Looking Ahead!

Looking Ahead!

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8 NIV

Are we getting closer to the end–as we know it–and the beginning as God has shown it us?

The answer to this question will vary depending upon who is being asked. For those who cannot see beyond the moment and are living in despair–they would say we’re getting closer to the end. For those who understand that we cannot reach the end of a goal without moving forward, intuitively (naturally and spiritually), they would say, this is the simply the means to get to the new beginning God has promised.

While I refuse to live in despair or be fearful of the things I see, I am also not afraid to speak truth and warn others to be vigilant in all they do. As a watchman, I must be brave and courageous and speak truth whether people want to hear it or not. For if the warning is heard and acknowledged and things fall apart–people will be prepared to make adjustments–including fighting back or taking other precautions in how they live. If people choose to ignore the warnings and are surprised by the outcome of any event, their folly is on them–the watchmen is free from judgment.

Ezekiel said it best–if watchmen see danger and do not warn the people–their blood (any loss of life) is on the watchman’s hands. If the watchmen warn the people of impending danger and the people ignore the watchmen, their blood is on their hands (whatever the consequences are).

I have warned people for months of impending dangers of having a total novice in the White House–one who has never sacrificed anything in his life to serve others–one who has never seen the importance of serving others–one who has never served in public office to accomplish anything worthwhile for others. And yet, in spite of the warnings, church folks–those who claim to know God–lied on God and convinced others to vote for a man who does not know God and avoided serving in the military with trumped up excuses and is now the Commander-in-chief of the same military he refused to serve.

The same man–of which I warned people about for months–has now determined that those with mental illness have the right purchase guns. The coal-miners can go back to polluting surrounding water supplies in order to make a buck. The economic sanctions have been lifted against Russia even though they undermined our democratic process by hacking into a political party’s system (both). Legal immigrants have been impeded from traveling back to the United States because of a fearful, impetuous man–who gave no thought to his actions by implementing an unnecessary ban against a religion. White Supremacists and the KKK have been removed from the “terror watch” list in order to accommodate the systematic suppression of rights of all Americans. Civilians in Yemen have lost their lives and one Navy Seal lost and others endangered because the man with no experience, decided to consult with others with no experience, and carried out a raid without sufficient information from those with knowledge.

The pro-lifers who claim that life is precious from the beginning of conception, have no concern about the lives of human beings after they arrive from the womb. This they have proven, time-after-time. They deregulate corporate policies designed for the production of safety–in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink–just to make corporations rich at the risk of our health. They polarize the country with fear and lies about the healthcare system so all would be covered-without a replacement and without concern about the health of the nation. And yet they say–they are “pro-life.” What a hypocrisy!

Arrogance and ego governing in any capacity is a dangerous thing as we are about to see with his–bullying tactics–against those who are in a position to fight back and win.

In spite of the stupidity that abounds–I will trust in the Lord and I will continue to warn people of the plots of evil that surround us–especially about those who are plotting a military coup. We know this because of all the events unfolding from the placement of Bannon on the National Security Council, to the eliminating of background checks for gun purchases for mentally unstable, to the isolation engendered by keeping other world leaders antagonized against us. Those who hear God–know what is coming ahead, but we also know–no weapon formed against those who belong to God–will have any lasting effect to harm us.

Look ahead–keeping God’s Word in focus–and doing whatever God says to do–being assured of obtaining all He has promised.

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Speaking As Approved By God!

Speaking As Approved By God!

For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. I Thessalonians 2:3-8 NIV

As a messenger of God for Gospel of Jesus Christ and a watchman, committed to telling the truth as God shows it to me and warning of impending danger, loving all unconditionally as He has commands, I declare at this moment, I will not ever write to please men, but as God speaks to my heart.

For I have noticed, through observation and actual experience that when we attempt to please men, we fall short for we can never please all the people all the time–nor at the same time. So, I’ve learned to not try pleasing people for it is a futile exercise and time waster. Since I don’t know how much time I have left on the earth, I choose not to waste my time with the silliness and irrelevance of trying to please people. For which person–clothed in flesh covered bones–has heaven or hell for me? Not one person has heaven or hell for me, therefore, I do not have to please people. However, if a person is pleased by what I do or say in my determination to please God–so be it. But my goal–is pleasing God–not people.

A caring mother or father would will always provide the child they love with instructions to keep them safe from harm and directions to keep them on a path of success in life. That’s exactly what the bible does for all who love God and claim Him as our Father and Jesus as Lord of our lives and Savior. Though they are one in purpose, I understand the distinction of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Indeed, I trust my Father to speak to my heart at all times and Holy Spirit to deliver the fully interpreted message in a way I can understand it and share it. For I recognize the way of God and His Holy language is past my understanding and I need Holy Spirit to help me rightly discern what is being said.

With the bible–written by men as God spoke to them–we have the blueprint that should be the guide to how we live. Before men began writing, God was speaking to those He chose to be His messengers and scribes wrote as instructed. Since Jesus returned to heaven after completing His mission on earth, we–everyone who believes–all have access to hearing God through Holy Spirit if we are willing to hear. Understand, when God speaks to our heart, Holy Spirit interprets so our minds will accept what is being spoken to us. Unless Holy Spirit interprets what is said–we veer off the path that God plans for us to travel and when people “think” on their own about what is right, chaos ensues.

Does not The Word remind us that, “in the multitude of counselors there is safety?” And in other passages (in Proverbs) we are warned that those who scorn knowledge will soon provoke destruction and unfortunately, the destruction will not just destroy them, but others.

I’m praying daily, almost hourly when time permits–that in the coming days the electors in our Electoral College will have hearts to hear God speak and vote the voice of the people and acknowledge the popular vote. For the mandate of this election is the voice of the people and the electors should honor their voice. Though there are some who will not agree with what I’ve just said, they’re entitled. I’m looking forward and see nothing but destruction with a president who cares nothing for protocol or dignity, integrity and honor. When the destruction comes, if our electors are not willing to hear God, it will impact all our lives and like those fleeing Aleppo, we might be next–fleeing one city after the other, but the real problem will be–where will we go?

Lord, speak to the hearts of those in position to make a decision that will impact all our lives either positively or negatively. Allow every elector in the Electoral College to see beyond the moment of their vote, so they will understand the importance of our having a future without chaos and more hatred and bigotry, marring the landscape for generations to come. Speak to the heart of every child You claim as Yours, creating in them a desire to please You and not men. I pray that every one of Your children will we willing to hear and act upon all You say so we can enjoy peace in the land–for all mankind. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Three Days Later!

Three Days Later!

About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the LORD says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.” When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly. But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard,[fn] this message came to him from the LORD: “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own honor and for the sake of my servant David.’” 2 Kings 20:1-6 NLT

For those of us who know how The Lord does things, we know that nothing that ever happens is a surprise to Him and we also know, that if we seek Him, he will alert us to those things to come. That’s Holy Spirit’s job–to remind us of all we have been taught to show us things to come.

God has alerted all those who are truly watchmen–those who stand ready to sound the alarm for the benefit of the people and the alarm has been sounded, but not many are willing to hear and respond because–they’re not the ones sounding it.

Today, is a good day to meditate on God’s Word–seeking a better understanding of His character, and determining to make a change in our own. If we are willing to seek God and Him alone–not the news outlets or radio talk shows–God can and will reveal to us those things to come and how we should conduct ourselves–as ambassadors of Jesus Christ.

And in three days–God will do as He has done before–establish a sure path for us all to see His miracles–changed hearts, changed behaviors, and changed mindsets–determined to serve Him.

I’ll return to my regular blogging in three days and I pray, while I’m praying for a miracle, that whoever reads this, will also pray for me–to act upon the courage I know God will instill in me to do as He says to do.

Why Wisdom Calls From The Wall!

Why Wisdom Calls From The Wall!

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.” Proverbs 1:20-23 NIV

When people do evil deeds–behind the scenes–and think they will never be discovered, their hidden agenda is exposed and known to all. But Wisdom calls aloud–openly for all to hear so there is no mistake about what she says and when wisdom is ignored, chaos and confusion usually abound.

The walled cities of old were built with space for those who were watching over the city to alert of any dangers to walk around the entire city–on top of the walls. The elevation of course was a means for sound to carry far and for the watchmen to see danger coming from a distance. This is one of the reasons why we are told about the watchman through Ezekiel–and God holding the watchman responsible for not alerting the people to danger when they saw danger coming. Basically the way it reads is this: If we are warned of danger and ignore the warning, then our calamity (bloodshed) is on our hands. If we are not warned of impending danger, then the calamity (bloodshed) is on the watchman’s hands.

Have we been warned of calamity by those given watch over us who know The Word and see the impending danger? Are we heeding the warnings or are we ignoring them? Do we even know who the watchman is in our lives?

The watchmen–all who give warnings about impending dangers based upon The Word–are those who spread The Word and the warnings about living in opposition to The Word. Most people look to their pastors or church leaders to be their watchman, but unfortunately, too many church leaders are ignoring the danger and actually succumbing to popular opinion and political correctness–in lieu of obeying The Word. The calamity that falls upon all who listen to them will be on their hands.

But all is not lost! There are many watchmen–in cyberspace and other physical places who are not afraid to speak God’s Truth and will warn and have warned of the dangers of succumbing to popular opinion and political correctness that does not align with God’s Word. When people ignore those telling the truth, the calamity they are bound to experience is on them, not those who sounded the alarm.

And this is why wisdom speaks openly from the top of the wall–to be heard–not ignored, not ashamed of speaking truth–sounding the alarm when impending danger is sighted. But fools and mockers ignore wisdom in order to enjoy their folly and they are caught in their own snares, they call for help, but no help is near.

When we choose to ignore warnings of impending danger and do what we want to do instead of obeying God, He will not hear us–unless we repent of our wayward behavior. Wisdom is on the wall, speaking openly, not hiding like those who plan evil. Listen and obey!

Never Silent!

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest,” (Isaiah 62:6 NIV)

During those ancient years when a city was built with high walls surrounding it and a tower, watchmen were assigned to keep guard over the city and when they saw danger coming (an attack by the enemy), they were to warn the residents of the city so they would prepare for battle to defend it. When they saw the enemy coming, they were to sound an alarm–usually a loud blast from a trumpet or other horn. This assignment was important since lives could be lost and entire cities captured.

Today, there are still watchmen assigned to sound the alarm when they see coming danger of an attack by the enemy. Since there are no more “cities with high walls” per se (but the walls of hearts), the alarm must be sounded through whatever venue is available in order to save lives and to keep people from being captured and held in bondage by the enemy. The problem is–not many are listening to the watchmen who have indeed sounded the alarm–warning people of the dangers of being captured by the enemy of man–Satan–and being held bondage to sin. We, who are watchmen, observing the times and aligning them with The Word, will not be held accountable for people not listening when we speak God’s Truth. If they choose to ignore us, their blood will be on their hands.

“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.”(Ezekiel 33:6,8,9 NIV–Best understood if entire chapters are read)

This is “The Word of The Lord” and woe unto to us if we do not hear and obey!

So though there may be those who would prefer seeing a “feel-good, sugar-coated” message, I am appointed to warn and I will never stay silent about what God says or how He wants us to live. I love encouraging people to seek Him, love Him, obey Him, and receive all the benefits He has for us, but when I see the destruction the enemy has planned, I must also warn people not to be deceived by those trying to changing the intent of God’s Word. All Believers must study The Word for themselves and understand God’s intent for inspiring men to write what He wanted us to know. There are many who are hearing God, and warning people about the impending dangers of being influenced by Satan. However, not many are heeding the warning because their flesh speaks louder.

Watchmen, Watchmen–Sound The Alarm and Let it be known–Danger approaches and lives will be lost–if the warning is not heeded–change is coming and no man will able to stem the tide of devastation we will experience, if we don’t turn from our wicked ways and seek The Lord to forgive us and live as He desires!