Our REAL Independence Day!

While most of the “United” States is getting ready to celebrate its Independence day with bright patriotic fireworks displays, barbeques and sports (maybe sports?), I am joining in the festivities but for a WHOLE other reason. My REAL or true Independence Day from the world.

Now before you get after me, I want to share with you a Bible story. Yes, it’s meant to make you think and take stock and meditate on God Almighty and His Sovereignty, but unlike the “United” States of America that is spiraling ever downward, there is hope for our future Independence Days, but we as a people have to be willing to listen.

Oh yeah, before I get into the actual Bible story, here’s a little Scripture to commemorate what we are celebrating:

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” – Ephesians 4:1-6 (NKJV).

Notice the theme of Unity throughout these six verses. This is where TRUE unity lies! Now for the promised Bible Story. . . . (Some names have been changed to protect the destroyed and to make us consider).

*”Come, unconquered one, sit in the dust. For your days of glory, pomp, and honor have ended. O daughter, never again will you be the lovely princess (or leader), tender and delicate. Take heavy millstones and grind the corn. Remove your veil and strip off your prestigious garments. Expose yourself to public view where you will be naked AND burdened with shame. I, the Lord, WILL take vengeance against you and will not negotiate further.”

Our Redeemer, whose name is the Lord Almighty, is the Holy One of ALL!

O daughter, sit now in darkness and silence. Never again will you be known at the queen or leader of nations. For I, the Lord, was angry with my own people and allowed them to suffer in your hands. But you showed them no mercy in your persecution. You have forced even the elderly to carry heavy burdens while robbing what was rightfully theirs. You thought, ‘I will reign forever as leader of all!’ You did not care at all about My people, or think about the consequences of your actions.”

“You ARE a pleasure-crazy nation, living at ease and feeling secure, bragging as if you were the greatest in all the world! You say to all who will listen, ‘I’m self-sufficient and not accountable to anyone! I will never be a widow or lose my children.’ Well, those two very things will come upon you in a single moment: widowhood and the loss of your children. Yes, these calamities will come upon you, despite all your witchcraft and magic.”

“You felt so secure in all your wickedness. ‘No one sees me,’ you said. Your ‘wisdom’ and ‘knowledge’ have caused you to turn away and reject Me and claim, ‘I am self-sufficient and not accountable to anyone!’ So disaster will overtake you suddenly, and you won’t be able to charm it away. Calamity WILL fall upon you, and you won’t be able to buy your way out no matter how rich you or your donors are. A catastrophe will arise so fast that you won’t know what hit you.”

“Call out the demon hordes you have worshipped all these years in secret. Ask them to help you strike terror into the hearts of the people once again. You have more than enough advisers, astrologers and stargazers at the ready. Let them stand up and save you from what the future holds in store. Sadly for you, they are as useless as dried grass burning in a fire. They cannot even save themselves from the fury to come! You will get no help from them at all. Their hearth is not a place you will be able to sit for warmth. AND, all your friends, those with whom you have done business with since childhood, some in secret, will slip away and disappear, unable to help even a little.”

Look! The Lord is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland. See how the people are scattering over the face of the earth. No one is spared, neither priests nor laypeople, servants or masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors, for all will be gone! The earth will be completely emptied and looted. The Lord has spoken!

The earth dries up, the crops wither, the skies refuse to rain. The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have TWISTED the instructions of God, violated His laws, broken His everlasting covenant and rejected Him! Therefore, a curse consumes the earth and its people.

But my heart is heavy with grief. I am discouraged, for evil STILL prevails, and treachery is everywhere. Therefore, terror and traps and snares will be the lot of the sinful people of earth. Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will step into a snare.

Are you amazed and incredulous? Do you not believe it? Then go ahead and be blind if you must. You are stupid, but not from wine! You stagger, but not from beer! For the Lord Himself has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep. He has closed the eyes of those false prophets and visionaries that you rely so much upon. All these future events are a sealed book to them. When you give the facts to them to read for themselves, they will say, “We can’t read it because it is sealed.” When you give it to those who cannot discern or read, they will say, “Sorry we don’t know what it says.”

