Sunday, August 29, 2010

Humility

Humility is an essential and vital characteristic of the Christian.

Humility puts us in a frame of mind to be able to learn from others. People can become so self-confident in their own opinions their pride prevents them from honestly considering that another person may be more right than they. Can you ponder the opinion of others and examine your own position without becoming defensive or discouraged?

Humility enables us to have sympathy for others in their hardships. People who exalt themselves above others are not able to exercise mercy and show sympathy to those who are struggling with some spiritual or physical weakness. They disrespect the precious individual for whom Christ died, because the person is not as strong or wise or capable or holy as they think they should be.

Humility causes our love for others to be genuine and not selfishly motivated. Humility inspires and motivates a servant attitude. It is more concerned about the good welfare of others than it is of personal goals. We must be willing to suffer for others to prosper. We give not because we are trying to negotiate an increase for ourselves, but because we sincerely have a compassionate burden for charity.

Humility highlights our respect for others. Without humility the person is pulled towards a “me first” mind set. With humility we manifest a tender respect for others. We see their value and acknowledge their importance to God who made us all.

Listen to the words of God given to King Solomon.

Proverbs 15:32-33, “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”

Humility does not exist with any person who does not fear God and seek after Him with a meek, servant’s heart. Before you can be like God, you must let Him sit on the throne of your heart and be the Ruler of your life. An unsaved person may have a false humility, but it is selfish at the root. There is great honor in being justified by faith and grace, but first you must humble yourself before God with a broken and contrite heart.

Proverbs 16:18-19, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

Sin is a destroyer. Sin will always cause a person to fall from the grace of God. It is always pride which causes a person to put his own desires ahead of the desire and will of God. The exalting of self, the desires of the flesh, always precede sin. A proud person is a haughty person. It is the same spirit. Just because someone disagrees with you does not make that person proud or arrogant. If you accuse someone of being proud and arrogant, make sure that is not what is in your own heart.

Proverbs 18:12, “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.”

Many righteous principles and truths are repeated in the scriptures so that you do not miss the important message God has for you.

Proverbs 22:4, “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.”

There are both spiritual riches and material riches. God is able to give both to whomsoever He knows has the grace and ability to use them for the glory of God.

If God has not blessed you with material riches, it may be that you could not stand the temptations which would be opened before you and which you would need to resist and overcome. He knows what is best for you.

1 Kings 3:5-10
5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

King Saul was little in his own eyes before he became King. After he became King, he began to motivated by his own desires instead of the will of God.

King Saul was humble and of a meek spirit until he became King. Afterwards he began to desire to satisfy his flesh with the power his wisdom and wealth had given to him. When the Queen of Sheba praised Solomon, we do not find where he gave all the praise and glory to God who gave him all his wisdom and power. These verses summarize what happened:
1 Kings 10:7, The Queen of Sheba said: “…behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.”
1 Kings 10:13, Solomon responded: “And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty.”
Where is the recognition of God who is the source for all these things?

Power, wealth and positions of authority over others can lead to great temptations to become heady and high minded. Many rulers and ministers have lost their salvation after they were mightily used of God.

Daniel 2:29-30
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

God used Daniel in a great way, but Daniel remained humble. He always acknowledged God as the source of his wisdom and talents. He never took advantage of God’s gifts to promote himself.

Matthew 23:1-13
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

The scribes and the Pharisees were not humble like Daniel. They took advantage of their religious position to exalt themselves to “sit in Moses’ seat.” What was Moses’ seat? It was the seat of judgment. Pastors must be careful not to fall into the temptation and snare of ascending to Moses’ Seat. Consider what the following scriptures teaches.

