Daily Archives: November 21, 2019

November 21 Surrendering to God

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1–5

Key Verse: Romans 12:1

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

When many people hear the word surrender, images of conflict and overpowering forces come to mind. In contrast, the act of surrendering one’s life to God is a beautiful and peaceful experience.

Why then are we so afraid to hand over the reigns of our lives to God’s omnipotent leadership? The answer lies in our self-oriented nature. We live in a world that encourages us to take pride in what we have accomplished and accumulated. The concept of surrendering these things to God is unthinkable for most people.

As a believer, however, God has called you to a higher standard of living. He wants to help you reach the goals that He has set for your life. Yet, in order to fulfill His plan, we must choose to lay our selfish desires before Him.

Until you make this important step toward God, you will find yourself in a state of unrest and uncertainty. However, once you surrender your life to God, He will unleash the storehouse of blessings waiting for you.

In Romans 12, God specifically asks you to present yourself as a living sacrifice to Him (verses 1–2). God wants to guide, direct, and bless you. Do not let disobedience stand in the way of His plan for your life.

Lord, I present myself as a living sacrifice. Help me understand Your good and acceptable will.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 340). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 21 Failing to Listen to God

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1–12:13

Key Verse: Psalm 52:1

Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.

Imagine you are driving along a narrow two-lane road, and you come upon a warning sign. The sign warns of possible rock slides ahead, and a detour sign points to a good alternate route. Would you ignore the warning sign and drive on?

King David ignored many of God’s warning signs along his path, and he plunged deeper and deeper into sin. He knew that the Lord did not approve of lust, adultery, or murder. But one sin led to another as David deliberately ignored his conscience, which God uses to remind us of His truth.

David had done such a remarkable job of not listening to God that God had to use the bold voice of the prophet Nathan. Perhaps David was puzzled as Nathan began to tell him a story about a poor man’s pet lamb. At the end of the tale, David still did not hear God’s message. Nathan had to spell it out for him: “You are the man!” He then recounted everything David had done and how the Lord felt about his sin.

When David’s ears finally heard the truth, he repented immediately. David said, “ ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die’ ” (2 Sam. 12:13 nasb).

If you have been turning a deaf ear to what the Lord has been trying to tell you, it is never too late to ask forgiveness and travel on His road.

Dear heavenly Father, sometimes I have ignored warning signs along the way. Forgive me. Put my feet back on the right path.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 340). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 21, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump, facing lawsuits and political demands to release his U.S. tax returns and other financial information, said on Thursday he will release a statement on his finances before the presidential election, and asserted that it was his call on providing the information.

Democratic White House contenders united in supporting the impeachment inquiry against Republican President Trump at a debate on Wednesday that featured differences on policy details but few of the bitter attacks on one another that marked earlier encounters.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits was unexpectedly unchanged at a five-month high last week, suggesting some softening in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits were flat at a seasonally adjusted 227,000 for the week ended Nov. 16, the highest level since June 22.

Israel’s president told lawmakers on Wednesday to name a candidate to form a new government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and challenger Benny Gantz both failed, a move that probably sets the stage for a third election within a year.

Pope Francis condemned on Thursday the exploitation of women and children for prostitution in Thailand, which is notorious for its sex tourism, saying the violence, abuse and enslavement they suffer are evils that must be uprooted.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it facilitated the release of 10 Afghan security force members detained by the Taliban and handed them over to Afghan authorities.

Four people were killed and 48 wounded early on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at protesters near two key bridges in Baghdad, security and medical sources said.

Iran on Thursday began restoring internet access in the capital Tehran and a number of provinces, local news agencies and residents said, after a days-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle unrest over fuel price hikes.

Charles Schwab Corp, the largest discount broker in the U.S. financial world, is in talks to buy rival TD Ameritrade, CNBC reported, as profits in the industry come under pressure from a shift to zero commission.

AP Top Stories

The United States announced on Wednesday it will provide Vietnam with another coast guard cutter for its growing fleet of ships, boosting Hanoi’s ability to patrol the South China Sea amid tensions with China.

