Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Does Love Win?

Did love win now that men can marry men and women can marry women? Does love give us the green light to do what we want even if it is opposed to God's original purpose and design? I noticed most of the Christian women's blogs didn't write anything about the gay marriage decision. Does love mean we don't write or say anything that offends others in hopes that it will bring them to believe in Jesus? Is love only about the idea that all we need to do is love people to Jesus? Yes, love covers over a multitude of sins and we are called to be people of love, but what exactly does love mean?

Most people think of love as simply accepting people the way they are, doing things for them and being kind. Is this all? Rob Bell wrote a book called "Love Wins." Many blogs only teach about love and grace, as well as many preachers and teachers. They don't want to offend anybody, be liked by everybody and not make others uncomfortable. Is this love? Does this win others to Christ?

If you want to know what love is look at Jesus, since He is the definition of love. Did everyone who knew Him as He walked this earth believe in Him? No! Many rejected the personification of love even though they saw the way that He lived and many even listened to Him and touched Him. When He rules this earth for 1,000 years, many will reject Him. This proves that love isn't what wins, since Jesus is love.

What is love exactly anyways? How does Jesus define it since He is love? Yes, He loved people deeply but He didn't want them to stay the way there were. When people were caught in sin, He would tell them to go and sin no more. He rebuked the religious people for their many sins against others and their pride. He angrily cleaned out the temple since they were using the temple for ungodly means. He served people by even washing their feet. He never had boundaries with people. Yes, He went to the mountain to pray but He didn't ever prevent people from interrupting Him. He exhorted people to obey His commands and told them that if they truly loved Him, they would obey Him. He hated sin so much that He allowed Himself, the Creator of the universe, to be crucified on a cross so we could be freed from sin. This is what true love looks like. It isn't just grace and mercy. It speaks the Truth in love also, even though many people won't like us since we expose their wicked deeds. If just "love" could win others, Jesus would have won all.

We are called to live lives as Jesus did. We are to encourage people to go and sin no more. We are called to exhort and rebuke those who are in sin. We can have righteous anger at sin and the destruction it causes. Love serves others, even doing menial jobs like cleaning the toilets for our families. It welcomes others to interrupt us if they need our help. Love encourages others to obey all of God's commands, even the difficult ones. We are much more concerned about pleasing our Father than people, so we do the work the Father has assigned for us to do even if it is completely contrary to what the world is doing. Finally, we are willing to deny ourselves, even to the point of death, to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel; all of it, including being filled with His Holy Spirit to accomplish His will once people call upon His name and are saved.

This, my friends, is love. And no, love does not win, neither does mercy or grace. Only those who believe in Jesus and His shed blood for their sin wins. Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved {Acts 16:31}. It's not an easy road we are asked to walk. Just writing, teaching, and preaching about love, mercy and grace is easy. Teaching ALL what true love entails isn't easy, but we are commanded to do it in hopes they will believe since it is the ONLY thing that saves people from their sin and eternal damnation.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; 
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:2

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bikinis and Careers Have Destroyed America

Yes, I wrote the title correctly; bikinis and women having careers are what is destroying America according to President John Adams* on June 2, 1778; not homosexuality, gay marriage, sexual immorality, nor pornography ~

From all that I have read of history and government of human life and matters, I have drawn this conclusion, that the manners of women were the most infallible barometer to ascertain the degree of morality and virtue in a nation. All that I have since read and all the observations I have made in different nations have confirmed me in this opinion. The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a Republican Government is practicable in a nation or not. The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Swiss, the Dutch, all lost their public spirit, their Republican principles and habits and their Republican forms of government when they lost the modesty and domestic virtues of their women.

Women have absolutely lost all forms of modesty, even Christian women. They feel comfortable in bikinis, parading their bodies around for all to see. They have no problem showing off their breasts with low-cut tops and showing off most of their legs with short, short skirts. God commands women to be modest. He clothed Adam and Eve in coats after they covered themselves with fig leaves. In Ezekiel 16, God says to Jerusalem, "...your breasts were formed and your hair had grown. Yet you were naked and bare. Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread my skirt over you and covered your nakedness...I also clothed you with embroidered cloth...I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk....But you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot...And you took off some of your clothes...Because your lewdness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered...I shall gather them against you from every direction and expose your nakedness." Nakedness and shame always go together in the Bible. We are to be modest, discreet and chaste women of God, NOT looking as the world looks or dressing as they do. We are to be examples to the world. The world, which is governed by Satan, should never be our example about anything.

Women have abandoned their domestic virtues, as I have written over and over again. They fled their domestic duties to pursue higher educations and careers, learning the feminist's agenda along the way which began with Eve when she decided she wanted to do things her way, instead of God's. Women abandoned their children to daycare and government run schools where their children are bullied and taught things contrary to the Word of God. They have failed to raise their children in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord; speaking to them when they rise up, walk along the way, and sit around the dinner table, since they are too exhausted from submitting to and obeying another man at their jobs who is not their husband.

What does God call us to do? Love and obey our husband, be chaste and discreet keepers at home. We can't think we can abandon God's Word and find joy-filled lives or a healthy society when we act contrary to His Word. So many repercussions have happened since women have left their homes, I can't even begin to name them, but if you research my "keepers at home" category, you will find most of them. It is tragic, but it is mostly tragic since even Christian women, along with many of their husbands, have fallen for the feminist's lies.

PLEASE, women, dress modestly. Let the words 'discreet' and 'chaste' define ALL of your clothing. Go home and raise your children and be a true help meet to your husband. If you are an older women, teach the young women  to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed {Titus 2:3-5}. Thank you.

