“The Helmet of Salvation” 4/04/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @  www.Godsmanforever.com

(revised from 1/19/2011)

“The Helmet of Salvation… Part 2 of God’s Armor” 

   (For the first  2 days writing…type 4/02-03/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)

I woke up this morning, and before I even had a chance to ask God to guide me through this day, I knew what I was going to write on today… I had been writing about scripture in the Book of Romans, but was sidetracked by the Armor of God, each and every Christian should  be wearing as a complete set…all 6 pieces…(Ephesians 6:10-20)   [ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV ]

In looking at my own weaknesses as a Christian, I am hopeful that others can find out what pieces they are missing of the “Whole Armor of God”, to be able to make a stand against Satan… To be Spirit filled on a more  consistent basis, I believe it’s necessary to be wearing God’s complete set of spiritual armor…   As Christians, any chinks in God’s armor will allow Satan in, and leave a crack in our fragile clay vessel… Our cup cannot be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, if we have any cracks in it…

The apostle Paul tells us in this, in…Ephesians 6:11… “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)

The opening scripture talks about “the helmet of salvation”…   Salvation; or being saved by God’s grace, is all about obeying the Gospel of Christ…   We must understand the gospel, and respond to God’s calling…or we will be left to “die in our sins”, as the Apostle John pens this spoken by Jesus, in…  [See 1. Below for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]

John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (NKJV)

But once we are “Born Again” Christians, we must keep “the helmet of salvation” on 24/7…   Each and every day, we must be thankful for the grace God has gifted us with, as we have been accepted by Him into His family as a redeemed child of God…

As ambassadors of Christ, we must always look for opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around us…  This, for sure, was one of my major shortcomings for over 7 years, as I have previously confessed…because I allowed the Holy Spirit to take a back seat in my life…keeping me less than Spirit filled…Ephesians 5:18-20

Heavenly Father, being Spirit filled is what every Christian should strive to become on a consistent, but not perfect basis… Help each and every reader understand that Your complete set of spiritual armor is required, to protect us from Satan… It starts with “the helmet of salvation”… Help us Father to be striving to put on Your protective armor piece by piece…

Help us to realize that any chinks in our spiritual body armor will leave us vulnerable to Satan, and his bag full of tricks to deceive us…   Being Spirit filled is an ongoing, daily labor of love for You Lord, as Your obedient children walk in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16…   Help us Father, to keep our fragile clay vessel filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit…  I pray for this fullness of Christ within each and every one of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake I pray…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,   bruce

 

References:

 

  1.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER REFORMATION?” 10/20/2017 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER REFORMATION?

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Originally posted by atimetoshare.me on 10/31/15

Throughout history the world has managed to corrupt everything that comes from God’s Word, the Bible.  This distortion continues today when we hear how many churches have eliminated using the Law of God, because most folks don’t like being told they’re wrong.  Some church bodies have become entertainment centers to make you feel good about yourself.  Still others no longer believe that the Bible is completely true – they pick and choose what connects with them.  Some have become social gathering places only.

During the Renaissance, the leaders of countries and churches were doing much the same thing.  The Church of England was partially formed to fit the lifestyle of a king who wanted to divorce his wife.  The power of the church had tremendous influence.  So much so that they could bring in revenue simply by selling forgiveness of sins through indulgences.  Out of that time came the Protestant Reformation.

Are we there today?  Do our churches still preach the Word of God?  Do we have a right to stand up for the truth or do we simply accept a watered down version of Law and Gospel?

Many are fed up with the corruption in our government.  Maybe we should put as much energy into testing our spiritual guides too.  If the truth is not being taught with Biblical purity, call them on it or find a church that does.

Dear, Jesus, you are the head of the church.  Your Bible is how you communicate with us and I know your words are true.  Keep our churches pure.  Don’t allow the devil and the world to corrupt them.  You alone are the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Keep us steadfast in that truth.  Amen!

