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Hope or hopeless?

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Hope, according to the dictionary, means  1) the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best,  2)  grounds for this feeling in a particular instance, 3)  a person in which expectations are centered,  or 4)  something that is hoped for.

How can some people endure a hardship with a smile and peace?  Hope.

Why do others give up in the same hardship, sometimes to the extent of taking their own lives?  Hopelessness.

Did one have a feeling or grounds or person or thing that was different than the other? For all people:  feelings are volatile and unstable,  grounds move,  people fail,  things crumble.

So what is the difference between hope and hopelessness?  The Bible alone has the answer.  Hope in the Bible means “certain expectation or confidence.”  Since feelings are unstable, grounds move, people fail, and things crumble, where can we find certainty?  Only in Jesus Christ, our blessed hope (Titus 2:13).  In Jesus we have the hope (certain confidence) of eternal life  (Titus 1:2).  Contrary to the hope offered by the loving God is the hopelessness peddled by the liar known as Satan.  Satan’s message is, “There is no hope.  God cannot help you.  Just kill yourself.”

If a person facing a hardship puts his/her hope in Jesus, they can endure it with a smile and peace.  If a person facing the same hardship puts his/her hope in feelings, grounds, a person, or a thing, they may be overwhelmed, feel hopeless, and even take their own life.

Do not listen to the liar.  Listen to Jesus.  He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,”  (John 14:26) and, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The Person Jesus Christ is Hope.  He came to give hope to the hopeless.  We have no other hope.

If you have this hope, praise Him and bear witness of Him!  If you are hopeless, cry out to Jesus!  He, the difference between hope and hopeless, will give you hope.

 

 

Being unforgiving

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Can you either quantify or qualify the forgiveness the Lord has given you?  How much forgiveness did the Father extend to you when His Son cried “It is finished!” on the Cross?

Are we as forgiving of wrongs done to us as Jesus is of the wrongs we did to Him?  No, we are not.  Our stinking flesh gets in the way.  Therefore the Holy Spirit tells us in Ephesians 4:22-32 to “put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

If we do not put off the old man and put on the new man we will not be forgiving and become bitter.  We will become toxic to the people around us because we will have failed the grace of God and let a root of bitterness spring up to trouble us, and thereby many be defiled.  (Hebrews 12:15).

Do yourself a favor:  invest in your spiritual health and be forgiving.  Always forgive.  Does not Jesus always forgive?  Does not the love from which forgiveness spring win?

Liberal

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Jesus Christ is liberal, but He is not a liberal.

Jesus Christ is generous.

He said in Deuteronomy 15:11-14, “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.  And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.   And when thou send him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:  Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.”

He counsels us to be as generous as He is.  We are told in Isaiah 32:7-8 that, “The instruments also of the churl (miserly) are evil: he devises wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks right.  But the liberal devises liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.”

Yet Jesus Christ is not a liberal.

He is neither man-centered nor self-centered in his thinking.  He is not humanistic in His philosophy.  He is not ecumenical in His faith.  He is God the Father-centered in His thinking, philosophy, and faith.  And since God is love  (1 John 4:8), He is others-centered in His work.  He is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life; no one comes to the Father but by Him  (John 14:6).  He is the Lamb of God that came to take away the sins of the world  (John 1:29).  He is the only Begotten Son sent by God because He so loved the world to save from eternal death whoever would trust Him (John 3:16).

Jesus Christ is the ultimate in inclusiveness, generous beyond measure with Life and Love. Jesus Christ is the ultimate in exclusiveness;  there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved  (Acts 4:12).

Jesus is liberal, but He is simultaneously too exclusive and too inclusive to be a liberal.

The natural evolution of democracy

The natural “evolution” of democracy. Every form of human government ends in God-lessness. Fortunately, the King of kings and Lord of lords will soon bring an end to man’s reign on earth and set up His kingdom of righteousness. (Personally, I can’t wait!)

In the meantime, the citizens of The Kingdom must 1) make sure their “citizenship papers” are in order, and 2) The Way into The Kingdom is boldly and lovingly proclaimed.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/in-seven-states-atheists-push-to-end-largely-forgotten-ban/ar-BBgqSxt

 

Confusion: doing whatever is right in your own eyes

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I read the following article and was knocked almost speechless.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/04/minnesota-high-school-league-votes-on-transgender-athletes-sport-policy/

The sheer magnitude of confusion in our society is about to erupt like a volcano.  We have not just forgotten and neglected the Living God, we have ushered Him out of our society.  Woe!

