In the UK we have entered into another national lockdown. The frustration levels are high, anxiety has gripped millions, and jobs will be lost. In this confusing time we may decide to take control, as we think God and others are taking too long and our prayers are not being answered.
We all have things we’re believing for, situations we want to see changed, and dreams God has placed in our hearts. But sometimes because of difficulties, we try to figure out how it’s all going to happen. Then we try to take control and start to tell God how to do it, when to do it, and where to do it! Scripture tells us that God’s ways are not our ways. They are so much higher and better. So we must continue to trust Him despite the times.
Today, as you move deeper into these uncertain times it’s clear things won’t happen on your timetable, but instead of getting discouraged and down, why don’t you believe that God has something better in store? Just because it doesn’t happen your way, doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. God has a plan. He’s got it all figured out. Don’t limit Him by trying to get it done your way. Instead, tell God, “I trust You. I believe You have my best interests at heart, and even if it doesn’t happen my way, I’m going to stay in faith that You are still in total control.”
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9, NIV)
Let’s Pray Yahweh, thank You for blessing me throughout my life, Today I choose to trust in You despite life’s uncertainties. Father, I cast my cares on You. I give You my plans, dreams and desires for the future. God, I will stay in faith as You work things out on my behalf. I receive Your peace as I wait patiently to see Your plan unfold in my life, in Christ’s Name! Amen.
We all have to cross the river Jordan in our own life, one day!
The Israelites successfully crossed the river Jordan before entering the Promised Land of Canaan.. In Part-1 we already saw the first two points of how to cross this river. Here is the second part of the same topic:
Using the mantle to cross river Jordan
Prophet Elijah was an Old Testament saint and a prayer warrior. He was also the one who had brought down rain and fire from heaven. With the mantle, both he and Elisha had crossed the river Jordan, while ministering together. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. 2 Kings 2:8.
What does the Mantle refer to?
Spiritually, the Mantle refers to the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Without the Anointing, we cannot cross the river Jordan like situations in our life. Moreover, to enter the Kingdom of God we need to have received the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. We need to be people who are always relying on the Anointing.
To face greater trial, we need to have greater unction of the Holy Spirit. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s Anointing, before being taken up. 2 kings 2:9. For this to happen, Elisha had to keep his eyes focused on Elijah. they both didn’t know when the latter would be taken up.
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 2 kings 2:11-13.
So by using the mantle, that is, through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we can cross the river Jordan in our life.
By using the staff
Shepherds use a staff for grazing their flock. Old people also use this for walking. However, Jacob also says that he used a staff to cross the river. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Genesis 32:10.
Jacob used that staff from the beginning to the end of his life. When he left his Father’s house, he also took the staff along with him. Later on, the staff continued to be with him, even when he was returning from Padanaram (Laban’s place). Finally, in the end of his life as well, Jacob leaned on his staff and passed away. Spiritually, Staff refers to the Promises of God. Dear child of God, use the promises of God to overcome your troubles. May the Lord help us!
Your every action matters in a way that it couldn’t have during any of those times — whether you were a pauper or a billionaire, a parent at home or a celebrity on the red carpet — now, your individual actions mean so much more than they did then.
We are in that kind of moment. Some call them “fourth turnings” after the work on generational theory by William Strauss and Neil Howe. A fourth turning is when crisis brings about rebirth. It’s even more significant than that though. A new epoch is being brought into existence and an epic battle is being waged. Whether you like it or not, whether you recognize it or not, you are involved.
The results portend to be more impactful that the Revolutionary War, more impactful than the French Revolution, more impactful that the War Between the States, the Great War, World War Two, the Cold War or any other great shift in culture, for the possibilities are far more total than what humanity has ever known. An Awakening may be ahead, alternately the Dark Ages may be ahead.Buy New $44.99(as of 03:44 EST – Details)
Once tiny events now shed momentous light, carry tremendous weight, and can ripple out in ways unimaginable.
It’s not 1959. It’s not 1979. It’s not 2019. We are in the days after the Ides of March 2020. Today, February 12, 2021, is the 333rd day of the “3-week lockdown,” the 333rd day since the decades long war against you, your individuality, and your humanity was openly declared.
A Public Conversation On The Non-Existent Scientific Support For Medical Mandates In Response To Covid-19
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, I watched Oregon-based naturopath, Dr. Henele Ealy discuss PCR testing, Covid numbers, and corona vaccines with Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the Oregon State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist. To his credit, through the use of reason and evidence, Ealy has been part of efforts to use legislative bodies to open counties in Oregon.
Over the course of the hour, Ealy asked a dozen or more insightful questions that pointed to the weak foundation of the governmental response to Covid that brought about the corona communism under which we live and continue to live. Sidelinger spoke at considerable length in response to each question, yet curiously did not answer a single one. One would be remiss to imagine this seasoned public health professional did not realize what he was doing.
Really, Ealy didn’t even scratch the surface of the nonsense of a mask mandate or a lockdown or the fact that SARS-COV-2 has yet to be isolated or that decades of half-hearted safety testing around vaccines have been thrown out the window and people are being treated exactly like the lab ferrets of decades past were treated: a low value life to experiment on. Lab ferrets cost the vaccine manufacturers more. With no liability and a blank check from government, your life really is worth less than a lab ferret to them and a healthy bonus will come their way if they can keep that in mind.
