next day, the head Patriot coach is still trying to think of anything that could have caused his teams stomach problems. He did not want to seem like a cry baby to the media, but he knows he had a strong and talented group of men and that if his players had been at full strength they could have won the game. Then suddenly, it dawns on him that maybe it was the sports drink that everyone was guzzling. “Hmmm…I had a person that was in charge of this, I will ask him if he has any ideas.” He calls Mike and wants to know if there was anything strange about the drinks, and the boy says not that he can think of. (Mike was never told by the stranger exactly what was going on, but it was obvious when the game began there was definitely foul play). Of course, Mike does not want to expose his guilt in the matter and look like a traitor to the world. So, the coach has an idea to secretly take several of the bottles to a lab to see if there is anything that could have cause the problem and pays for the testing himself. The test are conclusive as all the bottles contained high amounts of laxative. What does he do? Does he just forget about it or try to take it to court? Does he go through all the hatred and death threats from those who will scream he is lying? He also knows that half the people in his sate will accuse him of putting the laxative in the bottles and blaming the other side. The only way it could be proven is if Mike would stand up and tell the entire story. And even if Mike would do this and the authorities actually found the person who poured laxative in the bottles, what will be done about the championship? Is the trophy taken away from the Steelers and given to the Patriots?

Some will say, yes, but it has NOT been proven there was enough fraud to overturn the election. Yes, the mainstream media is saying this, but the computer experts are saying the opposite. I am not a prophet even though I do speak God’s word and relay what I believe are His thoughts. I pray that I can hear His voice and know His plans and I desire to have His mind. I listen to many who claim to walk with God and to know His voice. I hear them say that God clearly speaks to them as they relay their visions and dreams. And then, I am being overwhelmed about the presidential election being stolen by the legal investigators and they say without a doubt it is proven the election was filled with fraud and was manipulated by the opposing party who wanted control of this country so they could carry out their agenda. The prophets have joined in and said that God would expose the corruption and that He will step in and turn everything upside down in order to save the nation. They declare that God has heard the prayers of His people and is going to act on their behalf. Just as God becomes furious anytime someone steals anything, that He is not going to allow this theft of a country that was established in His name. In God We Trust is a nation that has been a light to the world and it is being said that He wants to preserve it for His glory. The sea of voices are divided with half saying they want to move on with a progressive liberal society and the other half are saying they want to live in God’s peace with a conservative environment. With Biden being inaugurated, many are saying that God has decided what He wants or at least what He will allow. If God proves the election was a fraud and uses whatever means He sees fit to take away the authority of this administration and give it back to the party who actually won, we will know that God stepped in. If nothing changes and all of these accusations are allowed to be refused and rejected as foolishness, we will know that God is saying let’s proceed and for us to move forward. It’s His world, we are just living in it.

Of all the things that have been covered up in this nation through the years, many are believing this can be added to the list. I believe this election was one of the most important events in the history of our country as the nation stands in a crossroad, however if God does not want to reveal the truth, it will stay hidden. For example, we have heard about the attempted siege of our government that happened on January 20. First let me say the only people who really know what happened are those who were roaming the hallways of the White House. I was not running down the halls and neither were you. We have heard everything under the sun and to be honest I can hardly believe any of it. Why? Because the media lies. We first heard these were 10 or so antifa and Black lives matter members and Trump supporters joined in. And then later we noticed the group was only referred to as Trump crazies. We heard they were unarmed and then it was reported they were armed. No one said if this group fired any shots, however it was reported that a security officer shot and killed an unarmed female who was a republican. Who was the officer who shot her or did a member of Antifa kill her? If a Capitol police officer did kill her, why was not a taser used instead? Seriously? If law enforcement had killed a protester last summer for pulling down a Federal statue, the liberals would have went insane and the officer would have been charged with murder. Speaking of those who were involved, will there ever be a list of every person that has now been arrested that was a part of this so-called “insurrection?” Maybe the reason why we will never see this, is because it is a selective list where some individuals will not be identified and others will be. We recall that during the protest this past summer that Antifa and Black Lives Matter members were being released after being arrested with no charges filed or a record of any crime. Why? Because the states believed they had a right to violently riot. What else could it have been? May be the rioters were being paid by the Democrats to destroy the country in order to make president Trump look bad and negatively impact the stock market. If not, who paid them?

Allow me to ask a few more questions: Number one: With hundreds of thousands of conservatives gathered to hear Trump give a speech, you would guarantee the White House would be surrounded by armed military guards and have 5 times the normal amount of security on the inside of the building especially since the electoral hearings were being held. In reality, no one should have been able to have come within 100 feet of the entrances. However, the answer is evidently not. We are supposed to believe a handful of unarmed civilians walked up to the White House, opened the door and walked in without any resistance at all…really? They allegedly roamed the halls and actually went into the chambers of the House of Representatives, stole laptops, and walked out without being arrested. Hmm…I will never believe this. Where was the military that would have been armed and would have demanded for each person to lie on the floor and each person would have been arrested.

Number 2: Who told the armed military to move away from the doors and leave the area? Who unlocked the doors? How did the Antifa people know the doors were unlocked? Who told the majority of the Capitol police inside the building to “go to lunch?” Is this a coincidence these people walked in while everyone was taking a nap? There are pictures of congress people in the chambers hiding behind desk and yet no one called for the military or police to arrest these people?” These people waving flags were allowed to just walk out of the building before anyone could stop them? Why was the Capitol not completely surrounded with troops in 2 minutes? How could this be? The only way this could happen is if was planned and staged. It’s no secret that Antifa is paid to disrupt protest everywhere they go and we must ask if this another agenda to make president Trump appear to call for an insurrection of our government? It seems the cameras were ready to capture the footage before the military was ready to capture the accused. Wake up and smell the coffee. This was another nail in the coffin for Trump and was designed to make the American people angry at him. So many people were upset and thought that he was the one behind it. Why should we be surprised as this was done to him for his entire term and they never found him guilty of anything. I’m not saying he is perfect, but in the accusations of collusion and the attempt to impeach, he was found not guilty. I’ve listened to Trumps speech a couple of times and he does not mention for anyone to be violent or to use force of any kind. This would have been insane on his part. The crowd was showing their support and were simply exercising their constitutional rights to gather together. I know people who were there that day and it was clear that no one did anything wrong. Now they are trying to impeach him for this. It’s impossible. It would have to be proven that he planned and instructed these people to “overthrow” the government. (?)

