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Conservatism mixed with a little end time theology

Discipling Phases of Jesus

Throughout the New Testament gospels, Jesus walks his followers through several phases on their journey towards maturity.  As we witness Him working in their lives in Scripture, we are able to see and recognize where He is leading us in our own walk with Him.

Studying these phases have helped me understand why I am the way I am and why I struggle with pursuing many spiritual disciplines.  Read on to see if you can trace your ‘roots’ to some of these examples in Scripture!

Phase 1 is the “Spiritual Disciplines” phase.

In this phase, we can see a marked difference between Jews and Gentiles.  Jewish boys at a very early age were sent to a synagogue where they studied under a Rabbi for years.  This gave them a solid foundation in the following essential qualities we must develop in our own lives:

  1. Memorization of OT Scripture
  2. Scripture meditation
  3. Prayer
  4. Fasting

When these Jewish boys came to know Jesus, they had already developed and had history in scripture and many of these disciplines.

If you contrast this with us Gentiles….well, we are a little different.  When the Apostle Paul was commissioned in his ministry to the Gentiles, he found no such discipline in their lives.  Not one of them had memorized scripture or had any history of prayer and fasting.  Imagine training up pastors with this background!  If you are like me, I can certainly trace my difficulties in these disciplines back to my roots!

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Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

2 Components of Salvation

There are 2 components to Christian salvation and both must be present at the time of conversion.

Faith + Repentance = Salvation

Mark 1:15

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (ESV)

Without these 2 working together, salvation is not guaranteed.

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Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

Recent Events at the UN Summit in Pittsburgh

There has been a plethora of new (and somewhat frightening) happenings coming from the UN Summit.  Here’s a brief look at the latest news:

  • There are some strong leaders left in the world – They’re just absent from the US right now.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually showed some gusto by condemning the UN for allowing the Iranian president to speak and brought forth evidence of the Holocaust (which is only being denied by the crack-nut Ahmadinejad).
  • Guess where this quote came from: “We are content and happy if  Barack Obama can stay forever as the President of the United States of America.”  Joe Biden?  ACORN?  Matt Lauer?  This was from Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.  Isn’t that something?  Wicked dictators accused of mass murder and genocide love Obama.  Gadhafi also referred to BHO as “our son” and “our Obama.”  Touching.
  • Our fearless leader is calling for a world without nuclear bombs.  Fortunately, the world is allowing us to lead the way and disarm first.  Great!  Are you feelin’ all ‘hopeychangey’ yet?

In his first appearance before the group, Obama promised the U.S. would reach out in “a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” but he also wagged a rhetorical finger at leaders who spend much of their time at international gatherings excoriating the U.S. He said “an almost reflexive anti-Americanism” that swept the globe under the administration of his predecessor, George W. Bush, is not “an excuse for collective inaction.”

“Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions,” he said.

Unbelievable.

If blaming others is such a poor choice of action, why have you [Barack Hussein Obama] repeatedly blamed Bush for the economic collapse you inherited caused?  And, the economy is just the tip of the iceberg.

Folks, the world is rapidly changing.  We are not living in our Grandparents’ America.

In the Bible, there were numerous signs that pointed to the 1st coming of Jesus; and, Jesus had strong words for those who were unable to see the times and missed His 1st coming.  There are even more signs pointing to the 2nd coming of Christ.  There will be a one-world government and a false ‘peace’ over the nations to set the stage for the most radical period in human history.

When exactly will it happen?  It is correct to state we don’t know the day nor the hour.  But, that doesn’t mean we can’t discern the time and the season.  In fact, we are commanded by Jesus to know the hour in which we live.

Jesus could come in 5 years or He could come in 50.  I don’t know.  But, I can tell you that the level of wickedness in the earth will be matched by a praying church moving in authority as it grows in love for Jesus.  The whole plan to reveal Jesus at the 2nd coming is in deep partnership with His Church.  These in themselves are some of the easiest signs to discern.

God is raising up a prayer movement of people who agree with the plans in His heart and will stand firm until the end.

Luke 21:36 – “But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things [coming sins] that are about to take place, and to stand [in victory] before the Son of Man.”

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Economy, Media/News, Revelation, Signs of the Times

Removing ‘Christmas’ From Textbooks

The watering down of our society continues.

The liberal worldview has removed ‘God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance; it has removed prayer from schools.  Now, it wants to remove the word ‘Christmas’ from school textbooks.  And, this is happening in Texas, of all places:

A proposal for a new social studies curriculum for Texas public schools removes the word “Christmas” in a sixth-grade lesson.

The draft proposal being considered by the State Board of Education removes the word Christmas in a section on culture.  The section now instructs students to explain the significance of religious holidays…The proposal deletes Christmas and adds Diwali, a Hindu festival (emphasis mine).

A person can be open-minded so long as it removes any sort of Christian language from the discussion.

