Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
"A man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and
saying, 'Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is
very ill; ... I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not
cure him. ' And Jesus answered and said ... 'Bring him here to Me"
In life there are problems that I call "God problems." These are
not problems with God, but problems only God can handle. God
problems are those that cannot be fixed with your checkbook,
education or influence. These problems are outside of the control
of human beings and lie squarely within God's sovereign
jurisdiction. They stop us in our tracks and cause us to soberly
assess our associations and situation in life. They bring us face
to face with our insufficiency and our need for God's sufficiency.
When we face a God problem we discover what is really important
These problems are not designed to stop us from making
progress in life, but to reveal our dependency on God for
everything in life. God wants to reveal something to you and your
problem may be the vehicle He is using to do it.
Throughout the Gospel people sought Jesus to do what no one else
could do. In Matthew 17:14-1 7, a father had a son who was
demon-possessed and no one else was able to help him, including
Jesus' disciples. Finally, the father encounters Jesus. Jesus,
looking at this seemingly impossible and long term situation,
tells the father to, "Bring him to Me". Jesus did in a moment
what others could not do!
In another situation, the disciples faced a seemingly impossible
task of feeding over 5000 men (not including the women and
children) with two fish and five loaves of bread. After taking
inventory of the situation, Jesus, speaking of the fish and loaves,
tells the disciples to, "Bring them here to me." Having placed
their impossible situation in the hands of Jesus, the peoples'
insufficiency was transformed into over flowing sufficiency. So
much so, that there were 12 baskets full of leftover after
everyone had eaten their fill.
Too often, God is the last stop in our search for help. We don't
have to lose everything before we begin to seek Him. God is not
intimidated by what we are dealing with. We must stop trying to
fix our problem on our own and seek God for our deliverance.
Let's be honest, if we could fix it, it would have been fixed by
now. This is a "God Problem", or a "problem for God". Don't
mistake your trusting people with trusting God. When God showed
up, deliverance quickly followed.
I want to challenge you. Set aside some time in the morning,
evening, on your lunch break or when you are lying in bed, and
seek out God's presence. Block out your situation and focus on
God's promises. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promised, "Come to
Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, .... 'For My yoke is
easy and My burden is light'." This offer still stands for those
who will seek Him! No matter ho long you had the problem. NO
matter how big it is. Whatever it is, God still says to -
"Bring it to Me!"
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Dear Praying Friends,
In 1994, Congregational minister Rev. Richard Owen Roberts reintroduced America's churches to the seemingly forgotten Biblical truth about "Solemn Assembly." His article of the same title from his book, Sanctify the Congregation, has been reprinted again and again to help Christians in America and around the world respond to God's call for corporate repentance and prayer. But have we met God's requirements to prevent our nation from moral, spiritual, economic, and political collapse? Or will judgments against our nation only increase? Our patriot pastors, colonial governors, Continental Congresses, and many Presidents frequently called for days of sincere fasting, humiliation and prayer. They were taken seriously and nearly universally observed. We cannot save ourselves. God's Word declares hope for our nation, but only as we seek Him (Is 1:4-20; 2 Chr 7:14).
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - The President has not kept his word on a range of issues, but he is aggressively working to keep his promises to the nation's homosexual activists. With an expanded Hate Crimes Law already in force and a plan to open the U.S. military to homosexuals underway, Congressional Democrats are now promising a vote on ENDA (H.R.3017, S.1584) during the next few weeks. If passed, ENDA will require businesses, charities, schools, day care centers, etc., to hire, retain, and promote persons who could have been arrested as criminals in many states until just seven years ago under sodomy laws (Lawrence v. Texas U.S. 558 ).
Suspected violators of what some refer to as "Cross-Dresser Protection" legislation will be investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which will facilitate lawsuits by homosexual activists. The bill gives special employment protection to homosexual, bisexuals and "transgender persons" and covers both "actual" and "perceived" "sexual orientation or gender identity." There is some (but not enough) protection for religious organizations. Chai Feldblum, who drafted the measure, was recently appointed by President Obama to the EEOC. Feldblum, a law school professor and lesbian activist, believes first amendment religious rights must bow to homosexual rights, "Gays win; Christians lose," she says (see Feldblum, Fight ENDA).
