What a contrast we have… from then to now!

What a contrast…

and how many of you will remember these words:

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.

We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask “why not?”.

– John F. Kennedy

The problems of our world are certainly a little more complex today; but certainly the wisdom of these words, which were spoken by our former President, John F. Kennedy, has never rung truer.

May God help deliver us from this malaise that has fallen upon our society and our culture today, which has so blinded our people?

Here we are today, after having had over two generations now, who have been programmed by a secularized and godless education system; where our children have, and are being taught that faith and belief in God is absolutely irrelevant to anything that is of any importance or significance to their life or future?

The children of that first generation, are the very people who are today ruling in Washington DC; and this is the reason why the dividing lines between right and wrong, and good and evil, have been so blurred.

It is also the reason why we could have a Presidential candidate, as happened at Saddleback Church, with Barack Obama,  who announced to the world, on worldwide TV, that he cannot see anything wrong with the extermination of over 50 million unborn babies; and says for him to call that wrong is above his pay grade.

May God help us, and is it any wonder why our nation is in trouble today, with leaders like this; who also can’t see why the institution of marriage should be only defined, as being between one man and one woman; but who would allow same sex marriages to happen?

This is a world gone mad; and certainly the Bible warns us against this practice; and of our having rulers over us who cannot tell the difference between what is good, and what is evil… what is right, and what is wrong.

Isaiah 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

The only hope for America, and I cannot say this enough, is that we have a Spiritual Awakening; as most of our citizens today, having been so secularized and programmed by our education system, our culture, and our media, until we have been virtually turned into a hedonistic society, where there are no absolute values; or right or wrong; and every man and woman does what seems right in their mind, and according to their way of thinking.

Folks, our nation’s laws were not founded upon individual feelings; and nor were they founded upon any transitory politically correct nonsense either; but they were founded upon God’s Word, folks… end of story! And unless we get back to that point, as a society, then we cannot have a future that you and I, as Christians, would ever want for our children.

It’s up to us, and the ball is in our court. So let’s pray folks… as if our future depended upon it!

Pray that God’s wisdom and God’s Word would once again be valued and honored in our land, among all our people; and that our nation repents; and that Christians would humble themselves; and turn from their wicked ways; and begin to seek after God’s face (meaning intimacy of relationship); and that God would hear from heaven, and then heal our land. Amen

Shalom,

Skip Barland



Since when do American Presidents diss Our Fallen Troops on Memorial Day?


Since when do American Presidents diss Our Fallen Troops on Memorial Day? Since Obama, that’s when!!!

Does this news that Obama will be skipping the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies, at Arlington National Cemetery surprise you; and the press report says he’s doing it all so he can have a longer weekend? If it does surprise you, it shouldn’t!

Neither should it surprised you that he also ignored our traditional National Day of Prayer ceremonies this year, that have been held on the White House grounds for years; and then we turn around and hear that the Muslims celebrated their day of prayer to Allah, on the Capitol grounds. So how do you like them apples?

At least Obama is consistent. He’s certainly not trying to hide from us what his true priorities are, and where his loyalties lie; or rather I should say where they are not!

Unfortunately for us, our real problem is not so much with him, as it is with most of the American people, who elected him to office, as gullible as many of them are, who always only see what they want to see; and who always only believe what the News Media tells them to believe; and unless they hear it on the News that we have a problem, then to their way of thinking there is nothing wrong… and so everything is always only just another conspiracy theory, in their eyes!

I dare say that the people in pre-Nazi Germany felt the exact same way, about this man, who was also very popular in that time, who later took over their country… at least most of them obviously did, and were silent, or Hitler never would have taken over control of the country.

May God help us to wake up while we still can, and while maybe we can still take our country back?!

Pray for this man, Barack Obama, but please don’t be deceived by him any longer, in thinking he is something that he is not!

Let us pray for his salvation; but also let us pray that God either changes his heart and saves him, or that he removes him from office, before he can do anymore harm. And not just him, but all who are like him, among our politicians, who are really wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Let us also pray for a Spiritual Awakening and for Revival to happen in our land!

And please, let us also not be so naive as to think all we have to do is elect another “Bush type” Republican to office, and all of our troubles are over either… all that does is put us right back on the same merry-go-round, that gets us nowhere, that our country has been on for the last 100 years.

It’s time for us to clean house, folks, and to do so by getting rid of all of these corrupt politicians, and getting some honest Americans to take their place; who will respect and obey our God; will respect our flag; and will abide by our U.S. Constitution!

If that doesn’t happen, and happen soon, and don’t kid yourself about this, because what I’m saying is true… that if we don’t turn this nation around, then we are finished as a free society, and we will go the way of Nazi Germany!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


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Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 7:06 PM
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Subject: Obama Skips Arlington Ceremony; Hillary Rushes to Korea

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Obama to Skip Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 03:43 PM

In a highly unusual move, President Barack Obama is going to skip the traditional Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetery to return home to Chicago for the long holiday weekend.

Obama sees it as addressing one of the great broken promises of his administration: his early pledge to return home to Chicago every six weeks or so, according to The Washington Post.

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and miss the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Instead, Vice President Biden and his wife will appear in Obama’s place, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as holding a breakfast for Gold Star families — families whose loved ones died in military service — at the White House earlier that day.

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If God be for you, who can be against you?

When all else fails, and you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!!!

God is still on His throne, and these trials that you think are going to destroy you have come only to make you strong, and teach you how to trust, and live by faith.

The above message and the one below are being sent your way to encourage you to not give up; but to turn your focus to the one who gave His ALL and paid the price for your victory over death, hell, and the grave.

