Pastor’s Blog 4.10.19

Can you still tell right from wrong?

If you can you are blessed! When the Congress of the State of New York stood in applause a couple of weeks ago, as the bill passed giving doctors the right to commit infanticide, most of us stood in unbelief. What has happened to the liberal mind? God’s word, once again, has proven itself true. He warned us that we could sear our conscience to a point of no longer knowing right and wrong and it is happening. New research has shown that the brains of conservatives and liberals are different under an MRI. Conservatives have a greater response to horror than liberals. Go figure.

Remember the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Romans 1:28-32 TPT

And because they thought it was worthless to embrace the true knowledge of God, God gave them over to a worthless mind-set, to break all rules of proper conduct. Their sinful lives became full of every kind of evil, wicked schemes, greed, and cruelty. Their hearts overflowed with jealous cravings, and with conflict and strife, which drove them into hateful arguments and murder. They are deceitful liars full of hostility. They are gossips who love to spread malicious slander. With inflated egos they hurl hateful insults at God, yet they are nothing more than arrogant boasters. They are rebels against their parents and totally immoral. They are senseless, faithless, ruthless, heartless, and completely merciless. Although they are fully aware of God’s laws and proper order, and knowing that those who do all of these things deserve to die, yet they still go headlong into darkness, encouraging others to do the same and applauding them when they do!

There it is folks, the applause for evil being comitted was foretold 2000 years ago by the Apostle Paul. To actually see it happen is to watch the end of the age happening before our very eyes.

2 Timothy 3:1-7

But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce and difficult for the people of God. People will be self-centered lovers of themselves and obsessed with money. They will boast of great things as they strut around in their arrogant pride and mock all that is right. They will ignore their own families. They will be ungrateful and ungodly.

They will become addicted to hateful and malicious slander. Slaves to their desires, they will be ferocious, belligerent haters of what is good and right. With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and wrapped in clouds of their conceit. They will find their delight in the pleasures of this world more than the pleasures of the loving God.

They may pretend to have a respect for God, but in reality they want nothing to do with God’s power. Stay away from people like these! For they are the ones who worm their way into the hearts of vulnerable women, spending the night with those who are captured by their lusts and steeped in sin. They are always learning but never discover the revelation-knowledge of truth.

Today, pastors of local churches are afraid to tell their congregations that the sins they are practicing are forbidden by God and still carry severe penalties. Why? Because people will leave and go to a church that does not convict them or cause them discomfort. The other day I heard a liberal politician say it was evil to call any human being an animal name because President Trump had referred to horrid criminals being animals. If that is the case then Jesus was evil. (Which we know he wasn’t)

Matthew 23:29-33

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,  and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’  “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.  Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.  Serpents, brood of vipers ! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?  NKJV

Matthew 7:15-16

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves .  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?”  NKJV

Jesus called people animal names when they acted like animals. Liberals call evil good and good evil, thus fulfilling the prophetic words of the depravity of human beings without the grace of God in their hearts.

Isaiah 5:18-21

“Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, And sin as if with a cart rope; That say, “Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it.” Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light , and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! NKJV

In reality, the word of God says woe to the liberal politician and the party that follows them. Just imagine a child being delivered in an operating room, drawing a breath, cries, and is then laid on a table and made comfortable…then the very doctor who delivered the baby walks over unties the umbilical cord and watches the baby bleed out without any conscience of wrongdoing???? On top of this, imagine a room full of governing, duly elected officials applauding at this inhumane act! I won’t dignify that man with the title of doctor I call him a murdering animal!

The only way to keep our consciences clean and sensitive to the Lord and His word is to govern by His word. We must begin to elect officials who once again value the word of God and value LIFE. Young life, old life, pre-born life. LIFE is a gift from God and all life must be valued. When we value the principles of Jesus, found in the Holy Bible, we will once again know right from wrong and determine truth for the principles with which to govern our lives and this nation. Join me in praying for a return to truth and the word of God. First, in our churches, and then in our nation!

God’s church must lead the way!


Power in the Blood of Jesus…

I participated in a murder…I was guilty, but now I am free! What murder? The crucifixion of Jesus. I was born guilty of His death, but now I have been reborn of His blood and now I am FREE! Guilt and shame gone! Let me explain….

This morning before work, I took communion.  I love partaking of the covenant meal and reminding the enemy that I am covered by the blood of Jesus and I include my family and others I love as well! 

It’s so wonderful to partake of the same meal that Jesus did with His disciples.  I love the benefits of communion and if you have never studied those, I encourage you to do so.

As I was going to work and praying and talking to the Lord, these words came out of my mouth…..I participated in a murder and therefore, I am covered in blood.  (WOW)

See, it was MY sins that nailed Jesus to the cross.  It was MY dis-ease that caused Him to be beaten and bruised.  It was my anxiety that caused Him to be chastised.  I wasn’t physically there, but my sins were.

I’d like to believe that had I been there, I would have been on the right side of history – however, I am thankful that I AM on the right side today!

But, let’s think about this – if a person participates in a brutal murder, they leave covered in blood.  Everywhere they go, the blood goes with them until they wash it off.  If they get in their car, go to the store, go home, that blood goes with them and gets on things….

As I walked into the Post Office today, I thought, the blood of Jesus is going with me…..the blood of Jesus is now on the PO Box.  It is everywhere I go today.  Today, I applied the blood of Jesus to my life afresh and anew and the good news is, I did not have to participate in a murder to do so because the blood of Jesus was a sacrifice, is eternal and now covers the mercy seat in the throne room of heaven! 

Therefore, as believers, we can apply the blood daily and receive the benefits!  Because His blood was and is redemptive, we are not held responsible for His death but we participate in the  power of His death, burial and resurrection! We benefit from the ultimate sacrifice!  Glory to God!  As a matter of fact, whenever we confess our sin and He forgives according to 1 John 1:9, We know that His blood cries out for us!  Forgive!  Restored!  Free!

The Lord said to me one time, if Abel’s blood cried out for for revenge, how much more does My blood cry out for mercy and forgiveness!  WOW!  Our King could have condemned us, but instead, He chose to die for us and redeem us!  What a Savior!

Only God could take an act so vile, so inhumane as the crucifixion and turn it around for the redemption of humanity.  Only a perfect God could love us enough to die for us and take our punishment and death!

As I took communion today, and I applied the breaking of His body, to the broken places in mine, I believe I am healed. I believe my family are covered today as they are part of my heritage and covenant with God. As I sealed this act with the power of His shed blood, I ratified the covenant of the New Testament.  Hebrews 12:24 says His blood speaks a better word! 

Today, I reminded the devil that I, and all that belongs to me, is covered by and protected by the blood of Jesus.  The very thing that is his ultimate defeat. We remind him of his final destiny every time we partake of this act!

A few years back I wrote a song and the words are so powerful, I want to share them with you today.

The Blood speaks, it cries holy, the blood speaks it cries aloud. The blood speaks to cover many, the blood speaks, can you hear it now?

It cries sanctify, justify, I’ve covered all your sins, it cries purify cause Jesus Christ has made you whole again! It cries sanctify, justify I’ve covered all your sins, it cries purify cause Jesus Christ has made you whole again!

The blood speaks, as our defender, the blood speaks, against our foe. The blood speaks to those who listen, it says I’ve washed you white as snow!

The lamb was slain, the price was paid for sinner and the slave. Redemption came, salvation’s trade took all my guilt and shame.

It cries Sanctify! Justify! I’ve covered all your sins, it cries Purify for Jesus Christ has made you whole again.


TAKE the Land!

All of us have wilderness seasons in our lives. The Bible says we go from glory to glory to glory…and that is true. However, it often looks like this: glory…(wilderness)…glory…(testing)…glory…(maturing)…glory! At least that is what it has looked like for me. (smiling)

Let’s face it, we don’t permanently land on/in glory until we get to Heaven. As long as we are on the earth, we will always have room to improve and grow!