Number 3: So let me get this straight. Even though the liberals nor the media criticized the violent protesting over an entire summer of burning and destroying private businesses and police stations, breaking out store front windows and stealing all the merchandise, defacing and destroying state and government property, seizing control of government buildings and sections of cities, and injuring many police officers, yet the media now has suddenly awakened and flooded the news about a dozen civilians who nearly killed all the Senators and Representatives in the White House and almost took control of the entire United States government…really? We must look very closely at two things. Either the security at the White House is equal to the security at Walmart, or this was another one of the governments long list of mysterious under-the-table deceptions. Conspiracy theories you might say? I’m sure there are a mixture of fairy tales, half-truths, and evil corruption in many events involving our government, but I also believe the old saying is true that a lot of times where there is smoke, there is fire. Alright, if it’s that easy to walk into the White House and steal classified information from the desk of our highest leaders, let’s try to send 10 unarmed civilians to Russia and China and allow them to walk into their Capitol and take over their government. If this is not becoming clear, you need to clean your glasses. In reality, no one would have been able to do this even with 200 armed special operation forces. For heaven’s sakes, even the expendables and the Con-air group could not have made it past the front steps! If it was this easy, every terrorist group in the world would have already done it. This story wreaks of lies. The real question is will we ever know the whole truth? Everyone is entitled to freedom of thought and speech and that includes me. For example, look at all the books, college courses, and political movements endorsing communism. Is the government now saying that all speech is tolerable except for those who do not agree with the mainstream media? Sounds like dictatorship.

We know that God allows the people in this nation to vote for whoever they want and these elected officials are given the power to rule. Because of His gift of free will and the liberties contained within our Democracy, we should peacefully agree to live however the majority chooses. Personally I appreciate the opportunity to live in a country where we can say what we believe without being persecuted or censored. However, the fact that all conservative voices are now being monitored and rejected is clear evidence that the powers in authority are wanting to silence the truth. The current government is saying there needs to be restrictions of free speech even though this is a violation of our rights. This is another confirmation that the enemy has found another way to steal, kill, and destroy. The conservatives have as much right to question this election as the liberals questioned the 2016 election. As Nancy Plosive tweeted in 2017 that the election had been “hijacked” by Donald Trump and the government spent most of his term trying to prove it, we also must never submit to the results until we know without a doubt it was fair. We must believe today as it was in all the other stories and examples in the Bible, that God listens to His people and will respond in His way and in His time. There are so many things going on behind the scenes and He is asking that we not turn away from Him and become angry and discouraged. We do not know His plans, but we trust Him and believe He will bring His perfect justice either now or later.

Norman Mattoon Thomas was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. He is quoted here in a speech from 1944. “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of “liberalism” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist agenda until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the socialist party, the Democratic party has adopted our platform.” God knows the intentions of the wicked and is not surprised in the least with their scheming and planning in their secret chambers. He hears their secret ideas and schemes (on both sides), but He is also not controlled by them. He allows certain things and also stops the evil when He chooses as everything is associated with His glory. Why did He not stop the holocaust? Why did He not prevent Pearl Harbor or the World Trade Center tragedy? We do not know but He does. He knows the Antichrist is coming and what he will do, but again, it is a part of God’s plan. We also know the tribulation is coming and the war of Armageddon are both prophesied to be on the horizon, but we must know that whatever happens in the future is a part of HIS will. John MacArthur is quoted as saying, “If Jesus, the sinless and perfect Son of God, limited Himself to speaking nothing during His incarnation except the truth He received from His Father, how much more should those who have been called into ministry speak only on the authority of divine scripture.” Trying to find truth within our government is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Let us keep our eyes focused on Jesus and keep asking Him in faith to reveal the revelation of His Word to our heart and mind.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 5 – 1/30/21

JUDGMENT NOW OR JUDGMENT LATER?

It’s no secret that our nation is divided in half, and a new administration is not the answer to our healing. We cannot continue forward until the fraud is either proven to be true or proven that it is a lie. It is not acceptable to say there is no fraud when so many people have proof there was. With all the hatred, vicious attacks and accusations the last four years it is not a secret the liberals hated the president and wanted the conservatives out of office and were willing to do whatever it took to do it. The message has now gone from “stop the steal” to “God please reveal” and Christians are waiting on HIS decision. This is way too powerful for humans to fight against because the global authorities that are protecting this corruption are NOT going to be exposed. Only God has the power to stop this train and if God wants to intervene and reveal what really happened, we are ready to see it. HOWEVER, if He chooses to keep pressing forward, then we must accept His decision and keep our eyes focused on Him.

There are many names for these two groups who have very different views about life, and I’m beginning to see that the old titles do not properly identify these camps anymore. Maybe it would be more accurate to say the liberal group does not base their cultural and social ideas on what God says. Granted, some may believe their Biblical interpretations are correct while others in this group do not care what God thinks at all. The other camp which are commonly referred to as conservative and many of these claim to be followers of Christ, have a desire to live in a country where their interpretations of God’s desires are established as truth. What are God’s desires? That everyone would BELIEVE in Him! The two groups are actually the BELIEVERS and the UNBELIEVERS which means this war is definitely spiritual. It is not just a political conflict; it is a battle of good verse evil. Those who are Christians have the Holy Spirit to guide them into God’s will. Yes, this is difficult and many times we fail, but God is absolute truth and He teaches and leads His children into His truth. The unbeliever, whether they are religious or not, refuses to ask God about anything because they have not been purchased by the blood of Jesus and are not redeemed and have not been born-again. They are still operating in the old spirit and the carnal emotions and an unrenewed mind. At least this allows us to somewhat see WHY there are such aggressive oppositions in our worldviews.

