July 26, 2009 Don’t Ask Don’t Tell [cont’d]

Continuation of Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell

 

How can you endure privatization until the earlier of your Rapture or Earthly death? 

In Matthew 10.22, Jesus explains the increasing hatred of Christians and encourages us with the hope of eternal life.  In Luke 19.13, He says, ‘Occupy till I come!’  This is a command, not a request, for our faithfulness to His name.  It is that name, ‘Jesus’, which will keep us safe until His return for us, just as He said in John 17.11-12.  Notice that He says that He kept the disciples by ‘Jesus’, and He asks God to keep us by that name, ‘Jesus’.  There is power in that name!

 

‘Onward Christian soldier marching as to war’

  • Peter and John experienced leaders gone postal because of satan’s lies.  Read the story in Acts 4.1-31 and 33 and consider the following.
  • What were the leaders upset about?  Verse 2.  Why?  Read Acts 3.11-26.
  • How is Peter’s defense in Acts 4.10 and 12 explained by Paul’s Philippians 2.9-11? 
  • What is the connection of demons and paralysis?  How does Luke 13.16 explain?  Note the power of the name ‘Jesus’ to cause a man who had been reminded of his inability to walk for 24/7/365/40 = 2,452,800 hours!  The instant of faith, however, strengthened his legs and feet and taught his brain how to put one foot in front of the other, even to run and leap!  How powerful is that name, ‘Jesus’!!!
  • Note how Luke 10.9 and 17-20 were on Peter’s mind in Acts 4.20.  What inspires your greatness?
  • Would you agree that Peter’s declaration of war in Acts 4.19-20 express the song lyric, ‘no turning back; I’ll follow Him’?  Can you think of a better lyric?
  • Peter said he could not stop talking about the power of the name, ‘Jesus’.  What do you talk most about?  What is the lesson for us in the context of privatization?
  • How should Acts 4.23-31 and 33 remind you of 2 Corinthians 10.3-6?
  • How are these verses illustrated by Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20, Hezekiah in Isaiah 37, and Paul in Acts 14.19-20?
  • How does verse 30 define ‘confidence/boldness’ in verse 29?  What is the similarity of this with Jesus’ words in Matthew 10.7-8?
  • Peter turned Jesus’ warning in Matthew 10.22 into his weapon in Acts 4.30!
  • How did God say ‘amen’ in verse 31?  What three things happened? 
  • How is the last thing illustrative of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 2.4-5? 
  • Acts 4.33 comments on the disciples’ effectiveness. 

 

Don’t be intimidated by privatization; bow its knees with the name Jesus!

July 12, 2009 ‘Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell’

Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell

 

You recognize this as President Clinton’s instruction to the military about the abomination of homosexuality. It is satan’s intent to enforce this ban on Christians who would tell others that Jesus is the only way to God.

(Jo 14.6)

It is called ‘privatization’. This is not new; satan has deceived other generations with ecclesiastical or civil law to remain silent about Jesus.

What will you do if/when ‘hate speech’ legislation is forced upon you?

 

‘Tell us lies; tell us sweet little lies’

          This lyric from contemporary song was written long ago, in other words.

          The generation in Judah, about 700 BC, sang it, as Isaiah evidences in

Isaiah 29.13             Isaiah 30.8-11

          God asks an interesting question after a similar complaint about another generation in

Jeremiah 5.30-31.

What is happening?

          God drills down deeper into the cause with, still, another generation in Malachi 2.7-8.

What would persuade God’s spokesmen to compromise their teaching?

What has repeated each time from Isaiah 30.8-11?

          Fast forward to Paul’s analysis in 2 Timothy 4.3-4 and hear the same complaint.

          What evidence do you see of this same malady today?

          Privatization says, ‘don’t ask; don’t tell.’

Privatization is caused by Jeremiah 13.10 and Jeremiah 22.8-9.

See also Proverbs 29.18. Privatization leads to Hosea 4.6.

 

‘There’s something about that name’

          You cannot say that Jesus did not warn us.

What did He say in Matthew 10.16-26 would cause this?

What behavior should you expect?

          How do Paul’s and Barnabas’ experiences in Acts 13.50 and Acts 14.2, 5-6, 19-20, illustrate this?

          How does Acts 13.51 fulfill Matthew 10.14?

Have you ever done this?

          It is true; Philippians 2.9-11 tell us there is something about that name!

What is it?

 

‘Onward Christian soldier marching as to war’

          Peter and John experienced leaders gone postal because of satan’s lies.

Read the story in Acts 4.1-31, 33 and consider the following.

                             What were the leaders upset about? Verse 2. Why? Read Acts 3.11-26.

          How is Peter’s defense in Acts 4.10, 12 explained by Paul’s Philippians 2.9-11?

