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Free, Free Indeed! (Independence Day – July 4th Devotional)


SIH STSTA ICONWe, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”   http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/doi/text.html

These famous words make up the concluding paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the document that declared our freedom from the British Kingdom.  As a country based upon freedom and civil rights we have been blessed greatly by God.  And although these freedoms are not permanent in nature (it seems as if some of these freedoms may be slipping through our fingers); I can easily declare that the United States of America is still the greatest and most blessed country in the world.  It is a privilege to live here.

The saddest part of our celebration of our Independence is that we have forgotten to thank our Lord for the freedom He has given to us!  If you notice, in the very same paragraph that declares our freedoms, the founding fathers declared the source of their strength as they stood in opposition to the British government…. “, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence”.  That’s right!  Our founding fathers made it plain that they had the courage to stand up and declare our freedom from Britain because they were trusting in the providence of Almighty God to protect them.

Even John Adams, as he wrote to his wife Abigail, referenced the need to worship and honor God on the anniversary of his signing the declaration (July 2nd)…

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

As great as these freedoms are, our Lord offers us even greater, eternal freedoms that can never be lost or taken.  Why do so many of us totally disregard these freedoms, and their Giver, as well?

THE SCRIPTURE:

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (Joh 8:31-36)

THE STUDY:

Our Lord, in His Word declares that we can receive freedom from our sin in three different ways (Rom 6:7-23):

Firstly, we can receive freedom from our sin’s penalty (Rom 5:16)

Second, we can be continually made free from sin’s power in our lives (Rom 6:18)

Finally, we can be made free from sin’s presence throughout eternity (Rom 6:22)

This is true freedom which can never be taken away nor lost.  Our Lord offers this freedom from sin to anyone who will trust in Him and turn from their sin to serve Him as Lord of their life.   (Acts 26:18)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have been liberated from their sin… we should praise and thank our Lord for all the freedoms He has so graciously given to us.  Also, we should want to share His message of truth to the world so that they might share in this freedom as well.

For those who have never been freed from sin and it’s effects in your life, look to the Lord, His word and His work, for the source of true liberty from sin.  Read John 8:12-51 for more information.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”(Joh 8:36)

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.

Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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Gonna Keep on Preaching


The fact is that some things going on in this country are rather disheartening. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. Those of us who stand for righteousness are called everything except the children of God. The ungodly are getting louder and louder as institutions such as the Supreme Court provide license to ventures that God has called an abomination. With the lawlessness of the Supreme Court and the will of some to tear at the fabric of this nation it seems to me that those choosing righteousness and holiness need not kowtow to the moral decadents of the day. It is my hope that many will stand with me because I am gonna keep on preaching the Word of the Most High God.

A couple years ago I was told that I rail too much against homosexuality. I was preaching against the abomination in writing and behind the pulpit. I could see the agenda manifesting itself to what is now an acceptance of this act by many. The problem is that this acceptance of wrong is nothing new. For instance, lies have been accepted by many because to some lies can be protective. Well, the protective nature of lies has yet to be determined. The fact is that God is not One who takes well to lies and has declared that all liars shall have their place in the lake that burns with fire (Revelation 21:8). The interesting thing is the text states that “all” liars will have their part in lake of fire. Hence, I am compelled to and I am gonna keep preaching on the danger of lying.

The matter of lies does not hold a lot of steam insofar as political correctness goes. It seems that all know it is wrong and many choose to live a life of lies. Consider, for instance, Bruce Jenner (I’m about to get in trouble now). Here is a man of renown deciding that he is no longer a male rather he is a female. There is little doubt by those with just a little discernment that this man has been troubled for a number of years. There is hurt and pain hidden well below the cloak of his transgender disguise. God made him a wonderful man yet he decided that he would be bold and come out of the “closet” as a woman. He has been hailed as brave and heroic for such revelation. Unfortunately his hurt and pain are still there. This is not to mention the fact that his gender “change” smacks God in the face. This, at the very root, is uncleanness to which God is not pleased.

