a leader and a bride

Jesus taught the end time church to, “watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Mt. 24:42). He instructed leaders to be a “faithful and wise servant,” (Mt. 24:45), warning you to wait for His coming by teaching “My master is delaying His coming,” (Mt 24:48). Jesus further exhorts you that evil and good would increase side by side “lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt. 13:30; Rev. 13:14-20). He inspires you with spectacular vision for your part in an end of the age revival by proclaiming, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt. 24:14). He further encourages the Bride to have oil of intimacy, so that your life shines brightly, “when the Son of Man comes, Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps” (Mt. 25: 1-13). Lastly, as the Just Judge, He will, reward or punished, based on how you spend your time and energy on earth (Mt. 25:14-24).

dream of a leader and a bride

I had a dream, which shocked me! Jesus was delayed in His return and this was detrimentally affecting the churches ability to be watchful in two ways. First, I saw a leader, who served passionately in prayer and teaching, vigorously equipping the body, but had grown tired, which led to boredom, and they were being tempted to overeat and expose themselves in immorality. But, with all their might, they resisted temptation, almost to the point of passing out. Next, I saw a likeable bride, who was vacationing at a beach called Babylon, because she was tired and bored. Lying there she also was tempted to over consume and expose herself to immorality. Unfortunately, the Bride began to sin. I knew we must rescue her out of Babylon, quickly cover, and diligently restore her. Then I awoke and started to pray asking for revelation, interpretation, and application, here are the impressions I have.

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What does this dream mean for today?

First, Jesus the Bridegroom is delayed in His coming, along with, the fullness of the end of the age revival we are fasting and praying for. In the waiting we are being tempted to sin. Secondly, we must continually be found watching (Matt. 24:42) this means: practical, praying, purposeful, people; practically guarding our heart, searching the Word as your compass for prophetic and daily understanding, while actively praying to obey and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Thirdly, faithful and wise leaders must resist sin (1 Pt. 5) since sin is not an option. Because, the scripture insists that lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold, you must overcome in the grace of God; vehemently resist sin to participate in the fullness of the immanent revival. Thirdly, the redeemed radiate Bride must have oil in their lamps; you must have the first commandment first place in your life, loving God, while being a bright light sharing the message of Christ and discipling others. Fourthly, and surprisingly, the Bride was a beach called Babylon trying to rest. You must “come out of Babylon”, which are thought patterns of the world, such as: secularism, humanism, Islam, communism (all religions and systems which are unrighteous even those that are teach others engage in lukewarm immorality [Rev. 2:18-29; 3:14-22]). Lastly, the church must be faithful with their talents, which is their God given time and energy. In this parable (Mt. 24:14-30) you observe that God presents to each person different talents, but if you are faithful, you will produce double fruit, and then Jesus will reward you in the age to come. Let us encourage each other to: watch, resist sin, strengthen the Bride, come out of Babylon and be faithful with our time and energy.

 

CALL TO PRAYER

 

What if Christians, united,

In love,

and held a call to prayer?

Each Friday the largest unified prayer meetings occurs as 1000s of Muslim students religiously assemble together, on colleges and universities to pray (I have a first hand eye witnessed account of Friday at 2pm Muslim prayer). This happens worldwide—time zone after time zone—students calling upon the name of Allah.  Some Muslims pray 5 times a day, and some 3. Since 9/11 what has happened to Muslim influence on our campuses and universities is alarming. Where is the Christian response?

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January of 2015 a Muslim student group was given permission to conceive a public “call to prayer” at Duke University. What is a call to prayer? The Muslim call to prayer is:

Adhan is called out by a muezzin from the mosque five times a day, traditionally from the minaret, summoning Muslims for mandatory (fard) worship (salat). A second call, known as iqama, (set up) then summons Muslims to line up for the beginning of the prayers. The main purpose behind the multiple loud pronouncements of adhan in every mosque is to make available to everyone an easily intelligible summary of Islamic belief. It is intended to bring to the mind of every believer and non-believer the substance of Islamic beliefs, or its spiritual ideology. In modern times, loudspeakers have been installed on minarets for this purpose.

The adhan recites the Takbir (God is great)[1] followed by the Shahada (There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah).”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhan

 

WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE?

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Faithful ones like Franklin Graham stood up, publically stating, in a Facebook post:

“As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism. I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed.”

Thank God for Franklin Graham taking a bold stand for Jesus Christ. I know many of my friends tweeted, posted, and took a public stand, but how many took a heavenly stand? How many of us made our voice heard in Heaven? Where is our call to prayer?

As a result of the public outcry Duke University reversed their claim by stating,

“Duke University has reconsidered a previously announced plan to present a traditional Muslim call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower, campus officials said Thursday.

The call to prayer, or “adhan,” which announces the start of a weekly jummah prayer service that has been held in the Chapel basement for the past several years, will not come from the bell tower on Friday as announced earlier. 

“Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.”

Jummah prayers have taken place in the basement of Duke Chapel for many years, and start with the traditional call to prayer chant. Members of the Muslim community will now gather on the quadrangle outside the Chapel, a site of frequent interfaith programs and activities, before moving to its regular location for prayers. More than 700 of Duke’s 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students identify as Muslim.”

 http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/01/15/muslim-prayer-duke

WE MUST RESPOND WITH

POWERFUL, PREVAILING, PRAYER

as if someone’s life depended on this, because it does

 

Imagine each Friday, as Muslims gather, filling the atmosphere with idolatrous worship; turning their back on the future Throne of God on Earth, bowing towards Mecca, knowingly (and some unknowingly) defying The Son of God—the ONE that desires them with everlasting LOVE.

The question we need to ask is, where is the “dream of Hagar”? Hagar was the mother of Ishmael, and she cried out and the Lord answered her, saved her son, and He gave her promises for her son and his people (Gen. 21:1-21). We must pray these promises today. Let our cry, before the Throne of Grace, for the Muslims freedom from bondage, be greater than the imprisonment of their prayers to Allah.

WHAT CAN WE PRAY FOR?

