Don’t Be a Dim Lighthouse – J.C. Ryle

John Charles Ryle (May 10, 1816 – June 10, 1900) was an evangelical Anglican clergyman and first Bishop of Liverpool. He was renowned for his powerful preaching and extensive tracts. John C. Ryle was a big man, physically, intellectually, scripturally and spiritually. The fact is that Ryle, though very definitely a Victorian of the Victorians, seemed to be able to leave behind him the verbosity and sentimentality of many of his contemporaries so that his writings still speak today, not only to the older generations, but to younger Christians as well.

Settle it down in your mind that you will aim at the highest degree of holiness, spiritual-mindedness, and consecration to God—that you will not be content with any low degree of sanctification.

Resolve that, by the grace of God, you will make Christianity beautiful in the eyes of the world. Remember that the children of the world have but few patterns of true religion before them. Oh, that every true Christian would recollect that he is set as a lighthouse in the midst of a dark world, and would labor so to live that every part of him may reflect light, and no side be dim!

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*Pastor’s Note: This is another short article I wrote in the late 90s along with some others for the Church section of the local newspaper where we lived in Globe, Arizona. I thought it might interest my readers and I HAVE updated some of the Scriptures references. All in all, it is pretty much as it was published in the Church editorial of the newspaper. The pictures were added for this posting.

Supposedly we live in an enlightened age. We think we are enlightened because we have thrown off the old taboos. The old puritanical moral standards which held us in check have been discarded in place of the new ideal, “if it feels good, it is good, so do it.” We even have products advertised with this new ideal as a logo. Now we are free to express ourselves in more creative ways. Society can advance to the utopian ideals of equality and true human dignity. Right?

It all sounds so good. But where is this kind of thinking coming from and just where is it leading us? The sexual revolution in the sixties brought a flood of illegitimacy. Over twenty-six percent of the births in America now occur outside of marriage. The number of single parent homes is skyrocketing. Millions of children are brought into the world without the benefit of a loving mother and father living in a committed relationship, and children growing up in single parent homes are more likely to be `at risk’ in some form or another.

That this high sounding enlightenment has led to turmoil has Biblical precedent. People can have deep RELIGIOUS experiences and not be true followers of God. It is possible with the unprecedented New Age movement for individuals to have special gifts and receive knowledge from the Bible and yet remain unsaved; it is the difference between intellectual knowledge and spiritual re-awakening. As in the secular enlightenment just mentioned, religious (not spiritual) enlightenment is possible when people who are on the road to destruction start relying upon their own intellectual prowess rather than relying upon the Spirit of Truth. It might even be called enlightened self-interest or self-love. But that’s where the problem lies.

Without Godly love, “it profits me nothing.” The Apostle Paul, who was truly enlightened wrote this centuries ago and it is still relevant today, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Spiritual re-awakening allows the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth to abide within us, whereas religious or secular enlightening allows us to be deceived by our own supposed intelligence!

Just another thought to consider in your times of meditation!

Pastor Roland Ledoux
Oasis Bible Ministry

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Pursue Godly Habits

“Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” – 1 Timothy 4:14-16.

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” – James 1:21-25.

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Race Toward Godliness Daily

“He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him! So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows.” – Psalm 61:7-8.

“Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, to the very end.” – Psalm 119:111-112.

“Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.” – Jeremiah 9:23-24.

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No Cleanness In You

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the state of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

It seems that in the age we are living in today, we have not learned from the past and have not taken the Words of the Lord seriously at all. Even when fear and panic sweep the nation, the only ones bowing in prayer are God’s own children. Even though Israel was and is God’s special chosen children, they hardened their hearts against Him in the past and He had to speak words of warning to them.