May God intervene to stop this evil bill. May God's people exercise their duty as citizens to demand that their representatives uphold religious liberty over sexual immorality by defeating ENDA (Pr 16:10-11; 20:23; Mic 6:11; Rom 1:32; 1 Ti 5:21; 2 Tim 4:2-3; Jas 3:17).
DC. Same Sex Marriage - Next Tuesday, May 4th at 10:00 AM, a nine member panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals will hear Stand4MarriageDC Coalition's appeal defending their right under the D.C. Charter to conduct a citizen initiative (a proactive referendum) on the issue of marriage. The Board of Elections and Ethics has called the initiative discriminatory and an unfit topic for a citizen initiative, simply because it seeks to keep the legal definition of marriage that has been in force since D.C.'s inception. The court ruling could further challenge the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as a union between a man and woman. When the D.C. Council passed a same-sex marriage bill in December, Congress had 30 legislative days to override the bill. Only a handful fulfilled their duty to act to overturn the law. The city began issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals in early March. Activists want to make our nation's capital the homosexual capital. According to a recent report by the D.C. AIDS office, more than 3% of D.C. residents have HIV or full blown AIDS (the actual number is much higher than the number of reported cases). D.C.'s rate is similar to that in African Uganda, which, for many years had the highest AIDS rate for any nation (Hearing, Stand4MarriageDC).
May God move upon the Court to uphold D.C. citizens' right to define marriage in their city. And may they win the Initiative at the polls! May our federal legislators fulfill their duty to uphold DOMA. If taken to the U.S. Supreme Court, may God grant a wondrous victory! (Gen 1:27-28; 2:20-25; Dt 16:18-20; Ecc 12:13; Mt 19:4-6; Rev 12:11).
National Day of Prayer - Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the world's best known evangelist and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, was unceremoniously disinvited from speaking at the Pentagon on May 6th. Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, wrote Secretary of Defense Robert Gates "demanding" that the Pentagon choose another speaker. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Muslim lobbyist group with ties to HAMAS, a certified terrorist organization, complained about Graham, pointing to his statements that Islam is an "evil and wicked religion." Now they are demanding that Graham be disinvited from speaking at the main NDP event on Capitol Hill Graham stands by his statements, originally made after the terrorist attacks in 2001 (Story, Hearings, Weinstein, CAIR, Capitol Hill Event).
May the Commander-in-Chief make amends for this discourteous act in which the Pentagon bowed to the demands of a competing religious group with a questionable history. May God-fearing people across America, outraged by this provocation, speak out, and may the Pentagon's posture be reversed! May Rev. Graham and others be strengthened to speak the truth! (2 Sam 22:1 ff; 2 Chr 7:14; Ps 50:14-15; Is 1:10-20; Joel 1:14, 2:12-18; Mt 18:18-20; John 10:10-15; 16:23-27).
Finally, this Saturday, May 1, from 6 AM - 2 PM, Christians from many denominations will gather on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial to "Cry to God for a Nation in Distress." This gathering promises to be a powerful antecedent to National Day of Prayer activities scheduled in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. On Thursday May 6th, the NDP Task Force prayer meeting on Capitol Hill will be aired live via God TV (9 AM - 12 Noon); an NDP Eastern National Area Solemn Assembly will be conducted West of the Capitol (11:30 AM - 1 PM), and the Capitol Region NDP Committee will conduct a pastors and leaders meeting (2 - 4 PM), and a Prayer and Unity gathering on the Capitol West Lawn (4:30 - 8:30 PM). Thank you for praying!
Rev. Pierre Bynum
National Prayer Director
Family Research Council
801 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Friday, March 19, 2010
Dear Praying Friends,
This Sunday the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the long-debated government takeover of the American health care system. We urge you to pray like you have never prayed before. We urge you, too, to talk to your pastor about joining with churches across America who will be uniting in prayer during their morning services this Sunday to pray about this all-important vote. And we urge you to do all you can to mobilize your praying friends to cry out to God between now and when the vote is taken -- as the Lord would lead you.