James 4:5-12
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Notice that the words of Jesus Christ and James warn against judging your brother. The word “judgeth” in this passage means: to try, condemn, punish, avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” That one lawgiver is Jesus Christ. He is the only one who knows the thoughts and intents of the heart and He makes these things known in this present time by the Holy Spirit. There is no man in this world, not the Pope or any other authority, who has the duty or right to “try, condemn, punish, avenge, conclude, condemn, or damn,” someone who testifies to be a child of God. If ministers will preach the judgments of God, the Holy Spirit will do the convicting, the judging and the exposing. Too many saints and ministers have been tried, condemned, punished and concluded to be excommunicated from the body without an evident sin charge revealed by the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 5:1-6
5 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Pastors must be servants to God’s people. They must not be lords over God’s heritage. The saints belong to God. They are His heritage, not the pastor’s. So, the apostle Peter warns the pastors to humble themselves and let God place you where He wants you. Feed the flock of God. Be an example for them to follow. Don’t be their Boss, their Master or their Lord. Be their teacher and guide. Do it willingly and don’t get out of order. Be humble and lovingly serve God’s children.

Isaiah 57:14-15
14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

God recognizes and rewards the contrite and humble sinner. That attitude will lead him to become a humble saint.

Matthew 18:1-6
18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Two important points should be noticed here.
1. Humble yourself before God.
2. Don’t offend those who are humble.

Woe to that person who exalts himself and offends the humble child of God. It would have been better that he never had been born.

Will you humble yourself before God.
Will you live humbly with others?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Message on Islam

I believe that the following statements are significantly accurate and reflect a dangerous condition in America.

I believe this message should be read by as many Americans as possible that they may be fully informed concerning the possible future of America. Wrong must be resisted or else it will prevail. Read and take heed.

Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military
components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other
components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to
agitate for their religious privileges.

When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies
agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the
other components tend to creep in as well.

Here's how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

United States -- Muslim 0.6%
Australia -- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -- Muslim 1.9%
China -- Muslim 1.8%
Italy -- Muslim 1.5%
Norway -- Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark -- Muslim 2%
Germany -- Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom -- Muslim 2.7%
Spain -- Muslim 4%
Thailand -- Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby
securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

France -- Muslim 8%
Philippines -- 5%
Sweden -- Muslim 5%
Switzerland -- Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago -- Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law.
The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the
entire world.

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. . Any non-Muslim action offends Islam and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections in:

Guyana -- Muslim 10%
India -- Muslim 13.4%
Israel -- Muslim 16%
Kenya -- Muslim 10%
Russia -- Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad
militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian
churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia -- Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

Bosnia -- Muslim 40%
Chad -- Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon -- Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania -- Muslim 70%
Malaysia -- Muslim 60.4%
Qatar -- Muslim 77.5%
Sudan -- Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

Bangladesh -- Muslim 83%
Egypt -- Muslim 90%
Gaza -- Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia -- Muslim 86.1%
Iran -- Muslim 98%
Iraq -- Muslim 97%
Jordan -- Muslim 92%
Morocco -- Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan -- Muslim 97%
Palestine -- Muslim 99%
Syria -- Muslim 90%
Tajikistan -- Muslim 90%
Turkey -- Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates -- Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' -- the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

Afghanistan -- Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia -- Muslim 100%
Somalia -- Muslim 100%
Yemen -- Muslim 100%

Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

'Before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel. --
Leon Uris, 'The Haj'

It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under
100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.

Today's 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world's population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus,
Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world's population by the end of this century.

Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the fox guard the henhouse.
The wolves will be herding the sheep!

Obama appoints two devout Muslims to Homeland Security posts. Doesn't this make you feel safer already?

Obama and Janet Napolitano appoint Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim who was born in Damascus , Syria , as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant...? Just wondering.

Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions?
Doesn't this make you feel safer already??

That should make the US ' homeland much safer, huh!!
Was it not "Devout Muslim men" that flew planes into U.S. buildings 8 years ago?

Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood ?