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P.S. (from bruce) You say you’re not sure Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Savior ??  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

Here is a post I wrote some time ago, on what to look for in a church, titled…  “The Right Church”…   It will give you an idea about what I believe is important when looking to find a good church…  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/the-right-church-8092017-written-by-bruce-r-mills-for-gods-group/

 

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“My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light” 10/19/2017 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:25-30

 

Still speaking in reference to the towns He listed in the last section, Jesus extends His offer of grace; there is still time to repent. He begins praising God the Father for the way that He has hidden His salvation from the “wise and learned” while revealing it to “little children”.

At first glance, this might seem to a little odd; to praise God for hiding His truth, but look again; that isn’t what Jesus is saying at all. The only ones that find the truth of the Gospel to be hidden are the “wise and learned”; the simple can see it easily… if they want to. The wise ones have problems because they want to analyze things with the wisdom of this world. Look at it this way: Philosophy is an inquiry into the great questions of life. The Gospel answers the great questions of life; why don’t the great philosophers accept the Gospel in most cases?

Two things come to mind right away: One is that the Gospel is not a human philosophy, but a revelation from God; philosophers aren’t looking for that in their quest to figure it all out by themselves. Two, the Gospel is simple and not at all convoluted as philosophy usually is.

Jesus offers another explanation: Only the Father knows the Son, only the Son knows the Father, other than those the Son chooses to show the Father to. The only way to the Father is by the Son, and the wise and learned ones seek to find their own way to His truth.

In the final verses of the chapter, Jesus offers to all the chance to come to Him. It isn’t too hard, it isn’t too complicated; it only requires a response.

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P.S. (from bruce)  To find the way to eternal life in heaven with God, really isn’t complicated at all !!  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“The Trinitarian God – Part Seven” 10/18/2017 Written by Pastor Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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The Trinitarian God – Part Seven

The following from Jesuit, Karl Rahner, is a sad commentary on the Western church today. He said, “We must be willing to admit that, should the doctrine of the Trinity have to be dropped as false, the major part of religious literature could well remain virtually unchanged.”(Rohr, The Divine Dance: Trinity and Your Transformation, Kindle loc. 333).

Could it be that our giving lip service to the Trinity is one of the reasons why we’re so divisive within the body of Christ? More on that in a moment. A brief review first.

This is the final installment of my series, “The Trinitarian God.” I’ve already covered the theology, history, and the common objections to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity in this series. Last time, I shared the first two points outlining my thoughts and reasoning for why it should matter to us.

First, God is defined by relationship. He’s a Father, who has a Son, and we connect with Him through His Spirit. Scripture declares that God is love (1 John 4:8), which means other-centered, self-giving relationship defines the essence of God.

Second, if God is alone then we’re alone. But the good news is, we’re not alone! The ultimate purpose of God’s redemptive plan was for our adoption as sons and daughters. Jesus came to include us in the divine life of God.

“The stunning truth is that this Triune God, in amazing and lavish love, determined to open the circle and share the Trinitarian life with others. This is the one, eternal and abiding reason for the creation of the world and of human life. (From Dr. C. Baxter Kruger, “Summary of the Trinitarian Vision“)

Continuing on…

The third reason the Trinity should matter to us is because our union in Christ in God brings us into union with one another and shows the world God’s love for them:

23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:23 *)

This was Jesus’s prayer for us, for when we see ourselves in this Trinitarian Life, we will see each other there, too. And it’s by “participating in the divine nature” (2 Pet.1:4), embraced by God’s other-centered, self-giving love, that we learn how love others the same way, thus fulfilling all the Law and Prophets (Matt.22:37-40; John 15:9; 17:23). This is why understanding that God is, first and foremost, about relationship is so critical.

The fourth reason the Trinity should matter to us could be the most important but least understood because it’s so counter-intuitive. If God is not Triune, then we risk remaining enslaved to “the basic principles of the world” (Gal.4:3), which is dualistic (oppositional) in nature.

