The Armor of God: How do I put on the Belt of Truth?

The Whole Armor of God

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—  and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Put on the Belt of Truth –(Jesus is the Truth)

We are told to STAND having GIRDED your waist with truth. (Notice you need to keep standing even if you feel like collapsing. Put on the armor of God and you will not only stand but you will be victorious) We could go on a lengthy lesson on belts and truth but I want to make this easy to understand. Girding your waist/ putting on your belt of truth is simply knowing the truth and knowing how to walk as Jesus walked. It means you must know the truth and in order to know the truth, you must learn……. then to learn you must study God’s word. This is the foundation of every other piece of warfare.

  • If you don’t know the truth of righteous living, how can you put on your breastplate of righteousness ?
  • If you don’t know the truth of peace in Jesus, how can you put on the shoes of peace?
  • If you don’t know the foundational truth of your faith , how can you lift your shield of faith?
  • If you don’t know the truth of scripture, how can you lift up your sword, which is the word of God?
  • If you don’t know the truth eternal life in Christ, how can you put on your helmet of salvation?

How do I put on the belt of truth?
Begin each day by putting on the Belt of Truth, which is reading God’s word.  I just recently spent time reading 1 John. Here are truths I learned in the first two chapters: I am to live in obedience, I am to walk as Jesus walked, I am to live in love, I am to hold no anger or hatred to anyone, I am to abide in Him and His word in me, I am to live in fellowship with the Father and with others and I am to obey His commandments.

I needed to be reminded of these truths this past week. You could also study the Beatitudes in Matthew 5  or read 1 Corinthians 13 about Love. When I read the bible, I find truths to righteous living on every page. If you are just beginning, start by reading Proverbs and Psalms. Psalms 1 teaches us the importance of having the right kind of friends. Those are just examples.
Are you angry? Full of bitterness? Unforgiveness? Laziness? Lacking self control? Filled with lust? Search the scriptures for verses on these topics so you will learn how God wants you to live, this is learning the truth, this is putting on your belt of truth. Bible gateway has a topical index if you wanted to search an online bible.

Putting on the Belt of truth, Examples from 1 John 1-2:

1 John 2:3 we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
  Truth: I must obey Him

1 John 2:5 -6 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
  Truth: I am to walk just as He walked

2 John 2:9-11 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
  Truth: I need to forgive anyone that has hurt me or made me angry. The bible says to hate someone is the same as murder. If I hate, I am walking in darkness and neither is their light in me nor is their light around me to see the truth. It seems hatred for another causes spiritual blindness.

1 John 2: 15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
  Truth: Do I love the things of the world more than God? Would I rather sit in front of the tv or internet instead of spending time with Him? Do I put anything before God? Being prideful of accomplishments, wealth, material things is not from God the Father – check your life and see is this pride has snuck in. Am I living in the will of God, because only then I know I will abide forever with Him. Have I been helping others? Would I rather buy name brand items than help someone in need? Just thoughts……

29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him
  Truth : Is my life a life of righteousness? Do my words speak righteousness? Am I an example of righteousness to my family.

As I ponder these truths, I can see areas where I am borderline or not living righteously… maybe in my sarcasm, my jokes, maybe my words haven’t been acceptable before God. I can see times where I’ve neglected my prayer time and put things of the world first before God. I know these are things I need to change.

Putting on the Belt of Truth, examples from Proverbs:

Proverbs 13:13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Truth: This shows me the importance of Godly living, that I need to spend time reading God’s word. If I don’t understand, I keep going and all the while asking for understanding for God will certainly hear my prayer. I will fear God and honor His commandments.

Proverbs 13: 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Truth: Are my friendships with questionable friends the right thing to do before God? If I want to be wise, I must walk with the wise. If I chose fools for companions ( and we know who they are) destruction is ahead. (yikes, I needed that one too)

You might also enjoy reading : 77 DON’TS FROM KING SOLOMON (PROVERBS)

Putting on the Belt of Truth, Examples from Psalms:

Psalm 52:1-4 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah 6 The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying, 7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”
Truth: Why do you keep boasting of your angry explosions? Do you think you’re so tough? Why do you boast in your evil? You tongue is full of lies, hurting others like a sharp razor And you even enjoy it. You would rather lie than speak righteously. You are proud that your words can knock others down , your words devour others. In the end, your strength will be as nothing, your will be thrown out of your living place and God will destroy you forever – so stop being a jerk

Applying these truths to your life

I didn’t know and understand everything when I first decided to live for Christ. The Holy Spirit will give you understanding and help you understand how to apply the scripture to your life. It’s dangerous when you start to make your own ways and your own rules about your Salvation and your beliefs. In Romans 1, we are told that those who go their own way and make their own god based upon their own thoughts are living in confusion. The bible is your foundation, it is true and trustworthy. It is Holy Spirit inspired and every single letter is there by God’s will. It will change you and make you the New Creation in Christ that the bible speaks of in 2 Cor. 5:17

Okay, so now you understand your belt of truth. You can’t put on a belt of truth without the truth. The next two things you must put on are the breastplate or righteousness and the shoes of peace. Simply put, this means you are to apply these truths to your life and walk in them. There is protection in righteous living. There is protection when you live in peace with others. The two go hand in hand. You can’t have peace with others unless you are living righteously and you can’t live righteously unless you are living in peace . You can’t live righteously without the truth and you can’t live in peace without the truth.
Without this, you are unguarded and opening a door for the enemy to come in – maybe in anger, unforgivinenss, bitterness,  etc.

So taking one step at a time, learn the truth (it will set you free) and walk in it. Once you have the 3 pieces of armor on, you will be able to easily pick up the last 3 pieces of armor – the shield, the sword and the helmet.

