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America’s Only Hope

America’s Only Hope

America the beautiful and blessed nation is rushing toward destruction. If the brakes are not applied  we will lose our freedom, liberty and God’s blessing on our nation. I believe that mostly likely Obama will be reelected in November. He will then,  lead our nation  down a path of no return, to our destruction. Look at what has happened in the last three years. Our support for Israel has diminished, the gay and lesbian agenda acceptance and legalizing same sex marriage in many states. Many of Obama’s appointments are just plain anti American. The true God is being set aside in favor of false religions. Our nation is catering to false religions so we will not offend them.   

I believe it’s not too late for America to avoid the coming judgment of God. I believe America could remain a free and blessed nation until the rapture of the church. But our ONLY HOPE is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 . This passage does not tell us to pray for God’s healing of our nation. It is an offer from God (for today) addressed to His people to get right with God. This is not referring to those who are church members only and not born again Christians. It is written only to those who are truly saved.          

“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. 2 Chron 7:14

God gives His people four prerequisites to be met before He will heal their nation.

1)      Humble themselves, the absence of pride, when we look clearly at ourselves compared to the absolute holiness of God. Admitting to our sins, both of omission and commission. Remember sin is anything that displeases God.

2)      Pray, confess any known sin and ask God to search and examine you to reveal anything that you need to do or stop doing and what to avoid.  

3)      Seek my face, time in the Word of God seeking Him, is the only way to develop and maintain a close relationship with Him.

4)      Turn from their wicked ways, Remember this is referring to God’s people. This plan was given to the Nation of Israel. But now Christians are also God’s people. When we Christians think of people and their wicked ways, we naturally think of the unsaved, the ungodly  and repulsive life styles.. But God says it’s His people who need to turn from their wicked ways, that is Christians need to turn from their wicked ways. The prayer in Psalms 139:23-24 “Search me O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  What do I allow in my life that might be displeasing to God. He gives commands and also warnings on what we put in our bodies, eyes and minds. Drugs whether by smoking , sniffing, injecting with needles, pills or drinking.  That which can affect our minds, judgment, attitudes and actions.  Also what we watch on TV, the Internet, magazines and books all will influence the way we think and the decisions we make.  Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind , that ye may prove what is that , and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. 2 Chron 7:14“ 

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Good Friday

Good Friday is a day for remembrance of the price Jesus paid so we could be forgiven.

Matthew 27:11-50 gives the account of that day.

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. 12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. 15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. 19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. 22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. 26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hallb, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. 33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36 And sitting down they watched him there; 37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness: but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2Peter 3:9

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

 

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EASTER MISSION

EASTER’S MISSION

The mission of Easter.  Jesus came to open the doorway to heaven for all mankind. He knew what it would entail, the rejection, the ridicule, the physical pain, but most of all the taking on himself the sin of men. The adultery, perversions, drunkenness any sin, wrong that has ever been done or could be done. He took on its guilt for all mankind. He knew that many if not most would reject the gift He was purchasing to freely offer to all who would receive.  Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 9:22 “Saying, the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priest and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.”

The agony of Easter. His commitment, not my will but yours, Luke 22:39 Overcome with the agony to be faced at Calvary, an angel came to strengthen Him. In agony He sweat as blood, it was not the torment, or physical pain and suffering ahead that brought the agony. It was here the pure holy God the Son taking on my sin and all of mankind’s. Just as if He himself had sinned. As the lamb that was sacrificed in the Old Testament the man would lay his hand on the lamb, symbolically transferring all his sin to the little innocent lamb.  Then the lamb would be slain in payment for sin.  Jesus prays that if it is possible let this cup pass, this experience pass if there could be any other way, but there was none. The agony of Jesus was twofold. In taking on himself all the filth and corruption of man’s sins, and then being separated from God the Father.  The cry from the cross “My God My God why have you forsaken me” was the agony in full force. He did it all for me and all mankind.  Read Luke 22-23 and Matthew 26-27 to see the full of all He suffered for us.

The answer to Jesus’ plea from the cross Mt 26:46, My God My God why? Is answered simply, it was for me for my sin and the sin of all mankind.

The miracle of Easter. For three days the followers of Jesus had no hope, discouragement and darkness was all they could see. The hope they had for the future was gone. The one they had put their trust in was dead and buried. Their view showed three wasted years and no hope for the future they had hoped for. From God’s view, the stage was being set for the greatest of all miracles. When all hope is lost there’s still God. For three days the bruised, beaten, pierced bloody body of Jesus had laid in the dark tomb on the hillside, guarded by Roman soldiers, the tomb entrance sealed with the governor’s seal.

It was the darkness before the dawn that Sunday morning. The angel of the Lord descended with a great earthquake, and rolled the stone away as the Roman soldiers stood frozen with fear as dead men. The stone was removed so all could see that Jesus had risen from the grave in victory over death. The penalty of sin was paid. The Holy God was satisfied. The doorway to heaven was now open to all who were willing to receive the gift of sins forgiven. The gift of salvation and heaven.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.   For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 5:6-10 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

I received the offer of the gift in the spring of 1968, if you haven’t make the decision to receive the gift of salvation now before it’s  too late. 

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