And so the Lord says, “These people SAY they are mine. They honor me with their lips but their hearts are far, far away. AND, their worship of Me worship of me amounts to a farce, for they merely teach human commands and teachings to be memorized! BUT, because of this, I will do wonders among these hypocrites. I will show that their human wisdom is utterly foolish and even the most brilliant and intellectual people lack understanding.”

Destruction is certain for those who try to hide their devious plans from the Lord, who think they are able to keep Him in the dark concerning what they do! “The Lord can’t see us,” you say to yourselves. “He doesn’t know even a little what is going on!” How stupid can you be? He IS the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you for you are only the clay to become the jars He makes! Should the thing that was created say to the One who made it, “He didn’t make us”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

Soon – and it will not be very long – deaf people will hear words read from a book, and the blind will see through the gloom and the darkness. The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord. Those who are poor will rejoice in the Holy One of All. Those who intimidate and harass will be gone as well as all those who have plotted evil against the Lord’s people. Those who make the innocent guilty by their false testimony will also disappear. And those who use trickery and deceit to pervert justice and tell lies to tear down the innocent will be no more!

In that day the heir to David’s throne, will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, for the land where He will live will be a glorious place. Look, a righteous King is coming! And honest princes will rule under Him. He will shelter His people from the storm and the wind. He will refresh them as a river in the desert and as the cool shadow of a large rock in a hot and weary land. Then everyone who can see will be looking for God, and those who can hear will listen to His voice.

Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is My chosen One, and I am pleased with Him. I have put my Spirit upon Him. He will reveal justice to the nations. He will not crush those who are weak or quench the smallest hope. He will bring full justice to all who have been wronged. He will not stop until truth and righteousness prevail throughout the earth.

God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath and life to everyone in all the world. And it is He who says, “I, the Lord, have called You to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given You to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide all nations to Me. You will open the eyes of those blinded by the enemy of their souls and free the captives who are in prison, chained to sin. You will release those who sit in dark dungeons.”

“I am the Lord; that is My Name! I will NOT give My glory to anyone else. I will NOT share my praise with carved idols or idols of ANY kind. Everything I have prophesied has come true, and now I prophesy again and what I tell you happens in the future WILL happen! I tell you BEFORE it happens!”

Thus the Prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz wrote down for all to read and be aware of and forewarned. He wrote these words sometime between 770 B.C. to 681 B.C. How true they apply to what is going on in our nation and the world as a whole almost 3000 years later! Any doubts about the validity of God’s unchanging Word or His Character?!!

You liberty, your independence can only be found in the free gift given by God Almighty through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself stated this, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6 (NKJV).

The Apostle Paul confirms our true liberty, freedom, and independence when He made this statement about those who read the Scriptures still blinded; and this statement holds true even these many centuries later:

“But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:14-17 (NKJV).

This nation that was once the United States of America, will one day suffer God’s judgment like every other nation that rejected Him and abandoned His values. His Word is true and unchanging and He Himself does not change. Though He IS longsuffering and patient, He has never stopped being a just God and that “justness” demands that eventually the nation’s sinfulness and wickedness be dealt with.

However, no matter the nation or country you live in, accepting the Kingdom of God, through Christ Jesus into your heart and life and abiding IN Him, guarantees a liberty and independence that has already been fought and won and that can never be taken away from you!

God bless you all this Independence Day! May it be a Spiritual one!

*This Bible story is taken somewhat liberally from the Book of Isaiah with help from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, 1996 edition, (NLT). I have added some adjectives and left out some names to make the point that it can apply to us, in this very age and day we are living. So, though the NLT was used as a foundation, it is NOT word for word in its entirety.

The following chapters were referenced in Isaiah: Chapters 11, 24, 29, 32, and 47.

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Jesus Christ Is:

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Only Two Denominations – Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was an English Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.

This famous quote was taken from a sermon he taught on at the following:
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
October 23, 1887
Scripture: Exodus 12:21-27

Sermon: The Blood of Sprinkling and the Children

Website Credit (and full sermon): Spurgeon Resource Library

Charles Spurgeon Website: https://www.princeofpreachers.org/
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We Are His Workmanship, His Church

“Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” – Isaiah 43:7.

“Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” – Psalm 100:3.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10.

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Do Not Fret, Do Not Despair!

