‘liberty without freedom’

“There are two freedoms: the false where a man is free to do what he likes; and the true where a man is free to do as he ought.”  – Charles Kingsley

 

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In 1882, when excavation for the Statue of Liberty pedestal had begun, Mark Twain was asked to author a letter that could be raffled in support for the construction. He sent some money along with a letter that may have been counterproductive to the intended purpose. It read…

You know my weakness for Adam, and you know how I have struggled to get him a monument and failed. Now, it seems to me, here is my chance. What do we care for a statue of liberty when we’ve got the thing itself in its wildest sublimity? What you want of a monument is to keep you in mind of something you haven’t got – something you’ve lost. Very well; we haven’t lost liberty; we’ve lost Adam.

Another thing: What has liberty done for us? Nothing in particular that I know of. What have we done for her? Everything. We’ve given her a home, and a good home too. And if she knows anything, she knows it’s the first time she ever struck that novelty. She knows that when we took her in she had been a mere tramp for 6,000 years, biblical measure. Yes, and we not only ended her troubles and made things soft for her permanently, but we made her respectable – and that she hadn’t ever been before. And now, after we’ve poured out these Atlantics of benefits upon this aged outcast, lo! and behold you, we are asked to come forward and set up a monument to her! Go to. Let her set up a monument to us if she wants to do the clean thing.

But suppose your statue represented her old, bent, clothed in rags, downcast, shame-faced, with the insults and humiliation of 6,000 years, imploring a crust and all hour’s rest for God’s sake at our back door? – come, now you’re shouting! That’s the aspect of her which we need to be reminded of, lest we forget it – not this proposed one, where she’s hearty and well-fed, and holds up her head and flourishes her hospitable schooner of flame, and appears to be inviting all the rest of the tramps to come over. O, go to – this is the very insolence of prosperity.

But, on the other hand – look at Adam. What have we done for Adam? Nothing. What has Adam done for us? Everything. He gave us life, he gave us death, he gave us heaven, he gave us hell. These are inestimable privileges – and remember, not one of them should we have had without Adam. Well, then, he ought to have a monument – for Evolution is steadily and surely abolishing him; and we must get up a monument, and be quick about it, or our children’s children will grow up ignorant that there ever was an Adam. With trifling alterations, this present statue will answer very well for Adam. You can turn that blanket into an ulster without any trouble; part the hair on one side, or conceal the sex of his head with a fire helmet, and at once he’s a man; put a harp and a halo and a palm branch in the left hand to symbolize a part of what Adam did for us, and leave the fire basket just where it is, to symbolize the rest. My friend, the father of life and death and taxes, has been neglected long enough. Shall this infamy be allowed to go on or shall it stop right here?

Is it but a question of finance? Behold the enclosed (paid bank) checks. Use them as freely as they are freely contributed. Heaven knows I would there were a ton of them; I would send them all to you, for my heart is in the sublime work!
– letter circa December 1, 1883

Could it be this seeming liberty that is ignorantly celebrated each 4th of July is the very culprit in the crumbling of our nation’s foundation?

As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill. – Helen Keller

Is it possible that the very liberties that have allowed us to publicly acknowledge the Divine Creator for 233 years are now being used by  the enemies of the cross to suppress and silence the voice of Christianity?

We could liken this abuse of liberty to the energy seen in fire. When possessed and restrained by a responsible society, it is one of the most useful elements that all of humanity has ever known. Yet when it is used in contempt and at the hand of a rebellious spirit, it can be the  destruction of not only ones very life but the entire society.

For analogy, let’s consider abortion…. the taking of innocent life.

Abraham Lincoln in the 19th Century said: “No one has the right to do what is wrong”… yet our society has taken the liberty of killing  50,000,000 + innocent babies since 1973.

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Patrick Henry :

“Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Beside, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”
War is Inevitable, March 1775
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Samuel Adams :

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards.”

 

Alexander Hamilton :

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

 

John Adams :

“Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and prayers, but she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator of her own.”

 

James Madison :

“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution.
The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much …to forget it.”

One can not read the writings of our founding fathers and walk away from the fact that they understood our nation’s liberties and freedoms were birthed with both sacrificial human commitment as well as divine intervention. Yet we see our nation walking down a path that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is a path to destruction.

