God Is Not Mocked!

Many have believed this would be a year of awakening!

Has God sent this shaking throughout the world to wake us up?

I am not sharing this message to be popular with political correctness but rather to be Biblically correct.

The purpose of a shaking is to wake us up! It is a warning that we have overslept in our comfortable spiritual beds while not heeding the alarm clock ringing in our ears that the time is late as our current society slides towards hell in a hand basket.

Worldly society is morally spinning out of control!

How far have we come!

As His church are we trying to just sleep close enough to the edge of our spiritual beds without falling out?

We have even moved further than the Church of Ephesus who lost their first love?

We have fallen as far as the Church of Laodicea, the church of the last days, who had no need of Him. Have we shut Him out of our lives as we have shut Him out of our schools, universities, our families and even some of our churches? He stands at the door and Knocks!!! Do we hear Him? Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.This was written to the church, not the world!

Are we listening as panic strikes the world? Has HE woke us up yet?

Have we even considered we are living in the time of apostasy prophesied in the last days before His Return where there is…

*No respect or fear of God.

*No respect for any authority of teachers, parents, police, even the law.

*Love of many waxing cold as 50% of marriages end in divorce due mostly to adultery. It’s estimated that 60% of all second marriages end in divorce, while 73% of third marriages will end in divorce. While many are even living without the sanctity of marriage.

*God’s plan for family living being ignored.

*Lovers of self-made man with no need of God

*Homosexuality ignoring God’s creation of male and female

*Abortion

When the bill passed in Albany NY recently to legalize abortion even up to the birth date of the baby, with not even medical care for those babies who survive abortion, a video shows the Assembly Chamber erupting into cheers, with politicians and audience members applauding the bill as if it were a victorious symbol of strength or winning the Super Ball. 

What will our nation reap for sowing this abomination!

*Cursing His name

*Lack of thankfulness

*Spiritual malnutrition

*Many shepherds not feeding their flocks truth.

God is not mocked for whatever a society sows is what a society is going to reap. 

As a nation we need to seek God for mercy on our land.

We need a shaking to bring us to the altar of repentance to awake us to the need of personal revival.

Revival does not start not with the government, or with Wall Street, or with this fallen world. It starts in the individual hearts of God’s people.

Shall we run to the Government to save us?

Shall we run to Wall Street to save us?

Shall we run for answers from this fallen world to save us?

Or will we return to the Only One who can truly save us even from ourselves? 

Has God ordained this time of isolation to give us opportunity for that personal revival as we seek Him with all our hearts and return to our first love by spending intimate time alone with Him where we confess our dependance on Him alone?

*God is still calling “Child where are you” as He did back in Eden

*Time to rethink our priorities

*Time to spend with our families

*Time for that old fashioned forgotten family altar

*Time for even family meals

*Time to be a light in a world of darkness

*Time to think of others who are less fortunate and be His Hand extended

*Time to appreciate our blessing of health, food and covering 

For personal revival let us all pray lest be found as the unwise virgins of Matt.25

Psa.139:23-24 3 Search me, O God, and know my heart:

try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

When we see the economy of this world fall apart let us remember

Matt:16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 

As a nation we all need to pray the following for this was God’s answer to His warning in verse 13 and answer to Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chron. 6.

2 Chron.7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.

Whatever happened to REPENTANCE with weeping?

                                      SANCTIFICATION only through His blood

                                      DISCIPLINE with the cost of obedience

                                      MATURITY through suffering

                                      HOLINESS through the fear of God

Church it is time to wake up! God is not mocked!

The church needs to cease justifying the changing standards of society in  order to be relevant. The world needs to hear the unadulterated Word of God.

Trying to change God’s standards to fuse with society’s changing standards will not bring life but death. His Word will never pass away. Matthew 5:8 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

The world is in panic and, church, we have the answer!

We are to be the light of the world to point society to the Light.

Let us mold society instead of letting society mold us. “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” Rom.12:2

We often lack boldness to preach the cross, repentance or  holiness in case we offend someone but you what the Word tells us  “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of
stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans  9:33

When He returns will He find faith in the world?

Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

Does He have our attention yet?  Yes, He is a God of  love and A Lord that is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.BUT Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galations  6:7 

Still not convinced that God is not mocked read Deuteromony 8:5-20 and Malachi 2:2

God will lift His protection from any nation which does not serve Him. Even though this nation was founded on God’s Word we have fallen so far from His ways. This will all work for good if prayerfully this crisis will awaken us to return to Him and our foundation for the sake of the nation who was called of God to be a light to the world.

The enemy may have meant it for evil but God means it for good as in the life of Joseph.

I don’t believe God is trying to harm us by allowing this crisis but rather He is wanting to wake us up out of slumber of our comfort and cleanse us of the infection of the decay of sin.

Yes it is causing pain but you know what a visit to the dentist will cause pain but the dentist is not trying to harm us. Likewise God only wants to heal us and remove the infection of decay.

I believe this shaking has hit the globe to purify His Church and to offer salvation to others 

who are lost and seeking answers for as nobody is immune to this virus neither is anybody immune to sin and we all need a Savior.

I also believe this shaking should make us all realize the fragility of life with no respect for persons and that every moment and breathe is a gift from Him.

CHALLENGE: Search our own hearts, pray for revival throughout our land and the world. Hold onto hope while still being realistic for as He has said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

©MJB 2020

A Word For Today From Screwtape Letters

A WORD FOR TODAY FROM “ SCREWTAPE LETTERS”

Surely God inspired C.S.Lewis in 1942 to write this following word of prophecy in his  book “Screwtape Letters”.

 (Satan) “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship, and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”

 (Jesus) “I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources.”

Panic Strikes The World

During these prophetic last days as the pagan god of Pan plays his panpipe of panic causing a Pandemic across a world of pandemonium we will trust in the one true God of Israel, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Yeshua the Savior of the world.

Please note that all the above words prefixed with pan are derived from the pagan god of Pan.

On a recent trip to Israel I stood at what is known as the Gates of Hell where worshipers would sacrifice their children to the Greek god of Pan. It was at this location in Caesarea Philippi that Jesus declared “ I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

This was after He challenged Peter by asking him “Who do you say that I am?” to which Peter replied “You are the Christ the Son of the Living God”. He is challenging  you today with the same question

WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?

CHALLENGE: Choose this day whom you will serve. Will it be Pan, the god of panic or will it be the Lord the God of mercy and peace even during tribulation?

 Deuteronomy 4:29- 31 “But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; For the Lord thy God is a merciful God; he will not forsake thee.”

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED

Believers, do not fear as the world does over this pandemic for He has promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you”

To build your faith I want to remind you that although plagues fell on Egypt the Hebrew children were protected who lived in an area known as Goshen.

Even during the plague of darkness when the Egyptians couldn’t even see each other there was still light in the land of Goshen!!! The Hebrews were protected even though they lived in Egypt just as we live in this world but we are not of this world.

He is still able to protect his children in the midst of a world in dark crisis.

May these few points help bring you peace:

1. OUR LIVES ARE HID IN HIM

Do not neglect a time to invest in our root structure in the True Vine as we spend time alone in His Presence where He will feed our faith.

2. DO NOT BE STRESSED

Stay positive

Phil.4:6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God

3. HOLD ONTO HOPE WHILE STILL BEING REALISTIC

John 16:37 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

4. DO ALL YOU CAN TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Take care of yourself or you will have nowhere to live!

Sanitize, keep active, eat healthy, get enough sleep.

1Cor.6:19-20 Know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own; for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.

5. THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH

Phil.4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

CHALLENGE: Saints stay encouraged for we are MORE than conquerors through Him.

Feed your faith on His Word for “God is not a man, that he should lie;” Numbers 23:19

Romans 8:37-39 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May we all use this opportunity to be a light in a dark world at this time. Walk with the King and be a blessing!

Develop a Lasting Love in your Marriage

As we celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary on July 18th this year

we rejoice at God’s blessing and grace on our years together.

 1964 AGAPE, PHILEO AND EROS LOVE led us to 2016

                We are brother and sister in the Lord, we are best friends and we are lovers.

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In the Greek language AGAPE – PHILEO – EROS –  are all words for love, yet each displaying a different character of love.

AGAPE – Displays the character of God for God is love. It’s the love that cannot be earned, an unconditional love with acceptance and  forgiveness.

Agape love is displayed in a marital union of two good forgivers who learn to seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness, accepting the shortcomings in each other. As both spouses move towards God they are also moving closer to each other as His character is formed in them.

It is available to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is the power of being like-spirited as we pray together, minister together and serve one and other.

PHILEO – Displays the character of friendship. Unlike agape love phileo love has to be earned as it involves trust. It is earned as we learn to trust one another through communicating from the depths of our hearts. Trusting our spouses with our deep wounds, our aspirations, passions and dreams. Never leave your heart unspoken for it displays your heart to your spouse.

Your spouse should be your most trusted and best friend. A relationship where you laugh together, cry together, play together and support  each other’ dreams.

It has been said that “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”. Friedrich Nietzsche

It is the power of being like-minded as you have fun together sharing and supporting each others’ hobbies, passions and dreams.

EROS –   Displays the character of romantic and sexual love. Eros love is like a phileo friendship love caught on fire. Keep the fire lit in your marriage and your life will be filled with warmth.

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”  ~Mignon McLaughlin

The Eros love is the only love that makes your marriage different and unique than any other relationship, that is why it is so important to keep romance alive. Light the candles, turn on the music and keep that flame burning brightly.

It is the power of physical attraction and the consummation of body, soul and spirit.

“To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule:  Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart – about a finger’s breadth – for breathing room.  Good fire, good marriage, same rule.”  ~Marnie Reed Crowell

 A  successful marriage needs all three “loves” to hold it together. As we love God with our body, soul and spirit, likewise we need to love our spouses with our body, soul and spirit. Now we’re talking unity!  In fact the unity in our marriage is a witness to the world of the mystical union of Christ and His church according to Ephesians 5:23

CHALLENGE: “A marriage is not a noun. It isn’t something you are. It is a verb. It’s the way you love your partner everyday with AGAPE, PHILEO and EROS love.