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Thursday
May262016

Chasing The Wind

 

Eccles. 2:11 Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

I find it interesting that the wisest man who ever lived found himself writing these words.  You would think that intelligence, wisdom and knowledge would bring you some satisfaction as you lived your life, but for Solomon it was all chasing the wind. When a person reads the Book of Ecclesiastes you would think that Solomon was a little bi-polar since one minute he was up and the next he sounded depressed. However Solomon was wise enough to figure out that nothing we ever accomplished in this life would satisfy the human heart. No amount of wealth, pleasure, fame, or popularity would satisfy the human longing for meaning and purpose. Nothing profits a man from his own making until he discovers his purpose as a creation of God. Solomon even says that life isn’t about how you start your life it’s how you end it.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

Finishing life with a strong sense of purpose and meaning is a great testimony to a life well lived. Solomon also knew that nothing gets past God, and even if you can fool the people around you, God sees it all. Nothing will get past Him, and He will bring it all to your attention someday.

Ecclesiastes 12;14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

This is another reason why people feel like their lives are chasing the wind. They live life as if there will never be a time of accountability, there is no one to answer to for all the hidden things they have said and done. They live with no hope, no sense of purpose, and at the end of the day, life really sucks.  When you find your purpose in living for someone other than yourself, you will find a purpose that is greater than you. Solomon in all of his wisdom saw this and penned:

Ecclesiastes 12;13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

When you know there is a God, and you find your purpose in reverencing Him, and keeping His Word you will discover a state of satisfaction in life and no longer feel like you are just chasing after the wind.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

 

Tuesday
May242016

Blindness

 

Matthew 15:14 So ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch."

Jesus spoke this statement about the religious leaders of His day, they were blind and nothing was going to change their blindness.  He told his disciples to ignore them, and predicted that all blind people eventually fall into a ditch. Blindness is a condition of the heart, it stems from a lack of knowing God.

Hosea 4:1

Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the land.

This is the most pervasive problem in America today, the blindness of its leaders. The political problems we have is because there is no faithfulness nor is there any kindness in the land. I would say that we live in a land where 80% of what we hear is lies. I want to say that again, “80% of what we hear in America is lies.”

Why do I say that?  Think of all the commercials you hear in the course of a day.  How much of what is claimed is really true?  How much of what the government releases to you are lies?  How about all the political promises we have heard over the last six months?  Are any of those truthful? How about your friendships, how often do you lie to get out of a commitment you don’t want to attend?  Do you ever exaggerate your importance to someone? How about all the half-truths you believe in or promote?  How about the half-truths that preachers preach, knowing that we are in trouble as a nation but refuse to discuss it on Sunday mornings? They know people don’t like to be sacred, or hear discouraging news on a morning where they are suppose to be worshipping God. Lies are everywhere and their purpose is to keep us blind.

John 3:20 Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

Ephesians 5:13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them

This is one of the reasons I judge everything by the Bible, it is the only source that can be trusted to expose the lies of the heart and create a foundation of truth.

If lies find a home in your heart, you can be assured that you will develop a hardness of heart toward God and everything that is associated with Him. When the blindness of heart takes control over you, it is a sign of complete blindness.

I love the story of the Rich Young Ruler in scripture, because it epitomizes the problem with religion. Religion can give you the rules and regulations, but it doesn’t give you the heart. The young ruler knew the religious code, but he didn’t want to know God. Why?  Because knowing God will cost you more than you want to give. I can dictate what I want to give to God through religion and I can limit it according to my standard, but a heart relationship with God requires everything.  Jesus told the Rich Young Ruler that there was blindness in his heart, and the only way to see again was to sell all he had, give to the poor and come and follow Him.

Luke 18:22-25 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.

 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

The blindness of his wealth kept him from knowing God. The Rich Young Ruler knew his religion, his customs, and the rules of engagement, but he was blind to the heart of God. In my ministerial experience over the years, I found that many people find satisfaction in being religious and even dogmatic about their religious beliefs, but their hearts do not belong to God.

Blindness to spiritual living is at an all time high for the following reasons:

 

  1. We are not convincing our culture that the truth in Jesus Christ is worth the price of personal sacrifice of the things this world can offer. The proof is how society is moving away from Godly principles and values.
     
  2. The church has compromised the message of the gospel to appeal to society, but it’s not working. We have churches that are larger than ever before, but those sitting in the pews are more confused and less knowledgeable about God than in past generations. In other words we have convinced people they need God, but we have not portrayed God in the manner that will change their life, and ultimately change the culture. We have 400,000 churches in America and we can’t overturn Roe vs Wade and eliminate the killing of innocent lives.  We can’t stop gay marriage or the transgender demands of using the bathrooms of their choice

 

You may disagree, but I am willing to argue that my proof is in what we see around us everyday. If revival is going to happen, it will come in such a way that will create mercenaries for the gospel. Nothing and I mean nothing will stop these mercenaries from preaching an uncompromising gospel that points out the blindness in our spiritual understanding. The place this needs to start is with the preachers who have compromised the gospel in order to grow the numbers in their churches.

Blindness is our greatest problem as a nation and as a church.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

 

Monday
May232016

When Hope and Reality Collide

 

I maintain that my hope isn’t in what I perceived everyday in the news around me. In fact, as I look at the news, I become hopeful. The Bible tells us that the darkest days on earth ever will be those in the final days prior to the return of Jesus Christ. Those days will be full of deception, delusion, and debauchery.

The deception is defined as making good bad, and bad good. We are becoming the days of reverse perceptions where everything is in free fall, a perpetual spin of vertigo. The end result of this is confusion and confusion leads us in no direction at all.

Then comes delusion where people believe lies as if they were the truth. Jim Fletcher writing for World Net Daily on line recently talked about all the rotten fruit within the Christian book industry.

http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/rotten-fruit-endemic-in-this-entire-industry/?cat_orig=diversions

There are so many Christians who read their Bibles as a devotional rather than a textbook for life. They long for a deeper inspiration so they turn to some of the authors mention by Jim Fletcher in his article.  Some of these Christian authors are so hungry to sell books that they will take truth out of context and invent theories and visions that are not Biblically sound. False hope is not hope, it’s a lie and when Christian authors don’t stay true to Biblical themes, they are continuing to the delusion of the truth.

Then comes debauchery, which is defined in the dictionary as: excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures. Sensual pleasures define our world today and what was once thought to be perverted and shameful is now celebrated as normal. Sensual pleasure replaces any kind of religious observance and in fact will become worshipped as if it was a religion. US News released an article that listed the ten least religious countries in the world.

  1. Australia
  2. Sweden
  3. Germany
  4. Netherlands
  5. New Zealand
  6. Luxembourg
  7. Denmark
  8. Canada
  9. France
  10. Austria

http://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2016-03-25/the-10-least-religious-countries-ranked-by-perception

Many of these same nations are listed on the most adulterous nations in the world, so I think a parallel can be made between what you believe in is how you live your life. No moral boundaries means: that life is never having to say no to your desires and pleasures.

So hope has to go beyond the human experience to something that is outside of the human dimension. Hope defined by the dictionary is: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

My hope and trust is in God, and my hope defends my belief that God is in control of this world. The everyday reality of this world may paint a much uglier picture than that, but hope knows there will come a day when its reality will happen and make this place we call earth a better place. Hope has to have something to hope in and not just be hope for hope’s sake. My hope lays with what the Bible tells me will happen on the day when Jesus returns to this earth. He comes not as a savior, but as a ruler. Let me just say that when He comes all nations will bow, Islam will bow, all presidents and dictators will bow, and all powers of evil will bow and confess that He is Lord. That is what the Bible teaches, and that is where I place my hope. God is in control even now when everything is so out of control worldwide. When I see the reality of this insane world it strengthens my hope, because it means God is preparing this world for the world of the reign of Jesus Christ. This blog may tell you what’s wrong with this world, but I will also tell you the hope of this blog that God is still in control.

