Comparisons between Israel and the United States

When I read the Old Testament, I can see many comparisons between Israel and the United States. Both were established on God’s Word and principals. The people walked with God. They acknowledged their need for God and depended on him for everything. And God provided. He prospered the people and they did well. Freedom reigned in the land.
As the years passed, the people lost their first love…God. They focused on self-pursuits instead of him. They looked to their accomplishments and took credit for it. The blessings of God were taken for granted or not acknowledged as coming from their Creator. They allowed false gods, philosophies and personal ideals to creep in and take over. As the people withdrew from God, sin flourished, wickedness, depravity, immorality, debauchery and iniquity established itself firmly in the hearts and mind of the people. Their hearts grew cold and hardened against God. No longer were they ashamed, sorry, or uncomfortable about the sin in their lives. In some cases, they embraced sin, even so far as saying it was okay even though God expressly forbid it.                           The United States has done the same. Our once great nation, founded by Godly men, established upon God’s Word, has rejected our Creator. It now worships government, power, wealth, science and education. These idols (not all idols are material: an image or deity other than God. A figment of the mind, a false conception or notion) replaced God and his laws with: 1. There is no god. 2. Science and knowledge is all there is. 3. If it feels good do it. 4. My way or the highway. 5. I did it my way. (I wonder if this is the theme song in hell.) Even in our churches, the feel good messages of the world have crept in to tickle the ears of many. Come to Jesus and he will prosper you beyond your wildest imaginings. Come to Jesus and nothing bad will ever happen again. There is no challenge to live a Godly and Holy life. People can sin openly and no one holds them accountable. In fact, some sins are accepted.                                                                                             We are called to be a Holy people, because God is Holy and we are his. We are to live in the world, yet not part of the world. We love people, we are not condemning, but we never condone sin and we work hard to remove it from our personal lives. Yes, we mess up and sin on occasion, but when we do, we repent. God is faithful and just to forgive us.               The unavoidable fact is, someday God will judge the nations and every person in it. This is the reality of our existence. Israel knew this, yet they sinned against each other and God. People today know it as well, but it makes no difference to a great number in our nation. We cannot forget our first love…God/Jesus. We must not allow our hearts to grow cold and harden toward our Creator as Israel of old and the United States did. Our nation may be lost (though if people will humble themselves and pray it might be saved), but we can and must stand firm in our faith. God tells us if we are lukewarm, he will spew us out of his mouth. In other words, don’t stand of the fence. Burn hot for God. Walk in his ways and keep yourself from sin.

Fountain of Living Water versus a Cistern

Fountain of Living Water versus a cistern is vast difference, do we depend on God or rely on the world. We need water in order to live, without it we would die. Therefore, the water we are dependent upon is crucial.

God refers to himself as a Fountain of Living Water. His life-giving water is a constant flow from him to the believer. It flows from his son, Jesus, to his children in an endless supply.

A cistern, on the other hand, is an underground tank or reservoir for rainwater. This supply is limited. When it rains, the cistern fills, the amount of water varies on how much rain falls and in times of drought the cistern can become dry.

What does this mean in our daily lives?

We live, and move, and have our being in our Lord Jesus. It’s our calling to do his work in this world as long as we have breath. In order to do that, we must have the energy, stamina and ability to do the work we’re given. When we trust in Jesus (the Fountain of Living Water), we have an unlimited supply of everything we need to fulfill his purpose. However, if we count on the world (cistern), the supply of help is inadequate to provide what we need indefinitely. Sooner or later, we will run out of steam. It is like a locomotive. In the old days, these huge engines chugged along well as long as someone stoked the fire. If the fire died down or went out, the machine slowed and stopped. People are no different.

In the times in which we live, we must make sure we receive the living water Jesus has for each of us. We must draw upon his strength, wisdom and love to do his work. If you are working in your own strength, your cistern will grow dry. Make sure you are quenching your thirst from the Fountain of Living Water only God provides, that way you will have the ability to do whatever he calls you to do.

 

 

 

If Jesus doesn’t rescue your loved ones

If Jesus doesn’t rescue your loved ones, from illness, accident, terrorism or any other calamity, will you still serve him? It’s a question you need to consider. For this writing though, we will address just the difficulties the signs of the times suggest could be around the corner…terrorism and persecution.

