God in the Darkness


  images I am so wonderfully blessed to have many, many wise people around me! 

I must say the responsiveness of those with whom I share faith in Jesus Christ as not only my Lord and Savior, but as the One Who lights my path, makes my way straight, and keeps my heart and mind focused on the truth is what gets me through all my days.

Today was a little difficult, but it serves to amplify God’s call to me to cry out to Him for guidance, for a lively spirit to pray and call on other believers to pray on my family’s and my behalf.  My beloved wife and I are negotiating the sale of our home and I find it a little dispiriting to say the least.

The thing I am certain that God wants NOT to happen is for me to lose that focus on His power, His glory, and His direction of my affairs.  This writing is God’s way of keeping that focus.  As the Psalmist said, and I passionately believe:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Psalm 91:1-4

I just want to remind you, as so many have been led by the Holy Spirit to remind me, that you are never alone. The deception, the cynicism, the negativity with which the enemy tries to derail my life so often has no effect on the life of anyone who calls on Him for protection, wisdom, and guidance.

Yet he will always continue the assault and we must be on our guard constantly. Not paranoid, but wise and filled with hope and peace.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Whatever you’re facing this coming week,  keep these verses in your mind and know the true power, and peace that He will lead you in, if you let Him and don’t deceive yourself by thinking you can handle things in your own power.

Have a wonderfully blessed week, friends!

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Roe v. Wade 40 Years Hence


March For Life Marks 40th Anniversary Of Roe v. WadeI don’t know why the world calls it a “celebration”. I’m referring to the 1973 Roe v. Wade U. S. Supreme Court decision which legalized the performance of abortions of children in the United States.

The celebration in the world’s parlance refers to the “choice” a woman would be allowed to make over 55 million times in the 40 years, that’s roughly a Biblical generation, since the court made that decision.

The tragedy is apparent and need not be rehashed in this post in very much detail. Suffice it to say that what it took the Pharaohs and Herod the Great to do by decree and the sword, and the Nazis to do by heinous “medical” experimentation to hundreds of thousands of others in the name of eugenics,  modern “civilized” man accomplished with a pen stroke, a needle, and a vacuum and made it sound amazingly acceptable and reasonable to millions.

China does this as a matter of policy, mainly to girls, including living, out of the womb infants and they do so without the legal hindrances of courts. 

What the Supreme Court did with the best legal language it could concoct to justify such a horror, perhaps the greatest defilement of any nation’s relationship with the loving God who created them,  reminded me of a similar rebellion shortly after the creation of man:

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5

The Supremes might well have been the serpent in the garden that day in 1973.  Carrying the mantle of the highest standard of juris prudence for the nation that day, they may as well have been asking the same question, “Has God indeed said?”

In so doing, they opened a floodgate of wrath on this country from which we may well never recover.

Think of it:  55 million embryos, fetuses, and infants by legal means!  We as a nation threw God’s commandment to do no murder right back at Him and then told ourselves that it was good and that we could make moral decisions as a nation without Godly guidance. Our eyes will be opened and we will be like God.

There is still room for God’s glory to be done and we can still be cleansed from this greatest of all defilements, thanks to a remnant in the world who believe in the renewal, and transformation of our minds by the power of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in the heart of every believer in the First-born of those raised from the dead: JESUS!

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The Abiding Answer


 

One of my favorite quotes about mankind’s relationship with God is by C. S. Lewis:

I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?

In America, where I and my family reside, many of us are focused on election day Tuesday. Both my wife’s and my family vote a certain way and base our vote on our view of Christian values which we have been taught from The Bible. Everyone in America has a vision for what we believe our country should be or want it to become, if that vision isn’t being realized.

Many will say of those of us who vote based on Christian or Biblical values that we are hypocrites, haters, exclusionary, reactionary or just about any other negative adjective the world cares to attach to our beliefs.

All of this is fine, and those who would judge us so should know that opinions are no deterrent to our beliefs and intentions concerning our voting practices. I think I speak for many in this regard, but no matter.

Regardless of who you are voting for: Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, or any of the myriad of others across the American spectrum of politics, the important thing is to remember from whom any president, indeed any government, derives its position and authority. 

For good or bad, better or worse, richer or poorer, servant or served, faithful or unfaithful all authority on earth is given by Almighty God. It’s O.K. if you don’t believe it now but you should know that one day the aforementioned truth will become obvious even to the most cynical.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Romans 8:31-34

Here’s the key for we who call upon the Name of Jesus Christ: Tuesday is important, but it is not everything.  Our end is assured.  We must remember this always. Whether we live a life of political oppression or opulence makes no difference in God’s economy.

Be faithful, be at peace, be the person God has called you to be and love Him, while you love everyone else.