Daily Archives: March 4, 2018

March 4 Praying According to God’s Word

“I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications” (Dan. 9:2–3).

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God’s sovereignty doesn’t eliminate the need for prayer.

Have you ever wondered if it’s Biblical to pray for things God has already promised in His Word to do? Is it proper to pray, say, for the salvation of sinners, knowing that God will redeem all the elect anyway, or for Christ’s return, knowing it is a sure thing? Daniel gives us a clear answer.

God prophesied through Jeremiah that the Babylonian Captivity would last seventy years (Jer. 25:11–12). When Daniel read that prophecy, he realized that the time was near for his people to return to their homeland. That inspired him to pray fervently.

In Daniel 9:19 he cries out, “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay.” He was in tune with God’s Word and understood that somehow his prayers were part of God’s plan.

The exact relationship between God’s sovereignty and our prayers is a mystery, but it is clear that somehow God’s Word and our prayers are co-laborers in achieving God’s will.

Like Daniel, you and I live in a time when many of God’s promises seem near fulfillment. Never before have world events pointed so dramatically to the nearness of the return of our Lord. Consequently, this is not the time for complacency or over-enthusiastic speculation. It is the time for careful Bible study and fervent prayer.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His faithfulness and the sure promises of His Word. ✧ Ask Him for spiritual wisdom and insight to discern His will and then live accordingly.

For Further Study: Jeremiah 24:1–25:13 gives some background to Judah’s captivity in Babylon. After reading those verses, answer these questions: ✧ To what kind of fruit did God liken Judah? ✧ What did God say would happen to King Zedekiah? ✧ What warning did the prophets give to Judah? ✧ What was Judah’s response? ✧ How would God deal with Babylon?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 76). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

MARCH 4 SINFUL MAN: UNCOMFORTABLE IN GOD’S PRESENCE

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

GENESIS 3:9

Sin never feels comfortable in the divine presence!

Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden. Their fear and chagrin for the moment overcame their conscious need of God. Jonah, in his determined refusal to obey God’s command, rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Peter, with a sudden acute consciousness of personal guilt, sought not to flee from the Lord’s presence but begged the Lord instead to depart from him!

Men need God above everything else, yet are uncomfortable in His presence. This is the self-contradictory moral situation sin has brought us into.

The notion that there is a God but that He is comfortably far away is not embodied in the doctrinal statement of any Christian church. Anyone who dared admit that he held such a creed would be considered a heretic and avoided by respectable religious people; but our actions, and especially our spontaneous utterances, reveal our true beliefs better than any conventional creed can do.

If we are to judge by these, I think it can hardly be denied that the average Christian thinks of God as being at a safe distance, looking the other way![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

March 4, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

14:19, 20 With these three offerings and the trespass offering (v. 12), the formerly unclean person had brought all the mandatory sacrifices that it was impossible to bring during the time of uncleanness.[1]


14:19–20. The sacrificial procedure was completed with the sin offering (the one ewe lamb, v. 10) and the burnt offering (v. 19, the other male lamb of v. 10), accompanied by the grain offering (v. 20).[2]


14:18–20 The priest must also bring a burnt offering in order to make atonement for the person who had been healed. The verb translated “make atonement” can mean “to wipe away,” “to purge,” “to purify,” or “to atone for.” As a result, the healed person would be pronounced clean and thus forgiven, ready to enter God’s presence with confidence. The concept is important to the sacrificial theology of Leviticus because atonement cleansed a person from all sins, known and unknown. The language used affirms that physical impurity was purified, while moral impurity had to be forgiven.[3]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 174). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] Lindsey, F. D. (1985). Leviticus. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 194). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[3] Matthews, K. A. (2017). Leviticus. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 178). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

TYRANNY ON PARADE=> YouTube Deletes Natural News Channel as Google Ramps Up Purge of Conservative Channels

Google YouTube shut down the Health Ranger Natural News Channel on Friday.

Natural News is a very prominent health website and the world’s top source on natural health.