 Below are a few more keys to the Belt of Truth that I discovered while studying a book on Warfare by T.Evans

1. adjust your life/thoughts/words/actions to the truth of God’s word
2. The belt is the foundation and place to keep the other armor
3. The Word sanctifies us and sets us apart for special use John 17:17
4. Be careful of the devils temptations, he mixes the truth with lies and knows your weak points
5. the devil tempted Jesus at his weakest point, after he had fasted for 40 days. Be careful when you feel weak, strengthen yourself in God’s word Matt 4:1-11
6. Put on truth, which is the word, which is Jesus
7. Endure through a testing time – in strife, discord, disunity, anger, malice, etc endure with your shoes of peace
8. Check your heart, actions and words. Be quick to repent when you realize your sins
9. Spend time in prayer…always. Ask for understanding, for a renewed mind and to show you if anything unacceptable is in your heart
10. Take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ
11. Fix my thoughts Phil 4:8
12. Jesus is the truth

 

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Being a Christian takes effort on your part, Salvation and Grace are free, do you honor what’s been given to you?

Wow, I can feel the steam of anger rising up in many at this topic, but for the rest of you – beware! If you think you can believe in Jesus, go to church and live your own life according to your own desires you have been horribly misled. If you go to church and believe, but go home to live a secret life of anger, unforgiveness, malice, bitterness, lust, pornography, idolatry, adultery, drunkenness, strife, lying,  obscene talk and other sins, the bible says you will not inherit the kingdom of God. Let me put it plainly, those who live that way will end up in hell. He warns us in revelation of being lukewarm – they have no salvation.

Don’t let anyone tell you that as long as you believe in Jesus that you can go on living in sexual immorality and lust. Lust will lead you to hell. There is terrible sorrow ahead when you let sin rule your life. Read the scripture and stop listening to false teachers who don’t care about you or your salvation.

It’s true! Yes, there is nothing we can do to obtain His grace and Salvation – it is a free gift to us. However, we have to honor it, not abuse His grace. We must heed the warnings because many who have been told they are saved will find themselves weeping and gnashing their teeth on that great and terrible day. It’s like receiving an engagement ring. The bride to be didn’t have to do anything to deserve it, the groom to be gave it freely out of love. What happens if the bride runs off with other men during the courtship? What happens if the bride doesn’t honor the commitment? What happens if the bride really doesn’t love her fiancé? Will the marriage ever happen? Jesus said “If you love me, you will obey me” . Obedience takes effort. It takes knowing the scripture, knowing what the Lord has commanded us and taking the steps and the effort to walk in obedience.

  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God 1 Cor 6:9-10

“Let us” obey and hear the Word of the Lord

Below are scriptures that tell us that we must make an effort in our walk. When the scripture says – Let us – that means we must step out in obedience.  It takes an effort to stop in your busy day and pray, an effort to put time into studying His word and effort to teach our children. The Lord says “Be Holy, for I am Holy”. You may feel weak, but He is strong. Take the first step, get up and fight against the desires of your flesh, resist the devil and  don’t be a slave to sin. When you take the first step and each one thereafter, the Lord is there always to help you and strengthen you along the way as He is perfecting your faith. Here are a few:

Let us be diligent to enter His rest and not fall to disobedience. Hebrews 4
Let us lay aside the sin that ensnared us
Let us walk properly Romans 13:13
Let us not walk in drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy Rom.13:13
Let us put aside obscene talk
Let us lay aside malice
Let us lay aside envy
Let us lay aside evil speaking
Let us come boldly to the throne of grace Hebrews 4
Let us walk on in perfection Hebrews 6
Let us draw near to Him by the blood of Jesus with a true heart Heb 10
Let us hold tightly to our hope without wavering Heb 10
Let us consider one another to stir up good works Heb 10
Let us not forsake the meeting of ourselves together Heb 10
Let us encourage and exhort each other as we see the day approaching Heb 10
Let us work hard to prove we are really those God has chosen
Let us make every effort to confirm our calling
Let us follow after the things that make for peace and edify one another Rom 14:19
Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that ensnares us Heb 12
Let us run the race that is set before us Heb 12
Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us be watchful and sober 1 Thes 5:6
Let us put on the breastplace of faith and love and the helmet of salvation 1 Thes 5:8
Let us forget the past and reach forward to those things ahead Phil 3:12
Let us press forward to the goal for the prize of the call of God in Christ Jesus Phil 3
Let us walk in the Spirit if we live in the Spirit Gal 5:25
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying one another Gal 5
Let us not grow weary while doing good Gal 6
Let us do good to all Gal 6
Let us walk in the same mind Phil 3:15
Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit , perfecting holiness in the fear of God 2 Corinthians 7:7
Let us not commit sexual immorality 2 Cor 7
Let us not tempt Christ 2 Cor 7
Let us not complain 2 Cor 7
Let us not grieve the Holy Spirit
Let he who stands beware lest he fall 2 Corinthians 10
Let us cast off the works of darkness Romans 13:12
Let us put on the armor of light Romans 13:12
Let us walk properly as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness Roman 13;13
Let us not walk in lewdness and lust, nor strife or envy Romans 13:13
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths eph 4:29 people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37
Let us show ourselves approved in good works Titus 2:6-8

As a Christian, you are called to holiness. This may take a while, but you have to lay aside the sins that are tripping you. Understanding this is step one in the breakdown of the strongholds and captivity that many Christians are suffering with. Don’t let sin rule your life. Ask God to show you if there is anyway in you that needs to change. Read the Lord’s warning to the churches in Revelation 2-3. He is calling the churches out in love to repent, to change and avoid punishment and disaster. Rev 2-3

