Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fight The Good Fight of Faith

1 Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

What exactly does our Lord mean, fight the good fight of faith?  The first and most obvious thing that jumps out there is it is a fight!  This is not stroll the good stroll through the park of faith it is fight, the good fight of faith.  So right off the bat we understand this is not something easy, it involve combat, struggle, hardship, perseverance.  This writer believes most of this understanding is lost on this generation.  What do you mean brother?  Lets try an example to illustrate.  The Lord made us many promises, one of which is here:

Psalm 34

      4I sought the LORD, and He answered me,
            And delivered me from all my fears.
      5They looked to Him and were radiant,
            And their faces will never be ashamed.
      6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
            And saved him out of all his troubles.

Looking above at verse 4 which says  4I sought the LORD, and He answered me,
            And delivered me from all my fears.

What happened here ^^.  1.  I sought the Lord 2. He answered me 3.  He delivered me from all my fears.  What the Lord has written to us here is quite straightforward.  What is not so straightforward is how people respond to what is written above.  The question is when people read promises like this do they respond in faith or do they respond to it otherwise?

"What do you mean brother?"  Meaning this, let us compare and contrast believer a and believer b.  Believer a reads the promises above and says to themselves "well, the Lord may answer other people but He does not answer me!" or  "I certainly have not been delivered from all my fears, I am fearful every day!" or in verse 6 "and what is this about saved out of all his troubles, I don't know who He is talking about but it certainly is not me!"  Are responses such as these "fighting the good fight of faith?"  No, its more like capitulation.  Where is the fight in rolling over and playing dead with the promises of Almighty God?

Compare believer a with believer b below.

Believer b reads the promises above and looks back at their life considering all of the times they were delivered and gives thanks for it.  Believer b considers his present fears and says to himself "I will be delivered from todays fears just like the Lord delivered me from yesterdays fears.  Believer b looks at verse 6 and says "yes and amen, the Lord has delivered me from many troubles but all of my troubles will not be over until I stand before Him.  Surely the Lord will deliver me from todays troubles just as He has delivered me from yesterdays troubles."

Some may say "well brother thats fine but what about troubles that have been ongoing for years?"  I have inquired of the Lord about this, how can some saints have troubles that last years, seemingly never with deliverance up through today?  The answer is multifaceted.  1.  How have the saints responded to the fear or trouble from day 1 through today?  Have they fought the good fight of faith or have they capitulated multiple times/times without end?  Has their attitude been "You Lord cannot lie, You promised it now you have to deliver on it!" or have they said to themselves "well I guess I'm just stuck with this problem/situation/trouble.  Maybe the Lord answers other people but He sure doesn't answer me.?"

The variations on this ^^ theme are as endless as people are upon the earth.  If the Lord has allowed something to stay in your life that you have fought the good fight of faith over, have you inquired of the Lord to determine whether or not you should continue the good fight over this issue?  What do you mean brother?  Example here:

2 Cor 2:12 7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong

What happened?  A thorn was given to Paul.  What did Paul do?  Paul says " 8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me." and what happened?  Did the Lord take away the thorn?  No.  Did Paul get his answer?  Yes.  9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

At this point some would say "well see, Paul wasn't "saved out of all his troubles."  To which I would counter, Paul did get his answer.  We could go around and around with this and many do and all the while the Lord is within us and all around us watching, observing our response to our fears, troubles and problems.  What is it that moves our Lord to action?  Faith, combat/fighting faith that says the Lord promised it, I believe Him and I am going to get my answer or I am going to die in the process of trying to get it.

What is the Lord looking for?  FAITH

Luke 17:6  And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would obey you.

Luke 18:8 "I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"

Does the Lord mean what He says?  Does the Lord say what He means?  Can the Lord's Word be trusted?  This writer has been sent to tell you YES, YES, YES and AMEN.

Matthew 9:29 

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”

If you have had problems and have not been fighting the fight of faith, you know what your real problem is.  If you have problems and you have been fighting the good fight of faith you need an answer from the Lord as to why that problem/obstacle/mountain has not been moved yet.  Let me be clear, we all have problems all the time but the Lord has made us promises about our problems, fears and troubles.  Let me also remind you that I am the least of the servants of the Most High God and no I do not understand somethings He does.  I cannot plumb the depths of the eternal wisdom and knowledge of our God to silver spoon feed answers to every question and answer that arises concerning our God.  I am a nobody.  That said, I do know this.  Our God expects fighting faith from us.  He expects it and He responds to it.  Consider the following:

James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

This message has been on my heart for months and it is just now (being sick today of all times) that the Lord gave me the right words to communicate it.  This world is headed into the time of Jacob's trouble.  Babylon is rising all around us.  Babylon must rise so it can then fall

Rev 14:8 A second angel followed and said, “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’[a] which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”

We must hold onto 1.  our faith and 2. His Word to ask and receive answers continually.  We are needy dependent creatures by design.  We were never told to go out and do great things on our own power in our own wisdom with our own limited strength. He, our God is an ever present source of help, power, protection and support for us who believe

Psalm 46:1. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

It is absolutely critical that we fight this fight, in by and through faith.  If any of us is lacking, we should ask so we may be given what we lack.  The Lord does answer prayer, that is my testimony.  The Lord performs spectacular miracles on behalf of His people right now today, that is my testimony.  That testimony was forged in the fires of combat, the good fight of faith.  The answers and miracles are real, received and acknowledged by this absolute nobody who writes to you today.  If the Lord works on behalf of this absolute nobody what will He do for you, the beloved of the Lord?

