Daily Archives: May 19, 2019

May 19 Results of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1–5

Key Verse: Luke 18:1

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.

Yesterday we discussed three elements that will make our prayers more effective. Today, let’s talk about the results we can expect from our efforts toward improvement.

There are ten things that should accompany devoted prayer:

  1. A growing relationship with Christ
  2. A change in perspective: God’s versus your own
  3. A positive faith attitude
  4. Peace in the midst of pressure
  5. A purifying effect on you morally
  6. Spiritual growth in every area of your life
  7. A passion to obey God
  8. Reliance upon God to meet every need
  9. Power in your service for God
  10. Productivity in every area of life

What do you think about this list? Are you seeing some of the results mentioned above? Whether you are gaining victory in one area or all ten, you can be certain that, as you devote yourself to prayer, God will allow amazing things to happen in your life. He will use you in ways you never thought possible, and you will discover a relationship with Him that is indescribable.

Prayer is so simple. Truly, it is the act of communicating openly with God. It is a matter of giving time to the Father to let Him do in your life what He chooses to do. Are you ready to take your prayer life to a higher level? God is listening because He loves you.

Lord, help me to recognize that I can gain far more depth of character from spending time with You that I ever will by reading how-to books.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 146). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why Both Christians & Unbelievers Should Fear God — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

According to statistics, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. That equates to 18.1 percent of the total population. When we consider the vast number of people who are plagued with fear, it’s amazing to consider that there are many different types of causes or sources to the anxiety. There is a phobia-based anxiety and then a more general anxiety disorder as well. At the end of the day, millions of people in America are afraid of many different things, but we would be shocked to know how small the percentage of people is in America who actually fear God.

Why You Should Fear the Wrath of God

There are many people today who are living life in complete rejection of God’s presence and complete denial of his authority. Some claim to be agnostic while others embrace atheism. Still others live such lives as Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians and Catholics while rejecting the authority of God. Religion is not what shields people from God’s wrath. Countless numbers of people have gone to hell while being very much committed to religion.

Years ago, a wicked Pharaoh ruled Egypt and placed the Jews under brutal slave practices. God raised up a prophet named Moses to lead the people out of the land of Egypt. However, when Moses went before the wicked king to announce the plan and demands of God, the arrogant king responded by saying, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2). It would not be long before the God of all creation made himself known to the arrogant and confused ruler. It would be a lesson he would never forget. We must not forget that Pharaoh was very much a religious man—but he refused to bow to the one true and living God.

In this life, we have many things that can cause us to fear. Such examples may include the fear of spiders, snakes or violent storms. Still others fear disease and death itself. While there are things in this life that instill fear into the hearts of people, we must be reminded that we must fear God. Storms and snakes may damage your physical body, but it’s God who can damn your soul in hell for eternity. Listen to the words of Jesus:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matt. 10:28).

If you have never turned to God by faith in Jesus Christ and repented of your rebellion and the violation of God’s law—you have a reason to fear God. Consider the fact that the very Creator of the entire universe—the sovereign ruler of the entire world—has given us specific demands, yet as a rebel of his law you will be judged by him. Holy justice will be executed on your soul and there will be no plea bargain. In short, you should fear God. Jesus said, “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).

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Source: Church Leaders

via Why Both Christians & Unbelievers Should Fear God — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

May 19 Those Trying Times

Scripture Reading: James 1:1–8

Key Verse: Isaiah 10:15

Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!

Your nine o’clock meeting is scheduled to begin in thirty minutes, and you are late to work. Traffic reports warn commuters to take an alternate route. The interstate is blocked with a stalled car.

Pulling out into the roadway, you tell yourself to relax. But a red sports car decides you are occupying his lane of traffic and cuts in front of you. The damage from the collision is minor, but you’ll have to wait for the police to arrive and then make a report.

You arrive at work only to learn the meeting was canceled due to your absence, and the boss wants to see you in his office immediately.

Trials and hardships are a part of life. Each of us experiences them. Many times they arrive without warning and leave us feeling out of control. But God has a design for troubled times. He uses each trial to draw us into a greater dependence on Him.

Hannah Whitall Smith wrote, “In order really to know God, inward stillness is absolutely necessary.” When God is the anchor of your soul, His faithfulness and strength always overshadow life’s pressures. Stillness and trust in Him are our strength (Isa. 30:15). Draw close to Jesus Christ, and He will calm the winds of adversity in your life.

Lord, still my spirit. Relieve my anxieties. Calm the winds of adversity in my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 146). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 19 The Greatest Test

Scripture reading: Psalm 103:1–22

Key verses: Psalm 103:1–2

Bless the Lord, O my soul;

And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits.

  1. C. S. Lewis declared, “Praise is inner health made audible.” Psalm 103 begins with this same thought.

At times, it seems difficult to praise God. Trouble abounds and sorrow clouds our eyes. Before we know it, we cannot see the goodness of the Lord. Then our spiritual blindness places us in a position of direct attack from our adversary, the devil.

Satan’s mission is one of discouragement. He knows he cannot have a believer’s soul, but he does not give up. Therefore, he seeks to do the one thing that will render your life ineffective for the Lord, and that is to discourage you and rob you of your joy.

Discouragement is the enemy’s highest goal, but praises spoken in adoration of the Lord change feelings of defeat into glorious triumph.

Is something burdening you? Take it to the Lord in prayer. Refreshment and encouragement await you. The secret of praise is not found in waiting until everything in your life is peaceful and calm. It is learning to praise God in the most difficult moments. This is the greatest test of faith and love. Can you sing your praises to the Lord regardless of the situation? If so, you will abide in the joy of the Lord.

I praise You, Lord, despite my circumstances. I worship You, despite my difficulties. In Your presence I seek refreshment and encouragement.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 146). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Obama’s Illegal Spying on Americans Labeled “Operation Hammer” Will Soon Be Exposed — The Gateway Pundit

One of the many illegal actions that President Obama partook during his eight years in office was the assimilation of personal data on all Americans.  His “Operation Hammer” will soon be uncovered and show his contempt for Americans and the rule of law.

Maxine Waters slipped up during a 2013 interview with journalist Roland Martin. In this interview Waters said –

…I think some people are missing something here. The President [Obama] has put in place an organization that contains a kind of database than no one has ever seen before in life. That’s going to be very, very powerful and whoever …and that database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been don before.”

 

Maxine was right and Obama’s spying was soon uncovered  –

Just five months after the Martin interview, Obama was exposed by NSA leaker Eric Snowden for operating a massive government surveillance program which targeted just about every American to ever use a cellular or communicate from the internet. The Washington Post described the program as a massive expansion of President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Obama’s illegal initiative labeled “Operation Hammer” was in full force in March 2016, via American Report:

FBI Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division Peter Strzok and his supposed paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged a cryptic, indeed coded, text message on Sunday, March 19, 2017, twenty-six minutes after retired U.S. Air Force Four Star General Thomas McInerney read our exclusive “Whistleblower Tapes” exposé over America’s airwaves, revealing “The Hammer.”

The Hammer is the Stasi-like secret surveillance system created by CIA/NSA/FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis L. Montgomery for Obama’s intelligence chiefs, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The Hammer, under the Obama administration, negated every American’s constitutional rights to privacy, turning the United States into a police state where the federal government was weaponized by the Obama administration against its political enemies.

According to the secretly-recorded audio tapes released by Federal Judge G. Murray Snow, Brennan’s and Clapper’s illicit super surveillance system “The Hammer” wiretapped Trump “a zillion times.”

Late that Sunday evening, just hours after General McInerney’s radio appearance, Strzok and Page exchanged a text message that explicitly referenced Dennis Montgomery and Montgomery’s attorney Larry E. Klayman.

Only a few hours earlier, General McInerney had referenced Montgomery and Klayman on “Operation Freedom,” exactly the same names about which Strzok and Page were now texting.

General McInerney appeared on Dr. Dave Janda’s “Operation Freedom” that broadcasts from terrestrial radio station WAAM 1600.

The next morning, the Russian Collusion investigation was born.

The day after the airing of General McInerney’s discussion related to Obama’s spying, FBI Directory James Comey went before a House committee [emphasis added], via American Report:

Early the following morning, Monday, March 20, 2017, FBI Director Jim Comey announced before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the FBI Counterintelligence Division, where Strzok served as Deputy Assistant Director, was investigating Trump’s connections to the Kremlin, and that the FBI had “no information” to support Trump’s tweet claiming that President Obama wiretapped Trump.

That morning, FBI Director Jim Comey lied to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and to the American people.

Comey was well aware that President Trump was under illegal surveillance because Montgomery had already turned over to Comey’s FBI mountains of evidence confirming the existence of Brennan’s and Clapper’s illegal surveillance system.

On August 19, 2015, Montgomery turned over to FBI Director Jim Comey’s office 47 hard drives that he alleges contain over 600 million pages of documentation from Brennan’s and Clapper’s secret surveillance system.

Comey lied [again].

According to the “Washington Examiner,” former FISA court counsel Joe diGenova stated during an April 24, 2019, Fox News panel discussion:

The problem for Brennan and Clapper and Comey and Baker and all of them now is, is that the FISA court has already communicated with the Justice Department about its findings. And their findings are that for more than four years before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation going on by FBI contractors, four of them, to steal personal information, electronic information about Americans, and to use it against the Republican Party.

There are going to be indictments. There’s going to be grand juries. John Brennan isn’t going to need one lawyer. He’s going to need five. . .

. . . The Obama administration, for more than four years before the 2016 election, allowed four contractors working for the FBI to illegally surveil American citizens, illegally. The FISA court has already found that.

Dan Bongino believes Obama’s spying will be a major part of his corrupt legacy –

Obama spied.  Comey lied.  Deep State tried.  Now they have no where to hide!

via Obama’s Illegal Spying on Americans Labeled “Operation Hammer” Will Soon Be Exposed — The Gateway Pundit

Ted Malloch: The Christian Idea of the State — The Gateway Pundit

Last week President Trump welcomed Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary in the White House.

Orban is the present leader of the Hungarian national conservative, Fidesz Party.
This word means “civitas” or civic alliance in Hungarian, and signals what Orban and his ilk stand for.

Handshakes apart, it was a particularly warm meeting of minds and souls.

Orban is “probably like me,” Trump announced in a joint appearance at the Oval Office with the visiting dignitary. “A little bit controversial, but that’s OK … you’ve done a good job, and you’ve kept your country safe,” Trump sighed, while suggesting that Orban, a controversial leader — “has done a tremendous job” and is “respected all over Europe.”

It seemed as if Trump had finally met his real soul mate.

In fact, they are remarkably alike.

The two leaders share not only strong conservative and nationalist patriotic zeal, they express a similar fondness for what could be called, the Christian idea of the state.

What is that political philosophy?

Biblically, the state is an institution ordained by God, embracing both government and citizens, organized for the administration of justice and based on the monopoly of coercive power over a particular territory.

The structure of the state is obtained by understanding the normative, political manner in which the state functions in the basic ontological aspects of reality.

This ‘principled realism’ has its foundation in the Old Testament and the moral foundation for legitimate government, the ten precepts or commandments, given at Sinai.

According to the Christian worldview, human government was instituted by God to protect our unalienable rights from our own selfish tendencies (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1–7).

Human nature is of course capable of both vice and virtue.

We know our tendency to infringe on our neighbor’s rights in an effort to improve our own life. Therefore, we know government and political systems must exist to protect freedom and to keep evil tendencies at bay.

The right of self-determination and governance of nation states allows for a more civilized society.

In this new definition in the New Testament and under the long centuries called, Christendom, the Ruler served as protector of his population. But they were not above the law.

It also secured the biblical vision of independent nations we have come to know.

Since the Westphalian peace in Europe (1648) this vision has witnessed a variety of regimes but the notion of limited government and separation of powers guide all those that endure.

Threats have come from those with imperial designs, whether ancient kingdoms, third reichs or communist revolutions.

The Christian centuries were marked by religion taking a prominent place in public life and a thorough and open debate about just policies.

In this post-Christian era of globalism and totalitarianism — from the left and the right — the basis and fact of both of these principles has been more or less eradicated.

There is less and less freedom and the State has increasingly taken a monolithic and bureaucratic stranglehold on both persons and families, and on the other mediating structures so critical to a Christian definition of life. This includes the Church itself.

Trump and Orban start from a totally different and non-liberal place.

They are conservatives and nation builders, not leftist socialists, who decry all countries, and want none.

Their very definitions are radically diametrical to the prevailing globalist elite and its cosmopolitan ideology of—no borders, no, nations, and no limits on governmental control.

The Trump-Orban view of the world would alter all this and return us to the sound and just sovereignty of nations.

The world is taking notice of this friendship and the worldview it represents!

via Ted Malloch: The Christian Idea of the State — The Gateway Pundit

Pirro: Deep State to Be ‘Exposed’ — ‘Grab Your Popcorn’ | Breitbart News

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” host Jeanine Pirro predicted the so-called “deep state” was on the verge of being exposed, which she called “true reality TV.”

During her “Opening Statement” segment, Pirro called former FBI Director James Comey the “head” of what she likened to a crime family, adding that he and others in that “crime family” were arrogant and believed they were above the law.

“We are not going quietly into the night. Grab your popcorn, Junior Mints or whatever makes you happy,” Pirro said.  “The real show is about to begin. This will be true reality TV — no scripts, no rehearsals, just a gang of criminals pointing fingers at each other to save their own hides. A version of true crime and reality show ‘Survivor’ — the deep state exposed.”

Source: Pirro: Deep State to Be ‘Exposed’ — ‘Grab Your Popcorn’

Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Rep. Doug Collins…. — The Last Refuge

Maria Bartiromo discusses ongoing investigative events with House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins.  In addition to discussing the direction of the attorney general inquiry, Rep. Collins notes his intent to release more investigative transcripts next week.

As suspected Bartiromo notes the IG Horowitz investigation is continuing as more evidence is uncovered, and has not yet reached the preliminary draft report phase. This would indicate none of the DOJ/FBI officials, ‘principals’ who would be permitted to review the OIG draft, have any indication of the IG evidence.

via Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Rep. Doug Collins…. — The Last Refuge

BOOM! Trey Gowdy BUSTS Spygate Wide Open — Junk Dossier Was Used 5 Times and NOT just 4 Times by Deep State – December Transcript is Key (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Former Rep Trey Gowdy joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

This was an EXPLOSIVE interview!

Gowdy did not hold back in his spygate discussion with Maria Bartiromo.

Trey Gowdy: There’s a lot of serious questions that need to be asked. When did the Russian probe begin? When did it become hopelessly co-mingled with the Trump campaign? What was the factual predicate? Where are the transcripts, if any exist between the informants and the telephone calls to George Papadopoulos? Why the defensive briefing so inadequate of President Trump? Why didn’t they do a follow-up defensive briefing? That doesn’t even get to the whole FISA abuse in the fall. That’s just the spring and summer of 2016. There’s lots of questions and I hope Bill Barr finds someone who is skilled enough to answer them…

Maria Bartiromo: I’m really glad you brought that up. The FBI’s conversations with George Papadopoulos. Because when the FBI agent sends in informants to someone they’re looking at, typically those conversations are recorded, right? Those people are wired.

Trey Gowdy: Yeah, if the bureau is going to sends in an informant the informant is going to be wired. If the bureau is monitoring telephone calls there’s going to be a transcript of that. Some of us are fortunate enough to know those transcripts exist. But they haven’t been made public. And I think one in particular has the potential to actually persuade people… There is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game changer if it’s ever made public… If you have exculpatory evidence that was not shown to the court, that ain’t good. I’ve seen it. Johnny (Ratcliffe) has seen it. I’d love for your viewers to see it.

More on the junk dossier…

Trey Gowdy: We can call it a dossier. It sounds official. It’s really something the National Enquirer would blush if they printed it. So we know it was used four times by the United States government. What we’re trying to figure out is if it was used a fifth time in the intelligence assessment and you’ve got Brennan and Clapper and Comey, all three who know full well whether or not it was used in the intelligence assessment, but they’re giving you different versions. So there is information that exists in December of 2016 and I hope anyone who has access to it, Senator Burr, Devin (Nunes), whoever is open minded, go look at that and I think it will help you understand whether or not that dossier, that unverified hearsay, was used five times or just four times by the United States government. It’s pretty bad if it was used four times. It’s REALLY BAD if it was used five times!

This is getting really good.
The sharks are circling.

Via Sunday Morning Futures:

via BOOM! Trey Gowdy BUSTS Spygate Wide Open — Junk Dossier Was Used 5 Times and NOT just 4 Times by Deep State – December Transcript is Key (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit