Monday, December 29, 2014

Dec | 29 | Vanishing pride

CONFIDENCE

Vanishing pride

Habakkuk 1:12
Are You not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, You have appointed them for judgment; O Rock, You have marked them for correction. NKJV

I have said it before and I shall say it again: I am old enough to remember turning off the old black and white TV set and seeing the picture collapse into a bright dot in the centre of the screen before seeming to diminish and vanish into the infinite distance of the grey-green cathode ray tube. Distance has a vanishing point to our ever-searching eyes. As we stand on our own particular point on the time line and stare either as far back into time as we can see or as far into the future as our dreams or nightmares might carry us, we could also say that we peer from ‘vanishing point to vanishing point’, or as the Hebrew might express it: from everlasting to everlasting.

God is from everlasting. Like a large compass He stretches from the vanishing point to vanishing point and at each point along the line, He is fully present there, all at once, at the same time. Indeed, He is even before the historical eastward appearing vanishing point and after the westward disappearing future one, yes, God encompasses all and is in all. God is from the before beginning. He is from the East. He is the unchanging and ever certain light of the day and Jesus is His bright and morning star! What God has decreed, will come to pass. What God has covenanted shall not be broken. What God has declared will not be found to be a lie. Therefore, Habakkuk bases his incredulous intercession now on the tried and tested, proved and not found wanting, historical revelation of the very person of God Himself: Jehovah. Following this, Habakkuk also immediately testifies regarding the unyielding and holy nature of Jehovah and then wraps it all in the associative cry of his own dear heart. “Are You not from everlasting, O Lord MY God, MY Holy One?” As Matthew Henry intimates, Habakkuk might be saying: “We are an offending people and You are an offended God. Yet, we are still Your offended people and you are still our offended God.” I like that.

The Christian then may offend his heavenly Father, but He is still His heavenly Father to offend! Yes, the son may shame His heavenly Father, but He is still His heavenly Father’s son! Do you see this? So, at all points then, and in any situation and in any land, yes, the blood bought believer, no matter in what shade of darkness he might find himself in, can always say, “Are You not from everlasting, O Lord MY God, MY Holy One?”

We can and more than that, Habakkuk now intercedes with three most certain and fantastic, full faith declarations. Here they are:

  1. We shall not die. O Lord, 
  2. You have appointed them for judgment. 
  3. O Rock, You have marked them for correction.

Habakkuk sees the truth of the situation. God shall preserve a remnant. Israel shall not utterly be wiped from the face of the earth. Further than this, just as the Nazis found out, the proud judgment sword are also appointed themselves for judgment! Unlike Israel, they shall disappear forever! Indeed, in Germany of old, even the Swastika, that emblem of a once all conquering regime, eventually became that very mark of international contempt, which caused both the former wearers and its acceptable use, to be removed from history forever.

So shall God always deal In such a way with the proud people of this planet.

Listen:- The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, 'Who will bring me down to the ground?' Though you ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down," says the Lord. NKJV Obadiah 3-4

Pray: -  Lord, before you have to humble me, I humble myself before You of King of ages and Lord of all. Father, thank You that You are faithful and despite my waywardness and willfulness, You are still my Father and I am still Your son. So then O Lord might we always say from any pig trough: “I will arise and go to my Father and say, Father….”

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Dec | 19 | Do not cower to perverted power

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Do not cower to perverted power

Habakkuk 1:4
Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds. NKJV

http://www.66pictures.comSo here in Habakkuk, the strangling and setting aside of God’s law has not, I say, has not removed the nation's legal system. It has simply replaced it and replaced it with perverted laws, leading to a body of replacement legislation which is essentially there to shore up that society of God rejection, which is now become the solar system of the selfishness of the current elite, whoever they may be, in whatever political framework they manifest themselves in, from communism to fascism and every shade in between and beyond. When God’s law is rejected perverse judgments proceed. The removal of a death penalty for capital crimes; the legalization of murder in the form of abortion; the legalization of gay marriage and a thousand more besides, are all perversions, bent arrows full of self cursing which will always miss God’s mark. Christians cannot obey such legal perversion in any form and must stop cowering to such perverted power. In such cases of continued perversion, civil obedience simply becomes public affirmation of continuing sin. Tell me, how can Christians give such an approval to perversion?

