Worship; February 22, 2021

Amos 9:11 “In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be.”

Several Bible interpreters have taken this verse to indicate the restoration of the tabernacle that David erected for the Ark of the Covenant, before Solomon built the first temple. That in itself seems without dispute, but they go further to say that this is talking about the 24/7 praise and worship that went on there, and the fact that ordinary people could approach and see the Ark, and they say that the worship style that has arisen since the start of the Pentecostal Movement over a hundred years ago, and especially the Charismatic movement that began around 50 years ago, is the fulfillment of this verse. In the service yesterday we sang the song, Days of Elijah, that directly references that understanding. I wouldn’t swear that is the correct interpretation, but it certainly seems possible. Heartfelt praise and worship certainly bring us to a level of intimacy with God that is quite apart from religion as such. We go through all sorts of things in the name of religion, but God desires honesty and intimacy. James deals with the honesty part when he says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27) However, that can become cold and legalistic without the intimacy of offering ourselves to God in praise and worship. It’s not an either/or situation, but very much a both/and one. It’s very much like something I referenced in a message recently. In the early days of the Pentecostal Movement, deep Biblical scholarship seemed to be in short supply, but the seminaries of “mainline churches” were so enamored of human intellect and the ideas that spring from it that they fostered what has become essentially a negation of the truth and authority of the Bible. Thankfully, Pentecostal scholarship has become far deeper, and interestingly, the Charismatic Movement sprang up in “mainline” churches because the people were so hungry for a real connection with God. On our own we can’t keep the balance, but God in His mercy will enable us to do so if we will ask and allow Him to.

I was raised in a home that was steeped in Scripture, but I didn’t encounter Charismatic worship until I was already a father. In fact, it was around the time of the birth of our second daughter. My family was very musical and we loved singing hymns together, but I wouldn’t say we got very deep in praise and worship. At the same time, many of the “worship choruses” seem shallow, and some of the current “worship music” seems downright monotonous. I am not to discard the old hymns that are rich in meaning, but neither am I to despise songs that really trigger emotion. As Jesus said, I am to worship in spirit and in truth, (John 4:23-24) submitting my mind and my emotions, my body and my lifestyle, to Him.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You also for the awareness that I can’t walk the line without Your help. May every part of my life be pleasing to You, that I may walk in the intimacy that You desire, and by Your grace I desire as well, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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God’s Revelation; February 21, 2021

Joel 2:28-29 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”

Just within the past day or two I was reading an article by someone who was pointing out that many English-speaking people misunderstand this passage because of the KJV translation of “all flesh.” The NIV and the Japanese are more accurate in saying “all people.” God isn’t going to pour His Spirit out on animals! One of the biggest points of this is that distinctions of sex, age, and social status disappear. That was quite shocking in a male-dominated, hierarchical society, but it gets overlooked even today. The “elites” get upset when “common people” get ideas of equality! That might be expected in society, but sadly it still happens in the Church as well. Peter quoted this very passage on the day of Pentecost, but even he didn’t really grasp it until he experienced God pouring the Holy Spirit out on Gentiles (shock!) in the house of Cornelius. (Acts 10) Sometimes God has to do extraordinary things to get through to us! Just as Peter experienced, sometimes God speaks through us more than we ourselves grasp. A somewhat extreme example is Caiaphas, who prophesied that Jesus would die for everyone, even though he was a ringleader in the plot against Jesus. (John 11:49-53) We get in trouble when we try to place limits on what God has said and what He is doing. We glibly quote Isaiah 55:8-9 about God’s ways and thoughts being higher than ours, but at the same time think that we ourselves are the exception, that we understand God! How silly! We are to welcome the insight and understanding that God gives us, but never think that we have the whole picture. The old Indian parable of the blind men encountering an elephant is very true indeed. As Paul said, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) We are to rejoice that God pours His Spirit out on us, but we are never to think that we could contain all of Him, and we are to rejoice in His filling others as well, regardless of their “status” in anyone’s eyes.

I think I was raised with a very egalitarian mindset, but at the same time I tended to feel that I myself was “super-special.” I had no trouble with race or social distinctions, but I was personally mired in pride to the point of conceit. God has dealt with that in me over the years, but I still can’t claim to be totally free of it. At this point I urgently, almost desperately, want Him to pour His Spirit out on the people of this church. I see flashes of it from time to time, but not the strong, glorious flame that I desire. I myself am in the category of “old men” at this point, and I need to welcome God’s dreams. I am not to look at others and see their deficiencies, but rather be open and honest about my own. I need and desire the Holy Spirit to pour into and through me more and more, so that God’s purposes for me may be fulfilled, on His schedule and for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the message You’ve given me for this morning about Your time, and how it’s different from how we perceive time. Just as You have told me to do, may I rest, relax, and rejoice in You, keeping You as my focus, my first priority, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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Active Faith; February 20, 2021

Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes
and showers righteousness on you.