Romans 14:11 “For the Scriptures say, As surely as I live, says the LORD, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God."

Keeping it honest and truthful..K

 

Wednesday
May182016

The Best Is Yet To Come

 

Tony Perkins from The Family Research Council came out yesterday with this bit of news.

“What kind of country forces Marines to scavenge parts to keep their planes flying, but has no problem paying for new parts for the gender-confused? Yours! Welcome to the sick world of the Obama administration, where taxpayer-funded sex changes are just the latest example of a presidency completely off the rails.

Turns out, the White House was pretty busy last Friday after it dropped the bathroom bombshell on public schools. This administration took its agenda from the principal’s office to the doctor’s office. In a quiet rule change, Health and Human Services lowered the transgender boom on every hospital, physician, and insurer in America. Under these new regulations, which lean on the same radical interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as the Department of Education’s order, “sex discrimination” in health care has been unilaterally rewritten by HHS to include “gender identity” -- something Congress never intended when it passed the statute a half-century ago. They will effectively require controversial procedures, such as ‘sex-reassignment’ surgery, that respected medical professionals argue have not been proven to be effective in treating serious mental health conditions. Rather than respect the diversity of opinions on sensitive and controversial health care issues, the proposed regulations endorse and enforce one view.”

That view is paying for surgeries that are specifically for the transgender community. Tony goes on to talk about the skyrocketing expenses of those surgeries, and the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care) is prepared to pay. I am convinced that the agenda of this administration is the agenda of demons. I know some of you will bristle at this, but I refuse to dance around the truth.  This administration has so many secret agenda’s that suggest this President must hate America, and is determined to fundamentally cripple this nation. He seems to be on the wrong side of so many issues, and every month there is more controversy coming out from our nation’s capital. So why do I say this administration is filled with the direction of demons?

1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.”

So can we answer where President Obama is getting his directives?  Does he even attempt to follow anything the Bible teaches as it concerns moral behavior? The Bible clearly opposes same sex marriage he supports it.  The Bible is clearly against abortion but he clearly supports it. The Bible does not support the confusion of the transgender community, yet he is supports it. The Bible supports Israel and elevates the Jews to a favorite nation status but our President seems to have an Anti-Semitic attitude toward the Jews. So it seems to me that he is clearly following the thinking of deceptive spirits and demons. I believe many people who diligently seek power are tainted with self-importance and are vulnerable to demonic influence because of their lust for control and power. Many of the Presidents appointed leaders aren’t servants of the people they want to accomplish an agenda. That agenda is to bring this nation under the spell of social reform creating a society of state welfare for all. They want complete control over our money, our education, our healthcare, our weaponry, and our religion. Guess what?  They have nearly completed their agenda under this President.

I have often wondered whatever happened to the concept of demonic influence in our study of the scriptures? I bet few of you have had a sermon or study on the demonic in years. It seems that demon-talk is next to fanaticism so it isn’t on any preachers top ten lists of preaching topics. According to “Got Questions Ministry” they seem to believe that demons can have influence in the direction of a nation. “On a worldwide scale, while it is possible that demons are guiding human institutions to wreak havoc across the globe, the Bible doesn't indicate that Christians should concentrate on stopping those efforts. In the end times, the entire world will be controlled by demonic activity. This will herald the glorification and victory of Christ. Our time is better spent reaching souls than fighting the Illuminati.

It is true that souls are more important than spending our time looking for demons under every rock, yet to ignore their existence is a tragic mistake. An even bigger mistake is to think the government could never be under demonic influence as it is making decisions about policy and issuing Executive Orders. We have separated ourselves from believing in the activity of the demonic, yet much of the New Testament talks about demon possession.  Demons are still real and they are still on earth influencing people just as they did in the days of Jesus.  

I have asked many preachers about demons wondering where did they go? Since today we don’t acknowledge them much in today’s church, did they mysteriously disappear from the earth?  I often joke and say they all move to Washington D.C, but that would be too unfair to all the States whose governors are nuts.  I seriously think that there is more demonic activity in politics today than in almost any other sector of our society. I also think that it is Satan’s plan to internally destroy America so his undertaking of invading Israel will be without hindrance. When you think about it in that manner, no wonder demonic activity could be at the helm of this country.

Just saying……

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

Sunday
May152016

When Tyranny Becomes The Law Of The Land

There is something wrong with this President of ours. He has two daughters who will be at some point showering in a school gym and when a transgender boy will enter that shower area and share that same space with her. What’s wrong with a father with this kind of perspective?  This administration is now bullying all public schools to abide by a new policy ruling that requires all schools to allow transgender individuals to use whatever bathroom or shower facilities they choose.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/13/report-obama-administration-to-tell-public-schools-to-let-transgender-students-use-bathrooms-their-choice.html?intcmp=hpbt1

If school districts don’t comply, they lose funding and could be sued. This is tyranny at it finest hour.

The insanity of identifying as a different gender, other than what you were at birth is madness.  This is one of the identifying markers in the last days, people going mad, and believing in myths.

http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become

Dr Michael Brown has called for a nationwide civil disobedience against the latest ruling by the Obama administration to mandate that transgender people have a right to use whatever bathroom and shower facility they choose.  This is insane, and Dr Brown is right, this has gone too far and needs to have a public outcry. Will Americans fight back? Will they make their voice heard with their state and federal representatives?

https://stream.org/call-national-civil-disobedience-obama-public-school-transgender-bathroom-mandate/

If Americans don’t stand up and fight back on this issue, we might as well resign ourselves to living in Sodom and Gomorrah. It will become a cesspool of immoral behavior, which will include laws that will eventually permit pedophile. What is happening is that society is unraveling all the moral laws God has instituted in His Word, and where cultures for centuries have adopted as their standard for moral behavior. Now, the new progressive thought is that there is no moral law that is necessary to govern human behavior.  If a human wants to marry a dog, have sex with children, or sleep with people other than their spouse, it is all okay if it is being done in love. This unraveling started with the free love movement in the 60’s and culminated recently with same sex marriages. Then in the blinking of an eye, this transgender bathroom issue pops up.  What’s next?  With the diminishing of Judeo-Christian moral law, polygamy will be the next group to demand the rights of a person to have multiple spouses.  What moral law will stop polygamists who will demand equal treatment as same sex marriages, and transgender privileges?  So where does it end?  It doesn’t, evil is never satisfied with just partial victories it wants everything. That is the way evil works, period.

Many people have been saying that the agenda isn’t the bathrooms at all, but the agenda is to destroy the family structure. Whatever the agenda is, it is not safe for women and children.

In a strongly worded statement issued today, the professional association of pediatricians says, “a person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.”

College of Pediatricians Calls Transgender Ideology ‘Child Abuse’ - Breitbart:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/21/college-of-pediatricians-calls-transgender-ideology-child-abuse/

So now we are legitimizing confused thinking as normal into the mainstream America. Is this really happening, or are we in the Twilight Zone?

This is why it is never a good idea for the Federal government to have so much power over the States; they will use their financial power to coerce the States into compliance.

As Christians, how do we respond to this edict?  The transgender issue won’t just stay with the public schools, this same mandate will be forced upon all public restrooms everywhere, including churches. I think this situation is similar to Daniel’s day when the King demanded that everyone bow down to his image, and of course Daniel refused. I have often wondered if it is a scheme of the Devil to expose those who refuse to obey the law of the government as evil, self serving bigots? 

Daniel 3:10-12 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

 

In Daniel’s day the three Hebrew guys ended up in the furnace because of their response to the King. It is this every response that I think is in order to a government that is forcing us to accept immoral laws and public policies.

Daniel 3:15-18 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Those three young men were faithful servants of the King until he required of them something they could not do and violate their faith in God.

I think we are at that same crossroad.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

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