PRAYER, FAITH AND SLOT MACHINES


SLOT     A casino is an interesting place to learn about prayer. Walking around in the twilight darkness, you see basically three types of players. First, are the drifters. These folks drift from machine to machine, watching others play until they see multiple players have tried the same machine with no luck. Then they move in. They are looking for the quick, easy score with the least investment. They figure, after all that play, it will pay off big for them. Next, you’ll find the vacillators. These are the ones that the drifters follow most frequently. They will play on one machine for a short period of time, then move on to another, hoping that the other machine will pay out bigger and more often. Finally, you have the homesteaders. These rugged individuals sit down in front of one machine and play until they get tired. If they lose, they keep putting in more. They are not going to give up until they hit the jackpot. They may lose all they have, but they will never give up.
In the old days, before the electronic slot machine, a player would put in the coins he wanted to bet and pull the handle. He would watch the tumblers spin in unison and stop, one by one, bells would ring and lights would flash when a jackpot was won. Coins would come spitting out into the tray at the bottom. Instant gratification. He could keep playing, or place his winnings in paper buckets and take them to the cashier. Or, he would watch the tumblers spin in unison and stop, one by one, and nothing happened. He would either drift, vacillate, or homestead, depending on his personal inclination. Now, most of the machines are electronic, with few, or no, coins involved, no handle action and no waterfall of coins on payout. The machine tells him how many coins he’s won and, when he’s ready to leave, his payout is received in a bar coded receipt which he can redeem at an ATM. He can still win or lose in much the same way he always could, but now it is more private and involves less human contact.
People tend to treat faith and prayer in much the same way as going to a casino. They are initially “in it to win it.” They enter into prayer with their pockets full of faith. They believe that all things are possible. They pray expecting. Or, do they all. As in a casino, you have three groups of pray-ers. Drifters, vacillators and homesteaders.
Prayer drifters tend to watch for the newest, or latest and greatest, prayer and faith teachers to tell them how to get immediate results. They watch, they listen to CD’s and read all sorts of books, trying to gain the knowledge of just the right formula to make God do just what they want. If that person’s ideas don’t work right away, they write them off as a fraud and move on to the next. They drift from teacher to teacher, from evangelist to faith healer. They never find a shortage of new ideas to try but never stick with anything.
Prayer vacillators find some success in their efforts. These are the ones who have “faith of a mustard seed,” but like to spread their faith seed. They will pray about this or that for a while, in earnest and fully believing that God will answer their prayers. After a while, they decide that God has heard their prayers and He is working on it, so they move on to something else. They may, or may not, come back to it again because “God’s ways are higher than our ways,” and He knows what He is doing, so they no longer press the issue. “It will all work out in God’s timing and I have more pressing issues at the moment,” they say to themselves. When God does answer vacillators, they are pleasantly surprised but caught off guard none the less. Yes, they were praying in faith believing, but history had taught them no expectancy. Their prayers had been a pacifier to calm them in times of trouble.
Prayer homesteaders, or, as they are known in Christian circles, the intercessors, are those who are in it for the long haul. They are determined to make their voice heard by God. They will not rest until they are absolutely sure that God has heard, and responded, to their plea. They rarely pray for their own benefit, but for the health, finances, safety, peace or salvation of others. They are relentless and, most usually, tireless in their efforts. They ask, they seek the scriptures for answers, they knock on heaven’s door until the doors and windows of heaven are opened wide. The answer is not always what they expected, but it is an answer, which they believe is directly from God, and that is what they were praying for, believing for and expecting, so they are rarely, if ever, disappointed by prayer. With every answer comes more faith and expectancy.
Jesus spoke about this with his disciples when discussing prayer in Matthew 7:7-11:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Also in Luke 11:5-10:
Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
We all have, or will, fit into one of these three categories at some time or another. We may begin as drifters, looking for the easy way to God, but as our relationship with Him grows, we will pass through vacillation and into homesteading. As we grow in our faith, we find it is less about what God can do for us, and more about what He has done. It is more about believing, knowing and trusting. It is more about Him and less about us.
There is, unfortunately, one other group of people. These are the ones who never enter the “casino.” They never take the chance to find out what faith in God and His grace are all about. They will always be waiting for some “Prize Patrol” to show up out of the blue and change their lives for no apparent reason, even if they never entered the sweepstakes.
© Simply Consider This, 2014.

