Judgment

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“Our nation right now is receiving its final call to repentance, just prior to a great judgment! I believe America stands at the brink of an economic and social collapse.” David Wilkerson “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.  He will judge everyone according to what they have done.” Romans 2:4-6

Bargaining with God

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“Are we but fish, to be caught and killed? Are we but creeping things that have no leader to defend them from their foes? Must we be strung up on their hooks and dragged out in their nets, while they rejoice?  Then they will worship their nets and burn incense before them! “These are the gods who make us rich,” they’ll say. Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless wars?” Habakkuk 1:14-17 TLB Habakkuk is telling God that he feels worthless. He feels that they are just fish caught in the net. We are going to be killed and hung out to dry. After that they will worship their nets and you will not receive any glory for what is happening. The nets are their gods who make them rich. Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless wars? How easy we try to bargain with God. We say, “God, it is not right what you are doing, I have a better way.” Our enemies are going to turn against you. They are not going to recognize You in this process.” Have you ever done this; I have many times? I find myself telling God that I know how it should be done. I am giving God directions on how He needs to answer my prayers. I have this logical argument. It makes great sense to me, and I sure that it will impress God. He probably never thought of that before. We are constantly coming before God with our arguments, thinking up new ways as to why He ought to do a certain thing a certain way. “Lord if you do things my way, you will get all the glory and the […]

God is in Control

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“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.” Habakkuk 1:2-3 God is in control. He is the Lord of all nations. He is Lord of those who believe in Him and He is Lord of those who don’t believe in Him. God is Lord of all. God created the world and He is still in control of His world. At times God blesses His people with persecution. He blesses them with opposition. He blesses them with suffering. He blesses them with chastisement. He blesses them by putting them in prison. He blesses them by taking away their lives sometimes. At times we have a difficult time understanding that God would bless us with trouble. We need to remember Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Habakkuk had a problem understanding what God was doing, just like us today. In this book God is telling Habakkuk that He was going to send a great army to destroy their enemy, but in order for this to happen Habakkuk’s people would be destroyed also. What is happening in our world today is terrible and we see people sick and death everywhere. Our hearts are burdened and we pray as Habakkuk, how long God is this to go on. When are you going to answer our prayers? I am like Habakkuk in that I don’t quite understand what God is doing […]

We are the Light

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“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 Sunday, I had to run some errands. As I drove down the road, it was strange. All of the church buildings were closed. Even the church we attend was closed. God spoke to me and told me that His church was not closed, because His church has nothing to do with a building. The true church of Jesus Christ will never close. “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Matthew 16:18) We are the church, God’s chosen people, and we are the light of the world. In this time of trouble, we need more than ever to be that light. We are going through a very dark time in our world and more than ever the world needs our light shining in the darkness.  “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16) Even after we come out of this time of trouble, we need to still be the light of the world; the building is not the light. “For God, who said, “Let there be light […]

The Return of Jesus

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“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.  They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 God is leading me to move away from our study on Hebrews for a short time. For a long time, God has been telling me that Jesus is returning soon. With what is happening in our world with this virus, I believe that God is showing us that we need to get right with Jesus, because we don’t have long. The last days are getting closer. I know that people have been looking for the return of Jesus for over 2000 years. I have no prediction of when Jesus will return, I just know that it must be soon, because our world is falling apart. It is not just our nation, it is the entire world. It is even nature. Nature is even looking for Jesus’ return. The weather has gone crazy and it is not the so-called climate change of earth to blame and there’s nothing that we can do about it. It is all up to God. We think that we are gods and we can take care of everything. It’s the old story of Adam and Eve. They wanted to be like God. “The hearts of the […]

America’s Last Call – Nehemiah Cared

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“Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.” Nehemiah 1:2 He had just found out that his home nation was in trouble. This was a place that he loved and cared about so what did he do first? He prayed. He prayed because he cared. He did not just sit down and say, “This is not my problem. I am not living there and it is long way from where I now live.” “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners to punish those who sit complacent in their sins. They think the Lord will do nothing to them, either good or bad.” (Zephaniah 1:12) Nehemiah was not complacent. Complacent means: contented with oneself or one’s situation to a degree that prevents self-criticism, further progress, or appropriate response to signals of danger or risk. This is the problem with our nation; we are complacent; we don’t want to get involved. We want to live in our own world and not see what is happening in our nation. Nehemiah cared enough to ask. He cared about traditions of the past and the needs of the present. He cared about the future. He cared about his heritage, his ancestral city, and he cared about the glory of God. Some people don’t want to know what’s going on, because information might bring obligation. “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” This is true to a point, but what we don’t know can hurt us. When we truly care about people, we want the facts, no matter how painful they may be. Closing our eyes and ears to the truth could be […]

