November 25, 2012 Repercussions [contd]

Repercussions [contd]

You should understand that I take this teaching responsibility very seriously, because of James 3.1.  I understand my job as stated in Jeremiah 23.4.  I must be careful that what I ‘feed’ you overcomes satan’s fear and dismay (2 Timothy 1.7) and that none of you are missing because of my cowardice or inconsistency.  I must be forthright, clear, and complete because of Matthew 7.21-23.  Thus, I am compelled to write this study.

Situation

  • Joel C. Rosenberg, author of Epicenter and Implosion, wrote the following blog on November 8, 2012:  ‘It is stunning to think that more than 6 million self-described evangelical Christians would vote for a President who supports abortion on demand; supported the same-sex ballot initiatives that succeeded in Maryland, Maine, and Washington; and was on the cover of Newsweek as America’s “first gay president”.
  • This is what happens when the Church is weak and fails to disciple believers to turn Biblical faith into action.
  • What we need most inAmericaisn’t a political revival but a sweeping series of spiritual revivals – a Third Great Awakening.
  • As men and women’s hearts are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they will, in time, vote for the values they are internalizing from the Bible.’

You are marked!

  • Revelation 7.1-3 tells about the marking of 144,000 Jews by God’s angels for their protection from the ‘trumpet and bowl judgments’ of the wrath of God on unbelievers.  My understanding is that Christians are Raptured at the beginning of Chapter 4.
  • Christ followers walk this earth marked by the blood of the Lamb; Revelation 12.11.  Apostle Paul describes this as life and death to believers and unbelievers, respectively, in 2 Corinthians 2.12-17.  You should soak in this passage for awhile.
  • There are times, however, when our ‘triumph’ draws condemnation as intolerant bigots.  Jesus said both accolade and criticism would be our natural state, depending upon the audience.
  • He said disciples should expect this.  Jesus warned the apostles when He chose them; see Matthew 10.16-28.  He repeated his warning three years later, in John 15.18-17.26, when He was about to leave them.  Expect the world to hate you!  Do you?  How do you know?  Acts 13.13-14.21 illustrate this.
  • Don’t remove the mark!  This natural tendency to remove the cause of pain (Hebrews 2.1; Jeremiah 13.10) would only bring you the eternal consequences of God’s wrath!  This happened in John 6.66 (just coincidence with the subject being given this reference number?).  Hebrews 6.4-6 notes Judas Iscariot’s condemnation and what happens to others who try to remove the mark!
  • How do John 5.44, Proverbs 14.12, 1 John 2.15-17, and James 4.4 illustrate removing the mark of Christ? Could this have been what Jesus meant in Mark 14.38, Matthew 26.41, and Luke 22.46?
  • Jesus warned Peter (and the other disciples; Luke 22.31-32) that satan would ‘shake’ or test their faith.  Remember that satan troubles us to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ our faith (John 10.10).  satan did this to Judas Iscariot, and his faith failed!  Could yours?
  1. Peter’s faith almost failed when he was confronted by satan’s agents; see Mark 14.53-72 or Matthew 26.57-75 or Luke 22.54-71What would you have said under such pressured circumstances?  What will you say when this happens to you?  Will John 5.44 describe you?
  • One of the most condemning verses in the Bible is John 19.15.  Note the intensity of satan’s hatred for Jesus in the words of the Jewish leaders.  In what ways have you said the same thing by the choices you have made?  Did you experience Peter’s emotional conviction (Luke 22.62)?
  • Now, you can somewhat understand my burden for you.  I don’t want your faith to fail!  Reread Luke 22.32.  All of you are tempted by satan through whatever troubles he uses to cause you to blame God.  Catch yourself before you give in and, then, once caught, strengthen those you influence who are in danger.

Benefits of being marked!

  • Most importantly, 2 Chronicles 16.9a, Isaiah 64.4 and 66.2, Hebrews 13.5, and Genesis 17.7!  Read and soak in these in worship before your God and you will end in Isaiah 24.15!
  • Apostles Peter, John, and the others experienced this and Matthew 10.19-20 when they were called bigots and hauled before the ruling authorities.  Acts 4.1-31 tells their powerful and encouraging story.  Are verses 19-20 what you will say when confronted?  What about verses 29-30?
  • It happened again, in Acts 5.12-42How did God act for them this time?  Why did God’s angel open the prison door and lead them out?  Will you say what they said to the authorities, in verse 29?  Will you agree with their statement in verses 40-41?
  • The power of God to save is again seen in Acts 12.1-11Why could Peter sleep so soundly?  Could you?  Remember that Peter had known James for years as fishermen.  Will you be so calm when I or your good friend may be treated like James?  What thoughts will bring calm and comfort?
  • You who sale may be accustomed to rejection.  Apostle Paul was, too, and was chased out of town…three times!  Acts 13.1-14.22 shows that extreme jealousy and deception finally resulted in his death – and Jesus’ resurrecting him.  What current news illustrates this?  Why was Paul different in Acts 14.21-22In 2 Corinthians 12.1-10 and 2 Timothy 3.10-11, 4.18, he repeats the events and tells what he learned.
  • Paul’s learning served him well in the jail in Philippi; see Acts 16.16-34What is the similarity of verse 26 with Acts 4.31?  How many angels stomping their feet in approval did it take to cause these?  Overcoming satan is a great sport!  Our Quarterback knows the right plan every time!
  • What were each of God’s servants doing that drew satan’s attention to them?  Note that satan’s response was overcome by God’s salvation!  Why should Hebrews 13.6 and 8 strengthen your resolve to speak out for Jesus?
  • Romans 8.31! 2Corinthians 13.5!