I want to encourage ALL my brothers and Sisters in Christ in these times. I just commented to another dear sister who is concerned about how to pray for what is going on around us and this is in part of what I advised her. I don’t think she will mind me using this in a lesson.

“Sis, I have been seeking God’s wisdom and discernment for as long as I can remember. Pray for the saints, your brothers and sisters in Christ for wisdom, discernment and strength, pray for the lost, always, and pray for those sitting on the fence. As far as the nation is concerned, God will judge, either good or bad according to His Word that never changes. If we are approaching the End times and it looks like that “season” as Jesus foretold, then the U.S. MUST decrease so the 10 country world government of Daniel can increase and allow God’s plan to unfold. Remember, Sis, your KINGDOM, your nation is not of this earth, but a Heavenly Kingdom. We can pray for this nation, but we no longer belong to it. We CAN’T serve two masters. We are either citizens of God’s Kingdom, or citizens of an earthly, temporary kingdom that WILL one day eventually fall as all earthly kingdoms do. Take heart in what our Heavenly Father has in store for us no matter WHAT things look like around us! Love you in Christ, Sis!!”

It is obvious we are definitely in the times that Jesus described in Matthew 24+ and whether we are in it full-blown or the beginning, we can tell by the “season” where we are. In the Old Testament we see the nation of ancient Israel go the way of the leadership. Now we must remember that their leadership was both religious and political at the same time, BUT the nation and the people were considered one, in the Lord’s eyes.

We are Abraham’s adopted sons and daughters and we join others throughout the whole world and so we are NOT identified with the land or any particular nation because once we were spiritually reborn, born-again, we became citizens of a Heavenly Kingdom ruled by God, our Father. We CAN’T serve two nations; we either serve the Heavenly Kingdom or we serve the temporary earthly kingdom which most assuredly at some point in history WILL fall, as ALL nations do sooner or later.

This is why it is so important to read and understand the WHOLE Bible for in it we see God, our Father’s Character and Nature, His Will for mankind as a whole and His plans for mankind’s future. When you look at what His Word has warned those thousands of years ago, we cannot in sincerity deny the validity and TRUTH of His unchanging Word.

There are things on this earth that must transpire for God’s plan to be fulfilled. It looks horrible from a natural aspect and in that sense, the sin and wickedness is terrible. BUT, God will NOT take away people’s ability to choose their direction and path they want to walk for there can be no true LOVE, no Agape without the ability to choose whether you want to walk in that love. We see people’s choices all around us right now. But when you realize what you see God’s unconditional love at work, then you begin to see His plan unfold.

Just like in the Garden of Eden, mankind can listen to the serpent and follow their own desires, or they can listen to what God told them and accept the path that He has given through Jesus Christ and avoid the broad destructive path. None of this is taking our Heavenly Father by surprise. He KNOWS who will choose Him and who will not, but His DESIRE is STILL that none would perish even though He knows that is what some will ultimately choose.

Knowing this, it is our duty to pray for one another, for strength that can only come from Christ and His Holy Spirit, we need to pray for wisdom and discernment, so that we know when to step out in the gifts that we were equipped with to either build up the Church, the Body of Christ or to win souls as the time is right. It HAS to be in God’s timing, otherwise it is for nothing. We NEED to ever continue to pray for the lost for it is by our fervent prayers that God through His Holy Spirit can move upon those He has gifted to spread that Gospel message! AND we must not forget those who have been “lukewarm” and “sitting on the fence” as it were that they would take a step one way or the other, again their choosing.

We should not be SHOCKED by what we see around us. Astounded yes, amazed yes, but shocked? We have been warned this was coming. As far back as I can remember when I was first saved, born-again, I remember preachers teaching on these times. I just didn’t think I would live to see them, but again, God knows and He knows whom He has chosen to go through these times.

God has not left His True Church, the Body of Christ, unprepared, but rather has been preparing them for years with His Word and with His Spirit abiding in each individual member. It is just that now, it is time for that Church to wake up, shake off their slumber and start to seek the Father and start remembering what He has taught us for so long. Even those new in the Lord, have been part of an accelerated training time whether they knew it or not. Look at the parable of the Landowner who paid the same wages to those who worked all day and those who worked a couple of hours. Substitute the “pay” for preparation and you see the Landowner, who you will recall is likened to the Kingdom of God, prepared those early on, but also those who came later showed them the same in preparation. It is a Spiritual principle, one of many you will find in the Bible when you look and meditate on the Word.