We have seen in these most recent days our president stand before the world and boast that “we are no longer a Christian nation” thereby ascribing a generic association to the True and Living God with all the other gods of religions. We see “these sacred rights of mankind” that Alexander Hamilton talked about in jeopardy of being “erased or obscured by mortal power”.  

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As we see these sacred rights being constrained it helps one to understand that real freedom is grounded in a liberty that is higher than humanity. True freedom is not…

“a man doing as one likes, but as a man ought”

… and that in obedience to God and His word, for in this we willingly become a bond servant… a spiritual paradox of sorts. 

For whatever a man chooses to obey, that becomes his master. We can either choose sin, which leads to bondage and eventually death, or we can choose to obey God and His word thereby taking on His righteousness. Prior to our life in Christ we were slaves of sin, but with a heart that has been quickened by His Spirit He enables us to be transformed into the image of Christ. 

And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.                     2 Corinthians 3:13-18

 

As I follow the persecuted church I find a spirit of liberty in the absence of freedoms. Many Christians loose their homes, businesses, all of their material possessions and in many instances are imprisoned as followers of Christ, yet this spirit of liberty thrives…. even unto death. 

Listen to the words of a persecuted pastor that daily walks through the valley of the shadow of death, yet he fears no evil, for he understands that our Lord is with him… 

 

“A shadow of a dog can’t bite you, and a shadow of death can’t kill you. You can kill us or put us in prison, but nothing bad can happen to us. We’re in Christ, and if we die, he will take us to his world.”  -vom extreme devotion

 

Herein lies the believers liberty and freedom and is found in none other than Jesus Christ.

malachi

 

Uneasy is the heart
until it rests in thee.

St. AUGUSTINE

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‘diversity and tolerance…. a one way street’

Christian Anti Defamation Commission

I receive a daily news letter from Dr. Gary L. Cass and the CADC ‘Christian Anti-Defamation Commission’. I highly recommend this news letter, you will find it well worth the read.

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This Isn’t In Our Imaginations

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 20:32

There was an ominous knock at the door at the home of an older Christian couple. Two police men presented themselves on the doorstep. After an intimidating and invasive hour long police interview, the Christians were warned they were very close to going to jail for seven years.

It all started when the couple noticed their community was displaying pro-homosexual materials for the general public. So the Christians decided that they would call their local elected official and ask if they could have equal treatment and set out some Christian literature, too.

They spoke to a member of the official’s staff. The couple was told “no,” they could not distribute Christian literature. Why? The community was committed to diversity and Christian materials might offend homosexuals.

But the Christians said that they found the homosexual material offensive. Just for expressing their offense on a private phone call to their elected official’s office, the staff member filed a police report accusing them of a hate crime. The police then came knocking and threatened to lock them up.

Apparently diversity and tolerance is a one way street, offending and intimidating Christians is perfectly lawful.

This is part of a larger pattern of intimidation against Christians in England where hate crime laws have been implemented. It’s coming to the US if we don’t act to stop the “Hate Crime Bill, S.909. This bill, S.909, lays the legal foundation for intimidating anyone who declares the biblical truth about homosexuality or Islam. We know this because in countries like England and Canada, where hate crime laws have been implemented, this is what happens.

Another British Christian, Andy Robertson, an open air preacher, was confronted and told by police officers after preaching an open-air message. Someone had alleged that Robertson had attacked homosexuality as a sin which the police told him was a criminal offense. A recording of his message demonstrated that he had not said anything about homosexuality and whoever reported him was lying.

Is this what it’s going to come to in America? Are we going to have the police monitoring our speech to insure that we have politically correct doctrine? In Canada, American Christian broadcasters are censored already from saying anything critical of Islam or a person’s sexual sin.

This is the kind of intimidation and censorship that we will all be subject to if we let the pending federal hate crime law S.909 pass in the US Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the bill just last week. There is still time to oppose this bill while it goes through the Senate mark-up session.  End of CADC article

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Thanks to Dr. Cass and the CADC for keeping these issues in the forefront as the government would rather this take place with much less extravaganza.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.

malachi

‘when the mind is turned over to an anti-God spirit’

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Nearly two thirds of teenagers don’t believe in God, according to a study by Penguin books.

 

The article was posted on Telegraph.co.uk about a study that was conducted consisting of 1,000 teenagers aged 13 to 18 and was managed by Penguin books to mark this week’s publication of controversial novel ‘Killing God’ by Kevin Brooks. Brooks’ book is about a 15-year-old girl who questions the existence of God.

