Mercy! Lord Have Mercy..

Mercy…

Ps 136:23 ¶ Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
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This psalm seems almost repetitive: His mercy endures forever! Mercy is a force of heaven that produces miracles:

Let’s look at a few verses on the mercy of Jesus:

Matt 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mt 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

Mt 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

Mt 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

Mt 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Luke 1:57 ¶ Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
Luke 18:58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

In our day to day world we forget in our busy ness that we still need mercy…
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Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Jesus came to reveal and demonstrate the mercy of God…

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

Mercy is the power of God in the earth. When God has mercy, miracles happen…

Matt 12:But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Let us never get too proud or knowledgeable to forget God’s mercy:

Let’s pray:
‘Father, have mercy upon me today. For those upon my prayer list, have mercy! Protect me from my own pride, self-will, blindness! In your name I pray, Lord Jesus! Amen.”

Seeking God in these last days!

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2 Peter 3;3 ¶ Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2 Peter 3:3-12 speaks about the second coming of the Lord.

Though no one knows the day and the hour, seems Christians forget that Jesus is coming back, and these are the last day that we are living in.

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Ministers are diligently preparing you for this event, that looms upon the curtain of time, imminently. No man knows the day and the hour, but surely the prophetic signs are in the earth, showing us clearly that the time is now!

Mt 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
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So many give no thought to eternal life and the things of God!

Scoffers, mockers, fools thinking that the second coming of Jesus is like some sort of fairy tale or legend, made up by creative imaginations! Not the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, or Disney story: Jesus is real, and His kingdom is among us, in great power!

Lu 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Lu 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
It is time to again, seek the Lord, and not become weary in well doing.

De 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Ps 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
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Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

How well I have learned that pain can be a wonderful instructor – truth rejected has consequences…
Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Zep 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

There is a king, and a kingdom violently moving in the earth. It is a time for passion and zeal for the Lord of Hosts, to find His specific plans, purposes, for your life, for time in the earth is short.

Today, as I read: This is what I feel strongly: Seek Him, Jesus, your king. It is not time for business as usual, complacency, or the natural order of life. Seek Him, and whatever He says: Do it!
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Let’s pray: ‘Father, I have given you my life. Help me to carve out the time I need, to read your Word, pray in other tongues. Send ministry into my life, to feed my spirit, and may I be diligent to seek you again, with passion and zeal, that You might be found. Speak to me, touch me, order my steps, and show me the things that are of critical timing for your specific plans for me and my family. Let me not become complacent or comfortable with life as usual. Meet with me Father, as only you can, in your name I pray, Lord Jesus! Amen!’

America Shall Be Saved!

America shall be saved!
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This is the verse given to our founding fathers, giving us the three branches of government. It is also a promise from God:

Isaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.

Notice the last four words of that verse: HE WILL SAVE US!

Jesus is Lord over America!

He, Himself will save this nation!
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Allah is not God, we are not too far gone.. He is Almighty God the Son…

He who flung the stars into being, Creator of the universe, is well able to save America!

He will fight for this nation!

So let call upon the Lord of heaven’s armies!

Ps 80:9 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
Make your face shine down upon us.
Only then will we be saved.
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Let’s Pray:
‘Father in heaven, release the host of heaven to fight against darkness, deception and devils here in America today. We stand before heavens courts, praying the bowls of incense before your throne, the anguished prayers of your saints, be tipped today into answers, movings of Your great power, as Your mercy again triumphs over the judgments we deserve. Reveal Jesus once again to us, and turn our hearts by Your Spirit to fully obey You, that might truly turn from all evil, to be the people of honor, love and holiness You have redeemed us to become. I ask, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask again, in Your great name Lord Jesus!”

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Garment!

Garment!
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What are you wearing today?

Matt 14: 36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

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Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
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Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
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Ga 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

What are you wearing today?