We are at the END of the day and now is when our preparation will come into play. You can say that the Gifts that He gives, ministry AND spiritual gifts are the “pay” to the workers. They are His gifts to give to whomever He wishes no matter when they entered the “work force,” as it were.

Now, some time ago the Lord told me He was going to change the direction of my ministry, (my service to Him and others), and at the time I couldn’t imagine how or why. But it was like my eyes were being opened to a whole new aspect of the world I was living in and how the Scriptures applied to it. I can look back those few months ago and see the transition the Lord has led me through, but then I had no clue.

I will tell you this and this is not a FALSE humility either; I cannot imagine why the Lord chose someone who is essentially nothing in the ministerial field to have some of the insights He has given me, but it IS His choice. I have been blessed as He has always done in my ministry to confirm the truth through other well-known and larger ministries so it has increased my faith and confidence even after so many years of doing this.

But I say all that to say this also; there are many well-known and well-established large ministries that still see hope for the U.S. as a nation and that is where I depart. God’s Church within THAT nation will survive, His Church will ALWAYS survive, but the nation? I cannot see a nation, whose leaders still want to push abortion law, gay-rights laws, anti-religious laws and who are engaged in outright lies and deception can be blessed by a God who abhors and cannot abide with or in sin!! It’s His Word, not mine. Unless one half of our population and the majority of the leaders (of ALL political parties) are willing to repent and undo many of these outright sinful laws that reject God’s values, how can a righteous and Holy God bless them AS a nation?

Remember, unlike Israel and the Jewish people, the Church of Jesus Christ is NOT identified with a specific nation for that Church has members in EVERY nation! I know everyone likes to use the prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and I don’t want to debate or argue with those more intelligent than I am but I have to look at that prayer in the context with which the LORD was speaking to Solomon.

“Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who 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 sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” – 2 Chronicles 7:12-16.

The Lord is speaking to Solomon about the Temple and the land of Zion, Jerusalem. The Jewish people and the land were God’s chosen. Remember, in Revelation the Lord tells us that when He creates a new Heaven and a new Earth, even then Jerusalem will be the Capital where He sets up His throne on earth!

His Church is no longer identified with any land but rather with the Kingdom of Heaven. His Temple today, resides in the individual hearts and souls of those who belong to His Kingdom. We abide in Him, but in turn, He ABIDES, has set up His Throne, in our hearts, and it will be that way until His End-times plan is fulfilled. Then we will be part of that REAL Kingdom and we will then be one with Him in Glory. You have to read the WHOLE BIBLE and not just bits and pieces.

Today when we pray that prayer, it is NOT the nation or the land that is blessed, but each of us who enjoys His Temple abiding in us, and it is by that blessing that His blessings flow to all those around us, saved and unsaved alike. As long as we, His people, are blessed, those who are surrounding us will also enjoy some of that blessing if we are walking in true Agape.

This is why I say, pray, pray, pray for the lost. Those leaders in this nation who are leading this nation down a path of destruction are truly lost. They are blinded by the God of this world and don’t even know it! We MUST pray for them. But remember, it is still and always will be their choice what they choose. God cannot be a loving God if He FORCES His creation to love Him. There has to be a way to choose and this is why Satan was first loosed upon the world. Mankind has the ability to choose the prideful arrogance of a fallen angel that was also given choice, or He can choose to follow the Creator who only desires a people to love Him in total purity and desire to do so.

My advise to my Brothers and Sisters in the midst of all we see and what is most assuredly to come about:

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” – Psalm 27:13-14.

“Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.” – Psalm 31:23-24.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6.

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

– Ephesians 6:10.

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Biblical Jesus Vs

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You Keep On Doing Evil

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House of Prayer and Worship

The people were asking, “Just WHO is this man who is stirring everything up in Jerusalem?” Many had heard of Jesus and the miracles He had done, but to many He was still somewhat of a curiosity.

Can you imagine His disciples, following Him as they are entering Jerusalem for the Passover, one of the most Holiest of Jewish celebrations, and they are watching Him and listening to Him. On the journey, they were probably also talking among themselves about the upcoming celebration.

