DRIFTING INTO DANGER

David Wilkerson (1931-2011) – November 7, 2019

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).

The sin of drifting away from Christ is the most tragic, dangerous sin of all — and no believer is immune. Even the most devoted believer can begin drifting by getting lazy and passive about the things of the Lord. Once that begins to happen, it becomes harder and harder to get back into intimate communion with Christ. You may know certain people who were once tender, loving Christians yet today they seem like different people. Most drifters do not recognize themselves as being in danger.

The history of God’s people has been one of backsliding, neglecting and forgetting God. Moses and the prophets seemed incredulous at the tendency of God’s people to quickly forget the Lord and drift back to their old ways.

Just before he died, Moses looked back over the history of God’s children in the wilderness. Nearly an entire generation of complaining, backbiting, unbelieving people had been wiped out by God’s judgment, consumed in the hot desert. But a faithful remnant — tried, tested, separated — remained true to the Lord. Moses told them, “Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal Peor; for the Lord your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed [idol worship]. But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today … For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?” (Deuteronomy 4:3-4, 7).

Moses was essentially saying, “You stayed true in a time of great apostasy! You never gave in to idol worship, as those did who were destroyed. And no one has had God nearer to them than you have.” These were the ones who entered the Promised Land — into the Lord’s fullness.

Do you remember a time when you felt nearer to him than you do now? When you felt his presence more readily and heard his voice more clearly? It might be time to examine your heart to be sure you are continuing to press in with Jesus.

 

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Christian pastors are being arrested in the UK for preaching the word of God… while UK tyrants protect Islamic radicals

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(Natural News) Freedom of speech in the United Kingdom is under attack after a Christian preacher was arrested for sharing his faith in the public square.

According to reports, David Lynn, a non-denominational ministry leader from Canada, was forcibly removed from a train station in Barking after a lesbian woman accused him of calling her “perverse” and “sinful” during his message.

Lynn denies this allegation – and video footage from the event corroborates his defense – but that didn’t stop British police from arresting the preacher and detaining him for more than 20 hours.

Though he was eventually released without a charge filed, Lynn, who has been preaching from the Bible for 22 years, had to seek legal counsel from the Christian Legal Center, a U.K.-based organization that helps Christians all over the world handle legal cases such as this that involve accusations of “discrimination.”

As the head of Christ’s Forgiveness Ministries, which has congregations not only in the U.K. but also in the United States and Canada, Lynn had plenty of support on the tube platform that fateful day in which he was taken away in cuffs. He says he was only there to help people find a right relationship with Jesus Christ, which involves turning from sin.

“He preached about people searching for love in the wrong places, and that it is only through a right relationship with Christ that this deep need can be satisfied,” the Christian Legal Center reported.

“A crowd formed, and David frequently handed the microphone to onlookers to allow them to respond to his preaching. It was alleged that David called a homosexual lady in the crowd ‘perverse’ and ‘sinful,’ though he denies this and video footage captured of the preaching does not substantiate her complaint. Instead, it shows groups of supporters cheering, chanting ‘Jesus’ and supporting David throughout his preaching. The atmosphere was more like a carnival that [sic] a confrontation.”

U.K. authorities ban woman from country, dub her a “terrorist,” simply because she spoke out against Islam

What seems to have further bothered U.K. authorities is the fact that Lynn isn’t a Muslim, which seems to be the only religious faction in Great Britain that receives religious protection anymore. Christians like Lynn who openly share their faith are becoming increasingly marginalized and persecuted.

And it’s happening all over the U.K., as Christians like Lynn are continually being targeted for exercising their free speech rights. A Christian woman by the name of Lauren Southern was actually barred from entering the country after she was accused of violating Islam’s “Blasphemy” laws simply for speaking out against the religion.

The U.K. actually declared Southern to be a “terrorist” after she and some friends conducted a social experiment in which they handed out flyers that were critical of Islam. Southern’s attempted entry back into the country after being kicked out was denied, as authorities stated that allowing her presence would not be “conducive to the public good.”

Her flyer, which claimed to be a fictitious group known as “LGBT for Islam UK,” stated:

“Allah is Gay, Allah is Trans, Allah is Lesbian, Allah is Intersex, Allah is Feminist, Allah is Queer, Allah is All of Us.”

Like Lynn, Southern was immediately targeted and eventually forced out of the U.K. She later told Fox News that she believes the ordeal “could be marking the end of conservative speech in the U.K. or the beginning of an era of serious censorship.”

In defending his actions, Lynn told the media that his only goal is to bring the “life-changing message of Jesus Christ’s love and forgiveness to the world through evangelism.” He added that, while his arrest came as a shock, he’s grateful to those who continue to support him and who have helped him avoid being charged with crimes he didn’t commit. (Click to Source)

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THIS IS WAR

We spend so much time focusing on ourselves and our shortcomings and wallowing in our self-doubt that we effectively remove ourselves from the fight.  That is exactly what the enemy wants.  Once you realize that Christ has completely eliminated the penalty for your sin

then you are freed and empowered to help others.  Those stuck in works-righteousness can never see the forest for the trees because they still don’t understand that the Gospel has decisively solved the sin problem.  We are free.  And now that we are free we can engage in the broader war and help our brothers and sisters in this bloody fight while we try to snatch more from the fire.

The Scenario

1. The world has collectively chosen to reject God and His rightful rule.

2. The world is presently controlled by the devil and his servants.

3. Those who have rejected God are suppressing the truth and bringing the whole world to annihilation.

4. Mankind is in a spiritual, zombie-like state and headed towards destruction because of sin.

5. When we were completely hopeless and powerless God made the first move by springing a trap that caused the penalty of mankind’s sin to fall on Himself (Acts 20:28) thus setting free those who were enslaved to the devil.  From an individual perspective, men and women break free from the devil’s invisible spiritual prison once they accept Jesus’ atoning sacrifice and believe in Christ.

6. Mankind is closer than ever to complete physical and spiritual self-destruction and Jesus is returning very soon to put a decisive end to man’s self-rule and the devil’s tyrannical reign, yet He won’t do it until the Church is complete and the Body of Christ is joined to the Head

For this reason we have a very short intervening time to win a more decisive victory over the enemy and to rescue a few more off the battlefield.

The Objectives

1. Hold faithfully to the truth of the Gospel

until we are removed from the battlefield by physical death or the trumpet of God.  That means rejecting all forms of heresy that are creeping into the Church, which twist the Gospel.  Some heresies stem from infiltrators who push liberalized doctrines like universalism, moral deism, New Age syncretism, and the like.  Equally deadly heresies come from those who purport to be the most faithful and religious – those who to their own doom claim that the Cross was not enough (Gal. 5:4).  These modern Pharisees push works-righteousness, a standard that they themselves never meet.  No two Pharisees ever agree on what the list of requirements is, but they demand that you meet their list.  Woe to them!

2. Snatch as many from the fire as possible before the fight is over.  The time we have left to fight is exceedingly short.  This means finding meaningful ways to share your faith and testimony.  Evangelism is often intimidating, but always easier than it seems.  The intimidation is an incessant satanic illusion.  Evangelism is easy.  If in person, just ask a question… “do you have a faith?”  People love questions and will usually open up.  That gives you an instant, non-awkward “in”.  There are even easier ways to evangelize: 1. Write letters to prisoners.  They are a captive audience and love to receive mail.  2. Share Christian and Gospel material on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.  All it takes is a click or two and you don’t even have to face anyone directly if you tend toward timidity.  3. Start a website or blog and share your faith.  If God has given you more courage then be winsomely vocal.  Hand out tracts.  Give out Bibles.  Find some way to share publicly.  Give big tips to your servers and write “God loves you… John 3:16“.  Strike up conversations.  Let’s go!

3. Hold down your own fort.  That means to do everything in your God-given power to teach your own children and family the truth of God and His Word.  Make faith a normal subject of discussion.  In a family that doesn’t often discuss spiritual things, talking about God can be awkward, but push through.  It might take time, but the goal should be to get to a place where your spouse and children feel loved and comfortable with making God a normal part of discourse.  If you want your family to live out their faith and stay faithful then you can’t relegate Christianity to Sunday at 10:00 AM.  It should be a normal part of life.  Endure all hardships and beatings with grace.  Be kind, forgiving, and authentic with your children and spouse.  Pray for them daily.