Also: This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American? This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:
Theologically - no . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of Arabia

(Addendum: After researching this point about the "moon God of Arabia" at the request of one of my readers, I wish to point out that this particular point is a possible error. It is often difficult to interpret the historical artifacts with certainity. However, we should not allow this one point to erase the value of the remaining parts. Jim Storts)

Religiously no Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)
Scripturally - no Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.
Geographically no Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
Socially - no Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews..
Politically - noBecause he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.
Domestically - no Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)
Intellectually - no Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically - no Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression.. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
Spiritually - no Because when we declare 'one nation under God,' the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran's 99 excellent names.
Therefore, after much study and deliberation. ...
Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS
in this country. - - - They obviously cannot be both 'good' Muslims and good Americans.
Call it what you wish, it's still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future. The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.
Can a muslim be a good soldier???

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft. Hood and Killed 13. He is a good Muslim!!!

Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within.
SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Called to Be Saints

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance (SEC) SAINTS: hagios (hag'-ee-os); from hagos (an awful thing) [compare NT:53, NT:2282]; sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated): KJV - (most) holy (one, thing), saint.

According to the Word of God we are called, appointed and chosen to be “holy as He is Holy.” We are appointed for the specific purpose and objective to be holy because our God is holy and He wants the world to see the power and influence of His holiness in us.

If we are not Christ-like, then we are not Christians.
If we are not holy then we are not God’s children.
When God calls us to be holy, He equips us with His grace and power to be holy.
If we listen to the Holy Spirit and walk in holiness then we will be holy.
If we listen to the flesh and give in to temptation, then we will be disobedient to the call to be holy and we will not be the children of God.

1 Peter 2:20-23
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

If we love God, if we consecrate ourselves to do His will, if we keep ourselves humble; then, we can patiently take correction and chastisement for our faults and for unjust persecution. Remember, if we live holy, we will suffer persecution,
Take it patiently – persevere, endure, don’t faint. Don’t get discouraged and quit.

1 Timothy 4:12-16
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

An example is something that others should follow. We must show ourselves to others to be an example of God’s children in:
CHARITY - God’s love, including mercy, kindness, gentleness, tenderness, caring
SPIRIT - in our attitude, disposition, desires, intentions
FAITH - confidence, what we believe to be true, trusting in God
PURITY - in all holiness and moral cleanness, modesty, outward and inward

Luke 8:38-40
38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

What is the greatest of all miracles? Is it not the salvation of our soul? Every born again child of God who has been delivered from the power and penalty of his sins should be anxious to go tell others of what God has done for us. How well did this demon possessed man obey the call of God to go tell others? “When Jesus was returned…they were all waiting for him.”

When Jesus returns, how many people will be waiting for him because of our obedience to the call to be saints, the call to be holy, the call to be an example and the call to tell others?

1 Peter 3:15
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Psalms 145:4
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

“One generation shall praise thy works to another.” Are we doing that?
Are we telling our children and grandchildren of the call of God to be saints, to be holy? Are we telling our children and grandchildren of the miracles and blessing of God? What is our testimony to the next generation?

Ezekiel 22:29-31
29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.

How many examples do we have in history of God allowing nations to be destroyed because they forgot Him? Will America be next? Are there enough holy people in America to prevent God’s wrath from being poured out upon this nation?

Deuteronomy 32:15-20
“Then he [Israel] forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation…Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.”

2 Chronicles 15:1-2, “And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.”

2 Chronicles 24:20-21, “And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you. And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord.”

Colossians 4:5-6
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Reality of War

War is a reality and it has immediate and long term consequences. Wars have been a continual part of mankind’s history. Wars are the result of wicked men who have ascended to leadership with hearts full of pride and greed for power over others.
What is your attitude toward war? Do you consider yourself involved in a war?
How does a soldier think and live? How do warriors behave? What activities occupy their time?

Do you believe that there is a present force actively trying to destroy you?
How are you dealing with your enemy? Who is winning? How do you measure the progress of the war?

Can you identify the characteristics of warfare in your daily life, e.g. commitment to fight, sacrifice, hunger, discomfort, struggle, the loss of personal resources, consciously planning strategies to win your war?

