[VIDEO] This is a timely message for America today…

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Jonathan Edwards’s Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, was preached on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut…

It was sermons like this, that were preached in the 18th century, that changed the course of America!

The apathy and complacency that we find so pronounced today in our society is unsettling.

There’s just so many people who are on this precarious slippery slope, hanging on only by a thread and by the grace of God, in the face of eternity.

They don’t realize the danger they they are in, they don’t see it; and what’s worse, they don’t even care!

What will it take to wake them up?

The truth is we ALL need to be shook from our complacency, and we also need to recognize the seriousness of the times in which we are living today!

With that said, I don’t think anyone who listens to this message will be the same afterwards.

Who was Jonathan Edwards?

Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Protestant theologian.

This sermon, along with the preaching of other evangelists and ministers of this period served to spark what we call the first Great Awakening, that swept over the American colonies, from Maine to Georgia between 1730 and 1770.

This revival had a direct effect upon our founding fathers and upon their efforts to develop and form a government that is centered around and founded upon the Word of God.

This revival movement, unlike the earlier doctrines of the Puritans, promised the grace of God to ALL who could experience a desire for it.

This revival in the colonies was also a part of a much broader spiritual movement, an evangelical upsurge,  that was taking place simultaneously on the other side of the Atlantic, most notably in England, Scotland, and Germany.

In all these Protestant cultures, during the middle decades of the eighteenth century, a new Age of Faith arose to counter the currents of the “Age of Enlightenment,” which can best be described as the 18th century version of “Political Correctness” and “Secular Humanism,” meaning the construct of intellectual philosophies of men, without the influence, nor regard for God and His Word.

This so called “Age of Enlightenment” or intellectualism was anything but, and can best be described as a time when every man did what was right in his own eyes without the wisdom and guidance of God.

It’s kind of like where we are today.

This first Great Awakening served to reaffirm the view that being a true born-again Christian (John 3:7) had nothing to do with being religious, following a system of dead works and good deeds; but rather it meant, and also it required, that we must trust in the Lord with ALL our heart, by faith, and that we NOT lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

It meant that the heart, rather than the head, was the seat of this spiritual transformation; and it meant also prizing the revelation of God’s Word and the daily – moment by moment – spiritual nudging and leading of the Holy Spirit, more than the thinking and reasoning of the intellect.

Human reason, religious traditions and the philosophies of men, have absolutely nothing to do with this process.

Suffice it to say that we, here in America today, need a third Great Awakening, if our nation is to survive and return to the ways of God.

We cannot do this on our own and certainly it will not happen as a result of some surge in the economy or as the result of some political reform movement.

Truly this world and EVERYTHING in it belongs to God, and if human history and the the history we read about in the Bible teaches us anything, it teaches us that the government of man can ONLY truly work, as it exists in cooperation and in obedience to God and His Word.

Listen up folks, because this is the ONLY deal that’s on the table:

Deuteronomy 28:1-66
The Message (MSG)

Blessings for Obedience
28 1-6 If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world.

All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:

God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,

the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.

God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;

God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.

7 God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.

8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.

9 God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.

10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.

11-14 God will lavish you with good things:

Children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you.

God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand.

You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan.

God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today.

Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.

Curses for Disobedience
15-19 Here’s what will happen if you don’t obediently listen to the Voice of God, your God, and diligently keep all the commandments and guidelines that I’m commanding you today. All these curses will come down hard on you:

God’s curse in the city,
God’s curse in the country;
God’s curse on your basket and bread bowl;

God’s curse on your children,

the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.

God’s curse in your coming in,
God’s curse in your going out.

20 God will send The Curse, The Confusion,

The Contrariness down on everything you try to do until you’ve been destroyed and there’s nothing left of you—all because of your evil pursuits that led you to abandon me.

21 God will infect you with The Disease, wiping you right off the land that you’re going in to possess.

22 God will set consumption and fever and rash and seizures and dehydration and blight and jaundice on you.

They’ll hunt you down until they kill you.

23-24 The sky over your head will become an iron roof, the ground under your feet, a slab of concrete.

From out of the skies God will rain ash and dust down on you until you suffocate.

25-26 God will defeat you by enemy attack.

You’ll come at your enemies on one road and run away on seven roads.

All the kingdoms of Earth will see you as a horror. Carrion birds and animals will boldly feast on your dead body with no one to chase them away.

27-29 God will hit you hard with the boils of Egypt, hemorrhoids, scabs, and an incurable itch.