HUMANISM says that man is the center of life – not God.

SECULARISM says that God must be removed from all public life.

PLURALISM declares there are many gods and many ways to God.

As a Christian conservative who studies the Bible and who declares God’s Word to many people every day, I do not apologize to say that our government, our public education system, and our mainstream media has taken control of our nation in the unholy trinity of these three evils. There is no remedy for human brainwashing, it is a matter of spiritual oppression and possession. We cannot argue and convince someone to change their mind about something. The Holy Spirit convicts and we have a choice to respond or reject. Freewill allows each person to decide which voices they will embrace and which building materials they will use to build their worldviews. Likewise, we will also answer to God which type of house we built and which foundation (the sand or the rock) we built it on. The sand is our human strength and intelligence – the rock is trusting God and His ways. Again, God does not contradict Himself by saying we can interpret His truth however we want or that His truth is relative to every individual according to how they believe or how they feel. His two-edged sword separates right from wrong and those who are saved and filled with His Spirit are invited to seek His face and to ask Him to lead them into His truth – and He will.

In this election, the conservatives have been begging God to please prevent the liberals from gaining control of the nation because they do not want to be ruled by a philosophy that is contrary to what they believe. Of course, the other side feels the same way, so there you have it. If Biden had clearly won on November 4th, the conservatives would carry on as usual just like they did when Obama was elected. No burning, rioting, or killing, but accepting the majority rules. However, the major difference in this election is that MANY experts are saying this was not a fair election, and it was stolen. It’s one thing to lose an election from the consequences of the majority’s decision, but it’s completely different if there is evidence that votes were changed. WHY are people being accused of being crazy for wanting to know if the election was hijacked?

I have been listening carefully every day to this information for months and there are amazing presentations from the most respected computer data scientist in the world. I have heard some very compelling testimonies from those who have analyzed the hard drive footprints of these Dominion machines and they can show exactly what happened throughout the process. This is not including hundreds of individuals who have signed affidavits and were eye witnesses that are ready to testify about blatant voter fraud. We have heard everything from the counting stopping in the middle of the night in order to tamper with the machines and the ballots, data cards that were inserted and used to dump or transfer large quantities of votes into the machines, the same ballots being used over and over, accepting ballots from those who are deceased or in mental institutions, people voting without identification, ballots that were not counted and destroyed, just to name a few. Are all these people lying? These are small infractions compared to the claim that computers were hacked by Cyber terrorist and the information was manipulated through the internet. Were the machines connected to the internet? Supposedly there are what is called algorithms within certain software which allows the controller to set the system for a particular person to a certain percentage. For example, if two people are running in a political race, the software can be set to give one candidate a higher percentage of each vote. Instead of each candidate receiving 100 percent of their own vote, they might only receive 40% of EVERY vote while the opposition receives 60%. This would ensure that after every vote is counted the designated person would definitely win no matter how many people actually voted for them. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

There is an extensive effort being made in Pennsylvania right now to hold a hearing with the state legislature and allow this type of evidence to be presented. Attorney Matthew Deperno has been working on the case and his team are basing their conclusions on forensic evidence and science not just guessing or speculation. This is a quote from the Allied Securities Operations Group, Allied Securities Operations Group claims in a report that Dominion is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results and had an error rate of 68%.” The intention is to prove that hundreds of thousands of votes were changed and ultimately seeking an agreement to decertify the results of the election. By the way, Deperno said that 28 states had used the Dominion machines. There is also another huge court hearing going on in Arizona where forensic data expert Lyle Rapacki and Representative Sonny Borrelli are leading the way to present this same type of evidence. They know they have the proof because they have been given the opportunity to know how the machine functioned and have a record of how the machine processed the votes. How much more evidence could possibly be needed to prove fraud? The problem is to find an honest person that is interested in standing up for what is right. If you were a democrat judge and someone was trying to show you evidence that your party did not actually win the election, would you be interested in agreeing with the evidence? Or would you just dismiss it? Of course, let me say again, you and I do not really know anything about this software or how computers can be manipulated to change results. We can only listen to what these experts say who have been doing this all of their lives. They have the credentials and are highly respected in their field and are willing to place their integrity on the line. Will they be heard? The Democrats say these silly people do not have a clue what they are talking about and there are no errors in the final count. Someone is lying. Who will prevail?

In the United States, solicitation is the name of a crime, an undeveloped offense that consists of a person offering money or inducing another to commit a crime with the specific intent that the person solicited commit the crime. Treason is the crime of attacking a state authority to which one owes allegiance. This typically includes acts such as participating in a war against one’s native country, attempting to overthrow its government, spying on its military, its diplomats, or its secret services for a hostile and foreign power, or attempting to assassinate its head of state. A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor. Military tribunals also, generally speaking, do not assert jurisdiction over people who are acknowledged to be civilians who are alleged to have broken civil or criminal laws. However, military tribunals are sometimes used to try individuals not affiliated with a particular state’s military who are nonetheless accused of being combatants and acting in violation of the laws of war.

