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Monday, August 15th, 2016 | Author:

19 Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.” 20 Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. 22 For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself. 23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way. 24 Only fear (reverence) the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. 25 But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away.” (emphasis added) 1 Samuel 12:19-25 NASB

The ways of God are not up for grabs by loose tongued preachers and teachers. God and His Word do not change, though the ages do change. A change in societal norms DO NOT EVER change His Word or who He is. Far too many professing Christians today have followed after futile things because the world has told them to accept ways opposite of God’s ways. Remember, He alone will sit on the Great White Throne to judge earth’s sinners, including all who have tried to change who God is and what His Word is. The Word of God will be the standard of judgment on the last day and all will find out that it has not changed one bit.

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Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Author:

The following passage deals with Israel’s desire to have a king to rule over them rather than God, who has been their deliverer, provider, protector etc. God lays out the consequences of having a king, other than Him. This deals with the question of having a Theocracy or other forms of government. A theocracy is when the ruler of the people is God Himself. When this issue comes up, even among Christian people, it is like they were hit with a dirty rag. Immediately they distance themselves from ever even thinking that a Theocracy would be a good idea. WOULD IT BE A BAD IDEA? Maybe the USA could use some wise counsel before the November election. Having a human ruler vs. having the Holy God is in question. God will allow both if HE is the first. Our nation is in a critical place BECAUSE the people have replaced Him with human rulers. Notice His response to the Jews here. Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day. Maybe this is why God is not answering us today. Just a thought!

Notice how many times the pronoun he/his/ him/himself etc. is used.

10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. 11 He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18 Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

Even though the people were given the clear consequences, they still refused to have God rule over them, but to have a king AS THE GENTILES HAVE. This was the model they had seen in the pagan nations and wanted it for themselves.

19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the Lord’s hearing. 22 The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and appoint them a king.” So Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.” (emphasis added) 1 Samuel 8:10-22 NASB

The ultimate question is, how many kings, rulers, presidents, dictators etc. have ever died in the wars that they get into? How many sons and daughters of the rest of the people have died in these wars. It strikes me as interesting that the suicide bombers are NEVER the leaders OR their children. History records many instances where the rulers, when captured, beg for their lives and those of their families. They are not quite as brave as they make themselves out to be.

Interesting, isn’t it!

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 | Author:

“Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘It is what the LORD spoke, saying, “By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored.” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.’ ” Leviticus 10:3 NASB

This is not only a good word for pastors and teachers, but for all Christians and Messianics. We cannot really imagine God’s total glory and power. It would boggle our minds if we knew it, yet we often treat God as a footnote in our lives. It is like, “Gotta give God His one hour on Sunday, then I can do what I want to do.”

This is the attitude of those who do not understand biblical salvation. He doesn’t save us and set us loose to live our lives as we please, there are clear guidelines as to how this life is to be lived so as to honor and glorify Him.

The whole of our worship service should be done with Him alone in the center. It would change our whole lives if we did. It is NOT, “Do I like the music etc.,” it should be, “Does God like this music?”

“Whether, then,you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. “1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in our body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Nasb

You see, since we belong to Him, ALL of our time belongs to Him. He bought us with the highest price that could be paid by God the Son dying on the cross and bearing the guilt and punishment for our filthy sins. He deserves our total reverence and obedience. We will never, in this life, understand just how high this price was. Let’s approach the throne of grace with total submission to His will, not our own.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 NASB

Just as a closing note, the words “I have been crucified” are in the perfect passive indicative in the Greek text. The perfect means that an event happened in past time which continues into the future and it is the passive voice which means that it done to me by another party. The indicative says that it is a reality from the viewpoint of the speaker. Isn’t God’s Word amazing? What an amazing gift He gave us to read and follow what it says in order to honor and glorify our glorious God.

(emphasis added in quotes)

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Tuesday, August 09th, 2016 | Author:

I know that these are strong words to use in connection with Republican congressmen and others, but the issue warrants it. How can a persons, calling themselves Republicans and congressmen and women, governors etc. make such a statement and vote for a woman as corrupt as Hillary Clinton or will not vote for Donald Trump? These are so-called Republicans who are whiney babies who lost in the primary elections and now are showing their true characters by reneging on a public promise to support whoever the people chose as the Republican candidate. Seems to me that they are putting in jeopardy their own political careers. These folks do not deserve to be reelected to office by Republican voters. Let them run as Democrats instead.

The very fate of the American nation is at stake in this election. If we continue on the same downward spiral, that we are currently in, we will crash and the America that we have known and loved all our lives will be NO MORE! This is as serious as a heart attack! Isn’t it time to show some party and national loyalty and vote for the REPUBLICAN candidate? Does it make ANY sense to undermine conservative values in irresponsible ways like this? Come on folks, do what is right for the future of America and get your wounded pride out of the way. Trump was not the candidate that I voted for in the primaries, but he IS the candidate now and I will vote for him in November as his campaign stands on the values that the Republican Party says are the foundation of not only the party but America’s founding fathers. Which candidate will defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Are we willing to throw these precious freedoms away because our candidate did not win in the primaries?

Something to think about on this HOT August afternoon. These have been tough words but, as always, they are written in love.

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Sunday, August 07th, 2016 | Author:

“All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel. Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals, and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the LORD to anger.” Judges 2:10-12 NASB

This could easily be the story of the United States. This nation was founded on God and His Word, yet to compare the beginning to today is like night and day. America is in a major pagan revival and it celebrates anything and everything that God, in His Word, says is wrong. Judgment may be nearer to us than we believe. We are like the story of the frog in the kettle and most are getting cooked and do not even know it or don’t care in the least.

A revival in God’s church and a 3rd Great Awakening is the only hope this nation has now. Each Christian MUST examine their own life to see if we too are provoking God to anger. If we are, we must repent of our sin and seek the face of the LORD with our whole heart. Compromise will never result in close fellowship with God.

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