Daily Archives: July 31, 2020

July 31 Melted Down

 

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
(Hebrews 10:24, NIV)

During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government ran low on the silver used to make coins. So Cromwell sent his men to a local cathedral to search for some. They reported back to him that the only silver they could find was in the statues of the saints standing in the corners. Cromwell sent back word, “Good; let’s melt down the saints and put them back into circulation.” That’s what we need—men and women who’ve been melted down, filled with God’s Spirit, and put back into circulation. What good is our experience if we keep it in the church, enjoy it in the church, and leave it in the church?

For me, the highlight of last Christmas was providing gifts for a struggling single mother and her three children from our church. Working 10 hours a day, she could provide only the bare essentials So we bought her 14-year-old boy Nike basketball shoes, a doll-set for her little girl, and clothes for the baby. When my wife and her mom delivered them to the woman, complete with a turkey, groceries, and all the trimmings, this mother broke down and wept with gratitude. It was the first time anyone had done anything like this for them. All around you today are people with genuine needs, who feel unloved and unwanted. Share with them what you’ve got, both materially and spiritually.

 

Ask God today to melt you down and put you back into circulation.[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 212). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

July 31 Gaining Perspective

 

Romans 10:17

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

It’s impossible to have faith unless the mind embraces that information which comprises the gospel message. There are specific facts which must be embraced. Faith is not just a warm feeling that comes over you on a bright, sunny day. How would anyone in Seattle or Alaska ever get saved? No, faith is more than a warm feeling. It is the appropriation of certain facts about a man named Jesus.

Gaining perception means you have perceived something. And that “something” is the facts of the gospel message—objective, quantifiable, expressible information. The Bible speaks about false gospels, which means someone has the facts wrong, purposefully or accidentally. So the truth is what has to be perceived and received as “step one” in gaining faith. And that truth comes by hearing the Word of God.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 222). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 31, 2020 Evening Verse of The Day

24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it … and all who live in it. The theological truth behind the statement “the earth is the Lord’s” is based on the Pentateuch, found especially in Exodus 9:29 and Deuteronomy 10:14, and, of course, generally attested by the creation narrative of Genesis 1–2.[1]


Ver. 1.—The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. God’s glory was set forth in Ps. 19 from a consideration of the heavens (vers. 1–6); here it is manifested from the other half of creation—the earth. The whole earth, and all its fulness, is his. He made it, and he remains its sole Owner and Master. There is no inferior δημιουργός, as some believed, who framed it and governs it. All its marvels, all its beauty, all its richness, proceed from God alone. The world, and they that dwell therein. “The world” (תֵּבֵל) seems to be here synonymous with “the earth” (הָאָדֶץ). Not only do its material products belong to God, but its inhabitants also.[2]


1. The earth is Jehovah’s. We will find in many other places the children of Abraham compared with all the rest of mankind, that the free goodness of God, in selecting them from all other nations, and in embracing them with his favour, may shine forth the more conspicuously. The object of the beginning of the psalm is to show that the Jews had nothing of themselves which could entitle them to approach nearer or more familiarly to God than the Gentiles. As God by his providence preserves the world, the power of his government is alike extended to all, so that he ought to be worshipped by all, even as he also shows to all men, without exception, the fatherly care he has about them. But since he preferred the Jews to all other nations, it was indispensably necessary that there should be some sacred bond of connection between him and them, which might distinguish them from the heathen nations. By this argument David invites and exhorts them to holiness. He tells them that it was reasonable that those whom God had adopted as his children, should bear certain marks peculiar to themselves, and not be altogether like strangers. Not that he incites them to endeavour to prejudice God against others, in order to gain his exclusive favour; but he teaches them, from the end or design of their election, that they shall then have secured to them the firm and peaceful possession of the honour which God had conferred upon them above other nations, when they devote themselves to an upright and holy life. In vain would they have been collected together into a distinct body, as the peculiar people of God, if they did not apply themselves to the cultivation of holiness. In short, the Psalmist pronounces God to be the King of the whole world, to let all men know that, even by the law of nature, they are bound to serve him. And by declaring that he made a covenant of salvation with a small portion of mankind, and by the erection of the tabernacle, gave the children of Abraham the symbol of his presence, thereby to assure them of his dwelling in the midst of them, he teaches them that they must endeavour to have purity of heart and of hands, if they would be accounted the members of his sacred family.

