Do Not Be Deceived Brothers

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Do not be led to think of God in anyway that He is not. He is holy. Do not be led to think God is tempting you when in fact you are giving in to your own temptations. God does not tempt although He does test His people.
Do not be led to think that God is the author of sin. The only things that come from God are what James is about to state: every good gift. Every perfect gift. These come from God alone.

Do not be led to think that something is good when in fact it is not good. Find out more about who God is and what God is like and you will better be able to discern what is good, perfect, and acceptable that good will of God. Do not be deceived brothers.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

The Rock

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In Deuteronomy 32 God is referred to as “Rock” four times. A rock is an object of firmness, strength, and indestructibility. God is firm, strong, and indestructible.
His way is perfect. There is no flaw in God or in His ways. Perfection is difficult to accurately define because we have to do so with imperfect measurements. But to say God is perfect is an amazing praise to His name!
All His ways are justice. That is, all His ways are right. We hear a lot of talk in 2020 about “justice”. People want justice. But if people really had justice, the justice of God, all would be condemned because all have sinned in the sight of God (Romans 3:23) . God is the judge of the world and all will receive justice one day.

God is faithful and always keeps His word. God always keeps His promises. God is without sin and never sins. He is the Holy One who is just and upright.

How does God’s faithfulness benefit us? When God came to earth in the flesh, the Rock basically dwelt with man. The Rock faithfully went to the cross and gave His life for the church (Matthew 1:21; 20:28; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23) . The good news of the Gospel is that all who repent of their sin by placing faith in Jesus Christ are reconciled to God in an everlasting relationship of peace. In Christ, God is faithful to forgive sin and God is faithful to declare righteous all who are in Christ.
God is just in punishing sin at the cross. God is faithful in having mercy on those whom He has chosen before the world began to be in Christ.
I pray for the faithful God to have mercy on people everywhere. May the Rock grant forgiveness of sin and eternal life to all who bend the knee to Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory and Rock of our salvation.

Babylon Falls

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And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, – Revelation 17:16

Did you ever wonder how the beast and kings of the earth would strip the prostitute down and make her desolate and naked? How could they devour her flesh and burn her up with fire?

I am just throwing this out there. This is simply a hypothetical outlook. When I read and study Revelation I do so with the view in mind that Revelation is a picture book, more than it is a puzzle book. Revelation is filled with symbols such as colors, numbers, and animals. Behind these symbols are great spiritual truths.  I am sure that many people are wondering in 2020 if these days leading up to the return of Christ. Perhaps or perhaps maybe not.
But for a moment consider this: In the span of a few short months the world has been shut down because of Covid-19. The kings of the earth have torn the prostitute down by shutting her down. Everything has been shut down! The prostitute in my eye represents the entirety of the world’s population that is not saved and in Jesus Christ. It is more specifically the “seduction of the world” and all of its lures and enticements. The beast (who I see as governmental powers that persecute God’s people, the church /elect, and who do not give honor to the Lord or His word, but who oppose God and His word) uses the prostitute to help keep the world in darkness and in sin. The beast will persecute when necessary.

The apostle Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2 that the mystery of lawlessness was ALREADY at work in his time. Still is now at work until destroyed by Christ. Perhaps this “man of lawlessness” is being revealed or about to be revealed? An instititution, a people, a movement? But it is definitely in accord with the working of Satan and by false signs, power, and deception.

Then in 2 Thess 2:11 God sends them a strong delusion. So now the people (unbelievers) are trapped between the strong delusion that God sends and the deception that the man of lawlessness (fueled by Satan) has already brought. Talk about being stuck between a rock and hard place?

Then the kicker…
“for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.”- Revelation 17:17

And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.” – Revelation 17:18

The great city? Has she been destroyed? Is she being destroyed?
Casinos, strip clubs, movie theaters, live sporting events, and church all gone! Hospital workers laid off in the midst of crisis, police officers murdering and being murdered. The President being advised by his secret service to hide in a bunker and there is rioting and looting in the streets. Is the stock market next? Interent next?

God says to the church, “Come out of her!”(Rev 18:4) That is, church, come out of Babylon. Come out of the prostitute. Come out of the world system lest you partake in the prostitute’s plagues that will come upon her.

“For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.” – Revelation 18:8

21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more;
22 and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more,
23 and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth.” – Revelation 18:21-24

The picture that Revelation paints is exactly that, a picture. A portrait. And a grim portrait at that.

The church needs to come out of Babylon and share the Gospel with the world. The church must be prepared for God and service in His kingdom despite the evil taking place in the world at large. 

Come Lord Jesus! Save Your People!

The Fear of The Lord Leads to Life

 

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One thing our culture has lacked recently is the fear of God. A healthy and reverent perception of God coupled with a desire to trust Him and an action toward pleasing Him in the way one lives his or her life is tantamount to escaping the clutches of fear.
The Proverb says that the fear of the Lord leads to life. This does not mean that when one fears the Lord that there will be no affliction in his life or that there will be no evil in the world. It means that God will preserve, protect, and establish a person while he walks through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23) . Take this promise and find comfort in the Lord.
“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3 Again, it is not an end to evil, but the preservation of one’s soul through the circumstances that God provides relief.

God gives peace that the world cannot give. (John 16:33) But we must trust in Him that He atoned for our sin on the cross and that rose from the dead. (Romans 10:9-13)

How does one rest satisfied? By trusting in the Lord who controls all things. He is sovereign and there is no virus or riot, or injustice that can overcome the hand of God. He parted the Red Sea and He raised the dead on multiple occasions throughout human history.
Take this promise in Daniel, “all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” – Daniel 4:35

Take courage today and hold on to the promises of God. He will never leave nor forsake those who fear Him and trust Him. And God will avenge one day all who have done wrong. Fear not neither be dismayed.

Our prayer should be for God to grant faith and repentance to the people of America and the world. And that Jesus would return soon and glorify His people.

Praise God! Come Lord Jesus!

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