Truth or Consequences

Some of us grew up watching the TV show with the above title. It was posed as a question. I really don’t remember much about the show other than that. But there is truth, and living without it brings consequences.

This message is primarily for Christians because we have the responsibility of bringing/taking God’s truth to a lost and dying world.

Fact #1: The devil is real and he has an agenda for us as individuals and for this country, and for the rest of the world.

Fact #2: God also has a plan.

Fact #3: Just as Israel was founded on a contract with Almighty God, Jehovah, so also was the United States of America. The contract was that if we would follow God’s teachings, obey His rules (thus having a RELATIONSHIP with Him), then He would make us a great nation, protect us from our enemies, and bless us far above every other nation (except Israel). Not obeying Him leads to loss of respect in the eyes of the world, great devastation (think years of drought, famine, widespread disease(s) with little or no cure), severe weather at strange times in strange places, with great destruction and loss of life. Evil will become more prevalent as Christianity loses its impact because we become more like the world and less like Christ.

Fact #4: Judgment will come. It will begin in the house of God. Why is atheism growing? Why are fewer and fewer people attending Bible-believing/preaching churches? Answer: because there is so little difference between church-goers and the people who don’t attend church. The world sees us as a bunch of hypocrites, and the world may be right.

Fact #5: God will hold His children, Christians, responsible for the demise of the world when we treat Him like a celestial Santa Claus. “God, just give me what I want. I’ll say thanks and let you know when I need you. Until then, please leave me alone, and let me do my own thing. As long as I pray and go to a church (doesn’t matter what kind as long as the preacher uses a liberal translation of the Bible, and doesn’t say anything that will make me want to change anything in my life), You should be happy.” And God says, “Well, if that’s what you want, that’s what you’ll get. I’ll stay out of your life and you can suffer the consequences. Just remember, you will stand before me some day, and give an account of whether you’ve lived your life for yourself or for me. I love you too much to force myself on you. I have given you my true word (which I sealed and admonished in four different places not to be changed).

The following is a list of verses, quoted and copied in part from my Bible program e-sword (free download:  http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html) that show God’s feelings when we refuse to obey His word. BTW, Heb_10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  This is not an option. It does not say, do this if it’s convenient, or if you feel like it, or if you think it’s important. If you are able to go to church and refuse to go on a regular basis, you CANNOT be in fellowship with God because you are being disobedient. When you walk in disobedience, you are not in fellowship. It’ simple. When your child deliberately disobeys you, repeatedly, do you have a close relationship with that child?

Here are the other verses: Gen_42:22  And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
Deu_1:43  So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill. Isa_28:12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
Isa_30:15  For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
Jer_29:19  Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD. Mat_23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Luk_13:34  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Even though these were written to the Jews, the bottom line is, God expects us as Christians, to live in fellowship with Him. Otherwise, what is the point of salvation? If the point of salvation was just getting into heaven, God would have killed us immediately and taken us home to live with Him. He left us here to serve Him (not ourselves).

If you call yourself an evangelical Christian, then you need to be in church, learning more and more about your heavenly Father, drawing closer to Him, being more active in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and supporting missions (evangelizing) and telling others about Him. That’s what it means to be an evangelical Christian. .

Election is approaching rapidly and I am gravely concerned about the future of our great nation. If you are a Christian, PLEASE purchase a copy of the documentary called Agenda (here’s the link: http://www.agendadocumentary.com/      There are two documentaries now, showing and detailing the philosophies, people, and organizations who are deliberately and desperately seeking the demise of this country.  I would also encourage everyone who is on any form of Welfare to see these documentaries.  One other thing I would encourage every Bible-believing person to read is a book and study guide by  Jonathan Cahn: “The Harbinger.” I would encourage all pastors to get the DVD series or the CD’s, or even just the books and hand them out to their members.

I have written this because I love people and I love this country. I am gravely concerned for the future and welfare of both. It is not with criticism or judgmentalism, but rather with great compassion and love that I write these words. Please, dear reader, share this with others. Let’s get God’s message out before it’s too late. Maybe it already is, but we have to try.