Founder Mike Adams posted this shocking news on Saturday.

In the latest gross violation of free speech committed by radical left-wing tech giants, YouTube has now deleted the entire Health Ranger video channel, wiping out over 1,700 videos covering everything from nutrition, natural medicine, history, science and current events.

Over the last two weeks, YouTube has been on a censorship rampage that’s apparently run by the SPLC, a radical left-wing hate group that despises Christianity, the Second Amendment and patriots in particular. Hundreds of prominent conservative video channels have been targeted for termination by YouTube, leading many independent media leaders like myself to call for government regulation of YouTube to protect free speech and end the tyranny.

“It’s just so ironic because our videos are getting flagged for harassment and bullying… That’s the excuse they use to take them down, and eventually take the channel down,” explained Paul Joseph Watson in a Breitbart News Daily interview.

InfoWars’ channel also taken down less than 24 hours earlier
“Conservatives across the internet – including Christian and pro-Second Amendment groups – are being banned by the anti-free speech authoritarians at Google, YouTube, and Facebook in a concerted effort to shut down points of view they don’t agree with,” warns InfoWars, which was also banned at nearly the same time as the Health Ranger account.

Mike Adams asked his supporters to reach out to the Google and denounce their anti-American and illegal tactics.

Help us fight back against YouTube censorship and totalitarian oppression. Here are some actions you can take:

1) Tweet @YouTube and @TeamYouTube to denounce their censorship. Let them know how much you appreciate the Health Ranger channel.

2) Call on your members of Congress to launch a civil rights investigation into YouTube, Facebook, Google and other tech giants. Their tyranny needs to be called out, and YouTube needs to be regulated to halt their out-of-control censorship.

3) Help support our YouTube alternative website, which will be announced next week on the Alex Jones show. We are building a video community where the free speech of patriots is protected and honored. Ultimately, this video project can help make YouTube increasingly obsolete.

4) Help support us financially by shopping at HealthRangerStore.com which offers over 600+ lab-verified products for healthy living and self-reliance. We will need your funding support to fund attorneys as part of our legal effort against YouTube and other techno-totalitarians that have now declared total war on free speech.

Most of all, realize that you are now living in a content police state where the techno-giants are literally “memory holing” all the content channels they don’t like. This is not happening by sheer coincidence… it’s all part of a plan to silence conservatives, commit election fraud at the mid-terms, steal the election, impeach Trump and repeal the Second Amendment.

Tech Giants Google and Facebook are currently purging conservative content from Facebook and YouTube — They are hiding conservative stories on Google — They are shadow-banning conservative news on all social media.

In February Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform. The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.

In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.

Top conservative Facebook pages with daily traffic in the millions have seen 75% to 95% drop in traffic.
Young Cons, Western Journalism, SarahPalin.com, Independent Journal Review, Right Wing News, and several others have seen dramatic loss in traffic.

The Gateway Pundit does not rely on Facebook for our traffic numbers. Still, we saw a significant drop in Facebook traffic last month.

This is criminal behavior.

Meanwhile, liberal sites are doing fine.

Google also deleted several top Conservative channels this week.

Conservative YouTube channels were deleted in a Google purge this week.

Google later said they “accidentally” deleted conservative channels.

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Herescope: Another God Part 2

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“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” 
(Exodus 20:3)
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A Report by Barbara Wilhelm

THE TEACHINGS OF GOD CALLING 

THE BIBLE

What about the contents of God Calling? Since not only Sarah Young but many others have stated that they have been ministered to from reading it, how can these positive experiences be explained if there are Scriptural errors in it? Certainly many statements can be inspiring in a book, and Scripture can even be quoted, but note that Genesis 3:1, Matthew 4:6 and 2Corinthians 11:2-4,14 are but a few Bible verses mentioning Satan’s ability to quote Scripture for his purposes.