There is truly no weapon that is formed against you that shall prosper, if you are in Christ; and as the Bible says, if you love Him and are called according to His purpose, then God’s promise is to enter into every situation of your life and work it together for your good. Selah

So Chill… things aren’t as bad as you thought after all, for truly who can be against us, if God is on our side.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

From: Norman
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:28 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: An Unexpected Visitor

In God We Trust

HAD AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR THIS MORNING.
HE ARRIVED EARLY, SAT DOWN WITH ME AND CHATTED FOR A WHILE ABOUT HOW THINGS WERE CURRENTLY GOING FOR ME IN MY LIFE.

HE STOOD UP, WALKED OVER TO ME, LEANED OVER AND GENTLY HELD ME FOR AWHILE.

THEN, AFTER REASSURING ME NOT TO WORRY, THAT EVERYTHING WOULD WORK OUT FOR ME AND BE JUST FINE, HE ASKED ME IF I KNEW OF ANYONE ELSE THAT COULD USE A VISIT FROM HIM.

I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT OF YOU MY FRIEND.


I GAVE HIM YOUR NAME AND TOLD HIM WHERE YOU LIVED. HE GAVE ME ANOTHER REASSURING HUG, THANKED ME AND I WALKED WITH HIM TO MY FRONT DOOR. HE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO YOUR PLACE.


When He gets to your PC, escort Him to the next stop. Please don’t allow Him to sleep on your PC.. The message He is carrying is very important and needs to go around.


I asked him to bless you and yours with peace, happiness and abundance.
Say a prayer and then pass Him on to bless others as I sent him on to bless you. Our assignment is to spread love, respect and kindness throughout the world.

Have a blessed day and touch somebody’s life today as hopefully I have touched your life.

He’s walking around the world via e-mail!!
Please pass it on so He can get there….
When you forward this site on

Learning to trust in Jesus…

Trust in Jesus!

As Christians, we are instructed in the Bible to walk by faith, and not by sight!

Whereas children seem to do this by nature, and thus Jesus said that unless we become as children, ourselves, in this respect, then we won’t experience, and nor will we enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3).

The truth is, it seems the older we get, the less resilient we are to change; and the more we have been beat up by life, and have suffered because of it, the less likely we are to trust others… and this all too often even includes God.

What Oswald Chambers is saying here, about letting go of our perceived rights and trust God to make a decision for us, reminds me of the story of the man who was mountain climbing, using only his hands, and as he had scaled up the side of this precipice, and was many 100’s of feet up in the air, he lost his grip and slipped.

Fortunate enough, he was able to reach out and grab a hold of a branch that was protruding from the side of the rock; or else if he hadn’t, he would have fallen to certain death!

Not being a religious man, and not having developed a relationship with God yet, like many of us, before we we were saved, he only prayed when he got into trouble.

These being one of those times, with him now literally hanging between life and death, and with no one else is around… in his desperation, he cries out to God for help!

He says God, Are you there?

And God says, Yes, I am here.

He then yells, God can you help me?

To which God says, Yes, I can help you.

What must I do?, said the man.

God said…. Let go!

To which the man responded… Is there anyone else up there?

Sometimes, this is the case with many of us, where we find ourselves in positions where we don’t know what to do or where to turn; and God is telling us also to Let go, and let God!

There is no easy way to do this, other than to just let go, and trust God to keep His word.

We are told in 1 John 5:14: “This is the confidence we have: that if we ask anything according to his will, then we know that he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—in whatever we ask—then we know that we have what we have asked of him.”

We first need to base our faith upon some promise in God’s Word, and then we have to trust Him to bring it to pass.

As long as we continue to sit on the fence of indecision, we are then double-minded, and James says let not that man think that he will receive anything from God. Selah

Sufficient to say, this faith walk is easier said than done… and so it pays for us to learn to faithe (or to trust God) in the smaller trials, before we are faced with something more serious… that sometimes can mean the difference between life and death!

As Andrae’ Crouch put it: Through it All, I learned to Trust in Jesus!Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



The Good or The Best?

If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left —Genesis 13:9


As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up before you.

These things are yours by right, but if you are living the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights, and let God make your choice for you.

God sometimes allows you to get into a place of testing where your own welfare would be the appropriate thing to consider, if you were not living the life of faith.

But if you are, you will joyfully waive your right and allow God to make your choice for you. This is the discipline God uses to transform the natural into the spiritual through obedience to His voice.

Whenever our right becomes the guiding factor of our lives, it dulls our spiritual insight.

The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough.

The good is always the enemy of the best.

In this passage, it would seem that the wisest thing in the world for Abram to do would be to choose.

It was his right, and the people around him would consider him to be a fool for not choosing.

Many of us do not continue to grow spiritually because we prefer to choose on the basis of our rights, instead of relying on God to make the choice for us.

We have to learn to walk according to the standard which has its eyes focused on God. And God says to us, as He did to Abram, “. . . walk before Me. . .”
(
Genesis 17:1 ).

Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23

Are you OVERWHELMED in the battles you are fighting? Well it’s time to have a change in strategy!


Psalm 100:4-5

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him,
and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth
endures to all generations.

God’s solution to whatever troubles you today, to whatever battles you are fighting; and that’s regardless of whatever you may be feeling is keeping you separated from God.

Know this, God has not left you; and the reason you can know that this is true is because God has promised us, in His Word, that He will never leave us, nor forsake us; but the truth is, there are times when we may have left Him, and have sought after other things.

God’s solution is clear, and this applies to all of us… return to your FIRST LOVE!

Remember from whence you have come; when you first began, in your walk with the Lord, and return to that simple childlike faith again, that is all trusting and expecting.

Have a sense of expectancy about yourself, in your relationship with your Abba Father, as you base your confidence on the promises of His Word; and begin today to put into practice Psalms 100:4, and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

We must go on the offensive, in our battle strategy, and not always be retreating, and allowing the enemy to keep us up against the ropes, in our battles; in the fears and doubts that he has put upon us.

