Current Topic : The Nations
So as the virus and the economy, the upcoming election , the weather and numerous other events seem to be hurtling themselves towards us......and in just the last 24 hours , the US is about to get hit with a massive hurricane , named Laura.
There are few of us who are still pounding the pavement , raising our voices , sharing the gospel and constantly reminding people that the King is still on the throne and his plan to return to this earth and shock the hec out of all of us , has not changed.
I did some research on the virus , as I encouraged everyone to do , and like many things man does , the response to the virus is and was full of uncertainty ,literally drove some some folks to end their lives , and was devastating to the economy.
History has shown us that the way man responds to certain things , have absolutely horrific consequences. I can't think of a more poor response than the one I see concerning The Word of God!
Certainly the the virus is not the only thing that is causing fear and raising eyebrows. Murder , crime , corruption , seem the norm these days. let us not forget that incident over in Japan on march 11 2011 , where three nuclear power plants went into meltdown conditions , following a 9.0 earthquake which generated a massive tsunami that came crashing down on the nuclear power plant in Fukushima Japan.........don't hear too much talk about this these days even though the Pacific Ocean has been a dumping site , for nuclear waste , since this incident took place. Like I always say......do your own research.
Many times as I'm researching a topic , I can't help but say " Lord have Mercy!" I have this same feeling when I think on ,and study the Holy Bible , God's Word! You think corona virus is bad , just wait until God shows up. The earth and all it's inhabitants are going to tremble.
I looked into what God's word has to say when it comes to nations. I wish the people would pay attention to God and his Christ , as much as they do this virus and the upcoming election.
10 Things that constitute a great nation
Ref. Dakes Study Bible.
1 Wisdom and understanding through the laws of God. Deuteronomy 4:5-6
2 Nearness to God through consecration (to make sacred) to his word and will. Deut. 4:7
3 Miraculous answers to prayer
4 The possession of God's righteous statues and judgments. Deut. 4:8
5 Obedience to the laws of God. Deut. 4:1 ,5-6 , 9 , 14 ,23-24
6 Acceptance to God's word as it is without change and additions. Deut. 4:2
7 Hatred of idolatry Deut. 4:3-4 , 15-19
8 Sound and biblical educational , economical , and civil program. Deut. 5-10 ,14
9 Absolute faith in the providence of God and trust in him against all enemies. Deut. 4:38-40
10 Recognition of God as the Creator and Sovereign of all things. Deut. 4:16-20 ,32 ,39-40
Can you imagine President Trump calling a press conference in which he states that his administration is going to start running the country based on what is found in the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 4! Likewise if Presidential candidate Joe Biden made the statement that he and Mrs. Harris , if elected , were going to run the country based on Deuteronomy Chapter 4. Well guess what? , I can assure you that they won't be employed at the White House!
Can you imagine any nation on this planet making such a declaration! Wow! What a nation that would be. Truly a force to be reckoned with.
However history has shown us for quite a long time , that man does not want the rule of God over his life! Man wants to do what he thinks is best , and most enjoyable , and less confined by rules given by some invisible , imaginary being who claims he is the creator of all things.
But don't take my word for this , just read what some of the non believers have to say about God and his Kingdom....
Atheism Quotes... refs. "goodreads.com"
Charles Bukowski - For those who believe in God , most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula , the big answers don't remain stone written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teaching of the church , state , and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
George Carlin - Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do , every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. and if you do any of these ten things , he has a special place , full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish , where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But he loves you. He loves you , and he needs money! He's all-powerful , all perfect , all knowing , and all-wise , somehow just can't handle money!
Richard Dawkins , The God Delusion - We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Douglas Adams , The hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Christopher Hitchens - That which can be asserted without evidence , can be dismissed without evidence.
Ernest Hemingway , A farewell to Arms - All thinking men are atheists.
Friedrich Nietzsche - Is man merely a mistake of God's? or God merely a mistake of Man?
Voltaire - Those who can make you believe absurdities , can make you commit atrocities
Kurt Vonnegut - Being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.