We hear things about the rapture all the time. When the End Times get bad and the Tribulation is upon us, all God’s people will be raptured. Many Christians believe the faithful will not have to go through the last seven years before Jesus returns. I will not
try to change anyone’s mind here. However, I will say, I am doubtful. Don’t get me wrong, if we are raptured at the beginning or middle of the Tribulation, I will be grateful, but I’m not expecting that to happen. That’s one of the many reasons we are preppers. Enough said, we all know evil times have come and gone throughout history. Evil is one thing that seems to only get stronger as the years pass by. We must settle in each of our hearts, if Jesus doesn’t rescue our loved ones, will you still serve him?

Many of us believe, we are on the brink of another dark and evil time. My question to you is: if persecution increases 100 fold, will you stand firm in your faith? If your mother, father, sister, brother, wife, child or close friends are injured or killed, will you hold on to Jesus or turn your back? If you are told: renounce Jesus, embrace Islam or die, what will you do? What if your loved ones renounce Jesus, what will you do then?

Thousands in the Middle East are faced with these questions daily. What if this comes to our country? Our borders are open and it is known a great many radicals are among us. What if they one day receive word, kill the infidel. You know as well as I, these people will follow the order to do as much damage to our nation and people as they can. The fact is, even those who have lived here all or most of their lives have allegiance to their faith first. Loyalty to our country is far down the list. Some even hate our republic. I understand having commitment to faith, I have that too. But I don’t understand the need to kill anyone who doesn’t believe like I do.

In light of all this, you need to work out in your heart now, how you think about my questions. Do you have the strength of heart to stand and watch as people kill your family and friends? Can you withstand torture and still hold on to your faith? If someone points a gun at your child’s head, will you renounce your faith in Jesus? What would it take to get you to denounce Jesus?

This can seem farfetched from our country. But it is happening already in other parts of the world. What makes us think it can’t or won’t happen here? We hope you will search your heart and reflect on these questions. Being prepared emotionally and spiritually is as important as having our pantry full.

I just finished writing this when I received the urgent prayer request I sent it a couple of weeks ago. It has come to my attention that it was not legit. Though we do need to pray for our brothers and sisters, someone faked the letter. So I will not apologize for asking for prayer, but I do apologize for not vetting the letter first. Never the less, it is a stark reminder of what could happen. Picture yourself in the shoes of these dear brothers and sisters watching your children killed by ISSI. If you stood in their shoes, your suffering would be great now. You must prepare your heart. It could happen anywhere, even here.

Christian’s Responsibility to Vote

Throughout the history of our great nation, the United States of American, we have had notable men who have stood up for our Christian faith and urged believers to take up the Christian’s responsibility to vote. The problem is, through the years, we as believers have lost sight of what we should be looking for in a candidate. It’s time we go back to our foundational…God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and their words to us through the Bible.

First, we must pray for our nation and our leaders. (Even the leaders we don’t like and didn’t vote for.)  1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV) 1  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)  14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Second, be informed. Check out those who are running for office.                               2 Samuel 23:3 (NKJV)  3  The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.                                                   Proverbs 29:12 (NKJV)  12  If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked.

Third, Influence others to vote for Godly men and women.                                       Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)  14  You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Fourth, vote.                                                                                                                 Exodus 18:21 (NKJV)  21  Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.                                         Proverbs 25:19 (NKJV)  19  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

Fifth, take the advice from those in our past who loved our country.                           Charles Finney 1792-1875  The obligation of human beings to support and obey human governments, while they legislate upon the principles of the moral law, is an unalterable as the moral law itself.                                             

Noah Webster 1758-1843 When a citizen gives his suffrage (the right to vote in political elections) to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.

Tomas Jefferson  1743-1826  A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the  mouth of labor the bread it has earned.                                                                                                                                      If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

Bill Bright 1923-2003
Mr. Bright was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. He had some very important advise for us. Please use the following link to a short pdf file with very good information that applies to us today.  http://www.crustore.org/downloads/5_Duties-Text.pdf

Contrast between US and ISIL

The contrast between the US and the nation ISIL/ISSI wishes to establish is enormous.