Now, the Supreme Court must be highlighted again. This time a look at the Affordable Care Act (what a misnomer) was placed before the Court. The questions surrounding subsidies was at hand. The plain language of the law was apparent yet the members of the Court decided the law did not mean what was plainly written. As such, the Court essentially rewrote the law. Dare I say, and I am no lawyer, it is not the job of the Court to rewrite law rather it is purposed to interpret law in light of the Constitution. This did not happen in the opinion of the majority.  Instead the Court decided what the intent was ignoring what was written. This is lawlessness at its core.

Now we have a country torn. There are some that have taken up arms against those with whom they disagree. Consider the murders most recently in South Carolina. There was no reason for this young man to kill except that his unfounded hatred began to control his actions. The problem is that he is not alone. Christians are targeted on many fronts and this seems ok in the eyes of some. However, if there is one word said against Islam all of a sudden the world is in turmoil. Well, I have not time to worry about the social nuances of the day. I have to uphold the Gospel no matter who is offended. While it is not my intention to offend anyone the Gospel is an offense to those who choose to live contrary to its standard. Yes, I’m gonna keep on preaching not just behind the pulpit but also in the life I live.

The word of God clearly says that homosexuality is wrong in both the Old and New Testaments. This does not matter to some though. After the Supreme Court’s opinion was made public there was some that took to dancing in the streets in celebration of this ungodly declaration. Well, another problem has arisen that many will not even touch. Well, I have no choice and I’m gonna keep on preaching. You see, Galatians 5:21 warns against revellings and things like unto it. Revelling is the drunken public celebrations of immorality. How many times have we seen homosexuals celebrate with little to no clothes on which would otherwise be counted as indecent? Well, enough is enough. I have had my fill of social issues of the day seeking to tell me what to preach and what not to preach.

I am gonna keep on preaching the Gospel no matter what is said. I have already had horrendous things said about me and all I have done is repeat the Scripture. Galatians goes on to show that those that celebrate a number of offenses will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Those are not my words rather the Word of the Holy Writ. I will not attempt to pacify nor will I seek to appease. I have been called to preach the Gospel without compromise and as such I’m gonna keep on preaching. Is there anybody preaching with me?

And the two shall become one


Originally posted on Armor of God:

No matter how much man desires to redefine marriage to fit their agenda, God laid out the reasoning for marriage. And it is impossible for two people of the same sex to ever meet that definition. Marriage is a joining with a possibility and probability of a living outcome. Science is something that those who promote gay marriage, continually complain that Christians deny. And yet here they are the ones perverting science in order that they may feed their desires.

Matthew 19:4-10 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not…

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Personal Experience Or God’s Word, Which Is Our Standard? #3


SIH STSTA ICONShould we trust the Word based upon Biblical revelation?

 

Throughout our lifetime, we are called upon to choose between trusting the revelation of God’s Word or placing our faith in our life experiences.  Phrased another way, are we to make our life decisions based upon what our senses have revealed to us, or do we look to God’s Word as the only unquestionable  standard by which our life is to be directed?

This is study I would like us to come to an understanding of God’s will on this all important issue.  There will be three parts to our study for us:

1.  Should we trust the Word when we lack life experiences?

2.  Should we trust the Word instead of our life experiences?

3.  Should we trust the Word based upon Biblical revelation?

THE SCRIPTURES:

 

And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,  When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast [it] before Pharaoh, [and] it shall become a serpent.  And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.  Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: (Exo 7:8-13)

And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.  And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou [art but] a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered [it] out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught [him] by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.  David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.  And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.    (1 Samuel 17:32-37)

 

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.  I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.  (Psalms 119:98-100)

 

And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.   (Isaiah 8:19-20)

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.  (2 Peter 1:16-21)

 

 

THE STUDY:

In our study, so far, we have seen through the use of examples from the past, present, and events which are yet to take place, the need for us to use the Scriptures as the standard for us to judge all of our life experiences.   If we lack an experience, we are to trust the Word and follow our Lord. If, on the other hand, we have just had an experience, the Bible is the sole standard for the Christian to use to discern the true nature of that experience.  We are to never take either of these for granted.