It has been said that all of this voter fraud has all been paid for by the elite wealthy supporters of the liberal agenda and there is strong evidence of this being true. Many who voted for the Democratic ticket are laughing as they believe either the fraud is a joke OR they are in on the deception and believe that no one can catch them. We know according to God’s Word that no one gets away with anything. I know many times it seems like they do in this life, but one day they will have to face God. With all the evidence we have seen and trusting those who say there is proof the president actually won in a landslide, we must not accept this is over until we get to the bottom of it. What’s wrong with that? How can we just ignore one of the greatest crimes and acts of treason in the history of our nation? The Democrats are the poster child for screaming that elections can be stolen! Since the election many people of integrity have been trying to uncover this crime and there are many Godly men and woman that have risked their ministries and their reputations and are completely convinced they have heard God say this election was hijacked. I realize in the natural this seems impossible as the new president is already inaugurated and signing new policies right and left. Does this mean that God is going to just let it go? In the last few days I have been leaning on the idea that if God did not intervene before the new administration was sworn in, that it would be too late to change the situation. However, I was wrong. God does NOT follow or abide by man’s calendar. God does not obey the plans and dates of the human agenda. He has His own timeline and pays no attention to what the world’s system declares. If He wants to change something, there is nothing or no one who can stop Him.

Many are asking where do we go now from here and I believe that is a good question. I am not saying that God is not going to expose the deception and prove to the world that the election is one of the worst crimes in the history of our nation. However, without being negative, I’m just wondering how we would respond if He says no? I’ve been praying and believing that He was the one who established this country and that He would protect and preserve it. We see that God chose Israel to be His chosen people and I do not believe it would be wrong to say that America chose God to be their Master. We can read the founding documents and see that freedom to worship and reverence to the Almighty was on the minds of these leaders. To be honest, at this stage of the situation it is too early to make judgments about whether this is going to blow over, or blow up. According to many trustworthy people, the amount of evidence that proves this election was hacked to the tune of hundreds of thousands if not millions of votes is something that needs to be presented to the Supreme Court and to the American people. The problem within the natural realm is the Democratic courts nor the liberal media will touch it, which is why we need God to bring in His supernatural power. I am still standing firm that He will. This is not a small matter but rather the future of the United States of America is at stake.

In my sleep the other night I kept hearing, “The plans of the wicked will not prosper.” When I arose I went to the computer to see where that came from. Ecclesiastes 8:13 says, “The wicked will not prosper, for they do not fear God. Their days will never grow long like the evening shadows.” When we consider that many are convinced this election is a total fraud and evidently has been carefully planned for years, we feel like someone has stolen our freedom to choose who leads our government and the sad assumption of how there will never be another fair election from here on. The widespread acceptance and agreement with this atrocity has been overwhelming to say the least. To think that judges, court systems, panels, the media, state legislatures and senates, governors, mayors, congress, democrats and republicans, and even the supreme court would not speak out against this deed allows us to see that many very powerful people were pleased that this plan worked and are strongly determined to help it succeed. Hollywood, the entertainment industry, the large corporations, big tech and the 5 largest mainstream media powers which control 90% of all media have united together to make sure this fraud was successful. An amazing example of the new order that is coming can be seen with the show of force during the inauguration of 30 thousand troops supposedly protecting the White House against the Trump followers who were called deplorables and are now referred to insurrectionist. However no troops were wanted when cities were being burned, people were being injured, widespread theft, and billions of dollars of destruction were being done by criminals. The right believes that everyone who is violent should be prosecuted, and the left believe that liberals who are violent are simply expressing their justified frustration.

The love of country has now been replaced with loving the global community. Does this not reveal that the tribulation and the anti-Christ are closer than we thought? I’m holding on but it would be easy to fall into the pit of hopelessness and lose faith and declare that all is lost. I’m reminded that when the children of Israel came to the Red Sea, they were devastated. Can you imagine how depressed they were standing there staring at that water? Did they know what God was going to do? No. Do we know how God is going to intervene into our situation? No. So much corruption and evil has been hidden in our history but God has seen everything. We read in Luke 12:2-3, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” My brothers and sisters, we know there has been many things concealed and hidden from the light that would make us nauseated if we knew it. We have only scratched the surface when it comes to the deception of our government. We must keep praying and staying focused on the Lord and His perfect justice. I sense the Holy Spirit saying that if we research God’s Word, we will find many times that God does not prevent someone from doing something, but rather will allow them to commit sin and then He brings judgment. In many cases, it is AFTER the sin has been committed that God pulls back the covers on what has been done and brings shame and disgrace to those who are guilty. We see this when Egypt held Israel in captivity and God told them to let His people go. They said NO and then the plagues began to fall on them. It seems that many times the Lord will give us just enough rope to hang ourselves.

Another instance was when Ananias and Sapphira were given the opportunity to repent for their deception. They had the choice to confess, but when they lied – they died. God has known about this evil plan to steal this election since it’s inception, however He did not stop it from happening. Why? Maybe He wanted them to go through with it so that He could prove they did it. What would be more devastating, being accused of attempting to steal the election or being convicted for treason? Now that the deed has been finalized, God has them exactly where He wants them and only needs to present the proof. Will He do it? I’m not prophesying or declaring what God is going to do with not just the election but ALL of the horrible sins that are happening in our government and our country in general, but I’m only saying they have crossed the line and are now vulnerable to being exposed if this is what God wants to do. If a person plans to rob a bank and is somehow caught before the crime is happened, they can still be convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime. However, to be caught AFTER the person has robbed the bank is much worse. We wait to see if God will judge them now or wait until later.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Published 1-23-21

THOSE WHO ENDURE TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED

I’m learning to trust God. I know that He is in control, and nothing can happen unless He allows it to happen. This is a revelation of truth that can be absorbed deep into our conscience and used as a pillar within the foundation of absolute divine truth. I pray and ask God to help me grow and understand the depths of His infinite absolute truth. We cannot know God personally unless we are willing to follow Him in the deeper chambers of intimacy. This is where knowledge is interpreted, discernment is enhanced, and access to His wisdom is given. I’m learning that even when everyone else turns away, I will stand strong and not congratulate or agree with the enemy when I know what God has said. I must learn to set my face as flint and only listen to the Holy Spirit.

