Saturday, February 20, 2016


No matter what is happening in your life, when you belong to Christ all things work together for good! Please take a few minutes and listen to Oklahoma Thunder coach after losing his wife in a car wreck last week.
Enes off the bench. 13 points, 10 rebounds.
Posted by Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Real Judge -- You Know, the One that Matters

     A friend messaged me today. It was a little vignette about the judge that matters. The hardest part of knowing this Judge, and knowing he always rules perfectly, is that sometimes....sometimes that ruling won't come until we die. He will recompense. He will take vengeance on  the evil doers, those who stole from us, those who tried to destroy us. We won't have to worry about judges who are bribed, or paid off with huge campaign donations, or even those who look the other way at corruption in their courts. We won't have to worry about the lies and deceit and trickery pulled by opponents in court. If you are a Christian, the Lord, your Judge, the one that matters will indeed do what He says He will do. He will call us to the bench with Jesus our Advocate. He will call those who have worked for our greatest adversary. They will approach the bench handcuffed with the Accuser who they have followed and listened to, willingly. And with the voice of many waters, our great and mighty Judge, will declare us, His people, His children, innocent. He will declare the truth and we will fully comprehend what it means that He knows, He saw, He heard every lie they told, every evil thing done, and He is the only one that matters. And every knee will bow. Our enemies, those who lied about us, cheated, stole, and did so while professing to belong to Him will be proved the false Christians they are. They will not be given another chance to repent. They had their chance. They will not be given a redo. They will not be able to pay this Judge off, or lie, or manipulate the Judge to do their bidding. Their day of false accusations against us will be over. These enemies of the Judge refused every single opportunity to follow Christ's ways, His word. It will be too late. They willingly chose to ignore Him and His great love and mercy. They willingly chose the love of money, their greed, their stuff, over Him. They have no excuse to bring before the great and mighty Judge of All. And we, those who have suffered the most extreme injustice, the most extreme destruction of our name and character, we who have been betrayed and lied about, we will hear and see our great Judge declare our enemies guilty and declare us innocent--wrapped in the blood of Jesus Christ and clothed in His righteousness.
     It's hard because we want vindication now. We want justice now. We want the Lord to act now. Sometimes He will not let things go further and will act in this lifetime. And many times He does not. It's called suffering for righteousness' sake. Suffering because at the end of the day the issue is really that we are hated for loving Christ and His Word. We cling to the promises that God will have vengeance. That God will recompense. We cling to His Word that He is the ultimate Judge. But the suffering is hard. The early Christians considered it a privilege to suffer for their faith. Do we?
     What good comes from such extreme wrongs done? From such extreme, diabolical, evil acts done to believers? Jesus suffered injustice, betrayal, lies about him, lies about his birth. He was thought to be crazy. And all this led to my salvation, my daughter's salvation, yours if you are saved. He told us, if we follow Him we SHALL suffer. Not may or might. Shall. It is sharing in His sufferings.
     If you are in the court system, and you are a bible believing, filled with the Spirit, born again, Jesus really did die on a cross for your sin Christian, then you will suffer. You will suffer in ways nobody outside of Christ can understand. You will suffer because Christ said Christians are not to be in the court system. He told us how to deal with differences and issues. And when others who claim Christ drag you into that system, you will suffer. When they refuse God's ways and choose the way of our great Enemy, you will suffer. And when they claim to be Christians, and do atrocities that no human could ever do, let alone claim to be Christian while doing these things, your heart will break for them. You will not believe it is them, you will make excuses for them, you will plead with them, plead with their so called church leaders, and at the end of the day, you will know they do not belong to Christ. You will pray for them, pray that you will not hate and despise them, pray for them to be saved, to repent, pray that God's mercy would overwhelm them. And you will live in the Psalms praying for their demise before you can ever pray for them to be blessed. You know them. Blessings they will misconstrue as some proof they are "right."
     The only thing that will turn the hearts of these enemies to Christ is Christ. If it never happens they will meet the Judge that matters and they will spend an eternity in the hottest of hell. You will cling to this thought for a time. It is comforting--for a while. You will be like Jonah not wanting them to repent. But if they repent, you have won a sister or brother, mother or father on your knees with tears begging for their souls to be saved--an even harder thing to begin to do. Until that time, trust that the God of all the earth, the Creator that saved you from hell, will recompense and take vengeance. In Scripture we read Hannah praying that God will take vengeance on her enemies. He says He will. We have every assurance He will. It is in this that we trust those who have refused Christ and His Word to the Real Judge, the One that matters!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God -- How do we pray for them?

