I’m speechless, but not

This morning, I can identify with Jonah – a man who refused to leave his home and go to warn the Ninevites to turn against their wicked ways and repent to the one true God.

Even though I don’t know what it was like to be Jonah, I can understand why he would not want to go. Something deep inside him said that it wasn’t worth it, because these people would not listen. These people had their own truth. They thought that they knew who the true god was. It took a man being vomited out of the belly of a fish (their god) for them to take heed.

Is there really anybody out there left that seeks for the truth even if it changes their mind about what they previously believed? Who here truly sees God – his character, his ways, his words. Whose heart is soft enough to accept the real truth and experience the love of God in Christ Jesus? Is there anyone left?

I’ve also recently been reminded about the account of Lot and the signifance it has for us today. What if he had ignored the angels? Obviously, his family loved Sodom, but what we want and love is not necessarily good for us. Lots wife turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. This is all a representation of how important it is to be aware of our sin and to turn from it.

No doubt. We are living not only with the spirit of the anti-Christ but also with the spirit of the Pharaseas. We live in a day when it is offensive to warn someone of danger or deceit.

People want to believe what they believe even if it could be a lie. What they believe is also what they think will keep them in comfort.

Following God can be difficult at tims, but it can also be very easy. But, my friends, despite a virus and the threat of war, we are living in a new spiritual age. In this age, we wage war in the spirit like never before. What we once only battled in the spirit is now being manifested in the physical.

There was a time when people could agree to disagree. Now people try to shut your mouth as if you are not allowed to speak from your own heart, yet they are.

In this age, people don’t want to know the truth about God, because they don’t want to be aware of their own sin. They are comfortable with their gods, but what they do not realize is that one day their god will demand more than they want to give. Satan never demands little. Satan never gives mercy, especially grace, but he will cause you to believe it.

Satan is an imitator of God who seeks his own revenge toward the One True God by snatching up his creation – mankind. Satan hates God, because he wants to be God.

To my fellow followers of Christ, be prayerful about what you do being sure not to greave the Holy Spirit. Don’t break the law when it’s given to you. Be discerning of false teachers and prophets. Don’t fall for anything that goes against God’s Word in its entirety. Many are using God’s Word to justify their actions. Set yourself on the course to understand the WHOLE WORD OF GOD. Not any one verse is meant to be alone in its meaning. Their will be other parts of Scripture that will confirm the true meaning. Nothing should be taken out of context.

Be sure to ready yourself to give an account for the reason why you believe what you believe, and set yourself up to be blameless before God.

And above all else, pray for your fellow followers of Jesus Christ.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.

“He changes times and seasons…”

It has been a while since I have wrote to you. My heart has been burdened as I witness my countrymen in torment. It causes me to think of Abraham when he petitioned God to save Sodom, the very city that his nephew and family lived when God was about to bring judgment on the city.

It is my desire that my country, and it’s people, be saved from the evil that causes it to be destroyed. I must admit that at times I feel defeated myself. So much has taken place this year, and there is not too much that could have prepared us for it. I do, though, thank God for his grace during this time. He has really blessed us in our times of need. It is a testimony that He is faithful and true.

The main reason that I have not written to you is that God had not given me permission to do so. I suppose that there is a time for everything. It is my initial response to share all that God reveals to me, but not every moment is the right one. So, I am here, sitting in anguish, broken-hearted over what I witness and yet I dont have the power to do anything about it. But today is different.

Last week, I began to read through the book of Daniel. He was in a difficult situation. His country had been besieged by one of the most ruthless kings of all time, and most of them were taken captives into Babylon. At one point, he was about to be killed by decree of the king along with many others. It was all because of a dream that Nebuchadnezzar had one night that troubled him.

Daniel 2:14 (NIV) tells us:

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him. Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. He earned them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men. During th night the mystery was revealed to Danielin a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven…”

It is revealed in the next chapter that Daniel’s vision was completely accurate, and they were all saved, including the other men who were considered to be wise by the king.

There are two words that really stood out for me, and they were “wisdom” and “tact”. Without Daniel using these two things, he would have never gotten the chance to save himself and his friends.

Daniel didn’t protest; he took the matter directly to his close friends and, togethor, they petitioned God. There were only four of them, and their prayers and praises resulted in many being saved from death.

Friends, may I urge you. Instead of protesting man, petition God. It is the God of heaven that holds the power.

I leave you with this passage, Daniel 2:20-23 (NIV):

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in the darkness and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers. You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to us the dream of the king.

Let us seek God for wisdom, knowledge and the power to fulfill whatever God has commanded us to do for it is God that knows the times and the seasons. He knows the future and what is best for us to do.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.