Praying for the Mid-east conflicts

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 1 How  blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand in the way of those who practice evil, don’t sit where scoffers sit!  Instead, their delight is in Adonai’s commands.  They meditate day and night on His word, not the word of humanity.  They are like trees that are planted by streams— they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, and everything they do succeeds. This is our promise and we ask it for the believers in the Mid- east at this time. Not so the wicked, who are like chaff that is driven by the wind.  For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment, nor will those who practice evil stand at the gathering of the righteous.  For Adonai watches over the way of the righteous,  whose righteousness is in Christ Jesus, but the way of the one who practices evil is doomed. And do by your Word, Lord, we stand against the actions of the practicers of evil in the Mid-east today.  We call on your Spirit to do Your Will in that place; releasing the captives, protecting the innocent and avenging the oppressed.

the pain of the innocent

the pain of the innocent

Matthew 4:4,7,10,17 and 20 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.”  “Do not put Adonai your God to the test.” “Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him.”  “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of God is near!” “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 5:3,4 “How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.   Words to meditate upon.  Words to keep when rising up, going down, at home, in the way, on the hand, on the forehead, on the doorway…immersed completely in his word.  These words can be applied to the events all around us that are contrary to God’s word in prayer and His power will be released as we continue to pray.  As Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses and the battle was to the people of God so let us raise the plight of believers and the innocent before the throne. The battle is not only physical, but also spiritual.  Let us not be weary to pray and the victory will be the Lord’s.   If you’ve been to the cross… See you at the throne…

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Calling evil good?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 5:17-25

 Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture, and nomads shall eat among the ruins of the rich.

  Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes,

  who say: “Let him be quick,

let him speed his work

that we may see it;

let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near,

and let it come, that we may know it!”

 

[is this sarcasm?  Cords of lies?]

 

Woe to those who call evil good

and good evil,

who put darkness for light

and light for darkness,

 who put bitter for sweet

 and sweet for bitter!

  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

and shrewd in their own sight!

 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,

and valiant men in mixing strong drink,

who acquit the guilty for a bribe,

and deprive the innocent of his right!

 

[shadows of abortion?]

 

Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,

and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,

 so their root will be as rottenness,

and their blossom go up like dust;

for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,

 and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people,

and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them,

and the mountains quaked;

and their corpses were as refuse

in the midst of the streets.

For all this his anger has not turned away,

 and his hand is stretched out still.

Burned in the fire of God’s anger rather than healed by His love.  We have picture after picture of his wrath.  They match pictures we see today in our news.  The wickedness in our land is described as clearly here for  us as it was then for Israel.

They have rejected…bears consequences…

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HOW TO HATE

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August 8, 2013 — Dale Hill

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

01-Anthony-good evilI’m sure that many would assume that we need no instruction on how to hate. It seems that hate is all around us. People hate the government. People hate politics. People hate religion. People hate each other. People hate getting cut off in traffic. People hate to wait. People hate the way they look. People hate not having any money.Hate seems to come easy. It seems to be the way of life in this hour.