He’ll make you go crazy and blind and senile. You’ll grope around in the middle of the day like a blind person feeling his way through a lifetime of darkness; you’ll never get to where you’re going.

Not a day will go by that you’re not abused and robbed. And no one is going to help you.

30-31 You’ll get engaged to a woman and another man will take her for his mistress;

You’ll build a house and never live in it; you’ll plant a garden and never eat so much as a carrot; you’ll watch your ox get butchered and not get a single steak from it; your donkey will be stolen from in front of you and you’ll never see it again; your sheep will be sent off to your enemies and no one will lift a hand to help you.

32-34 Your sons and daughters will be shipped off to foreigners; you’ll wear your eyes out looking vainly for them, helpless to do a thing.

Your crops and everything you work for will be eaten and used by foreigners; you’ll spend the rest of your lives abused and knocked around. What you see will drive you crazy.

35 God will hit you with painful boils on your knees and legs and no healing or relief from head to foot.

36-37 God will lead you and the king you set over you to a country neither you nor your ancestors have heard of;

There you’ll worship other gods, no-gods of wood and stone.

Among all the peoples where God will take you, you’ll be treated as a lesson or a proverb—a horror!

38-42 You’ll plant sacks and sacks of seed in the field but get almost nothing—the grasshoppers will devour it.

You’ll plant and hoe and prune vineyards but won’t drink or put up any wine—the worms will devour them.

You’ll have groves of olive trees everywhere, but you’ll have no oil to rub on your face or hands—the olives will have fallen off.

You’ll have sons and daughters but they won’t be yours for long—they’ll go off to captivity. Locusts will take over all your trees and crops.

43-44 The foreigner who lives among you will climb the ladder, higher and higher, while you go deeper and deeper into the hole.

He’ll lend to you; you won’t lend to him. He’ll be the head; you’ll be the tail.

45-46 All these curses are going to come on you. They’re going to hunt you down and get you until there’s nothing left of you because you didn’t obediently listen to the Voice of God, your God, and diligently keep his commandments and guidelines that I commanded you.

The curses will serve as signposts, warnings to your children ever after.

47-48 Because you didn’t serve God, your God, out of the joy and goodness of your heart in the great abundance, you’ll have to serve your enemies whom God will send against you.

Life will be famine and drought, rags and wretchedness; then he’ll put an iron yoke on your neck until he’s destroyed you.

48-52 Yes, God will raise up a faraway nation against you, swooping down on you like an eagle, a nation whose language you can’t understand, a mean-faced people, cruel to grandmothers and babies alike.

They’ll ravage the young of your animals and the crops from your fields until you’re destroyed.

They’ll leave nothing behind: no grain, no wine, no oil, no calves, no lambs—and finally, no you.

They’ll lay siege to you while you’re huddled behind your town gates.

They’ll knock those high, proud walls flat, those walls behind which you felt so safe.

They’ll lay siege to your fortified cities all over the country, this country that God, your God, has given you.

53-55 And you’ll end up cannibalizing your own sons and daughters that God, your God, has given you.

When the suffering from the siege gets extreme, you’re going to eat your own babies.

The most gentle and caring man among you will turn hard, his eye evil, against his own brother, his cherished wife, and even the rest of his children who are still alive, refusing to share with them a scrap of meat from the cannibal child-stew he is eating.

He’s lost everything, even his humanity, in the suffering of the siege that your enemy mounts against your fortified towns.

56-57 And the most gentle and caring woman among you, a woman who wouldn’t step on a wildflower, will turn hard, her eye evil, against her cherished husband, against her son, against her daughter, against even the afterbirth of her newborn infants; she plans to eat them in secret—she does eat them!—because she has lost everything, even her humanity, in the suffering of the siege that your enemy mounts against your fortified towns.

58-61 If you don’t diligently keep all the words of this Revelation written in this book, living in holy awe before This Name glorious and terrible, God, your God, then God will pound you with catastrophes, you and your children, huge interminable catastrophes, hideous interminable illnesses.

He’ll bring back and stick you with every old Egyptian malady that once terrorized you.

And yes, every disease and catastrophe imaginable—things not even written in the Book of this Revelation—God will bring on you until you’re destroyed.

62 Because you didn’t listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, you’ll be left with a few pitiful stragglers in place of the dazzling stars-in-the-heavens multitude you had become.

63-66 And this is how things will end up:

Just as God once enjoyed you, took pleasure in making life good for you, giving you many children, so God will enjoy getting rid of you, clearing you off the Earth.

He’ll weed you out of the very soil that you are entering in to possess.

