Daily Archives: September 21, 2019

September 21 The Battle of Faith

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1–18

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:12

O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.

Faith is oftentimes a battle. We wake up in the morning feeling drawn toward the Lord and trusting in Him, but by the end of the day, we find ourselves on the other side of the spectrum, doubting Him entirely. The pendulum of our thinking and emotions swings from doubt to assurance to doubt to assurance.

In 2 Chronicles, we find the story of King Jehoshaphat and the key to stabilizing our faith. What is it that causes us to swing toward doubt? When we focus on our circumstances rather than on God’s power to overcome them, our faith becomes finite. When we give our feelings more credence than our knowledge of God, we begin to doubt Him. And when we listen to the complaints of others and the lies of Satan, we forget God’s faithfulness.

What will bring us back toward faith? The antidote to forgetting God’s faithfulness can be found in the Word, where you can meditate on His promises. When you read His Word daily, try to recall the things He has done in your life. Consider the nature of God and how He manifests Himself in the world around you and in your own experience. Finally, ask the Lord for His perspective when you are faced with a difficult situation. Talking to the Lord directly will diffuse doubt more quickly than any other remedy.

In order to stabilize wavering faith, you must commune with God daily. Pray God-centered prayers that earnestly seek His will above your own, and wait upon the Lord.

Stabilize my wavering faith, Lord. Give me assurance based upon Your Word and Your divine nature.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Light in 1 John — Blog & Mablog

As members of a fallen race, we want, we desire. What we want is the world, seized by us outside the framework of God’s character. This is what worldliness is. Because we want to be unrighteous in this way, but we also want the reputation of righteousness, the only solution is to deceive ourselves, to lie to ourselves. But however much we lie, we cannot cross the chasm that exists between our death and God’s life. The only way to have that life is to receive it as a gracious gift from God. But we must never forget the character of the one who gives us this life—He is light itself.

The Text

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

Summary of the Text

This passage contains one of the few succinct definitions of God as found in Scripture, where the writer tells us that God is xyz. Jesus tells the woman at the well, for example, that God is Spirit. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

In this passage, we are told that God is light. Because He is light, it follows that in Him there is no darkness at all. This is not a theological triviality; John declares as integral to his message. This is the message we have heard from Him. This is the message we declare to you. God is light. This is crucial, in other words.

But this is no hard, cold, severe light, but we have to distinguish those who encounter it. It is severe to those who reject it. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:19–20).

But to those who receive the light, God gives them the privilege of being children of God (John 1:12). This light is unmitigated good news. “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).

John introduced this thought in the previous verse when he said, “these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” God is light, and those who are in fellowship with that light are happy people. Their joy is full and overflowing. To use the apostle Peter’s expression for this, it is “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). This light that is God is the holiness of God, and this holiness—again, to those who are gifted with the reception of it—is the bedrock of all true happiness.

The verse following our text is a verse that emphasizes the problem of lying and self-deception again. Those who claim to have fellowship with the light, while walking in darkness, are lying. They are not doing the truth.

Confession and the Light

Near the end of this short chapter, we are told that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (the ones we confessed), and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The word for confess is homologeo, which means to “speak the same.” Homo means the same, and logeo is the verb to speak. To confess your sins means therefore to acknowledge your sin, freely and honestly, no spin control. Spin control is actually a vain attempt at sin control.

The consequence of this kind of confession is that God cleanses us (katharizo) from all unrighteousness. But notice that two verses earlier, walking in the light has the same result, the same consequence.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”

1 John 1:7 (KJV)

If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Christ cleanses us (katharizo) from all sin.

Put This All Together

If you are not walking in the light, you are walking in the darkness. If you are walking in the darkness, you are telling yourself lies (v. 6). If you are in the darkness, you can’t see any of your own sin down in there, right? You can then tell yourself that you have no sin. You convince yourself that this is true, because you can’t see it. But if you do that, then John says that you are deceiving yourself, and the truth is not in you. If you come into the light, if you confess your sin, then you are cleansed. Not only are you cleansed, but you are also now in fellowship with anyone else who has been cleansed (1 John 1:7). That horizontal fellowship is simply a gift.

Now if your automatic reflex is to assume that you are not in fellowship with someone else because they are still walking in darkness, then you have said something that could be true, technically, but probably isn’t. In this sinful world, what is easier than to assume that the dislocations of relationship are always the other person’s fault? But maybe we should sometime try a heart maneuver that couldn’t be duplicated by the devil himself. “Lord, am I the problem?”

So a man is walking in darkness, and his sole comfort in that dark place is something he takes for a teddy bear, his precious, which he strokes as he walks along. But it is not a teddy bear at all, but rather a ten-pound tarantula. You might wonder if such a mistake is possible, but I can assure you that it is. Remember how dark it is in there.

Confession of sin is to flip on the lights, and to walk in that light. You see the sin for what it is, and throw it away from your chest with an anguished gaaa! You want no more to do with your great, oversized domesticated spider. It is either that or a return to the darkness, and the grotesque comforts found in that darkness.

Bring It Down to Relationships

Remember that to walk in the light is to walk in the way that God is. To walk in the light, “as He is in the light,” is to walk in Christ-light. You are abiding in Him. You are dwelling in light that has a personality.

Again, you are not walking in a material impersonal substance. You are not walking in a force. You are walking in a Person. You are abiding in a Person. And what does this light look like? It looks like love, and does not look like malice. It does not taste like that acrid bitter taste in your mouth.

“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him”

1 John 2:8-10 (KJV)

But as long as you are in the darkness, you can chop definitions lengthwise, and say that you do love her. You can say that you do love him. Then why are you miserable? Why are you unhappy? When you are in the dark, every word you look up in your self-justifying dictionary is pitch black. All the words are black down there.

Christ Light, not Christ Lite

But again, this light is a Person. Arise, O sleeper, and Christ will shine on you (Eph. 5:14).

“For with thee is the fountain of life: In thy light shall we see light.”

Ps. 36:9 (KJV)

But this light . . . this is a light overwhelms all of our senses. It is light you can drink, like it was a cold mountain stream. It is light that fills the house with the aroma of spiritual bread baking, and then it tastes like that same bread, still hot enough to melt the butter. It is light that cascades over your head like an infinite bolt of unrolling invisible silk. It is light that is a breeze off the ocean. It is symphonic light, with an orchestra and choir made up of myriads of angels, and their billions of human understudies.

This is a light that invades all your senses, but particularly the sense of hearing. This is the light that is preached to you now, and so it is light you can hear. This light is the Word. So he who has ears to hear, let him see.

And finally it is the unapproachable light that you cannot see for brightness, and the cool clear light by which you are enabled to see everything else—but especially your brother and sister. If we are walking in the light, we regard no one after the flesh (2 Cor. 5:16). I can assure you that if you can’t see your brother and sister rightly, then what you are using for eyes need to be taken back to the worldview shop.

If you see Christ, then that means you can see all the rest of us . . . rightly. This is the new commandment, and of course, it is not a new commandment at all. The Father has always been this way. Christ is always the same, yesterday, today, and forever. The Holy Spirit ushers us into this palace of light, so that we may live there forever.

via Light in 1 John — Blog & Mablog

September 21 You Are a Missionary

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:1–15

Key Verse: Romans 10:14

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Glancing over the bulletin as you settle into the pew on Sunday, you notice the sermon topic is missions. Privately you relax a little, anticipating stories of people in faraway places instead of a message of challenge and conviction.

As the pastor begins to speak, you tune out mentally. After all, you are not a missionary. You don’t even know any missionaries personally. Why should you listen?

For a very good reason—Jesus gave the Great Commission to all His children (Matt. 28:18–20). God is the One who convicts and saves and sanctifies, but He calls you to be a part of that process on earth by being a witness for Christ.

Are you being disobedient if you do not leave home to tell others about Jesus? No. God does not call all believers to be traveling missionaries. He wants most of His children to stay at home and be testimonies to those around them.

But if you are a home missionary, you also have the privilege and responsibility of supporting those God has called. As brothers and sisters in the Lord and fellow laborers, they need your daily prayer and encouragement.

The next time someone talks about missions, listen closely. You’re a missionary too.

Master, You have called me to be a witness. I am a missionary. Help me understand and fulfill this divine mandate.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 21 Friendship with Jesus

Scripture reading: Psalm 67:1–7

Key verse: Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

What is God like to you? Do you see Him as Someone who listens to your prayers with an open heart? Or do you imagine that He has His mind made up about your circumstance even before you come to Him?

Jesus had a reason for calling us His friends. He wanted to convey truth to us in such a way that we would accept and not reject the closeness of His love. A friend is someone you can call on any time of the day or night.

She listens patiently without judging the context of your words. She will even let you ramble, knowing you will settle down and come to a reasonable point of view. Friends weather the storms of life together. When life becomes rough and lonely, they hang tough.

Always give the Lord your adoration and devotion, but also be willing to give Him your love through fellowship. Make Him your very best Friend. It’s okay to seek the counsel of other godly friends, but make a habit of going to Him first with your heartaches, troubles, and requests. Let Him speak the words of encouragement you so desperately need.

The God who listens as you pray wants you to know that He loves you completely. When you step into His presence, you enter into an inexhaustible pool of possibilities. It is His holy chamber, but it is also a place of loving friendship.

Take me into the holy chamber with You, Father. Let me rest in Your presence and have my vision renewed with limitless possibilities.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Revealed: How US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate | AC2 News

 

We wonder how these politicians get so rich while they’re in office?

(From The Guardian)

As they set national policy on important issues such as climate change, tech monopolies, medical debt and income inequality, US senators have glaring conflicts of interest, an investigation by news website Sludge and the Guardian can reveal.

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data as of 16 August has found that 51 senators and their spouses have as much as $96m personally invested in corporate stocks in five key sectors: communications/electronics; defense; energy and natural resources; finance, insurance and real estate; and health.


Source: Revealed: How US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate

Fact-checkers ignore Ilhan Omar scandal | WND

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., questions special envoy Elliott Abrams at a House Foreign Relations Committee hearing Feb. 13, 2019 (Screenshot CSpan)

Media fact-checkers are ignoring a now-deleted Twitter post by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that provides further evidence she married her brother in an immigration-fraud scheme, reports the Washington Free Beacon.

The New York Times fact-checking team, which previously said “no proof has emerged substantiating” the claim, did not respond to an inquiry on whether the new information would warrant further scrutiny, the Free Beacon said. CNN’s Daniel Dale, who regularly fact-checks claims made by President Trump, also did not respond to an email.

The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, who labeled the accusation against Omar a “baseless smear” earlier this summer, questioned whether the deleted post actually contained new information.

The 2013 Twitter post, however, confirmed the finding of investigative reporter David Steinberg that Omar took the name of another Somali family to come to the United States, and the man to whom she was married from 2009 to 2017, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, was her brother.

Omar has insisted her father’s name is Nur Omar Mohamed, but in the tweet she referred to him as Nur Said. That is significant, because in Somali culture the son takes on the name of his father.

An Omar spokesman insisted “Nur Said” is only a nickname, meaning “happy light,” and claimed she deleted the tweet because she and her family are subject to death threats.

But Nur Said is a common surname in Somalia, and it’s unlikely that it was used as a nickname. Moreover, Omar has a sister who shares the surname of her former husband, Leila Nur Said Elmi, the Daily Caller reported. The sister’s marriage certificate indicates her father is Nur Said Elmi.

The Daily Caller noted that the one person Omar has publicly recognized as a sibling in America is Sahra Noor. Sahra also has identified Nur Said as her father, according to screenshots published in 2016 by reporter Preya Samsundar.

Noor moved to Nairobi, Kenya, in January 2019 to start a company called Grit Partners International. Omar’s former husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi manages her Instagram account.

The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, in an email to the Free Beacon, described the claims against Omar as a “smear.”

However, as WND reported, investigative reporter Steinberg, PowerLine blogger David Steinberg and Samsundar have published over the past three years substantial evidence that Omar married her brother to defraud U.S. immigration and perjured herself eight times in her divorce statement.

Omar says she married Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children, in an Islamic ceremony in 2002, but six years later they “reached an impasse in our life together” and divorced. In 2009, she legally married Elmi. She says she reconciled with Hirsi in 2012. But she didn’t divorce Elmi until 2017, after evidence emerged in her runs for office that Elmi is her biological brother.

A Minnesota state agency has fined her for filing joint tax with Hirsi while she was legally married to Elmi.

DailyMail.com reported in July that the congresswoman had separated from Hirsi. Last month, in a divorce filing, a Washington, D.C., mother charged her political consultant husband, Tim Mynett, had left her for Omar in April. Records show Omar paid Mynett and his E. Street Group approximately $230,000 through her campaign since 2018 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, internet advertising and travel expenses.

‘The evidence is overwhelming’

In July, WND reported the watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a House Ethics complaint against Omar calling for a congressional investigation of allegations of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud and federal student loan fraud.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Official portrait)

“The evidence is overwhelming Rep. Omar may have violated the law and House rules,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The House of Representatives must urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Omar.”

WND also reported the local daily newspaper that has provided enthusiastic coverage of Omar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, says the congresswoman has been uncooperative with attempts to resolve the accusation.

The findings of Steinberg, Samsundar and Johnson, Judicial Watch said, are “supported by information gathered from public records, social media postings, genealogy databases, computer forensic analysis, unaltered digital photographs, discussions between the investigative reporters and the subjects of the investigation themselves, and information supplied by confidential sources within the Somali-American community.”

In her application for divorce in 2017, she swore under penalty of perjury, among that, other things, she had had no contact with Elmi after June 2011 and didn’t know where to find him.

However, evidence, including now deleted social media posts, compiled by Steinberg and others indicates she not only had contact with Elmi but also met with him.

The apparent immigration fraud scheme, Judicial Watch said, also may have helped Elmi obtain federally backed student loans for his attendance at North Dakota State University.

The State of Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board already has determined that Omar violated state campaign finance laws for improper use of campaign funds. She was forced to reimburse her campaign thousands of dollars.

More significantly, Judicial Watch said, the board discovered she filed joint tax returns with Hirsi in 2014 and 2015 while she was legally married to Ahmed Elmi.

Source: Fact-checkers ignore Ilhan Omar scandal

Recommended Sermon: God’s View of Women Preachers | Our Reformed Christian Heritage

Scripture Text:

1 Corinthians 14:33-40 (KJV)

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Source: Recommended Sermon: God’s View of Women Preachers

Corrupt Obama Ambassador Refused Visas to Ukrainian Officials to Enter US — Had Evidence of Obama Admin Misconduct to Give to Trump Officials — The Gateway Pundit

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich (pictured) was a Trump-hater. She was appointed by Obama as ambassador to Ukraine in 2016.

She was US ambassador to Ukraine during the 2016 election when the Ukrainian government was colluding with the DNC and Hillary Campaign to undermine the US presidential election.

Starting in 2018 Yovanovich denied Ukrainian officials visas to enter the United States to hand over evidence of Obama administration misconduct to Trump administration officials.

US Ambassador Yovanovich, an Obama appointee, was removed from her post in Ukraine early in May 2019.

John Solomon at The Hill reported:

According to interviews with more than a dozen Ukrainian and U.S. officials, Ukraine’s government under recently departed President Petro Poroshenko and, now, Zelensky has been trying since summer 2018 to hand over evidence about the conduct of Americans they believe might be involved in violations of U.S. law during the Obama years.

The Ukrainians say their efforts to get their allegations to U.S. authorities were thwarted first by the U.S. embassy in Kiev, which failed to issue timely visas allowing them to visit America.

The Ukrainian officials were denied their visas to enter the US in 2018.

Corrupt Ambassador Yovanovich was fired by the Trump administration in May 2019 when all of the Ukrainian collusion with the DNC came to light.

It is telling that far left Democrat lawmakers Steny Hoyer and Eliot Engels were most upset with Ambassador Yovanovitch’s removal.

Via Foreign Policy magazine.

Now, those lawmakers are bringing their concerns into the public. “The White House’s outrageous decision to recall her is a political hit job and the latest in this Administration’s campaign against career State Department personnel,” said Democratic Reps. Steny Hoyer, House majority leader, and Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a joint statement made public Tuesday. “It’s clear that this decision was politically motivated, as allies of President Trump had joined foreign actors in lobbying for the Ambassador’s dismissal.”

via Corrupt Obama Ambassador Refused Visas to Ukrainian Officials to Enter US — Had Evidence of Obama Admin Misconduct to Give to Trump Officials — The Gateway Pundit

Liquidity Scramble: Fed Announces Overnight Repos Every Day Next Week… | Zero Hedge

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https://www.zerohedge.com, by Tyler Durden

Yesterday we reported that Goldman now expects the Fed to restart Permanent Open Market Operations, i.e., bond purchases, i.e., QE some time in November. For those who missed it, Goldman assumes a roughly $15bn/month rate of permanent OMOs, “enough to support trend growth of the balance sheet plus some additional padding over the first two years to increase the size of the balance sheet by $150bn”, in the process restoring the reserve buffer and eliminating the current need for temporary OMOs.

That strategy would result in balance sheet growth of roughly $180bn/year and net UST purchases by the Fed (the sum of the red and grey bars) of roughly $375bn/year over the next couple of years.

However, assuming Goldman is correct, there would be a little over a month before such POMO returned to permanently increase the size of the Fed’s balance sheet, potentially resulting in a continued liquidity shortage for the next 6 or so weeks.

Which probably explains why moments ago, the Fed surprised market watchers who were expecting the Fed to continue conducting only overnight repos, but announcing that not only would it conduct overnight $75 Billion repos every day from Monday until Thursday, October 10, but it would also introduce 2 week term repos with a total size of “at least $30 billion” for the first time since the financial crisis.