Showing posts with label worship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label worship. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lots of Smarts Minus the Fear of God Equals Failure!

For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. --- 1 Corinthians 1:19-21

References to the fact that Barack Obama is smart, brilliant and all those other terms which define a high level of intelligence have been applied to the president in recent days as the nation he is attempting to lead finds itself in great turmoil for many reasons.

Even persons who are high profile in the mass media and who claim to be “conservative” or beyond in their position on issues of the day are making reference to the president’s supposed “brilliance.”

But one main thing is missing – it’s like the missing cornerstone in a building’s foundation or the main drive wheel missing in a machine or the main spring being absent in a clock. With that being the case, commonsense tells us that it just isn’t workable – there is failure, pure and simple!

Lots of smarts do not guarantee success – oh, at times it may appear so, but eventually things happen in such a way that whatever venture was attempted by the person with all those “smarts” eventually ends in failure! God has plainly revealed a lot about the kind of “smarts” which make the difference in life – whether one will be successful or one will miserably end up a failure. Is anyone so foolish as to believe he or she can improve upon the formula given us in the following statements?

For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked; whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths; to deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words, who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. For her house leads down to death, and her paths to the dead; none who go to her return, nor do they regain the paths of life; so you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it. My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. --- Proverbs 2:6-3:6

At certain points in reading through the above, do visions of politicians in Washington DC and the state capitols of this republic come into your mind? You know, statements such as those who “rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked, whose ways are crooked?”

President Obama, in spite of his “smarts,” has produced no evidence of possessing a healthy and reverential fear of Almighty God in the discharge of his responsibilities. Not one word has been reported that he and his family have established a disciplined pattern of public and private worship in their lives, which violates the clear teaching of Christianity in the New Testament. This is critical in setting an example for others and as a personal witness to a living faith centered in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. There is absolutely no way a person who claims a faith which identifies with Christianity can dodge this responsibility!

Further, there is no evidence that the will of Almighty God is sought in major decision-making moments which impact the lives of 306 million persons in the United States not to mention those in other nations of this chaotic world.

Worst of all is the attitude that human life in its developing stages is a disposable commodity and we can wipe out thousands a week as often as we choose because we have a “right” to do so! A person who has “smarts” which have been imparted by the Spirit of God would not be so foolish nor so stupid to adopt such an approach which guarantees the certain displeasure of Almighty God!

It boils down to this – it is possible to gain “smarts” in life through study, be awarded college and graduate degrees with high honors, impress the world with communication ability and do leadership activities which win rave reviews from ardent devotees in the mass media but still miserably flunk out and fail in the long run!

There is a great difference between what is labeled the “wisdom of this world” and that which is the wisdom imparted to an obedient follower of Jesus Christ through His Spirit! This difference becomes quite obvious when it comes to those who hold positions of leadership at the highest levels of governments all over the world!

Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words: "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. Turn at my reproof; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, they would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil." --- Proverbs 1:20-33

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Failure of the Obama Administration Is Assured, Unless….!

And the LORD spoke by His servants the prophets, saying, Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations (he has acted more wickedly than all the Amorites who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols), therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'Behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle.’” --- 2 Kings 21:10-12

President Obama really wowed them at the Capitol last night, did he not? All those standing O's, shouts, clapping of hands and howls of adoration could almost convince a skeptic that here indeed is the “savior” or the “messiah” that some have been so bold in mentioning.

How could he not but succeed in his leadership at a time when things are somewhat in a bit of a strain with most attention focused on a staggering economy. Masses are convinced that he'll get us through this -- just give him a chance to prove it!

Largely overlooked is where the Obama administration will miserably strike out unless some very drastic changes are made in how the president approaches the matter in the near future.

The area that will bring the Obama administration down will be its dealings with children and youth. In the State of the Union address the president talked at length about the need to educate our children and youth and to enable them to move beyond the high school level, obtaining an education consisting of more than a high school diploma.

His failure is assured because he does not and most certainly will not stress the need for children to be taught a Biblically based value system which has always been an absolute must in a vicious world such as this.

Over half our population fails to be in public worship on Sunday of each week. The president and his family so far have given no indication that they consider this an important discipline and example to be set before the citizens they are attempting to lead.

Consequently we are raising millions of children who have no exposure to the reality of Who God is, what He has done, what His plans for the future are and how He has a plan for each human being due to His identification and knowledge of each of us before we were conceived in our mothers’ wombs.

Not only does the the president and his administration demonstrate monumental ignorance as to God's view of human life, but they place their stamp of approval on policy that prevents millions of children from getting an education in the first place!

This issue is explored in more detail at Mr. President, You Are Doomed to Fail, Unless…! Use return feature on your web browser to come back here or use the link at the bottom of that area to return.

