Urging all Christians…and Americans…not to be Fooled

 If we get the wrong President, we may lose our freedom forever and…never get it back.” 

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The above post, by Pastor David Paul Williams, tells it better than I have yet seen or heard anywhere.  It resonates COMPLETELY with my heart.

Please take the time to read it.

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…tis the Season !

Jesus, the Revolution & You

Ah yes, it’s that time of year once again – when just about all of America, one way or another, gets caught up in the rush, pressure and joy that isChristmas. Below is a re-post of some of my thoughts from the 2008 holiday season…                        

…on the Giving of Gifts, etc. at Christmas

For those of you who may have read my recent Christmas posts, I direct this, uh, warning: my next words will make it appear that I’m doing a complete 180′ on the whole ‘keeping Christ in Christmas’ theme. Be assured, that is not my intent at all! I just have a real problem with religiousness. Some don’t realize, so did Jesus…

Years back, I listened to a Christmas Eve message, via radio, broadcast by Jack Hayford, at that time pastor of the Church Along the Way (I think that was the name) in California. ‘Born-again’ celebrities attended…

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Freedom Entangled…

Despite the fact that I have many times thought, how fortunate we who live in America are, I don’t think I actually really ‘get it’. When it comes to being free, I’ve always known that lifestyle. For me, it comes with the territory! I’m accustomed to freedom, and without realizing it, assume it is the norm. I expect it.

…and though the headlines scream otherwise, I still don’t think differently. Freedom, like air & sunshine, seems to be a condition that is & should be everywhere – a daily reality.

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Jesus spoke of being free.

Christians (and I am one) often quote His words: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It is important to remember that these words are settled within another truth: “If you continue in my Word…”

So it seems that steps must be taken, in a specific direction, to become & remain free. Forces are always at work to recapture. The flow of a free life can be halted, strangled, maybe stopped. There is a Divine remedy, though, to thwart &flag-barbed-wire-140 overcome the enemy who robs us of our freedom. There is a Way to turn back the tide.

The fact that there are these malevolent forces with evil designs upon our freedom, should tell us something about freedom itself – it is highly valuable, and a threat to those who seek to steal & destroy it. That we even HAVE it at all is miraculous, isn’t it? That we have it at all seems to say, You are favored. That it takes the Mighty God to give us freedom, and the way to keep – that we can’t have it simply by our own efforts – should teach us how precious it is.

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…and so I think that the spiritual battles fought to overcome a thieving enemy are played out in the real-world battles & wars that continually besiege the earth these days. The prize sought by this enemy isn’t really territory, or rulership & sovereignty. It is your freedom. Your life.

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Be aware of the preciousness of this prize. But also know that true, ultimate & lasting freedom has its roots in the Son of God, who said, “…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth  shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Start your journey there. If you’ve wandered too far out of this Way, go back.

He’s still there, and He hasn’t changed.

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“…our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

American EagleMany of us are familiar with those final words of the Declaration of Independence, so eloquently penned in 1776, resonant with sobering and powerful decision. Those words also resonated release. They signalled an irrevocable intent, begun in a full & complete commitment to stay the course. As George III himself had declared, after the colonists’ dumping of tea into Boston Harbor, “The die is now cast; the colonies must either submit or triumph.”

No going back.

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In today’s world, for probably most of us, that kind of do-or-die mindset is usually not necessary. Unless you serve as a member of our extraordinary military, especially if you are stationed on a forward-operating base in the Middle East, or serve your country as a covert operative, such absolute life-and-death commitment is usually not your daily fare. With the added exception of first responders & law enforcement, life choices don’t usually involve the kind of totality of sacrifice & risks that had to be taken when America chose to be – and to fight to be – free.

…and so because I think this is true, I have to assume that many of us cannot relate to the kind of commitment made by our founding patriots, whether Founding Father or one who physically took up arms against Great Britain. We take enormous pride in them, as we do in those who fight for freedom & justice today. And we might think we can relate….but I suspect, for some of us, we only skim the surface.

