Ezra the scribe sought the Lord to do His will. He studied, prayed, memorized His Word, and then taught it to the people. Even the Persian king Artaxerxes recognized the Spirit of God within Ezra, and decreed that what Ezra needed for his people, it should be done. Also, that Ezra should set magistrates and judges over the people, and he himself teach the people what they do not know (Ez 7:21, 25).
We would do very well to read the life of Ezra, and follow his lead in how he spent time getting to know the LORD God, reading and studying His Word, praying, and then taking the Word of God to the people, to teach and preach it to them.
Having the Word of God in your mind and heart (Ps. 119:9-11) is a very good thing these days. It is what keeps me in perfect peace (Is. 26:3), even during such evil days as we are living in.
When the enemy tries to get a foothold in my life, I quickly rebuke the evil ones with Scripture I have memorized, or go to the Word and start speaking it out, to extinguish the fiery darts (Eph. 6:16) that the enemy shoots onto the battlefield (my mind).
Yes, the hand of God can work for good in all souls that allow the Triune Godhead into their lives.
If one does not have the Spirit of God living and working in them, then as it is written, “the wrath of God abides in him” (Jn. 3:36).
Decide for yourself just who you will serve in this life (Joshua 24:15); for it WILL determine where you end up in Eternity.
“And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken UP; and a CLOUD received them out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward Heaven AS HE WENT UP, behold two men stood by in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into Heaven? THIS SAME JESUS, which is TAKEN UP FROM YOU into Heaven, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER as you have seen Him go into Heaven.” Acts 1:9-11
(The Apostle John writes) “And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a White Horse; and HE that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called THE WORD OF GOD. And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goes a sharp SWORD, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-16
“The LORD looks down from Heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God” (Ps. 14:2).
Pray for every inhabitant on the face of the Earth, that they may take a knee NOW, while they still have breath in their lungs, and acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, Lord, King, and Master, before it is too late (Phil. 2:9-11).
If anyone has cried over the sins and evils that both mankind and demon have done, it is the LORD God, and His Son. The Holy Spirit has grieved like no other, to see this world decline and become like those evil creatures chained in Tartarus, awaiting their Day of Judgment (2 Pet. 2:4-10; Jude 1:6-7).
But until That Day arrives; Until the Lord finishes what He has started so long ago, EVERY person who still has breath in them, STILL has an opportunity to REPENT, and ask Him for forgiveness. He will gladly give it to all those who cry out to Him (Ps. 18:6; 34:6,17).
For those who refuse, There is a place where they will go for all eternity; It was NEVER meant for mankind, but only for Satan and all those angelic spirits who rebelled against their Master so long ago (Is. 66:22-24; Dan. 12:1-2; Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Thess. 1:5-10; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:11-15).
The LORD is Just. He must punish the wicked ones of mankind along with those angelic creatures.
That Day is coming…SOON. NO ONE knows that Day or Hour, but the Father Himself (Matt. 24:36).
Will YOU be ready when He calls His children HOME to Himself? Will YOU escape the Time of His Wrath upon the Earth that is yet to come (Ps. 110:5; Is. 13:6; Jer. 30:7; Joel 2:11; Rev. 6:17)?
The only person that can answer that question, and will be held RESPONSIBLE for what happens to their ETERNAL state, Is YOU.
Cry out to the LORD now; SEEK His Face; CALL upon His name. HE WILL ANSWER YOU (Jer. 33:3; Ps. 17:6; Ps. 20:6; Zech. 10:6; Is. 30:19).
“Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide Your face from me, or I will be like those who descend into the Pit” (Ps. 143:7).
Do not wait for “tomorrow”; there might not be one.
This may have been written years ago in the days of Jeremiah, but the Word of the LORD still stands as true today as it did then.
His Word does not “expire”; it does not just speak to a certain people in a certain place for a certain time due certain circumstances that were going on…
No, God’s Words and Warnings still ring out loud and clear for the people of THIS century, and EVERY nation that exists today.
The United States of America has been given many blessings by the Lord God Almighty, and in the past century, this nation has slowly turned its face away from the LORD God, and turned toward false gods and idols.
The United States of America, and other nations as well, must REPENT before the LORD God NOW-IMMEDIATELY, before He ushers in a time of tribulation and wrath so fierce, hardly anyone will survive through it.