Today, words of warning have been spoken to many nations of the world and especially the United States who claims that “In God We Trust,” yet sadly, the very things He allows to get the nation’s attention so as to turn to Him in repentance only leads our corrupt leaders to harden their hearts all the more. God, our Heavenly Father has been gentle and merciful in His warnings and yet, though He doesn’t BRING evil to a nation or a people, their own sinfulness will cause it to come in like a flood and God in His justness will stand back and let it come unless His people repent! What will it take to melt our hearts AS a Nation and turn from our unbridled wickedness?

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Daniel’s Prayer – Let Us Pray

After seeking the Lord to reveal a dream and its meaning that King Nebuchadnezzar had, Daniel prayed this prayer in praise and thanks to the Lord of Lords. It is fitting even today, for the Lord has promised to always let His servants, and thus His children, know His plans in some way, before instituting them. (Genesis 6:13, Psalm 25:14, Amos 3:7, John 15:15).

Daniel prayed, let us therefore ALSO pray:

“Praise the name of God forever and ever,
for he has all wisdom and power.
He controls the course of world events;
he removes kings and sets up other kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the scholars.
He reveals deep and mysterious things
and knows what lies hidden in darkness,
though he is surrounded by light.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors,
for you have given me wisdom and strength.
You have told me what we asked of you
and revealed to us what the king demanded.”

Found in Daniel 2:20-23.

New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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Liberty or Freedom?

2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

1 Peter 2:15-16, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men — as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.”

The Saturday night before Easter Sunday I couldn’t sleep; nothing new really so I laid there and talked to the Lord like I have a tendency to do. I was thanking Him for so many, many blessings I have experienced by His hand in my life and also letting Him know again how sorry I was at all the wasted time when I had sinned or slipped in my journey. Then I started to pray for my brothers and sisters in the Lord especially during this time we are going through together.

I thought of all those all over the world who are being told by their governments to stay indoors out of fear of a flu virus. Some countries even threatening to shoot those who disobey the stay at home orders. I reflected on the different state governments here in the United States that are stretching the envelope of an authoritative government undermining the Constitution even further than they have tried before and I started to think of some brothers and sisters who expressed concerns over the possibility of martial law and maybe losing their freedoms to move about freely.

Then of course I started to think of Peter and of Paul specifically. Paul wrote many of the letters to the different Churches while either in prison or in shackles. Peter was arrested more than once for preaching the truth of the Gospel after being told not too. Yet, the glory of God was still manifested and the Gospel spread. I thought of that area between what the Bible guarantees us as liberty and what man strives for concerning freedom. For a long while now, you can ask anyone what the difference is and most likely they will tell you there is no difference. BUT – when you use the Bible as your foundation, even though some modern translations interchange the words, you see there is a BIG difference!

I found this on the internet trying to describe the difference. It was an interesting read, but here is just the opening summary:

Liberty can be described as a right to do whatever pleases. Freedom is often described in context to any type of constraints; it means not constrained by any external obligation or pressure. Liberty deals with the state of being free to do something, whereas freedom is the state of being free from something. However, today they both are also used interchangeably many times.[1]

However, the Bible tells us in the Scripture I provided above, that “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” And, as the Bible is often able to do, it gives us clear statements like that but also gives us spiritual examples, thus, Paul and even Peter in prison. During those times they had lost their freedom to move about and do what they wanted to do, but their liberty, that attribute given to man who has the Spirit of God abiding within, could not be restrained or hindered. With true liberty, there is no fear of man’s punishment or repercussions based on what you do as directed by the Lord.

Man can silence another man by taking his life and thus THINKING he has removed his liberty, but all they did was end a life still abiding IN liberty. Where God’s Spirit abides, liberty ALWAYS is present and another cannot take what God has freely instilled in someone.

I was thinking about what Jesus told His disciples and how it truly does relate to this very principle: “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:24-28.