Mexico’s government said Wednesday it has helped 10 Mexican citizens file lawsuits against Walmart over an August shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas, where a suspected white nationalist killed 22 people.

Philippine police were ordered Wednesday to arrest anyone caught vaping in public, just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarettes.

Two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia after being threatened at home over their relationship have been held for weeks at an immigration detention center, their lawyer said.

The Russian navy in mid-October 2019 sortied eight submarines in the country’s biggest undersea exercise since the Cold War. The 10 vessels represent around 20 percent of the Russian submarine force. For comparison, the U.S. Pacific Fleet with its roughly 30 subs as recently as 2013 reliably could deploy eight boats on short notice. The U.S. fleet in total operates more than 50 submarines split between the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.

The Navy has laid the keel for its first new, Flight III DDG 51 surface warfare destroyer armed with improved weapons, advanced sensors and new radar 35-times more sensitive than most current systems, changing attack and defensive options for the surface fleet.

China’s new DF-17 hypersonic missile could penetrate U.S. missile-defense and destroy ports and air-defense systems. The new boost-glide missile, which reportedly can travel faster than five times the speed of sound, could “transform” Beijing’s strategy for dealing with Taiwan.

An Arizona jury on Wednesday found a human rights activist not guilty of harboring two migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, after the U.S. government prosecuted him for giving them food, water and shelter in the desert.

Nearly three-fourths of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans slain in the last three years were killed with a firearm, according to data published this month by the gun violence prevention advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.

The United States is considering withdrawing an armed forces brigade from South Korea if Seoul does not agree to a U.S. demand to contribute more to the cost of stationing troops in the country, a South Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.

BBC

Federal executions in the US have been halted over concerns that the method of carrying them out may be unlawful. Five men were due to be executed in Indiana in December and January, after the federal government earlier this year moved to resume executions.

Millions of people in Sydney and Adelaide are among residents across Australia who have been blanketed by bushfire smoke in recent days.

Fifteen-year-old Cameroonian Divina Maloum has won a children’s international peace prize for her work with young people who have suffered extremist violence, particularly in the north of her country. The prize was awarded by Dutch organisation KidsRights, which says it wants children to be recognised for their efforts to improve their own situation. Environmental activist Greta Thunberg also won the award alongside Ms Maloum.

WND

Leading establishment media outlets deleted entire stories Tuesday after they found out figures showing 100,000 children were in immigration-related custody were from 2015, under the Obama administration, not under President Trump’s watch.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 21, 2019

The Foundation

“It is a happy circumstance in human affairs that evils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in some other.” —Thomas Jefferson (1791)

‘Schiff Show’ Roundup: Sondland Testimony a ‘Bombshell’ Dud

Sondland “assumed” there was a quid pro quo but had no evidence to back up his claim.


Epstein’s Death: Popular Memes and an FBI Probe

Conspiracy theories aside, there are unusual circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.


Demo Debate: What Are They Offering?

The fifth presidential debate yielded nothing new — Trump hate and massive government.


New York’s Burgeoning Electricity Crisis

Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s regime is causing major headaches for New Yorkers.


Schiff’s Desperate Pivot to Perjury and Bribery

A strategic overview of the Coup, Part 2.


Beijing’s Espionage

The Chinese “Thousand Talents” program began in 2008 but was not aggressively confronted until 2018.


Sober Bars Help People in Recovery Stay Social

“People need connection once they start a recovery program,” says Paul French.


Video: Both Sides More Sure About Trump Than Ever

Why do polls say that the impeachment hearings fail to convince anyone?


Humor Video: Cancel Culture in the Middle Ages

Cancel culture is as ridiculous as a Monty Python witch hunt, says … The New York Times?



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Larry Elder
Where Was the Love for Whistleblowers During the Obama Administration?
Gary Bauer
Day Four, Still a Bore
Cal Thomas
Israel’s Right to Its Ancient Land
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Notable quotables from Don Lemon, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and more.



