VIDEO Either Jesus Will Be Your King Or Your Man Made King Will Be Your God! – Problem of Socialism

Either Jesus Will Be Your King Or Your Man Made King Will Be Your God!

“We Have No King But King Jesus!” -The historic battle-cry of our Christian Forefathers

Last week I wrote an article titled “Tyrants destroying Law Through Policy and then Calling It Peace!” And with that, I saw that my cup was running over while receiving illumination to do a bit more on this exposition (John 7:38), as Scripture states, “Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

I started off my column:

True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism,  they cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system …” –Saul Alinsky

Americans have been so “Hollywoodized” that they think that the devil is going to come to them with a rack of horns on his head and a pitchfork in hand to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Scripture teaches us the opposite.

Those that were approved of the Lord, those who were warning the people to flee from the wrath to come, and those who were proclaiming God’s truth were carpenters, fisherman, tax collectors, foolish (1 Corinthians 1:27), and unlearned men (Acts 4:13), weak, as well as men dressed in the attire of camel’s hair, leather belts, eating locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:7).

In contrast, those that were highly esteemed (Luke 16:15) and approved of among men (Are you listening, America?), Jesus was damning

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” -Matthew 23:27

“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” -Luke 11:52

And I ask, how many in the American Church and American politics fit the physical and mental characteristics of those whom God was damning?

Yet, Jesus charged them saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod” (Mark 8:15).

Jesus also said, “Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Matthew 21:31).

And as I was writing out this Holy Ghost download (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:36) that I was receiving, I immediately began to realize that this is happening because people that profess to be Christians do not even know the Scriptures (John 7:17), which, in fact, is a lack of Christianity (1 John 2:4). They think that because someone claims to be a Christian, then it must be so. Remember, no one rebuked the religious hypocrites more than Jesus (Matthew 23).

Eighty-six percent of Americans call themselves Christians, and 78% of those who are representatives in government capacity call themselves Christians. No wonder why America’s is falling to the curses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).  These professed Christians are following and honoring men in office rather than honoring the Christ they claim to serve (Matthew 15:8)!

“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” -Jeremiah 17:5

These hypocrites have exchanged the King that has bought them with His own blood (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 John 2:2) for a  fallen and reprobate man that sells them out (Luke 22:48).

 

 

Instead of man submitting to the Lawgiver, they slavishly serve the lawbreakers (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Instead of them serving out of love the One that cannot and will not lie (Numbers 23:19), they submit to those who lie on a daily basis.

Instead of man submitting to the immutable God (Hebrews 6:18), they submit to fallen man and every wind of his made up doctrine, the sleight of men and their cunning craftiness as they continuously deceive.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” -Ephesians 4:14

 

 

On the other hand…

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD (And magnifies His government), and whose hope the LORD is.” -Jeremiah 17:7

Friends, no matter who the president is (Romans 13:3-4) remember, he has no title of nobility (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8, US Constitution).

Jesus will always be the King (Isaiah 9:6).

Another way of saying this is either Jesus is your King, or your man made king will be your god (Exodus 20:3).

On April 18, 1775, John Adams and John Hancock were at the home of Rev. Jonas Clarke, a Lexington pastor and militia leader. That same night Paul Revere arrived to warn them of the approaching Redcoats. The next morning, British Major Pitcairn shouted to an assembled regiment of Minutemen:  “Disperse, ye villains, lay down your arms in the name of George the Sovereign King of England.”

The immediate response of Rev. Jonas Clarke or one of his company was:

“We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus.”

Article posted with permission from Sons Of Liberty Media

by Bradlee Dean

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The Spirit of Fika

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Luke 24:30

 

The coffeehouse in the town near my house is named Fika. It’s a Swedish word meaning to take a break with coffee and a pastry, always with family, co-workers, or friends. I’m not Swedish, yet the spirit of fika describes one thing I love most about Jesus—His practice of taking a break to eat and relax with others.

Scholars say Jesus’s meals weren’t random. Theologian Mark Glanville calls them “the delightful ‘second course’” of Israel’s feasts and celebrations in the Old Testament. At the table, Jesus lived what God had intended Israel to be: “a center of joy, celebration and justice for the whole world.”

From the feeding of 5,000, to the Last Supper—even to the meal with two believers after His resurrection (Luke 24:30)—the table ministry of Jesus invites us to stop our constant striving and abide in Him. Indeed, not until eating with Jesus did the two believers recognize Him as the risen Lord. “He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened” (vv. 30–31) to the living Christ.

Sitting with a friend recently at Fika, enjoying hot chocolate and rolls, we found ourselves also talking of Jesus. He is the Bread of Life. May we linger at His table and find more of Him.

By Patricia Raybon

Today’s Reflection

Lord, thank You for making time and room for us to abide at Your table.

