There are some days that we will never forget. Today was one of those days for me. Yep, just about everything went wrong. OH YES! did I mention the $265.00 fine for parking in a “cul-de-sac” ?, my offence “disobeying a no-stopping sign” I broke the law, not intentionally mind you, I just didn’t interpret the parking sign properly. I was in a rush you see, I only intended to stay there for a few minutes while I dropped in to my daughter’s apartment.
Anyhow, after finally bringing my flesh to agree with me that I had broken the law and that the ranger was only doing her job, I turned my thoughts towards God. I thanked Him that we, His children, are not under the law but under grace. Because of the finished work of Our beloved Jesus on a cruel Roman cross, God extends to us GRACE!!! The law can not condemn us. Isn’t our God so AMAZING, so GOOD. We are bound to Him not but laws and regulations, but by LOVE. How can we not but praise Him FOREVERMORE.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless His name; shew forth His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before Him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come into His courts.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth.
Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: He shall judge the people righteously.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord: for He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth:
He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.”
Psalms 96:1-13 KJV
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1 KJV
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 HCSB
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4 KJV
This is the Lord’s Day!!! Hallelujah!!! Blessings everyone! ❤️❤️ May you have an amazing day!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.”
Psalms 103:1-22 KJV
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16.
Former abortion clinic owner.
“My 23rd abortion changed my mind about doing abortions forever. This patient was a little overweight and ultimately proved to be a little farther along than anticipated. This was not an uncommon mistake before ultrasound was readily available to confirm the gestational age. Initially, the abortion proceeded normally. The water broke, but then nothing more would come out. When I withdrew the curette, I saw that it was plugged up with the leg of the baby which had been torn off. I then changed techniques and used ring forceps to dismember the 13 or 14week size baby. Inside the remains of the rib cage I found a tiny, beating heart. I was finally able to remove the head and looked squarely into the face of a human being -a human being that I had just killed.”
The Great Accuser is trying to uncover bishops’ sins in order to scandalise the people, Pope Francis has said.
The Pope blame the devil for the crisis in the Vatican, as he refuses to repent.
In a homily at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, the Pope told bishops that they seem to be under attack from the devil.
The best way for bishops to fight this, he added, is by being men of prayer who remain close to the people and who have the humhttp://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/09/11/pope-francis-the-great-accuser-is-trying-to-uncover-sins-to-cause-scandal/ility to remember they were chosen by God, Vatican News reports.
The Pope said that prayer is “a bishop’s consolation in difficult times,” because “Jesus is praying for me and for all bishops.”
Referring to the devil, Pope Francis said: “In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops.”
“True, we are all sinners, we bishops,” he…
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Here is another great Mid – East Prophecy Report for the week ending September 9, 2018. Pastor J.D. talks about the prophetic significance concerning the seriousness of the situation in Syria. End Times Prophecy coming true right before our eyes as we move ever closer to the Rapture of the Church. Maranatha!!!
These words are not common anymore.
We tend to prefer more palatable alternatives like brokenness. Addictions. Mistakes. Errors. Regrets. Idolatry.
The numbing of our vocabulary around sin and evil has been accompanied by numbed attitudes.
As we have become less angry, less sad, less sensitive and less concerned about sin, so we have preferred to sanitise its image.
But scripture is so clear. To be gripped by the gravity of sin and evil is a non-negotiable hallmark of the touch of God on a person’s life.
There are no exceptions.
Isaiah’s encounter with God is a vivid example. Having received a revelation of God, he quickly received a revelation of himself. In fact, he suddenly (perhaps for the first time), had a realistic view of himself.
For a prophet to say “woe is me” is no small thing. “Woe” was his way of pronouncing God’s sentence of damnation. It was normally directed at others. To turn it on himself is nothing short of astonishing.
Why would he do that?
Because, having seen God, the scales of self-righteousness had fallen from his eyes. He saw sin, clearly, for the first time. “I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” He saw it in himself, and in his society.
It frightened him. It stunned him. It gripped him with grief and pain. He thought he would go to hell.
This response is not normal. People don’t turn on themselves easily.
But it is necessary evidence of the Holy Spirit’s activity. As Jesus said, to “convict of sin, righteousness and judgement.”
I say all of this for one reason: I fear we are becoming numb.