Whether we are like the woman with the issue of blood, pressing in to Jesus, to touch the hem of His garment today, clothed in blood and shame, or if we have perfected holiness and obedience in our gift and calling, and are walking as Peter walked in the earth:

Ac 5:15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

It is still all about Jesus. It is His power displayed in the earth, the living, breathing, person of the Holy Spirit acting eternally upon the temporal condition of man.

We know, we grow, and faith to faith, strength to strength, we learn to obey Him, Emmanuel, God with us, and the more we learn of Him, and His presence with us, the more of His glory moves through us.

Whether the smallest spiritual child, or the mightiest, most seasoned Christian warrior and deliverer, its still all about Jesus. He is Lord, and we walk with Him, talk with and learn to be like Him, we glorify His name.

There is a place of commanded blessing, where brethren in unity dwell, there where the oil of anointing is flowing, where we live as one!

From the childlike faith to press in and touch the hem of His garment, to the place of spiritual maturity where we walk in our authority, wearing our robes of righteousness, and garments of praise, so that people are pressing in to receive their miracles wrought at our hands, by faith in the One Who can never lie, nor fail!

Miracles, God glorifying miracles, are my intent and purpose today.

In many areas of my world, I feel like the woman with the issue of blood, dirty, humbled, and pressing in for my own needs to be met.

In others, as I see myself seated in heavenly places in Him,

Deut 28:1 ¶ And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Ephesians 2:6 (AMP)

And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus,

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I sit with Jesus, high above the earth, exercising His authority over governments of men, and smashing demonic principalities over nations, shepherding them into His plans and blessings for them today, in governmental prayer.

Yet, I simply, and will always, love Jesus. Again longing to spend time with Him, to walk with Him, to hear His voice, to sit at His feet, and learn wisdom for this next and upcoming season of leadership I see on the horizon of time, there, but not yet arrived…

Where are you at with Him today?

What are You wearing?
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It’s all good news, He loves us, and will never leave nor forsake us, and Holy Spirit longs to be known, yeilded to , and to display His power through you!

Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

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5 Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?

I’m hungry to receive that jealous love today, for my life, and for the people He has called me to see and understand, and minister miracles to, today.

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, I press in to You today, knowing my great needs, my hungers, and my utter helplessness, apart from You. Touch me! Fill me! Meet with Me! Do Miracles in my life and family! Meet all of our needs with savage acts of Your power and love! Now Father, I turn my eyes towards the world You created, the earth some call mother, for from its dirt, you created Adam, and breathed upon him, Your breath of life. The earth, that is groaning in travail today, in these last days, under the weight of sin, and in anticipation of me, and my friends reading this, to take our place, in Your authority, and to bring that which Jesus shed blood has wrought! Forgiveness, deliverance from the curse, healing, deliverance out of the domain of devils and darkness, into the kingdom of the Son of Your, and our love.

Jesus You are Lord! We would glorify Your name today Lord, as King of love in the earth, as again, we press towards the mark of Your high calling, displaying Your wonders for the glory and fame of Your name. Have mercy upon the earth today Lord Jesus, and anoint us freshly in Your power, glory, and anointing, that we can make this day, a better day, for the people you have called us to love, and to Shepherd into Your purposes, Amen!

Praying for America – Hidden Things Revealed

Praying for America Hidden things to be revealed.
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Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Isa 48:6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

2Co 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

As we proceed toward National Day of Prayer, these are the verses I feel impressed to pray:
That God will reveal to us hidden things:
1. Hidden keys of knowledge to dismantle and destroy works and roots of darkness.
2. Hidden keys of wisdom to know what to do, to see the kingdom of God advance and be restored in the United States of America.
3. That God reveal the very motives of men’s hearts, the agendas of godless men, intent on destroying this country, and that He, Himself destroy them: Ps 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. That these very desires perish, and that God change both the hearts of men and leadership here, or, if nessesary, the leadership itself, that the government be righteous, holy, and fully under the Lordship of Jesus.
4. That the Lord come, and reveal the hidden things of dishonesty and iniquity, and that by manifestation of the truth, these be destroyed and cleansed from our land.

The Holiness of God Convicts….