He’ll scatter you to the four winds, from one end of the Earth to the other.

You’ll worship all kinds of other gods, gods neither you nor your parents ever heard of, wood and stone no-gods.

But you won’t find a home there, you’ll not be able to settle down.

God will give you a restless heart, longing eyes, a homesick soul.

You will live in constant jeopardy, terrified of every shadow, never knowing what you’ll meet around the next corner.

This is what God is saying to our nation today:

Isaiah 1:18

Come now, and let us reason together, Saith the LORD; Though your sins be as scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

Our nation today is standing at a crossroads of decision, either we obey God’s instructions, given in 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Or we as a nation continue, as we have, on this downward slide to our own destruction!

God has provided for us one and only one way for us to avoid this consequence of our having to spend an eternity separated from His presence.

We are told in the Bible that there is ONLY one name under heaven, whereby this can happen and that we may be saved, and that is by faith in Jesus Christ.

He is the one who offered Himself, as a propitious sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, in order to pay a debt that we owed; and it is through His out poured life and blood on the cross that we now can be forgiven of our sins and reconciled back in the God’s family.

This is the greatest gift ever offered, and it’s also the most important decision that any of us will ever have to make in our lifetime!

The Bible tells us to either reject or ignore this Gospel message will mean that you will have your fate sealed for all eternity, and that you will be forced to stand at the judgment seat of God and face Him, accountable for your own sins,  without the benefit of the Saviour!

I pray they you not take this decision for granted, and also that you not put it off any further.

As for our nation, we can only pray that God will wakeup that sleeping giant, called the church, within our nation, while we still can make a difference!

Come join the Adventure!

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The father’s number one priority is to pass the baton of his faith onto his children…

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Teaching our children the ways and fear of the Lord…

This is the most important responsibility of every parent!

Deuteronomy 11:18–19

God speaking: “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

It is God’s call and command for the fathers, primarily – as high priest in their home, to do this in their families.

It’s ALL about passing the spiritual baton of their faith onto the next generation.

By the way, this is exactly the reason why the Bible tells us that God chose Abraham to be the progenitor of the Hebrew people.

Genesis 18:19

God speaking: “For I have known Abraham, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.”

This has always been a priority with God, that we pass the spiritual baton of our faith onto the next generation, and more than anything else this has been our main failure, especially in our society today, where families are fragmented and separated through divorce and our children are being brought up in single-family households, with no father at all.

It is also the number one reason why our society today is in such a mess, and why so many of our young people are so lost.

Even if they were fortunate enough to have both parents still in the home, typically both patents are working and the children are left to raise themselves; and for the single family homes, which by far are in the majority, the situation is still the same, the children are left to raise themselves because mom has to work.

In these situations our children are being raised by the culture of the day, and that typically means the influence is negative.

This is true for all nations, the family unit is what binds us together, and it is by far the most fundamental and important building block for every society.

As the family unit goes within every nation, so eventually will the nation itself.

This above all is why Satan has attacked the families within our country, and this is where our prayers must begin.

That God will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that God will not come and smite the land with a curse (Malachi 4:6).

If you are a father or a mother, the most important God given responsibility that you have in life is to raise your children, to teach them and to direct them in the ways of the Lord.

If our nation is to survive, we must first put our priorities in order; this means that we put God first and that we must learn to order every aspect of our lives, including our families, to conform in obedience to His Word.

So how about you, are you game; will you come along and join this Grand Adventure, and do it God’s way?

The ball is now in your court, you decide!

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Sheriffs Stand Tall for the Constitution…

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Thanks so much to HISAdvocates.org for forwarding this video…

We desperately need this sort of momentum to spread across our country.

U.S. OBSERVER

October 22, 2011

Sheriffs Stand Tall for the Constitution
By Joseph Snook
Investigative Reporter

DATELINE: Yreka, California

Sheriff Panel – Defend Rural America

Sheriff Dean Wilson (Del Norte County)

Sheriff Bruce Haney (Trinity County)

Sheriff Tom Bosenko (Shasta County)

Sheriff Jon Lopey (Siskiyou County)

Sheriff Greg Hagwood (Plumas County)

Lawyer Karen Budd-Falen (Wyoming)

Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer (Grant County, Oregon)

Sheriff Dave Hencratt (Tehama County)

Sheriff Greg Growden (Lassen County)

On October 22, 2011, Defend Rural America – a gathering of people from across many western states – was held at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds.