Can you imagine what they must have thought while watching His every move as He surveyed the Temple, His Father’s, our Father’s Temple, known to all to be a house of prayer and worship to God Almighty. Then He started searching around for cord and started feverishly to intertwine it into the corded whip that He intended it to become. His disciples must have wondered what in the world is He making and for what purpose. Wouldn’t you wonder? You’ve been hanging on His every word, excited about the prospects of the upcoming celebration of worship and He becomes silent, focused AND driven to what He has purposed in His mind.

I can imagine that while He is working to construct the simple corded whip that His gaze was wandering around to the different stalls and the exchanges going on and the general hub-bub of what a busy place of commerce might portray. Imagine the birds squawking or cooing, the goats and the sheep bleating loudly, the oxen lowing loudly and joining in the cacophony of sounds that the money changers were engaged in. I can’t imagine that it was muted and still, but rather the sounds of everyone there vying for a spot to do business for the upcoming festivities.

Can you even begin to imagine the thoughts that MUST have been going through the mind of God’s Son at that moment while standing within the Holy Temple? What could His disciples have been thinking of and wondering about while watching what He was doing and constructing? They had to have been asking each other among themselves what He had stopped to do. Wouldn’t you?

They most certainly could tell that His demeanor had changed, His countenance darker than normal and especially in what to them seemed like normal preparation for the upcoming Passover. For this “business” was not new, but had become the custom in preparation for the Passover. But this was the first time that the disciples were preparing to celebrate with their Master, Jesus in Jerusalem. You can imagine, they were all a bit excited about the prospect, but then Jesus is silent and yet evidently upset about something.

Then, they see Him rise or step forward. He might have paused a moment to again take in the surrounding chaos and then with determination started walking towards the tables of the nearest money-changers. With all the commotion, no one but the disciples noticed this man coming forth. Only they noticed the fervor on His countenance and the surety of His footing.

They HAD to have wondered in amazement what had come over Him. Then quicker than they could imagine, He grabbed the edge of one of the tables piled high with coin where the money changers were sitting on the opposite side and with one strong lift up, He turned the tables unto the laps of those men of commerce, coins scattering all over the place, tablets of accounts and such going every which way and they must have been immediately, shocked, stunned and disoriented as to what had just happened.

Then looking up, they saw a man with a corded whip raised above His head and you can only imagine the scramble that took place at that time. They were so confused and disoriented that they barely heard the words coming out of Him as His righteous anger spilled forth in the condemnation of what they had done to His Father’s House of prayer and worship!

After that, He turned His attention to the animals filling every available space of this glorious temple and He started to drive them out. The very merchandise, that was the profit-making enterprise of these merchants was being scattered out beyond the Temple!

I am almost positive that as He drove the animals out through the Temple gates, His anger subsided and the animals were herded out beyond the Temple walls. But, the anger and zeal He felt toward what had become of His Father’s House was too much and I am sure, He turned back to the crowds and the merchants and uttered those famous words we are so familiar with now:

And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'” – Matthew 21:13.

(Jesus) “saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'” – Luke 19:46.

And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” – John 2:16.

Jesus referred to what was written in Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11.

The thing is, to the consternation of the Jewish religious leaders, it didn’t stop there. Jesus began to teach daily in that very Temple. Of course, the Jewish leaders wanted answers.

So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.” – John 2:18-22.

The disciples also remembered later what was written in the Scriptures in Psalm 69:9 and referenced it when the Apostle John wrote: “Then His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.'” – John 2:17.

The Bible goes on to tell us:

“Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” – Matthew 21:14-16.

“And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him, and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.” – Luke 19:47-48.

Great story. I remember hear it preached when I was in my late teens and referencing Jesus’ “righteous anger.” Today however, almost 50 years later and watching the world and the nation I live in descend into chaos, it has a much different connotation. I see a whole new depth and meaning to this recounted story than I have usually heard preached.

I have also watched for literally decades, church institutions abandon the SPIRIT of the Word of God, the Holy Bible, for interpretations that only justify their modern thinking and actions rather than changing them as people from the inside out. The Word of God does NOT change. I am sounding like a broken record every time I state that. It is not the wording or the translation I am talking about either, it is the SPIRIT behind the words. That is why it is spiritually discerned and it is spiritually alive! The Bible does not change, but it IS supposed to change us; more and more into the people that are in God’s likeness in Character and Nature!

