Oct 13

Let’s go fishing

We’ve been looking at the days just before the rapture and the one thing we have to recognize is

 

That there will not be one moment of any day before the rapture occurs
That The spirit of God will not be convicting the world that they need the Savior Jesus Christ

 

When you look at the ministry of Jesus, the one thing you will notice is

 

How many times, he is by water of some sort, talking about fishing or eating fish

I get the feeling, Jesus loved the outdoors, almost all of his time on earth was spent outside

 

And because of that, there are those who believe that’s what God is really all about
Nature

 
And there are many different religious beliefs out there about God and nature, And it’s a bit confusing

 

 

Many believe That God began the creation process, and then allowed evolution to take over

 

And it was being evolved perfectly, until something went wrong and man appeared
Man of course ruined the environment and trashed the evolution process of perfection

 
There are those who desire, that man will hopefully die out and the earth can once again become a perfect place

 

 

These people are the ones I don’t understand at all,

 

They are in reality saying their own lives are worthless and they should have never been born

 

Their love of nature is more meaningful than themselves
That’s nutty

 
At least that’s what they say, I think their lying
There are other religions such as Hinduism that believe that God is nature
So nature itself should be worshipped

 
We should be hugging trees and praying to the grass and weeds because it’s all God

 

 

Some think that Hinduism and Buddhism are almost alike
Because of their roots in worshipping nature

 

But the truth is, they are complete opposites

 

 

What most don’t know is in Buddhism there is no belief at all in a god of any kind, only belief in yourself
They believe nature began the universe and it uses reincarnation to recycle nature

 
If you die as a human you might be recycled into a bird, or a plant or a wild pig

 

 

Protecting Nature is very important to them because you might be stepping on grandma
Or swatting grandpa

 

 

In Buddhism there is a belief however of reincarnating into a higher life form
A Buddha is the highest life form

 
Fact is, to be a naturalist, a Hindu, or a Buddhist

 

You really have to allow yourself to reject any type of logic

 

 

Because to be in any of these religions, to believe what they do takes a very vivid imagination
that does not allow for critical thinking

 
Because if you put logic with common sense of how the universe works

Those religions make absolutely no sense because they go against nature itself

 
You all probably saw the environmentalist rally in New York 2 weekends ago

 

They were preaching how everyone must stop their carbon footprint and destroying the earth

 
They said we must stop using technology while they spoke on their cell phones and used computers

 

That big oil is killing Mother Earth as they drove around in SUVs and landed their private jets

 

They said that because of global warming the earth is deteriorating
As city workers said that it will take days to clean up the trash that was left by those earth lovers

 

 

Now what was that rally really about?
The saving of the earth or do they have a different agenda ?

 
If you read the signs, and listen to their speeches that Al gore and Ted Kennedy jr gave

 

Their message was about stopping capitalism and embracing socialism

 
The new global warming movement really has little to do with saving the earth

It’s just a means that they use for a bigger purpose, to bring down America

 
All these groups that call themselves green and love windmills that kill thousands of birds

 

Are nothing but a bunch of power and money hungry hypocrites

 

 

Now, we do know that God does indeed love nature
Look at what he created, the earth is stunning

 
I told you a few weeks ago I had to go through south western North Carolina

I have never been through that part of those mountains, and it was absolutely beautiful

 

What our God created is breathtaking

 
you’ll remember when he created Adam and Eve

 

He didn’t build them a house, They lived outdoors in a garden

 

 

I have no idea of what our mansions will be when we get to heaven

 

But I have a feeling, it’s not going to be built out of wood or stones

But do these false religions have a point?
Is God a protector of nature, is that his real mission?

 

Was man a mistake and it’s only Gods intention of removing man and save the environment?

 

 

Matt 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand

 

We know the truth about who God is, and he is not nature but rather the one who created nature

 
And we are not to worship nature, but rather the one who created all of this

At the beginning of Jesus’s ministry notice how he began it

 

He began it by saying repent for the kingdom is near it is at hand

 

He didn’t say repent because you have trashed my earth

 

No he said heaven is close

 

 

But notice where does Jesus, who is God begin his ministry?
Vs 18. And walking by the Sea of Galilee

 

Where does he go? To the sea
And who does he talk to? Fishermen

 

And what does he tell them?