With respect to the word fulness, I admit that under it all the riches with which the earth is adorned are comprehended, as is proved by the authority of Paul; but I have no doubt that the Psalmist intends by the expression men themselves, who are the most illustrious ornament and glory of the earth. If they should fail, the earth would exhibit a scene of desolation and solitude, not less hideous than if God should despoil it of all its other riches. To what purpose are there produced so many kinds of fruit, and in so great abundance, and why are there so many pleasant and delightful countries, if it is not for the use and comfort of men? Accordingly, David explains, in the following clause, that it is principally of men that he speaks. It is his usual manner to repeat the same thing twice, and here the fulness of the earth, and the inhabitants of the world, have the same meaning. I do not, however, deny that the riches with which the earth abounds for the use of men, are comprehended under these expressions. Paul, therefore, (1 Cor. 10:26,) when discoursing concerning meats, justly quotes this passage in support of his argument, maintaining that no kind of food is unclean, because “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.”[3]


1. How very different is this from the ignorant Jewish notion of God which prevailed in our Saviour’s day. The Jews said, “The holy land is God’s, and the seed of Abraham are his only people;” but their great Monarch had long before instructed them,—“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.” The whole round world is claimed for Jehovah, “and they that dwell therein” are declared to be his subjects. When we consider the bigotry of the Jewish people at the time of Christ, and how angry they were with our Lord for saying that many widows were in Israel, but unto none of them was the prophet sent, save only to the widow of Sarepta, and that there were many lepers in Israel, but none of them was healed except Naaman the Syrian,—when we recollect, too, how angry they were at the mention of Paul’s being sent to the Gentiles, we are amazed that they should have remained in such blindness, and yet have sung this Psalm, which shows so clearly that God is not the God of the Jews only, but of the Gentiles also. What a rebuke is this to those wiseacres who speak of the negro and other despised races as though they were not cared for by the God of heaven! If a man be but a man the Lord claims him, and who dares to brand him as a mere piece of merchandise! The meanest of men is a dweller in the world, and therefore belongs to Jehovah. Jesus Christ has made an end of the exclusiveness of nationalities. There is neither barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; but we all are one in Christ Jesus.

Man lives upon “the earth,” and parcels out its soil among his mimic kings and autocrats; but the earth is not man’s. He is but a tenant at will, a leaseholder upon most precarious tenure, liable to instantaneous ejectment. The great Landowner and true Proprietor holds his court above the clouds and laughs at the title-deeds of worms of the dust. The fee-simple is not with the lord of the manor nor the freeholder, but with the Creator. The “fulness” of the earth may mean its harvests, its wealth, its life, or its worship; in all these senses the Most High God is Possessor of all. The earth is full of God; he made it full and he keeps it full, notwithstanding all the demands which living creatures make upon its stores. The sea is full, despite all the clouds which rise from it; the air is full, notwithstanding all the lives which breathe it; the soil is full, though millions of plants derive their nourishment from it. Under man’s tutored hand the world is coming to a greater fulness than ever, but it is all the Lord’s; the field and the fruit, the earth and all earth’s wonders are Jehovah’s. We look also for a sublimer fulness when the true ideal of a world for God shall have been reached in millennial glories, and then most clearly the earth will be the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. These words are now upon London’s Royal Exchange, they shall one day be written in letters of light across the sky.

The term “world” indicates the habitable regions, wherein Jehovah is especially to be acknowledged as Sovereign. He who rules the fish of the sea and the fowl of the air should not be disobeyed by man, his noblest creature. Jehovah is the Universal King, all nations are beneath his sway: true Autocrat of all the nations, emperors and czars are but his slaves. Men are not their own, nor may they call their lips, their hearts, or their substance their own; they are Jehovah’s rightful servants. This claim especially applies to us who are born from heaven. We do not belong to the world or to Satan, but by creation and redemption we are the peculiar portion of the Lord.

Paul uses this verse twice, to show that no food is unclean, and that nothing is really the property of false gods. All things are God’s; no ban is on the face of nature, nothing is common or unclean. The world is all God’s world, and the food which is sold in the shambles is sanctified by being my Father’s, and I need not scruple to eat thereof.[4]


[1] Bullock, C. H. (2015). Psalms 1–72. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 1, p. 177). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 173). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[3] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 401–402). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, pp. 374–375). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

Joel & Victoria Osteen — Michelle Lesley

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If you are considering commenting or sending me an e-mail objecting to the fact that I warn against certain teachers, please click here and read this article first. Your objection is most likely answered here. I won’t be publishing comments or answering emails that are answered by this article.

This article is what I call a “clearinghouse article”. It is a collection of articles written by others on the teacher, ministry, or unbiblical trend named below. Either I have not had the time to write a full blown article on it myself, or I felt that the articles listed did a fine job of explaining the biblical issues and there was no need to reinvent the wheel.

Disclaimer: I did not write the articles below, and I am not thoroughly familiar with all of the websites used in my clearinghouse articles. I do not endorse anything on these sites that deviates from Scripture or conflicts with my beliefs as outlined in the “Welcome” or “Statement of Faith” tabs in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.

Here are the  biblical criteria I use when deciding whether or not to recommend a teacher, ministry, etc.:

Generally speaking, in order for me to recommend a teacher, speaker, or author, he or she has to meet three criteria:

a) A female teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly preach to or teach men in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12. A male teacher or pastor cannot allow women to carry out this violation of Scripture in his ministry. The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be living in any other sin (for example, cohabiting with her boyfriend or living as a homosexual).

b) The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be partnering with or frequently appearing with false teachers. This is a violation of Scripture.

c) The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be teaching false doctrine.

I recommend against any teacher or ministry who violates one or more of these biblical tenets.

I am not very familiar with most of the teachers I’m asked about (there are so many out there!) and have not had the opportunity to examine their writings or hear them speak, so most of the “quick checking” I do involves items a and b (although in order to partner with false teachers (b) it is reasonable to assume their doctrine is acceptable to the false teacher and that they are not teaching anything that would conflict with the false teacher’s doctrine). Partnering with false teachers and women preaching to men are each sufficient biblical reasons not to follow a pastor, teacher, or author, or use his/her materials.

Just to be clear, “not recommended” is a spectrum. On one end of this spectrum are people like Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth and Kay Arthur. These are people I would not label as false teachers because their doctrine is generally sound, but because of some red flags I’m seeing with them, you won’t find me proactively endorsing them or suggesting them as a good resource, either. There are better people you could be listening to. On the other end of the spectrum are people like Joyce Meyer and Rachel Held Evans- complete heretics whose teachings, if believed, might lead you to an eternity in Hell. Most of the teachers I review fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum (leaning toward the latter).

If you’d like to check out some pastors and teachers I heartily recommend, click the Recommended Bible Teachers tab at the top of this page.


Joel & Victoria Osteen
Not Recommended

 

Primary issues with the Osteens (and their “church,” Lakewood) : Word of Faith (prosperity gospel) heresy, self-help/seeker driven theology, Scripture – when used – is twisted and mishandled, Victoria is co-“pastor” of Lakewood and women guest preachers are normative, the Osteens yoke with numerous false teachers

 

Theological Issues

What’s the Problem with Joel Osteen? at CBC Media

A Biblical Critique of Joel Osteen’s Teachings by Melissa Dougherty

Who is Joel Osteen, and are his teachings biblical? at Got Questions

The Danger Of Prosperity Preaching: A Review Of Joel Osteen at Reasons for Jesus

Justin Peters exposes Joel Osteen the Phony by Justin Peters

John MacArthur Rebukes Joel Osteen by John MacArthur

 

Book Reviews

Joel Osteen’s “Your Best Life Now” [and “Become a Better You”]: An Honest Review at Reasons for Jesus

Positive Thinking is False Thinking…and a Few Thoughts on Joel Osteen’s Latest Book (Think Better, Live Betterat Truth + Fire

 

Specific Incidents with Joel & Victoria Osteen

Joel Osteen’s “I Don’t Know”-athon on Larry King by Steve Lawson

Victoria Osteen says to do good for yourself, not God at CARM

Victoria Osteen Ripped for Telling Church ‘Just Do Good For Your Own Self’; Worship Is Not for God, ‘You’re Doing it for Yourself’ at The Christian Post

Joel Osteen: Mormons Are ‘Brothers In Christ’ on Wolf Blitzer

Just How Rich Is Joel Osteen? at TheStreet

 

Collections of Articles/Episodes

Joel Osteen at Apprising

Osteen at Berean Research

Osteen at Fighting for the Faith

Osteen at The End Time

via Joel & Victoria Osteen — Michelle Lesley

July—31 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.—Psalm 97:11.

My soul! mark how blessedly the Holy Ghost speaks of the stores in Jesus, laid up for his people. Light, in which is included all blessings in Christ Jesus, is sown, not reaped. This is not the harvest, but the seed-time of a believer. It is a life of faith, a life of trust, a life of dependence. Hence the apostle saith, “Let us not he weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9.) Now this light is “sown for the righteous”—for the true believer in the righteousness of Jesus; and there shall be gladness in the end for the truly regenerated in heart. My soul! it were exceedingly to be desired, that thou wouldst seek grace from the Holy Ghost to have a right apprehension of the promises. It is to the want of this, very frequently, that thy comforts are broken, and that thou walkest in darkness. Thy Lord Jesus doth indeed give thee many sweet love-tokens by the way, and handed to thee many a blessed morsel of his bread in secret, to comfort thee on thy pilgrimage; but it never was his design, neither would it suit thy present state, nor his glory, to make the wilderness any other than a wilderness. The Lord forbid, that aught should arise to prompt thee to set up thy rest, like the Reubenites, on this side the land of promise. No. “Light is sown;” mark that: and “the harvest is sure;” here rest in full assurance of hope. Thy Jesus is thine: thy interest in him is not now to be called in question: let him then guide the way. And though clouds and darkness may rest upon it, yet he is bringing thee by “a right way” to a city of habitation. This is the minority of thine existence; and by and by thou wilt come of age. Thou and thy companions are all going home to thy Father’s house, to thy Jesus and his kingdom: and what will it signify, when thou gettest there, what accommodation thou hast had by the way? Nay, the poorer it hath been, the sweeter will be the refreshments that follow. And if thou art but little acquainted with the luxuries on which the carnal rejoice, the good things of the earth brought forth by the sun, and the precious things put forth by the moon, yet having “the good will of him that dwelt in the bush,” thou hast a Benjamin’s portion, and art most blessed indeed. Say then, as the psalmist: “From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world which have their portion in this life, and whose bellies are filled with thy hid treasure! But light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 228–229). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

What Comfort Does the Doctrine of Providence Bring to Christians during Difficult Times? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

In perfect wisdom and might, the Lord moves all creatures and events to accomplish His sovereign purpose. From our livestream event Made in the Image of God, John MacArthur expresses the comfort of God’s providence when we face trials of many kinds.

Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at ask.Ligonier.org.

via What Comfort Does the Doctrine of Providence Bring to Christians during Difficult Times? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

July 31st The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as My Father hath appointed unto Me; that ye may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.—Luke 22:29, 30.

THINK of the Lord stooping down and taking a poor drunkard right up and out of the gutter, and putting his feet on the rock, and a new song in his mouth, and lifting him up above powers and principalities, above angels and archangels, seraphims and cherubims, up, up, up, on to the throne with Himself! Do you suppose that an angel flying over the nations of the earth would look at any throne? What a great time they had a few years ago putting the Czar on to the throne of Russia! Nation after nation sent representatives to assist at the ceremonies. But Christ’s is more than that. His is an everlasting kingdom. His is a throne that is going to endure forever; and He says, “Ye shall sit with Me on My throne.” Man, look up! Look at the stars to-night! Our inheritance is above.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 129–130). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

FAUCI EXPOSED: Jim Jordan’s Grilling Proves It’s All Political (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before a House subcommittee on Friday on a national strategy for combating the Coronavirus.

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) grilled Fauci on whether the protesters and rioters are increasing the spread of COVID-19.

Rep. Jordan asked Fauci if the government should “limit” the protesting.

Fauci danced around the question and didn’t condemn the rioting.

Jim Jordan pointed out to Fauci that he has been running his mouth and opining on everything from baseball to masks, to churches and small businesses.

Fauci’s testimony further confirms the lockdowns are all political and that he is also political.

WATCH:

 

via FAUCI EXPOSED: Jim Jordan’s Grilling Proves It’s All Political (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Weekly Watchman for 07/31/2020

Shea Houdmann: Civil Disobedience, Racism, Mask Mandates

Today we discuss what the Bible has to say about civil disobedience, signs of the end times; vaccines, the mark of the Beast. Also, does Scripture condone slavery? What about social justice movements today such as Black Lives Matter?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Gary Kah: Deep Trouble for the U.S. if God doesn’t Intervene

We discuss all the groups and entities coming against Christ, the truth, and against America; some history of BLM, Teen Vogue pushing Marxism, Joe Biden pushing Islam, Pope pushing interfaith prayer, Democrats pushing lawlessness, and the importance of the 2020 presidential election.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Chris Quintana: Caesar, the Church, and the New Normal?

We discuss the many interpretations of “the new normal” as it relates to our culture, coronavirus, and the church; censorship, the rich partnership between Black Lives Matter and the Democrat Party, the increasing mentions of “white privilege,” Joe Biden’s policies and handicaps, and the battle in CA between churches and government.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Alex Newman: LGBT, BLM, Islam, Socialism Invading Public Schools

Today we discuss what’s going on behind the scenes in public schools, revisit some past history involving the dramatic moral decline; humanism and secularism. We touch on the subtle progression of anti-Christian curriculum, teachers concerned about going back to school, and tackle the deep state as Alex Newman shares some thoughts on The Great Re-Set and the globalist push to dismantle the United States. But we start with what some are calling the “LGBT invasion” into the government school system.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Mid-Day Snapshot · July 31, 2020

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Publisher’s Note: August Break Next Week

It’s an understatement to say this year has presented unique challenges for our Patriot team and those we serve. From pandemic shutdowns to race-riot showdowns, Democrat leftists are always endeavoring to undermine American Liberty. And we are always on the front lines repelling those attacks, as are tens of millions of our fellow grassroots American Patriots.

Because The Patriot Post operates on a very tight budget, both in terms of manpower and resources, we can’t afford to provide individual staff vacation time that would leave us a man down for many weeks throughout the year. Thus, we take a much-needed break from the rigors of relentless publishing deadlines and pause our operations for a week in August so all of our editorial staff can take the same week of rest.

A few of us will remain on watch, however. Our Right Opinion and Top Headlines sections will be updated throughout the coming week and I will publish on Wednesday. (If you’re not subscribed to Alexander’s Column, modify your subscription and select those options.) We’ll be back on our regular publication schedule on Monday, August 10.


Time to Grow the Economy, Not to Lock It Down Again

Terrible GDP numbers reveal the widespread damage done by the pandemic shutdowns.


Obama Politicizes a Funeral

Civil rights giant John Lewis deserved better than what he got from our 44th president.


Herman Cain, Trailblazer in Business and Politics, Dies at 74

He was the businessman/politician who in many ways helped pave the way for a Trump presidency.


A One-Two Punch of Woke Reading

Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How to Be an Antiracist, is the latest in a line of racialist screeds.


An Entitled Generation of Protesters

When it comes to parenting, we reap what we sow, as can be seen among rioting adolescents.


Chicago Mayor: It’s a ‘Gun Problem’

Murder rates are surging and Democrats blame everything but the source of the problem.


Dueling With the Deep State

President Trump’s executive branch has been a source of resistance and treachery.


A Race-Based Case of Political Entitlement

A Memphis Democrat uses the “victim of systemic racism” defense for her theft and fraud.


Video: The Truth About Crime, Race, and Policing in America

CAE welcomes Heather Mac Donald to answer one of today’s most important questions: Are the police racist?


Video: Proof That These Are Not Peaceful Protests

Liz Wheeler sets the record straight: Violence and rioting are domestic terrorism.


Satire Video: Explaining 2020 Politics to My Past Self

Any rational person would have considered these forewarnings hyperbolic.



TODAY’S OPINION

DAVID HARSANYI
The Chicago Gun Myth
DAVID LIMBAUGH
Leftist Rioters, Like their Marxist Muses, Are Literal Revolutionaries
ADRIANA COHEN
It’s Time to Break Up Big Tech
RICH LOWRY
The Folly of the Never Republicans
ERICK ERICKSON
The Inconvenience of Neighborliness
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Executive Summary

More Michael Flynn drama, unemployment benefits expire, FISA errors, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Heather Mac Donald, Barack Obama, and more.



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July 31 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Lord God, You have given Jesus as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people. It was fitting for You, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings. I must enter Your kingdom through many tribulations, Lord God.

I do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore I take up the whole armor that You provide, God. I do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of my warfare are not carnal but mighty in Your power for pulling down strongholds.

May You, the God of all grace, who called me to Your eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after I have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle me.

Lord God, thank You for providing me, Your humble soldier, with battle armor and Your constant presence.

2 Timothy 2:3; Isaiah 55:4; Hebrews 2:10; Acts 14:22; Ephesians 6:12–13; 2 Corinthians 10:3–4; 1 Peter 5:1[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 230). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 31 Thoughts for the quiet hour

 

Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall

1 Cor. 10:12

Angels fell in Heaven, Adam in paradise, Peter in Christ’s presence.

Theophilus Polwheile[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

July 31 Streams in the Desert

 

He guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.” (Psa. 78:72.)

WHEN you are doubtful as to your course, submit your judgment absolutely to the Spirit of God, and ask Him to shut against you every door but the right one.… Meanwhile keep on as you are, and consider the absence of indication to be the indication of God’s will that you are on His track. … As you go down the long corridor, you will find that He has preceded you, and locked many doors which you would fain have entered; but be sure that beyond these there is one which He has left unlocked. Open it and enter, and you will find yourself face to face with a bend of the river of opportunity, broader and deeper than anything you had dared to imagine in your sunniest dreams. Launch forth upon it; it conducts to the open sea.

God guides us, often by circumstances. At one moment the way may seem utterly blocked; and then shortly afterward some trivial incident occurs, which might not seem much to others, but which to the keen eye of faith speaks volumes. Sometimes these things are repeated in various ways, in answer to prayer. They are not haphazard results of chance, but the opening up of circumstances in the direction in which we would walk. And they begin to multiply as we advance toward our goal, just as the lights do as we near a populous town, when darting through the land by night express.—F. B. Meyer.

If you go to Him to be guided, He will guide you; but He will not comfort your distrust or half-trust of Him by showing you the chart of all His purposes concerning you. He will show you only into a way where, if you go cheerfully and trustfully forward, He will show you on still farther.—Horace Bushnell.

As moves my fragile bark across the storm-swept sea,

Great waves beat o’er her side, as north wind blows;

Deep in the darkness hid lie threat’ning rocks and shoals;

But all of these, and more, my Pilot knows.

Sometimes when dark the night, and every light gone out,

I wonder to what port my frail ship goes;

Still though the night be long, and restless all my hours,

My distant goal, I’m sure, my Pilot knows.

—Thomas Curtis Clark.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 224–225). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Dollar crash will topple the entire US ‘house of cards’ economy by year end – Peter Schiff — RT Business News

Dollar crash will topple the entire US ‘house of cards’ economy by year end – Peter Schiff

No one seems to be worried about the falling dollar, veteran stockbroker Peter Schiff writes on Twitter, as the US currency continues to slide versus major rivals amid gold and silver record growth.

According to Schiff the ignorance is “likely to remain the case until the fall becomes a crash, which I don’t think will begin until the Dollar Index breaks 80. At its current rate of decline that level could be breached before year end, perhaps by election day.”

The decline of the US dollar accelerated in recent weeks on a rise in coronavirus cases in the United States and indications of a pickup in global economic activity. The ICE US Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, fell 0.4 percent on Friday to 92.635 and traded at its lowest since July 2018. Meanwhile, gold continued its rally to hit fresh all-time highs.

“Coronavirus just accelerated the process of the dollar’s fall and there’s nothing that the Federal Reserve could do right now to preserve the dollar from falling,” Schiff said on his podcast.

He explained that the negative interest rates are actually far more negative because the US government is using the CPI (Consumer Price Index) “which barely scratches the surface on how high inflation is.” 

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‘The world is going back to a GOLD STANDARD as the US dollar is about to collapse’ – Peter Schiff

According to Schiff, gold will supplant the dollar because the euro and other currencies are not ready to take its place. “No other currency will take the dollar’s place, real money will take its place, particularly gold, because gold was there before the dollar,” he said, noting that the greenback “did a lousy job, and now gold is taking its spot back.”

Schiff said: “The entire house of cards economy that has been erected over the years, and the Federal Reserve has been the architect of this house of cards economy, is rested on the foundation of the dollar’s reserve currency status. If the dollar loses that status then the foundation crumbles and the whole house of cards topples.”

— Read on www.rt.com/business/496719-us-economy-dollar-falling/

Franklin Graham warns of ‘all-out socialism’ if Americans don’t vote for leaders ‘who love this country’ – The Christian Post

Franklin Graham speaks in a conversation with Ben Shapiro for the “Sunday Special” at The Daily Wire. | Screenshot/The Daily Wire

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham warned of “all-out socialism” if Americans do not vote for leaders who “love this country, defend the Constitution, & support law & order.”

In a Twitter thread Monday, Graham warned about the consequences of complacency from evangelical conservatives and “every person who loves this country.”

He pointed to the “chaos erupting in cities controlled by liberal, socialist-leaning leadership” as a harbinger of things to come on a national level if “this kind of leadership wins in local, state & national elections in November.”

“If this kind of leadership wins in local, state & national elections in November, we’ll see more of this, which would lead to the demise of our nation as we know it,” said Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham.

In a subsequent tweet, he described the violence and unrest in Portland, Oregon, as “an example of what will take place in other cities if Americans do not take a stand in defense of the nation—through the power of the vote.”

“Socialism is dangerous, and we have a party and many politicians who are flirting with all-out socialism,” he stressed.

“I would encourage every person who loves this country to pray & to turn out by the millions to vote. Don’t just watch the news & be depressed—stand up for America! Vote for leaders who love this country, defend the Constitution, & support law & order. Most importantly, pray.”

During the previous election in 2016, Graham made a similar warning, saying that America’s new enemies are “progressives” and “godless secularism.” He also described the presidential election taking place that year as the “most critical in our lifetime.”

