On July 4, 1776, thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event that led to the formation of the United States. The bulk of the founding fathers of this nation were Christians and they used the Bible to form the United States constitution. People declared their freedom from a nation but they were never totally free. There remains another entity that is dedicated to enslaving nations but no nation or man can make himself free. The head of this nation is not visible, he can be conquered only by another stronger invisible head.
John 8:33 The men answered, we are Abraham’s descendants, and were never in bondage to any man.
Most men are in captivity to this evil foreign nation and are not even aware of their bondage. Jesus was truly a free man and free men can easily identify those who are in captivity. Jesus came to give every man his independence from a foreign nation called the devil. You cannot see the wind but you can see it’s affects on trees. You cannot see the devil but you can see his affects on men. In order for the colonies to become the United States they had to defeat the British and drive them out. Freedom was so important to the pilgrims that they were willing to die for it. A patriot by the name of Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death”!
Romans 5:6-7 For when we were in bondage Jesus died for us.
Jesus was the only man who could get us free, He would fight our battle for us and it would cost Him His life. Freedom is never free, someone ends up dying before liberty is established. In my opinion, I believe it is a crime to ignore and dishonor the blood of men who sacrificed to gain our freedom. In order to commemorate the wars and the men who fought them, a flag was created to remind us of those heroes. People who don’t cherish freedom trample the flag and burn it, using their freedom to dishonor those men. The history of a nation is a record of its struggles, its mistakes and finally its victories. Jesus died to free the world, soldiers died to free their nation, freedom is never free. Freedom is so important to Americans that they travel to other nations and die there to gain that nation’s freedom.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast in the liberty that Christ has made us free, and do not entangle yourselfwith the yoke of bondage.
Some Christians forget what Jesus went through to gain their freedom and they return to the elements of their former bondage. Some folks in America have lost sight of what men had to do to set us free, they want to alter the laws that guard our freedom. They are overcome with the spirit of stupid. The freedom they want will surely lead to bondage because God’s Word has no place in it! Ignorant people want to do away with the laws that make them free in the name of freedom. God created Israel because He wanted a people to love. He created the United States because He wanted a people who would love Him.
Some “believers” can’t believe God’s Word because they have no faith in His identity. All of us make a big mistake when we put God on the same level as we are. Some of us do it inadvertently and some do it out of plain old ignorance. So, how do we get God back on His throne? We kicked Him off, so it’s our responsibility to restore Him to His rightful position.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie; has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good.
Make a mental note of the first five words of our text: God is not a man. All men are liars, there is no such thing as a man who never told a lie. It is impossible for God to lie. If tomorrow God said from now on two plus two is five, we would have to change all our books or be branded as liars. So, if God cannot lie then the Bible He gave us is true. Now we must choose to believe it or not! One day a person challenged me. They said you can’t trust the Bible because it was written by men.
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
God dictated His Word, His will to men appointed to his business and they recorded what He said. If there is any error in our Bibles, God will have to honor it.
After Jesus was baptized with the Holy Ghost He was led into the wilderness to pray. He fasted and prayed for forty days and the devil came to tempt Him. The devil tried to get Jesus to turn stones into bread, but listen to what Jesus said to him.
Luke 4:4 Jesus answered the devil saying, it is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God.
Jesus rebuffed the devil by quoting something Moses had spoken hundreds of years before. If the Bible is good enough for Jesus then it’s good enough for all who will believe. The devil could not get to Jesus, He used the Word as if it was a two edged sword. Jesus showed us how to live by faith. Why do some Christians seek for a different way that does not involve God? Because they approach God as they would a man!
Jeremiah 1:12 Then the Lord said to me, you have seen: for I will hasten My Word to perform it.
The word hasten means God is alert and sleepless, He will not rest until He confirms His Word with signs following. God decides how He will answer our prayers and the time, His time, is always due season. If you perceive God like a man you will grow weary in well doing. We must come to accept that God knows us better than we know ourselves, He therefore knows exactly what we need. God is not a man and must never be treated like one, He is God and we are His creation.
