Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound,
the love of many shall wax cold. ~ Jesus Christ
Sometimes in spiritual warfare the last thing that gets bound up is the very thing we needed to arrest.
This morning my studies brought me to Joshua 5:13-15. The word "adversaries" stood out; the Lord's answer in vs 14 is quite interesting; and Joshua's reverence and obedience are apparently unconditional.
13And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
15And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
Later in the evening came an email devotion from the Institute of Creation Research. It arrived early (but according to God's clock, it was right on time). Hence, here it is; I hope it will encourage and enrich your heart, as it has mine.
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the Matthew 16:18)shall not prevail against it." (Many take this verse to teach security, that although Satan and his henchmen are attacking, the church and the Christian are safe within their fortress. In fact, many commentators and translators understand "gates" metaphorically, feeling that since gates are strong and important, they can be viewed as synonymous with "power," implying that the "power of hell" is marshaled against the church.
"Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty..."But this is not the case. The Greek word appears only a few times, and in no case can it be understood to mean power. It always means gates--either literal gates in a literal wall or a figurative entryway. Our text is not talking about the "power" of hell, but the "gates" of hell. The picture is not one of Christians cloistered within their castle while Satan attempts to destroy them, but one of Christians on the attack. The forces of evil are the desperate ones huddled within their stronghold, while the church is battering down their gates!The same teaching is found elsewhere: "For the are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). These verses sound the , and the battleground is the minds of men. We are commanded to cast down (literally, demolish) improper reasoning and arrogant philosophy, capturing every thought (literally, mind) for Christ, thereby destroying the bastions of evil.Christian, there is a time for defense, but let us never forget we are to be on the offensive as well. The Christ who leads us into the fray will surely lead us to victory! JDM
9/9/09 -- As requested, have removed the information on this post.
Please continue to pray for Mr. S, his family, and all those who are called to be martyrs.
While God loves all His children, there's something special about this calling.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Mr. S is a Middle Eastern born Christian who faces a judge tonight, accused of proclaiming Christ.
The court decision will be made tonight (Sunday am ME time).
Please pray and pass this along to those you know who will - thank you.
Acts 12:5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
There is a video on YouTube causing quite a stir (18K+ views in 4 days). Without the normal atmospheric conditions prerequisite, a tornado mysteriously formed and hit the south end of Minneapolis where the national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America was taking place. The tornado directly hit the Minneapolis convention center and Central Lutheran Church area, causing structural damage before disappearing as mysteriously as it had formed.
The question being raised is if this tornado was sent from God for a specific purpose. Normally, perhaps even with the lack of normal meteorological conditions, such a question wouldn't come up as an issue. However, the ELCA's agenda for Wednesday, August 19...2pm to be exact...included a discussion and vote on whether to make allowance for unrepentant homosexuality in the church. The tornado hit during the discussion, and:
Quoted from an article by the Catholic News Agency:
"Washington Times reporter Julia Duin reported that during the storm ELCA President Mark Hanson read out loud Psalm 121 to calm those in the convention center.
"We trust the weather is not a commentary on our work," said the Rev. Steven Loy, author of the statement on sexuality, Duin reports."
"Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust" was passed by ELCA...1,014 voted; 676 yays, 338 nays. If you do the math, the percentage of yay votes is 66.6%. (Numbers from ecla.org -- the yay vote percentage came from a friend on YouTube, but I confirmed the numbers directly at ecla.org and did the math.)
Along with the issue itself, the discussion on this YouTube video (embedded below) should be cause for grave concern. While we know what/how the world thinks, concern and prayer should be for the Body of Christ. Responses/comments...including the way we express our views and treat one another, should represent Christ and His Love. I know each Christian is at a different place in their walk...but that's no excuse for attitude.
At the end of this blog is my response to an atheist's questions regarding the video with respect to signs and wonders. I logged it for my own use, but feel free.
Next is a YouTube video response from a young girl named Amber Drakey. Amber (who may have a disability of sorts) sticks up for the homosexuals. Please pray for her. Responding in her comment section is a bible teaching man (fundamentalist) named BroCope. He needs prayer, too. Here are a couple highlights of BroCope speaking to Amber:
"It always amazes me that people like this, who have never cracked the Bible in their miserable lives, think themselves qualified to lecture believers on what God should be like...What a bunch of know-nothings. Crack the book before you try to tell anyone about God. Your life depends upon it. And BTW, I am going to be one of the judges. And I won't forget your arrogance."
"You would rather spend eternity in Hell? Okay,you've got it. I will make sure of it."
I hope you will take some time to watch both videos and make this all a priority in your prayers.
God bless you all,
I asked this before but it's been ignored.
If this tornado was a sign/warning, are all tornadoes signs/warnings or are some just 'weather'?
If some are just weather, please explain how you tell the difference.
Did god whisper it in your ear?
Did you find 'Yahweh' scratched into the sidewalk?
