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Kingdom v. Kingdom

Thank you Jeris for a well thought out article. I pass this along to my readers, that they may be encouraged and uplifted in these troubling times. May their faith and hope, along with ours, be renewed in the Power of God. Thank you for opening OUR eyes to these truths, so aptly gleaned by you from the Word of God! Thank you! Blessings to you and to all who will take time to read your gleanings…

Southern Grace

[This is the thirteenth post about the Blessed Hope–the return of Jesus Christ (Wars and Rumors of Wars)]

Many Christians are aware of the prophecy that Jesus gave to his disciples concerning the last days. His prophecy includes these words: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom . . . ” (Matthew 24:7, kjv).

pexels-photo-189528.jpegIn the last decades, we’ve been exposed to many wars. So many that we’ve almost become numb to this passage of Scripture. We shake our heads, feeling powerless in the face of ongoing conflict.

But could this verse have another layer of meaning we have missed? I’ve often wondered why the passage seems to repeat itself. Wouldn’t it have meant the same thing if only “nation against nation” had been written? Why the additional words about “kingdom against kingdom”?

Could it be that the kingdoms that are mentioned refer to conflict in the…

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IS GOD OBLIGATED?

    Is God Obligated to Answer ALL of Our Prayers?

                                                                                                 —   Mary A. LaClair

        God

2 Chron 7:14-15

14 if my people who are called by my name 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.  RSV          (emphasis mine)

praying hands lady                       praying hands man

 

 

Because our land needs healing, let’s unpack this often quoted verse to its fullest.  This verse is often heard with emphasis on the words “pray”.  But that is not all this verse is saying. Not to be overlooked or diminished, which I think is happening, is the equally important phrase, “and turn from their wicked ways”.

How many times have we heard that part emphasized recently?  The emphasis has been mostly on the word “pray”.

What happens if we do in fact pray, but do not in fact turn from our wicked ways?

Is God obligated to fulfill His part of the bargain …….if we do not meet or fulfill the ‘and’ words?

pray …AND seek… AND turn ….They are verbs – action words, if you will.

Who needs to take these actions? We need to know to whom this is addressed.  Is it addressed to all people in general? Is it to God’s people?  Who are God’s people?  It tells us who they are. The ones ‘called by His Name’. The ones claiming to be ‘Christian’.

Can you see that we are the ones who carry the power to get our land healed?  Wow!  What power with God!

Why, then, is our land not being healed faster than it is?

We can pray, but unconfessed sin is a hindrance to our being heard. Three translations put the same verse this way:

Ps 66:18

18 If I had ignored my sins,

the Lord would not have listened to me. TEV

   

Ps 66:18-19

8 He would not have listened if I had not confessed my sins. 19 But he listened! He heard my prayer! He paid attention to it!  TLB

Ps 66:18

18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened;  NIV

 

This seems to deal with thoughts.

Ps 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting.   NIV

 

Jer 23:24

24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.    AMP

 

Do church leaders need to strain at gnats and swallow camels ?

gnat 2                                         camel 1

No. I believe there are large camels of sin in our churches.  Where does one start?  Well, because of all the sexual harassment claims, let’s start with lust. It is big in the world today and has even crossed lines into the churches. Several high profile pastors have admitted they have been delivered from pornography, many more probably have not; and it is not limited to pastors. Anyone who wants answers to prayers needs to consider themselves. Getting pornography removed from the internet would go a long way to curbing these sins in the Nation and in the church. In view of much sexual misconduct in Congress ; and in view of disrespect for human life via numerous mass murders, whether by vehicle, bombs, guns, or infanticide (abortion at birth),  now would be a good time to express the need to respect life. I suggest this may be done by re-criminalizing BOTH porn AND abortion.  We did not have these problems when those laws were in effect.

Now may be the time to cite some causes for these national problems and correct them:  lack of respect for women and for human life . These are problems for which this Nation should find solutions, and as Christians we should be able to offer them those solutions, but not just for benefit of the church, for the benefit of our government and our country. In solving their problems we might just also be solving our own.

Teaching proper respect for ourselves and for the opposite sex would go a long way, but the Lord says the action itself needs to start with us.