The dualistic mindset is one of separation: it’s judgmental, combative, competitive; it’s making comparisons; it’s “us” against “them” and “I’m right and you’re wrong.” It’s eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which is the wrong tree. I wrote about this in “The dynamic flow of the Trinitarian Life” so I’ll only summarize here.

I contend that if we don’t learn to walk in the dynamic flow of the Trinitarian life of God, we won’t be able to fully follow Jesus. We’ll never truly love our enemies, be non-judgmental, or not seek retribution like Jesus told us. We’ll remain fearful, self-protective, hypocritical grace-haters, turning His description of what it looks like to live in this flow into legalistic commandments to be rigidly obeyed. “Love is…” turns into “Thou shalt…”(see 1 Cor.13:1-13). That’s not finding rest for your soul, that’s exhausting and debilitating religion (see Matt.11:28-30 MSG). God’s perfecting, overflowing,  empowering “fountain fullness of love” won’t be able to fully drive out our orphan fear in this dualistic paradigm (1 John 4:18).

But, in this dynamic flow, we obey because we are embraced and carried by love and, therefore, we love as a matter of course. We love because we abide in Love.

16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16 NIV *)

I’ll end my series with this video clip with Richard Rohr. As he says, we must leave dualistic thinking for Trinitarian (ternary) thinking. It’s dynamic, other-centered, and according to God’s own nature. The ternary “principle of three” is always creating, always spinning and moving forward with its dynamic flow. It’s the nature of the universe. And, as Rohr also says, “It was made to order to defeat the dualistic mind.”  

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* New King James Bible translation unless otherwise noted. All emphasis added.

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“Asking God for More? Here are a few things to consider.” 10/17/2017 Written by Matthew Winters for “Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)

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Asking God for More? Here are a few things to consider. 

This morning, I preached on the prayer of Jabez from I Chronicles 4. For those of us who know it, our favorite part is “expand my territory”. I have prayed that many times in my life, and God has answered it in different ways. God did teach me a couple of things about territory expansion.

  • God will only give us what He can trust us with. Want more money? Are you responsible with the money you have now? Want a different job? Are you giving your best where you currently work? Why do you want more when you’re not faithful with what you have? Don’t live as if the grass is greener on the other side. Make the grass greener where you are.

  • Expect opposition. The opposition will come in various forms. The devil hates progress, especially if it is the advancement of God’s kingdom. Don’t be surprised when the devil tries to thwart God’s plan. It’s a pretty good indicator that you are headed in the right direction.

Before you ask God for more, assess yourself. Focus on personal improvement for the glory of God. Then God will expand your territory because He knows you are serious about doing it His way.

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“What is Spiritual Knowledge?” 10/16/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL OCTOBER 14, 2017

What is Spiritual Knowledge?

 

I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
Philippians 3:8

Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with Him. I must know Him myself; I must know Him on my own account.

It will be an intelligent knowledge–I must know Him not as in the visionary dreams of Him, but as the Word reveals Him. I must know His natures, divine and human. I must know His offices (Prophet, Priest and King)–His attributes–His works–His shame–His glory. I must meditate upon Him until I “comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.”1

It will be an affectionate knowledge of Him; indeed, if I know Him at all, I must love Him. An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head learning. Our knowledge of Him will be a satisfying knowledge. When I know my Savior, my mind will be full to the brim–I will feel that I have that which my spirit longs for. This is the bread that satisfies all hunger.

At the same time it will be an exciting knowledge; the more I know of my Beloved, the more I will want to know. The higher I climb, the loftier will be the summits that invite my eager footsteps. I shall want more as I get more. Like the miser’s treasure, my gold will make me covet more.

To conclude, this knowledge of Christ Jesus will be a most happy one; in fact, so elevating that sometimes it will completely lift me above all trials and doubts and sorrows; and it will, while I enjoy it, make me something more than “Man . . . born of a woman . . . few of days and full of trouble,” for it will throw about me the immortality of the ever-living Savior and cover me with the golden cloak of His eternal joy. Come, my soul, sit at Jesus’ feet, and learn of Him all this day.