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In the face of such perversion, I am not only approving of civil disobedience, I am commending it and recommending it. The Christian cowering to present perverted power must stop. Using all Biblically legitimate means, as individuals, we must personally stand against the going forth of godlessness even if our neck becomes hurt with the turning, our cheeks red with the slapping, yes, even when our feet pulse with the pain of yet another extra mile and our coatless back is wet with the cold dew of another morning without a roof.


Now then, when we then unite and organize ‘illegal’ civil disobedience, reminding ourselves that in standing against perversion we shall break their godless laws, I say their laws and not God’s laws, then such a so-called ‘illegal’ unity of resistance becomes a threat to present perversion and shall be attacked by them and in the attacking, their opening slander may eventually lead even to our slaughter. So let me cut to the chase: Should the Christian then be prepared for armed conflict?  

http://www.66pictures.comThere is only one arm that the Christian can Biblically introduce into such situations and that is ‘the arm of the Lord’ and the ‘arm of the Lord’ is none other than Jesus Himself. Jesus is the extension of God into all of our troubles and He is become our only shield and sword, and this outstretched arm of God in the flesh, shall truly save us from the slavery of all perversions. So, in our so called  ‘illegal’ civil disobedience, we must trust Jesus to save us and fight for us. Be aware right now, that to introduce any other arms of flesh into such a sad situation will lead to destruction, and you shall have on your hands: anything from what shall be regarded by the perverts, as guerilla-terrorist cells to even civil war. 9mm, you see, may be just enough in distance travelled to turn a nation to civil war. Be careful now. Be careful.

Governments must realize that legal authority does necessarily correlate with righteous rule and the continued rulings of blind unrighteousness will  lead to eventual unruliness in a disenfranchised people. As a parent of society then, elected or otherwise, Governments must not provoke their children to wrath.

Here in Habakkuk, God is now rolling up His sleeves and baring His arms, for God’s answer to the perversion of His holy law in Israel is the Babylonians. Here they come now!

As for you dear reader, look around you now. What might be God’s answer in your own nation of perversion?

Listen:- If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:18-21 NKJV

Pray: - Father, we shall be subject to governing authority, but not sin and not to unrighteousness and not to evil. When we find ourselves in such unhappy tension, teach us to pray and then will You come and take vengeance upon our hateful enemies. Amen and let it be so.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec | 15 | ‘Drinking down the damage’ or, ‘The Habakkuk conundrum’

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‘Drinking down the damage’ or, ‘The Habakkuk conundrum’

Habakkuk 1:1,2
The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. NKJV

Violence, is that same crime which filled the earth prior to the judgment flood. (Genesis 6:11), and it was the ground upon which God both justified and brought His global cataclysmic judgment. Habakkuk understands that God abhors such cruel wrongness, such inhuman injustice and undiminishing unruliness, and therefore, he has pounded God’s ear with the fact of its rising presence every single day, yes, he has testified to a wobbly and insane society all drunk on drinking down damage. So are all the nations who forget God: Drunk with sin. So are all the nations who reject and eject the laws of the Most High: They are drunken nations, pig like, full of demons, all racing and screaming toward the narrowed edge of a drowning cliff. 

Habakkuk was perplexed not only at God’s unwilling ears, but at His lack of providing deliverance from such drunken damage. Where was the desert wandering Shepherd when they needed saving from the bullying grabbers of the waters of life? Why had God seemingly gone AWOL? Why is He an absentee land lord ? Why is God obviously so uninvolved now in the lives of those He supposedly loves? Habakkuk, you see, is now with boundary broken frustration, angrily knocking on God’s door! Yes; with great respect. Yes; with great fearfulness. But in any event, when God’s door opens, the prophet himself is going to hand the Most High a summons, demanding Him to explain Himself!

God will open the door to Habakkuk, however, He shall completely ignore the warrant in the prophet’s hand, and in the so doing, turn the chattering and chimp like prophet into a hind, and lead him up to the heights, to witness sights unseen and lay silent his summons and all the summons of the ignorant who ask God the wrong questions!

So then dear friends, in our everyday life, what do we do with this ‘Habakkuk conundrum,’ when God seemingly refuses to act in accordance with His character; when God refuses to save from violence? (And by the way, this of course is the central theme of the prophecy.) Well, we go knocking on God’s door. And when He comes to answer us, He shall ignore our misplaced questions and transform us into another animal, taking us on a journey of true seeing and faithful understanding.

God has no problem with chattering chimps or angry chumps knocking loudly on His door. However, be aware, that God’s Theology is often Therianthropic, and so the next time you look in the mirror, the man you once thought you were might well have disappeared completely!

Sometimes, often times, God ignores and side steps our questions that He might then take us on a journey, which will in turn, both change our perspective and our very being, forever!

Listen:- The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. Habakkuk 3:19 NKJV

Pray: -  Lord, please hear our knocking and come to Your door. Lord, please answer our questions and if not, transform and set our feet on the heights of Your land, our land, my land, that I might behold the wonders of the Lord and goodness of God and so be satisfied. Amen and let it be so.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dec | 13 | How to get God’s ears to wiggle once more

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How to get God’s ears to wiggle once more

Habakkuk 1:2
O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You,"Violence!" And You will not save. NKJV T

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So, Habakkuk is tired of his desperate and repetitious double barreled prayer for mercy and deliverance. However, there are two further parts to his three sectioned open question to God, that second part being: “O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear.”

Now, we know that God knows and hears all things, but this ‘not hearing’ here, is in fact a ‘not responding to calls for mercy.’ Yes, it is not only a recognition of the un-cupped nature God’s right hand from His once leaning over head, but a testimony of the erecting of the high gates of indignation around the once warm entrance to the ever loving wiggling of the rabbit ears of God. Interestingly, these high barred gates of indignation now set up around the ears of God, have all been cast in the forges of their own rebellion and UPS shipped to heaven on the back of a ‘poo-brown’ truck called ‘arrogance.’ The new covenant good news is this: that ‘Repentance’, that armored car of God’s grace in Christ Jesus, can bust open those gates of God’s indignation forever!

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If you find yourself itching in uncomfortable situations:  Repent of your sin.
If the scabies of your disease is being picked at and pointed at by mocking onlookers:  Repent of your sin.
If there is a shudder of coming judgment reverberating through your being:  Repent of your sin.
If the cold loneliness of your situation is drawing you at last to the warmth of God’s midnight fire:  Repent of your sin.
If you have woken up naked in a pig trough tonight:  Repent of your sin.
If the silence of heaven is making the ears of your heart twitch and wiggle like a nervous rabbit, yes, if you are ungodly this day AND YOU KNOW IT, then my friend, there is hope! Repent of your sin.

Listen:- For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:6-9 NKJV



Pray: -  Turn up the freezer Lord. Make it cold outside Your Kingdom. Make the darkness grip our being and press us tight like the icy pressured depths of the black ocean floor. Open our ears to the howl of the circling wolves and fill us with a drawing fear, that all who are lost would be pulled and pushed to the welcoming orange glow of the courtyard fires of Your midnight love. Have mercy on us O God, have mercy on us before our self made gates surrounding Your fiery indignation are closed forever to those outside. Amen and let it be so.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dec | 09 | It’s coat hanger time!


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It’s coat hanger time!

Philippians 2:12-16
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. NKJV

http://www.66pictures.comI am a ‘Fundamentalist’ and I am an ‘Evangelical,’ and this double descriptive nomenclature cannot be pronounced today by many without the accompaniment at the very least of a sneering spitting. Sometimes I feel that two pieces of paper have been stuck to my back. The one piece between my shoulder blades says: “Ignorant and Simplistic Bible Believing Bigot” and one in the small of my back which says quite simply: “Kick me!”

I am neither a clever man nor a learned one. I am a poor literate and an observer of humanity and of Christians and the Christian church in particular and have noted, quite pragmatically, that our understanding (study) and experience of God (life), that is our practical day to day Theology can be seen through the four pains of a cloudy window labeled: Evangelical, Catholic, Liberal and Charismatic or as John Wesley purported: Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience. These four panes of my cloudy window are ‘Welsey’s Quadrilateral’, being not only prescriptive as to how our understanding and experience of God should be molded, but actually descriptive of how just about everyone arrives at their experience of understanding and experiencing God anyway!

http://www.66pictures.comNow then, the unwisely chosen double edged scalpel of ‘rightly dividing the Word of truth’ has always been mainly and mostly ‘tradition’ and ‘reason’ and I see tradition as not only encompassing the teaching of the early church fathers and the great reformers of the church, but also including even our own cultural history and influences like our family, and more importantly, those turbulent window pane splattering seeming ‘new traditions’ which are today putting more mud on that fourfold orifice of light than they do clear away the dust. In other words, ‘tradition’ is also that which is being talked of and proposed today. The seeming new trinity of traditions, (maybe we should use the words ‘latest’ or ‘resurgent,’ for is anything really new?) of homosexual ‘accepting’ Christianity, of conditionalism with respect to the eternality of hell and of universalism with respect to the ultimate salvation of all, have, like Drake’s fire ships, sailed into the anchored and sleepy armada of Evangelicalism under the pink pennants of post modernism and therapeutic Christianity and caused such a blaze among us that the window pane of Sola Scriptura, that primary prism of all the men of absolute, seems to be fractured with long and creeping spider cracks and ready to disintegrate and fall in pieces out of its hot, bubbling and paint peeled panel. These are troubling times. Haven’t they always been?

Might I suggest that if ‘experience’ is the horizontal plane of a coat hanger upon which I might hang the trouser of my suit and ‘reason’ and ‘experience’ are the two connected diagonal sides upon which I might slip my jacket, then that fourth plane, cork screwing out of the apex of my triangle, is the firm hook which hangs all my clothes in the wardrobe of God Most High, and that hook is Scripture, without which, all our clothes lay dirtied on the floor.

Tradition, reason and experience, though an integral part of all our hanging days, must come under and connect to the Scriptures; must be brought into shape by them, be held by them and have their trueness judged by them. There are three pre-requisites to counteracting error and one solution to the same: Time, talking, a table top and an open Bible. Friends, now is not the time for silent withdrawing, but rather, it is the time for talking, it is the time for disputing, it is the for the clash of foreheads, it is the time to put your big boys pants on and start contending earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. It’s coat hanger time!



Listen:- Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 3 NKJV Pray: Father, open our hearts, open our minds, open our Bibles, open our mouths. Amen and let it be so.

Pray: -  Father, open our hearts, open our minds, open our Bibles, open our mouths. Amen and let it be so.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec | 07 | 'Young, Reformed and Restless?'

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'Young, Reformed and Restless?'

Psalms 71:17-21
O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side.


I am writing today’s Bible insight from a position of someone who is ‘Old, Misinformed and Tired’ and I also suspect, that I am part of an increasingly large camp of believers who is still waiting for that rising ‘new generation’ of superstars to come and ‘shake the earth once more.’ Listen; it just ‘aint happening.

I am way past believing that God, like some lecherous old geezer, is always looking for younger models to have His way with. Does that offend you? Well, let me tell you that I am offended at being treated as a cast off from the great works and purposes of God just because some older guy with a goatee who hides his supposed wisdom with hair dye, says otherwise. Listen: if I am alive; God has use for me. Listen: if I am willing to pay the price; God has use for me. Listen: if I am rooted in His Word; God has use for me. Listen: if I don’t have my own shining and enameled teeth; God still has use for me. Listen: if I don’t look like a stud; God still has use for me. Listen: I don’t need a new tattoo; I don’t need to grow some freaky facial hair; I don’t need a new vocabulary, a new book or an app of my own to be used by God; I don’t need some new leather wrist strap, or a string of plastic neck beads; I don’t need to smoke the odd cigar or surreptitiously sup on artesian ale while lying on my mission finance application form; I need to know the Lord and so much so that my face shines with heaven’s glory and my words pack some dynamite!


You have probably spotted that I am tired of hearing about the reformed the young and the restless, and all the glories that the new generation will usher in. Lord! ‘Conform’ us to Your Word. Lord! Let the youngsters get in line for we the older are pressing ahead to the finish line. Old war horses maybe, but we know that our time is running out and so we are galloping harder still. Restless Lord, restless! Lord, today I pray that you will put a bomb in the boomer generation! Listen, I tell you, if you are older, you have probably been very mis-informed. God is not over with you! I am tired of hearing this. Get up….even if it does take a little longer….get up and get involved in the work of the Lord. God gave older people hemorrhoids for a reason you know, so they wouldn’t just settle down and sit on it! Look you, it’s time to get re-tyred! It’s time to get up and get on with it.


Listen:- My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalms 71:15-16 NKJV

Pray: - O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! Let them be confounded and consumed Who are adversaries of my life; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor Who seek my hurt. But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. (Psalms 71:12-14 NKJV)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Feb | 25 | Sorted and therefore settled peace

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Sorted and therefore settled peace

Habakkuk 2: 20
"But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him." NKJV

The just shall live by faith in the great fact that the glory of the Lord shall one day cover the earth, and we are now assured of this in this verse and subsequently commanded to quietness before the Lord’s sage and sovereign government. God is in control. God is on the only throne that matters, the holy throne of His temple and it is only a vision of this total sovereignty of God that will turn our watching souls from worry to worship, and from spluttering and stuttering panic to a deep breathing and quiet peace, a hushness of holiness in His steady and ruling presence.

Solomon, the builder of the first earthly temple clearly declared that the heavens and even the heaven of heavens cannot contain the fullness of God (1 Kings 8:27), yet God is everywhere, all at once, at the same time, in whom we live and move and have our being, while manifesting Himself in the Shekinah glory of the mercy seat above the ark and also in the two legged temple of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, also localized in His temple in heaven. In this way, God is never absent from His throne of ruling dominion. He is always at the wheel, at the helm, at the desk, in the only oval office that matter.

Christian, you may think that God is doing a bad job on His governing of the nations, but it is His job nevertheless. Trust Him to bring forth good. Stop your judging of God! Who are you, you mere lump of mouthy clay? Stop whining, stop worrying, stop complaining! Humble yourself, get on your face and worship Him. Be quiet. Hush. Be still. The Lord reigns, yes, even now in your life, in your city, in your nation, the Lord still reigns from the supreme place of government, His holy temple. He has not left there. He has not taken a holiday or gone on a golfing trip. The Lord is reigning still!

Faith in the sovereignty of God, based on the solid declarations of His government will lead to stillness and eventually to singing. As for Habakkuk, a sonata will now follow this humbled silence of the prophet as he himself leads the world in silent and bowing obeisance. Take Psalm 11 right now and making it your singing prayer tonight.


Listen:- In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain" For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright. Psalms 11 NKJV

Pray:-  Settled are we O Lord on You and Your sovereign will. Gracious Sovereign, come and be ruler of my own heart and mind and mouth. Amen, and may I always praise Your holy name!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Feb | 24 | Woe four of five – The idolatry of being spiritual

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Woe four of five – The idolatry of being spiritual

Habakkuk 2:18,19
"What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, The the molded image, a teacher of lies, That that the maker of its mold should trust in it, To to make mute idols? Woe to him who says to wood, 'Awake!' To silent stone, 'Arise! It shall teach!' Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, Yet yet in it there is no breath at all. NKJV

Drunkenness and drug culture, selfish destructive hedonism will always lead to the substitution of the creator God with the stupidity of idolatry. Demons, clothing themselves in the clothes of post modern plurality, display themselves openly in shop windows alongside all the bonging paraphernalia of bondage for when people reject belief in the God of the Bible, they believe anything.

There is no breath, that is, there is no life in any demonic inspired man man-made religion. Even if that religion is overlaid with gold and silver and rooted in the organic, it has no creating voice, it cannot speak, it cannot call for the life and light and love. It is dead and any animation you find is merely the demonic clothed in a raincoat and wearing a mask. , mumbling lies and fiddling with your children as you place them on its knees and sit them in its fiery arms.

Tell me. : What is the end of such ignorant idolatry, such demonic and drunken bondage?

Listen:- Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. NKJV

Pray: -  Let the knowledge of the Lord be in our mouths and upon our lips; let all the unrighteous airwaves dance with it and let it fill the ears of those who don’t want to hear. Amen and let it be so.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Feb | 23 | Woe four of five – Demonic driven drug abuse

DANGER

Woe four of five – Demonic driven drug abuse

Habakkuk 2:15-17E
"Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, Pressing him to your bottle, Even even to make him drunk, That that you may look on his nakedness! You are filled with shame instead of glory. You also — drink! And be exposed as uncircumcised! The cup of the Lord's right hand will be turned against you, And and utter shame will be on your glory. For the violence done to Lebanon will cover you, And and the plunder of beasts which made them afraid, Because because of men's blood And and the violence of the land and the city, And and of all who dwell in it. NKJV

A drug culture is born from deliberate bondage. Get ‘em hooked, keep ‘em happy, keep ‘em wanting more and keep ‘em paying and when all the money runs out, have ‘em steal it, have ‘em sell their bodies and their very selves to the service of that which now enslaves them. And all the demons cry, “Strip them naked of any covering; rip off the covering clothes of any nobility, of any self- respect and of any sensibility, yes let their shame be seen, yes, let us see these shaved and copulating monkey’s dance themselves to death and so shall we cover the light of glory of this God with maggot infested shame.”

Be it digested, injected or smoked, everything to do with drugs is rooted in the demonic and leads to idolatry, possession, loss, nakedness, shame and ultimate destruction. Drug addiction is often encouraged. In this case there is reason to think that this imposed drunkenness also referred to the King of Egypt as the dealer in such pride who pressed the bottle of stupidity against the lips of Jehoiachin and Zedekiah to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar and that, for the sole purpose of seeing them both stripped bare. There is something terribly perverted and devilish in setting people up for such shameful destruction and to be so pleasured by it. Fair words which cover foul deeds are the filth which shall later be spewed up. So watch now! Do you really think you shall make yourself great by bringing others down? You shall not, for there is always a curse in such mocking of an individual or even a nation’s drunken nakedness, especially if you were the part cause of it. “You are filled with shame instead of glory.”

Understand this: Such perverted drunkenness was all indulging and all consuming, such that the trees of the trees of the forest of Lebanon were wastefully destroyed and the animals slaughtered to near extinction.

All demonic drug culture is indulgent and ultimately all consuming. When a nation seeks to prosper on the greedy, hedonistic, selfish and unsustainable self- indulgence of its own citizens, then it will itself be eventually found in a damp field, covered in its own vomit, having spewed up all it had once taken in, its pants around its ankles and its buttocks laid bare to the laughing skies.

Christian. You cannot be involved in the demonic activities of drunkenness and drugs and still call yourself by the name of Christ. Repent of this great evil. Get out, get sober, get clean. Get yourself sorted out!

Listen:- For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: "Take this wine cup of fury from My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send you, to drink it. And they will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them." Then I took the cup from the Lord's hand, and made all the nations drink, to whom the Lord had sent me: Jeremiah 25:15-17 NKJV

Pray: -  Lord, be our consolation and our comfort, our joy and our exaltation, our stability and our peace. Amen and let it be so.

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Feb | 23 | Woe three of five – and the consolation of the planet

OBEY

Woe three of five – and the consolation of the planet

Habakkuk 2:12-14
"Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, Who who establishes a city by iniquity! Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts That that the peoples labor to feed the fire, And and nations weary themselves in vain? For the earth will be filled With with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As as the waters cover the sea. NKJV

Now we come to a most wonderful and most glorious emphatic statement which is the cuddling consolation of the weeping earth, whose atlas pillars have shouldered pig sties for far too many millennia. It is the song of the planets singing hope, for that time when earth shall become heaven:

“For the earth will be filled With with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As as the waters cover the sea.” NKJV

The comets of righteous judgments always leave a greater knowledge of God in their trail and just as Babylon past became forgotten ash and compost for the soil, so any future Babylon rising shall also become the same and so shall every institution, organization or nation which rejects and resists the right and might of God.

“For the earth will be filled With with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As as the waters cover the sea.” NKJV

The Gospel will, can and must be spread to every tribe and tongue, yet it is not the good news of the grace of the King towards rebellious sinners which shall change the earth for good, no, but it is the very presence of the King of the Gospel which shall do that, and shall do it for a thousand years! When this happens, the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall smooth out the jagged rocks of all unrighteousness and bury the radioactive stinkers in its all consuming depths. When He comes to rule and reign, then the people shall walk upright once again and the stupefied shall become the sensible, the sleeping ignorant shall wake up wise, the wild and angry shall be flat calm and happy, the hateful shall be lovable, yes, the hedonist shall become the selfless and even the mockers shall close their mouths and applaud in appreciation, and in response, even nature herself with all her interwoven kingdoms, shall also change her clothes to smiling brightness and her manners along with them, giving up her rain in right measure, while the black panther which always walks by her side, shall only leave the dark forest to come and nuzzle the baby’s head.

“For the earth will be filled With with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As as the waters cover the sea.” NKJV

It is the churches job and privilege to proclaim her Master’s grace across her Master’s world but it is only the Master’s arrival and the Masters presence which shall change the earth for good.

Listen:- The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their their young ones shall lie down together; And and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, And and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV

Pray: -  Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, You who are, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty and everlasting Savior, come quickly. Amen and let it be so.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Feb | 10 | Deficiencies, dismay and deliverance

SAFETY

Deficiencies, dismay and deliverance

Jeremiah 1:17-19
"Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And and speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest lest I dismay you before them. For behold, I have made you this day A a fortified city and an iron pillar, And and bronze walls against the whole land — Against against the kings of Judah, Against against its princes, Against against its priests, And and against the people of the land. They will fight against you, But but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you," says the Lord, "to deliver you." NKJV Deficiencies, dismay and deliverance

God has long planned for and personally prepared Jeremiah, His prophet to the nations. God has placed Jeremiah in a strange position for now though and maybe Jeremiah has been feeling it in his spirit? . He is curled up, coiled up, bent over, looking up. Yes, he is found crouching like an elastic tiger in the starting blocks of his calling and God is about to fire His pistol. It is the 13th year of King Josiah, BANG! And the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. Now, he’s up off and away. Or at least he should be.

The Word of the Lord came a second time to Jeremaih Jeremiah in this chapter, this time demanding less argument and more movement from His man. : v17 “Prepare yourself and arise.” Now then, I have no doubt that some of you reading this tonight have to have a little less argument and much more movement in your calling and life. So listen up.

God says much in this chapter about the difficulties Jeremiah will have in the pursuit of God’s commands and of course, also of the great power that God will give to him to fulfill the word of the Lord. This powerful provision, coupled with the personal and perilous predicament of the pursuance of God’s call upon his life, will put Jeremiah in great peril and will leave him on two left wheels, straining like a rally car, speeding around the corner of a single track road, all wet with clouds, way up in the high Andes of Bolivia. Such influential, dangerous and extreme prophetic driving conditions, if you will, means that God has to issue His much ‘deficient in himself’ prophet, with both a warning and a promise. A warning of dismay and a promise of deliverance.

 “Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest lest I dismay you before them.” Jeremiah 1:17-19

All Jeremiahs deficiencies would be more than compensated for by the re-shaping power of God, for through this enablement, Jeremiah would become as strong as a fortified city, as upright and immovable as an iron pillar, and as fixed and firm, and as unyielding and unbreakable as a big bronze wall. Make no mistake about it dear reader, God's strength to withstand attack would be well needed though, because all the people, especially the presently powerful, would both vehemently and violently oppose Jeremiah's message. Therefore Jeremiah must appear before them with unshakable confidence, and with a defining firmness. Look now! There is to be no presence of self- questioning, no hint of pathetic prophetic abnegation, no lip quivering before queens or kings, no smell of any depressive discouragement, no sign of any mental confusion, no shadows of ‘mights,’ no ghosts of ‘maybes’, just the solid and certain presence of the declarations of God in the mouth and man of Jeremiah His herald.

The verbal stems of the two words: ‘dismay’ and ‘dismayed’, (a play on words mind you), are reflexive in one and causative in the other. In other words, God is very strongly saying to Jeremiah here: “If you dare proclaim My words out of a broken spirit which is terrorized by your own self- protection and personal anxiety, then I will throw you into a whole sea of anguish and break you in pieces upon the rocks of your own cowardice!” Hard words. Indeed, Matthew Henry comments on this, saying: “Those that consult their own credit, ease, and safety, more than their work and duty, are justly left of God to themselves, and to bring upon themselves the shame of their own cowardliness.” The modern church seems to have lost all understanding of the coupled privilege and authority given in the declaration of God’s holy wordWord. There is no power in our pulpits and consequently there is not imparted power in our people. There are salesmen in the pulpits and so there is silliness in our people. Cowards deliver the Word and therefore cripples leave our buildings and in the end, our land is left to us desolate and doomed for destruction. Slander. Bitterness. Anger. Bullying. Wrongful arrest and imprisonment, Loneliness. Loathing. Looking. Longing. Waiting. Wondering. All these and many more terrible things besides shall be the daily bread of the prophet of the Lord. Even so, though they all would fight against Jeremiah, God assured him that they would not overcome him. God would deliver him. Yes, God would be to Jeremiah his very personal snatch squad for God would come and steal Jeremiah away from death, doom and destruction.

The greatness of any task makes us greatly aware of our own great deficiencies. No doubt, you like Jeremiah are aware of your own personal deficiencies tonight. No matter. For if God has called you and commanded you to do something. , Do do it. ! Remember, that your only real protection in the end, indeed, even the fulfillment of all God’s promises to you, will only be found in the middle of the fulfillment of God’s commands. Be sure to be found right there then. Mark this now: Those who are with God, have God with them, and therefore need not fear anyone or anything that comes against them! Do you believe this? If you do believe this, then press on with confidence. If you do not, then stay off the battlefield.

Listen:- Thus the Lord said to me: "Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, by which the kings of Judah come in and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; and say to them, 'Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates.’…” Jeremiah 17:19-20NKJV

Pray: -  Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise. Indeed they say to me, "Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come now!" As for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd who follows You, Nor have I desired the woeful day; You know what came out of my lips; It was right there before You. Do not be a terror to me; You are my hope in the day of doom. Let them be ashamed who persecute me, But but do not let me be put to shame; Let them be dismayed, But but do not let me be dismayed. Bring on them the day of doom, And and destroy them with double destruction! Jeremiah 17:14-18 NKJV

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Feb | 09 | Of ghostly touches and whispers from the grave

FREEDOM

Of ghostly touches and whispers from the grave

John 10:7-10
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” NKJV

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Patronage is an historic element in the Church of England and the Presbyterian church of Scotland which is carried over from really the pre-Reformation Church. Many parishes have a patron ( individual or body) who in the event of a Pastoral vacancy, exercises the right to present a candidate to the congregation for their consideration. If the congregation dislikes the patrons proposed candidate, then they can either take civil action against the patron or get out from under the patron’s legal jurisdiction, that is, remove themselves from the patron’s church premises, meeting place and pastoral accommodation. When a congregation or congregations have done this, it is referred to as a secession.

Patrons and trustees of churches usually present themselves as being a person or body ‘under God’ who are under law, acting in the best interest of the parishes they represent in order to ensure that the right appointments are made in the parish which will maintain the original intention of the benefactors, founders or organisationorganization. Congregations might refer to this good intention of the patron as Simony, Cronyism, or control. In any event, it essentially removes the right of a congregation to call, consider, and appoint the minister of their own choosing. The system under the guise of patronage protectionism, reserves the right to maintain its historic, financial and property interest in the present day functioning of the parish, church or organization.

My present address is Williamsons Quay, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. The plaque on the sea wall outside of our apartment reads “Site of St James Church, 1842-1970, Originally a Secession Church, in Cowan Street, Last Minister: Rev John Williamson”

Many churches in the 1800’s seceded from the Church of Scotland over the issue of patronage amongst others. The dust of St James is one upon which I presently reside. It seems that at some point, the congregation rejoined the Church of Scotland and in the so doing lost their building. The story goes that the building was eventually deemed to be unsafe and of course, there was no money for repairs and so the congregation was heaved out and the building and land put up for demolition and sale, the monies accrued from this, being put into causes which were deemed to be living. Rev. John Williamson was in his eighties at the time and was having none of it, essentially calling the building report, a fraud. He and his small congregation of 25 souls, were never the less evicted from the disputed property, and meeting in the open air of his first service, Williamson publicly lambasted the presbytery for acting ‘out of Biblical order.’ I wonder if John could smell a financial rat? Two years later, the Rev Williamson, now aged 84, was holding church services in a bus. He died that same year and was buried with his wife Celia who had departed this life some 22 years earlier. The bottom of the head stone reads: “O for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still”

It is essentially money that has shaped our denominations. Money finds it power in the possession of property and place, and when used to control, it lifts up these two material things as treasures far above the people it is supposed to bless. I tell you now, if your giving is tied to a leash, it will eventually be turned into a biting dog. Therefore, let your giving be dove-like. Let it be launched into the heavens and into the hands of God. It will come back to you with green life. When you give then, let it go, for giving with strings attached is invested interest and control. If you want to do this, then go find a limited company to put your money into, stocks and shares, not the church of the living God! Did you know that the elders of parish churches in the Church of Scotland had the right to get the army in to ensure their ministerial candidate was put in place! ? When civil law controls the church, when a body of patronic trustees reverts to the law of the land to rule the church of the living God, then some might say that this was close to the control of demonic witchcraft.

Money moves and rules the church in these islands of mine and the end of all of this is death. As the church on these Christian shores disappears into the foaming sea, and those of us who are left choose whether money of or the Holy Spirit shall direct the remnant, I hear even now the weeping of the earth and the short breathed whisper from the Lomond hills mourning the loss of Christianity and saying: “O for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still”


It’s time to let go of Simon and his money and for you to raise up your voice in this land once more. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Listen:- “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:11-16 NKJV

Pray: -  Father, deliver us into the true freedom of Your greatness, Your presence, and Your utter Sovereignty. Provide for us our daily bread and our daily needs. Your Kingdom come, not ours, Your will be done, not ours. Open then our lips that we might sing out Your praises and the glories of Your Gospel. Lift up Jesus in me and then empower me to lift Him up before others that You might draw all men to yourself and the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world might receive the reward of His suffering. Let the vanished hand of Jesus in this land be manifest once more. Let the voice of the Gospel sing loud its song of salvation. Amen and let it be so.

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