4. Fight the political battles, too.  Most people perceive silence as acquiescence, and Christians have become woefully silent.  Political power is often given to the most active and vocal.  We have to speak out on the issues and present a biblical worldview.  Don’t be silent on current events because God has given you so much to say.  Just remember to be kind and winsome – you’re not trying to win an argument, you’re trying to lovingly persuade and plant seeds.  Everyone is yelling, but let’s be those who stand on the side kindly saying, “look, there’s a better way.”  Try to find ways to be physically active in the fight, too.  Hardly a day goes by without a mass prayer, walk for life, or local mission opportunity.  Search on Google or Facebook for local groups and opportunities and participate.

The Obstacles

1. The Church appears to be overwhelmingly outnumbered on this earthly battlefield and this causes many to lose heart, give in, or give up.  Yet this obstacle is only an illusion, because the truth is that more are with us than are with the enemy (2 Kings 6:16-17, Matt. 26:53, Rev. 12:7-9).  When we choose to fight and engage in the battle we usually win, but we have to fight.

2. The devil has infiltrated our ranks with his own.  They often claim to follow Christ, but they try to steer you away from the Gospel in one way or the other.  Realize that they are usually just confused and ignorant and have simply never known Christ.  They don’t understand the message of the Gospel, which proclaims Christ is the only way and simultaneously that our sin is completely, 100% atoned for.  Whether the ultra-conservative Pharisees or the liberal Sadducees

, if you listen to them they will steal your faith or at the very least, cause you to become unproductive in the fight.

3. Self-doubt.  We’ve been forgiven, freed, and promised eternal life, but so often we remain in our chains, fretting over our past regrets and the seemingly impossible obstacles ahead.  Yet so often the obstacles are purely illusions and the ones that do exist God will trample over if you just step forward in faith.  Regarding your sin and your past, just remember that the darkness is dark.  If you spend all of your time focusing on the darkness then your life will be darkness.  Acknowledge that you are a wretched sinner in need of the Great Savior, but then put the darkness behind you and march forward.  Fix and amend what you can, but accept that Christ’s blood covers you completely and meets your every moral need and then enter the battle so you can help others.

We need not compare ourselves to those we perceive to be more successful in the spiritual fight – the Luthers, Spurgeons, and Grahams.  God gave each of them the opportunities, abilities, and courage to achieve what they achieved and the truth of the matter is that it wasn’t them achieving anything, but the God who they allowed to dwell inside them.  For every Luther or Graham there is a less famous Believer, unknown in the annals of history, who was faithful with what God gave them and because of their faithfulness the Luthers and Grahams came to know the Lord.  They may not be famous on earth, but they are very famous in Heaven.

Some are called to be Pauls who seem to reap a great harvest on earth and others are called to be Stephens who seem unsuccessful in the world’s eyes, but in a single moment of faithfulness achieve a spiritual harvest of equal worth that isn’t revealed until the story further unfolds.  Yet we are all called to fight faithfully, courageously, and with unrelenting fervor.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

– Ephesians 6:12

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

– John 14:12

Allow me the liberty to apply Winston Churchill’s most famous speech to the Church:
I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend the Gospel, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.  At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do.  That is the resolve of Our Lord’s Government-every man of His.  That is the will of Christ and Heaven.  The Church and the Host of Heaven, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their heavenly land, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.  Even though large tracts of earth and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of Beelzebub and all the odious apparatus of satanic rule, we shall not flag or fail.  We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in our homes, we shall fight on the streets and in our schools, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength against the prince of the air, we shall defend the Gospel, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight in the culture, we shall fight in our churches, we shall fight on land and at sea, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, the Church or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our brotherhood beyond the seas, armed and guarded by divine power, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, Heaven’s armies, with all their power and might, step forth to the rescue and the liberation of us all.

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The One New Man Bible – B’reshite – Oct 13, 2016

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B’reshite

(Genesis 1:1 – 6:8)

Creation

1.1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2. And the earth was totally empty, devoid of all life, (Jer. 4:23) both animal and plant; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God hovered, brooded, over the face of the waters.

1:3. And God said, “Light, Be!” And there was light. 4. And God saw the light, that it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. 5. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, day one.