This verse has been put to a very catchy tune by Noriko Sasaki, and I translated it to be able to sing it in English as well. To me, this is an extremely appropriate verse for America right now. The moral and political mess can be directly attributed to believers being lazy or even asleep, failing to recognize the enemy’s tricks and stand against them. We have a lot of unplowed ground in our hearts! Just the other day I heard a magnificent message by E. W. Jackson that was nearly half quoted or paraphrased Scripture. He could easily have claimed this verse as his theme! We can’t save ourselves, but that doesn’t at all mean that we are to be passive. To use the image in this verse, we are to be active farmers (or gardeners) of our own hearts, plowing and removing weeds and rocks, planting good seed and anticipating the showers of righteousness that only God can provide. The problem is, when we fail to do that, not only does the ground become hard and unfruitful, weeds flourish and the enemy can build towers right in the middle of our field/heart. We certainly can’t look forward to much of a harvest in that case! America is in a mess, true, but the answer doesn’t lie in politicians, it lies in individual believers waking up and seeking the Lord, submitting to Him and resisting the devil. (James 4:7) America does have millions of people who love God, but not so many who are active in their faith, truly seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness above and before anything else. (Matthew 6:33) With the Bible’s characteristic consistency, that is exactly what this verse is telling us to do.

It is easy for me to see how others have failed to be active in their faith, but I tend to overlook my own lapses. I am spiritually lazy! The Lord has given me the object lesson of allowing me to tend a garden. This afternoon, after a wedding this morning, I need to get out there and pick up another bucket or two of rocks, getting ready for the spring plowing I need to do before long. We just had a really cold snap, but it looks like spring is definitely on its way, and I need to be accountable for the resources and opportunities I’m given. That applies doubly, at least, in the spiritual realm. I feel God really is bringing a season of fruitfulness to us, but I’m not to be passive or act somehow entitled. The past year of shutdowns and anxiety over the virus has left people hungry spiritually, and that can be a very good thing. I am to be active in presenting the Gospel however the Lord directs, so that as many as will may repent and believe, experiencing the glorious truth of this verse, not to mention the whole Bible!

Father, thank You for this encouragement. Thank You for the brother in the Lord who sent me that video link so that I could hear Your Word through E. W. Jackson. I do ask Your mercy for America right now, and I stand against the devil and his schemes around the world. He’s doing some pretty nasty things in a lot of places, but He’s no match for Your Spirit! I pray that Your children would actively open themselves up to the Holy Spirit, allowing You to empower and use them so that indeed, Your name may be recognized as holy and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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God’s Time; February 19, 2021

Ezekiel 37:24 “‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.'”

From the time of Nehemiah on, distinctions between Northern and Southern tribes were largely forgotten, and were certainly not an issue at the time of Jesus. However, the point of one Ruler, and especially of the people being faithful to the Lord, is still in the process of being fulfilled as the Jews recognize Jesus as their Messiah. We tend to take prophecies as one piece, when often they are fulfilled gradually or in stages. That doesn’t make them any less real or valid, but it can certainly skew our perception of them. As many times as we say it, or think we understand it, we really have great trouble grasping the reality that God is outside of time, seeing everything at once, so Peter’s statement that “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8) is perceptive and something we really need to remember. Peter was dealing with exactly this issue in his letter. God does work in the flow of time. Jesus came at just the right time, but His suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection are effective for all time, for all mankind from Adam to the end of the world. As the saying goes, “That does not compute.” Some have spoken of this as the paradox of already/not yet. Paul dealt with this issue a lot, in Romans and elsewhere, saying things like, “Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11) We have been crucified with Christ, (Galatians 2:20) but we are still tempted, and occasionally stumble. Paul himself was very clear that he was not yet perfect. (Philippians 3:12-14) In the same way, the unity of Israel under the Messiah, spoken by God through Ezekiel, is totally accomplished from God’s viewpoint but still in process from ours, and that’s just one example. The neat thing about all of this is that we have the privilege of participating in what God is doing, not being anxious because we know that in Him it’s already a done deal, whatever it looks like to us at the moment.