What is the connection of demons and paralysis?

          Note how Luke 10.9, 17-20, were on Peter’s mind in Acts 4.20.

What inspires your greatness?

Would you agree that Peter’s declaration of war in Acts 4.19-20 express the song lyric, ‘no turning back;

I’ll follow Him’?

Can you thing of a better lyric?

          How should Acts 4.23-31, 33, remind you of 2 Corinthians 10.3-6?

                   How does verse 30 define ‘boldness’ in verse 29?

          Peter turned Jesus’ warning in Matthew 10.22 into his weapon in Acts 4.30!

          How did God say ‘amen’ in verse 31?

What three things happened?

How is the last thing illustrative of Jesus’ words in Matthew 10.7-8 and of Paul’s words in

1 Corinthians 2.4-5?

Acts 4.33 comments on the disciples’ effectiveness

Enjoy Psalm 75.1 and Psalm 80.3.

 

Don’t be intimidated by privatization; bow its knees with the name of Jesus!

July 5, 2009 Confronting American Pluralism [cont’d]

Confronting American Pluralism [cont’d]

 

Are you a ‘plunderer’? 

Are you a ‘battle axe and weapon of war’?  See Jeremiah 51.53 and 20. 

 

Remember the military recruiting poster showing Uncle Sam sternly looking at you and saying, ‘America wants you!’  Replace his words with ‘America wants Jesus in you’, and you understand why you were born in the United States of America at this time.  You are needed to overcome her enemies ‘by the blood of the Lamb and the word of [your] testimony’.  See Revelation 12.11.

 

The same enemy continues the cycles of weakening the nations that began in the Garden.

See Isaiah 14.12 and Genesis 3.1 and 5. 

 

satan has used his seductions to twist the hearts of leaders to do his nefarious works.  There are similarities between Israel (the northern kingdom of 10 tribes of Jacob) and America that are the topic of this lesson near the 233rd celebration of our independence. 

 

‘Sold out to do evil’ explains our Declaration of Independence.

1 Kings 21.25 describes King Ahab with this accusation, which is explained further in 1 Kings 16.30-33. 

 

He invited evil back into the Promised Land after God had driven its seven practicing nations out.

Such an accusation had led Puritans and Separatists from the Church of England, as Peter Marshall and David Manuel reveal in their book, The Light and the Glory, 1977, page 108.  “The church hierarchy had grown increasingly alarmed at the growth of two movements of ‘fanatics’.  The first and much larger group claimed to be dedicated to ‘purifying the Church from within’, which made them suspect from the start to the [House of] Bishops, who saw nothing which needed purifying.  These ‘Puritans’, as they were sarcastically dubbed (and which epithet they eventually took for their own) did, however, at least continue to acknowledge canonical authority.  Thus they could easily be kept from positions of responsibility, and otherwise ignored. There was another element, however, which the Bishops considered more dangerous.  These were radicals who held that the Church of England was already corrupted beyond any possibility of purification.  Moreover, they believed that the Church could only be under the headship of Jesus Christ, and hence no person, not even the Queen, could take the title ‘Head of the Church’.  They chose to separate themselves from the Church, and conduct their own worship.  And, given their way, these ‘Separatists’ would reduce worship to primitive preaching, teaching, singing, and free praying, which would do away with sixteen centuries of established liturgical tradition.” 

They came to America, and their progeny wrote our Declaration of Independence, which ‘represents both the genesis and heart of American liberty.  Our rights come from our Creator, not the government, sovereign, or King’ (Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich, 2006, page 30).

“The Declaration of Independence contains four references to God:

as Lawmaker (‘the laws of nature and nature’s God’);

as Creator (‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’);

as Supreme Judge (‘the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions’); and

as Protector (‘the protection of Divine Providence’)” (ibid).

Like Ahab, however, the leaders of America have, especially during the last 50 years, defiled our land with the demons which guided their philosophies – multiculturalism, diversity, homosexuality, perversion, and anti-Christianity.

 

Will the First Amendment to our United States Constitution be our undoing?

The introduction of philosophies by the election or appointment of their holders to public office or university professorships or broadcast celebrity caused the downfall of earlier societies and will cause our downfall, too. 

See Isaiah 14.12 and Isaiah 5.20-21 and Amos 2.4.

 

The ACLU cleverly twisted the meaning of the words to exclude God from government.  But, the framers of the Constitution only wrote that the government could not impose a specific system of belief.  “People came to America’s shores to be free to practice their religious beliefs.  It brought the Puritans with their desire to create a ‘city on a hill’ that would be a beacon of religious belief and piety.  The Pilgrims were another group that poured into the new colonies.  Quakers in Pennsylvania were another, Catholics in Maryland yet a fourth” (ibid, page 10).

