Jesus Christ is our hope!
While we are still here we are to consider the best platform, the best policies and cast your vote. Choose life.
1 Peter 2:9-10
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Hearing that you are chosen, and “God’s special possession” (NIV), should bring courage and peace to your heart. As we consider the impossible move from no mercy, to mercy; the gospel is designed to ignite a response of praise and worship to God, glorifying Him among all people. Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Dear Lord God, my Creator, my Sustainer, my King, my Savior, my EVERYTHING! Write thy words on the tablets of my heart. Hide thy words within my heart. Help me Lord to keep my eyes upon You. You and You alone will keep me safe.
(Psa 119:9) BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
(Psa 119:10) With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
(Psa 119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
(Psa 119:12) Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
(Hos 4:1) Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
(Hos 4:2) By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
(Hos 4:3) Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
(Hos 4:6) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
I read these verses and I cannot help but see America. Verse 1 says not truth, no mercy and no knowledge of God in the land. Verse 2 says By swearing and lying and killing and stealing and committing adultery….hmmm. Yes, that verse fits this country too.
Verse 1 tells us that there is no knowledge of God in the land. Why?
Verse 6 tells us that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Why?
Scripture tells us that we have no knowledge because we HAVE REJECTED KNOWLEDGE. Because of rejecting knowledge from the one who gives it He will also reject us.
In verse 6 the word destroyed in Hebrew means CUT OFF. So, my people are cut off for lack of knowledge.
How do we change this? How do we turn things around? Can we?
1Sa 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
Psa 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. (I find it interesting that this is said again word for word in Psalm 53:4.)
Let’s pray. Dear Father in Heaven, as we read Your words written for us in your Holy Bible help us Lord. Convict each of us however you need to. Help us to look at our own lives. Help us to see where we each are lacking. Help us Lord God to cry out to You, to seek You, to search for You. Help us Lord God to have the ears to hear You. Circumcise our hearts. Circumcise our ears. Cut away all our wickedness. Teach us what the meaning of “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. Help us to read the scriptures and give us understanding as only You can. Open our eyes and ears and our hearts. Deuteronomy 30:6 says…And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of they seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all they soul, that thou mayest live. Help us Lord God Almighty to learn from You and Your perfect ways. In these days we see darkness growing and we desire to be a light in the darkness as You have called us to be. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Keep our lamps full of oil. May we be ready on that blessed day when we hear the trumpets blow. Thank you for hearing our cries and our prayers. Thank you for not turning your back on us and cutting us off as we know we all deserve. Thank you for your mercy and your grace. Help each of us to repent where your holy spirit reveals to each one of us. Help us then to turn from our wickedness and not go back. In your strength and your strength alone, help us to stand and not be shaken. It is in the name of Jesus Christ we ask all these things. We give thanks unto You! We praise You!
Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Pro 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
TRUTH. ..Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?
We easily beat ourselves up for not being perfect enough. For falling short of God’s standards. One day when I realized that I was able to forgive others when they fell short but couldn’t seem to forgive myself for the smallest short coming, the Lord brought this verse to my mind. Don’t think more of yourself than you ought to. I was somehow thinking I should be way above others as I walk through this life.
p class=”text” style=”color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:medium;line-height:normal;”>For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Thank you Pastor JD
I will simply say that I have been given even more hope! Why? How come?
If we are only looking to Trump then yes, we are clearly defeated! This morning I myself went on a rant about this. I was so upset. I told my husband that if he loses because of this then there will be an uprising for sure! I even said ‘I will even go to the streets! ‘ LOL I know I wouldn’t but I would simply throw a hissy fit inside the house.
What changed my mind? So easy to see. Lets face it, none of us have ever thought Trump to be a saint. But he has to be my choice over a woman who is for abortion and who has put our national security at risk. A woman who says she didn’t know what the C meant on the email. A woman who lies so much it is hard for us to keep them straight. She is so corrupt. Her foundation is full of corruption. We know what kind of people she will put on the Supreme Court. Our nation will be destroyed, as if we thought it couldn’t get any worse after the current administration.
Back to my point. God humbles them who need humbled. This must be embarrassing for Trump and his family. Remember he said this mouthy stuff as many men AND WOMEN do, behind closed doors. Many years ago and certainly wasn’t representing our nation in any way. He was simply a man, a rich man, but not a government official.
Now that Trump is being humbled and Clinton will only get more smug, maybe we gave a chance. Take note of all the Senate and those in Congress who want him to step down. Time to vote for them you best remember and put them OUT.
Now, it is our turn. We need to all repent, ask God to search our hearts and clean them up.
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
We need to repent ourselves and seek forgiveness from the Lord. Then, after we are purified we need to humble ourselves and pray for Trump. Lift Trump up to the Lord. We need to look to God for the victory and not to any man.
Think about it for a minute. We seemed like everyone was against Trump in the beginning because he was not a part of the Washington click but now it is clear he is almost alone at every ticking minute. He has another debate tonight. How much easier would it be to turn and say ok, I quit? It will take strength to go through this. Face it, it will take a strong man to attempt to get this country back on track. Maybe this is a trial, a test so to speak.
King David was no man without sin. God used him in spite of it. He would repent and get back on track just as we must do.
So, think about it. Appearances say we have no chance. Roll over because Hillary has this. NOT A CHANCE! Guys, we all must humble ourselves and pray like never before. Think about it. If Trump comes through this at this stage of the game and not because of Trump the man but because of the Lord God Almighty!
Why would God do this? Help this man? SO THAT…’Then my people will know that I am the Lord thy God!’
It is so amazing. Trump is laid out naked before the world. Now if we humble ourselves and pray, just maybe God will let us have longer to make a difference. Not for us, but that God would do this so that He might once again be glorified for all the world to see.
If Trump gets through this we can know it is because God Almighty wants him there.
May we all pray today and also ask for God’s will to be done.
Praise the Lord! I know from experience but more importantly I know from reading the word of God.
When studying the book of Ruth the Lord God opened my eyes to the very thing. NO COINCIDENCES!