This has absolutely huge implications for me. We have been given a magnificent vision of Omura again being the foremost Christian city in the nation, actively advancing the kingdom of God to the end of the earth. We have also been given specific prophecies that give me cold chills to go back and read. However, we don’t see these things in our time frame. My parents labored for the salvation of the Japanese, yet in their lifetime saw very little of what they hoped for. It’s just as it says in Hebrews: “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39-40) I am to rejoice that everything God has said is already accomplished, and at the same time have patience until I see it in my own experience. And I am to rejoice even if the fulfillment is after I am out of the picture. It’s as Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus said that before He was crucified and resurrected, as far as linear time goes, but from God’s perspective, Christ’s victory was already accomplished fact.

Father, thank You for this Word. I had no idea what I was supposed to speak on Sunday, and certainly didn’t expect to get it out of this passage! However, far more than just one sermon, help me live this out for the rest of my days on this earth, because from Your perspective I’m already in eternity! May I walk more and more, even on this temporal level, in all that You have already accomplished for me in Christ, so that I may be fully useful to You in tearing down the devil’s works (1 John 3:8) and setting the captives free, (Luke 4:18-19) for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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Obedience to God; February 18, 2021

Ezekiel 37:3, 7 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
So I prophesied as I was commanded.

This particular scene is one of the most dramatic and one of the most supernatural in the whole Bible. It was a vision and an allegory, but certainly memorable and very instructive. One thing that strikes me right now is that in a sense it hinged on Ezekiel’s obedience. He starts out on the right foot by acknowledging that God alone knows everything. If we’re honest, we realize that very often we tell God how things are and what needs to happen. We aren’t to hesitate to tell Him how we’d like things to be, but we are never to be demanding. The ultimate example of that is of course Jesus in Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:39) Ezekiel shows us that when we are properly submitted to God, even dry bones and the wind will submit to us! It’s all a matter of the flow of authority, as the centurion recognized with Jesus. (Matthew 8:5-13) Jesus does tell us to ask, seek, and knock, (Matthew 7:7-8) but we are to do so with right motives, in humble submission to God. (James 4:2-3) Obedience is key! It is total hubris to think we know better than God, either what we need or what is possible. When we are in right relationship with Him, He will consistently blow our minds! (Ephesians 3:20) The reverse of that, of course, is what happened in the Garden of Eden, when the devil convinced Eve she “knew better” than what God had told her, persuading her to trust her own senses and reasoning.

I’m certainly a descendant of Eve! I have acted as though I were the final arbiter of my fate more times that I could count. That has never worked out well! I need to be active in my pursuit of God’s will, but I am not to try to dictate to Him what that will should be. I am to remember that He alone knows everything, because He sees it all at once. I’ve always enjoyed Science Fiction, with plot twists of time travel and different dimensions and the like, but God is above and beyond all of that. Heaven is going to be the ultimate trip, and that’s just one more reason to look forward to it! I see many things today, in America, Japan, and around the world, that seem impossibly difficult from the human perspective, but God is not limited to or by that perspective. My focus is to be on faithful obedience, letting God show me what I need to know and trusting Him with everything, no matter what it looks like to me. There are times when Japan looks an awful lot like a bunch of dry bones! For that matter, the US government looks a lot like an insane asylum! I am not to let my heart be troubled, just as Jesus told His disciples just before His arrest and crucifixion. (John 14:27) Rather, I am to look forward to the moment when my Lord makes all things new. (Revelation 21:15) Knowing He will do that, I will expect great things of Him along the way.

Father, my faith is certainly unreliable! There are times when I have absolute peace and assurance, and times when I get all anxious and irritated. Thank You for this reminder that even dry bones aren’t a hindrance to You. Thank You that my own weaknesses and limitations are no more of a problem than those dry bones. Help me, like Ezekiel, leave full control in Your hands, not trying to “grab the wheel,” so to speak. I sure can’t control things, and I mess things up when I try. Keep me from being passive, but help me walk in total obedience to You, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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Blessings; February 17, 2021

Jeremiah 31:14 “I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah is known as “the weeping prophet” because of various prophecies of woe as well as the whole book of Lamentations, but he also wrote some of the most gloriously hopeful prophecies in the whole Bible. Jeremiah 29:11 is justly famous, and this chapter is likewise filled with comfort and hope. I can’t read verses 12-14 without singing one or more of the songs that have been made from them. The imagery in these verses is physical, but it certainly has spiritual implications. On one level it is a linguistic coincidence of translation, but the Japanese here says, “My people will be filled with my grace.” It is true that the Japanese word for grace is often used for various blessings, but I still can’t read this without remembering what the Lord told Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) (The same terminology is used in verse 12.) God blesses us in many ways, many of them physical, but we must never forget that it is all grace, unmerited favor. The moment we start demanding stuff, thinking we’re entitled to it, it ceases to be a blessing and becomes chains, binding our hearts and blinding us to God. This verse is also significant in saying the priests get special blessings. The Hebrew says “marrow,” as in bone marrow, which we don’t think of as a particular delicacy today, but it is very rich in nutrients and can be quite tasty. Those who expend themselves as mediators between God and man are fully rewarded! However, if we focus on the physical we miss out on the greater rewards.

