Thursday, October 6, 2011

Godly Sibling or a Gossip?

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.  A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
Proverbs 16:27-28

I had intended to share much news and continue the posts on the church of Laodicea, but I felt led to share a message from this morning's devotion instead.  Over the last few weeks I have been studying and sharing messages on "toxic sins" that are often overlooked or ignored.  Many of these sins of the flesh are so deadly that they destroy individuals, fellowships, and friendships not to mention hurting or stopping our relationship with Christ.  They are actions and attitudes such as jealousy, anger, variance, unforgiveness, hatred, and prejudice to name a few.  One of these poisonous transgressions is the sin of gossip--the subject of the verses above.

The English word, gossip, originated from the joining of two words: God and sibb.  God?  Sibb?  The word "sibb" was a shortened version of the word sibling.  This  14th century word linked God with a relative as a term for a woman relative who would assist in childbirth.  Today, we might use the word midwife.  Through the course of time the ladies gathering around the one giving birth probably had lots to discuss so the word began to be used in a more negative way. (Sorry ladies!  I didn't make the word.  Take comfort in knowing that men are just as guilty!)  During the early 1800s the term began to be used for idle talk and groundless rumors.  I wonder if this is where  "God" and "sibb" were left out and replaced with other sounds?

That is exactly what gossip does!  It leaves God out because God is concerned greatly with things like love and unity.  You cannot be trashing your brother or sister in Christ and expect to be blessed by God.  God is love and love does not run people down--it builds them up.  Hate tears people down.  It is kind of fitting that God and sibling are no longer discernible in this word.  You lose both when you gossip!  How can you prove that you love God while destroying your brothers and sisters in Christ? "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."  1 John 4:20-21 

It is also interesting to note that the origin of gossip was associated with birth.  A Spirit filled child of God is about birth and new life.  They are always looking for ways to assist their siblings in Messiah to birth new works.  They are concerned with life so they build others up.  They want newness so they pray and encourage.  Being a help in crucial times is what they long for.  They wish to be a tool of God and not of the adversary. So which is it for you?  Are you a Godly sibling to your spiritual family by bringing life, or are you a bringer of division and death as a gossip?  Remember--it is satan that is the accuser and destroyer of the brethren.  As always, the choice is yours!  

  "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. " Ephesians 4:29   

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ALERT! Warning To Assad!

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
Isaiah 17:1

The Day of the Lord is drawing nearer!  Are you ready for it?  Have you accepted the full gift of pardon in Jesus Christ that He purchased for you at the cross!  He paid an awesome price to purchase your forgiveness.  God is so holy that one sin--ONE SIN--will keep you from His presence.  There had to be a payment for sin so that you could be forgiven.  That payment for your sin required eternal blood because sin was a crime against an eternal God and the punishment for it was eternal as well.  Only one man, EVER, has claimed to be both God and man in one--Jesus!  Only one man's blood was of eternal origin so that it could pay for the eternal crimes against an eternal God--The blood of the LAMB, JESUS CHRIST! He also backed His claim with infallible proofs including a verified resurrection!  Turn to Him and accept in prayer the forgiveness that is yours!  Don't procrastinate!  Don't put it off another minute!  Time is so short!  Turn your case God has against you over to the Divine Advocate, Jesus Christ.  He is God's only anointed Lamb for sinners!  There is NO OTHER WAY TO GET TO A HOLY GOD!  Unless you are as perfect as Adam was before the ONE SIN marred him you have no hope without that payment of Christ for your sin!

There is an air of urgency with this request.   Have you seen today's news?  It is a harbinger of the fulfillment of  one of the Bible's yet to be fulfilled prophecies.  It is the total annihilation of Damascus, Syria when they make the fateful decision to attack God's covenant land and people--Israel!  Read it for your self!  The fulfillment is close.  Soon there will be no more Syria!  Southern Lebanon will be taken. Western Jordan will also become an Israeli possession.  Egypt will be destroyed and uninhabitable for forty years.  It is Soon2Come!  The Great Day of the Lord is near upon all heathen!

Not only that, but a great, GREAT economic collapse is on the horizon.  It will make the Great Depression look like a bump on the highway.  Zephaniah saw this terrible day!  Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off....The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly....And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. Zephaniah 1:11, 14, 17-18  This war and this collapse are near!  Even at the door.  Are you ready?  ARE YOU READY!  Turn now says the LORD!  TURN!!!