Don’t let these fiery darts of fear and doubt take root in your thinking; and do not meditate upon them, and don’t give place to them in your life!

Stop meditating on your circumstances and problems, and the hopelessness of it all, as you see it with the eyes of your understanding; and instead, begin today… by turning to your Bible, and find a promise of God that deals with your situation, and begin to see those things, and begin to speak of those things that are not yet visible in the natural, through the eyes of your faith (as you place your faith in God’s Word); and begin, today and right now, to see and speak of those things that are not, as though they are!

Let us do as Abraham did, who is our example, who is called the father of faith; and let us learn from him, and do as he did, when he was given a promise by God that was impossible in the natural.

Taking our cue from father Abraham, here’s our God given battle plan:

Romans 4:16-25 (Amplified Bible)

16Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants–not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.

17As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.(A)

18[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.(B)

19He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.(C)

20No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, 21Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

22That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

23But [the words], It was credited to him, were written not for his sake alone,

24But [they were written] for our sakes too. [Righteousness, standing acceptable to God] will be granted and credited to us also who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on) God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,

25Who was betrayed and put to death because of our misdeeds and was raised to secure our justification (our [a]acquittal), [making our account balance and absolving us from all guilt before God]. Selah

So today, take up the Sword of the Spirit, and prepare yourself for battle; and put on your entire battle armor that you may be prepared for what awaits you in the battles you will face today.

The Bible says that we are more than conquerors through Christ, who loves us; through the work and the battles that He has already fought for us, and better yet, has already won for us!

The enemy is already defeated, and God has taken from him any ability to do us arm; but he plays a pretty good bluffing game; and we must be prepared… for the battleground begins in our mind, in our perception, in our attitude, and our understanding!

That’s why we are told in Proverbs 3:6 to “Trust in the Lord with ALL our heart, and lean NOT upon our own understanding!

Then we are told, after having done that, begin to acknowledge Him in ALL of your ways, and then He will direct your path!

The enemy has no power over us, but such as we give to him; and we may defeat him as long as we will stand in faith, in that Name that is above all names, in the Name of Jesus Christ; and in the power of the Holy Spirit!

Let us begin today to lay hold of His promises, and apply them to our situations, our problems, and our trials.

This is the strategy which God has ordained for us; and if we are not following His instructions, as found in the Bible, then it is we who must change!

That change starts with our repenting, which means literally to change the why we think!

So go forth into your day today, with the knowledge of who you are, in Christ; and who it is that you represent; even as Jesus said that: “All power is available to Him, in heaven and in earth,” so we are to go forth in His name, and in His POWER… to do the work He has called us to do!”

Remembering always that His banner over us is LOVE!

Shalom,

Skip Barland

From: Homer Owen [mailto:homer-owen@sbcglobal.net]

Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 4:00 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Overwhelmed


Overwhelmed

It is amazing when we look at the everyday life of Jesus where He went about doing good. He came forth to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God and along with His words came forth a demonstration from heaven to confirm His words with signs following.

Hebrews 2:3-4

3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Ruby and I are working to return to our first days of walking with the Lord in the Spirit where we saw miracles on a daily basis. Yes, by His great mercy we have seen many miracles over the past 40 years but nothing like it was in the very beginning of our walk. We basically did the same thing that the church at Ephesus did in leaving our first love of walking in awe of our King.

Revelation 2:2-4

2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

We replaced our first love with making sure we had the correct doctrine and methods of bringing forth His church. The church is overrun with false apostles and prophets today. But, if we are not careful we will spend way too much time and effort on trying to judge, reprove, correct and etc. If I am reading correctly in Revelation this is what Jesus was telling the church at Ephesus.

When we first began this walk in the Spirit we had a guest speaker to the fellowship we were in that had come all the way from Seattle. He began sharing with us by telling us that he had been sent from the Lord to share a great and deep revelation of truth with us.

He went on in this vein for a few minutes and then told us it could all be summed up in three words. GOD IS LOVE! Glory!
We are blessed to know that God first loved us and filled us with His love so we can love Him back and also our neighbor. If we are not careful we will wonder who our neighbor is. Bottom line it is whoever the Lord puts in our path that needs help.

Yes, we are being overwhelmed with His love and goodness on a daily basis these days and it is a real joy for us to return to our first love without a bunch of strings attached. We look forward to working with you out of His great love and power.

Blessings,

Homer Owen

www.homerowen.com

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The time of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is upon us…


This time, spoken of in the Bible, when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is unleashed upon the earth, is fast approaching!

Listen to this description, and tell me it doesn’t sound like today:

The rapidly approaching end of the age is witnessing a tremendous increase in the activity of the powers of darkness.

Unrest among the nations, more intense than at any previous time in earth’s history, is due largely to the stirring up of the ambitions and passions of men, while the spread of an almost wholly secularized education is quietly doing away with the scriptural standards which formerly exerted a restraining influence among the so-called Christian peoples.

Our wealth and social culture have not made us thankful to the Giver of all good, but have centered us upon material things of the world, and have produced a self-sufficiency that quite ignores our dependence upon the Creator of all.

Godlessness, which we have condemned so strongly in the Soviet Union, is almost equally as pronounced, though less blatant, in our land.

These conditions are reacting strongly upon the great ministry of the Church of Christ, the giving of the gospel to the heathen world.

War has closed many doors in foreign lands, and at the same time has cut off financial contributions in not a few countries which formerly took an active interest in missions.

More series still is the attitude of large sections of the Church toward the state of the heathen. No longer are these concerned about the lost souls which wander in darkness; their thought is centered on raising their social status and meeting their intellectual and physical needs.

They seek, in their own jargon, to “build a better world,” but the world they envision is one without a Savior.