Mark Twain - The Bible has noble poetry in it....and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity , and upwards of a thousand lies.
Woody Allen - If it turns out that there is a God.....the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
Robert M. Pirsig - When one person suffers from a delusion , it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a religion.
Aleister Crowley - One would go mad if one took the bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.
Ayann Hirsi Ali , infidel - The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain , replacing both the siren-song of paradise and the dread of hell. Life on this earth , with all it's mystery and beauty and pain ,then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up , we are sad , confident , insecure , feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
Good Lord have mercy on us! You can clearly see this very negative and at times very nasty attitude towards the almighty along with those of us who adore him.
So now that we have listened to all the big mouths , let us now listen to what God has to say......in his words , not filtered nor edited , nor evaluated to see if it fits certain criteria , just God Almighty........
Deuteronomy 4:1-9 Now therefore hearken , O Israel , unto the Statutes and unto the judgments , which I teach you , for to do them , that ye may live and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you.
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you , neither shall ye diminish ought from it , that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Your eyes have seen what the Lord did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor , the Lord thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
But ye that did cleave unto the Lord your God are alive every one of you this day. Behold I have taught you statutes and judgments , even as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Keep therefore and do them for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations , which shall hear all these statutes and say , surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great , who hath God so nigh unto them , as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
And what nation is there so great , that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law , which I set before you this day?
Only take heed to thyself , and keep thy soul diligently , lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen , and lest they depart from thy heart all thy days of thy life: but teach them thy sons , and thy sons' sons.
Psalm 33:12 - blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Psalm 33:18-19 - Behold the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him , upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver the soul from death , and to keep them alive in famine. (please note that the psalmist makes mention of both life here on earth and also your soul keeping it from a spiritual death)
People , like those listed above , will mock us for our trusting in God. Nevertheless , Psalm 33:20-22 - Our soul waiteth for the Lord: , he is our help and our shield. For our hearts will rejoice in him because we have trusted in his Holy Name. Let thy mercy , O Lord be upon us , according as we hope in thee.
You can clearly see throughout scripture that the ones that love God , believe he is who he says he is , then those are the ones that are going to be saved, and under God's protection.
Some of the comments from the atheists listed above were very sad to read. I can only imagine how it makes God feel. You know the Almighty does have feelings? This is why he came into this world and let those maniacs nail him to a cross. It's due to the fact that God has feelings for all of us. And the enemy is going to steadily be whispering to your mind and thoughts , that God does not care about you , and if he did why are you in the situation that you now find yourself in?
Our adversary , The Devil , will bring up your faults , your past , your weaknesses , your desires , things you did , that not many people know about. After awhile , you'll be able to tell when he starts his foolishness , it's usually right when you're getting ready to drop to your knees in prayer , then suddenly these things you did or said or thought , just start popping up in your mind. Just moments ago you were not thinking about these things , but the minute you want to talk to the Good Lord....the attack is launched!
So my friends 2020 is going down in the history books. I suggest you get right with your maker. Don't listen to these folks who think they are so intellectually advanced than the rest of us , that they have come to the conclusion that it is foolishness and a waste of time to seek after the Creator.
However , I strongly disagree. We have been in need of God since the fall of man. In addition to this present state of man , we also have to deal with a pandemic , protests , riots , murder, high unemployment , may be forced to get vaccinated , they want to take our guns away......so what are we suppose to fight with when the criminals and soldiers from and invading army , come to visit your town?
I'm preparing myself physically , mentally and spiritually. You can get yourself a few cases of that water I see piled on crates at Walmart. There is absolutely no reason for you not to have at least a couple cases of water on hand.
If you're fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where you get along with your neighbors then that will make things easier. Encourage them that we need to stick together and prepare ourselves for the upcoming human storm.
Those of you who have a firearm , be aware that there is a shortage on ammunition. Try to purchase a firearm now , it's a long waiting list. Gun sales have gone through the roof.
If you have not done so , form a good relationship with Jesus! Ask him for wisdom , thank him for his sacrifice which was done to keep us from eternal damnation.