Sunday, September 27, 2009

God Bless America (once again)

2 Chron 7:14 ~ If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (KJV)

America was once a blessed nation; it can be once again, when we bless God once again. Many are fooled by evangelists into believing they should just pray about it, and God will handle it. That's not biblical. We screwed it up by ignoring God. Why would He fix it? He is waiting for us to fix it, or He will turn us over to our enemies. That's biblical.

Most evangelists and Pastors have been advising, and in some cases demanding their church not watch news or read newspapers, as it is "Too depressing." I've heard more ridiculous things come out of clergy's mouths before, but, this ranks high up there.

What the apathetic and uninformed portion of America does not understand, because their is no rocket fire or brigades in the streets, the Second Revolution is taking place. If "We The People" lose, they will wish they had awakened before it was too late. The REAL victims will be our most precious children and their children.

Notices were sent out from both Bush and Obama administrations to every registered licensed ministry requesting they advise their members to avoid news media. Of course, that was before a stronghold was placed on most media sources by the Obama camp. Works are in progress to totally control what you hear and see through media, so enjoy it while you can. Obama's new communication Czar has gone on record praising Hugo Chavez for his successful revolution in Venezuela, and media take-over.

The portion of America which has no problem with government taking care of their children is thoroughly incapable of taking care of them properly themselves. Our children should worship God, rather than a self serving politician. Only then will the outcome be favorable for generations to come. We will have to answer for the outcome...

The saddest realization from all this usurper awareness is around half the country has no problem with government "taking care of them" and making all their decisions.

"To the disempowered, it seems much easier or even more acceptable to leave one's life in the hands of third parties (governments, aid agencies, and even God) than to try to alleviate one's circumstances through one's own effort. Disempowerment - whether defined in terms of a lack of self-confidence, apathy, fear, or an inability to take charge of one's own life - is perhaps the most unrecognised problem in Africa today." ~ Wangari Maathai

It is President Obama's clear intention to make everybody on the globe equal, thus eliminating our unique form of government and capitalist society.

I regularly receive comments from "Christians" advising I should not be reporting such things about our President, but, praying for him. God ordained government to promote justice, not evil. There is nothing biblical about giving into tyranny. If George Washington, or all who signed the Declaration of Independence had just prayed about it, we would still be under British rule. If we do not give up this stupid apathetic state we have adapted we will eventually be under New World Order rule.

We are losing America, because America as a whole drifted away from God. We have allowed evil to get out of hand and run rapid, through apathy on our part. We refused to speak up in fear of being called "politically incorrect" or a "racist" or "homo-phobic" or anything they could think of to shut up the opposition to their sinful ways becoming the norm. The "Moral Majority" was being attacked and propaganda made them out to be wackos. Unfortunately, we cannot say we were part of the moral majority, because the opposition has won, so far, because we heard the cry of a few in battle, but, we looked the other way ad waited for the next person to handle it. Deserters!!! This was once a blessed nation, it can be once again, as soon as we bless God once again. He didn't make this problem, and He won't fix it alone. We should pray always, but, prayer alone won't cut it. And it's gonna take more than a few to fight the "Spiritual Battle". We need to recruit and work tirelessly FOR OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE.

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God~ Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shake It Off!

"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you
go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet
Matthew 10:14

As Jesus began to prepare His disciples for their calling as
leaders in the Church, He decided they needed to go out on
their own and learn to do what they had previously seen Him
do. For soon Jesus would no longer be physically with them
and they needed to know who to operate in His absence. So He
gathered the disciples together and instructed them to go
out into the surrounding cities to preach and demonstrate
the Kingdom of God. At the very end of His instructions,
Jesus tells his disciples to do something, that is not as
spectacular as His other instructions, but is essential to
their having success in what they have been assigned to do.
This essential piece of wisdom that Jesus shared with his
disciples has just as much application and revelation for
us today, as it did when He originally spoke these words
over 2000 years ago.

Jesus first instructs His disciples to take no money for
their journey, preach the Kingdom of Heaven, heal the sick,
raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons and when
it is all said and done - know when to "shake the dust off".

Jesus said that their ability to shake off criticism, rejection,
opposition and other people's opinion of them was just as
important as their preaching the gospel, healing the sick,
raising the dead, cleansing lepers and casting out demons.
Jesus knew that their ability to overcome persecution and
rejection was critical to their ability to succeed at what He
told them to do. If they succumbed to criticism and rejection,
there would be no preaching, healing, raising or cleansing
because they would quit and abandon what they were sent to do.

We too must learn to shake off the dust that others cast upon
us to stop us and move forward in life. There are times in life
when we will have to go at it alone! If you never learn to
shake off what life and others will place upon you, you will
find yourself bound and unable to move forward in life because
you're carrying things and burdens that God never intended
for you to carry.

Not only must we learn to shake off the dirt that others place
upon us, but we must also learn to shake off the dirt that
we've accumulated and held onto over the years. There are
things in our pasts that have clung to us to remind us of what
we used to be. This dirt may be failures, words that have
wounded us or mistakes we've made that we are trying to make
up for that hinder us in moving forward into our assignments
and callings. Many of the disciples had less than desirable
pasts that they had to shake off and move forward despite
their history. There was Matthew the tax collector who had
to shake of the guilt, shame and condemnation of his past
occupation in order to move forward in the ministry that
Christ had given him. If Matthew had not learned to shake
off what he knew about himself, and what others were saying
about him, he would not have been able to minister with the
conviction and power necessary for him to do what Christ
instructed him to do. The enemy will use other people's
attitudes and opinions to try to cause you to doubt yourself
and forfeit what God has for you.

