Standing Strong in the Face of Adversity: That is true leadership


Exodus 17:11-12 (GW)
As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel would win, but as soon as he put his hands down, the Amalekites would start to win. Eventually, Moses’ hands felt heavy. So Aaron and Hur took a rock, put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron held up one hand, and Hur held up the other. His hands remained steady until sunset.

English: Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership...

Sen. Ted Cruz ended his nearly day-long

filibuster at noon Wednesday, having held the chamber floor for more than 21 hours straight, etching his place in the record books with the fourth-longest filibuster in Senate history. He stood on the floor to fight for the American people who wish that “Obamacare” would be eliminated from their lives.

The Texas Republican took control of the floor at 2:41 Tuesday afternoon and only relinquished it at noon Wednesday because of rules that required the Senate to officially reconvene and conduct a session-opening prayer, then wait an hour and hold a vote at 1 p.m. on whether to begin debating a stopgap spending bill.

 

via Ted Cruz enters record books with 21-hour filibuster – Washington Times.

It is refreshing to see someone actually taking a stand to fight against something they wholeheartedly oppose. I know many folks who would complain if they had to work a 14 hour day let alone speak for over 21 hours non-stop. Can you imagine a church service lasting 21 hours? It actually happened at least once in church history.

Acts 20:7-11 (BBE)
And on the first day of the week (Sunday), when we had come together for the holy meal, Paul gave them a talk, for it was his purpose to go away on the day after; and he went on talking till after the middle of the night. And there were a number of lights in the room where we had come together.
he went on talking to them for a long time, even till dawn, and then he went away.

In most of the churches I have attended there is a tendency to start checking one’s watch as the noon hour approaches. I can not imagine a group of people actually sitting through a long-winded preacher who went on and on and on until the next morning. But that is exactly what Paul did and like wise Senator Ted Cruz spoke all night long and into the next day because he had something on his heart and mind he wanted to discuss. He did not have a very large audience for his speech but that did not stop him from standing tall and strong. After all he was fighting for a worthy cause, the defunding of Obamacare.

There are defining moments in life

There are times when we need to take a stand and, against all odds, we must continue to engage the enemy, and argue our cause until  victory is won, or we die trying to attain it.

This was the resolve of our founding fathers who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors in support of the Declaration of Independence. And many lost their lives and fortunes defending it.

What do we see today, 237 years after the penning of our founding document, elected leaders unwilling to defend the Constitution of these United States. Instead they rail against “we the people” who believe, like the signers of the Declaration, that these States are and of right ought to be free and independent of parliamentary government control.

Ted Cruz took to the floor of the house, aided by Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee, who took turns asking questions to spell Cruz who remained in control of the floor.

Some battles are hard-fought and requires others to help us stand firm.

Moses and the Israelites were facing a menacing attack from the Amalekites and as long as Moses stood firm with his hands up Israel would win, but if he put his hands down the enemy would start to win.

We are fighting an entrenched enemy that is waging war against anyone who tries to stop them. Ted Cruz with the aid of Rubio and Lee stood  strong.

This is not the end of the fight but only the beginning of many battles that will need to be fought. We must hang together folks or most assuredly we will all hang separately.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

To my Christian brothers and sisters I ask you when was the last time you were part of an all-night prayer vigil? When was the last time you attended a service were the preacher preached all night long? Is there anything important enough, any evil vile enough to arouse you to prayer? Is there any battle worthy of your time and energy? Is there anything more important then work and play that will cause you to take a stand, even if it requires you remain steadfast for days?

I am afraid that too many of us fail to see the importance of remaining steadfast and always abounding toward prayer. Too many I feel do not see the great spiritual battle that is being waged for the soul of America.

 

How did we get here you may ask?

Sir Edmund Burke is quoted as saying: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent” he further stated that “bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.”

We got here because men and women of good conscience did not speak up against bad law, which led to ever-increasing tyranny. Obamacare is not the fist bad law passed by an unaccountable congress, but it is the latest in a series of bad laws and one that most be defeated.