Christ, in their view, has degenerated into a Superman, an example which in their own feeble strength they seek to follow.

To meet the situation, the Church of Christ needs a new conception of prayer. The urgent call is for men and women, wholly yielded to the Lord, whose eyes have been enlightened to see the ministry in the heavenlies to which they have been called.

Such believers, whether as intercessors, or as workers at home, or missionaries on the foreign fields, may in union with the great Head of the Body, exercise an authority to which the powers of air must give place wherever challenged.
~ taken from the preface of The Authority of the Believer, by John A. Macmillan

I find it very interesting that the above preface, by John A. MacMillan, was written back in 1932; and how this description of the church and of the world, as it existed in the thirties, is certainly even more accurate today, in our time!

Things have gotten much worse, in the world, and in particular here in the United States, where the godlessness of our society at large, and the secularization of our society, and even the church, as a whole, has reached critical mass.

This book is actually two books in one. The first covers our position in Christ and the authority of the Believer; and the second part deals with the nature of the enemy and of the demonic, and the authority we have over that demonic world, as Believers, in Christ.

I believe that we are fast approaching a time, very soon when the fabric of our time continuum, our dimension, and that of the middle realm; also called the “Second Heaven,” which is the realm of Satan and of his demons, will be breached; and I believe this could very possibly happen as the result of a scientific accident, and an experiment that has gone very badly wrong.

However, once that door is opened, into this demonic world of Satan, the Bible says that it will unleash upon the earth a very nightmarish experience, which we can read about in the Book of Revelation.

So my question is, could all of this begin as the result of a scientific accident, where an attempt is made to open that portal door, into the next dimension, into the middle realm of the spirit, and that it all goes badly wrong; and once the door is opened, we then begin the last three and half years of the tribulation period, at which point, at its conclusion, only God will be able to put a stop to it, and save the world from mass inhalation, and the lost all life?

As we open the Book of Revelation, and as we begin reading in the ninth chapter, we find it speaks of the worse holocaust this world has ever experienced; where millions of believers will be killed by a very godless society, and of a secularized government of which I believe we can see the beginnings of today, in this Obama administration, that is if it is left to continue along it’s chosen path; and certainly if not, it is a prelude to it.

This government, which is spoken of here, will lead the world into a One World Government, that will ultimately be governed by the Antichrist, where he will insist that the first loyalty of all the people in the earth, be to the state; and this Antichrist figure will demand total allegiance to himself, where by everyone will be required to accept his mark in either their forehead or right hand; or the Bible says that they will not be able to buy and sell, or carry on any sort of commerce.

In fact he will do what our government today, under this Obama administration is attempting to do, and that is he will demand that all people look to the government as their source, and as their great provider and protector, and not to God; and then all of this will begin the last three year and half years, of what the Bible calls the seven years of tribulation.

Once the bottomless pit is open, which is the pit of the abyss, as it is referred to in the Greek, once this portal is breached, we will have opened a door leading to the place of punishment for sinners, which is also called the abyss; which is a place considered by the Orthodox Jews to be a great hollow place, that is found deep within the earth.

It is a place, or I would call it even possibly a dimension, where evil spirits and demons are kept, and some in chains; that the Bible says will be unleashed upon the earth in the Last Days.

We are told that this Abyss is locked, so that whoever or whatever is on the inside cannot escape; until as the Bible says, the angel opens it; and then it says that there is smoke that arises up out of it; smoke like that of a great furnace, that is so heavy and thick that the light of the sun is darkened.

So my question is again, could all of this begin as an experiment that has gone a rye?

I think so… I don’t know, and I can’t say for sure, but this is my guess.

We shall see.

Shalom,

Skip Barland


We are still a government of the people, by the people, and for the people…


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
What is our U.S. Constitution?

The basic document by which the United States is governed, is the Constitution; and it was drafted at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, and was ratified the following year.

The Constitution divides governmental powers between the national and state governments in a system known as federalism.

It also divides the national government into three independent branches-executive, legislative, and judicial-which can serve as checks and balances upon one another.

In addition to listing the powers of the national government-which include the power to collect taxes, regulate trade, and declare war, the Constitution also enumerates the powers forbidden to the states and to Congress; and the procedures for electing and appointing government officials as well as procedures for amending the document.

The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, was ratified in 1791.

These amendments, which were originally intended to protect individual liberties from the power of the central government, guarantee freedom of speech, the press, religion, petition, and assembly; and specify the rights of the accused in criminal and civil cases.

In these times in which we are living today, there is much deception and pressure to compromise.

No longer are the dividing lines between good and evil as clear as they once were; because we as a people have drifted far away from the God of our forefathers, and from His Word.

In our present world, and especially here in the United States of American, where our government was founded upon the Bible and faith in God, and obedience to His laws, these lines between righteousness and unrighteousness, have long since been blurred, through something called “Political Correctness,” and moral expediency.

Christians need not fall to this deception.

There are many people today, who are Believers, who say that as Christians we shouldn’t be critical of our government; but that we are to submit to whatever is done by our governing officials, because the Bible says there is no power, but such as is ordained by God.

Well, this is my opinion on that. We are NOT living here in the United States of American under the rule of a monarch, but rather our political leaders rule under a contract with the American people, which they swear to abide by before they are even allowed to take office.

The highest law of the land, here in the USA, is in fact our U.S. Constitution; and any public official who fails to abide by that law, and fails to abide by his or her oath of office, and the dictates of our U.S. Constitution, they are themselves in violation of that Law; and since we are in fact a government (under our U.S. Constitution) that is made of “We the People;” and as such, are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, then our governing authorities, whom we vote into office, rule by our permission, and are themselves working for us.

They are our servants; and it is not the other way around, as is the assumption of so many today, who are in positions of power, where in their pride and arrogance, whereby it is their assumption that we exist for them, to be subservient to them… this was never in the mind of our founding fathers!