  1. Muslims to be saved – Hagar lifted up a cry and God heard her. Let us lift up a cry before the Throne of God for many to be saved (Gen. 21:1-21).
  2. Christians in Muslim nations – many 1000’s are coming to Christ, in Muslim nations, and we need to pray and encourage them through practical ministries. Pray they grow in prayer and the knowledge of God, as they preach the gospel with signs and wonders.
  3. Ask God for a peaceful prayer movement for Muslims to arise on Friday’s – We need a prayer movement not a hateful protest.
  4. Pray for Christians that are struggling with Islam – Last week alone I had a two separate calls from friends asking for prayer for their sisters that were being tantalized by Islam.

 SO WHAT CAN WE DO?

Imagine every Friday, across the US, time zone after time zone, 2pm until 3pm, group after group, gathering to pray for God to enlighten the eyes of Muslims; praying they receive revelation and graciously discover Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man—the Holy One of Israel, the Way the Truth and Life.

IHOPKC, along with many others, have a time of prayer for Muslims (Global prayer room; Friday at 12pm CST). What if small groups gathered, east to west coast, time zone after time zone, in compassion and love, seeking God’s mercy and grace, to open the eyes of the blind?

At a Holy Club meeting near Miami University in Oxford, we gather at 2pm and compassionately pray: For Muslims to be saved, Christians in Muslim nations to grow in prayer and the knowledge of God, asking God for a peaceful prayer movement for Muslims to arise on Friday’s, and we pray for those being tempted by the subtle enticement of Islam.

HOW DO WE PRAY?

We simply do a “call to prayer”. One person stands up in the front of the group and triumphantly declares the Name, Nature, and Attributes’ of God. Then we pray the “OUR FATHER”, again and again, stopping in-between lines, as lead by the Holy Spirit, to ask for students and situations by name. What if we held a “call to prayer” every Friday?

Imagine our Friday’s as churches, Houses of Prayer, colleges and universities, high schools, flag polls, marketplace settings—lifting up their voice, before the throne of Grace, answering the “dream of Hagar”—person, by person, name after name.

PRAYER “IN” THE MUSLIM NATIONS

But! The story does not end there. We also need increase prayer INSIDE the Middles East, Africa and other predominately Muslim nations; inspiring Christians in Muslim nations to pray. Each day, in predominately Muslim nations, through missionaries’ efforts and spiritual encounters (ie. dreams, visions, etc.) many are courageously coming to undeniable faith in Jesus. So part of our prayer effort needs to be focused on vehemently strengthening the praying communities in Muslim nations. One way we can do this is by partnering with international broadcasting stations that have feed into Muslim nations; we can stream the Friday 2pm prayer meeting from the Global Prayer room through the satellite feed into the Muslim nations around the earth. This will embolden, believers as they hear the prayer of Americans affectionately praying for them at their very hour of need.

REMEMBER YOUR VOICE MATTER!

What if each Friday Christians gathered together, weekly, and prayed on our colleges and universities? What if we simply did a “call to prayer” and prayed the Lord’s Prayer UP, IN, OUT.

CALL TO PRAY

What if someone from our group—In Love and adoration—stood up and did a call to Prayer, saying,

“You are the LORD, the LORD God; Merciful, Gracious, Patient… (1)

You are the Son of God, the begotten of the Father…(2)

You are the Savior…Holy one of Israel… (3)

You are Our Father in Heaven…” (4)

1-Exodus 34:5-7
2-Psalm 2
3-Isaiah 43:3
4-Matthew 6:8-13

 

What if we prayed the “Our Father” together Praying UP, IN, OUT?

UP – PRAY “up” to God; declaring, back to God, His Sovereign Leadership over all Creation, with holy adoration giving Him the Glory due His Name.  Staring Him straight in the eyes, in the confidence of a son and daughter, washed in the Blood of the Lamb, ministering back to Him, together with one voice, “Our Father, in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name….”

IN – PRAY “in” to our hearts; with hands over our hearts, praying the truth in this prayer, in faith, until we believe and are transformed—enjoying God because He enjoys us—as we pray together “Our Father, in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name….” 

OUT – praying “out” over our campus or neighborhood; What if we held our hands out towards the campus and with one voice prayed together for: America, Israel, and the Nations…“Our Father, in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name….”

 

WHAT IF WE PRAYED?

For Justice in our streets…

For racial and gender equality…

To make the Name of Jesus Famous…

What if we prayed for our President?

What if we prayed for Muslims to meet Jesus Christ?

What if we prayed for holiness in our church for those struggling with heterosexual and homosexual (LGBTQ) issues?

What if we prayed for revival?

What if we prayed for Jew and Arab to become one new man in Jesus?

 

WHAT IF WE PRAYED?

What if we gathered on campuses and the marketplace every Friday for prayer?

What if we gathered and held (not a protest) but a prayer meeting, not just a prayer meeting, but also a solemn, a holy, prayer meeting?

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

 

What if God is inviting us to a

“call to Prayer”?

God is humbling the church; inviting us into HOLINESS #Jesus@doorknocking A Harvest is coming!!

HUMILITY. HOLINESS. HARVEST 

 

God is humbling the church; inviting us into HOLINESS #Jesus@doorknocking A Harvest is coming!!
Jesus is humbling the church; inviting us into holiness, and it is important that we respond rightly and perhaps God will send an Acts 2 outpouring in this nation.

WHAT TIME IS IT IN AMERICA?

  1. PRAY Psalm 2 – The nations and kings of the earth are standing, united, against God and against Jesus.
  2. GATHER JOEL 2:12-17 – How should the church respond? We need to humble ourselves, publically repent, fast, and pray and gather in solemn assemblies.
  3. BELIEVE Acts 2:17-21 – What will God do? If we fast and pray, perhaps God will send—REVIVAL— renewing the church and saving our lost neighbors.

HUMILITY

Josh Duggar, and his family, are going through a very hard time as the past sins of Josh come to light (he is now forgiven; read how I told my 5 children about Josh) and this should send the fear of the Lord into the church. God sent a warning to the early church not to lie to the Holy Spirit (see Ananias, with Sapphira), and today He is warning us to humble ourselves, repent, rend our hearts, fast, and pray (see Ps. 2; Joel 2:12-17).