1- they had forgotten their first love, they needed to go back to that first love they had of the Lord
2- they held false teaching and put stumbling blocks before the people, they needed to repent and change their false ways
3- they taught seducing doctrine, teaching sexual immorality, they needed to quickly repent and turn
4- they were dead, they were told to strengthen what little remains, their works were not perfect before God
5- they were to continue to keep His word, to hold fast so no one would take their crown.
6- They were lukewarm and would be “spewed out” of his mouth if they didn’t change

Repent and call on Him: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:19-21

Run the Race to Win :  Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Everything in life takes effort. If you want to run a race, you have to train. If you want to learn, you must discipline yourself to study. If you want to be healthy, you have to tell yourself no to things that could harm you. Why is it okay for us to work so hard for everything in life, but when I tell you that you must work hard to be holy you want to kick and scream? It’s really not that difficult. If you love Him, you’ll want to obey Him. Freedom comes with obedience, why do you want to continue to be a slave to sin?

Let us look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:1

Let us stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6

We are not perfect yet, but the Lord is helping us get there. Don’t give up and don’t be a lazy lukewarm Christian.

 Steps of Salvation from the THE BOOK OF ACTS:
1-BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST- FAITH
2-CONFESS YOUR SINS AND REPENT
3-TURN BACK TO GOD- He wants you to SEEK HIM – TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS
4-BE BAPTISED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST-WASHING AWAY YOUR SINS
5-PROVE IT BY THE WAY YOU LIVE
6-GET RID OF ALL SIN AND WICKEDNESS
7-WATCH OUT FOR FALSE TEACHERS AND WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

Ugh! I’m so sick of lying teachers leading people to hell. No one tells the truth anymore!

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Fox News “Christians Under Attack” with Greta Van Susteren #waronchristians

In case you missed Friday’s live show on Fox News, THIS IS A MUST SEE


   Pray without ceasing for the Saints who are suffering, remember them day and night in your prayers. Fear not in all things, for Christ is always triumphant – Trust in Him always and God Bless Israel.

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you.” 2 Thes. 3:1, 1 Peter 4:7-8

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IS ALLAH THE SAME GOD AS THE GOD OF THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS ? “MUSLIMS, JEWS AND CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THE SAME GOD”

The title above is straight from America’s World History Books taught in every public school. It is also spoken by Muslims so we would, as they request, worship no other god but Allah, but is this the same God? Are the words we hear true? We will go straight to the source to discover the truth. No opinions, no theories, no lies. We will go straight to the quran/koran and the bible and see if these words are  true.

Not knowing the truth is detrimental to your life, the generations to come and the future of your country. The masses are told and the children are taught that Allah of Islam is the same God of the ‘People of the book’ aka Christians and Jews. It is important that you make sure you know the truth because lack of knowledge can destroy your very soul. Please tell your children, your grandchildren and your family the truth I will share below. I have seen much confusion on this and knowing the truth will clear up any confusion. There is a scheme to turn all to Allah and since so many Christians and church goers don’t read or study the bible, they will never know the truth – they will be those in the last days that will be easily deceived, but today we can change that.

To accept and believe in Allah as  the one true God is to reject God’s Son

The Quran says that Allah has no son, in fact, it is blasphemy to say he has a son
Allah says that Jesus was only a messenger; a son of Mary. Their book teaches that Jesus was a prophet sent from Allah to deceive Christians, that Jesus was never crucified, it was only made to appear that way. Quran Surah (Chapter) 171,5:35,43:81-82, 30, 4:157, 4:142,4:159

That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not: Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And there is none from the People of the Scripture but that he will surely believe in Jesus before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be against them a witness The Christian say, ‘The Messiah is the son of God.’ These are but baseless assertions made in earlier times by those who deny the truth. May God destroy them 9:30

The bible tells us that anyone who denies that God has a Son has the spirit of Antichrist, anyone who does not acknowledge the truth of Jesus is a deceiver and the antichrist: Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist–denying the Father and the Son. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here. I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 1 John 2:22, 1 John 4:3 and 2 John 1:7

• 1 John 2:22 And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.
• 1 John 4:3 But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.
• 2 John 1:7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.

We were forewarned of this

In 2 Corinthians 11:3-5 and Galatians 1:6-9 we are told to beware, lest we also be deceived as Eve was, of anyone who preaches another Jesus or if you receive a different spirit that you have not received or a different gospel- DO NOT ACCEPT IT, DO NOT PUT UP WITH IT. Beware of those who pervert the gospel – even if an angel from heaven preach another gospel to you, let him be accursed. Listen carefully : if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed!

Does God have a Son?

Let’s stop and go back to the scripture of the prophets and Torah – before Jesus was born. What did Israel know? What was written in their holy scriptures?

1. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 30:4 that God has a son (fulfilled Matt 27:54, 1 John 5:13, Rev 2:18, John 3:19, John 1:1-3)
2. Isaiah 7:14 tells us a virgin will conceive and His name will mean ‘God with us” Immanuel, He will be a ruler and a priest (fulfilled Matthew 1:23)
3. David said God has a Son in Psalm 2:4-12 and His inheritance would be the ends of the earth (Matthew 1:23)
4. Isaiah 9:6-7 tells us a Son will be given, His name will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace

What do we know about this Son? What was foretold before His coming?