Christians we remained seated and silent far too long. Now we must take a stand. We may not win the fight but we ought to at the very least engage the enemy don’t you think?

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

Edmund Burke

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What can I do you may ask?

Well that is simple start by praying for your elected leaders and support those who are fighting in the trenches on your behalf. Stand firm against tyranny and make your voice heard on social media and in public places. Organize an all night prayer meeting to fight against the spiritual forces that are attacking our nation and targeting Christians in particular.

When Edward Everett Hale was chaplain of the U.S. Senate, someone asked him, “Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?” He replied, “No, I look at the senators and pray for the country.” To which I say a resounding amen Dr Hale. All one needs do is look and listen to most of today’s Senators and we should all be moved to pray for America.

Pray like Thomas Aquinas:

Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give me an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give me an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.Thomas Aquinas

And then stand with the likes of a Ted Cruz or Mike Lee or anyone else who has taken a stand against tyranny. Hold up their hands so the battle may be one. This requires the devoutness of the Saints. Like our ancestors before us let us pledge to each other our lives, fortunes and sacred honor to stand up and fight for our God-given right to be free.

And that is the way I see it, what say you?

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But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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The Living and Breathing Constitution May Have Taken Its Last Breath


And the Lord said to Moses, Make two other stones like the first two; and I will put on them the words which were on the first stones, which were broken by you. Exodus 34:1 (BBE)

The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. Exodus 18:13 (NIV)

Throughout the Supreme CourtEnglish: West face of the United States Suprem... building are several depictions of Moses and the ten commandments upon which the foundations of our law were laid. Including one directly above the chief justice’s head, in the center of the 40-foot-long Spanish marble carving, is a tablet displaying Roman numerals I through X, with some numbers partially hidden. Today, just like in times past, the supreme law of the land had been smashed to bits by a judge.

The young nation of Israel had problems with rebelling against God’s commandments. They instead chose to be like the other nations around them instead of remaining separate and devoted to God. When Moses had led Israel out of Egyptian bondage he was instructed by God to climb to the top of Mount Sinai to receive instructions for the people. While he was a long time upon the mountain the people grew restless and decided that they were not going to wait for Moses to return with the instructions from God but would instead set about to do things their own way. The people grew rowdy and asked Aaron to make them a new god, and they took their gold jewelry and melted it down and fashioned an idol in the shape of an ox. The people said this is the god who brought us up out of Egypt.

And he took the gold from them and, hammering it with an instrument, he made it into the metal image of a young ox: and they said, This is your god, O Israel, who took you out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 32:4 (BBE)

Isn’t it interesting how history repeats itself? Although it was God who gave Israel the victory over the Egyptians they gave honor to their gold instead. Although our ancestors honored God for victory over the Crown, we, the later generation, have forgotten exactly how we got here and instead of honoring God with our wealth and possessions, we pass them along to the government and watch as it is melted down and fashioned into bull. We worship and honor our wealth and prosperity and not the God of that prosperity.

This week perhaps the last death knell has been driven into the heart of our Constitution, the supreme law of the land. It may well be broken beyond repair. The Chief Justice of the land decided to rule in favor of government supremacy over the person. Justice Roberts carved in stone a precedent never seen in America giving the government power to force an individual to act against his will and perhaps even his best interest to engage in commerce and offers him no recourse. This ruling empowers the government to reign as not only the law giver but also the law enforcer. With this one ruling the barrier of restraint has been removed, and the shackles of limited power has been torn asunder from off the legs of the federal leviathan. No longer bound by any restriction the course has been set for the ruling class to make subjects of us all. Yes I know they say it’s the “right thing to do” but I am here to tell you this has been a travesty of justice, and a sad day in American history.

The beast has been unleashed, and has set its eyes upon you. Like the bowels of hell itself, this monster now unrestrained will devour us all. There is no longer any protection given the individual. We have been sold out by those who were appointed to judge rightly.

There is no way to put a silver lining on this. This ruling was another in a long list of usurpations starting back before FDR. The progressive element in this society have set themselves on a course to end the restraints placed upon Government by the Constitution. They were determined to undermine and diminish the Constitutions authority in any way possible. With the election of Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., that course was accelerated under his ‘fundamental remake’ of America. The “living and breathing” constitution may have finally met its demise.

There is hope for America, but we must decide if we choose to honor the SUPREME LAW of the land or succumb to the whims of man (which includes the special interest groups). Do we wish to abide by the limitations placed upon us and the government by our Constitution, or do we all just want to do our own thing with total abandon and disregard for the rule of law? This empowerment of the central government is not in our best interest, for history has shown us that unrestrained government leads to tyranny.

At the close of the Continental convention, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government the Constitution was bringing into existence. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Regardless of one’s judgment concerning the type of government that the Constitution brought into existence in 1787, no one can deny that it was truly the most unusual and radical in history.

Consider: With the tragic exception of slavery, the United States was a society in which people could, by and large, engage in any occupation or economic enterprise without a government license, permit, or regulation.

Where people could travel anywhere in the world without restriction (no passports) and trade with whomever they pleased without the permission of their government officials.

Where people could accumulate unlimited amounts of wealth without government interference, because the Constitution did not permit the government to levy taxes on income.

Where people were free to do whatever they wanted with their own money — save, spend, donate, invest, hoard, or even destroy it.

Where government was not permitted to take care of people — no Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, education grants, or foreign aid.

With a few exceptions (e.g., 1850s Massachusetts), there were no compulsory public (i.e., government) school systems.

No wars on drugs, poverty, or wealth.

My how things have changed. Today there is not one activity a citizen can engage in without having to seek some type of permission slip from the Government. No matter how much power and control the central government grants to itself it is never satisfied. The government continues to grow and continues to seek new ways to infringe upon the rights of the individual. This week the government succeeded in gaining complete access to the individual’s life and health. We are now wards of the state. The government can now force us to do anything it wants of us since there is no longer any safeguards on our liberty.

Will the constitution lie in pieces upon the floor of the Supreme Court, or will we the people insist upon its resurrection? Will we once again honor and respect the SUPREME LAW of the land upon which this great republic was built, or sit back and allow this republic to be trampled under foot like the Constitution has been? You decide. But as for me…. GIVE ME LIBERTY or GIVE ME DEATH for I REFUSE to live in the midst of TYRANNY! I have not yet begun to fight but fight I shall and may God be with us.

July 4th is the day we celebrate our FREEDOM! I am afraid that this year we need to mourn freedom’s last gasp. May God bless America again? I hope so, but that depends upon us. If we truly desire God’s blessing then we must accept God’s rebuke and repent of our evil ways and return to the

God of our Father’s whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.
 
Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.
 
From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.
 
Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never-ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.
Daniel C. Roberts, lyrics, 1876

Amen! Let it be so!

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Same Ol’ Same Ol’


That which has been, is that which is to be, and that which has been done, is that which will be done, and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (BBE) 

The 1960’s ushered in the sexual revolution. They called it the new morality, but it wasn’t new; it was very old. The Greeks and Romans embraced it thousands of years ago, and soon afterwards they were history. It was introduced thousands of years before that in the days of Noah. At that time, God got so disgusted with the filth that He gave the earth a good bath.

And the Lord saw that the sin of man was great on the earth, and that all the thoughts of his heart were evil. And the Lord had sorrow because he had made man on the earth, and grief was in his heart. And the Lord said, I will take away man, whom I have made, from the face of the earth, even man and beast and that which goes on the earth and every bird of the air; for I have sorrow for having made them. But Noah had grace in the eyes of God. Genesis 6:5-8 (BBE) 

With each passing generation, the affairs of the heart continually plot evil and rebellion against God. We are creatures of habit and undoubtedly we will follow in the footsteps of others who have gone before us. It would do us well to study that past and learn lessons from it, but it seems, as history continues to repeat itself, we are slow to learn. Somehow we think that this time it will be different, we can continue do the things that brought ruin to other civilizations and somehow we will escape the same end results.

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8 (AMP) 

How is the sexual revolution progressing in the 21st century?

Today ‘the enlightened’ have started a new revolution. They have started to mainstream that which God deems abominable, and perverse. What was considered unclean, and unholy, modern man is attempting to make acceptable. In order to ease our collective conscience toward the untoward, we are being told that it is simply an alternate lifestyle and not a deviation from the norm.

We are being told as a society that we should not judge but learn to be accepting of those who do not hold our viewpoints on sexual matters. After all they say it is between them and none of our business. I would agree if these same folks were not forcing me to acknowledge their personal choices and then asking me to suspend my personal beliefs to embrace theirs. I can not nor will I suspend my personal beliefs for that would be denying my belief in God and His laws. Asking me to become lawless to relieve someone else of the guilt they feel because of their own lawlessness is ridiculous, and yet here we are being told to do just that by the so-called ‘enlightened’ among us.

There is only one problem with this thought process, there is still a God who judges all of us according to his laws and standards.

We know that Moses‘ Teachings are good if they are used as they were intended to be used. For example, a person must realize that laws are not intended for people who have God’s approval. Laws are intended for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who think nothing is holy or sacred, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people. Laws are intended for people involved in sexual sins, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for those who lie when they take an oath, and for whatever else is against accurate teachings. 1 Timothy 1:8-10 (GW) 

Although many think that there is no God and that we can do as we please, history bears out that bad actions lead to bad results, bad lives, and the destruction of the civil society, in the end eternal death.

As a result the latter part of the 20th century ushered in an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases–some of them like AIDS are deadly. The sexual fears began to multiply. To save the revolution, the idea of safe sex was introduced, but it wasn’t safe–it was just as deadly. So much for utopian dreams!

Instead of trying to relive the errors of past generations, why not attempt to learn from the mistake of others and learn to live rightly? Or is that asking too much of the’ enlightened’?

So as we start  a New Year let us not continue in the same ol’ bad habits from yesteryear, instead learn from mistakes of the past and do not repeat them in the new year. A new year, a new beginning, a new outlook on life, a new lesson to be learned from the past. Happy New Year!

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But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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Between A River and the Deep Blue Sea


Who heard God and rebelled? All those whom Moses led out of Egypt rebelled. With whom was God angry for 40 years? He was angry with those who sinned and died in the desert. Who did God swear would never enter his place of rest? He was talking about those who didn’t obey him. So we see that they couldn’t enter his place of rest because they didn’t believe. Hebrews 3:16-19 (GW)

Jeremiah29_11.jpg (800x640 pixels)They say the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But sometimes that straight line can end up being a very long trip when you reach the land of indecision, the place were fears are birthed. Given time these fears can paralyze an individual for a lifetime, rendering them unable to move from the status quo.

Israel had a hard time getting to where God intended for them to be. The plans and purposes he had in store for them were far greater than where they had already been. The place God was taking them was beyond their ability to comprehend. Not being able to see the end from the beginning left them to wander in the wilderness for a generation. They were unable to move beyond their own fears, doubts, and eventually unbelief.

Egyptian bondage had taken its toil. The people had lost their ability to be free and independent. They felt secure in their bondage, even though it meant daily persecution. The familiar and safe seemed far better than embracing the freedom the Lord offered.

It became a mindset. Get up, do the same thing over and over and look forward to much of the same (day after day) Although they cried out to God for relief, I am not sure they really knew nor wanted what God had in store. It seemed that the more God provided the more they complained, even to the point of refusing to follow into the promised land.

 

 

proclaim.tif (533x800 pixels)They remembered the stories of the promises God had made. They read about it in the books of their prophets. They longed for a time of autonomy. They were looking for a time when they would no longer be oppressed. God heard their cry and came to their rescue. But what happened? They refused the help.