You always triumph in all things through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 2.14 paraphrased)!

Praise God!!!

Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2012; Sozo/studies in faith; www.sozoclass.com

November 18, 2012 Repercussions

Repercussions

You should understand that I take this teaching responsibility very seriously, because of James 3.1.  I understand my job as stated in Jeremiah 23.4.  I must be careful that what I ‘feed’ you overcomes satan’s fear and dismay (2 Timothy 1.7) and that none of you are missing because of my cowardice or inconsistency.  I must be forthright, clear, and complete.  Thus, I am compelled to write this study.

Situation

  • Joel C. Rosenberg, author of Epicenter and Implosion, wrote the following blog on November 8, 2012:  ‘It is stunning to think that more than 6 million self-described evangelical Christians would vote for a President who supports abortion on demand; supported the same-sex ballot initiatives that succeeded in Maryland, Maine, and Washington; and was on the cover of Newsweek as America’s “first gay president”.
  • This is what happens when the Church is weak and fails to disciple believers to turn Biblical faith into action.
  • What we need most inAmericaisn’t a political revival but a sweeping series of spiritual revivals – a Third Great Awakening.
  • As men and women’s hearts are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they will, in time, vote for the values they are internalizing from the Bible.’

You are marked!

  • Revelation 7.1-3 tells about the marking of 144,000 Jews by God’s angels for their protection from the ‘trumpet and bowl judgments’ of the wrath of God on unbelievers.  My understanding is that Christians are Raptured at the beginning of Chapter 4.
  • Christ followers walk this earth marked by the blood of the Lamb; Revelation 12.11.  Apostle Paul describes this as life and death to believers and unbelievers, respectively, in 2 Corinthians 2.12-17.  You should soak in this passage for awhile.
  • There are times, however, when our ‘triumph’ draws condemnation as intolerant bigots.  Jesus said both accolade and criticism would be our natural state, depending upon the audience.
  • He said disciples should expect this.  Jesus warned the apostles when He chose them; see Matthew 10.16-28.  He repeated his warning three years later, in John 15.18-17.26, when He was about to leave them.  Expect the world to hate you!  Do you?  How do you know?  Acts 13.13-14.21 illustrate this.
  • Don’t remove the mark!  This natural tendency to remove the cause of pain (Hebrews 2.1; Jeremiah 13.10) would only bring you the eternal consequences of God’s wrath!  This happened in John 6.66 (just coincidence with the subject being given this reference number?).  Hebrews 6.4-6 notes Judas Iscariot’s condemnation and what happens to others who try to remove the mark!
  • How do John 5.44, Proverbs 14.12, 1 John 2.15-17, and James 4.4 illustrate removing the mark of Christ? Could this have been what Jesus meant in Mark 14.38, Matthew 26.41, and Luke 22.46?
  • Jesus warned Peter (and the other disciples; Luke 22.31-32) that satan would ‘shake’ or test their faith.  Remember that satan troubles us to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ our faith (John 10.10).  satan did this to Judas Iscariot, and his faith failed!  Could yours?
  1. Peter’s faith almost failed when he was confronted by satan’s agents; see Mark 14.53-72 or Matthew 26.57-75 or Luke 22.54-71What would you have said under such pressured circumstances?  What will you say when this happens to you?  Will John 5.44 describe you?
  • One of the most condemning verses in the Bible is John 19.15.  Note the intensity of satan’s hatred for Jesus in the words of the Jewish leaders.  In what ways have you said the same thing by the choices you have made?  Did you experience Peter’s emotional conviction (Luke 22.62)?
  • Now, you can somewhat understand my burden for you.  I don’t want your faith to fail!  Reread Luke 22.32.  All of you are tempted by satan through whatever troubles he uses to cause you to blame God.  Catch yourself before you give in and, then, once caught, strengthen those you influence who are in danger.

Benefits of being marked!

