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Pray


"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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

Prayer is something that should be as natural as breathing. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to; "Pray continually." and yet for many of us the most we pray is kind of like this; "Lord bless my family, bless my pastor, and bless my boss, Amen!" Sound familiar. I’m sure many of us at the end of a tiring day have prayed like that. And then we wonder why things are not going well in our lives, our families and our churches. We wonder why we find it so easy to sin and so hard to read God’s Word. Why we lack power and can’t hear His voce anymore. Why many of our needs are not being met.

Isaiah 59:1-2 says; "Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." Lack of prayer is sin.

In 1 Samuel 12:23a Samuel in talking to the children of Israel says; "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you." Jesus commanded us to pray. In Luke 18:1 says; Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Paul in Ephesians 6:18 after telling us to put on the full armour of God says; "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

Praying is not something that is left up to the pastors or leaders in the Church. Every Christian needs to pray! We can’t let the intercessors do all the work. Prayer plugs you into the power source who is God. Today we have many powerless Christians walking around and the church in North America has stopped growing and has become weak It is us who don`t pray who are to blame. We find all kinds of excuses as to why we don`t have time to pray and why we can`t attend prayer meeting. I know that even in reading this some of you will make excuses. Our example is Jesus. He never stops praying for us. Romans 8:34 says; "Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died, more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." Jesus says in Revelation 3:16-17 in talking to the church of Laodicea says; "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth." We have become lukewarm. Some of us, if not all need to repent and get on our knees. I don`t know about you but I surely don`t want to be one of those that gets spit out of Jesus`mouth. Stop making excuses. Humble yourself and ask God for forgiveness. Seek His face, pray and watch what He will do.

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Strange Fire


Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over it. In this way, they disobeyed the LORD by burning before him a different kind of fire than he had commanded. So fire blazed forth from the LORD’s presence and burned them up, and they died there before the LORD. Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD meant when he said, `I will show myself holy among those who are near me. I will be glorified before all the people.’ " And Aaron was silent. Leviticus 10:1-3

Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron. They had been anointed as priests by God and had accompanied Moses partway up Mount Sinai and had seen God. In an act of disobedience they took fire from another source other than God’s alter and for this reason, God consumed them. They had been taught by their father all they needed to know to be a priest. They knew the correct way of offering incense, so what caused them to do this? It is not told us. Perhaps it was pride, drunkenness, or just plain stupidity we don’t know. It could be that because they were sons of the high priest that they thought they were immune to God’s punishment. Basically, they had mocked God’s holiness with their presumption and that was their sin.

Today so many in the body of Christ want to be in positions of leadership. They want to involved in one of the glamour ministries such as being a pastor, teacher, prophet, evangelist, apostle, worship leader, singer, etc. Many don’t understand the cost that is involved with being in one of these positions. They want the prestige. When a person is called to one of these positions they are called to a separated life, a holy life. God always confirms your calling through 2 or 3 witnesses. To presume that you are called without that is a dangerous thing. James 1:3 says "Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness." Christians in these potions are held to a greater accountability as they are the leaders and can cause many to stumble if they fall. To presume that God won’t punish you for sin if you are in a position such as these, is sure to bring strong judgement. A number years ago there was a well known televangelist that preached holiness. One day it was discovered that he had been meeting with a prostitute at a motel. His ministry came crashing down very quickly. He later confessed that he believed he was immune and presumed that God would not judge him. He was offering up strange fire in his meetings. Many fell away because of his sin. You can not be in a position of leadership without a holy walk. To presume otherwise will bring you to nothing but destruction.

Hillsongs – How Great Is Our God


Illusions of Beauty


Last night as I was checking out a Canadian news web page I came across an article on a series of commercials that have been put out by Dove. These commercials are very well done and speak to the illusion that the fashion and beauty industry has tried to hoist on us for many years, especially upon young girls and women. The media is fixated on beauty and appearance and it tells young women that they can be just as beautiful as the women in the commercials if only they use certain products. They are also led to believe that thin is the only acceptable way to look. Is it any wonder that eating disorders among young women and girls is at an all time high and continuing to rise. Models and actresses are shown without having any blemishes. A girl who may be less than perfect is dealt a blow to their esteem simply because they don’t or can’t match what this world says is normal. Even boys look at girls differently. They look for those girls who match what they see on the television. Relationships are now built more upon looks than upon personality and because looks don’t last neither does the relationship. From my own experience many women who have the look (not all) are shallow and use their looks to get the things they want. Many may be beautiful on the outside, but inside they are full of self. What’s on the inside is ugly.

Dove – Evolution

Beauty, true beauty, comes from the inside. Most of the time outward beauty does not work itself to the inside. Proverbs 31:30 say; "Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."

