GO AWAY, I NEVER KNEW YOU

GO AWAY, I NEVER KNEW YOU, EXPLAINED

– Mary A. LaClair

Isa 10:15

“Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?

Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?

That would be like club wielding those who lift it,

Or like rod lifting him who is not wood.        NASU

It is important in God’s eyes that we acknowledge Him.

We should applaud athletes, sportsmen and others who find themselves in the public eye when they openly acknowledge God for they are setting an example of the secret of success which America’s leaders need to implement within Government, just as our forefathers have. It has been an ingredient to America’s success. The removal of the acknowledgment of God is leading to the downfall of America.

Again in the New Testament, is a Scripture which still puzzles people today (Matthew 7:23). It is where some of those who work miracles will be told by God “Go away, I never knew you” – and it is not because they work miracles, it is because they “self-exalt” wishing to take credit for themselves by saying, “Didn’t WE do many miracles in your name?”,  when it is God who actually works the miracles – as we  follow His plans. There is a price to pay for taking to one-self the credit for God’s works and for down-playing God.

The axe is not more important than the man who swings it.

Matt 7:22-23

 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’   And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  NKJV

The axe spoke to God and said ‘..have WE not done many wonders’.   Yes, God may have honored His Name; but He will not let the axe take the credit.

Num 20:10-11

 “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?”   NASU.

Did you catch the WE in this one also?

“Shall the axe vaunt itself over him who hews with it,                                                       or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?                                                          As if a rod should wield him who lifts it                                                                             or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!                                                            Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts,                                                                          will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,                                                     and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire.”                                                              Isaiah 10:15-16 (RSV)

Are YOU doing God’s work; or is God doing the work through you, using you as a tool in His hand? Will we be like an axe which stands before the man who swings it, saying, “Look, see what I, the axe, have done by my power”?     Food for thought here.

If you were the lumberman, and the axe spoke to you like that, what would you say or do to that type of axe?

Will God be justified when He says ‘Go away’ to those who claim the credit for themselves for what God Himself did using their hands or their money?

Let us ask ourselves where we fit in that picture.

Do you think a good reply to a compliment we receive might be, “To God Be The Glory!” ??

Or might we just say, depending upon our works;  “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”;    “We can plant a seed, God makes it grow”;   “An axe is not greater than the man who swings it”;   and thus decline the glory for ourselves, rendering it properly to God.

Look at the sportsmen who do this so well, and have their works prospered, when God knows He gets the credit. God and man working together is a powerful combination.

 https://theproverbs120column.wordpress.com/category/god-and-country/blessed-is-the-nation-whose-god-is-the-lord/

Something, dear reader, I hope we will all think about.

Thanks for reading, and may God bless and prosper YOUR work as you give Him the honors for making it possible.

BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD

“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD.”

814 words – by Mary A. LaClair

America has taken note of Tim Tibow’s big success in football. But have they really taken enough serious note of to Whom he gives the credit and thanks for these world re-known successes? I believe that God is using sportsmen to teach America the principles of success and victory when facing opposing forces.

America has taken note of what the news calls “Lin-Sanity”, the unusual success by basketball star Jeremy Lin —  Lin, with some of his team mates, openly gives credit and thanks to the God of the Bible for these surprising accomplishments. I’m glad the news recognizes it as a very sane thing to do, for indeed it is.

There is strength in numbers and a triple cord is not easily broken. Let’s go for the third.

America was able to take note of horse jockey Pat Day’s lengthy success, and was able to take note to Whom he gives credit and thanks for his many successes.

I believe that these three athletes are given to us for just a few National examples of what God can do when we walk in His ways and give Him the resulting credit – and that does not mean just lip service. It is clear that these athletes truly know something that too many politicians no longer wish to employ.

On a National basis, I believe that America’s blessings could, and would, be restored, with generations of disaster averted, by electing leaders who acknowledge the Lord as He should properly be acknowledged. This includes living a moral God honoring life in private as well as in public.