1. He would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 (fulfilled Matthew 2:1)
2. He will come riding upon a donkey, He is just and bringing salvation Zechariah 9:9(fulfilled John 12. Matthew 21)
3. The price they appraised Him at was 30 pieces of silver Zach 11:12 (fulfilled Matthew 27:3. Matthew 24:14-16)
4. The money was to be cast to the potter in the house of the Lord Zech 11:13 (fulfilled Matthew 27:10)
5. His hands would be wounded in the house of his friends. Zechariah 13:6 (fulfilled Mark 15:20, John 19, John 20:26-27)
6. He would be oppressed, afflicted, would open not his mouth as a lamb to the slaughter Isaiah 53:7 ( fulfilled Mark 15, John 19, Luke 23)
7. His grave was with the wicked and with the rich in death because he had done no violence neither was their deceit in His mouth Isaiah 53;9 (Matthew 27, Mark 15)
8. His hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:12 (fulfilled Mark 15:20, John 19, John 20:26-27)
9. Daniel prophesied the exact days until his triumphant arrival. March 445BC – April 32AD) Daniel 9:25

Chuck Misler did the math on these 8 prophecies and the chances of one man fulfilling all eight prophecies 1 in 100000000000000000000000000000 – that’s 28 zeros behind the 10. That would be like putting a mark on one silver dollar and mix it with others – enough to fill the entire earth all the way up to the moon. The chances of the one silver dollar you pick up to be the one with the mark on it is the same chance that one man – Jesus Christ- 1 in 100000000000000000000000000000 would fulfill all 8 of the above prophecies. (Cosmic Codes by Chuck Misler) There are only 8 prophecies listed above, but there are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament of Jesus.

Daniel prophesied the exact days until his triumphant arrival. Daniel 9:25
“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem (March 445 BC)
Until Messiah the Prince, (April 32AD)
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; (477 years=68.14 weeks- difference is days March 14- to entry in April)
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.”

For more prophecies on God’s Son Jesus :Is Jesus a Prophet or was He the Son of God? , Prophecy of Jesus in the Old Testament , Who is Jesus? Let the ancient prophets speak  and  Is Jesus here? Last days Prophecy Warning: Jesus Messiah vs. False Messiah Isa predicted in Hadith

God loves the Jewish people : “ I have loved you with an everlasting love;Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel! Jer 31:1-4
Allah hates/despises the Jews : 5:60-65Say “Shall I inform you of something worse than that, regarding the recompense from Allah: those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of Allah and His Wrath, those of whom (some) He transformed into monkeys and swines, those who worshipped Taghut (false deities); such are worse in rank (on the Day of Resurrection in the Hell-fire), and far more astray from the Right Path (in the life of this world). The Jews say: “Allah’s hand is tied up.” Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief. And if only the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) had believed (in Muhammad SAW) and warded off evil (sin, ascribing partners to Allah) and had become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2) We would indeed have blotted out their sins and admitted them to Gardens of pleasure (in Paradise). Anyone who does not believe, Allah has put a disease in their hearts : http://quran.com/search?q=disease+heart

ARE MUSLIMS PEACE LOVING? Verses from the Quran: “Unbelievers are your enemies” Surah 4:101 “Rouse them to fight for they are without understanding. 8:65 You cannot have a prisoner of war until you have subdued the land 8:67. You must fight all who fight allah 2S196And slay them wherever ye catch 2S191 Fight them and allah will punish them by your hands 9:14 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing that is good for you, and that you love a think that is bad for you. 2S216 Fight the cause of Allah to him who fighteth in the cause of allah soon shall we give him a reward of great value 474 Fight allahs cause 484 Seize them and slay them wherever you get them, we have provided you with a clear argument against them. 491 fight those who believe not in allah nor the law even if they are people of the book, until they pay the jizyah with willing submission and feel subdued 929 when you meet unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks, at length when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly on them. Those who are slain in the way of a. he will never let their deeds be lost Surah 473-4. Allah loves those who fight his cause Surah 61:4 and the people of the book , did a cast terror in their hearts, so some you slew, and some you made prisoners. Suah 31 “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment Surah 5 33
Jesus taught:  “ I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

BEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE! YOU MUST WARN EVERYONE AROUND YOU – it may seen insignificant to many, but the souls of many are about to fall to eternal destruction.

GOD SAVE ISRAEL! GOD BLESS ISRAEL! GOD SAVE YOUR PEOPLE AND MAY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DECEIVED OPEN THEIR EYES AND FIND THEIR SALVATION IN CHRIST JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, IMMANUEL.

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSEOVER WOULD BELIEVE IN HIM WOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, John 3:16

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I will bless the Lord, O my soul Psalm 103

Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from destruction,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone ,And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant,And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word,Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!

  Yes, today I will bless the Lord. Even though annoying things try to interfere, the words of rude people try to shake me, I will still bless the Lord. I feel like a memo went out to the world : “make her life difficult in every way” – that’s how the last two weeks have felt. How can I have so much interference everywhere I turn? Why isn’t everything going my way? Why are the simplistic things turning into long dragged out trials? Why am I dealing with so many problems?  Whatever! I’m going to bless the Lord and refuse to be brought down.