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Headlines – 11/21/2019

Arab League to hold emergency meeting over US support for Israeli settlements

Vatican Says Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process at Risk After U.S. Move

No government: Gantz returns mandate to president – Blue and White leader fails to form coalition

Israel on Verge of Unprecedented Third Election After Lieberman Refuses to Endorse Prime Minister

Making unhappy history, Knesset enters 21-day grace period for forming coalition

Commentary: Israel’s Attorney General Must Decide on Netanyahu Before the Next Election

Defying Netanyahu, Likud lawmaker calls for early leadership primaries

Accusing Netanyahu of stealing election, Gantz launches campaign for another

Gantz said to blame Lapid, right-wing flank in his party for coalition failure

Signaling 3rd elections, Liberman accuses Gantz and Netanyahu of thwarting unity

Left, right, ultra-Orthodox unite in denouncing Liberman’s ‘anti-Semitic’ speech

ADL survey: 25% of Europeans anti-Semitic, East European bigotry rises sharply

US Jewish man stabbed, critically hurt, outside synagogue in upstate New York

NYC witnessing Alarming Rate of Antisemitism

Jerusalem to host largest-ever event on anti-Semitism; Putin, Macron to attend

Jewish Democratic Council ad calls Trump the ‘biggest threat’ to Jews

Sanders gets applause at debate for call to treat Palestinians with dignity – he would also be tougher on Israel

Sanders Says U.S. Must Rethink Israel Policy, Biden Slams Saudi Arabia in Democratic Debate

Netherlands Cuts Aid to Palestinian Authority Over Terrorist Salaries

Israel closes PA-funded TV station, Palestinian education office in Jerusalem

Israel Border Police Officer Indicted for Shooting at Palestinian ‘For the Fun of It’

France: We are committed to Israel’s security – urges Iran to refrain from destabilizing actions in Syria following IDF air strike on Iranian targets near Damascus

Russia Outs Israel and Jordan in Syria-Iraq Border Strike

‘You aren’t immune’: Israeli Defense minister threatens Iran leaders after Syria strikes

ISI satellite company releases photographs of the IDF attack against the Iranian Quds Force headquarters in Syria

Turkish drone strike kills, injures civilians in YPG-controlled Syrian area: Media

At Least 15 Dead After Attack on Displaced Persons Camp in Syria’s Idlib

More than 1,000 killed in Syria airstrikes since April, say monitors

Assyrians fear forced displacement as clashes drag on in north Syria

Pentagon: President Trump’s order to withdraw troops from Syria allows ISIS to rebuild

Iran’s Rohani Declares Victory Over Nationwide Protests That Reportedly Saw Over 100 Deaths

Iran has claimed ‘victory’ after protests. So why is the internet still off?

Rouhani warns rioting will not be tolerated, says Iran forced to cut fuel subsidies

Pentagon says Iran’s missiles unrivaled in Middle East

US deploys more troops to Saudi to counter Iran

Saudi King Blames Iran for ‘Chaos,’ Says Strikes Failed to Hurt Kingdom’s Development

Saudi Arabia welcomes US ending sanctions waiver for Iran’s Fordow

Iranian newspaper suggests targeting US, Saudi ‘strategic facilities’

Saudi Arabian King Salman says oil policy aimed at promoting market stability

Two protesters killed in renewed clashes with security forces in Baghdad

White House holding up $100M in Lebanon aid, official confirms

Students lead protests in Lebanon as President Aoun set to speak

Egyptian exile who sparked protests launches opposition movement

U.S. considers pulling up to 4,000 troops from South Korea: Chosun Ilbo

Chinese FM says US bill aims to ‘destroy Hong Kong’

Chinese investors are sinking cash into Hong Kong’s stock market as protests escalate

Protesters stay holed up on Hong Kong campus, surrounded by riot police

Colombia to close its borders in attempt to contain mass protests

At Least 6 Killed As Political Turmoil Continues In Bolivia

Bolivia government proposes election bill as its seeks path to peace

Report: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to resign and run for US Senate

Ambassador drags Pompeo deeper into Trump impeachment

U.S. diplomat Sondland says he followed president’s orders on Ukraine

Sondland implicates top officials on Ukraine, but says he ‘never heard’ quid pro quo from Trump