 

Follow me and I will make you fisher of men

 

 

As I told you, what environmentalist wackos believe is that man us a stench upon the earth
At least those who disagree with them

 

 

But as the Word of God tells us, that God is the creator of the earth

 

And look what Jesus does in vs 23

And Jesus goes to their synagogues and proclaims the gospel and heals those people of every disease and sickness

 
If God wants to only rid the earth of mankind

 

Then why did he heal them and offer to them a future home in heaven with him where he lives?

 
If God hates man, why would he want to spend eternity with them?

 
But we know, God the father isn’t the God they believe in
Their god is nature and they reject the God of creation

The sea in scripture in almost all cases represents mankind

 

And God always uses the example of fishing whenever he is near water

 

Here’s what God does
(Pick up fishing pole)

 

Whenever you go fishing, and you use a lure, you may cast that lure out 500 times

 

And out of those 500 cast, you might bring home 1 fish

 

 

When Jesus throws out the gospel into the sea of humanity

He might throw it out there 500 times and only one person will respond

 
God said that all of heaven rejoices when one gets saved

 

 

It may take you and me, 500 times of saying something to just one individual before they respond to the gospel

 
Just like in fishing, it takes patience to catch a fish

 
It takes even more patience to win one individual to Christ with the gospel

 

What’s Jesus telling us?
You might have talked with someone about The Lord until you are blue in the face

 
But don’t get discouraged, you might have to pass out first before they finally get hooked

 
How many times have you talked with a family member about coming to church?
Or you have dropped a hundred quotes about The Lord
And it falls on deaf ears?

 

 

When you go out fishing, and you catch a fish, it gives life to the one who eats it
The gospel is also fishing, it gives life to those who will take it in to their hearts

 
What should be the priority of parents of young children?

 

To get ahead in their career?

 

To build their retirement or make more financially?

 

To improve their home so that their kids will be comfortable?

 

Or to buy them many things to make them happy?

 

 

No a parents priority if they are Christians
Is to win their children to Christ, That’s their mission

 

That should be their number one priority, and they should be praying for their salvation before their born

 

And their prayer ought to continue until they do

 
Keep fishing, Keep inviting, and Stay patient
And The Lord will bless you

 

 

Sep 8

Before the rapture

A couple of weeks ago I started looking at the Psalms. And I spoke on ch. 11 and ch 12

 

But I need to back up this morning and lay out what it is that I’m speaking about and clarify a few things

 
psalms ch 9 – 15, are speaking about what man will be like in the days just before the rapture takes place

 

I should have been clearer and put this in context before I began it,
but I didn’t think this was going to turn into a series

 

 

You’ll remember A few weeks ago

I spoke about David and how his son Absolom wanted to kill him,
David’s faith was put to the test, if he would run and give in to the pressure or if he would stand firm in his faith
David decided, he was going to stand firm in his faith because The Lord was his refuge

 

In the same way just before the rapture, our faith will also be put to the test

 
And we have to be reminded that at the end of the church age
We will also be caught up with The Lord and taken to heaven
The Lord and Heaven is our refuge

 

 

Ps 12 is a warning to us that just Before the rapture takes place,
a worldwide apostasy will take place and our faith will be put to the test
And the question is, will we run, or will we stand firm in our faith?

