God, Our Refuge and Strength

Since the eclipse we have seen the earth shatter, rain, freeze, melt, and explode. Brothers and Sisters we cannot let these natural disasters give us doubt that God is not here, He is. Though Psalm 46 actually refers to nations and not the disasters stated, it has relevance now because those disasters have upheaved nations that are for and against Israel. The writer explains through the Spirit that we are not to fear or fret about disasters even as they happen to us because God will take care of those left on the earth as He calls others home. We must not waver but be still for from His Word we shall not be moved.

God is in control and this is all part of His plan and His timing, we can predict all we want but as we have seen numerous times we cannot fully predict the direction of the wind and rain, the depths of the earth, nor the stars in the sky. Though science has come close, it is not exact.

Our refuge and strength is in God, His Word, His truth and Understanding. Our home is in His loving arms. It is in His arms where we worship and praise Him in all things that happen on this place we call our temporary home. It is within His city we shall call home. Blessed be the Lord our God. We are to be still and know that He is God

Psalm 19

The Eclipse was awesome here in Lugoff, South Carolina. Though it did not get pitch black here it was still an amazing site. I was reminded of Psalm 19: 1-6 which says:

 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The Heaven’s Declare the Glory of God. The planets, stars, and all other objects, gasses, even black holes sing multitudes of praise to their maker even though they are considered without sentient life. Their mere presence, movements, clashes, explosions, sweeps, and swoops all speak of the Glory of God’s name which is imprinted on everything known and unknown to man.

Even though the Psalmist says they have no sound, there are echoes that can be heard and we have them recorded so when we hear these we are hearing the voice God gave to them to prove His Majesty over all creation. The sun and moon today showed us their voice clearly as they pronounced they could remove the warmth as simply as running in front of one another.

Eclipses of the sun and moon are not once in a generation event as they actually happen quite frequently all over the world. It is God’s reminder to us that He is in charge and will do as He wishes with His creation.

America was blessed this day to see that event and the next one will be in 2024 over here. Be ready because it is a literal X marks the spot as both this one and the next cross at the New Madrid Fault.

Have a great rest of the day. Enjoy and be glad that God is everywhere

Live By The Will Of God

A life lived by God’s Will is a happy life. Living right and being encompassed in the Wisdom and Will of God will lead to happiness all your days. Okay that does not mean there will be no days of suffering and sadness. Is it not in the suffering and pain that we find joy in the Lord because He is with us and will guide us through it.
When we look at Proverbs 3:21-26 we see the father telling his son (we can say son and daughter here) to be watchful and not let the Word of God and the lessons learned from his mind and heart. Remain in the laws and statutes while being the one with integrity and he will go far. Is that not what we want for all our children? To remember the teachings of their youth and conduct themselves in a way that they will be successful physically and spiritually. Continuing to live in the way of the Lord and you will not stumble, nor will he/she have fear of the evil things in the world nor the bad things that happen to those who conduct themselves in an evil manner. God is watching and will keep you from harm.
This is all well and good from the perspective of an era where the evil that men did was not a bad as it is today. There are more dangerous fiends and demons who will ravage the thoughts and minds of our children now more than ever in history. So how do we protect the children? How do we keep them in God’s Word and trying to live a Christ-like life today? We must remain in God’s will ourselves and show the children a right way of living. This is the most difficult thing to do when around so much violence around every corner, people are becoming more and more immoral by the day both sexually and mentally. The Adversary is running rampant in the hearts of parents who confuse their children with thoughts that go against every teaching in Scripture.
What can we do, sit back and watch the carnage? NO We must act in the right ways of Jesus teachings, not sugarcoated but the real truth, that is the way to get people back on track. We must fight with God’s Word not our own. Many people live long and happy lives with no knowledge of God but they somehow make it. The people who have rejected God are the ones destroying us.
Turning back to living by the Wisdom (Word) of God and understanding His purpose in our lives is what will bring us back to His good graces. We must walk with Jesus as our constant companion. Now I am no soothsayer nor expert on how to do it I just know it happens when we ask Him into our lives, trusting and obeying His every word.
Brothers and Sisters, stay vigilant in our time of need. Let us work together as One Body in Christ.

