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Monday
Jul252016

Reversing The Racial Curse

There are few preachers today who are addressing the racial divide from a Biblical perspective. Dr Tony Evans has what I would call the best understanding concerning this issue in America today. 

I would suggest you get a cool beverage and listen. 

http://tonyevans.org/category/tony-evans-radio-broadcast-the-alternative/

 

It is the podcast called "Reversing The Racial Curse."

 

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

Sunday
Jul242016

Who Gets The Credit

 

It was years ago that I heard for the first time the phrase, “Religious Spirit,” and wondered if there was such a thing.  Today I am no longer wondering I know there is a religious spirit that gets a hold of people and gives them a false hope of knowing God. I see that religious spirit most Sundays when I go to church. It masks itself in a variety of ways, but usually it comes out through the promotion of the church, and the involvement of that church in the community. Religious spirits have a tendency to worship the works of ministry rather than the Lord. It is often so below the religious radar that most people don’t notice how a religious spirit is being lived out in their church. One of the ways a religious spirit is identified is by the standard that is used to measure success. Another way of saying this would be “who gets the credit for the success of the ministry?”  Prosperity preaching churches for example say it’s the Lord who brings the blessing but insist that your faith and commitment to believe makes success happen. It is a little like the disciples who were so excited about their ministry of casting out demons rather than being thankful for their entrance into the kingdom.  This is a perfect example of loving their ministry more than they did God.

 Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

This is a problem that the church has had in almost every generation. It is the problem with knowledge vs. demonstration. In other words, we spend a great deal of time teaching people about the Bible, but fail to demonstrate those teachings beyond the sanctuary. Now I realize that this is a broad brush, but no one can argue that Christians have become the most benign group of people on the planet. They have no voice in culture, no one pays attention to them and when they do voice their opinion they are called haters by a small minority and Christians retreat to their churches. They tell us that 83% of Americans say they are Christians, so why can’t this large group stop abortions, bring solutions to the racial unrest, stop human trafficking or resist the immoral decay that has devastated America? Perhaps Christians are not following Christ but they are following a religious spirit?  What else could be the explanation of why there is little to no success in influencing this nation for God?  The truth of the matter is that followers of Jesus Christ do not belong to this world nor do they belong to denominations or even their church, they belong to Him and His Kingdom. The church did not rescue anyone from darkness churches just expose it. Jesus rescued us from darkness, and brought us into His Kingdom.  It is that Kingdom that will one day rule this world.

Colossians 1: 13 for he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son.

So lets review: the largest group of people living in America self identify as Christians yet this large group gets silenced by the darkness that surrounds them.

By their silence they allow the worthless deeds of evil and darkness to grow by their lack of not pushing back. Pulpits do not want to offend anyone so they keep the sermons away from controversial issues.  

Eph 5:11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

Christians learn about the darkness at church and then we live in such a way that never exposes it in real life. Followers of Jesus were called by Jesus to be salt and light in this world so how does salt and light not expose the darkness if they are really following Jesus?  Great question and again the only answer is they aren’t salt and light, and probably follow a religious spirit rather than Jesus. So lets credit being religious for the ineptness of the Christian witness in America and consider that following Jesus is something completely different.

1 Thessalonians 2:12 Encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Following Jesus isn’t following a religious spirit, it is entering into His kingdom by believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior. God's Kingdom is designed to help people who enter the Kingdom reach other people who are lost and addicted to this world. As members of His Kingdom we live differently, it is not about avoiding anything it’s about confronting everything that is in opposition to God.

I am crediting the religious spirit found in many churches for the lack of Christian influence in our world, but the spirit of God wants to build a different kind of church that is not only without spot or wrinkle but He also wants His people who are in His Kingdom to destroy the works of the Devil. We need to stop being religiously captivated and become spiritually activated. If the religious spirit that has captivated many of our churches is not of God, then it throws it in into an entirely different light....just saying!

