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Morphology 101

April 30, 2007

II Corinthians 5:16-17  “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet no henceforth know we him no more.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are pased away; behold, all things are become new.”

It’s the most amazing thing.  When we come to the Lord Jesus Christ in true repentance, God takes away all of our yesterdays and casts them into the sea of forgetfulness.  He begins a work in us that will occupy the remainder of our days on this earth as we are continuously being transformed into the image of Christ.  The process of dying to the old nature with the lusts thereof and taking on more of the nature of Jesus.  (The rate of this transformation is dependant largely on our willingness to submit to the perfect will of God.)  This fallen world that once had us spellbound as we wondered after its vast array of alluements, begins to lose its appeal.  The closer that we get to Christ, the more inhospitable this present world becomes and the more that we may find ourselves quoting Revelation 22:20. 

The last couple of days have seen some changes in my life; changes which actually started when I went to third shift.  I have found myself engaging in horseplay a lot less than I did on second shift; largely because of working with different folks.  The gnawing tendancy to take a plunge into the sea of foolishness has greatly diminished; other than the spontaneous wise cracks which address a condition at hand.  (such as engineers engaging in something which makes absolutely no sense despite the certificate on their wall which proclaims their mastery of the field)   The result in this is that the last three days, it seems as though my sincere love for the Lord Jesus has reached a new level.  The desire to just be in complete submission has become more intense.  In fact last night, I had a golden opportunity to engage in some classic foolishness and simply “didn’t”.  It seems a victory in an area of my life where I have struggled for years. 

Perhaps horseplay doesn’t seem like a big deal to most and yet it was causing a separation between myself and the Lord.  Seemingly little things can be a lot harder at times to deal with because they’re not as noticable.  In other words, a problem with runaway anger is much easier to detect than something in which one cannot readily observe the adverse effects.  Yet anything that causes separation between us and the Lord Jesus is needs to be dealt with and for me, the problem with horseplay was causing separation. 

Mark 7:20-23  And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  For from within, out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, laciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  All these evil things come from within and defile the man.”

Jesus places foolishness into the same camp as adulteries, fornication, thefts, pride, murders, and idolatry.  (According to Colossians 3:5, covetousness is idolatry)  It comes from the heart and when the heart is occupied with contrary thoughts, our relationship with the Lord suffers.  This victory over foolishness isn’t to be taken for granted.  If I were to return to second shift, the temptation would be immense.  But being out of that environment for a time has allowed me to see how much more joy there is when this tencancy is laid aside.  I apolagize for spending so much time on the topic of foolishness, but for me it has been a real hinderance.  As a result I’m rejoicing in this victory.

One more thing before going on.  The love of God definately passes all understanding.  We could never measure it’s depths and place the results on a graph.  Our love for the Lord Jesus and our gratitude as ones who once were lost but now are found, is paramount.  It’s our love for the Lord that will cause us to lay aside every weight and sin.  It’s the tangible “proof” that we truly love him; when we desire to please him.  If we desire to please him, we’ll likewise “strive” to please him; even if it means ridicule, affliction, or physical demise.  If we truly have this love relationship with the Lord Jesus developed as it should be, nothing will shake us.  This is something that has been on my heart much as of late.  

And now on to the original plan; that being to discuss the moment when we undergo the final “morph.”  The moment when this corruption puts on incorruption and mortality puts on immortality.  The moment when the Lord Jesus Christ appears and we are forever with him.  Currently, we must die daily to our old nature; a process which will go on as long as there’s a different law working in our members.  When Jesus appears, however, the old nature will forever be gone; and we shall be like him.  If our relationship with the Lord Jesus is but a “fortaste of glory divine” I can’t even imagine what “glory divine” will be like. 

I John 3:1-2  “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

When Jesus returns, we’ll be like him.  we’ll not only be like him, but we’ll forever be with him.   The greater that our love for the Lord is, the greater our desire will be to please him.  I like what Phil wrote on a comment in the last post; to present our lives as a “blank check” to the Lord.  Complete submission to his perfect will. 