A Pastor’s Life

There are Pastors, Reverends, Chaplains, and other senior leaders below Bishops and such that strive to live a Christ like life but have difficulty understanding the required difference between them and those they serve. Men (and in some cases women) are beaten up every day on their actions, reactions, and lack there of when it comes to the problem of spiritual issues versus social. We are in a time where the spiritual has taken a back seat to the social construct because too many have fallen away from God and it is making it more difficult every day for those of us in the ministry to do what it is we have to do. This has caused many great pastors to have to take sides especially within their congregation where no side need be taken. This has caused strife within their own family as they struggle with what the kids are being subjected to on an hourly basis.

It is not part of a pastor’s life to desire everyone to like them, to seek them out personally. It is the pastors duty to care for the spiritual fitness which may entail some social materialisms to untangle but not so bad that they get caught up in it. Pastors who preach the Prosperity Gospel as well as the Jesus Only are hurting more than helping. People need to know the kindness of our Savior but they also need to be shown and recognize that going to church one day a week and going about their earthly lives for the other 6 days does not a good Christian make.

Pastors sometimes struggle with what they should preach because there are so many good and meaty morality lessons but the kinder gentler ones are afraid of offending and losing members so they take the easy way out by saying don’t worry because that was then and this is now. They should be ashamed because the Bible’s Words are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. Sugar coating gets people outside the gate looking in not inside enjoying the feast.

We struggle with anger and favoritism. Pastors who give way to unnecessary anger when things do not go their way are only looking for trouble. Remember, all people are to be slow to anger. Pastors who choose favorites do not give the member who has been waiting for the chance to share his/her spiritual gift. This causes the person to become stagnant and also hurt the favored one causing a burn out.

I ask all members of the Body of Christ to please keep an eye on the one who is standing before you as the presenter of God’s Word. Just as you are in need of spiritual fulfillment, the pastor is too otherwise he/she will burn out and become less of a spirit and more of a beast.

Pray for the Pastors and all other clergy that they continue to strive for giving the truth of the Word, not afraid to offend or convict. That they follow the Gospel and not add things of humanity. That they are cared for in the spiritual ways as well as they physical (basic) needs so they can share the Word.

Love to all,

Pastor Rob

 

God Made Us Male and Female

Continuing with the words from Psalm 139: 13-16 each of us are unique in God’s own way. Parents are given authority from God to raise the child in accordance with the Bible and the biological structure of the child but too many parents have fallen into the trap of society in the raising of children where they change the child’s gender because of how they act and react to things. Some even raise the children as male and female or just plain genderless which is completely detrimental to the mind of the child.
God’s Creation is NOT meant for that. If more people begin to believe these unnatural things then we will be a completely lost nation. Males are becoming more feminine but thank goodness we still have strong mentally capable people who recognize this and are trying to fix it. America is a melting pot nation and as we have discussed in while studying Ephraim we found that we are the greatest and most powerful nation which will be shorter lived than any previous empire.
In my generation and older, boys were boys and girls were girls. If we played with certain items it was a discovery point but not one to say he or she prefers playing with things of the opposite sex so that must be what he/she is. All the hormone therapy in the world and gender change operations will not, I REPEAT, will NOT change the internal biology of the individual.
We are Fearfully and Wonderfully made. This means that each of are designed with God’s Plan in mind, not our parents, not society’s, God’s Plan. Reverent and unique we are as we enter the world. God already designed us as we should be. It we feel like we are in the wrong skin then we need to search our surroundings and our upbringing. If the child is brought up knowing and understanding who God is and why we are who we are then there should be no issue.
We are made male and female for a reason and that reason is NOT so we can decide to change it taking God’s authority away from His creation. We were made to procreate and care for the world God created for us. Not to try and become Gods ourselves. Those that feel that they can challenge God in that, well He has a surprise for you. You can change the way you look but deep inside to the very electrons, protons and neutrons, you will still be the same biological sex and gender you were born as. Tempt fate if you must but you will never be truly happy.
This is the worst time in all history. We had a President who welcomed sexual immorality in an effort to destroy the nation. We now have a Cyrus like figure who is dealing with those who bathed in the gutters of Rome who are so far gone it will take everything we Christians can do to fix it with the Holy Spirit’s help. Thing is though, we need to get the stint out of our own eye first and stop agreeing with society’s ways, stop believing that inactive faith is good, and step up while standing firm on the cornerstone of the church who supports our every move for Him.
We are Fearfully and Wonderfully made the same in that we all have the capacity to Love as God Loves us. God has imprinted Himself in our DNA and that can never be changed either. The capacity to love a Godly Love for one another has been buried for too long. It is in people but not enough of us. We need another man like Martin Luther King Jr., not Malcom X. We need a John F. Kennedy not Charles Manson. We need someone who will make a better change for the nation and the world. We need the Apostles to resurrect our tortured souls with their words of encouragement. In all this, we need to listen closer to the teachings of Jesus. In fact JESUS IS THE ANSWER. He is the person we need in our lives. His is the great Spirit, being the Word that flows within us. Jesus is the Way, The Truth and The Life.
Be brave out there and do not let anyone stand in our way. Jesus will reign soon.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

