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The Signs of the Times

The Signs of the Times

I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend a lot of time in the Old Testament book of Judges. Perhaps we should. I ran across this scripture the other day. You know when the Lord wants you to see something, how it kind of jumps off the page at you? That’s what this scripture did. It was a day or two after the nut job killed those fifty people in Las Vegas. See if these words stick to you like it did to me.

Judges 2:13-16  “So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. And the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them so they could no longer stand before their enemies . . . they were severely distressed. Then the Lord raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.”

When that judge died, they flopped right back into evil; into sacrificing babies to these foreign gods; into idol worship. That’s what the book of Judges is all about. I wonder if God isn’t trying to get our attention with all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and slaughter. Perhaps we should ask Him to show us what we need to repent of while there is still time.

God’s Solution to Terrorism

God’s Solution to Terrorism

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II Chronicles 7:14
“ . . . and 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, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

God promises His people deliverance if they will do four things. (1) We must humble ourselves. That means to bring ourselves into subjection to Him. To stop trying to do things our own way. (2) To pray—to cry out to Him—to intercede for His deliverance. (3) To seek His face—to seek God’s presence and person. (4) And then turn from our wicked ways—our displeasing hurtful deeds and actions. We must change our life directions that displease God.
If the people called by His name, will meet His requirements, He promises to (1) give heed and grant our requests; (2) forgive—pardon our sin and (3) heal—restore favor to our land and our inhabitants.
Each of us needs His healing and deliverance. Will we fulfill His requirements in order to see His hand bring the healing we so desperately need?

Lord God, only You can heal us and our land.
We have walked apart from Your word and way.
We have sinned greatly against You. Please forgive us.
We cry out to You for Your deliverance.
May we come to know You as we are known.
We choose to walk a blameless path before You, our God.

Pulling Weeds

Pulling Weeds

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While I pulled weeds the other day, I thought how this act held a close parallel to sin in our lives. If we allow little sins to remain, they grow bigger and harder to remove, just like weeds.

After about a half hour, my back told me, “I want to quit now. It’s too hot out here to keep this up.”

“But I’m only half finished,” I said. “Keep at it.”

After another half hour, I said, “Lord, do I have to pull all these weeds?”

The thought came back in a flash–No, only pull those you don’t want to reproduce.

With each handful, I kept that thought in mind until I had two huge piles of weeds.weeds.2

When all the weeds were gone, I took my sore muscles inside, sat with a tall glass of cool tea, and went to work on my spiritual garden. Hopefully, I’ll keep a better watch on those weeds.

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Today’s World

Today’s World

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Early last Thursday morning, I sat to write. This came tumbling out. The first lines are a quote from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

Today’s World

Men call themselves women
and instruct us to accept
what God condemns.*

Abortionists pose as health-care providers
who reduce God’s unborn creation
to the brokerage of body parts.**

Politically correct atheists
now muzzle
the free exercise of religion.

Those bent on destroying
God’s chosen people and their nation
are encouraged and aided
by a government gone awry,
through treaties that will empower
the antichrist and his minions
issuing in the great and terrible day
of the Lord.***

* Leviticus 20:13
** Exodus 20:13
*** Malachi 4:5, Acts 1:11

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God’s Gift

God’s Gift

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I Peter 2:24
And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, for by His wounds you were healed.

Jesus took the punishment for our wrongdoing that we might share in the inheritance of God. That we might walk blameless before Him. That we might be healed of the infirmities we experience in our bodies—our mind, soul and spirit.

He came to heal that which is broken. He came in order to be fastened to a cross so that we could be released from that which binds us to wrong thoughts, words, and actions.

He came to bleed and die for us that we might be welcomed into God’s own family as His own sons and daughters.
Jesus death and resurrection is a gift to us. It does no good until we receive it.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your obedience
to hang on the cross for me.
Through Your sacrifice I am set free
from wrong actions, thoughts, and deeds.
One day may I hear You say, “Not guilty.”

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Waywardness

Waywardness

Prodigal son

Luke 15:20
(Jesus said) “And he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.”

The son here has finally come to the end of himself and decides to come to his father and admit his wrong. He intends to ask to be a lowly servant, no longer enjoying the status of a son.

The father sees him coming from a long way off, which indicates this father had been searching in the distance for any glimpse of his wayward, rebellious son. Seeing his son, he runs to welcome him home.

That word “run” here means to run exerting all effort as in a race course. This shows us the eagerness of the father to welcome his son home. He kisses his son again and again. Later, in the story we learn the father reinstates the son to full son ship—not a servant slave.

