When you think about it… really think about it… the season of each year when we celebrate the remarkable advent of our Creator’s incarnation that we call Christmas… it’s truly amazing how God, in His providence, can use this season every year to personally communicate and commune with our deepest soul. Even with all the distracting commercialism and misguided paganized myths that our society has amassed around the occasion, God is still profoundly using the Christmas season to bring light into the darkness of many minds whom He has chosen to receive eternal redemption. What a gift!
The beloved disciple John, guided by the Holy Spirit of God, recorded the event straight to the point in the opening of his gospel. He even showed the distinction between the Savior from the man, who also had the name John – the baptizer – who announced the anticipated Redeemer’s entry into our world. He wrote it this way.
More and more people in our country and in the world are awakening to the reality that we are all on the stage of the greatest spiritual battleground imaginable.
As the darkness of evil becomes increasingly invasive, the brightness of the Light of God’s Truth and Righteousness becomes all the more apparent to those who have eyes to see. Unfortunately, we realize from recent history that people who have been pickled in mass-media deception and coddled by a public indoctrination mindset that coddles the stubbornness to cling to their self-serving idolatry and wicked passions… those people are often too hardened to hear God’s invitation to repent and receive the peace of eternal life.
Can you think of times in history when victory seemed remote and defeat was all around? What is God saying to His Ekklesia – his true family of believing members of the body of Christ – in the midst of the pervasive darkness and fear that is so obvious in today’s world? One would have to be completely unaware of history and current events to not see that the challenges facing the human race today are historic. And, if you’re a child of God, following the Lord Jesus Christ as His disciple, you’d have to be spiritually asleep to not perceive that God is preparing His true church for unusually special times of living in the conscious awareness of His sovereign guidance, God-glorifying purpose and victorious destiny.
“Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts” Zech. 8:16
“Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country.” Patrick Henry
If liberty has any genuine meaning in our age of deception, it certainly carries the right to tell people the truth – even when they have been conditioned by their trusted teachers to think they do not want to hear it.
“The LORDis my helper; I will notfear; What can mando to me?” Heb 13:6
Never before in our lifetimes have we been so obviously confronted by what appears to be such a threat of ultimate foreboding loss of freedom, that even the most optimistic Pollyanna must concede that we are all at a crossroads of choice. Will we choose to bow to God or bow to men who deny their Creator? Which choice do you take right now for yourself?
Dr Marshall Foster, the brilliant Christian historian, American patriot, and founder of the World History Institute, was a master teacher of the story of America’s brave pioneers. His remarkable documentary called “Monumental,” produced in collaboration with patriot actor Kirk Cameron, is a profound telling of one of the best kept secrets among the historic places in the story of the birth of the American nation.
As the battle for the outcome of the most revolutionary election in American history concludes, the sharply divided ideologies couldn’t be more obvious. Will secular ideals increase or will Biblical principles be restored?
The last day of October is Reformation Day, obscured in our misguided culture by ‘Halloween.’ But election day is just a few days later. So, I’ve prayed for God’s timely insight on the wisdom He would have me share with you today. I trust you’ll be encouraged and refreshed by what you hear.
In an age of widespread disinformation and polarized opinions, how can honest, God-fearing people ever expect to see a positive transformation in society?
There’s a strong correlation between community transformation and the humble informed action of godly people in response to truth. The observation of Isaiah’s generation in Israel parallels what we see today, but we have one big difference. He said:
“Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So, he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him.”
“WHO WILL RISE UP FOR ME AGAINST THE EVILDOERS? WHO WILL STAND UP FOR ME AGAINST THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY?” Psalm 94:16
Have you ever noticed the strong words God has for those who deliberately practice evil? They are sometimes referred to as “evildoers” in the Bible. Because we often tend to look at Scripture in a more personalized application, we can miss the fact that God’s word of condemnation often refers to the concerted efforts of organized evildoers. Likewise, it’s important for us to realize that our Heavenly Father is working in us corporately as His body to unitedly pray and work together to “destroy the works of (our enemy) the devil.” With that in mind, hear some of what God says about these enemy “workers of iniquity.”
True Christians Obey God, Resist Corrupted Governors & Influence Their Nation for Good
Why, in 1620, did the little congregation of Pastor John Robinson’s English Christ-followers, whom we call Pilgrims, risk their lives, leaving their native land of England, to become unintended pioneers of an untamed wilderness in North America? In a word, the motivation was tyranny – Religious tyranny.
Why, in 1776, did 30% of the British colonists in America risk their lives to declare what no people on earth had ever done to resist the ruler who dominated their private lives? Again, their motivation was tyranny – tyranny of their conscience by a greedy monarchy, preventing productive, law-abiding, God-fearing families from common natural rights.
The Role of Tyranny in God’s Providential History
Tyranny is a powerful motivator. It naturally evokes our human emotions to resist. In the 4,000 plus years since the Great Flood, almost a thousand generations of humans have experienced the rise of hundreds of tyrants. Only among God’s chosen people, descending from Abraham, has the human family seen a divine pattern of human government! It began with Moses. It was able to inspire the Christian founders of America to form a model of human government like no other in all history.
What if one of your most trusted friends told you that you’re about to discover the cure for a serious crisis you’re worried about? Well, naturally, you’d have questions… all of us would.
What is the biggest positive outcome of the global crisis of 2020? There are many ways to think about the shockingly life-changing events and conditions of the past year. Whoever you talk to, one thing becomes really clear… and really fast. There’s a lot of confusion, misinformation, and deep anxiety about a lot of things touching practically every single person’s life in nearly every single part of the world … at least, where there’s a significant population of people. In terms of personal physical health, national governmental stability, moral corruption in business, science, and politics, or religious application of beliefs regarding just about anything, it’s becoming easier than ever to expose the biggest contrast in reality! What’s that?