What does it mean to be fearfully and wonderfully made? God designs us in a way that our bodies are the fullness of our parents. Our flesh, bones, and inert nature, are already decided even before we are conceived. This is part of God’s plan. We do not have the right to take the life of one that is preordained into existence unless God did not intend for the child to be born just yet. Since we do not know God’s Plan and His Timing is beyond our comprehension, we are not the ones who can decide to end a life before it even begins.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139: 13-16
Fearfully made in this context is standing in awe of God who created from nothing. God formed life from the basic materials found on the ground of the earth as it was being finished. Understanding the intricacies of the human body, it is no wonder the writer was in awe of his own creation. He gives God all the glory for the mere fact He could take mud and clay, mold it, breathe in it and here we are.
Wonderfully made is the uniqueness of the individual in the formation but at the same time understanding that we all have the same basic purpose in life, glorifying God for all He does. We are given a purpose for being on this earth before we are ever conceived physically because God sets for the plan in our lives, placing us with the individuals who shall guide us in the direction we should go.
Yes we still have to fight our sinful nature but God’s purpose in our lives will always win out as long as we believe, have faith and trust that Jesus is our Salvation through His Blood and the only way to the gates is doing as Jesus taught us to do. Worshiping and praising God all the way.
Humans have always wanted to be like God and with the advent of clean abortions (yes hard to believe there is such a thing), stem cell research, and now exploring the possibility of repairing corrupt DNA brings us closer to believing we can create and destroy as we please. We cannot create, only manipulate what is already in place. It is not our place or even our right to destroy what is created by God. You cannot argue that God has a hand in our creation Our spirit is formed before the shell of flesh and bone and our purpose is known by God alone.

 

