Time to Stop Testing God

Yesterday in my lesson I spoke of Gideon- today I will continue with him. Gideon you all know the people of God were in bondage because they refused to follow God. They had relied on their own understanding, not destoryed the enemy and fallen into the ways of idol worship. These were just a few of their transgressions. And as humans are prone to do when the fire got too hot, they called on God. Yes, we all do it. When all is going well we put God on the back burner and feel like we are in control, then trials – tribulation and other maladies happen and all of a sudden God becomes important to us again. Go figure. But back to Gideon- Gideon was a nobody he was just an ordinary man trying to survive in a time of bondage trying to serve his God amid the rabid enviorment he lived in. Threshing wheat in a winepress so as not to bring attention to himself or the wheat so it would not be confiscated. God used this humble man to defeat their captors. And yet Gideon questioned God. He wanted to believe that God would keep his promise and yet he questioned his ablity. Judges 6: 13-40 13
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”

And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”

19 Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah[a] of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.

20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”

24 So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old.[b] Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole[c] beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of[d] altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second[e] bull as a burnt offering.”

27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.

28 In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar!

29 They asked each other, “Who did this?”

When they carefully investigated, they were told, “Gideon son of Joash did it.”

30 The people of the town demanded of Joash, “Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal’s altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.”

31 But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, “Are you going to plead Baal’s cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar.” 32 So because Gideon broke down Baal’s altar, they gave him the name Jerub-Baal[f] that day, saying, “Let Baal contend with him.”

33 Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel. 34 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. 35 He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms, and also into Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, so that they too went up to meet them.

36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.

39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.”
My question on this day is how many times do we test God? How many times do we feel it is necessary for God to show us who he is and what he will do? How many times do we have to make God prove his mighty power? We as humans are so foolish. We refuse to see the strength of God in front of our face, we constantly make God prove who he is and yet we take the world at its word. We believe everything we read and are told by politicans and the media and others who claim to be experts.We do not demand they prove who they are or what they are about. And yet, we constantly test our creator, we constantly question his authority. We constantly put him on trial. This is a sad comentary of who we are as a creation of God. God does not need to prove himself. He IS the GREAT I AM. He is the final decision maker, he is the only one who determines the outcome of our lives. We as a nation and a world have turned away from him. We has a nation and a world have decided we are smarter than God. We as a nation and a world have taken sin on as right and accepted it – adopted it and it has become our idol of choice. In turn God has allowed us to turn on each other, to destroy ourselves to wallow in our own feces. God did not leave us we have walked away from him. We have allowed others to tickle our ears with soft words, and even softer actions. We have allowed others to dictate how we react in our enviroment. We are the product of our own actions from several generations back. We will create the product of our decendants by our actions now. We have allowed others to take away our faith, our God and our understanding that he is in charge. We have become an untoward generation. It is time – no past time to bring God back to the helm. To put him back in charge of this sinking ship – it is time to allow him and his power to steer it in the right direction before he says “enough” and allows it to simple sink into the sea of nothingness. Before he says “enough” of your sinful ways and allows all of us to enter into a bondage we will never return from. #gideon,#bondage,#godispowerful,#enterity

