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Rise Up Mighty Warriors!

Bless the LORD, who is my rock.

He gives me strength for war

and skill for battle.

He is my loving ally and my fortress,

my tower of safety, my deliverer.

He stands before me as a shield, and I take refuge in him.

He subdues the nations under me. Psalm 144:1-2 (NLT)

David was a man who was pressed on every side by enemies, even some in his own household. But David knew who he was. He was anointed by God to be King of Israel and he was a warrior. He knew that it was God who gave him his strength. It was God who trained him. God was his ally and his shield and fortress. If things looked bad he always ran to the one who created him. Yes David failed at times, but he always got back up, repented and went on. He was a man after God’s own heart.

Like David, Paul was also pressed on all sides and this is what he wrote through the Holy Spirit in 2 Corinthians 4:8-12 "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be obvious in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but it has resulted in eternal life for you." (NLT)

And in Romans 8:31-39 "What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honour next to God, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep."No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us." (NLT)

The victory is ours! We have been made kings and priests and the bible tells us we are seated in high places with Christ. We need to rise up and seize the day! The things and cares of this world should never keep us from being what we truly are in Christ. We are warriors trained by the King himself. This world needs to see people who are bold in their faith no matter what circumstances they are facing. Yes you will be persecuted and mocked, but remember so was Jesus and many of the saints that have gone before you. You are in good company. Be bold and courageous and lift high the word of God which is your sword. Be prepared for battle at all times. Train yourself for war by studying and meditating upon the bible. Remember that we do our best fighting when we are on our knees. Bible%20and%20Sword

Rise up my brothers and sisters, mighty men and women of valour and let’s move forward taking what the Lord has promised us. If ever there was a time we need to do this it is now. Be bold, be strong for the Lord your God is with you!

Paul said it best in Ephesians 6:10-18;

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

College associate editor says ‘Obama is my Jesus’

We are living in serious times and I believe Jesus will be returning for His bride very soon. Jesus said in Matthew 24:23-24; Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. We are seeing these things happen now before our very eyes. Pray for the United States and their upcoming election, that Christians would use their God given discernment in voting for the next President. Pray that many people’s eyes would be opened to the Gospel and be rescued from the wrath to come. – Gerry

Friday, October 17, 2008

WorldNetDaily Exclusive
College associate editor says ‘Obama is my Jesus’
‘I’ve officially been saved, and soon, the rest of the country will be too’

Posted: October 16, 2008


An associate editor of the campus newspaper at Massachusetts’ Smith College has joined the chorus attributing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama messianic characteristics, but he has gone one step further, calling Obama her "Jesus."

"Obama is my homeboy. And I’m not saying that because he’s black – I’m saying that in reference to those Urban Outfitters T-shirts from a couple years ago that said, ‘Jesus is my homeboy.’ Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus," wrote Maggie Mertens in the Smithsophian’s commentary section recently under the headline: "I Will Follow Him: Obama As My Personal Jesus."

"While you may be overtly religious and find this to be idol-worshipping, or may be overtly politically correct and just know that everything in that sentence could be found offensive, I’m afraid it’s true anyway," she wrote.

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The writing prompted P.J. Gladnick, in a posting on NewsBusters.org, to express concern about Mertens’ dedication to her "Jesus."

He cited her conclusion: "I’ve officially been saved, and soon, whether they like it or not, the rest of the country will be too. I will follow him, all the way to the White House, and I’ll be standing there in our nation’s capital in January 2009, when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America. In the name of Obama, Amen."

"Saved, ‘whether they like it or not.’ That sounds like a threat to me," the NewsBusters report said. "What will you do, Maggie? Burn non-believers in your holy Barack at the Democrat party stake for being heretics?"

He said the problem is people turning Obama into a sort of spiritual savior, as WND reported radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan also has done with Obama.

"A lot of the commenters to this article were hoping that this was just satire by Maggie Mertens, NewsBusters’ Gladnik said. "Your humble correspondent knows satire and this was definitely not satire. Mertens was serious although, after the richly deserved mocking she is sure to receive over her belief in Barack, she might try to squirm out of it by pulling a Sheryl Crow. … She might claim she was really just joking as Crow claimed after she was widely ridiculed by claiming we could fight global warming by using just one square of toilet paper per sitting. Crow was serious and so is Maggie Mertens in proclaiming Barack Obama as her savior."

Mertens also described Obama as "my miracle."

