John 14:16-21 NKJV And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— (17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (18) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (19) “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. (20) At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (21) He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” it is the Spirit who gives us words to say, gives us the ability to discern the truth about what is going on in the world, we have that which God has given us through His Spirit, to stand for the truth of Christ. Paraclete, the Greek is Paracletos, it means a comforter, an advocate, an intercessor. In other words, one who walks with you. There they were, Jesus had gone back to His throne, Jesus God in the flesh, was now back in His rightful place in Heaven. His disciples, were left on earth to fend for themselves, at least that is what we might think. However, looking at the verses in John 14, we see that Jesus had promised them one who would be with them forever. The Holy Spirit, the third PERSON of the Trinity, is a person just as Jesus was and is a person, just as God is a person.
We find in the book of Acts the appearance of the Holy Spirit in the 2nd Chapter of Acts we read this: Act 2:1-4 NKJV When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. The Spirit is God and so God now is with His people and is a part of all that happens in our lives. men and women who were his loyal followers, the Spirit appears as tongues like fire, which settle on each of them, then they begin to speak in other languages, so that all in Jerusalem that day could hear and understand.
So, what has this to do with us today? Everything! We are to be the witnesses to Christ in the world, we who claim to follow Christ, are the ones who can discern what is going on in our world and it is our task to tell the world about their need for redemption. If we do not speak, the blood of the lost in hell will be upon those who do not sound the alarm. Eze 33:2-6 NKJV “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, (3) when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, (4) then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. (5) He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. (6) But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ You and I have the truth and the Spirit with us, we are able to see and understand what is happening, we must speak.
In our Sunday morning Bible Study we are studying the book of Daniel and in the 9th chapter of that book is a chilling prophecy. It deals with centuries of time, and yet it deals with us today.
Dan 9:23-27 NKJV At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision: (24) “Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. (25) “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. (26) “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. (27) Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.”
Daniel had realized that it had been prophesied by Jeremiah that 70 years were to pass while the people were in captivity in Babylon, he realized that the 70 years were almost accomplished and he began to pray for deliverance, and as he prayed Gabriel showed up to give him the information he needed.
In the delivery of the information we read of a time span of 70 weeks, those are not in reality weeks, but rather weeks of years, each day is a year of time. The time for the 7 weeks was when the people would be allowed to return and build the city and the temple. The first period of 7 weeks began with Artaxerxes in 445 BC. That is found in Nehemiah 2:1-8, and it took 49 years to build the city and the temple. Of course that was a mere shadow of the glory of the temple of Solomon, but they had a place to worship and make offering to the Lord again.
Then 62 weeks until the time of Messiah and his death on the Cross at Calvary. 434 years would go by and Jesus would have been teaching for 3 years, then enter Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey and be declared King of the Jews. Just 5 days after that he would be arrested and then crucified. Next will come a time of the Gentiles, that is you and I and we will be the witnesses to the glory of the Kingdom and of the salvation offered by the spilling of the Blood of Christ. During this time the people of Rome, in the person of the various emperors will have completely destroyed the city and Temple one more time, Jews will be exiled into the world and only a remnant will remain. Jerusalem will be rebuilt but not with a temple, that will remain a ruin except for one wall that is known as the wailing wall where Jewish people come to pray. Now of course prophecy about the return of the people to their homeland has been fulfilled. That is for another time, but suffice it to say that the return was prophesied and fulfilled in 1947.
However we are still waiting for the coming of the 70th week of Daniel. We can see that there is much turmoil in our world, there is much hatred of Jews and in some parts of the world Christians.
We can see also that only a few of our Christian leaders are speaking out trying to change the direction of our nation, many though are the voices of those who want to sell the feel good gospel. Jesus said: Mat 24:23-25 NKJV “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. (24) For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (25) See, I have told you beforehand.
We also see that many will be led the way they want to be led, they have itching ears, wanting to hear what they want to hear. 2Ti 4:3-4 NKJV For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (4) and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Just turn on any of those TV preachers and you will hear the lies. Not only that but there are many denominations today that teach false doctrine, even those who teach that fornication, homosexuality and other forms of sexual sin is OK and sanctioned by God, because they say, God is love. These are just alternative ways of living our lives. Jesus also taught that: Mat 24:6-9 NKJV And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows. (9) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
There are many wars being fought today, and there are many Christians being killed and tortured across our world. In this country we are still free to worship as we will, but there is coming a time when that will not be so. Already we see that our government is trying to remove any mention of God or Jesus from the public square. In many cities the government says that they want to open with prayer, the name of Jesus may not be used in the prayer, and of course they also invite Imams to pray so as not to offend any Muslims. Have you noticed that it is also just fine that Christians are castigated, are told that they cannot hold meetings in public places, but Muslims can close down a street so that the Mosque which is not able to hold them can practice their prayers at the appointed times.