Take a look at some real war conditions: These are the numbers of
United States of America Causalties for each conflict or war:
World War I...................................117,465
Korean War.....................................54,229
Vietnam Conflict...............................58,159
Iraq war (as of May 2010).......................4,404
Afghan war .....................................1,200
Total for these five wars......235,457
World War II..................................400,000
Civil War between the States................1,030,000

What have we observed in America with the attitude of our nation's citizens concerning the cost of war for the defense of liberty and the defeat of an enemy who is determined to rule over America? In the last nine years in Iraq and Afghan, we have lost approximately 5,600 men and women. Do Americans have the will to fight against an enemy who has publicly advocated our destruction? Is the same reluctance to fight evident in the church as she faces a foe who has come to steal, kill and destroy? Has the church and the world gone to sleep in the same bed of indifference? Have you considered the cost of war?

The American Civil War (1861-1865)

The American Civil War (1861–1865), among other names also known as the War Between the States, was a civil war in the United States of America. The Union population was 22 million and the South 9 million (of which 3.5 million were slaves) in 1861. The war produced about 1,030,000 casualties (3% of the population), including about 620,000 soldier deaths—two-thirds by disease. The war accounted for roughly as many American deaths as all American deaths in other U.S. wars combined.

Christian Crusades (1095-1270)

Military expeditions undertaken by Western European Christians between 1095 and 1270 usually at the behest of the papacy, to "recover" Jerusalem and other Palestinian places of pilgrimage from Muslim control. The name "crusade" (from Lat., "cross," the emblem of the Crusaders) was also applied, especially in the 13th century, to wars against Pagan peoples, Christian heretics, and political foes of the papacy.
The origin of the Crusades is rooted in the political upheaval that resulted from the expansion of the Seljuk Turks in the Middle East in the mid-11th century.

Western Christians viewed the conquest of Syria and Palestine by these aggressive Muslims with fright and alarm. Turkish invaders also penetrated deep into the Christian Byzantine Empire and subjected many Greek, Syrian, and Armenian Christians to their rule. The Crusades were in part a reaction to these events, as well as serving the ambitions of 11th-, 12th-, and 13th-century popes who sought to extend their political and religious power. Crusading armies were, in a sense, the military arm of papal policy.

The Holocaust (1939-1944)

Holocaust means to be “burnt whole.” The Holocaust was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II. Some scholars maintain that the definition of the Holocaust should also include the Nazis' systematic murder of millions of people in other groups, including ethnic Poles, Romani, Soviet civilians, Soviet prisoners of war, people with disabilities, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and other political and religious opponents. By this definition, the total number of Holocaust victims would be between 11 million and 17 million people.

Korean War (1950-1953)

The Korean War (1950–1953) was a military conflict between the Republic of Korea, supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and People's Republic of China (PRC), with air support from the Soviet Union. The war began on 25 June 1950 and an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953. The war was a result of the political division of Korea by agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War. The Korean peninsula had been ruled by Japan from 1910 until the end of World War II. In 1945, following the surrender of Japan, American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th Parallel, with United States troops occupying the southern part and Soviet troops occupying the northern part.

Country KIA+ Wounded MIA Captured Total Comments
US 54,229 103,248 8,142 3,746 169,365 KIA included the 20,600 accidental fatality

Vietnam Conflict (1955-1975)

The Vietnam War was a Cold War military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from November 1, 1955, to April 30, 1975 when Saigon fell. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the capitalist United States and other capitalist nations. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities (See: Vietnam War casualties), including 3 to 4 million Vietnamese from both sides, 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 U.S. soldiers.