“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD.”  Psalm 33:12

We sang God Bless America on the Capitol steps on September 11, 2001. Why should God bless America, when America does not bless God, but instead actually entertains those who wish to eliminate from the Nation all references to Almighty God, upon Whom this free Nation was founded and successfully built?

Not by co-incidence, the Bible reveals, in reverse, some consequences of not giving credit to God. Moses and Aaron, in striking the rock, instead of speaking to it, asked the people if THEY themselves had to bring water from the rock. Not acknowledging God as the source and provider of bringing water from the rock, they instead preferred to honor themselves in the eyes of the people. (Numbers 20:6-12) Because of this they were not allowed to enter the physical promised land. America has been the physical promised land for many people, but she could lose that status by ignoring honor to God and His directions. Steps in that direction are already well under way and progressing even further.

Our enemies know they need only remove the one ingredient which has made us great – reference to Almighty God. Under the guise of ‘multi-culturalism’ and ‘tolerance’ other countries are forcing introduction of many false gods into America, with the result that America is floundering.

Confirmed in the New Testament, Herod preferred to receive the praises of the people rather than to give credit to the Lord. The consequence was that Herod was eaten by worms and died; not that he died and was eaten by worms. (Acts 12:21-24) He may as well have been a resident of a third world country, and by denying God, he placed himself therein by relativity and suffered the consequences.

Third world countries do not receive protection or provision for themselves from their false gods. One only need look at nations full of hunger, disease and mistreatment and try to identify their impotent gods.

God’s next lessons for America might not be as kind and gentle as they are right now. Right now, through these sportsmen, God is giving the world an example of positive reinforcement; but how many in this Nation are themselves denying these notices? The next example could be through undeniable pain and lack. And the stepping stones are already in place for that.

Will we dare to again show that this is One Nation Under God, and a Nation which acknowledges dependence upon Him and His favor?  Will we learn from the example of these brave and bold sportsmen whom God has given as an example and whose actions and victories are seen by the whole world?

God is a Merciful God but He is also a Just God; for without justice, there is no mercy; mercy from what? Are we (or our leaders) about to face divine justice for eliminating Him with His instructions from the public square, in favor of recognition of themselves above the recognition of God, the Father of this Nation?

Through these American sportsmen and athletes, God is giving this Nation’s leaders visible proof of what He desires to do in America when we once again openly acknowledge Him; but His patience does not last forever.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

POLITICS AND RELIGION IN THE CANDIDATES

– by Mary A. LaClair

I’ve heard a person say that they think candidates should stay away from mentioning religion:  I say ‘nay’ for these many reasons:

Each and every candidate up there admitted that the problems in America are moral problems. Morals, liberals say, cannot be legislated; however I say they are legislated against everyday, i.e. murder, stealing, perjury, etc. The candidates connected these moral problems with the economy and rightly so. There are simply too many children having children whom they cannot support. This is a moral problem.

One party, it seems, encourages lack of self-control and simply wishes to treat them like animals in order to prevent them from procreating. (abortions)  Next step– forced sterilization? The other party wishes to make them better people who think responsibly and act responsibly, thus contributing to a civil society.

Yes, it is best to instill morals in people of all ages, especially in youth. But sadly the government is not in the morality business. The church is. Improving the morality of a Nation is done by teaching that we are answerable to God, not by refusing to acknowledge God. But it may be too late. The end may be nearer than we think.

                                       Psalm 33:12   “Blessed Is The Nation Whose God is The Lord.”

Could We Abort a Nation Out of Existence?

RATIO OF ILLEGALS TO ABORTED AMERICANS  38M : 40M

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The fear-mongering, counter-culture activists in the 1960’s once spread the poison idea that normal and natural reproduction would create a population explosion that our land could not handle. They claimed there wouldn’t be enough trees to clean the air and provide fuel, or enough pasture land to feed the cattle and grow crops necessary to feed our growing masses.