We stand on the brink of history repeating itself.  To the idolatrous and perverse nation of Judah the Lord said, “That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:  Which say to the seers, ‘See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:  Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.’
Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:  Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly at an instant.   And he shall break it as the breaking of the potter’s vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a shard to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.”  (Isaiah 30:9-14)

Satan is the author of confusion, God is the God of order.  God’s order is revealed to man in His Word, the Bible.  Unless this nation repents of its confusion, it is not going to end well.  If you are confused, seek the God of order while He may be found, then finish well your race.

Being Forgotten

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Shock?  Wounded?  Anger?  Worthless?  Appalled?  How did you fell the last time you were forgotten by someone you love?

How do you suppose Joseph felt being forgotten by his brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt (Genesis 37) and then forgotten in prison by the chief butler (Genesis 40)?

How do you suppose the Lord feels when He is forgotten by the people He loves so (Psalm 106, Jeremiah 2:31-32, 2 Peter 1:5-9)?

If it helps you to not forget the Lord, remember that He never forgets you!

The Lord in Isaiah 49:15-16a says, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.”

Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”  (Luke 12:6-7)

All I want for Christmas

After you read the following article, I have a question.

http://www.worthynews.com/top/wuwm-com-post-atheist-group-introduces-billboard-designed-provoke-christmas-believers/

My question:  Would anyone be offended and get in my face if all I wanted for Christmas was that American Atheists Inc would shut their mouths?

I mean it lovingly…that they would employ some intellectual honesty, academic discipline, and the measure of faith given to them  (Romans 12:3) to investigate the reality of Jesus Christ.  For starters, honestly consider the radical things Jesus said of Himself in the Gospel of John.  Then perhaps thoughtfully consider the testimonies of Jesus’ early followers in the Book of Acts.

I pray they find the Lord while He may be found (Isaiah 55:1-7).  Otherwise, Jesus will confront them in the ultimate reality of His existence and shut their mouths along with all the others who deny Him.  “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.  As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”  (Isaiah 52:13-15).

It is not Jesus’ desire to shut anyone’s mouth for He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23).  It is His fervent desire that all would repent of their offenses against Him and be saved from death  (Ezekiel 18:30-32,  2 Peter 3:9,  John 11:21-26).  Find a Bible and read the referenced passages to hear Jesus’ heart.

A known unknown

The USA is apparently exploring in uncharted, dangerous waters.  This nation may be going someplace it has never gone before – into an unknown.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/12/05/obama-officials-mum-on-reports-white-house-weighing-sanctions-on-israel/

The article ends with, “The possibility of sanctioning Israel for its ongoing construction sends a signal that the Obama administration is willing to go further in its denunciations of Israel then any previous White House.  At the same time, the White House is vigorously pushing Congress against passing new sanctions on Iran.”

Yet the unknown into which the USA is venturing is not unknown, it is very well known.  We must not look at US history but at Israel history to see it.

The Maker of heaven and earth, the God of Israel has always dealt with the anti-Israel policies of the nations of the world, just as He promised Abraham He would in Genesis 12:3  (“I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.”)  The nations/empires that paid for their anti-Israel policies include Egypt, Syria, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Tyre, Sidon, the Philistines, Assyria, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Spain, Nazi Germany, Britian, and the USSR.  The Lord God of Israel either took those nations/empires “down a notch or two” or He destroyed them.  The Scriptures often referred to as the Old Testament gives us the history of Israel from which we are to learn  (1 Corinthians 10:1-11) this truth.  Ezekiel 25 – 32 gives a concise illustration of Genesis 12:3.

Israel is the “apple of My eye”, says the God of Israel.  He loves them with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).  He takes very Personally an attack on her by other nations.  In Zechariah 2:8 the Lord promises His people Israel that He will deal with “the nations which spoiled you: for he that touches you touches the apple of His eye. ”  To poke Israel in the eye is to poke the God of Israel in the eye.  And God does not like being poked in the eye!

“This (punishment for their crimes against Israel) shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts,” He says in Zephaniah 2:10.

The USA is playing with fire, the heavenly fire of judgment with a lengthy history, and is going to get burned unless the charted course is reversed.  Those who do not learn from history repeat it.

PS:  A coalition of nations (Russia, Iran, Ethiopia/Egypt, Libya, Turkey according to many Biblical scholars) will invade Israel in the near future.  They will poke the God of Israel in the eye and He will rise in His fury and destroy 5/6 of the invading army.  And His people Israel and all the nations of the world will know it was He who did it.  Read Ezekiel 38-39.

Worrywarts

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Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?   (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  (Matthew 6:25-34)