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THE GIANT AND THE STONE


dngFamiliar story to most people, of course it is about David and Goliath.  What an awesome story!  The seemingly under dog, (David) beats the snot out of the big bully, (Goliath). In fact he took his head, literally.   I have heard many sermons preached on this story…. many.   Sermons on how to face your giants, God uses even a boy, when God is on your side, how big is your faith and many more.
However, as I was reading it again for the umpteenth time…the Holy Spirit gave me a new perspective that made an impact.  He said to me, “This is how I want you to pray.  With tenacity, boldness, and confidence in who I AM.  For My Word never fails.”   It must have struck a chord, or why would my heart begin to understand exactly what that meant.
These are just some observations from the story…. just thoughts that came to mind as I was going over the chapter.

1)      Know who you are in Christ – David knew who he was, what he meant to God, and where their relationship stood, he understood who God was.  David was just an ordinary guy, a young lad who worked for his Dad tending sheep. He wasn’t presumptuous or arrogant, he was who he was, going about everyday life, doing what he was supposed to do…tending the sheep. He did his job, rescuing the sheep, finding the lost wandering ones, guiding them from one pasture to another, protecting them from the lion and the bear.  Must have been a boring job…c’mon, this is sheep we are talking about here.  But instead of complaining about it, David spent the time with God.  Playing music, singing and praising the Lord.  Don’t you think that a relationship happened when there is time spent doing that?  David ministered to the Lord. He began to find out who God is, who he was and the connection between the two of them became strong.  David knew God.

2)      Be Bold – David was trained for this day with the bear and the lion. He had training in the field protecting the sheep.  This was not a wimps job. It was hard work.  He learned how to use the sling and the staff.  He learned about dangerous encounters, but they were small compared to what He was facing now. He knew what he was capable of because this was not his first rodeo, so to speak.  Therefore, he was confident in the abilities God had given him because of those small victories (with the lion and bear), because of the past experiences with God being at his side, he knew with God all things are possible. David stated to King Saul, “ The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of lion and the bear, HE will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.  Before that statement he said, this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them (lion & bear) for he has defied the armies of the living God. Bold statement.  Bold claim. David was bold in the Lord his God.

3)      Believe  –  David showed no fear, when the armies of Israel shook in their booties.   David was not afraid of the giant, why?  Why did he not fear like his comrades?  Because he trusted and believed in the Lord God of Israel.  In fact he mocked Goliath, by asking those around him, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, who dares defy the armies of the Living God?” What a  statement! The men that were around him, thought he was being cocky, who is this kid who thinks that Goliath is a push over? Cocky, not at all.
David called it as he saw it.  David declared who God was, he declared God was bigger than the “enemy”, bigger than the giant they faced.  Wow, look at how much David believed in his God!  When there is that much trust and faith, you not only can kill the giant, but the Lord said you can move the mountain.  Believe, God is able to do what he said he would do. Take Him at His Word… literally.  David had in him, the “holy boldness” Christ has given to us.  Not once did David declare he was mister wonderful, here to save you pitiful people from the big bad bully.  David knew who his God was, knew if God is for us, who then can stand against us…he knew God, he totally believed in God, so much so, he staked his life on it.

4)        Step out – I love how this story shows David, who was not afraid to step out in front, out in front!  He stepped out and put himself  between the giant and the armies of Israel – he took up an offensive/defensive stance.  He did not hide behind a big rock or behind shields of armor – nor did he have anyone going before him.  When King Saul tried to place on David “his armor”, David was not able to move.  (Because someone else’s armor wasn’t made for him to wear, that alone will preach) David didn’t need someone else’s protective gear… David had God’s covering.  Selah (stop and think about that)  David stepped out.  In front, right in the way of harm…think about that for a moment.  It was just him, while the armies of Israel, including his brothers, stood in fear as far back as they could. In fact the two armies camped on opposite hills with a valley between them.  So, think about this… David had to go down into the valley to fight this giant.  He wasn’t elevated on a mountain, or even on the hill.  He was in a valley. David went into the valley to face, defeat and conquer!  The victory came in the valley.   Selah (pause and think about that)   So David stepped out in front, he was willing to give all he had to defend and prove there was a God in Israel.  That is called standing in the gap.  That is what it truly is to stand in the gap for others – to go to war on other people’s behalf.  Wow…this impacted me to imagine this scene in my mind, what that must have looked like.

5)      Declare – I found it interesting that Goliath had a shield go out before him.  This big bad bully, had someone go before with a shield.  Really, dude.  I guess that was how they fought in those days. Also, Goliath was caught off guard by who King Saul sent out to fight him and wasn’t expecting some young whippersnapper.  (catching the enemy off guard?) hmmmm…

Now as David was on his way to face this enemy, he stopped to pick out 5 smooth stones.  Stones, it was a Stone that was used to bring down this giant menace.  A Stone.  One.  I have heard stories of why David picked up 5 stones, it wasn’t because he was afraid he was going to miss the first time he slung it…he was going after Goliath’s brothers.  The point being,  David was determined not only to bring one giant down, his intention was to defeat all of Goliath’s brothers.  In David’s mind Goliath was already defeated, along with all the rest of the Philistines. This was going to be a total victory, complete defeat of the enemy, David was determined.
And so the show down began…..the two come “face to face” so to speak.
As Goliath faced David, he (Goliath) was insulted by this little pipsqueak of a boy who the armies of King Saul sent over to fight him. Goliath, said what?? Am I a dog that you would come to me with a stick?  He cursed David by his gods. And then Goliath shouted at David, boy I am going to mop the earth with your body and feed it to the birds and beast of the field.  And then I stopped and thought about the next verse.…..and smiled.  David who was a teenager or so, had the audacity to shout back at Goliath. NO, big boy you COME to me, and it will be your body that gets fed to the birds of the air and beast of the field. Not only that, but I will cut off your head, and then the rest of you Philistines are dead meat also. Then David declared. “you come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel. Whom you have defied”.   David declared who God was, he declared to Goliath that God, the Living God, was going to deliver him into David’s hand….with the purpose of, “that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know the Lord saves not with sword or spear: for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands”.  Then he ran toward this mammoth beast Goliath, whipping the sling around and popped him in the head with one stone.  Goliath fell.   David didn’t come with any power of his own.  He didn’t say I will take care of this big bad bully, cause I’m all that and a bag of chips.  David knew where his help came from.  I love the verse that says, “but I come to you in the Name of The Lord of hosts.”  David declared God.  David declared who God is, what God has done and what God will do.
We have the same ability to take on giants and those things that bully us today.  Not talking about people (these are spiritual things) David knew who he was IN God.  We are told in God’s Word…we are MORE than conquerors.  When we pray, mountains will move, people will be healed.

We are told to stand in the gap for others.  Not to fear, for the Lord is on our side.  We are told in God’s Word who we are in Christ Jesus.  We need to grab hold of that, just like David.  Be bold, believe, step out and declare who the Lord God is.  One more thing, which I believe is so important.  Because of the relationship between David and the Lord, David was confident, sure and fearless.  Know the Father, know Him on a personal level, an intimate level. And nothing, no one, will shake your faith, nor your belief in what God can do…or what you mean to Him, who you are in Him.
Just one more thought I had while reading about the part about the stones……
David had practiced with his sling many, many times before this battle.  He was a prepared warrior, so to speak.  He knew the tools, he had confidence, he knew what & how to use the sling.  The stones, I find it interesting the detail about the stones a.k.a. rocks, he used.  It states he picked out.  David was carefully choosing part of the weapon he would use to bring down Goliath.  He thought about his enemy and what it would take to bring him down… couldn’t use just any old rock.  It was 5 smooth stones.  But it only took one.  One Stone.
Made me think of this, Christ is our “cornerstone” – He is our Rock.  God’s Word is the stone we use to defeat our enemies.  Not any old thing can be used to bring down and defeat the enemies in our lives.  We could read out loud the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Joyce Meyers, Rick Joyner, but they are not the smooth Stone that is needed to bring victory.  When God’s Word is used with a holy boldness, when we come not in our own name, but in the Name of the Lord God and began speaking to those things that are hurting, hindering, derailing and destroying our lives and lives of others, watch what happens.  When we with humility, confidence and boldness declare who God is, what He has done, and what He will do, we are slinging the One smooth Stone (the Word) smack dab in the middle of the enemy’s forehead.  VICTORY is ours!!!  For God’s Word never fails.
Just some thoughts… nothing of this is written in stone (and yes the pun was intended)  one person’s take on a story.  Maybe something here will make you simply consider this.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

WHEN LIFE HAS SUCKED THE LIFE OUT OF YOU


at wits endWhen life has sucked all the life out of you
When there is nothing you can say
When there is nothing you can do
When overwhelmed by more than you can stand
When all emotions are emptied from inside
When your heart is so heavy with grief
When in the night there is no sleep
When all you have tried has failed
When all around you portrays hell
Storm’s raging turmoil
Tortures the essence of your being
There is no comfort to be found
Darkness will not relent, determined to destroy
Weariness encamps around about you
Like fountains overflowing, tears freely fall

Broken, bruised the spirit cries out to be heard
Desperate the soul bitterly weeps for peace
Jesus, Jesus, whispered oh so tenderly
From lips that can barely speak
I worship You, Oh Holy One
I worship You, Oh Holy One
In the midst of this raging storm
I worship You
Knowing there is nothing the soul it’s self can repair
There is nothing the spirit by it’s self can restore
But God, Your presence, Your presence!
It is all I have, it is all I need
It is my all in all –
The world swirls around my mind
Blinding my eyes from Your beauty –

Jesus!  Jesus!  Cries my heart – come sweet Holy Spirit
Come!!  Come to this desert place in which I dwell
Come rain, Come rain gently
Your peace upon this parched wounded heart
Seeking solace, Seeking You
I know You will be found
It is there, there in You alone
My soul finds peace, my spirit is restored
It is there in Your presence, Oh my God!
Oh my Savior, My King,
The Restorer, the Life Giver!
I come seeking You and only You!
I come, I come waiting, I come praising
I come to worship You – longingly
Oh My God longing for You!!
Refreshing renewal, like rain to the thirsty ground
You come to me
Drinking in Your Presence – I breathe in once again, Life
Rising up from the ashes, soaring like the eagle
You Oh God, have given me wings to take flight
With You I soar, with You I find relief
Nothing can ever compare
Oh the sweetest of Your Presence!

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

BEEN ONE OF THOSE DAYS


woman_sleeping-1Been one of “those” days…ah you know.  Haven’t met a person in my life time that has not had a day.  One of “those” days where you are glad it is over.  Crawl into bed and thank God for the pillow beneath your head, the roof over your head and pray for sleep to come quickly.  And that is what I did.. Sighing heavily, restless, trying to fix the pillow under my head in a comfortable position.  I lay there my mind racing over the day’s events..had some really crummy moments.  Not so proud moments.  I began repenting for the things I didn’t do so well today, I beat myself up and think why do I try?  It seems there are so many of these days here lately, when I fail so horribly.  Jesus, how do you put up with me???  Trying so hard to do the right things…to follow Your example and failing so miserly, more like a huge epic failure!  Oh why can’t I get it right!! Forgive me for failing You, forgive these not so good moments…we both know, Father which ones those were. Forgive me once again.  I do love You so much!

That is what I think almost every night. Will I ever get it right?  I go through the day and think of all the things I did wrong, all the things I did have control over, that was way less than perfect.
And now wondered how God loves me still? Lord, there has to be a better way for me to the person who reflects your Son….and wasn’t me today, just sayin’. Lord, I know you saw every bit of my day.  My spirit is broken inside of me…so glad this day is over! At least here in bed, trying to go to sleep there is less of a chance I can do something wrong.  Don’t want to think about it anymore, but Lord you know I do.  Forgive me, Father for failing you.  And please help me to get it right. In the stillness of the night, as sweet as the gentle morning dew falls, comes the grace and mercy of God.  Overwhelmed, tears began to roll down my cheeks, one by one dropping on my pillow.

Laying there mentally kicking myself, God agrees with me.  Yep, there were some things that you definitely could have done different…I saw and heard it all.  We can work on that….I forgive you.
I am not going through and list each one of those times, because I know you already have figured it out and are more than aware of those not so great moments.  But my child, let Me tell you something,  let Me encourage you in this.  Not everything you did today was wrong. Remember the person who had a bad day and you made them smile?  Remember the one who was so depressed and sad over their life situation and you prayed with them?  Remember the little boy who wanted some candy and you gave him the money to buy it? Remember this morning, our time together…while you were driving to work singing songs to Me, lifting my Name up and thanking Me for who I am?  Then started praying for people you know and those you don’t?  I heard and saw it also.