1:6. And God said, “Firmament, Be in the midst of the waters! Divide the waters from the waters!” 7. And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8. And God called the firmament the Heavens. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

1:9. And God said, “Waters under the heavens, Be gathered together to one place! Dry land, Appear!” And it was so.10. And God called the dry land Earth, and He called the gathering together of the waters the Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11. And God said, “EarthBring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth!” And it was so. 12. And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13.And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

1:14. And God said, “Lights, Be in the firmament of the heavens, to divide the day from the night! Be for signs and for appointed times and for days and years! 15. Lights, Be in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth!” And it was so. 16. And God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17. And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth, 18. and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

1:20. And God said, “Waters, Teem abundantly with the moving creature that has life, and fowl to fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven!” 21. And God created the great whales and every living creature that moves, with which the waters teemed abundantly, after their kind and every winged fowl after its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22. And God blessed them saying, “Be fruitful! Multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and fowl, multiply on the earth!” 23. And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

1:24. And God said, “Earth, Bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth after its kind!” And it was so. 25. And God made the beast of the earth after its kind and cattle after their kind and everything that creeps upon the earth after its kind. And God saw that it was good.

1:26. Then God said, “We will make mankind in our image, after our likeness and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27. So God created mankind in His own image; He created him in the image of God. He created them male and female. (Matt. 19:4) 28. And God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fruitful! Multiply! Fill the earth! Subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth!”

1:29. And God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of   a tree yielding seed; it will be food for you. 30. And to every beast of the earth, to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creeps upon the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food.” And it was so.

1:31. And God saw everything that He had made and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

First Sabbath

2.1. Thus the heavens and the earth and the entire host of them were finished. 2. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. (Heb. 4:4) 3. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.

2:4 These are the chronicles of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD* God made the earth and the heavens. 5. And no plant of the field was yet on the earth and no herb of the field had yet grown, for the LORD* God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6. But there went up a mist from the earth and it watered the whole face of the ground. 7. And the LORD* God formed man from the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.

2:8. And the LORD* God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9. And the LORD* God made to grow out of the ground every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food: also the tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and bad. (Rev. 2:7; 22:2,14)

2:10. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it was divided, and became into four headwaters.11. The name of the first headwater is Pishon: that is it which encompasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.12. And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the one that encompasses the whole land of Cush. 14. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that it is which goes toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

2:15. And the LORD* God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to till it and to keep it. 16. And the LORD* God commanded the man saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden, 17. but you will not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.”

2:18. And the LORD* God said, “It is not good that the man, Adam, should be alone. I shall make a helper for him, corresponding to him.” 19. And out of the ground the LORD* formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them, and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name. 20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper for him.

2:21. And the LORD* God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. 22. And He built the rib, which the LORD* God had taken from man, into a woman and brought her to the man. 23. And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She will be called Wife (Ishah), because she was taken out of Husband (Ish).

24. Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and will cling to his wife, and they will be one flesh.” (Matt. 19:5, 1 Cor. 6:2, Eph. 5:32)

2:25. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Mankind’s First Test

3.1. Now the serpent was more tricky than any beast of the field which the LORD* God had made. And he said to the woman, “Really? Has God said, ‘You will not eat of every tree of the garden?’” 2. And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, 3. but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God said, ‘You will not eat of it, neither will you touch it, lest you die.’” 4. And the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die,5. for God knows that in the day you eat of it, then your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and bad.” 6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit of it and ate, and gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7. And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. 8. And they heard the voice of the LORD* God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD* God among the trees of the garden. 9. And the LORD* God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10. And he said, “I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11. And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

12. And the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat.”

3:13. And the LORD* God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.” 14. And the LORD* God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. You will go upon your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15. And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed; he will bruise your head and you will bruise his heel.”

3:16. To the woman He said, “I shall greatly multiply your sadness and your child-bearing: you will bring forth children in sorrow, and your desire will be to your husband and he will rule over you.” 17. And to Adam He said, “Because you have hearkened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you saying, ‘You will not eat of it.’ Cursed is the ground for your sake. You will eat of it in sorrow all the days of your life. 18. Also thorns and thistles will it bring forth to you, and you will eat the herb of the field. 19. By the sweat of your brow will you eat bread, until you return to the ground, for out of dust were you taken, for you are from dust and to dust will you return.”

3:20. And Adam called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all living.

3:21. For Adam and also for his wife the LORD* God made garments of skins, and clothed them.