FRC and our allies and supporters have labored for the past year to educate Americans about the evils of this bill and the threat it poses to all of us, but especially the unborn. If passed, it will lead to the largest expansion of elective abortion in the history of our nation, and will require taxpayers to fund abortion for the first time in 35 years. Polls show that a majority of Americans oppose it, and that an even greater number (71%) oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. The vote will be very close, and no one will know the outcome for certain until the vote is taken, except God. It is to Him we must appeal.
We have previously made biblically based resources available to pastors and churches. You may wish to forward this letter to your pastor, who may not be on our pastors' list. He may wish to use them this Sunday:
Click here for an updated Sermon Starter entitled: The Wrong Prescription for America. If he wishes, your pastor can download it, copy the text, paste it into word processing software, edit as he sees fit and use it in his sermon!
Click here for a Bulletin Insert which contains a brief description of the fiscal, ethical, and moral problems with the bill and a call to action. Download the Bulletin Insert, print it out, copy it double-sided, and cut it down the middle. The half-sheet copies can be used in your church bulletin or as a stand-alone flier.
It may be too late to reach your Senators and Representative, but you can pray. As salt and light, we the church must influence this critical debate (Matt. 5:13-16). Visit www.FRCAction.org/healthcare for the latest information.
And please forward this message to your pastor friends. We have made a tremendous impact in slowing this unholy juggernaut that will fund abortions, but now is not the time we must not let up. It is absolutely imperative that we prevail in prayer during the few hours we still have to do so.
Nancy Pelosi claims to be praying to St Joseph and Nuns have told her they pray for this most evil agenda of our lifetime. Pelosi should have been ex-communicated when she defended Obama's stand on abortion, claiming the Catholic Church could not decide when life begins.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Psalm 85:7 - “Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.”
You may have joined a church, but have you thrown yourself on the mercy of the court? Have you said, “Lord God, be merciful to me, a sinner”? (Luke 18:13)
For the last few years of his life, I was a dedicated listener of Adrian Rogers' Gospel Lectures. There are few Pastors these days that are unafraid of calling a spade a spade as did Adrian. He was real quick to point out how we are deceived by today's evangelists and living in a fog as to the meaning of being a Christian.
This is one of Adrian Rogers anecdotes on mercy I had to share with you.
There’s a story about a lady who went to a photographer to have her picture made. When she saw it, she didn’t like it. So she took it back and told the photographer, “You’ll have to take this over.” He asked, “What’s wrong with it?” She said, “It doesn’t do me justice.” He looked at it and looked at her and said, “Lady, you don’t need justice; what you need is mercy.” God is just, but we need mercy. If you have never come to the place where you have seen yourself as a lost sinner before Almighty God and cried out to Him for mercy, then you’ve never been saved.
A little boy had a jigsaw puzzle that had a map of the world on one side and a picture of a man on the other. His mother asked him to try to work it, and before long he had put the puzzle together. The mother was surprised to find that the little fellow knew so much about geography.
“How on earth did you do that?” she asked.
“Oh,” he said, “I worked the other side first. When I got the man right, the world was right.”
How true that is! We will never fix this world until we get the man right — the Man Jesus Christ, that is.
Are things in your world confusing you these days? Turn to Jesus and trust Him to make sense of what you don’t understand.
Psalm 139:23 - “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.”
If you are so inclined to turn your heart over to the Lord, or aren't quite certain where you stand if something were to happen to you tonight, follow this link
Saturday, March 6, 2010
"Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do
according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded
you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you
may have success wherever you go." Joshua 1:7-8
In Joshua 1:7-8, God gives us some key principles that we can apply
in making the transition from our situation to our destinations.
The first thing God warns His people of is the danger of becoming
distracted. He warns them not to take their focus off of His Word
and become distracted by what's going on around them. You will
generally encounter distractions when you are getting close to
achieving something that will take you to the next level in your
Distractions are designed to take your focus off of your future and
cause you to become fixated and stuck in your present situation.
Some of the most dangerous distractions are those that don't make
much noise but creep in while we're at ease. The apparent ease
that we enjoy often causes us to forget about the work that still
must be done in order for God's promises to manifest in our lives.