Apart from the examples we have looked at, we will now being looking at declarations from Scripture that reveal to us the need to recognize that the Bible as the only authorized instrument we are to use to understand the character of our life experiences.  In 2 Peter 1:16-21, we find a shocking Scriptural truth that is taught to us.  If this truth is taken to heart, we will never again rely upon any life experience to reveal to us the will of God.

Note what Peter says:

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables,…”

Here, we find Peter emphasizing that the truths he has presented in his past teachings were not wisely constructed tales of fiction.  He was not lying to his readers in an attempt to mislead them.  This shows us that, even in the times of the writing of the NT, believers understood the existence of false teaching and the grave danger of accepting that teaching as truth.  Peter is assuring them that what they have heard from him was the truth of the Word.

“…when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount..”

What past teaching of the Apostles was Peter describing? It was the account of the transfiguration of Christ upon the mount.   Peter is assuring them of the truthfulness of this event.  He is assuring them that this great miracle was genuine and above question.

Now for the shocker….

 “…We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,…”

Peter now makes the statement that, although this great miracle of the transfiguration of Christ was genuine, we have an even more stedfast, reliable and firm proof from God concerning the person of Christ.  What was that “more sure” standard?  It is the “word of prophecy” (ie God’s Word).

Please understand what is being said.  The Word’s teachings on Christ were more reliable revelation about His person than the miracle of the Transfiguration.  Here, Peter has just placed the reliability of God’s Word above that of a known, proven, incomparable miracle performed by God Himself.

In my mind, if there was ever a life experience that could be relied upon, and used as a standard for truth about Christ’s person, it would be the divine miracle of the Transfiguration.  And yet, Peter clearly tells us that the truths found in God’s Word are “more sure”.

Folks, if there is ever a text that declares to us the need to use the standard of the Bible as the only standard for our judging our experiences of life, this is it.  It says what it says.  There is truly nothing that can be added to it.   And nothing can be taken away from it.

 

“…as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:…” 

The Word will shine in this sin-darkened world clearly revealing the true nature of the events taking place around us.  This role of the Word will continue on until Christ comes back, He takes us home to be with Him, gives us a much greater understanding of truth, and removes us from the presence of sin.

Therefore, when we go home to be with the Lord, there will no longer be a need for us to discern between good and evil because we will no longer be in evil’s presence.

 

“…Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.” 

Peter continues by teaching us that the Bible was given for all God’s people to use and understand.  It can be used by ANY OF HIS PEOPLE to discern good from evil, the things of God from the workings of Satan.  No one must rely upon the testimony of others to recognize truth from error.

Why is the Word so reliable and able to be understood by all believers?  It is because it was literally spoken by God and then penned by men through the intervention of the Holy Spirit.  The same God that spoke the Word, and the same Spirit that intervened in its writing, is the same One that indwells all believers and gives them an understanding of the truths of the Word.

But the truth of the Word does not stop there…

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.  I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.  (Psalms 119:98-100)

When we come to understand the supreme place of importance that the Word of God should have in each of our lives, we can come to understand the need to use the Word as the ultimate standard of discernment.

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies:

How is the Christian to gain wisdom for His life?  How is he to gain the victory over the enemies that will attempt to overcome him?   It is not through carefully examining the events that have taken place in his life… it is through coming to know, understand and apply the Word of God to his life.

 

for they [are] ever with me. 

It is this same Word, whose principles are written upon the tables of the Christian’s heart and mind, that forever become a part of his person.  With the Word in the Christian’s heart and the Holy Spirit applying God’s Word to his life, the Christian finds himself “thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.

 

I have more understanding than all my teachers:

The Christian, through a comprehensive understanding of God’s Word, finds they able to properly discern the proper response to any situation that may come his way.  The advice found in God’s Word transcends any counsel that he may receive from those who were active in his education and nurturing.