God within our government was the framers’ desire, as is expressed by the following:

Thomas Jefferson: ‘God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?’ (ibid, page 42);

Samuel Adams: ‘Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.’ (ibid, page 19);

Benjamin Rush: ‘The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion.  Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.’ (ibid, page 20);

Benjamin Franklin: ‘God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?’ (ibid, page 26)

But, relativism is now promoted by governmental leaders.  Today, Eastern mysticism and Islam are the pet promotions of anti-Christian elitists who profane God and His Christ. 

Jeremiah 13.10,    Isaiah 2.6,    John 8.42,    Acts 17.21,

 

Romans 1.20-23, 2 Corinthians 4.3-4, Colossians 2.8

 

Further, the numbers of persons who claim ‘no religion’ has grown in all 50 states in the past 18 years; so wrote Saritha Parabhu, a Tennessean columnist, on May 29, 2009, in her opinion article titled, ‘Atheists, agnostics part of our individuality’.  She describes herself as a Hindu with agnostic tendencies.  The website of a San Francisco atheist group says they ‘want to live natural, religion-free lives…respect science and learning, knowing that only human thought, effort and courage will bring individual freedom and cultural progress’ (WorldNetDaily.com article, ‘Atheists stage festival for anti-religion films’, June 27, 2009).

 

Who will step forward and proclaim

Proverbs 14.34?

 

God has always wanted to be part of man’s activities – personal time, marriage, work, church, and government.  Because He is Spirit (John 4.24), He chose men before and after the time of Jesus Christ to be His spokesmen and workers of ‘signs and wonders’ (Exodus 34.10).  Join with the following.

 

Elijah was chosen by God to proclaim this truth to Ahab; see 1 Kings 17.1.  God proved His sincerity through an act of nature; He stopped the rain; a consequence of Ahab’s being ‘sold out to do evil’ (1 Kings 21.25; Hosea 4.1-2, 6a, 12b, Hosea 5.4; spirit of harlotry). 

The result of spiritual adultery is the absence of God’s blessings.  See Proverbs 11.11 and Proverbs 29.2.

 

Jonah was chosen by God to deliver His message to a wicked people.  God prepared the people to listen for certain words from Jonah that would prompt specific actions; connect Jonah 3.2, 4, 5, 10. 

He does the same each time we speak for Him (how does Matthew 10.19-20 explain this?). 

 

Note God’s description of the people of Nineveh in Jonah 4.11: they are so confused by satan        (2 Corinthians 4.3-4; Isaiah 44.19-20)

that they cannot discern between their right and left hands! 

 

How does Jonah 2.8 explain this?

 

Jeremiah was told by God that He had planned for him to be His ‘prophet to the nations’ (Jeremiah 1.4-10). 

 

So, are you a ‘plunderer’?  Are you a ‘battle axe and weapon of war’?  You are in the contexts of your life!  See Jeremiah 51.53 and 20.  You are needed to overcome America’s enemies ‘by the blood of the Lamb and the word of [your] testimony’. 

See Revelation 12.11.

 

Isaiah was convicted by God to go and proclaim warning and salvation to Judah (the southern kingdom of 2 tribes of Jacob), and he volunteered. 

See Isaiah 6.8. 

 

Who has God birthed at this time to be His prophet to America?  If you are not him, you should pray for God to bring him forth!

 

And, will you go into your contexts as a prophet to speak against the spirit of harlotry?  What steps will you take to prepare? 

How will you listen to the Holy Spirit as you speak and act?

June 28, 2009 Confronting American Pluralism

Confronting American Pluralism

 

Are you a ‘plunderer’? 

Are you a ‘battle axe and weapon of war’?  See Jeremiah 51.53 and 20. 

 

Remember the military recruiting poster showing Uncle Sam sternly looking at you and saying, ‘America wants you!’  Replace his words with ‘America wants Jesus in you’, and you understand why you were born in the United States of America at this time.  You are needed to overcome her enemies ‘by the blood of the Lamb and the word of [your] testimony’.  See Revelation 12.11.

 

The same enemy continues the cycles of weakening the nations that began in the Garden.

See Isaiah 14.12 and Genesis 3.1 and 5. 

 

satan has used his seductions to twist the hearts of leaders to do his nefarious works.  There are similarities between Israel (the northern kingdom of 10 tribes of Jacob) and America that are the topic of this lesson near the 233rd celebration of our independence. 

 

Will you be Elijah in God’s hand?

 

‘Sold out to do evil’ explains our Declaration of Independence.

 

1 Kings 21.25 describes King Ahab with this accusation, which is explained further in 1 Kings 16.30-33. 

 

He invited evil back into the Promised Land after God had driven its seven practicing nations out.