This verse is naturally of interest to me since I have been a minister for well over half my life. Like Paul, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13) I have never been what the world would call wealthy, but I certainly wouldn’t change places with Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos. Actually I feel sorry for them, because they strike me as spiritually bankrupt. I am to be focused and faithful, knowing that I serve an infinite, and infinitely gracious and loving, God, and my reward is more than secure in Him.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the past two days of celebrating the 52nd anniversary of Cathy’s and my 1st date. Just as You had me pray Monday morning, a number of things weren’t as I had imagined, but the blessings were real and abundant. Even as You have told me to do, help me indeed rest, relax, and rejoice in You so that I won’t miss any of the blessings You pour out on me, whatever they might look like in the moment. Thank You. Praise God!

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Seeking God; February 16, 2021

Jeremiah 29:13-14 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord

Some people seem to seek God halfheartedly, and that really doesn’t cut it. God makes Himself available to us, but He wants to be our first priority. I’m reminded of something a friend pointed out over 40 years ago: we complain about times when “All I had to depend on was God,” when actually those are the most blessed times of all! That is precisely why God allows us to get into tight spots: to teach us to seek Him with our whole heart and depend on Him. Most of the time we have sadly misplaced priorities, desiring all sorts of things connected with this world and thinking we can achieve them on our own. However “blessed” or “gifted” we might be, those blessings and gifts come from God, and we need to seek Him for how to use and express them. God Himself is the greatest treasure, the greatest discovery, the greatest wisdom and knowledge. If we recognize that and dedicate ourselves fully to seeking Him, then He will meet us more than halfway. After all, He gave His Son to open the way for us to be able to come to Him. (John 3:16)

This is something I feel like I should have known automatically, given the home in which I was raised, but God has had to remind me of it time and time again. I get distracted by all sorts of things, much like a dog with a squirrel or a cat with a laser pointer. Whether I “catch” the thing that has distracted me or not is beside the point. I need to seek God, and let Him set my goals and my aspirations. I know without a doubt that intimacy with God is worth more than everything else in the universe combined, but I do get distracted, so I need to be quick to repent.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that needing to be reminded doesn’t completely disqualify me. Help me walk in humble obedience to You at all times, seeking You, Your kingdom and Your righteousness, in everything, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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Consequences; February 15, 2021

Jeremiah 5:24-25 “They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’ Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.”

We do not like to admit that our actions have consequences. It has been “politically incorrect” for many years to even hint that disaster could in any way result from sin. Any thinking person could list example after example. Instead, we write books like, “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People,” and ignore our Creator and His laws. Even if we admit that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23) We tend to apply that to “the other guy.” Even less do we repent of societal ills. God has allowed the current mess in government because, frankly, we have asked for it. The total illogic, the outright insanity of many of the things that are happening stem from decades of turning a blind eye to immorality, in ourselves and in society around us. We have taken refuge in thinking that we are “better than average,” making people our standard instead of adhering to the Word of God. Legalism isn’t the answer, but humility and repentance are. We bemoan the “entitlement mentality” we see all around us, not realizing how much of it we have ourselves. A major problem with luxury is that we come to expect it, thinking it is “our due,” instead of being duly grateful. Perhaps the best thing about the current situation is that more and more people are waking up, on various levels. If they will understand their own part in bringing this situation on us, then the end result will be very good. If we fail to have a renaissance of personal responsibility, then the future is bleak indeed. Looking to others to bail us out, and specifically to politicians, is foolishness. As was commented at the beginning of the American Experiment, such a system of government works only for a majority-righteous people. Such a majority is achieved one person at a time; we can’t point fingers at others.

I am of course talking to myself here. As a pastor, and a missionary at that, I am in the category that most people would consider “righteous,” but that doesn’t let me off the hook. A prime Biblical example for me would be Daniel, who, though personally righteous, repented for the sins of his people. (Daniel 9) I too am tempted by the flood of filth that is washing over society, and I cannot think that I am naturally immune. The only immunization against this plague is the Word of God (Psalm 119:11) and the Spirit of God, who is, after all, the Holy Spirit. As the Lord spoke through me just a week ago, I can’t divorce those from each other, but must rather make my life a friendly place for the Holy Spirit by letting the Word dwell in me richly. (Colossians 3:16) Like Daniel, I am to pray earnestly for society, but never from an attitude of pride. I too am dependent on the grace of God!