The Holiness of Jesus, to Convict of Sin
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Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Is 6: 5 ¶ Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
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Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

There has been so much grace teaching these past few years, that the holiness of God is all but forgottan in the modern church. Truly, when we are born again, we have access to the very throne of God, and positionally, we have become the righteousness of God. In fact, the Holy Spirits greatest work is to do just that, to show us our righteousness before the throne of God, to woo us into our Fathers arms, to encourage us to fellowship with Jesus!

Yet, God is Holy. Peter met Jesus, and the first thing he was aware of, was his personal sin.

John the beloved saw Jesus in His glorified state, and fell on his face like a dead man.

Isaiah had the same experience: a revelation of the holiness and purity of God, and immediately he cried out.

Repentance, to see ourselves in the light of God’s holiness, and to immediately cry out for mercy and the cleansing, atoning power of the blood of Jesus.

Reportedly, when Charles Finney, after several days or weeks of intense prayer from the lips of father Nash, would enter a town, people would fall to the ground, groaning under the realization of their sin. Reportedly, over 80 percent of his converts, remained faithful to Jesus, after one of his meetings, have authentically met God.
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Then we read of the case of a famous faith preacher, Smith Wigglesworth, who reportedly felt a burden to pray while travelling on a train. He retreated to the restroom, and met with God there. When he emerged, the entire passenger car beheld his face, ‘as that of an angel’ and cried out to God for mercy, and he was able to lead them all to Christ, without a sermon spoken.

Then, there was the incident with the famous Kathryn Kuhlman, who after prayer in her hotel room, was being brought privately through the kitchen entrance of the hotel to the ball room where her meeting was being held. Reportedly, when the kitchen staff saw her glowing, they were all knocked to the floor by God’s power, as she simply walked across the room.
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In my own life, I am reminded of several incidences where I saw God’s holiness displayed:
The first, was during the Toronto Blessing, or revival. There had been deep worship, and someone cried out prophetically: ‘The Fear of the Lord’. When they did, the Spirit of God fell in the meeting, and all 5000 of us present were knocked to the ground, and for over an hour, no one spoke or got up. The only sound was the occasional groaning or anguished weeping of people getting right with God in prayer.

In another meeting, at a Full Gospel Businessmans fellowship world conference, in Anaheim, California, in 1994, Benny Hinn gave an alter call for those desiring more of God’s power, the anointing. Like a wave, the Holy Spirit fell, and people, like dominos fell like stacked cordwood. As people got up, the crowd surged towards the platform, seeking to touch Benny Hinn. He yelled: ‘Back!” and when he did, a circle of light engulfed him, about 15 feet in diameter. He stood, looking into heaven, and this no one could get through this ring of fire. In fact, anyone touching it, was immediately knocked down. I was only 15 feet away when this happened, and I will never forget the illumination and glory on him at that moment. He was lit up in the power of God!

Then, I was at Rhema, a Bible school student, serving in the alter care. During one morning exhaltation service for the students, Kenneth E Hagin was there, and as I turned around from worship, I literally bumped into him. I had been praying for him for so many hours during this season of my life, that I simply said: ‘I love you!’ and gave him a hug. He chuckled and said, ‘I love you too son’, and we both went on. I rushed home after class to eat lunch that day to hurry back for prayer school, and as I turned to leave out little apartment, the power and presence of God came upon me, and I was knocked to the floor, realizing many, many sins in my life, in my heart. As Iay there weeping, I realized that the anointing and love from brother Hagin, had revealed these things, in order to cleanse and heal my heart.

The Holiness of God revealed, will bring repentance.

This, is the greatest need in the church today. A revelation of the holiness and love of Jesus, that will cause people to forever turn from compromise and evil.

Let’s pray:
Father, Peter, Isaiah, John, and now Chris, have all had encounter with your love and holiness, that changed them forever. Please do it for me, today, in your name Lord Jesus, Amen’

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There is a RAM!

There is a Ram!

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Lev 5:17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.
18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him.