Estimating the number killed in the conflict is extremely difficult. Official records are hard to find or nonexistent and many of those killed were literally blasted to pieces by bombing. For many years the North Vietnamese suppressed the true number of their casualties for propaganda purposes. It is also difficult to say exactly what counts as a "Vietnam war casualty"; people are still being killed today by unexploded ordinance, particularly cluster bomblets. Environmental effects from chemical agents and the colossal social problems caused by a devastated country with so many dead surely caused many more lives to be shortened. In addition, the Khmer Rouge would probably not have come into power and committed their slaughters without the destabilization of the war, particularly of the American bombing campaigns to 'clear out the sanctuaries' in Cambodia.

The lowest casualty estimates, based on the now-renounced North Vietnamese statements, are around 1.5 million Vietnamese killed. Vietnam released figures on April 3, 1995 that a total of one million Vietnamese combatants and four million civilians were killed in the war. The accuracy of these figures has generally not been challenged. 58,226 American soldiers also died in the war or are missing in action. Australia lost almost 500 of the 47,000 troops they had deployed to Vietnam and New Zealand lost 38 soldiers.

In the aftermath of the war many Americans came to believe that some of the 2,300 American soldiers listed as "Missing in Action" had in fact been taken prisoner by the DRV and held indefinitely. "Missing in Action" is a term applied to missing soldiers whose status cannot be determined through eyewitness accounts of their death, or a body. While little credible evidence has been shown for this, images of tortured, emaciated prisoners of war (notably in the sequel to Rambo) continue to evoke anger among many Americans. The Vietnamese list over 200,000 of their own soldiers Missing in Action, and MIA soldiers from World War I and II continue to be unearthed in Europe.

World War I (1914-1918)

The total number of casualties in World War I, both military and civilian, were about 37 million: 16 million deaths and 21 million wounded. The total number of deaths includes 9.7 million military personnel and about 6.8 million civilians. The Entente Powers (also known as the Allies) lost about 5.7 million soldiers while the Central Powers lost about 4 million.

World War I was a military conflict centered on Europe that began in the summer of 1914. The fighting ended in late 1918. This conflict involved most of the world's great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (centered around the Triple Entente) and the Central Powers. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 15 million people were killed, making it also the second deadliest conflict in history. The war is also known as the First World War, the Great War, the World War (prior to the outbreak of World War II), and the War to End All Wars.

The assassination on 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, is seen as the immediate trigger of the war. Long-term causes, such as imperialistic foreign policies of the great powers of Europe, such as the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Russian Empire, the British Empire, France, and Italy, played a major role. Ferdinand's assassination by a Yugoslav nationalist resulted in a Habsburg ultimatum against the Kingdom of Serbia. Several alliances formed over the past decades were invoked, so within weeks the major powers were at war; as all had colonies, the conflict soon spread around the world.

The conflict opened with the German invasion of Belgium, Luxembourg and France; the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia and a Russian attack against Germany. After the German march on Paris was brought to a halt, the Western Front settled into a static battle of attrition with a trench line that changed little until 1917. In the East, the Russian army successfully fought against the Austro-Hungarian forces but was forced back by the German army. Additional fronts opened after the Ottoman Empire joined the war in 1914, Italy and Bulgaria in 1915 and Romania in 1916. The Russian Empire collapsed in 1917, and Russia left the war after the October Revolution later that year. After a 1918 German offensive along the western front, United States forces entered the trenches and the allies drove back the German armies in a series of successful offensives. Germany agreed to a cease fire on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.

By the war's end, four major imperial powers—the German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires—had been militarily and politically defeated. The last two ceased to exist. The revolutionized Soviet Union emerged from the Russian Empire, while the map of central Europe was completely redrawn into numerous smaller states. The League of Nations was formed in the hope of preventing another such conflict. The European nationalism spawned by the war and the break-up of empires, and the repercussions of Germany's defeat and the Treaty of Versailles led to the beginning of World War II in 1939.

World War II (1939-1945)

World War II casualty statistics vary greatly. Estimates of total dead range from 50 million to over 70 million, making it the deadliest war ever. Civilians killed totaled from 40 to 52 million, including 13 to 20 million from war-related disease and famine. Total military dead: from 22 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war.