I John 3:3  “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth hmself, even as he is pure.”

To love the Lord and love his appearing.  To have absolutely no confidence in the flesh and to not love our lives in this world.  That our affections will be solely on the Lord Jesus with whom we shall dwell, along with all of the saints from every tribe and every generation, throughout the eons to come.  An age that defies our ability to grasp the awesomeness of.  Worshipping the Lord Jesus who gave his life on an old rugged cross and rose again the third day, so that we could partake of his kingdom.  Redeeming us from an eternity of unimaginable torment and making us ti sit in heavenly places.  What an absolutely incredible salvation we have. 

I need to wrap this up for now.  In reading back, this post seems to jump around a lot.  My desire; in fact my fervent prayer, is that we would love the Lord Jesus with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our mind.  With every fabric of our being.  If we abide by this great commandment, along with the second one which is to love our neighbor as ourself, everything else will fall into place.  I’ll close out with the following passages.

Romans 8:38-39  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from thelove of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Colossians 3:1-4  “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

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“Watch!”

April 28, 2007

Lately, I’ve been thinking on what’s really needful as we are heading into seemingly uncertain times.  Not uncertain insofar as scripture is concerned, but uncertain as to just how certain events will come to pass.  We see the world situation around us growing ever darker, as we are told in scripture would transpire in the final moments of the age.  Yet so many seem to be oblivious to the times and seasons.  This lack of concern not only resonates in the ranks of those who are outside the household of faith, it affects large segments of the church as well.  There seems to be a spirit of slumber; particularly in the west where many of us have never been through turbulant times. 

I’m seriously concerned that the coming events will catch most of the church in the west completely off guard as we’ve become comfortable in our “routine.”  We consider ourselves to be rich and increased in goods and have need of nothing.  I wonder how many of us, including myself, are truly prepared for the day when the arm of flesh fails.  I’m not talking about a rise in gas prices or political gridlock, I’m talking about when the bottom falls out of the status quo and suddenly everything in the physical realm that we’ve come to take for granted is in question.  I’m not trying to depress anyone, but this concern is really weighing on me. 

I know of so many who love the Lord Jesus and yet are overcharged with the cares of this life.  They unwittingly place confidence in the concept that things will just move along as they always have and as a result preparing for times of trying isn’t even on the radar screen.  I still remember the statement that Phil made in a recent post.  ( www.abmi.wordpress.com )  I’m paraphrasing here, but basically it told how when the hour of trying comes, the time of preparation is over.  Just like a test that we take in school.  When the instructor says “close your books,” preparation time is over and we either know what we need to know or we don’t.  When suddenly, the test is before us, we  find out how prepared we are. 

In dealing with matters of eternal significance, we dare not take things lightly or think within ourselves, “I’m ready for anything.”  Last night, I had the blessing of talking with Richard (www.rjperalta.wordpress.com) and Susan (www.faithwalk.wordpress.com )  while driving to work.  Susan mentioned the absolute importance of discernment in these final moments as folks who seem to be good friends may turn out to be completly contrary to what we thought.  The following ever so familiar verse is a warning to us all.

Matthew 24:24  “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Supernatural events in the last days that will cause folks to flee the truth.  On my old blog site, there are two posts called “Confusion of Forces” and “Confusion of Forces II” which I want to eventually bring over here.  Basically, a true miracle will always glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and will result in a deliverance or a revelation.  (A revelation will “always” line up with scripture.)  The gifts of the Spirit are for every generation, including this one.  A false sign, on the other hand, offers no form of a deliverance.  It only serves to “shock and awe folks into following a way that seems right but isn’t. It will be pleasing to the flesh and will appear “logical.”  When we think of just how “entertainment driven” this current generation is, the dangers are obvious.  We absolutely must hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches and we absolutely must have our affections set on things above.  Likewise we must ever strive to hide the word of God in our hearts. 