I have been asking the Lord Jesus to please speak to me in the night when I am sleeping. I believe we can ask God to speak to us in dreams and to give us His visions. I believe this is a good request and one that He is pleased to answer. Dreams and visions have always been a wonderful way to receive revelation truth as these are the times when we are quiet and still before Him. We have been invited to ask, knock, and seek the Lord’s truth and He encourages us to have confidence that He will give, open, and respond to us. Since the election, I have been troubled in my heart and the more I learn about what has happened the more astounded I have been. The treacherous evil that is being revealed has allowed us to see a glimpse of just how corrupt and dark the world has become. There has never been a more glaring spiritual wake-up call than what we have seen in the last several months.

I have listened to many voices and have been trying to filter them through the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it’s difficult to weigh truth in the balance because we are living in a mortal body with a fleshly mind. The opposition from our carnality, our emotions, and our human nature is relentless. The enemy of our soul is constantly whispering his lies in order to distort information and distract us from the presence of God. In the last couple of months our senses have been working overtime and for many they have probably not prayed this much in a long time. God’s Word is a spiritual reality that we can firmly hold on to as His promises are always an anchor for our soul. Following what was said in the beginning of this letter, let us add that God cannot fail. He has never made a mistake, has never been surprised, and has always been in total control. He is the creator of all things and nothing can be done without His approval. Listen to this Psalm chapter 37.

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plots against the just, they snarl at them in defiance. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he knows that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholds the righteous. The Lord knows the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. The wicked borrows, and has no intention to return: but the righteous shows mercy, and gives. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord strengthens him with his hand. I have been young and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful and lends; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loves judgment and forsakes not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue speaks of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked watch the righteous and seeks to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea; I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the perfect man and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”

We know that Biblical truth is the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path, but when we talk about absorbing information from the media, we must stop and consider that most of what we base our views on is what we have heard someone else say. When it comes to this election or any type of news, we are like a sponge that is saturated with many claims and opinions. We build our convictions on what we accept as truth and we continue adding evidence until we are confident we know what is going on. Since every person does this and end up on one side or the other, we must face the fact that someone is sincerely wrong. It’s true that no one wants to consider they may be deceived as it rarely enters the mind that what we have heard is not correct. This principle applies to every area within our world. Of course, those who walk with God believe they are more likely to know good from evil because they trust the Holy Spirit to guide them and believe their discernment leads them into truth and warns them of error. The challenge is to know the difference between God’s voice, demonic influence, and our own conscience.

We notice the liberal side is still spewing hatred in the mainstream media and the conservative side listens to alternative sources for their information. To say the least, our faith has put to the test. I’ve been listening to those who are investigating the election data and who claim to have found massive fraud. Not only have there been hundreds of sworn testimonies from individuals who have witnessed different types of cheating, but I’ve listened to the presentations from the data forensic scientist who have proved the election was stolen and it has left me speechless. As someone who has been hacked myself and my personal computer being held hostage by a foreign cyber criminal, I do not doubt in the least the possibly that cyber terrorist could be paid to manipulate vote totals within computers that were connected to the internet. Again, we have been told there is proof all of this happened and yet I am dumbfounded how the state senates, judges, governors, and state legislatures were not even interested in listening to these cases. In a normal world, every judge would be anxious to hear and see the evidence when it comes to something as serious as this. In 2017 Nancy Pelosi tweeted the election had been “hijacked” from Hillary and the Democrats spent 3 years trying to prove it and on one said a word about how ridiculous this was. And yet the Democrats are now saying that any Republican who would think or say anything against the integrity within our election process is a fool. 

I refuse to let go of my hope that all of this is going to be settled. I believe that cheating is wrong and should never be accepted or congratulated. If Trump had colluded with Russia, I was willing to accept the outcome. I was raised to be fair and honest and we know this is the nature and character of God. The world is wicked and I realize that we only know a small portion of the tip of the iceberg and it would leave us speechless if we knew about the extent of the corruption that is submerged below the water. Our government has rarely been transparent as it seems that everything they do is labeled, “top secret.” I always wanted to believe that, “We the people” had an important part with where our nation was headed, but if this cheating is real, we will never see fairness or integrity again in our elections. How will we know the amount of offices that are being occupied today may never have actually won their elections? What will give us confidence to keep voting if we know that dishonesty is in control? I am convinced that He wants to save the country He built and will regard the prayers of His people. Remember when God told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Abraham asked Him, Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” And then He asked God if there were 50, 45, 40, 30, 20, or even 10 good people is this city would you still destroy it? And God said, “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” Yes, there are a lot of wicked people in our land, but there are also a lot of devout followers and front line warriors in God’s kingdom that will never surrender to evil. This is why I’m still waiting for Him to move and allow us to see the truth.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” II Corinthians 4:8-11.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 3–1/16/21

IN GOD’S WAY AND IN GOD’S TIME

I realize that a lot of republicans and Christian conservatives who voted for Trump are disappointed and many have probably let go of the rope so to speak or at least are considering it. We understand that after 4 years of being treated horribly and censored for most of his term; it has been frustrating time for all who are in this camp. We have never worshiped him or supported his lifestyle, but we have been pleased with what he has tried to accomplish and wonder how much more he could have done if he had NOT been opposed every single day. The media never covered anything he did that was positive and only showcased him in a cynical light which had a huge negative influence on the uninformed public. The hatred for this man and his supporters will always be remembered as a turning point in our history. Stop for a moment and listen to Lt. General Tom McInerney explain the facts about how it has been proven that Cyber warfare was used in the election, despite the constant flow of lies from the mainstream media denying there is any evidence. Computer data scientist have analyzed the information and have testified the votes were manipulated which changed the outcome and yet none of the courts so far have done anything about it. Most state legislatures and judges were democratic and of course were happy to ignore the evidence. The fraud was real and proven in many ways. The evidence is overwhelming and is being exposed more every day. We are very saddened and discouraged to know the election was absolutely stolen before our very eyes and the only thing we can do is to pray and ask God to intervene.