A season of calm can cause the most diligent of us to become slack
in the very thing that got us headed in the right direction. The
enemy knows we pray more fervently and are more diligent in our
efforts to be delivered, when we're in trouble then when we're at
ease. Therefore, he allows a season of "trouble free living",
hoping that we will take our focus off of destroying his work,
slowing being lulled asleep. Once at ease, we don't discern his
activity in our lives and slowly find ourselves struggling with the
same things we once overcame. Remember, nothing is truly free
unless it comes from God. There is always a cost - even to what
appears to be peace.
Often, when we are at ease we allow God to slip into the background
of our lives and we slowly drift away from His purpose and plan for
our lives. If the truth were told, that is the reason many of us
are in the situations we're in now. This is why we must stay
focused on where we are going and what we are trying to accomplish.
Distractions also feed of our doubts and fears. When Peter began
to walk on the water, he did not sink because he couldn't finish
what he began to do. He sank because he became distracted and
fearful of what was going on around him. As he stepped out and did
the impossible, the bible says that the storm around him became
more fierce. This is a primary mode of operation of the enemy.
If he can't stop you then he will try to distract you. You must
be determined to finish what you've begun and be ready to face the
certain distractions that will arise.
Your success will be found in your ability to keep your focus on
what is ahead of you and not be distracted by what is going on
around you. Distractions are not always giants or storm, but can
also be found a season of apparent ease. The most dangerous enemy
one can face, is an enemy that has not been detected. The Bible
promises, "He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed
on Him, because he trusts in Him" (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).
Dr J C Mathews
GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Friday, February 26, 2010
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
Revelations 12:11, KJV
I discovered something while a student in law school that shed
light on why so many people are bound by situations they should
be set free from. During an Evidence class, we came to the topic
of "Testimony". In summary, I discovered that testimony serves
the purpose of proving the truthfulness of a matter by the
confirmation of another who has (preferably) first hand knowledge
of the events. This person is called a "witness". This individual
only qualifies as a witness if they have "first hand knowledge or
experience" of the matter. The most powerful testimony a witness
can possess is "eye witness" testimony. The testimony offered by
a witness who lacks this first hand knowledge is categorized as
"hearsay". Hearsay has very little probative value and is often
excluded from being accepted into evidence. Oftentimes, the
freedom, and very life, of the one being tried depends on
eyewitnesses that are willing to testify concerning what they know.
As I read Revelations 12:11, it occurred to me that many people
are unnecessarily bound and perishing in their trials because the
enemy has shamed witnesses from coming forward and testifying
about their own experiences and what they know. The enemy knows
our testimony has the power to defeat him and set the accused free.
Many people are serving life sentences in bondage, condemnation,
and some even losing their lives, because they've lost all hope of
things getting better or them surviving what they're going through.
However, we are living testimonies or evidence that they can in
fact make it. The enemy tried to destroy our bodies, minds/souls
and spirits - but failed. Our testimony proves that the devil is
a liar and defeated!
Testimony, by its very nature, is not for the one testifying but
for the benefit of the one being tried. I don't care how shameful
your past may have been; someone else needs the deliverance that
is in your mouth. There is a ministry in your testimony that
cannot be denied or refuted. Proverbs 18:21 declares, that the
"power of life and death is in the tongue".
It is interesting to note that the root word for "testimony" in the
Greek is "martus". It is the same word from which we get the word
"martyr". A martyr is someone who died for what they believe and
know to be true. I mentioned earlier, that "hearsay" testimony is
generally not accepted as evidence. However, there are exceptions
to this rule. One such exception concerns the "words of a dying or
dead person". These words are considered unusually reliable because
a dying or dead person (1) has not ongoing interest in the matter,
and (2) has nothing to lose by telling the truth. They are no
longer subject to fear, intimidation or the power of those who have
an interest in the outcome of a matter. They're free to tell the
truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help them God!
As born again, blood washed, forgiven Believers, who are dead to
all the guilt and shame of our past, why are we testifying to what
we have experienced and been delivered from? It is all under the
blood, buried in the watery grave of baptism and crucified with our
old man. Our past has no power over us! We are free to tell it -
all of it! There is no more condemnation to those who are in
Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). When and if we fall short, we can pray
for forgiveness and God forgives us, never to be brought to our
With this being the case, let me ask you a question: What are you
afraid of? What's keeping you from testifying to others of what God
has brought you out of and delivered you from? Others are
struggling with the same thing you've been delivered from and need
to know the truth - that God is a deliverer!
