Hebrews 4: 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
I guess it is time that I should write an article responding to current events. But I don’t want to. I don’t like to. I’ll force myself to but I really don’t want to. Let me see, I could comment on the transgender guy that thinks he/she/it is pregnant or the absolute insanity of our government leaders by spending $2 Billion (yes I still capitalize it out of respect) dollars in amounts mostly around $600 dollars to individuals to jump start the economy. How about Obama’s spiritual leadership that hates white people? I could comment on the insanity of the Federal Reserve and how the world is playing cat and mouse with an economic collapse that will make 1929 look like kids stuff. Red China is back in the news. They are trying to tidy up before the Olympics by killing Buddhist monks and nuns so that the government and their “new free society” looks better than the rest of the world. I didn’t want to I would rather teach about Christ and the goodness of God. I started writing this not wanting to comment wanting to just “turn my eyes upon Jesus” but now that I started I am so P*##ed off that you are going to have to put up with me since I have a lot of computer ink and computer paper!
The United States has been haled as the policeman of the world. We have thought ourselves to be saviors to the world. We are the ones to bring democracy to all nations. We have been the bastion for freedom and free expression. We have been expanding this ideal around the world over the past fifty years. But now we are on the verge of collapse. So, who is going to step in and save us? NO one! There is no one left. They have all gone after their own way AND we have become despised in the eyes of the world.
Our daughter came home from college this semester to stay. She has changed her major and will start at a local college in the fall. That is OK with me but what made her change her mind and leave the University that she was at I don’t know. She hasn’t told me and to date I haven’t asked. I figured she would tell me in due time. However, one of things that I have heard is that she didn’t want to be around the party scene anymore. She did tell me that she realized this when a friend from high school showed up for a weekend visit with two BIG bottles of vodka and wanted to know where the parties were at. You see, she just wasn’t raised that way. You may think that is prudish or weird or so not with it. But I know something that you don’t know or you don’t want to admit. We are not our own!
What I call the Church Epistles some call the Pauline Epistles because they were written by the Apostle Paul. I call them the Church Epistles because they are written to The Church of God. As I have mentioned in a previous article a “church” is any group coming together for a purpose. Christians are the called out from among both the Jew and the Gentile. We have a purpose for being here on Earth and we have the promise of a life much better than this. The Church Epistles ( Romans, I&II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and I&II Thessalonians) tell us what we have in Christ Jesus now and in the future. There is no other place in the Bible that so eloquently tells us what we have as the first two chapters of Ephesians.
Although what is written in the Old Testament is “for our learning” (Romans 15:4) it stills holds many parallels to what is required of us today. One of those things is the admonition from God to Israel to not follow after the doctrines of inhabitants of the land. We are admonished to do the same thing. Since the leadership in the Christian Church has not reminded the people of this Christians have mingled the doctrine of devils in with their beliefs. Therefore Christians are being taken captive by the adversary the devil at his will, many die and many more wander through this life wondering why God doesn’t answer their prayers. God never meant it to be this way. God only wants the best for the Christian!
I am constantly amazed at God and His Word, the Bible. God wants to bless people. He expresses that over and over in the Bible and all you have to do is to learn to put him first in your life.
Most Christians have never thought about that in the depth of what God really wants and says.
I read two articles this past week, one entitled Bishop: Christians don’t go to heaven and the other ‘Resign,’ clergy tell archbishop of Canterbury. Both of these articles were from the website World Net Daily. The article about Christians not going to Heaven was titled wrong because it should have said “Christians don’t go to heaven immediately upon dying” that is what the article was about. The other article was about the archbishop of Canterbury “promoting Islamic sharia law in Britain.” The bishop N.T. Wright was fairly close to the accuracy and truth of God’s Word (the Bible) while the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan William’s, was way off base
Have you ever asked yourself how long it takes God to give you deliverance from the prison or situation that you are in? I am not talking just about prisons made of concrete and steel but of the prisons of doubt, worry and fear; the prisons of no job or no money, the prisons of the secrets that you don’t want to tell anybody about, the thoughts of suicide and death. These are the wretched prisons that we all have in one form or another during our lives. So, how long does it take God to get you out of any of those prisons and situations? As long as it takes you to believe His promises!
I had a little conversation the other day with my daughter and her roommate and I want to have the same conversation with you as I did with them. They are both sophomores in college and the dreaded “sophomore slump” hit them. Both had lost their perspective of where they are going and their route to the goal. Are you in the same boat? Without a goal and without a plan to achieve that goal you will be frustrated your whole life.