Since all of this truth has been found, the social media has ruled the airwaves in order to hinder these critical facts from being released to the masses. Listen, my brothers and sisters, I realize that if God wants to let whoever is responsible get away with cheating, that’s His call, but I pray that fairness and justice will be brought to light and revealed for all the world to see. It is time to stand for truth and tell everyone we know to wake up and at least do the research so that we will all know what is happening. We must learn what is happening and to have the courage to not be backed down. Just think about what is at stake. But wait…maybe everyone does not want to know the truth. Maybe half the country is glad the election was hacked by computer pirates and paid for by the deep pockets of the liberal left. The more we discover, the more we realize how evil the world is.

So now we as conservative Christian republicans, are supposed to just forget what has transpired the last four years? All the lies from Hillary, the persecution of the president and false accusations of collusion that was nothing more than a distraction from the crimes the democrats committed. The impeachment attempt, along with a biased media who is nothing more than a propaganda machine of deception. We now know that our voting system has been vulnerable to be controlled by outside forces and no telling how many congress members, governors, mayors, and judges races have been affected. It is horrible to think that many democrats who are in positions of authority were placed there NOT by voters, but by selection. So are we to just accept there will never be another fair election? The government system is saying, “let’s just move on and try to get along. We want to be unified and for everyone to embrace and support this new administration.” Really? How in the world can we move forward with what has happened?

I wanted to mention about the president being God’s man of the hour. I have said before that the left has always accused his supporters as not only being cultist and deplorable (which means shameful, dishonorable, disgraceful) but also ignorant people who literally worship him. Of course, this is ridiculous as we all realize he is just a human who makes mistakes just like all of us. How can we forget that every president has a closet filled with skeletons and the evidence is out there but people love to sweep the dirty truth under the carpet? Do your homework and you will see a reality that will make you nauseated. And let’s not forget the fine upstanding character of Sampson who was a sex addict and debauched playboy the world has ever seen and yet the Christian world cheers for him when he destroys mass amounts of the enemy. What about king David who had many concubines at his disposal and actually had a man killed so that he could have sex with his wife? And again, he is seen as one of the greatest spiritual leaders in history. God uses who He wants to lead because He knows who they are and what they can do. 

The reason why the right wing supports the president is because he supports a conservative ideology. Standing for the republican party means that we do not want to see communism, socialism, global capitalism, and the horrible sin of abortion being forced upon us. The agenda of the left wants to bring us into a global system of control and this is why we know the future of our nation is at stake. As I said last week, the Christian wants God’s word to be the standard of right and wrong while the progressive liberal philosophy does not want a standard at all. This is a huge reason why Trump is hated. He stands in the way of a dictatorship who wants to eliminate conservative ideology once and for all. If Trump had been a politician who loved to compromise and schmooze with the lobbyist and make secret deals with foreign governments and members of the left wing party, he would be accepted and tolerated as a normal president (even though he would be another phony puppet and snake in the grass). Since he is wealthy enough to not have to worry about money and cannot be bought or persuaded to play the political game, he has been targeted as public enemy number one. He is a businessman that sincerely wanted to help the country in every way possible, but ran into a corrupt giant that does not give a hoot about what is practical and logical, but the nature of the political swamp is only interested in their own personal gain and to have total power and control over the people.

Why does the government and legal system want to desperately block the president from all social media contact? If he was harmless, they would not care what he says. Being terrified with what He has discovered, they know that what he is saying is the truth and are censoring him and even attempting to impeach him again. Again, why is the president hated? Listen to the words of Jesus found in John chapter 15 and verses 18-21, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” We are now seeing leading republicans and the Department of Justice, the CIA, and the FBI, turn their backs away from the president and the truth. Why? Money has to be involved. All of these conspirators and rhinos are traitors. But why did the republican conservatives turn against him? I’ve heard them say they know what is at stake, they said if the democrats gain control the country is gone forever. Are they being blackmailed or threatened or have they made under the table deals with the devil? It just does not make sense. We can only hope that many will be exposed of their sins and be found guilty of treason.

What happened at the capitol is very strange ad we will probably never find out what really happened. The media has been focused on this as the worst thing that has ever happened and they are actually blaming the president for causing it. No one said a word all last year when Black Lives Matter and Antifa was leading the riots that destroyed many cities. It was not just republican supporters who were involved and I really doubt that any actually were. They have arrested Antifa who have testified they came to kill republicans. How did the media have footage of the situation? This was staged by the democrat loyalist (who are paid) in order to blame the president and accuse him of a criminal act. We know the protest was peaceful as many ministers were there filming the entire gathering. I do not believe for a minute that any of the conservative patriots would have tried to harm anyone. I’m not surprised at the mainstream media’s hypocrisy when it comes to protesting. Obama who has always been a political activist is quoted in an article by Tessa Stuart concerning the riots during the summer of 2020. “In some ways, as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they’ve been, they’ve also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened. You look at those protests and that was a far more representative cross-section of America out on the streets peacefully protesting and who felt moved to do something because of the injustices.” In another article by Lisette Voytko a Forbes staff reporter, Obama was quoted, “Protesters should not be condemned, but deserve respect and support. Protest and civil disobedience is often only what’s brought the political system to pay attention.” Oh really?