God can’t clean up the world until He first cleans up His church. There are secret sins and not-so-secret-sins hidden within the church.

clean world            cleaning house

According to the opening Scripture, which holds a promise: We need to get rid of these sins in God’s people if our prayers are to be answered. Will it start with you and me?  If it does, maybe then God can clean up the world a little faster. And God knows we need it.  Our prayers won’t get ready answers until we first clean up the church. We can’t expect the world to be cleaner than the church.

 

1 Peter 3:7

7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.  NIV

 

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WORK ON THE SOLUTION !   ……..

 Ps 19:12-14

12 Who can discern his errors?

Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;

may they not rule over me.

Then will I be blameless,

innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing in your sight,

O Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer. NIV

 

Pastors:

 

Encourage your flock to ask God to reveal to each individual any unconfessed and unknown sins which may be hindering their prayers. We should encourage repentance of sins while avoiding condemnation or even public confession. Blanket forgiveness of active sins without repentance is not God’s way. Jesus preached repentance. God can identify sin in those who ask, without producing excessive guilt.  Repentance still needs to be preached today. Jesus is able to identify sin and convict individuals without condemnation.  Let Him do it —  but do encourage God’s lambs and sheep to seek God’s help in identifying their sin. Then, when you have cleansed yourself, pray for others to find the same courage of self examination and repentance.

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cleaning selfRom 8:13-14

but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  NIV

Blessings upon all!

One final word:

 

Phil 2:13

13 For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants. TLB

Is God in you?  Pray the sinners prayer, admit sin, ask for His help, ask Jesus into your heart then seek His Holy Spirit more fully.

“Lord Jesus, I admit I’m a sinner, I need your forgiveness, please include my sins with those sins for which you died. Come into my life, help me to be all that you want me to be, come into my heart and let my spirit be born again into Your Holy Spirit, put my feet on the straight path and always guide me in thought word and deed. Thank you Jesus.”

 

If you prayed that prayer with sincerity, you may now claim the Scripture:

 

Phil 2:13 13 For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants. TLB

What do you say Pastors:  will you preach self-examination and repentance to our church families?

Individuals:  are we ready to seek God’s help in this?

God’s blessings be upon us as we work through things with Jesus!

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GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM

GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM    –Mary A. LaClair

Ever hear of the saying, “If it ‘ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

Remember when our schools were a safe place and were NOT broken?

In case some can’t remember, it was when prayer and the Ten Commandments were present daily in our schools.

There is nothing wrong with having THOU SHALT NOT MURDER posted in our classrooms.

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If they were there when the young perpetrator attended school, perhaps things would have been different.

There is nothing wrong with asking God’s protection “upon us, our teachers, our parents and our Nation”

Then, someone purported to ‘be offended’.  Others purported to be ‘holier than thou’ by not offending – and removed God.

They ‘fixed’ what wasn’t broke, by taking prayer and the Ten Commandments out of the schools,  and now it is broken.  Yet, many wonder why.

Removing something leaves a space to be filled with something else. And that has happened. It is time to ‘reclaim’ our schools for God.

It Went From This shephard                             To Thisdevil 2 gamble

We Need To Go Back To This    Jesus on water

 

GOD is a Supreme Being – Creator of all things.  He is not owned by a denomination.  The prayer was objected to on the grounds of ‘separation of Church and State’.

Humbug…. In case it isn’t easy to notice:  God is NOT a CHURCH.  See if you see church or denomination in this, the prayer which was removed:

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.“

GOD is the Supreme Being, Creator of all things, as such, we do ourselves and our school children a favor by acknowledging God as the Supreme Being and asking His blessing and asking His protection.

It is no longer speculation. The proof is in.  The choice is obvious.

God

Jer 6:16      scrollshepherd 2

16 This is what the Lord  says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,         

and you will find rest for your souls.

But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’   NIV

Let US, in the USA, indeed walk in it… and let others who want to be here fully assimilate and accept;  otherwise they are not welcome here.

shepherd 3

America, it seems, has jumped out of the Lord’s arms; it is time for us to return to His loving care.