Importance of the Second Son P5

Solomon                                                                The Wise Son
We have covered sibling rivalry resulting in so many things these past for lessons but what about the Second Son who never knew his brother.
Solomon, Son of David and Bathsheba was actually the second son. The first born was born of lust when David seduced her and the child was taken by God for David’s sin. David had comforted Bathsheba after their firstborn’s death and Solomon was conceived. God had plans for Solomon and David hoped that He would be the one to keep the kingdom together.
Solomon was feared and revered by his older brothers as Solomon was actually the last son born of David. This seems kind of odd but understanding that David’s other wives were not truly of love but of political purpose, it is right that Solomon would be chosen as king. In fact, God told David as such. Through Solomon’s early reign we see how all those who were harmful to his father were exiled or executed. There was little mercy from Solomon when it came to his inner circle. He found the right people and removed those who sought to harm his father and himself.
Solomon understood the need for keeping the peace and took a daughter of Pharaoh as wife (This will be important later for his downfall). When he returned, Solomon went to Gibeon to make his sacrifices as the Temple was not yet built. While there, he fell asleep and God came to him to grant him his desire as king. Solomon’s eloquence in speech and right thinking pleased God for he asked:
”Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”       1Kings 3:9
God granted him a wise and understanding heart but also granted him riches and an honor above all earthly kings. He used these gifts wisely. Initially he made wise decisions and the kingdom prospered enough to build the Temple of Jerusalem where all would come to worship.
So what Happened??
Solomon had made wise and foolish decisions. Most led to his eventual downfall. He had many wives and concubines not of Hebrew descent which led to many children. This would lead to many divisions and a great number of catastrophes later in Israel’s history. So what can we learn from Solomon:
1. Follow your own wise advise and keep a close walk with God.
Solomon had a knack for good fatherly advice but had many issues following it himself. The Books of Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes showed his thoughts and desires. Though Ecclesiastes is said to be written by someone else, it is obvious that Solomon’s heart is in it. If Solomon had just stayed with one or two Hebrew wives and no concubines, he might not have been so confused later in life. He did not walk with God as his wives lured him away with their beliefs and their gods. This led to his corruption and downfall.

2. Too much power makes one weak.
Keeping a close walk with God reminds us that all Glory belongs to God. He is the one that provides the power and authority we have over others if He so chooses us for that type of mission. Solomon’s power weakened as the kingdom grew.
3. Worldly distractions keep us from completing our part in God’s Plan.
It was more than just too much power that weakened Solomon’s grip, it was the distractions of the world. He became enticed by many temptations and was no longer wanking with God. Solomon became more obsessed with himself and the power he held over many. He reintroduced the many gods to the people and they did what was right in their own eyes but still under Solomon’s rule. Instead of moving forward they went back because the world got in the way.

For all the wisdom of Solomon who taught his sons and daughters what to be aware of in order to live a right and moral life, he did not heed his own advice. In the end, he was an empty man because he pursued much and gained nothing. He was given so much by God but squandered it like a child who receives an allowance and blows it before it even arrives in his hands.

Our God is a great and wonderful God who gives us the opportunity and skills to do great things. Success is derived by how we use the tools given and who receives the Glory. Once we begin to become obsessed with power and keep the glory for ourselves, we are doomed. God told Joshua to Keep His Word on his heart and meditate on it daily. Without the Word within us because of worldly concerns, we have nothing to meditate on because the world can overtake the heart.
Hear the wisdom in Proverbs:

He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.         Proverbs 11:28

God Is Everywhere

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.         Psalm 139:7-10

 

No matter where we are, God is there directing and guiding us in all places throughout our lives. There is a confidence in knowing that God is ever present in our lives. He will pick us up when we fall, He will guide us in our living and direct us to the places He needs us to go. That is what Psalm 139: 7-10 is all about.

The writer exclaims that finding a hiding place from God is not possible. We cannot hide from what we cannot see. Since God is a part of everything, even the stuff that man makes cannot hide us from Him. Our sinful nature tells us that behind closed doors, God cannot see so we are tempted to do things in secret places, hiding from the world.

In Heaven or Sheol, God is there. Now some translations say hell instead of sheol. This was before Jesus defeated the Adversary so Sheol, the place of the dead before judgement for the Hebrews, would be a better stated because God is absent from hell. According to many Jewish scholars, God has ruler ship over Sheol even though individuals there are bound and locked in. Ascending into Heaven, according to the people of this time, was reserved for the truly righteous who never sinned or were chosen by God as prophets and priests (though just being a Levite priest did not guarantee heaven). It is also descriptive of what is beyond the sky.