  • Most importantly, 2 Chronicles 16.9a, Isaiah 64.4 and 66.2, Hebrews 13.5, and Genesis 17.7!  Read and soak in these in worship before your God and you will end in Isaiah 24.15!
  • Apostles Peter, John, and the others experienced this and Matthew 10.19-20 when they were called bigots and hauled before the ruling authorities.  Acts 4.1-31 tells their powerful and encouraging story.  Are verses 19-20 what you will say when confronted?  What about verses 29-30?
  • It happened again, in Acts 5.12-42How did God act for them this time?  Why did God’s angel open the prison door and lead them out?  Will you say what they said to the authorities, in verse 29?  Will you agree with their statement in verses 40-41?
  • The power of God to save is again seen in Acts 12.1-11Why could Peter sleep so soundly?  Could you?  Remember that Peter had known James for years as fishermen.  Will you be so calm when I or your good friend may be treated like James?  What thoughts will bring calm and comfort?
  • You who sale may be accustomed to rejection.  Apostle Paul was, too, and was chased out of town…three times!  Acts 13.1-14.22 shows that extreme jealousy and deception finally resulted in his death – and Jesus’ resurrecting him.  What current news illustrates this?  Why was Paul different in Acts 14.21-22In 2 Corinthians 12.1-10 and 2 Timothy 3.10-11, 4.18, he repeats the events and tells what he learned.
  • Paul’s learning served him well in the jail in Philippi; see Acts 16.16-34What is the similarity of verse 26 with Acts 4.31?  How many angels stomping their feet in approval did it take to cause these?  Overcoming satan is a great sport!  Our Quarterback knows the right plan every time!
  • What were each of God’s servants doing that drew satan’s attention to them?  Note that satan’s response was overcome by God’s salvation!  Why should Hebrews 13.6 and 8 strengthen your resolve to speak out for Jesus?
  • Romans 8.31!

You always triumph in all things through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 2.14 paraphrased)!

  • It is true that the world hates you because you carry the name ‘Jesus’!
  • But, the greater One lives in you (1 John 4.4)!
  • Revelation 12.11!

Praise God!!!

Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2012; Sozo/studies in faith; www.sozoclass.com

November 4, 2012 Freedom is an Election Issue

Freedom is an Election Issue.

This is the third and last election issue to consider from a Christian perspective.  You should have already studied Faith and Family as election issues in the previous two weeks.  Remember, I do not advocate for a person or political party, as these become irrelevant when voting for God’s perspective of the fundamental issues being decided in any election.  You must prayerfully cast your vote.  Your responsibility is 1 Timothy 2.1-2.

‘The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy….’

  • These were Jesus’ words (John 10.10) to the crowd of people supporting and opposing Him after He healed the blind man in John 9.
  • The ‘thief’ is satan, operating through his minions to accomplish Apostle Paul’s description in 2 Corinthians 4.3-4 (see also Colossians 2.8-10, 2 Timothy 2.24-26, and Ephesians 4.14-15).
  • You have studied satan’s thievery of your Faith and Family.  He also wants your Freedom!  One way he accomplishes this is through your selection of governmental leaders on the basis of tradition (party affiliation) and deception (philosophy) rather than on the basis of Godly character, like in Acts 6.3Which guides your choices?  Does John 5.44 or Matthew 15.3-6 describe you?
  • Why would satan want to steal, kill, and destroy your freedom?  First, because he wants to displace God Whose image you display to him every time he looks at you (Isaiah 14.12-15, Genesis 1.27, research laminin).  He takes his anger out on man; see Luke 13.16 and Acts 10.38.
  • Second, he wants to subjugate you…to control you, contrary to Galatians 5.1 and John 8.31-32.  satan knows that you cannot control him and his minions if you are controlled by his lies, as illustrated in John 8.33-47.
  • Consider, too, Romans 6.16.  The evidence of this is Christians who are sick and who are bankrupt today.  Think about it and the following illustrations of satan’s other subjugation of man.
  • Quoted scholar Alasdair MacIntyre contends ‘that Marxism achieved its unique position in part by adopting the content and functions of Christianity’ (Google Marxism versus Christianity).  That is, government became god and provided for the individual.  But, I observe, the ‘me-ism’ of man has subjugated his fellowman rather than releasing him, as is seen in all communistic and socialistic societies.  Consider obtaining healthcare in these countries.  Note the following illustration also.
  • “Many of the nation’s colleges and universities have become cesspools of indoctrination, intolerance, academic dishonesty and an ‘enlightened’ form of racism. This is a decades-old trend. In a 1991 speech, Yale President Benno Schmidt warned: ‘The most serious problems of freedom of expression in our society today exist on our campuses. The assumption seems to be that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and to liberate the mind.’”—Dr. Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics atGeorgeMasonUniversity, and author of ‘Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?
  • The number of regulations of business has in increased from 650,000 to over 1,000,000 in the past 25 years!  Note the trends!
  • What about those regulating the use of your private property, the raising of your children, their education, the locations of places of worship of God, the inclusion of diverse lifestyles, etc.?
  • The tightening noose of socialism is strangling the life out of people who were to be born free!

Freedom from leads to Freedom for….

Stand (Ephesians 6.14) and vote accordingly!

Praise God!!!  Copyright by Maurice L. Painter, 2012.  www.sozoclass.com