   I will bless the Lord, with all my soul and forget not His benefits. I will lift my head up and wait for my King. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases, He redeems my life from destruction and crowns me with loving kindness and tender mercies. How awesome is that?!? He makes all my problems disappear as I refocus. I will rejoice for this is the day that the Lord has made. He will strengthen me and renew my youth  like the eagles. Amen, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

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The 8 Requests of Esther :The Persistence, Courage, Boldness and Authority of the Bride

  1.  Esther requests a 3 day fast of all the Jewish people of Susa. No food, no water for 3 days and 3 nights. Esther 4
  2. Ester boldly goes before the King to request that he and Haman attend a banquet the that day that she prepared for them. Esther 5:4
  3. At the banquet, she requests that the king and Haman attend another banquet that she will prepare the next day
  4.  She asks the king , pleading for her life and the life of her people “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.  For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss”
  5.  Esther asks the king to stop Haman’s orders and the scheme he has devised against the Jews. “Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews.”
  6. Esther asks the king to write a letter for her and her people to revoke the letters and words that Haman sent out to destroy the Jews.
  7. Esther asks the king for permission, that the Jewish people be given another day to defend themselves – asks for another day. Then Esther said, “If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows.”
  8. Esther asks the king to let Haman’s 10 sons be hanged in the gallows.

Every time I read the book of Esther, I learn something new. As I read Esther this past week, her persistence, her boldness, her courage and her authority stood out to me. It reminded me as we, the bride of Christ. should be. We can ask for anything in His name, He has given us spiritual warfare over our enemy, He tells us to be courageous and bold at all times, never to be fearful or full of worry. It reminds me of how we, because of Jesus, can go before our King without fear of death. Esther could have been killed immediately but she had the king’s grace.

God wants us to be bold and courageous. He has made us His bride, He made a life giving way so we, like Esther, can go before the Lord’s throne without fear of death, but knowing that He loves us dearly. Lately, when I pray, I stop and think …”uh, maybe I’m bothering Him, maybe I shouldn’t ask for too much, maybe I won’t ask”,however, when I look at the boldness of Esther I think – wow! She asked for it all! She was fearless! She could have stopped when she had her life spared, but no, she pushed it. She asked for the life of every Jew to be spared. Then she asked for more – she asked the king to revoke the order that was sent out, she asked for the impossible. When she got that request granted, she asked for even more. Haman , the wicked, was killed but that wasn’t enough. Esther wanted all 10 of his sons put to death. She asked and asked, and each time she could have been killed, but her persistence saved a nation. Her persistence and her boldness amaze me.

Esther prepared herself before she presented herself to the king

This is an interesting lesson, although I believe we can go before the Lord at anytime (Read Nehemiah and see all his short prayers continually in his days).  Esther made sure she was perfectly beautiful with careful consideration of her garments before she went to see the King. Esther and her people fasted for 3 days and nights before she went to the king. Before she was crowned queen, she spent 12 months preparing herself. I believe Esther was always prepared and beautiful before she stood before the king.
We also should be ready before our king (and always ready for His return). We should check our heart as David did , “Search me O Lord and show me is there is any wicked way in me”. Stop and consider our ways and our doings. Sometimes, before I pray, I ask the Lord to show me anything in me that goes against Him. I also recite Psalm 131: Lord, my heart is not prideful, my mind is not haughty : I stop to think: have I been prideful? Have I looked down on anyone? Have I been loving to everyone around me? Is there anyone I have offended? Do I hold any grudges, bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart? Is there anyone I have hurt with my words?

We are the beautiful bride of Christ, He is coming soon. Will He find us spotless as we should be? Will He find us ready and waiting for Him? He died for our sins, but he didn’t die so we stop considering our ways. In 1 Corinthians 11:27-32, it says : Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.   – maybe people see this verse in a different way than I do, but I believe it is telling us to stop and examine our ways – all the time. Repent is written in the New testament 55x, why have so many thrown that concept away? No sin can come before the Lord, He is too holy – we need to make sure no sin is lurking in our heart.

I like the way Jeremiah says it : Stop and look around, ask for the right way to go and travel it’s path. Sometimes we need to stop and check ourselves – is my life, my religion, my ways, my words in line with the word of God? Am I living in obedience to Him in love or have I made my own way? Do I search for righteousness or have I become lukewarm in my walk? Have I let the worries of the world, money, and fear of people pull me from the truth of God’s word?

Jeremiah 6:16
  This is what the LORD says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want

Let’s stop and consider our ways: (Galations 5:16- and 1 Corinthians 13)
Am I walking in the Spirit? Does my life show the fruit of:
• Love?
• Joy?
• Peace?
• Longsuffering?
• Kindness?
• Goodness?
• Gentleness?
• Self control?
• Have I crucified my flesh with it’s passions and desires?
Am I walking in love?
• Do I envy?
• Am I prideful?
• Am I rude?
• Am I selfish?
• Do I demand my own way?
• Am I easily angered when provoked?
• Do I rejoice in evil?

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” 1 Cor 13

 Persistence in Prayer and Requests

“ pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you 1 Thes 5:16-18

Persistence is found throughout the bible, but remember – God has the final answer. Paul requested that he be set free from a thorn in his side, but it was not granted. Jesus plead before God if there was any way that his cup might be taken from Him – but said – let Your Will be done. Persistence pays off, but God word stands forever y ya!

I like the way Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego put it. They were about to be thrown into a fiery fire pit and said to the king:
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. Daniel 3:16
They said, God can and will deliver us, “but if not” let it be known, we worship no other God. That is a good attitude to have. God can and will deliver me, but if not, then I lift my hands and Praise my God, for He is my redeemer, the One who see’s me. He is my All sufficient One.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16b

In Luke 18:1-6, Jesus tells us a parable of a woman who came with request before an unjust judge. I love this parable, it shows us the value of persistence (and it reminds me of myself):

     Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

Jesus specifically tells us that we should always be praying and never lose heart. We could go on and on about the many stories of persistence throughout the bible: Sarah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, David, Noah, so many, many more. So don’t give up no matter what struggle you are in.