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I have also wondered, how did it feel to be on the inside? To be an active participant in creating a nation? To be one of those who could’ve said, “In the beginning…”? Talk about an endeavour of substance! A weight of glory!! (And if you think you’re getting shades & overtones of Genesis and the New Covenant, YOU ARE…) Those men & women who were given to, entrusted with, and (I believe) created for the birthing of the new nation of the United States of America stand yet today as pillars immovable, in the halls of Eternity. In a sense, I am reminded of the words of the apostle John, in his first epistle: “…which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life…” Though I most certainly know these words speak of the Lord Jesus Christ, still, there is a strong ring of familiarity here, for me. They got to be the ones who handled, in conjunction with God, the vision, the bringing forth & the shaping of phenomena unprecedented. As Jesus the Messiah comes as the Only One, past, present & future, I dare to say that America the Beautiful has also been manifested as the only nation that will ever be like her.

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The promise made, by those who stepped up in time to this volatile moment in history, to pledge their all, has been called a war-time proclamation by Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College. And that it was. The stakes commanded nothing less. Because these soldiers & patriots (and all who have fought for and with America & her cause of liberty in any war since) loved not their lives unto the death, many of us get to partake of a pearl of great price all the time. Every day.

They entered in, they contended valiantly & to the death, if necessary; they endured to the end. Their vision – our vision – manifested in this nation of extraordinary promise, structure and yield, is more than still worth the fight. Let this truth be implanted in you today. Let its roots start to grow. To the brethren & to our patriots I say, stand, and having done all, stand…uphold this vision in your heart and in your spirit.

Pray for the heart & soul of America.  With God, your spirit quickens hers.

Bear witness.

Be encouraged.

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Be strong

Once, “the Anointed Cherub”…but Now?

It seems that my attention is being more & more directed to that ancient Biblical event, spoken of by Jesus in the 10th. chapter of Luke: “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

Warfare against Powers & PrincipalitiesSatan falling from heaven….

It seems to be generally accepted that before this falling, Satan was that glorious angelic being known as Lucifer. Big difference, though, between the ‘before & after’ persona…and motivations, of this being. Again, it seems to be generally believed that pre-fall Lucifer was wondrous, dazzling; those who inquire further, seeking details. learn that Lucifer was ‘perfect’ in his ways, the anointed cherub. and from within his very being emanated musical glory. He ‘was upon the holy mountain of God’. He was in the garden of God! (Ezekiel 28: 13-15)

Lucifer had everything going for him…something went wrong, though. We are told, ‘…iniquity was found…’ in him. (v.18) The verses following this first indication of reversal in Lucifer’s condition, seem to describe pride & vanity…we know from Isaiah 14 that Lucifer rebelled against God, his Creator, deciding that he was going to become like God. I don’t think Scripture actually says that this mutinous being intended to oust the Most High…from being the Most High…and ruling in His stead…but I get the feeling, that was the plan.

Whatever the depth or magnitude of Lucifer’s deluded intent, God’s ruling was “…thou hast sinned; therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God.”

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…thus, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

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(Note: I am not aware of any Scripture that actually states that Lucifer’s name was changed to Satan. However, my Bible reading & study over the years has led me to that assumption, as it has many believers of Scripture, I think.

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Now…Bible scholars have postulated that there existed a possibly great time lapse in between the events of Genesis chapter 1, verses 1 & 2. That a catastrophic, cataclysmic event took place during that time, which rendered the earth ‘…without form, and void…’ Darkness prevailed upon the deep, and the earth was in undistinguishable ruin.

Can you see the hurling down of Lucifer and his legions to the earth, as the cataclysmic event that caused such destruction?

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…assuming that it was, we now have a mighty fallen angelic being roaming about this scene of violently darkened destruction, an angel who had possibly only seconds before walked in the glories of Paradise, an elite & highly privileged creation of God. I don’t think any of us can actually imagine what he must have been feeling. But I would think that, on the heels of this initial shock, Lucifer’s thoughts may have been something like, “Now what???”

“Where do I go now? What do I do next?”

…and those desperate, frantic questions probably led to this next one:

“How can I get it all back?”