In the days ahead we will have to stand on our faith in greater measure than ever before.  In case you haven't noticed this world has turned into a giant cesspool.  Our job is to be lights in the darkness.  In a pitch black room, a tiny tiny light can drive away an incredible amount of darkness.  We must be those tiny lights.  Hang onto your faith which is of greater worth than gold and is a primary target of our enemy the devil:

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

And remember to fight.  Fight the good fight of faith.

grace and peace

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Divine Disapproval

Do you think it is just a coincidence that both Clinton and Trump have historic disapproval ratings?  Do you think that career politicians in the United States and abroad have their approval ratings going down the tubes?  Merkels party in Germany just lost some regional elections in historic fashion.  And its all happening at the same time, worldwide.  Why is that?  The stage is being set for this guy:

2 Thess 2:3Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.

At the very same time that the politicians of this world have fallen into disfavor, the economy has reached a tipping point where one little nudge could send it over a cliff.  What would that achieve?  A new world economic system which is necessary for this:

Rev 13:16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

So you see its not about Trump or Clinton.  Its about 'he' who causes all to be given a mark.....

Is it also a coincidence that all this has come to a head during a Jubilee year?  As of Oct 3-4 this Jubilee year comes to an end.  This time (unless something happens in the next two weeks or so it was not about the 3rd Temple or Israel getting land back.  This time it was once in history of the world special.  It was about setting the stage for the man of sin to arrive.

While the world is caught up in boys entering girls bathrooms and what color skin we all have or who waited in line to get the iphone 7 first (you know, the really important things..../sarcasm off), the anti-christ will hit this earth with a thunderclap.  While this world is busy with its inane drivel, the devil will be taking his gloves off to slaughter, rape, steal, and pillage on  a scale this world has never seen.

How do we know this ^^ is going to happen?  It is the net effect of this:

2 Thess 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.

As bad as people think things are in the world right now, it is all being done under restraint.  What they really want to do they cannot do until "he who now restrains" is taken out of the way.  So, while there is no big event on people's radar at the moment, all the pieces have been divinely arranged on the chessboard to begin the time of Jacob's trouble.

No we cannot give times and dates but do we need them?  What did our Lord tell us?

Matt 16:2He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.a 4A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

And yes, our Lord was talking to the religious people when He said this ^^................. Just like today while the priests and pastors of this world are telling people to 'get out and vote' the anti-Christ is going to hit the stage.  What a tragedy it will be someday when many of today's Christians vote for the anti-Christ then they have to explain themselves to the Lord later.  Do you think "but we didn't know it was the anti-Christ" will suffice as an excuse on that day?

We do not know the day or hour but we do know the signs of the times.  The hour is indeed late and we know this because of the Divinely placed sign posts our Lord has given us to judge where we are in history.

The people are right to disapprove of the current crop of liar, thief, murderer politicians and those who would replace them (Trump).  What they don't see is that dissatisfaction is part of a great trap laid for this world:

34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

But what about you?  Were you destined for this trap?  Not if you do what you were told to do:

36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

We were told to be always on the watch and pray for escape.  And yes, praying for escape is 'escapist.'  Before Christians start leveling names and accusations at us for doing exactly precisely what we were told to do by Almighty God (pray for escape) they better check themselves.  Noah and Lot both escaped the great destruction of their days and we were promised the exact same kind of escape:

2 Peter 2:4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
The Godly will Be Delivered
7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 9The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of peirasmou, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

What does peirasmou mean?  An experiment, a trial, temptation.  Hey, what's that word for peirasmou?  Temptation?  Yep thats one of them.  Boy that sounds familiar where have I heard that before?  Oh yea:

Luke 11:1One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“ ‘Father,a
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.b
3Give us each day our daily bread.
4Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.c
And lead us not into temptation.d ’ ”

Gee, we've been "praying for escape" since we were 4 years old!  So I guess those people who agonize and are so sorely vexed by our Lord's own promises of escape have a problem with the Lord's prayer as well?  Which human invented the promise of escape in the Lord's prayer in the 1800's?  Oh yea, they didn't.....The Lord put it in there 2000 years ago as one of His many promises to us who believe.

Time is indeed short.  Sure, we've been saying that for generations but which generation has seen the world stage set the way we see it today?

grace and peace

The Trump Road To The New World Order

Hillary is possibly the most wicked, corrupt politician I have seen in my lifetime, and as a bonus she is all for increasing tensions/perhaps even starting a war with Russia and China.  The trick is, Hillary has some severe problems including her ever increasing list of scandals and her health.

