If My People …

Does anyone ever deal with people they care about listening to christian music and singing along with it .. knowing that the person has fallen so far away from God, but you can’t say anything without creating a major incident? Do you catch yourself murmuring to God about it under your breath, even feeling bitter?

I deal with this a lot and it tears me up inside. We do more to feed the beast with that kind of response. This morning I caught myself and asked forgiveness. I think that when we gripe and murmur, that it contradicts our prayers and can even confuse a situation more.

If there is any kind of battle going on for the souls of these people we give the demons more strength with our attitudes, then we go pray and give the angels more strength … many times I wonder if battles go back and forth because of how people carry themselves so inconsistently in the spirit.

The battle over Daniel fasting seems unique in this regard. I’m sure there were moments when Daniel felt weak and even felt like giving up, but he remained consistent until he almost starved to death.

I once heard of a man who lived with the old native tribes who go out and pray every day knelt down in the snow all day until it melted around him from the sweat and body heat coming off of him. I know a story of another man who had what they call camel knees from praying so fervently on a hardwood floor by his bed, and he had a worn area in the floor from pacing in prayer …

In an old apartment I lived in for years I also wore down an area of carpet from pacing in prayer and praise for long periods of time, but for me even an hour or 2 in prayer will burn me out.

We seem to lack the fortitude and endurance to keep up like the men of that caliber, but most of us barely spend a few minutes a week in prayer anymore. And we wonder why things don’t change or improve around us. or if you are content with the way things are, then you are still doing something wrong …

“A man is no greater than his prayer life” is a statement that has been on my heart for days recently. Tho, I remember I use to be so addicted to prayer. I couldn’t get enough of going to church before I learned all that I know now about the paganism and the entertainment and the money.

A preacher once said something like, even if the church is dead or run by lies, just sit thru it and pray in the back in your pew, even under your breath until something happens … its a fairly tempting thought honestly. I liked to call myself an Agent Of God for this very kind of reason. I mean wolves are always out disguised as sheep, but Jesus said we will be sheep disguised as wolves. And I think we may have to be at times in order to make some difference.

Everyone always asks where is God? Well He wants to know where are His people … ?

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Staying Hungry

This morning I opened up this little book of scriptures and passages to a page that was referencing Psalm 139 … At the exact moment I was starting a David Wilkerson message published on Youtube 9 years ago. He was reading form Psalm 139 …

Times when we know God is communicating with us doesn’t make what we go thru any easier. He may very well be trying to also communicate with others in our lives, but people make their own choices or don’t allow themselves to be convicted ,,,

Our households and families are divided by the very things that were prayed against, children are far more interested in their toys and games and less discerning of things that are wrong.

We start telling God “well if things were as they should be, this would be happening or that wouldn’t be happening” and some times we may be right. However trying to get thru to people can many times bring retaliation, even persecution.

The question isn’t where is God? The question is where are the people? Some of us are meant to be leaders of the very people who ignore and resist or have just forgotten …

We wonder “how can these people still be so blessed when they betray God? Then I’m reminded of the 40 years in the desert when God took care of the people even thru the murmuring and complaining. That murmuring and complaining is what kept them their as long as they were” …

I find it confusing myself at times. I wonder whether I should be praying for conviction to befall someone. Certainly that a desire for God to be restored … but maybe I pray wrong. Maybe I don’t pray enough. Perhaps I don’t do as much as I should be with prayer and study …

Believe me, I know how tiring it gets. I know what it is to lose motivation when the world around you moves faster and further
from God. We ask ourselves, why should I bother? Just for my own soul? I think the answer lies within the fact that we feel such a burden for souls and are so heavily weighed down by the lack of commitment from others and knowing where a lot of lost loved ones will go … it hurts and its scary.

It becomes hard to pray because we don’t have words anymore. We don’t know what to ask or how to ask. So do we just sit in silence and meditate on His word? That’s one path many of us should take more often than we do …

Meditate and listen. If that’s all you have energy for then that’s what we should. Whether we do so after reading the word or hearing a message. Turn off all the distractions, put down the devices, and go to your secret closet, or in my case I have the sanctuary.

You see I talk to myself as much as I speak to any of you. I am not infallible. I know how difficult it is to stay hungry …

We ought be living not only on bread alone, but on every word from the mouth of God. Well we can’t do that if we’re doing all the talking or listening to everything other than God …

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Universal Vindication

“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”

1 Peter 3:13-14

And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?. This question is meant to imply, that in general, they need not expect evil if they lead an upright and benevolent life. Which may sound contradictory, but this is more likely a reference to the time after our lives here …

The idea is, that God would in general protect them, even thru harsh times, though the next verse shows that the apostle did not mean to teach that there would be absolute security, for it is implied there that they might be called to suffer for righteousness sake …

While it is true that the Savior was persecuted by wicked people, though His life was wholly spent in doing good; while it is true that the apostles were put to death, though following Jesus’ example, and while it is true that good people have often suffered persecution, though laboring only to do good, still it is true as a general rule that a life of integrity and benevolence conduces us to safety, even in a wicked world.

People who are upright and pure, who live to do good to others who are characteristically benevolent and who are imitators of God are those who usually pass life in most tranquility and security, and are often safe when nothing else would give security but confidence in their integrity.

Though in many cases a particular person may carry a certain burden for souls, and while seeing the tragic circumstances surrounding some people’s lives, the person becomes empathic … even after suffering persecution at their hands.

A man of a holy and pure life may, under the protection of God, rely on that character to carry him safely through the world and to bring him at last to an honored place. Or should he be calumniated or mistreated when living, and his sun set under a cloud, still his name will be vindicated, and justice will ultimately be done to him when he is dead. Simply meaning that vengeance will be God’s …

The world ultimately judges right respecting character, and renders “honor to whom honor is due.” Compare Psalm 37:3-6. I would be bold in saying that the universe (under God’s control) will set things right …

 

Sovereign Grace

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

Isaiah 55:7

Here is a gracious offer of pardon, and peace, and of all happiness. It shall not be in vain to seek God. His word is calling to us, and His Spirit is striving with us. But there is a day coming when He will not be found.

There may come such a time in this life; it is certain that at death and judgment the door will be shut. There must be not only a change of the way, but a change of the mind and heart. We must alter our judgments about persons and things. It is not enough to break off from evil practices, we must strive against evil thoughts. And that is a one of the greatest challenges in our modern world …

To repent is to return to our Lord, against whom we have rebelled. If we do so, God will multiply to pardon, as we have multiplied to offend. Tho, none should trifle with this mercy, or use it as an occasion to sin.

Men’s thoughts concerning sin, Christ, and holiness, concerning this world and the other, vastly differ from God’s; but in nothing more than in the matter of pardon. We forgive, and cannot forget; but when God forgives sin, He remembers it no more.

The power of His word in the kingdoms of providence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacred truth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, which neither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not return to the Lord without producing important effects.

If we take a special view of the church, we shall find what great things God has done, and will do for it. The Jews shall come to their own land; this shall represent the blessings promised. Gospel grace will make a great change in men.

Delivered from the wrath to come, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; and love constrains him to devote himself to the service of The Redeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, or lustfully sensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. The hope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread the gospel of salvation.

And do thou help us, O Spirit of all truth, to have such views of the fullness, freeness, and greatness of the rich mercy in Christ, as may remove from us all narrow views of sovereign grace.