HOLINESS

God does not leave us in our past sin, but opens us up to salvation, and then we walk in a life of holiness. Jesus did not leave Josh in his sin, because he humbled himself and repented (this is available to all). Today, God is calling the church deep into a place of holiness. Holiness is not an option in the Christian walk; it is not what we have to do, but what we get to do. God is Holy, therefore, we are called to be holy just as God is Holy (For more on holiness see my article here). Today, we must embrace the call from Holy Spirit, and together with us, walk forth in holiness; asking God to revive US again.

HARVEST

But God is soooo Merciful, and Gracious. If we respond rightly He will hear from Heaven, and perhaps…we will see an Acts 2:17-21 outpouring on the land. The Holy Spirit wants to give us the greatest joy, power at the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; HARVEST OF SOULS; Luke 4:18; The backslidden, the hurting, the lost delivered. But we must humble ourselves, publically repent, fast and pray, enter a life of holiness; we must becoming living testimonies, un-ashamed of our past, allowing God to use our life for His purpose; perhaps—REVIVAL—will touch the church and then our neighbors.

How should the church respond?

  1. Humble ourselves “Repent Publically” – We, in the church, should repent before God of our sin; ask Him to cleanse us; share our sin with another and get prayer. What if we actually repented publically before the Holy Spirit exposes us like He did with Ananias, with Sapphira?
  2. Teach – We need to teach bible truths about sin to the church—just start with the church. We need to rend our hearts; we need to turn from our sin; we need to humble ourselves; we need to have our churches look like the church in the bible.
  3. Fast – this is a time to fast; fasting is not just abstaining from something, it is setting your heart towards God; fasting does not earn us anything; when we fast, we become weak; God increases and we decrease; (more on fasting here).
  4. Pray – we must pray for the church in this hour; we must pray for the lost; we must pray for God to turn this Nation to Godliness and Righteousness.

What must I do to be saved?

America we need God to awaken our conscience. We have strayed so far from God we call evil good and good evil (Isa. 5:20). What happened to us? Today is the day we must turn to the Father in Heaven who loves you and:

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus is God’s Son, He is God, He is Righteous. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9) Ask the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin (John 16:9)
  2. We must repent of our sin; confess our sin to God and tell Him, I am wrong, please forgive me.
  1. Pray this prayer If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Cleanse me from my sin, take the debt of my sin, make me a new creation—make me holy like You are holy.”
  2. Tell a friend you prayed to ask Jesus into your heart.
  3. Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:10-11)
  4. Read your bible
  5. Watch this video about the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST.
  6. Pray daily with others.

Letter to my children sharing about Josh Duggar, which I read while they ate Saturday morning breakfast, before our family hike.

 

Letter to my children sharing about Josh Duggar, which I read while they ate Saturday morning breakfast, before our family hike.

I wrote this because I had to tell my 5 children, ages 2 to 10 years old, what happened to their family. Below is an excerpt from that conversation.

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First, of all I want to start by saying there are real victims, which have real pain and they need real justice. That justice needs to come from heaven and from earth, through the law, with their lives being restored to wholeness and healing. As a big brother to many in the Jesus church, I have spent 100’s of hours hearing horrific stories of abuse—many that keep me awake at night—and I want to see justice come to them yesterday! The victims in this case need justice.

Secondly, I do not agree with sexual abuse at any age for any reason, especially when underage children are involved. What happened with Josh is wrong. But, with Jesus, we don’t have to live in or be defined my our past sin, because if we repent God washes our sins away and makes us a new creation. Josh, repented and did not do this act anymore, and I am so thankful for his response (read the full article here). However, I think the BIG question is why is what Josh did wrong, which I agree it is wrong, but no one is asking the question, “why is it wrong?” (this we will discuss later; see below).

Thirdly, I am not writing to go back and try and find out if what the Duggar’s did after they found out about this was right or wrong. That is in the past and I was not there, so I do not want to comment on what ifs, would haves, should haves, and might have been. Nor, do I want to discuss if the show should go on. However, I do want to address who I am and how this has affected my family.

I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat, and I am not an official conservative, but I do hold to “Biblical values”. I love America and want to see God’s best for this country I call my home. I have sinned, I have done wrong, I have hurt others dear to me, and suffered much for my sin. But God did not leave me there. My conscience and the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin, I repented before God, asked forgiveness for many, and still suffer the consequences of those sins, but I am forgiven and pure before God—by His GRACE. Now, I have a beautiful wife, and five children that have grown up watching the Duggar’s. Reluctantly, but because I love them, I had to sit down with my wife to tell my children what Josh had done. I knew they would be hurt, but I wanted them to learn from this. I started by reading this story.

John 8:2-12 New King James Version

Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

 

I highlighted in these verses:

  1. Sin – This woman sinned because she broke the seventh of the Ten Commandments; “you shall not commit adultery” ( 20:14); so did the guy, but for some reason they forgot to bring him.
  2. Pain – this woman was hurting herself because she was choosing to do what is wrong, which created the wages and debt of sin, by her own actions separating her from God; sin will hurt those around her, whom love and care for her; sin will bring sin onto the land (if I have a cold and I walk into a crowd of people I “infect” them with my cold; sin is like a virus and it affects communities the same way bring pain and judgment).
  3. Jesus – these people were coming to Jesus to see what He would say. Jesus does not think like the world. He is in the world, but not of the world ( 12:2; John 15:19; 17:14-15). He is the one that created and gave the Ten Commandments to us; The Ten Commandments did not exist until He created them. Therefore, they were brining this woman before Jesus, asking Him to Judge her, based on a law that He created. He gave the 10 commandments to Israel in two ways. Frist, He gave it through Moses on Mt. Sinai. Secondly, He places it inside the conscience of people; He created people and the conscious into which He put the 10 commandments; their conscience then either accusing or excusing them (Rom. 2:15).
  4. Jesus wrote in the dirt – Jesus is patient, Merciful, Gracious and Patient. He is fully God and fully man; He knew every sin that these people had done—all their deep dark secrets—and He was not condemning them; He was not bringing their sin to light, and He was not exposing them; He was giving them time to repent—so He wrote in the dirt.
  5. “He who is without sin….” – Jesus knew what this woman had done was wrong, but He also knew that everyone in the crowd had sinned. In fact He could have named every sin, and the pain that sinned cause everyone else around them.
  6. “….cast the first stone” – There is actually justice that needs to take place. This woman was guilty before Heaven and earth; the people with the stones really had sin in their lives and they really were guilty.
  7. “Then those who heard it…” – this is speaking about natural hearing of the words of Jesus, However, we actually have to take time to “hear” what Jesus says. This means we have to stop and listen to Him; we have to stop and write down His web address, not the address or our flesh, our own opinions, or the mass opinions of hurt people on twitter. We must “hear” what God is saying through the bible and the Holy Spirit.
  8. “being convicted by their conscience,” – God created our conscience—a judge in our mind—and it convicts us to know right and wrong. These people left, because their conscience convicted them of their sin. Our conscience has power.
  9. “…went out one by one,” – everyone sins not just those other people.
  10. Jesus was left alone”– Jesus is the only Perfect Man without sin (2 Cor. 5:21), and we will all stand before Him ( 20:10-12);
  11. “the woman standing in the midst…” – all have sinned and will stand ALONE before the Just Judge (1 Pt. 1:17; Rev. 20:13); we will be judged according to His Word and Holy Spirit; our sin is debt against us ( 6:23); Jesus is Merciful, Gracious and wants to wash our sins away and give us Grace to never sin again.
  12. “Woman where are your accusers?” – Jesus could have condemned her, but He did not—He showed her Mercy. God can condemn us for our sin today, however ever He gives us a time to repent. Therefore, we must use that time to repent. However, unfortunately, many use that time (the time God gives us to repent before we our judged) as a time to keep sinning. Why? We think, if God does not judge me right after my sin then it is not wrong; just because God does not judge us right away does not mean that our action is right; we will be judged in time; the very fact that God does not judge us right away proves that He is Just and Merciful. However, we cannot use the “goodness” of God to keep on sinning; instead His goodness should lead us to repentance (Rom. 2:4).
  13. “Neither do I condemn you” – Jesus had every right to condemn her and the mob, because: He was perfect in that He had never sinned, He had written the law, and in His heart His Judgment are pure—He is the Just Judge of All the Earth (2 Cor. 5:21; Rev. 20:10-12). However, the difference between He and the people was—motive. He had written the law, not to condemn and kill this woman (nor other adulterers), instead to bring them life and life abundantly, both on earth and in Heaven, while the mob wanted to kill her because they were “right” (being “right” and judging someone is just as evil as the sin you are condemning) and many disliked Jesus, and saw this as an opportunity to hurt His reputation. Jesus, however, did not condemn her.
  14. “Go, and sin know more” – I explained to the kids that Jesus was Merciful and wanted to cleanse this woman, making her clean, and helping her to not sin again. He knew that she was a daughter of her Father in Heaven and He wanted—but would not force—her to be with Him forever. She had to choose: to follow Jesus, obey His teaching, and “Go and sin no more”. The Father enjoys us, and wants to be with us forever. He made us—before earth existed –physically. The bible says that “In the beginning, He created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void.” This means the earth was a “blueprint” in the heart of the Father. He first built the blueprints for the Heavens and the earth, and then He spoke the Heavens into existence (earth was still formless and void). Before the earth existed physically, He knew us—we were the Dream of His heart. And Jesus saw that our sin would keep us from the Father’s eternal love, therefore, He choose to be our Savior, to die for us, to take our sin away, to pay a debt of our sin with His life, so that we could live free—enjoying God, because He enjoys us. Jesus became the Lamb slain before the foundations of the earth ( 13:8-9); before I formed you in the womb I knew you (Jer. 1:5); We are made in the very image and likeness of Christ, HE loves us and wants to be with us forever (Gen. 1:26).
  15. LIGHT – Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” A plant needs light to survive. People need light to survive. If we leave a plant in darkness it dies, and the same with people. There are only two choices LIGHT vs. darkness. God is LIGHT. Only He can define what “light” is. We either choose to follow the LIGHT or darkness. Jesus is the only way to salvation. If you don’t have Him as Savior and Lord in your life you cannot go and sin no more.

WHAT I SAID TO MY CHILDREN

***I wrote out what I was going to say on a sheet of paper so that I would not miss anything and, I wanted to speak clearly, in the main points, with easy to understand language because I have 5 children between the ages of 2 and 10 years old. I am not declaring that legally and historically this is exactly how the Duggar story, 12 years ago, unfolded, however to the best of my ability this is what I believed happened, and this is how I told my children.

Letter to my children, which I read while they ate Saturday morning breakfast.

When Josh Duggar was a young boy, he did things that were inappropriate; they hurt some of his sisters and other girls around the Duggars. What Josh did was a sin against God. He touched these girls in a way that God only wants moms and dad’s to touch. Josh eventually told his parents. But what he did has consequences. Jim Bob told the police. Josh got in trouble, and the girls that got hurt were able to get counseling.

Josh did not go to jail, but he did have to receive other punishment. When we do bad things there are consequences. But, God does not leave us in shame for the rest of our lives. If we repent, then Jesus can make us new. Josh, repented, learned from his mistakes, and never did this again! When he repented to God, he was justified (just as if he never sinned), but there are still consequences.

There consequences for our wrong actions. Josh hurt others, himself and many others. Now he will have to live out those consequences in his life everyday. However, God does not leave him in shame. After Josh repented, God blessed him with a wife and children.

Mom and Dad also made mistakes when we were younger. I (Dad) hurt my sister with my words. I repented before God, and He washed my sins away. However, I had to go to my sister and tell her I was sorry. She forgave me, but it took a very long time before our relationship was restored. Healing takes time.

Adam and Eve, in the Bible, lived in the Garden of Eden, everything was perfect until one day they sinned, and then they hide in shame. However, God is Merciful and Gracious; Jesus came to them in the garden and covered them with animal skins. But there were still consequences for their sin, they got kicked out of the garden, and had to live with a very hard life.

 

Let me summarize:

  1. When we sin it is wrong.
  2. If we repent (God is Merciful and Gracious) and we can be justified (just as if we never sinned).
  3. There are still consequences, in this life, for our sin that we have to walk out.

Then I told them that they could ask any questions they wanted, and then we would pray for the Duggars and those that had been hurt through the situations, but what happened next was unexpected and powerful! Instead of asking questions one of my daughters, whose middle name is “Mercy”, said, can we sing a song? I asked her, what song? She did not know the name of the artist nor the title of the song, but she sang some of the lyrics…this is an excerpt found this powerful song about God’s Mercy washing us clean.