This event featured the film debut of Kirk MacKenzie’s documentary of the Klamath River Basin. The film also highlighted government abuse of Ranchers, Recreators and many other citizens. In attendance was Siskiyou County Sheriff, John Lopey and seven other elected sheriffs…

[Read more: http://www.usobserver.com/archive/nov-11/sheriffs-stand-tall-for-constitution.html%5D

It’s not often we’re able to upload a video that promotes optimism instead of pessimism.

These Sheriffs need our support.

Please do whatever you can to educate your local Sheriff and turn the tide on this de facto and unconstitutional Washington DC Corporation and their Police State!

Let us get back to our de jure (lawful) constitutional government, which is a Republic!

Please pass this forward.

Here are some additional resources:

HISAdvocates.org is an online networking community of people helping one another with foreclosure and other legal matters:  https://www.hisadvocates.org

The history behind the corruption: http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm

Click here for more info on the already reinhabited Republic for the united states of America: http://www.republicoftheunitedstates.org

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The need to walk in forgiveness: a message for ALL believers…

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God’s priority has always been, to have His covenant children work together, to act and to be as one…

Anytime you have people involved, who are working together with any kind of organization or group effort, even in ministry, arguments, disagreements and conflicts of personality will invariably happen; but as Christians, as children of our Father in heaven, we marched to a different drumbeat!

When God’s children quarrel with each other, and one is accused of having wronged another, whether it’s real or perceived, the Bible instructs us to follow certain protocols, so that both sides of the issue may be aired and examined, in order to determine FIRST whether there was an actual offense, and then SECONDLY, what if any action should be taken:

Matthew 18:15-17
(The Message)

15-17 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you.

If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again.

If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.”

If the one-on-one method doesn’t work out, then you take one or two others; and if that doesn’t work out, you take it to the church.

In today’s vernacular we would call it “binding arbitration,” were both sides of the argument are examined for their validity, where God’s Word and God’s Wisdom will determine what if any course of action should be taken.

God forbid that we should get into our flesh and go badmouth our brother or sister to others, gossiping about them behind their back, causing further division.

This happens to be two of the seven things that the Bible says that God hates, “A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren” (Prov 6:19).

This is serious folks and you never want to go there, as God will most certainly have to deal with you and chasen you in a very uncomfortable way.

Anyone out there who has brothers and sisters will tell you that some of your worst arguments will most often happen among your siblings, within your own family.

This is unavoidable; but for two Christians to break fellowship over an argument or disagreement, especially when based upon a misunderstanding, it really breaks God’s heart!

This is a prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father that only we can answer:

John 17:20-26
Living Bible (TLB)

20 Jesus speaking: “I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these.

21 My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me—the glorious unity of being one, as we are— 23 I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one—so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.

24 Father, I want them with me—these you’ve given me—so that they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me before the world began!

25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.

26 And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you so that the mighty love you have for me may be in them, and I in them.”

Why persist in going against the grain of God’s will, because in the end you will be the ONLY one hurt by such action.

So if you find yourself in a situation where a relationship has been fractured and broken, with another brother or sister, for whatever reason, why not swallow your pride and go back and try to restore and remedy that broken relationship God’s way, the way He has instructed us to do so?

Rest assured, only the mature Christian will be the one to take that first step!

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God’s path towards our destiny is NOT the path of least resistance…

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God has a plan, a purpose and a destiny for each one of our lives…

Psalm 139:16-17
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

They cannot be numbered!

Ephesians 1:11

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.

Romans 8:29

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

God’s way ALWAYS follows the path of faith, trust and absolute reliance upon the reliability and trustworthiness of God’s word and the leading of the Holy Spirit, day by day, moment by moment, and step-by-step!

And God’s timing is ALWAYS much different than ours.

Where as we always want things to happen yesterday and are always looking for the path of least resistance; from God’s point of view, your current path that’s fraught with challenges, obstacles, trials and tribulations, is the training ground that God is using to prepare you for your future destiny.

For Joseph, it took 13 years of first being sold into slavery by his brothers, then being falsely accused of a crime he did not commit, and being thrown into prison!

Psalm 105:16-22

16 Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the provision of bread.

17 He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.

18 They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.

19 Until the time that his word came to pass,

The word of the Lord tested him.

20 The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.

21 He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,

22 To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom.

Now mind you, to the extent we don’t walk with God, by faith and obedience to His Word; when we instead take our little rabbit trails, asserting our own will and our own way ahead of God’s, doing our own thing, or worse walking in out right disobedience, this is the nature of what sin is; and it is also what will either permanently sidetracked and most certainly, at the very least, delay our progress towards our God given destiny, until such time as we repent.

This pilgrimage that we are on is most certainly an Adventure of a lifetime, one for which we each have been made for;  but it requires of necessity that we travel our path in cooperation and union with God, by faith, walking and being in communion with Him, through the Holy Spirit,  moment by moment, and step-by-step.

So are you game, are you ready for this Grand Adventure or not?

You totally should make the decision today, because you may not be here tomorrow!

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A Mother’s Love…

There’s nothing so strong on this earth, than the love that a mother bears for her children…

In this Christmas season, we can ALL stand to learn a lot from the mother of our Lord, Mary (who will be mentioned later on in this article), in how she suffered all the way, following our Lord to the cross!

“On the judgment day, the Recording Angel will forgive much to him who can say, ‘I never knew my mother.’ ”

—Charles Lamb

“All that I am my Mother made me.”

—John Quincy Adams

“The bravest battle that was ever fought;

Shall I tell you what and when?

On the maps of the world you will
not find it, it was fought by the
mothers of men.”

—Juaquin Miller

“A mother is a Mother, still the holiest thing alive.”

—Coleridge

“Men are what their Mothers make them.”

—Emerson

“To the soldier who falls on the battlefield,

we give bronze and tablet.

But to a Mother, it is a battle without
glory.

She wears no medals of a nation.

Her badge is the furrowed lines upon her face.”

— Unknown

“She always leaned to watch for us,

Anxious if we were late,

In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate.

Her thoughts were all so full of us—
She never could forget!

And so I think that where she is,
She must be watching yet.

Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late—

Watching from heaven’s window,
Leaning from heaven’s gate.”

— Margaret Widdemer

[What follows are excerpts from a message given by Dr. Gene Scott on Mother’s Day]

The Jews have a saying out of their proverbs, which says:

“God couldn’t be everywhere, so He made mothers.”

But as Christians, we know that God is omnipresent, and also He’s omniscient, meaning all-knowing.

So then, taking these two concepts into account, we know that the Bible also tells us that the God who made us in His image and after His likeness, made us male and female.

So with that knowledge, we can plainly understand that the mothering instincts have all come from God himself.

Genesis 17:1

“The Lord appeared unto Abraham, said unto him, I am the Almighty God.”

The word used here for “Almighty” is Shaddai, and it comes from shad, which means ‘breast.’

Thus El Shaddai is ‘the breasted one’ and it comes in that meaning of a mother nursing her helpless child on her breast, so it signifies the giver of strength, the nourisher.

It is one of the few pictures in Scripture where God compares Himself to the role of a mother when

He says “I’m El Shaddai.”

Ethel Clemance will remember her father Dr. Price used to translate that name with a transliteration saying it means ‘The enough God.’

The God who is enough.

Whatever your need, He is enough.

Certainly the mother who holds and protects that child on her breast and provides all that is needed for that child’s strength and nourishment portrays that view of God, but God’s more direct in Isaiah 66.

There He says in the King James Version,

“As one whom his mother comforteth,” Isaiah 66:13, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”

GOD is giving to us His promise of what He will be to His people and,

“As a mother comforting, so will I comfort you,”

In this verse, God lets Himself be identified with whatever we can perceive of a mother’s role on earth.

Now Jesus used the father symbol when He talked of ‘our heavenly Father’—draws a comparison and says if you go to an earthly father and ask him for bread, he will not give you a stone and if you go to an earthly father and ask him for fish, he will not give you a serpent.

So, likewise, He then makes the leap your heavenly Father loves to do good things for you.

If Jesus then—pointing to what we all know, the love of an earthly father—could then elevate it and say whatever you can perceive in that earthly expression, our heavenly Father is so much more, that’s my license today and in this book to look at earthly mothers in their comforting or loving expression because this day gives us that good focus and memory on what mothers are and what they mean and what they do.

I can look at a mother who is earthly in Scripture, see her love, and say on the basis

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”

How much more today and any other day we can count on our heavenly Mother, which El Shaddai gives us license to say,

“If we see love in an earthly mother, how much more shall our heavenly Mother comfort.”

Too bad all the feminists aren’t here today.  You go tell them about it.

They’ll never believe I preached this message.

Let’s look at three Biblical mothers:

Jochebed – You have to go a little forward to Exodus 6 to find the name of the mother of Moses.

And she will give us a view specifically focused in a particular situation, a view of a mother’s love that when seen I can say “How much more our heavenly Father.”

