Pick a Side!

Exo 32:26 So Moses stood at the gate of the camp and shouted, “Everyone who is on the LORD’s side come over here!”

Many of us are watching the news each day, trying to keep up with the many, many changes that are taking place. This one is leaving, that one is coming, this new policy, that new executive order. It can all be mind blowing if you let it. But we must keep one thing in mind in the midst of all the chaos, “Which side are you on?”

Whether you agree with all that President Trump is doing or not, we must stand as one nation united under God, or our enemies will come in and destroy us. Time and time again in the Old Testament, when the children of Israel would lose their focus on the things that matter, their enemies from all around would come and destroy them, take them captive, or lead them into bondage. There is a price for not showing a united front, all under the only True God.

In the news today, we heard of the Attorney General deciding she was not on our side. Whether you agree with him or not, you are put there to do a job. If you are not going to do that job, YOU GOTTA GO! You’re Fired!

I love that we now have a president who is not afraid to step up, clean out, and do what needs to be done. He is like the Tasmanian Devil, plowing through this country, righting every wrong that has been left undone for the past 8 years. One thing you can definitely say is he is keeping his campaign promises. He is not wasting time. He does not care who he offends. He is there to do a job, and he is going to do it.

What about you? Where do you stand? Just like President Trump, weeding out all the impostors around him, our God has promised there will come a day, when he will separate the wheat from the chaff. How is your heart today? Jesus tells us that all will know that we are His disciples by one thing. It isn’t the license plate on our car, or the pretty bible case we carry to church. He is looking for love. As He has loved us, we are to love others.

Ouch! That kind of smarts doesn’t it? We can get so caught up on social media that we are slinging words with the best of them. But when we do that, can they feel our love? When we pick fights and provoke and taunt, do people see us and say, “that must be one of His!”

We need to pray for President Trump and this nation. We must stand in love, pray in love, and continue to support him and trust his decisions. Let us be Christians first; American citizens in love with a Savior second!

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Christians are a Priority to President Trump

In the Bible belt of the United States, sometimes we may indulge in a false sense of peace when it comes to the persecution of Christians. Out of sight, out of mind. . .  I began studying how our brothers and sisters are doing in persecuted nations across the world, and my heart sank in guilt. That is when it really hit me. . Where are the groups and organizations rallying and protesting and standing up for the Christians who are being targeted around the world? Christianity is THE MOST PERSECUTED RELIGION. 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016, which is approximately a person every 6 minutes! (Censur)

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister,[fn] that person is still living in darkness. 1 John 2:9

Our brothers and sisters in Christ are the target of hate groups. They are being viciously targeted simply for their profession of faith. They are being killed and imprisoned while we sit here and sleep on our pews. Worse than that, is all of the people who are attacking President Trump for simply trying to keep the American people safe.

On another note, why is it, in the refugee program set forth by former President Obama, Christian refugees were not permitted to come to the United States? Only Muslim refugees were allowed to relocate to this nation.

According to WND approximately 90% of the refugees are Muslim. Why are we not reaching out to Christians who are being tortured and killed from these countries as well?

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump said Friday that Christians will be given priority to come to the United States as refugees and later signed an order to suspend the admission of refugees for 120 days and increase the vetting of potential refugees from predominantly Muslim nations to screen out “radical Islamic terrorists.”

“We don’t want them here,” Trump said in a signing ceremony at the Pentagon. “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”

http://www.marinij.com/government-and-politics/20170127/trump-suspends-refugee-entry-vows-priority-for-christians

I am so happy to announce, we now have a POTUS who will stand for the persecuted Christians abroud! No more will our brothers and sisters be pushed out of line. Christians will be given priority! All I can say, is ITS ABOUT TIME!

President Donald Trump shows his signature on an executive action on rebuilding the military during an event at the Pentagon on Friday. Trump also signed an order to increase the vetting of potential refugees from predominantly Muslim nations to screen out “radical Islamic terrorists.”