God is Not Slack Concerning his Promises

As I sit here thinking about what the significance of this date is and how hard men and women have fought and died for the freedoms that are enjoyed in this country, I reflected on the book of Judges in the Bible. The book of Judges is the history of the people of God after Joshua and his generation died. When they were all dead a new generation rose up and completly destroyed what Joshua and his generation built for the people. They had no respect for the sacrifices of the men and women who had gone on before. Who had wondered in the wilderness, fled Egypt, fought wars and finally were given land God promised them. They had no respect for the history of their ancestors. They tore down all of the history, tried to re-write it and then to add insult to injury, they turned from God, the person they owed everything to. Starting in Judges 2: 10-23 “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. The followed and worshipped various gods ofthe peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the ashroteths. In his anger against Israel the Lord gavem them into the handsof raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hand of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just ashe had sworn to them. They were in great distress.Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshipped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancesotrs, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands. Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived.; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshipping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.Therefore the Lord was angry with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me, I will no longer drive out before them any nationsJoshua left when he died. I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did.” The Lord had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands ofJoshua.”
As I read this scripture, it dawned on me. We as a nation, have forgotten the ways of the Lord. We as a nation have raised up a generation of children who do not even know the Lord. Much less know what it took to come to this country which was wild and filled with unknowns, much like the promised land God gave the Israelites. We as a people have forgotten that without God, there would be no nation, without God we would have been overtaken many years ago.So, now here we are in 2020 with a generation of people who have thrown God aside, and are relying on their own understanding. They are making choices that will have dire consequences; consequences of being turned over to those who wish to destory us. We have a generation who worship a different kind of idol and that is the idol of “me”. We have a generation who has completly ignored God’s teaching, A generation who believes they can save themselves and that there are no consequences for their actions or decisions. God has allowed them to walk this path for a time. But he will turn them over to their enemies. He will allow this country to be over run by those who seek to destory us if, we do not turn back to him and put him first in our lives. All down throughout the history of the Bible, God allowed people to make their own choices and their own decisions, but he made them face the consequences of those decisions. He even told them what was going to happen and still they did not listen. They were after a time held accountable. Ladies and gentlemen we all will be held accountable to God. It is not too late to stop the madness, to turn back to the only one who can save all of us. That one is God. We do not have the capacity to save ourselves. Personally the only one I want to rule over me is God because he is merciful and has grace, man does not. Ladies and gentlmen it is your choice to return to God or not, but understand you will face the consequences – God’s message never changes,and he is not slack conerning his promise. #godmessge,#overtaken,#turningfromgod

History Does Repeat Itself

Yesterday I talked about King Jehoshaphat and how he brought the people together to pray for victory in the battle with the enemy. 2 Chronicles 20- Well the story does not end there. Once the enemy was defeated and all was well in their world, Jehoshaphat decided to lean on his own understanding. Even after the fear of God came upon the surrounding kingdoms- King Jehoshaphat put God on the back burner. He made a pact with King Ahaziah of Israel whose ways were wicked. (2 Chronicles 20:21) Together they agreed to build a fleet of trading ships. When it was done, Jehoshaphat was told by Eliezer that because he had made this pact – the ships would never sail. They were destroyed by God. Shortly after that he died and his son Jehoram became King of Judah. 2 Chronicles 21. “When Jehoram established himself firmly over his’s father’s kingdom, he put all of his brothers to the sword along with some of the offcials of Israel. Jehoram was thirty- two years old when he becme king and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”
There are always consequences for any decision that we make. One of these consequnces is that our decisions become generational. What our children and grandchildren see is the example they will follow. In today’s world, the toxic enviorment we live in will become the footprint of the future. Our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will behave worse than this untoward generation. Brother will turn on brother,sister will turn on sister, mother will turn on child and father will turn on all of them. We are teaching the future generation that it is okay to do evil in the site of God. That there are no lasting consequences for those decisions. That the behavior is condoned, the actions are condoned and that no one cares for the future footprint. As God has shown us time and time again in the Bible, history does repeat itself both in action, word, thought and deed.
Because Jehoram did evil in the sight of the Lord he received a letter from Elijah a prophet of God and the letter stated this, 2 Chronicles 21:12- 16 ” This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: “You have not followed the ways of your father Jehoshphat or of Asa, King of Judah.But, you have followed the ways of the Kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to protitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your own family,men who were better than you. So now the Lord is about to strike your people, your sons, your wives and everything that is yours, with a heavy blow.You yourself will be very ill with a lingering disease of the bowels, until the disease causes you bowels to come out.” In verses 16-20 that is exactly what God did. He rose up the hated enemy, the Philistines who attacked Judah, invaded and carried off all the goods, found in the king’s palace, his sons and his wives. The only son left was the son by the name of Ahaziah, who was the youngest. And after all of this God kept the next promise he had made Jehoram, he struck him with the disease of the bowels. He struggled with this disease for two years, in extreme pain and finally his bowels came out of his body and he died while in pain from which there was no relief. There was no state funeral in his honor. The point of this piece of history is this. God allows people to make their own decisions good or bad or indifferent, he has given us all free will. However, with that free will comes consequences and God’s message never changes. Translate that into what is going on today. Everyone of you has the free will to riot, destroy, divide, hate, kill, hurt, ,maim you name it. You can do that. God has said, make your own decisions. However, there is a price to be paid. Part of the price is that your descendants will pay for those decisions due to the consequences of your actions, second if you do not pay the price now you will later. Sure one can take history out of the history books, one can refuse to treach history, one can destroy all of the visuals that pretain to said history, but understand this, God still has that history, God still knows what is going to happen and God’s message is still the same. It never changes. God see all, knows all and understands all. God knew that the one son ofJehoram who was left after the invasion would only reign for one year. That he would do evil in the sight of God and that he would be influenced by his mother who was of the house of Ahab. God knew the house of Ahab would become his advisors and that those decisions would be his downfall. Ahaziah had the choice to take a different path, and yet he didn’t. His path didn’t change but the message stayed the same -God is in charge. The consequnces of decisions are generational. We can choose to break the cycle or not. We can choose to learn from history or we can hide it – try to rewrite it or try to destory it- but it will come back upon us.God’s message never changes. #godsmessage,#learningfromhistory#standup

