Judgement of God – Psalm 9:19-20

God’s Judgement Is Upon Us

19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.

Just Judgement

God is just, and He will not allow a nation to continue in iniquity without bringing judgement in a swift manner.  Throughout all time, God has judged nations and eventually destroyed them when they refused to repent.   No nation or kingdom has gone on forever without being judged by God.

In just a short period of time, less than two and a half centuries, the United States of America is being judged.  Since God is the one who judges, He first sends warnings to the nations to repent.  Jonah was sent to Nineveh.  The prophets were sent to Israel.  God has been faithful in giving the nations the opportunity to repent.  And when they do not, He begins to throw warning shots across their bows.

Total Terror

For the United States, there were two World Trade Center bombings.  The first failed, and the second succeeded.  The people in the US, after the second bombing, filled churches seeking God, for God had put terror into their hearts.  They began to seek God.  But like Nineveh, the people very quickly abandoned their fear when God relented, and went right back to what they were doing.

Solomon was right when he declared that there was nothing new under the sun.  People behave the same today as they did thousands of years ago.  Millennia of experience is lost upon us because of the curse of sin.  And even with the full and complete revelation of God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, people still turn a blind eye to what they have been shown.  The hearts of men easily forget, and need to be reminded that God is holy.

Righteous Reminder

God sends us reminders that we are only mortal.  Our perception of time lures us into a false understanding of our mortality.  It is only when we are faced with death, or watch another face it, that we begin to contemplate our own mortality.  So God gives us reminders that we are but a wisp of smoke, a vapor that is here today and gone tomorrow.  We are only promised today.  We need to remember that at any time, God may demand an accounting of our lives and bring us home to Him.  That is why it is all the more important as time grows short that we yield ourselves to His Spirit so that we may be found doing what the master has commanded us to do.  Let us walk by faith and not sight, for the just shall live by faith.

A Qualifying Question

Let’s ask a question:  Am I walking by faith in the path that God has chosen for me?

A short prayer of preparation:

Father in Heaven, I thank You for the many reminders to provide in Your Word that You are holy and are to be feared and revered.  Father, help me to honor you in all that I think, say, and do, that others would praise Your holy name.  I seek to walk with You, and greatly desire to do Your will.  Regardless of how other behave, remember me in my walk that You would be glorified.  This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Combat Training With God – John 16:1-4

Be Faithful To The Very End

1 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them.”

Misled Motives

Many throughout the last two thousand years have been murdering disciples of Christ, believing that they are offering a service to God.  From Saul of Tarsus – who later because Paul – to fundamentalist adherents to the greatest of all deceivers, many believe that ridding the world of the disciples of Christ is the right thing to do.  There are two main reasons why they want to do this:

  • They think that they are offering a service to God (heresy)
  • They greatly disagree with holiness and righteousness, and seek to silence anyone who reminds them that their actions are evil (self-centeredness)

In China, it is open season on believers.  Disciples are being hunted down through genocide in Middle Eastern and African countries.  This is now spreading throughout Europe, and will soon come to the Americas.

Ironic Ignorance

The sad and ironic end of this is that many believe that they are following the one true God, YHWH.  Instead, they show by their actions that they don’t know Him, and never knew Him, since if they knew Him, they would accept what His disciples have to say.  In this, it is necessary to love them with the same love that God loves you.  Pray for them, that the blindness that they have is removed, so that they may see the One True God.

Well Warned

When they come door-to-door looking for disciples of Christ, do not be alarmed, and do not be caught unawares.  Jesus has warned us that this would happen.  Even as the fundamentalist adherents to the greatest of deceivers presses towards the eradication of Jews, the disciples of Christ, and any who would dare not convert to barbarism, remember to keep the faith until death:

14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

A Qualifying Question

Let’s ask a question:  Do I show fear when I am threatened?

A short prayer of preparation:

Father in Heaven, I thank You that You have provided for all my needs.  You give me Your peace that surpasses all understanding.  Help me to stand strong that it would be a witness that You are real.  Strengthen me in my weakness.  Help me to overcome my fears, that should I ever need to stand strong, that I would be able to stand on the solid rock of Christ.  Remember those who falsely accuse me, and persecute me for the sake of the name of Jesus.  This I ask in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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