A revisiting of the scriptures where the Lord brings the children of Israel out of Egypt will reveal something that often gets overlooked.  In many instances, the magicians “did likewise with their enchantments.”  In other words, God was performing mighty miracles, and the magicians were, putting on a show.  This “show” that the magicians were putting on was a supernatural display intended to downplay what God was doing at the hands of Moses.  Likewise, the Lord will perform many miraculous events at the hands of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11 while the whole world is wondering after the beast saying “who can make war with him?”   

This post isn’t designed to cause any grief.  It’s just that these things have been on my heart for quite some time and as a result, it needs to be placed here.  My desire is to always encourage the saints to draw close to the Lord Jesus and have no confidence in the chariots of Egypt.  To firmly establish our hearts as scripture is coming to pass.  To know that, regardless of how dark it may seem, “Jesus is coming” at the appointed time and there will be some who won’t taste of death until he appears.  I pray that we all would be encouraged to draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus and know that he will be with us, no matter what comes to pass or how it comes to pass.   Well, I need to close for now.  I’ll close off with two familiar verses which are very telling as to how to overcome this present world.

Daniel 11;32  “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”

Revelation 12:11  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their own lives unto the death.”

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“TRAVAIL”

April 26, 2007

Psalm 126:5-6  “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

II Timothy 4:8  “Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

If there’s been one thing on my heart as of late, it’s been an increase in desire.  A desire to be with the Lord Jesus that’s so intense as to nearly bring about physical pain.  Likewise, a desire to see those whom I know and love come into the ark before time runs its course.  A desire shared by all who love the Lord Jesus in spirit and in truth.  The apostle Paul uses the word “betwixt” but in all honsety, this word hardly seems adequate in describing the intensity.  Each day that passes brings the finality of this age closer.  Each moment sees another soul somewhere enter the hereafter.  Each second that passes is another moment which will never be again.  The urgency of the hour has never been greater and it really does resemble a woman in travail.  The birth pangs growing both in their intensity and frequency as the moment approaches. 

This is a complete side paragraph, but I remember when our daughter, Megan, was born on April 19, 1993.  (This was my first as our older daughter, Morgan, has a different biological father.)  We were in the labor room for most of the morning where a television was turned to a news broadcast.  During Kimberlys labor, which began shortly after midnight and lasted until early afternoon, we found ourselves simultaneously watching the government assault on the Branch Dividian compound in Waco.  I remember the tank or bulldozer (or whatever) breaching the side of the compound.  Then, as we were anticipating a new life that would soon enter the world, we saw the beginning of flames.  Flames which quickly engulfed the entire place and one could only think of the souls for whom time had run out.  About an hour after the ordeal was complete, we were taken into the delivery room as it was time, and Megan was born.  It was a day, unlike any other, which will never be forgotten.  (Megan turned 14 twelve days ago)

Romans 8:21-23  “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

There are various aspects of travail; three areas which come to mind.  One is the creation itself.  Be it global warming (actually the entire solar system is heating up.  Luke 21:25-26 comes to mind)  drought, earthquakes in divers places, volcanoes erupting in obscure locations and a general sense that the earth is being stretched to its physical limits and then some.  Here are two sites which monitor these events; although I’m certain that there are others which are more sprcialized.

www.standeyo.com

www.stevequayle.com (click on the giant “Q” to reach news events and links)

It seems as though things are increasing at a rate as to awaken those with ears to hear while allowing the naysayers to go about proclaiming “Oh we’ve always had earthquakes and weird weather.”  Thus folks go about their business, heaping together treasure for the last days while remaining oblivious to the flashing neon signs that loudly proclaim “things are not as they have always been!” 

I Thessalonians 5:2-4  “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”

A second area is the travail of a redeemed body of Christ which longs to be with the Lord Jesus.  We are in a world which seems more alien by the hour and longing for the moment in which we shall put on incorruption.  This has always fascinated me.  The thought of putting on incorruption.  The different law which now works in our members will no longer be tagging along like an unwanted hitchhiker.  No more having to die daily to ourselves and having to repent while driving home from work because we allowed foolishness to carry the night.  When we love the Lord Jesus, we desire to please him and when a stumgbling takes place, we desire to get it taken care of right away.  (I John 2:1-5) Yet I much prefer to drive home praising God for deliverance in an hour of temptation. 

I John 3:2-3  “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

Currently, none of us knows what it’s like to put on incorruption, but the day is soon coming and as such we long for the conclusion of this age.  Yet as much as we long to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, we find a betwixting as we all know folks who aren’t ready for that day.   This third area of travail is for the lost.  Those who will hold to all manner of falsehoods while refusing to come to the Lord Jesus.  For many, it’s the love of this present world or the pursuit of wealth.  Others cannot understand the logic in believing in someone who’se not visible.  Some think that they can get to heaven by their good deeds or they think that they’ll come back as a different person to “have another run at it.”  Still others hardly think at all; just eat drink and be merry.  The excuses are as numerous as the folks who hold to them and yet they all have one thing.  They lead down the road to perdition.

Proverbs 16:25  “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” 

This verse, along with Matthew 7:13-14 and a host of others should cause all of us to walk humbly before God.  To lay aside any preconceived ideas and see what his word says about things.  We all know folks who are following their “instincts” or their ‘intellect” while refusing to accept Jesus Christ who paid for their sin with his own blood.  The wages of sin really is death; eternal death.  And many are hanging in the balance this very hour totally unaware of just how perilous their situation is.  For them we pray fervently and strive to be ready to preach the word in season out of season.  To be ready to give an answer to any who ask of the hope that is in us and to pray without ceasing for those with whom we come in contact with daily.  I pray that we all would be sober-minded in this area. 

One more thing before closing this runaway post.  That’s the travail that we have for the saints.  Praying for each other and desiring that we all would grow into the fulness of Christ.  We see those who are outside of the household of faith and we understand why they think as they do.  (Because we used to think the same way)  But when coming into contact with saints who should be watching but are too consumed with the spirit of this age, it really hurts.  I know all too well what can happen when we harbor a love for the things of this life.

Galatians 4:19  “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.”

Pauls love for the churches is well documented.  First and formost, his love for the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is a side note here, but in recent posts on various sites, the topic of being ready to give our lives for Jesus has come up.  If we “love him” as we ought to, if the time comes, we’ll be ready.  This is not to be presumptuous, but we need to focus on loving the Lord Jesus so much that everything else falls into a “secondary place.”  This is why loving this world is so dangerous.  We all know of Peter denying Jesus three times and later Jesus asking Peter three times “do you love me?”  Three times Peter said “Yes Lord you know that I love you.”  Each time Jesus instructs peter to feed his sheep, and then he reveals something else to Peter. 

John 21:18-19  “Verily verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkest wither thou woudest:  but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee wither thou wouldest not.  This spake he, signifying by what death he would glorify God.  And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.”

From that moment on, Peter knew two things.  He knew that he would see old age and he knew that he wouldn’t die from “natural causes.”  His love for the Lord Jesus, and likewise our love for the Lord Jesus is paramount.  I need to close for now.  If we truly love the Lord Jesus and have no confidence in the chariots of Egypt, he’ll prepare us for anything that comes before us.  His grace will always be sufficient and he will never leave us nor forsake us.  I find myself quoting this a lot lately, but it really is true.  Sorry about the longer than usual post.  I’ll close with another passage which comes up ever so often.

 II Corinthians 5:1-4  “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.”

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And When They Had Prayed:

April 24, 2007

This initial paragraph is an apology as I’ve not been able to visit and/or comment in the various places that I routinely visit.  It’s been a hectic time as of late; still trying to adjust to third shift while taking care of things at home such as the expanded population of goats along with and the array of extracurricular events that our kids are involved with.  If tomorrow finds us all here, (James 4:13-15) I plan to do some catching up in this capacity.  I keep all in prayer nonetheless; even when the the blog seems dormant. 

Revelation 5:8  “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”

This association of prayer with a pleasing aroma has always been a captivating thought.  An aroma, be it a pleasing one or not, will fill a room indiscriminately and will be noticed by any who enters in.  This verse, along with Revelation 8:3 (where incense is offered up “along with” the prayers of all saints.)  seems to signify the high esteem that God places in folks bringing their heartfelt petitions to him.   It’s a sweet-smelling fragrance that permeates the very atmosphere of the eternal realm.  When our heart is truly set on the deep things of God, our prayers will reflect this and will be a most pleasing addition to the throne room.   Whether it’s intercession for a lost neighbor, spiritual warfare for a saint who’se going through intense trials, seeking the will of the Lord before making a decision, or just a time to simply worship the Lord and commune with him, it’s a sweet essence that never goes unnoticed in the realm of the everlasting. 

Ephesians 6:18-20  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Earlier, in the sixth chapter of Ephesians, we’re instructed on spiritual warfare, as battles for the heart rage all around us.  This goes on when we’re watching and it also goes on when we’re occupied with vanity.  This is something to be take seriously by us all; even though its easy to become negligent as the physical world seems so “real.”  Praying for the saints is imperative as we all face the same sort of challenges.  Striving to become less like us and more like Christ.  As mentioned in the opening paragraph, my life is complex beyond measure it often seems, and yet spiritual warfare doesn’t have a “set perimeter.  We can engage the enemy while driving on the highway, while sitting at our sons baseball game, while operating a balancer at work, or even walking through a supermarket.  While we may find a lot more freedom in our favorite prayer closet, the battle goes on nonetheless.   It’s in this spiritual realm where bands are broken, mountains are cast down and the enemys grip over a situation can be loosed. 

 This mainline to the Lord Jesus is ever so vital and yet many of us (myself included) allow it to lie dormant during large stretches of the day as our minds are occupied with matters in this life.   It seems that all of us are busier than ever as twenty first century living becomes increasingly complex.  (Daniel 12:4)  As a result of this flury of activity, we can become negligent our relationship with the Lord without even being aware that it’s happening.  I strive to spend every available moment in prayer; even if its only a couple of minutes between dramas.  I fall short of this goal on a regular basis, it seems, but it’s a goal that I continuously reach for. 

When I first began blogging, I wasn’t really sure where it would lead.  I was posting but was quite certain that nobody was reading.  It seemed as though I was just placing words into the atmosphere.  Today, the direction is much more clear as I know of quite a few folks out here.  Folks whom I’ll most likely never meet in this life, but can keep them in prayer upon every rememberance.  I cannot help but wonder if this is he primary reason that we’re all blogging.  (My venture into bloging began when it was suddenly “on my heart to do it” and the time will come when this season is over.)  To encourage and pray for each other as we are heading into uncertain times. 

I’m going to close for now as, once again, I have to tend to things around here.  As we find the kingdoms of this world venturing into uncharted waters, I pray that we would be ever close to the Lord Jesus and not shaken by the events that unfold before us.  (A post on this is planned)  That we would abide in the Lord Jesus as he is the true Vine, and exhort one another as we see the day approaching.  I’ll close with the following passages.

Acts 4:31  “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” 

Jude 20-21  “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy ghost,  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Mark 13:37  “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

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A Song in the Night

April 22, 2007

Isaiah 30:29  “Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.”

This has always been a captivating thought for me.  Singing at a time when the path seems unclear and the outcome is in question.  When the physical realm isn’t completely observable and ordinary things cast ominous looking shadows across the landscape.  While it could be attributed to my nocturnal tendancies, (even though they haven’t helped in working third shift.)  I’m convinced that it’s so much more.  It’s the joy of the Lord that resides, even when doom and gloom seems to have carried the day.  A peace that passes all understanding while the ambience is saturated with uncertainty.  It’s Paul and Silas in the midnight hour; awakening the prisoners with heartfelt songs of deliverance.  It’s the fulfilling of Isaiah 26:3 which states:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

One thought that came to mind recently; a natural example of a spiritual concept.  In the night, when the world seems dark and the way forward obscured, the firmamant becomes visible.  Just as a candle will go unnoticed when the sun is shining, but in the midnight hour, it can be seen for miles.  Last week, I was rushing around the house getting ready to leave for work.  My thoughts were focused on getting everything around until finally, I had just enough time to get to work.  I ran out to the truck and there was confronted by a crystal clear night in which the stars seemed to just go on forever.   Suddenly, this world seemed so insignificant compared to the vastness of creation.   I found my thoughts upon the Lord Jesus who created all that is.  My running around for the past half hour was forgotten as my thoughts entered heavenly places.  (I’m referring to spiritual heavenly places.)   When we think upon the deep things of God and ponder his doings, the cares of this life seem so insignificant. 

when coming out here to write, I always strive to draw ones attention to the realm of the eternal.  This is why I don’t often talk about politics, financial matters, or whatnot.  (Although certain things may be brought up as to show how the globalist agenda is coming to pass.  This is to show that time is short and the worlds promises are fleeting.)  The previous post dealt with the subject of standing for the Lord Jesus in the face of adversity.  Here, I desire to focus on the presence of the Lord Jesus who is with us at all times, on sunny days, and stormy nights.  In times of peace and safety and in times when wicked devices seem to be coming to pass.  (I say “seem” because the devices of iniquity can never prosper.) 

John 16:33  “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

The fact that peace and tribulation in the same verse is no coincidence.  Gods peace supercedes all of the tribulation and affliction that this world can dish out.  The joy of knowing that, if this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, we have an building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  (II Corinthians 5:1)  It’s the truth that they can pursue us only to the grave and then no farther.  It’s knowing that there the prisoners rest together and hear not the voice of the oppressor.  (Job 3:18) 

Philippians 4:6-7  “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God that passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

As we submit ourselves to God, he will keep us in perfect peace.  A peace that will defy the world around us and cause otherd to desire what we have.  The Philippian jailer is such an awesome example.  After the earthquake, Paul and Silas could have fled and praised God for delivering them.  The jailer would have done himself in and would be in hell at this very moment.  When he saw that Paul and Silas stayed put, it was obvious that they had something real.  That their singing wasn’t merely a pyschological method of dealing with an adverse situation, but came from a heart that rejoiced in the Lord Jesus Christ who had paid for the sins of all.   That night the names of an entire household were written in the book of life and today, they’re in the great cloud of witnesses cheering on the saints who still reside in the land of temptations.  One more passage before closing.

I Thessalonians 1:5-7  “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:  So that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.”

Affliction and joy are mentioned in the same passage of scripture.  (verse 6)  This is just to point out that the joy of the Lord is not dependant upon physical realities.   It’s only dependant upon our being close to him and obediant.  Well, I have to be going for now.  I don’t have time to really review this, so any grammerical errors will be tended to later.  Until next time, I wish all a blessed day in Christ.

Psalm 77:5-6  “I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.  I call to remembrance my song in the night:  I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.”

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Having Done All to Stand

April 20, 2007

Many of the verses in this post, I’ve quoted a lot of times and yet they seem to fit this topic.  (I was going to title this post “The Chariots of Egypt,” but when I typed it in, I say that there’s already a post with this title.) 

Isaiah30:1-2   “Woe to a rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take councel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:  That walk to go down to the shadow of Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt.”

It’s a difficult concept to grasp and even christians struggle with it, but the world that we see and interact with daily is far removed from the reality that is.  Many of us place our hopes in a career, a stable economy, our own “street smarts” if you will, and a host of other physical manifestations in order to maintain the day to day.  Many will trust in a political structure, a constitution which is already compromised, a military which appears second to none, (Chariots of Egypt.  Check out Isaiah 31:1-3) and a way of life that would appear, on the surface, to be little different than previous generations.  The electricity is still on, the mail is still running, the supermarket shelves are still full, the internet is still up, and the gas stations still have gas.   