Whether Ealy realizes such things is irrelevant, he is keeping mum and working the system, just as Sidelinger is reading from his script and working the same system.
Had Yamhill County Commissioner Mary Starrett not spoken up around 55 minutes into this 60-minute “conversation,” Sidelinger would have run down the clock reciting the same litany of official professions that every living adult on this planet with a screen knows by heart as “the science” behind the increasingly extreme and constantly shifting measures taken that have ushered in this system of corona communism.
The Oregon public health professional is paid to read a script. It may be a piece of paper in front of him, like an actor with cue cards, or something memorized. It is a script nonetheless.
The Coronavirus May Not Be Novel, But Their Behavior Certainly Is
It is not just this one Oregon public health professional. Virtually every voice in the public health field, in politics, in corporate America, in academia, in medicine, in Hollywood, in the media, and in the Church is reading a script.
It has never been like this in the United States.
Europe has finally arrived in the United States.
The stultifying dogma of so much of acceptable European thought has finally caught up with the New World.
The signs of that are mere symptoms. It long preceded European style bureaucracy and is institutionalized in European style bureaucracy, but it is not the fault of European style bureaucracy. The bureaucracy is but a symptom and a tool, a tool that can be used for good or ill.
Everyone with power is reading from a script. Those who don’t read from a script are being dismissed as having votes not worthy of counting (as can be seen in the sham November 3, 2020 election) supporting candidates that they aren’t permitted to support (it isn’t Trump being impeached, it’s you, you have to open your eyes if you think otherwise), political decisions they aren’t allowed to make (pay your taxes, enlist your kids, and shut up you serf, because Liz Cheney is the future whether you like it or not) investments they aren’t allowed to make (if you pay Wall Street to invest for you, that’s okay, if you act unpredictably en masse on Wall Street Bets that’s not okay: the establishment outcry over Wall Street Bets and the many extensive wars against cryptocurrency show that), and most poignantly in this moment — say the F-Word, and you’ll be deplatformed.
FRAUD. FRAUD! FRAUD!!
As in: The 2020 election was a FRAUD. Biden is not the legitimate president. He is a FRAUD. Harris is not legitimate. She is a FRAUD. And who knows how much other FRAUD there is.
Is truth not treason in the empire of lies? Could the very hesitancy around the word FRAUD indicate that it’s all really just a big FRAUD, the entire narrative fed to us?
What’s certain is that Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi alike, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey alike, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates all agree: you’re not allowed to ask that question.
Yes. You’re not allowed to ask any questions about FRAUD.
The Establishment Agrees There Was FRAUD And Proudly Illustrates A Massive, Previously Unknown Conspiracy
In response to Navarro and others claiming that a conspiracy to steal the 2020 election took place, Molly Ball of Time magazine , shockingly, in the days before the second Trump impeachment trial began in the Senate, dedicated 6,500 words in the February 15, 2021 edition of Time to effectively saying “Yeah we stole the election, and here’s exactly how we did it, and I will publicly state this, because not a single one of you has the guts to do anything about it.”
In hubris, Ball revealed so much more about a conspiracy than anyone could ever imagine and that no one was saying publicly. Reading the piece illustrates that it wasn’t aimed at Navarro and the acolytes of his work as much as it was aimed at every single person who believes any official narrative.
Molly Ball is not stupid. The most powerful establishment players are not stupid. You are being taunted. And if you don’t respond, it all becomes normalized, solidified, and institutionalized. They are pretty sure they know exactly how you will react.
We Live In A Special Time
We live in a special time.
Never has the United States looked like this.
It didn’t happen during the Revolutionary War, during the War Between The States, during World War I, World War II, or 9/11. It’s never been like this. There’s never been this level of totality.
In a time when ultimate and total compliance is demanded, a script reader can just as effectively be replaced by a computer. He paves that path in his life.
A person who acts unpredictably cannot be. And that is one of your superpowers in a time like this, dear friend.
It’s your superpower, until the window of opportunity closes. And the more disobedient and unpredictably you behave, the harder it is for them to close that window of opportunity. Not only that, the more disobedient and unpredictably you behave, the harder it is for the narrative to hold. It really is a superpower.
Explode the “why” and you explode the “will.” Explode the narrative and you win. The war is for your mind, not for land or for a munitions depot. Explode the narrative and you win!
Dr. Sidelinger, the script reader, dehumanizes himself. The leftist NPC, repeating talking points, dehumanizes himself.
Great swaths of writers would like to deny you that agency, both today and in decades past, to have you believe modernity inevitably dehumanizes man. Modernity does not dehumanize us. We, by our actions, choose to dehumanize ourselves individually.
The NPC Meme
Memetics is the study of the spread of ideas, especially viral ideas. A meme is an idea, especially an idea with the potential to go viral. It is not just an eye-catching photo on the internet with pithy captioning. It is an idea. To understand this is to have an advantage in this era of information warfare. That advantage — especially in the subsegment called “the meme wars,” contained within the greater war for your mind — does not belong to the left.
It is said on the interwebs “The left can’t meme.” It’s true — especially, if one defines memes as poignant examples of internet art and propaganda with viral potential. Internet art and propaganda from the left falls flat.
The statement “The left can’t meme,” read more literally, though, is the equivalent of saying “The left can’t think.” Enter the NPC meme. Art imitates reality.