     From a Christian perspective--one which knows that God commands Christians to stay out of the court system--Christ is the ultimate peacemaker. Our peace with God in repentance and salvation is the first and foremost in any resolution. If a person does not have God, refuses to repent, and refuses to bow the knee to Christ, then anything else is casting pearls before swine. In other words, trying to have true biblical peace with an unbeliever is next to impossible as the foundation for that peace does not exist. There is no acknowledgement of sin because they do not want to be confronted with their sin. There is no acknowledgement of Christ's authority, because they do no want to be under any authority but their own. There is no understanding what they have done to you, because they do not have the compassion of Christ or any ability to see their sin. Their plan is to cover their sin, keep it quiet, and continue sinning. So what kind of peace can exist between a believer and unbelievers?
     Having followed Matthew 18 with professing believers, I saw the absolute nose in the air and puffed up chests as they walked in together with a vile, Christ hating, Christ cursing uncle of mine. They walked in having set their hearts on evil, rejecting every Scripture, rejecting God's way from the start of their evil scheme. Their noses high to the ceiling was nothing more than an absolute defiance and hatred for God and His Word. Noses in the air literally, in rebellion to a just, holy, merciful God. Noses up high that said loud and clear, "We will have none of you God! We will have none of that God in the Bible, that Jesus, and certainly we will have none of His Word. We will only have a God of our choosing. A God we make up in our heads. A God that will never hold us accountable and will never rule and reign over us." This was the most horrific and frightening thing I have ever seen in my life. As Jonathan Edwards said, "Sinners in the hands of an angry God." Holding them over hell like a spider hanging in a web. Waiting for the time that the floodgates of hell itself will be unleashed on them. Deuteronomy 32:35 says, "Their foot shall slide in due time." The fear for the lives of others, for their souls, their eternal state was never so great as that day, the day they all came walking in.

     For a Christian, the process is to go to the persons who have sinned against you, if they will not hear you (or purposefully and willfully block the means to do so) you go to their leaders with two witnesses, go to their pastors. When that is refused you treat them as unbelievers and tell the church. When their own leaders refuse to practice Matthew 18, Scripture is clear...not only are those in sin to be treated as unbelievers, but the churches they attend are now shown to be false churches because its leaders refuse to walk in obedience to Scripture. There is no discussing their sin, no discussing their hatred of God's word, so they are left to contend with God Himself. A precarious place for the rebellious and out from the umbrella of any protection of a loving, merciful God. They are left to themselves. They are those who professed to be Christians, who were in church all their lives, who actually teach in Sunday classes, and who have taken it all and spit on it over and over again. These are those left with the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads as Edwards describes. These are the ones we pray for and beg God's mercy on. A few are those who James tells us will be judged far more strictly because they set themselves up as teachers.
     Can Christians have peace with unbelievers? Rather, those who profess Christ but are in horrific rebellion and in an unrepentant state and whom the Bible says we are to treat as unbelievers? The foundation is non existent. There is no God, no Christ, no warnings from Scripture, no fear of the Lord in their lives--just their pride, their lies, their deceit, and their desire to cover it all up. One thing those without Christ who are bent on evil doing do not comprehend and that is the patience of God. He waits and waits for them to fill up His wrath, and then He acts. Those who are His know the difficulty in waiting for Him to act. We know the patience He builds in us as we wait for Him to act. And the work He does in us to pray for them that their very lives will be spared and souls saved before it is too late. The evil do not comprehend that Christians are on God's time table, not their own. Peace with them? Their peace is to not get caught. The Christians' peace is peace knowing that God will avenge and God will repay--and that we must learn to trust. So what do we do? What does a Christian do when true peace cannot be had because of the others' refusal to acknowledge God and bow the knee to His ways, His Word, and His authority? We pray for a miracle. We pray for God's intervention. We pray that God would delight Himself in making peace where there is no ability for peace. God loves to show off His glory. He loves to defy Satan and his schemes of evil. God loves to do what no man and no court can do. To Him be the glory and the honor and the power forever. Amen.