The text says, "they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by
the word of their testimony." Jesus has done His part in defeating
the enemy. He shed His blood and rose from the grave. Now we must
do our part by tell our testimony! Every time you "tell it", it
reminds the devil he is "defeated!" Go ahead - remember what He's
done for you! Don't be afraid or ashamed - just "tell it!"
Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Son of Hamas leader converts to Christianity - Fox news Video of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of influential Hamas Leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has converted to Christianity, and said that there will never be peace between Islam and the rest of the world. The whole purpose for Islamic jihad is to enslave the rest of the globe into their beliefs and oppress humanity.
The general public, and especially Christians, must wake up to the FACTS and drop the rhetoric that Islam is a peaceful religion and only a radical few wish Israel and the entire civilized Western World harm.
I am amazed at how many misguided Christians have blocked me because I am too involved in politics and speak against islam. If more Christians do not start getting involved our country will be run by immoral heathens. Apathy and protecting ourselves from 'bad news' is not biblical...it's evil dissuading us from getting involved!
You see in the above video where the son of the Hamas leader himself is warning you Islam will NEVER come to peaceful terms with the rest of humanity. The Koran commands jihad and the annihilation of all infidels. What will it take to wake up those of whom are so misguided? Everyone who believes so strongly these are end times and God is in control, and they are to do nothing, are placing themselves in the roles of false prophets as they presume to persuade others of their calamity.
Friday, February 12, 2010
"Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went
out into the wilderness." Exodus 15:22
Many people who find themselves stuck in difficult situations
often feel as if they've become lost. Somehow, they've
arrived in a wilderness where everything has dried up and
nothing seems to be growing. Many of them have lived in this
wilderness for so long that they have given up on things
changing and concluded that this must be all God has in store
On numerous occasions, they have attempted to change their
situation, but all of their efforts have failed.
If this sounds like you, you may not be lost at all! You may
be squarely within the Will of God.
All dry places in life are not the result of being lost. Sometimes
God leads us into dry places and uses them as a place of preparation.
In Exodus 3:8, when God met Moses at the burning bush, He told
him that He was going to deliver His people from bondage and
into a land flowing with "milk and honey". Yet, we know when
God delivered His people from bondage, He led them directly
into a "wilderness" where they spent 40 years.
We know that their wilderness experience had a purpose because the
Bible tells us that there was a shorter route available that they
could have taken and avoided the wilderness altogether. Exodus
13:17 says, "God did not lead them by the way of the land of
the Philistines, even though it was near."
Whenever God leads you somewhere He has a predetermined
purpose for you, even if the route is longer than what you
expected. The longer the preparation, the greater the
promotion. If takes much longer to get a PhD than it does
a GED. I am not putting down those who have a GED. Praise
God for it. For some, it took just as much determination to
get their GED than it did for some to get their PhD. However, we
are speaking of principles.
Oftentimes, your wilderness is the doorway to your promise.
At the initiation of Jesus' public ministry He was not led
into the temple, but into the wilderness. Jesus had to be
first prepared in their wilderness before He could preach his
first sermon. If you are in a wilderness right now, remember what
you learned while there because it will be necessary to sustain
you in your Promised Land. Don't faint or lose heart. You
may be at the door of your promise and purpose.
I know it has been a long journey, but it will be worth your while.
I know others may have arrived sooner at their place of destiny,
and you are still making your way toward your destiny. What God
wants to do in your life, requires preparation, therefore He
had to take you the long way. There are no short cuts in the
Kingdom of God - only God's way. I know, all the while you've
thought that somehow you where lost. You may not have been
lost at all. You just may have been led!
Dr J C Matthews, International Kingdom Institute
An Invitation To The Desert
Friday, February 5, 2010
Normally, one would reasonably believe you cannot argue or defend that which you have no knowledge, but, when it comes to the koran people lose all reason and common sense. Muslims and non-muslims, alike, constantly defend the koran with untruths and rhetoric which does not exist except through deceptive translation. So you think, "What does all this have to do with me?" Or, you say, "I'm not going to worry about it, because it is written, and God is in control," to anyone who will listen. This is also dangerous as it is promoting apathy, and there is nothing godly about withdrawing from the events which threaten our society, when you could have stood against the evil tyranny.