Blurbs from the article-

Teenagers even say family, friends, money, music and even reality television are more important than religion.

Woe unto the mind of one that sets it’s heart upon this world and makes it their god. For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

Brooks gives this reason for writing the book…

“Part of the reason that I wrote Killing God was that I wanted to explore the personal attitudes of young people today, especially those with troubled lives, towards organised religion and the traditional concept of God.

If Brooks thinks that these teens have ‘troubled lives’ now, consider the life to come without Christ. But then they don’t believe in life after death…

Only three out of 10 teenagers believe in an afterlife and 41 per cent believe that nothing happens to your body when you die, but one in 10 reckon they come back as an animal or another human being.

If they would hear the ‘rich man’ [Luke 16:19-31] they would be a lot less focused on the body post mortem, but rather give specific diligence to the soul.

A Church of England spokesman said: “Many teenagers aren’t sure what they believe at that stage of their lives, as is clear from the number who said they don’t know whether they believe in God.

Hanne Stinson, chief executive of The British Humanist Association, said: “It confirms that young people – like adults – do not need a religion to have positive values.

The problem with Mr. Stinson’s thought process, is that it only contends with the present. I have found that most people who do not believe in God only give credence to this life… it makes it a little more palatable having not to consider standing before Him one day.

“The ‘golden rule’, which is often claimed by religions as a religious value, is in reality a shared human value – shared by all the major religions and the non-religious and almost every culture – that predates all the major world religions.”

But this one supplants all religious values….

 

Except a man be born again!

 

“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” Luke 11:20-26 

I doubt very seriously that a society can vividly imagine how wicked a God-less society can be and how gross His judgement can be on the same. If you are interested consider His Revelation… He gives ample details.

malachi

‘when you’ve tried religion and found it doesn’t work’

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While sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a guy at work some years back, he responded to my invitation to receive Christ that “I have tried religion and it did not work”. For years he had attended church with some regularity but in light of the fact that he was a relatively good person, he had deemed this spiritual exercise one of futility.

For years I have given thought to those who have tried religion and found that excuse wanting. What is a person to do? In the epistle of James, written to the 12 tribes that were scattered abroad, the Spirit give these word of admonishment…

“Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh unto you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners and purify your hearts ye double minded.” James 4:8

These words are given to the believer to exhort us to overcome the worldliness that we find ourselves living in and the lust of the flesh that leads one in that worldly direction.

Now the only man that I have found that feels he has attained such position is  a ‘religious man’, and that through the multitude of his church attendance. This same man feels that if God will just let him know what he must do to get ‘close to God’ that he can something that will enable him to attain that position.

The problem with this thought process, though religiously admirable, it leads one to the very dangerous reality of “drawing near to God with our lips but our heart remaining far from Him.” Consider Isaiah 29:9-13

For one to think that the God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of both heaven and earth dwelleth not in temples made with mans hand, neither is worshipped with men’s hands as though He needed anything seeing He giveth to all life and breath and all things, that God would meet with us in a religious service is the furthest thing from the truth.

So if one can not draw nigh to God by going to church and or being a good person, how does it happen? If one considers the text from the epistle of James, the spirit is contrasting a wisdom that is earthly, sensual and devilish that knows nothing more than envy, confusion and evil works with a wisdom that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and east to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy. This wisdom is not natural but is from above.

When one contrast these two wisdom’s, we find that this ‘earthly wisdom’ caters to the flesh and wars within us and against the things of God. It is evil fleshly desires that push a man in the direction of the world so that we find ourselves at enmity with God. Many in the church would find themselves in this position with God, if they are honest with themselves. Consider the fruit of that early wisdom, it it characteristic of your life? Rest assured, we are not fooling God.

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelations 3:14-18

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13

When the word of God is quickened (made alive) by the Spirit of God, there is not a heart that can hide behind the lust of the flesh. It is naked and opened unto His eyes my friend.

The wisdom that is from above is quite different and draws one to the place of ones sin and speaks very clearly “you are the man”. It is only then that we submit ourselves to God and His word and resit the devil that we draw nigh unto God. A man that has not been born again, cannot heed the word of God and that by the conviction of God’s Spirit. He can attend church and that on a regular basis, but it is nothing more than religious duty. His lips may sing His praise, but the heart is still in darkness and enmity with God.