Wikipedia claims the NPC meme, the viral idea that leftists have come to behave increasingly like script readers, increasingly like a computer controlled, preprogrammed, predictable “Non-Player Character” in video games started on 4chan with a post entitled “Are You An NPC?” that appeared around Independence Day 2016.
“If you get in a discussion with them it’s always the same buzzwords and hackneyed arguments. They’re the kind of people who make a show of discomfort when you break the status quo like by breaking the normie barrier to invoke a real discussion. it’s like in a video game when you accidentally talk to somebody twice and they give you the exact lines word for word once more.”
— Anonymously Posted “Are you an NPC?” 4chan (July 7, 2016)
Art imitates reality. 2016 reminded us that politics too is downstream of culture. It isn’t isolated to the left. The troubling and accurate observation that the left can’t think has had powerful and reverberating consequences on culture when the lever of such total political and technological power was cobbled together into an alliance in 2019, 2020, and 2021, partly described by Ball, and put in the hands of a group of people, across society, across the political spectrum, who were and are unthinkingly reading a script.
Who Writes These Scripts?
Who writes these scripts? Anyone may try to point a finger at someone else, but in reality there is no single person to point a finger at.
The scripts are written by committees, and because so many people recognize not the validity of the individual, the action of the committee is seen as authoritative and legitimate. They are often written by one committee, passed to another for editing, and to a third, forth, and fifth for risk analysis, shuffling back and forth between them.
Who wrote that script? A committee. Who sat on the committee? It doesn’t matter. They won’t individually take responsibility for their role. They don’t perceive you as an individual and may not even see themselves as individuals. They will point fingers defensively and ad infinitum like the fearful voles that they are.
Henele Ealy and many other heroes of 2020 are playing that game against the NPC, banging his head against the head of the NPC, knowing that eventually the NPC will lose. We will owe him a debt of gratitude for his success.
Thank you Henele Ealy, because of men like him, who will play that contorted game, and adeptly challenge the NPCs in positions of power, America’s 3,000+ counties are reopening one at a time. Help heroes like Ealy as much as it serves your interest, and emulate any methods of such heroes that prove effective.
And Play A Different Game, A Far More Natural One
I beg of you, dear reader, to make sure you do something else as well, not just in official forums, but everywhere in life and every chance you get.
Do everything you want and none of what you don’t want.
Do it regardless of consequence.
Dogfights everywhere. Everywhere in your life. They will die the death of a thousand cuts. You will bolster your courage and secure freedom in your own life. The truth is, if you can say “No!” to the face mask, you can say “No!” to the vaccine, and you can say “No!” to much worse. If they can get you to say “yes” to the face mask, the field of public health knows it can get you to say “yes” to much more.
Live life on your terms. Don’t let them set the rules. Don’t let them dictate the game. Play your game, the game they can’t defend against. Blow up the narrative and you win.
And it all begins with your lack of compliance, however that may look in your life.
Public Health Is The Establishment’s Revolutionary Vanguard Because It Is Fundamentally A Study Of Mind Control & Compliance
Public health calls their study of your compliance “public health motivation theory.” This is a study of how public health officials claiming to be operating in your interest convince you to comply with their interest no matter how harmful it is for you.
The entire unethical field is built upon the rationale that the ends justify the means. Don’t let them lie to you about their existence being about anyone’s health. Health is a matter of the individual. If you can’t recognize individuals as sovereign and existing in their own right, the fundamental unit of society, then you have no ability to perceive health.
Their only health concern is the “health” of the collectivist regime they seek to install, the utilitarian “ethics” they seek to replace barbarous morality with. How frightening this might all be if their foolproof plan were in fact foolproof.
A Problem With The Plan
The NPC has a weakness. The script reader has a weakness.
The behavioral psychologist designing manipulative human resources programs meant to beguile and confuse, that expert has a weakness.
The Ivy League, CIA alumnus, artificial intelligence technocrat claiming possession of your future, he too has a weakness.
The Nobel Prize winning biometric passport program committee futurist, excited to be able to create the algorithm to dictate your every behavior from cradle to grave has a weakness.
The Rhodes Scholar who designs propaganda campaigns disseminated through Hollywood, disseminated through video games, and disseminated through social media designed to drive a wedge into your family — the last remaining institution — even he has such a mighty weakness.
What They Need
They need predictable patterns for their models to make any sense, for their learning to be of any value.
And you can explode it all, because at the heart of the concept of everything they do is a deeply impoverished philosophy: That individuals do not exist, and that they can model you as a group member, a group member with inputs and outputs as predictable as an automated teller machine, with inputs and outputs as predictable as a gumball machine, with inputs and outputs as predictable as an air conditioner.
Does that sound like any human you know? Predictable inputs and outputs? Not if they embrace their humanity it doesn’t.
And that is precisely what I ask of you: To embrace your humanity.
The Greatest Hacker
The greatest “hackers” of our era, the ones who will be able to so mightily fell vast silicon-lined and pantsuit-occupied empires of hubris may be the ones who don’t know a thing about programming, who don’t know a thing about peer reviewed managerial best practices, who don’t know a thing about data-driven preference steering and push-polling, who don’t know a thing about pre-emptive behaviorial psychology, who don’t know a thing about public health motivational theory, but who instead know themselves and know how to be human.
YES, the greatest “hackers” of our era are those who know themselves and know how to be human.
I’m talking to you — the one who got out of school as quickly as he could and never looked back, who lived life differently, who both failed mightily and succeeded mightily.