Did he show you the flight of the tornado burnt into a piece of toast (along with the plans to the 9/11 attack)?
No...but what you will find here is His grace and love reaching out toward you with an answer.
This is about signs (pardon the length).
Tell me...out of every phone call one makes, is each one an emergency? When a child calls 911 for a sick parent, how do the operators know whether it's genuine or a prank? Actually, they may have to treat every call as real...I'm not sure...but the point is, they use training, common sense and some intuition.
The answer to how Christians tell the difference is "discernment". When one is established in a relationship with God, they're able to discern the difference between a storm and a warning embedded within the storm.
Should we be ooo-ing and ahh-ing at this sign? No. Christians who know God's "voice" ought be on their knees in prayer with the heart of Jesus' words from the Cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (If they did, they wouldn't have done it.)
Religious leaders asked Jesus for a sign from heaven to prove himself.
Matthew 16:2-4 NLT
2 He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; 3 red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times! 4 Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah."
The sign He would give them, simply put, was the symbol of "3 days", representing the parallel between Jonah being in the whale's belly and Jesus being in the belly of the earth.
Here is what happened after Christ died but before taken down off the cross (try to envision):
Matthew 27:51-54 NLT
51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. 54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
And truly this was THE greatest sign/wonder given by God to the world...yet how many witnessed and how many listened? Were many minds/hearts changed as a result of the sign? Initially, thousands. Comparably speaking today in proportion to population, few.
The genuine presence of Jesus will do one of two things to a person: make them mad or make them glad. There is no neutrality or indifference.
May God bless you and have mercy on us all.
16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
It's been preached umpteen times about Peter looking at the storm instead of keeping his eyes focused on Jesus. We know what the scene looks like: a boat tossed in the fierce wind and waves...Jesus standing on the water with an open invitation to come and be with Him...Peter in his raw boldness, desiring with all his being to answer that heart call. We know how the account ends: Peter gets distracted by the storm...fear enters in and he sinks...Jesus reaches out His hand and brings Peter up. Keep in mind, too...Jesus didn't calm this storm.
There's no need to rehearse all that's been happening in these days...they speak for themselves. And while I feel it important to be informed and even assertively take action at times, isn't it more important to seek balance by remembering Who's ultimately in charge?
Some may view this as preposterous, but can we walk on water with Jesus now? Is Jesus calling us as He did that day in the storm...to go where He is? Are not these evil days as a fierce storm? Do we not get distracted by our steady loss of freedom and other issues that threaten our personal security?
If we keep our heart's eye steadfastly focused on Jesus, we will live as if walking on water...stormy water. And as we do, the world will begin to see Jesus.
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I was seeking something to sing to my beautiful new granddaughter...and The Impossible Dream is what came to mind. I haven't thought about that song for a long time.
But wow...it isn't all that old. It was written in 1965 by Mitch Leigh/Joe Darion for the musical Man of LaMancha and was quite a popular song.
The Impossible Dream
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause
And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star
by Beth Moore, Honorary Chairman
Father in Heaven,
We lift our eyes toward Your Throne, where You reign in righteousness.
Your Word assures us that when Your people cry out in sincerity and humility, You will never turn a deaf ear to us.
We call upon You now, seeking Your forgiveness and favor.
Look over this fevered landscape and heal us, Lord.
Drop knees to the floor and raise eyes to the sky, for we know where our help comes from.
Unite these States again in devotion to You, and blur every dividing line.
Do not give us over to our sins. Give us, instead, over to passionate prayer that moves Your heart.
“May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”
In the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Today, "Prayer... America's Hope" and is based on the verse from Psalm 33:22 which states: "May your Prayer for the Nation. rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you." I attempted to send a video with this email, which briefly explains this year's theme; and at the bottom of this email is the 2009, is the 2009 . The theme this year is
do encourage that if you're able to get to a local event, please do.
Many towns hold observances at their city/town hall. These local
observances are imperative to our freedom to assemble.
Here is a link from NDP's official website to "Find an Event" near you.
If you're not able to get out to a local event, then I welcome you to join me live online through David Wilkerson's website, World Challenge Inc., and messages from the recent revival conference in Wales.. There will be a conference room open from through , where we will pray in agreement for our nation and its leaders. As time allows and the Lord directs in being sober and vigilant, there will also be sermons from
For your information, here is a link to an article from 2004 regarding Obama's faith. As you may know, NDP is not being observed at the White House for the first time in (I believe) 8 years; Obama is opting to issue a proclamation and observe privately.
Also for your information are two links, both covering the history of NDP:
The History of National Day of Prayer - from NDP official website
History of the NDP - from ReligiousTolerance.org (this is more extensive)
Please feel free to join me on Yahoo! Messenger anytime between my Yahoo! ID is "angeljoymom". Following the observance at , you are welcome to join us for fellowship and prayer at Church of the Living God (small plugin required, user name = your first name, password = VIRTUE).. IM me for an invite;
God bless you!