You all know the story.

The some 400 years was approaching when God had promised Abraham that his people—who would be carried, His descendants, that is, who would be carried into bondage, fall into slavery—would be delivered and come back to the place of promise given to Abraham.

The Pharaoh knew about those prophecies.  He knew the time was upon him and he proceeded to eliminate all the male children born among the slaves in order to eliminate the possibility of a deliverer
growing up—all of the male children thrown to the crocodiles in the river Nile.

Jochebed — is the first name in Scripture linked with Jehovah.

It’s a cognate, or rather a composite word, that links her name with Jehovah.

Literally it means ‘the glory of Jehovah.’

She’s pregnant and as the child develops within her, living in a slave hut made of mud and reeds, fear must have grown accordingly—“Will it be a boy or will it be a girl?”—in the knowledge that if it’s a boy it will be seized immediately, thrown into the river, killed.

Sure enough, when the baby is born it’s a boy.

Now I want Jochebed to portray the love of a mother to the hopeless and to the helpless, those that are caught in a circumstance—in this case not of Moses’ choosing—those who are caught in a circumstance that is beyond your power to cope with, a helplessness and a hopelessness that surrounds and it communicates only one thing: your destruction, your annihilation, your end.

I see this mother Jochebed with this baby whose every cry brought the threat of descending soldiers—see this mother who was a slave with no rights of any kind.

For 3 solid months she managed to hide him—somehow suppress or prevent his cries from being heard 3 solid months.

There are mothers here today who know the stress of those first 3 months.  Every hour, every day: “Will he be discovered?”  And he can do nothing.  Moses can do nothing.

She contrives a way.  Somehow or other she manages to bring reeds and mud from the riverbank and make a little basket.

Somehow or other she manages to find out where the princess goes everyday to bathe.

I’m sure that’s not something that was common knowledge among the slaves.

Somehow she manages to slip through the streets of that slave city in Memphis carrying this baby, knowing that at any moment, if discovered, we’ve already said, he’ll be slain.

Somehow she manages to place him in the little basket made of reeds in exactly the spot where he would float into the vision frame of the princess of Egypt.

And somehow or other she manages to get her daughter Miriam hidden sufficiently that when the princess discovers Moses….  And sure enough—because he was a, as the Scripture says, a “comely child”—the princess wants to keep him, and the timing of Miriam suddenly slipping forward—because the princess recognized a Hebrew child—and saying “Would you like a Hebrew mother to nurse the child?”

And sure enough—you know the rest of the story—he is raised a prince in the house of Pharaoh and, by his own choice, will lead them out as their Deliverer.

Now each of these mothers is going to focus this message in a way not everybody’s gonna find it to fit.

This part of the message is to those—and I’m quite sure they’re probably in the minority in this congregation—that are under some stress of circumstance that leaves you helpless and hopeless.

And there certainly are some who will be listening by television.

The message is axiomatic—this earthly mother symbolizes what every mother knows about the never-dying love of a mother.

She will not give up to those circumstances.  She will not accept the inevitable.  She will find a way, no matter what it takes, to deliver this helpless child from circumstances that show no way out.

But she found a way out with her meager resources, slave maiden though she was.

She found with a never-dying, never-give-up love for the helpless—she found a way.

Make the jump: our heavenly Mother—to use that phrase without apology or another explanation—our heavenly Mother, unlike Jochebed, is also the Lord of Hosts.

He has no limits on His ability.  He has all creation at His disposal.

All Jochebed tells me is that in that heart of God that made Him reveal Himself in Isaiah 66, “As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort,” in that heart of God is that same love, “If a earthly mother will never give up and never say die and never stop looking until she finds a way to deliver the helpless, how much more will our heavenly Father deliver you?”

That’s the basis of the verse of Scripture that says “He’ll not tempt you beyond what you’re able.”

That’s the basis for the verse of Scripture that says “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”  And we’ll see them both again.

Second mother.  That’s God our heavenly Mother in His love for the helpless.

You may be helpless; our heavenly Mother is an all-powerful Helper.

He will not give up.  He will not leave you without help.

Second mother?  I wanna see her in a different light because she’s been so glorified, exaggerated, made divine, that the earthly-mother side of her, which is the true side, is missed.

John 19, Verse 25: Mary—most popular name in the world.

Last time I did the research, which was a long time ago—1957: there were 3,720,000 women named Mary in this country.  No matter where you go, she’s revered around the world.

In this book I talk about a trip to Tahiti—a little rundown church on a northern island.