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

 

Tuesday
Jul192016

We Won’t Be Rid Of Him In 2017

 

President Obama I am sure will be finding a new job working with organizations like the United Nations to further his globalist goals. World Net Daily published an article about a recent speech that Obama made that indicated some of the future plans to unite the world around a new order of world government. The UN has a new “2030” agenda where they are working on  sustainable development goals which will include the eradication of poverty and saving the planet from climate change. 

The 2030 Agenda, which is the U.N.’s updated version of Agenda 21, also includes for the first time the rights of migrants to move across open borders for economic opportunity.

 “Obama simply reflects his globalist handlers when he suggests that the solution to the world’s problems will be found in everyone’s submission to a single globalist power,” writes Patrick Wood for Technocracy News and Trends.

Obama told the ambassadors gathered at the reception that the world needs to “build strong institutions to protect people from those impulses” of national or cultural pride. This seemed to be a reference to supporters of Donald Trump in the U.S. and other nationalist-oriented parties gaining popularity in Europe. These parties are now calling for their countries to follow Britain’s recent example and exit the European Union.

That’s a path that will not succeed in America or anywhere else, Obama said.

“In other words, all Americans should stop being so selfish and self-centered and surrender themselves to the global ‘common good,'” Wood wrote.

There was talk late last year that Obama’s next position following his presidency would be the General Secretary of the United Nations. Obama went on to say:

“The world needed to work with “our Muslim partners” to “push back against hateful ideologies that twist and distort Islam – a religion that teaches peace and justice and compassion.”

“We will defeat these ideologies by offering a better vision of development and economic progress,” Obama added.

Americans are so fooled by the ambitions of President Obama and have no clue that his goals are to divest America from being the leading country in the world in order to gain support from the rest of the world so that he will be able to accomplish the goals of a globalized economy and government. Okay lets look at what the United Nations wants to do with their 2030 agenda:

 

  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry innovation and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Partnerships for the goals

 

The UN has some ambitious goals yet without a strong leader pushing to bring the world economy’s together to fund and enforce this agenda, it will remain just items in a list. I can see how these items would appeal to a younger generation whose ideals are shaped by the politically left leaning education. I can also see the reason why we won’t be getting rid of Obama anytime soon.

President Obama is no doubt looking for something of enough grandeur to reflect his opinion of himself, and rumors are floating back from the Middle East that he is sounding out Democrats, Republicans and friends of the United Nations in the United States to help him get the job of secretary-general of the U.N. Ban Ki-Moon’s term expires this year and Mr. Obama is said to think he’s just the man to succeed him.                               –Washington Times Editorial

So what does all this mean to you?  Good question, and I would assume most of us could care less what he does as along as he is out of office and out of politics in the U.S. Yet, it will affect you in the long run, because this “agenda 2030” comes with a high price tag for the American tax payer and a devaluation of our economy that will place us on pair with a standard all nations will have to adopt.  For poorer countries it means we will be again be pawns of the distribution of wealth scheme that Obama has been doing since he took office.

However the thought occurred to me that the only way we develop a safer more prosperous world is by controlling every individual to make sure that equality is fair across the board. In order to control abuses, and to make sure everyone gets the necessary allotment of goods and services, the only way to accomplish this is to place a chip within them. This morning I was standing in Walmart reading a missing persons board and felt so bad for so many families who lost a child.  Chipping children at birth would be the solution to missing children. You can see how technology will play into the plans of the globalists and the safety of our children. This kind of technology sounds good on the surface because it can locate anyone at any time of the day or night. So what happens when this technology tells you what you can buy and what you can’t according to something like “agenda 2030?”  There will be no tolerance for dissension and they will have the power to make you do what they want you to do.  The problem for us won’t be in selling us the safety of technology it will be the control of it. This is why the Bible was so specific about world governing system that will oppose the Judeo-Christian God, His people the Jews and His Church.