You know what it feels like to have grit in your teeth because you’ve fallen on your face, and you know just as well what it’s like to hold your chest high like a champion.
My friend, all the things “they” have always told you were your greatness weaknesses, are the things that are, in fact, your strengths, strengths lesser men do not have. Can it be any surprise that lesser men worked so hard to convince you that your strengths should be a source of shame?
Use your strengths, your unpredictabilities, your humanness, and you win every war, every time.
Let them never have a moment of rest. Let them never sleep the sleep of he who has obedient slaves in his home, but disobedient free men who abhor the tyrant. Let him never sleep easy at night. Let the tyrant never be able to call this land his.
YOUR DISOBEDIENCE MAKES HIS TYRANNY IMPOSSIBLE.
Do I want immorality or unethical behavior? No. That should go without saying.
But that does not mean obedience to illegitimate authority.
Illegitimate Authority Devises Illegitimate Uses For The Law
The Law in many ages has been used as a tool to enforce immorality. Astute European thinkers have known this intimately and for ages. In our age, the Law has come into its own in the United States as a tool of total control heretofore unknown, a potential for control grown exponentially when melded with the technocratic class.
The brave new world is here if we let it be.
Your compliance is all that is needed.
There are no collective decisions. There are no collective impacts. There are no collective outcomes. You are an individual.
If you believe otherwise, go read someone else. I have nothing to offer you. Go suck your thumb on the lap of Karl Marx and in the comfort of the NPC army.
If you recognize that you are an individual, then you recognize that little done to you matters. It is how you interpret it, how you respond, how you act that gives life meaning and structure and purpose. You have agency in your own life, and all action happens at the individual level.
It’s not about anyone else. It’s about you. It’s about your individual action.
On your own, you put an end to the brave new world in your life by simply disobeying.
Want Tyranny? Be Obedient. Want Freedom? Be Disobedient.
Everything comes down to your ability to disobey.
So much comes down to you being able to surround yourself with others who do the same.
If you can do these two things, freedom wins. It wins in your own life and wins in the world as you know it around you.
It’s that door-to-door salesman Fauci’s foot-in-the-door technique.
Close that door shut and lock it tight.
Open up the other door to your free spirit. Obedience to illegitimate authority will not bring you salvation or joy.
It won’t bring you blessing or prosperity.
It won’t bring you certainty or good conscience.
It won’t bring you legitimacy.
It won’t bring you a happy, healthy home or a lineage that lasts for ever.
Obedience to illegitimate authority leads to more tyranny.
Obedience to “them” leads to more tyranny.
Obey even once more and may you forever have the gift of a vivid memory, to remind you that when your friends, your family, everything and everyone you cherished most needed you, you did not answer the call.
Yes, like so many others decisions made by committee, you can point the finger and say you were “just following orders.”
If anyone ever holds you to it and asks what happened “back then,” you can use the Nuremberg defense of the NPC, of the committee member, of the script reader “I was just following orders.” But you and I, we both know better.
Following orders is exactly the problem.
Disobey or see your children turned into slaves.
That is the choice of this moment
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A couple of weeks ago I called my doctor because I was feeling unwell. I was told to make an appointment and at the appointed time I would be seen. I made the appointment and waited to be called. I had nothing to do with the day or the time, it was given to me by the doctor. It is the same with God, He has an appointed time to fulfil the visions, dreams and desires He’s placed in your heart. Just because it has taken a long time, or because you’ve tried and failed, doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen. You have an appointment time.
Don’t give up, your dreams will come to pass, so don’t be complacent about pursuing what God has placed in your heart. Our God is a faithful God. No matter how long it’s been, no matter how impossible things looks, if you’ll stay in faith, your appointed time is coming. Every dream that’s in your heart, every promise that has taken root, God put it there and not only that, but He has every intention of bringing it to pass. Hallelujah!
Today, hold on to your dreams and vision and declare, “my time is coming. God is working on my behalf and I will fulfil my destiny!” As you hold on to your vision, and speak life over your dreams, you’ll see them begin to take shape. You’ll see your faith grow, you’ll see your hope strengthen, and you’ll see yourself step into the appointed time God has prepared for you!
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it…” (Habakkuk 2:3, KJV)
Yahweh, thank You for setting my appointed time. Father, please give me the patience to wait on You and not become complacent. Almighty God, ignite my heart with Your holy fire, so that I can pursue Your dreams and vision for my life. Make my thoughts and words agreeable to Your will and Your Word, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.
1. It didn’t start with the divorce of Henry VIII.
Actually, it started in the very first centuries of Christianity when Romans settled Britain and Christians came as soldiers, administrators and traders. The first mention we have of English Christianity comes from Tertullian who wrote in 200 AD that “parts of England were conquered by Christ.”
Very soon, Christians in Britain developed their own way of worshiping the triune God, involving attention to the beauty of the created world and missions. The Celtic church in England differed with Rome over many points of worship, and in the fourteenth century Oxford priest, John Wycliffe, called the pope “a poisonous weed” and denied transubstantiation. All of these differences with the Roman church were centuries before Henry VIII.
2. By the fourteenth Century, England had developed a distinctive spirituality.
It was rooted in the synthesis of doctrine and prayer taught by two Christian greats: Augustine of Hippo—the great theologian whose Confessions are an extended prayer—and Benedict of Nursia, whose monasteries modeled the Christian life as work amidst liturgical prayer. By the fourteenth century, English Christianity had long been influenced by both Augustine’s “pessimistic” emphasis on sin and Benedict’s “optimistic” stress on joy in common life.
3. Anglicanism is not just for the English or for Americans.
Today the majority of Anglicans are in Africa and other regions of the Global South. Each province uses its own culture to worship God with the Book of Common Prayer and the orthodoxy of the Thirty-Nine Articles.
4. There are more Anglicans in church on Sunday morning in Nigeria than in all the British Isles and North America combined.
5. With a membership of about 85 million, Anglicanism is the third-largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
6. Anglicans consider their way to be a via media.
This means the “middle way” between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. They think they have the best of both—the worship of the catholic tradition of the undivided Church of the first millennium, plus the emphasis on preaching and justification by faith from the Reformation.
7. The Anglican Book of Common Prayer is widely regarded as the most beautiful worship in the English language.
The “sombrely magnificent prose” (Eamon Duffy) of the Book of Common Prayer has attracted legions of admirers all around the world. It reflects the liturgical genius of Thomas Cranmer, but it also provides moderns access to the worship of the early church. Cranmer, and the many other hands that produced the Book of Common Prayer, were adapting a basic catholic pattern of worship derived from the first few centuries of the Church that then developed over the course of the Middle Ages.
8. Anglicans worship not only with liturgy (ordered prayer that changes every Sunday of the seasons of the church year), but also with sacraments.
These are the two Dominical (commanded by the Dominus, or Lord, of the Church, Jesus) sacraments of baptism and Eucharist, and the five “sacraments of the church”—confirmation, Holy Orders, marriage, absolution, and healing of the sick.
9. Anglicans believe that in the Eucharist, they receive the real body and blood of the risen Christ.
This differs with the Catholic view of transubstantiation, which holds that the substance of the bread and wine are changed so that they are no longer bread and wine. Anglicans believe the bread and wine remain as bread and wine, but that in a mysterious way, the body and blood of Christ are also conveyed through the sacrament.
10. While Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) was the English Reformation’s greatest liturgist, Richard Hooker (1554-1600) is widely regarded as its greatest theologian.
His Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity are a comprehensive treatment of life and worship on the via media.
Imagine you were arrested and had to go to court to face charges.
– The day came for your trial and you were a nervous wreck.
– The Bailiff called for one case after another, but your case never came up.
Finally, you ask the Bailiff why you haven’t been called.
– He checks the record and says, “Someone else has paid your fine. You’re free to go just as if you were never guilty!”
JUSTIFICATION! — GOD’S ACT OF REMOVING THE GUILT AND PENALTY OF SIN WHILE AT THE SAME TIME DECLARING A SINNER RIGHTEOUS THROUGH CHRIST’S ATONING SACRIFICE.
– RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD IS VIEWED AS BEING CREDITED TO THE
SINNER’S ACCOUNT THROUGH FAITH ALONE, WITHOUT WORKS.
Ephesians 2:8-9–For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Romans 5:1-11 1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. 6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
A New York Divorce Lawyer died and arrived at the Pearly Gates.
– Peter asked him “What have you done to deserve entrance into Heaven?”
The Lawyer thought a moment, then said, “A week ago, I gave a quarter to a homeless person on the street.”
– Peter asked Gabriel to check the record — after a moment Gabriel affirmed this was true.
Peter said, “Well, that’s fine, but it’s not really quite enough to get you into Heaven.”
The Lawyer said, “Wait, Wait! There’s more! 3 years ago I gave a homeless person a quarter.”
– Peter nodded to Gabriel, who after a moment nodded back, affirming this was verified.
Peter whispered to Gabriel, “Well, what do you suggest we do with this fellow?” Gabriel said to Peter, “Let’s give him back his 50 cents and tell him to go to Hell.”
Many people think they can argue their way into Heaven.
– An old lady I used to work with in Seattle, Lee, said she was going to set God straight when she saw Him. She didn’t like how He ran the world. I doubt she got the opportunity to air her complaints.
Once a person dies and passes into the next life, there won’t be any pride, arrogance or arguing.
– It’ll be done a deal. A person’s eternal destiny will be sealed.
Hebrews 9:27 — And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment,
We want to justify ourselves — we know what we’re talking about, we’re right!
– It doesn’t make any difference who you are or what you’ve done for a living.
It doesn’t make any difference what it is, or who it is, we all want to justify ourselves as being right or justify ourselves in what we’re doing.
– When it comes to being justified before God, there’s only one Person who’s right and knows the way to justification.
Our text is clear about justification before God. He knows best.
– We play by His rules only.
Paul defines how we are justified. 1- Justified through faith 2- Justified at the right time
3- Justified by His Blood
1. JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH
Romans 5:1-2 1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Jack was walking along a steep cliff one day, and accidentally got too close to the edge and fell.
– He grabbed a branch, which temporarily stopped his fall.
He looked down and to his horror saw the canyon fell straight down for more than 1000 feet.
He couldn’t hang onto the branch forever, and there was no way for him to climb up the steep wall of the cliff.
– Jack began yelling for help, hoping someone passing by would hear him and lower a rope or something. “HELP! HELP! Is anyone up there? HELP!”
He yelled for a long time, but no one heard him.
– He was about to give up when he heard a voice.
– “Jack, Jack. Can you hear me?”
– “Yes, yes! I can hear you. I’m down here!”
