For Those In Authority

For Those In Authority

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1 NIV

Pray for understanding and re-read and then compare what is said to what we see in the behavior of those in authority.

Yes, I know this is Paul talking about authority in the church, but the same traits and expectations for leadership in the church should extend to those in authority anywhere else.

Think about it!

Of course the first person who comes to mind for me is the #WHidiot and all those in Congress who claim to be Christians but have not learned to walk the Christian life. They do not exercise discipline; they are corrupt and self-serving, seeking what they can do for themselves and not concerned about what is best for all Americans; and they lack self-control, are narcissistic, liars.

When God gives us instructions about how to be leaders, we ought to use those instructions across the board–in whatever situation we find ourselves–whether political or not whether paid or not. This is what it means to be a great leader.

Based upon God’s Word, we do not have a great leader in the White House; in fact, we have a tantrum-throwing toddler-in-chief commanding America’s military to stroke his own ego, not to protect Americans or American interest. This is an unacceptable way to lead and it certainly won’t protect us from the enemy–which is not outside the United States, but in the White House.

God knows and I’m counting on His love to prevail and protect those of us who know from the folly of the fool who thinks he is more than he is.

How Are We Walking?

How Are We Walking?

The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 2 John 1:1-1-11 NIV

On this journey–life–no matter where we start or how we finish–if we never learn to walk in truth and in love; our lives will be meaningless.

To walk in truth is to always seek truth and turning away from lies and falsehoods and promoting truth–even if we don’t agree with truth–we cannot change truth for if we do; we create lies. With the lies people walk in deception and soon the deception becomes a way of life and when those walking in deception, choose to deceive others, their lives–demonstrate they do not know God.

To walk in love is to receive God’s love and allow it to over flow onto everyone with whom we come into contact. This does not mean we have to agree with everyone, but we love enough to disagree, agreeably, never allowing love to stop flowing. If love does not dwell within us, we cannot love others. If we cannot love others, a great void develops in our lives and we cease to know how to be affectionate even though we long for affection. If we are unable to love self–we are certainly incapable of loving others for love does not hold grudges, does not abuse, does not misuse, does not create chaos and confusion and love will not hold onto lies or lead one to lie.

Therefore, if we are truly walking in the light of Jesus Christ--we know that love and truth walk together–hand in hand–and one without the other–creates an emptiness that can only be filled with the love of Christ.

If we see a person not walking in truth and love–they are walking in darkness and darkness keeps one seeing clearly the direction and path that God would have them walking. Seek truth and accept God’s love and make sure, the path taken in life, is the path were truth and love and walk together, not separately.

Peace In The Midst of Chaos!

Peace In The Midst of Chaos!

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and  no one will take away your joy.In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:22-33 NIV

On a daily basis we are assaulted–through news outlets–with the woes of the world, the chaos in the White House, and even with the turmoil  in our own homes, but there is a way–we can overcome–the adversity of the chaos, by putting our complete trust in Jesus, receiving His peace and obeying His Word.

Everywhere we look–in one country to another–especially the Middle East–there is raging war, taking away peace and lives of all those living in those regions. There is unrest on the continent of Africa, in South and North Korea, China and elsewhere–and the war that rages in the United States–the calamity after the hacked election–dealing with the next phase of insults and empty rhetoric coming from those in the White House.

While most of us are not in a position to take on the world and change anything, we can take on the idiocy that resides in the White House by calling it what is is–every chance we get. We have to resist the urge to be complacent and apathetic–never letting our guard down because if we do–we will never know peace again in this land.

The enemies of the people have determined to rule without knowledge, compassion, empathy or understanding of how government is supposed to work. Instead the #WHidiot is choosing to set up a family dynasty–of totally oblivious people–who know no more than he does–to establish policy when from all that is known–their business knowledge leaves a lot to be desired.  Yes, they have money, but how they obtained the money is questionable–especially since most of it appears to be tied to Russian oligarchs. Can any of us rest–without concern–with this debacle in the White House?

Actively fighting back by whatever means possible–against the attempt for those in position to turn our democracy into a dictatorship is how we will obtain peace. There is never peace in the midst of a war until the battle is won and we will continue to fight–actively opposing and resisting–until America is seen again as a beacon of hope, not the death knoll of a planet.