Revelation 13-17-18 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark—the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is six hundred sixty-six.

What we see in today’s world is preparing us for how Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

Monday
Jul182016

The Sleeping Church

I want you to see a short video that brings some clarity to the mission of the Church. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rb1Gv67TYk

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

 

Monday
Jul182016

Standing In His Way

Oswald Chambers wrote about Christians standing in God’s way is the greatest hindrance to the gospel in our world. He would go on to write that fasting is not just about abstaining from food, it is abstaining from anything that keeps the gospel from being presented.

G.K. Chesterton was asked: “What’s Wrong with the World?” His answer was beautiful in its simplicity and brilliant in its profundity.

Dear Sirs,

I am.

Sincerely yours,

G. K. Chesterton

This idea of being an obstacle is what is often overlooked in our world today. It’s not about what is best for the whole it is all about what is best for me. It is a good thing that the scriptures help us stay focused on what is real with God, and how truth is the only foundation we can trust. I have said this before and many of you bristled at my saying it, but if I had to solely rely on the testimony of Christians as my only source of truth, I would be an atheist. Now that doesn’t mean there aren’t godly men and women who serve God, it just seems that many of us are obstacles to the reality of faith rather than builders of faith.

G. K. Chesterton and Oswald Chambers were two spiritual giants from the past and observed this phenomenon in their day, and it hasn’t changed.

The scriptures are clear and tell us that we are not to be dividing factors in God’s Kingdom, and our goal as believers should be to obey God and repent often.

Romans 16:17

Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned and turn away from them.

1 Samuel 15:22

Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

Obey God and repent often are good practices to keeping ourselves from becoming an obstacle to what God’s Spirit wants to do in and through our lives. Many of Israel's prophets reminded them to repent and return to God.  Their messages brought self-awareness in how easy it is to slip away from His standard and the calling we have to represent His image to the world. We can became so off based in how we follow God and fool ourselves into thinking all is well, without leadership reminding us of God’s Word.  Israel became like the nations around her marinating in the customs of the heathen nations and worshipping some of their popular gods. They still maintained their religious regimentation but were incorporating and supporting the worship practices of these foreign gods. It is similar to what many Christian churches are doing today. They are incorporating foreign gods into their practice of worship. Most people do not discern that the background of yoga has a religious component to it based in Hinduism and could be a hindrance in growing spiritually. When confronted with this fact most Christians doing yoga will say they don’t do any meditations associated with yoga and substitute scripture for any centering moments of thought. It is however no different than Christians celebrating or supporting Ramadan or even blending Christianity and Islam together in what is called Chrislam. It is the connection and support of these foreign gods that will impede spiritual growth for any Christian. Again most churches today are not into the “do not’s” of Christian practice, because people don’t like to hear about what they should or should not do. Let’s take tattoos for example and what I am about to say is not popular with most young people who are believers.

The Bible mentions tattoos just once, at Leviticus 19:28, which says: “You must not put tattoo marking upon yourselves.” God gave this command to the nation of Israel, thus setting them apart from the neighboring peoples who marked their skin with the names or symbols of their gods. Israel was set apart for God and He made that clear in Deuteronomy 14:2: "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

That principle of being set a part for God carries as much weight for Christians today as it did for Israel in their day. The bottom line here is not to criticize people who get tattoos the point is God’s concern about these permanent markings.  There is a trend now to remove tattoos and a whole industry has sprung up to accommodate people who no longer think their tattoos are attractive.
Discernment about these kinds of issues that culture pushes on us is worthy of our consideration. If we are called to be separate as unto the Lord where do we draw the lines between what is holy and what is common?  The lie of relevance is greased with good intentions, but it is still based upon a compromise that could hinder the ultimate influence of the gospel. No one wants to look or feel like they have fallen off the back of a covered wagon, but the principles and values based upon scripture should never be compromised in order to make it palatable for the culture to accept. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

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