This is a picture of how God waits for us to turn from going our own way and come to Him, in sorrow for our sins. He ever searches the horizon in hopes to see our return.

Lord God, I’m sorry for walking my own way.
Cleanse me of my sinful ways.
Cause me to walk a right path before You.
Make me a true child of Yours.
Thank You for Your tender love that never lets go.

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Our Place before God

Our Place before God

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Isaiah 57:15
For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

The word “contrite” means “dust.” “Humble” means “in low station, lowly, humble of spirit.”
All these terms speak of humbling yourself before God. Getting in the dust—recognizing that dust is what we came from. Admitting God is God and we’re not.

Humbling ourselves before God puts us in a position to receive restoration to life and health of our spirit and our soul.

We need to stretch out on the floor, face-down before God; pour out our heart to Him. It never hurts. It’s the best place to hear His voice and receive His answers, bar none.

Father God, God of all comfort, wisdom, and restoration,
I humble myself before You.
Bring me into right relationship with You.
Please meet my needs as You see them.
Fill me with Your joy and assurance.
Thank You that I am Yours and You are mine,
now and forevermore.

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Jesus, Our Only Savior

Jesus, Our Only Savior

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John 3:16
(Jesus said) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

To adhere to the truth of this scripture is not a passing acknowledgement that Jesus lived. Our faith must go deeper than that.

True faith in Jesus believes He willingly went to the cross for each one of us. He came back to life and He desires each of us to have a one-on-one relationship with Him, the living Lord. To those who receive and believe Him, Jesus will save us from an eternity with Satan and his angels in the lake of fire—for forever (Revelation 20:10,14-15).
Jesus makes a place for us in heaven (John 14:2-3), though we deserve hell.

Saving faith is a strong conviction that Jesus really did die on the cross and after three days, came alive again, appeared to many and then rose into the sky. A trust He will return just like He left (Acts 1:9-11).

If you don’t have that assurance, that faith, ask for it. He is anxious to give it to you.

Lord Jesus, come live in me; forgive my sin.
Cleanse me of everything that grieves You.
Make me a new person as I walk day by day with You,
the Living Lord who is coming for His own.

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Rend Your Heart

Rend Your Heart

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Joel 2:13
(The Lord says) “And rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness, and relenting of evil.”

God is telling us here to do a 180 degree turn. To examine our will, heart, soul, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory, conscience, and heart to obtain moral character. This is internal where only God sees; not external where people see.
He urges us to do this now, not later when He has become angry. “Anger” here means “with flared nostrils.” This passage goes on to remind us He is full of love for us.
He is also “relenting” which means “to be moved to pity, comfort, and compassion,” on us who have been evil in His sight. “Evil” here is “displeasing, hurtful, unkind, ethically wicked.” It is the “evil deeds, thoughts and actions of people.” So He has pity and compassion on people who fall short of His standard—which includes all of us.

Father God, I bow before You today to rend my heart.
Please bring to mind my thoughts, words, and actions
which have grieved Your heart. I confess them before You
so I can be released from the penalty of my wrongdoings.
Fill me again with Your joy and presence
so we may enjoy fellowship together once more.

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God’s Prescription for Healing

God’s Prescription for Healing

Jesus the Healer
With Ebola banging on our door it might be a wise thing to search God’s word, the Bible, for His prescription for our healing. He has a prescription for all our needs whether it be physical, mental, or emotional healing. Here is a page from my new book Looking Deeper.

Exodus 15:26
And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

In order to enjoy God’s divine health, we must do four things:
Give heed to God’s voice (hear and obey)
Do what is right (pleasing in His sight)
Give ear (listen) to His commandments
Keep all His statutes (His prescribed limits, boundaries, laws and conditions).
God lists some of the diseases of Egypt in Deuteronomy 28:27 which are, “boils, tumors, scab, and itch, from which you cannot be healed.”
But there is hope. Jesus has come to heal us. Perhaps as a nation and individuals, we need to repent to see His healing. As long as we’re still breathing, God’s mercy extends to us. Let us call upon Him now.

Father, forgive us.
We have listened to the world and obeyed its voice instead of You.
We have gone our own way and failed miserably.
We have written our own rules and fallen far short of Your desires.
We have run rough-shod over Your boundaries
and neglected Your conditions.
In Your mercy, please cleanse and heal us as individuals
and as a nation, so we might enjoy Your favor once again.

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