 

In many countries they are being tested by being threatened to turn their backs on Jesus or die

 
And as we are all aware of, literally thousands of Christians are dying around the world who refuse to convert

 

ISIS is threatening to wipe out every Christian and Jew
Hundreds are going to join them even Muslim Americans

 
And now another group called Boko Haram in Nigeria are said to be even worse than ISIS
Are slaughtering Christians

In our country, we have enjoyed the freedom to worship
We have never been harassed or threatened with death

 
But now we are also beginning to see a push back against us from unbelievers, our faith is going to be tested

 
I’ve noticed even in our families, there’s an attitude toward us from those who are unsaved

 

They may love us, but they don’t understand us

 
This push back by unbelievers has included many different tactics

 

Christians-are being sued for standing on their beliefs
We’re being pushed to accept homosexuality

 

We’re being pushed to accept false religions

 

One pastor from Georgia gave a sermon on how Islam is attempting to rid the world of born again Christians
He posted his sermon on Utube

 

He received a letter from Utube and his account was terminated until such time he stops posting sermons

 
In Columbus Indiana 3 churches had a Muslim word spray painted on the sides of their churches. That said Infidels

 
We are being pushed to shut up and sit down, keep our beliefs to ourselves
We are being pushed not to say anything against Islam otherwise we are called intolerant bigots and racist

 

We are being tested if we will stand up and be accounted for the
preaching, teaching and being a witness of the truth of a Gods Word

 

Or if we will abandon these things and go along with the world

 

 

Now we can point our finger in any direction and see those who are abandoning God

 

But that’s not the point, The point is, will you or I abandon God?
This isn’t about the other guy, it’s about us personally and will we stand, or will we fall?
We’re already seeing Christians stop attending church, their already abandoning him

 

Our son in law is getting really upset about all of the things he keeps hearing about that goes against Christians and freedom

 
This time of testing will grow worse, and as I told you last week

 

This testing will culminate into a great apostasy

 
Christians will literally turn their backs on God,
their faith and their church and I believe much of it will be out of fear

 

The point of the rapture is to remove those few who are truly saved
Now we know that there will still be those who are godly on earth before the rapture
Otherwise there wouldn’t be any need of a rapture!
We would all be with him already

 
At the rapture, the church, those who are saved are gone
There will not be one Godly person on earth, he will cease

 
And it won’t be until after the 2 witnesses from God preach

 

That 144,000 Jews get saved

 

that a godly man will once again reappear but only for a short time
Now we know there won’t be very Many on earth who are truly saved because of what it says in Luke 18

 

That by the time he raptures us, he will look around the Christian society and ask

 

How many with faith will be found?

 

Now for those few faithful people, look at

 

Psalm 13:1
How long will thou forget me O Lord?

 

Those faithful few, will feel like their the only ones left
Sometimes this is referred to as the Elijah syndrome

 
Remember Elijah thought he was the only one left who stood for God
It wasn’t true, but he didn’t know where they were at

 
When your around your family and you see all the ungodly living
And you feel that attitude from them

 
When you look at how many cars leave your neighborhood for church on Sunday, and no one leaves

 

When a young man is shot and killed by the police, and people riot and rob innocent people without knowing any facts

It may be by the time the rapture occurs, you or I might feel as though we are the last Christian on earth

 
But let’s be honest, we’re starting to feeling that way right now

 
But just like in the days of Elijah, the days of Noah, and in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah
There will always be a remnant of believers

 

 

And then David asks a 2nd question in ps 13:2
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

 
Doesn’t it seem like the evil person always gets what they want?

 

If they are offended supposedly by a verse, or a sign, a prayer

 

They win the lawsuit and the Christian continually takes a backseat

 

Or at least it appears that they are winning, but are they ?

 
Ps 14:1
The fool has said in his heart. There is no God, they are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good

 

It may appear that they are winning, but God calls them fools

 

think about all the lawsuits that they continually win, and they truly believe it’s making our world better
But God says none of them do any good, they are corrupt and what they do is abominable

 

Abominable is the same thing as saying it’s only worthy of hell itself

 
The person who says they are an atheist, God calls a fool

 

In Hebrew the word fool = nabal and can be translated: madman

 
So we need to ask our atheist friends, are they a fool or a madman?

 

 

Do you ever wonder why our younger generation are accepting homosexuality?

10 yrs ago only 20% agreed with gay marriage, today it’s over 60%

 

Why do younger people overwhelmingly accept living together and reject marriage?