Notice in the verse from Daniel below, the man in linen tells Daniel that his prayers were heard but there was spiritual interference when the answer was sent – so never give up, you don’t know what’s going on in the spiritual world. Pray without ceasing:

Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

More Scripture that reminds us to pray without ceasing- persistence in prayer:

• Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,
• Ephesians 1:16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
• Colossians 1:9 [ Preeminence of Christ ] For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
• 1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing,
• 2 Timothy 1:3 [ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

Authority of Mordecai and Esther

Mordecai made the final say in the letters. “ Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. 30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, 31 to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. 32 So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.”
Esther wrote, with full authority, to confirm the 2nd letter of Purim to the appointed times to remember this day. Not only was Esther persistent and bold (but always in reverence), she also had authority. Aren’t we told we have authority in Christ. Just like Ester had full authority from the king to call out orders, so we have authority in Christ Jesus and all authority comes from God alone (Romans 13:1)

Authority over the enemy:

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:11-19

And so my final word to you today is Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh which are :adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries. Anything you do, that you know is wrong, is a sin. People who walk in this manner will not inherit the kingdom of God, but dear brothers and sisters – turn from your ways and walk no longer in the flesh and fellowship with this world.
Let the fruit of the Spirit be evident in your life, that is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control.
Take up your cross, be bold, be courageous, don’t let the words of others knock you down. Stand unshakable in Christ Jesus looking forward always to His glorious return. Amen and Amen!

 

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Plotting Against America

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Continue to pray for our Nation.
May God have Mercy on His people
And may the wicked quickly turn from their ways.

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I had a dream 07/04/2014 where I was walking along, not noticing anything out of the ordinary, when my attention was drawn to an area where I was that did not look any different from my surroundings. However as I went towards where I was being drawn, I saw a slit as in a curtain. Had my attention not been drawn towards this, “slit” in material, I would have never seen nor noticed it, it was that well camouflaged. I stuck my head in the slit and saw a big table and there were men dressed in black, some without turbans, but most with. There was an individual in the middle who had a large scroll and when he unfolded it on the table, I could see that it was a map of the United States. I then could see various colored push pins being placed on various locations on…

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July 4th Declaration of Independence – the government derives their powers from the consent of the governed – and those governed have the right to abolish any government that is destructibe

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren

We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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A MESSAGE TO THE NATIONS – the Lord says “YOU NO LONGER KNOW ME”  Jeremiah 1-9 Do you Know my King?

Truth has perished; it has disappeared from their mouth. Jeremiah 7:28b
The people no longer know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7b
They reject the word of the Lord and the scribes lying pen produces falsehood Jer 7:8-9
“YOU LIVE IN A WORLD OF DECEPTION AND REFUSE TO KNOW ME” Jer 9:6

               God told Jeremiah he would be a prophet to the nations. The message was directed at the nation of Judah, but as I read the words, my heart trembles. It’s as if the words are going out today to all the Nations. We have become like Judah, we are all show. “In God we trust” is on our currency. Our children pledge daily that we are “One nation under God” but we refuse to let His name be spoken in our schools. We punish our people for praying publicly to the Lord. We refuse to listen to His words. We have allowed this terrible sin to spread like a disease throughout our country. Prayer is forbidden – who did this? One nation under God we proclaim – like Judah, our face is before Him, but we have turned our backs on Him.

Judah watched her northern sister Samaria, Israel fall to sin and then ultimately destruction. The land was ravaged and the people were taken into captivity. Both Judah and Israel began as a nation under God. They had rulers who had hearts for the Lord. They prospered in everything they did, they were powerful and the nations feared them. Their rulers had supernatural wisdom and protection. The people of the land served the Lord God and honored His sanctuary. (Just like America!) As the years passed, the people became lazy, fat, living in over abundance and luxury. Their hearts had drifted far from God. To make their ways more acceptable, they made up their own ways and contradicted God’s word to fit their new ways and new lifestyles. They still followed the traditions of their ancestors in worship, temple attendance, rituals, etc., but their hearts were far from the Lord. They no longer knew Him. They brought in practices from the nations around them, they told the Lord, “We will go where we want; we will no longer come to You”   and yet in all this, they still proclaimed “ We are innocent, surely the Lord will turn His anger from us for we have not sinned but God told them that their ways were always changing.. They had no heart for the orphan, the oppressed, the hurting, the helpless. In all their luxury and blessings, they had forgotten the Lord. They no longer knew Him. 

They are fat and sleek,
    and there is no limit to their wicked deeds.
They refuse to provide justice to orphans
    and deny the rights of the poor.
 Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord.
    “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?
 A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in this land—
 the prophets give false prophecies,
    and the priests rule with an iron hand.
Worse yet, my people like it that way!
    But what will you do when the end comes? Jer 5:28

    The Lord said “ My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good…. They have contradicted the Lord and said “ It won’t happen, harm won’t come to us; we won’t see sword or faminebut beware!!!! The prophets words are only wind, the Lord’s word is not in them. Hear this; They have eyes, but they don’t see, they have ears but they don’t hear.