When I look at the church world around me, the institutions of religion, filled with politics and defining their denominations behaviors and doctrinal beliefs, I see buildings that are filled, for the most part, exactly what Jesus stated of the religious leaders of His day, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” – Matthew 23:27-28.

This does NOT describe every institutional church, everywhere in the world, but sadly, the churches this does NOT describe are the exceptions! How is it, that we have God’s written Word and yet, the very thing that Jesus came to condemn and make right, is the very thing that even today, under the age and dispensation of Grace, we have still turned God’s House into?

Whether anyone believes me or not, I stand on the Word of God. When the spiritual becomes institutionalized, it is only a matter of time before it becomes religious and loses all its spirituality and thus its anointing and power! The Apostle Paul told his protégé Timothy that this would exactly come about and it was a direct mirror to what Jesus called the religious leaders of His day, “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.”

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Notice that the Apostle Paul is talking about the nature of men in the last days. They shall APPEAR religious. Religion and a religious attitude or nature is not necessarily SPIRITUAL! Believe it or not, true spirituality resides in God Almighty and not in the “supernatural.” Those who ABIDE in Christ and the Father, those who have the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus abiding in them ARE spiritual because they have been spiritually reborn! You do NOT become spiritual by worshipping Buddha or Mohammed or Krishna or any other false deity, ONLY by worshipping and abiding in God, the Father Who IS Spirit!

I know I use this favored Scripture often, but it speaks so much to the Truth of why we are the Spiritual creation that we are in Christ Jesus. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24.

I’m sorry if this next sentence offends you, but to state the obvious, “the truth shall set you free!” (John 8:32). Religion today, is BIG business.

Religion annually contributes about $1.2 trillion dollars of socio-economic value to the United States economy, according to a 2016 study by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. That is equivalent to being the world’s 15th-largest national economy, outpacing nearly 180 other countries and territories. It’s more than the global annual revenues of the world’s top 10 tech companies, including Apple, Amazon and Google. [1]

Now this is just ONE reference I found through Bing. There are literally hundreds!

I’ve taught a lot on it lately, namely, the Body of Christ, the TRUE Church. A Church that is a spiritual entity with Jesus Christ as the Head and the individual member-believers that make up the ministries He has assigned. Parts of His Church are everywhere throughout the world. There is NO one nation that can claim the Church or Bride of Christ.

But as I stated in a recent ministry video I created, there are many institutions that would like to be identified with the True Church of God, unfortunately, they fall into that very category that Paul warned Timothy about. We are seeing the Bible unfold before our very eyes in this day and age.

Those of you who have been following my teachings and my posts for a while, know that I have said more than once something BIG is on the horizon. Well people, in a few months we shall see. I have said that God WILL judge unrighteous nations eventually. Though He is longsuffering and patient, He CANNOT go against His own word. It will be more severe to those nations whose motto is “In God We Trust,” for they are claiming a relationship with the Almighty at the same time they are rejecting Him.

But before He judges the nation, He will put His True Church to the test. We WILL be pressed and squeezed as in a winepress, but what will come out will be pure and undefiled AND it will demonstrate the power and the richness of what was meant to be! Now, do not panic, because this testing is not meant to destroy His children, His chosen, but rather to refine us into what He can use in the coming judgment of nations.

I am not telling you anything that you cannot see in the Word of God for yourselves. We will not know the day nor hour of the Lord’s return, but we WILL know the season as He plainly spoke in parable about what should take place. People, the season is at hand. The evidences, NOT just the signs are all there. You can read them all for yourselves in Matthew 24 onward.

God’s True Church does not have to fear, but we have to be aware. God’s Temple today is abiding in our hearts and souls. Is His Temple within, a house of prayer and worship, or is it a big business venture? Will Jesus come through the clouds when the trumpet sounds and find commerce going on in our hearts, or worship? Only each individual can answer that.

The time is at hand for us to keep looking up and watching the clouds and listening for that Trumpet blast. (Luke 21:28). We do not have to look with fear, but rather with anticipation for that will be a day when the Lord will show forth His glory upon the whole earth!