The Battle Belongs to God

Today’s lesson is taken from 2 Chronicles 20: King Jehoshaphat is being faced with war against the enemy- the Moabites and the Ammonites. So starting with verse 2 let’s look at what he did to handle the situtation. “Some people came and told Jehosphaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar. (that is, En Gedi).” Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people ofJudah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. The Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly ofJuda and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front ofthe new courtyard and said:”Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no on can withstand you. Our God did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgement, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to ou in our distress, and you will hear us.” ” But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt, so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. Our God will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” All of the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones stood before the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah,the son ofJeiel, the sone of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph as he stood in the assembly. He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” This passage is as true today as it was during the time of King Jehoshaphat. We in our simple minds believe that the battle is ours. Oh how untrue that is.We are led by the devil to believe that we are in charge of every battle and every war there is on earth. We are led to believe that we control the outcome of the virus, and the protesting, the rioting, the looting, the hate, the turning against each other, you name it. The devil leds us to believe we are in control. He uses those who are in “charge” to led us to believe they are in control. Oh how blind is he who will not see. We are no more in control of any of this than Jehoshaphat was in control of the battle that was on the horizon. Just like God was waiting for Jehoshaphat to ask for help along with all of the people not just the men or a handful of folks, but all of the people down to the wee ones, he is now waiting for us as a whole to ask for his help. For us as a nation, a world, a people to come together to ask for his help. What is wrong with us? Why do we not understand that God is in charge. God is the one we turn to – God holds it all in his hands. We are in control of nothing. Not even the air we breath. How haughty, and self serving we have become. How selfish and inward we have turned. Since folks have tried everything else from shutting down the country, to bankrupting businesses, to trying to force people to wear masks, just to name a few things, what harm will it do to cry out to God, to ask him to fix the mess we have made. To cover us in his grace and forgivness. Or are we too steeped in the Devil’s lair and too bogged down in his lies? It is time Ladies and Gentlemen to understand – we are nothing without God. We are nobody without God. We have nothing without God. It is time to put God back at the helm, not the politicans, not the medical experts,not the masses, not the people with enough opinions to sink a ship, but God the one who created the earth and all that is in it. God the one who can take it all back with a word. It is time to be like Jehoshphat and the people of Israel.Time to come together and fall down at the throne of God and beg for help. #god,#godisincharge,#wearejustmen