Mankind has allowed himself to be deceived by the father of lies, Satan, and his horde of demons to steal, kill, and destroy every nation and corrupt every leader possible, in order to bring those countries to ruin, and their people into demonic bondage.
The only way that The United States and the other nations will have a chance to survive, is for them to REPENT, wholeheartedly turn back toward Him and ask the LORD God to heal their nation.
If this is not done, and mankind thinks he has no need for God, he WILL be destroyed, but not before the LORD rescues His people out of the WRATH that is to come.
REPENT, or be DESTROYED. THAT is your FREE WILL choice, America, and all other nations that are under the wrath of the Almighty.
This is what I heard while praying and speaking to the Father this morning about all that is going on; about all those who, especially even my own loved ones, who no longer even speak to me. Their hearts have hardened because they have let the fiery darts (Eph. 6:16) of the evil one take over their minds.
Every one of us, especially those who consider themselves to be sons and daughters of God will be held accountable for NOT “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” because they did NOT “bring into captivity EVERY THOUGHT to the OBEDIENCE of Christ” (1 Cor. 10:5).
Those who disregard God’s Word think that they will not be held accountable for any of this.
They are GRAVELY wrong.
They will not just lie in a grave or in an urn somewhere; they WILL stand before an Almighty God, His Son, Jesus Christ, AND the Holy Spirit, and give an account of the very lives we lived (Rom. 14:12; 1 Pet. 4:5).
Take the words that the Holy Spirit said here, seriously; VERY seriously.
Because there COMES a Day—SOONER than one thinks, that we ALL will be in front of Him Who is a “consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29).
“See that you refuse not Him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on Earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from HIM that speaks from HEAVEN: whose Voice then shook the Earth: but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not the Earth only, but also HEAVEN.” Hebrews 12:25-27
BUT, I will leave you with this hopeful consoling thought: The LORD is merciful (Deut. 4:31; 2 Chron. 30:9; Ps. 103:8; 116:5; 117:2; Joel 2:13)—He WILL continue to try and turn your evil hearts toward Him, even when all tribulation HELL breaks through, and hope seems to be lost.
He will continue to be there, waiting for you to “call upon the name of the Lord to be saved” (Joel 2:32; Rom. 10:13; 1Cor. 1:9; Is. 65:1; 2Pet. 1:10-11; Acts 2:38).
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This book would make a beautiful gift for someone, and the devotionals are no more than a 5-10 minute read. It is a great way to start your day, during a mid-day break, or before you settle in for the night, to read a little bit of Scripture, then meditate and pray on it.
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I am trying to hopefully finish the second of my three-book faith journey series (the subtitle will be, “A Season of Trials, Temptations and (Many!) Tears”), before the end of this month, especially before my fall grad classes start again. Once they do, that takes up most of my time and energy. I will make another post when the book is available.
Thank you so much in advance if you do go ahead and purchase any of my books; right now, it is my only income because of the amount of schoolwork I have to endure. But I realize the more I write, the more I am enjoying it. It definitely is proving to be something the Lord wanted me to do all along—I just did not initially think I had it in me to write a book, and now I just completed my third one; amazing what a person can do when they allow the Spirit to move within them and use the gifts that He gives to us. Not only does it end up blessing me and honoring Him, but it also blesses those who read the books and get inspired and encouraged by them. God bless!
BUT, realize when you do all these things, it IS for certain that you will: Lose friends like Jesus did. Lose family members like Jesus did. Have people ignore you like they did to Jesus. Have those who were the closest to you, as best friends, even, no longer want to talk to you or see you anymore, like what they did to Jesus (that actually happened to Joseph and Mary, His parents, as well). Have people hate you for no reason at all, like they hated Jesus. Have people ostracize you, like they did Jesus. Have people tell lies about you, like they did to Jesus. Have some want to even harm you or kill you, like how they wanted to do to Jesus. Have some put curses on you, like they did with Jesus. Have people not include you in family gatherings anymore, because your love for Jesus. Have people try to silence you because of your love for Jesus.
The devil moves people to see you as their enemy, because you put God and His Word first in your life, as Jesus did. They will persecute you, because they persecuted Jesus.