Centerpiece: Mary.  Top and the edge of that plateau-shelf at La Paz, Bolivia, the only place in the world where planes fly up to land—highest airport in the world.

As you leave the airport and see the towering Andes in the distance, you suddenly drop over an escarpment, and the road winds down to La Paz that sits down in the valley under the escarpment.

And coming up that rugged road we had to stop and park.

The procession was carrying the image of Mary with the darts piercing her heart, reminiscent of the sayings of Simeon, and she had been elevated to divine stature by the Catholics.

They’ve exaggerated the role of the mother, as though she must express that mother view in appealing to Christ, because they have forgotten that God didn’t need Mary to be a mother.  He had that quality in Himself.

I wanna look at Mary not as divine, but as human.  I wanna look at her as the New Testament reveals her—one who did not understand her Son, one who simply viewed, in spite of the prophecy that was given, viewed him through fleshly eyes all too often.

I wanna view her from inside her own human feelings of rejection, not understanding her Son at all, seeing her own fears realized as He hung bleeding and dying on that Cross.

And yet John 19:25 says “There stood by his cross his mother, There stood by his cross, There stood by his cross his mother”—and she will symbolize love for the rejected.

As Moses in this message is seen in his earliest position helpless—those that feel helpless can identify—Jesus in this particular frame at this particular moment, seen from the earthly-mother side rather than the divine-with-prophetic-understanding side, was rejected, to quote Isaiah, by all men: “He came to his own and they received him not.”

She had watched Him led through the streets, screamed at, spat on, bearing His Cross.

She stood and watched her Son that she had held as a baby in her arms, that in spite of all that He might teach, just couldn’t seem to rise to the level of understanding that He really was not hers and that she had been honored above all women to bear the Incarnate Son of God.

To her, He was her child.  You can feel her frustration when He was 12 years old, missing him, leaving Jerusalem, crying it out, “My father and I were looking for you— your father and I.”

He rebukes her even then with a mysterious statement, I’m sure, to her: “I must be about my Father’s business,” meaning His heavenly Father.

Shortly before writing this book I’d sat on a moonlit night on top of Mount Tabor in Israel for about an hour.

I was looking across at the lights of Nazareth, and the little rising hill that marks its landmark, and reflected on the events at Nazareth, when He began to preach and His family.

I was sensing the resentment of the citizens of the town by the claims that Jesus was making about Himself, and hearing them say with a sneer

“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?”

—to rescue Him from what they knew was a fermenting mob riot, they sought to lay hands on Him to stop Him from saying some of the things He was saying about Himself

—to be coldly rebuked as Jesus looked at them when they said “Your, your mother and brethren seek you,” and He said “Who is my mother?

Who is my brother?

These that do the will of the Father that sent me.  These are my family.”

Still not understanding in this passage, I repeat, seeing Him bleeding, dying, and rejected of all men, she was not fainting, she wasn’t fleeing, and she wasn’t falling.

She stood by His Cross as life ebbed away.  Love for the rejected.

I’m quite sure there’s never been anybody on the face of this earth as rejected for unjust reasons as Jesus of Nazareth.

And I do not bring the Cross in front of us with its theological meaning; I bring it in front of us, with her mother’s limited understanding, from the earthly frame.

To her, her Son hung there between two thieves, the object of revulsion, the object of hate, the object of rejection.

She didn’t reject Him.  Her love did not waver.  She stood—I’m sure every mother knows feeling the pain—only second to Jesus Himself or the heavenly Father Himself, who saw His Son treated that way.

She certainly stood third in line, but she stood there.  She wouldn’t reject Him though the whole world rejected Him.

As Jochebed can give you the comfort—“As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort”—as Jochebed can comfort you that no matter how hopeless your circumstance or mine, our heavenly Mother will find a way and we can rest in His arms in that figure.

If you’re one of those listening by television, radio, or here today that has felt rejection from everybody, our heavenly Mother stands by and will not reject.

“Him that cometh unto me”—make sense of that verse — “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.”

That’s our heavenly Mother—no worry that He will take us and treat us as the rest of the world.

Love to the rejected.

I go to 2nd Samuel, 2nd Samuel 21 for the picture of the third mother.

Her name: Rizpah.  Second Samuel 21.  She was just a girlfriend of Saul, not even his wife—concubine—but she bore him two sons.

Saul the Benjamite was the first king anointed by Samuel over Israel.  In his beginnings God gave him a new heart and he was a great king, but as his power grew he became transformed until he ends his life in suicide, his body nailed to a wall near Mount Gilboa by the enemies, writing his own epitaph before he died saying “I have played the fool.”