In like manner also, 
that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, 
with shamefacedness and sobriety.
1 Timothy 2:9

***Here is an important article for any parents who have children in the public school system. "There are two reasons for this step {taking your children out of government run schools}, given this Extreme Court decision. If your children remain in the government schools, there is now no legal way for them to be taught any normal view of human sexuality. And, depend upon it, they will be taught the other kinds. And second, they will be taught an approach to civics that sees nothing wrong with the Supreme Court’s juridical putsch here, and that is just as worrisome."

*Quoted by John Eidsmoe in Christianity and the Constitution, Baker Book House, 1987, p. 272, from Adams, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Belknap/Harvard, 1962, IV:123.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

King Solomon Taught His Son to Seek Wisdom

King Solomon gives us a very good example of how we, as parents, are to raise up our children in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord with some verses in Proverbs 3. 

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

This, my sisters in Christ, is how we should raise our children. Make SURE they know God's Word! Teach them all about mercy and truth. They are to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and mind and love others as they love themselves. They must speak Truth in love for true love speaks Truth. They must learn to trust the Lord and allow Him to direct their paths. He gives us everything we need for life and godliness and all that He wants of us is clearly spelled out in His Word. 

We are commanded to teach them to depart from evil. The public schools are filled with evil. Many false teachings are being taught. The students, their peers, are exposing themselves to filth on a daily basis through the Internet, music, television and movies. Foul language spews out of their mouths. History has been distorted to promote an evil, false agenda. The feminist agenda is pervasive. Young woman are NEVER being taught to be have gentle and quiet spirits, to be submissive to their husbands and keepers at home. They are being taught the complete opposite!

Teach your children to seek wisdom. Have them in the Word at an early age. When you teach them, give them books of autobiographies of great missionaries and evangelists who preached the Gospel boldly regardless of the cost to themselves. Listen to great sermons with them as they get older. All of my children love to listen to great, biblically sound preachers. They love being challenged in their walk with the Lord.

Lastly, teach them all about grace. It is God's abundant grace that allows them to live godly lives and preach the Gospel with their words and the way they live their lives. It is grace that allows them to love without limits and forgive freely. It is grace that causes us to not get offended easily, hold grudges, and love the unlovable. It is grace that makes us want to give freely since He has so freely given to us. Bless His Holy Name.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grieving Over the Supreme Court's Decision

Yesterday, our Supreme Courts made gay marriage the law of the land. Yes, I wept when I read this since I know it is so far removed from God's will for marriage and hurts those involved in gay marriage, along with our society. However, we must not fret for even Jesus spoke these words when He walked this earth, "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the propeht Jonah." {Matthew 16:4}.

God reminds us 365 times in His Word to not fear; a verse for every day of the year. We are NOT to live in fear but in the joy of the Lord, giving thanks for all that He has done for us. We must be in His Word daily, seeking those things which are above, and NOT things on this earth for this earth is NOT our home. Our home is with Jesus where we will spend eternity with Him; a place with no sin, sorrow or suffering.

Therefore, in the midst of the corruption swirling around us, we must continue to live in obedience to the Lord with the power of the Holy Spirit living within us and God's amazing grace on our lives! "Never dread any consequence resulting from absolute obedience to His command. Never fear the rough waters ahead...God is greater than the roar of raging water and the mighty waves of the sea. 'The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever" {Psalm 29:10}. Dare to trust Him! Dare to follow Him! Then discover that the forces that blocked your progress and threatened your life become at His command the very materials He uses to build your street of freedom" {F. B. Meyer}.

NEVER give into the society's perverted and evil ways. Do NOT compromise with them in any way. Stand firm in your faith and the hope that we have in Christ. Refuse to become a lukewarm Christian. As the days get darker, we will be able to easily see the separation of the wheat from the tares. God is so much greater than the evil forces that are at work today; SO MUCH GREATER! Finally, be encouraged by these words from Charles Spurgeon ~

BANISH for ever all thought of indulging the flesh if you would live in the power of your risen Lord. It were ill that a man who is alive in Christ should dwell in the corruption of sin. "Why seek ye the living among the dead?" said the angel to Magdalene. Should the living dwell in the sepulchre? Should divine life be immured in the carnal house of fleshly lust? How can we partake of the cup of the Lord and yet drink the cup of Belial? Surely, believer, from open lusts and sins you are delivered: have you also escaped from the more secret and delusive lime-twigs of the Satanic fowler? Have you come forth from the lust of pride? Have you escaped from slothfulness? Have you clean escaped from carnal security? 

Are you seeking day by day to live above worldliness, the pride of life, and the ensnaring vice of avarice? Remember, it is for this that you have been enriched with the treasures of God. If you be indeed the chosen of God, and beloved by Him, do not suffer all the lavish treasure of grace to be wasted upon you. Follow after holiness; it is the Christian's crown and glory. 

An unholy church! it is useless to the world, and of no esteem among men. It is an abomination, hell's laughter, heaven's abhorrence. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world have been brought upon her by an unholy church. O Christian, the vows of God are upon you. You are God's priest: act as such. You are God's king: reign over your lusts. You are God's chosen: do not associate with Belial. Heaven is your portion: live like a heavenly spirit, so shall you prove that you have true faith in Jesus, for there cannot be faith in the heart unless there be holiness in the life.

As my cousin, Crystal, wrote on Facebook yesterday,  "He has already won the battle. Everything is going according to His plan."

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; 
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, 
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.
Isaiah 5:20