Things seemingly are looking up for Trump.  Why would a Trump presidency make alot of sense from a Biblical prophesy perspective?  We know whats going to happen now we just follow the dots from here to there.  What do we know is going to happen?

There will be a one world financial system that will require everyone to take a mark in the right hand or forehead:

Rev 13: 11Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. 12He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. 15And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

So this begs the question, from a prophesy perspective which candidate best moves ^^this scenario along?  With Hillary in office the distrust and conflict continue.  Russia wants into the world economic system but the west (through Obama and would be extended through Clinton) has been trying to dominate, not conciliate Russia.  Trump on the other hand, wants to mend fences with Russia.  He would do the same with China albeit through tough negotiations.  Trump would be the man to bring Russia and China into the global financial fold.  Does this fit with prophesy?  Would a Trump presidency bring us light years closer to a worldwide integrated financial system?  It would.

All the crooked politicians and their crooked decision making has brought this world to the brink of disaster, thus people are looking for a 'savior.'  Trump is promising, and may be able to deliver on some of those promises just enough to get people from the edge of the abyss (where we sit now) back closer to seemingly solid ground.  What's the problem with that?  Today the world is full of terror, generally people dont like that.  What they are looking for is peace and safety....

1 Thess 5:3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

 And they will not escape....^^

 But what about you beloved of the Lord.  What has the Lord said to you?

Luke 21:34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 "They" will not escape.  You however, are to pray always to escape.  Those ^^ are the Words
of the Lord God Most High, not my words, His Words.  Time is short and this world is being set up with for a gigantic snare:

35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Clinton or Trump, both lead us to the same place just down different roads.  Again, we already know what is going to happen now its just watching the pieces fall into place leading the way there.  If Trump seemed like he even had an inkling of Godliness in him I would have my doubts, but he is like every other politician telling people what they want to hear.  As promising as his words sound, a Trump presidency leads directly into the snare just as surely as Hillary does.  The difference is, Trump is more likely to get it done through peace rather than war. 

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Do not be deceived.

grace and peace


Saturday, September 03, 2016

Trump Prophesies

People have come out of the woodwork to prophesy that Trump 'is the one' and the 'hand of God is upon him' to restore America to her former glory etc.  Really?  Is the Lord really going to restore a nation that has gone deeper and deeper into sin, rebellion and apostasy?  Is the Lord really going to restore a nation that denies justice to the poor yet honors the rich, the wicked and everything that is anti-Christ?  Really?

Trump will not 'make America great again.'  Why?  America's former greatness was predicated on strong spiritual and moral foundations.  That is, the people honored the Lord and His ways, therefore America prospered.  That's it and that is no more.  Is Trump going to put prayer back in schools and the 10 commandments back in our courthouses?  Is Trump going to cause people to go to their knees in repentance for their sin and rebellion?  No and no.

All things serve our Lord, that includes Trump and the enemy.  Our God is all powerful, and all knowing.  Nothing goes on outside of His awareness and permission.  He has to allow it or it cannot happen.  What this writer sees is Trump possibly fulfilling a role to ensure our Lord's timeline is followed and not this world's timeline but who knows what our Lord has in mind?  Hillary is the epitome of political robbery, theft, corruption, murder and greed.  The apex of wickedness is she.  Trump is no angel either but they would each cause a different timeline to be followed if they are chosen.

Our Lord is a God of patterns.  The entirety of the Old Testament is a book of patterns that we may get to know the Lord our God.  Did our Lord ever restore Israel to her former glory when she was mired in wickedness and corruption?  No, He did not.  He swept them with a broom of destruction and restored a remnant when everything else was destroyed.  That is the pattern our God has established making it quite easy for us to distinguish between the truth and lies.  The so called 'prophets' that speak to us today on YouTube are lieing just as the false prophets did in Israel long ago.  The Word of the Lord to America today is certainly not "I will restore you because you have sinned and rebelled against Me."  Far from it.  The Word for America is more like this:

Jer 5:20Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
21Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
22Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
23But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
24Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
25Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
26For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
27As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
28They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
29Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
30A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

In order to not leave you wearied let us find the good in our situation.  The current pressure we find ourselves under as believers with the explosion of wickedness across the world is serving a purpose.  It is sifting the good from the bad.  Those who have the seed of our God in them are having the dross removed from their hearts and are in the process of turning in increasing measure to our God.  We are seeing the great separation.  We do not have to guess what is going to happen we already know.  Our God told us precisely what would happen over 2,000 years ago.  Now it is happening.

Trump will not make America great again and neither will anyone else.  Now is the time for individuals, one from a city and two from a county to come out of the great whore that is this world and its Babylonian system.  Our Father's kingdom is coming and His will, will be done here on earth just as it is in heaven but we have a little time to wait before that happens.  Every Word that was written in the book of Revelation and all the Words of the prophets must be fulfilled first.

grace and peace