Greed

Today’s lesson is taken from Acts 19: 25-27. “He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says, that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
Now here is the lesson. Greed, is the glue that holds riots together. Greed is the reason that people decided to incite others to cause division and destruction. When Paul was preaching the doctrine of Christ Demetrius was not worried about the doctrine, his concern was the loss of revenue. He and his fellow tradesmen made idols and had been making a great living at this trade. Demetrius’s concern was the people changing their thought process and believing the teachings of Paul. So Demetrius very cleverly appealed to the tradesmen’s pocket book. Then he encouraged them to hide that greed behind the mask of patriotism and religious loyality. In their eyes they were the heros of the hour or the sake of the land and “their” beliefs. Now, let me translate this entire lesson into what is happening today – Politicans, and groups with an agenda have no concern for the right of the people. They disguise their greed under the blanket of many words. They incite people using some of the same words that Demetrius used. Words meant to appeal to emotions and not logic. Words meant to stir up people so they will forget the real reason for the riot in the first place. Demetrius wanted to control the money flow. Control the people because when he controled the people he controled the money. It had nothing to do with Paul’s teachings. This is proven in Demetrius’s statement, “There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the provinceof Asia and the world, will be robbed ofher divine majesty,” Doesn’t that sound like some of the verbage used today to incite riots and looting and division? The core is not about right or wrong, the core is about greed. The core is about filling cofers with money and control of people. The core had no concern for “social injustice”, or any of the other catch phrases now being used. The core is all about the core. Just like Demetrius and his plan for inciting riots. Continuing the scripture in verses 28-41 ” When they heard this,they were furious and began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians. Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together. Paul, wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. Even some the officials of the Province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater. The assembly was in confussion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesnt’ all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the the temple of the great Artemis and her image, which fell from heaven? Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash. You have brought these men here, though they neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. If, then Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settle in a legal assembly. As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of what happened today. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it. After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.”
As you see from the rest of the chapter, it did not take much for the masses to head into a fulll fledged riot ready to burn the place down and kill Paul and his friends. The sentence that hit me like a ton of bricks was this one, “Most of the people did not even know why there were there.”
This is a powerful statement that is true in the envoirment we are currently in. Most of the people do not even know why they are there. They have no clue that is greed. They, also like today, during this riot brought on by greed, not only became anti- Christian, they became anti- Jewish. Does this sound familiar? Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to put away the greed, hate, division and things of this world. The time has come to put on Christ, to understand that this world as we know it only exists because God is trying to give us every chance to come to him. To know that he is God and he is in control. Not the rioters,not the poiticans, not even the medical “experts”. God is in control and with a word, all of this can go away in the blink of an eye. Time to put down the weapons of greed, the actions of rioting and division, time to come together to become more Christlike. Time to be humble, honest and forgiving. #godsplan,#greed,#scripture

Praise the Lord

Every night when I go to bed, I ask God for the wisdom to find the right scripture for my daily posts in order to help each of you. This morning this is the scripture that came up. Psalms 146.
” Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your turst in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God ofJacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them- he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.”
Now shall I break this down for those who still do not understand. Bottom line, powerful people, you know those who have been elected, those who have an agenda and those who stir up trouble, are not our saviors. No matter what they promise,no matter how much strife – hatred and discontent and malcontent they stir up they are not our saviors. One day they will die and they will be gone and all of their promises, words and actions will be gone with them. The only entity that keeps his promise is God. He has proven that over and over. God also will frustrate the plans of the wicked because his values are opposite of those of the world. Wicked will never overcome God’s goodness no matter how hard it tries. The present world chooses gods of power and self to get their way. God has another plan and message, he chooses, service and self – sacrifice for those of us who follow him. God knows what is happening, God knows what will happen. God knows the consequences of the decisions both good and bad which are being decided. God has a plan and that plan will not change no matter what man chooses to do or not to do. God has a message and that message will not change no matter how many times many’s message changes. At any time God can choose to stop all of this with a word. He does not need our permission, he does not need any one in power, with an agenda or a platform to give him permission. God is in charge. God sets the stage and God is the director. My question for each of you is this. Are you ready to face God? Because believe me when I say every one will stand in front of him. Everyone will have to give an answer for their actions, and decisions. It does matter if you are a king, a pauper, the color of your skin,the length of your hair, the color of your eyes, your politcal affiliation, your sexual preference, or anyof the other things we label people by. We all stand before God in the end. We all give an accounting of our time here on earth. Even if you don’t believe in God, you will stand before him one day. So all who are putting their faith in the politics, the orgainzations, the platforms, these will go away, you will not be able to use them when you stand in front of God. God already knows the heart. #godsplan,#standingbeforegod,#themessagestaysthesame