Last week, I wrote about our great nation and the vision of independence our Founding Fathers had for us when they gave us the Constitution. These great men established a country of freedom. Their faith in God led them to found this nation with liberty and justice for all. Male, female, black, white, or brown, all are equal in God’s sight and in our country. We have freedom of religion. We can choose to believe or not as we see fit. We can agree to disagree about all kinds of things and still remain countrymen. We hold our God given rights of liberty, freedom and pursuit of happiness close to our hearts.

ISIL is also a group of religious men who wish to establish a religious state, only an Islamic one. However, in contrast to the Christian forefathers we had who want everyone to be free, these men want to remove the rights of women and restrict religious freedom to only their beliefs. Anyone who is not currently of their faith, is given a choice: convert, pay a tax and submit to their religious state, or die.

The difference between our two philosophies is dramatic to say the least. It has been the goal of the Unites States to spread freedom and democracy around the world. Allowing each country and its people to establish their own brand of freedom and laws. Some try to make us out as warmongers who deserve whatever we get. However, we see our country as peacekeepers who sometimes get sucked into conflicts we would rather not be in. We simply want other countries to enjoy freedom and liberty too.

Yet for groups like ISIL, religious purity, total submission to their faith and expansion of their beliefs worldwide through dominance is the goal. In their minds, the two ideologies …Islam and Christianity (or any other religion for that matter) cannot co-exist and we believe they are right.

It is our personal belief, these extremists will be part of the darkness ahead. If not directly, then indirectly. We realize not all Muslims are evil, but those in these radical groups are and their voice is much louder than their peaceful counterparts. We must understand, the fanatics hate us and our way of life. They wish to destroy us and put us under their rule, where we submit or die.

Part of our preparation must be to understand what they believe and what their goals are. We must prepare our hearts for the day we have to defend our faith and our lives from their extreme religious views. We must hide the Word in our hearts should the day come our Bibles are taken from us either by religious zealots or a tyrannical government. Both threaten our way of life. I sometimes wonder if some in our government hope to use groups like these to bring chaos to our country, so they can take over and change our way of life too.

Any way you look at the things that may happen in the days ahead, they look dark. However, no matter how hard things might get…Jesus is Lord. His love will never die and he will never leave or forsake us.

We encourage you to walk in love. We must do a better job spreading the Word of Jesus Christ and his love for the world. Our genuine faith in a living and risen Lord. We must love God, love people and serve both. This is the only way the world will see a difference between our faith and theirs.

 

Our United States Constitution

Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers established a new nation and gave us our founding documents. The majority of men who wrote the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and our United States Constitution were Christians (though many would like to argue that fact). These faithful men used Biblical principles to write these documents and create our system of law. As a result, the Declaration of Independence says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (including women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This means all men and women; black, white or brown have equal rights under our law because those rights are given to us by God not by man. (Equality has not always been the case, but it is what we strive to achieve.)

The first amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  The second amendment says: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. As a result, we have the right to pursue happiness, own land (homes) and work in whatever profession we choose. In addition, all people have the freedom to worship (or not) as they desire and speak as they wish and the government cannot interfere. Lastly, since we are ‘the people,’ we have the right to own guns.

However, for our country to remain free, we need to respect the freedom we have. We must speak out when our government over steps or does things we do not support. Through the years, we ‘the people’ have allowed our government to overstep their original purpose…to provide for the common defense of our nation and ensure trade foreign and domestic (between states).

John Adams wrote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” And: “To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt… I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.”

In recent years, we have not held our elected officials accountable. We have not made them listen when we disagree with their decisions. We have not voted them out when they make choices we do not support. We must wake up now. Tyranny is gaining a foothold. We cannot stay silent any longer.

Darkness is closing in. Our debt is crushing us and will bring us down if we do not get our elected officials to cut spending and reduce our debt. We cannot continue to expand welfare. We, the people, need to help those in need…not the government. It is not and never has been their job.

We doubt we can stop the darkness, but by voicing our objections, we might be able to slow it down and give us more time to prepare. No matter what, we must continue on our path of preparation and self-reliance.

What can we expect in the days ahead?