 

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A dream:      A year of two ago I had a dream. There was a horrible, wicked and conniving attorney. He was dressed in a dark suit , he had files of paperwork and years of knowledge behind him. I could see Him going back and forth telling another attorney something. He was always behind the people whispering in their ear. He never spoke for them, but he was the behind the scenes man who did all the legwork on the case. He would whisper his findings secretly in their ears, he brought all his arguments to their thoughts. He knew every trick, the way around every argument and knew how to manipulate the words  so they would win the case. It was almost as if he would listen in to the conversation, go do the research, spy on the opposing attorney and report back to his side. He was hard at work behind the scene of this team who was trying to fight for something. He would listen in at the meetings, leave to do research and come back with a hard hitting plan that would undoubtedly win. For each obstacle they faced, this wicked attorney had the ammunition and words to win. He was unstoppable, he knew the plans of the other side and would prepare a case to knock it down before the words were every made known to his side. He was a spirit. No one could see him but me. The attorney and his team thought these ideas were their own, their own intelligence, and their own arguments, but they didn’t realize it was completely orchestrated by this wicked spirit who was giving them all the information and arguments they needed to win the case. The case that I was watching was called Roe vs. Wade, I could hear the attorney’s speaking their names in the meeting. I woke up and felt as if I had been through the entire trial watching this wicked entity scheme and manipulate every word and every argument. This is the enemy our nation is fighting. This is the enemy the world bows down to. Is it in fear? Cowardness? Pride? Or is it that we don’t know our God anymore?
photo from npr. How many babies died today? counter clock

We have made our own ways, we have contradicted God’s laws. Our faces are before Him as we proclaim that we are ‘Christian’ but our backs have turned on our maker. Many of today’s Christians have bowed down to the world and it’s ways. We are lukewarm! Yuck –  we judge, we gossip, we look down on others, we stay in our own little church hierarchy groups, no wonder no one want’s to go to church anymore.  Are we any different than the world – I think worse because we make excuses for our ways under the title of being a christian. I’m not talking to the world – this message is for those who call themselves Christians. We have chosen the World ways instead of God’s ways. We show up at church and our bible meetings just like the people of Judah did over 2000 years ago. We have made our own image of what we think God is and what we think God should and should not accept. Don’t you know that God’s word stands forever? The earth beneath you may disappear, but His words stand forever. He is outside of time, the argument of what year it is, is no different than it was in the past. Sin is sin. That doesn’t change because of the year we are in. Who do we think we are? We are just a speck of time traveler passing through – we think we are so advanced but outside of time – does our year and do our advances really change God’s word?

YOU HAVE NOT LATELY CALLED ME “ MY FATHER” I THOUGHT, SURELY YOU WOULD RETURN TO ME, BUT YOU DIDN’T. YOU DIDN’T RETURN TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART – ONLY IN PRETENSE” but Look!, their ear is uncircumcised so they cannot pay attention. See! They no longer delight in God’s word, they find no pleasure in it. God told them to stop at the crossways and look, ask Him which way to go, but the people shouted “WE WILL NOT LISTEN” , they paid no attention to the Lord’s word. And then YOU COME AND STAND BEFORE ME in My house and say “ We are delivered, so we can continue doing all these detestable acts”, but the Lord says “ I have spoken to you time and time again, but you won’t listen, I have called to you, but you wouldn’t answer

Did you hear that?  Do you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart? I heard Charles Stanley say that we have ignored the Lord’s knocking on our heart for so long, that we no longer hear it. When He wakes you up in the middle of the night – are you too tired for Him? Are you like the bride in the Song of Songs who says – not now, I don’t want to get up out of bed to answer the door – even though I love you? Do you see your bible sitting untouched in the same place and you know God wants you to open it up and read it, but you say – not now, another time? I think there are forces we do not see that fight against our walk with Him. Have you ever walked by a bag of chips , the tv, or the computer and felt that same pull away from it? No – it’s only when we are trying to make time with the Lord – funny how much time we have to be on the internet, facebook, watch tv – but somehow there is never enough time for God – I’m convinced there is some kind of force involved in this. It really doesn’t take much – reach over, pick it up, open it- pray! And read – y ya! That’s it, it’s really not that complicated and it doesn’t take hours out of your day (for some it does) but God just wants you to come back to Him- He loves you so much and I saw Him reaching out to His people – as if each one of you were His only son. So amazing! It cannot be described!

 Secret Key – from Jeremiah 6:10- Delighting in the word of God is the secret to hearing Him, it’s the secret to understanding Him. When the people no longer heard the Lord, they no longer had sound judgement because they did not delight in the Word of God.

   In Corey Russel’s book, Ancient Paths , he says “The crisis of our day is the product of many factors, but the one I want to highlight……is the loss of intimate communion with the Word of God. This fundamental breakdown within the church has now permeated society….Truth has become a matter of individual ideology and preference, subject only to political correctness…… I believe that rediscovering the ancient paths will require us to leave behind our over familiarity with the bible, along with our tendency to discount the words on the page, so that we may truly feel it’s weight again.”

 “THE PRIEST RULE WITH THEIR OWN AUTHORITY, MY PEOPLE LOVE IT LIKE  THIS” This is going on today!!! Do you see it? Do you see it? The churches and the priests make their own rules overriding God’s word. Does anyone see this? We have become like Judah. Each man  has made his own way, we are just like the Israelites  who lived 2500 years ago, we too love it this way.

     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding. Did you ever wonder what that means? We all want understanding, but how can we have the fear of the Lord ? Can  I say, okay, I fear the Lord and boom! I will be given understanding? I have found the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord. It all begins with knowing Him. Knowing Him begins by learning who He is by searching for Him in the scripture, crying out to Him and walking with Him.  This was Judah’s ultimate sin – They no longer knew Him. This is America’s sin today – We no longer know Him.

 Consider the sins of Judah, The Lord called them out on their sins: (do any sound familiar?)

