Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 1

Justice awaits! In Isaiah 13, he is writing about a vision he saw of Babylon and the destruction they face because they oppressed God’s people. Isaiah references the day of the Lord; the day of the Lord and the return of Christ are two different times. It will be a dark day for those people left on earth after we are caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus because they will know that their destruction is near, or will they? We see people today reveling in the crushing and the oppression of the church; they might be happy when we are all gone, but only for a moment! God will rally his people for their destruction. His warriors will go out under his power and exact revenge for all the wrong they committed against God and his people. The things we see now, and the people destroying the peace of the land by their demonic possession will suffer at the hand of God’s warriors. You see, we will be a part of God’s vengeance. He will equip those of us who are called for that purpose. If you thirst for revenge, wait for it! It will be much better when brought by the power given by God. 

I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger, my proudly exulting ones. The sound of a tumult is on the mountains as of a great multitude! The sound of an uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathering together! The LORD of hosts is mustering a host for battle. They come from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, the LORD and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come! Isaiah 13:3-6

Friday, July 31, 2020

July 31

We have Jesus! When the world seems to be falling apart, life is hard, and we are no longer comfortable, we have Jesus. He is the light that shines on our path, our salvation, when bitterness takes its toll and breaks our hearts. He is our comfort, our peace, and is gentle to our soul. He knows us better than we know ourselves, our deepest secrets are not secrets to him, and we don’t have to hide. Out of the depths, he rescues us, pulls us out of the muck and mire, and gives us newness of life. Don’t let upheaval define who you are; let it be Jesus. Run to him for protection, when you can no longer tolerate evil, he will not turn you away; he will restore your tranquility, and affirm your reason for living. Jesus is our source, seek him in every situation, when rejoicing, or full of sorrow; he wants you to include him, and be the rock, and firm foundation on which you stand. 

* You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.

* “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

* With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:1-3

Thursday, July 30, 2020

July 30

One thing we can all agree upon is that this year is giving us 20/20 vision! I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the number for the year and the number for perfect vision are the same. When Jesus said in Mark 4:22, “For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.”, he wasn’t kidding. Some of what’s coming to light are heart wrenching and vile; things I wouldn’t wish on my worse enemy. There are some sick minds trafficking children and using them for their pleasure as if they weren’t human. If you haven’t figured out what’s going on by now, you have your head in the sand! President Trump vowed to get to the bottom of human trafficking, and God is helping him make good on that promise, and heads are beginning to roll. He has stirred up a hornet's nest that seems bigger than him, but he’s holding an enormous can of spray, and with the help of God, he will fumigate our country, and other countries that are involved, of this heinous crime against humanity. The acts of violence, racism, Russian collusion, and other acts of defiance are issues meant to distract our attention away from the truth. We will see heads beginning to roll, as God cuts the tops out of the mighty trees in Hollywood and topples the big wigs in Washington, DC. Keep your eyes open; the truth is beginning to trickle out!

 Behold, the Lord GOD of hosts will lop the boughs with terrifying power; the great in height will be hewn down, and the lofty will be brought low. He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe, and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One. Isaiah 10:33-34

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

July 29

This is for the weak Christians among us; close your ears and harden your heart if you don’t want to hear it. Are we too boastful as a nation? Our strength is celebrated on the world stage, but have we forgotten who has given us our power? The message today will strike fear into some people, those whose faith is weak. Assyria was used as an instrument of God to teach a lesson to his people. They boasted that their strength came from their own hands, but God was only using them as a tool. We know that the gates of our country were opened up to the Islamic faith through our former president, and they call us infidels. Is God using the people of Islam as an instrument to destroy us from within because of our boastful attitude, and idol worship? He’s used tools such as them to clean up the people of Judah and start fresh with people whose faith is only in him. We should not be so arrogant to think that it won’t happen to us. If this is not the case, we can say that they have weakened us by infiltrating our government and coming hard against our belief in Jesus, but it also seems they are trying to wipe the Christians off the face of the earth. Fortunately for us, if they do take us out, our home is with Jesus, and they can’t take that away! Make sure your faith in him is secure; you never want to hear him say to you, “I never knew you.”. He will give you the strength to endure and stand firm for him.

What will you do on the day of punishment, in the ruin that will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth? Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners or fall among the slain. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still. Isaiah 10:3-4

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

July 28

If, while going through a trying time, you knew that life would be better than you had it before, would you change your attitude? Together, let us declare a new and right position about our troubles; we know that whatever or whoever is causing our oppression will be no more, and happiness will be forever ours. We have peace that was guaranteed, long before this day and age, a Warrior who tramples on our enemies and uses their blood-soaked garments as fuel for the fire. Allow him to exact your revenge, because it will be much worse than if you did it yourself. Right now, our enemy is the press, pouring out their lies and suppressing the truth, along with the party of destruction, destroying the lives of our future by making those who are yet to be born their prey. Jesus came as a servant and the only acceptable sacrifice, but when he comes again, he will come to rule! Whatever is dirty and disgusting will be thrown into the lake of fire, and those of us who love him, will live on with him, the Avenger, as our King! The atrocities happening now will be no more; we can be confident of that. 

For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. Isaiah 9:4-5

Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey! Isaiah 10:1-2

Monday, July 27, 2020

July 27

Sometimes, I’m shocked at the things brought to my attention by the Holy Spirit. Wouldn’t you think that the house of God, would be the last to see his judgement? That is untrue! He starts cleaning up his own house first. If he doesn’t withhold his judgment from the church, what will happen to those who deny him? Look at what is happening now; churches are closing, some burned to the ground. Then the Supreme Court refuses to give churches the same privileges as casinos, restaurants, and other businesses in Nevada that are allowed to operate at fifty percent capacity, capping the church attendance at 50 people. That is not justice, or is it? What is God trying to tell us? We need to clean up our own house before we tell someone else how they should live. Why would they listen to us, when those who call themselves by Christ’s name, act as evil as the world? Those people don’t represent me, but because they carelessly take Christ’s name as their own, they paint an ugly picture of his people. God needs to clean up the church first, as unfair as it may seem, it’s the only way to clean up the world. Remember the old saying, “A fish rots from the head down”; we need to fix the head, so the rest of the world doesn’t rot!

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:16-17

Sunday, July 26, 2020

July 26

I’m thankful for being so close to the beach and being able to go whenever I want, but my enjoyment is not everything, there is much more to a life in Christ than this. I have learned to stay detached from my pleasures and belongings, even though many of them bring me joy, but they are not permanent. What is permanent? The things you carry in your heart, our love for Jesus, family, friends, and others, are what we will take with us into eternity. The things we build with our hands are dross and will melt away when refined by fire. If you feel you have to work to receive payment, work for spiritual gifts, and the fruits of the Spirit, work toward bringing others into the Kingdom, those are the things worth working towards, and are the rewards for a life lived for Jesus. Yes, the works of our hands bring us comfort while we spend our ambassadorship here on earth, but those are not the things God holds dear, and he doesn’t give us rewards for having them; more often than not, he calls them idols; something built with our own hands. Learn to value what God values, and stay detached from earthly things.

Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made. Isaiah 2:7-8