An Abomination

An Abomination

Fifty years ago, to a God-fearing people, it was unthinkable. Fifty years ago, to a God-fearing people, it was unimaginable. Fifty years ago, a God-fearing nation full of God-fearing people never could have conceived, in their worst or wildest nightmares, that they would ever, in their entire lifetimes, have to face the reality of such a ghastly, horrific, ungodly, and satanic occurrence. It no more occurred to a God-fearing people then, than it occurred to God Himself what an awful and horrible abomination His Old Testament people would commit in the fiery massacre and sacrifice of their own God given offspring (Jeremiah 32:35; Psalm 127:3-5).

Minds and behaviors far from God.  They have become an abomination.

Minds and behaviors far from God. They glorify not but have become an abomination.

And yet, today, a somewhat similar satanic abomination has become an almost constant and commonplace occurrence. And so much so, that now schools scheme for it; colleges collaborate over it; and police forces and S.W.A.T. teams must routinely plan, practice, and prepare for it. After all, how often since Columbine have we switched on the news and seen it? Yet another cowardly and deranged, suicidal teen or twenty-something, with absolutely no regard, respect, or reverence for almighty God or God-given human life, goes to a school somewhere and starts mowing down defenseless students… But in the name of all-consuming common-sense, legitimate life-learned logic, and especially divinely-inspired and God-given Scripture, WHAT ELSE SHOULD ANYONE, WITH ANY WHISPER OF WISDOM WHATSOEVER, REALLY AND TRULY EXPECT TO HAPPEN?

Scripture says: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7-8). Over the course of the last fifty years, masses of confused and misled Americans have constantly and continually sought to run God and any semblance of respect or reverence for the sanctity of godly standards, godly morals, godly discipline, or God-given human life out of our society, starting in our schools and court systems. When you deny the fact that God created us in His image; deny school students the right to pray openly and publically; legalize the outright murder of millions and millions of unborn baby human beings; illegalize any attempt whatsoever to introduce or reinforce godly morals, standards, or discipline at a young age; and then, instead, replace such good, pure, holy, righteous and lovely, life-giving and respecting restraints and lifestyles with such deviant, satanic, and suicidal moral, physical, and sexual license – WHAT ELSE COULD YOU POSSIBLY, REALISTICALLY EXPECT, AS THE ONLY POSSIBLE OUTCOME?

Just like the arrogant, ignorant, self-deluded and power-hungry rulers of old (Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians 2:6-8), those today who thus seek to minimize, marginalize, neutralize, and/or outright deny the very existence of almighty God and what His eternal, inerrant, and all-authoritative word perpetually prophecies and promises, actually and in all reality, wind up completely fulfilling, validating, and verifying it – and to the very letter at that! Not only do we see this powerfully, perfectly, and perpetually proven in places like Galatians 6:7-8 as noted above, relative to recent church, school, concert, and military installation shootings on American soil, we also see it when we turn to places like James as well: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18).

The root of the problem today, and what needs to be desperately and immediately corrected – ungodly liberal bias and ignorance notwithstanding of course – is not that we have too many guns in our hands and homes, but that we have too little of God in our hearts and minds! The root of the problem is, that those who seek to deny the very existence of their all powerful and eternal Creator simply because they do not want to humble themselves before, and submit to and obey Him, have been so militantly and aggressively advancing a decades-long agenda, that they have now succeeded in producing several generations of progressively worsening decadence, in whom “there is no fear of God before their eyes,” which is where the foundational seeds of all such evil and violence subsequently take root, ripen, and eventually produce such deadly and devastating fruit (once again, just as the God they seek to deny, they once again validate, by so very clearly and concisely fulfilling exactly what He said would happen nearly two millennia ago – See: Romans 3:10-18).

In fact, we have regressed so far back into the abyss by now, that we have produced a whole generation, a number of which are apparently not even intelligent enough to realize or to be able to tell if they were born a boy or a girl, and believe consuming deadly poison laundry detergent is somehow a sign of intelligence and/or maturity. Where oh where will this ugly and ungodly progression of God-denying darkness take us next? God help us all to turn back to Him before it’s too late… if it’s not already.

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God Knows Your Potential

God Knows Your Potential

The first time the Bible speaks of Gideon is in Judges 6:11.  Gideon is hiding in a winepress beating out wheat so the Midianite oppressors will not find it.  An angel of the Lord appears and calls him a “Mighty man of valor”.  The Lord then tells Gideon to “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from Midian”.  Gideon appears to be oblivious to any might that he had within himself.  His work was being done in hiding!  He declared he was of the weakest clan of Israel and weakest of his own house.  When he is finally convinced to follow God’s direction, he does so at night due to fear.

God knows the potential of man.

God knows the potential of man.

Timid Gideon proceeded to break down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah (sacred pole).  He stood against fear and anger of his own people.  He went to battle against the Amalekites and the Midianites though outnumbered.  He conquered by the hand of God.

Many people go through life without seeing what they could be.  James 2 speaks of the vision of man.  We are not to look with partiality upon one man or another based upon their appearance.  God knows the great price of the heart hidden in man (1 Peter 3:4).  God called upon Moses who was fearful.  He strengthened Samson who made one bad decision after another.  He chose a shepherd boy to be a king!  He called Peter though He knew he would reject Christ at one point.  He chose Paul who fought against the Gospel to see Christians to their death.  God, through His Son, made new creatures of those once lost in the hopelessness of sin.  God sees beyond the eyes of carnal man.

Why does God choose the poor of the world as heirs to His Kingdom (James 2:5)?  Why does God choose the weak and not the mighty?  Why did he choose lowly Gideon?  Consider the words Jesus shared with Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness”.  God’s might demonstrates itself by taking what the world thinks of as weak or undesirable and then transforms it into victory.  Christ came as a lowly Nazarene of Galilee and became the Savior of the World.  Certainly, God could show his might through timid Gideon and make him a mighty man of valor.

Imagine what God can do with you!  You have great potential in the hands of our almighty God.

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Who is the Greatest?

Who is the Greatest?

In response to the question asked by His disciples about “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew18:1), Jesus juxtaposes the contrast seen in human nature between greatness and service in his discourse about children and the kingdom. He

You... are not the greatest.

You… are not the greatest.

taught His disciples to be humble and forgiving. Yet soon after this teaching these same men tried to forbid the approach of little children to Jesus, a rich man refuses to serve others and follow the Lord, and Peter asks what the faithful will receive (to which Jesus tells the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, teaching that all receive the same reward). Then the mother of James and John come to Jesus with her sons and asks a prominent place for them with Jesus in the kingdom. When the others hear it they are filled with outrage, jealousy, and resentment. So Jesus pulls them aside and tells them that to be great in the kingdom they must humble themselves and serve each other.

We live in an age of obscene pride, jealousy, and covetousness. Churches are divided, marriages broken, and nations warring and degenerating all due to the sin of selfishness. Do we want to be considered great in the kingdom? Or do we just want to be seen as great among the world? If the latter you already have your reward. But if the former, the greatest reward awaits you! Serve God, serve others, and ask yourself, “Am I greater than the Lord?” (Matthew 20:28).

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