They advocated that married couples limit offspring to three; two to replace themselves with only one to grow on, or as a spare. This is the thinking which I believe set the stage for decriminalizing abortion and homosexuality, anything went as long as we didn’t multiply ourselves.  We couldn’t risk becoming an over populated country like China, or like India with their opium dens.

The results are in. Illegal immigration brings into our country, foreign speaking people with no regard for legalities; and in numbers rapidly equaling that required to replace our own aborted Americans.

And guess what?  There ARE still enough trees to clean the air with wood to burn, and there IS enough pasture land to feed the cattle and grow the crops.

The fear-mongering activists were wrong. And we believed them. Too bad we didn’t apply to our Christian Nation then, the Christian Scripture  “In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.” Proverbs 14:28 NKJ.

A group called Californians for Population Stabilization, (www.cap-s.org) which contends that high levels of immigration are ruining the quality of life in that state, released a report with studies that estimated there are from 20 million to 38 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

“While various sources place the number of abortions anywhere between 40-48 million, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention would approximate the number of abortions performed since 1973 to be 40,944,029.”  Source;  Centers for Disease Control and prevention: Abortion Surveillance – United State 2003 Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Vol 55, o.ss-11  November 24, 2006.

Lessons that should be learned?  Beware of activists, even politicians, who cry ‘no more status quo’, beware the ‘counter culture’, even those who peddle ‘hope’, thus implying there is no current hope. Will we believe hype again?  Beware the unknown or we may become exiles in our own land because we once again believed a lie. Our “Hope” should be in God alone when life is lived by His rules.

Separation of Church and State is NOT Separation of God and Country: God is NOT Church

THE MARRIAGE OF GOD AND COUNTRY

                                                                     ‑ M. LaClair

 623 words

Separation of church and state does not mean separation of God and country.

May it be remembered that this country was founded by people who left their homes and crossed the seas in order to get away from “anti‑religion”; away from kings who had lost their “fear of God”; away from kings who put their own mentality above that of God’s laws (secular humanism of today); and away from kings who punished people who spoke out against the ruling establishment. (Sir Thomas Moore), etc.

Anyone who has read the “Virginia Papers” (adopted on June 27, 1788) would know that separation came about, not as “anti‑religion” vs “religion” as they would have us think, but as an effort that no one church be favored above others. It was definitely looking for “equal favor” not “equal disfavor”. Today’s people seem to errantly interchange the words church and religion. Historical papers (Proposed First Amendment from the Virginia Ratifying Convention June 27, 1788) actually openly acknowledge and state:

“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence…”

These are active, positive words; not any passive, negative words that some people of today would have us think. Separation of church and state, yes; separation of God and country, religion and country, no; not according to this country’s founding documents of basic Christian principles.

How many of those liberal separatists, of God and country, are trying to take out the one ingredient that made this country what it has been? Who, when following a recipe, would leave out the egg or the baking soda? When you take God out of this country, all you will get is an equally unpalatable mess on a national scale. This nation needs to return to the standards upon which it was founded. This nation needs to again openly acknowledge our Creator and recognize that we have a duty to Him, and discharge that duty by reason and conviction ‑‑ if we are to hold on to that which has made us great.

Taking creationism out of the schools but not taking out evolutionism; imprisoning Operation Rescue non‑violent, non‑forceful (no weapons except that of reason) demonstrators; taking Christian events off the ‘secular menu’ while allowing gross indigestion on open cultist diets; removing the generic prayer and all mention of God from schools, removing Ten Commandments monument from a Federal Courthouse, even allowing one man’s frivolous challenge to æunder God’ in our national pledge…  these are ways in which we recognize “the duty we owe our Creator”?, and, “the manner of discharging it”?  Can we be surprised if we fall?

Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who came to America in the early 1800’s to determine the “secret” of our successful democracy, wrote,

“Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention. Religion in America … must be regarded as the foremost of political institutions of that country.”