We can be high up in the air or dwell in the deepest depths of the sea and God is there. These areas are all part of God’s creation. We cannot escape it, we cannot hide. God’s hands reach as far as the earth is round. The hand of God is in everything. We see the beauty of His creation in every thing, every day. Mankind has tried to dismiss this but we cannot play God. Even with the internet and having the world at our fingertips, we will never be as omnipotent, omniscient, nor omnipresent as God is.

Importance of the Second Son P4

Ephraim the Helmet

                                                     Ephraim and Manasseh

Before Jacob died he had an audience with Joseph and his two sons. Manasseh and Ephraim were adopted into Jacobs family and became his so that they would be properly blessed. Here is what Scripture tells us

17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.” 20 So he blessed them that day, saying,

“By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, ‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’”

Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.

Genesis 48:17-20

He did give both a blessing but the better of the blessings fell on Ephraim. Why did Jacob do this? Was it because he was biased? Or did he understand the need for a younger, stronger nation to be built up. Was it because Manasseh actually lived up to his names meaning, ”forgetfulness”, while Ephraim means, “fruitfulness”. In his blessing Jacob says his younger brother will be greater than he, what does he mean?

Ephraim is spoken of more than Manasseh and suffers curses as well as many blessings. When the kingdom split into two Ephraim was the lead house in the northern kingdom while Judah maintained the south. Ephraim is known to be a mixture of nations and is it unknown how many are truly out there.

Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter Psalm 108:8

Judah is the Scepter….which is the holder of the Kingdom power. Judah is at the seat of the city called holy and the ruling party of God’s Kingdom will sit in Jerusalem. Ephraim is the helmet….the strength of numbers, the strong arm of God. Ephraim will be numerous and as there is strength in numbers they also must be strong in their faith. But something went wrong…..

Ephraim has been known as the largest grouping of many ethnicities which eludes to Ephraim being America with many houses of Jacob intertwined with the world. The book of Hosea shares many things about future Ephraim in 7:11 Ephraim is called a silly dove; 8:9 says that Ephraim has hired lovers. Here is something that is relevant to this very day:

“Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned. Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know it; Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not know it.    Hosea 7:8-9

This is a rabbit hole that will hurt. We are a melting pot of many nations this “cake unturned” is a half- baked notion that though we live together we do not truly live as one. There are so many ethnic divisions that cause way to much strife and this will leave us wide open for destruction from within.

If Ephraim is America then we are in deep trouble. Hosea mentions many of the issues we are having from what once was great has caused great tribulation. We led in agriculture but have now poisoned ourselves and the land with Genetically Modified Organisms. We are the richest country but this will be our downfall as greed will overtake the leaders and rich, destroying the economy. We have become harlots from Israel as many in this place have forgotten God and began to serve pagans (false religions and false Christian doctrine). All the attempts to live as one will not work as long as there is still an ethnic and religious division. We are one country with many tribes, as long as these tribes continue to self-identify and spit hate at the others, we will not be one. As long as there is mental dysfunction  causing confusion from what God made and people think they know themselves better than God, there will be disharmony and civil unrest. As long as God’s law continues to be distorted by man, there will be wrath from above which will wipe us out.

What can we learn from Ephraim?? If what Hosea says is true about America then it is time to get out of there, not keep trying to get there. The country is still young and has lost the original premise of the fore-fathers. It is a land of hate and dissention where even those in charge cannot get along because of their misunderstandings and the greed that has infected the government.

But you know something? There is hope. There is a promise, a man, a father, and a friend, who gave us something wonderful. Jesus came to save the wretched, the poor, the greedy, the lost, the hurt, the hopeless, kings, paupers, nobles, servants, warriors, masters, slaves. He came to save us all from our sins by giving up His life on the cross and defeating death once and for all. All we need do is believe in Him and follow Him with our own crosses suffering to do His will and having a fullness of life.

As we come to a close today We need to pray for God to guide us in His ways so that we can be the lights in this dark and weary world. For the Ephraim’s we pray that God will have mercy and look into our souls to save us as we cry out in Jesus Name. Jesus we ask You to do Your will in us through the Holy Spirit so that we can go and make Disciples of ALL men. Thank You Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN