Monday, June 18, 2012
Monday, May 02, 2011
The Seven Bowls of Wrath
I was consumed with fear on September 12Th. It was months later that I realized that fear is a sin; the opposite of faith. So, I asked God what I could do to banish the fear. If you know God, you can guess at his answer - pray for your enemies. Even some believers don't understand this commandment. We are not to pray for their blessings, their prosperity, their peace - we are to pray for their salvation. Have you ever prayed for someones salvation? It is a terrible thing to watch. Instead of love, peace and prosperity, the object of your prayers suffers because no one calls on God when things are going well. Even an atheist will call on God when he hits his finger with a hammer, spins out of control on an icy road or is thrown about the ship in a ferocious storm. This is why it is called Conviction - the labor pains of your new birth. New life is not achieved without pain; thus the term - Born Again.
His opportunity for salvation is now lost. Perhaps many would have followed him in a new Spirit - who can say? So, this was my thought this morning when I heard the news that he was killed. His fate is sealed - it is over for him, and I wondered. Did I pray enough? Did I pray long enough, or was his fate sealed a long time ago?
God sent me this - "The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch men with fire; men were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power of these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory." Revelation 16:8
Some men will never repent, not even when the full power of God is shown to them. Not even when they stand on the precipice of death. Still, we should pray for their salvation - for we never know who will choose God's eternity.
Friday, May 28, 2010
TO THE DAUGHTERS OF THE CHALDEANS
You will sit as a widow and see your sons destroyed. In a moment - in one day you will become a childless widow in full measure with no one to provide deliverance.
Turn away from those who have trafficked in terror. Shall the creature order the Creator? Shall the Almighty require the work of your meager hand? Repent and turn away from the anger and fear. Embrace the Lord and his ways for only then will your children be saved.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
TO OBAMA, REID AND PELOSI
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sunday, September 14, 2008
JESUS KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR
And it shall be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people's way."For this says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the hear of the contrite.
For I will not contend for ever, nor will I always be angry; for from me proceeds the spirit, and I have made the breath of life. Because of the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry, I smote him, I hid my face and was angry; but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and requite him with comfort, creating for his mourners the fruit of the lips.
Peace, peace to the far and to the near, says the Lord; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot rest, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked." Isaiah 57:14-21 RSV
I will tell you of your righteousness and your doings, but they will not help you. When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them off, a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in me shall the possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain. Isaiah 57:11-13 RSV
You journeyed to Molech* with oil and multiplied your perfumes; you sent your envoys far off, and send down even to Sheol. You were wearied with he length of your way but you did not say, "It is hopeless."; you found new life for your strength and so you were not faint. Isaiah 57:9-10 RSV
* Molech (Hebrew) or Melech (Arabic) means king and is commonly used to describe the god shown above. Worship of this god required the burnt sacrifice of your seed; your children.
Upon a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed and thither you went up to offer sacrifice. Behind the door and doorpost you have set your symbol;for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed, you have gone up to it, you have made it wide; and you have made a bargain for yourself with them, who have loved their bed, you have looked on nakedness. Isaiah 57:7-9 RSV
But you, draw near hither, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the harlot. Of whom are you making sport? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and put out your tongue? Are you not the children of transgression, the offspring of deceit, you who burn with lust among the oaks, under every green tree; who slay your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?
Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; they, they are your lot; to them you have poured out a drink offering, you have brought a cereal offering. Shall I be appeased for these things? Isaiah 57:3-6