If we truly ARE Jesus Christ’s disciples, then we CAN expect that sometime within our lifetimes, we will be mocked and ridiculed at the very least, and maybe even lose some of our freedom’s based upon the political climate we are living in. In some countries, people do not have anything close to what we enjoy as freedom’s here in America. Don’t think for an instant, and especially with SOME of the leadership we have today that we will be able to maintain all the freedom’s we have come to enjoy. As I stated, state governments are stretching the envelope even now to see how far they can use this flu to force their power-hungry egos upon the American people.

You see, any government eventually gets too big for the people who put its leaders into positions of authority. History has proven this time and time again, but the BIBLE, the ultimate authority on our TRUE rights IN Christ Jesus, lets us see that even though they might be able to TRY and shut us up, they CANNOT, nor ever will be able to change the way we think as long as we continue to abide IN and trust the Holy Spirit within us.

Whenever the enemy tries to quench the Gospel and the Word of God, whether that enemy is the world or the devil, himself, God Almighty Who is STILL Sovereign and sitting on the Heavenly Throne, turns it back on that enemy and uses those situations so that He, God Almighty, may be Glorified! That is true liberty in action! We see it throughout the Scriptures, Old and New Testament alike!

One of my favorite Scriptures, the one that I have taken more or less as my personal banner is found in the Gospel of John and it reads, “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.

God Almighty, our Heavenly Father DESIRES people, His children to worship Him as they ought too, in Spirit and in Truth! Why is this so important? Think about it if you haven’t already. God Almighty, the Creator of ALL, IS Spirit. He is NOT constrained in any way, shape or form to anything that would hinder Him in His Character. He is All-powerful, nothing contains or can contain that power, He is All-knowing, there is no limit to His knowledge and we cannot even begin to comprehend that fact. His is All-present, meaning there is no place, no time that He cannot be. He is Eternal, for there is no beginning (no time constraints) to the past and there is no ending (again no time constraints) to the future. He is Immutable, meaning His Character, His Attributes, His Nature, All that makes Him truly, God Almighty never changes nor ever will change. He will ALWAYS be, all that I just stated above! THAT is why “where His Spirit is, there is liberty!” That is why we will ALWAYS have the ability to WORSHIP Him and there is nothing that can take that away from us. Absolutely NOTHING!

Think about this; as carnal natural creatures, we have already lost some of our freedoms. We ARE constrained. For one thing, we ARE tied to this flesh and our spirits have to fight with that fact daily. If it wasn’t for the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit, dwelling within us, we could not win that fight. But Jesus Christ, has already secured that victory for us! Thus, we have the liberty to have renewed minds and thoughts that are higher than the carnal nature that wants to conquer us. Without the Holy Spirit, our minds and spirits would not be able to rise above the natural and carnal. Again, God’s Spirit, gives us that liberty. Mankind can imprison the flesh, the body, but he cannot even begin to enslave the spiritual man that has been reborn and renewed in Christ Jesus!

This is why the Apostles, Paul and Peter tell us not to use that liberty in the spirit for an occasion to sin. “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:13-14.

Now think about this Scripture Paul gave us. We have been made free, given total liberty to do the impossible; to fulfill the WHOLE law, by loving those around us! We could not accomplish this before Christ’s sacrifice and the Holy Spirit giving us the power to accomplish this! Jesus stated that He came to fulfill the Law of which He did on the Cross and at His Resurrection. He sent us His Spirit as promised by the Father to indwell each of us who have accepted that gift and thus the Spirit that fulfilled the Law is indwelling us with power to put that into practice just as Jesus Christ did; by loving those around us. Not JUST the lovable, but the unlovable as well! Again, THAT is liberty! That can NEVER be taken away from us!

My whole point, my whole motive for sharing this, is to encourage and to lift up my brothers and sisters in Christ and to say that no matter HOW circumstances look or even turn out, we have something that cannot be taken away from us, true, spiritual liberty. Not the freedom that man can give or take away, but something that carnal man can never even comprehend. There is no reason to be fear or apprehensive. In Christ Jesus we will ALWAYS be free! In His Spirit we will ALWAYS have liberty, ALWAYS!

Because our liberty is given to us by the very Spirit of God Almighty, we CAN worship Him as He desires us too, without constraint from the flesh OR the natural, in Spirit AND in Truth!! Hallelujah!!

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Prayer For God’s Perfect Will

Father in Heaven;

Almighty and Exalted Heavenly Father, we praise You for your majesty and glory. You are awesome above all things, on earth and in Heaven! You are worthy of our praise and our worship for there is nothing that escapes Your view and nothing that You cannot do in the earth!

We repent of the fact that there are times when we take Your Presence and Sovereignty for granted. We forget at times, in our everyday lives that You are always in control of ALL situations that go on around us. Sometimes, it is sad to say, it takes something serious to awaken us out of our lethargy. This does not glorify You in our lives when we allow this to happen.

However, Lord, we also know that as a loving Father, You take into consideration our weaknesses and are always quick to allow Your Holy Spirit to direct our hearts and thoughts Heavenward back to Your Throne. We give You praise for Your continued love towards each of us and honor You in those acts of service towards You and those around us.

Loving Father, we pray for Your perfect will and that it be accomplished in ALL the world. We may not know the specifics of Your will, but we DO know that You are ALWAYS in control and that what You do have planned is perfect in wisdom and execution. Help us as Your children to have courage in faith for whatever You have in store for your creation, no matter the direction it seems to go. We know that You are and always have been a holy, just and righteous God in all that You are and in all that You do in the earth!

You dear Father have been amazingly longsuffering and as Your Apostle Peter stated, You desire that none should perish but that all come to a saving knowledge. We also know that You will NEVER force You perfect will upon anyone, but that in Your wisdom, You allow all men to make a choice as to whether they will surrender to You or live according to their own “wisdom.” We KNOW this is the absolute evidence of Your unconditional and unfailing love.

With that knowledge in mind, we do ask that You would allow the Holy Spirit to open the spiritual eyes of our fellow man that they may make an informed decision. You know those who WILL choose You and those who WILL reject You and yet, You still give them that ability. We pray for a Holy Spirit anointed revival before You judge those who have outright rejected You, Your values and principles. We know that You must abide by Your Word for Your Word cannot nor does it ever change.

We pray for one another, our Brothers and Sisters, in the realization that while You allow mankind to feel the shame of their sin and guilt, and that while it rains AND shines on the just and the unjust, that You continue to shield us from Your wrath as we abide in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Allow the comfort of Your Holy Spirit to continue to assure Your children of Your love for each of us individually and give us the courage of faith to not waver even a little while Your plans for all unfold before our eyes.

Help us, Your children, those who truly ARE called by Your Name, to stay strong in You and in the hope of Your Redemption. You ARE and always have been our Rock and our Fortress, our place of safety and salvation! We know we may suffer some inconveniences as Your plans unfold, but that You will ALWAYS care for those who walk and live in righteousness in Christ Jesus!

Father we also ask that You continue to speak to us and to lead and guide us by Your Holy Spirit. We ARE Your TRUE Church, as opposed to the buildings and institutions that we frequent. A building does not hear Your voice or follow Your leading, but Your Church does. Give us the faith to know when to stand and the faith to know when to move. We do NOT want to move EXCEPT in direct obedience to Your Spirit!

Human nature is hard to fight at times and desires us to obey the fleshy urge to do something when Your Spirit within each of us is telling us to stand and witness the Glory of an Almighty God! We know it takes faith to walk in the Spirit! But we also know that it is that very faith that is pleasing to You as Heavenly Father.

Dearest Father, forgive us of those sins and trespasses that we may have walked in unknowingly and in ignorance. Forgive us of those things that we fallen into temptation, whether it be actions or thoughts that are not pleasing to You. Please dear Father, forgive others who have trespassed against us also, that we might continue in absolute love towards those around us.