Isaiah 30:3  “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.”

Despite the occasional reports of trouble on the horizon, most of us go about our day to day activities as though nothing is amiss.  Most of us are so “busy” with the hecticity of life that we don’t take time to look at what’s taking place before our eyes.  The idea that the status quo could come to naught overnight is unthinkable to many.  One of the most profound quotes that I’ve read in the blogosphere comes from Phil when he was talking about the night that our Lord was taken.  The disciples were asleep with the hour of temptation right at the door.  Phil mentions (I’m paraphrasing as I couldn’t find the exact quote) that suddenly, the time of preperation was over and the hour to stand on what they knew had arrived.  It happened “fast.”  As saints, we never know then the bottom will fall out of the peace and safety that has been in place for so long in this country. 

We may awaken tomorrow morning and find “just another day” which would cause most to just go about their agenda, work on their lawn, discuss the latest happenings on “American Idolatry,” run the kids to their soccer game, and give little thought to matters concerning things to come.  Or we may awaken tomorrow morning and learn that the Chinese have unloaded all of their greenbacks, a nuclear detonation has taken place in the Straits of Hormuz, and the world as we knew it is suddenly a very different place.  Everything in this life which folks had placed confidence in would be gone in an instant.  I say this not to cause despair, but only with a desire to awaken any with ears to hear.  For all who are truly born again and washed in the blood of Jesus, we must simply trust him to meet every need and know that he will “never” leave us nor forsake us. 

JESUS WILL NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US!

The arm of flesh has a history of failing.  The best laid plans have a tendancy of becoming unravelled by the most insignificant of events.  The Lord Jesus Christ has never let down those who place their trust in him.  If we truly know him, this must be understood; that when the chariots of Egypt lose their wheels, we trust in the Living God who created all that is, knows them that trust in him, and will sustain us in the midst of chaos. 

Psalm 91:1-2  “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

If we are truly “trusting” in the Lord, the events of the day, no matter how horriffic they may be, (a reading of end scriptures concerning the end times will reveal a time like none other in history) we’ll not be rattled.  If our treasure is truly laid up in heaven and we “love not our lives in this world” we’ll stand.  If we truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, his grace will be sufficient for any situation.  (Again, as in almost every post, I’m pointing a finger at myself.  I’ve never experienced “real adversity” and while I know the mechanics of these things, I’ve not been tried on the scale that this post is talking about.  We must take these things seriously.)  Some will hear talk about separating from the love of this world and call it legalism.  Holiness is imperative if we’re to stand in the hour of temptation.  A love of the world will cause folks to make very unwise decisions in moments of trying.  (Just as Lots wife looked back at the world she loved)  If there’s one thing on my heart as of late that stands out, it’s the absolute necessity to not love this present world.  

Matthew 16:24-26  “Then Jesus said to his disciples, if any man come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

I was going to go through Psalm 91, but this post is getting long and has somewhat swerved into a different aspect of the topic at hand.  Psalm 91 tells about trusting God in the face of unimaginable turmoil.  We have unimaginable turmoil in our future as the key figures in the end times senario are taking up their positions.  We need to really get in close with the Lord Jesus and be led of the Spirit in all things.  To not be terrified by our adversaries or by circumstances, but to trust in the Lord Jesus at all times and in all situations.  I can’t seem to stress how much this is on my heart.  This post could go on for hours and still not adequately address the urgency that I feel.   I pray that we all would place our complete, unwavering trust in the Lord Jesus.   I’m going to close this for now; lest I start talking in circles.  I’ll close out with the following passages.  (familiar but good)

Psalm 37:25  “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

This is a promise; regardless of the pyhsical situation on the ground.

Psalm 46:10  “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Matthew 10:19-20  “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.  For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”

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In Times Like These (Supplemental)

April 19, 2007

John 14:8-9  “Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?  he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then Show us the father?” 