Sondland Throws Mike Pence Under Bus, Says He Knew of Quid Pro Quo Concerns

‘Never happened’: Pence denies speaking with Sondland about ‘conditional release’ of Ukraine aid

White House says testimony of US envoy Gordon Sondland in impeachment hearing “completely exonerates” President Donald Trump

Sondland hearing exposes impeachment inquiry as ‘thoroughly corrupt and tyrannical’: Mark Levin

FBI seeks interview with CIA whistleblower

‘Act one of today’s circus is over’: Nunes mocks Democrats at end of morning impeachment hearing

Justice watchdog cites investigative management challenges ahead of pending report on FBI’s Russia probe

Graham: DOJ watchdog’s FISA report will be released Dec. 9

Amid impeachment drama, Senate helps Trump move U.S. courts to the right

Democratic White House candidates unite on impeachment in most polite debate yet

Trump campaign trolls Democrats with flyover ads by debate site: ‘Socialism will destroy Atlanta jobs’

The Federal Reserve is looking into developing a digital currency in the US, Powell confirms

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Chaloem Phra Kiat, Thailand

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Chaloem Phra Kiat, Thailand

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Madero, Mexico

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemla erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Hail storm carnage in Canterbury with Timaru bombarded and Christchurch in the firing line

Catastrophic bushfire conditions in Australia, over a dozen temperature records smashed

Evangelical PM slams Israel Folau for linking Australia wildfires to God’s wrath

California’s largest utility has started shutting off power again to thousands of customers

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Has Killed Hundreds, Possibly Thousands of Deer in Iowa

Miami-Dade Under Mosquito Borne Illness Alert After Another Case Of Dengue Fever Detected

New Brunswick: Next vaccination bill won’t back down from dropping non-medical exemptions, Cardy says

Humans put into suspended animation for first time

New census data: About 1 million same-sex households in US

Why Aren’t Christians Speaking Out Against Growing Trend of ‘Drag Queen Story Hours’?

Christians turn to artificial intelligence to stop porn use

Scientists decode human thoughts and emotions using MRI and computer analysis

How Kanye West put Joel Osteen’s prosperity gospel back under the spotlight

Inside the bloody cartel war for Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry


Apostasy Watch

Chip Brogden – Grace is a Man

Jordan Standridge – How to Share the Gospel With Atheists

Female pastors will only lead a church into apostasy

Woke Southern Baptist Bureaucrats Move To Crush Local Church Rebels. Rebels Fight Back

Prominent Black Preacher Says He’d Rather Go to Hell than Heaven With White People

Teacher Defends Drag Queen Makeup Class: Parents ‘Don’t Know What’s Best’ for Their Children

Judge Strikes Down Trump Pro-Life Rule Protecting Doctors From Being Forced to Do Abortions

Church builds huge baby Jesus statue — that looks like Phil Collins


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

KANYE WEST: You Said You Were My Brother – But Now I See Another – I See You in the Revel – And Dancin’ With the Devil — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I was duped.

And Yes – the title is my own attempt at rap. (I have always hated that music)

When I first heard that Kanye West came out with an album called “Jesus is King” and read all of the hype that Kanye really did repent and was born again, I admit that I was very skeptical.

But then a well known pastor from Calvary Chapel made some statements that I admit, really affected and influenced my initial reaction. The pastor spoke about thinking back to when we were “baby” Christians and how we didn’t make good choices and how it was a process to continue to mature in Christ.

He spoke of looking at all of the lyrics to the songs on “Jesus is King” and how these songs were glorifying to God.

By that time, I was feeling like a hypocrite.  I felt that my knee-jerk reaction to Kanye was very wrong.  Was this a teaching moment from the Lord for me? I thought it might be. That is when I wrote the article about the angels singing because of Kanye’s conversion.

I did say that we would have to watch, wait and see; but that we should think the best of someone until we see a reason or reasons to doubt their verbal confession of faith in our Lord Jesus.

A friend who is also a writer tried over and over to help me to see that Kayne West was fooling the masses and had fooled me.  He wasn’t angry with me – he simply wanted to show me that I had been deceived.