This arrogance that is so pronounce today, among so many of our governing officials, these little demigods, and self-appointed potentate “wanna be dictators,” who feel that they know what’s best for us, has got to go!

No it is not at all against scripture for us to discern between good and evil, godliness and ungodliness… in fact the scriptures instruct us to do this!

It is no more wrong for us to clean house, within our government, and get rid of dishonest and unethical people, be they Congressmen, Senators, and or even Presidents, then it would be for us to get rid of dishonest and unethical employees, who are stealing from our company!

As an argument for this position, I’d like for you to read the following:

Most Christians are familiar with the Bible verse “Judge not, that ye be not judged“. (Matthew 7:1)

This is the first verse that many of us learned to memorize as children. In reality, even many non-Christians are acquainted with this verse. What is surprising however is, that while many of us are very familiar with this verse, some have completely misunderstood what its message is!

Some have used this verse to either criticize others, or justify their own lack of personal responsibilities.

In this article I will examine the teachings concerning “judging” that are found in the Bible, and explore what God is teaching us on this particular subject.

I will begin with an exploration of a very general concept of “judging”, or being “judgmental”.

Many people, especially in today’s environment of hyper political correctness, will proudly proclaim “none of us should ever be judgmental”.

On the surface this may seem to be a rather noble thought, but the reality is a bit more complicated. We are all “judgmental”.

We all use judgment in order to evaluate the world in which we live, and we use “judgment” in order to exist in our world effectively.

We “judge” that it is safe to cross a street before we cross, we judge that a restaurant has the style of food that we are interested in before we go inside to order, and we “judge” a church’s statement of faith before we become a member of that particular church.

Judgment” is simply an act of “evaluation”. If we never exercised judgment, we would have a difficult time surviving our day-to-day existence! How would we know what was an edible food rather than a poison, unless we “judged”?

How would we avoid getting in a car accident, unless we “judged” the traffic patterns on the road that we are driving on.

We compliment people for using “good judgment” in their lives, but the root word of “judgment” is “judge”!

So perhaps the act of “judging” isn’t truly what many object to, but rather it is the conclusions that are drawn from those “judgments”.

In other words, when we “judge”, what conclusions are we attempting to determine through our “judgments”?

If we are “judging” the traffic patterns on the street that we are attempting to cross in order to establish when it will be safest, we are in fact engaging in appropriate and necessary “judgment”.

If on the other hand we “judge” an individual’s potential value for friendship, and bass this “judgment” on the person’s race, then we are exercising “judgment” inappropriately!

During our evaluations, we should be “judging” those bits of information that have a direct affect on the end result of what we are attempting to determine by our “judgment”.

If we are attempting to determine the safest point in which we can cross a street, then “judging” the traffic patterns on that particular street will have a direct effect on our ability to determine the safety of our crossing. But if we are determining who is appropriate to establish a friendship with, a person’s race will have no direct affect on their ability to engage in sincere and lasting friendship with us. So it is not actually the “judging” that is of issue, but rather what we are hoping to determine by our “judgment”.

When examining scripture, we must look at the criteria that God instructs us to use, in order for us to exercise appropriate “judgment.”

When considering what scripture has to say on the subject of “judging”, we must examine when the Bible tells us that we should or shouldn’t “judge”, and then what determinations or evaluations we should or shouldn’t assume as a result of our “judgment”.

Let’s look once again at the verses found in Matthew 7:1:

1″Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3″Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “.

In this passage, if we read it in its entirety, the Bible does not give a blanket condemnation of proffering judgment.

What it does seem to be telling us is that if we are about to exercise a judgment, we should first apply the criteria of our judgment to ourselves.

In other words, before judging another person, we should reflect upon our own status concerning the issue on which we are about to judge the other person. “first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then you shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”

What the scripture is saying is that we may at times appropriately judge, but when doing so, be sure that we are, ourselves, standing up to our own judgment.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” ”

The condemnation is not directed at the act of judging, but rather it is directed toward “Thou hypocrite“. Scripture is not saying for us to never judge, but it is clearly saying for us to not judge hypocritically!

When we judge appropriately and not hypocritically, what are the criteria that we are told to base our judgments on?

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?Matthew 7:16

This is one of many verses that clearly advise us to in fact judge others, but it is the actions, behaviors, and influences of others that we not only should, but are commanded to judge.

Verses such as given above tells us to judge the “fruit” of others. If we are to judge the “fruit” of others, what does scripture tell us our motivation for such judgments should be?

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:12

“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:18

“Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6

” Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Romans 16:17

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:11

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22

” And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11

” If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” 1 John 1:6

What do we conclude from these passages?

It is clear that we should judge activities, situations, behaviors, and in fact other individuals to determine whether or not they are in agreement with God’s word, or whether they are aligned with anti-Biblical teachings.

In other words, we should “judge” to determine righteousness.

We often hear people say things like “I shouldn’t judge anyone”, or “who am I to judge another person?”

In reality, these statements are a form of rejecting of God’s teachings.

When we read scriptures we see that God tells us to avoid all unrighteousness and in fact to flee from it!

If we are to follow this instruction, we are in fact, expected to judge situations and behaviors that we come in contact with, based upon their overall righteousness!

In order to determine when it is safe to cross the street, we must judge the current traffic patterns on the street that we are attempting to cross.

If we are to judge whether a situation behavior or action is righteous, we must use Godly judgment.

What exactly are the things that we are commanded to judge, and what are we clearly commanded not to judge?

Scripture is clear that we are not to judge the state of an individual’s salvation, since no one knows what is in the heart but God.

We are also not to judge, and condemn the total being of a person. What we are to judge are those actions behaviors and individuals with whom we come in contact with, in order to evaluate their negative or positive influence upon us.