– “I see you, Jack. Are you all right?”
“Yes, but who are you, and where are you?
– “I’m the Lord, Jack. I’m everywhere.”
– “The Lord? You mean, GOD?”
– “That’s Me.”
“God, please help me! I promise if, You’ll get me down from here, I’ll stop sinning. I’ll be a really good person. I’ll serve You for the rest of my life.”
“Easy on the promises, Jack. Let’s get you off from there; then we can talk.”
– “Now, here’s what I want you to do. Listen carefully.”
“I’ll do anything, Lord. Just tell me what to do.”
– “Okay. Let go of the branch.”
– “I said, let go of the branch. Just trust Me. Let go.”
There was a long silence. Finally Jack yelled, “HELP! HELP! IS ANYONE ELSE UP THERE?”
Our salvation or justification is still a matter of faith.
Some people say, “I’m just too sinful! I don’t think God can forgive me.”
Let go of that argument and cast yourself on God’s mercy God said He will forgive you if you call upon Him.
Satan can’t put anything in your life so deep that the Blood of Jesus Christ can’t go deeper and cleanse!
Have faith in God’s promises.
Hebrews 11:6 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Faith is how we’re justified before God. Salvation or justification starts and ends with faith.
It’s faith that led you to believe God existed if you’re a Christian.
The starry universe, the panoramic beauty of Creation, plants and animals, newborn babies, and so many other things led to believe in our Creator God.
Faith in God led you to believe the Bible.
– Faith that the Bible is God’s Word led you to believe in Jesus.
Your faith in Jesus, led you to trust Him for your Salvation.
Faith in God’s Word led you to confess your faith in Christ.
Faith in what God said about sin led to repent of your sin (along with the conviction of the Holy Spirit).
Faith in God and His Word leads you to daily prayer, Bible reading, wanting to live a clean life, to witness, to give, and leads you to church on Sunday.
– It’s faith in the Lord that leads to live for Him as best you can.
As you age, it’s faith in God that keeps you going when you don’t feel like it.
And as you near death it’ll be faith that’ll cause you to trust Christ for your Salvation and say, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”
It’ll be faith that may cause you to pray, “Lord, you can take me home any time you want me.”
IT’S ALL A MATTER OF FAITH. A faith that will cause you to trust and obey Him.
2. JUSTIFIED AT THE RIGHT TIME
Romans 5:6-9 – When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
God is “just at the right time”. There are times when it doesn’t seem like it, but He is!
Our daughter, Tammy, was born, March 5, on an undisclosed year quite a while back.
– We brought her home from the hospital and she started vomiting after every feeding.
– In fact, she started projectile vomiting every time Marty fed her.
It was like clockwork. You could almost count the seconds after feeding her that it’d all forcefully come gushing out and you’d better be ready.
That went on for several days every time Marty fed her — Tammy was losing weight (she soon was below her birth weight).
Because we knew this wasn’t normal we called for an appointment with a well-respected pediatrician in Spokane 100 miles away.
On April 12 we saw the doctor — he said, “Take your baby to the Holy Family Hospital in Spokane to have tests run.”
– It was Easter weekend!
We loaded Tammy back into our old 1958 Ford with bald tires, not much gas, and a huge variety of mechanical issues and started for the Hospital.
– Marty didn’t even have a change of clothes with her.
At the hospital, our tiny Tammy was put in a room with a very sick baby boy in an incubator. He had tubes fastened all over his head, and his chest.
– His breathing was very shallow
– He looked like pictures of Holocaust victims from Nazi prison camps.
We asked what was wrong with him — the nurse said, “He has what your daughter has.”
– Talk about throwing fuel on the panic that 2 very young frightened parents already felt!
I had to leave Marty with no change of clothes, no toothbrush and no money.
It was Easter weekend — I had to get back to my church at Grand Coulee for Sunday’s services.
– I left my young, frightened wife, and my precious baby at the hospital not knowing what was happening or how we’d even pay for it!
– A Spokane Nazarene pastor and his wife let Marty clean-up and stay at their home.
On my way home to Grand Coulee, I had a blow-out, one of my bald tires gave out!
– I put the even worse looking spare on the car and crippled back to Grand Coulee.
I got to the parsonage late Saturday afternoon.
– I had to work on my Easter sermons and make a bulletin even as exhausted as I felt.
– I climbed through the front basement window down into my office and tried to go to work.
– The basement stairs had collapsed and the only way to my office was through that window.
The mimeograph decided to add stress to my life and kept jamming the paper.
– I finally picked it up and slammed it to the floor. (It worked after that!)
Next morning, I dragged myself to the Sunrise Service and later struggled through the Morning Worship Service.
– After service the Church Treasure told me there wasn’t money to pay me my $40 salary.
– I said, “Find the money or you won’t have a pastor next week…………………!)
Monday, I begged a well-worn tire from the neighborhood service station and started back to Spokane apprehensive about my family.
By this time the doctors had done a regiment of X-rays and tests and found Tammy had a mal-functioning esophagus that wasn’t closing to hold her food down like it was supposed to.
– She’d eat and she’d immediately vomit it right back up.
– They called it projectile vomiting.
Oh my goodness! What to do? What next? The doctor said, “She might need surgery, but we’d try something else first.”
He recommended a heavy formula that might force the food to stay down long enough to nourish her.
– Marty was to add Cream of Rice cereal to her formula and see what happens.