Father, thank You for this reminder. Help me remember this and live it out consistently. Thank You for Your overwhelming grace and blessings. Thank You that Cathy and I will be able to have an overnight at a romantic hotel in celebration of the 52nd anniversary of our first date. May we not miss any of the blessings You have for us by insisting on how things “should be,” but rather flow with Your Spirit on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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Missions; February 14, 2021

Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations–to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations.”

This is about as explicit a prophecy of foreign missionaries as you could ask for! The emphasis is on two factors: distance and the fact that the people reached know nothing of God. The listing of nations seems bizarre to us in the Hebrew, and even in the English equivalents given in the NIV seems rather odd, but the point seems to be that nowhere will be left out. Verse 20 talks about “brothers from all the nations,” and then verse 21 says, rather shockingly, “I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites.” These obviously could not be genetically qualified for those offices, but God says He will select them anyway. This prophecy speaks of the great push to the nations that began with Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:2-3) and continues even today. You can’t claim that it wasn’t God’s idea! It is also important to note that genetic distinctions will disappear, because offices and assignments will come from God. There has been a sadly persistent tendency among missions groups to trust missionaries above local believers, with the missionaries hanging onto the “reins of power.” That is in violation of the heart of God. However, the answer isn’t a reverse racism, as is being actively promoted by some in a political context in the US, but an understanding that external characteristics are quite literally unimportant. God is truly colorblind, because He looks at our hearts. (1 Samuel 16:7)

Naturally, being raised in a missionary family in Japan and serving here myself, the phrase, “distant islands of the sea” jumps out at me. Isaiah also mentions islands in chapters 11, 41 and 42, which is one reason I’ve always like Isaiah! The point, however, is to focus on the target of such activity being those who have never heard. I’d say the majority of the people in Omura are fully aware that Christianity exists, but the vast majority of those have no grasp of the Gospel at all. The general attitude toward religion in Japan is that it’s a matter of family tradition, or even ethnicity. That can make people very closed to the idea of “changing their religion.” Actually, the very idea of faith being at the center of a person’s life seems rather strange to them. My challenge is to be a living demonstration of the reality of God, as well as a mouthpiece to explain to people what they are seeing in me, so that they too may receive salvation by grace through faith.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the message You’ve given me for this morning, specifically on world missions. Thank You for the lady who’s not yet a Christian who’s expected to be here. I pray that all that she sees and hears would touch her heart and open her up to your grace, for her salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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Watchmen; February 13, 2021

Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord,
give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.

Various groups today call themselves “watchmen,” sometimes including “on the walls,” specifically from this passage. There are indeed those who have a calling to continuous prayer, and it is a high calling indeed. The state of America today could be directly connected to the failure of those who were so called to fulfill their commission. Too many Christians have been asleep, and the enemy has infiltrated not only the nation but the Church itself. When even churches won’t stand for Biblical standards of morality, we are in deep trouble. The thing is, there have been people all along who have tried to sound the alarm, but they have been dismissed as “fanatics” or “prudes” and not listened to. The mantra of the enemy has been “tolerance,” and finally, it looks like a sizable number of people aren’t going to tolerate it any more. Of course, those who are waking up are being called all sorts of names, but then, so was Jesus! We need to take seriously God’s call to prayer and His call to action. Truth be told, the enemy is terrified of bold believers, because he knows we have the power of Almighty God on our side. The current situation is a mess indeed, but if sufficient numbers of God’s children wake up and start listening to their Father, this will turn out to have been a very good thing in the long run. We are not to be violent, but we are never to be pushovers, We are indeed not to be silent, but speak the truth in love, even when people label the truth as “hate.”

I find I am very careful with my words, even with relatives. It is deeply saddening to see how people I care about have swallowed the enemy’s lies, hook, line and sinker. I am not to be needlessly confrontational, but I must not run from confrontation either. My major focus is to be in prayer, and my words to others are to be an outgrowth of that. I have people that have followed my blog, that, when I take a look at their pages, seem to be in fairly direct opposition to the Biblical principles I espouse. I have no idea why they followed me, but I can pray that somehow God’s words through me would draw them out of the camp of the enemy, setting them free just as Jesus said. (John 8:32) In the process, I must be careful that I myself am not deceived by the enemy, but walk in the love and holiness of Christ Himself. A watchman should do no less.

Father, thank You for this powerful reminder. Help me be faithful on every level, not in my own strength, because I have none, but in Yours. May I consistently call people to light and life, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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