Jesus emphatically told His church to walk in love with all men. I have endeavored to obey His command all my Christian life. However, I have run into some issues. I have found quite a number of folks who are unlovable. There are a lot of people that you cannot love enough to meet their standard. I am just stating a fact. Love never fails. So, if someone will not accept the God kind of love it will not fail in the one offering it. Let me illustrate this to you, the world hates the God kind of love!
1 Corinthians 13:6 Love will not rejoice in iniquity (celebrate diversity) but celebrate truth.
The world hates the God kind of love because it will not agree with their manner of life. Who does God think He is telling people they are committing sin? We are not hurting anyone. We just love one another in a different manner but it’s the same love!
Jude 1:7 Sodom and Gomorrah gave themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh are an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
So, what does love do? The Sodomites in these cities were sent to hell, we are told this as an examples of this sin. Speak the truth in love, warn these folks of what awaits them. Sodom and Gomorrah were given as an example, God hasn’t changed His mind. When folks speak the truth in love and the sinner opposes it, they will accuse you of judging them making you the hypocrite. These folks are at the time unlovable, they are not ready to deal with the thing that separates them from God.
John 15:18 If the world hate you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
Jesus is love and the world hated Him, so don’t be upset if they hate you just like Him. What did Jesus do when He was rejected? He continued to go about teaching the truth because love never fails because love never gives up. Love never fails to be a life changing force in the lives of those who will welcome it. Many will not accept the love of God, but that will not lessen it’s power to transform the lives of those who will receive it. God will love a man while he is in the womb and He will love him up to the very minute he enters hell because love never fails. No man can ever claim that he was never loved, it’s just that sin had a greater priority.
John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do.
Many in the world call lust love and love a weakness of character. Anyone can demonstrate hatred but it requires the supernatural grace of God to walk in love. In order to fulfill the lust of the flesh one must put love aside. Is it love to have another man’s wife? Love empowers us to resist lust, it will not accept things it is not entitled to. Love will do everything in its power to keep a sinner out of hell, even if it means suffering shame for telling the truth. Love can never be quenched, not even by the unlovable.
When we are young we are full of vitality so we rarely ponder our last days. Young people never consider aging, they think they will live forever. To this I say, if you want a dose of reality visit a home for the elderly. My aunt Arva lived in such a home. I went to see her when she was a hundred and three. One of the last things she said to me was “I hate living so long, I can’t hear and I can’t see”. Aunt Arva was a devout Catholic and was told little about a life with Jesus. As you grow older you realize you cannot do what you once could do, you know you will not live forever in your flesh.
Revelation 22:5 There is no night time in heaven, no need for the sun, God gives the light, and all who are there will reign forever and ever.
There is a place beyond our imagination God has prepared for all those who love Him. There is just one thing we must do that God considers small, we must leave our bodies here and then move up yonder. The Lord saves our soul (spirit). He will deal with our bodies later. No matter how well a man cares for his body, it is nothing compared to a glorified body. What is a glorified body? When Jesus died He shed every drop of His blood, now He has the Holy Spirit coursing through His veins. That is a glorified body.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
The Apostle Paul says it’s better to leave our bodies behind and to be in the very presence of Jesus. Why is Paul so sure of himself? Because Paul was caught up to the third heaven and spoke mouth to mouth with Jesus. Paul was never the same after his short time in heaven, he looked forward to the day when he would be taken from his body. I once saw a sign on a local business that read:
Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.
We cannot drag our old corruptible bodies to heaven because there is no corruptible thing in heaven. Many view death as the end of a life but not for a believer. The death of our corruptible body is the beginning of a life we can scarcely imagine. My aunt Arva was miserable because she focused on her corruptible body. As a Catholic, heaven is never a sure thing. Aunt Arva was a nice, sweet lady and I tried to share Jesus with her, but she preferred Catholicism.
Colossians 3:2, 4 Set your affection (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth. When Christ, Who is your life shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory.
Don’t mope around about your body, you can’t stop it from wearing out. Fix your attention on where you are scheduled to be after you have finished your course. No matter how you “feel” things will get miraculously better, better than you can possibly imagine. Our future does not include our body, not for awhile anyway. When we are firmly in the arms of Jesus we won’t know if we are in our body or not.