It is only when God shines into our dark heart the Light of the glorious gospel that we take on a relationship with the true and living God and that through His Christ. He is not the source of our religious duty, He is our very life, living in us and quickening His mighty word that we will be the salt and light He has called us to be. One that looks into the mirror of God’s word and beholding the glory of the Lord, and thereby are changed into that same glory by that life giving Spirit. It is then my friend that we find, we have not drawn nigh unto Him but in fact that He has drawn nigh unto us.

If you have tried religion my friend and  found it did not work for you, try a relationship with the Living God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Yeshua ha Mashiach

I would love to sit down with that friend that I share at the outset of the post and tell him what I have learned about ‘trying religion’ but I can no longer talk to him as he has crossed from time to eternity.

malachi

‘having ears but unable to hear and eyes but cannot see’

“Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and convert and be healed.” Isaiah 6:10

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Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.  And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 1Samuel 15:3;7-9;14

The above text is taken from the scripture [1 Samuel 15] where God  sent Samuel to King Saul and God instructed Saul to “go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have.”

The extracted verses reveal that Saul and the people did kill all the people and destroyed everything that was vile and refuse but King Saul and the people took King Agag alive and spared the ‘best of the sheep, of the oxen, fatlings and the lambs’.

When Samuel confronted King Saul about this measure of disobedience, Saul told Samuel that the people kept the best of the sheep and cattle to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord in Gilgal.

Now the folk may have been well intended in their desire to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord but their actions were evidence that they were disobedient to the Word of God. God does not have great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices when His children are living in disobedience. To obey God is better than the fat of rams and the voice of praise and worship.

What we see here is a subtle yet deceptive power that keeps the child of God oblivious to blatant disobedience to God and His word while all along thinking that their fellowship with God is fine. But consider the scripture…

“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all, and if we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth.”

Now contrast the spiritual alertness of Samuel when he came to Gilgal. The first thing that Samuel heard was the sound of disobedience….

“What meaneth the bleating of the sheep in mine ears and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

…. gives new meaning to the phrase, “he who hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.”

 

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:-11

This portion of Peter’s second epistle tells us that God has made divine power available to the believer that enables us to live a godly life through the knowledge of Christ. Accompanying this divine power are  precious promises that will equip us to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust and live victorious in Christ.

This is not accomplished over night and not in and of the divine power itself, it must be built upon, line upon line precept upon precept…

“adding to faith, virtue; to virtue knowledge; to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; to patience godliness; to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness.”

Now the believer must be diligent in this endeavor. This transformation that God wants to work in us cuts against the flesh when we allow the Spirit of God and the Word of God to build these attributes in our life.

Rest assured it is not about religion or the work of the flesh, for the flesh cannot comprehend this… it is enmity against God. But as Christ does this work in us and these attributes abound in us they shall keep us from being barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But when we lack these things we are blind and cannot see afar off and have forgotten that we were purged from our old sins. This leaves us in a vulnerable condition. If we are not careful, we will spare the ‘best of the sheep, of the oxen, fatlings and the lambs’, and will not be able to hear the bleating of the sheep and the lowing of the oxen.

My friend if you sin has separated you from God, there is hope. If we confess our sin, He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Try His word and see it is true.

malachi

‘the world loves it’s own’

South Korean protesters rally in support of Ling and Lee.

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”  John 15:18-21Anyone that keeps up with world news is aware of the two journalist that worked for Al Gore’s independent media network Current TV, that were held captive in North Korea under the suspicion of espionage.

Euna Lee and Laura Ling were found guilty by North Korea’s highest court for “committing hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry” and were sentenced to twelve years of hard labor.

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We are seeing a consensus of a world outcry against such treatment of the two innocent young ladies. Even the Obama administration is publicly considering putting North Korea back on its terrorist list, and is also weighing intercepting sea and air shipments from the country that may contain weapons or nuclear technology. Even our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has demanded that the government release the two women.

Now before I get bombarded with emails from malachi’s readers lambasting me for manifesting a insensitive spirit let me say that my heart goes out, not only to Euna Lee and Laura Ling but their families that will live in concern and fear for their well being everyday that they are held captive.

