Daily Archives: September 22, 2019

September 22 Come as You Are

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:12–21

Key Verse: Romans 5:17

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Imagine being approached with this inquiry: “I don’t know anything about God. Would you describe Him to me?” How would you explain to that person what God is like? When the conversation was over, how would the person walk away? Would he or she be discouraged about ever having a relationship with the Lord, or confident and assured about being able to have a permanent, personal relationship with God?

There is a lot of confusion, even among believers, about who God is. Some, thinking He’s a God of judgment and vengeance, live in fear of Him. That belief can leave us doubting and afraid, wondering exactly what would cause God to stop loving us.

Scripture reveals the truth: He is the God of grace. Grace is God’s goodness and kindness that is lavishly shown toward us, and it has two amazing qualities.

First, it is given to us regardless of whether we deserve it. Our good works or stellar personal qualities cannot bring us God’s grace, nor can our failures cause God to withdraw it. We look at grades, scorecards, and performance appraisals in determining who receives what, but God does not look at merit. Amazing, but true.

Second, grace is given freely to us. There is no cost. Our world does not operate this way, but our God does. Not only at the point of salvation but throughout our Christian life, we are invited to come as we are, acknowledge our sinfulness, and receive forgiveness and God’s grace.

Lord, I come just as I am with assurance that You will receive me, forgive me, and bestow Your grace upon me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 277). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Casting Our Cares on God — Lighthouse Trails Inc

By Maria Kneas

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

The parable of the sower in Scripture reveals a condition (the third kind of soil) that can be especially problematic for the Christian who is trying to serve the Lord and be fruitful for the Kingdom—namely that of seed sown among thorns (weeds) that would choke out one’s effectiveness. In explaining this part of the parable, Jesus said:

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-19, emphasis added)

It is obvious that things like lust for money and power, and sexual immorality would prevent Christians from bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God. But Jesus also included “the cares of this world” in the list of “weeds” that are deadly enough to prevent the plant from bearing fruit. Therefore, we cannot afford to be overcome by “cares” (fear, anxiety, worry, etc.). Jesus expects us to bear fruit for His Kingdom. And we want to be fruitful for Him.

Peter implies that if we fail to cast our cares on God, then we open ourselves up to spiritual warfare. I’ll repeat the opening Scripture of this article, and add the two verses that come immediately after it. Peter says:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:6-9)

What happens when we become anxious, worried, and full of cares? Our emotions take over. We act impulsively. We lose sleep, and lose our tempers, and so on. We get so focused on our worries we fail to notice, or take care of, important things in our lives. Well, that is the exact opposite of being “sober” and “alert.” And therefore, we are not in good shape to resist the attacks of the devil.

James said something that relates to part of what Peter said in the quote above:

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:6-7)

How do we submit to God? One important way is by taking His Word seriously and trying to live the way the Bible tells us to live. And that includes not being anxious. Paul said:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

In the King James, the word “careful” means “full of care.” In other words, “anxious.” So Paul’s point is that we should be praying instead of worrying. We need to give our cares to God. That includes fears for ourselves and for those we love. For example, parents whose children are soldiers fighting overseas have valid reasons to fear for the safety of their children.

We all become afraid at times. The problem occurs when we allow that fear to take over. Going back to the parable of the sower and the four kinds of soil, when weeds first begin to grow, if you pull them up by the roots, they won’t cause any significant harm to the plant. However, if you let them keep growing, then the weeds can choke the plant and prevent it from bearing fruit. In some cases, weeds can even kill the plant. I had some beautiful azaleas that were killed by ivy.

The principle is similar to avoiding long-term anger. God understands that at times, we will become angry, but the point is we cannot afford to remain angry. Otherwise, we may give the devil a beachhead (“place”) in which to attack us.

Similarly, we can’t help getting anxious at times. However, we cannot afford to remain anxious. We need to remind ourselves that God is faithful, and He loves us, and He will take good care of us. His grace is sufficient for us. And He will make everything work out for our long-term, eternal good if we love Him. No exceptions (Romans 8:28).

Praise and worship are a good way to remind ourselves that God is good, that He loves us, and that we can trust Him. David said:

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)

The term “magnify” can’t mean making God any bigger than He already is, because that is impossible since God is already infinite. Therefore, it must mean making ourselves become more aware of how great God really is. In other words, as we focus on God and on His greatness, His goodness, His mercy, and His lovingkindness, then He appears greater in our eyes. And because of that, our problems seem so much smaller.