As the Lord told Pastor Dana Cornerstone from Kentucky in a dream, “Brace yourself, brace yourself, brace yourself,” but at the same time, we do not have to fear. God’s plan is unfolding and we are a part of history like in no other time!!

I for one am exclaiming, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” Join me in praying for God’s perfect will and plan to unfold! Pray for the true saints of God. Pray for the lost! Amen and AMEN!

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To Tell The Truth – What’s My Line?

If any of you can remember the ORIGINAL television game shows by these names then I’m not the only one revealing my age! To Tell the Truth ran from the mid-sixties to seventies and What’s My Line? was kind of the precursor to that show which ran from the fifties until the late sixties. The premise of the first game show was for the panel to guess what the occupation was of the contestant by asking a series of questions. The premise of the following game was to tell who the “true” person was for an occupation out of a couple of others who were impostors. They were both extremely popular AND long-running television game shows.

Here we are in 2020 and even though it might sound like a “pun,” our eyesight isn’t any better when it comes to spotting fakes today. Of course, when you get down to the spiritual “nitty-gritty” why would it be when the devil is probably the most knowledgeable when it comes to the Scriptures aside from our Heavenly Father, Himself.

I am constantly amazed at the things I see written on social media platforms in the name of “Christianity.” It truly reveals to me that when it comes to titles or labels, the enemy of mankind’s souls is an expert at perverting and twisting, over time, words and titles we have seemed to take for granted.

Love for instance. The devil’s had a long run to twist and pervert that concept. Today in the world especially it resembles NOTHING even close to the Character of God Almighty, Himself. It’s all based on feelings and emotions now. “If it feels good, then it is good,” is a long-time saying that has had time to ingrain itself in the modern psyche.

Now, the enemy has done the same with the title, “Christian,” because since the United States is a “Christian” nation, everyone who believes in SOME kind of supreme being is a “Christian.” For proof, just listen to one of the most popular talk-show hosts, Oprah Winfrey speak about the “Christian” experience and there are many, many ways to get to what you might believe is “God!”

Oprah Said There Are Many Ways to God? “There are millions of ways to be a human being, and many paths to what you call God.” “Well I am a Christian who believes that there are certainly many more paths to God other than Christianity.” ~Oprah Winfrey [1]

Believe me, I have been doing this long enough now that when I hear or read some of these statements and beliefs, my stomach feels like it gets twisted into knots and that is no exaggeration!

Now in my research I have found as many people trying to justify her statement in a “spiritual” sense as there is trying to condemn it Scripturally! The truth of the matter is that as far as she has stated in interviews, the Bible is not the ONLY writings that lead us to our “god, gods or goddesses!”

What she says is true in this Biblical sense:

“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath.” – Isaiah 45:22-23.

“But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:10-12.

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11.

EVERY person ever born and created, past, present and even future, will one day, and seemingly not far off, will stand before Christ Jesus not JUST to be judged, but to acknowledge that in truth He IS the Lord of Lords and King of Kings for all eternity! So in essence, no matter what you do or how you live, you WILL be led to the feet of Jesus at sometime in the future. Of course, this is NOT the context she meant, but unknowingly, she DID proclaim the truth in that regard!

Now before you think that I am attacking America’s sweetheart unmercifully, let me just say, she is the most pronounced in her statements and the most easily recognizable as a “non-religious” source, but I can tell you, it doesn’t take a lot of research to find those who call themselves “ministers” who have come out with very similar statements, and let me tell you, more so within the last couple of years. It seems that those who are rising up out of the shadows are becoming more and more blatant as the world goes deeper and deeper into sin.

This should NOT surprise anyone who spends time in their Bibles! It IS shocking still, but it should NOT be surprising for even Jesus stated emphatically and explicitly what was to happen just before His coming in Matthew 24. I will trust you to reread the whole chapter, but let me remind you of this part:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” – Matthew 24:36-39.

And also in Luke, (see all of chapter 17 for a comparison) a little more exposition:

“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” – Luke 17:26-30.

Now understand one thing here; Jesus didn’t go into extreme detail about the days of Noah or even the days of Lot and his family. The people whom He was sharing this with KNEW from their Scriptures, (our Old Testament writings) just how bad things were back then.