It used to be that you had to have your face shown on your state ID, driver license or state ID card. However in some states today that is no longer the case. If a woman wears a Burqa which hides everything except her eyes, she may have that as her picture on her State ID. How do you identify someone whose face is covered? There are even some cities were certain areas are off limits to non-Muslim persons. Even the police cannot enter without an OK from the local sharia court.
We are the witnesses, we are the ones that God has given the task of standing for the truth, for the gospel. We have the Holy Spirit, we are the watchmen on the wall, and we are to warn our fellow countrymen of what we know is coming. We need to offer the salvation that comes only through Jesus Christ.
We are empowered to servanthood, empowered to speak out and help our neighbors and friends to see the truth. Only Jesus Christ can bring you to heaven, only Jesus Christ is the way to God, he and he alone is the way, the truth and the life. The spirit of God will give us the words, we need only ask, a moment of silent prayer when you encounter a situation will suffice. Jesus said that if you ask anything in his name, it will be granted. Of course that pre-supposes that you are one who is a true follower of Christ. Joh 16:23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”
We are the ones who must speak against injustice and hatred, we must stand for the truth even in the face of persecution. If we do not stand, then those who are caught up in sin, will die in their sin, and we will be the ones who are guilty. We cannot lose our salvation, but we will hear condemnation not praise from our Lord and Savior. We are the ones who should be introducing others to Jesus Christ, if we do our part he will do his, that some might be saved. If we do our part then we will hear, well done good and faithful servant.
I read this article this morning and knew that it needed to be read by others. This war has to stop, our President who we all hoped would bring us together, has instead moved us further apart by his rhetoric about guns and police. Please read this article, by a man of color who speaks the truth about what is going on today. It saddens me that we cannot seem to get beyond the hate rhetoric of Black Lives Matter, and the media who depict police and white people as all haters, then talk about killing cops. Our nation was better about race relations 8 years ago than we are today. It needs to change, we need to see one another as human beings instead of black, brown, red or white.
That was the dream of Martin Luther King, and it should be the fact among us as members of the human race. Let the anarchists, and race baiters go somewhere besides our country.
I’m literally fighting back tears as I write, again, about this prevalent injustice. They dont see us as individual human beings, but a group to be exploited, separated, and judged based on our pigmentation.
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Sometimes in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.
Based on the story of the “Prodigal Son” Luke 15:11-24
Luk 15:11-24 NKJV Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. (12) And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. (13) And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. (14) But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. (15) Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. (16) And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. (17) “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! (18) I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, (19) and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ‘ (20) “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. (21) And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ (22) “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. (23) And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; (24) for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
The father in the story is a man willing to allow his son to leave home and make his own way in the world. He allows the son to have his inheritance, and then lets him go into the world to make his own mistakes and perhaps his own fortune. This was a working man, much like we are today, farmer and rancher providing a living for his family by practicing agriculture. Not only did he take care of his family, but also those who were the hired hands, they too had plenty of food for their families.
We live in a world where too many men will make babies, but then abandon their duties as fathers. I read a story a couple of years back about a guy who had 11 children with 10 different women. He did not marry any of them. He also did not support them and the children, not a very godly man at all. 1st Timothy 5:8 says this about a man who will not take care of his own:
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Ti 5:8 NKJV).
It behooves us as Christian men to care for our families, to be men who will not shirk our duty to bring up our children in the faith. Not by forcing them to go to church, but by being an example, bringing them to Church and to Sunday School. Teaching them by our example as men of faith. A godly Father is a man of Faith, both to God and to his family. That faith manifests itself in everything we do, it is an example for our children, that they too may live godly lives. In today’s society, many folks who claim to be Christians, do not attend Church on a regular basis, they do not bring their children to church but they are faithful to bring them to baseball, football and soccer practice and games. Over the years I have noticed that there are many in our churches who itch to have the service end, in the fall and winter months it is because the Cowboys or the Texans are playing at noon and they don’t want to miss any of the action. Of course I enjoy a good football game myself, but most of the real drama comes in the 2nd half of the game.
Then of course there is always baseball, basketball and hockey during the other parts of the year. Is that really God’s will for our lives? It seems to me that a godly man is Able to Discern God’s will in all the situations of our lives. No matter what may be going on around us, if we prayerfully seek God we will be able to see and understand what it is He has for us. I had friends who decided to go on a mission trip to Africa, they worked for 2 weeks to help in building some homes for people, and also were able to help with the building of a church. Two years later they again felt God’s call and returned to that village to complete that Church building program. As they worked the drums began in the village, and worked their sound further and further away, until they could no longer be heard.