And yet, those who would see the demise of what was once a great nation, know that all they have to do is remove that one ingredient to see us fall; religion ‑‑ duty to our Creator.  Not church, but religion and God, which is the background for the churchesàchurches, plural, as opposed to the singular Church of England.

Our forefathers may have clearly intended separation of church and state in order (i.e.) (not to show favoritism to Methodists over Lutherans), but church is not God and they did not intend any kind of separation from God or intend any separation from Godly Christianity. By their example, their words and their documents, they certainly did not intend separation of God and country. Rather, the joining of God and Country is the proven ingredient which had brought us so far.

To deny this would be to implement Pogo’s words:  “We have met the enemy and he is us!”

There Is No Distance In Prayer

PRAYING FOR THE CHINESE INDIVIDUALLY, IN GENERAL

 (720 words)                                                                                       -Mary A. LaClair

Well, I hope the title gets your attention! “Individually” and “in general” will prove to be not a contradiction.

Here are some more things which seem unrelated, but by the end will tie in with the title. See if you can stick with me.

An antique, to be valuable, should not be refinished. Collectors and antique appreciators like to see the original patina; the wear from hands, the shine left behind from the oils in the skin of people who used the objects long ago. In the eye of the collector this creates interest, it creates a physical ‘tie’ with people ages past.

In this vein, hair jewelry also was made. Hair from the deceased would be woven into a design and encased in a locket or a piece of glass; and often worn as jewelry.This conduct reveals many people believe objects have a direct connection with people long since gone.

Witchcraft also often uses a ‘hank of hair’ or even a voodoo doll as a ‘connection’. I have an aversion to mentioning witchcraft yet it should be mentioned to reveal that spiritual truths work on either side of the fence. We Christians seem to have abdicated our spiritual power just because new age has usurped it, when in fact Spiritual powers still belong to us.

In the New Testament when handkerchiefs from the person of Paul were taken to the sick, the sick often recovered. God’s Word, God’s truths never change. God’s gifts are without repentance; that means He has given the ‘gifts’ and He does not take them back. (Rom. 11:29) Prayer cloths are still in use today. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 RSV)

Now here is the tie-in:

It seems so many objects made in China are for sale in the United States today that it can be difficult to find some that are not. I prefer to buy American made; yet it seems I am coerced into buying things with a made in China label. When we shop for Christmas gifts this may become even more apparent.

I ask the Lord, “How can I make the best of this situation when it seems I can do nothing to correct it?” How can I make lemonade from these lemons? Then it dawned on me while I washed new things before using them: Chinese hands have sewn or painted many of these things. Often these things have been held in hands of Chinese people who work for empty promises and poor wages, who are probably also being ill treated.

Now I see my ‘connection’: here is a point of contact with a living individual who needs prayer. I pray for the individual whose hands have spent time sewing, painting or making this object now resting in my hands.  Sometimes I pick up an object in the store, look at it, and before putting it down, am led to pray for the person in China whose life has touched that object in a significant way. In this way, I pray for individuals, in general, in China.

I believe it both a Spiritual and Scriptural way to pray for those we could not otherwise reach. Spiritual power is spiritual power, and we should no longer abandon it only for wizards to expropriate it.

Let us awake from our apathy, from our contentment with status quo. Let us recoup. Let us retrieve. Let us tip the scales. Let us bridge the ocean with individual prayer in general and turn into brothers and sisters those living in an ancient world whom we cannot physically touch.

When saying Grace before meals I’ve heard many pray: ‘… bless the hands that prepared this food’. With proverbial hands-across-the-sea, we can be reminded through the items they send us, to pray for the Chinese, individually, in general. Perhaps we can touch them with a small gift of Christmas love through this type of prayer as we see so many items made in China as we shop. We could ask that the Chinese people whose hands have made the items we hold, and their supervisors, receive a conversion like Saul’s on the Damacus Road, and continue to do so perhaps until we have reached the whole country of China with our multiple little prayers.

For another article on prayer go to “Why Christians Should Pray” at: http://looklistenthink.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/why-christians-should-pray-2/