I was talking to my two adult sons just last night and we were talking about the situations going on all around us, the corruption, violence, outright murder of innocence, both children and adults, the political state of affairs and the blatant HATE towards a duly elected leader and those who voted for him, because he thwarted the advancement of their agendas, at least for a season.

Now we live in a small agricultural community and it just hasn’t hit us as it has in the big cities, but I am not blind and as I was telling my boys, I CAN’T imagine the days of Noah or of Lot with Sodom and Gomorrah, being worse than it is today! I know with Noah, he had 120 years to prepare the Ark, but I can actually look back in history to just after I was born in 1952 and I can see in the late fifties and early sixties, the seeds of rebellion against established institutions and mores taking root back there. We have had almost 70 years for this rebellion to transpire with starts and stops along the way that we thought then was bad. But even then, so much was hidden in the shadows whereas now, the blatant wickedness is showing itself with apparent arrogance!

Yet I can remember back, sitting in a small church, fascinated by all the guest preachers who prophesied of the End Times and how terrible they would be. I had NO idea that I would actually live to see what we are witnessing in human nature around the whole world. AND, that doesn’t even touch on the situation in nature with the earth itself groaning as if ready to give birth!

Jesus told us, He WARNED us, that we would not know the day nor the hour because even He doesn’t know, but only our Heavenly Father. But He DID tells us, that we WOULD know the season because of the signs. Even the Apostle Peter gave a sign of the very end and I actually KNOW people who have come out and stated this almost word for word!!

“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” – 2 Peter 3:1-4. (Bold/Italicized Emphasis mine).

Notice that Peter starts out by saying, “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us.” I have been back in the Old Testament extensively and I am convinced it is because of what is going on around us, that I see and perceive its writings in a whole new light. It isn’t that the truth wasn’t there all along, but now, it is as if events in our modern age, is mirroring the times of ancient Israel. Why wouldn’t they, either? For as surely as God’s Character and Nature doesn’t change and His Word surely doesn’t change, neither it seems, does man’s unregenerate human nature. It takes the Holy Spirit for man’s nature to undergo a spiritual change.

Okay, what does this have to do with the title? Well, the following are Scriptures that are used everyday in preaching and teaching on social media. Are you familiar with them, yourselves? Do you know what they mean? I mean in spiritual truth. They are all legitimate Scriptures. There is a definite pattern here. Do they fit in context? It is for yourselves to know and realize and this is not a trick “test,” by any means. But it does take looking at the Word of God with spiritual discernment.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7.

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” – Matthew 21:22.

“For this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” – Luke 4:6-7.

“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep My commandments.” – John 14:14-15.

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” – John 15:7.

It is this very simple little test that makes it so necessary for the True Church of God, the Body of Christ, to KNOW and not just to believe in “a” God. The Word of God was given to let us know Who our Heavenly Father is, His Character and Nature and how through Christ Jesus we have a chance, we have a CHOICE to have a renewed spiritual relationship with Him based on Agape (unconditional love) that was once lost due to sin. That is what TRUE Salvation and Redemption is; an eternal relationship with God Almighty, our Creator, our Heavenly Father!

But remember, we CAN’T KNOW Him, if we just take everyone else’s word for who He is. We are responsible for our own relationship with Him and I am telling all my loved ones who read this, it is even more important in the times and days we are right now living in.

[1] Found on Bing and Google in many references.
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Spiritual Blindness

Here’s an AWESOME post from my Brother in Christ, Don Merritt, husband of CathyJo Merritt of God’s Bible Study Online (FB)! All I can add is Amen and AMEN!

Photo courtesy of Don Merritt’s Photo Vistas, Photo Blog. Title: As The Leaves Begin to Turn. Copyright, Don Merritt, October 11, 2017,
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John 9:35-41

Jesus heard that the Pharisees had thrown the man out who was blind from birth, for he wasn’t going along with what the Pharisees wanted. When He caught up with the man, the man came to believe in Him and worshipped Him. This brings us to verse 39; why doesn’t anyone ever quote it?

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

John 9:39

I would expect that if my next post was titled “Jesus Came to Judge the World” many, probably most, of you would object, but there you have it in His own words! Of course, He also said that He had not come to judge, as the atheists like to point out as they search for something to claim is a contradiction.

What shall we say then?

This is an unusual context, isn’t…

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