Dried Bones

We are still in the book ofProverbs for today’s lesson. For those of you who have never taken the time to read Proverbs,maybe you should. It is filled with common sense wisdom and every day learning. Today we look at Proverbs 17:19-22 “He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exaltheth his gate seek destruction. He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
These few verses are so powerful in their wording. The message screams at anyone who will listen. Let us look at the first verse. “He loveth transgression that loveth strife.” Think about that for a moment. Those who love to trangress (if you don’t know the meaning of the word, look it up) so enjoy strife. The meaning of strife is bitter or violent conflict. Now doesn’t that ring a bell with the temperature of the country at the moment. Those two words go hand in hand. Because who ever loves to quarrel lives in sin and whoever builds a high gate invites destruction. Moving on to verse 20 – we are told that a person with forward heart finds no good. In other words, those folks whos heart is corrupt will never posper and if his tongue is perverse all he will do is fall into trouble where ever trouble happens to be. As I watch the things going on in the world today this is more and more prevalent. I really like the next verse it sheds light on the rioting and looting and total destruction of our towns. “He that begeth a fool doeth it to his sorrow and the father of a fool hath no joy.” I wonder what the parents of those children feel as they watch their children on national TV for all the world to see act so foolish. I wonder if it brings grief to their lives. The Bible tells us it does. These same children will one day have to explain to their children the cost of being so foolish , when their children do the same thing only worse. The last verse states that a merry heart is like a good medicine while a broken spirit dries up the bones. Oh my dears, how true this is. There is nothing but broken spritis running around like humans as their bones are dried up . These spirits would rather tear down as opposed to building up which is what a merry heart does. A merry heart gives the receiver the feeling of comfort and safety. Whereas, the broken spirit creates a void. Are we collectivly creating a void? Are we moving toward destruction? Are we not going to prosper as a nation because of what is going on around us? Our children are the product of their teachings both at home and school. These proverbs were true when they were written and they are true today. God sees all. As a nation we have become extremely foolish and spirits of dried bones . #proverbs,#god,#nation

