Friday, February 18, 2011

Today's Headlines

Here the news I promised to share.  It would be depressing were the articles not reminders of the soon return of the Lord!  

Lawlessness and Apostasy

Churches Open Doors to Muslim Worship -  How foolish.  Why not have satan manifest and preach or open the worship service with a demon choir?  Remember, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."  Acts 4:12--that name is Jesus Christ!  

I thought I would include a quote here from one of our former Presidents.  They didn't understand the lie of political correctness in those days apparently.  "The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet (Muhammed) is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force."  John Quincy Adams

Facebook adds civil union, domestic partnership to relationship statuses -

Israel and the Middle East

'Peace treaty with Israel is up to the Egyptian people' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News  I wonder what they will decide?  Oh!  I know already.  They will oppose Yahweh and get slapped down severely in the process.

PA Ignores Obama, Seeks UN Condemnation of Israel - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

Protests in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Abbas tells US he supports anti-settlement vote

France24 - US, Israel will soon exit Middle East: Ahmadinejad

Egypt agrees to let 2 Iranian vessels transit Suez Canal

U.N. Headache For Obama « Liveshots

Israeli Defense Minister Calls Iranian Attempt to Cross Into Syria a Provocation -

A Privileged Place?

 "And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God. Then Uzziah was wroth, and [had] a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar." 2 Kings 26:18-19

This text came up a few weeks ago in a Sunday school lesson.  It is a sobering reminder to live holy unto Christ and to remember to follow Christ.  This text has been on my mind ever since. 

Uzziah was a king that led Judah to a time of great revival.  It says of him that,..." he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD."  It also says, "as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper."  (vs. 4-5)  This chapter then proceeds to tell us of all the things that Uzziah did.  He was a real national hero.  His death even seemingly brought sorrow to the nation and the prophet Isaiah.  (Isaiah 6:1)

However, something happened to Uzziah after much success was given to him.  He allowed the sin of pride to invade.  Somehow he began to imagine a privileged relationship with God so great that he could get away with sin.  He forgot that God and His Word do not change.  God is holy and sin must be overcome in our lives by the mighty power of an awesome God through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.  We can never get to the place that we become too important to God's purposes in our own minds that we allow the deception of pride to topple us.  We must choose to remain humble before our God.  Again, we desperately need Him!  

Also, Uzziah was out of place.  The sin that caused leprosy was worship--it was a type of offering prayer.  It was a holy thing.  Yet, it was not what Uzziah was called to do.  His entering into the duties reserved only for the anointed priests caused him to reap the disfavor of God.  Does that mean we are not supposed to pray and worship today?  Not at all.  Yet we can't all be the worship leader or the pastor or whatever other position that pride tells us we are "mature" enough to handle.  We must do what God calls us to do and be glad in His strength.  Just a thought.  

I'll share some news later.   

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today's Prophetic Headlines

I am posting an article either tomorrow or Saturday.  However, the news today is ominous and foreboding.  There are great rumblings of war as well as stories of shifts in US policy.  God is in control.  Every time God did something great in protecting Israel, He did something great in the church.  They have parallel histories in many ways.  Look for God to work mightily to destroy Israel's enemies by a massive demonstration of His power.  Also, look for a powerful witness to return to many in the church who are seeking His face and not playing religious games.  God is about to show just how omnipotent He is.  It is beyond our comprehension.  

Did you know that a tree has enough energy to fuel a large city for a day if we only knew how to tap into it.  That energy is the spoken, creative power of God.  Just imagine what is going to happen when He speaks life into His church!  Wow!  just a thought.

A Small Victory

Bible Edited Out of Film 'Soul Surfer' to Appeal to Non-Christians, Added Back In -

Israel and the Middle East

US to support UN condemnation of Israeli settlements - Globes  What a mistake--look for judgment!

Re: U.S. Offering to Join in Israel Condemnation at UN « Commentary Magazine

Netanyahu to Nasrallah: Stay in your bunker

Bibi to Nasrallah: Stay in your bunker - Israel News, Ynetnews

The Land-Grab Competition in Judea/Samaria - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

Report: Egypt blocked Iran ships from entering Suez Canal - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Iran denies cancellation: Warships to cross Suez Canal

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spiritual Blindness

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."  2 Corinthians 4:4-6

As I was at the grill last evening cooking burgers, the thought of how we often treat each other and those without the hope of Christ came to me.  I could not get it off of my mind.  I thought of the many times I tried desperately to get others to see things clearly.  I thought of the many times that I wished that what I was saying would be heard.  Then, I realized that I needed to pray that the power of the Lord Jesus, His Holy Word, and the Holy Ghost would lift that veil of blindness. Christ is all that really ever effects meaningful change in any of us!  The question came to me, "How do you treat the blind?"

So how do you treat the blind?  Do you get angry with them as they trip on the undetectable obstacles in their way? Do you get disgusted with them as they head out into oncoming traffic thinking that they ought to hear the cars and not be so senseless?  Do you grow impatient with them as they slowly negotiate themselves through the door while blocking it?  Do you ever get frustrated with them and wonder how it would be for them if they could only see?  If they could just see!  

It is the same with those who have any disability.  They don't need rebuke, bitterness, condemnation, and meanness.   They don't need unloving, angry, inpatient , and non-understanding Christians.  They need to be shown the love of Jesus and bathed in prayer.  They need prayer warriors who will fall on their faces before God and beg that the blindness be healed!  They need intercessors.

