VIDEO What Do You Want? – Prophetic Message to an Ungodly Nation

What Do You Want?

Are you seeking great things for yourself, instead of seeking to be a great person? God wants you to be in a much closer relationship with Himself than simply receiving His gifts— He wants you to get to know Him. Even some large thing we want is only incidental; it comes and it goes. But God never gives us anything incidental. There is nothing easier than getting into the right relationship with God, unless it is not God you seek, but only what He can give you.

If you have only come as far as asking God for things, you have never come to the point of understanding the least bit of what surrender really means. You have become a Christian based on your own terms. You protest, saying, “I asked God for the Holy Spirit, but He didn’t give me the rest and the peace I expected.” And instantly God puts His finger on the reason– you are not seeking the Lord at all; you are seeking something for yourself. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7). Ask God for what you want and do not be concerned about asking for the wrong thing, because as you draw ever closer to Him, you will cease asking for things altogether. “Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). Then why should you ask? So that you may get to know Him.

Are you seeking great things for yourself? Have you said, “Oh, Lord, completely fill me with your Holy Spirit”? If God does not, it is because you are not totally surrendered to Him; there is something you still refuse to do. Are you prepared to ask yourself what it is you want from God and why you want it? God always ignores your present level of completeness in favor of your ultimate future completeness. He is not concerned about making you blessed and happy right now, but He’s continually working out His ultimate perfection for you— “…that they may be one just as We are one…” (John 17:22).

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.  The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed, 669 L


A Prophetic Message to an Ungodly Nation (Jeremiah)

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AZ Gov. Ducey sends clear message to angry PC crowd: He won’t be taking down his Easter post…‘ever’

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is standing his ground on an Easter Facebook post and is challenging his critics to read the U.S. Constitution amid demands he take it down.

The Republican leader made it abundantly clear that he was not caving in to politically correct demands that he remove a religious post on Facebook on grounds that it violates the separation of church and state, which is found nowhere in the Constitution, according to the Arizona Republic.

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The governor declared that the Easter post, which said, “He is risen” and featured an image of a cross and a Bible verse, would not be coming down “ever,” and noted that neither would any other religious holiday posts, including those for Passover and Rosh Hashanah.

“We support the First Amendment, and are happy to provide copies of the Constitution to anyone who hasn’t read it,” Ducey tweeted in response to the article published by Arizona Republic on Thursday.

Secular Communities for Arizona blasted the governor for his Easter post, stating that “elected officials should not use their government position and government property to promote their religious views.”



Courts have repeatedly “struck down symbolism that unites government with religion,” and the Governor’s Office must “represent and protect the rights of all residents of Arizona, including those who do not believe in a monotheistic god or any gods at all,” the advocacy group’s attorney Dianne Post wrote in a letter to Ducey on Tuesday.

And while some seemed to agree, commenting on the governor’s post with comments telling him to “please share your religious greetings on your personal page,” others applauded Ducey’s courage to be outspoken about his Catholic faith, the Arizona Republic noted.

“Great sensitivity, Doug. That’s the last time this Jew votes for you,” one person wrote, apparently not paying attention to Ducey’s Passover message a few days before.



The governor had posted another message on the Christian holy day, wishing “all Arizonans” a Happy Easter and a “wonderful day surrounded by friends and loved ones,” with an Easter basket graphic.




In a separate press release last Friday, he wished people a “blessed and joyful Easter and Passover weekend.”

“To send a government greeting on religious holidays, the government must send (one) to every single religion,” the  Secular Communities for Arizona attorney wrote in the letter to Ducey.

“According to the Encyclopedia of American Religions, there are 1,584 different religions in the world,” Post added. “The best course for government is to stay out of it completely and leave it to the personal realm.”

Many of Ducey’s constituents, however, were happy to back him up for his stand on faith and his understanding of the Constitution.

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Knowing God

James 1:1-8

Christianity is unique among the religions of the world for several reasons, one of which is that our God is relational. He has given us His Word in order that we may know Him more accurately and intimately. In addition, He uses all kinds of life situations to teach us about who He is.

Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation” (John 16:33), so none of us should expect to be free of problems. Life is often difficult and harrowing, but today’s passage tells us how to maintain a biblical outlook through it all. There are various attributes of God that we would never truly know without the benefit of pain and suffering.

• To know the Lord as Comforter means we must be in need of consolation, due to suffering or discouragement.