In short, we are commanded to remain righteous and to in fact pursue righteousness, so therefore, anything that will work to maintain and increase our own righteousness we are to embrace!

On the other hand, scripture clearly and directly commands us to flee from all things that are unrighteous!

This is not a suggestion from God, nor is it a statement of God’s wish! God commands us to “flee” from all unrighteousness, and in fact scripture tells us to not even “speak” of things that are unrighteous!

“For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret”. Ephesians 5:12

At this point, we should look at another aspect of judgment that is clearly addressed by scripture and should not be ignored!

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” James 1:19


“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.” James 4:11

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 1:26

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:6

“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.” 1 Peter 3:10

These are only a few of many scriptures that speak extremely strongly against those who do not control there speech, and use others as fuel for idle conversation and gossip.

So if we are to judge those things that we come in contact with for their righteousness, but we are strongly commanded to hold back our tongue, what is it that we are expected to do with the information that we gather via our judgments, and what is the purpose for judging in the first place?

The body of scripture is clear in its directives on this topic. At the root, we exercise judgments so that we can “avoid” and “flee from” unrighteousness!

We are not instructed to talk about it, discuss it, gossip about it, or even always assault the unrighteousness. We are simply to avoid when possible, and flee when we have been unable to avoid!

So what does all of this mean in practical terms?

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?2 Corinthians 6:14

This passage gives a clear directive to us. We should have no fellowship with unrighteousness!

This is perhaps one of the toughest directions that God has given us, demonstrated by how difficult we find it to obey.

At the core, we are to judge things as either righteous and Godly, or unrighteous and ungodly.

These are our only two options! We often attempt to interject a kind of gray area. “I am in a unrighteous place, but I believe that God will be with me“, or “I know this is sin, but I know that God will understand“.

Such statements are contrary to God’s word, and come straight from the lies of Satan.

Equally sinful are statements such as “I know that this is against God’s scripture, but who am I to judge“.

God clearly has explained that something is either for Him, or against Him, with nothing in-between.

If we are in a situation or are participating in a behavior that is not strictly for God’s glory, then we are directly operating against God!

We often try and make a kind of bargain with God.

I will do this thing that I know is sinful, but I will not allow it to corrupt me.”

I know that this person isn’t Godly, but they are still a nice and good person.”

I know that I am acting against God’s laws, but we are in love, and I know that God understands.”

I know that this situation isn’t of God, but I don’t want to appear to be rude by leaving.”

I realize that this situation isn’t righteous, but I only do it once in a while to relax.”

These are all lies that Satan tells us in order to get us away from God’s words!

It is simple but effective more often than not. Satan gets us to believe very tiny lies about God, and then we become more open to medium sized lies.

If we believe in medium sized lies, then we will fall victim to larger and larger lies.

As Christians, we often tend to forget that Satan lives in the gray area that exists between light and dark.

We forget that if it isn’t God, it is Satan!

God gives us a clear indication of how He views “this gray area”. “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.Revelation 3:16

As with most things in life, judgment is a tool that we can use to bring glory to God, or to increase our own spiritual corruption.

It is up to us as individuals to decide how we will use this tool.

Scripture tells us to use judgment in order to discern those things that are righteous, from those that are unrighteous.

Once we have discerned the division, we are to embrace righteousness, but flee from unrighteousness!

Only by using appropriate judgment, are we able to fulfill God’s commandment to us of living in his will!

http://www.fcfministry.org/Judgment.html

So in conclusion, it is my belief, and also I believe it was also the intent of our founding fathers, that our job as citizens, and it is even our responsibility to make sure, not that our public officials are following some “Politically Correct” ideology, or even what may be considered popular opinion, as we are not a Democracy; but rather we are a Constitutional Republic, and as such we are not ruled by popular opinions, but rather we are ruled by Law, which law is our U.S. Constitution!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


REMEMBERING THOSE WHO GIVE ALL…

Take time on this Memorial Day to remember all those who have and are today giving it all, even to the point of laying down their lives…

Liberty is not cheap, and though there are those in government and among certain groups of our citizens today who would cheapen their sacrifice, and are less than appreciative, let us not be one of them; and instead let us stand up and give thanks!

Remember to pray for our Troops….

The Media, and the power it has over our culture…


The media provides the lens through which we both interpret and see life, and it has the power to manipulate and direct the culture of every society!

In the world we live in today, we are all faced with stresses and even sometimes traumas to our psyche, (our souls) that have affected our perspective and our general outlook on life. Truly we all are the product of our past, in whatever that past may be; and for some that past has been worse, then it has for others.

Add to this the vicarious nature of the human mind to enter into and adapt itself to the various external stimuli that is available to us today, in our modern technological age, through our various kinds of media, through such things as the news, various parts of our entertainment industry, through movies, virtual reality type games, and such; and you have a formula that can either be used for good, or for evil… in that whichever is glorified, in either good or evil, that is being portrayed and exemplified through the media, it has the power to affect our disposition and our vicarious nature as people, and to actually program our minds and mental disposition in one direction, or another.

So you take our life experiences, together with the various and sundry external stimuli that has been, in the past, and is currently available to us, through these various forms of media, that we have allowed to influence us, and depending on what the nature and substance of that media has been, either for good or for evil, it has had the inevitable ability, not only to affect who we are, but also it effects our general disposition and outlook, as sentient beings.

This can be a formula for either disaster, or for good… depending on the sort of programming that we have experienced, and have allowed to have an influence on our life; and it’s our past life experiences, together with whatever those influences have been, in whatever sort of external stimuli we have allowed, that we have given our minds to, and have meditated upon, and all of this together will have a determination as to who we are, and how we relate to our world, and also to our families, and friends around us.

Truly, we are warn in the Bible:

“To guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of it comes the issues of life.”