Our Circle of Influence

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

We hear much today about being a person of influence. Although some of us may be connected to many people, there are others whose lives may seem small in comparison. However, the important issue is not numbers but faithfulness. The Lord has determined the personality and abilities of every believer, as well as our individual spheres of influence.

No matter how vast or limited our connections are, we can each be used effectively by God to influence others as we follow His instructions.

Stand firm in the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:15). We must make sure that our life is grounded in biblical truth. Otherwise, we could lead others astray.

Continue in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). People watch us, and what we say and do affects them more than we may imagine. That’s why it is so important to make sure our attitude, speech, and conduct reflect Jesus Christ.

Develop a lifestyle of prayer (2 Thessalonians 3:1). Praying for others and for opportunities to share the gospel is essential for effective ministry. It prepares their hearts to hear and our minds to know what to say. The simplest words can have amazing results when the Lord is directing our efforts.

Keep obeying the Lord (2 Thessalonians 3:4). Godly influence will only be achieved if we ourselves are godly. When we are living obediently before the Lord, He will be faithful to open doors of influence according to His will (Revelation 3:8).

If you will make it your ambition to become faithful in all these ways, you can be confident that the Lord will use your life to influence others for good and for His glory.

Magnified Word of God

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (Psalm 138:2) 

The Word of God is not greater than God, of course, but is greater than His name, and this is, itself, inestimably magnificent. The “name” of God represents all that He is and all that He does and is supremely deserving of the praise of all His creatures.

But we can only know His name—what He is and what He does—through His Word. The full exposition of His character of truth and His acts of love and mercy can be discerned only through His Word, which thus becomes greater than His name by manifesting and revealing His name.

“As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). We believe on His name, and thereby receive Him, by trusting His Word of truth and appropriating His forgiving mercy; we deny His name by doubting His Word and despising His proffered salvation.

The Word of God is “light” (Psalm 119:105), and “thy word is truth” (John 17:17). It is living and energizing (Hebrews 4:12). It is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true, and righteous altogether (Psalm 19:7-9). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable. . . . That the man of God may be perfect” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

May God enable us, in full sincerity of heart and mind, to “worship” (literally to “bow down” to His Word) in everything He says—believing and obeying His promises and His commandments.

There are many who charge Christians with placing too much emphasis on the written Word, but it is impossible to place too much emphasis on the Bible, for God Himself has magnified His Word even above His name! HMM

Holiness and Worship To Be First

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;… That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

—Titus 3:5, 7

To teach that the filling with the Holy Spirit is given to the Christian to provide “power for service” is to teach truth, but not the whole truth. Power for service is but one effect of the experience, and I do not hesitate to say that it is the least of several effects. It is least for the very reason that it touches service, presumably service to mankind; and contrary to the popular belief, “to serve this present age” is not the Christian’s first duty….

The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to restore the lost soul to intimate fellowship with God through the washing of regeneration….

God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. It is inconceivable that a sovereign and holy God should be so hard up for workers that He would press into service anyone who had been empowered regardless of his moral qualifications….

Gifts and power for service the Spirit surely desires to impart; but holiness and spiritual worship come first.   TIC036-037

Oh, Lord, where has the hunger for holiness gone? Remind us of the priority of holiness and spiritual worship. Amen.

 

To Him be the glory both now and forever

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.—2 Peter 3:18. R.V.

Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?—Luke 24:32.

Nothing could make the period of Lent so much of a reality as to employ it in a systematic effort to fix the mind on Jesus. The history in the Gospels is so well worn that it often slips through the head without affecting the heart. But if, retiring into solitude for a portion of each day, we should select some one scene or trait or incident in the life of Jesus, and with all the helps we can get seek to understand it fully, tracing it in the other evangelists, comparing it with other passages of Scripture, etc., we should find ourselves insensibly interested, and might hope that, in this effort of our souls to understand Him, Jesus Himself would draw near, as He did of old to the disciples on the way to Emmaus, This looking unto Jesus and thinking about Him is a better way to meet and overcome sin than any physical austerities or spiritual self-reproaches. It is by looking at Him, the Apostle says, “as in a glass,” that we are “changed into the same image, as from glory to glory.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe.

 

We Are Set Apart

“Ye shall be named the priests of the Lord.” Isa. 61:6

This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly, that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service, and shall name us the priests of the Lord. We may work, or trade, as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration, to the living God by Jesus Christ.

This being our one aim, we may leave distracting concerns to those who have no higher calling. “Let the dead bury their dead.” It is written, “Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers.” They may manage politics, puzzle out financial problems, discuss science, and settle the last new quibbles of criticism; but we will give ourselves unto such service as becomes those who, like the Lord Jesus, are ordained to a perpetual priesthood.

Accepting this honorable promise as involving a sacred duty, let us put on the vestments of holiness, and minister before the Lord all day long.