  • Experts in the law NO LONGER KNEW HIM
  • They stopped calling the Lord “My Father”
  • They shouted “We won’t listen”
  • Worshipped the works of their own hands
  • They paid no attention to His word
  • Followed useless idols and they themselves became useless
  • Stopped asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • The priests stop asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • Abandoned the Lord
  • They exchanged God for useless idols
  • Dug cisterns for  themselves that cannot hold water
  • No fear of the Lord
  • Insisted “ I will not serve!”
  • They forgot the Lord 2vs 32, 3:21
  • They were constantly changing their ways
  • Living immoral lives
  • As a woman betrays her lover, so they had betrayed Him
  • They had perverted their ways
  • They refused to accept discipline
  • Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips
  • They refused to return
  • They no longer trembled before Him.
  • The priests rule by their own authority
  • As a well gushes out it’s water, so she pours out her evil
  • They make prophet dishonestly
  • They have treated the people’s brokenness superficially by saying “peace, peace, when there is not peace”
  • They were not ashamed when they sinned, they no longer felt humiliation
  • They refused to ask for God’s guidance
  • They rejected instruction
  • Worshiped and offered sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • They worshipped idols
  • They defiled God’s house
  • Truth has perished and disappeared from their mouths
  • Lived immorally making excuses for their ways as they walked in and out of the sanctuary with their sacrifices, prostitution, wickedness
  • Their worship was all show, they were fake
  • They lived to deal treacherously and excelled in evil matters, greedy wicked perverted lying sneaky, they didn’t care for the orphan, the widow, no love for others,
  • They did not defend the rights of the needy, oppressed, innocent or helpless.
  • The priests ruled by their own authority and not God’s rule and authority
  • Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They had twisted and contradicted His word Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They were not ashamed
  • Sacrificed their children, their sons and daughters in the fire – something so vile, a thing not commanded, a thought never even entertained by the Lord
  • No one could be trusted
  • Everyone spread slander
  • Friends betray friends
  • No one tells the truth
  • Live in a world of deception and refuse to know Him

 Their Punishment:

(God warned time repeatedly of the punishment that was ahead, He continually called them back. He gave them chance after chance after chance, but there came a day when it was too late. There will be a day for each of us when there will not be a day of second chances. Listen to Him.)
  • Disaster on the land
  • Cities laid waste and in ruins
  • They turned into a degenerate and foreign vine
  • Their sin defiled the land
  • No food, no rain,
  • Destruction, war, death, ruined cities
  • Sword – war
  • Their children, flocks, land, wealth would be consumed by other nations
  • Sickness and wounds
  • You will be driven from His presence
  • Whatever the Lord had given them, will be lost to them
  • Terror
  • The Lord would no longer be with His people
  • Their guilty acts have withheld the Lord’s blessings on them

 What can I do?

  •  KNOW YOUR GOD
  •  STOP AT THE CROSSROADS AND LOOK
  • ASK ABOUT THE ANCIENT PATHS: WHICH WAY SHOULD I GO LORD?
  • LISTEN TO HIM AND FOLLOW HIS LEADING;HERE YOU WILL FIND REST
  • Cut off what is causing you to sin, even if you desire it. The Lord says, “How long will you harbor malicious thoughts in your hearts?” Jer 4:14
  • Acknowledge your guilt in your rebellion against the Lord
  • Seek Him with all your heart
  • Help the widow, the orphan, the oppressed and the helpless – isn’t that what it means to know the Lord
  • Return to Him and He will give you shepherds who are loyal to Him, He will heal your unfaithfulness
  • Remove your idols that stand in the way between you and the Lord
  • Prepare your heart, break up the unplowed ground. Fill  your heart and your mind with God’s word
  • circumcise your hearts, get rid of anything that makes you sin or entices you to trip or His wrath will break out like fire and no one can extinguish it
  • Mourn and repent for your ways
  • Act justly and seek to be faithful and He will forgive you
  • Correct your ways and your deeds
  • Do not trust in deceitful words
  • No longer oppress the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow
  • No longer shed innocent blood
  • No longer bow down and offer sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • No longer worship your idols
  • Stop trusting deceitful words that cannot help you.

 Are you called to be a gatekeeper?
Do they hear your voice?
I want you to think about this – if the world doesn’t hate you yet, are you really stepping out?  Jesus said blessed are those Who are persecuted for His name sake. Rejoice in the world’s rejection of you,  you will be blessed. The Lord will be with you, these words you can trust. The World hates Him, does it hate you? Have you made your own ways? Your own rules? Your own god? If you are trying to make everyone happy by changing God’s ways to suit the people around you, you have become just like these evil priests in Judah. They didn’t not heal the people, they only covered the wound with false words. Stand up, Be strong and courageous. You weapons are mighty before God to defeat every wicked entity that comes against God’s people. Stop following the crowd and be ready for extreme persecution, for the Lord is about to shake things up, but remember this – in Him and in Him alone is victory – wether life or death, it doesn’t matter – all that matters is that He is glorified. We look forward to that day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen

Three Secret Keys - may God give you understanding:

  1.  Do you fear Him? – That’s the key to understanding
  2.  Do you know Him? – That’s the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord
  3. Do you delight in His Word? – That’s the key to hearing Him

Hear the Word of the Lord:   

“I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger.

 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.  From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my  My servants, the prophets—day in and day out. But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful—even worse than their ancestors.

 “Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. Say to them, ‘This is the nation whose people will not obey the Lord their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips Shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the Lord has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.’ Jer 6

You have brought this punishment upon yourself by abandoning the Lord your God. Your own evil will discipline you.Think about it and see how evil and bitter it is to abandon the Lord your God and to have no fear of Me. Even if you wash with lye and use a great amount of soap, the stain of your sin is still in front of Me. Jeremiah 2

If they had known the Father, they would have known the Son.

 Jesus said “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” 
Luke 10:22

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The Beatitudes: Matthew 5 Amen and Amen!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew 5

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