The following statement made by one of the two “listeners” of God Calling should cause a Christian reader great concern:

We were being taught, trained and encouraged day by day by HIM personally, when millions of souls, far worthier, had to be content with guidance from the Bible. (God Calling, Preface, with added emphasis in Bulle, God Wants You Rich and Other Enticing Doctrines]

The implications of this statement are that personal guidance is better than the Bible. Note that God Calling has more words of Jesus than the Bible itself. Repeatedly in Scripture God tells us of the excellence and pre-eminence of His Word: all of Psalm 119; Matthew 5:18, 24:35; 2Timothy 3:16-17; 2Peter 1:21; Deuteronomy 6:6, 11:18; Psalm 19:8; John 17:17, 20:31. I am certain that there are a great multitude of people who are indeed content with guidance from Bibles and have found guidance, moral absolutes and strong religious principles in the pages of that holy Book.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

To determine the trustworthiness of a book, it is wise to notice how it treats major Biblical topics like the Holy Spirit, for instance. Notice the comment in God Calling and the manner in which the Holy Spirit is referred:

All work here is accomplished by My Spirit and that can flow through the most humble and lowly. It simply needs an unblocked channel. (God Calling, p.70, also cited in Bulle, God Wants You Rich and Other Enticing Doctrines.) [Emphasis mine]

Would Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, ever refer to the Third Person of the Trinity as “that” or “it”? John 14:17 and 16:13 distinctly name the Holy Spirit as a Person:

John 14:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Himnor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.[Emphasis mine]

John 16:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. [Emphasis mine]

As is often true in God Calling, these words of Jesus Christ above from the Gospel of John are twisted out of their Scriptural context to violate the actual meaning of His words. John 16:13 indicates that in Christ’s absence further revelation of truth would come to the apostles through the Holy Spirit: “Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth.” [Emphasis mine] However, in God Calling this is what the “Living Christ” told the “two listeners”:

“Truly, I said to my disciples, ‘I have many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.’ But to you, and those who gather to hear Me as you do, I can declare those things now, that then I left unsaid.” (God Calling, p. 69)

Therefore, while John 16:13 states that the Holy Spirit is the revealer of Truth, God Calling replaces one Person of the Trinity with another and states that Jesus is the revealer of Truth. Scripture is God’s Word. Both Revelation 22:18-19 and Deuteronomy 4:2 emphatically state penalties for adding to or subtracting from God’s Word. It is, at the least, dishonest to attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to Jesus for the simple reason that Scripture would call it a lie. Additionally, there are the statements like these attributed to the “Jesus” in God Calling that are not in Scripture:

  • “I need you more than you need Me” (p. 60)
  • “I await the commands of my children” (p. 63)
  • “Looking to Me all your thoughts are God-inspired. Act on them and you will be led on” (p. 104)
  • “See Me in the dull, the uninteresting, the sinful, the critical, the miserable” (p. 111)
  • “I do not delay My second coming. My followers delay it” (p. 177)

There is an additional problem in the following “message” from “Jesus”:

“But to you, and those who gather to hear Me as you do, I can declare those things now, that then I left unsaid” (God Calling, p. 69)

Notice the feeling of elitism that is appealed to in this quote. It seems that only to certain people can these special messages be given. This was the same problem – the same heresy – Paul encountered with the Colossians:

The Colossian church had been deeply infiltrated by teachings foreign to the Christian faith. As a result the Colossians added to Christian elements from non-Christian sources… such as Gnosticism. [One of the characteristics of this heresy] was an inordinate liking for knowledge and wisdom of a secret sort. As a result these practices and persuasions, the person and work of Jesus Christ were downgraded. These wrong customs in the [Colossian] church occasioned the writing of this letter by Paul, in which he set forth clearly and passionately the correct view of Jesus Christ and His preeminence. (Lindsell Bible Commentary)

This comment on Gnosticism holds true for both God Calling and Jesus Calling.