 

What I’m Thankful For

I know the title is gammatically incorrect, but I’m not being formal today.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day, the first I’ve been able to spend with my brother in over 20 years. He’s a long-haul truck driver, divorced and remarried. He married his 2nd wife three years ago and they live in Texas. My husband and I have spend the last fifteen and half years in south-central Florida, taking care of his parents. Both of them are now with the Lord Jesus and don’t need us. We are now free to travel again, and are (we hope) on our way to Quartzsite, AZ for the winter.

We are spending the Thanksgiving holiday (week) with my brother’s wife and her mother in Houston, TX. My brother made it in yesterday morning and we all went to his wife’s uncle’s house where most of the extended family gathered for the holiday. What a blessing and a treat to meet so many new people, make some new friends (including my sister-in-law).

I am so thankful for my husband, my family, our health, new friends, my children and grandchildren (the two oldest ones recently asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior and were baptized), and so very thankful for the churches and church families God has blessed us with along our journey. Hughes Grove Baptist Church in Thomasville, NC; Bethel Baptist Church in Lake Placid, FL; Onycha Baptist Church in Opp, AL; and Whites Chapel Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. They all have a special place in my heart, and all have greatly contributed to our growth in the Lord.

 

What Is A Christian?

I’ve been reading a number of posts on other sites lately that leave me disappointed and fighting discouragement. There seems to be a large number of people who had faith in God/Jesus at one time and now feel that it is all a lie, and that there are no true Christians in the world.

I have to ask those people: What are you looking for? How do you define a Christian? Is it someone who is perfect? Sorry, not in this life. Our souls are saved from sin when we repent and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, but our flesh is still weak. The apostle Paul said he was the chiefest of sinners and that he continually did those things contrary to what he wanted to do, and didn’t do the things he should. Every church I’ve ever been in, every Christian I’ve ever met has believed that Paul was the greatest Christian that ever lived. We are instructed to “die to ourselves daily.” If we were perfect we wouldn’t need to do that. Isaiah said that “all of our righteousness is as filthy rags.”

We can’t earn salvation because there isn’t a human being who ever lived, or who ever will live who could be good enough. We are all born sinners. We are not born wanting to do right. No one has to teach a child how to lie, steal or be selfish. It is inherent in their nature, and becomes more dominant as they grow. My best efforts to be good fall so short of God’s expectations. But He has graciously paid the penalty for my sin, has taken my punishment. He knows I can’t be perfect. It’s why He continually offers me His love, grace, and mercy. I need it.

That is not a license to go out and do anything I want to. Salvation is not a “get out of hell free” card. It is not fire insurance. God is not a celestial Santa Claus, or a benevolent, spoiling grandfather. He is not “the man upstairs.” He is God. He is almighty, all powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, and everywhere present. He is just and holy. He is righteous. He is jealous. We are not to worship anything or anyone other than Him. He alone is worthy.

As Christians we have a responsibility to do our best to obey Him, to ask His forgiveness when we fail, to seek His help to become more like Him because we can’t do it on our own.

So if you can’t see any real Christianity, maybe it’s because you’re looking for reasons not to believe. Maybe you’ve been let down. Maybe you’ve seen hypocrisy. But do you disown a baby because it stumbles when it is learning to walk? We are all at different stages of our Christian growth and walk. Some Christians are not being taught (discipled) how to live a Christian life. If no one teaches them they won’t know what’s expected.

If there are hypocrites in your church, praise the Lord! Where should they be? At least they (hopefully) are hearing messages that may help them change. The church is not a museum for saints; it’s a spiritual hospital for growing, struggling Christians. It’s not a carnival where you go for a weekly spiritual “happy hour.” It’s a place to grow and learn in your walk with Jesus.

The Bible is God’s holy Word. If you choose not to believe it, if you choose to believe it’s a lie your end will be hell and there is no way out of there. If you’re wrong you have everything to lose. If God is real and you put your faith, hope and trust in Him, and it turns out not to be true, what have you lost? The end is the same then.

A Christian, a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, is by definition, a follower, a learner, a student of Him and His ways. It is not perfection; it is growth. Don’t let the devil deceive you. Remember that the Bible (Ephesians chapter 6) tells us that he is our enemy, presenting himself as an angel of light, and “roams about a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Don’t listen to him. He came to destroy you and your faith. He wants you to give up and look at all of the negative, and the bad examples out there. There will always be bad examples. Just keep your eyes on Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Hang in there, struggling believer. Ask God to help you stand strong. Don’t let the devil win.