Monday, January 16, 2017
God is love. I don't think many of (including myself) completely understand that. He doesn't just love. He IS love. He's also full of grace, mercy, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control, wisdom, all knowledge, creativity, humor, laughter, joy, peace, patience. Did I miss anything? He's also forgiving, outside of time, immortal, eternal, and all powerful. He created everything we see and everything we are, and there's nothing impossible for Him.
In His great love for us, He sent His only Son to be tortured and die a horrid death so that we might be free from Satan and his power, so we can have a relationship with God Himself, so we can spend eternity with Him in a place beyond our imagination.
If that isn't enough, while we are here on earth, He provides for us, encourages us, heals, delivers, blesses, teaches, protects, and guides. We can come to Him anytime and any place and ask whatever we want.
I could list a thousand Scriptures here that speak of God's loving character. If you've been a Christian awhile, you probably know most of them or have heard them repeated in church. After all, these are the verses we love so much. They give us warm fuzzies and help us understand, as much as we are able, what a wonderful Father we serve. We love to recite them, proclaim them, tell them to others when they are feeling down. We buy devotionals full of them and carry around prayer cards printed with them.
While I adore this side of God, desperately need this side of God, and also believe that it is this side of God that lures people to Him in the first place, I can't help by wonder if Christians and the Church itself aren't focussing too much on this side of God and neglecting His other, equally important side.
I'm talking about the JUDGE side, the angry God, the God who punishes, kills, calls people names, and even hates. Don't believe me?
As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” Romans 9:13
“Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! " Isaiah 41:14
Here is what God did to a group of people who challenged Moses's authority
As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with possessions. Numbers 16:31-32
In Joshua 7, a man who stole gold from Jericho and kept it in his tent was ordered stoned to death. Not only him, but his entire family, his animals and all his possessions
In Deuteronomy 28, God informs the people what He will do to them if they disobey Him. Here's a small list
Cursing, confusion, rebuke in all that they do
Strike them with consumption, fever, inflammation, plague
Sword, scorching, mildew
Defeated by their enemies
Boils, tumors, scab, itch
Their carcasses will be food for birds and beasts
madness, blindness, confusion
They will sow but not reap
Become prisoners of other lands
In 1 Samuel, God ordered the slaughter of an entire people group, including their wives, grandmothers, children and even their animals.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” 1 Samuel 15:2-3
And if you think this is just Old Testament stuff, let me remind you that Jesus said that if you've seen Him, you've seen the Father. Speaking of Jesus, here's some of His own words.
You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? Matthew 23:33
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. John 8:44
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. Matthew 23:15
If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:29
“I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household” (Matt 10:35-36)
When a man asked Jesus if he could first go bury his father before following Him,
He said “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead” (Matt 8:22
When a woman came up to him asking Jesus to heal her daughter,
“It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” Matthew 15:26
So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth! Revelation 3:16
Here, Jesus is talking about God
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-43
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:8-10
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
I'm going to bet that you don't have any of those Scriptures hanging around your house!
The truth is that God is also a Judge and an Avenger of wickedness. Yes, He is offering an olive-branch of grace right now through His Son, Jesus. Those of us who believe in Jesus, receive the sacrifice He made on our behalf, AND commit our lives to Him, can avoid the Judge side of God. (Thank God for that!) Those who do not are going to meet that JUDGE someday face to face.
Last year when I asked my pastor why he didn't preach more on God as Judge and on hell, he told me he didn't want to frighten people. Well, I agree, it's definitely not a seeker friendly message, but, by only preaching about the loving side of God, it seems to me we are creating a group of believers who treat God as if he were their best friend, their buddy, a sort of soft, meek, kind old man in the sky who takes care of all our problems.
I can honestly say I've never met anyone who has a reverential fear of God, who treats Him with the awe and honor He deserves, who sits before Him weeping and trembling over sins they committed, who approaches their prayer time with sanctity and reverence.. I just don't see that in the church today, not in most of the people, not in the pastors, and not in the services.
Yet every person in the Bible who came across an angel or a vision of God in Heaven ended up flat on their faces in a faint of terror. Even John, Jesus' disciple and best friend fell into a fit of terror when he saw Jesus. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. I challenge you to go read Revelation 1 and the description of Jesus. Jesus came the first time as a gentle lamb. He's coming the second time as a Lion and a judge.
So, should we sometimes preach this other side of God? I think we do a disservice to believers and non believers alike if we don't. But won't it make some people afraid? I hope so. What's wrong with a little fear? As long as it's fear of the right things. Some of you may recall a prison outreach program years ago called "Scared Straight". The idea was that a bunch of ex-cons, most of whom were still in prison, I believe, would go talk to young first time offenders and tell them true stories about what happened to them after they committed multiple crimes. Apparently their stories were so horrific that it would scare the young kids into not committing any more crimes.
