Freedom under attack

2 Kings 25:1 During the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls. 

The enemy is building siege ramps against our national freedom and the freedom from the cross. In the Old Testament, a nation would come against another kingdom and begin to build wooden ramps to break into the city to destroy it. This siege ramp would take time to build, and during the process, the city would see their enemy getting closer and closer to their goal—the breaking down of their protective walls. The city was under siege. Only an act of God could help them.

America is under siege!

The walls of freedom, as we have known it for years, are under attack. Lawless vandals, politicians, and elected leaders are building siege ramps against the protective laws and the police force that have kept America safe and free for many years. The news media and social media are all helping to build this siege to remove our national freedom created by the belief of and built on the Biblical foundation of ‘In God we Trust.’

We, as a nation, must seek God’s face and repent as a person and a nation for our sins. Only God can heal this land. We need a revival of God’s presence.

The church is under siege!

The church needs to once again preach repentance. Many churches preach a message that feels good. A message that does not offend. 

There is fear from the pastor to speak repentance because of finances and rebellion. The message of the cross brings freedom to the soul but is a message that requires repentance. It is offensive to the unsaved. It requires us to deny ourselves and take up the cross of sacrifice and obedience to Christ.  

The church is under siege to make us feel happy rather than holy. Proud rather than pure. To feels saved rather than being saved. The church is under siege by the message of comfort rather than conviction. Let us pray and seek God’s face for our church and our nation.

On this July 4th,

let us look to God, who is the author of all freedom. He makes nations and souls free by following righteous commandments and repentance at the cross. Take the time to listen and watch this song about freedom and let your lightnside reflect FREEDOM.

Protesting & Lawlessness

Currently, in our nation, there are two emotional events that fill the news and social media, protesting, and lawlessness.  I want to share some thoughts from the scriptures concerning these actions.

Jesus was a protester!

The definition of a protest is a public expression of objection, disapproval, or dissent towards an idea or action.  As Jesus began his public ministry, He began to teach truth by protesting against the teachings of the religious leaders. Jesus started His protesting in His home church as He stood and read a passage of scripture then confronted the lack of faith and obedience of the Jewish people.  Luke 4:16-30

Jesus also publicly protested for deeper obedience beyond the teachings of the law.  Matthew 5:21-26 (Killing and hatred connected),  Matthew 5:27-28 (Adultery and lusting are connected). Jesus even calls His followers to be protesters in their public life.  Matthew 5:13-16 Be salt and light to all that is around you.  Don’t hide your testimony.  Protest His goodness, Grace, and Mercy.

Lawlessness

Along with the protestor that is rightfully voicing concerns about needed changes,  there are lawless groups of evil people causing violence, destroying properties, looting,  murder, and rage.  These are not protesters; they are rebellious criminals.

The Bible talks about the spirit of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10.  To summarize this passage, at the end of days, a demonic filled antichrist will come to power and will be utterly lawless to God.  He will have the authority to cause great violence and deception to the world.  Verse 7 states there is currently a power (God, Holy Spirit, Church Prayer, Christian’s Prayer) that is holding back the full power of this lawless spirit but it is at work today causing much anger and harm. We see it all around us.

Lawlessness and us

Each man and woman wrestles with lawlessness.  We are born with it.  You don’t have to teach a baby to say “no.”  It’s already in our nature.  As we come to Christ and repent, God places His Holy Spirit in us to give us the power to hold back and overcome that inner desire of lawlessness.  You feel it when you are wronged by others like someone cutting you off in traffic or causes you trouble or pain.  The desire to get even and return the pain is our lawlessness at work.  Jesus tells us to forgive others, or we will not be forgiven (strong protesting words.)  How often should I forgive my brother the disciple asks.  Jesus says always.  Also, love your enemies.  Let God be the judge.  All these truths push away the power of lawlessness of sin.

Protesting against lawlessness.

I want to share one last strong protesting word from Jesus that also contains the word lawlessness. These words of Christ should make everyone look inside and consider their relationship with Christ.  Our relationship with Christ is based on faith but expressed by our obedience. 

Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

How many people fill out churches and hear about Christ but do not obey Him? They sing praise songs and believe they are good enough for heaven but are not following Christ’s laws. In Christ’s eyes, they are lawless. We all sin and trip up. The keyword in this strong protesting message is the word “practice.” They practice lawlessness. It is not an accident or slip up. It is resistance to God’s words through lawlessness. Let us repent and ask Christ to cleanse our hearts. Ask God to fill you with His power to push back your lawlessness and follow Christ. Let your lightnside be a strong protest of God’s Grace and Christ’s cleansing blood.

Our Father – The only hope for peace.

As Father’s Day approaches, I realize the effect God the Father has on His children and the need in our nation.   

Favorite Father’s day card I received many years ago.

Matthew 6:9-10

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Our Father in Heaven – rule of authority.  

There is an understanding that we are the children of God. He is our Father and authority. There is an order in our world because we are living in his established kingdom. There is safety and security when we identify God as our Father, and we stand under His protection and direction.   

Without recognizing God the Father’s identity, we become self-focused and only see our desires and emotions. We become unstable and do not know how to be at peace. The more we acquire, the less we feel complete. Something is missing. We are designed to belong to a Heavenly Father. We are built to follow God.  

Hallowed be Your Name

Hallowed means greatly revered and honored. The process of honoring God is to thank Him, Praise Him, Learn more about Him. Listen to Him speak to you through the Bible, sermons, song. Our God is a leader, healer, peace-maker, warrior, teacher, and even a God of discipline. God loves me, so He watches me, blesses, and disciplines me. I honor His name. I feel secure and loved because of His care. His rod and staff comfort me. He restores my soul.

Rejecting the name of God is to reject hope. You become a vessel of unrest and lawlessness. The Bible says “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” To deny this is to be foolish and wandering through life always seeking but never satisfied. Always longing but never connected.

Thy Kingdom come – Thy will be done

Oh Lord, how we need your kingdom and leadership in todays world. Through the lawless efforts of media, social media, Twitter, political agendas, we are becoming a nation of rowdy immature children who have never learned to be obedient children under a father’s love and authority.

You, Lord, established the universe and determined it’s rules and limitations. You set the oceans and mountains in place. You created all the plants and creatures and placed them into balance. You feed and care for the wild animals. You send hope and care for those who follow you. God, how we need your holiness, leadership, structure, discipline now.  

Lord, please send your power to hold back the spirit of lawlessness in our land, our hearts, our families, and our different races. We have become lawless. We have become vessels for the demonic spirit of lawlessness to find homes and begin to fill our minds and mouths with hate, rebellion, and violence.

If…

2 Chron. 7:14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Lord, I am asking for your forgiveness for my attitudes and actions of lawlessness. I ask You to clean my heart and mind. Please forgive our nation and heal our land. God said, “If My People…” He could also say, “If my children…”  

Matthew 6:13 Father, Deliver us from the Evil One 

Let this Father’s Day be a start to call upon our Heavenly Father to forgive. Let us seek His face. Let us hollow His name. Let us ask God to search our hearts, and we repent of what He finds. Allow your lightnside to seek God’s healing for our nation.

Faithful over a few things

In preparation for a funeral, I am always mindful of the question people want the minister to assure them. Did they make it? Are they in heaven? To better understand this question, we must look closely at mankind in general and the Grace of God.

There is a secret side to all of us. No one is sinless. We are all born broken into a broken world, and for the entire length of our life, we will be battling the broken passions of our hearts. Paul said in Romans seven; there is a sinful seed battling us from our birth. It is the effect sin had on the whole world. Thanks be to God we have a Savior who understands this brokenness in us and sacrificed His sinless life for our sins so we might be set free from the bondage of sin and experience freedom because of the blood of Jesus.

Faith in Christ

Romans 1:16-17 “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ; it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…In it, the Righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. The just shall live by faith.”   