What about the spiritually blind and crippled.  What about those caught in the death grip of sin.  They need the healing medicine of God's word first of all!  Truth must be shared and conveyed clearly.  Yet, it must be conveyed in a spirit of love.  Be precise, but be loving.  How did Jesus treat the woman at the well?  How did he react to Matthew who was a traitorous tax collector?  How did he react to His often fumbling and bumbling disciples? With the fruit of the Spirit, that's how.  Through constant prayer and intercession, that's how.  Through patient reminders of His purposes, that's how.

Sinners are blind!  Share the Medicine of the Gospel and then pray for the Holy Spirit to remove the blindness.  Carnal Christians may be blinded in some areas.  Share the truth lovingly and then pray that the blindness be healed by the power of Christ' all pervasive, cleansing blood.  Consider your own self too!  It is during those type of encounters that our flaws and failure, our impatience and nastiness sometimes shine through.  It is then that the Lord reminds us of how desperately we need constant fellowship and communion with Christ and His cross!  Just some thoughts!  

Now, how did Jesus deal with those who were willfully blind and ignorant of their situation while seeing themselves as God's gift to humanity.  Well that is a story for another day!  There is a time for strong rebuke, but again, that is the subject for another time. God Bless! 

Israel and the Middle East  

It seems that the heating up of the Middle East continues as we head towards that precious divine appointment.  The Day of the Lord.  That precious day when every eye shall see HIM! - Anonymous Hackers Release Stuxnet Worm Online

'Maximum security' at 4 Israeli embassies due to threats

Days of Arab Rage Spread to Bahrain - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Knesset Conference Calls to Expand Greater Jerusalem - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News ****  What a possible trigger!!!

Nasrallah: Hezbollah will conquer the Galilee  You have underestimated the power of the Almighty Mr. Nasrallah!  You have greatly and grossly underestimated God!

Israel: Iranian Warships in Med are a 'Serious Provocation' - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Hezbollah chief tells IDF: Watch your heads - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Jordan justice minister: Israel is a terrorist state - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Monday, February 14, 2011

Peace All Day

"This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and half thereof at night."  Leviticus 6:20

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."  Mark 1:35

"And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone."  Matthew 14:23

We need Jesus Christ!  I mean we really need Him!!  

The priests under the Levitical system were commanded to offer a meat offering every day in the morning and evening.  It was to be a constant reminder of their entire dependence on Yahweh at all times.  In the offering they were to offer themselves in service and to rely upon the supernatural sustaining power of God daily to guide them and keep them.  It was a reminder that he was their redemption, their sanctification, and that their very life was in His hands. Likewise, we need Him!  

We servants of the Most High should do likewise.  Jesus sought the Father every morning and surely every night.  Jesus sought the Father continually!  He prayed as we are commanded to pray--without ceasing!  If Jesus, God's only begotten, the Second person of the Godhead, gave us this great example and we see that same pattern in the Old Testament, how much more should we feel the need for constant communion with God?  We need Him!

Every morning should be started with a sacrifice of praise.  Since we are mortal and prone to error, we should plead the blood each morning.  We should request that the sanctifying power of Christ keep us and make us fruitful for the glory of God.  We ought to start each day thanking God for allowing us to have a right standing with Him based solely off of the merit of Jesus.  We ought to request His powerful presence to make us a witness to the glory of Jesus Christ!  Each Evening should be the same.  We should plead the blood! We are so dependent of Jesus!  No wonder Paul said, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being;..."  Acts 17:26 To live such a way is an acknowledgement of His divine sustaining power.  It is an act of praise and dependence that is sure to communicate to God that we seek His heart and not His hand.   Again, we need Him!

Today's News

Dozens of Iranian opposition supporters arrested in Tehran

Sderot Mayor Withdraws from Conference in Protest - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

US Columnists Warn Against Muslim Brotherhood - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

IMRA Analyst: US Omits Peace with Israel - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

US Students Join Exodus from Egypt to Israel - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Clinton: Iranians deserve same rights as Egyptians

GOProud out at annual summit of conservatives

Sunday, February 13, 2011

El Shaddai--God Almighty Reigns

God is in control.  He is totally in control.  God's sovereignty is one of the major themes of the Book of Isaiah.  It reveals that God is not just God over Israel, but He is the God of all the Earth.  Furthermore, He is the God of all creation.  God is God!

Isaiah's work is a collection of prophecies that were given over a lifetime of ministry.  As a result, whole sections of the book are devoted to specific situations that God wanted him to  address.  For instance, Isaiah 7:1 to 9:7 deal specifically with what is often called the Syro-Epraimitic crisis.  Isaiah 5, proclaimed during a feast, addresses the backslidden condition of the people.  Another large section of the book of Isaiah reveals judgments on nations surrounding Israel for their ignoring God and their wicked treatment of the people of covenant, Israel.  While many of these prophecies have been partially fulfilled, some have not.  Therefore, they make up a body of work that speaks to the world before, during and after the tribulation.  For instance, Isaiah 17:1 mentions that Damascus shall cease from being a city.  Since this has never happened and God is never wrong, we can conclude that this will soon come to pass before the Day of the Lord begins.  This same series of hints about the last days also includes current news.  Look at Isaiah 19.

The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom. And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.  Isaiah 19:1-4

God is God! - Egypt's Military Rulers Dissolve Parliament, Suspend Constitution

Calls to Fire US Intelligence Dir. for Muslim Brotherhood Gaffe - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Gaddafi tells Palestinians: Revolt against Israel - Israel News, Ynetnews

Report: Palestinian cabinet to resign in wake of Mideast turmoil - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News