AP Photo — Susan Walsh

Foreign gods in a Holy Nation

Jeremiah 19:5
5 “They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:”

We have all undoubtedly read passages in the Bible about the false gods in ancient times. From Genesis when Rachel stole her fathers idols, to Kings where Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal, all the way to the New Testament times when Paul found the inscription “to the unknown god”.

False gods, idols, baal, ect. There are many names for the many different gods in the world. The Egyptians worshiped many gods, including:

  1. Hapi- Egyptian God of the Nile (Plague 1: Water turned to blood)
  2. Heket- Egyptian Goddess of Fertility, Water, Renewal. This one had the head of a frog. (Plage 2: Frogs)
  3. Geb- Egyptian God of the Earth. (Plague 3: Dust turns to gnats)
  4. Khepri- Egyptian God of creation, movement of the Sun, rebirth. Had the head of a fly. (Plague 4: swarms of flies)
  5. Hathor-Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection. Had the head of a cow. (Plague 5: Death of cows and livestock)
  6. Isis- Egyptian Goddess of Medicine and Peace. (Plague 6: Boils and Sores)
  7. Nut- Egyptian Goddess of the Sky. (Plague 7: Hail rained down as fire)
  8. Seth- Egyptian God of Storms and Disorder. Plague 8: Locusts from the sky)
  9. Ra- The Sun God. (Plague 9: Complete Darkness 3 days)
  10. Pharaoh- The Ultimate Power of Egypt. (Plague 10: Death of firstborn)

http://www.stat.rice.edu/~dobelman/Dinotech/10_Eqyptian_gods_10_Plagues.pdf

In every one of the plagues of Egypt, God proved that He is the only one, true God. Not only is He the only God, but He is also a very jealous God! God does not want to share the affection and worship of His people with anything or anybody.

23Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the LORD your God has forbidden you. 24For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

You may say, “Yeah Yeah, false gods, idols. That is not a problem in the civilized world, the United States.” But sadly, our world is sprinting toward the wrath of God, invoking his hot displeasure by reviving the false gods of Bible times, in America.

 

I was very upset last year when I read about the Archway of Baal being erected in New York City. No this is not a joke, its not fake news, and its not some hyper-religion nut making things up!

 

http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/the-harbinger-of-baal-appears-in-nyc/

 

This is a replica of the 50 ft. archway that stood in Palmyra, standing in the most influential city of the United States! What kind of message does this send to our God? We are a Christian nation, founded on the Bible, and standing under the protection of Jehovah Nissi.

Have we forgotten those 10 commandments we learned in Sunday School all those years ago? No other gods before me, no graven images, ect?

Have we forgotten that we serve a very jealous God, who demonstrated His love and power every time Israel began to stray to the idols of the nations around them?

Let us bind together, in one mind, and one accord, and turn to God in repentance for our nation. That is the only way we can make America Great Again!

 

God Bless!

Anti-Jesus Mania in America

As I follow along with the news, and social media, and listening to people talk in general, I have noticed a change in the atmosphere lately. It seems to me, that people have went from being indifferent to God, Jesus, and religion, to a point where they are outspoken against the very name of Jesus Christ!

I see posts that make my blood run cold, knowing they are provoking the fiery wrath of Almighty God!  Here are a few examples from my world. . . .

“Most pro-lifers make their decisions based on religion. Jesus was gods son. God has a plan for everyone. Jesus was killed and god did not intervene. Therefore, god aborted his son at 396 months.”

“Christianity in America is the only industry that is 100% free from regulations and 100% free from taxes. Easy money! Sell God on Sunday morning tv. “

I just wonder how America, a nation formed on Biblical principals, has fallen so far from the Truth?

The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.3 John Adams

Samuel AdamsSIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; “FATHER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION”; RATIFIER OF THE U. S. CONSTITUTION; GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTSI . . . [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.9

 

Congress, 1854The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.24

 

Benjamin FranklinSIGNER OF THE DECLARATION; DIPLOMAT; PRINTER; SCIENTIST; SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION; GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIAAs to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.29

 

Upon such a rich foundation of Christianity and Biblical beliefs, how have we fallen to such monumental lows? Our citizens of the United States now spit in the face of policemen, burn our American flag in the streets, and yell obscenities denouncing their citizenship!