 

Why is smoking marihuana being legalized in almost every state?

 

Why are Americans so willing to shred the constitution?

 

 

Do you realize that many with PH.Ds are teaching throughout our public school systems and are avowed atheists?

 

Our kids are being taught by fools, madmen, crazy people

 

Do you realize that a homosexual is not the lowest a person can go?
The lowest any human can reach, is the pit of atheism

 
A report said that we have 24 senators who are atheist but they refuse to identify themselves

 
We are being taught, and led by those who have reached the very pit of human depravity

 

And we wonder why our country is in the shape it’s in?

 

Vs2
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God

 
In the days before the rapture The Lord will look over the world and ask does anyone seek me?

 

And we wonder the same thing

 
Is anyone getting saved in America today?

 

Or are we becoming a country of lawlessness, and immorality
because we are fast becoming a nation of fools?

 
When a country opens it’s southern border for anyone to cross

 

When This yrs federal guidelines says schools cannot check the ages of illegals who come to school

When one school they finds out they have a 35 yr old Mexican man in a class with 16 yr old girls

 

When a California school can no longer have boys or girls bathrooms, you can use either

 

When In another school if a boy wants to dress like a girl, it has to be celebrated and accepted

 
When you point your finger at someone as though it’s a gun, your suspended from school

 
When a kindergartner kisses another classmate on the cheek and says she’s my girlfriend

 

He’s almost taken out and hung publicly and shamed into being a sex offender

When terrorist are knocking at your door and our president says we don’t know what to do, we don’t have a strategy
And all this terrorist talk interrupts his golf game and vacationing
When leaders begin to shut down businesses that produce fuel for your energy that we need for survival
And lie and say it’s causing the earth to warm up

 
When these things take place
You know your nation has become a nation of fools

 
When atheist and progressives are in charge, whom God calls fools or madmen
Foolish beliefs and activities, will become everyday life

 
God offers wisdom, when a person accepts his son Jesus as savior

 

The world doesn’t have to be mindless fools, but they reject the God of wisdom and intelligence

 

 

So as we watch what’s going on around us, we need to know that these things will take place before the rapture

 

Which ought to make us yearn that much more for the rapture to take place

 
The world is being prepared for the entrance of the antichrist

And we need to be wise and ready for what the future holds for us as believers

 

We also must keep in mind, that The Lord Jesus said that he will never leave us nor forsake us

 

And we need to hold onto him and not forsake him either

 

Don’t be a part of the Apostasy that is beginning today

 

 

 

 

Aug 27

Before the rapture

In Arnies class we have been in the book of Matthew

and we’ve been going over what takes place before – 2nd coming of Christ

 

And as we have learned, people today are looking for a sign of the lords return
But during the church age that we are in, just before the rapture of the church
There are no signs, one day we will just disappear as he will take us up to heaven without any notice

 

There are no weather changes, I know, what about global warming?

It was reported last week that they now have overwhelming evidence
That this thing was a lie and used for more governmental control, more EPA regulation
And a means for higher taxes and fines

 

They used – tactic of destroying the planet and fear,
in order to get more money from us
and more control over – American people
And more importantly, what they are preaching goes against Gods Word
His word tells us that no man can destroy this earth and that it will endure forever
It’s sad but true, anything that comes from this administration is always attach to someone’s agenda
Before the rapture, there are no blood moons or strange occurrences or miracles given as John Hagee teaches

 

Or anything that points directly to – Lords return
However, before the rapture there are some indicators that tells us that we are getting closer to the Lords return
As I have told you in other messages, I know The Lord could decide today to take us

 

Because everything that is going to take place after the church is gone can happen in a very short time
And that’s because everything is already in place

we have the technology to fulfill scripture
We have computers and a world financial system that if things changed

 

They could easily switch over to a one world monetary system and one world government
we have all seen how easily people will give their allegiance to one person with the election of Obama

 

And so all it will take is one person, the anti-Christ,

 

to proclaim to the world that he will provide for them
That he will feed and clothe them, all they have to do is follow him