 

for thy testimonies [are] my meditation. 

By remembering and reflecting upon God’s Word throughout the day, the Christian will be in a constant state of readiness to face any obstacle that this fallen world may place before them.  Once again, there is nothing that can replace this role for God’s Word in our lives.

 

I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. 

With the Word of God being the ultimate source for knowledge and instruction, we can rest assured there is nothing the men of old know that we cannot come to understand as well.  What a blessing it is to know that, in the Word, we have the complete set of truths that God has desired for mankind to possess.

The principles of the above verse are echoed throughout the pages of the Scriptures.  The Christian is to look to the Word for the knowledge, understanding and wisdom that they need for any circumstance that they will have in life.    Nothing more is needed, nor is anything else recommended as the source of all spiritual discernment for the Christian.

So what about our life’s experiences?  What role do they play in our lives?

We have seen in our previous studies that if we rely upon our life experiences to give us discernment of the will of God we can be very easily misled and suffer spiritual defeat.   However, in 1 Samuel 17: we find the perfect example of the proper role of our life experiences…

David, as a shepherd boy, is preparing to face the giant Philistine, Goliath. Many of us are familiar with this story, but if you are not, please take a moment to acquaint yourself with this historical event by reading the entire chapter of 1 Samuel 17:.

For our study please notice, the use of a life experience by David to convince King Saul, and prepare David’s own heart for the coming battle…

Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered [it] out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught [him] by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.  David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:32-37)

David used a past life event to:

1. reinforce the principles of God’s Word.
For example, the principles of the Lord’s enabling of His servants,  the Lord’s accompanying of his servants, the Lord’s sovereignty and His grace, among many others are clearly displayed and reinforced in this event of David’s life.

2. find encouragement for service.
David, as he recalls all that his gracious Lord has done for Him , then finds inspiration and strength to fight the upcoming battle.  Many times, remembering previous God-given victories in life will encourage us to take further steps to obey the Lord.

3. persuade others of their need to obey God.
David uses these accounts to persuade Saul to trust the Lord in this situation, thus allowing David to face the giant Goliath.

Folks, please understand the basic principle that we find in this passage.  David’s life experiences only display and reinforce the truths that are presented in God’s Word.  There is NEVER a time when our experiences will lead us to truth from God that is not found in Word.

From time to time there are those who desire to proclaim “a new truth from God” that they claimed to have received from their life experience.  DO NOT LET THIS CLAIM LEAD US ASTRAY.  One of two things has actually taken place:

1.  Either it is actually an old truth found in His Word of which they are not aware

2.  or else, it is a principle that does not come from our Lord, but finds its origin in the darkness of the world.   In this case, it is a part of the Satanic plan to mislead us.

It is through comparison of their claim with God’s Word (as our ultimate standard) that will allow us to try the spirits and come to a genuine Godly discernment of their claim.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world….We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth  (the doctrines of the Word Of God), and the spirit of error (the false teachings of the powers of darkness).   (1 John 4:1-6)

So, the next time we think upon a life experience ask ourselves the question, what principle(s) from God Word can I see being placed on display in this event?

The Lord allows us to experience many life events for the purpose of reinforcing a principle of the Word that we will need in our future service for Him.  Let us all be aware of His workings in our lives and learn from our life experiences the principles we have been given in His Word.  His truths of old are recorded within the pages of His Word and brought to life everyday of our life.  May we all recognize these truths in our day to day walk with Him.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

So what is our conclusion in this entire matter?  ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS use the Word of God as our standard to judge each, and every, life experience.

It does not matter how “miraculous” the event may be, how sensible the revelation might seem, or how wonderful the results of an action might seem, if they do not align themselves with the revealed Word of God (the 66 books of the Bible) they are to be set aside, ignored, and marked as false and dangerous.