There is a Ram, without spot or blemish, the sinless, holy, spotless, Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who already did all the dying, any one of us might need. Yes, God is still Holy, and people still sin, knowingly and unknowingly, yet, each day, we can come before the very throne of God, and find that the precious, holy blood of Jesus, still speaks mercy before the throne of grace on our behalf.

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Grab it and go!

Receive His mercy, and then get up, and receive power, grace, to serve, obey and walk with Him, today in His love, as He unfolds for you, tremendous wonders, great and mighty things that you could not comprehend!

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Let’s pray:
“Father, thank you for your love and mercy! If I have sinned against you in any way, I ask you forgive me, and I receive the precious provision of the blood of Jesus upon my life, today. Empower me, to learn from this, to live in your love, power, grace, and holiness, today, and forever. Thank you Jesus, for your great sacrifice for me. Thank you for forgiving me, and showing me how to live! Make a way, for you are my waymaker, almighty King! AMEN!”

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The Weighter Matters of Life…

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Matt 23:23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

As I read this passage of Scripture, the words: ‘Weightier Matters’ jumped off the page at me, making me think carefully about the weightier matters of life. So, I looked up this verse in several other versions.

Matthew 23:23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you give a tenth of your mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected and omitted the weightier (more important) matters of the Law—right and justice and mercy and fidelity. These you ought [particularly] to have done, without neglecting the others.

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The Message (MSG)

23-24 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave it. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required. Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that’s wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?

Justice, Mercy and Faith!

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What a topic! In this land of the free and home of the brave, where we strive for freedom, liberty, and justice for all.

If we can’t get it right in the church house, there is no hope for the White House!

 

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

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Let’s look at Websters simple definition of ‘Justice’

Simple Definition of justice

Popularity: Top 1% of lookups
  • : the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals

  • : a judge in a court of law

  • Justice —used as a title for a judge (such as a judge of the U.S. Supreme

Full Definition of justice

  1. 1a :  the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishmentsb :  judgec :  the administration of law; especially :  the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity

  2. 2a :  the quality of being just, impartial, or fairb (1) :  the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) :  conformity to this principle or ideal :  righteousnessc :  the quality of conforming to law

  3. 3:  conformity to truth, fact, or reason :  correctness

I am not an attorney, legislator, nor judge, yet, as a man of God, determined to walk in holiness and integrity, I am required to look at justice, mercy, and faith.

We see lady justice with scales in one hand and a sword in the other.

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How well I knew it all after finishing Bible school, full of the Word of God, determined to make a difference in our generation, a man on fire for Jesus, filled with spiritual power, loving my enemies, walking by faith, knowing that the Word of God held every answer to humanities needs, for is it not written:

2 Peter 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

I still believe that, that Jesus is the answer, and that through His promises, we can overcome any difficulty this world throws at us, for

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Jo 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

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That if we walk in love, and stand bold in faith, we will see victory in this life, in every arena!

Then, I realized that not everyone sees it that way. Some people, are not ever going to see it, and receive the love of God, or decide to walk in faith.

God gave people free will, and it has amazed me over the years, how strongly people will hold on to their will over the will of God!

The United States has three branches of government, while the kingdom of God only has two:

The political government of the country, and the authority of God invested in His church.

Where these two meet, there are some interesting dynamics!

Let’s give a couple examples:

As a pastor, I have performed marriages, and perform marriage counselling for church members. Yet, what about the divorcee? What does a child custody agreement need to look like?

Or how about our outreach to folks struggling with an addiction? People broken, battered and abused by their helplessness to stop the insatiable cravings for their drug of choice?

Let me tell a story:

Several years ago, a community that I pastored in had a drug problem. It was a government housing project, and one night in a drug raid, they arrested 70 people ! Shut down 7 crack houses in a day! Glory to God right?

Yet, God directed me to open an alcohol drug program for those hopelessly addicted, and suddenly our life became interesting!

I promised to love and walk with the 22 addicts that joined my program, through whatever they got themselves into, on one condition: It was a 26 lesson course, and they had to be willing to take the next lesson.

