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Here is my devotion for this Saturday before Easter. 
1 Sam 17:47 “and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with the sword and spear. For the battle is the Lords, and he will give you into our hands.”
When the voice of sin, and the shout of the darkness around us has the people of God hiding and retreating and all seems lost. We need to remember that it was the greater Son of David that has gone out before us and won our victory. He defeated them all sin, death, and hell when he slung the stone out of His way and walked out of the tomb. So do not cower when the enemy, and sinful world taunt and boast. Laugh at them and declare…Jesus said it is finished! 

Because it IS!
I will go out and declare the battle is won by walking in the finished work of Jesus Chirst!

Father…no Daddy,

I love you. I praise you for all and what you’ve done in me and for me. You amaze me, You blow me away. Your love can not be measured it can only be experienced
Amen

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The opposite

   I recently preached a message on Daniel 2 and during my preperation I was reminded in Ironsides commentary that the image shown to Nebuchadnezzar was top heavy and  standing upon an unstable foundation since iron and clay do not mix. Yet I felt that there was something else there.

While meditating upon this section of Daniel (and sitting in the woods in 25 degrees) I had one of those moments where I thought man this has to be the Holy Spirit because I’m not this smart! 

Today in a culture that is embracing secular humanism at a far greater rate than ever before we are constantly bombarded through education, Media, and the Internet in subtle and non subtle ways that humankind is progressing and getting better all the time.

In fact recently one of the democrats running for president stated a traditional humanist belief that “deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases need to be changed.” ( If you don’t believe me Google it). A statement like that is born out of a deeply held humanistic belief that man is getting better and all we need to do is get rid of the archaic ways of thinking brought about by ancient and out dated religious views.

However the image in Daniel 2 that God gave to Nebuchadnezzar reveals God’s view of “Humankinds progress”. Consider it’s make up head of gold (Babylon) chest of silver (Medo-Persia), waist of bronze (Greece), legs of iron (Rome), Feet of Iron and clay (the last empire or the one world government of the antichrist) the elements that make up the image degrade from head to foot. 

Here’s what I realized…If man is progressing to a greater future where there will be no more war, prejudice, or poverty as we are being told then why does God reveal to a pagan king the opposite to be true?

If what the world says is true then the image should go from an iron and clay head to gold feet!

It doesn’t which can only mean that the closer we get to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ the worse humankind and it’s governments will be. This image is God’s message against the claims of secular humanism and all others who claim that mankind can improve themselves by their own efforts.

The fact is it shows us that what will happen is that this way of thinking, and all that man has built will one day be destroyed until nothing remains except the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

It’s time to wake up Christian and forsake all of the humanistic and worldly philosophies and embrace the Lord of all who has and will come!

What I long for

There is deep desire and longing I have. Something I want to see fulfilled in the church that God eventually allows me to pastor.

I long to see people coming to Christ and miraculously delivered from addiction, and all the bondage of sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where we have to empty and fill the baptistery twice a week to keep the water from getting cloudy, and whereeople are receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and set on fire for witnessing to those around them.

This is my longing.

Write it down

I’ve decided to post my devotion for today because I believe this is something we should be doing as Christians everyday. I don’t go to see old Oswald or visit any stream in the desert, because I believe only the Bible is the Inspired word of God. I don’t see anything wrong with the daily devotional stuff at all, I just prefer to get fresh bread from the hand of the Holy Spirit. So I use the Bible and journal what speaks to me. So having said that here is my devotion for today the 27th of November 2013.

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Rev. 1:19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”

What is more important to remember a business meeting, or meeting with God? Obviously it’s the latter. This is why you journal. God speaks to you and you write it down just like John. You write it down so you will have it for today, and what will come tomorrow.

That’s what I wrote in my journal today in order to remember the importance of writing down what I’m hearing from God! Because His voice is the most important voice we can hear! So write it down!

God is not a Republican!

I’ve been shocked at myself over the last few years. See I am a very conservative person who has voted republican since 1986. Recently however God has been dealing with me over this. See my tendency is to believe there is salvation for my nation in the republican party. Oh sure if you ask me I would tell you that the only hope for America is Jesus, but then I would expound the virtues found in the republican party as the path we need to take.

Here is what I’m coming to realize God is not a republican, but neither is he a Democrat. So I have abandoned both parties in favor of the Gospel. Real hope and change isn’t found in the face of Obama, Mitch McConnell or any other elected official. It’s found in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in Him only.

I have come to believe that the biggest mistake the church has made in the 20th century was the moral majority movement. I say this because during this period the body of Christ in America quit relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to effect change, and instead relied upon the arm of flesh found in men and women who used us for political power.

As hard as it maybe to hear we need to realize that we forgot the power of God through His proclaimed word, and embraced a political ideology that replaced the call of daring faith for financial security and peace. So we aligned ourselves with men and women who give lip service to our beliefs while accepting bribes, kickbacks, and political favors.

We need to abandon our faith in these men and women and reestablish it in the gospel of Jesus Christ as the source of true security! As long as we are in Christ we are secure regardless of how the world treats us. I’m not saying don’t vote, rather I’m saying seek God first before voting. Keep politics in perspective and remember that we can bring about real change only if God is working with us as we spread the gospel of His son Jesus Christ!

Mark 16:20 They went out and proclaimed everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through the accompanying signs

I am still a conservative both socially and economically, only now I’ve decided that spreading my faith is more important than my political views. Because you know what? Socialists go to heaven if they believe in Jesus as Lord and savior!  Because socialism is an economic philosophy that has nothing to do with saving faith!

Out if what?!

I was recently at a certain fried chicken establishment named after a state that starts with a K. Here is a hint…It isn’t Kansas and they still have Colonels.

Anyway, I pulled up to order dinner for my family at 5:30 PM, placed my order and then was informed by the voice emanating from the sign that they were currently out of chicken.

Of course me being me responded with “seriously?” realizing that the little girl who owned the voice probably wasn’t responsible I said “Mam…I thought I was at #FC isn’t chicken what you do?  I mean it’s in your name.” ” I think I’ll go get some pizza”

This little incident got me thinking though. How many church’s put in their name or mission statement things that they are out of?

For that matter as individual Christians are we out of Love, Joy, Peace?

What about forgiveness are we out of this as well? I see church’s splitting, and Christians never trying to reconcile with those they are at odds with. Grieving God to His core.

Do we not realize that the reason God hates strife among His people is because His nature is perfect unity? God is a trinity God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit one God in three persons all in perfect harmony and unity.

So when we act in disunity we are ultimately rejecting God and His nature, and the love of God is not in us. 1 John 4:20 “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

When we love one another we tell the world that we love God and follow Jesus. John 13:35″Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” The sad thing is though anymore it seems we are out of chicken in the church. We need to repent and seek out forgiveness from both God and our fellow man. Then we’ll have what we need to reach America with the gospel!

Now it’s done

Not guilty. That was the verdict like it or not. The problem we face as a nation is what to do with the men and women who wrongly claimed this was about race; from the New York Times who claimed Zimmerman was a “White Hispanic” to Al Sharpton, and even President Obama.

What do I believe? What’s my opinion? What I think is we have way to much anger, resentment, and hatred on all sides of the race issue! However, the one bright spot in this for me is the reaction of Travon Martons parents who spoke out against violence, hatred, and the stupidity that has surrounded this case.

My heart and prayers go out to these two people. I pray that God will give them the grace to eventually get to the place of forgiveness. Because they have been the shinning example of how those in authority should have behaved. The rest should be ashamed of themselves for seeking political advantage, and name recognition off of the back of a dead 17 year old boy.

May God have mercy and grace upon the parents of Travon Martin, and provide healing for their broken hearts.