• To discover that God is our strength, we must experience weakness and come to the end of our ability to persevere.

• Our Father’s faithfulness becomes evident when others prove unfaithful.

• God’s wisdom is recognized when the world’s wisdom lets us down and all our own maneuvering fails.

• Divine trustworthiness shines brighter when those around us are unreliable.

The process of knowing God starts at salvation and continues throughout eternity. As your comprehension of Him grows, so will your understanding of His ways. You’ll become confident of His love, and a satisfying closeness will develop. Out of gratitude and love, you’ll want to live in ways that please and glorify Him.

Subject To One Another

“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9)

The Christian life involves both individual accountability and interpersonal involvement. Each of us is individually responsible for maintaining the right sort of relationship to others, especially others in our Christian fellowship.

A beautiful Greek word is allelon, often translated “one another.” For example, we are commanded: “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). Furthermore, we are to “be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5), “in honour preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).

There are many other such admonitions, all built around the beautiful phrase “one another.” Although we have indeed “been called unto liberty,” we are nevertheless to “serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). We are also to “exhort one another daily” (Hebrews 3:13) and to “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Hebrews 10:24). “Use hospitality one to another without grudging” (1 Peter 4:9). We are told: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

In times of sorrow, Christians are admonished to “comfort one another” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and “pray one for another” (James 5:16).

But by far the most frequently repeated admonition is that in our text: “Love one another!” There are no less than 15 times where this command is given in the New Testament. Most significantly of all, it is Christ’s own “new commandment. . . . By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34-35). HMM

Simple, Pray Without Ceasing

Pray without ceasing.

—1 Thessalonians 5:17

I knew of an able preacher greatly used of the Lord in evangelism and Bible conferences. He was a busy, busy man. There came the occasion when someone frankly asked him, “Doctor, tell us about your prayer life. How do you pray? How much do you pray?”

The man was embarrassed as he replied, “I must confess to you something I have not confessed before. I do not have the time to pray as I used to. My time alone with God has been neglected.”

Not too long afterward, that preacher sustained a serious failure. It brought his ministry to an abrupt end, and he was put on the shelf.

If we want to be honest with God, we will take solemnly the admonition to pray without ceasing. God’s work on this earth languishes when God’s people give up their ministries of prayer and supplication. I cannot tell you why this is true, but it is true.   MMG046-047

Deliver me from neglect and keep me faithful in the high priority of prayer. Then guard me from that “serious failure.” Amen.

 

Words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious

The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious.—Ecclesiastes 10:12.

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh it glad.—Proverbs 12:25.

 

It would seem as if very few of us give this power of kind words the consideration, which is due to it. So great a power, such a facility in the exercise of it, such a frequency of opportunities for the application of it, and yet the world still what it is, and we still what we are! It seems incredible, Take life all through, its adversity as well as its prosperity, its sickness as well as its health, its loss of its rights as well as its enjoyment of them, and we shall find that no natural sweetness of temper, much less any acquired philosophical equanimity, is equal to the support of a uniform habit of kindness. Nevertheless, with the help of grace, the habit of saying kind words is very quickly formed, and when once formed, it is not speedily lost. Sharpness, bitterness, sarcasm, acute observation, divination of motives,—all these things disappear when a man is earnestly conforming himself to the image of Christ Jesus. The very attempt to be like our dearest Lord is already a wellspring of sweetness within us, flowing with an easy grace over all who come within our reach.

Frederick Wm. Faber.

 

God Does Finish His Work

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me. Ps. 138:8

He who has begun will carry on the work which is being wrought within my soul. The Lord is concerned about everything that concerns me. All that is now good, but not perfect, the Lord will watch over, and preserve, and carry out to completion. This is a great comfort. I could not perfect the work of grace myself. Of that I am quite sure, for I fail every day, and have only held on so long as I have because the Lord has helped me. If the Lord were to leave me, all my past experience would go for nothing, and I should perish from the way. But the Lord will continue to bless me. He will perfect my faith, my love, my character, my life-work. He will do this because He has begun a work in me. He gave me the concern I feel, and, in a measure, He has fulfilled my gracious aspirations. He never leaves a work unfinished; this would not be for His glory, nor would it be like Him. He knows how to accomplish His gracious design, and though my own evil nature and the world, and the devil, all conspire to hinder Him, I do not doubt His promise. He will perfect that which concerneth me, and I will praise Him for ever. Lord, let thy gracious work make some advance this day!

 

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