(read lyrics and listen to song here)

After singing this song, we talked about how God can forgive us, and how He can heal those with hurt. Each of the children took time to pray, and we finished our meal together, and ready to face the day (later on that day we went for a family hike).

WHY IS WHAT JOSH DID WRONG?

Everyone agrees that what Josh did is wrong, but why is it wrong? And it seems that Christians are defending Josh, while non-Christians are setting him up to die. Why? First, lets talk about why what he did is wrong.

The bible says that you should not engage in sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18; 1 Thes. 4:13; Rev. 2:14), But what is sexual immorality. For all intense purpose this is any type of sexual activity outside of the context of Godly Marriage between one man and one wife. Why do I believe the bible defines marriage as between one man and one woman, because God, the Designer, the Creator, actually invented Marriage. He also created man, then saw that it was not good for him to be alone, so He made a helper suitable, or comparable, for him, and after creating Eve, God brought her to Adam and preformed the first marriage. A man and woman being created, brought together, and married is God’s idea (Gen. 2: 24). Therefore, He defines immorality as sex (hetero and homosexual) outside of a Godly Marriage, which would be Marriage between a man and a woman, preformed and ordained by the Jesus church. Therefore, as members of the church we should not engage in sexual immorality (hetro and homosexual).

First, the bible also says that you should not uncover the nakedness of your sister (Lev. 18:9; 11). As Christians we now that this is wrong. But what about the non-Christian why do they know it is wrong? If you followed the Twitter feed #JoshDuggar most of the Tweets were about how wrong this was. But how do they know it is wrong if they have never read their bible? The answer is that the law and their conscious tell them it is wrong.

Secondly, the law tells us we cannot commit “sexual assault”, which “is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.” This is the definition from the Department of Justice. Therefore, when we hear of something like this scenario the law is set in place to protect the innocent as it should, and people who break the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Thirdly, our conscience talks to us all day long regardless if we read the bible or not. If we touch a hot stove, we feel pain, because our brain, working with our nerves tells us that the stove is painful. In the same way, if we saw a room full of innocent elementary school children getting shot, regardless of if we follow the 10 commandments, “though shall not murder”(Ex. 20:13), we want justice for those innocent children that had their life taken away from them. The news would be full of crying mothers and fathers that have lost their children; mothers and falls all over the earth would feel a pain in the pit of their stomachs, and secretly hope that the killer is brought to justice, regardless of weather they follow the bible or not, because their conscious would be shouting to them…this is wrong; where is justice.

The international world agrees that there is a conscience, and the United Nations seeks to protect that. In their Preamble to the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, they state, “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind…”. But how is the Josh Duggar acts different?

In the case of Josh Duggar the conscience of the nation was disrupted, and is shouting to us—these girls’ innocence was stolen and they deserve justice—and rightly they do! But why does our conscience tell us this is wrong? Why does our inside churn at the news of something violent, and grotesque that violates the innocent? The answer is simple, because God created our conscience and preprogramed us to choose righteousness.

But what if Josh was 14years old and he touched the girl down the street in the park after school? What if she touched him? What if he touched another boy, in the same way? Would the conscience of America be alarmed? No, we would just say he was exploring, or boys will be boys, or he was just finding out his true identity. So why is what Josh did any different?

For two reasons “mutual consent”, which means that Josh did not have agreement with the other people he was touching. Also, three of the victims where his sisters, which alarms our conscience, letting us know this is wrong. But why is mutual consenting heterosexual and homosexual activity ok to our conscience, while what Josh did disrupts our conscience? Because the conscious of America is only burdened by what it feels is right and wrong, and not on the Godly values were made to have.

 

God made our conscience and we decide weather to follow it, by cultivating our conscience in Godliness and Righteousness; or we decide to ignore it, by placing our own opinions, or cultural norms, on what is right and wrong. I can grow my conscious in God, by reading the Word of God and cultivating a life in the Holy Spirit. However, if we cultivate our conscious in the latest feelings and opinions of cultural norm, then our conscience is seared (1 Tim. 4:2), our hearts become hardened towards God, and we become like God and chose, in our own ignorance, we decide what is right and wrong (Gen. 3:5), and we grow in ungodliness and unrighteousness.

 

Therefore, when our conscience, which God created and programed, convicts us of the truth (there is a right and wrong); we demand justice; we want judgment rendered; we need a Just Judge) this is the very standard with which God, is judging us, and will judge us.

Every nation, tribe, tongue and people has a moral conscience and laws that govern them. Out of these groups there is a conscious driven need for justice, a judge, and judgment. For countless ages we have brought our cases of injustice before others to hear the verdict of the judge. Why? Because we agree that there is a right and wrong, there is injustice, there is a need for justice from a good Judge. Therefore, this is how God made the universe, and by the way that we have judged others in the same way we will be judged (Rom. 2:1-5).

The Bible says God is the Just Judge; at the end of our lives we will stand, in His court and be judged, and only those with Jesus will enter into eternity. On earth a person is convicted when the evidence against them is “beyond reasonable doubt”. When we stand before God the evidence against us will be “beyond a shadow of doubt”, for all have sinned. Our conscience is telling us a story, what Josh did was wrong, because the Creator of Heaven and Earth has shown us through: the Word of God, the law, and our conscience. What I have done is wrong, and what you have done is wrong, the only perfect Man, Jesus—can wash away our sins.

WHAT CAN THE CHURCH LEARN FROM THIS?

There are many areas that we can learn from this. However I want to focus in on the luke-warmness within the church. The church is supposed to be salt and light, which means we are supposed to affect society around us in a positive way, with the love of Jesus touching others, and the power of the Holy Spirit empowering us to love God and people. But the church does not look that different from the world.

In the church, we have compromised with a luke-warmness. In areas of pornography, adultery, and divorce we have gotten to the place where the church looks no different from the world. In the matters of hetero and homosexual sin we have either become to loose in our definition, or created a double standard; we agree with heterosexual immorality, but not homosexual sin. When we do this we open the doors of sexual immorality to the next generation. What can be done?