Get "The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama’s War on American Values"

"Barack Obama bore to me his testimony in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention, a testimony that included believing in concepts as simple and wholesome as the Constitution; a belief the current administration had done away with entirely. … I was intrigued. I would follow him," she wrote.

"I must admit, I questioned this myself. After all, would I have ever bought a T-shirt with Al Gore’s face on it? Was this all he was, the newest pop culture fad? I questioned my newfound faith – was it all only a phase, like the time I thought I was Baptist in junior high? But my inner dogmatic struggle only helped cement my beliefs," she continued.

"Wait, this is satire, right," wrote one participant in the newspaper’s forum.

"It’s very telling that people have to ask if this is satire, don’t you think," said another.

"Um … whoa. I hope this is a parody. … If it isn’t, I just don’t know what to say except that your conception of the appropriate place of government and politicians in our lives appears to have reverted 2000+ years," added another.

On the NewsBusters site, the concern level was ratcheted up a notch.

"This is actually quite frightening. There are a lot of stories out there where people actually look at Obama as more of a deity than a typical politician," wrote one forum participant. "And I have yet to hear him counter it."

This messianic image of Obama was highlighted by ABC’s Jake Tapper

NewBusters managing editor Ken Shepherd had earlier commented on the "penchant" in some media corporations "for selecting photographs of Sen. Barack Obama that make him appear rather, um, messianic."

He cited an ABC blog, which featured a photograph of Obama with a halo around his head, and raised similar questions.

Accompanying the critique of media image uses there was the headline: "There is Born to You This Day in the City of Chicago a Savior."

WND reported less than a week ago on comments from Farrakhan, another powerful Chicago-based political figure associated with the Obama’s longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who told an audience when Obama talks "the Messiah is absolutely speaking."

You can watch it for yourself on a newly posted YouTube video.

Addressing a large crowd behind a podium Feb. 24 with a Nation of Islam Saviour’s Day 2008 sign, Farrakhan proclaims,

"You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking."

WND also previously reported a website called "Is Barack Obama the Messiah?" captured the wave of euphoria that followed the Democratic senator’s remarkable rise.

WND also reported when talk radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized Democrats who were comparing Obama to Jesus and Gov. Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate.

"I know Jesus Christ. I pray to Jesus Christ all the time," said Limbaugh." I study what Jesus Christ did and said all the time, and let me tell you something, Barack Obama, you are no Jesus Christ."

Democrats, including party strategist Donna Brazile and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., earlier made nearly identical biblical comparisons of the characters in this presidential election, which Limbaugh traced back to a Sept. 4 posting on a Washington blog.

"Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus," Cohen said during a one-minute speech on the floor of the U.S. House. "Pontius Pilate was a governor."

Where Are the Watchmen? Blow the Trumpets!

When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’ (Ezekiel 33:3-6)

In biblical times a watchman was a someone who was given the task of watching over a city or crops. If the watchman fell asleep or failed to give warning to an attack from an enemy, the results could be disastrous. The city could be overrun before anyone knew what hit them. The crops could be wiped out and people go hungry. It was a serious position and anyone who left his post or was caught asleep while on watch would pay a high price and could even be executed for it.

It was also a responsibility that was given to the prophets and leaders of the nations of Israel and Judah. Ezekiel was one who was called to be a watchman by God and God warned him of serious consequences if he didn’t do as God had told him to do in warning the people.   

"Therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul" (Ezekiel 33:7-9).

John the Baptist was also given the task of being a watchman. His was a voice crying out in the wilderness.  In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:1 He warned the people about their sin and the dangers they were facing. He also exposed corruption in government officials (Herod and his adulterous affair) and spoke out about it for which he was beheaded.

Jesus warned the people not to follow the Pharisees and Sadducees. He exposed their sins and warned the people they needed to turn back to God. He warned the people about the things to come and revealed to them the condition of their hearts. 

In the church today the responsibility has been given to those who are in leadership such as the five fold ministry (Eph. 4:11), elders and or the heads of families. Unfortunately many don’t take that position seriously and have either left their post or fallen asleep. They have allowed the wolves to come in and steal, kill and destroy those who are under their watch. Churches have been destroyed, homes wrecked and even some nations have fallen because the shepherds or watchmen did not warn the people. Rampant false teaching and heretical prophets are ravaging the precious doctrines of the apostles and adding huge doses of "leaven" to the pure teachings of God’s Word. Many are wandering today without a spiritual home and the guidance that a watchman or shepherd brings.

