Keep looking up!
I like to think we would each stand for the right thing, for the truth. Do you KNOW Him? If you don’t know Him intimately then ask Him right now to speak to you , to reveal Himself to you. He can and will if you are seeking Him in truth. He has to do it and nothing that anyone might say can show Jesus to you or put you in the place where you KNOW that you KNOW that you KNOW you are a child of the one true God. If you are unsure then start today and talk to Him and bathe in His word and He will open your ears and your eyes and remove the impurities from your heart. He is waiting. / If you don’t know Him in that way then ask yourself this, would you be in the crowd in yhe scripture below yelling CRUCIFY…CRUCIFY?
As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
Pilate wants nothing to do with the crucifixion of Jesus, yet the Jewish leaders continue forcing his hand. Pilate is afraid, and he is beginning to believe that there might be some truth to Jesus’ claim: the Son of God, Messiah. Jesus is the King that Israel always needed, He is the King that all people need in order to be in right standing with God. He is the ONLY one qualified to be that King – forever mediating our relationship with God.
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Church. ..can we handle the truth?
I am afraid that no matter what I say here I could have an argument with many. Why? I suppose because so many are lost and confused. That is because of the evil that is in this world. Not all lost people are evil people. Not all unbelieving people are evil people. All lost people are unsaved people.
Some will agree with me and some will say, “saved from what?”
Truth to me may not be truth to another. In that case then just what is truth? Is there even such thing as truth?
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
So, I say to seek the Lord with all your heart and soul and He will reveal the truth to you. The evil one has come to steal and kill and to destroy. Don’t be fooled by smooth words. Measure everything by the word of God. When you hear those who lead this world and say that we are all following the same God and we should all come and worship together I pray that you will really look at and listen to what is being said. One group may believe Jesus was a man and a prophet but not believe that He is God and that He came and He died for you and me and for our sins so that we might have life. So that cannot be the same god that I worship and believe in. We must be on guard. We must seek truth. Be careful and be not deceived.
I will end with what I know to be my truth.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Something that most of us have felt here in the good old United States of America. We have always had a terrific military we could count on to fight for our freedom and to keep us safe. We were always far enough from all those we deemed as lunatics and we (until we hit a certain age?) usually felt like we could trust our government to do the right thing for us. Ok, so I felt that way until a few years ago.
So what has changed? Well besides EVERYTHING…I suppose a better question to ask is why has everything changed?
I know much of it is me who has changed. I have a different idea of what is good and right than maybe I did when I was younger. As I have grown closer to the Lord much of my views have changed. I used to not be any better than the younger generations today at watching the things happening in the world. I get frustrated with them now. I think….dear Lord, and they are voting? Yikes….that is scary when they are voting because of the color of someone’s skin and they want to just be able to say they were a part of it. Next will be they just want a woman president and want to be a part of that. I have nothing against either view as long as they are voting because they agree with the issues. The thing is that most of the youth or a lot of the youth are not any different than I was at that young age. They are young adults that are clueless and only want to know who might put more money in their pockets. Thing is that I did not vote then. Glad I did not.
So, back to my point.
Oh yes….we can sleep soundly at night because we are in America. We are surrounded by big bodies of water and we have a big military. We can sit and play video games all day and teach our children to do the same. We can legalize pot and tell everyone it is no big deal. Don’t smoke a cigarette though….(really? think about it…good grief). Then lets let out thousands of felony drug dealers and say, it is no big deal. Then lets bring in 100,000’s of refugees, not the Christian ones, but the ones who would love nothing more than come here and have many children and over power us and or simply just kill us from the moment they arrive. After all, how hard is it to kill a nation that is high on legal pot and while stoned they sit and play video games.
What about the so called Church? Not saying I am much better, but we all are such push overs. This group that runs this nation has us so afraid to open our mouths for fear we will be called bigots or that we might offend someone or that we are on a watch list because we believe in one true God! We believe in Jesus Christ! Our King of Kings! Because we believe in the word of God and that it is the TRUTH! We are against this new “we all should unify, after all we all believe in the same god.”
When will we stand? When will we say enough is enough? When will we stop saying it is ok because we don’t want to ruffle any feathers. What should we do? I don’t know all the answers, I know if we do not begin to do something we may find ourselves wishing we had of after it is toooooo late.
So, in light of everything how well should we be sleeping at night? How safe are we really? I cannot remember a time when we were hated more and respected less in the world than we are right now.
Climb out of bed! Wash your face! Let’s pray! We cannot fix this thing, but maybe God will hear our prayers and give us more time, give our children and family more time to open their eyes before it is too late.
God have mercy on us all….God please watch over us even though we as a nation have told you to leave….many of us want you hear with us. Guide us Lord God. Walk with us and teach us your ways and show us the light on the path to you. Help us not to be frightened by the sounds we hear that are created to distract us and to take our eyes off of the one and only true God that can save us. Thank you for loving us and for forgiving us. Thank you for not forsaking us. Help us to stand firm and to hold on to You and Your word and the hope that lies within our faith in our Savior, our King. In the name of Jesus Christ I ask these things and I give thanks.
Thank you Pastor JD Farag!
God bless all my brothers and sisters across the world!
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(Pastor Charles Lawson)
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
Jesus’ audience is not interested in believing in Him by faith, they are interested in even more proof that He is the Messiah. Faith in Jesus is the catalyst to knowing God and being in relationship with Him. This faith has the power to create evidence for hope in the hearts of all people; yet sadly, it is often overlooked or cast aside as some childish notion. “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” (Hebrews 11:1 – NCV)
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If you have been lied to and especially by someone close to you then you were probably wounded. It is usually not something that heals overnight.
People are going to let you down. People might shred you to pieces. They might claw your eyes out and then try to pretend it never happened.
When you have been there, that is where the sweet TRUTH couldn’t taste or sound better. Do you have 7 minutes for some sweet truth? Just 7 minutes.
Keep looking up!
Thank you Pastor JD Farag
Thank you Pastor JD Farag
May God have mercy on us all.
Don’t lose hope, for our hope lies in the Lord God, our Savior Jesus Christ!
I say I am not afraid because I know Him and trust Him. ..the Lord of lords and the King of Kings!
Yet I do pretty well according to human standards until I get to work and then I seem to strive and strive and try to rest in the Lord.
I try my hardest to encourage others and feel like I am barely surviving each day.
Everywhere people are dying.
I find myself crying out to the Lord, why not me instead?
I am tired.
I am alone and yet I am married and have grown children.
No one believes in my family.
Today I lost it.
Today I skipped church.
Today I yelled and complained to my husband.
Now I feel the disappointment of my Father in Heaven.
Pray for me. I think I must have dropped my shield of faith.