September 11, 2018

REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Seventeen years ago we experienced an act of evil that touched each one of us. The soul of this country was shaken and wounded. We were at a loss for words; our emotions were raw and our spirit as a nation was dampened. But there was an explosion of Americanism, Patriotism, and Spirituality that unified this nation and we quickly recovered our bearings and began the restoration process. How we remember what happened with grief for those who lost their lives; with resolve to never let others influence our way of life; with hope in God’s promise for His people.

God’s blessings have poured out on our nation since our Founding Fathers declared independence, but it seems that our nation is now being forced to declare its independence from God.

As a tribute to those who fell on 9/11 and as recited by many of the passengers on flight 93 and I am sure others on that day. I invite you to join me as I pray the Lord’s Prayer as given to us in Matthew 6:

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom comes,
Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:

For your’s is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Amen.

God tells us that if we call on His name He will hear our prayers and heal our nation.

Please join me in prayer as we call on God for His mercy and grace.

Father, the creator of all things, we look to you trying to understand why there is such evil in the world. We know that there are forces at work all around us that are committed to destroying our world and destroying us. We pray Lord for your mighty strength to fend off not only the evil doers but also that we will remain steadfast in your will and not become so corrupted by events that we too would seek to do evil.

We lift up to you today all those that perished in this act of terror and all subsequent acts of terror, may you receive them and give them the repose they deserve. Likewise, provide peace and comfort to their families who live with only the memory of their loved ones.

We also remember the first responders that continue to bear the scars from that day. May they each receive healing both physical and emotional. May each of them receive a special place at your table when the time comes.

Lord, we ask that you give divine wisdom and judgment to our leaders at all levels that they may do what is right for this country and its protection. May we all have comfort in your protection Lord and continue to stand steadfast in our faith and in our resolve to defeat the evil in the world as we continue to spread your truth and love.

Father, you are our strength; you are our protector; you are our leader as we go forward in this spiritual and physical war. May your glory be shown in all that we do.

We call on You Father because we as a nation have in many ways turned our backs on You; and we as your people ask that this nation would experience a spiritual revival and healing that will restore and maintain our way of life.

Please give us mercy and bless our nation.

All this we pray in the precious name of your son Jesus Christ.

AMEN

August 23, 2018

What can the unfaithful expect from God?

Romans 2:5 because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

In this verse, we see what can hinder us from receiving God’s full gift of eternal life. We are all responsible for our own destiny. There is a day, as we are told in

Romans 2:16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

That day is appointed by God when we will be called to give account for what we have done.

We have all known obstinate people in our lives, those who no matter what, had to do things their way regardless of what the consequences were. People who will not take advice from anyone, well that’s exactly what it means here. This is about people who are determined to live according to their own knowledge and not to trust in God.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Repeated disobedience leads to stubbornness, which comes in many degrees of willful and arbitrary behavior. All of us have stubbornness when we resist doing something that may be unpleasant or that we just don’t want to do, such as taking out the garbage, this verse is addressing those who refuse to accept and follow the will of God, they know what is right, but are too wrapped up in themselves to follow God’s directions.

The second condition named here is an unrepentant heart. Many places in the Bible we see this as a hardened heart. One who will not take responsibilities for their actions and admit when they are wrong.

In order to repent, we first must accept that we are sinners and have not followed the path that has been set down for us by God.

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

A stubborn and unrepentant person will not look to anyone else for redemption, nor will they acknowledge the power and authority God has over them.

Today we may be able to hide our sins from others, but on that day of accountability, all will be exposed, not only our sins but the nature of God’s judgment. 

2 Peter 3:7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

The wrath that we are storing up because of our hardheaded and impenitent attitudes will be far worse then we can imagine. If we don’t seek God’s grace and mercy and confess and ask forgiveness, we may face eternity without God. God will make that final decision not based on how many times we sinned, but on the condition of our hearts.

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

The day we receive the revelation of God’s wrath will be too late, we will have no recourse to make amends for the lifestyle and decisions we made here and now.

The fact that God’s wrath is a righteous wrath going without saying, but I believe what we need to understand here is that whatever punishment, whatever judgment we receive on that day will be justified; we will have earned or stored up, whether good or bad, what God hands down for us.

I don’t think that this warning is intended to be for those of us who are living the life God has purposed for us, even though we sin, we seek forgiveness with a right heart and mind; no this is directed at those of are willful and continuous sinners, those with hardened hearts.

To wrap up where we are; take a long hard look at your heart.

Are you truly repentant of your sins?

Have you turned over the power and authority in your life to God?

Take responsibility for your actions and seek God’s forgiveness, for true happiness now and for eternity.

Let us hear from you.

Your comments are encouraged.