Let’s begin by saying, no one knows what we can expect in the days ahead, except God alone. That said, we can look at the signs of the times and make some observations. 2 Timothy 3 (passage below) explains the attitudes of people we need to avoid, especially in the End Times. Unfortunately, this scripture describes a great many people in our society today. But as I read these important passages, what strikes me most is: ‘continue in what you have learned and become convinced of’ and ‘having a form of godliness but denying its power.’

First, it’s important to hold fast to what we have learned, because people come into our lives or we sometimes hear things, that can sway us from our path.  We must rely on the Holy Spirit to give us insight and discernment. There are more and more people who sound good, even great, but are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They know what people want to hear and many know the scriptures. They use them to draw us in. We must read the Bible and when something doesn’t sound or feel right…we must check them out. We can no longer trust so easily.

Evil in the hearts and minds of people is a major concern and we must guard our own hearts from these mindsets. The list of things we need to guard against are in our scripture below. When we go over it, nothing is surprising. What is surprising, how easily we overlook some of them or can be duped by those who use them.

Second, moral upright behavior and good character are important qualities. Many good people who don’t believe in God are nice and kind people, but they deny God’s existence and power. Sadly, even in our churches, some pastors and ministers are not sold on God’s holiness and don’t acknowledge God’s power. Especially, the ability we receive from him to avoid sin and do his will on this earth. Believers must acknowledge that God is our power and strength. Jesus is holy and we can be also. He will give us the ability to do all the good works God brings us.

As the days become darker, it will become more important for us to hold on to the truth Jesus has given us. Deceivers will try to draw us away from the path Jesus has laid before us or sidetrack us. Stand firm. Keep your eyes focused on the Lord.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-17 (NIV)
1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,
7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth–men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.
9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,
11 persecutions, sufferings–what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

Are Preppers crazy?

Last week, we talked about what we can tell people when they think we are crazy for prepping. We didn’t mention there is a large group of Christians, who agree we are nuts. They believe that God will take care of everything, so we don’t have to prepare for anything. So are preppers crazy or are we prudent for preparing  for what’s ahead?

Besides God providing all our needs (with no input by us I might add), another very common thought in Christian circles is: “I expect things to get bad, but I’m a Christian. I believe we will be raptured before anything really awful happens.”

Our usual response is:  First, how do you know when Jesus is coming? The Bible is clear, no one knows but God alone. Second, horrible things have happened throughout history and Jesus didn’t return then. What makes you so sure he will come now? I would love to believe we would be swept away when things get bad, but what if it’s not time yet? What if it is just really bad times and not the End Times? Are you ready for that?

To expand on that thought, I have heard people say: “God provided for the Israelites with manna. I’m sure he will take care of all our needs.”

Our answer: That Bible story is true, but what if they are looking at the wrong story of God’s help. What if Joseph’s story is what we should be thinking about. Sold into slavery in Egypt as a young man, Joseph endured years in a jail. Yet he found favor with the jailer. Many hardships and years later, the Pharaoh placed him in charge of preparing for a great famine. He was the ultimate Bible Prepper. What if Joseph is our example?

We believe God will help us. Just as he warned Pharaoh seven years of plenty would be followed by seven years of famine, we believe God is warning his people to get ready for some event that’s on the horizon. If it was just us who believe this, maybe I would think we might have misunderstood God. However, many people all over the world have received this warning. So for us, that is confirmation we have heard God, need to listen and do as he has told us.

So regardless of what others think or believe we urge you to prepare. Prepare your homes, gather your heirloom seeds, gardening tools, equipment, canning jars, lids and equipment, along with other needs that would make your life easier if you had to provide food for yourself and your family. Fill your pantry and keep it full. Learn how to can and preserve food. Learn how to generate electricity. Self-sufficiency is key, but we are not islands. Form a group in your area of like-minded people who you can work with to survive…people you can trade and share with.

In closing, whether people agree or disagree about the future, stay on the path. Prepare your heart and mind. Organize your home and do what needs to be done.  Even if things don’t get bad for a long time, your life will be better, more fulfilling and you will be less dependent on government and grocery stores. It’s better to know we are ready for anything than be caught unaware and unprepared.

What do you say when people think you’re crazy?

