Daily Archives: December 10, 2019

December 10 Your Eternal Future

Scripture Reading: Revelation 22:1–5

Key Verse: Revelation 21:27

But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Do you ever wonder what heaven will be like? John Newton said, “If I ever reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and third, the greatest wonder of all, to find myself there.”

The Bible tells us that heaven is a very definite place. Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

Do you know if you will be in heaven? Do you know how to get there? It is not something you can work to make happen. You cannot earn your way. There is only one way to receive eternal life—accept what Jesus Christ did at the cross.

The Crucifixion is God’s way of making it possible for every single person who believes in Jesus Christ to spend eternity in heaven. The Bible tells us that when you are saved by the grace of God, you become a citizen of heaven. Your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27).

As His child, God wants you to have a personal relationship with Him now and for eternity. As you anticipate with great joy your eternal future, hunger and thirst to know God more each day.

Lord Jesus, I am speechless at the thought of You preparing a place in heaven for me. I am unworthy. Thank You for dying for me so I could spend eternity with You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 361). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 10 A Great Beginning, a Tragic End

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 18–19

Key Verse: Proverbs 29:23

A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.

Saul was clearly a king out of control. He was consumed by jealousy of young David, whom God had clearly selected to be His earthly representative of leadership to the chosen people. Saul did not want to acknowledge God’s decision, and he demonstrated his inner rebellion many times through disobedience.

A king who was once the admiration of all for his physical strength and spiritual vigor allowed the desire for personal power to consume him, and at great expense. God removed him from all position of authority and used David to carry on His work.

You have probably seen this principle at work in the lives of some believers today. When someone gets off course and refuses to let the Lord guide him back into His truth, very often God removes him from the situation that he is not submitting to His authority. God’s decisions are examples of His love, ultimately, because the Lord cannot allow His children to continue on a course of self-destruction.

The problem with striking out on your own course and ignoring His direction is that such fleshly “pioneering” only desensitizes your heart to His direction even further. If you think this hardening may be present in your heart today, ask God to reveal the truth about how you’re walking with Him. He wants you to live in His guidance for all of your years.

Dear God, reveal the truth of how I am walking with You. Sensitize my heart to Your direction. Lead me. Guide me.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 361). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 10 Praise Him for the Future

Scripture reading: Matthew 24:3–25

Key verse: Matthew 24:25

See, I have told you beforehand.

During a quiet moment alone with the disciples, someone asked Jesus, “What will be the sign of Your coming?” (Matt. 24:3). Christ’s answer was meant for us as much as it was for the disciples.

He told His followers of the coming of a Great Tribulation, one that will usher in the end of things as we know them. It will be a time when Satan has great advantage over the earth. People will turn from God, and many will refuse to believe in His Son as the Savior of the world.

There are different interpretations of the end times. However, one thing is sure: Christ will return for His church. He will gather to Himself those who believe in Him, and together they will reign in the kingdom of God.

Jesus’ words were meant to be encouraging and not a point of argument. He wanted His followers to be prepared for the future. In telling them about the end times, He sought to provide insight, warning of the things to come, and comfort in the fact that He would always be near them.

God warns us not to be slothful in our devotion to Him, but to live holy and pure lives. He comforts us when we hurt so we will not become discouraged.

There has never been, nor will there be, a time when God is not aware of your needs. When you think about the future, praise Him for His soon and sure return.

Heavenly Father, I praise You for the insight, warning of things to come, and comfort for the future that Your Word gives me. I praise You for Your soon and sure return.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 361). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Pelosi ‘Bowed Down to the Most Radical Elements of Her Base’ by Letting Impeachment Move Forward: Scalise

Republican House leaders said that the allegations against President Donald Trump laid out in two articles of impeachment are not supported by evidence. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “bowed down to the most radical elements of her base,” who want to overturn the results of the 2016 election, “instead of standing up to them and saying that she was going to work for the American people.” Scalise said House Democrats hoped that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team would find something to use to impeach Trump but that they had to move on after Mueller’s report failed to establish any collusion between Trump or his campaign and Russia.

Source: Pelosi ‘Bowed Down to the Most Radical Elements of Her Base’ by Letting Impeachment Move Forward: Scalise

Jason Chaffetz: The damage James Comey did to our country, the drama and expense is truly breathtaking

The damage James Comey did, the drama and expense he put our country through, is truly breathtaking.

Source: Jason Chaffetz: The damage James Comey did to our country, the drama and expense is truly breathtaking

Credit Suisse shocking call: Fed will launch ‘QE4’ before year-end to stem Street cash crunch

The move would be needed to bridge a funding gap as banks scramble for scarce reserves, according to analyst Zoltan Pozsar.

Source: Credit Suisse shocking call: Fed will launch ‘QE4’ before year-end to stem Street cash crunch

GOP LEADER ON IMPEACHMENT: ‘It’s Not A Day That History Will Be Proud Of’ — The Gateway Pundit

After House Democrats on Tuesday announced two articles of impeachment against President Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said “it’s not a day that history will be proud of.”

The California Republican said the Democrats’ decision would weaken the nation as he accused party leaders of putting partisan politics ahead of solving America’s problems.

“This is the day the nation is weaker because they surely cannot put their animosity or their fear of losing an election in the future in front of all the other things that the American people want,” McCarthy said.

“Alexander Hamilton warned us that this day would come,” he added. “That a majority would use their political power just for politics, even though we all raise our hands to uphold the Constitution. I just hope no Congress, regardless who is in the majority, will ever take us down this path again, to waste a majority on this is an embarrassment to this Congress.”

“We watched in a hearing, a Democrat constitutional scholar that did not vote for President Trump say this was the weakest, the thinnest, the fastest impeachment in the history of America,” McCarthy said. “He then went to say if there was an abuse it would be abuse on the Democrats to move forward. The speaker must not have listened to that hearing. If the speaker had only waited 48 hours to release the transcript, America would not be put through the nightmare.”

“They don’t even have a budget. We don’t even have a trade agreement that was signed more than a year ago to make this country stronger, for not lowering drug prices,” added McCarthy, referring to the new trade deal for North America.

“We are not rebuilding this nation. Why? Because the timeline that they started from the day they were sworn in, down to the very freshmen announcing what they would do on the night they were sworn in to the selection of the chairs who would oversee the impeachment has come true today. It’s not a day that history will be proud of. It’s not a day I hope America ever repeats.”

McCarthy also said he has a “hard time believing” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that she does not hate Trump.

And he pointed out that freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) called for Trump’s impeachment in January, shortly after she took office.

“I’ll take them at their word what Congresswoman Tlaib said their very first day in Congress of what she referred to the president, which I wouldn’t think anyone would want it referred to them, that she was going to impeach them,” McCarthy told reporters at a press conference.

via GOP LEADER ON IMPEACHMENT: ‘It’s Not A Day That History Will Be Proud Of’ — The Gateway Pundit

The Afghanistan War Revealed: An 18 Year, Trillion Dollar Lie! by Ron Paul

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For 18 years, US government officials – from the generals up to presidents – have knowingly lied to the American people about the Afghanistan war. As billions were being flushed away or stuffed into the pockets of corrupt officials, the news for those of us back home was always good! We’re “making progress.” Now, thanks to 2,000 documents recently released as a result of a FOIA request, we know the truth. Will anyone be held accountable for this monstrous, murderous lie?

Barr Skips Over IG Report To Durham, Says FBI May Have Acted In ‘Bad Faith’ | ZeroHedge News

Attorney General William Barr says he believes the FBI may have been operating in “bad faith” when it launched a counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election.

[T]hese irregularities, these misstatements, these omissions were not satisfactorily explained,” said Barr in a lengthy interview with NBC, just one day after DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz released the so-called FISA report.

“And I think that leaves open the possibility to infer bad faith. I think it’s premature now to reach a judgment on that, but I think that further work has to be done and that’s what Durham is doing,” he added, referring to US Attorney John Durham – who Barr hand picked to lead a concurrent investigation into the 2016 US election.

Barr described Durham’s role as “Looking at the issue of how it got started. He’s looking at whether or not the narrative of Trump being involved in the Russian interference actually preceded July, and was it in fact what precipitated the trigger for the investigation.”

“He’s also looking at the conduct of the investigation,” added Barr – who then said that he instructed Durham to look just as carefully into the “post-election period.”

“I did that because of some of the stuff that Horowitz has uncovered, which to me is inexplicable. Their case collapsed after the election, and they never told the court, and they kept on getting renewals on these applications. There was documents falsified in order to get these renewals. There was all kinds of withholding of information from the court. And the question really is ‘what was the agenda after the election that kept them pressing ahead, after their case collapsed?’ This is the president of the Untied States!”

Barr, who has characterized the FBI’s actions during Trump-Russia investigation as spying, slammed the Obama DOJ and the press for the Russiagate narrative that President Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to win the election.

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said.

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Source: Barr Skips Over IG Report To Durham, Says FBI May Have Acted In ‘Bad Faith’

Turley Takes Down Media Trying to Spin ‘Damning’ IG Report

In a column for The Hill published Monday afternoon, George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley took direct aim at the liberal media for mischaracterizing the findings of the Justice Department Inspector General report about the origins of the Russia investigation and spinning the findings to attack President Trump.

Source: Turley Takes Down Media Trying to Spin ‘Damning’ IG Report