Keeping this in mind, it is a lot easier when you arrive in your current promised land, (fulfilled promise) because that’s where the real work begins. Yes, you had to fight to get there and endure the wilderness, testing, etc., but the promised land is still work. It is not easy nor for the faint of heart. Even the fruit of the land takes work to harvest! It’s so BIG! (to whom much is given much is required) Think about it this way; all through the process of getting you to the promise, you sowed. You sowed, obedience, discipline, grace, whatever you had to do to get there. Everything we do is a seed…so sowing good things in the wilderness will not only bring about good fruit, it brings about GREAT fruit. (Numbers 15:23) Think about it, when we go buy grapes we don’t need an extra person and a pole in order to carry them to the car! That is some GREAT FRUIT! Great fruit grows from great seed. (hmmmmm, thinking about that one!)

There are also giants in your promise land. It’s YOUR land and you have to take them out. They don’t just leave because you showed up! The enemy has held up blessings for generations and when we take it back, he doesn’t just go quietly. He does not play by the rules. Yes, it was fear/unbelief that kept the Israelites from entering their promised land, but I also think there was some laziness in there. They had just been delivered from their captivity and saw the hand of God move on their behalf. I think some people thought “I am tired and simply do not have the strength to fight any more or to harvest that kind of fruit!” I believe they expected to walk in and simply live.

In Exodus 23:20-30 the Lord told them exactly what to do and what He would do. He also told them He wouldn’t just drive out all the (other) inhabitants right away because they (the Israelites) needed to be able to increase enough to possess the whole land. (increase in numbers, and even strength) So when they saw the Giants, they should have realized, oh – that is OUR land, so we have authority and the Lord is with us.

When we arrive at a season of our promised land, we have to take the Giants out of their place… displace them… evict them… render them harmless. Kill the giants and you can take their spoil. Some spoil will be obvious – but some you will have to dig for. I mean, do you keep your valuable stash out in the open for easy prey? Neither do they. But the treasure is there and plenty of it.

No, the promised land is not for the weak- but for those who have come too far, went through too much, to let some loud mouthed uncircumcised philistine keep them from what is rightfully theirs. When you arrive at the place of your promise, gird your loins once again, check your armor and run towards the battle! RUN towards your giant just like David did! I believe when David ran towards Goliath, it took him by surprise, so that when David slung the rock- his guard was down and he was defeated!

This is why it is called possessing your land. Possessing is an action word. If you didn’t see giants in your land, perhaps you have not made it as far as you thought? The enemy always wants what is ours. And just because we put up a No Trespassing sign, don’t think you won’t have to enforce it!

Caleb and Joshua said the giants are bread for us…. how is that? In the Strong’s concordance one of the meanings is PROVISION. Think about it, displacing the giants allows you to gain their possessions AND strengthens you spiritually, which gives you confidence for the next fight. As Rick Pino says…. we cut off the giant’s head and eat giants for your bread! (see link at bottom)

“We cut off the giant’s head, we eat giants for our bread”

Rick Pino

The wilderness is tough and leads you to your promise, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s all sunshine and roses. Once you make it to the land you will need to possess it!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe there will be much victory and celebration in this promised land too! Remember the fruit that took two men and a pole to harvest? The spoils are great! Victory will be assured if you stay with God and follow His leading. After all, it is YOUR promised land. And it is there you will defeat the enemy, eat, and grow! The battles in the promised land are not the same as the battles in the wilderness. The wilderness is dry and barren and hot and tough! The promised land has milk and honey for refreshing, and lush green fields and shade and angels to help you enforce what God has told you to do.

Possessing is a process and one designed for our success. Don’t allow what you see to cause you to turn back into the familiarity of the wilderness. Go, full, head on into your promised land with all the confidence and strength of the word of God and covered by His blood. We were meant for victory!

You’re an Army Dressed for Battle by Rick Pino

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