We hear, all the time, we are crazy for preparing for hard times ahead. Many people believe because we live in the best country in the world nothing, as bad as we think, will ever happen here. When we disagree, they look at us like we grew two heads. They think we’re lunatics and need to be locked up in the looney bin. So, what do you say when people think you’re crazy? How can you get them to consider we might be right.

First, no amount of explanation can get through to the really stiff neck people who simply refuse to accept all the signs of decay in our country. For these people no amount of reasoning will persuade them. However, if you mention our fears concerning where our country is headed and the person seems to listen…you might be able to plant seeds of understanding by telling them what you believe and what you are doing to prepare.

Tell them about our loss of freedoms little by little through the years and the intrusion of the government into our daily lives. Ask them how we are supposed to sustain the increase of national debt and how long can we continue to over spend?  How long can a decreasing amount of working people support and increasing amount of people who don’t work and expect increased welfare and support? Never in the history of our country has there been more people collecting support from the government than those working and paying taxes. This alone can damage an already weak economy, much less all the other problems.

Next, we have a group of activists, raised in our country, who wish to bring us down to the level of third world countries. They believe Americans have too much and our lives are too cushy. They push the idea of equality for all people and put down the wealthy…even those who worked to build their businesses through hard work and fortitude. They want everyone in the world to live the same…except them of course. They want to rule the world from their lofty places and fancy mansions.

Add the above problems to the fact, whether we want to accept it or not, there are people in our world who hate us and want our country to fall. They hate our free market system, our freedoms and most of all our faith. These people have vowed to destroy us and our way of life. Many of them already live in our country. We never know when they will decide it’s time to push their beliefs and begin our destruction.

Anything could tip the scales and bring devastation in our nation. If or when any major event happens, our country could totter. From there it wouldn’t take much to make it collapse. If that happens, even those of us who have prepared will have a difficult time. Those who have not will suffer greatly and many will die.

If people will listen at all, tell them your preparations. Most are practical things everyone can do to make themselves more independent. Share the idea of heirloom seeds, canning more of their own food and raising a vegetable garden. Having three to six months or more of food is a great start. It’s important to gather seeds, canning jars and lids, gardening needs, along with medical supplies, guns and ammo, etc. while we can.

Most of all, encourage them to prepare their hearts. We must come to realize we cannot help everyone. That in itself will be challenging. But knowing you may have to defend yourself from those who would steal your provisions will be very hard. However, it could make the difference between life and death for you and your family. You must be prepared to make the difficult decisions. Being a Prepper is challenging, but we are sure you’re up to the task.

Why do I struggle?

Glorious Wonderful Savior and Lord,

With a grateful heart, I praise You for Your many blessings. I’m awed by Your mercy and grace for I’m so unworthy. Yet, You love me. You came, taught, died and rose again…for me…and all who believe, past, present and future.  Through Your sacrifice we are reconciled to our Father God in Heaven. Your loving kindness is wondrous to behold, in the lives changed and the great care you have for us. You send the rain to water the crops, livestock, and our needs alike. You provide for all our needs day after day.

Since I accept all this, why do I struggle? Why do I have so much trouble trusting some things in Your Word? I see the great works of your hand across the land and even in my life, but still I battle to believe. Your Word says: “Believe and receive.” Or “Believe in things that are not as though they are.” I know this means I’m to believe in things that have not happened yet, but that you have told me will happen. I want to believe… so help me with my unbelief. Help me to be anxious for nothing. Worry is a sign of the unbelief I’m battling to rid myself of. I lack nothing. You provide all my needs (and many of my wants.) Help me walk in this truth. Help me build up my Shield of Faith. My heart seeks you, Lord Jesus. Be with me. Help me hear your voice. I want and need your direction in all areas of my life. I want your love to flow through me like a river to others. I give you my praise, glory, honor and love. I will walk with you forever and ever. Cloth me in your righteousness, hope and love. Shield me with increased faith day by day.    Amen!

To my readers:  I give you a peek into my spiritual life so you know that doubting is normal. Someone once told me doubting is not bad as long as you don’t take the thought captive and accept the false thought as truth. The fact is Satan would not bother us with false thoughts if we weren’t a threat to him. So whenever you are bothered with doubt and unbelief…cast the thought away and Praise God instead.