Jesus warned us that we were to watch and pray but many are not and the darkness is catching them unaware.

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36

If your child is playing and all a sudden runs out into the street after a ball and a truck is bearing down on him, what would you do? You would warn him as loudly as possible and do all that is necessary to rescue him. If we don’t we risk that child being injured or killed. It’s the same thing with sin. If we don’t give warning to those under our care about it’s dangers and consequences we risk seeing them lost for eternity and their blood will be upon our heads.

This world and it’s times are coming to an end. The prophecies about the end time are being fulfilled. Many false teachers who have strayed from the word are leading many away from the truth. The enemy is raising up leaders who will prepare the way for the man of sin, the anti-christ. Now is the time that the watchmen blow their trumpets louder than ever. We must warn the people of the dangers and that there is a way out. We must expose the works of darkness (Eph.5:11) and the plans of the enemy that the people may avoid the snares and traps of the enemy. There will be many of our own households and the body of Christ who will criticize us but the watchmen and shepherds cannot stop blowing their horns until our Lord returns. The cost of not doing so is too great. 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

For those of you who are not in positions of leadership you need to support the shepherds and watchmen not cause them discouragement. They are only watching out for you. They are doing what God has asked them to do, sometimes at great cost to themselves. We have to give a greater account than you will. You need to pray for us, that God would lead us by His Spirit into all truth and that we would be sober and vigilant as Peter has said.  

Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either]. Hebrews 13:17

It’s time for the watchmen to do their job that they have been called to do.

Blow the trumpet loud and clear, Loud enough that all may hear, Stand your ground armour on, Warn all people that Christ is near.

Forgiving Others

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matt. 6: 14-15

Many Christians hold on to grudges, not understanding the danger that they are putting themselves in. The scriptures are very clear, if you cannot forgive someone for sinning against you; God cannot forgive you your sins. Sin destroys and brings death. It has been proven by secular doctors that when you hold a grudge and cannot forgive someone, the higher the chances are of you developing heart disease, arthritis and other forms of sickness.

My father was an alcoholic and would frequently beat my mother. I would hide under my bed trying to escape her cries and my anger towards my father would grow. When I reached 18 and my parent’s marriage ended, I wanted nothing to do with him. I wished he were dead. I remember if I’d see him coming down the street, I’d cross to the other side in order to avoid him. I was very unforgiving towards my father and it ate away at my body and spirit. I suffered from anxiety attacks and depression. I would try to get away from the anger by turning to sex and parties. At 24 my body was worn out and I developed severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was told that by the time I reached 30 years old I’d be in a wheelchair. It was during this time I turned back to God.

I had accepted Jesus into my heart at 8 years old and remembered the joy I had at that time, but I had fallen away as I grew older. I asked Jesus to restore me, wash me, cleanse me and heal me. My hands and jaw that had been disfigured by the disease were restored and my faith in Jesus was renewed. I realized through reading God’s word where my illness came from and that I had to forgive my father. I sought him out and told him that I loved him and forgave him and asked for his forgiveness as well. We both wept and he asked Jesus into his heart a few months later.

Where is your heart today? Do you have trouble forgiving someone who hurt you? We are to walk in forgiveness. How many times are you to forgive? Jesus said seventy times seven a day. (Matt 18:21-22) If Christ, when He was on the cross and all our sins were laid upon Him could say, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." We have no excuse. We must forgive as He forgave otherwise we put ourselves in danger. Jesus told a parable on the subject of forgiveness after telling Peter how often we are to forgive.

“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.  In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.

“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.

“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.

“His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.

“When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.

“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” Matthew 18:23:34 (NLT)

Maybe somebody has done some horrific things to you that you have trouble forgiving. Rape, murder, incest and other things are horrible crimes that happen in our society because of sin and they should not go unpunished and they won’t. I don’t want to be insensitive to the pain that people who have suffered from these things feel. The scars left behind in those affected are hard to deal with but with prayer, biblical counselling and a close relationship with God it is possible. One has to remember that no one suffered more through beatings and torture than Jesus. He was spit upon, mocked and humiliated in ways we just can’t imagine, took the sins of the entire world upon Himself and yet what were the words He uttered on the cross? He said “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 28:34 He forgave freely and He is our example.

Check your heart and forgive those who have sinned against you. Release any bitterness that is eating away at you. If you have trouble, ask God to help you and Seek out a pastor that is willing to give good sound biblical counselling. I promise you God will bring healing and peace to your life. Come to the cross and lay it down.