Father, we may not understand all that is going on around us and we know that we are bombarded with falsehoods and hidden agendas that are not pleasing to You, and yet our faith, our security, our comfort and even our lives are not reliant upon those things coming at us or vying for our allegiance. Our hope and security is in You and You alone! Help us to be able to give an answer of the hope that is within us if we are asked why we are calm while the rest of the world panics in abject fear.

We continue to look to You, dear Lord, for truly You ARE, the Author AND Finisher of our faith! Like the Living Water and the Bread of Life we partake of on a daily basis, help us to continue to prosper spiritually as our souls prosper. Let US, Your children, be Your glory to the world around us. Let the world see only YOU, in our lives and even more so as the days go by.

We ask all these things sincerely and fervently in the Name of our Savior and Redeemer, by the given authority of Your Son, Christ Jesus. To God ALWAYS be the Glory! Amen and AMEN!

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Wisdom Shouts In The Streets!

A preacher or teacher should never start out a lesson by saying they’re sorry. But I’m breaking that rule. I KNOW that some are tired of seeing how the Scriptures from the past have such an influence on what is happening this very day, in this very time, thousands of years after they were originally written. BUT – and I can’t help pointing it out, this shows just how relevant the Holy Bible remains through every age into our modern age! That fact alone to me is extremely awesome!

The last couple of months, I have been visiting some of the Old Testament Prophets and writings in the Bible in a translation I received quite a few years ago as a gift. For reading purposes, the NLT or Holy Bible, New Living Translation is very easy as it is very modern updated English. For study purposes I still use my two favorite versions, the New King James Version and the New American Standard Bible. Predominately the NKJV is the one I use, but I do not feel constrained as some do by a particular version because I always search out the “Spirit of the Word and not the letter only!” But that’s just me.

Anyway, I just finished the Psalms yesterday and today I started Proverbs. My wife thought I must have been crazy, because I got rather excited. Now mind you, what is going on in our Nation and in the World does NOT excite me other than I am seeing the Hand of God take charge and is showing this world and our Nation just how far their human wisdom goes!

I have been criticized because I believe there is much more behind this Coronavirus “pandemic” than what is being told. The facts from everyday doctors is not lining up with everything we are being told by the governments and the left-leaning media. In our Nation, this is the very thing the liberals were hoping for and they are using it to their advantage to do to the President’s administration what they couldn’t do through other lies and slander. But, the particulars and the hidden agenda is between them and God and we as God’s children just need to keep praying for our leaders and also that those things hidden in the dark will eventually be brought to light. This is ALL a part of God’s Sovereign plans, and not man’s though he may think he is leading the circumstances.

Now I started something with the Prophet Jeremiah a couple of months ago before all the panic and fear started gripping people and it has amazed me as I have gone through his writings and Ezekiel’s and Psalms, etc., how so many things happening in our Nation today parallel what went on with the rebellious children of Israel when God had to allow judgement on them for turning their backs on Him.

You see, we read the Bible and sometimes lose a sense of the time span for things to happen. Yet today, we are seeing things progress over a period of time. We are seeing the beginning of judgement on a Nation that abandoned God’s values and principles decades ago. It has progressed more and more to the point where God’s children today, those reborn in Christ, are crying out for God to intercede. Well, like the tip of an iceberg, we are seeing just that, the “tip” of God standing back and letting the shame, guilt and sin do to those who wish to continue in those sins, confound and confuse their minds. We are seeing it play out, after witnessing God’s blessing and prosperity for three and a half years at an almost miraculous rate, those that cried out for the “good times” to come back have seen it start and yet, even in that have refused to give up their sinful and wicked ways. So what did the Lord God do? Along with what man selfishly wanted, He also sent a “plague.” Now, don’t get me wrong, this Coronavirus, as much as the government hates those of us to call it the flu, is JUST a flu virus! A serious one yes, but despite their propaganda of fear, their statistics according to everyday doctors is NOT adding up. So far, world-wide, the death toll, the REAL death toll, NOT the projected model, has been less than the annual flu during flu season.