If our experiences lead us to a conclusion that differs from God’s Word, this proves that we have misinterpreted our life experience or we facing an attempt to be misled of Satan.   There are never any exceptions to these principles.

The only value of our life experiences lies in their ability to remind us and reinforce in our minds the truths of God’s Word.  Any life experience that would lead us away from the truth of the Word can be proven to be positively dangerous for the Christian and a tool that Satan has used to try to cause us to be shipwrecked in service to our Lord.

One of the greatest examples of this type of human experience is found in the historical event being described Exodus 7:8-13.  In this event the servants of God, Moses and Aaron perform a genuine miracle to help persuade the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go and to prove they possessed genuine, Godly authority, but in response the servants of Pharaoh, through Satanic empowerment, performs the exact same counterfeit miracle that was meant to deceive and mislead …

And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,  When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast [it] before Pharaoh, [and] it shall become a serpent.  And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.  Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: 

If our account ended with this event, there would be utter confusion and great harm would be done to the cause of Jehovah. This is because it would appear that Pharaoh, and his hosts, possessed as much power and authority as the servants of Almighty God.  It would cause confusion and conflict among the very nation of Israel itself.

But thanks to the Lord our account continues…

but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.  And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. 

Here, we see the Lord actively intervening to undo the workings of the Satanic servants of Pharaoh.  By Aaron’s rod swallowing up the rods of the Egyptian magicians, the Lord was making it plain that He was the Ultimate Authority over all.

Just as the Lord gave the Israelites a way in which they could discern the true nature of the servants of Pharaoh, He has done the same thing for us in today’s time.  He has given to us the completed word of God which we can use as the standard to judge our every life experience….

And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.   (Isaiah 8:19-20)

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth concerning this very important subject.

 

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“The Choice Has Been Made” (What the Supreme Court Decision on Homosexual Marriage Proves to Us All)


SIH STSTA ICONNote: For an in depth study of the Biblical teaching on same-sex marriage, please see my posting: http://wp.me/pU88A-nE

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On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States in a 5 to 4 ruling that, in effect, rules that states can no longer prohibit same sex marriages.   Over the past 50 years, we have seen our country ban school-sponsored Bible reading in schools; it has prohibited state-sponsored prayer in school; it has legalized the taking of unborn life; and now, it has mandated the allowance of gay marriage in all 50 states.

In this sequence of events, we can see our country’s gradual rejection of honoring, respecting and obeying our Lord Jehovah, replacing these with an exaltation and submission to the gods of this world (including man himself).

No longer are God’s desires what is important… they have been replaced with the desires and sinful lusts of man.

No longer is our Creator Jehovah looked upon as our Lord and King… now, mankind sees themselves as the one to whom we owe our allegiance.

No longer is what the Lord says that is important, now all that is important is that we all are politically correct, never condemning any action of others, but being accepting and aiding in the commission of sin.

Obviously, in the eyes of our society, it is more important that man be allowed to have his way than to be restricted by a Lord who only desires what is for our good and His glory.   Paul addressed this very issue in Romans 1:21-32.  In this text Paul addressed the gradual decline of the Gentile world as they rejected the witness of God they had received and turn instead to the ruler ship of another…

Romans 1:21-32

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

Sounds like our country, does it not?

Folks, our Lord has graced us with the truth of His Word and we have willfully turned from these principles.  We have chosen to follow the desires of the creature instead of the desires of our God.   According to the above passage of Scripture, we have now entered the last stages of this rebellion against the Lord.  What we saw take place with the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is the official, public declaration of our nation’s condition, just as rebellious gentiles of Paul’s day, who turned from God and then steadily lost the truths of His Word that they once possessed.  We have now, officially, publically, arrived at this place.

God has turned us over to our own lusts, taking His Word out from among us, which is now clearly seen by the immorality that is taking place around us.

At the founding of our nation we were given a choice by Jehovah, much like the choice given to the Israelites by Moses… the choice was to choose between good and evil which would be, in essence, a choice between the life and death of the nation.   If the Israelites chose the path of obedience to God, following the good, they would be insuring the future life and health of their nation, as it would be surrounded by the blessings of God.