Many in the church claim conversion without ever having known this hallmark of God’s work, and we don’t seem too concerned about it.
The practice of ongoing repentance and confession is not a widespread spiritual discipline because we simply don’t feel our need of it.
Our love for God and our wonder at the cross of Christ is cold because we don’t know the size of His grace in light of the size of sin.
We prefer positive messages of grace to true messages of guilt, even though both are supremely important.
But there is something else, too.
It doesn’t only represent a problem with the way we view ourselves. It’s also a problem because of how it affects our attitude to our society.
Isaiah saw both – his own problem, but also the problem in his world.
People often ask me why I bother so much about moral issues like abortion, euthanasia, gender-bending ideology, religious freedoms.
From time to time it is suggested to me that we shouldn’t “impose” morality on others. I am told that we shouldn’t prevent people from having immoral laws if that’s what they want.
I believe that we say this in part because we have forgotten the darkness, depravity, and gravity of evil. We have lived in the comfort of a modern West, on borrowed Judeo-Christian morality for so long that we have no comprehension of such things.
Good laws restrain evil – that is God’s mandate to governments. Bad laws permit evil to flourish.
Do we know how serious that is?
There is no love of neighbour when we sit on the sidelines, allowing evil to flourish.
Let me illustrate.
Euthanasia – at its root, says that it’s ok for us to be complicit in the deliberate killing of a human being – is an evil idea. It matters not how carefully controlled it is, how strong the safeguards are, or how well-intentioned proponents feel. An evil idea brings a tide of darkness in its wake.
That’s why we heard news of a world-first in Belgium last month. Three children were euthanised, aged 9, 11 and 17. Two of them simply because they had disabilities.
Or the multitude of cases where people have been killed for things like blindness, personality disorders, depression, a botched sex-change, alcoholism, loneliness… I could go on.
4.5% of all deaths in the Netherlands are by euthanasia.
More than half of those receiving euthanasia in Oregon report “being a burden to family and friends” as a reason for seeking death.
Meanwhile, I am getting reports from parents in Victoria whose children go to schools where gender and sexual ideology is ruining lives. Best friends are now lesbian couples, anxious kids are now gender dysphoric, as they are fed a steady diet of sexualised and radical queer theory.
Speak to Walt Heyer – one of the first gender reassignment patients in the world – and he will tell you, there’s no coming back for most who go down the pathway he trod. They suicide at more than 40 times the rate of the general population, and some 50% of his counselling patients report sexual abuse as a trigger for their initial dysphoria.
Cari is a young woman who reports, “I’m a 21-year-old woman with a scarred chest, a 5 o’clock shadow, and a broken voice. All because I couldn’t face the reality that I might be a girl.”
It is not possible to fully “de-transition.” Once you go all the way, the physical scars are for life. Not to mention the emotional scars that covered over from the get-go.
Here is the cost of evil. The “sins of the fathers visited on the children.”
I have touched just two issues, yet the tide of darkness they could represent is harrowing.
I confess I can get angry when Christians say things like, “let them have it” or “the persecution will be good for us” or “don’t impose morality.”
How dare we so flagrantly shirk the command of Christ to love our neighbour as ourselves. We, who know the grace of God, who have been plucked out of darkness into His “marvellous light” have no business sitting back, basking in grace, and doing nothing about the rise and rise of evil on our fellow Australians, however unaware they may be of it, and however much they may at first want it.
It also makes us disobedient to Christ’s command to be the light of the world. To do good works in and for the world – not ourselves, not only our families, not only our friends, and not only the church.
Someone’s morality will be legislated. Whose will it be? What will we do about it?
Pray that Christians everywhere would see sin and evil with Isaiah’s clarity. That vision in Isaiah 6 changed him forever. He was ultimately martyred for his public opposition to evil and proclamation of God’s truth.
Source. Martyn Iles
This is such a beautiful and encouraging post !
“A much better day is coming for all who know Jesus” Than you Jonathan.
I remember Sunday drives when my parents took me out for a ride with no particular destination in mind. I know many today still spontaneously go wherever their car takes them.
The journey of our lives as followers of Jesus, however, is far different. We are not subject to the whims of wherever life takes us. We have a destination, which adds significance to whatever comes our way.
The apostle Paul describes this hopeful outlook in this way, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (3:19-21).