VIDEO Pastors Under Fire

Join Mat Staver and Tom Newman exposing threats to the church by government tyranny, featuring pastors across the nation, including those represented by Liberty Counsel. Guests include pastors Rob McCoy, Che’ Ahn, Rodney Howard-Browne, Ken Graves, Cristian Ionescu, and Sean Feucht. Originally aired live September 14, 2020.

Andrew Wommack: Continuing to Fight for Our Rights | Praise on TBN

Pastor Andrew Wommack joins Tom Newman tonight to discuss important issues of the church, as they continue to battle for their rights to worship. Listen as they discuss Wommack’s current situation and plans for the future.

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Recovering What’s Lost

But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

At the phone store, the young pastor steeled himself for bad news. His smartphone, accidentally dropped during our Bible class, was a total loss, right? Actually, no. The store clerk recovered all of the pastor’s data, including his Bible videos and photos. She also recovered “every photo I’d ever deleted,” he said. The store also “replaced my broken phone with a brand-new phone.” As he said, “I recovered all I had lost and more.”

David once led his own recovery mission after an attack by the vicious Amalekites. Spurned by Philistine rulers, David and his army discovered the Amalekites had raided and burned down their town of Ziklag—taking captive “the women and everyone else in it,” including all their wives and children (1 Samuel 30:2–3). “So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep” (v. 4). The soldiers were so bitter with their leader David that they talked of “stoning him” (v. 6).

“But David found strength in the Lord his God” (v. 6). As God promised, David pursued the Amalekites and “recovered everything the Amalekites had taken . . . . Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back” (vv. 18–19). As we face spiritual attacks that “rob” us even of hope, may we find renewed strength in God. He will be with us in every challenge of life.

By:  Patricia Raybon

Reflect & Pray

What spiritual attacks or life loss are you experiencing? Turning from your despair to God, how will you find renewed strength in Him?

God, help me to find hope in You even as I face life’s challenges.

Sunday Reflection: You Will Be Free

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

When Jesus preached in the temple, He said, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). The people listening that day had a difficult time understanding that He was talking about Himself. But it’s no wonder Jesus’ listeners were confused. He hadn’t yet died on the cross and risen from the grave. Yet here’s the unfortunate truth: Sometimes we’re just as confused, even though we know how the story ends.

It’s easy to forget God’s promise of abundant life in Him—a life liberated by His love—and to continue making choices that enslave us to sin. And at times these choices can have longstanding effects. The good news is that God’s offer of freedom is always available to us, no matter how far we stray. We simply need to stop and turn once again in His direction. Repentance is always the path to greater freedom.

• What would turning once again in Jesus’ direction look like right now in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that’s getting in the way of your freedom in Christ. Whatever He shows you, confess it and ask Him to help you walk in repentance.

Labor—The Gift of God

“And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:13)

Some people may have the feeling that having to work for a living is an imposition of a corrupt society. Since they were brought into this world through no choice of their own, therefore the world owes them a living, they think. Is working a punishment because of our sins?

Well, God did “curse” the ground because of sin, but in an important sense it was for man’s own good. “Cursed is the ground,” He told Adam, “for thy sake” (Genesis 3:17). It would require “the sweat of thy face” (v. 19) before man could eat his bread, and even then it would be “in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life” (v. 17).

But the work itself would not be a punishment, for even before Adam sinned, God had given him the responsibility in the Edenic garden “to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15). Furthermore, we shall have work to do in the new earth in the ages to come, for we are told that “his servants shall serve him” there (Revelation 22:3), even though there will be no remnant of sinfulness there at all.