The democrats believe that violence, burning down buildings, breaking into businesses and stealing, defacing public and federal property, throwing bricks at police officers is a wonderful way to express our desire to promote change unless of course it is against their own policies. The riots of last summer had nothing to do with police brutality but was an act of staged terrorism that was a disgrace to this country! The Democratic party had no intention to criticize these riots because they were trying to destroy the presidents hope for re-election. Likewise, the virus was welcomed by the opposing party because it was another slap in the face for the president as he was criticized in everything he attempted to do. It helped ruin the economy, and he was blamed for the entire meltdown. Mission accomplished. All of this on top of the planned fraud to steal the election was just too much to overcome. I’m surprised he has not has a nervous breakdown with all the hatred he has faced. Am I giving up? No. Who is sitting on the throne of Heaven is more important than who is sitting in the Oval Office. However, I realize this tsunami of evil is more than anyone can defeat. It was much larger than we ever imagined. Only God can turn back this massive army of demons who are brainwashed and spiritually possessed by Satan. If God wants to clean out the swamp, He certainly has the power to do so. But, what if we have come to the point where His timetable must move forward? We know the tribulation and the Antichrist is coming, and maybe all of this needs to take place according to His plans. I’ve been hearing for the last 2 months how God is going to turn all of this upside down. I pray that He does. I have dreamed about it; I have begged that we would not be defeated. I have called on the II Chronicles 7:14 passage as the foundation of our victory. But what happens if He does not intervene? We must trust His decisions and accept the fact that we are in the last hours of the age and the demonic system of the beast is getting ready to welcome the son of perdition. Yes, we will keep pressing toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. The joy of the Lord is our strength and we cannot give up! No matter what happens, we are still called to serve God and stand strong for Him. If we are banned from social media and are hunted down as criminals to society, we will praise Him and rejoice in knowing that our names are written in the Lambs book of life.

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 2 – Published 1/9/21

THE BATTLE IS RAGING

Since the new year has started, we are still surrounded in crisis. The dangers are still here and the spiritual warfare is actually increasing. The virus has become like this invisible creature that is lurking in the shadows to attack us and we are now being told that a vaccine will keep us safe, even though we are not sure what this vaccine contains or the side effects. We are also hearing about the strain mutating and the next wave will be even worse. There is so much deception about how and why this virus came on the scene, but I pray that whatever it is or where it came from that it will die in Jesus’ name! The Lord knows all the details about it and I’m sure if we knew, it would be even more discouraging.

And then we have the election that has been confusing since day one. The first day it seemed that Trump was heading for victory and then we all woke up to discover that Biden had taken the lead. Somehow mysteriously, this happened exactly as it had been predicted by the Democratic party months before the election. How did they know it was going to turn out this way?… Why were the computers shut off during the night for a couple of hours? Why has no one stepped forward and accepted the clear proof that votes were changed in the computers from Trump to Biden? Everyone has their own idea about politics and it comes down to principles, convictions, and ideology. We should be smart enough to know that social media plays a huge part when it comes to persuading and influencing those who really do not know why they believe certain worldviews. Unfortunately, the airwaves are owned by the Prince of the power of the air as he is allowed by God to control the earth’s communication.

I was speaking to a person recently about world events, and I asked where they received their information. They said they skim the headlines and watch news clips from the mainstream social media. My wife and I do not listen to the mainstream dialogue because it is one sided in favor of a left-wing Democratic agenda and we completely oppose this way of thinking. We receive our news from conservative Christians who pray, and have spiritual discernment, and base their convictions on the Bible and desire to be led by the Holy Spirit. We want balanced information not a biased deception. The liberal progressive movement is the choice of those who do not respect what God thinks, and only concerned about what they want. This humanistic doctrine is based on carnality and the enemy of our souls has been pushing this rebellious philosophy since the Garden of Eden. One can clearly see the agenda of the world is to do away with the old and bring in the new. The traditional values are no longer tolerated and the vision of the world is to establish a new order where everyone can do whatever they want without any type of moral standard that establishes right from wrong.

When we look at the definition of relativism, which by the way is the most dangerous philosophies in the world, we find this: “The doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.” In simple language it means that truth is relative to the individual and should not be considered as being universal or enforced because no one knows the truth. It embraces the idea that what is true to you may not be true to me which excludes everyone from being held accountable for anything. This is the plan that Satan whispers into the ears of those who teach these lies of hell to unsaved humans who are spiritually blind and deaf. When God is considered absolute truth, we are all held responsible to do what He says. This acceptance and trust in God being who He says He is, provides the righteous and holy understanding to spiritually comprehend right from wrong. However, when the culture discards God as the final authority and embraces the concept that each person can create their own truth without guilt, being wrong is eliminated from the equation. The idea is there is nothing wrong, only those who judge and condemn. This is the platform for a new world order that will be dominated by a politically correct and socially acceptable atmosphere. There will be no tolerance for God or for those who follow Him.

When we consider what is at stake in this election, I cannot help but think about this new way of thinking that is on the horizon. I had prayed and hoped the conservative party would prevail and at least hold back the powers that want to implement a new concept of good and evil. I am a conservative and I believe that God is absolute truth. I am convinced that when this country was established that God was at the center of the conversation and I believe this is proven when we read many of the original documents and declarations. Some say it was the founding of a Christian nation, while others disagree. I believe for many years that most people who lived in the United States believed it was a Christian country. Whatever the case then, we know it is not a Christian nation now. Relativism grew and was absorbed through secular education and has now grown into the controlling force within our society. As a person who is totally opposite to this view, I am very concerned for the future. I do not mean to be negative, but there is no turning back. There is no way to reverse the world’s views, but this does not mean that God cannot open the eyes of those who call upon Him. In fact, I believe there is coming a mighty revival where many will call upon the Lord and they will be saved by His amazing grace.