Acts 4:12  “Neither is their salvation in any other:  for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” 

Philippians 2:9-11  “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This is an on-the-spot post as when I came out here, I wasn’t even settled on a topic.  The soon to follow links were found at www.stevequayle.com (this is the main page; click on the giant “Q” to find news events) and are representative of a number of reports which he compiles daily.  Reports which will never make the the national news and yet display the direction that events are heading in.  The first account is what led me to place the three passages at the top. 

www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55252 

This story is heartbreaking, but not surprising as it represents the times in which we live.   It involves a memorial service at VA Tech in which various speakers were brought forth including a muslim cleric, (he was the first speaker)  a Buddhist community leader, and a host of folks who had “nice words to say.”  Not one person mentioned the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; the only name that really matters.  In a time when the temporal nature of life has become ever so real and folks are searching for answers, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid for our sins with his own blood, died on an old rugged cross, and rose again the third day, was never mentioned.   In a parade of smooth talkers, nobody offered anything which could have led one to salvation.  It’s a classic example of a world that has gone out of its way to remove God from memory.  They don’t mind a mention of “God” as long as it’s kept in a context where everyone can agree, but they stop their ears when the name of Jesus is mentioned.

Perhaps I should start documenting these accounts, but there was recently a navy chaplain who found himself at odds with the authorities because he used the name of Jesus.  In other words, it’s ok to be a muslim chaplain, or a buddhist chaplain.  They even have wiccan chaplains now from what I understand.  It’s also acceptible to have a “form of godliness” christianity, as long as nobody gets offended.  It’s ok to worship the god of forces but dont mention the Lord Jesus who created all that is (Hebrews 1:1-2)  and before whom every person will stand in judgment.  (This has been a thought of ponderance lately; that the day will come in which every one of us will stand before the Lord Jesus.  Sounds basic, but as we put thought into it, it becomes all the more real.) 

Without a doubt, the spirit of antichrist is very much active today as there’s a “thinning” if you will and restraints long in place are being lifted.  As christians, we’re warned of such times as to not be caught off guard.  The next link is an article written by a lady named Constance Cumbey.  (not “cumby” as in the brother who used to blog)   

http://newswithviews.com/Cumbey/constance4.htm      

This article tells of things taking place under the radar which are designed to bring about a “global” constitution.   I remember a few years ago when a United European government was proposed and was rejected by voters in every country where it came up.  There is likewise similar attitudes in this country and as a result, more subversive measures must be taken.  The author of this article also has a blog. 

www.cumbey.blogspot.com   This blog seems to feature ongoing reports concerning one named Javier Solana.  This is a name which I have never heard before, but a brief scan of this sight suggests that this is a very powerful “behind the scenes” individual. 

One might ask why I bring these things up.  The reason is because many of us are asleep to one degree or another.   The real events; the real behind-the-scenes dealings which are designed to make the world a far different place than the one we grew up in, will never make the mainstream news.  Next week, the media will have a great opportunity to cover an event that’s designed to bring attention to the demise of our sovereignty. 

www.saveamericafund.org 

Next week, on April 23-25, truckers are going to descend on Washington DC and various state capitols to protest the opening of our border to Mexican truckers.  Amazingly, this story receives almost no coverage, other than by Lou Dobbs.  The truckers protests are certain to draw attention and I wonder just how much media coverage there will be.   We’ll see next week; barring any other earth-shattering events such as another celebrity entering rehab or shaving their head.  (That’s sarchasm) 

Well I need to go.  I apolagize for the negative sounding tone, but it’s difficult to sound positive when telling of how the name of Jesus Christ is being removed from the national conscience or how the globalist agenda is proceeding while the world and the church is slumbering.  Scripture is coming to pass before our eyes.  Indeed, the darkest hour is before dawn, and the dawn is soon to be here.  Therefore, I’ll close with some passages that should cause every saint to shout it from the housetops. 

Matthew 24:29-31  “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

I Thessalonians 4:16-17  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

AND SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD!!!

I Thessalonians 4:18  “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 

If this doesn’t do it, just read Revelations chapters 21 and 22.