Among the other foolish things that he did was to breach a sacred vow made by Joshua in the early days when the Israelites came into the Promised Land and Joshua made a vow with the Gibeonites that Israel would never destroy them with the sword.

Saul, in arrogance, broke that vow.  He slew the Gibeonites; set out to exterminate them, killing them with a sword.

After Saul committed suicide and David was anointed king, the Gibeonites came at the urging of David because God punished the Israelites for Saul’s action by putting a great famine on the land.  And in crying out to God for the cause….

Famine struck the land.  David inquired of the Lord and the Lord said it’s because Saul broke the vow.

He therefore urged the Gibeonites that remained to come and ask on their arrival what he could do to make atonement for what Saul had done, putting their whole nation to sword.

It was a cruel day and in the frame of that cruel day, a brutal frame of reference, they said they wanted the seven sons of Saul—which included the two born of the concubine Rizpah—he wanted those seven sons and they would hang them on a hill in Gibeah.

David gave them the sons and they hanged the seven sons on a hill in Gibeah, and at the time they were hanged, the Bible says it was the month of the barley harvest, which is April.

From April until the rains came in October those sons were going to hang on that hill.  The Gibeonites intended them to hang forever.

The mother of these two sons, Rizpah, upon learning where the sons were hanging, including her two, she goes to that hill at the time as I’ve said of the barley harvest which is April, bringing sackcloth either for mourning or to sit upon or to make a small tent.

And night and day from the barley harvest until the coming of the rains in October the Bible says she stayed on that hill.

She fought off birds by day, animals by night.  April, May, June, July, August, September, October —7 months.

Seven long months she sat on that hill.  Day, night—fighting the birds, I repeat, off by day and the animals by night.

Now at the risk of being revolting, let me force with word picture the mind to hone in on those seven bodies hanging there.

The flesh would begin to rot and droop from the frame, the sun would blacken, and inch by inch as the months went by they would begin to —the stench would be overwhelming.

To remain on that hill at the foot of those seven crosses would be to live in constant nausea and constant exposure to the change from the recognizable to the revolting and the horrible, as the flesh inch by inch would begin to sag from the bones and the body would rot and pieces and parts would begin to fall to the ground.

By words, I’m trying to force us to see a thing become revolting.

When she started you can feel the emotion and the tug—those are her sons and they’re dead on that tree, but as she wearily fought off the birds and fought off the animals they would turn to a thing that was revolting, as I’ve said.

Didn’t affect Rizpah.  She stayed there night, morning, noon, night.  At risk of life she fought off the birds, she fought off the animals.

Eventually David—that great heart that God described as “a man after his own heart”—eventually he heard the news.

Horrified himself, he sent the word to take their bodies down, what remained of them, join them with the bones of Jonathan and Saul and give them a place of honorable burial and brought Rizpah, an honor that was due her, back from that terrible hill.

If Jochebed portrays God’s never-say-die, never-give-up, never-turn-loose, never stop until you find a way to deliver the helpless,

And Mary signifies that mother’s trait that when all else reject her Son she stood by,

Rizpah portrays that unbelievable aspect of the enduring love of a mother who will watch her sons turn to decay and become things of revulsion, but her love will not depart.

If these earthly mothers show that kind of love, how much more on this day when we remember mothers, can we look past our circumstance of helplessness, rejection, or downright despicability and say we thank God that “As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort?”

Whatever your circumstance today, I’m glad this Church exists to preach the love of God instead of some of the baloney that goes, that so clouds that side of God’s nature.

He’s God and He changes not.

He’s El Shaddai, the Mother who comforts.

He is your God and will never leave you nor forsake you.

Take heart in your circumstance

—“As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”

May God bless all the mothers out there, because they each play a very important role in the lives of their children!

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Step one in this process of asking things of God…

1 John 5:14-15

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us.

And if we know that He hears us, WHATEVER we ask, then we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Here’s step 2, after having searched the Bible and having laid hold of God’s promises regarding your particular situation:

Mark 11:24

Jesus speaking: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

After Jesus’ experience on the Mount of Transfiguration, when He came down off the mountain there was a man who had an epileptic son, who approached Him, after having first approached His disciples for prayer with no results.

He asked Jesus, “If you can do anything, please heal my son;” to which Jesus responded, “You ask wrongly, the question is not whether I can do anything, but rather the question is can you believe” (Mark 9:14-29)?

All things become possible when we believe!

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