 

The only path is a path back to the Truth. Jesus says in the book of John,

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

America, it is time to come together, not only as one nation under God, but also, a nation under ONE GOD, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

The Living Temple

In John, there is a section where Jesus meets with the woman at the well. He sits down at the well as His disciples are in search of food, and a woman comes. She is a Samaritan woman, and He is a Jew, meaning they shouldn’t have spoken according to the laws of etiquette for those days.

He is hot and thirsty, and also sees this as an amazing ministry opportunity. He was always in search of the lost soul. He was concerned about the one, the lost, the broken.

Joh 4:6-7
(6) Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
(7) A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

 

So He asks her for a drink. This gets her attention from the get go, because a Jewish man would normally have nothing to do with her. It opens the door to a very anointed conversation. A one on one evangelism experience with Jesus Christ Himself!

Joh 4:9  The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

While studying this, I began to think about the temple. Up until this time, a person had to bring very preordained sacrifices for their sins, and confess to the Priest, and most important, come to THE TEMPLE.

 

But now, here was this man offering to give her water for her eternal soul, and she could accept it right here beside the well. She didn’t have to fight the crowds at the temple, and risk being ridiculed and laughed at. Why? What changed?

Joh 4:10-14
(10) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
(11) The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
(12) Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”
(13) Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
(14) but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The answer is right in the middle of the passage.

Joh 4:20-24
(20) Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”
(21) Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
(22) You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
(23) But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
(24) God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 

Our fathers worshiped on the mountain. Here she is talking about their ancestors worshiping in the Tabernacle, a tent, which was on the Mountain.

You (Jews) say that Jerusalem in the place to worship. Jerusalem was the sight of the Temple.

 

But now, the Father is looking for True Worshipers!

Joh 4:23  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

Jesus is that 3rd Temple. He brought down the system of sacrifices and offerings by being the sacrifice Himself. He is now able to bring salvation to where you are.

 

There is no reason to neglect so great a salvation! He has paid the price in His body.

Put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ today, and be saved. Walk in the spirit, be led by the spirit. For the time grows short.

 

Christian Battle Cry

Christian Battle Cry!

Php 3:13-14
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
(14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Psa 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

Luk 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
Luk 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luk 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luk 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Spiritual Christians look upon the world not as a playground, but as a battleground. A.w. tower

Fighting is loud and Messy
It is time for the church to regain a battlecry. When you watch a fight, whether it is boxing on TV, or a reality clip of kids on a schoolyard, one thing stands out to me. It is messy. It is noisy. Battle is not a pretty affair! There is only one winner. You have to put yourself out there. You have to have passion for something. I have been in one fight in my life. I was 13 years old, and my best friend was mad at me. Well I found out real quick that she was much more passionate about it than me. They said at the school that never before had so many people testified to the fact that it was a one sided fight. I had no passion. I had no battlecry.

Some people become passionate about the craziest things.
Broncos Football
The deafening noise pulsated from the crowd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High during yesterday’s AFC Championship Game. They won 20 -18, with the noise of the fans sounding like a jet plane was flying 100 ft overhead.

The orange towel-waving, foot-stomping Denver Broncos fans reached a frenzied sonic level that eclipsed 116 decibels at times

I began my Christian walk at an alter when I was 20 years old. But I am ashamed that I have spent so much of my life with no spiritual battlecry. It is very simple to get saved, and begin your journey on the right road. Go to romans.

This is called the Romans Road

1. The first verse on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent.

2. The second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!

The third verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus; death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’; resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’; death as the payment for our sins.