No matter how many times you reach out, No matter how many times you try to let them know you still love them, No matter how many times you tell them you miss them and want to stay in touch with them, No matter how successful and accomplished you can be-if you love Jesus, most will have hardly anything to do with you.
But did not Jesus tell us that would all happen? He did. Is it still worth following Him, then, to lose all those who would rather not have anything to do with you, because of your love for the Lord Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit? Is it REALLY all worth it?
YES, IT IS.
I do not like it; it breaks my heart that loved ones have nothing to do with me anymore. And if you are a follower of Christ, it WILL happen to you too.
BUT I will STILL go on, loving, caring, praying, forgiving, being patient with and serving others, even if while I’m here on this Earth, I do not see the “fruit” of my labors. I will see them fulfilled One Day, when my Lord soon calls me Home, and honestly, that is really all that matters.
Jesus IS all that matters to me.
Because as HE hung on that Cross, I was ALL that MATTERED to HIM.
This is short and sweet, but as soon as I read today’s quote from the daily devotional I received in my inbox this morning, I knew I had to share it with everyone.
We, the Body of Christ = Church—NEED to have this fire kindled in our lives each and every day!
The days are coming, and actually are already here, that the people will long to hear the Word of the Lord. The enemy will do ANYTHING to keep us from hearing it by distracting us as much as possible, and also will keep us from having that relationship with the LORD God, and learning His Word.
Be a holy rebel—be the ONE that the devil hates, and allow God’s consuming fire to burn all that keeps you from getting closer to Him. Then allow Him to grow and mature you into the strong servant warrior of Christ you were meant to be!
I normally do not use my site to speak about anything else but spiritual and Biblical things, but then again this is MY blog site, and I can write about what I want, right?
So if the world wants to celebrate something as vile as men having vile sex with each other, women doing the same, and companies want to “join in” by showing their support, well I guess I have the right to say that I DO NOT stand with them, because my God, Who happens to be my FATHER, does NOT allow such evils to be practiced, or worse yet, celebrated!
So WHY NOT celebrate the BIBLICAL things, like all the Judeo-Christian holidays and such? WHY NOT give praise and honor to the LORD GOD and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who CREATED the very EARTH these humans live on? Why has the world pushed Him aside? Because what they stand for—evil—is dead set against Him and His Word. Heavy on the “dead” part, but I will get to that in a bit. Good and evil cannot live with one another; one of them has to be destroyed—that is the invisible war presently going on behind the scenes that most humans have no clue about.
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people say to me, “I do not want any Christianity or Bible passages shoved down my throat—if I do not believe, you have to respect my rights!” Ok, so WHY THEN, can they not respect OUR rights to not see or hear about it either? Every time I turn around now, I see drag queens putting on shows with CHILDREN in the audience, or reading to them in libraries? OR, worse yet, allowing their children to LIVE OUT that lifestyle as well! And there are parents out there that think this is all great and just part of the “evolution” of the human! Oh yea, the human is DEVOLVING into the very demonic creatures they knowingly or unknowingly, are serving!
WHY is THAT ok? Since when does THAT not cross the “line”, like us Christians sharing the Bible with others?? How can a human being be fine with what actually IS an abomination as per Scripture, but God forbid if I or another Christian start speaking about the Lord Jesus—they’ll say, “Run for the hills, people, these ultra right-wing, 2A, God-loving, Bible-thumping Jesus freaks (oh, and most of like Trump also, so that makes them hate us even more) are at it again—thinking they can force us to become holy! We want nothing to do with them!”
Well guess what? I want NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR VILE, DISGUSTING, DEMONIC, evil ways, either!! Sodom and Gomorrah did not get destroyed by some angry hateful God who had nothing else better to do that day; He destroyed it because ALL of them were so vile, the demonic infestation ran from the adults straight into the children (Gen. 18:17-19:28)! There was no one left that was worth saving, because even Abraham asked the LORD to save them all if there even were only 10 righteous (Gen. 18:32) left in that place, and the LORD said that IF there were 10, He would not destroy those cities.
But, as most people know, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed (see Gen. 19, esp. vs. 28). The disgusting demonic sins of the people had to be dealt with. And even though it has been several thousand years since then, these same sins still exist today, BUT the difference is, the world has been living in what is called “the Age” or “Dispensation” of Grace.