It is simple. Return to the Lord your God, and love Him with your heart soul, mind and strength. I believe if we spend more time in the Word of God, and listening to the Holy Spirit then we do catching the latest excitement the nation would be better off.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

America we need God to awaken our conscience. We have strayed so far from God we call evil good and good evil (Isa. 5:20). What happened to us? Today is the day we must turn to the Father in Heaven who loves you and:

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus is God’s Son, He is God, He is Righteous. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9) Ask the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin (John 16:9)
  2. We must repent of our sin; confess our sin to God and tell Him, I am wrong, please forgive me.
  1. Pray this prayer If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Cleanse me from my sin, take the debt of my sin, make me a new creation—make me holy like You are holy.”
  2. Tell a friend you prayed to ask Jesus into your heart.
  3. Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:10-11)
  4. Read your bible
  5. Watch this video about the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST.
  6. Pray daily with others.

How do we know what Charles Manson did was wrong?

This Oct. 8, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows 80-year-old serial killer Charles Manson. A marriage license has been issued for Manson to wed 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, who left her Midwestern home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, California to be near him. Burton, who goes by the name
This Oct. 8, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows 80-year-old serial killer Charles Manson. A marriage license has been issued for Manson to wed 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, who left her Midwestern home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, California to be near him. Burton, who goes by the name “Star,” told the AP that she and Manson will be married next month. (AP Photos/California Department of Corrections)

How do we know what Charles Manson did was wrong?

On the night of August 8, 1969, Manson directed Watson to take Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to “that house where Melcher used to live” and “totally destroy everyone in [it], as gruesome as you can.” We know that one of the murdered, Sharon Tate pleaded to be allowed to live long enough to have her baby, and even offered herself as a hostage in an attempt to save the life of her unborn child, but the cold blooded killers would not let her live Everyone agrees that what the Manson family did was wrong, but why is it wrong?

First, the bible also says that we should not murder (Ex. 20:13) As Christians we now that this is wrong. But what about the non-Christian why do they know what the Manson family did is wrong? If you followed the Twitter feed #Aquarius most of the Tweets were about how good looking actors are. But do we know that what the Manson family did was wrong? And how do you know it is wrong if you don’t believe the bible? The answer is that the law and their conscience convicts them it is wrong.

Next, the law tells us we cannot murder. And in 1971 Charles Manson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people: actress Sharon Tate and four other people at Tate’s home; and the next day, a married couple, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca; all carried out by members of the group at his instruction. He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy’s objective.[1][2] Therefore, when we hear of something like this scenario the law is set in place to protect the innocent as it should, and people who break the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Thirdly, our conscience talks to us all day long regardless if we read the bible or not. If we touch a hot stove, we feel pain, because our brain, working with our nerves tells us that the stove is painful. In the same way, if we saw a room full of innocent elementary school children getting shot, regardless of if we follow the 10 commandments, “though shall not murder”(Ex. 20:13), we want justice for those innocent children that had their life taken away from them. During the Manson trial the nation was full of those that felt disgusted in the pit of their stomachs, and secretly hope that the killers were brought to justice, regardless of whether they follow the bible or not, because their conscious would be shouting to them…this is wrong; where is justice.

In the case of Charles Manson the nation is shouting that the murdered innocence ones had their lives stolen and they deserve justice, and rightly they do! But why does our conscience tell us this is wrong? Why does our inside churn at the news of something violent, and grotesque that violates the innocent? The answer is simple, because God created our conscience and preprogramed you to choose righteousness.

 

Our conscience, which God created and programed, convicts us of the truth (there is a right and wrong; we demand justice; we want judgment rendered; ne need a Just Judge) this is the very standard with which God, is judging us, and will judge us. The Bible says God is the Just Judge; at the end of our lives we will stand, in His court and be judged, and only those with Jesus will enter into eternity. On earth a person is convicted when the evidence against them is “beyond reasonable doubt”. When we stand before God the evidence against us will be “beyond a shadow of doubt”, for all have sinned.

Our conscience is telling us a story, what the Manson family did was wrong, because the Creator of Heaven and Earth has shown us through: the Word of God, the law, and our conscience. What I have done is wrong, and what you have done is wrong, the only perfect Man, Jesus—can wash away our sins.

Imagine, if a young boy and girl, 5 years old, gets dropped off at their day care so mom and dad can go to work and provide. After their parents have left the caretaker takes the children into a playroom, where they enjoy playing with some blocks not suspecting that this day could change their lives forever, brings them.

Then imagine a angry person wielding a knife, walks into the day care room where the innocent children are playing, knocks down the attendant, and stabs the two children to death, before they escapes through a side door.

Then imagine that this was all caught on video surveillance. Instantly, the police are called, the news is brought in, the parents of the dead children are called, and the news begins to video as the parents of the dead drive up screaming in pain, pleading to see their children, calling out their names hoping in some way that a mistake was made and their child will meet them. But sadly they are dead.

Then the police show the video of the surveillance in order to catch the criminal, and instantly through YouTube millions of people watching the video would be horrified. Mothers and fathers would shudder deep in the pit of their stomach, as they watch the children being stabbed, feeling the pain of the parents that have lost their children, and their conscience would scream—give us JUSTICE—catch that criminal right now.

After hours of searching, and many leads coming in through 100’s of concerned people, the killer is caught. People would want immediate justice, after all the killer is guilty, according to the video, and justice must be served. However, the killer must be given a fair trial, before a Just Judge what will render a right judgment.

Our hearts would not be soothed right away, because the dark thoughts of the heinous act would haunt us day and night, because something horrible, took place at the day care. So many of us would wonder how can we make something beautiful out of this dark pain. Immediately, caring women would buy flowers and fill the room where the children died, making something beautiful out of the brokenness.

This would help in the healing process, but we would not rest until the Judge’s gavel sounds and justice is rendered. So in this whole process our conscience confronts darkness, we cry out for justice, a righteous judgment is needed to come from a just judge in order for our lives to get back in order. Only then would mothers and father be able to breathe a deep sigh of relief and get back on with their life.