So what we are really doing is seeing things in proper proportion. In reality, any problem we could face is so small compared to God and His great love for us. For God, even death is small by comparison (1 Corinthians 15:53-55). He raised Jesus from the dead; and some day He will raise all believers from the dead.

We need to get our focus off our problems and on to God. On a practical note, we need to be aware of the problems and do whatever we can in practical terms to deal with them. However, when it comes to our emotions and our thoughts, our primary focus needs to be on the Lord God Almighty. The apostle Paul told us:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

True, honest, just, pure, lovely (beautiful), good, virtuous, and worthy of praise are all attributes of God. So although we need to be aware of the bad stuff in our lives and do whatever we can to deal with it, our primary focus should be on God Himself. The Bible says it is the life of Christ in us that gives us the power and strength we need. When we are born again, He lives in us (abides in us), and it is His life that changes and transforms us.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)

. . . to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27, emphasis added)

When you drive your car, you look at the road ahead of you. You quickly check the mirrors, and you see sideways with your peripheral vision, but your primary focus has to be on the road that is directly ahead of you. Likewise, we can focus on God and look at the bad stuff with our peripheral vision. That will make it easier to cast our cares (concerns about the bad stuff) on God and leave them in His hands, trusting that He will take care of things in the right way—and in the right timing.

Casting our cares on God is a skill we can learn and a habit we can develop. We can ask God to teach us how to do it. We can ask Him to make us willing and able to do it. And we can ask Him to teach us not to grab those cares and take them back again after we have given them to Him.

God told us to do it. He wants us to do it. And His grace is sufficient for us. Therefore, He is willing and able to teach us how to do it. God can enable us to make casting our cares on Him become a way of life for us.

It’s a process. It can take time. When we succeed in casting a care on Him, then we should thank Him for it. When we fail, then we should repent and ask Him to help us do it.

Human parents teach their children how to do what they expect of them. Would our Heavenly Father do any less for us? Of course not.

The more we cast our cares on God, the more we will learn to trust Him at a deeper level. In addition, we will experience a new degree of peace and joy. That will be a blessing for us and for those who are close to us.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

Blessed Assurance
by Fanny Crosby
1873

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love…

(Maria Kneas is author of Strength for Tough Times and How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution.)

(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

via Casting Our Cares on God — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Devin Nunes: The Ukraine Issue “Could Be The End of Biden’s Campaign”… — The Last Refuge

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) ranking member Devin Nunes appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the ongoing headline stories surrounding President Trump talking to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Rep. Nunes points out how the backstory of Ukraine (stimulated by a faux whistleblower complaint) highlights how former Vice-President Joe Biden was using his position to influence the Ukrainian government to withdraw investigation of his son Hunter Biden.

Additionally, Nunes discusses the upcoming FISA report by IG Michael Horowitz and the larger issues under investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham; and the information coming forth as an outcome of Michael Flynn’s ongoing case, in that the mysterious “western intelligence asset” Joseph Mifsud attending the RT event in Russia with Flynn.

via Devin Nunes: The Ukraine Issue “Could Be The End of Biden’s Campaign”… — The Last Refuge

Sunday Talks – Senator Lindsey Graham -vs- Maria Bartiromo…. — The Last Refuge

Fishy… Senator Lindsay Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss issues related to Iran, Ukraine and the ongoing DOJ/FBI investigation by IG Michael Horowitz.

Regarding the IG report, again Ms. Bartiromo noted congress doesn’t call Mr. Horowitz to ask questions about his report on James Comey… that specifically led to criminal referrals for the former Director of the FBI?

Skipping right past the 800lb gorilla beating him over the head with judicial bananas, Senator Graham -again, Chairman of the Senate Committee- offers no explanation for his own disinterest. …Instead, Graham states he will call for IG Horowitz to testify at some later date based on the FISA report outcome.

Just in case anyone missed it…. The DOJ Inspector General, carved out a report and specifically referred the former Director of the United States FBI, James Comey, for criminal prosecution; yet Graham is awaiting a FISA report.

 

via Sunday Talks – Senator Lindsey Graham -vs- Maria Bartiromo…. — The Last Refuge

SURPRISE! The Official Escort for 16-Year-Old Global Warming ‘Expert’ Greta Thunberg Is a Leftist Hack Funded by George Soros Org. — The Gateway Pundit

16-year-old Greta Thunberg traveled by boat to the US from Sweden to lecture Americans on Global Warming.