Finally that church building was completed, except for the windows, they had not arrived as yet, they had planned an inaugural worship service, and everybody was excited for the first worship in the new church building. As the time for worship to begin approached, the people began arriving for the service. People came from as much as a hundred miles away, they had walked all that distance just to worship in the new building. They brought their entire family with them. The worship service began and they sang songs of praise to God and they sang outside as well as inside, for there were no more seats inside the building. To make a longish story shorter, it was five hours of worship, they read scriptures, they sang songs, they prayed, and of course the preacher preached for almost an hour. No one left, no one worried about the time, they had come to worship God, not to fellowship with each other but to fellowship with the Lord their God.
I wonder what would happen in our churches if we didn’t worry so much about the things of the world, and instead worshiped and fellow shipped with our Lord. It is interesting that people in this country, used to come to worship expecting to be there for a number of hours. I was at a Church in Mason County and they had buildings there that were for the families of the church to sit down and eat their lunches that they had brought with them. Then they would sing and worship in the afternoon and into the evening. Finally leaving after a day of worship and praise.
Another thing about a godly man, he is Thankful both for joys and trials in life. I think that we have forgotten how to be joyful in the Lord, always aware that God is present in all our situations, always understanding that God will see us through. I like the thought that God laughs with us when we laugh, and hurts with us when we hurt, always there always holding us in His love and care. I am reminded about Paul and his thorn in the side, he prayed for it to be taken from him and God said that his weakness revealed God’s strength. That is a wonderful word for us today, when we are weak we can depend upon our God to be our strength.
2Co 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (NKJV)
Another attribute of a godly man is Happiness – or joy in the Lord, no matter the circumstances he finds himself in he is still happy or joyful. I know it drives people to distraction because I am always laughing and joyful even in the midst of trouble. I know that my God is with me, that nothing in the world can possibly harm me. Yes a bad person can kill me or do physical damage to me, but they can’t harm me, my God is with me and will bring me through. This also goes along with Enthusiastic you should be enthusiastic simply because your life has a purpose. The godly man knows that his life is tied up with Christ, that his purpose is to continue the work that Christ had begun. We are his messengers. We have a commission from the Lord Himself:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat 28:19-20 NKJV)
What greater purpose can there be? Fathers are the spiritual leaders of the home, teaching the children all that God has done and is doing. Fathers are also the leaders when it comes to doing the will of God in their own lives, their children see this and will want to be like their fathers. Godly men will evidence that Christ is a part of their lives in that they will try to be helpers for those who are in need. This too is a part of the ministry of the Christian man, Christ reached out to others touching those who were considered untouchable by the society around them. Not only lepers, but also those who were thought to be, dare we say it, SINNERS!
Jesus was invited to eat dinner at the house of a Pharisee. As they were eating a woman came in and crying she knelt at Jesus feet, washed his feet with her tears, and dried them with her hair. Anointing them with fragrant oil. What a gift she had given him. The host however, was upset, he thought to himself that if Jesus knew who this woman was, he would not let her touch him.
And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. (Luke 7:37-46 NKJV)
Jesus then forgives her for her sins, for she was weeping because of her sins. If you do not forgive, then God cannot forgive you.
In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Mat 6:9-15 NKJV)
This brings us to another attribute, Righteousness a godly man is a righteous man. A man rock solid in heart and mind, a man with a growing relationship with his Lord, Jesus Christ.
That relationship brings us into rightness with our fellow-man and with God. One of the verses that has touched me is: because it is written, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; (1Pe 1:16-17 NKJV). That word from the Lord kind of sets you back on your heel. Be Holy For I Am Holy, I will become holy, when the Lord returns, but for now, I am still working on that.
Jesus Christ lives in each of us, we are all made in the image of God, and we are forgiven, and have forgiven those who have sinned against us. That just makes us a little bit closer to being holy. It is our God who will clothe us in the righteousness we need in order to come before Him in the throne room of heaven. That righteousness, which is imputed to us by Jesus Christ the one who we have believed upon. As people of God we strive to be Holy in the sense that we try to be like our Savior.
May you all have a blessed and holy day today and all the days of your life, be holy brethren, for our God is Holy!
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Over the past eight years – the Obama Administration has never let a crisis go to waste.
Come to the Constitution Party website and meet our candidates for President/VP, see also the 7 principles of the party. We believe in the Constitution of the United States as the supreme law of the land. It is not a changeable document as some would have us believe, it is not some living document that changes at the whim of this or that party. It is the foundation of everything we believe in as a part of this nation.
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This is a refreshing note, I am glad that some in the media have begun to see the truth. There is no free exchange of ideas in our society any longer except in a few places. Even academics in Universities are unable to accept alternate viewpoints. A few in the media and academia are finally recognizing that neither place is friendly to conservatives or evangelicals. That recognition is refreshing!