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I am telling you now that, at its root, (whether known or unknown to its participants,) whatever plans, programs or agendas that have been or will be implemented under the heading of globalism, One World anything or New World Order, are the results of Lucifer’s attempts to get it all back.

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…now, Lucifer was created (Ezekiel 28:15). He came to consciousness in fullness of his power and beauty. Having known nothing less than an exalted state, once cast down, it would seem to me that he would grab at ANY possible means of regaining it. Let’s take a brief but more detailed look at what this exalted state encompassed –

Based on the Scriptures pertaining to him found in Ezekiel 28, we can learn a few things:

!) It sounds like Lucifer’s wisdom & beauty were unparalleled (v.12).

2) He was in Eden, the garden of God.(v.13)

(We know from other Scriptures in Genesis 3, that the serpent was found in that garden of Eden, not one whose name means ‘day star’…so, this is perhaps somewhere or something else? Perhaps this ‘garden of God’ existed in the heavenlies, just as the heavenly Tabernacle, after which the earthly one was patterned.) Not only was Lucifer in this garden of God, but is described as having coverings of bedazzling jewels & precious stones (v.13) – which possibly represent attributes inexpressible, according to C.S Lewis in his Christian Behaviour.

3) Tabrets & pipes were prepared ‘in him’. Music resided within Lucifer! and surrounded him! (v.13)

4) Lucifer was deliberately placed by God in a high – possibly the highest – position of government over all of the rest of the creation of God, “upon the holy mountain of God” (v.14). (This verse can possibly be construed to represent promotion to a place of authority in the affairs of God.)

5) Finally, it seems that Lucifer had also ministered in the office of priest, offering worship to God and having, therefore, access to a nearthe Mercy Seatness to His throne. (v.14)

(Lucifer is called the “anointed cherub that covereth” (v.14) What does this imagery bring to mind? The cherubim with overspread wings, covering the Mercy Seat on the ark of the Covenant, right? How could there be doubt, then, as to a sacred & priestly aspect of Lucifer’s existence?

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We don’t know what kind of conversations may have occurred between Satan & God, at this point. One possible aspect of the forward-going machinations of Satan, would have been an attempt to restore God’s original earthly creation. Donald Barnhouse, in his The Invisible War, suggests this. To me, it does seem most likely…Barnhouse also states that Satan was/is still trying to show God that he can do it. If I can only prove to the Most High that I can get this whole mess all straightened out, renewed…if I can fix it!!!…then maybe I can get back MY former glory and still have a shot at running the show…might be how Satan thinks still today. Because Satan’s goal is to bring order out of chaos (for his own selfish, vain reasons, of course,) Barnhouse continues, organization is a major tool. But we know how so many – if not eventually all – organizations collapse. Underlying malevolent agendas, love of money, lust for power…look at the ‘great’ civilizations (organizations) of the past. Gone. Corruption scandals touch even the most initially (apparently?) benevolent committees & corporations …their CEO’s etc. can’t keep their hands clean, one way or another. (I recently heard something unsavory even about the Red Cross…although I never looked into the details…) My point is, as Barnhouse writes,”Satan cries, ‘Let there be organizations!’ And there is chaos. He calls out, ‘Let there be United Nations!’ And there are vetoes and wars….He commands, ‘Let there be brotherhood!’ And there are race riots…”

Satan can’t make it happen.

What he does bring to the table is…more death & destruction.

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Think about these things when looking at the world around you, the world across the oceans…the world both visible and INvisible. Don’t count on the organizations of this world-system. Yes, some are still good, and may yet be so for awhile, but keep in mind, IF they are good, then God is probably on their side & in their midst. He dwells yet in some of us, and therefore His touch and impact is still felt in the world. In addition to His sovereign actions. The Scriptures tell us that He works all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11,) so…keep that in mind, when observing the downward spirals of what appears as loss or defeat, or catastrophe. Satan is far from the only player…even with his hordes of fallen angels (Revelation 12:4).

Think carefully through with whom you align.

There is more going on than you know.

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