America’s Last Call – Endurance

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“And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:10-13 This sounds like the days that we are living in. Jesus goes on to tell us, “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) (Matthew 24:15) We see this happening in our churches today. We see things in our churches that should not be in the church. They should not be in God’s house. Even with everything that is happening, we see Jesus telling us what we need to do, endure. We must continue to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel. We must continue following God’s lead. At times it will be more than we can handle, but with God’s help we can endure. Several years ago I wrote a series of devotions on Nehemiah, it spoke to me then and God is leading me to write about Nehemiah. There are so many lessons we can learn from this great book. Many of these lessons apply to the day we live in and what we need to do to change our nation. God is calling us to be determined. Nehemiah was determined. God’s work is never easy and in the last days it is getting more and more difficult. The Enemy is hurling his ammunition at us as never before and he is setting his subtle traps where we least expect them. Nehemiah is about building a wall. This wall was a physical wall around Jerusalem. The wall I want […]

America’s Last Call – Reality

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y “They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” Nehemiah 1:3 This scripture tells us that Judah was in great trouble. The walls have been torn down and the gates have been destroyed. America’s walls have been torn down and we are in great trouble. The walls are not physical walls, but spiritual walls. If we don’t have God’s spiritual walls protecting us, we are in more trouble than Judah was. We must work at rebuilding these walls in our nation. The first thing we need to do is face reality. Satan is the master of illusion. He wants us to think that there is no problem or that there is nothing that we can do about these problems. These are both lies. The only way that these walls can be repaired is by the power of God. We as followers of Jesus Christ have that power. We have that power by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:12-15) God gave this authority to all believers. All we have to do is believe and have faith. We have the power through our prayers. Just like Nehemiah rebuilt the walls around Judah, we can rebuild […]

America’s Last Call – Renewing Your Mind

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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 The battle is in the mind. Satan battles us more in our minds than any other way. The temptation in the Garden of Eden was Satan telling Eve that if she would sin she would be as smart as God. He tempted her in her thinking. Sin always starts in our mind. Satan plans a thought and then it leads to sin. If we are going to fight Satan and walk a victorious life in God, we must renew our minds. We must think spiritually not physically. We all think and make decisions from our perspective. Our perspective comes from our education and our environment. When Jesus saves us and filled us with the Holy Spirit, we have the power to control our minds and resist Satan. The problem is we need to change the way we think. This takes work on our part. We need to saturate our minds in God’s Word and spent time in prayer with God. We must view the world through God’s perspective. When we renew our minds, we bring the Kingdom of God to earth. It is so important to walk in the Spirit. When we are walking in the spirit, the world can see and feel the spirit of God as we go about our daily life. It’s an amazing thing that as we talk to someone, we can know that they are a disciple of Jesus Christ because our spirit tells us that we have a kindred spirit. We carry the presence of God wherever we go. Renewing the mind begins with repentance. Repentance of our sins and […]

America’s Last Call – Remnant

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“Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?”And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” Genesis 18:32 This is the story of Sodom and Abraham interceding for the city. Abraham started with fifty and ends with ten. This tells us there was not even ten righteous in the city. The rest of the story is that God did destory the city with fire, because of their sins. We also read in the Bible that God spared the city of Nineveh. “When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.” (Jonah 3:10) “The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.” (Jonah 3:5) They repented and God showed His mercy. America is being warned that we must repent and turn from our sins. What is holding off God’s judgment and anger on America? It is God’s remnant. America does have a remnant; people that are lifting up their voices to God asking for revival in our communities and in our nation. If we are going to bring change to our nation, we cannot stop telling others about Jesus and praying. Prayer is the key to turning our nation back to God. We cannot take it easy. “How do you take it easy when His fire burns within? How do you take it easy in a world that’s crushed by sin? How do you take it easy with a thousand tribes to tell? How do you take it easy in […]