The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Because of Jesus’; death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins – and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Stay On the Road
Once you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are on the right road! But that was the easy part. I am ashamed to say tonight, I spent the majority of my life riding the shoulders. The smallest thing could have knocked me off.
When I was learning to drive, my daddy told me, never drive on the shoulder. Stay on the road. Because on the shoulder, you pick up nails, you hit old tires, and can even hit a person walking. If you are not on the road, you may kill somebody. Staying on that road that God has called you to walk may be a hard thing. It’s not all bubblegum and milkshakes. Don’t get me wrong. The same faith that saved us will keep us. But there are temptations, and battles, and enemies, trying to knock you off of that road. God wants a soldier He can trust. Its hard when your family doesn’t stand behind you. I was raised by good parents who loved me, but they never were Church going Christians. I caught a ride to church most Sundays with a grandparent or aunt. It was hard. Because I was being taught one thing at church but seeing something totally different at home.
Brother Clendenon in his message Soldier tells of the days when he was in basic training. The main thing they were learning was instant obedience. They were learning to be faithful soldiers. It’s a hard thing to find a faithful soldier anymore.
Does it boggle your mind, that God could have chosen anyone to live at this time and place, but he chose you? He called you to represent Him. We are walking epistles. Walking epistles. How are you reading lately? Your life is a book for people to read. What are they reading? Are you representing the Cross well?
Romans 12:1-2
Rom 12:1-2
(1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
(2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We must learn to renew our minds daily. How are we renewed? Stay on your knees in prayer. Learn to pray. Spend time around people who pray.
God spoke to me the other day, and said a well watered branch will grow, it will be tender and not break, and it will produce fruit.

John 7:37-38
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Its time to make jesus a priority. Hes saying come to me and I will give you water. He wants well watered branches producing fruit. When you are well watered, the presence will flow. The spirit will flow. You wont have to pray it up, pray it down, get it out. He is in you waiting to flow to a lost dying wolrd.
Its hard sometimes to make God your priority. To make prayer your priority. I get through with my day sometimes and I just sit at my alter and cry. Cause its hard. But I have made Him my priority. So I don’t get up. I don’t skip today because it has been so hard. I go to my alter and when my pity party is over, I pray. When you silence self, you hear the spirit begin to whisper. When you wait and worship, God comes near. He longs for you.

Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
There is no replacement for the anointing. There is no substitution for the presence of God. When you get into the presence of God on a daily basis, you will be well watered, you will be fruitful, you will be tender to the spirit. When you make Him the priority, you gain a battlecry.

Dry Stick
I was saved for a long time, but I didn’t have that daily saturation in prayer. I was a dry stick! I was brittle and had very little fruit. I might have made heaven, but I sure wasn’t being a light in this world. But when I had a revelation of who He is, and made Him my all and all, my lord of lords, my king of kings, my savior, my defender, when He is your priority, you get passionate. You get a war cry!

Act 9:1-6
(1) And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
(2) And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
(3) And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
(4) And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
(5) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
(6) And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Paul saw Jesus for the first time for who he is. He had a revelation of the son of god. After you get that close, you get passionate.

Do you every get in prayer, and get so close to the presence, that you know that something has changed? You moved a little closer? I kneel in prayer and plead with God, let me hear the whispers of your heart. Paul found that good thing on the road that day.

Php 3:13-14
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
(14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Get close enough to Jesus that you can say, like Paul, This one thing I do! The rest don’t matter. One thing is a priority. Jesus. Give me Jesus.

Jesus must be the one thing. Anything you would rather be doing than spending time in prayer, worshiping, you need to look at that. It is possible that is an idol, a spirit sent to knock you off the road. God has a road for us to travel. He has a work for you to do. But if he is not your priority, if you don’t give him time daily in prayer, you need to go back through basic training. I want to be a well watered branch. I want to have a battlecry for my lord.

He could have called 10000 angels to deliver him from that cross. He gave all for you. He chose you over everything. He chose you over life. I know a man tonight. You may say how do you know for sure. He changed me. He saved my life. The spirit of god is in me, and bears witness to every word written in this bible. And tonight he is my lord of lord. My king of kings. My jesus. My jesus.

Why do I say I love my jesus? Because he became personal to me. He became my priority. My one thing.

Now I am running. I cant turn back anymore. Ive wasted too much time. Hes coming back, and I am running to fill the call on my life. I had a revelation of who he is, and I am running. Are you running tonight?