Seven Things God Hates

Today’s lesson is brought to you from Proverbs 6:16-19 ” These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,feet that be swift in running to mischief, A False witness that speakth lies, and he that soweth discord among brethern.”
Shall we take a moment to look at this scripture. Proverbs is filled with wise lessons and it does not take a rocket scientist to understand them if one only reads and learns with an open mind. Breaking these few scriptures down tells us exactly what the Lord hates and why. He hates a proud look. Why you might ask. The reason is simple when one has a proud look- that more than likely shows their heart is proud and haughty. When a heart is proud then there is no way it will open up and learn. We know that pride leads to a conceited scense of one’s superiority. When that occurs then in the prideful person’s mind everyone else is beneath them. Look around that is what is happening to our country. People are prideful full of their own conceited sense of superiority. Proverbs 16:18 plainly states this “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” All the great empires fell because of pride. The Greeks, the Romans and the Bablyonians all fell because they were prideful. Now, let’s look at the second part of verse 16 in Proverbs 6. God also hates a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. We are now in the thros of both lying tongues and the shedding of innocent blood. Nancy Pelosi stated in a news confernece which I saw that they as politicans deliberately hand the media hounds lies to perpetrate on the unsuspecting public. Once the lie is out there then the politicans use those lies to sell their platform. They speak those lies as truth and facts. In doing so they are part of the crime of shedding innocent blood. Those lies incited riots incited hate and incite bloodshed. Again read your history of all of the fallen empires. The next verse is one of my favorites because in my mind’s eye I see this happening. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. Now, just think about that one for a moment. The lies are handed to the media. The hearts of those in office planes wicked imaginations also known as lies. Then once those lies are formed they run quickly to mischief, that is to the media and the unsuspecting public feeding them like feeding milk to a newborn. God hates that. And it stands to reason as to why he hates it. This action creates division, hate and destruction of his people. Which brings me to the last verse in toda’s lesson, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Ladies and gentlemen, all we have to do is look around us. Look at the destruction of our cities, our businesses, the burning, looting and hate that has been perpetrated on us. This is what God hates. And yet, we as sheep fall for it. We are stirred up with a spoon in a pot of water that is boiling – then the politicans and media sit back and let the hate mongers add their spices of vitrol to divide us to the point that no one feels safe. God hates this. My question to each of you is this. Why do you allow other people to pull your strings? Why do you allow other people to dictate to you? Why do you allow other people to control your emotions and line of reason? God has the answers and God is the one we answer to in the end. It is not a matter of if we die, it is a matter of when we die. It is not a matter of how we die, we do not get a choice in that, but we do get a choice in where we are going. That is unless we allow others to make that choice for us. So my question to you today is this. Are you going to be one who does those things in your life that God hates, are you going to be that person who allows someone you don’t eve know to dictate where you spend eternity which is a very long time or are you going to determine where you spend eternity? If your answer is that you are going to determine your eternity, then I suggest that you get off the sheep train. That you start thinking for youself and that you put your faith not in man, but in God. He is the one with the answers. #eternity,#God,#pride,#evil

The Foolish

Today’s lesson is taken from Proverbs Chapter 10. I have always found Proverbs to be filled with wise instructions. Common sense instructions that are often lost in the translation and understandting of life in general and the Bible in particular. Proverbs instructs man on the ways of behaving, treating others and being wise by gleaning knowledge. Then instructs man on the correct way to put all of this information to good use. Chapter 10 is filled with nuggets of knowledge.
For Instance, Verse 1 starts the theme of the chapter “The proverb of Solomon. A wise man maketh a glad father: But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” If one read only that verse it should hit them right between the eyes. When a child is born, most fathers are struting around like a proud peacock. Beating their chest and saying to the world, “Look at me. I am a father.” A mother worries over that child from before the day it is born until the day either she dies or the child dies. When that child makes foolish decisions that mother grieves – looses sleep and worries to the point of many times becoming ill. A child does not understand that concept until they also become a parent.
Now in light of all that is going on in the world, let us look at those folks who are destorying the very country in which they live. Verse 11 states “The mouth of the righteous man is a well of life, but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.” Why in the world would a child want to place a burden on its parent such as this? Why would a child want to be seen in a public place, no matter that the child is now an adult- and cause it’s mother such a heaviness of heart by creating violence knowing there is a big chance that child might die at the hands of stupidity.
Verse 12 brings this point home even better. “Hatred stiffeth up strifes, but love covereth all sins.” Why would a child not want to make its mother proud? Hate is evil, hate is sinful and hate only destroys. Hate begets hate. Hate is destructive as we see on a daily basis. Hate brings death from which there is no coming back. No mother wants to bury her child or see her child locked up for crimes that child committed because of hate.
Moving down to Verse 14 we see this ” Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool is near destruction.” All of the people who are destroying this country both on the streets and in politics are creating destruction. Destruction that will never be reversed. Dectruction which will change the face of the country and not for the better. With that destruction will come changes that even those who are doing the destroying will not be able to live with.
Verse 23 ties it all together “It is a sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.”
They are not laying up knowledge because they are not being wise. They are being fools. They do not think about the fact that the consequences of their collective actions will fall on those who gave them birth or who raised them. That the future of the country will change in a way that will be detrimental to all. They have forgotten or maybe they never wanted to be someone’s child, sister, brother, niece or nephew, or grandchild. All they are thinking about is the right now. The “me” in the equation. The destruction of a country that is more free than any other country around. They also are not wise enough to know there will be a reckoning. The reckoning will be here and at death. They will have to answer for all of their actions. They will have to answer for all of their words and thoughts. Those mothers have a heaviness on their hearts that will never go away.
Those who are doing mischief- are according to Proverbs fools and there will be a price in the end. God is still in charge and he is still allowing spoiled and foolish children to tear up their playground. When he has had enough, he will disicpline and he will be heavy handed. #proverbs#wisdom#errentchildren,#foolishchildren