1) Ephesians 3:18-19

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce)  Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, after you have obeyed the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ ??  2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from[a] the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  (ESV)

Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

 

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“How can I overcome temptation?” 10/15/2017 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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Question: “How can I overcome temptation?”

Answer: The Scriptures tell us that we all face temptations. First Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man.” Perhaps this provides a little encouragement as we often feel that the world is bearing in on us alone, and that others are immune to temptations. We are told that Christ was also tempted: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Where, then, do these temptations come from? First of all, they do not come from God, although He does allow them. James 1:13 says, “For God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” In the first chapter of Job, we see that God allowed Satan to tempt Job, but with restrictions. Satan is roaming on the earth like a lion, seeking people to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Verse 9 tells us to resist him, knowing that other Christians are also experiencing his attacks. By these passages we can know that temptations come from Satan. We see in James 1:14 that temptation originates in us as well. We are tempted when we are “carried away and enticed by our own lust” (verse 14). We allow ourselves to think certain thoughts, allow ourselves to go places we should not go, and make decisions based on our lusts that lead us into the temptation.

How then do we resist the temptations? First of all, we must return to the example of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness by Satan in Matthew 4:1-11. Each of Satan’s temptations was met with the same answer: “It is written,” followed by Scripture. If the Son of God used the Word of God to effectively end the temptations—which we know works because after three failed efforts, “the Devil left him” (v. 11)—how much more do we need to use it to resist our own temptations? All our efforts to resist will be weak and ineffective unless they are powered by the Holy Spirit through the constant reading, studying, and meditating on the Word. In this way, we will be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). There is no other weapon against temptation except the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” If our minds are filled with the latest TV shows, music and all the rest the culture has to offer, we will be bombarded with messages and images that inevitably lead to sinful lusts. But if our minds are filled with the majesty and holiness of God, the love and compassion of Christ, and the brilliance of both reflected in His perfect Word, we will find that our interest in the lusts of the world diminish and disappear. But without the Word’s influence on our minds, we are open to anything Satan wants to throw at us.

Here, then, is the only means to guard our hearts and minds in order to keep the sources of temptation away from us. Remember the words of Christ to His disciples in the garden on the night of His betrayal: “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Most Christians would not openly want to jump into sin, yet we cannot resist falling into it because our flesh is not strong enough to resist. We place ourselves in situations or fill our minds with lustful passions, and that leads us into sin.

We need to renew our thinking as we are told in Romans 12:1-2. We must no longer think as the world thinks, or walk in the same way that the world walks. Proverbs 4:14-15 tells us, “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by; Turn away from it and pass on.” We need to avoid the path of the world that leads us into temptation because our flesh is weak. We are easily carried away by our own lusts.

Matthew 5:29 has some excellent advice. “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw if from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” That sounds severe! Sin is severe! Jesus is not saying that we literally need to remove body parts. Cutting out the eye is a drastic measure, and Jesus is teaching us that if necessary, a drastic measure should be taken to avoid sin.

Recommended Resource: The Truth About Lies: The Unlikely Role of Temptation in Who You Will Become by Tim Chaddick


Related Topics:

Is temptation a sin? Is it a sin to be tempted?

What are the keys to resisting temptation?

What was the meaning and purpose of Jesus’ temptations?

Why did Jesus instruct us to pray ‘lead us not into temptation’ when God states that He does not tempt us?

What does the Bible say about being an overcomer?