And while we fight against ignorance, we must remember to nurture our spirits on the daily bread of The Word. For in it–we find hope, joy, and peace and an avenue to refresh ourselves and prepare for the continued battles on a daily basis. The peace that we receive from Jesus is not the peace as the world understands peace; it is the peace of knowing–in Him we live and move and have our being; it is the peace of knowing that no matter what happens on this side of heaven, our eternal resting place with Him is assured; it is the peace of knowing that He will lead us in the victory we know is destined by Him in keeping Satan under our feet–calling out evil whenever we see it.

We can indeed have peace in the midst of the chaos as long we remember who it is we are fighting and knowing that the enemy was defeated on the cross--long ago–and it’s up to us to keep him in his place, every time he raises his ugly head.

The Spirit of The Lord is upon usHe has anointed us to do battle and conquer the spirit that resides in those who promote bigotry and hate and we will win with love overflowing from within–saturating those we meet and greet in every venue!

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No Hiding Place!

No Hiding Place!

“Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there.”Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen. So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there— so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured. Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem.You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.” The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror. The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon— to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task. Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land. Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. Isaiah 28:9-23 NIV

“…for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” Sound familiar? Lies and falsehoods–propaganda used by foreign actors to create chaos and disruptions in America and tactics employed by the idiot in the White House during his campaign and continues with the short tenure in office.

There has never been such a blatant use of lies and falsehoods by a president of the United States–in our 200 + years of existence as a nation. The idiot–because of his insecurities wanted to do something better than Obama–has succeeded with his lies and falsehoods.  He is the most prolific liar and promoter of falsehoods ever known to reside in the White House.

Now, I know there are those who would disagree with me and that’s their right, but simply put–factual evidence outweighs partisan opinion.

Once again, I have to point out the facts as publicized and noted by those who are in a position to analyze the data under microscopic conditions. I have to say again, with the promotion of a false tweet–that Obama had wiretapped trump tower--the tweet was actually a signal to Russia that they had been caught. There is no other logical explanation for that tweet (paranoia).

At any rate, most of the lies and falsehoods are easily debunked by fact-checking everything anyone says from the White House. Even throughout the campaign, the surrogates knew they were lying and promoting falsehoods and they didn’t care. It was the plan to beat Hillary and it worked because there are so many naive and gullible people in America who drank the shake–believed every negative thing they heard about Hillary. This is what happens when people are desperate and frustrated. They believe the lies as the only viable alterative to providing them relief from their desperation and frustration.

No doubt there are many people who are frustrated with the “politics as usual” stance taken by most politicians. The real problem is–there are people who are in politics to benefit themselves–not their constituents and we see it all the time. Every politician who has ever gone to Washington has managed to obtain additional wealth, power and status, but few have actually promoted an agenda that would benefit all Americans. I get the frustration of those who felt “ignored and forgotten.” However, no worthwhile decision can ever be made out of frustration or desperation–we must always think things through.

I also know that many people voted out of desperation because of unemployment and the lack of coal-mining and manufacturing jobs. Unfortunately, those same people–who voted for trump out of desperation are going to feel the brunt of his policies more than most. Coal-mining as a viable economic industry is not going to return. There is no need for the coal and though it may seem like a “boon” temporarily, those who own the coal mines know the truth and they’re only going along with the “hoopla” so they can amass more wealth for themselves–not those endangering their lives going into the coal mines.

The bottom line here is that though the White House idiots-all thought they could hide behind their lies and falsehoods, they’re about to discover what life is like when the covers are pulled off and they are left completely exposed to the light of day and truth and they will experience the wrath of those they deceived.

If we really know God–we know there is no place to hide from Him or the truth. He can see beyond the water in the deepest sea, over the peaks of the highest mountain, and into every nook and cranny that exists. He knows and sees all and He hates a liar.

So lies and falsehoods are only a temporary place of refuge because Truth is on the way, exposing every lie and every falsehood and all who promoted them. There is no hiding from God.

The Storm!

The Storm!

The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him. The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness. Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time. Nahum 1:2-9 NIV

There’s a storm coming! Batten down the hatches and prepare to withstand the torrential winds of vengeance and hatred, with all the word salads flying about in the chaos that is bound to cause all sorts of destruction.

Twitter rants storming across cyberspace, buoyed by insecurities and hatred and incompetence.  Empty rhetoric designed to make people quake in fear, yet they are shaking and quaking with laughter that refuses to stay under cover of politeness and dignity.

“The fool, the fool,” cry those watching the whirlwind of words that are a mockery of the “great mind” espousing “great words” that only only a limited third-grader would utter. And yet, those who refuse to see the truth beyond the clouds of emptiness keep up their rallying cries, thinking that’s all they need to see a change in the pattern that’s about to upend their lives forever.