3:22. And the LORD* God said, “Behold, the man has become as one of us, knowing good and bad, and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever.” (Rev. 22:2,14) 23. Therefore the LORD* God sent him out from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from where he was taken. 24. So he drove the man out and He placed the Cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Cain and Abel

4.1. And Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived and bore Cain (Kayin), and said, “I have gotten a man from the LORD*.” 2. And she again bore his brother Abel (Hevel). And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

4:3. And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering to the LORD* from the fruit of the ground. 4. And Abel also brought from the firstlings of his flock and from its fat. And the LORD* turned to Abel and his offering, 5. but He did not turn to Cain and to his offering. And Cain was very, very angry and his countenance fell. 6. And the LORD* said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7. Behold, if you do well, you will be accepted. And if you do not do well, sin sits waiting at the door, and its desire is to possess you, but you can rule over it.”

4:8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother, and it happened when they were in the field that Cain rose to Abel his brother, and slew him. 9. And the LORD* said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I did not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10. And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to Me from the ground. (Heb. 11:4) 11. And now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12. When you till the ground, from now on it will not yield its strength to you. You will be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth.” 13. And Cain said to the LORD*, “My punishment is greater than  I can bear. 14. Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the earth and I shall be hidden from Your face, and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will be that everyone who finds me will slay me.” 15. And the LORD* said to him, “Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD* set a mark upon Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him. 16. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD* and dwelled in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

4:17. And Cain knew his wife and she conceived, and bore Enoch: and he was building a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.

18. And to Enoch was born Irad and Irad begot Mehujael and Mehujael begot Methusala and Methusala begot Lemekh.

4:19. And Lemekh took two wives for himself: the name of the one was Adah and the name of the other Zillah. 20. And Adah bore Jabal: he was the father of all who dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 21. And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all who handle the harp and another stringed instrument. 22. And Zillah, she also bore Tubal-cain, a sharpener of every cutting tool in bronze and iron, and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

4:23. And Lemekh said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, Listen to my voice, you wives of Lemekh! Hearken to my speech, for have I slain a man because of my being wounded and a young man because of my injury? 24. If Cain will be avenged sevenfold, truly Lemekh seventy-seven fold.”

4:25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth (Shet), “For God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” 26. And to Seth, a son was born to him also and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD*.

Descendants

5.1. This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created mankind, He made him in the likeness of God. 2. He created them male and female and blessed them, and called their name Mankind (Adam), in the day when they were created. 3. And Adam lived a hundred thirty years and begot in his own likeness, after his image and called his name Seth. 4. And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. 5.And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years and he died.

5:6. Seth lived one hundred five years and begot Enosh. 7. And Seth lived eight hundred seven years after he begot Enosh, and begot sons and daughters, 8. and all the days of Seth were nine hundred twelve years and he died.

5:9. And Enosh lived ninety years and begot Kenan. 10. And Enosh lived eight hundred fifteen years after he begot Kenan, and begot sons and daughters. 11. And all the days of Enosh were nine hundred five years, then he died.

5:12. And Kenan lived seventy years and begot Mahalalel. 13. And Kenan lived after he begot Mahalalel eight hundred forty years, and begot sons and daughters.

14. And all the days of Kenan were nine hundred ten years, then he died.

5:15. And Mahalalel lived sixty-five years and begot Jared. 16. And after he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived eight hundred thirty years and begot sons and daughters.

17. And all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred ninety-five years, then he died.

5:18. And Jared lived one hundred sixty-two years, and he begot Enoch. 19. And Jared lived eight hundred years after he begot Enoch, and begot sons and daughters. 20. And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty-two years, then he died.

5:21. And Enoch lived sixty-five years and begot Methuselah. 22. And Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he begot Methuselah, and begot sons and daughters. 23. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years. 24.And Enoch walked with God, then he was not, for God took him. (Heb. 11:6)

5:25. And Methuselah lived one hundred eighty-seven years and begot Lemekh. 26. And Methuselah lived after he begot Lemekh seven hundred eighty-two years and begot sons and daughters. 27. And all the days of Methuselahwere nine hundred sixty-nine years, then he died.

5:28. And Lemekh lived one hundred eighty-two years, and begot a son. 29. And he called his name Noah saying, “This one will bring us comfort from our work and the toil of our hands, from the ground which the LORD* has cursed.” 30. And Lemekh lived five hundred ninety-five years after he begot Noah, and begot sons and daughters. 31. All the days of Lemekh were seven hundred seventy-seven years, then he died.

5:32. And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham and Japheth.