Here are some other scriptures that relate to appearance;

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1Peter 3:3-4

There is no one as beautiful or as attractive as a man or woman who has submitted themselves to God completely and has His joy shining through their lives.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:28

According to Isaiah, our Lord was not known for looks. He would have been a rugged man, being a carpenter. People were drawn to Him because the beauty of God’s Spirit, not because He was a good looking man.

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
      And as a root out of dry ground.
      He has no form or comeliness;
      And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him
. Isaiah 44:2

With the world telling us who is and who is not beautiful, who can we trust? The Lord. He sees us, His children, as beautiful. We have been clothed in the righteousness of Christ and are His people. The work of His hands. When He created man He declared all things good. Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed of the way that God had created them. It was only after they sinned that they realized they were naked and thus began man’s decent into who we are today. Everyone of us is flawed and pale to the beauty God had originally created in us. We are flawed vessels fit for the fire. Sin is that imperfection and flaw. It is sin makes us ugly and separates us from God. It is only in coming to Christ that some of what we lost is restored and it won’t be until we arrive in glory that the true beauty will be seen. But know this, God loves you! No matter what you look like or where you have been or what you have done. He loves you!

Meditate on this Psalm and ask God to reveal His heart to you.

Psalm 139
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
         You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
         And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
         And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
         It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
         Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
         If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
         And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
         Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
         But the night shines as the day;
         The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
         You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Marvelous are Your works,
         And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
         And in Your book they all were written,
         The days fashioned for me,
         When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
         How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
         When I awake, I am still with You.
19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
         Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
         Your enemies take Your name in vain.

21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You?
         And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
         I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
         Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
         And lead me in the way everlasting.

Know His heart today. No matter who you are, you are beautiful to Him and in the end, He is the only one that matters.

Does Anybody See Her? – Casting Crowns


The Politically Correct Myths About Islam – Part IIII


Taken from the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades by Robert Spencer ISBN 0-89526-013-1

Today’s Jihad

The Jihad Continues

Guess What?

  • Islam has not reformed or changed it’s traditional doctrines of Jihad warfare.
  • Modern-day jihad groups are working to restore the caliphate as a means to further their war against the west.
  • These groups despise democracy as a Western import at odds with the caliphate and sharia law.

Muhammad vs Jesus

"My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight." John 18:36

"I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

 

"Islamophobia" and Today’s Ideological Jihad

Guess What?

  • The UN has condemned "Islamophobia" while turning a blind eye to atrocities committed by jihadists.
  • The charge of "Islamophobia" is used to intimidate and silence critics of violent jihad in Islam.
  • Some groups are even trying to brand those who tell the truth about Islam and jihad as purveyors of "hate speech."

Muhammad vs Jesus

"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish" Luke 6:35

"Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers. If any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah; except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them." Qur’an 3:28

 

Criticizing Islam May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Guess What?

  • One Australian state has outlawed speaking the truth about Islam…and Great Britain and other countries are contemplating similar laws.
  • Violent Islamic intimidation has come to the West: Filmmaker Theo van Gohg was murdered on an Amsterdam street for allegedly offending Muslims.
  • Converts from Islam to Christianity must live in fear even in the United States and Canada.

Muhammad vs Jesus

"And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town." Matthew 10:14

"Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him."

 

The Crusade We Must Fight Today

Guess What?

  • Europe could be Islamic by the end of the twenty-first century.
  • In order to defeat the international jihadist threat, the U.S. must reconfigure its alliances on the basis of where countries stand on Islamic Jihad

Muhammad vs Jesus

"So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12

"None of you will have faith till he likes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself."

The Muslim version of the Golden Rule extends only to fellow Muslims, not to unbelievers.

Christ Is There


Christ Is There

 

When life is hard

Christ is there

When your health is weak

Christ is there

When He seems so far away

Christ is there

When you are despised and rejected

Christ is there

Whether you are asleep or awake

Christ is there

Even when you don’t feel Him

Christ is there

When you are in prison

Christ is there

When you despair

Christ is there

In the good and the bad times

Christ is there

When all seems lost

Christ is there

When you fall and sin

Christ is there

When you were born

Christ was there

When you die

Christ will be there

 

Fear not, for I am with you;
      Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you,
      Yes, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’  Isaiah 41:10

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

In every circumstance of my life I have found Christ to be there. Twice in my life I was at a point where I lost everything and had no reason left to live, but Christ was there. Both times He reached down and pulled me out of those deep dark pits. Both times He set my feet once more on solid ground. When I faced depression that was so heavy I despaired of hope and life, Christ was there. When I spent at first 6 weeks and then another 3 in the hospital for major surgery, He was there. When my son was kidnapped and taken to the United States, Christ was there. When my wife’s mind fell apart, Christ was there. He has never, ever forsaken me. He has always been there. No matter what situation I found myself in, He was there. At times , as a matter of fact many times when I was not faithful, He remained faithful to me. Oh what a faithful Friend and Saviour He has proven to be.

Are you living in fear? Have you lost hope? No matter what you are facing! Christ is there!