Jesus came unto his own to rescue them from the bondage of sin and to offer a new kingdom. They crucified the Savior. They rejected the offer. They much preferred the way things were, to the way things ought to be. How many times do we miss out on the best God has to offer because we refuse to change? A state of mediocrity seems far better than pristine paradise. We would rather stay in the morass in which we find ourselves then to be redeemed for the life abundant Jesus taught about.

I know first hand how difficult transition can be. We become accustomed to being looked after by those who are not seeking our welfare but rather seeking to enslave us for their own selfish ambitions. Rather than being a free and independent person we find ourselves compromising our values and beliefs for a loaf of bread.


Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.  “Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. Gen 25:29-34 (ESV)

Esau sold his rightful birthright for a pot of stew. Many today are doing much the same thing. Instead of reaching for the promises of God set before us, we sell out to the lowest bidder, not even the highest, for a pot of stew. When you think about it, that is how many live their lives, eating from a pot of stew, convinced that is all there is,  never realizing their fullest potential in Christ.

After leaving Egypt and crossing over the Red Sea, beholding the miracle that God wrought before them, Israel was still unable to enter the land of promise. Their biggest challenge was behind them. The Red Sea was far harder to cross over than the Jordan river would be. Having seen the miraculous it is hard to believe that they could not believe once again for a miracle. Oh do not kid yourselves into thinking you would have done anything different. I find in this day and age not many who are able to cross a small stream let alone a raging river.

I do not want to be too harsh on the Israelites because I too am faced with insurmountable obstacles as I try to step out and follow hard after God. I want to emphasize the word HARD in the preceding sentence. Following after God is not easy. It is not impossible but it certainly is not for the faint of heart. Take heart, be not afraid, He promised He would always be with us, even unto the end of the earth. Take a step of faith, be like Peter and get out of the boat of indecision and attempt to walk on the water of opportunity. Cross over to the place where you totally trust in God and you will be far happier and fulfilled than if you stay in the land of indecision.


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Welfare or Well-fare? The Choice is Not Easy


Weaning dependency from government entitlements proves difficult even for God

The Israelites said to them, “If only the Lord had let us die in Egypt! There we sat by our pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted! You brought us out into this desert to let us all starve to death!” Exodus 16:3 (GW)
So they complained to Moses by saying, “Give us water to drink!” Moses said to them, “Why are you complaining to me? Why are you testing the Lord?” But the people were thirsty for water there. They complained to Moses and asked, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Was it to make us, our children, and our livestock die of thirst?” Exodus 17:2-3 (GW)
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Moses had led the children out of the tyrannical clutches of the Pharaoh of Egypt, by a miraculous deliverance by the hand of God, and yet the people complained about their newly found independence from Egyptian slavery. In fact it would appear from their complaints they would prefer continued slavery at the hands of their Egyptian slave-masters then independence. Why would they prefer to be treated as slaves than to be free to chart their own course, and live a life independent of slavery?

By analyzing the Israelite’s complaints we can see the root of the problem. The Israelites had become accustomed to government hand-outs, they were unable to wrap their faith around God’s ability to provide for their daily provisions. They had grown accustomed to daily provisions they could rely on. Although these provisions came at the cost of their personal freedom, it appeared they valued the government provisions more than their own independence. Personal freedom, although prayed for daily, was not really what they sought. God’s people cried day and night at the harsh treatment they were receiving under Pharaoh and wished to be delivered from it. God sent Moses to do just that and what does he get for the trouble? Personal attacks from the people he was sent by God to free.

Freeing a people from years of bondage is not an easy task. Those assigned the task of facilitating that deliverance will be viciously attacked personally in their efforts to rescue those bound by the chains of slavery. Those who have been bound for many years grow accustomed to their bondage and the thoughts of freedom frighten them. In fact they will fight against any attempt to save them. There is comfort in the familiar, even if the familiar means living under constant berating and harsh conditions. Although they cried for relief, they did not want deliverance from the daily provisions, just from the harsh provider of those provisions.