After feeding Tammy, Marty was to hold her for half an hour before burping her.
– Tammy would still expel much of her formula, but enough stayed down to nourish her.
– When Marty would lift her to her shoulder out would come a gusher of her formula.
Actually, Marty got pretty good at aiming that projectile vomiting towards people who annoyed her………….
Was that doctor correct in what he said and what he did? Apparently so because, PRAISE GOD, our daughter has another birthday in just a couple weeks, on March 5.
– Marty advised me not to tell Tammy’s age, but I will say all this happened years ago and Tammy hasn’t had any abdominal problems since other than the normal stuff.
I’d say our Pediatrician and the medical staff stepped in at just the right time to save Tammy!
– AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME!
Isn’t it wonderful when someone/anyone steps in at just the right time to save us, to help us, to guide us, to protect us, to provide for us?
– God stepped in at just the right time in history sending Jesus into this world to save us.
Galatians 4:4-5 4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
I like to read this text this way: AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME, GOD SENT JESUS INTO THE WORLD TO REDEEM US.
– He did! God’s timing is perfect.
We might not always think God’s timing’s perfect, but when we look back, we see He was working and He stepped into our lives at just the right time.
– Aren’t you glad that God knows what time it is?
3. JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD Romans 5:9-11— And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
I read about Joe Kerkofsky, America’s champion blood-donor.
– The American Association of Blood Banks honored the 62-year-old retired security guard at . a special presentation in Chicago in 2013.
Mr. Kerkofsky lost an arm in an accident when he was six.
– Because of that he was rejected for military service in World War 2.
Since then he’s donated nearly 31 gallons of blood.
– The human body contains 10 or 12 pints of blood.
– Joe’s donated more than 20 times that amount. “Giving blood makes you feel like yourcontributing life itself,” he said. “There’s no more precious a gift than life. Money can’t but the joy of giving blood to help someone who needs it.”
Kerkofsky may have given more blood than most, but Jesus gave the best!
Hebrews 9:12-14 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. 13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. Hebrews 9:22 22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
Why did God make the shedding of blood a law for the forgiveness of sin?
– I don’t know but He did.
– I think it was an object lesson for us to understand how serious sin is.
I’m just thankful that it was Christ’s blood and not my own. And there isn’t enough animals in the world for their blood to take away the sin of mankind.
– It’s only through the blood of Christ than man can be saved!
1 Peter 1:18-21 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
A Calcutta paper reported a young Hindu came to the house of a missionary for an interview.
– During the conversation, he said: “Many things which Christianity contains are found in Hinduism, but there’s one thing which Christianity has and Hinduism has not.”
– “What’s that?” the missionary asked.
– His reply was striking: “A Savior.”
Thank God He sent Jesus into the world to save us by His Blood, by His perfect sacrifice on the cross! There’s no one better and no sacrifice better than Jesus.
A man in England put his Rolls-Royce on a boat and went across to the continent to go on a vacation trip.
– While he was driving around Europe, something happened to the motor of his car.
He called the Rolls-Royce people back in England and asked, “I’m having trouble with my car; what do you suggest I do?”
The Rolls-Royce people flew a mechanic over!
– The mechanic repaired the car and flew back to England — the man continued his vacation.
The fellow wondered, “How much is this going to cost me?”
– When he got back to England, he wrote a letter asking how much he owed them.
He received a letter from the office that read: “Dear Sir: There is no record anywhere in our files that anything ever went wrong with a Rolls-Royce.”
This is what we have in Christ.
In Christ it’s as if there was never anything wrong with us.
It’s called Justification.
It’s called Salvation.
YOU CAN BE JUSTIFIED AND IT’S ALL BECAUSE OF HIM!
PODCAST JUSTIFIED FREELY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB
“For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Heaven’s influence on our lives is never greater than when our sights are fixed upon it. The man or woman with their eyes turned upward is marked by a life lived differently. We know this because the Bible and Church history is replete with the accounts of those who determined to fix their gaze far above the earth.
Take Moses for example. In Pharaoh’s house he had every benefit laid at his feet, yet Moses was not captivated by the security that the Egyptian court afforded him. “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” (Hebrews 11:26) For him, looking up equated to living beyond the fleeting rewards of playing it safe. And in the deliverance of millions of his people from bondage, he was vindicated.
Missionary to China, Hudson Taylor was another who lived with heaven in constant view. In writing about winning souls to Christ, Hudson said, “China is not to be won for Christ by quiet, ease-loving men and women.” Through his courageous – and some might say outrageous – trust in God, he inspired thousands to forsake the comforts of the West to bring the Christian message to the vast and unknown interior of China.
The Magi of the Christmas story trained their eye to the heavenly star, in order to find the Christ Child, that they might worship Him. Christian, what will you set your sights on in the months ahead? What will be the driving force in your worship of your King? I pray that you turn your eyes upward to that which will one day be yours – heaven.
“Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are. Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do good. They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.”
As the battle for our Nation’s future continues, I am once again reminded of Benjamin Franklin’s challenge to the American people. At the conclusion of our Founding Father’s Constitutional Convention, Franklin was asked by a woman waiting in the crowd outside, “What kind of government have you given us?” Franklin answered with both a challenge and a rebuke, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Freedom, like the Gospel, must be preached and practiced or else it will grow old and wither away.