Such an accusation had led Puritans and Separatists from the Church of England, as Peter Marshall and David Manuel reveal in their book, The Light and the Glory, 1977, page 108.  “The church hierarchy had grown increasingly alarmed at the growth of two movements of ‘fanatics’.  The first and much larger group claimed to be dedicated to ‘purifying the Church from within’, which made them suspect from the start to the [House of] Bishops, who saw nothing which needed purifying.  These ‘Puritans’, as they were sarcastically dubbed (and which epithet they eventually took for their own) did, however, at least continue to acknowledge canonical authority.  Thus they could easily be kept from positions of responsibility, and otherwise ignored. There was another element, however, which the Bishops considered more dangerous.  These were radicals who held that the Church of England was already corrupted beyond any possibility of purification.  Moreover, they believed that the Church could only be under the headship of Jesus Christ, and hence no person, not even the Queen, could take the title ‘Head of the Church’.  They chose to separate themselves from the Church, and conduct their own worship.  And, given their way, these ‘Separatists’ would reduce worship to primitive preaching, teaching, singing, and free praying, which would do away with sixteen centuries of established liturgical tradition.” 

They came to America, and their progeny wrote our Declaration of Independence, which ‘represents both the genesis and heart of American liberty.  Our rights come from our Creator, not the government, sovereign, or King’ (Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich, 2006, page 30).

“The Declaration of Independence contains four references to God: as Lawmaker (‘the laws of nature and nature’s God’); as Creator (‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’); as Supreme Judge (‘the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions’); and as Protector (‘the protection of Divine Providence’)” (ibid).

Like Ahab, however, the leaders of America have, especially during the last 50 years, defiled our land with the demons which guided their philosophies – multiculturalism, diversity, homosexuality, perversion, and anti-Christianity.

 

Will the First Amendment to our United States Constitution be our undoing?

The introduction of philosophies by the election or appointment of their holders to public office or university professorships or broadcast celebrity caused the downfall of earlier societies and will cause our downfall, too. 

See Isaiah 14.12 and Isaiah 5.20-21 and Amos 2.4.

 

The ACLU cleverly twisted the meaning of the words to exclude God from government.  But, the framers of the Constitution only wrote that the government could not impose a specific system of belief.  “People came to America’s shores to be free to practice their religious beliefs.  It brought the Puritans with their desire to create a ‘city on a hill’ that would be a beacon of religious belief and piety.  The Pilgrims were another group that poured into the new colonies.  Quakers in Pennsylvania were another, Catholics in Maryland yet a fourth” (ibid, page 10).

God within our government was the framers’ desire, as is expressed by the following:

Thomas Jefferson: ‘God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?’ (ibid, page 42);

Samuel Adams: ‘Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.’ (ibid, page 19);

Benjamin Rush: ‘The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion.  Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.’ (ibid, page 20);

Benjamin Franklin: ‘God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?’ (ibid, page 26)

But, relativism is now promoted by governmental leaders.  Today, Eastern mysticism and Islam are the pet promotions of anti-Christian elitists who profane God and His Christ. 

Jeremiah 13.10,    Isaiah 2.6,    John 8.42,    Acts 17.21,

 

Romans 1.20-23, 2 Corinthians 4.3-4, Colossians 2.8

 

Further, the numbers of persons who claim ‘no religion’ has grown in all 50 states in the past 18 years; so wrote Saritha Parabhu, a Tennessean columnist, on May 29, 2009, in her opinion article titled, ‘Atheists, agnostics part of our individuality’.  She describes herself as a Hindu with agnostic tendencies.  The website of a San Francisco atheist group says they ‘want to live natural, religion-free lives…respect science and learning, knowing that only human thought, effort and courage will bring individual freedom and cultural progress’ (WorldNetDaily.com article, ‘Atheists stage festival for anti-religion films’, June 27, 2009).

 

Who will step forward and proclaim Proverbs 14.34?

Elijah was chosen by God to proclaim this truth to Ahab. 

The God of ‘signs and wonders’ proved His sincerity through nature; see 1 Kings 17.1. 

The result of spiritual adultery is the absence of God’s blessings. 

          See Proverbs 11.11 and Proverbs 29.2.

 

Later, Isaiah was convicted by God to go and proclaim warning and salvation to Judah (the southern kingdom of 2 tribes of Jacob).  See Isaiah 6.8.

 

Jesus and His followers continued this. 

It is the subject of the New Testament.

 

So, are you a ‘plunderer’? 

Are you a ‘battle axe and weapon of war’?  See Jeremiah 51.53 and 20. 

 

You are needed to overcome America’s enemies ‘by the blood of the Lamb and the word of [your] testimony’.  See Revelation 12.11. 

 

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