Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Prophetic Meaning of the Destruction of History - Silent Pulpits

The devil is using media and deluded people turning our nation into the horror that Orwell predicted in 1984.

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day be day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right."

George Orwell - From 1984

What is so discouraging is most spiritual leaders are silent in the face of this evil.  Some are even complicit.  Hate is driving them to the fringe.  God is not mocked.  He sees the hatred that drives them.

What they don't seem to realize is that this historical revisionism will be the force that eventually will silence them. They no longer be able to speak freely about the things of God in the future as they once did. Once they have torn down every civil symbol of the past the Bible is next.  It is already the case in many countries of the world.

God is calling on the true leaders to stand against this evil.  Those who have already entered into the apostasy of cultural relevance have already lost their spiritual standing.

Who among us is willing to reject the devils agenda and willing to pay the price like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego ?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Satan wants you to live a weed free life

Jesus told a parable in Matthew 13:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.

27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’

28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
 This story has been used to talk about sinners in the Church.  About how the devil plants evil in our lives.  Some apply an eschatological bent... weeds (lost people) burned up in fire.  And a few apply it to our lives and how good fruit is damaged by our sin nature.

It has been used for all kinds of things including political polemics. Let me offer another view of this and see if it makes sense.  I believe it does.

Our lives are designed by God to produce fruit, as a stalk of wheat produces the fruit of grain,  but there are weeds in our lives.  Difficulties. Attacks. Pain. Evil.  They try to crush the fruit out of us.  The trouble is they are part of growth. I will show that without weeds we are less able to become what God's best is for us.  The weed parable can help us understand.

Weeds in a wheat field serve a purpose.  Some stand and protect the wheat from strong winds.  Some cover the earth and keep it from washing away.  Some are places where insects feed and leave the precious fruit alone.  When animals come to graze and might eat the wheat if that's all there were, there are options and in that way the weeds provide protection.  Plus as the weeds die off.. they rot and provide nutrients for the next crop. 

 I am a horticultural expert (many say). I do not spend a lot killing some weeds in my lawn.  The diversity of plant life helps the grass prosper.  My neighbor is diligent about his grass.  Has a perfect lawn but works very hard to accomplish that task and spends a LOT of money.  His grass is not vigorous, it's pampered.  Every disease that come along he has to have it treated.  He spends money when God's plan would be let diversity help his grass grow strong.

 Wheat Grown in perfect conditions like a greenhouse is weak, spindly and prone to disease.  It's the same for human lives lived without weeds.  It produces people who cannot cope or adapt when things get rough.  They need lifelong support.

Think about those who come from deep poverty and work their way up.  They had weeds but overcame.  Think about the age of Blues.  That music came out of pain and suffering.  Without the pain there would have been no blues.  We don't have much new blues music any more.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote great theology in dire circumstances that eventually took his life.  If he had been stress free and in total peace we wouldn't have this today.

Daymon Johns is famous for his rags to riches story of poverty to prosperity.  Had there been no deprivation (weeds) there would have been no greatness. 

Yet today we in our culture do our best to protect people from the weeds of life.  Those who come from other countries come here thankful for the chance to make it.  They do because they have had weeds.  Look at the pampered generation we have raised.  Unable to make it on their own.  Not leaving home.  On government support.  Asking for more.  Looking for a handout.  They need some weeds in their lives to make it.  I don't know if they can or will ever see the way out of this mess without it. 

I see people who say, "If I could just get a good paying job I could make it".  There are good paying jobs but they are demanding because they are good paying.  This pampered generation can't make it.  They are weed free.  They can't take the pressure when it comes. 

We need weeds in our lives.  Just like Jesus speaks about in the parable, IF we pull up the weeds, we will crush the fruit God intended us to produce.  Give thanks for the weeds in your life.  They are forming your, making you stronger, wiser, more able, better.   I have been thru some hard things.. I won't rehearse them here.. but it's enough to say... we must walk it out and see God turn it all into our good.  He is a master of taking the tapestry of our life and creating beauty in our ashes. 

Don't let those you love live weed free either.  Make it hard.  Make it weedy.  Help them grow strong. 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thess 5:18

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Will of Angels

The word of God is pretty silent on the ability of angels to act in free will.  There are some distorted scriptures that cause people to think they can love or hate.  That they have emotions as we do.  That they are somehow independent entities.  It's not so.

 To be clear, they love us because Father loves us.  They don't love out of their own volition.  They care for us. They are ministering angels. Scripture:  Therefore, angels are only servants--spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.  Hebrews 1:14

If they minister, then in what way?  Do they wake up (if they sleep, they don't) and say, I wonder if I should punish old Gene today?  I'm pretty upset with him.  No they have a mandate and an assignment: 
Psalm 91:11
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

They even  ministered to Jesus:   Matthew 4:11
Then the devil left Him, and angels came and ministered to Him.

The idea of a Guardian Angel in singularity, is the stuff of bad New Age theology.  There is no scriptural basis for this.  Yet it has crept into our christian understanding.  Some claim to have seen their guardian angel. I can't doubt they have seen an angel and that it was doing the mission of God in watching over them but there are multitudes of them.  Infinite.  As God is infinite.  

Another Crisis of understanding angels is that they like you and me.  They aren't.  They can assume the shape and look as Lot's visitors did.  But they are best described
Hebrews 1:7 
Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” 

The ones Elisha's servant go to see were like chariots of fire.  Doing the will of God, Ministering, but not out of their own volition.

We are told that we will JUDGE angels.  Don't you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. 1 Corinthians 6:3

2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 

We must understand that they do what God tells them to do according to His word and here's the kicker, according to our faith and our words of faith.  When a mountain has to be moved or a tree cast into the sea.. how does that happen?  When we speak words and action of doubt and unbelief, does God intervene with OUR free will?  Or do the angels designated just stand quietly waiting for some level of faith so they can respond to the will of God in our lives.  They only can do what God says and what we are able to have faith for.  Sometimes in emergencies He will send them to respond to our fear, difficulty and need.  It's how that works but it is better to respond to our faith believing.

Now for a left turn.  Wives are told by Paul to cover their heads.  1 Corinthians 11:10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.   Now if you read it in context: 
A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory. For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. 10 For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.

Why is that important?  Because the Angels understand authority and order.  They understand the need to  reflect God's Glory.  They are wired to be in full dedicated submission (Including will) to God.  They can best minister when they see that in the family.  (I'll get hate mail for this, but it's true).  God best responds to unity and order and he does it thru the perfect unity and order of the Angel Armies who worship HIM and serve man in his behalf.

One last thing:  Jesus is over all.. The visible manifestation of the Father.  Father is a spirit.  No man has seen Him.
Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to Him. 
1 Peter 3:22  

The HIM is Jesus.  IF an angel had the temerity to deviete for one second from the authory and power in Jesus, it would be chaos.. and it's not.  

About the 1/3rd of the angels who followed Lucifer in rebellion.  I am not going to discuss that here.  There are demons, but I will submit to you there always were.  I used to believe the dragon tail sweep story.  I know the Isahia and Ezekial passages well and have taught them.  Yet.. as I grow in grace I am beginning to understand evil and it's basis.   Yes there is rebellion and chaos in the realm of the demonic.   How and why, let's not assign characteristics to those entities they do not deserve.  They are evil spirits, just as God's Angels are ministering spirits.  Did God create evil?  I don't know.  And might I say, neither do any of us.

I know this doesn't answer the whole question.. but we have to use out Gift of Discernment in reading the word of God for what it is and not having new aged stuff creep in.