In an op-ed Tuesday, Dr. James Dobson, psychologist and founder of the Christian organization Focus on the Family, echoed Graham’s concerns about the perils of socialism. He listed the battle between “capitalism versus socialism” as one of several reasons why “the stakes are high this election year.”

“Socialism limits enterprise and creates undue reliance on the state,” he said. “Socialism, at its core, is a secular framework that installs government as ‘god.’ It has no use for faith, freedom, or the will of the people.”

The aforementioned Twitter thread sent out by Graham is not his first effort to motivate evangelical Christians to go to the polls this fall. The evangelist appeared in a documentary film called “Trump 2024.” The movie, which organizers hope will be shown at 1,500 theaters across the country, warns of socialism and the End Times if President Donald Trump is not re-elected this fall.

According to Pew Research Center, Trump received 81% of the white evangelical vote in the 2016 presidential election, exceeding the share received by the three previous Republican presidential nominees.

While some polls have shown the president’s support slipping with white evangelicals, a poll from Pew Research Center taken last month showed that 82% of white evangelicals planned to vote for Trump.

Graham is not the only evangelical leader working to motivate Christians to get out and vote in November. Jason Yates, the CEO of the group My Faith Votes, has launched a bipartisan initiative called Our Church Votes. Through this initiative, Yates hopes to encourage the 25 million Christians who did not vote in the 2016 presidential election to participate this time around.

— Read on www.christianpost.com/news/franklin-graham-warns-of-all-out-socialism-if-americans-dont-vote-for-leaders-who-love-this-country.html

Dr. Fauci Recommends Encasing Your Entire Body In Bubble Wrap To Protect Against Coronavirus | The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a press conference Wednesday, Dr. Fauci suggested that Americans cover their entire bodies in bubble wrap to protect against coronavirus.

“Studies have shown that this is very effective at stopping the virus, germs, and the oxygen that carries these things,” Fauci said. “You will no longer have to worry about death by coronavirus, though I’m just a medical doctor and can’t speak to any other risk factors this may introduce.”

Of course, Dr. Fauci says that he and other Washington elites are exempt from the recommendation.

“I mean, other people should do that, not me,” he said, chuckling. “I can go to a baseball game and stuff without worrying about protecting against that kind of stuff, because I’m a doctor. The virus and I are on good terms.”

Some doctors quickly held a press conference to point out the dangers of wearing the new full-body bubble wrap cocoons, but their video was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for containing dangerous medical misinformation.

At publishing time, Fauci had also pointed out that the bubbles are really fun to pop and admitted that may have informed his recommendation.

— Read on babylonbee.com/news/dr-fauci-recommends-full-body-bubble-wrap-cocoon-to-protect-against-coronavirus/

Brannon Howse: July 30, 2020 | Worldview Weekend Broadcast Network

Part 2: The Marxist Race War and Guerrilla Warfare Revolution Unfolding in America. Topic: Today Brannon plays audio clips from a 1959 speech by Black American and former high ranking communist leader Manning Johnson. Johnson turned from the Communist movement to warn Americans of how race would be weaponized to destroy America, create division, recruit militants and justify violence. Topic: We take your calls.  

— Read on www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-july-30-2020

July 31, 2020 Morning Verse of The Day

4 This verse stands in direct contrast to the description of the enemies and is disorienting at first, since the two verbs are in the third masculine plural just as in vv. 2–3. It takes a few moments to distinguish that the they here is different from the they above. This may be part of the point. Sometimes it is hard to tell our enemies from our friends, at least until they open their mouths and speak, as the change in speech from vv. 3 to 4 demonstrates. This is the way people should be speaking, instead of the ways of the enemies.[1]


Ver. 4. Let such as love Thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.Our watchword:

These words occur at least three times in the Psalms, and therefore we may regard them as especially important.

  1. Discriminate the character. The individuals here spoken of are those who love God’s salvation. Then it is implied that they are persons who are saved, because it is not according to nature to love a salvation in which we have no part. We may admire the salvation which is preached, but we shall only love the salvation which is experienced. But, more than this, to sustain and bring to perfection in the renewed heart an ardent affection towards the Divine salvation of a sort that will continue, and become practically fruitful, there must be an intelligent consideration, and an instructed apprehension as to the character of this salvation. Now, let me show you what it is in salvation that the thoughtful believer loves; and I may begin by saying that he loves, best of all, the Saviour Himself. Often our Lord is called Salvation, because He is the great worker of it, the author and finisher, the Alpha and the Omega of it. He who has Christ has salvation; and, as He is the essence of salvation, He is the centre of the saved ones’ affection. But you love not only the Saviour’s person, for I am sure you delight in the plan of salvation. What is that plan? It is summed up in a single word—substitution. Oh, then let us always say, “Let God be magnified,” since He devised, arranged, and carried out this Godlike method of blending justice with mercy. But we also love God’s salvation when we consider what was the object of it. The object of it towards us was to redeem unto Christ a people who should be zealous for good works. The sinner loves a salvation from hell; the saint loves a salvation from sin.
  2. Meditate on the saying. Every nation has its idiom, every language has its shibboleth, almost every district has its proverb. Behold the idiom of gracious souls, listen to their household word, their common proverb—it is this, “Let God be magnified! Let God be magnified!” Observe that this is a saying which is founded upon truth and justice. “Let God be magnified,” for it is He that saved us, and not we ourselves. None can divide the honours of grace, for the Lord alone hath turned our captivity. From beginning to end salvation is of the Lord, therefore, let God be magnified. This saying is naturally suggested by love. It is because we love His salvation that we say, “The Lord be magnified.” You cannot love God without desiring to magnify Him, and I am sure that you cannot know that you are saved without loving Him. Moreover, this saying of our text is, deeply sincere and practical. I am sure David did not wish to see hypocrites multiplied; but such would be the case if men merely said, “Let God be magnified,” and did not mean it. Moreover, it must not only be sincere, but it must be paramount. I take it that there is nothing which a Christian man should say continually, except this, “Let God be magnified.” That which a man may say continually is assuredly the master-thought of his mind. Listen to the cherubim and seraphim; they continually do cry, “Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God of Hosts!” And the text tells us this must be continual. How earnest you feel about the cause of Christ when you have heard an inspiriting sermon, but how long does it last?

III. The wish. “Let God be magnified.” This wish is promoted by an anxiety for God’s glory; it is a most holy wish, and it ought to be fulfilled. I shall ask your attention to the reasons of the wish. Why should it be wished?

  1. First, because it always ought to be said, “Let God be magnified.” It is only right, and according to the fitness of things, that God should be magnified in the world which Ha Himself created. Such a handiwork deserves admiration from all who behold it. But when He new-made the world, and especially when He laid the foundation of His new palace in the fair colours of Jesus’ blood, and adorned it with the sapphires of grace and truth; He had a double claim upon our praise.
  2. But, we wish it next, because it always needs saying. The word is dull and sleepy, and utterly indifferent to the glory of God in the work of redemption. We need to tell it over and over and over again, that God is great in the salvation of His people.
  3. And, again, we desire this, because the saying of this continually does good to the sayers. He who blesses God blesses himself. We cannot serve God with the heart without serving ourselves most practically. Nothing, brethren, is more for your benefit than to spend and be spent for the promotion of the Divine honour.
  4. Then, again, this promotes the welfare of God’s creatures. (C. H. Spurgeon.)[2]

[1] deClaissé-Walford, N., & Tanner, B. (2014). Book Two of the Psalter: Psalms 42–72. In E. J. Young, R. K. Harrison, & R. L. Hubbard Jr. (Eds.), The Book of Psalms (p. 565). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[2] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 3, pp. 275–276). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

Grace To You Blog Post – Man’s Enduring Guilt

Romans 3:23 is the go-to verse for a concise explanation of the human problem: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We need to remember that in it, the apostle Paul wasn’t announcing some early church discovery. Romans 3:23 is merely a summary statement of what has been true since Adam’s fall.

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July 31 – Glimpse of home — Reformed Perspective

“I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God. – Amos 9:15

Scripture reading: Amos 9:13-15; Revelation 21:1-8

We already possess the beginning of eternal joy through the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ. The fullness of life described by Amos is one that believers have already now in part. And there is more to come! The notes of God’s judgment have dominated Amos’s preaching, but the Spirit ends by giving us a glimpse of the new heavens and new earth.

C.S. Lewis helps to focus us:

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea” (C.S. Lewis, Weight of Glory).

Sin offers empty pleasures. Idols are unforgiving tyrants. Trusting in self is a dead-end. Every human being is made in the image of God, designed to know Him, to love Him, and to live with Him in eternal happiness. Sin has ruined that and subjected this world to futility and judgment. The tragedy of rebellion against God is that the rebel rejects the King who gave His life for the world so that sinners can come home.

Home. When your soul aches for permanence in a world of change and your heart longs for holiness in a world stained with sin, rest in the finished work of Christ and set your heart on home. Grace will lead you there.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for the hope of heaven to deepen your life already now and to draw you forward in persevering faith. Amen! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Rev. Gary Zekveld is the pastor of New Westminster United Reformed Church in British Columbia, This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

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