This meant that I had to mediate unpaid drug debts, go to hospitals to visit sick or overdosed folks, attend family court with those who had children, and regularly go to the local jails and prisons to visit folks.

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Some of these court sessions were brutal, yet enlightening, sometimes comical. Listen to this story I read:

Supreme Court Justice Horace Gray once informed a man who had appeared before him in a lower court and had escaped conviction on a technicality, “I know that you are guilty and you know it, and I wish you to remember that one day you will stand before a better and wiser Judge, and that there you will be dealt with according to justice and not according to law.” Surprised while burgling a house in Antwerp, Belgium, the thief fled out the back door, clambered over a nine-foot wall, dropped down the other side, and found himself in the city prison.

Oops: The Book of Blunders, 1980

As a pastor, I always stood in love, with the person in my care, but as a man of God, I could never lie, nor agree with sinful choices they had made.

Sometimes the courts had mercy, other times folks went to jail, but here I stood, in love, mercy, and faith believing the best for the addict, while the courts read the muck and mire they had been involved in.

Brokeness and tears were my portion during that season, crying out to God for mercy, and deliverance for these suffering souls, and by His grace, 21 of the 22 folks who went through the program, remain alcohol and drug free 10 years later.

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This whole season was not a formula, but a living vital relationship, with Holy Spirit, seeking Him for wisdom as to how to help people, and for the judges to know what to do also.

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And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth

How easy it would have been to become cold, clinical, detached, and to say to those broken people: well, you did the crime, now do the time!

This appears to be the position of these religious leaders in Jesus day. They knew the letter of the law, but had not experienced God personally, so that their example had become cold, sterile, lifeless, devoid of love and power. How easy it is for us in care-giving positions to become this way!

Doctors, nurses, counselors, health care, senior care, we must break before Him, often daily, or quietly die inside…

If you have died inside, here’s good news:

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heartout of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

heart stone

Pray for tears, that He again break your heart with the things that are breaking His.


Thank God for the eternal standard of the Word of God, and His holiness that we all seek to emulate! Holiness is simply another word for LOVE…

Yet, without love, we are clanging gongs, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1

Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all:

Jesus said, knowing Him, and Him alone will produce true freedom: Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

'https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dJf2dXfEM5qYL8XXohWVZA-ZChfySk1GOGiCyvTcXXE/edit This is an article I wrote on 'Weightier Matters' from yesterdays reading, Justice, Mercy and Faith.'

Then there is a walk of faith, and intimacy with God, where the Holy Spirit is given preeminance, that will produce liberty: 2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Yet, mercy is what we all need, forgiveness at the feet of a holy God, Ro 15:9  And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. Jas 2:13  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

I read this story about Napoleon that touched me:

A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death.

“But I don’t ask for justice,” the mother explained. “I plead for mercy.”

“But your son does not deserve mercy,” Napoleon replied.

“Sir,” the woman cried, “it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for.”

“Well, then,” the emperor said, “I will have mercy.” And he spared the woman’s son.

Luis Palau, Experiencing God’s Forgiveness, Multnomah Press, 1984.

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, we recognize that people make wrong choices. That there are sure consequences to those choices. Father, for those of us in leadership, empower us to do what we must, to restrain evil in our generation, always operating in your love for people. Have mercy on us today, and give us courage, wisdom, and strength to continue to care, love, and pursue you and your holiness, and purity of heart before you, as we continue to trust and obey you, that the strong muscles of our faith, break every chain that would attempt to hold us back from the destiny you have created us to walk out, in your name I pray, Lord Jesus, Amen’

'https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dJf2dXfEM5qYL8XXohWVZA-ZChfySk1GOGiCyvTcXXE/edit This is an article I wrote on 'Weightier Matters' from yesterdays reading, Justice, Mercy and Faith.'