The Message Bible puts it this way:

Proverbs 4

Your Life Is at Stake

1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live.
I’m giving you good counsel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.

3-9 When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, He would sit me down and drill me:
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!

Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding!
Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch!
Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”

10-15 Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life.
I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road.
I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns.
Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip.

Guard it well—your life is at stake!
Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road.
Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth.  Make a detour and be on your way.

16-17 Evil people are restless unless they’re making trouble; They can’t get a good night’s sleep
unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody. Perversity is their food and drink,
violence their drug of choice.

18-19 The ways of right-living people glow with light;  the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker— travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

Learn It by Heart

20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times.
Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.

23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

Below is an excellent message that was sent to me today, by Francis Frangipane, along these lines, that tells us what the answer is, in order to get us on the right track; and I’m passing it along to you.

Live long and prosper, as the man said… and have a nice day! 🙂

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: Sheneau
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2010 1:22 AM
To: Undisclosed
Subject: Cease Striving and Know That I Am God (Worth the time to read – Sheneau)

Cease Striving and Know That I Am God
By Francis Frangipane
Among the many complex and sublime faculties of the human soul, one attribute functions as a servant to all: the nature of the soul is porous. This means that in addition to latent strengths and talents, the soul is also shaped and developed by external stimuli: we learn customs and language, habits, virtues and vices largely by importing reality as it surrounds us. Indeed, the marrow of life itself, as we subjectively know it, is created by the inward flow of these outward realities.

Thus, the soul, while it is born with innate powers, it is also the product of its times and circumstances. Because we live in unprecedented, prophetic times, individuals born during the last five or six decades are impacted, not only by the common struggles and joys of life, but also by the unspeakable disasters as they occur around the world.

As a result of live media coverage, we vicariously experience repeated participation with human suffering. We see the actual faces of those traumatized by earthquakes and tsunamis, famines and wars. Again, because of the porous nature of the soul, when we view life’s terrors, we are repeatedly absorbing these fearful realities into our consciousness. We cannot help but be affected.

How do we erase from our minds the faces of earthquake and tsunami victims? How is it possible to forget the horrific memory of people leaping to their deaths from flaming windows high on the Twin Towers on 9/11? What happens to our souls when we view news reports of Iraqis and Israelis being blown apart by terrorists’ bombs?

If you are an intercessor, or even one who possesses just basic, human compassion, the flood of sorrow and terror rising from terrible disasters cannot be stopped by a levee of human intellect. Life’s pains, even when they aren’t our own, are still absorbed at some level into our soul, and more so if we know the one suffering.

To cope with our vulnerabilities, we have created some positive remedies: hospitals, relief agencies, first responders and charitable giving all are relatively new means of dealing with human sorrow. We are compelled, not only to help the victims, but to help ourselves digest and respond to the emotional overload of our times.

Media Manipulates Our Fears
It is important to remember that the main goal of the news media is not to communicate current news but to make money doing so. Thus, even minor stories are often sensationalized to bring back viewers. I, for one, am worn out by the highly publicized scandals and moral failures among leaders, whether political or religious. If I am not careful, the flood of these realities can jade my heart, harden my soul and make me cynical.

Added to these things we are daily reminded of current economic pressures, plus the threats of disease and the advance of crime and lawlessness in our communities. Our souls churn with the added news. How can mere man cope with the fearful conditions of the world?

Magnify the Lord
It is here, in this valley of pressure, conflict and fear that would-be saints lose heart and fade from the race. Yet, it is also here that the God seeker is driven closer to the Lord.

The psalmist cries, “O magnify the Lord with me!” (Ps. 34:3). The closer we are to God, the more we are infused by His strength. The world around us may not get any better, but through the Holy Spirit, we gain new strength.

In His presence, the demons of our world shrink in proportion. Beloved, in these very circumstances, let’s magnify the Lord!

We have read the final chapters: every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! (See Phil. 2:10-11.)

When our enemies multiply and pressures mount, retreat—yes, retreat into the stronghold of God.

Are you anxious? Fearful? Remember: “”He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Ps. 2:4).

Are you being accused by the enemy? Again, the Lord says, “In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isa. 30:15).

When the accuser comes to incarcerate you in your sin, shame and regret, you do not have to defend yourself. You have a right to remain silent. God Himself has appointed an advocate for you, and it is His very Son, the One who died for your sins.

Do not magnify your problems; let God be exalted over all the earth. Do not let your unbelieving words deplete your soul of life, for the more you talk, the more peace you lose.

Be slow to speak. Before you can learn to speak for God, you must learn what NOT to speak. This battle is not about overcoming difficult circumstances around you; it is about listening to the Lord, hearing what He intends to do, then following Him to victory.

Remember, dear friend, the words of Paul: “Be anxious for nothing.” The true battle you are facing is not one of action, but direction: you must ascend vertically to be successful horizontally.

Secure your soul in God and you will secure victory in your life. In the presence of God, the porous nature of the human soul is a great advantage. We can escape the stresses of life. We can actually be saturated with the life-restoring substance of God!

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.


A service of Frangipane Ministries, Inc.
Copyright (c) 2010
All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations
were taken from the NASB.

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What should the Kingdom of Heaven look like in the world today?

The Apostle Paul

He was a Pharisee; he was trained and grew up under the influence of the most prominent law teacher in his time named Gamaliel. (Acts 22:3) But after the Apostle Paul got saved and was converted near Damascus, since then, his goal was to be like the Lord Jesus Christ.

· He said this,I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but dung that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8).

· And so after living by this goal in his life he said this,BUT I HAVE ALL, AND ABOUND, I AM FULL…!” (Philippians 4:18)

· He also said this,…as having nothing and yet POSSESING ALL THINGS…” (II Corinthians 6:10).