I purposely chose a provocative title in hopes that would encourage you to read this article. Proverbs 8:13 reads: All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.” From this proverb is born the thought that a good Christian will tell all who will listen everything that s/he hates. Most of those who are of this persuasion say they are only pointing out what God hates. The result of this? The world thinks that Christianity is a “hate” religion. And so we have unbelievers constantly challenging our faith with such slings as “don’t judge,” or “God is love.” Many well-intentioned believers have bought into the notion of “hate the sin, but love the sinner.” They even use those words when confronted by an unbeliever for their apparent “hate speech.” A good rebuttal used by unbelievers might be “I love the believer, I just hate your beliefs.” We inadvertently give them the ammunition they need to continue in their disbelief. I guess a modern paraphrase of Jesus’ words would be, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you broadcast what I am against.” (John 13:35) Consider, if you will, the psychology of hating the sin and loving the sinner. Is it even possible to do so? Of course, the quick, glib answer without thought is, “Yes, it is possible to love the sinner while hating the sin.” How do you feel when someone attacks something you’ve said or done? Something inside you rises up and wants to defend. Right? Why? Is it not because you feel as if they have attacked you personally? Until we each get to the place where we are not identified by what we do or what we believe, we will always react against any perceived attack. Criticism is an attack. Criticism is also counterproductive. It very seldom produces the desired result of bringing about change in the one being criticized. Since criticism is perceived to be an attack, it becomes necessary to defend oneself against the attack. Defense is a strengthening of position. Therefore, when one is criticized, they strengthen their position for whatever it is they are being criticized for. Example– When I was first beginning to teach the Bible, I was still smoking. I felt that I should quit, because I recognized that smoking was an addiction over which I had no control. People would come to me at different times with different ways of telling me that I really should give up the habit. When they did, I would always give an answer as to why I was still smoking. Those answers were inadvertently strengthening my position as a smoker. If you will recall our study on THE ISSUE OF LIFE–pt. 2, you will  recognize the principle at work. I was putting thoughts into my mind that HAD to be worked out in the natural. Modern brain research has shown that the body/actions will line up with whatever the mind believes. My mind was being fed all the reasons why my body should smoke cigarettes. Therefore, I continued to be a smoker. The exact same principle is at work whenever we criticize anyone for anything. They are forced to defend their position to us, thereby strengthening whatever it is that we think they should not be doing. What a waste of time and effort. You say, “We are supposed to warn the wicked of their evil ways.” Really? Where do we get such a notion? The only place that occurs is in Ezekiel, chapters 3 and 33; and both of those passages are predicated upon first being told by the Lord to do so. So, if that is your calling in life, then go for it. (Just make sure that your life lines up with at least the same quality as Ezekiel’s.) Could it be that the passage under consideration–Pro 8:13–is not speaking of hatred toward those who practice evil? (For the sake of argument, say, “Yes.”) Well, then, to what does the proverb speak? Good question. Is it not possible that we are are here warned to hate the evil in our own life? Could it be that when David wrote in the Psalms that he hated “every false way” that he was more concerned about his own heart? (Psalm 119:128) Could it be that Jesus knew what He was talking about when He said, “First take the beam out of your own eye?”  (Matt. 7:5) Could it be that Paul knew what he was talking about when he said the “name of God is dishonored among the (unbelievers) because of our actions? (Rom. 17:24) Would we not be more effective in our life and in our witness if we were to develop a holy passionate HATE for anything in our life that is not pleasing to the Lord, or that keeps us from experiencing the absolute fullness of joy of His presence? Hate your own sin, and let the Spirit of God do His work in convicting the unbeliever. (John 16:8)

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Deliver us from evil…

Ezekiel 30:1-12

1 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“Wail, ‘Woe to the day!’

3 ​​For the day is near,

​​Even the day of the LORD is near;

​​It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.

4 ​​The sword shall come upon Egypt,

​​And great anguish shall be in Ethiopia,

​​When the slain fall in Egypt,

​​And they take away her wealth,

​​And her foundations are broken down.

5 “Ethiopia, Libya, [fn1] Lydia, [fn2] all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword.”

6 ‘Thus says the LORD:

​​“Those who uphold Egypt shall fall,

​​And the pride of her power shall come down.

​​From Migdol to Syene

​​Those within her shall fall by the sword,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.

7 ​​“They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries,

​​And her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.

8 ​​Then they will know that I am the LORD,

​​When I have set a fire in Egypt

​​And all her helpers are destroyed.

9 ​​On that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships

​​To make the careless Ethiopians afraid,

​​And great anguish shall come upon them,

​​As on the day of Egypt;

​​For indeed it is coming!”

10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“I will also make a multitude of Egypt to cease

​​By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

11 ​​He and his people with him, the most terrible of the nations,

​​Shall be brought to destroy the land;

​​They shall draw their swords against Egypt,

​​And fill the land with the slain.