 

And they will do it, and a one world government would be formed overnight

 

 

Our world is already being prepared to accept a one world government through all the freebies today

 

Their already being cared for by governmental handouts
So when they say a one world system will provide them with everything they need,

 

they won’t hesitate to accept all of it

The removal of borders between nations is preparation for a one global society
And as the world is being made ready for the anti-christ,
it still may be years before that takes place

 

 

I believe the church has to go through a transformation first,
which we are beginning to see happen

 

Ps12:1

Help Lord, for the godly man ceases for the faithful fail from among the children of men

 

This psalm is a reference to the days preceding the tribulation
Before the rapture occurs, there is going to be a worldwide apostasy of the church
Apostasy = turning away from God, abandonment of belief in God

 

And this is the final fulfillment of scripture before the rapture

 

 

this apostasy is taking a foothold now, as the Word of God loses it’s prominence in Church and in the world
We have thousands of children who have grown up in church

 

But when they get out on their own, many are turning to the world and never turning back into the church doors
We have pastors who have abandoned preaching the gospel and speaking the truth

 

And instead have changed their message to being positive,
non confrontational and appeasing the people
We have entire denominations who have left the biblical teaching of Gods Word

 

And have embraced a world view of Godlessness
they embrace the beliefs and practices that Word of God condemns

 

So by the time the rapture takes place look at what Luke says
Luke 18:8
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

 

The apostasy will be so horrific, that by the time The Lord returns for his church

 

There is not going to be that many to rapture
I believe many of today’s Godly people will die out before the rapture
And as we know, the young people in today’s church are not taking their place
The older Godly people are not being replaced

Another reason why people will abandon the faith or refuse to get saved

 

Will be out of fear
Right now there are literally hundreds of Christians dying everyday in Iraq, Syria, and other parts of the world

 

ISIS cut off the heads of Christian children in one town and stuck them on fence poles
Other Christians including kids, were crucified, others stoned and beheaded

 

Women are being raped and young girls are being taken to be wives of these Muslim men
ISIS is now threatening to come to America and do the same thing here

 

In fact they’ve said they already have soldiers here
and the Feds confirmed it
They said they are tracking 100 American ISIS members

 

There could be hundreds of sympathizes and they don’t even know how many American mosques are training grounds for terrorist

 

 

I have been tracking stories that are being put out across our country

about the horrible things that Christians do
Not making a cake for gay people, not doing weddings

 

Lawsuits against Christian businesses for bigotry and for being racial continue to increase

 

 

In Nazi Germany they did the same thing against Jews

 

Little by little they fed the minds of their citizens with little stories

 

About how hateful, and how much the Jewish people were holding their country back
And it wasn’t long before the German people agreed and helped murder millions of Jews

I see the same thing beginning to happen here,

 

In Jewish neighborhoods in New Jersey and in New York
They are waking up to seeing swatzikas on their homes and cars
A Jewish Rabbi 2 weeks ago in Miami Fl. Was gunned down as he walked to his synagogue

 

One 16 yr old girl was suspended for saying God bless you to her teacher when she sneezed

 

Christians and Jews are being portrayed as evil
and eventually the entire world will call for the blood of Christians and Jews

When I read about these things that are going on in our world
you think we’re hearing about things that took place in the dark ages
And yet it’s happening in the yr 2014

 

 

All of this places fear in the hearts of people

 

which causes many to abandon the faith or not have anything to do with God.
And apostasy begins
Go back to psalm 12 and let’s look at what it’s going to be like

Ps 12:1
The Godly man ceases
What we will eventually see is the absence of Godly people

 

Just think about all the pastors in churches and on TV who have fallen?
Think about that radical cult, the Westboro baptist church
who goes around spewing their hatred against veterans and homosexuals
All of this feeds the minds of unbelievers of how horrible Christianity is
And the result is a lack of Godly men, willing to stand up
And preach the truth to a world that is out of control with sin

 

Because when someone does speak up for God, they are attacked relentlessly

 

 