· Moreover he said this,I think myself HAPPY…” (Acts 26:2).

· Near the end of his life he said this,I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith!” (II Timothy 4:7)

Below I’ve included a devotion by David Wilkerson, entitled: Where are the Timothys?

As I read it, it became very clear to me that there aren’t very many like Paul today, that’s for sure.

This is not only a problem in the church, but it is also a very serious problem in our government as well.

We have way too many Indians; where nobody wants to serve anymore, and everyone wants to be a chief!

In many churches today, the position of Pastor has become more like that of a CEO of a corporation, where they see themselves as being served; where the goal is more to insulated themselves from their sheep, by middle management staff, rather than to serve them.

How different is that from the example that Jesus gave, who was God incarnate, and yet humbled Himself to perform the lowliest job possible, which was to washed the feet of His disciples, and then how about when He told them, “…to go and do likewise;” or how about when He said, “The greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven would be the least.”

In fact the very word that is used in the New Testament for Minister, (diakoneo, in Greek) means to serve,orwait upon.

This sort of problem also exists in our government today, as well, where the term “Public Service” has become an oxymoron.

It is more than obvious that so many of our politicians today see themselves as anything but servants; but rather, more times than not today, these political positions, within our government, have become more about personal greed and lust for more power and influence, where it’s more about advancing one’s career and position, rather than it is to do what’s right, and best for the general public.

This is what is confusing to me… this behavior that is so prevalent in the world is normal… is it not?

Not only that, but most of us would be right there with them, if it had not been for us having had our lives changed through the re-birth experience, the influence of the Bible, in our lives; and the influence of the Holy Spirit; and our relationship with Jesus Christ!

Compare this behavior, which is prevalent today in both the church at large, and also in government, with that of Jesus:

Philippians 2:5-8

The Humbled and Exalted Christ

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

We are in the world, we live here, but for sure we are not to be of the world; and we are actually called to be much different from the world.

It is the church that should be at the forefront and avant-garde of every culture and society, and it should be the world who is following us!!!

That was always Jesus plan, and that was what the preaching of the Gospel of Heaven is all about, where we are to be implementing, in the earth, the will and Kingdom of God, as it is in heaven!

The thing I don’t understand is how did the church ever feel they could have anything different, after having abdicated their position and responsibly, in government, to unbelievers?

How is it that we expected an unbeliever, who doesn’t know God, has never had an encounter with God, and nor has he had a relationship with God, how is it that we thought we would get anything different, from these people, than what we are getting… which is they are taking our nation to hell in a hand basket?

I mean duhh… what else did we expect would happen?

You know, come to think of it, this is the natural state of for all of us outside of Christ… is it not?

In fact, this is the natural state of man, in general, outside of God, where we are always dealing with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life… where practically everything we do, is all about wanting and getting our own way; wanting everything we can get for ourselves, in terms of money, power, and position; and always wanting to appear, in the eyes of men, as being someone who is important… all of these things are of the flesh, and they have nothing to do with our being Christ like, or about our serving the Father.

This is what you expect in the world; but certainly this is not to be in the church!

That’s why God has called the church to be the head, and not the tail in society; and that’s why our real ministry is to be out in the marketplace, with all signs, wonders, and miracles accompanying our preaching of the Gospel, and not just left to be inside the four walls of a building once or twice a week.

In the following video clip, I’d like you to listen to a man talk about what I believe has been God’s plan all along; and this is something I believe that the Holy Spirit is bringing about in our day and time… check it out!

The Seven Mountains Mandate

This is our only hope, and without this happening, as part of, and along side of a Spiritual Awakening and Revival, in our land, then I don’t see how our nation can last much longer… going in the direction we are going!

Pray folks, watch and pray that this will happen, and that we can put our nation back on track with God again.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

—–Original Message—–
From: DAVID WILKERSON TODAY [mailto:no-reply@lists.worldchallenge.org]
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 11:57 AM
To: devotions-en@lists.worldchallenge.org
Subject: WHERE ARE THE TIMOTHYS?

WHERE ARE THE TIMOTHYS?

by David Wilkerson | May 20, 2010

It was to the Philippian Christians that Paul first introduced the truth, “Let the mind of Christ be in you.” Paul wrote this message to them while he was imprisoned in Rome.

It was from a jail cell that Paul declared he had the mind of Christ, casting aside his reputation to become a servant of Jesus and his church.

Now he wrote, “I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state” (Philippians 2:19).

This is the thinking, the outworking, of the mind of Christ. Think about it: Here was a pastor, sitting in jail, yet he wasn’t thinking of his own comfort, his own hard situation. He was concerned only about the spiritual and physical condition of his people.

And he told his sheep, “My comfort will come only when I know you’re doing well, in spirit and body. So I’m sending Timothy to check up on you, in my behalf.”

Then Paul makes this alarming statement: “For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state” (2:20).

What a sad statement! As Paul wrote this, the church around him in Rome was growing and being blessed. Clearly, there were godly leaders in the Roman church. But, Paul says, “I have no man who shares with me the mind of Christ.” Why was this so? “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” (2:21).

Evidently, there was no leader in Rome with a servant’s heart—no one who had cast aside reputation and become a living sacrifice. Instead, everyone was set on pursuing his own interests.

None had the mind of Christ. Paul could trust no one to go to Philippi to be a true servant to that body of believers.

Paul’s words here cannot be softened: “Everybody’s out for himself. These ministers seek only to benefit themselves. That’s why there’s nobody here I can trust to naturally care for your needs and hurts, except Timothy.”

Our prayer should be: “Lord, I don’t want to be focused only on myself in a world that’s spinning out of control. I don’t want to be concerned about my own future. I know you hold my path in your hands. Please, Lord, give me your mind, your thinking, your concerns. I want to have your servant’s heart.” Amen.

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