Syrian Refugees coming to USA – A Christian Response

Syrian Refugee’s coming to America – A Christian response

Most are aware of the Syrian refugee crisis, from the on-going war there.

syrian refugees

http://www.mercycorps.org/articles/turkey-iraq-jordan-lebanon-syria/quick-facts-what-you-need-know-about-syria-crisis

Now, President Obama has announced that the US will receive 10,000 of these:

http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-how-the-us-plans-to-welcome-10000-syrian-refugees-2015-9

Many people feel there is a real threat to US security in this move, as radical Islam would conquer either by the sword or by infiltration, which ever accomplishes their means quickest.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/02/22/mccaul-administration-policy-allowing-syrians-onto-us-soil-is-dangerous/

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/14/st-louis-missouri-syrian-refugees

They are correct, for ISIS is trying to capitalize on this crisis.

US Syria

http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/isis-smuggler-we-will-use-refugee-crisis-to-infiltrate-west/

http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-refugees-trojan-horse-islamic-state-174328749–politics.html

Yet, as a Christian leader in America, what is my personal response to these refugees coming to America?

Answer: Preach the gospel.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Last night, I was at McDonald’s, and I happened to bump into a friend and mentor of mine, the evangelist Daniel King.( .  For those of you who do not know Daniel, check out his ministry at: http://www.kingministries.com/meetdaniel.html) While we played with our children, I asked him directly what his thoughts were on the Syrian refugee crisis, and more specifically about President Obama’s decision to admit 10,000 refugee into the USA.

His response stirred me to write this blog:

He said: ‘ Chris, I remember the words of Dr. T.L. Osborne, when asked about his response to refugees, and large displacements of populations. He said that God’s agenda is always the gospel, and if they were in an area where it was difficult to reach them, God moves them to areas where they can be reached’

Daniel and I agree on this one thing: God has no plan ‘B’ when it comes to the gospel, but His will for every human being is the gospel, that all men might be saved.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved
salvation

This simple statement, made a flood of Scriptures come to my mind:

Matthew 24:14

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come

Mark 13:10

And the gospel must first be preached to all nations

2 Timothy 4:2

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

2 Corinthians 4:4

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of thegospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God

So, the nature of Satan is to kill, steal and destroy, he is a liar and the father of all lies.

On one side, one might think that satan is attempting to send 10,000 soldiers to America, to do what disciples of satan do, kill, steal, destroy and lie in any way necessary to usurp authority, to conquer America.

The question is always: What is the church’s response?

Do we cower in fear, and like many Christians have done internationally, as sheep, present ourselves a martyrs to become beheaded by ISIS?

Or is there a bolder response required?

What if we refused to fear radical Islam, with all its wonderfully mysterious murderous ways, and instead, learned the culture of Islam with the explicit purpose of winning Muslims to Christ.

no fear

Another friend of mine, Kamran Karimi, has written a great book entitled ‘In Allah they trust’ (http://www.amazon.com/In-Allah-They-Trust-Understanding/dp/1606833510) presenting what Muslims believe, and how to reach them with the love of Jesus.

Allah

As a full time missionary, I go to various places to preach Jesus, but often find that others have gone in His name before me, and done a horrible job of presenting Him!

I firmly believe that the role of a true missionary, is to study the culture, language where possible, traditions of a people group to discover THE WAYS GOD HAS ALREADY BEEN VISITING THAT PEOPLE!

So what if US churches deliberately decided to target these refugees with love, prayer, humanitarian aid, and then educated their members on cultural more’s of Muslim people.

Perhaps women could where kerchief’s not from a sense of subjection to their husbands, but in love for Jesus, as a way to help Muslim refugee women feel accepted, loved, and welcome in our churches.

Read 1 Cor 11: 1-15. Pastors, perhaps you could prepare teachings on why women do not need to wear head coverings under the gospel of grace.

Men can exemplify the love of Jesus towards our wives,

1 Peter 3:7

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered

Exemplifying how our wives become equal to us in graces in this life, co-laborers, worthy of honor, precious and beloved of God, and by us.

husbands

For those who are truly refugees, I believe our treatment of them will truly glorify God in showing mercy and compassion to the poor.

I believe love is stronger than hate, and if we reach out on purpose to these refugee’s in the love of Jesus, they we see why America is the land of the free, home of the brave, with true freedom, liberty and justice available to all.

This is the cross of Jesus, the gospel, the power of God, love to the unlovable, that satan cannot stop, nor thwart.

Satan may have an evil plan with these refugee’s but he has been kicked in the head so many times, that his very evilness trips him up.

1 Corinthians 2:8

None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory

Like Joseph we may say:

God good

Now then, what if the conspiracy theories are correct?

That indeed ISIS would use this refugee crisis to mobilize an army here on US soil.

For this, we have the 2nd Amendment, and he who would live by the sword, will die by it.

This is not a nation of ignorant sheep, easy prey for ISIS killers.

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/did-jesus-give-the-2nd-amendment/

As I heard one ex-marine state: ‘Let them come. If they come with ill intent, it will save us all another trip back over to the Middle East…’

marine

If they come in peace, America can be the most peaceful nation on earth to live.

If you come to conquer, simply ask the British, German’s, or Japanese how that went….

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, I am moved with compassion for those honestly trying to escape the horrors of war, who wish to raise their families for You, in peace, and welcome them to first the kingdom of God, through Jesus, and to America as their new home. May You mobilize us, Your people to become Your instruments of love, peace, and mercy towards a suffering people. To those who come to promote Islam, ISIS, and jihad, expose them. By faith I release revelation of their plots and plans, and by the authority of Jesus invested in us, I stop them, forbidding their destruction here. Amen’

Writing..Truth that falls in the street!

truth in street

Ecclesiastes 12:

12 But about going further [than the words given by one Shepherd], my son, be warned. Of making many books there is no end [so do not believe everything you read], and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

13 All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.

As I complete this third writing project, and consider my next 2 books, I have learned, by experience this activity, must be done in obedience to the Lord, for the sake of the gospel, for His glory, for this verse is indeed true: ‘much study is a weariness of the flesh’.

Studying, researching, writing, editing, publishing, and now marketing my books, is no small task.

This journey has changed me – from a bold, confident, almost brash contractor, who used 6000 minutes/month on his cell phone, to an introverted, prayerful, quiet, reflective, deeply passionate, man of God. Where I used to talk all day to people, I now talk all day with God, and endeavor to more fully obey Him, and to love people, no strings attached…

If I use 300 minutes/month now, that is BIG!

Perhaps one of my books will become widely distributed, and I will actually make some money at it, but this is not the primary reason that I write.

This is: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/why-publish-the-word-of-god/

It is my purpose and prayer, that my books will help add value to people and expand the kingdom of God.

While I can speak, pray and visit places on our myriad missions trips, I can simply leave one of my books in the right hands, and the message and mandate of God given to my life, can be greatly amplified.

This current book,  http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Grand-illusion-Prophetic-Strategy/dp/1497594839/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429722053&sr=8-1&keywords=Welcome+to+the+Grand+Illusion has been a gut-wrenching project, as I have prayed, sacrificed, researched, and written, of deep spiritual revelation, that I believe is the heart of the Creator, for the United States of America, now – a far different viewpoint than expressed in any mainstream media.

Yet, will anyone listen?

Isaiah 59:14

Justice is turned away backward, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) stands far off; for truth has fallen in the street (the city’s forum), and uprightness cannot enter [the courts of justice].

Several weeks ago, I had a vivid dream, of a civil war in America, I awoke seeing millions die, in senseless violence, and it so shook me that I prayed for several hours. Finally the voice of the Lord came to me and He said:

This is the natural progression of events in the United States, but it CAN be averted through prayer.

And, so, I have abandoned all, to do exactly that, PRAY, fervently for America, many hours each day, that God might have mercy upon us, and send His Holy Spirit to restore us again to righteousness..

heard

What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops
I have heard, and now proclaim it. May God give you ears to hear, and eyes to see.

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/the-grand-illusion-vision/