You think a Holy God plays with sin?  The Israelites thought that God would not judge their sin due to the Temple of Solomon!  Yet, we know that it was torn down just as God's prophets said.  God does not play with sin!  He is just and must punish evil!  It is just as much a part of HIS character as the love and grace of the cross!  You must choose!  Love or justice--it is your choice!  He is judging now.  Do you realize that the stock market in America was at 12,571.91 shares on July 20th and all looked well?  It seemed the economy was on the rebound after the mess of 2008 (which was also related also to judgment!).  That day--the 20th of July--was the day that Obama said that the military was going to be opened to the godless rebellion of homosexuality.  (Again, like any sin--there is hope in Jesus for even this.  But you must repent and be saved!)  

That day was also the 17th of Tammuz on the Jewish Calendar--the Day Moses broke the 10 Commandments at the base of the mountain when God's people were committing gross immorality in front of the golden calf!   The market is at 10,484.56 at the time of this post.  That means we have had a drop of -2087.35 shares since the land espoused godlessness as a normal behavior as declared by the President. America was birthed in revival and the nation was dedicated to God by our first President George Washington.  It has been cursed by the last few President's as well as the Congress and Supreme Court.  God does not play with sin--He forgives it through the blood of Jesus Christ or He judges it--there is no middle ground!  Turn!  The coming Day of the Lord, Jacob's Trouble, the Great Tribulation is near!  Turn before it is too late!  Maybe you will be hidden before that Great Day of the Lord comes! 

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55:6-7

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Justice of the People

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Revelation 3:14

Of all of the letters that Jesus dictated through John, the letter to the church of the Laodiceans is most troublesome.  Like Sardis, the Laodicean church never received a word of commendation from the LORD Jesus.  This being the case, we should pay extra close attention to this correspondence so that the grave errors committed by this congregation will not be repeated in our personal walk with Jesus.  We must heed the warnings given by Messiah and allow God to search our hearts through the presence of the Holy Ghost to be certain that the deception and blindness found here doesn't perpetuate in our relationship with Him.  

The name of the church and Jesus' introduction speak much about their condition.  Laodicea means "the justice of the people."  The letter reveals that the one who shed His blood to purchase their salvation had been left out of this human organization bearing His holy name.  The people, not God, were in control.  The devices, strategies, thoughts, ideas, doctrines, and methods of this professional church were men's inventions and not of the Holy Spirit's direction.  Therefore, Jesus immediately introduces Himself as "the Amen."  

It seems that everyone today is an authority on scripture.  The new science of textual criticism has many chasing the wind while trying to discern what is and what is not inspired in Holy Scripture.  Where was this lie of modern science throughout the ages past?  The recent development of such a study should be a hint as to its satanic origins. Take this warning!  When you begin to judge the Bible through a merely human lens and not by the illumination of the Holy Spirit and prayer, you have ceased being a student of God's word and are now an editor.  Are you that smart that you can tell God what should or should not be in His word?  

Add to this lie the many who interpret scripture any way they please. You can find preachers who place the broken, crucified Christ at the same level as Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, or some other man.  Yet, none of these liars ever came back from the dead to validate their claims. This is why Luke wrote in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." It is why Jesus stands out as no other.  He worked miracles.  He was the fulfillment of two-thirds of Bible prophecy (with the other third being fulfilled at His second coming).  He was virgin born.  He was without sin.  He was crucified, buried and risen again the third day! He is surely coming again without sin unto salvation! Only Jesus stands out as no other man because only Jesus saves!  Only Jesus claimed to be man and God in one and proved His claims with infallible proofs! There is no other way to God but through Christ and the cross.  He is "THE AMEN", the final say, the final authority, the final word.  Quit believing a lie and follow Jesus the author and finisher of authentic faith!

The fact that He also introduced himself as the faithful and true witness also lets us know that there were many lies being bantered about in this "church".  It sounds like today.  Name a sin and I can find you a list of preachers that will say that it is not sin.  "Alcoholism is a sickness."  "Abortion is a choice."  "Homosexuality is a gift."  "Marriage is what law defines it as."  At the same time, living for God is seen as a sin by many of these "sons of heaven."  "Saying Jesus alone saves is harsh and intolerant."  "Holiness of life is only legalism."  "Don't be so judgmental."  It seems the church does need a faithful and true witness after all. 

Oh!  Creation!  Jesus said I am the Beginning of the Creation of God.  Without Him nothing was made that was made.  Of course, this name came because men had superseded the truths of God with the lies of men and held to them wholeheartedly.  No wonder Jesus--the Creator of all--is standing outside looking in.  Who do you believe Christ or men?  Let God be true and all men be liars!  Open the door for Christ--He is Soon2Come!

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