Imagine the sixth-grader who is reading this textbook.  Not only has Christmas been removed, but they’ve probably also added positive discussion on abortion and same-sex marriage.

The moral compass of our nation is being degraded at an increasing rate.  Yet, all of this is in context to Jesus’ battle plan for the last generation.

It’s not just in textbooks, it’s in our vocabulary as well.  Happy Holidays.  Season’s Greetings.  These phrases have replaced Merry Christmas so as to not offend anyone.

I say, let the offense continue!

Jesus will continue to be a source of contention until He returns.  There is no mistake in who we claim Him to be:  The Christ, the Messiah, the God-Man; His Name is Faithful and True and He judges righteously.  He is terrifying yet wonderful.

Jesus, we long for Your return.  Come make the wrong things right.

Merry-early-Christmas everyone 🙂

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Media/News, Signs of the Times

Which Message Is It?

It seems like every other chapter in the Old Testament dealt with Israel defending itself from another nation.

Sometimes, the message went forth that the Lord was for the city and would defend it from its enemies; at other times, the message was the exact opposite and the Lord would hand the nation over to its enemies.

In Isaiah 36 and 37, the Assyrian King Sennacherib was the foe.  The people of Judah, under King Hezekiah, fasted and prayed to the Lord for deliverance, and the Lord answered and delivered the city.  Isaiah 37:36 –

Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

Imagine waking up to that scene!  There was much celebration and praise given to Yahweh that day.

Fast forward just two chapters to Isaiah 39, and this time the message goes forth that when the Babylonian King comes, the city will be delivered over to its enemies.  Listen to the warning in Isaiah 39:6 –

The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD.

So, what happens?  In Jeremiah 28, the nation of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem.  The false prophet Hananiah goes out proclaiming the deliverance of the Lord.  Jeremiah receives the true message from the Lord and counters the message of Hananiah: The Lord will deliver Jerusalem into the hands of its enemies.

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him.

Now, imagine those who believed the message of the false prophet!  “Peace and Safety!” he cried, when that message was for an earlier time in Israel’s history.  The true message for the day was to flee the city for trouble was coming.

What time are we living in?

I think the better question should be: What should our response be?  America has experienced a financial shaking.  There are rogue nations – Iran, North Korea – developing nuclear technology with the intent on harming the US.  There are famines, fires, and new pandemics (the Swine Flu) breaking out.

I just can’t see the message relevant to today’s Christians being one of peace, safety, and prosperity.  Our response should be one of Deuteronomy 28-29 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.  We need to pray, fast, and seek the Lord now – it is vital we develop a history in God while we still can.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

This isn’t something we want to cram for the night before.  It’s time to move past conferences that teach us how to grin and bear our quiet times and pursue walking out the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle before everything falls apart.

Is my heart ready to stay steadfast in love to Jesus no matter what is happening around me?

Jesus, give me strength to do this!  I am so weak!  Give me grace to fast, grace to pray.

God’s dealing with individuals is very different from how He deals with nations.  I can be in church on Sunday and feel the presence of God and then the next day America could be invaded by another country.  This wouldn’t change at all my experience the previous day.

I am no prophet and yet these things stand out to me.

If my response from the message that has gone out puts in me even more fire to run hard after Jesus…….

Seems to me to be the message of the day. 😉

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

Possible Health Care Restrictions and a Call to Greatness

The Right Revelation Podcast!

A look into 2 new possible Health Care restrictions – mandatory circumcision and a ban on Happy Hour.  A brief look into football and will we be given a new choice for Social Security?

Also includes a brief discussion on Jesus’ call to be considered great in the Kingdom of God.

Duration: 15 minutes 15 seconds

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Economy, Health Care, Media/News, Podcasts

Invitation to Greatness

I’ve been posting a lot of news lately.  It’s a good time to step back for a moment and focus on the Word.

Jesus has offered to His people the chance to be called great in the Kingdom of God.  He opens the opportunity to anyone – it doesn’t matter on the size of ones ministry or how well known we are.   We may never be known at all in our church, city, workplace…but we have an open door for greatness in His eyes.

Jesus states in Matthew 5:17-19 –

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

A quick read through the Old Testament will confirm that the Jewish community throughout history did not live up to nor understand 100% the commands that God gave them.  Jesus came to express the full intent of what God intended the commands to be.

The law won’t be fully expressed – or fulfilled – until  the smallest details and tiniest parts of the law are fully embodied in the lives of His people.

Jesus then makes the call to be great and opens it up to ‘whoever’ – to anyone – whoever keeps the most minute part of My commandments, and then teaches others to do the same, will be considered great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

God is looking for people that aren’t thinking of ways to escape obedience; they are trying to find ways to enter into the power of God to fully walk out the least intention of what God meant when He gave those commandments.

But, there’s a flip side: Those who break the least of these commands and then teaches others to do the same will be considered least in the Kingdom of God.  They will be saved, they will have the Holy Spirit, and their experience will be glorious.  But, they will be on the least end of the spectrum of the Glory of God being manifest through them and the Lord using them for His purposes in the age to come.

This has to be one of the most eye-opening and even terrifying teachings: I do not want to be considered least in the Kingdom of God.  Jesus appealed to rewards numerous times when motivating people to obey Him – Lord, forgive me for the time I have wasted!  Yet, thank You for the chance to run the race with even more vigor.

Teaching others doesn’t have to be on a platform; this is done at home, in small groups, with friends – whomever God gives us influence – what is it are we calling them to?

Jesus, give us strength to obey You in the private areas of our life, to seek to obey Your commands out of a loving heart and then go the next step and encourage others to do the same.

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

Flagged and Offended

The Right Revelation Podcast!

The 1st Podcast on the blog contains a look at the flag@whitehouse.gov program as well as additional views on the Heath Care bill.  Also includes a brief discussion on the leadership of Jesus.

Duration: 7 minutes 37 seconds

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Media/News, Podcasts

The Ultimate Statement of Our Worth

The affections that the Father has towards His Son Jesus are turned around and felt for us by Jesus.  We are His Church, His Body, and His Bride.

John 15:9

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

Jesus also lays out a very important command here: Abide in My love.

This is something we have to contend for, to wrestle and lay hold of.  The enemy will do everything he can to keep us from abiding in the love Jesus has for us.  When we touch this reality it will change our lives.  Our desire to read the Word, to pray, and to fast will be motivated by experiencing God’s affection.

This isn’t about earning God’s affection or love; You know when you’ve touched the affection of God when everything you do is motivated by having more.

“I must have more of you Jesus!”  God’s presence is the greatest gift He can give to man’s spirit.  We will still be fascinated by His holiness for billions and billions of years.

How do we ‘abide’ in God’s love?  Jesus tells us if we continue in John 15:10-11 –

10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

We abide in His love by obeying His commands in the written Word of God, just as Jesus obeyed the commands of His Father.  This also takes effort and Jesus so enjoys the immature reach of our spirit to obey Him, know Him, and love Him.  It’s not condemning, it’s liberating.  We find joy when we obey God.

Immaturity does not mean rebellion.  God loves the unbeliever just as much as He loves the new believer and He loves them as much as He loves the  seasoned Apostle.  The difference is that God enjoys the believer and his or her reach to become fully abandoned to God.

I speak to you as one not who has perfected this, but one who is, on a daily basis, learning more and more to experience God’s affections.  Believe me, some days are easier than others!  But, I encourage you as I am encouraged in writing this, to continue the race and know, even when we’re not feeling it, God is enjoying the reach of our spirit to love Him.

Filed under: 1st Commandment

Without Offense

The leadership of Jesus is good.

I wish I could say I have believed this 100% in my life; unfortunately, this is not true.  I am one of those who have ‘grumbled in the wilderness’ much like the Israelites after the Exodus from Eqypt.

My patience and endurance when my faith is tested is so small…

Here is the truth: Everything Jesus does is performed in perfect love and with infallible wisdom.  It is impossible to improve upon His plans.  No one can make a suggestion to have done it any better than how Jesus does it.

Jesus offends the mind to reveal the heart.  In some, it reveals they really don’t love God.  For others, His offending the mind brings forth love as we seek to understand what it is He is doing in our lives.

2 ways that offense enters our hearts: We are offended either by what Jesus does or by what He doesn’t do.

“Why didn’t you help me out financially like the Bible says?”

“I’ve been laboring in ministry for years – where is the breakthrough in my ministry?”

I have charged Him many times with poor leadership in my life.  Friends, this should not be.  Everything He does is motivated by perfect love and infallible wisdom.

When we understand His leadership in our lives as being good it fills our heart with gratitude.  We are empowered to love Jesus only to the measure that we have trust and gratitude.

In uncertain times, it is essential we check our hearts for offense towards Jesus.

Today, it was announced that 8 Christians were murdered in Pakistan.  How do you think they are feeling over there?  Are they offended at Jesus?  I can’t even imagine it!  What is it like to live under that persecution?  Am I ready to stand for Jesus if my life depends on it?

Will that happen in America?  Surely not!  But friends, the stage is being set and it will someday happen.  When the winds of ‘tolerance’ hit full-stride, it will be Christians who stand up for righteousness and purity.

We will speak the truth of the Bible and we will declare that Jesus is the only way of salvation.

How do you think they will receive that message?  They will look at us as angry and intolerant, and they will hate us.

Remember, that God does not leave His church unprepared.  I’ve mentioned this before and it’s always worth repeating: At the time of the greatest outbreak of persecution against the saints, Jesus will have His Bride prepared with the greatest outpouring of His Spirit.

His leadership is good.  It’s perfect.

I trust in Your leadership, Jesus.  Make us ready for Your return.

Remove all the things that hinder love.

Filed under: 1st Commandment