Because of Christ’s work on the Cross, and through His death and resurrection, the world’s inhabitants have had an opportunity all this time to get their life right with the LORD God. Until they take their last breath, a human spirit has the opportunity to come to the LORD God, ask for forgiveness for whatever it was they have done (except for the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit (Mk. 3:29, Luke 12:10, Matt. 12:31). That is as per the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
So except for that, if one were a murderer (like Moses), an adulterer (like David), a thief (like Jacob), a pagan/unbeliever (like Rahab, Ruth, Abraham, the Canaanite woman, or the Roman centurion-just a few examples), the Lord Jesus would lovingly accept their humble plea for forgiveness, cleansing, and deliverance.
THAT is what is missing—people needing to get exorcised and delivered FROM the demonic vexations, infestations, obsessions, and worst of all, POSSESSIONS. Most people, even some Christians (especially clergy these days) do not even believe in the spiritual realm, whether it is angelic or demonic. Hence the reason why Satan and his crew of minions have been able to run around, “seeking whom they may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), because most humans have NO IDEA where the evil is coming from.
Demonic infestation of a human being happens mostly through sexual intercourse = transference of demons from one human to another. Any good exorcist (like the late Fr. Gabriel Amorth) would tell you that is true. But again, most people do not believe in such things, so the evil has “free reign” to grow, fester, and “populate”, if you will, in others who live certain lifestyles that desire to be very sexually “liberal” with themselves and others (see Leviticus 18-21, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, and also Romans 1:18-32). They will have “inherited” many demons, some more stronger than the others, and unless that person is serious about leaving that lifestyle, humbly seeks forgiveness and sincerely desires help from an exorcist or deliverance worker, just giving their lives over to the Lord Jesus will not solve their problems of all the demonic strongholds they have within their spirit, soul, and body.
There are multiple other ways of demonic infestation beside sexual transmission—drugs, alcohol consumption when it becomes an addiction, pornography (basically any type of sexual sin outside the confines of marriage), witchcraft and dealing with any other pagan/false idols, gods, demons, etc. opens up a WIDE path (and a “legal” one for Satan!) for those demons who are in charge and controlling such strongholds in humans, to “set up residence” and create havoc in a human spirit’s life. AND, they will NEVER LEAVE, unless the person gives themselves over completely and wholeheartedly-SPIRIT, SOUL, and BODY—to the Lord Jesus Christ. THAT is the truth. The longer the demons reside in the person, the worse mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually the person gets, until they either end up destroying themselves and most of the time, taking others’ lives in the process.
In closing, I did not write this out of “hatred” for any human spirit being; I wrote it out of LOVE and concern for this human race that has been deceived by those demons and Satan himself, who actually was clever enough to deceive 1/3 of the angelic population WHILE STILL IN GLORY with God Almighty!! Lucifer made an awful free-will choice that day, and has since been sentenced (but NOT YET confined!) to the Pit (Rev. 20:3), and then the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:10).
So what makes a person think they are smarter than him, that they will not “fall” for such demonic traps? Think again, because every single person has been deceived one way or another in their life. “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10). We’ve all “fallen short of the glory of God“ (Rom. 3:23).
Every precious human spirit has the opportunity to go to God NOW, while there is still breath in their lungs, and ask for Him to forgive them, even of the most heinous deeds one could even imagine. Yes, Christ died for that human being as well. In the End (which is soon to come), the Judge of all the living(Ps.50:6; 75:7; Is. 33:22), the Lord Jesus Christ, will sit on His Throne, and separate those who loved Him and His Word, and served Him from those who mocked and reviled Him, His Word and His people, and blatantly and purposefully went against all His Word, to serve Satan and other false gods/demons (Matt. 25:31-46).
A final few verses of loving warning to those who think this was all about “hatred” for those living in that vile lifestyle, and other ungodly living that will bring them into perdition:
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
“And I saw a great White Throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life: and the (spiritually) dead were judged out of those things where were written in the books, according to their works.
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and Death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged EVERY MAN according to their works.
“And Death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. THIS is the SECOND death (the first was the death of the body of the human).
“And WHOSOEVER was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire” (Revelation 20:10-15).