By not being knowledgeable of the truth, or not getting involved by hiding behind a misinterpreted scripture, we are helping the enemy. Ignorance and apathy is exactly what the enemy counts on, so the indoctrination can spread, just like the perversions have been spread throughout America over the past few decades. What used to be the "Moral Majority" is quickly becoming the minority, due to apathy and expecting someone else to do what every Christian had a duty to accomplish--- STOP evil in its tracks!
Now, even our country's leaders are promoting perversions, and in our schools, when a decade ago it would have been unthinkable and unacceptable. I have heard "Christians" state it's alright, their kids are home schooled, or attend parochial schools. If we are true Christians, how do we accept evil for ANYONE in society, as long as it doesn't affect us? Liberals/atheists claim they are not their brother's keeper. By letting evil takeover, how are we to be sure our children's children will be safe, as we allowed the freedom to home school or private schools to be eliminated, and laws implemented to revoke our freedom to choose against perversions?
Those of you whom are certain the current events are leading to the Lord's return and He is in control, and all you have to do is pray and leave it to Him. Yes, He is in control, but, how does that exonerate us from fulfilling our duty as a Christian, to face tyranny and fight evil? How is it so many seem to know that which God went to great lengths to conceal from humanity---the time of His coming? By doing nothing, we promote the evil, by way of little or no resistance. That is why rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God, but, so many Christians would have you believe it is a sin to even know what is going on or get involved in politics. How absurd!
I advise all who believe the end times are upon us, and there is no reason to exert ones self to resist, read Revelations, chapter 3. The Lord states while the Master is away, a good servant is just as diligent as if He were here, watching, and should remain diligent until He returns. (Rev 2:26) And he that overcomes, and keeps my works till the end, to him I will give power over all the nations.
How are we innocent when we did nothing to stop evil? Jihad is not a religion. It is, however, a command of the koran. It is the agenda of Islamic jihad to abolish the freedom of every soul on earth. You think this is false, or so far off, or someone else will stop it? Then you must also believe there is no judgement day, and you will not be accountable.
The reason the Apostle Paul wrote an urgent second letter to the Thessalonians was because he heard that they became lazy as they misinterpreted his message, "The coming of our Christ is at hand," and believed there was no reason to do anything but await His arrival.
***A report released this week had the U.S. media abuzz with speculation after the state-run Press TV quoted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday as saying that the nation will deliver a harsh blow to “global arrogance” on February 11.No details on or explanation of the statement were revealed...(Read More)
Just as a 'watered down' Gospel poses a threat to our salvation, a 'watered down' koran poses a threat to ALL humanity.
Ahmadinejad is not the one misinterpreting the Koran!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has
escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a
huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you
relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes
of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show
Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."
And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in
his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not
seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers;
he died in the forty-first year of his reign".
2 Chronicles 16:7-9, 12-13
Have you been robbing God of the opportunity to be glorified in
your life? Much of the frustration we face in life is really our
denying God the opportunity to demonstrate Himself able to handle
the problems that are too great for us. When we place our
confidence in men and turn to others for help, instead of God, we
deny Him the opportunity to be glorified. Our problems are really
open invitations for God's participation in our lives. Everyday,
people suffer unnecessarily because they deny God the opportunity
to get involved in their lives and thereby be glorified.
King Asa made a similar mistake when he placed his confidence in
man, instead of God. God gave King Asa not only victory, but also
unusual peace, despite the fact he was surrounded by hostile
nations. The Bible records because King Asa became sick he and
once again placed his confidence and his life in the hands of men
instead of calling upon God for his healing. As a result, he not
only lost God's blessing over his life, but his life itself.
How often, do we decide to turn from God, who has already proven
Himself faithful, able and willing to see us through our struggles?