If you have a moment you may wish to take the time to click on these links, or read the additional article below: “The Devil Smiled.” by Todd Starnes

http://www.wnd.com/2018/02/media-ignoring-1-crucial-factor-in-florida-school-shooting/

http://superstore.wnd.com/Hearts-of-the-Fathers-Leaving-a-Legacy-that-Lasts-Hardcover

http://www.wnd.com/2005/05/30312/   How Judge Not Is Destroying America

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Franklin Graham Sets MSNBC Straight

MSNBC asks Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham if Trump has a sin problem; and Graham brings up Obama.  The question starts at about 5:11 in the ten minute concise daring video. Graham puts MSNBC straight on the issue…  give a listen

https://conservativetribune.com/msnbc-asks-graham-about-trump/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=2018-01-25

Jesus Calls People Some Not Very Nice Things…As Does Trump

Both Jesus and Trump call people some not very nice things: Trump is in good company metaphorically.        

– by Mary A. LaClair

We hear much worse in our daily lives than we’ve heard this week from Trump.  (1/10/18)  Trump is human.  Do we reject Jesus because He called religious leaders ‘broods of snakes’ and even ‘fools’, NO ! Because Jesus was right in doing so, and because He has too much else to offer.  So does Trump !    You should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

baby bath       bath empty

 

Jesus also said:  beware those who strain at gnats and swallow camels !

gnat1     camel 1gnat 2

 

Who would be so self-righteous so as to say they don’t use derogatory speech when they deem it necessary to emphasize a point? He made his point – the leaders of poor countries who don’t, and won’t, take care of their own as they live in luxury, are indeed ‘brood of snakes’ …or worse.  I stand with Trump.

Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees “fools, hypocrites, blind guides, whited sepulchers, murderers, a generation of snakes. He called men dogs and pigs, and children of the devil (John 8:44), men full of dead men’s bones.

Matt 7:6

6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces. NIV

 

Jesus called people dogs pigs 001

 

Luke 13:31-32

jackal31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”  32 He replied, “Go tell that fox,…NIV

 

 

 

 Matthew 15:26  “it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 

Trump knows  that  this fits America.

God does not love everyone unconditionally, and neither should we, and neither should Trump!

God has a special love for the redeemed which does not apply in its fullness to the unregenerate.  God detests the wicked and Heaven is not promised to them.  Let us not lose sight of that.  Are the leaders of poor countries wicked when they keep their people poor and do not run their countries properly, to the betterment of their own citizens?  I think so, and apparently Trump thinks so.  God is angry every day against the wicked, and justly so.  Do I mind if Trump uses everyday vernacular to describe those whom he thinks ‘wicked’, no, I do not mind at all. He sees something too many others are too willing to ignore.  There is a wrath of God, and there is a wrath of Trump; Trump’s wrath is nothing compared to God’s wrath. Let us not lose track of that.

Do we reject Jesus because He called religious leaders vipers, dogs and bad fruit, NO ! Because Jesus was right in doing so, and because He has too much else to offer.  So does Trump !

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IT’S NOT JUDGE MOORE THEY’RE AFTER; IT’S REALLY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS THEY’RE AFTER

They are NOT after Judge Roy Moore, what they are really after is THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

Judge Moore is the one who put the monument of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS in the rotunda of the Court House. Liberals caused it to be removed to a back room with a black cloth over it; making people request to see it.

Ten CommandmentsNot soon thereafter, Moore was forcefully removed from office for standing up for proper moral convictions and God, and that of his people; in spite of that, Moore was elected to a better post by the electorate of his district.

No, it is not Moore they are after, it IS the TEN COMMANDMENTS and morality and God that they are after. Are they actually wishing to see how the right might try to justify any conceived immorality in order to clear themselves?

But then, as Bill Clinton once said when being questioned in court in the Lewinski matter:

“It all depends on what the meaning of IS, is.”

Or are they asking, how dare we claim to accept the Apostle Paul of the Bible when in his younger days  — as Saul — Paul killed people. Does that disqualify his ministry?

I am surprised at Fox News for not picking this up in a proper manner.

How soon the press forgets the good. May we all remember.

Moore has proven that he knows the importance of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and morality and God.

THAT is what the left fears.

THAT is what the left is trying hard to eradicate.