Destroying History

After another night of restlessness, I opened my Bible this morning. I did not have a specific scripture in mind. I just needed to listen to God. The page found me and it is very pointed and shouts to the rooftops the consquences of the bad decisions that are currently being made in this country and world wide. Now, I know there are those of you who do not believe in God and that is okay. There are those of you who will attack this post and that is okay. However, for those of you who understand that God is in charge and God knows what is coming you will understand this post.
Daniel 5 is where my Bible opened up to. The back story is the Children of Israel had been in captivity by the Babylonians. They had destroyed the Temples of God and taken the gold and silver vessels from the Temple. To add insult to injury – the King – King Belshazzar decided he would drink his wine and have his guests drink their wine from these vessels which belonged to God. During the course of this feast and this desacration, a hand mysteriously appeared from nowhere and started writing on the wall of the room where the feast was being held. The king’s soothsayers, and prophets were called in to translate. They could not.
However, there was one in the kingdom who was a captive who knew the translation. His name was Daniel and he was still a faithful child of God even in captivity.
This is what was written on the wall, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Opharsin. Translation :
Mene: “God hath numbered they kingdom, and finished it.
Tekel: Thou art weighted in the balances, and art found wanting.
Peres: They kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and
Persians ( Daniel 5: 25-28)
And that is exactly what happened. The point of this lesson in history is this. God has numbered this Country, he knows down the road, maybe we have been weighted in the balances and found wanting, and maybe our Country will be given over to foreign agents. We as a nation have not learned from any history, not the Greeks, nor the Roman or the Babylonians. We as a nation believe that we are in charge, that we have the final say in all things. We do not. We as a nation have become to self- centered, to self- righteous, to self- consuming, feeling to entitled that it is all about “me.” It is not. We as a nation believe that we are in control, unstoppable, infalilable and not answerable to anyone. We have allowed what is wrong to become right, what is criminal to become non- criminal, to hate authority of any kind, to hate our fellow man for whatever reason and to put God somewhere in left field. We have no anchor, no center and our ship is sailing off the edge of the world when it is not spinning around in a circle like a dog chasing it’s tail. And through it all we in our own finite minds really believe we are still in charge. We are so smug, so full of our own selves we really believe that we are indestructable. Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, at the risk of losing even more folks from my page, I am here to tell you. We are not indestructable. We are not in charge and we will be held accountable at the end of the day. Whenever that may be. Just like Bablyon there will be a reckoning, there will be a day when we all stand before God and give an account of our actions. There will be a day when we are weighted in the balance and will be found wanting. The question is this will that day be before or after our Country is complete consumed by others or will God become tired of our disobedience and return like a thief in the night separating the chafe from the wheat.
Eternity is a long – long – long time. In fact it is never ending.
Hate me if you will. The truth will stand even when the world is on fire. There is still time to turn this thing around. To understand that God is in charge and he expects us to do as he asks. It is also time to understand that with a word or a wave of his hand, the world can end in the blink of an eye. Ask yourself this question what do you want to be doing when that happens? And feel free to share this. #takingastand,#God,#eternity