12 ​​I will make the rivers dry,

​​And sell the land into the hand of the wicked;

​​I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,

​​By the hand of aliens.

​​I, the LORD, have spoken.”

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A king is used , with his army, to destroy a proud nation.  The forces of nature are brought into the mix and used to exact judgment and lay waste a land that is denying God.

“…I will make the rivers dry,

​​And sell the land into the hand of the wicked;

​​I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,

​​By the hand of aliens….”

God, the master of all, will not tolerate evil in his land.  He gives warning, he is longsuffering, he provides mercy, but he is just.  His word is yes and amen.  We are becoming as this nation; becoming prideful, full of ourselves and confident in our own strength and abilities; becoming  lax in living a righteous life because of his longsuffering, thinking he is not concerned with whether we are living right or not; becoming  involved in denying his existence and His part in our growth and development, and so, we too, will suffer the penalty of sin.  Judgment will fall here.  Let us not give up the work of God and continue to combat the evil in our land.  We can be a force, one-at-a-time, a voice for Him, strong in His power.  As we  pray

…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for  yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, amen.

let us determine individually to be a light in a dark world.  Let us live daily as a people who truly love Him and worship Him.  Let us be sure to give Him all the credit and worship.  And in so doing those who cross our paths will see the difference, will take note and may desire the light instead of the darkness.

Consequences…

Romans 1:26-32

 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;  being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

The consequences of rejecting the righteous God are listed.  These are not the death penalty; but they bring the death penalty.  When we remove the existence of God from our time and space we open up the door to a plethora of evil practices and inventions.  Looking at the actions listed by Paul we see a progression from gossip to murder, both of which accomplish the same;death. Specifically, the death of physical life and the death of another’s reputation in society which are evidence of the harm brought to others rather than good.  We are presented with a clearly defined picture of our own day and time.  There is plenty of evidence even within our personal lives to validate the existence of this evil.

Evil is the counterfeit of the real.  At first glance it doesn’t seem harmful, but it grows until it is bringing harm not only to the victims but also to the perpetrators.  Removing God from our world leaves us bankrupt of joy and peace.  God is still there with or without our acknowledgment.  So what is our take away from what appears to be a very depressing passage?  Is it to determine to avoid contamination?  God cannot look on sin; should we?  How do we protect our young and encourage righteous living?  At what point will we be required to leave as Lot was commanded, and where will we go to?  Faith in God is trust in Him.  This passage provides us with knowledge but not fear.  There is a shelter and fortress in our God.  We are promised his protection.  We can provide the young with a firm knowledge of His existence and protection.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;

My God, in Him I will trust.” – Psalm 91

And find the knowledge of God.

For the LORD gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
Discretion will preserve you;

Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil,

From the man who speaks perverse things,
From those who leave the paths of uprightness

To walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice in doing evil,

And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
(…)
keep to the paths of righteousness.
For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,

And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it. – Proverbs 2
Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Evil cannot throw off evil…

Mark 3:20-30

Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.  When his family heard this,  they went to take charge of him, for they said he is out of his mind.

And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub!  By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” 

So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables:  “How can Satan drive out Satan?  If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.  In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man.  The he can rob his house.  I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.  But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

 He spoke this because they were saying “he has an evil spirit.”

 Something is happening that is different from the norm.  It is so unusual it draws crowds.  The need is great; the desire to be well greater. The evil that has oppressed is being driven out.  When it cannot be explained by mankind’s terms, the theories begin…

 Jesus is clear; evil cannot throw off evil.  And to call that which is good, evil places one in a dangerous spiritual condition.  We would be wise to take note and learn not to be hasty in our judgments.  Christ lets us know who he is.  With that knowledge, we also throw off evil that comes against us and stand with Him against the accusers.  

This is what separates the believer from the unbeliever:  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing  spiritual truths in spiritual words.  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.