God is NOT dead…

 

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

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Psalm 10

 

 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

 The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

 

The wicked then and now remain and are the same. The deeds are the same. The oppression and poverty remain.

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

Therefore the prayer remains and is just as effective.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

There is no God is heard throughout the land accompanied by a push to remove all evidence in our language of His existence.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

The remnant of his people who believe remains. This said, let us pray with the psalmist and we will see the same results. God is NOT dead and he has not changed; nor is he hidden.

Believers, do we believe what we pray?  Our weapons are not weapons made by human hands.  Our weapons are weapons of the spirit and we are able to defend those who face the persecution perpetrated by the evil one.  We stand in the gap and fight for them with our prayers.  Raise the swords of prayer in their defense.  Pray and when we pray, believe!

Pray:   Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

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Believe? Really?

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

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Ezra 8:21-23

  Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.   For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”  So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

There comes a point where one must face the reality of what they say and believe.  The statement, “Do you really believe that what you believe is really true?”

“The hand of our God is good for all who seek him , and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”

Do we truly believe?  If so we should have no fear, no anxiety over our future, no stress or concern over what others do… The statement was followed by action.

“So we fasted and (prayed) implored our God for this…”

How long since we have fasted and prayed?  How longs since we have sought God’s face?

They did not ask for, seek the protection of men.

 “…a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy…” 

They sought God’s protection.  Do we look to our government to protect us?  Physically?  Financially?  Emotionally?  Looking for happiness and security?  Do we truly believe our help in is the Lord?  When we do, it will show in our actions and our conversation.  It will show in our thoughts and our attitudes.

“… our God is for good on all who seek him,…”

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What are we doing!?

Hosea 1

The word of the LORD that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea:

​​“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry

​​And children of harlotry,

​​For the land has committed great harlotry

​​By departing from the LORD.”

So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. Then the LORD said to him:

​​“Call his name Jezreel,

​​For in a little while

​​I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,

​​And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.

​​It shall come to pass in that day

​​That I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”

 And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:

​​“Call her name Lo-Ruhamah,

​​For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel,

​​But I will utterly take them away.

​​Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah,

​​Will save them by the LORD their God,

​​And will not save them by bow,

​​Nor by sword or battle,

​​By horses or horsemen.”

 Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. Then God said:

​​“Call his name Lo-Ammi,

​​For you are not My people,

​​And I will not be your God.

​​“Yet the number of the children of Israel

​​Shall be as the sand of the sea,

​​Which cannot be measured or numbered.

​​And it shall come to pass

​​In the place where it was said to them,

​‘​You are not My people,’

​​There it shall be said to them,

​‘​You are sons of the living God.’

Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel

​​Shall be gathered together,

​​And appoint for themselves one head;

​​And they shall come up out of the land,

​​For great will be the day of Jezreel!

Say to your brethren, ‘My people,’

​​And to your sisters, ‘Mercy  is shown.’

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Moving from Daniel to Hosea we see references to a nation who was called by God, chosen by Him, who did not remain faithful but turned away from Him to follow their own desires, thoughts and ambitions.  Unity in Him is gone and evil practices have crept in.  Can we see the correlation with our own nation?  A nation that once was known as ‘Christian’ meaning that we followed a path and direction that honored God in principle but now though continuing to be called ‘Christian’ has left honoring God to follow our own desires, thoughts and ambitions and no longer giving credit to a Creator but touting our own accomplishments as if they were our doing alone?  Division has occurred and unity as a nation is disappearing.  This is so similar to what is occurring in the account of Hosea.  Does God turn away?  He states His people will feel His wrath.  Is our nation treading in the same direction?  There are reasons to consider that we are experiencing His wrath, however, there is a remnant of true believers who do honor God not only in name but also in action.  They carry a promise of blessings for that practice.  May we continue to pray for a wayward nation, pray for its leadership, pray for mercy then share with others the hope we bear.  We have  a promise of new life that begins at the cross, is confirmed by the empty tomb, and bears fruit as it is shared with others.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

 

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Children…things we throw away?

Wish to share this.  It is sad that it is still happening, and this is still a cry for change.  Pray for our children.
Written by Melody Green, the article that opened her eyes fully to the truth about abortion. Distributed in the millions worldwide, printed in many languages and been responsible for saving the lives of countless babies!

