Pastor’s Blog 8.11.20

John 8:42-47
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” NKJV

The normal conversations I am having with so many believers today usually ends up with a phrase something like this; “why can’t people see that this is wrong”? “How can people be so deceived”? Well, Jesus answered that for us, even though I hate hearing this truth about so many, as I am sure you do as well.

I was watching a clip of a message from Joel Osteen the other day and he said “I believe that 99.9% of people are really good people with good hearts who have just made some wrong choices in life”. Thousands of his followers nodded in agreement instead of refuting the lie he just propagated which continues to keep people in darkness.

What does the light of the world, Jesus, the way the truth and the life say about the majority of humanity? He says “they do not hear, because they are not of God”. He doesn’t ever, in any way, shape, or form, even come close to saying 99.9% of people are good with good hearts. That is living at such a state of spiritual denial it isn’t even close to the truth!

Talk about falsely securing someone in their self-righteousness!

What does the word say?

Gal 3:24
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. KJV

And what exactly does the law do? It condemns us all as depraved sinners! It teaches us that we cannot save ourselves by our own goodness and that we will likewise perish under its condemnation, if we do not embrace the grace of God through a new birth in Jesus Christ!

Jer 17:9
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? NKJV

Rom 3:9-20
9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. 10 As it is written: “There is none righteous , no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. NKJV

A biblical worldview does not ever see 99.9% of people as good with good hearts. It sees 100% of people wicked, lost, and forever doomed without Christ! When I hear about believers voting democrat, knowing full well its main platform is immoral, including the abominations of, abortion, same sex marriage, and now Marxism, and then justifying it by saying well republicans are racists, I am stunned! It is not about the color of skin but it is about the practice of sin!

I challenge you to ask people who you know are not sold out blood bought followers of Christ this question. “If you died right now why should God admit you to heaven? Most will respond, I believe I am a good person, or something along that line. That is the epitomy of self-righteousness. There is no other answer than the blood of Jesus and then there is the qualifier of works that are the fruit of true faith.

All through this time of epidemic I have heard over and over in my heart:

Jer 12:5 “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan? NKJV

Faith is being tested right now in the land of covid, but the anti-christ is coming and woe to the ones who must face him! Normal, healthy, young believers have given up their service in corporate worship, with little to no risk to their physical lives. I fully relate and understand those who have a real legitimate threat being extra cautious, but it seems many have just taken this opportunity to forsake the body of Christ, to become self-centered, self-serving lovers of the world.

We have watched two more international stars put on church discipline these last two weeks. Jerry Falwell Jr., and Perry Stone. If they could get far enough away from Jesus while in full time service; to become enticed by the lust of the flesh, so can any of us! Stay in prayer, the word and FELLOWSHIP! Fellowship keeps us accountable to one another and helps reveal our self-deceptions!

Let’s keep fighting the good fight of faith! – TOGETHER!

Pastor’s Peak

Psalm 137:1-7 TPT
THE SONG OF OUR CAPTIVITY
Along the banks of Babylon’s rivers
we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity,
and wept with great love for Zion.
Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness.
We hung up our harps on the willow trees.
Our captors tormented us, saying, “Make music for us and
sing one of your happy Zion-songs!”
But how could we sing the song of the Lord
in this foreign wilderness?
May my hands never make music again
if I ever forget you, O Jerusalem.
May I never be able to sing again if I fail to honor Jerusalem supremely!
And Lord, may you never forget…

I have been thinking of this Psalm this week as I daily experience living in a post Christian culture. Don’t get me wrong, I am not hanging my harp on a willow, but I like many of you, long for a righteous agenda to prevail again in our beloved nation. While many are chanting hatred for this nation and our liberties, I think of the times I have spent overseas in third world countries. I would venture to guess 80% of the world’s population would leave their home right now for the opportunity to live here.

I remember the young people clinging to our mission team begging us to take them back to America with us. One young man, in South Africa, offered my wife seven cows if he could marry one of our daughters so that we would bring him to America. I remember one young man who was a pilot in the Island of St Lucia…when he found out our church had a small plane he told me, “please take me to America and I’ll be your pilot for free!”

Romans 1:20-22
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful , but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,… NKJV

Covid 19 has caused 1 in 3 church members to no longer attend or participate in their church either in person or online according to the Barna statistics released today. Online attendance diminished 45% during the lockdown of the average church. Thank God we are not average! Churches are being targeted by the government and media as the main culprits in the spread of Covid 19. They never a mention the box stores, or protests.

For the last 50 years the true prophets have warned of the destruction of our beautiful nation, and now we are seeing such division, hate and such exaltation of immorality it is possible we won’t recover! But, good news! Our Kingdom is not of this world and Jesus is not moved and we will not be moved either! We want peace on earth, but realize the Lord brought a sword. We want the blessing of being a majority, but remember only the remnant shall be saved!

So we pick up our sword of the Spirit and we fight daily for our salvation and our righteousness which is only in Christ, and our peace and joy which are only found in Him!

Remember the words He left us with:

John 16:33
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation ; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” NKJV

He overcame the world, and He lives in us. As long as we remain in Him and obedient to His word, we will overcome too, and with great peace! Wht a mighty God we serve!

Pastor’s Blog

 

Choose this day, who do you serve

 

The state is my shepherd? I don’t think so.

 

I thought about writing this as a Parody on Psalm 23 this morning, this is the craziness we are living in now!

 

So they tell me:

 

The state is my shepherd, I shall not want

They lead me to social distancing, to stay in my home,

Where they say I am safe, and falsely secure my soul.

 

They lead me to forsake all righteousness, for tolerance sake, while they deny to acknowledge all that is evil.

 

They tell me to accept all that is wicked and hate those who don’t,

they tell me that right is wrong and wrong is right and expect me to believe it.

 

They make a mockery of God and mock me for believing in Him,

They educate my children in ways I don’t believe and call that progressive.

 

Yes though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the death of faith, I will not yield to their lies, I will stand fast in the Lord as I live my life.

 

Yes the Lord is my shepherd not the state and their lies, His word not theirs will comfort me,

He will raise me up in that day, when He comes for His faithful ones,

they will gnash with their teeth on the day His will is done,

with vengeance and judgment, the end will come.  

The wicked will be cast, into the fire at last,

and we will dwell in the House of the Lord forever!

 

No, the state is not my shepherd and never will be. I have heard warnings all my life that the left were trying to bring about Marxism and Communism and I am watching as even believers are being led like sheep to the slaughter! Where is the cry from the church as our nation is being attacked by anti-christ leftists? Do you really want to give up your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and depend on the next stimulus check or government welfare check for your prosperity?

 

Christians all over the world are dying and being imprisoned for the right to assemble and Pastors are closing their churches for the possibility that someone might get the Covid 19 virus? We have been told that basically everyone will deal with this virus sooner or later and a vaccine is not yet a reality. They still don’t have a vaccine that cures the common cold.

 

I have friends right now who have the Covid 19 virus and I don’t deny it’s reality or the severity for some, but I am not yielding to the fear of catching it and will not spend the next six months or one year or two years hiding in my home in fear! It is not going away and I am not staying away!

 

Remember this, more people died of heart disease this month than Covid 19, but there is no international outcry against the false advertising of the food industry that is fueling this disease. Where are the protests for the 79 people shot in Chicago last weekend and the children being killed every week by stray bullets from drive by shootings?  The media and the left and the Hollywood elitists have one agenda, get rid of Trump!

 

I would encourage you to read the first 3 chapters of Isaiah and I’ll just include these three verses:

Isa 3:10-12

10 “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.

12 As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.”

NKJV

 

Choose you this day, which leader will you serve!

 

Be blessed!

 

 

 

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