For decades North Korea  has been the leading aggressor against  human rights in the world. The price of a bullet carries more value  by the ruthless dictator, Kim Jong Il than the innocent life that it will snuff out. The North Korean government allows the populace to literally starve to death in darkness, while Kim Jong Il and his cronies live in the pinnacle of wealth and luxury.

Although the violent actions of the North Korean government perpetrated against these innocent journalist is nothing new, the outcry of the entire world against such injustice is new. It seems the world is standing in unity demanding this injustice be mad right. Where has the cry been for Christians in North Korea that have been accustomed to such injustice for decades?

North Korean Christians aren’t simply killed for their faith in Christ. They’re pulverized with steamrollers, used to test biological weapons, shipped off to death camps or shot in front of children, while newborn babies are killed by having their brains pithed with forceps in front of their mothers. Crimes against humanity reminiscent of Auschwitz and Treblinka, to which the world declared, “Never Again!” more than 60 years ago, are being perpetrated today against the North Korean Christians. North Korean Christians.comWhere is the outcry of the world for the Christians that are being handed down similar persecutions in China, Africa, India, South America? I can only liken it to the outcry against the millions of innocent babies that have been brutally murdered at the hand of the abortionist in America, and that ordained by a government that is propagating the same atrocities against innocent life as Kim Jong Il and his government.For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Romans 13:3-4When the government is corrupt and no longer a minister of God to those who do good, it will be a terror to ‘good works’….
Pray for those that are in bondage as though you were in the same. One day we may be and we will desire that they will pray for us!

malachi

‘partial obedience is disobedience’

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“The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience.” – Oswald Chambers

In the fifteenth chapter of 1 Samuel, God sent Samuel to King Saul and gave him instructions as to what he was to do concerning the children of Amalek.

“Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” 1 Samuel 15:3

Now I can probably assure you that not one of the readers can understand what God had commissioned Samuel to instruct Saul to do here, myself included. This is a hard saying who can understand it?

I have no trouble reasoning in my own mind, that it would have made  sense to kill the valiant men, the men of war, but the women? the infant and suckling? Not even the ox, the sheep the camel or the ass got a bye. Everything with a beat in its heart and breath in its lung was to die.

We must admit that there are times when the word of God is not palatable to the flesh…. it cuts across the grain of human intellect. One can only surmise that…

“His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways”.

 

I have found in my witness that when an individual stumbles at the word of God, the only out, is to reason in their mind that God must not be real and if He is, His word is not to be taken literally. It seems to be the way we justify not “hearkening to the voice of the Lord.”

Case in point is Satan. When an individual discounts the validity of God’s word they look for any way out and often use this excuse….

“If God is good why would He create evil…. Satan?”

One might do well to consider… “The Lord hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” Proverbs 16:4

If you are considering the word of the Lord today my friend, you might well take heed to the exhortation of Oswald Chambers….

“Beware of reasoning about God’s Word – obey It.”

So what did Saul do with the word of God?

He gathered a formidable army and smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur. He destroyed all the people with the edge of sword but took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and the people took of the best of the sheep and of the oxen, and of the fatlings and the lambs.

Now I think we can all agree that no one in his/her right mind would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord, without the fear of severe repercussion; just ask Jonah! So what could have possibly happened?

Pride must have reared its ugly head in the heart of King Saul for Samuel said to him… “when thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou made the head of the tribes of Israel”.

God knew what a fleshly king would do for the people when they would say “set a king over us like as all the nations that are about us”. That is why God instructed the king to do the following…..

“Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.

And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,

That his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.” Deuteronomy 17:18-20

It appears King Saul had gotten to big for his britches, so to speak. Pride keeps us from being obedient to the word of God, and we must remember, it goeth before the fall. King Saul fell and fell hard.

It applies to leaders at any level, whether they be in the secular or the spiritual realm. A leader must guard against the same spirit of pride. It will destroy and individual, a people and a nation.

Now the people who took of the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatlings and the lambs had some culpability here. Consider what Samuel told the people after the Lord had set Saul over Israel…

“Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.” 1 Samuel 12:13-15

It was in the power of the people to regulate the king, but they did not do so. In fact they relished in his disobedience and took the best of the beast supposing to offer them as a sacrifice to the Lord at Gilgal. While the king was raping and pillaging the word of God the church went right on basking in their religion.

“Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of the ram. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

Oh what a word for America and the church in America.

malachi

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