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P.S. (from bruce)  The key to keeping Satan in check, was briefly discussed in this blog…  The “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17b), is the only offensive piece of God’s 6 piece set of Spiritual armor He provides for us to put on piece by piece… (Read this link for more about God’s armor – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV )

I have written about my personal testimony of what has helped me in my spiritual battle against temptation and my own evil flesh, in a day’s writing titled…”God’s Duo”…  You can read it for yourself at this link…  Blessings in Christ,  bruce

https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/gods-group-thoughts-for-2252013-gods-duo/

 

 

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“Why is there so much turmoil and chaos in America?” 10/14/2017 Written by Michael for “Altruistico”

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Written by Michael for “Altruistico”  @  https://altruistico.wordpress.com

Original post @  https://altruistico.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/why-is-there-so-much-turmoil-and-chaos-in-america/#like-15496

 

Why is there so much turmoil and chaos in America?

 

The answer to the above question is quite simple in one respect, and quite complex in another.

The baseline answer to America’s present condition is  that the Constitution of the United State is “wholly inadequate” for the governance of a people who are not Christian.  In a much larger world, where peoples were divided by time and space and the availability of philosophical, historical,  social and cultural knowledge was primitive compared to today, our Founders did not realize that the term religion could mean a wide array of desperate philosophies which were not compatible.  Nor could they have contemplated and understood the present state of man in terms of “closeness” and congestion.

Christianity and the Bible provided a broadly based common view of the world and life.  There were differences within Christianity, and those differences had helped cause continued war among the Christian nations of Europe.  But America offered sufficient land – space and lack of established special interests at the time of its settlement and colonization and creation of this nation, that those conflicts did not carry over to America in a defining way.   Instead, our founders being sensitive to the differences between the Christian denominations, built in a tolerance within the broader Christianity.  A review of the religious toleration clauses of the colonial and early state Charters and Constitutions clearly indicate it was tolerance for the different Christian denominations which were central in their minds.

In my life time, and probably before, intellectuals have sought to expand or re-write the meanings of the Founders.  The concept of a “living” Constitution embraces the idea of historiography (meaning the change – ability of the meaning of words depending upon fashion) as a less cumbersome way of modifying the practical aspects of the Constitution in daily life.  This is not what the Founders intended.  They were very clear about the limited role of the Courts, and the means to change the Constitution.  But today’s intellectuals, the ruling elite, and those in political governance, prefer to govern through the Courts rather than the ballot box and legislature.  Progressives prefer court-dictated changes because it is easier to make happen, and can be micro managed in terms of intent.

The common foundation of Christianity was not just one of morality in terms of the Ten Commandments, but was also an understanding of the spirit as the essential breath within the law.  Christ’s teachings are filled with this approach.  It is not just the words of the law which are important but their spirit, and without the spirit, the words whither and die.

America is in chaos because the people have moved away from the Christianity, which God used to create the United States of America. The people moved away, in part, because the ruling elite erased the history of America (1492 – 1789). and mostly because, as in the Old Testament of the Bible, we are no better than the people of Israel in our constant desire to do as we please, rather than please God.  The spirit of the Constitution, spoken of above, should be the spirit of God, through the American people and applied to life.  That is precisely what the Founders intended.  (This point will be fought tooth and nail by the intellectuals, and most may believe them because most are completely unaware of the history of this nation, combined with a desire to live and let live.)

Christianity is under attack by Satan through a wide variety of means, and the Pulpit has been less than vigilant or energetic in its defense of the Christian foundation of the Constitution and our nation.  Between the electronic devices which run a 24  – 7 river of sin at the hearts and minds of the people,  the rising challenge of Islam around the world, and the spiritual corruption of both the American people and its ruling elite. only the power of God has prevented collapse before now.  But, it appears, it is coming.

America’s lurch towards Donald Trump appears to be the same as the Jewish people calling for a King.  God attempted to dissuade his chosen people of that choice, but reluctantly allowed the people to choose that course, choice being the optimum operational theme throughout the Bible.  Americans have no idea how to look to God for the answer to our problems and challenges; instead we have become addicted to government as the answer.  Modern liberal thought has become the idol, and America is living that idolatry now.

I have written before and will continue to do so, that what America needs is a national revival, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 .  and for those who agree, I can only commend to you, pray for such an event.

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