World War II, or the Second World War (often abbreviated as WWII or WW2), was a global military conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945 which involved most of the world's nations, including all of the great powers, organized into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million military personnel mobilized. In a state of "total war", the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by significant action against civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it was the deadliest conflict in human history, that resulted in fifty million to over seventy million fatalities.

The war is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. China and Japan were already at war by this date, whereas other countries that were not initially involved joined the war later in response to events such as the German invasion of the Soviet Union and the Japanese attacks on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor and on British overseas colonies, which triggered declarations of war on Japan by the United States, the British Commonwealth, and the Netherlands.

Let us now put the concept of warfare and our involvement in war into the context of the Word of God. Here in God’s Holy Word, we will find the true meaning, cause and purpose of war.

Matthew 24:6-14
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Jesus Christ has forewarned us of some of the conditions of our spiritual warfare and the religious wars which were to come upon the saints. The disciples were told that all these prophecies must come to pass and then afterwards the end, the second coming of Christ. Before the end there must first be an abundance of iniquity and cause the love of many to become cold. And after the cold and lukewarm condition, the gospel would be preached to those nations which had not before been privileged to hear the blessed story of salvation through Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 1:18-20
18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
The prophecies and the holy scriptures are given to us to prepare us for warfare. We are in a war of good against evil. Satan and evil men who have hearts full of pride and greed will come against the saints and kill many of the children of God. We must be prepared to stand and die for this gospel.
Ephesians 6:10-20
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Armour is for soldiers, not farmers. There is a time for peace and there is a time for war. In peace time we must plant and harvest. In time of war, we must resist all the powers of the enemy and trust our Captain and our King with the victory in the battle.

Revelation 11:7
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

God did not leave us with the promise of perpetual physical protection. He did promise us with a reward, if we would be faithful unto death.

Revelation 12:17
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
The dragon is Heathenism and the woman is false Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism). These will make war with the saints and kill many.

Revelation 13:4-7
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Satan’s power to overcome saints is not equal to overcoming the Kingdom of God. Many people have fought for the freedom of their country and although some have died the nation has prevailed. Are you ready to fight the good fight of faith? Are you ready to die for this gospel? Are you prepared to trust God to deliver you from your enemies and if He chooses to allow them to kill you, will you suffer with the Savior? Will you endure faithfully unto death?
What is it like to fight in a war? What does it mean to be in danger of death by an enemy?

What are the conditions and hardships of a war? Have you ever experienced war?
Do sleepy people fight wars? Do people who are cold and lukewarm fight wars?
Are Christians in America fighting a good fight of faith? Do we act like warriors?
Who are we overcoming and what is the evidence of our victory? Have we captured any of the devils people? Have we converted any enemies to saints? What war stories can you tell?

Revelation 17:12-14
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

When it comes to the Kingdom over which the Lamb of God rules, it shall prevail for the Lord is Lord of lords and King of kings. There will be a final victory of the saints over all their enemies. It will come when the prophecies are fulfilled and the fullness of time has come according to the perfect will of God.

Revelation 19:19-21
9 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
War is the result of sinful attitudes and selfish desires in the hearts of evil men who continually resist the commandments and righteous principles of God. Wars will continue until all prophecies have been fulfilled and then Jesus Christ will return and all men will be judged for the deeds done in their life. None shall escape this judgment.

Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

Have you fought a good fight of faith for righteousness; or, have you participated in the gratification of the lust of your flesh? A record of all your battles, who lost and who won, is waiting for you at the Great Judgment. You will go and give an account of how you fought the wars in your life. Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to fight and stand against all the strategies of Satan who has come to destroy your soul.

A sleeping soldier is not ready to fight. Sleeping Christians are not active in war. Are you asleep? Has the lukewarm condition of our day caused you to be sleeping instead of fighting?