In fact what the people really wanted was a change of leadership into someone who would give them their daily provisions and not treat them so badly. They desired for new management and not complete independence. Being free to chart their own course was not what the people truly desired. It would appear from their complaints that they wanted the hand-outs, but did not want the abuse that accompanied the hand-outs. Not once in their complaints directed toward Moses did they thank him for rescuing them from the wicked Pharaoh. Not once did they acknowledge the hand of God in their escape from Egyptian bondage. Not once did they acknowledge their constant cries to God for deliverance. Not once did the words “thank you” cross their lips.

We can not constantly complain and be grateful at the same time. We either are expressing our thanks to God or we are expressing our displeasure with him. Moses knew the people’s complaints where not for him directly but were directed toward God. Moses was the person God used to work through, but ultimately it was God’s plan Moses was implementing. He had been given the instructions from God how to lead the people from Egypt into Canaan. He was following the Lord’s leading, in fact all the people could see the presence of the Lord with them in the form of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Therefore a complaint against Moses was a complaint leveled against God.

Government provisions, although attached to a myriad of strings, are comforting to those who lack faith in God. In fact they prefer slavery because it requires the least amount of effort on their part. Take another look at Exodus 16 verse 3 where the people complained for food and said while they were in Egypt they “sat” around the flesh pots and ate all they wanted. They did not have to prepare it or even earn it all they had to do was show up and partake. In today’s vernacular one only has to cash a government issued check to eat.

Their constant complaining and “testing” of God cost them their true destiny. They were forbidden from entering into the land of promise God made to them.

For 40 years I was disgusted with that generation; I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray; they do not know My ways.” So I swore in My anger, “They will not enter My rest.” Psalms 95:10-11 (HCSB)

Following the Lord leads to true personal freedom, but few can truly follow Him. The lure of the world and this world’s riches has caused many to go astray. The empty promises of government provisions leaves many faithless. I do not know what I would have done if faced with the same circumstances as the Egyptian Jews, but it is reasonable to assume that the possibility exists that I would respond in much the same way as they did. We too can become so accustomed to our bondage that we fight against God who desires to free us from all entanglements of the world. When we allow ourselves to become accustomed to the ways of this world, we grow increasingly insensitive to God’s ways. Allowing government to take the place of God as our provider and care-giver, eventually leads to total abandonment from God. He does not remove himself from us but we remove ourselves from him.

We need to guard against this truism because the Pharaohs of today are behaving much the same as the Pharaoh of Egypt did. He wanted to defeat the Israelites and forbid them from worshipping God. His treatment of them was brutal and intent on breaking their wills and making them compliant to Pharaoh’s plans and goals. He desired that they worshipped him and look to him as their provider and care-giver. Ultimately he desired for total surrender to him and to look to him instead of God. In actuality he desired to be god.

The second beast forces all people important and unimportant people, rich and poor people, free people and slaves to be branded on their right hands or on their foreheads. It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17 (GW)

There has been a growing discontent among the populace of the American people for change. They have cried for new, less oppressive, leadership but never-the-less they still want government intervention in their lives. Every time true change is proposed the people revolt and rail against those who are attempting to free the population from government control and regulation. Just like they did against Moses, the people would rather keep on getting their government entitlements then be set free to achieve true liberty. All they really seem to be saying is give us slavery but pick for us a better slave-master.

Beware, the deception of the enemy is to make you doubt God’s ability to deliver and provide for your every need. Although God has proven himself time and time again, it is the goal of the modern-day Pharaoh to get you to hate God and His ways. Be warned that every time you cry out for the flesh pots of Egypt you question God’s leadership in your life. Every time you turn back toward the world you turn your back on God’s leading. In the end this kind of thinking will doom you to an eternity apart from God.

God is seeking your well-fare for which the government substitutes welfare. God seeks your best, the government insists on your failing so that it can continue to be your source. God seeks to enable you to achieve greatness, the government strives endlessly to bring about your demise. In the end there is only one who seeks your well-fare and that is God not the government. Choose than which you would rather serve, God or Mammon. God or the government. Jesus or the Pharaoh. The choice is all yours. Choose wisely for the wrong choice has eternal consequences.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31Open Link in New Window (BBE)

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