By Melody Green

“Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the

fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  Micah 6:7

Abortion has become the most common surgical procedure in America.* Over 99% of
all U.S. abortions have nothing to do with the life or health of the woman—they
are done simply because of her desire for convenience, absence of distress, and
her so-called happiness.  There’s more:

Last Days Ministries : AAA Pro Life.

If my people…

Ezekiel 36:24-38

24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. 29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”

33 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. 35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.”

37 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. 38 Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”

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Three questions come to mind.  One, what do we know about God from this?  Two, What does this hold for us today and three, can we substitute the name of our country for ‘house of Israel’?  We know that He cares.  This passage tells us He gathers, cleans, gives and provides.

“… gather you out of all countries, … I will cleanse you from all your filthiness…I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh….I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them…I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields,”

All of this He has done for Israel.  They have been gathered from among the nations of the world, received back the land of their inheritance and the desert has bloomed.  His word is yea and amen.

With the coming of Jesus we see that He still cares in this fashion.  Accepting the sacrifice of Jesus, going to the cross and rising from the dead, will cleanse us from our filthiness, will take our heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh, will put His Spirit within us.  Jesus tells us of how we are taken care of in Matthew, provided for with clothing and food and water.

As this passage is read there is a parallel between what was done to Israel, what they had become and how they were to be delivered and what we see today in our country.

“…  I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them:..” 

Could it also read in our prayers; I will also let the United States inquire of Me to do this for them:?  We have the same sins, we are guilty of the same shame;

“… you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations….” 

For this to happen we must become aware of the evil ways and deeds that were not good.  We must recognize our errors and repent and turn from our evil ways, pray and he will forgive, he will heal our land.

2Chronicles  7:14   If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

If my people…

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Continue in prayer…

Luke 6:12-16

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.  And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:  Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew,  and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

 Jesus prayed.  He spent time in prayer.  In this passage it says all night.  Then he did the calling of the twelve to be apostles.  He set a pattern, a model for us.  Before making or carrying out a plan, spend time in prayer.  Specifically praying to God.

…he continued in prayer to God… Not a short, “Hi, how are you, will you…. Thank you, good- bye.”  Continued in prayer indicates spending time there.  How much time do we give to God?  How much time do we want Him to give to us?  Now, how much time will you spend in prayer?  We want Him more than a howdy do.  Humility recognizes who He is in relation to who we are.  If we go before an official, we can expect to spend time pleading our case, explaining our position, defining our proposal… Hmmm, are we not going before a much greater power?  How much time do we give Him?

 Then carry out the details of the task.  When praying, where is your focus?  If we want God involved in our affairs we will involve ourselves in Him.  We were created to commune with Him.  We want His touch, His blessings on what we attempt.  We gain that when we look to Him, not ourselves, when we spend time with Him, when our focus is directed to Him.  How do we get to know someone?  We spend time with them.

 When we pray, do we ask for His direction?  Do we ask for His blessings upon what we do?  Is this selfish?  Whose work do we do?  His.  Who gets the glory? He does.  Who is obedient? We are.  We stand in need of His blessings because we do not do our work, but His.  We are the obedient disciples.  We do His bidding, get our strength from Him.  Pray therefore, pray much, pray for Him to guide us.  We are told specifically to pray and when we do, we are told what He will do.  If we pray, He will hear.  If we turn from our ways, which are evil, He will heal.  2 Chronicles 7:14  – if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 We humble ourselves recognizing who gives direction and who gives strength.  We pray to bring about right focus.  We receive and then turn from our ways which are evil, to His ways which are good.  Now He is involved; He says He will hear us, will forgive us, will heal our land.  Now it is His work, we are His laborers.  We are obedient…

 

Humility comes first…

Luke 3:21-38

 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, …David…Noah…Seth…Adam, son of God.

 Jesus modeled humility.  He was baptized by John, prayed, the  Holy Spirit came upon him, he was spoken of by God as His Son.  We are given a picture of the spiritual, God-oriented nature of Jesus.  This is followed by a lineage tracing his human orientation back through Joseph to Adam and again called the son of God.  In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we are to humble ourselves and pray – Jesus models it here.  His ministry began at this point with his anointing by the Holy Spirit and confirmation given by God.

 We can do likewise, humble ourselves, put self aside; pray, seek God’s face and will; receive, His forgiveness and anointing of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.  Then we too can begin our part in His work, our part in the work of the kingdom, our part in sharing the gospel.  We can do our part in the healing of the land by modeling – living the life he commands and lived before us.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.