Many Christians today don't even believe God would send anyone to hell. I have a friend who believes her unsaved adult children will be given a second chance when they stand before Jesus. Really? If we keep preaching Teddy Bear Jesus, people start to think He's a pushover. He's too nice to be mean, right? God is love. But, He's also a judge. And because He is good and fair, He has to be a good judge, which means He can't let the guilty go free.
I'm not saying believers need to be afraid of God. But we need to remind ourselves often just who He is, and the power He has. And we should approach Him with the reverence He deserves
Friday, January 13, 2017
Greetings, Watchers! Here's another edition of "I can't believe what I'm reading!" put on by yours truly, who can't believe it either. I bet most of you have never heard some of the news below. Why? They simply don't report most of this stuff. You have to go looking for it. My theory is they want to keep the masses calm and compliant, keep them eating twinkies and watching the immoral filth they put on TV. Ignorance is bliss, right?
Anyway, you can tell I'm in a mood today. Maybe it's the endless days of rain we've had here in CA. This Florida girl needs her sun!
If you're wondering what I'm writing and when my next book will come out, I hope to give you an update by the end of the month. And maybe even a cover! We shall see. Anyway, may God richly bless you and give you His peace that passes all understanding!
Apostasy/DeceptionChristian church in D.C. hires Lesbian married couple to lead the flock
Wars Rumors of WarsIsraeli satellites spot launchers for Russian nuclear-capable missiles in Syria
North Korea can test ICBM at any time
Pakistan fired it's first submarine nuclear missile
U.S. Navy fires warning shots at Iranian vessels
Taiwan scrambles jets as China air craft carrier enters the Taiwan Strait
U.S. Army moves 2500 tanks, trucks and military vehicles into Europe
100 year flood hits Denmark
Hailstones the size of tennis balls hit Argentina, killing animals and injuring people
Finland sets cold record at -41.7
Major storms hit east and west coasts
Heavy snowfall paralyzes Istanbul
Fears of Middle East Big Quake after quake strikes fault line in Iran
6.4 Quake near Solomon Islands
Israel70 Nations gather in Paris to condemn Israel. Prophetic implications
If Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem, Kerry and Abbas warn of explosive violence
Police in Israel preparing for Messiah's arrival
ImmoralityMaybelline hires male cover model for it's makeup products
New Texas Bathroom Bill may spark uproar
Transgender police come out of the closet
British man who was born a woman is now pregnant
Catholic hospital sued for refusing to remove a transgender man's uterus
Love Connection show to now include same-sex couples
Christian persecutionChristians in Nepal jailed on charges of witchcraft
The US has finally made the list of Christian-persecuting nations
Singer Kim Burrell faces intense persecution after calling homosexuality perverted
Virginia governor says if your anti-LGBTQ, you will not get a state contract
Missouri School district says NO to Middle School Bible Studies
Violence/TerrorismShooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport leaves 5 dead, several injured
Truck slams into group of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, killing four
Jewish centers across the US evacuated due to bomb threats
Activists plan to make Trump's inauguration the biggest riot in history
UFO/Alien DeceptionChilean navy releases classified footage of UFO
Signs in the skyWhite House warns that a cataclysmic strike by a meteor is possible
Two monster black holes discovered in nearby galaxy
Two large meteors caught on camera in Russia
Loud vibrating booms increase in 2017
A new bright star could appear in 2022
Jumbo asteroid has close shave with earth
The Light Grows!!
Tennessee woman gives glory to God on her 100th Brithday (Watch the video, it will make your Day!)
Scores of Muslims converting to Christ!
Our daughter's heart stopped. Then Jesus walked in (This put me in tears. Must watch!)
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Yes, I voted for Trump. If you want to see why, you can click HERE. But lately I find myself concerned about what I see happening on two fronts.
ONE: Christians who are SO EXCITED that Trump won, so exuberant and happy, and who seem to believe that once Trump takes office, everything is going to be wonderful. While I agree that if Trump actually does the things he promised, this country will slowly begin to rise from the ashes of progressive liberalism that has, for the past several years, torched our economy, our healthcare, our education, our law enforcement, our safety, our constitution and our freedom, but what concerns me about some of the euphoria I see is that it borders on idol worship. Here is a man who is going to make things great again. Here is America's savior! When in reality, America only has one Savior, and that is Jesus. No man or woman is capable of saving a country whose culture is full of filth, immorality, and violence, a country that produces the most pornography in the world, who has murdered over 60 million babies, whose child sex-trafficking is on the rise, who has taken God out of every public arena and punished those who stand up for Him. A country who proudly displays a nine year old boy on the cover of National Geographic who wants to become a girl, who lifts up the gay, transgender, queer, bi-sexual, asexual etc..(I'm sure I've missed some) lifestyle as perfectly normal (Acts which God calls an abomination) And most of all, a country where Christianity is declining and whose churches are mostly dead or lukewarm.