No, you do not have to believe me, I am literally a nobody in the world’s eyes. But I do ask questions and the Lord has given me common sense and an ability to discern spiritually! If you are a child of God’s, abiding in Him and the Holy Spirit is abiding in you, then you have that same spiritual sense AND the same discernment. The Lord does NOT allow His children, His TRUE children to be caught off guard! So what does the TRUE Church do? We sit and wait before the Lord and await HIS direction, not what we anticipate to be His direction. We watch, we pray, and we do what we CAN do within the confines of His direction.

Some say this is a lack of faith, a weakened Church, but I say it takes an immense amount of faith to wait upon the Lord and His direction. Man ALWAYS wants to jump in and do what He thinks the church should do. That is the sign of religion, NOT a spiritual lifestyle based on the leading of the Holy Spirit.

So now, with those statements and that background into my thinking and reasoning I want to share with you the Scriptures that got me so excited this morning. They are in modern English, easy to read AND to understand. I do NOT take joy in God’s judgement, no one should, but I DO find immense joy in watching blatant evil and outright sin being exposed and dealt with! Our God IS a holy and just God. His unfailing love for each of His children demands that He be true to His Word and His unchanging Character.

Now, here is Wisdom speaking through God’s never-changing Holy Word:

Proverbs 1

Wisdom Shouts in the Streets

20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.
She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls out to the crowds along the main street,
and to those in front of city hall.
22 “You simpletons!” she cries.
“How long will you go on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
How long will you fools fight the facts?
23 Come here and listen to me!
I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you
and make you wise.”

24 “I called you so often, but you didn’t come.
I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
25 You ignored my advice
and rejected the correction I offered.
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!
I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overcomes you like a storm,
when you are engulfed by trouble,
and when anguish and distress overwhelm you.”

28 “I will not answer when they cry for help.
Even though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge
and chose not to fear the Lord.
30 They rejected my advice
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 That is why they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way.
They must experience the full terror of the path they have chosen.
32 For they are simpletons who turn away from me—to death.
They are fools, and their own complacency will destroy them.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace and safety,
unafraid of harm.”

We have watched things start to happen politically and socially in our Nation for a long time and the United States is not the only Nation experiencing this, but those who have rejected the Lord and His principles and values are now in panic mode, shutting down the economy and way of life that has seen historical gains for three and a half years. In their wisdom, these leaders who have voted for the advancement of sinful behavior and lifestyles despite the values of which this country was founded on are now making decisions based on the FEAR (not faith) of a flu virus that is not as bad as some things from our past. They demonstrate confounded and confused mental states and their sinful shame and guilt is bringing judgement upon themselves.

We as children of the Most High, need to pray for revival and God’s perfect will to be accomplished. Not what we THINK is God’s perfect will, but pray for it and allow Him and His Spirit to accomplish what will be accomplished! He will take care of His own, there are no doubts about that, for He has ALWAYS made a way for His righteous children. We can ALWAYS rely upon His Word to tell us what is in store and what His children can expect. This SHOULD give His children amazing comfort, security AND assurance! Do not forget, we serve an ALMIGHTY and SOVEREIGN GOD!

There is absolutely nothing that our Heavenly Father cannot do! There is absolutely nothing that our Heavenly Father will not do to care for His beloved children. Let’s pray for one another and hold each other up. Let’s continue to watch as the Glory of God unfolds right before our very eyes. If you have any doubts that His Word is alive and real, all we need to do is open our eyes!

These Scriptures are taken from the first edition, the 1996 edition of the New Living Translation (NLT)
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Power of The Word of God

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12

“Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” – Jeremiah 23:29.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17.

“Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (sexual immorality), which thing I hate. ‘Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.'”
Revelation 2:15-16

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