Something quite essential that this nation has all but forgotten is worded this way:

"Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you; 'a land flowing with milk and honey.' Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” --- Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hit the Ground Running And Be Sure To Ignore the Banana Peels!

“Hit the ground running!” --- common expression now being applied to B. Hussein Obama and his administration when they take control of a republic known as the U.S.A. on January 20, 2009

A whirlwind of activity is taking place during this transition period as President-elect B. Hussein Obama assembles advisors and his Chief of Staff, R. Emanuel, whips the troops into line. The phrase very commonly applied is to “hit the ground running” as January 20, 2009 reaches the noon time hour!

For a majority, especially those who cast their votes for B. Hussein Obama, this is a very impressive thing and to be expected from one who at times has been labeled “Messiah” and “Savior.”

While the newly elected president may relish the term, he and his cohorts have essentially omitted a rather critical phrase. While doing their running they will deliberately choose to ignore the banana peels that litter the path. A runner who is wise not only avoids the banana peel but will remove and dispose of it so others will not be threatened by such a hazard.

Here are some of the banana peels that will bring this nation down:

3 Very Deadly “Loves”

It has been predicted that as the human race comes down the home stretch of history, it will wallow in three deadly loves which are love of self, love of money and love of pleasures more than love for God. If you want to see it for yourself, go to 2 Timothy 3 in the New Testament of the Bible.

The Ongoing Destruction of Unborn Children

Our republic is fast approaching a tally of 50 million unborn victims who have been mutilated and murdered in their mothers’ wombs. These have ranged in age from a few weeks to being within a few minutes of being born. Ruins of past cultures which adopted a cheap and very low view of human life are mute evidence that you cannot choose this route without paying a very high price, which ultimately is extinction!

Rampant Sexual Immorality

The evolution of a philosophy about human sexuality has reached its zenith where now it can be defined by saying, “Sex is fun with anyone (or more than one anyone at the same time) anywhere and at any time by choice on the part of the parties involved! We simply make our own rules." The ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah still speak but who in these United States (soon to be known as the Obama Nation) is listening? Any few that do are considered right-wing fire-breathing religious fanatics!

A Fast Spreading Cancer of Idolatry

As a culture begins to prosper, it is not long before it begins to forge idols for itself in many forms. It is obvious to a few who are sensitive to such a disaster that money is dominant as #1 “god” in the United States, plus numerous others which could be also cited. The true and living God has given fair warning that there comes a time when He brings judgment upon a nation’s false gods! Anyone noticed how things are going financially in “the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

The Profaning of the Day of Worship

As noted in other areas of my web site and blog, Sunday should be renamed “Funday” – for most residents of the United States this day is the final day of a weekend of pleasure pursuit – fun & games – partying and getting high on alcohol and/or drugs – sports activities of about every conceivable kind! Who in the world wants to spend a very boring bit of time in what is supposed to be the worship of Almighty God Who created this universe, imparts life and grants blessing and benefit indescribable by which life is nurtured on a daily basis. Then He did the unthinkable – He gave His Son that the way of forgiveness, peace and eternal life in His Kingdom would be available to us sinners! But who has time to give any attention to that – we have fun and games to do before Monday comes!

Teaching Our Young the Way of Damnation

The theory of evolution is dominant in the process of educating the young. With a very few exceptions our young begin a journey early on in which they are taught that our ancestry, humanly speaking, is traced back to lower life forms – you have to travel back in time a long ways to get there. This means that millions of our young have no exposure whatsoever to the real and truthful fact that God is the Creator of all things, including human beings. And since back in the early 60’s a Supreme Court ruling effectively said that there could be no more prayer and no more reading of the Scriptures in public classrooms, and since more than half our population chooses to absent itself from a place of worship on Sundays, we are effectively raising millions of heathen – and we wonder why our country is so screwed up ethically, morally and spiritually!

A Government Increasingly Confused and Corrupted

It takes some searching but the evidence is there for any who want to face it – over time our elected officials have concentrated on themselves in terms of benefits and salaries – the retirement benefits are out of this world. Then, once established in their comfortable positions, they throw a bone or two to their constituents to make us feel good and that they do indeed have our best interests at heart – or do they? The partisan battles that constantly go on are a scandal in and of themselves so that it is “party first” and the public can go to ____________ (fill in the blank!).

Now then – will the administration of B. Hussein Obama as it hits the ground running on January 20, 2009 address the issues represented by the banana peels? The chance of that taking place is as great as a snowball surviving in a very hot place which you have heard mentioned from time to time – a hot place which is vehemently denied at the present time by not a few pastors and church leaders!

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words, saying, 'The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.' For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt, then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.” --- Jeremiah 7:3-7