“Facts are stubborn things,” said John Adams. But sadly, we have lost our appetite for truth. We have become a nation unworthy of the very freedoms we enjoy in this God-given republic.
Most today, but thankfully not all in the United States, are civically ignorant of their constitutional rights and biblical calling. Uninformed to the point that they have no vision nor understanding of what to do with them. They are willfully blind, having resigned themselves to 15-second sound bites promulgated by those who are themselves blind. To that end, Psalm 36:1-4 speaks to me about those boldly and brazenly committing acts of deception, lying, cover-ups, and fraud. They are, in short, political jihadists.
During these days, I have dedicated my morning hours to intercessory prayer for our Nation. I teach and preach that Jesus Christ could return at any moment for His Church in the Rapture (Titus 2:13), yet I must also occupy in this world until He comes. I must be busy about my Father’s business in all things, obedient to live it out now.
In the next several weeks your life and mine are about to be changed forever. The coming persecution and violence can only be met with an equal resolve to preserve our liberty and freedom for our children and our children’s children.
Truth is active and the pursuit of it is a vigorous ethos. Christian, be ready to defend your faith, family, and freedom. Someday, our children will ask us, “What kind of government have you given us?” May our answer to them be, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
The raw truth puts the fear of God in people! How many of us can truly count on one hand the number of people they know who they believe possess the fear of God? When was the last time you heard someone say they weren’t going to do something because they didn’t want to go to hell? Or how about this one, “I want to do what pleases the Lord”. Conviction is at an all-time low (in the church and the world).
Our ears have been tickled with lollipop and gumdrop teachings to the point where we think and unconsciously view Jesus as a “pushover, hippie genie”!
Read the Book of John and you will find that Jesus was INTOLERANT of ALL sin, EXTREMELY direct, sugarcoated NOTHING, and still was pure love and showed compassion. Did you know that Jesus’ heart races every time He looks at you? He’s madly in love with you.
The reason why He preached more about Hell than Heaven, is because He doesn’t want to lose us and desperately doesn’t want us to go there. He preached warnings for safety! It breaks His heart every time a soul is eternally lost. It’s unfathomable to imagine a life forever without God, lacking EVERYTHING, being void of all that is good. Friends, family, companionship, laughter, hope, rest, and even food are all nonexistent in the abyss.
We all hear the question so many typically ask, “Why would a loving God send someone to hell?” Yet, the truth is, people send themselves there. If you see someone walking toward a cliff and you yell to them, “Wrong way! There’s a cliff! You’re going to fall off and die if you don’t go the other way!” But the foolish person responds with either, “I’ll take my chances”, “I don’t believe you”, or “all roads lead to safety”, then that person who was warned ends up falling off the cliff and dying, who sent them there? THEY DID!
All things good come from God and Him alone. You can know the entire Bible by heart and still end up in H-E-double-hockey-sticks. Now is the absolute WORST time to be uncertain about where you’ll go if you die. Death does not discriminate against age, race, gender, nationality, or religion. You won’t just cease to exist. You’ll exist somewhere forever, but the question is, “Where?”
There’s one of two places to choose from—Heaven or Hell. Heaven will give you a forever warm reception, while in hell, you’d be an eternal unwelcomed guest.
I’ve had four near-death experiences and the first time I was NOT ready and truly uncertain if I’d see Jesus face to face. Oh, and guess what, I was a Christian! By God’s grace, He rescued me every time!
You see, some may have said a prayer at the altar once and thought they were heaven-bound, but if there hasn’t been a TRUE, genuine transformation of your life, thoughts, and speech, then it’d be wise to do a self-examination of the heart, because that’s where it starts. When Jesus enters your heart, there’s an evident transformation and your surroundings will know it. You can’t fool God.
The reason why America is in the state that it’s in today is because of the failure of the church. The church is what leads by example. Things can turn around for the good, but it starts with the church, first.
If you want to belike Jesus, then you’ve got to teach like Jesus!
Hell is the default. Heaven is your CHOICE. Jesus is the WAY! If you haven’t already, receive or rededicate your life to Him today. He’s the ONLY God Who thought you were worth dying for…and ACTUALLY DID! That’s love.
Whether you do or not, January is the perfect moment to pause and consider how to lay strong foundations for the year ahead… especially when it comes to your walk with the Lord.
Ask yourself what kind of year you want this to be. Will 2021 be a time when you draw closer to Jesus or drift away from Him? Because spiritually speaking, there’s no standing still… there’s no middle ground. We’re either moving toward Christ or away from Him.
But before you get overwhelmed, let me encourage you that it’s not about coming up with our own plan to follow Jesus closely. It’s about surrendering to His.
If you remember Jesus’ familiar story of the wise and foolish builders, you’ll see what I mean.
The wise man built his house on the rock while the foolish man built his on the sand. And then the storms came… and you know how it ended for each of them!
So here’s the challenge:
This year, will your life be built strongly on the rock solid promises of God’s Word, enabling you to weather whatever trials may come your way?
Or will your life be flimsy and fragile, built on the shifting sands of circumstance and status, liable to come crashing down when stormy seasons hit?
Of course you’d choose the former! And wonderfully, Jesus tells us how to make it happen.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
According to Jesus, there are two keys to building wisely in the year ahead: hearing His Word and doing it!
So here’s my resolution.
This year, I will hear God’s Word each day by opening the Bible and listening to Him speak. And I will do God’s Word as I live in prayerful obedience through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.