TWO: These are the people who think Trump is the anti-christ, who are storming the streets, the courthouses, doing everything in their power to get him impeached before he even takes office. These are the people who not only drank the propaganda koolaid but who swallowed it and digested it whole. They are so convinced that Trump is the reincarnated Hitler, that they are actually trembling in fear. Ridiculous.
Here's my point. Until Jesus returns, it is the job of His disciples, His church, to battle the forces of darkness, spread the Gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons, and be His ambassadors on earth.
Yet, I haven't seen that happening here in America at all. Have you? Maybe sparks of it here and there in good churches who preach the truth. But overall, if we had been doing our job, do you really think America would be in the shape it's in right now?
It's the church in America that has failed in our duties. Yet so many of us now think that Trump is God's man, that Trump is going to make things right again, that Trump's election has given us a reprieve from coming judgement, given us time to rise up and finally take back territory the enemy has stolen from us.
But will we? If we are all looking at Trump to save us? But more importantly, when has the Church ever grown, ever stormed the gates of hell for God during times of ease, prosperity, and comfort?
Throughout history, the church has only grown and done it's mightiest work during times of persecution.
So, here's my question. If the Church and not a man is the only thing that will make America great, how is that going to happen unless we finally get serious, unless we finally get red-hot for Jesus, forsake ourselves, take up our crosses, and do the work He has asked us to do? And how is that going to happen while we sit on our couches with our bellies full, our wallets stuffed, in the safety of our homes?
It won't. That's why I'm telling you that America will not become great again until the true Church of Jesus undergoes persecution. Intense personal persecution, and intense violent public persecution. Only then will true believers rise from the ashes and, filled with the Holy Spirit, bring in a harvest of souls like never before.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Welcome to a new year of madness! If you didn't see my predictions for 2017, click HOME and scroll down to find them in a different post. I hope you'll find them interesting.
While you were celebrating the Holidays, the world continued to spiral down into darkness. However when the darkness grows darker, the light always grows brighter. God never leaves His people alone. And He never ceases to equip those who are paying attention with the power, authority, and love they need to bring His truth to a dying world. So, be encouraged in 2017, even when you see things falling apart. God is still on the throne, and He is doing a marvelous thing!
I wasn't sure how to classify this one, but, as a parent, I was so shocked by it, I wanted to report it. Don't think this won't happen in America, because I'm sure it will.
Netherlands children taught in school how to pray to Allah
Immorality/ViolencePronoun pins at University of Kansas let people choose their gender
Pennsylvania court annuls adoption so Father and son can marry
The end of "He' and "She" pronouns. Use "Z and E" instead
762 Murders in Chicago in 12 months
New York City issues first Intersex Birth certificate
ApostasyChristian Clergy welcomes Islam into the church then bows to it
In 2016 1 Christian every 6 minutes was killed for their faith
Christians are the most persecuted religions group in the world
2017 may be the worst year for Christian persecution
Signs in the Skies
Comet flew past earth on New Years Eve
Mysterious fireball disintegrates in the sky
Total Solar Eclipse coming in 2017
Wars and Rumors of Wars
Obama orders sanctions against Russia
Iran conducts war game exercises
China's first aircraft carrier sails into the China sea
North Korea developing ICBM test
IsraelThe US just stabbed Israel in the back
The first major step toward building the third temple
Bloodshed will follow if Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem
New York on high alert from ISIS threat of attacks
Islamic State arrests reveal a threat near the US government
ISIS plotting mass casualty chemical attack on Britain
Earthquakes and other disasters
6 explosions at Colima Volcano as volanic activity increases worldwide
5.9 Earthquake strikes Japan
Series of earthquakes hit near California/Nevada border
Largest quake to hit Britain in 100 years
Massive 7.2 quake off Fiji triggers Tsunami warnings
Severe storms sweep across Southern states, leaving 5 dead
Worst flood in 30 years strikes Malaysia
Arctic cold blast spreads from coast to coast
Shocking new video shows what is really going on at Yellowstone
6.2 Earthquake hits Indonesia
50 dead 10,000 homeless in Congo floods
Technology/Mark of the beast
Professional sports implementing biometric scans for fans
India Prime minister defends switch to cashless society
Scientists claim deep space signals are aliens making contact
MiraclesMan saves girl from burning car "In Jesus' Name"
Teen legally dead for 20 minutes wakes up and says he saw Jesus
Remember, keep looking up!!
Have a great weekend.