Thursday, September 21, 2017

Living and Dying For Truth


My wife is in hospice here at home with me and our daughter.  We were advised to give her morphine for pain and to increase the dosage for comfort. My wife was asleep all the time and somewhat delusional. She managed to say, "I do not want morphine."  It has always been her wish to have her mind working and she did not  want to be knocked out which is the usual treatment in nursing homes. She is fighting to keep her mind and even to be able to crochet some, in spite of the pain of stage 4 cancer. Fighting for a clear mind. 

I see the spirit of this age succumbing to delusions and by choice they prefer the lies of evil spirits to the truth of God. The truth that has given us life through faith in Jesus who has suffered and died that through him we may be saved from sin and eternal hell. Truth seekers are a minority today and this is making the arise of the evil one that the Bible warns us of. There will be a one world government, a common 666 mark to buy or sell. People wlll worship and be controlled by the devil in the evil one who we call the Antichrist Beast, the false man of peace.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

Are you willing to stand and suffer if need be for the truth of God? What is worth living for is also worth dying for.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Search Me, O God


I awakened from a troubled dream of a past problem. It was only a dream. There are enough problems that we face each day without making up new ones in a dream. I am grateful that I do not face problems alone, for the Lord is with me. We are spirit and spirit does not die. My spirit is made alive by the Spirit of God. He will not leave me. Thank you Jesus.

Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 
Psa 139:24  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! 


Search Me, O God
by James Orr

  1. Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
    Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
    See if there be some wicked way in me;
    Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.
  2. I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
    Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
    Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
    Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
  3. Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
    Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
    Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
    I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.
  4. O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival, start the work in me;
    Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
    For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Stand up for Jesus


Php 1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 
Php 1:28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 
Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 

Paul writes this epistle while in prison unsure if he will be able to come to the church in Philippi again. But he is confident that through Jesus the church will stand together in one spirit, and one mind, the mind of Christ, for the faith. Faith in what? Faith in the word of God, in the gospel that Jesus has shed his blood as the atonement for our sins and that He has risen from the grave on the third day. Sin is paid for and eternal life provided for us by his rising up from the tomb.

Php 1:6  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: 

God which has begun a good work in you shall continue with you until you are with Jesus. Jesus said; will he find faith when he returns? (Luke 18:8) We are not only to believe in Christ, but if necessary we may also suffer for his sake. Suffer for the truth of the gospel, not being afraid of ungodly men. We seek to save them, but some will want to do the work of the devil, to steal kill and destroy. 

Our nation has been sliding downward  and with the election of Trump, there is a window of opportunity to stop the downward slide. It will require that the church stands up for the righteousness of God together, in one mind and in one spirit. Boldly proclaim the word of God before we are silenced by law and by force. Will you stand with those who believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior?

Stand up, Stand up for Jesus
(by Bart Millard)

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
Ye soldiers of the cross; 
Lift high his royal banner, 
It must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
His army shall he lead, 
Till every foe is vanquished, 
And Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
Stand in his strength alone; 
The arm of flesh will fail you, 
Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
Each piece put on with prayer; 
Where duty calls or danger, 
Be never wanting there.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Flourishing


Psa 92:12  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 
Psa 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 
Psa 92:14  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 
Psa 92:15  To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. 

We inherited a house from my wife's parents. They put in a pool in the sixties and a cement deck with a yard wide circular cutout for a plant. There was a fragrant gardenia flower plant there. I moved the gardenia to but in a baby palm tree to add a tropical look.  That baby palm is now a towering forty feet high! You can say that it has flourished and being bigger than the original hole in the cement, it gets its water and nourishment underground. The gardenia that was moved soon died. The tree is like the righteous, those who Christ has forgiven their sins. They depend on God for growth just as the palm is not cared for by human hands. 

Psa 92:14  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 

I can identify with being old, still going, being fat and flourishing. The wicked have their time of growth, but if not connected to God they perish.

Psa 92:7  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: 
Psa 92:8  But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.

Let it be heard that God sent his son to forgive our sins. Ask Jesus to forgive all your sins and to make you an adopted spiritual son or daughter of God. Read the Bible in the New Testament, and follow Jesus.


Monday, September 11, 2017

The Greatest Servant


Luk 22:24  Later, the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 
Luk 22:25  But Jesus said to them, "The kings of the world rule over their people, and those who have authority over others want to be called 'the great providers for the people.' 
Luk 22:26  But you must not be like that. The one with the most authority among you should act as if he is the least important. The one who leads should be like one who serves. 
Luk 22:27  Who is more important: the one serving or the one sitting at the table being served? Everyone thinks it's the one being served, right? But I have been with you as the one who serves. (ERV)

I love how the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, humbled himself and became a servant. He is not a wrathful God, but He is a Gentle Shepherd of his people. Some may say, "How could this be the Son of God" ?  Paul, in the letter to the Philippians gives us more light on this topic.

Php 2:5  In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. 
Php 2:6  He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit. 
Php 2:7  Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, 
Php 2:8  he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death--death on a cross. 
Php 2:9  So God raised him up to the most important place and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. 
Php 2:10  God did this so that every person will bow down to honor the name of Jesus. Everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth will bow. 
Php 2:11  They will all confess, "Jesus Christ is Lord," and this will bring glory to God the Father. (ERV)

If we want to be greater in the eyes of our God, then we are to be a servant. Be like our Lord and Savior who came not to destroy, but to seek and to save that which was lost. He did good works. I am speaking to those in Christ Jesus. I plead with those who have not come to Jesus as their savior to do so now.  The wrath of God will come to all who do evil. Submit now to the Gentle Shepherd for this evil world is ripe for judgment.





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Paul's Prayer


This could very well be a prayer and a pattern of life for all Christians. 

Php 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 
Php 1:10  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 
Php 1:11  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. 

There is much to meditate on in these verses. Let me hear from you your thoughts.

More and more love, channeled by knowledge and judgment. By this we may approve what is excellent (Phil 4:8)  and  be careful to be sincere and to control our words so as not to offend our fellow saints.  Our life is to be filled  with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and by his Spirit we are under authority, and are given power to do what is right to the glory and praise of God.

Thank you Jesus, amen


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Persecution Comes Frst


Luk 21:10  Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 
Luk 21:11  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 
Luk 21:12  But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 
Luk 21:13  And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 

We are seeing all the signs of the coming of Jesus. Wars; the year I was born Hitler's armies marched into Poland, There have been wars and rumors of wars all of my life. Think of North Korea's threat to the United States and then there is Iran and wars and divisions within our country. Physical wars and spiritual wars for the souls of our nation. Kingdom against kingdom; the kingdom of satan against the people of God. A recent poll has (white) Christians as a minority of 43%, down from 67%  in 1996. There is something wrong here, when they separate white Christians from the overall population. They wish to divide us by race now as well as our beliefs. There is no separation in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 

There will be earthquakes in various places. Recently Idaho has been having earthquakes. There were earthquakes in Mexico and other countries as well. Famines and diseases; Venezuela and North Korea suffer from lack of food because of their communist, socialist leaders. Fearful sights, Isis atrocities and storms and signs in the sky like the recent eclipse of the sun. But first  and before all of these things, there will be persecution of Christians. All over the world Christians are becoming a minority and are suffering persecution. With the outrageously liberal laws in our country, Christians are seen by some as the intolerant ones that need to be eliminated. Do they not know that we will judge the angels?  Do not fear the world, but fear and reverence God the father and Jesus his son. These things must come before the great day of the Lord. We are kept by him as his beloved. We are to continue to share his good news in a world at war with God. Jesus was persecuted by the darkness and so shall we be. He overcame and so shall we.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.