“The lies, the lies,” cry those who can see, but for some reason refuse to do anything to stop the turbulence rumbling closer to the surface and about to crack the earth wide open to expose all the hate and corruption created by a family of wannabes.

When all the corruption is exposed with all the players that stirred the pot of chaos and hate and disdain, then the world will watch the treasonous acts be paid in full and the cry heard will be the one urged against another, “Lock him up! Lock him up!”

And if people don’t watch their backs, the cry will be, “Lock them up,” and the house of cards in the heart of Washington, DC will collapse as Russia watches gleefully for the dust to settle and they can move in–tearing down any vestiges of integrity and honor that may have escaped to survive by bullying and derision, and if necessary–death by rebellious incursion.

The storm is coming folks and only those willing to know truth from fiction, resisting the alternative facts will survive the rumblings from all over–the Middle East and Asia to the Northern most points of Russia–calamity because the uneducated and ill-informed, and the pseudo-christians,  chose a mocker and enemy of God to govern in the White House.  The mocker who mocks the disabled and blasts cyberspace with lies against others, who cannot govern himself with even a modicum of discipline and this is why we are where we are–left to deal with the storm of stupidity.

Beware, be careful and be wise–prepare to survive the storm or be crushed in its path.

Working Together in Truth!

Working Together in Truth!

The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. 3 John 1:1-8

There are a couple of things I wish to emphasize about John’s letter and how it relates to our lives in 2017.

It is apparent from the content that there is a great deal of affection between Gaius and John and the work they do promoting the truth of the Gospel. John’s praise for his friends hospitality and concern for others should motivate us to know how we are to treat others and what not to do (if we continue reading). It would appear that love and truth go hand-in-hand for those who love The Lord and it is because of the love He has poured into us that we are filled to overflowing, willing to love others. And when we truly love one another, we can work together–unified by love, walking in truth.

Notice that John wishes him good health and prosperity as his soul prospers. Too many times we equate prosperity with material possessions, but true prosperity resides in our health and knowing our soul (our conscience decisions) will always be on the side of right.

Why should we be concerned about our souls? The Word tells us when we die, our body returns to the dust from which it came, our spirits go back to heaven which it came and our soul is judged on that great day.

Whenever we look into the eyes of others or they look into our eyes, it is said, the depths of our souls can be seen. What do people see when they look into our eyes? Is there joy or bitterness? Is there love or hate? Is there concern or derision?

I’ve looked at people lately–seeking what resides inside–especially those politicians who claim to be followers of Christ, but their actions don’t match their words. In fact, upon close inspection–looking into their eyes, all I see is emptiness or a great void–which would explain their attitudes towards others.  And since there is a void, there is no truth and certainly no love.

I would urgently challenge all to look into the eyes of those who claim to love and see if you can see into their souls.

For those who truly love, there is a light that shines brightly from deep within and it comes forth in any individual as joy and delight in life. They love to show affection to others, there is nothing hidden in them that makes them lie or promote falsehoods and they have no problem–looking back–open to full inspection–no guile in them.

When people don’t want to look directly at you or their look is furtive (always looking from side to side), as if expecting the worse to befall them at any minute, they have a void in their souls and they’re anxious about everything. People who are always trying to please people more than God are never at rest and it shows in their demeanor.

The eyes–regardless of color–are truly the gateway to the soul and if there is no light within guiding anyone–they struggle in darkness, trying to feel their way in life, never enjoying the fullness of what life has to offer.

I wish everyone reading this today, the joy of the Lord, overflowing onto all who come into your presence. I wish you good health and that you prosper as your soul prospers. Above all, I wish you the peace of God–allowing it to abide within no matter how chaotic the world is around you.

Repent!

Repent!

“Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Acts 3:17-20 NIV

You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Acts 8:21-23 NIV

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” Acts 17:30-32 NIV

When we completely turn away from things that we know God does not like, and turn to Him, God honors our repentance and forgives our sin. If we do not repent and continue in the ways of ignorance and wickedness; He does not forgive us and will hold us accountable for our actions. 

For all those who think they have no need to seek God’s forgiveness–they have only themselves to blame for the judgment that is sure to come.

Get into God’s Word, know how He wants us to live and treat others–loving unconditionally, and defending the rights of the poor and needy and whenever we fall short–quickly repent and seek His direction and forgiveness.

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