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6.1. And it was, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2. that the sons of the leaders saw the daughters of men, that they were fair and they took them for wives of all whom they chose. 3. And the LORD* said, “My spirit will not struggle forever with mansince he is but flesh. And his days will be one hundred twenty years.”

6:4. There were giants in the earth in those days and also after that, when the sons of the leaders came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty, macho, men who, from old, were men of badreputation.

6:5. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was continually only bad. 6. And the LORD* was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in His heart.7. And the LORD* said, “I shall destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth: man, beast, the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD*. (Click to Site)

10 Reasons I Kissed Halloween Goodbye

“For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? … And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.” —2 Corinthians 6:14-16

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I used to have a love affair with Halloween. In fact, you might have called it an obsession. Even several years after I gave my heart to Jesus, I still harbored a pretty decent crush on costume shops, individually wrapped miniature candies, and “good” spookiness, all in the name of fun.

Even when I started to feel a little uncomfortable with it, I purposed that I would simply tone it down a little and not let it consume too big a part of my heart. Just a little flirting once a year, because surely my one true Love knew my heart belonged to Him. Just like my husband wouldn’t mind at all if I spent a little time with old boyfriends once a year — you know, just for old times’ sake. After all, he wants me to be happy and would never want me to miss out on any fun.

You know I’m kidding, of course. My husband would have nothing to do with that sort of thinking. And neither did the Holy Spirit. After a few years of ignoring His gentle tugging on my heart, I finally decided to prayerfully consider giving up Halloween.

The more I learned, the more I became convinced that this “holiday” (a word that means “holy day,” by the way) was not honoring to God in any way. I began to see that my refusal to give up Halloween was evidence of a divided heart — but Jesus wants my whole heart.

Ever since deciding to “just say no” to Halloween, I can honestly tell you that the blessings and joy of obedience are far greater than any fun I ever had “celebrating.”

And since many people, even Christians, think my decision is odd or even legalistic, I finally decided to put together a list of the top ten reasons I kissed Halloween goodbye. (Click to Article)

Will Yahweh/God Bless the United States by the Blogging Hounds

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I woke up early this morning asking myself and Yahweh/God a question. The present state of this country troubles me and I know that Yahweh is not happy with us. If you were Elohim/God would you bless the United States, when we the people are turning our backs on Yahweh/Yeshua and trashing him with these sins?

Some of the ways that the United States has turned her back on God are described below.

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1 – We have taken the God of the Bible completely out of our schools.

2 – We have 0utlawed prayer in schools and replaced Yahweh with secular  humanism and evolution.

3 – We have been fed a lie that we were accidentally created in the image of an ape, and not in the image of God.   Genesis 1:26-27

4 –  It is considered perfectly alright to acknowledge Allah, Buddha, Satan, witchcraft, paganism, atheism in schools, but not the God of the Bible.  Exodus 20:3-6

5 – It’s normal and totally legal to take the lives of unborn children under the law of this land;  however it’s murder, in the eyes of the God of the Bible.  Exodus 20:13

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6 – Drug & alcohol addiction, pharmakeia, sorcery and witchcraft have replaced the God of all Creation in idolatry at it’s highest form.     Revelation 9:21 and 18:23

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7 – Homosexuality and same sex marriage are unnatural and abhorrent in the Eyes of Yahweh.  He has never changed His mind on this unholy union as He is a God who “changes not”.   Leviticus 18,  Romans 1:18-32, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8

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8 – The apostate church denies the basis truths of the Bible as listed below…

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a) Salvation alone through Yeshua the Messiah who is the only way to Yahweh, the Father, is no longer a doctrinal belief.  John 14:6, Acts 4:12

b) They are denying that the reality of eternal punishment for sin is a very literal hell.  Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20: 11-15

c) They tolerate the breaking of the Commandments of God.

9 – The United States has turned it’s back on the nation of Israel by forcing her to give up land for peace to a hostile enemy who has always tried to destroy her.  This is land that was given as a promise from God in a covenant to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Genesis 13: 14-17, Genesis 26:3-5, Genesis 35:9-12 

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From all these sins that have been listed above, and many more not mentioned in this article, we beg to ask this question:  Is there any way that we can stop this downward spiral toward Yahweh’s judgement on the US because of all these sins that we have committed against Him?

 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.   2 Chronicles 7: 13-15

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”   

John 3:16-21

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Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.  