A godly man however doesn’t mean a perfect man

 

We are given many examples in – bible of men who loved and lived for The Lord

 

But still failed miserably in their personal life at times

 

But the world doesn’t give Christians any slack,

but we know that in order to live like Christ, takes much prayer and much forgiveness
Ps 12:2
They speak vanity everyone with his neighbor with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak
A second thing that is going to take place before the rapture is Christians will lie

 

They will say one thing to one person and the complete opposite to someone else about that person

 

 

It’s like when someone will tell a person how kind and good looking they are

And then turn around to someone else and say, that person is so mean and ugly
That’s double talk

 

Why will Christians lie, and do these things?

 

 

Fact is, We’re all ready seeing this begin

 

People who claim to be believers will say there’s many ways to heaven

 

They water down the truth in order not to offend

 

Christians want to be liked and accepted, so they will flatter people
Tell them things that are not true, they will lie

 

How many people have been told if your good, or been baptized your going to heaven?

 

But the truth is they’ve never accepted Christ, They lie

 

But it will get worse as we come closer to the rapture
A time of apostasy is ahead of us

 

And it will be so horrific, that after the rapture, even the Jews will abandon God, and only 144,000 will be saved
Ps12 gives us some insight into our day and age so when we see these things beginning
We aren’t caught off guard, we know what to expect

 

And the Lord wants us to know these things so that our faith continues strong

 

and we don’t become apart of the problem
In turbulent times, The Lord wants us to not lose hope
To keep serving him no matter what
Through persecution, Suffering, Sickness. And even death
We are to persevere and not turn away but keep preaching and telling the truth of a risen Savior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 27

Before the rapture pt 1

A couple of weeks ago I started looking at the Psalms. And I spoke on ch. 11 and ch 12

 

But I need to back up this morning and lay out what it is that I’m speaking about
In psalms ch 9 – 15, are speaking about what man will be like in the days just before the rapture takes place

 

I should have been clearer and put this in context before I began it,
but I didn’t think this was going to turn into a series
A few weeks ago I spoke about David and how his son Absolom wanted to kill him,
David’s faith was put to the test
Before the rapture takes place, our faith will also be put to the test

 

In many countries they are being tested by being threatened to turn their backs on Jesus or die

 

In our country

 

We are being tested if we will stand up and be accounted for the preaching, teaching and being a witness of the truth of a Gods Word
Or if we will abandon these things and go along with the world
Now we can point our finger in any direction and see those who are abandoning God

 

But that’s not the point
The point is, will you abandon God?

 

This isn’t about the other guy, it’s about us personally and will we stand, or will we fall?
Our son in law is getting really upset about all of the things he keeps hearing about that goes against Christians and freedom
This time of testing will grow worse, we haven’t seen anything yet
Because as we looked at in ch 12, It tells there, that there will be so many who will abandon God

 

That the Godly man will cease
Now we know that there will still be those who are godly on earth before the rapture
Otherwise there wouldn’t be any need of a rapture!
We would all be with him already
At the rapture, the church, those who are saved are gone
There will not be one Godly person on earth,

 

Soon after that 144,000 Jews will be saved
But Luke 18 said That by the time he raptures us, he will look around the Christian society and ask

 

How many with faith will be found?
Now there will be some faithful people around because look at
Psalm 13:1

How long will thou forget me O Lord?

 

Those faithful few, will feel like their the only ones left

 

Sometimes this is referred to as the Elijah syndrome
Remember Elijah thought he was the only one left who stood for God

 

It wasn’t true, but he didn’t know where they were at
When your around your family and you see all the ungodly living
When you look at how many cars leave your neighborhood for church on Sunday, and no one leaves
When a young man is shot and killed by the police, and people riot and rob innocent people without knowing any facts

 

You wonder, am I the only Christian left?
It may be by the time the rapture occurs, you or I might feel as though we are the last Christian on earth

 

But let’s be honest, we’re already feeling that way

 