Yesterday I read my friend’s  latest piece on Kanye and the Lord used it to open my eyes to the truth.  I had been bamboozled by a man who just saw a “Come to Jesus” moment as another way to bring in millions of dollars.

I will be using the article in its entirety. I am grateful to the Lord for using my friend to open my eyes to Truth.

From nowtheendbegins.com

KANYE WEST PERFORMED WITH SATANIST TRAVIS SCOTT AT ASTROWORLD 2019 AS MARILYN MANSON SANG ‘ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR’ AND BURNED THE BIBLE

Just eight days before Kanye West took the stage at Lakewood Church to perform his Sunday Service with false teacher Joel Osteen, Kanye was on the other side of Houston as one of the headliners at a hip-hop festival called Astroworld run by Travis Scott who is dating West’s sister-in-law Kylie Jenner. Travis Scott is a longtime and hardcore satanist, and his yearly Astroworld festival is filled with all sorts of bottom feeders from the pit of Hell. Think I exaggerate? Think again.

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV)

Another one of the headliners of AstroWorld 2019 was Marilyn Manson, who needs no introduction, one of the most evil and reprobate performers in the music world ever.  Among the many numbers performed by Manson, you might be interested to know that he sang one of his hits called ‘Antichrist Superstar’ as he burned a Bible in front of cheering and frenzied fans. This is the very same AstroWorld  show that Kanye West lent his name to and performed at. Still think that Kanye West is a “baby Christian”? He’s not, he’s a stone cold deceiver.

The AstroWorld Festival was created by Travis Scott, baby daddy to Kylie Jenner and soon the be brother-in-law-to Kanye West, and this is the second year in a row for its production. AstroWorld feature an unbelievable assortment of the dirtiest, filthiest and openly satanic hip-hop music you could possibly imagine. Yet Kanye West hasn’t spoken a word against it, and was one of the main performers at this year’s show. What are we to make of that? Is this the type of  music a born again Christian could make? No, no, a thousand times no as DL Moody used to say. A true born again Christian wouldn’t even attend a show like this much less be one of the main acts. If you want to see how much of a satanist that Kanye’s future brother-in-law is, take a look at this, but pray first because it’s nasty.

Why do you think that so much of the music in Kanye West’s Sunday Service is so dark and gothic sounding? He performed on the stage at Lakewood church for 2 hours on Sunday night and they were all dressed in black and other dark colors on a very dim stage. Why? Take a look at this video you will know why.

Kanye West Used The All-Seeing Eye Of Horus Stage Set At Lakewood Church

So Kanye West brought his travelling Sunday Service road show to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday night, and by all accounts it was a rousing success. But not in any of the accounts I have come across thus far make any mention of the odd styling of the stage set used. From ground level it appears to be a well-lit and professionally choreographed stage set, but when the camera shows us the birds-eye view, we see a completely different story. What do we see? The all-seeing Eye of Horus that is so beloved by the Hollywood Illuminati, smack dab in the middle of the Jesus Is King Sunday Service. Hmm, I wonder how that happened? 🤔

I will say it again, once more and louder for all you lukewarm Laodiceans out there. Kanye West perform at a hip-hop show run by satanists where Marilyn Manson sang ‘Antichrist Superstar’ as he burned the Bible onstage. And Kanye did that a mere 8 days before bragging about his “christianity” with Joel Osteen. Watch these two videos about Travis Scott and his Astroworld Festival, and if after all this you still think that Kanye West is saved, maybe you’re not.

Travis Scott: The Forbes Interview

AstroWorld 2019 Highlights

This is AstroWorld 2019 as created by satanist Travis Scott, watch this at your own risk. It is filled with profanity-laced language, and loud, evil sounding satanic music. If you start watching at 1:33:35 you will see Travis Scott introducing his future brother-in-law Kanye West, and the filthy language doesn’t stop. Watch as Kanye West leads the crowd in singing along with the evil, filthy lyrics. The frenzied crowd shouts “Yeezy!, Yeezy!” as Kanye receives their worship. AstroWorld is the real Sunday Service that deceiver Kanye West is selling. 

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Okay brethren, have you seen enough to convince you that not only was Kanye West NOT born again – but from all appearances in what he has been doing and saying and rapping; he is serving the devil BIG TIME.

I know that Geoff said that those who were believing Kanye, were Laodiceans and not born again.  I know that I am a blood washed, born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  But what happened here is a good lesson for all true brothers and sisters in Christ.

The lesson I learned is first of all to listen to the Holy Spirit within me – HE told me from the start that Kanye was a fake.

But I was temporarily deceived by the evil one. The devil can use any of us – just like he did here:

 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (Matthew 16:21-23).

So Satan used even Peter and the Lord Jesus had to rebuke and cast Satan away from Peter.

Thank you Lord for using my friend to open my eyes to TRUTH!

Of course we should pray that Kanye comes to the truth.  Right now I am not very optimistic about this – but God can certainly do anything He wants to do.

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!!

via KANYE WEST: You Said You Were My Brother – But Now I See Another – I See You in the Revel – And Dancin’ With the Devil — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

November 21 God Is at Work

Scripture reading: Psalm 107:1–21

Key verses: Philippians 2:7–8

But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

In his book Making Sense Out of Suffering, Peter Kreeft asserts:

The most oft-repeated teaching of Jesus is the paradox that the poor are rich, the weak are strong, the lowly are exalted. It is the point of the Beatitudes, of the Sermon on the Mount, of most of his parables; it is illustrated by his whole life, by the incarnation, the kenosis, the emptying. “He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7–8).

This is the radical counter to the wisdom of our age, of any age. The fundamental dictum of nearly all modern psychologists is to love ourselves, to accept ourselves as we are, to feel good about ourselves. When we obey this wisdom of the world, God has two choices. He can either let us stay in that state and run the risk of becoming contented, respectable, self-righteous Pharisees; or else he can mercifully slap us out of it with a dose of suffering, frustration, and discontent with ourselves, and thus move us on to a new state …

Only when we are dissatisfied, only when we are weak, only when we are failures in ourselves, can God come in.

Adversity is God’s choice tool in molding you into a person of tremendous potential. In difficult times, He is at work.

You are at work in me, O Lord. I can rejoice in that today despite the circumstances of my life. I praise You![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 340). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 21, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

23:12 I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. How a person lives reflects what a person loves, because actions follow values. Job’s heart is devoted to God, so his behavior is directed according to God’s way. By his commitment to God’s words, Job evidences that he values God’s wisdom more than even his daily food (cf. Prov. 8:10–11). Job lives a godly life because he loves God and all that God says.[1] †


23:12 — “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

If we turn away from the Lord when hard times hit, where will we find hope, or peace, or truth? God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm, and living bread for dying men and women.[2]


23:12 I have treasured the words of his mouth Eliphaz instructed Job to set God’s word in his heart (22:22). Here, Job responds that he has treasured God’s words more than his own well-being.[3]


Ver. 12.—Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips. Professor Lee rightly observes that this declaration “takes it for granted that, at least, some precepts of God had been revealed before this time” (‘Book of Job,’ p. 370). There were “commandments” which Job recognized as having proceeded from God, and “words” which he looked upon as being the utterances of his mouth. This is strong evidence of a primeval revelation which, if not reduced to writing, had, at any rate, been handed down by tradition to Job’s day. Gen. 3:14–19 and 9:1–7 may afford the true explanation of this difficulty. I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. This is scarcely strong enough. Job says, “I have treasured up, taken to myself, and preserved the words of his mouth,” either “more than my necessary food” or “more than my own law.” If the former rendering be preferred, there is no need of explanation; if the latter, we must regard “my own law” as meaning “the law of my own mind, my own will, the will of the natural man” (Cook).[4]


[1] Estes, D. J. (2013). Job. (M. L. Strauss, J. H. Walton, & R. de Rosset, Eds.) (p. 142). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Job 23:12). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Job 23:12). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Job (p. 392). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

November 21 The Quest for Intimacy

scripture reading: Matthew 19:16–22
key verses: Matthew 22:37–38

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”

To experience genuine intimacy with Christ, you must be willing to lay down your love for the things of this world. This doesn’t mean giving up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But it does mean your desire for God and His fellowship exceeds your friendship with the world. God wants to bless you, yet blessings must never become what you seek above the Blesser.

  1. W. Tozer commented on the quest for intimacy:

There can be no doubt that this possessive clinging to things is one of the most harmful habits in the Christian life. Because it is so natural, it is rarely recognized for the evil that it is. But its outworkings are tragic.

We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety. This is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need to have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which is so committed.

The rich young ruler found in Jesus what he had been looking for all his life (Matt. 19:16–22). However, in his heart his material possessions outweighed the need to follow Christ.

You may have given yourself to the Lord, but have you laid aside your love and desire for the world’s riches? The greatest obstacle to knowing God is self–love. Make sure you don’t fall prey to it.

O Lord, purge me of desire for riches of this world. I know You are able to keep all I commit into Your hands. In You, I have found the greatest treasure.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

21 november (1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Samson conquered

“And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.” Judges 16:20, 21

suggested further reading: Colossians 2:1–8

Do any of you wish to be backsliders? Do you wish to betray the holy profession of your religion? My brethren, is there one among you who this day makes a profession of love to Christ, who desires to be an apostate? Is there one of you who desires like Samson to have his eyes put out, and to be made to grind in the mill? Would you, like David, commit a great sin, and go with broken bones to the grave? Would you, like Lot, be drunken, and fall into lust? No, I know what you say, “Lord, let my path be like the eagle’s flight; let me fly upwards to the sun, and never stay and never turn aside. Oh, give me grace that I may serve thee, like Caleb, with a perfect heart, and that from the beginning even to the end of my days, my course may be as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” I know what is your desire. How, then, shall it be accomplished? Look well to your consecration; see that it is sincere; see that you mean it, and then look up to the Holy Spirit, after you have looked to your consecration, and beg of him to give you daily grace; for as day by day the manna fell, so must you receive daily food from on high. And, remember, it is not by any grace you have in you, but by the grace that is in Christ, and that must be given to you hour by hour, that you are to stand, and having done all, to be crowned at last as a faithful one, who has endured unto the end.

for meditation: The best way to guard against backsliding is not to keep still, but to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:17, 18).

sermon no. 224[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 332). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

Biden & Son Milked Ukraine for $16.5 Million, Part of $7.4 BILLION in Obama-Linked Laundering

An indictment drawn up by Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General against Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky claims that Hunter Biden and his partners received $16.5 million for their ‘services’ – according to Ukrainian MP Alexander Dubinsky of the ruling Servant of the People Party.

US-China tensions could lead to a conflict worse than First World War, Henry Kissinger warns — RT World News

Left unchecked, the brewing rivalry between China and the United States could spark a conflict more devastating than the First World War, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has cautioned.

The veteran diplomat and controversial geopolitical thinker told attendees at the New Economy Forum, organized by Bloomberg Media, that tensions between Washington and Beijing could be resolved if “both sides try to overcome” their differences.

“It is far from being too late for that, because we are still in the foothills of a cold war,” he said during the conference on Thursday.

He warned, however, that de-escalation between the world’s two largest economies was “essential” in order to avoid disaster.

If conflict is permitted to run unconstrained the outcome could be even worse than it was in Europe. World War One broke out because a relatively minor crisis could not be mastered.

The former diplomat said that he hoped that ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China would facilitate broader cooperation. The trade talks are “a small beginning to a political discussion,” Kissinger noted.

 Also on rt.com

China vows to ‘fight back’ against new US legislation aimed at ‘destroying Hong Kong’

Washington and Beijing are at odds over a number of heated issues. A tit-for-tat tariff war has been exacerbated by a dispute over the South China Sea, over which Beijing claims full sovereignty. The two countries also continue to quarrel over the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. China has repeatedly accused the US of providing support to the increasingly violent demonstrations, an allegation which Washington firmly denies. This week the US Congress passed a bill aimed at monitoring human rights in the semi-autonomous territory.

— Read on www.rt.com/news/473974-china-us-conflict-kissinger/