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Final thought for Today: Your decision concerning your spiritual condition  with Yahweh/God/Jesus/Yeshua,  will determine where you will live in Eternity

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 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LordAnd if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for the Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed. And the Lord drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land.

We also will serve the Lord, for He is our God.”But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord!”So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!” 

“Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.” And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!”   Joshua 24:14-24

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Survival Food for Uncertain Times

THE PAYDAY – David Wilkerson Today

THE PAYDAY
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
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I want to give you four tragic results that befall those who dethrone the Lord.

1.  “Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself”
(Hosea 10:1).

Everyone in Israel was looking out for himself and the result was total
emptiness. Hosea was speaking to believers, showing them a picture of what
happens to all who dethrone the Lord in their lives. Such people become selfish
and miserable and their every pursuit ends in emptiness.

2.  “Their heart is divided . . . he shall break down their altars, he
shall spoil their images” (verse 2).

Our nation’s heart is divided. Americans pay lip service to God and religion,
but they do not worship the Lord in truth. That has led directly to the
breakdown of all our hallowed institutions. When you lose faith in God and
place your trust in something else, that thing becomes an idol. This is
happening in our nation today. Our society no longer trusts God, turning
instead to the government, the President, the educational system, Social
Security—all to try to find some kind of stability. God is saying, “If you
won’t trust Me, I’ll make all your trusted institutions fail.”

3.  “Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity . . . because
thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men” (verse 13).

Hosea is saying, “You stopped trusting in the Lord and now you’re going to reap
a harvest of iniquity!” Humankind today is sophisticated, educated,
knowledgeable. We have dethroned God—rejecting the Bible and prayer—and
enthroned science, psychology and education. Yet, I ask you: What has been the
harvest? What has all our sophisticated learning brought us?

4.  “We have no king, because we feared not the Lord” (verse 3).

Hosea was a prophet over Israel, but when Israel’s backsliding began, he was
powerless to stop the loss of faith. His words carried no authority. Whenever
he spoke, the people merely shook their heads and said, “We have no leadership,
no direction. We’re drifting.”
That is just what is happening in America right now and the same thing is
happening in the church today. Many Christians mock their pastors, ridiculing
their authority. Why? Because these men’s words carry no power. People are
saying, “We no longer have any leadership in our church. We’re lost, confused.”
That is the payday for dethroning the Lord!

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Why I Trust the Bible

Most Christians take that Bible to be the authoritative Word of God.  We believe that it contains the very words of God, written down by men who were guided by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).  There are many reasons to accept the Bible as God’s Word, such as the evidence of archaeology, which confirms the accuracy of the biblical record with each new discovery it makes, and the consistency of the fulfilled prophecies recorded in the Bible, which attest to its supernatural origin.  Even the most hardened skeptic must admit that these evidences speak strongly for the reliability of God’s Word.

Nevertheless, I would like to address three reasons that I believe, and trust, the Bible.  When I enter a time of doubt or questioning, I think back on why I believe the Bible.  Why do I trust it so completely and attempt to pattern my life according to its teachings?  What motivates me to introduce others to its Author?  The answer comes in three parts:  victory over sin, it makes sense of what I see in the universe, and the witness of the Holy Spirit.

Victory over sin

What motivates me to introduce others to its [the Bible’s] Author?

The power of sin in a person’s life can be devastating.  Sin produces guilt in one’s heart, it destroys lives, and it separates us from God.  On our own, we are powerless to conquer it.  I struggled with certain sins from which I could not get away, no matter how I tried.  I could stop for a while, but I would always find myself entangled and beaten by them again.  Secular psychology, claiming to have cures, offered temporary victory over them, but nothing lasting.

How liberating when I understood the message of the Bible that said, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness” (Romans 6:12-13 ESV).  The Bible said that I did not have to be a slave to sin; I could be free from sin and guilt through the power of Jesus Christ.  The apostle Paul, speaking of Jesus Christ, says this, “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin” (Romans 6:6 ESV).

I have not only learned that Jesus sets us free from the power of sin, but I now experience this freedom daily.  I have been set free from those sins that used to have such a grip on me.  It is not my imagination; I had tried too hard for too long to break the bonds of sin.  There was no way that I would ever be strong enough on my own to live as I knew I should be living.  No, the truth of the saving power of Jesus Christ set me free, “For the law of the Spirit of life has set[me] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2 ESV).  I carry this witness in my heart wherever I go.