But just like in the days of Elijah, the days of Noah, and in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah
There will always be a remnant of believers
And the David asks a 2nd question in ps 13:2

How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
Doesn’t it seem like the evil person always gets what they want?
If they are offended supposedly by a verse, or a sign, a prayer
They win the lawsuit and the Christian continually takes a backseat

 

Or at least it appears that they are winning, but are they ?
Ps 14:1
The fool has said in his heart. There is no God, they are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good

 

It may appear that they are winning, but God calls them fools
And think about all the lawsuits that they continually win, and they truly believe it’s making our world better
But God says none of them do any good but they are corrupt and what they do is abominable
Abominable is the same thing as saying it’s only worthy of hell itself

 

The person who says they are an atheist, God calls a fool
In Hebrew the word fool = nabal and can be translated: madman

 

So we need to ask our atheist friends, are they a fool or a madman?
Do you ever wonder why our younger generation are accepting homosexuality?
10 yrs ago only 20% agreed with gay marriage, today it’s over 60%
Why do younger people overwhelmingly accept living together and reject marriage?
Why is smoking marihuana being legalized in almost every state?
Why are Americans so willing to shred the constitution?

 

Do you realize that many with PH.Ds are teaching throughout our public school systems and are avowed atheists?

 

Our kids are being taught by fools, madmen, crazy people
Do you realize that a homosexual is not the lowest a person can go?
The lowest any human can reach, is the pit of atheism
A report said that we have 24 senators who are atheist

 

We are being taught, and led by those who have reached the very pit of human depravity

And we wonder why are country is in the shape it’s in?
Vs2
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God

 

Right now The Lord is looking over the world and he is asking does anyone seek me?

 

And we wonder the same thing

 

Is anyone getting saved in America today?
Or are we becoming a country of lawlessness, and immorality because we are fast becoming a nation of fools?

 

 

Aug 16

God is still on the throne

I’ve been going through some of the Psalms the past few weeks

 

And they are full of about anything you can imagine about life

 
Things pertaining to how it’s to be lived
solutions to life in general
and how to deal with problems

 
Ps. 11 is one that David wrote and appears to have come out of a time when he was undergoing

 

A lot of persecution and trials in his life

Everyone of us can attest to times in our lives when we are faced with trials and persecution

 
Trials and persecution is not normally something that we have any control over
Out of the blue, your hit with something that you didn’t expect

 
Many times people will relate persecution and trials with suffering
and suffering is the result of these two things

 

 

But suffering can also come from our own doing

We are given a choice about something, and we make the wrong choice

 

And it brings suffering

 
It’s like the young man who claims he is a drug addict because it’s a disease

 

No, he is a drug addict, because he made bad choices when he was younger

 
Or the girl who is complaining about how rough it is to be a single mom

 

and she wants everyone to feel sorry for her

No, she is a single mom, due to bad choices
David is in a time of persecution and trials, however,
It is directly linked to his bad decisions he had made when he was younger

 
As great of a King David was, and regardless of how much God loved him
he wasn’t the greatest dad in the world

 
In fact he wasn’t much of a father at all to any of his kids

 

He was an indulgent father, who didn’t raise his kids the way he should have

 

And the result was he had some bad kids

Spare the rod, you’ll spoil your child

 

 

One of David’s sons was Ammon, who was a perverted weasel
He was – one who raped his sister Tamar

 
It tells us in II Sam. 13 that when David heard about it he was angry, but didn’t do anything about it

 
That’s been the problem with so many dads today who are spineless

 

They have no problem producing them, but they take no responsibility in disciplining them

And the result is, kids who are out of control,

 
Our prisons, are full, drugs are rampant, mental conditions are enormous

and immorality abounds

 
And it’s all directly due to fathers who are spineless when it comes to raising and disciplining their kids

 

 

Davids children came by different wives

 

David knew Gods design for marriage was one man or king

 

with one wife or queen for a lifetime
But David followed the traditions of other kings and had more than one wife

 

And because of his bad decisions and rebellion against Gods standards
He had some kids who didn’t like their dad, and it was for various reasons