My dear child, not everything you did today was horribly wrong…..yes, you had some moments.  Those things we can work on together…and you want to know how I can forgive you, why I said we can fix these things?  It is the realization of your heart, the sorrow in your heart, the disappointment in your heart, which brought you to Me apologizing and asking for forgiveness, for direction. The sincerity of your heart and your desire to please Me. The fact that you were truly sorry for your attitude  and behavior. You love Me enough to realize the errors of the day and apologize.
That speaks volumes to Me.  A repentant heart I can work with.   Right now, you have made My day.  Just as an earthly parent loves their child, even if they behaved badly, my love for you has not changed.  Sleep well, for My mercies are new every morning…and the morning will bring with it a new challenge,  new opportunities to learn, improve and walk the path I have chosen for you.  Sleep my little one….tomorrow we’ll try this again.

P.S. I love you too, more than you will ever know.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

WILL ANYONE HEAR


wildernessWill anyone hear if I scream
Will anyone notice if I’m gone
Will anyone care my heart is broke
Will anyone smile at me today
Will anyone look me in the eyes

Will anyone take my hand when I fall
Will anyone speak for me when I can’t
Will anyone understand my pain
Will anyone see the tears I cry
Will anyone care to ask why

Will anyone take these burdens I bear
And really shoulder them with me
Will anyone take the time to love me
Unconditionally
Will anyone help me to carry on
This life has been so cruel

Will anyone care about the hurt
Will anyone know how to make it stop
Will anyone really care
Does anyone see…..

While pondering all these cares
Came a voice softly through the air

Child, you are heard
Child, you are seen
Child, I know your brokenness
Child, I have looked into your eyes

Child, I was the hand reaching out to you
Child, I spoke on your behalf
Child, I understand the pain
Child, you are loved – unconditionally
Child, I will help you

Child, I shared your hurt
Child, I care for you
Child, never were you alone
Child, I have been here all along

Who is this that calls me child
Who is this that you should care
Who is this that knows me well
Who is this that heard my prayers

Child, I AM is your “anyone”

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

IN THE NIGHT


archangel1In the quiet stillness of the night
I hear my name.
With eyes opened, I look around
Everyone is sleeping.
I wait to hear but no sound is made
I close my eyes once more.

From the foot of the bed,
I hear breathing
A foul stench fills the room
Filled with fear, I begin to shake
I try to cry out but no sound comes
I dare not open my eyes.

The breathing seems to get closer
I try, but can not open my eyes
All my muscles are tensed with fear.
With lips clinched and jaw set
I try to cry out
I groan “Jesus” in my throat

Light flashes through my eyelids
Shrieks ring out
I try to look but now
my eyes are held shut
The shrieks subside
The stench is gone

My body goes limp
I open my eyes only slightly
To see a slowly fading light
A sweet aroma fills the room
A figure remains beside me
Peace flows freely

In the quiet stillness of the night
I hear my name
I open my eyes briefly
Then close them again
And say, “Thank you”
As I drift off to sleep