SPIRIT FORCES OF THE UNSEEN AND MEDIUMS

There are, however, many references in God Calling to “Spirit-World” and “Spirit-Kingdom,” both which have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. The October 23 entry reads: “Trust in the Spirit Forces of the Unseen not in those you see.” [Emphasis mine] Since the Bible (Deuteronomy 18:10) vehemently denounces associating with spirits, but soundly commands us to trust only in God (Proverbs 3:5-7), this is totally unscriptural and, therefore, could not have originated with God. Both Deuteronomy 18:20-22 and 2Timothy 3:16 clearly state one of the fundamental principles of discernment – anything that is wrong in part and presumes to say it is from God is wrong in the whole and is to be condemned.

This is not the only entry the “listeners” relate in this vein. The September 6 entry is even more extensive:

How often mortals rush to earthly friends who can serve them in so limited a way, when the friends who are freed from the limitations of humanity can serve them so much better, understand better, protect better, plan better, plead better their cause with Me…. You do well to remember your friends in the Unseen. Companying with them, the more you live in this Unseen world, the gentler will be your passing when it comes. (God Calling, p. 145) [Emphasis mine]

Does this sound like the God Who commanded His people to have no communication with the dead and decreed that those who did would be put to death (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:27)? The prophet Isaiah spoke sharply to those who defied God in this manner: “When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.” (Isaiah 8:19-20 NIV)

Satan is called subtle and crafty in Genesis 3, and the entries in this book are proof of that statement. Look at the craftiness of the following entry from God Calling:

February 17: “Psychic powers are not necessarily Spiritual Powers.” [Emphasis mine]

Looking at the verses in Deuteronomy 18:10, Exodus 22:18 and Leviticus 20:27, to name just a few, it is obvious that the Bible leaves no wiggle room at all for occult practices. When God calls a practice an abomination, He is using the strongest word He can use!! Here is another entry from God Calling:

March 13: “Spiritualism is wrong. No man should ever be a medium for any spirit, other than Mine.”

Let’s use a paraphrase analogy to help the reader understand the full intent of this entry: “Murder is wrong. But when I, the Lord, say to do it for My purposes, it’s okay.” Can you see a God in whom there is no darkness at all speaking out of both sides of His mouth like that?!

EASTERN RELIGION AND MYSTICAL INFLUENCES 

God Calling relates even more instances of communicating with unholy spirits. For example:

March 10: “Your five senses are your means of communication with the material world, the links between your Spirit-Life and the material manifestations around you, but you must sever all connection with them when you wish to hold Spirit-communication. They will hinder, not help.” (p. 52)

If you take this day’s entry and couple it with these two entries, the point is even clearer:

April 27: “I am beside you. Can you not feel My Presence? Contact with Me is not gained by the senses. Spirit-consciousness replaces sight.”

May 5: “Breathe in My very Spirit in pure air and fervent desire…. Empty your mind of all that limits.”

Think these thoughts through: if we were to “sever all connection” with our five senses we would either be dead, unconscious or in a mystical/meditative trance exactly like that in Eastern religions! And what sort of “Spirit-communication” is meant? Though God is Spirit, communication with Him is not mystical and ethereal. It was God Who said in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now and let us reason together.” [Emphasis mine] Eastern religions require that in order to relax, do yoga and attain a “higher level of consciousness” we must empty our minds and be in “spirit communication.” But the Bible forbids communicating with the kind of spirits you would come in contact with that way (Deuteronomy 18:10-13). [See the article “Altered States: A Different Gate” for a thorough discussion on this topic: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/04/altered-states-different-gate.html]

There are additional errors that can be listed to show the deceptions in God Calling, but the preceding should be sufficient to convince the diligent seeker of God’s truth that this book is not a Christian devotional. One need not question the sincerity of the “two listeners,” but the method of “guidance” they employ is not Scriptural.

True communication with the One True God would not contain these errors. He has no flaws and always acts in agreement with His Word. Therefore, my brethren, “touch ye not the unclean thing” and separate yourself from the dangers of this book and those like it for your own safety and so that “God may receive you as His sons and daughters.” 

To be continued. . . .

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