 
One son of David, was Absolom, he heard what his brother did to his sister

 

Absolom. Was infuriated and heard that his dad wouldn’t do anything about Annon

 
So he Decided instead of serving and honoring his father David

He went and killed his brother for the rape of his sister

 
He then fled to another city, after awhile, David allowed him to come back

 

Absolom wanted forgiveness

 

But instead David refused to see him, David should have stepped up as a dad and reached out to his son

 
This began a rebellion against David in – heart of Absolom

 

and he began to get an army to side with him to fight against his father and overtake the throne

 

Which brings us to Ps. 11:1
In The Lord put I my trust, how say ye to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain?

 
This verse is a reference back to the time that Absolom is challenging David in war for his throne

 

And his advisors tell David to flee to the mountains

 
But David is asking the question, why should I flee to the mountains, when my trust is in The Lord?

 

Why would they advise David to flee?

 

You’ll remember when Saul wanted to kill David, he fled to the mountains

And it worked then, he was able to come back after assembling an army and defeated Saul

 
But David says, that was then, this is now, and it’s not Saul that I’m fighting
But rather my own son

 

 

This is something that today’s psychologist tell their patients
If your having trouble, you need to get away from your problems
Take a rest, get in touch with your feelings

 
Let me say, getting away, doesn’t solve a thing
Wouldn’t it be great if we could be like a bird and fly away when problems come?

 
But the fact is you can never fly far enough, because when you get there
Guess what? Your still there

 

We can never run away from ourselves

 

 

That’s what David is telling us here, you can run, but you can’t hide
And the problem that he is faced with, is bringing him a trial and persecution
But it has to be dealt with
There are many people who get depressed
And they start taking anti-depressants
yrs, later, their still depressed

 

 

Instead of overcoming their depression, It’s become a lifestyle, why?

 

Because they never stopped and asked themselves,
what’s causing my depression?

 
They have never sought to find out what was causing their problem
And then look it square in the eye, deal with whatever it is,

and then put it to death and over come it

 
They actually enjoy their depression, how can I say that?

 

Because every time your around them, they have to tell you about their depression and how many pills their on
It’s like a badge of honor

 

 

David had a choice, either run and be depressed because his life was in danger or face it head on
Vs2
For lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart
Absolom and his army was ready to kill his father David

 

A trial and persecution had come to Davids door, trouble on every side
And no matter what decision he makes, he’s going to suffer

 

If he runs, he suffers
If he fights, he will suffer

 
David decides he would rather suffer for righteousness sake

 
Vs3.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do ?
We cannot afford for the foundation of a Gods word to be destroyed

 
Right now, the authority of a Gods Word is being challenged on every side

 

Our media is challenging Gods Word,
our government is,

 

Our schools are,

 
and sadly even our pastors and churches

 

are challenging the authority of Gods Word

We have what is being called the new morality

 

Where we are suppose to bless everything that the bible condemns

 
The new morality is still the same old sin of immorality

 
What can the righteous do when there’s persecution, trials and trouble?

 

Vs4
The Lord is in his holy temple, the lords throne is in heaven, his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of God

 
When we’re tested, we have to remember that our God is still there
And if I’m going through something, it’s because God wants me to go through it

 

So we trust The Lord because if he wants us in the mist of trouble

 

Then we have to trust him that he will bring us through it

 

 

Right now there are literally hundreds of Christians dying everyday in Iraq

 

ISIS cut off the heads of Christian children in one town and stuck them on fence poles

 
Other Christians including kids, were crucified, others stoned and beheaded
ISIS is now threatening to come to America and do the same thing here

 

In fact they’ve said they already have soldiers here
and the Feds confirmed it

 

They said they are tracking 100 American ISIS members

 

 

What was true when David spoke it, is still true today
God is still on his throne

 

He hasn’t abdicated his authority

 

And when persecution and death comes to Christians worldwide
We have to place our faith in him

 

And remind ourselves that God is in his holy temple
He still sits on his throne with all authority and power

 

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