God made our conscience and we decide weather to follow our conscience, by cultivating our conscience; or we decide to ignore it, by placing our own opinions on what is right and wrong. If we cultivate our God given conscious by reading the bible and obey Jesus’s teaching then we grow in Godliness and Righteousness. However, if we ignore our conscience, then our conscience is seared (1 Tim. 4:2), our hearts become hardened towards God, and we become like God and chose, in our own ignorance, we decide what is right and wrong (Gen. 3:5), and we grow in ungodliness and unrighteousness.

But regardless of if we choose to follow righteousness or not—GOD CREATED OUR CONSCIENCE—He is Righteous and Just, and He wants to protect us and lead us to righteousness. And if our conscience convicts us then we know that there is a right and wrong. If there is a right and wrong, then we know that we need justice. And if there is justice then we need a judgment to be given so that the things would be made right. If we know we need a righteous judgment then we need a just judge to render justice.

So if our conscience bears witness when something heinous act (for example the story above, or something like what Charles Manson and followers) is wrong we immediately want justice, so that our hearts can rest. When the criminal, who stabbed the innocent children, is put behind bars we all are thankful that the process of justice is underway. But where did that desire for justice come from?

God created Justice! The bible says that Righteousness and Justice are the foundations of His Throne (Ps. 97:2). Justice came forth from God; justice did not exist until He made it and know we cannot live with out it. The Just God does not want those innocent children stabbed, He did not want Charlie Manson to choose death, so He created our conscience to know this is wrong and our hearts to cry out for justice, because He wants justice more than we.

But what is justice? Justice (in my opinion) is when we contend for everyone, even the weakest among us, to walk in the fullness of his or her God given destiny. This means that I put Godly, or Heavenly Justice before earthly justice. We need Justice from Heaven; we want justice on earth. For example, the child sold into slavery needs Heavenly Salvation, and they desperately want to justice from their earthly prison. Both Heavenly and earthly justice are important.

If we have a conscience that tells us things are right and wrong, and if our insides squirm at the thought of the young innocent child being brutally butchered to death, and if our hearts cry out for justice on behalf of those innocent lives then we need a Just Judge to render a judgment that is right and fair.

We want a Just Judgment to come on behalf of the innocent. God created “judgment”, or it is better to say “a verdict that is righteous”. Think about it! The concept of “Judgment”, or “righteous judgment”, did not exist until God created it. So if we have the God breathed creation of “righteous judgment” then we need some one just to judge to case.

God is a Just Judge and He is always right. All His ways are just, there is no injustice in Him, and the Judge of all the earth always does what is right (Deut. 32:3-4; Gen. 18:25). There is no one Just to Judge, except for God alone. So, when I need a righteous judgment or a verdict on behalf of righteousness then I am declaring the existence of the Just Judge.

Then imagine that God, the Just Judge, hears the court case of “The killer who brutally murder the children vs. The parents whose children, given by God, were taken away” (From our story above). One could easily put the life of Charlie Manson in this scenario) The killer is on trial, with a defense attorney, while the parents, supported by every good parent are seated behind the plaintiffs, the devastated parents. Jesus, the One that wants justice more than the devastated parents is the Just Judge. It does not look good for the killer.

The story comes out that the parents of the little girl who died, had been high school sweet hearts, went to college together, graduated and were married. Upon marriage they moved to the city where they both had jobs for one year until the wife became pregnant, and their beautiful daughter was born. For the next 5 years their life had been a whirlwind of birthday parties, grandparent’s visits, and family movie nights—they missed their daughter very much.

The parents of the boy had a different story. They were in their mid-forties. They had married in their mid 30’s finding each other at work. She worked in the human resource department and he on the engineering team. Both had wondered if they would ever marry this late in life and were so glad to find each other. However, they tried for 4 years to have a child but it was not possible. Then after all hope was lost they were able to conceive, and had a handsome baby of promise a little boy. They shared stories about the next 5 years of laughter, tears, and a life-long of memories.

Tears are streaming down the faces of all those in the room except for the killer, and then the most unexpected things happen. The father of the young boy, the child of promise, whom they had waited years for, asks to approach the Judges seat, where Jesus the Just Judge sits. Your Honor, we are grieved beyond words at the loss of our child, and we would ask that you allow us to address the killer for a moment. Jesus says, “yes”.

The father turns to the killer, with tears in his eyes, and his wife, now by her husband’s side, speaks three simple words, “we forgive you.” A gasp goes across the courtroom in a minute. What happened to justice? What about the son of promise that they lost? The tearful couple reaches out to hug the killer, who cannot believe the words just uttered. Then the crying couple sits down.

Jesus looks at the other parents and asks them if they have anything to say. “We do your honor. What this killer did is unforgiveable. He brutally killed our child and we want justice,” they say with the pain of a child lost twisting their faces. Then they sit down, what will the Just Judge do next?

Jesus the Just Judge turns towards the killer and asks what would you have to say? The killer, moved by being forgiven, hangs their head in defeat and says, “I am guilty, please forgive me”. Jesus the Just Judge would go down a list determining what would be done for Justice to be served: life in prison, fines, beatings in prison, and shame that would follow the killer’s name.

Then Jesus, the Just Judge would do the unthinkable. He would walk down and take the killer’s place, because He had asked forgiveness and begin to work to pay of His debt. That is what Jesus did when He went to the cross. He took the debt of our sin; He took our place; He paid a debt that we could not pay.

The conscious of America

America we need God to awaken our conscience. We have strayed so far from God we call evil good and good evil (Isa. 5:20). What happened to us? Today is the day we must turn to the Father in Heaven who loves you and:

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus is God’s Son, He is God, He is Righteous. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9) Ask the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin (John 16:9)
  2. We must repent of our sin; confess our sin to God and tell Him, I am wrong, please forgive me.
  1. Pray this prayer If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Cleanse me from my sin, take the debt of my sin, make me a new creation—make me holy like You are holy.”
  2. Tell a friend you prayed to ask Jesus into your heart.
  3. Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:10-11)
  4. Read your bible
  5. Watch this video about the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST.
  6. Pray daily with others.