Even in this life, work is a blessing when we see it as “the gift of God.” If we see it only as drudgery and hardship, then it can indeed be “in sorrow.” But the Lord Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

If having to work for a living will encourage us to come to Christ for salvation and peace of soul, then it is truly “for thy sake” that God’s curse was pronounced on the ground. The key to joy in labor, instead of sorrow, is noted by the apostle Paul. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men….for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). HMM

We Need to Repent

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. —1 Corinthians 6:19

It is time for us to repent, for our transgressions against the blessed Third Person have been many and much aggravated. We have bitterly mistreated Him in the house of His friends. We have crucified Him in His own temple as they crucified the Eternal Son on the hill above Jerusalem. And the nails we used were not of iron, but of the finer and more precious stuff of which human life is made. Out of our hearts we took the refined metals of will and feeling and thought, and from them we fashioned the nails of suspicion and rebellion and neglect. By unworthy thoughts about Him and unfriendly attitudes toward Him we grieved and quenched Him days without end.

The truest and most acceptable repentance is to reverse the acts and attitudes of which we repent….

We can best repent our neglect by neglecting Him no more. Let us begin to think of Him as One to be worshipped and obeyed. Let us throw open every door and invite Him in. Let us surrender to Him every room in the temple of our hearts and insist that He enter and occupy as Lord and Master within His own dwelling.   POM071-072

Forgive me. Change me. Indwell me. Control me. Amen.

A Mystical Birth

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. —John 3:5

The invisible birth of which John speaks is an act of God. John is talking about something beyond the physical birth that we know. The senses can touch the physical birth. When we were born into this world, those around us could see and feel and hold and weigh us. They could wash and clothe and feed us.

But this invisible, mysterious birth of which John speaks has nothing to do with the flesh. It is of heaven. This birth is of the Spirit—a birth of another kind, a mystical birth….

If Jesus our Lord had talked merely about people being born physically into the world, He would never have been heard, and His teachings would not have been preserved in print. Physical birth is too common—everyone is born. But these people experienced a birth not of the body but of the heart. They were born not into time but into eternity. They were born not of earth but of heaven. They had an inward birth, a spiritual birth, a mysterious birth, a mystical birth! FBR005-006

God is in all things as being, as activity, as power. God gives birth in the soul alone, for though every creature bears God’s mark, the soul is the natural image of God. BME013

The Psalmist’s Soliloquy

Psalms 43:5

The Quakers have a phrase for something spiritually apt and timely. They say, “It speaks to my condition.” Psalms 42 and 43 are like that; their message is relevant.

These Psalms present a man under pressure, airing his problems before God. The stress is Situational. He can no longer attend the place of praise and prayer. Now, far from his homeland and the temple of the Lord, this exile feels the loss keenly. Perhaps for us, as with the Psalmist, something precious has gone out of our life and we must live on memories.

The stress is also relational. People taunt him (42:3, 10); he goes about mourning (43:2). What hurts most is unrequited love. The child you’ve cared for turns from home and lives among the addicts whose lifestyle he adopts. The husband to whom you gave yourself proves unfaithful. Church leaders leave you disillusioned. A dear friend betrays you, an enemy speaks cutting words. A life partner dies, and the bereavement is grievous.

Added to all this for the Psalmist there is physical stress: “My bones suffer mortal agony” (42:10). Fear can debilitate even the most vigorous, anxiety can rob vitality, and discouragement can sap even the will to live.

What are the causes of stress in contemporary life? The list is long: unemployment, financial insecurity, an unpleasant work environment, feelings of isolation or inadequacy, an accident, loss of friends or loved ones and many more. Bereavements may follow one another until the earth seems a vast cemetery. One only has to hear the news to wonder why so many fellow humans are deprived of human rights, or why militarism and terrorism vie to make our world one madhouse.

These two Psalms speak to our human condition. But happily they do not stop with the problem, but move toward a solution. The power and beauty of this soliloquy is that the Psalmist exhorts his own soul: “Put your trust in God”

(43:5). It is a powerful word to a generation that has learned to put its trust in man, to foolishly assert our autonomy. Look again at the Psalmist’s affirmations: God is his rock (42:9), his stronghold (43:2), his joy and delight (43:4). God is our Savior (43:5). That makes all the difference.

Harry Read, The Salvationist Pulpit