It is not our perfectness that brings about our righteousness. It is our faith placed on Jesus Christ, who died for us. As we put our faith and obedience to Christ, God sets the Righteousness of God upon us. When God looks at a man or woman who has faith in Christ and a relationship in their hearts, God sees His righteousness over them.  

It is not about being right or perfect; it’s about faith in Christ. Jesus said in John 14:6 ” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The scriptures did not say you must be this percentage perfect for making heaven. No, you must have an active faith in Jesus Christ.

DO NOT JUDGE

We like to judge people. Especially when it makes us feel more righteous. In reality, every man and woman has secrets and battles. We are people following Christ who wrestle with sin. Everyone fails. But the Christian repents and places their faith in the Righteousness and Mercy of God. It will never be our goodness that makes us heaven worthy; it will be our faith in Christ.

The Good Servant had issues.

In the parable Jesus told in Mathew 25:14-29, there were three servants the master gave talents. One had five, another two, and another had one talent. The master left on a trip and, after a while, returned. The servant who had five doubled his talents, and so did the one with two. The one servant who had one talent hid his gift and just returned what he had originally received. God rebuked this servant as evil, and judgment was placed on him. The faithful servants pleased God. Listen carefully to what God said to the one who had the most increase for the master. (v23) You have been faithful over a few things…welcome into the joy of the Lord. I take this to mean the good servant had issues within his life. We are not told about them, but God saw the faith and the service to God, and He said “well done.” The evil servant buried what God gave him and was judged. As we look at people and try to judge them based on what we think, we can bring judgment on ourselves.  

Let us rely on the Mercy of God, who rewards servants who are faithful over a few things. It is faith in Christ that brings the righteousness of God to us. Faith in Christ and repentance to Him are what make us heaven bound. In Christ alone.

From John the Baptist to the man on the cross next to Jesus, each man battles sin. But each of these men placed their faith in Christ. They were faithful over a few things. They are now in the joy of the Lord. Let’s not judge others to closely, but allow our lightnside to thank God for His grace and righteousness toward us and others who believe in Christ.

Lawlessness and HOPE

Troubles all around

Right now, our country is in a state of violence and unrest.  We have gone through a global pandemic,  shut down one of the greatest economic engines in decades to millions unemployed.  Evil violence on both sides of the law.  Protests begin as they should, but violent people began looting and destroying property and businesses. Frustrations are building up and looking for areas of release all across our land. Social Media and the news media help spread the unrest.  Opinion rather than facts is promoted to influence frustrations and rage. 

It is all a supernatural problem.  Everything we see and feel today is a supernatural problem, and the solution is not Trump or CNN.  It is God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

The Lawless one

Read 1 Thess 2:1-10  The lawless One.  The anti-Christ will rule the world.  You think it’s bad now? You will want to be ready for the rapture of Christians.  You will want to have Christ in your heart when you die.

Notice verse 7The mystery (hidden truth – usually something you cannot know without God’s revelation.)   The NIV calls it the secret power. Lawlessness was already at work even in Jesus’ time,  Dark ages,  Hitler,  World wars,  Nations killing their own people. It is at work today,  in the USA.  In social media,  news,  the hearts of men and women. 

He who restrains…

He who now restrains (holds back the lawless one) – The Holy Spirit,  the Church, You. Because of our fallen nature,  there is a natural tendency to be lawless.  If unchecked, this lawlessness will bring about great evil and destruction.  After the rapture – very dreadful events will take place. Matthew 24 says if the days were not shortened, no one would survive. Only God has the power to restrain the lawless one,  the lawless power. If you have Christ in your heart, then you also have God’s power to stop the lawless force in you, your family, and this nation.

If my people…

Solution – 2 Chronicles 7:14  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways (lawless ways), then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

HOPE –  When people pray, repent for themselves and our nation,  the restrainer restrains. This has happened throughout history. Revivals come when God’s power is poured out against the lawlessness and righteousness overcomes.

Join me in praying for our own heart, our nation, our leaders, our different races of people. Pray and repent personally and for God’s power to come down and heal our land. Let your lightnside burn bright with hope in a dark time.