It was God who has kept us from being totally destroyed by our
enemies - seen and unseen. He has hid us and not allowed our
adversaries to know when we are weak, nor has he exposed our hidden
What is it in your life that God is waiting for you to turn over to
Him and give Him the opportunity to show Himself strong? Your
impossibilities are really God's opportunities. When you deprive
Him the opportunity to demonstrate His sovereignty you also deprive
Him of glory that is due Him. When you need help, don't look
around - but look up! David, facing a seemingly impossible
situation, asked himself a question and came to the right
David said, "I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who
made heaven and earth" (Psalms 121:1-2,). Remember, the
impossibility you are facing might actually be an opportunity for
God to show Himself strong!
Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The judge outlined very well how America will never ever give in to people who are simply mass murderers masquerading as soldiers. Terrorists are not really fighting a war, they are just trying to kill people. All of this death and destruction under the guise of religious war is extremely foolish. There is no real hope for a cause like that, where all that happens is random death.
I was especially impressed with how the judge mentioned over and over again how America had been through these situations before, and will happily go through them again. We are the ones who end the wars. We never run from fear. We are not in the business of giving up. We come to the aid of countries that need us. We alone are sometimes the only ones who are able to make a significant difference, and that is actually okay with us.
Other countries are jealous of our freedom. They are jealous of our way of life. They are jealous of how we can do virtually anything we want, wherever we want. We are not hampered by the world. Our individual rights are the best this world has to offer. We are a courageous, determined people and mass murder holds no place in this country or any other.
Where does Jesus fit in to all this? He is the one who INVENTED AMERICA!!! It was His religion that brought about these freedoms. He is the one who inspired the founding fathers. He is the one who guides the decisions of our leaders. If you look at the viewpoints of the last 200 years of America, and beyond really, they are CHRISTIAN VALUES! We are a country that comes to the defense of other countries because Jesus ALWAYS helps people who are impoverished and dominated by villains. Do you know what makes Christians different than other people? THE SACRIFICE!!! We will gladly hand over our happiness, our comfort, our money, to aid those people in the world who are without.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The leaders of Allentown's Lifechurch said residents of their Haitian orphanage in Port-au-Prince and a volunteer from Allentown survived. Members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown arrived at JFK in New York this morning. They had gone to Haiti on a yearly mission to bring badly needed medical supplies to the orphanage.
At the time of the quake, the group was with the orphans in an open field, playing ball, said Frank Procaccini. Any other time they would have been in the buildings. The orphanage and the Hotel were destroyed, killing many inside.
I have read about and heard of numerous accounts of rescues in a most impossible situation, with no equipment and supplies available. In almost every occurrence, it is told of prayers being answered.
I wept at the images of Haitians waiting for help on rooftops which could barely hold them following the 2008 hurricanes, back-to-back. I was terribly upset at the delay in reaching them. It seemed then, as it does now, their government just does not care. The only word I've heard from their president was regarding the presidential palace being destroyed.
Wednesday, Well known evangelist Pat Robertson publicly implied the Haitians deserved their fate as they swore a pact with the devil. While his inappropriate context certainly had bad timing, and would not be understood well by many in the global audience he reached, it was not far from truth.
Michael Savage, well known radio show host, has taken the issue to the other extreme, making light of the voodoo situation while denouncing Robertson without mercy, for two days. I respect Savage's political opinions, most of the time, but, he should leave spiritual issues to the experts. He became just as "ridiculous" as Robertson.
The truth of the matter is God will judge evil nations (which I've heard Savage express in the past). God will bring down an evil people. Unfortunately, innocents cannot be excluded from a national tragedy. While I am certainly no expert, as well, I will not exclude the facts for degradation sake. I believe for everything there is a reason. I do not believe in coincidence, 90% of the time.
For generations Haiti has been known as the Voodoo Capitol of the world. Carried over from the African slave trades, those of whom ended up on the tropical Island, which at the time was called Saint Domingo, have evolved traditional rituals into a serious and threatening religion involving murder and torture.
The difference in the background of the slaves has helped integrating beliefs, rites, songs and dances of different tribes to create a syncretic religion.
From the beginning the authorities already suspected that the meetings organized by the slaves, even the ones connected to the dancing meeting were related to religious (actually, witchcraft) practices.
Along the way, Voodoo was even integrated with Catholic beliefs, hence the depictions above by Haitian artists. Other satanic religions, such as Santeria, have also stemmed from these same basic evils. It is rampant and responsible for many violent incidents globally and here in the U.S.