#222 #pray4president

#222 – pray Psalm 2, do Joel 2, and Believe for Acts 2

#PRAY4PRESIDENT

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God desires to shine His GRACE and MERCY upon America, while displaying His unending zeal for Jerusalem. Today, we are on the verge of a great crisis and a great harvest of souls in our land. In the Presidents 2nd term God is calling for 4.5 million believers to cross political and denominational lines— a John 17 uniting at the cross of Christ—praying “until” our President turns to righteousness. These groups must unite in Acts 2:42 community—small groups of Holy friends—that Love God and serve people through: prayer, evangelism, discipleship and acts of justice. Also, He has a desire to open the ancient wells of the NYC noonday prayer meeting of 1857—refreshing America (empowering all praying moms to CRY out for their children). This is the answer for American today! If we don’t answer this call we will see an increased downward spiral of morality, and then a Good and Merciful Father will respond with a Joel 1 chastening, which will devestate the land as storms and economic shakings increase (one sign will be a violent bear market that shackles our children’s future); a devastating snow storm will come out of season suddenly stopping America; famine will fall in pockets upon the land.

But this does not have to happen! If we turn back to Godliness and Righteousness then God will shine His Grace upon us—empowering us to be an army of salt and light—reaping a great harvest, and righteousness will spring forth, our children will turn and the land will be at PEACE.

The 5th commandment is under assault in America “Honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God has given you.” With this in mind I had a dream where I was on the coast of America and I saw waves of chastisement pounding the east coast (I saw this before hurricane Sandy, but hurricane Sandy is not the end). The waves were ankle deep and then quickly went to knee deep. I knew in my heart this was knee-deep revival for those that turn to the Lord, and knee-deep chastisement for those that stood against God. But I was not prepared to walk into the storm and act for revival because I did not have—a spirit of holiness. Then God knocked on my front door to invite me out into the storm. I opened the door and in walked two of His lions. They walked over everything arresting my heart with the fear of the Lord—causing me to reconsider all. Wisdom said in order for you to enter the knee-deep harvest field, of this season, let me enter your home and judge your TIME and ENERGY.

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Today, let us embrace “the path of personal and corporate holiness” Personally, we must grow in intimacy with Jesus—the first commandment first place in our lives—so that we are empowered by GRACE to live out a HOLY lifestyle, allowing Him to judge our time and energy.

Corporately, let us unify—yes with those and them—as we behold the blueprint of unity, the Trinity’s UNITY—their love, humility, and serving devotion to each other—found in John 17. Lets us—do 222—gathering together and Praying Psalm 2 for the kings and leaders of the earth, gathering together in sacred Joel 2 solemn assemblies, and let us believe for and Acts 2 outpouring on the nation. Let us embrace Godly Acts 2:42 community and bands of holy men and woman that love God and serve each other into their calling. Lets us consume the word, embrace our heavenly position, and pray until His revealed will comes into existence. Let our praying groups go forth, systematically evangelizing the lost—serving acts of justice that change our neighborhoods.

Civil War in America??

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Benjamin’s thoughts January 22, 2012 to November 7, 2012

Civil War

There is a civil war in this nation that is being fought in our courts, churches, public schools, offices, over the radio and internet, on campuses and sadly in families—over the issue of God’s morality vs. man’s—God wants to bring healing and unite us. We have taken sides against one another just as we did before The American Civil War (1861–1865).

I believe the book of Joel serves as a plum line for God’s redemptive strategy. It shows us that God’s way is RIGHTEOUS and leads to repentance; if we do not listen then His progressive mercy is released as judgment upon the Land in order to turn our hearts to truth.

Our country’s past civil war shows the picture of what is happening today. The Civil War was fought because of the innocent blood shed of the native and African Americans; their blood was the counterbalance, which pulled our nation into civil war. At Appomattox General Lee laid down his life, humbled himself, and walked up the steps to sign the treaty with General Grant—bringing PEACE—uniting the nation once again.

Today, the blood shed of abortion and many other forms of wickedness—have divided our nation, and we are at war with one another. Our words, against each other, are destroying the very fabric of this nation. And like our past civil war, time has run its course and Heaven is waiting for us to respond. What will we choose, Mercy or Judgment? Either we turn to God and cry out for the blood of Jesus to cover us; or we face the judgment of God and blood is required (Genesis 9:5-7).

Today, President Obama has the chance to become like Lincoln in this generation and unite America once again—at the Cross of Christ. I believe, if we do not repent, and turn to the Lord—asking for the Blood of Jesus to free us and wash over this land—we will see more “Joplins”, we will see “the shoot heard round the world” (gunfire between races; camera shoots escalating unto riots). AND, in the civil war blood was required…what if this time our sons’ and daughters’ blood will be shed, but this time on foreign soils–in WAR!

Lent and Levite: Uniting the nation under God—Obadiah shouts

There is increased pressure on the apple of God’s eye, Israel, but wisdom can be found, in the book of Obadiah as the force of reconciliation in this season. Two Jewish brothers fought, separated, and within their lifetime were reconciled: Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Edom/today part of modern day Jordan). Obadiah shines light that their reconciliation was short lived and Edom sinned against the God of Israel by idly watching, rejoicing and mocking Israel’s suffering. The Lord ends the book with a precedent, from the Highest Court, that is still applicable; Turn to Him, and acknowledge His ways by embracing Israel—or a nation will face “the day of the Lord”—“as you have done it will be done unto you”.

God desires that none would perish but all would come to repentance—Jew and Gentile reconciled unto one new man—in Christ Jesus. Today He is inviting “Lent” and “Levite” Believers together to pray for Peace in the Middle East. “Lent” are those persons that would prepare before hand to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. “Levites” are Israeli Jews that believe in Jesus, serving Him day and night. God is asking that we help bring reconciliation like John Paul II when he left a note of prayer in that wailing wall in Jerusalem, “We are deeply saddened by the behaviour of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant.”

Our Nation is torn and in a civil war of strife and debate over the issues of LIFE and DEATH. God the Reconciler wants to bring, Joel 2 solemn assemblies—bringing Peace in the Middle East and uniting our Nation under God. He wants us to do this by: displaying the testimony of Jesus in His reconciliation story between “Lent” and “Levite” and gathering the largest prayer force (across denominational and party lines) and reigniting the September 23, 1857 NYC noon Marketplace Prayer meetings—to pray for our President and nation to turn back to God; the prayer for Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, to be embraced in America. This is what will unite our nation, helping us to stand against the false reconciliation movement, which is fast upon us.