God the Holy Spirit has been active even before the creation of man. In the old covenant He had limited activity because He was dealing with spiritually dead men. Very few men knew about the Holy Ghost and their knowledge was very limited. The Holy Ghost was waiting for a certain day, He and the prophets knew such a day was coming. The day was called Pentecost, which is also called the feast of Passover. But there was a Passover that would be like no other. The day of Pentecost would be changed forever because the Father’s Lamb would be offered. Passover was a memorial celebration commemorating the day when lambs were slaughtered in Egypt and their blood spread on the door posts.
Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they began to speak in tongues.
The Holy Spirit came out of the box, the Arc of the Covenant, and entered into those people who believed Jesus was the Messiah. This event must never be taken lightly, it was where God was reunited with men. Under the old covenant men would seek out a prophet for direction, but under the new covenant every man would have the Holy Ghost to be their prophet. The Holy Spirit would now have an entirely new ministry made possible by the crucifixion of Christ.
John 16:14 When the Holy Spirit comes, He will honor Me (Jesus): for He shall receive of mine and shall show it unto you.
The Holy Ghost will take everything Jesus died on the cross for and minister it to those who believe. A lot of Christians do not know everything that Jesus died for on the cross. They are not close enough to the Holy Spirit to receive His witness of Jesus dying for them. Everything is recorded in the Word, but it must be more than words, it must become revelation. The Holy Spirit honors Jesus by revealing the fullness of His sacrifice, man cannot accomplish this. Everything every man knows about the death and resurrection of Jesus came from the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 2:10 God has revealed (the mystery of salvation) to us by His Spirit: for the Holy Spirit knows all the deep things of God.
In light of what we have seen so far, who comes first Jesus or the Holy Ghost? John the Baptist was a type of the Holy Spirit, he was preparing the people for a visitation. The devil did not want the people to have a revelation of Jesus, so he arranged to have John beheaded. The devil is at work today keeping Jesus obscured from the folks who need Him. The devil discredits the Holy Spirit so men have no revelation of the Messiah. If any man is determined to know Jesus, there is nothing the devil can do to successfully conceal Jesus. The Holy Ghost reveals Jesus and exposes the devil, we can’t live without Him very well. The Holy Spirit is called the comforter. How can He comfort us? By revealing the reason Jesus went to the cross in our place. Thank God for the Holy Ghost. He is our friend and He is on our side, He makes every Christian a victorious overcomer.
Some folks do not want to become Christians because they “think” Christians lead a boring life and never have fun. Their idea of “fun” is usually called sin but if it’s not a sin then the Christians are doing it as well. I submit to you that there is a place of pleasure and enjoyment that comes only from God.
John 10:10 The devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I came so you can have real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed of.
So, God has prepared a custom made life for everyone of His children. We will never know anything about this life until we begin to live it, until we surrender to Him. This is a secret life but only to those who are yet to be born-again.
Psalm 5:12 For You O Lord bless the righteous; You crown them from head to toe with favor.
When you have a steady flow of God’s favor in your life it’s like heaven on earth. All kinds of people every day giving you things and doing things for you and they don’t know why. God wants to bless His people, the world has no clue and the church isn’t entirely convinced yet. How can God bless us if we don’t believe or expect Him to do so? Believe your Heavenly Father and allow Him to bless you.
In the Garden of Eden God created a man that resembled Himself, a righteous man that would live into eternity. God gave this man dominion or authority because of the purity of his heart. When Adam bowed his heart to the devil he became subject to the one he had authority over. This reverse of dominion continued until the second Adam was born, He is the Son of God, He is Jesus.
Mathew 7:28-29 The Jewish leaders were amazed at His doctrine: for He spoke as one who had authority, and not as the Scribes.
I have read this Scripture over and over again and I always knew I was not connecting with its intent. One day during a time of fellowship, out of the blue the Lord spoke to me concerning this verse. I heard the Lord say this: Jesus spoke with authority because He could back up everything He said. The Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and the priests spoke with authority but could not prove their claims. That group of narrators are still with us today, only now we call them politicians. They make lofty promises they have no way of ever fulfilling, they speak with authority but they cannot deliver. A centurion soldier came to Jesus because he understood what true authority was.