So, while it is a great tragedy, and I have encouraged all within the sound of my voice (or network) to help in any way possible, let us not preclude the reality of Haiti's nature. I call for fervent prayer, for those still alive but not yet reached by rescuers, for the families of the victims, and for the spiritual enlightenment of the survivors- that they would be led away from the dominant evil in that country, and brought to salvation, in Jesus' Holy Name, Amen!
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
In any event, denial is a destructive presence hindering our dealing with the truth. We are often so convinced of the legitimacy of our denial, we accept it as truth. We dissuade ourselves from taking the proper course which would derive a healthy outcome of an issue or an event.
Usually, if we think we need not deal with something ( perhaps an occurrence from the past), that is exactly what we need to deal with. We are unable to see it, for our denial. Perspective is everything. With the proper (or true) perspective there is almost no limit to what we humans can accomplish.
By that same token, a bad or incorrect perspective can cripple us to no end. A wrong perspective produced from deceiving ourselves can and will ruin our lives from what God intended for us.
I had just written an article regarding sin, and Mat 7:21. Almost immediately after posting it I received a comment from a woman demanding, “Enough already with the doom and gloom, we get the point.” At first, I thought why would she think I wrote the article for her, or, how did I get in her way? Then, I realized - she is probably one of the people I wrote it for.
I have always been troubled by those of whom are seemingly strong Christians, but troubled by the Word of God, in any aspect. If I see the same scripture over and over, it seems to me I needed to see it. In a different perspective a scripture we have heard many times may take on a whole new meaning.
God is very gentle with us. When we are faithful He will direct us and give us information He feels we need, or can handle. Our perception of what we need is seldom in line with what He sees that we truly need to enhance our lives. Proverbs 3: 5-6, Trust in Him with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
In troubled times I have struggled to stick to that principle, and I promise you it pays off, so to speak.
I have always used my own type of prose in my writing. I discovered early on that while they are very expressive and knowledgeable, Theologians and Scholars tend to ramble on with words by which the common lay person or even some English teachers are unable to understand. Since most people will not refer to a dictionary to get through each sentence, many an important issue goes unnoticed.
I am intent on reaching those individuals who may be looking for answers or a hint from someone that may have experienced what they are going through. I only do this as I was led kicking and screaming by the Lord. I figure if anybody doesn’t like what I have to say, no one is holding a gun to their head; kind of like changing channels if ya don’t like the program.
I have found that all too often, those individuals which attack with the most venom are the ones who need the message the most. Take the lady the other day, who told me it seems I had a very good point to make, that it was a shame my grammar was so bad. She went on to state she tried, but, was just unable to read what I had to say. By the way, she spoke fluent English if you were wondering.
There is no rhyme or reason for many things we do. Often we seem silly, or petty, and recognize it, but, always rationalizing it to the point of eliminating any conviction of ourselves. Typically, this leads to self righteousness stemming from defending our self. It is the practice, not the rule, self righteousness and denial go hand in hand.
The atheist will hold out to deny reason or logic to the point-of-no-return silliness in his argument. He will always have that opportunity to accept the truth of the Gospel and the proof in the prophesies and be saved. The professed Christian in all their self righteousness and denial will more than likely carry their ignorance to the grave. As they presume to tell everyone else they are not sufficient Christians, where they will spend eternity is only known to the Lord.
The Lord has knowledge of where we are at in our conscious awareness and the contents of our heart. We cannot begin to conceive of His omnipotence, timing, and compassion. When we least expect it, He is there (all along) and just a word in our heart at the right time can change our life. In our stubbornness and fear of truly grasping the unknown (or unseen) by faith in the Son of God, we miss out completely what He had in store for us.
Consequently, we continue to travel around the wilderness longer than necessary. Any happiness we think we experience without God in our life is just empty illusion. I can tell you, not only by the inerrant Word of God, but, by my own experience…
If you lean not on your own understanding, but, trust in Him with all your heart, and in all your ways acknowledge Him - HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH!!!
Some will have no idea what I'm saying, while someone else will understand completely and needed to hear it. There is a purpose for everything.
If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution, why not commit yourself to telling someone of the goodness the Lord has brought you and the relief of knowing your destination after this world. They may ask questions and you just might save a life.