So who will win this election? I have not heard God tell me. I am listening to many ministers who are saying that God has told them that Trump will still win. So far it has not looked like this would happen. Things have not turned out like I thought they would, but that does not mean that God cannot do whatever He wants. In the eyes of the natural, it seems hopeless and that our nation will now be controlled by the liberal left. I realize the biased media keeps saying there is no evidence of fraud, but this is a lie. I have listened to the computer date scientist evidence, and I have seen their findings and it is truly devastating what has happened. The analysis of the algorithms have proven without a doubt that human manipulation stole the election. The frustration also leads to the reality that unless something is changed to stop this evil voting system, there will never be another fair election. I do not want to argue about this subject because no one can convince me this election was not stolen by Democrats who paid people to cheat. This has been going on all over the world for a long time. However, I am still praying and still holding tight to my faith that God can still step in if He wants to. Millions of people have been praying as they believe in II Chronicles 7:14, and are repenting, decreeing, and begging God to step in. I am writing this on the evening of January the ninth and I am saying this – With man’s power, Trump serving another 4 years is impossible – but NOTHING is impossible with God!

IF Trump is God’s man and HE wants him to be president, I would like to know who is stronger than God? We realize that God has given humans a free will to choose, but God also has a will and He chooses what He wants and what He allows. Whoever becomes president it is because God allowed it, but no one has more authority than God. And no one can stand in God’s face and laugh or mock Him – NO ONE!

The impossible is God’s specialty and is why He is called the ALMIGHTY! I’m sure the children of Israel were depressed when they came to the Red Sea but look what God did. Remember the children of Israel when the spies came back and gave their negative report that it was impossible to take the promised land. What happened? GOD SAID TRUST ME! But some did not, and they did not receive the blessing. Do you recall the story of Elisha who looked out and saw the heavens were filled with angel warriors, and his servant said the situation was hopeless? Elisha said Lord please open this man’s eyes and let him see – and when the servant saw the TRUE REALITY, he was overjoyed and confident that God had everything under control! Those of us who are followers of Christ are in a very strange place right now. We are feeling the heat from the enemy more now than ever before. We sense the battle between good and evil is raging. We know what is at stake and we are being compelled to stay on our knees and fast and pray. Do you not discern in your spirit that darkness and evil is raging all around us? I have felt lately there is a tremendous battle going on right now in the spiritual atmosphere over this nation. I’m not a prophet, but I believe there are demons and angels that are in a war right this moment and the angels need our prayers and our positive confessions. This is not the time to wave the white flag as God’s warriors are still engaged in a fierce conflict for the control of this nations government. I believe God wants us to keep praying and keep trusting Him. If He does turn this situation around, there will not be one single human who can be given an ounce of credit. It will be ALL GOD and He will do it HIS WAY and He will receive ALL the glory!

If God DOES NOT step in and change this, we must believe this situation is a part of His agenda and timeline. God has everything lined up for His purposes and this might be a part of His plan. We know the Antichrist and the tribulation is waiting in the future and maybe this is the beginning of the end of the age. He has the power to stop it if He chooses and is always in total control of everything. Nonetheless, those who are called by God, must continue pressing forward as they love and trust Him and continue being determined to do His will. Amen. 

OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Part 1 – Published 1/2/21

THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU

King Jehoshaphat received word that his country was being targeted for an invasion. To say the least, knowing our enemy is coming for us is alarming. We see in the first few verses that naturally the people were worried, (I have felt like this before on the way to the emergency room). The story continues with Jehoshaphat declaring a fast and calling Judah to repent and fast as they come together as ask God to intervene on their behalf. In II Chronicles chapter twenty, we read how he prayed fervently to the Lord, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?” verses 6-8. Jehoshaphat acknowledged God’s mighty power and had sought His help in the past and was aware that God was the authority of the universe and could do anything. Let us notice the act of fasting and how our sacrifice allows us to draw nearer to God, increases the anointing of our prayers, and reveals that we are serious about our need.

With all the people gathered around, Jehoshaphat continues to cry out saying, O Jehovah our God, we do not know what to do. We are helpless against this large army and we look to you for help. Suddenly, the Spirit of the Lord falls upon a man named Jahaziel who was in the midst of this huge assembly and he boldly steps forward and gives this prophetic message, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you” verses 15-17. So, the next morning Jehoshaphat tells the people: ‘Have trust in Jehovah!’ He gives the command for the singers to march in front of the soldiers, and as they move toward the battlefield, they begin to sing praises to Jehovah for the splendor of his holiness, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” Have you noticed that often when we are facing a very difficult situation, we forget about worshiping God for His amazing love? Can we agree that praising Jesus BEFORE the answer is an act of faith and could be a critical part of releasing our miracle?

Listen to what happened, “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped” II Chronicles 20:22-24. As Judah watched, the enemy was completely destroyed without God’s people lifting a sword. The Lord gave them the victory and it took Judah three days to carry away the spoil. Praise God! With our immune system being filled with warrior cells which are constantly waging war against sickness and diseases, can God cause them to destroy themselves? Absolutely! To deny the reality of an enemy or that we are having a health issue is not wise nor is it being honest, the key to remember is there is nothing to fear! God is relaying here that no matter how negative the situation may appear, we must never give up! Yes, the doctors have given their opinion, but this diagnosis does not include the substance of things hoped for, nor the evidence of things unseen. In this story and in our personal journey, we see that even though the threat is real, the instruction is to be in position, stand still, and wait for the Lord to intervene. We do all that we can to help ourselves and pray, and then there comes a time when we must turn it over to God and trust Him. Could this be a word from the Lord for you? I’m reminded of the passage in Exodus 14:14 where God was speaking to Moses about encouraging the children of Israel to keep pressing forward even when they faced the Red Sea. When they arrived at the waters edge, Moses was told to lift up his rod and the Sea would part so they could cross on dry land. Moses said, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”