The 16-year-old is an expert we are told.

Greta Thunberg told Americans, “You’re not trying hard enough!”
Evidently Greta wants us to travel by boats to and from Europe.

Greta is a media-created phenomenon.
What the media does not tell you is who is behind this perky kid.

If you check out her photos young Greta is being escorted around the country by her handler – far left activist Luisa-Marie Neubauer.

Luisa-Marie Neubauer is a 23-year-old German climate protection activist. In Germany, she is one of the main organizers of the School strike for climate movement, inspired by Greta Thunberg. She supports the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Germany and a climate policy that is compatible with the Paris Agreement. Neubauer is a member of Alliance 90/The Greens and the Green Youth.

Luisa-Marie Neubauer belongs to a far left organization called “ONE” foundation.

According to Deutschland-Kurier Luisa Neubauer she is the “Youth Ambassador” of ONE, an international lobbying and campaigning organization.

She tweeted about it last year.

And “ONE” is financed by wealthy liberals including Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates and George Soros.

So there it is.

via SURPRISE! The Official Escort for 16-Year-Old Global Warming ‘Expert’ Greta Thunberg Is a Leftist Hack Funded by George Soros Org. — The Gateway Pundit

September 22 People in Process

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:3–9, 18–23

Key Verse: Matthew 13:23

He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The seed and the soil are inseparably linked in nature’s cycle of growth. Good seed must lodge in good soil if there is to be a harvest.

Jesus’ parable of the soil and seed is familiar to most of us. His message is clear; it is the condition of the soil, not the content of the seed or the actions of the sower, that governs a person’s response to the gospel of Christ.

This should bring a sigh of relief to many fervent evangelicals who wonder why people don’t instantly and enthusiastically embrace Christ as Savior when the gospel is presented. There is no need to burden yourself with thoughts such as, If only I had remembered that fourth point. Nor should you run out and enlist in yet another study course in evangelism.

The seed, God’s Word, is always good. It is the soil—the person’s heart, personality, will, and emotions—that must be prepared to receive Christ.

God works by His Spirit through people and circumstances to attract men and women to faith in Christ. Evangelism is a process, and sharing your faith is part of the equation. But don’t despair when the feedback is negative. When the conditions are right, faith will blossom.

Precious Lord, work by Your Spirit to attract those around me to Christ. When the timing is right, help me share the gospel in a way that faith will blossom.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 277). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

HOUSTON STADIUM ERUPTS After President Trump Tells Indian-American Audience: “India Has Never Had a Better Friend Than Trump” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump is holding a joint rally at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with Indian Prime Minister Modi.

President Trump used the opportunity to celebrate India, its workers and its leader Prime Minister Modi.

During his speech to the packed stadium President Trump told the massive crowd,

“In my campaign for president I promised all of that. If I were elected India would have a true and great friend in the White House On this day I am happy to report the relationship between the United States and India is closer than ever before. And I can tell you, you’ve never had a better friend as President as President Donald Trump. The ties between our two nations are grounded in our common values… “

The packed stadium roared in agreement!

via HOUSTON STADIUM ERUPTS After President Trump Tells Indian-American Audience: “India Has Never Had a Better Friend Than Trump” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

STANDING OVATION FOR TRUMP AT PACKED HOUSTON STADIUM — Indian Americans ROAR FOR TRUMP at ‘Howdy Modi’ Rally (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

STANDING OVATION FOR TRUMP AT HOUSTON STADIUM — INDIAN AMERICANS CHEER TRUMP AT MODI RALLY

President Trump spoke to a packed house at NRG Stadium in Houston.

The CROWD ROARED and JUMPED TO THEIR FEET when President Trump told the stadium crowd,

“We stand proudly in the defense of liberty and we are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

via STANDING OVATION FOR TRUMP AT PACKED HOUSTON STADIUM — Indian Americans ROAR FOR TRUMP at ‘Howdy Modi’ Rally (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump Delivers Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – (Video and Transcript)… — The Last Refuge

Chopper pressers are the best pressers. As President Trump departs the White House traveling to Houston, Texas, the President stops to answer questions from the assembled press pool.  [Video and Transcript Below]

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via President Trump Delivers Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – (Video and Transcript)… — The Last Refuge