It makes sense of what I see in the universe

The Bible answers so many life questions: Where did we come from?  What is our purpose?  Why are people the way they are?  Where do morals come from?

C.S. Lewis wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else” (Lewis).  When I look at our world through the lens of a biblical worldview, it makes sense.  The Bible tells me that murder, rape, child abuse, and all the other bad things in the world were not part of God’s original design for us.  The Bible tells me that God created a perfect world (Genesis 1:31) for humanity to live in.  Humans and God were created to be in a special relationship with one another.  However, humanity’s rebellion spoiled that relationship and brought negative consequences upon our environment and us.

The Bible tells me that God is love (1 John 4:7-8, 16), therefore, anyone who is not in communion with God is unable to consistently exhibit His love.  The Bible even answers the questions of race, religion, government, and any question one might have concerning life, both here and the hereafter.  The Bible tells me that my eternal destiny depends on the choice I make; the choice to follow, or rebel against, the Savior Jesus Christ.  The Bible is so rich that a lifetime of study could not fully plumb its depths.  However, that lifetime of study will allow the reader to be plumbed, and molded, by the Author of the Words contained within the Bible.

The witness of the Holy Spirit

The Bible tells us that, when we become followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to dwell, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (Romans 8:16-17 ESV, see also 2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:55; Ephesians 1:13-14; James 4:5).  When we become Christians, we are linked to God in a way that is not possible for those who reject Him.  This indwelling of the Holy Spirit enables us to resist temptation, to show others the love of God, and to be empowered to live as He wants us to live.  It is impossible to live life like this under our own power. 

The Holy Spirit in us enables us to have the kind of relationship with God for which we were created, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba!  Father!”  (Romans 8:15 ESV, see also Galatians 4:6).  We who are saved by faith in Jesus Christ have come into a relationship with God that makes us His children and our spirits cry out in recognition of this relationship.  He is our loving Father, and we are His faithful children.

The Holy Spirit in us continually reminds our spirit of the truth of God, His love, His Son, His salvation, and the fact that we are saved and kept by His power as we live for Him, “Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him.  And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us” (1 John3:24 ESV, see also Romans 5:5).

Conclusion

Whenever doubts or hardships arise in your walk with Jesus, remember these evidences of the reality of your salvation.  God has empowered you to have victory over sin and to resist temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).  The biblical record explains everything about why the universe is the way it is.  It gives us the history of how we got here, why we are here, how we got into this condition, and the cure for our sinful state.  Last, but certainly not least, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, witnessing to our Spirit concerning the truth of God and His plan.

Strengthened by these truths, we can be bold in our walk with God and our witness of the saving grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV).

DELIVERANCE FROM SODOM

DELIVERANCE FROM SODOM
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Most of us think of Sodom as a type of modern-day wicked city such as San
Francisco, New York or New Orleans. But the truth is, we need only to look at
our own hearts to find Sodom. We are all born with a Sodomite nature—a heart
that is exceedingly wicked, full of every evil thing. “Yea, in your heart ye
work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth” (Psalm
58:2)

I believe the following passage reveals how God delivers us out of Sodom:

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto
life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory
and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

God comes to us in our deluded, bound condition with powerful promises of full
and complete deliverance. He says, “I pledge to deliver you and keep you from
iniquity. I will give you a heart to obey Me, so now let My promises lay hold
of you.”

What a wonderful, freeing truth. We are led out of our sin as we lay hold of
God’s promises. Think about it for a moment. Peter says the believers he was
addressing in this epistle had “escaped the corruption that is in the world
through lust” (verse 4). How did these Christians escape sin? They were given
divine power—life and godliness—through their faith in God’s promises.

Beloved, your Father wants you to know fullness of joy in Christ. That joy will
break out only as you are freed from the power of sin. So, allow the Holy Spirit
to go into the womb of your lusts and remove everything that is unlike Christ.
Pray to the Lord right now:

“Oh, Father, I agree with You about my sin. The stench of my compromise has
reached into heaven and I know it has to go immediately. Lord, I receive Your
loving, divine ultimatum and I lay everything down before You. Set fire to
everything wicked in me and let Your promises take hold of my heart. Lead me to
the mountain of Your holiness.”

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