If, however, they chose the path of evil, it would be laying a foundation of wickedness that would result in their eventual death as a nation….

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 KJV

“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;  I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Folks, we have made this choice, the path of evil has been now interwoven in our society.  Our Lord has been rejected by our government, our future now is headed on the path of continued departure from the Lord, wickedness on every hand, and eventual ruin.  I truly believe that now, it is simply a matter of time.

Is there no hope?  With each passing day our hope grows more dim.  Of course, the Lord could always graciously, mercifully intervene and work a true miracle of repentance and restoration in our nation.  At this point in time is there any indication He will do this?  Absolutely not.  He can, but based upon the last 50 years, I am hard pressed to say that He will work such a miracle; especially, for a people who have willfully turned away from Him, and continue to do so in our government, churches, and families with no sign of repentance in sight.

Why am I writing this posting?  To accomplish three basic ends.  I desire to remind us, as the people of God:

  1. We should not be surprised if we see things decline at a faster rate. It seems as if the more truth we turn from, the more quickly truth is taken from us.  We have seen in over the past 50 years and I have no reason to believe this will decelerate in anyway.  I believe it is very possible that a greater persecution of God’s people (those who attempt to continue to stand in the truths of God) is on its way.
  1. We should recognize that we are living in the last days and that the Lord’s coming is close at hand, closer than it has ever been before. There is a great need for us to seek to meet the spiritual needs of those around us because our time of service may be drawing to a close.
  1. We should seek the riches of the Lord that is found in His Word and His promises, prayer, and service to Him . We should be constantly guarding our hearts to make sure that our affections are not turned from our Lord and His Word.  May we never allow this attitude we see in our nation rub off on us.

Folks, it is just as Paul says, “we are dead and our life is hid with Christ”.   If our nation continues on this path of decline, let’s not be discouraged our Lord is still on the throne, we are hid in Him, and soon, we will be home with Him!!!

Colossians 3:1-4 KJV

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection 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 our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

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Gay Marriage Victory? Hey! I’m not on this boat!


Hey! Who pulled the rug from under my feet? I’m not on this boat and I won’t agree and neither will the God who this country claims to be under.

This is not okay! Where is the voice of righteousness? Where is the voice of wisdom?

Who says I have to be politically correct?  I want my liberty!  I want my generations to be raised under God and not the lust of this nation. Why do teenagers who have sex with the same sex get their own room in the library – the “safe zone”? Thanks  ACLU for your gay sex posters all over my  public libraries that we pay for. I want my posters up – God made marriage for a man and a woman.

No, this is not hate speech, I signed up for a country under God, of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I’m not happy right now.  There is no life where the flesh rules, there is only death, there is no liberty except in Christ and the ways of the Lord God.  America, you have robbed me of my liberty to raise my children in righteousness, America you have crushed our foundation and what we stand for, America you are no longer the land of the free and brave but a land of moral decay , weakness and lust.

JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT SOMETHING DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD HAVE IT.

JUST BECAUSE YOU BURN FOR LUST FOR SOMETHING DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD ACT ON IT.

   Where is righteousness? Can justice be found? Holiness is in a grave long forgotten and the name of our God is no more than a curse word. 

We are a country filled with wicked lust of every kind,  no one stops to say

Is this the right way?

Which path should I take?

Everyone follows after their own wants, lusts and desires. We have become proud and arrogant in all our riches and plenty.  Destruction is sure to come. Enjoy today- go ahead, follow your lustful desires and your perverted ways. There is no longer any right or wrong. My right is your wrong and your right is my wrong and it’s all a confusing mess of accusations and confusion.

God is always in control. He runs the nations and He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Perhaps, He will raise the voices of the righteous because with Him, all things are possible.  I don’t get it – This act is against Jewish law, Christian Law and Muslim law – who is making these decisions if it’s not one of these 3 groups that covers at least 85% or more of America?

What liberty was denied to them? None!  They had more liberty than any straight person plus extra benefits. They had equal rights all the way around. I can’t believe people think this is beautiful.

If your gay, fine – but stop shoving it my face, It’s as if you continually need someone to tell you what you are doing is okay. Stop promoting it on television, in children’s books, children’s tv shows, God warns us :

 if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. Mathew 18

No one looks for wisdom or values understanding,  every one has fallen to complete foolishness. As the scripture says

  “they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.  Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. … So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.  That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.  And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

And what’s up with the newly emerging race hatred?  I see an uprising in race hate and it’s completely demonic. If you have something against another race, you need to ask God to cast it out- I’ve never seen so much racial tension.  How can we be equal if we are separate?  It’s time to come together and stop looking at color! I can’t stand it. And while you’re at it, tell your kids that if they run from the police, expect to get shot in the arse- that’s what I told mine.I’m not saying discrimination doesn’t exist, but let living in love start with you.

Oh that Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr were here today, would anyone listen?  He said

  • “Darkness can not drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” 
  •  “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing  justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social justice.”
  • “ The church must be reminded that it is not the master of the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never it’s tool”

I wish this wisdom could be found today. The Lord told me this 2 years ago:

You don’t realize that I am watching you. I am watching all of you. Your sinful deeds are all around you, and I, the Lord, see them all. You entertain each other with wickedness and lies and many of you are aflame with lust. Yet, as I watch and listen, not one of you cries out to me. You continue to mingle with godless foreigners and you made yourself as worthless as a half baked cake. Are you for me or do you long for the things of this world? Have they filled your heart so much that you no longer desire me? Haven’t you read the warnings? My people have become lukewarm.
Do you cowardly cringe when you say the name of my Son Jesus? If you deny Him, He will surely deny you before ME. What sorrow awaits those who desert ME. For I sent My only Beloved Son FOR YOU, Yet you consider it as nothing. My fury is about to be poured out like boiling water from an overturned pot. How much longer shall I call out to you?
My heart weeps for you. If you would only open your eyes and see how much I LOVE YOU. You seek me, but you don’t find me. You have looked everywhere but you your sins have weighed you down, you carry them around as ropes tied to you. When will you confess?- for I am an all forgiving God- and Savior. But you don’t admit your wrongs. Have you not heard that there is no sacrifice that will cover your deliberate continual sinning? You don’t cry out to me with sincere hearts.

Is there an island of righteousness anywhere?  Is there any freedom? any liberty? any justice? any righteousness? any wisdom? any understanding? I hope you  will earnestly and soberly consider your salvation. If Christ came back tomorrow would you be with us?  I’m not just talking about homosexuality or hate, it’s the sin that entangles you –  may you escape the ropes of sin that drag you away. Tremble, for the day of the Lord is nearer today than it was when you first started reading this.

I’m guessing Christians and Churches are going to be forced to accept this union under the cross of Christ.  Give me liberty or give me death! It’s better to die in Christ and so what if we have to go to prison for Christ, Paul did and his words and His testimony of Christ brought salvation to many and still speak today.

I don’t believe the statistics that 3.3 million people agree with this. What a lie.

I see WordPress is happy about this decision, as I type, I see a new glorious rainbow border – it should remind me of God’s great promise, but today it marks a signal of a day of future destruction. I wonder if they will give me the same freedom they were given.In all this, I bring it God. He will give me justice, this is yea and amen in Christ. I eagerly await His return, yet trembling as I do.  I almost cringe as I press publish, I can imagine the number of haters and heterophobics who will want to comment hate speech against us God fearing Americans. I suggest you just glory in your win, may God help us.

  • Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
  • Romans 1:26-28 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
  • Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
  • Jude 1:7 Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
  • Leviticus 20:13-15 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death;
  • Ephesians 5:1-21  But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. …
  • Galatians 5:16-21 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, …
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; …
  • 1 John 2:9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

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