Mathew 8:8 The centurion said, I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, I say go and he goes, I say come and he comes, speak the Word and my servant will be healed.
Under the Levitical law the priests could minister healing, but the centurion had no confidence in their authority. He went straight to Jesus because Jesus talked the talk and walked the walk, the priests just talked. The Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and priests had no authority to serve men, but they wanted men to serve them on account of their titles. They were full of pride because they were the chosen race and everyone else was a “dog”.
John 5:27 God gave Jesus authority to act on His Word because He became a mere human being.
God’s Word was sent to get men free of all bondages, but it had to be ministered with authority. Jesus was authorized to offer the people something the leaders were not capable of giving the people. Their focus was on themselves and the honor they demanded all men to give them. They distorted God’s Word and thereby offered the people a God that was more vengeful than loving. It was no wonder they hated Jesus, He blew their cover and offered all men the supernatural power of God.
Mathew 20:28 Jesus did not come to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give up His life a ransom for many.
The leaders hated Him because He didn’t fit their mold, how dare He wash the feet of commoners? The Father gave Jesus authority to help people, the leaders used authority to help themselves. Our authority is in the Name of Jesus, what would Jesus do if He was still here in the flesh?
Man is a unique creature because he occupies two realms simultaneously. Man is a spirit and he lives in a body, so he has access to the spirit realm and the natural realm. Man has been given a free will so he can live in either realm as he chooses. God wants man to abide in the spirit realm where He Himself lives; the devil prefers man live in the natural realm where he can deceive him. We can’t see or touch God nor the devil, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Not all men realize this, but we need God to set our course!
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We always refer to this Proverb when we raise our children, but we must not overlook the fact that we are God’s children. God is raising us up in the way we should go so that when we reach maturity, we will hold fast our course. But when maturity comes, so does our independence. We want to take our education and strike out on our own. Independence means you get to choose your own course; you can remain on the course God has set or you can follow the “feelings” of your flesh. Many have opted out of God’s plan, going the way of the world and after many disappointments they try to find their way back to God.
John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do.
The devil has nobody, so he entices men to fulfil his lusts. When a man sins he is acting out the fantasy of the devil. If sin is permitted to run its course, it will lead the perpetrator to share the devil’s rewards. The course of the devil is very easy to follow, there is little or no resistance. The problem with this course is that you really don’t know where it’s taken you until you get there. God’s way is not a secret, it is a land that flows with milk and honey, in other words, a place of prosperity. So, the devil has a course for us that promises to cater to every lust of our flesh with no “guilt”. The devil doesn’t believe he will ever be tormented in hell because he doesn’t believe God will ever send Jesus and end this world. The devil has raised up teachers in the body of Christ that teach Jesus is not coming back.
Acts 20:23-24 I know that arrests and afflictions wait for me. But none of these things move me neither do I count my life dear to myself, so I may finish my course with joy.
The Apostle Paul found the course the Lord prepared for him. He knew there would be hardships but it was worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears. He knew the rewards of obedience would be far beyond every difficulty. Paul was focused on the end of the trail not the trail itself. Paul would have been spiritually miserable if he had been anywhere other than on the course the Lord put him on. When a man is not on the right course things don’t go well for him. He must deal with confusion, no self-confidence and a barrage of setbacks. What? Do we not trust God to know what’s best for us? I think some folks believe that God throws us to the devil for entertainment! As I have always said, the more you get to know your Lord the more you will trust Him. Find your course and stay on it.
What and who we are when we are born into this world is not always who we will remain. We are born into this world spiritually dead, we have no connection with God on any level. If nothing changes we will slip off into eternity and never get to meet Jesus. It is never God’s will for any man to go to hell, He tasted death for all men. God has arranged for all men to hear the Gospel so they can choose for themselves a place in eternity. There is one exception:
Romans 2:14 When the gentiles who have not the law, do by nature the things in the law, become a law unto themselves.
Every human will have an opportunity to be saved and spend eternity in heaven. Some men will claim they never heard the Gospel. The Lord will respond to them something like this, “I sent you My Word but you would not listen to Me.” God loves us just the way we are but He loves us too much to leave us that way. No man will reach his full potential until he changes his heart convictions.
John 3:3 Jesus said, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God is the place where God performs His works, it is the supernatural power of God. But many of those who are born-again never get to fully peer into this realm. They do not grow past the new birth for a variety of reasons, none of which are valid.
1 Peter 2:2 As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.
Some folks remain babies all their lives, they do not choose to grow in Christ. They want to be treated like adults but they act like babies because they are. The entire purpose of being born-again is to become an entirely new creature. God has a place in His kingdom for all of His people, but the positions call for adults to fill those spots. It’s never hard to grow up but it can be a little difficult to act like you have.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will prove to yourself what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is.
We grow up in Christ when we allow God to change our way of thinking. Anyone can think natural thoughts but only a babe in Christ can think like God. When you get transformed you perceive things the way Christ perceives them. You see what He sees without judgement, it is a much different world. The more we change the greater blessing we become to people and the Lord. We can go through such a drastic transformation that the devil can’t even recognize us.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Old things are passed away, and all things are become new.
I am so relieved that all the stupid things I did in the past are wiped out and forgotten. It is very difficult to start a new life if we are saddled with baggage. God makes us new creatures for a new life. The first thing I noticed was that God began to call me son, He never used to call me anything, but now I am son.
Some folks think that once you become a Christian you must live a cloistered life like a monk. King Solomon had over a thousand wives and concubines and God blessed him richly in all things. How could God help Solomon in his sin? Because the law had not yet been given, so Solomon was not in sin. God is not offended when a husband and wife have sex, where do you think our children come from?
Genesis 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself and said, “now that I am old and worn out, can I still enjoy sex? And besides, my husband is old too”.
God told Abraham when he was a hundred years old and Sarah was ninety that she would become pregnant and give birth to a son. This was not a virgin birth, Abraham and Sarah had to have sex in order to fulfill the will of God. They did not “fool around” just to have a kid, Sarah said she had pleasure with Abraham. God gives us opportunities to have legitimate pleasures and they are not sinful.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
God will honor whatever a husband and wife agree to, but He will judge those who include other people in their intimate lives. A husband and wife can give themselves to one another in sexual pleasure but God draws the line with infidelity. The bodies of the husband and wife belong to one another, they are not to be put on display for other people. A husband and wife dress to please one another and not the people outside of their covenant.
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
These pleasures were once exclusive to our unrighteous flesh but now they agree with our spirit, soul and body. It gives us the Bible kind of pleasure when we please God and when He blesses us. When God has an active place in our lives we are not consumed with the pleasures of our flesh, but we are well satisfied. We need not abstain from the pleasures of the flesh, we simply need to prioritize and put our Lord first.
1 Corinthians 7:5 Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self control.
Intimacy between a husband and a wife is personal and a necessary part of their covenant. God does not ask us to abstain for any length of time because He knows the importance of such a beautiful gift. God does not call for His people to be prudes but to enjoy one another with Him as the Lord of the relationship.
All my tithes belong to the Lord, no matter my financial condition.
My obedience brings His promise, He opens the windows of Heaven.
More blessings than I can store,I will not be deceived.
The devil is a thief and a tight wad,I will have none of his poverty.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
PRAY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION: EACH VOTE DOES MATTER
PRAY FOR PHYSICAL STRUCTURE: VOTING CITES ACCESSIBLE
PRAY FOR GOD SUPPLIED POLL WORKERS:
PRAY FOR ALL ASPECTS OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS:
MAIL IN VOTING
AND PRAY FOR THE “OUTPOURING” Of God’s wisdom and
direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this
crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our Nation.
Keep the President/Vice President and their families in prayers for protection. All law enforcement and their families who are on the front lines. Including branches of military needed to assist.
LUKE 8:17 FOR NOTHING IS HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE MADE MANIFEST, NOR ANYTHING SECRET THAT WILL NOT COME TO LIGHT!