What is it that you've allowed to lay dormant because of
rejection, opposition or someone's opinion of you? Has someone
said something to you that has caused you to doubt yourself,
your ability, purpose or future? If so, do what Jesus told
His disciples to do - "shake it off" and keep moving!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Redeeming The Time

"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but
as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what
the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17

One of the most precious gifts God has given mankind is---
time. A major characteristic of time is that you will
never have more of it than you have right now. With each
breath you take, you are that much closer to taking your
last breath. We all reach a point in life where we realize
that we've lived more life than we have left. The older
we become the more careful we are of what and with whom we
spend our time on. We begin to realize that we truly do
not have time to waste!

Some of you may look over your shoulder at your past and
smile with satisfaction at how you used the time that you've
given, while others may reflect on their past and wish that
they had the ability to do some things all over again. However,
what is done is done. We must do the best we can with the time
we have left.

What do you do when you now have the wisdom to do a thing
right, but you don't have the time to do it all over again?
What do you do when opportunities, like water, have slipped
through your fingers and the doors that were open are now shut?
You may be asking: "Is there any way to regain what I've lost
over the years?" The truth is, you will never be able to
reclaim the time lost - but you may be able to "redeem" the
time you have left!

The Bible instructs us to "redeem the time". If we are
instructed to redeem the time, the next question that must be
asked is: "How do we go about redeeming our time?" The answer
actually lies within the word redeem. The word redeem in the
Greek is "Exagorazo". It is a compound word made up of the
preposition "ek" which means "to come out of" or "from", and
the verb "Agorazo" which means "to put to work in the
marketplace". The marketplace is simply a system of exchange.
The way to redeem your time is to exchange the system in which
you are investing your time.

Many Believers, although born again by faith, still operate by
a system dominated by the flesh. Anything that is not logical
or probable they shy away from because they fear not being in
control of the situation. They are operating under a system
of works, which can only pay them a wage, which correspondingly
controls their worth. This is the reason a person can work
hard all their life and discover that the time they spent
working was wasted because it could not give them what they
earnestly desire - freedom and fulfillment.

God's system, or the Kingdom of God, is one of redemption that
is founded on faith. Our productivity and worth is not based
on our abilities or efforts, but our faith and obedience to
God's Word. Everything we receive in this system is a gift.
Jesus said, to seek first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness and all things will be added onto us
(Matthew 6:33). God does what we can't do by our believing
(in faith) that He can do it!

In the Bible, Abraham tried to have a son, under the system
of flesh (or his own abilities and efforts) for almost 100
years without success. God gave Him in a moment, by faith,
what he could not produce by his flesh over a lifetime. God
redeemed Abraham's time because Abraham switched systems. He
received by faith what he could not produce by in his flesh.

Like Abraham, God has allowed some of you to live long enough
to know that your system doesn't work. God can fix in a moment
what has been broken for years. It all depends on the system
that you are investing your time and efforts in. It's not to
late! Switch today and redeem your time!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It Is Well

When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to Gehazi his
servant, "Behold, there is the Shunammite. "Please run now to meet
her and say to her, 'Is it well with you? Is it well with your
husband? Is it well with the child?' " And she answered, "It is
well."' 2 Kings 4:25-26

Do you have "It is well faith?" "It is well faith" is faith that
is wholly based on the Promisor's promise and not on how things
appear. Can you look at your present condition and still say,
"It is well?" If not, you are more than likely focusing on the
wrong thing.

As sure as each moment of life brings you a moment closer toward
death, you will be faced with a factual situation that contradicts
what you are believing God for. As a matter of fact, that is what
your situation is after - your faith. The bible says in
James 1: 2-3, "count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." The
various trials where directed at their faith. Our faith is what
causes us to overcome what we do see, to receive what God has
said we will see, but has not manifested yet.

The enemy wants to use the facts of our situation to frustrate our
faith and what God has said concerning us. Our breakthrough will
be determined by our decision to stand on our faith and not on the
facts. Facts change, but the Word of God never changes. Facts
are based on circumstances, while faith is based on the surety of
God's Word. The Bible says, "God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He
not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it
good?" (Numbers 23:19).

The most valuable possession you can have is genuine and
unshakable faith in God's Word. It is what enables
you to endure and overcome hostile and oppressive living
conditions. With faith, no person, thing or situation has the
final word. This is why the Bible says, "we walk (live) by faith
and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7)

In the text, this Shunammite woman was materially prosperous but
had no child. Because she cared for the man of God he promised
her a child. She eventually had the child who grew to adulthood
but later died while in the field. The woman placed her dead son
on the bed of the one who promised her a son and set out to find
him. When questioned about where she was going she replied, "It
will be well". As she approached, the prophet's servant asked how
things were going and she again replied, "It is well".

Her son is dead, her husband had given up on his son and when she
finally finds the one who promised her a son, she doesn't cuss,
faint or fight. She reminds him of God's Word. She was holding
onto her faith in the Word instead of the fact that her son was dead.

Too many of us give up on things too easily because their
realization seems unlikely or impossible. We have allowed
blessings, callings, dreams and breakthroughs that God has sent us
to die because it appeared that they would never happen. The next
time you think of abandoning a dream or promise that God gave you -
remember the Shunammite woman's response to facts. When the facts
say, it won't work, it will never happen or things will never
change, say what the Shunammite woman said: "It Is Well!"

By Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.