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

TOLERANCE


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This post may seem like it borders on the political.  It is not.  It is a call to prayer.  It is a  call to action.  It is a call to the Church to be prepared for the days to come.  It is a call to all people calling themselves Christians to stand up and DEMAND that they be heard.
The United States is heading for a fall similar to that of the Roman Empire. This is not a new statement, nor is it any prophetic revelation on my part. It is just a simple fact. As we watch our country’s leadership fight over the economy, LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transvestite)  rights, abortion, gun control, military and financial support of other countries, and dozens of other issues that “plague” our nation today, one thing is never discussed in the media.  That is the subject of religious freedom.
Religious freedom is the main reason that the Puritans left England, went to the Netherlands, and finally came to this country.  They were looking for more radical changes in the Church of England than was accomplished through the English Reformation.  Like the Pilgrims, as Protestants, they wanted to be free to worship in the manner of their choosing and not be forced to owe their allegiance to, and follow the practices of the Church of England.  Is it not strange that, nearly five hundred years later, their freedom of religion has been replaced by the freedom from religion?
You might say, “There isn’t any persecution of the church in THIS country.  We are free to worship however we choose and. oddly enough, anything we choose.  It is our choice how, and whom, we worship and the government can’t take that away.”  WAKE UP!!!
As the baby boomers get older and die off, so do the moral values of  that generation and the generations before.  There is still a remnant of believers from teen to middle age, brought up by those dear Saints of God. but they are vastly outnumbered by the up and coming agnostics and those who profess to be atheists.  Why do you suppose that is the case?  Tolerance.
Those who lay waste the ideals and values of Christianity are the very same who claim that Christians are intolerant, bigoted, selfish people who think that their way is the only way to live.  They feel that Christians want to push their beliefs on others just to add to their numbers.  If they are unsure of what they believe, as with agnostics, those Christians will stop at nothing to convince them that their own beliefs are flawed.  Most serious Christians will stand up for their beliefs and defend them to the death, or will they in the U.S.
We have stood idly by and watched as prayer was removed from schools.  In fact, in most cities and small towns today, the Baccalaureate Ceremony held in years past, prior to graduation from high school, has been abolished or must be subsidized by a local church, but can not be sanctioned or required by the school.  This is in direct response to the misguided impression that our Constitution says that there must be separation of Church and State.  There is no such law on the books.  The Constitution says that Congress shall make no law concerning religion (paraphrased).
If that is the case, why would there be any stipulations on a 501(c) 3 organization  if a leader speaks out against the LGBT lifestyle?  If a Pastor stands before his congregation and states Biblical references about how God feels toward ALL immorality, then spells out exactly what that means, especially in regards to LGBT, that Pastor runs the risk of losing the tax exempt status of the church if someone is offended and takes it to court.  The reasoning: Sexual orientation is protected by the Federal Government and can not be disputed. (Please correct me if I am wrong.)
If this were not the case, why did the Pastor who was asked to give the invocation at the recent inaugural decline, when it was learned that he had once, twenty years prior, spoken the Biblical truth about homosexuality.  Now, it seems, that nearly every television program you watch on the four major networks, either has LGBT characters, or some sexual reference, either outwardly presented or embedded within.  Homosexuality has been with us since nearly the beginning, but now it is presented as The New Normal.  I DO NOT hate, or even dislike, those in the LGBT community.  I have my own sin to deal with.  God loves the sinner, but not the sin.  This is not about LGBT rights, it is about sexual immorality, which we are to TOLERATE because it is the way the world is leaning.
We, as Christians, stand by and watch our society deteriorate. We are to be a “peculiar people,” set apart from the world.  If we are continually bombarded with the world telling us that we are the intolerant ones, soon we start to believe it. We back down on our principles and beliefs. We start to tolerate more and more of the ideals of the world around us and try to incorporate them into our theology.  The more we twist the Word to suit the world’s needs, the more twisted it becomes, until we don’t even know what we believe any more.  Then the Truth we were once grounded in becomes shallow and meaningless. The world has won.  Another agnostic is formed.
So, what can we do to “change the world?”  Of course, pray.  Pray like there is no tomorrow, for there may not be one.  Stand up for what you believe.  People all over the world are being persecuted and killed DAILY for their Christian beliefs.  It is coming to this country, too.  Be prepared for the soon coming day when our government is no longer led by God.  God-less-ness is on the upswing in the United States.  Anarchy and chaos will follow. Who will be blamed for the problems of the day?  Christians.  Just as Nero had the city set on fire and blamed the Christians for the act.  It will happen here. The government is trying to blame guns for violence as we speak, instead of holding the gun pointer accountable for his actions.
And here is a novel idea: Contact those pollsters who are all saying that Christianity is on the decline and demand a recount.  Demand to be heard. Yes, let us be intolerant when it comes to OUR freedom, while we still have it.
If  anyone is offended by anything I have said, remember that this country was founded on Biblical principles:
The Bible is the most offensive book ever written.  It offends the intellect of the so-called wise. It offends the heart of the hardened criminal.  It offends the soul with a call to repentance.  It points out flaws and gives us hope with wisdom that is hard to accept at times.  All we have to do is to believe and it can lead us to a personal relationship with the Living God.  Accept and live with Him forever, Deny and Perish.  It’s in the Book.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.