To the Oppressed of the World

“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, I will now arise, says Jehovah; I will set him in the safety for which he pants.”  Psalms 12:5   All over the world there are those who are oppressed.  How often does man’s system of oppression, through various means, affect a large amount of people through greed and a desire of control?  How often are people struggling throughout their entire lives, just trying to make a life for themselves and their family?    While those who reside in the United States have such plights, those numbers are nothing in comparison with those throughout the world, those who are the oppressed of the world.  Literally what was God’s original intention has become rotten through the consequences of sin entering the world.  The curse has made things to where they are today.   Let’s just be frank about the state of our societies of the world.  Quite often the focus has recently been on the ridiculous amount of increase in bubbles, as well as debt throughout the world.  The focus is often on those who are in the midst of this system, putting their treasures of the world (Matthew 6:19-21), before seeking God Almighty, their Creator, of whom they will give an account to (1st Peter 4:5).  Yet there is a world, one of which I have seen with my own eyes, that is outside of the scope of those same people who literally live for the moment and blow with every wind of doctrine that comes their way or joining in movements or trendy events as they...

Psalms Walk-Thru #012

“Unto You, O Jehovah, do I lift up my soul.”  Psalms 25:1   In who else does the Believer put their trust into?  Who else do we lift up our souls up to?  There is none, but God Almighty!   “I am Jehovah, and there is none other, no God besides Me”…  Isaiah 45:5a   “O my God, I trust in You; do not let me be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.  Yea, let none who wait upon You be ashamed; let them be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.”  Psalms 25:2-3   The missionaries who braved the harsh jungles of Africa and still brave such conditions, those whom God has called to preach the Gospel to those in the ends of the earth, who do they put their trust into?  The preachers who hold underground churches in repressive regimes throughout all of the world, in whom do they put their trust?  The Christians in those same countries who spread the Gospel to those who are willing to hear, who become Saved in the midst of oppression from their family and peers, in whom do they put their trust into?  Those who knock on doors, spreading the Gospel in the harshest neighborhoods in the United States, to whom do they put their trust into?  Certainly God, for their is no other.    For if God has called them, if they are truly Saved, if they have repented and believed the Gospel, if by faith they have believed into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, then what fear do they have in doing what the Lord...

Slaves to Sin

“Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin.”  John 8:34   The other day I stopped into a local restaurant to pick up some food.  Around me were the emotionless faces of those also waiting, as well as the staff of the restaurant who had some heavy rock music blaring in the background.  Business as usual as people were picking up their food, with blank stares.  Looking around, knowing that most of the world’s population are unsaved, the shackles of sin were apparent to those around me.  I was standing amongst slaves, slaves to sin.   Was there anything remarkable about these customers and employees?  Was there anything that made them worse than any other sinner, who is lost without Christ as their Savior?  No, but at that moment as I was in there picking up dinner, the realization that there are so many lost, so many people who are slaves to sin, who desperately need Jesus as their Savior, hit my soul hard.   Having worked in the restaurant industry for many years, I can attest that much of the people whom I have worked with over the years have serious consequences from the sin that is in their lives.  Yet, all mankind, irregardless of how many consequences they face from sin in their current states, have the most serious consequence awaiting them, should they not repent and by faith believe into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.    Perhaps you are one of those who are reading this.  Maybe you realize that you have so many issues,...

Psalms Walk-Thru #011

“The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness of it; the world, and those who dwell in it.  For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.”  Psalms 24:1-2   The very foundation of knowledge in our societies of the world should be that we were Created.  If man believed God, if they believed His Word and understood that indeed God created the heavens and the earth, then logically one would proceed to the Bible to find out what God has proclaimed to us.    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1   “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is clearly recognized by them, for God has revealed it to them.  For ever since the creation of the world the unseen things of Him are clearly perceived, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,  because, although they know God, they do not glorify Him as God, nor are thankful, but become vain in their reasonings, and their stupid hearts are darkened.  Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  Therefore God also gives them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who change the truth of God into the lie, and fear and serve...

Pounding the Pulpit

“If you refrain from delivering those being led away to death, those about to die; if you say, Behold, we did not know it; does not He who ponders the heart consider it? And the Keeper of your soul, does He not know it? And shall He not repay to a man according to his deeds?”  Proverbs 24:11-12   Here we are in the end of 2017, a year that in my opinion that seemed to go by quite quickly.  Yet, as the remainder of the year plays out and the next year begins, I realize just how horrible of times we really live in, as a nation, as a world.  Why?    “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  Jeremiah 8:20   We live in a time where bible prophecy has clearly been fulfilled.  What else has to be fulfilled before Christ appears to take Home His bride, prior to the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7)…nothing.  That’s right, nothing.  Nothing else has to happen on the prophetic timeline.    We live in a time where people, so-called evangelical christians, often from fully apostate churches are pleased to see Jerusalem recognized as the capital of Israel.  While I am also happy that finally someone did what should have always been done, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital, the very thought that people are pushing so hard for Israel and peace, without realizing that the fulfillment of that very peace deal might as well be the beginning of the Tribulation.    While it is certainly possible that a peace treaty could be signed that...

Psalms Walk-Thru #010

“Jehovah is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”  Psalms 23:1   Indeed!  Can those of us who truly know the Lord understand the treasures that are contained herein?     …“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalms 119:105b   “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in everything I am taught both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to lack.”  Philippians 4:12   “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me to waters of rest.”  Psalms 23:2   “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:6   “He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness because of His great name.”  Psalms 23:3   Just how many times do we get discouraged about one thing or another, but God restores our soul.  While we often say and will continue to say, trust and obey, let’s not forget the words of that good song.   ‘For the favor He shows, and the joy He bestows Are for them who will trust and obey’   “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  Psalms 23:4   Silly thought, perhaps, but I certainly have come to understand these words, they are quite personal for our family, yet I have often thought what it would be like if God called me to preach in a heavily crime ridden neighborhood.  Walking...

The Broad Path

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many entering in through it.  Because narrow is the gate and distressing is the way which leads unto life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:12-14   Everywhere people set goals for themselves.  Many of those goals are focused on finances.  There are goals to pay for college, goals to own transportation, goals to buy a house, goals to save for retirement.  Lives are planned based upon certain interpretations of how to achieve these goals.  Yet for many a goal of becoming rich is upon their hearts.   All around this nation financial bubbles are exploding in growth.  The amount of student loan debt acquired by those who are studying for a career to obtain such goals has hit a record amount.  Auto loans have exploded reaching, new highs in indebtedness of our American society.  Home buying in many places has created bubbles of unsustainable pricing and debt that is piling up in a manner that is neither sustainable or realistic.  The stock market is increasing often by three digit figures per day, far surpassing common sense and then there is Bitcoin.   Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are exploding in value as hand joins to hand across this once great nation, with those who are investing hoping for a landslide of profits to materialize in front of them.  The false security in these bubbles...

Psalms Walk-Thru #009

“My Mighty God, My Mighty God, why have You forsaken Me, and are far from My deliverance, and from the words of My groaning?  O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not answer; and in the nighttime, and am not silent.  But You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.  Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them.  They cried to You, and were delivered; they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people.  All who see Me mock Me; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying,  He trusted on Jehovah; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him!  For You are He who took Me out of the womb, causing Me to trust while on My mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon You from the womb; You are My Mighty God from My mother’s belly.  Be not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is no one to help.  Many bulls have encircled Me; strong bulls of Bashan have surrounded Me.  They have gaped at Me with their mouths, like a tearing and roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, and all My bones are separated; My heart is like wax, it has melted within Me.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; and You have brought Me into the dust of death.  For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked have enclosed...

#NotYou

“Do I delight with pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Jehovah, and not that he should turn back from his ways and live?”  Ezekiel 18:23   “Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall live life because he took warning; and you have delivered your soul.”  Ezekiel 3:21   A harsh title to start off an article with, but perhaps it could be something like #CastIntoLakeOfFire or #NotFoundWrittenInBookOfLife.  These would be the harshest words, as each man will stand before their Creator and if their name is not written in the Book of Life, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire and tormented day and night forever and ever.  So to those of you who can take a minute, for those of you who are willing to contemplate for a moment, what God’s Word declares about sin and about Salvation, then might as well do that now, before you stand before Him at the Great White Throne Judgment.    “And the devil, who led them astray, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.  And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life....

Psalms Walk-Thru #008

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of Jehovah our God.”  Psalms 20:7   From time to time and place to place, troubling times appear on the horizon, sometimes those trouble actually surface to real problems.  For some it could be war, for others it could be an economic collapse, other times it could simply be a small town that just lost the factory that was the lifeline.  When these sorts of things happen, a lot of people relocate, some out of necessity, others forced to do so.  For the Believer, one who has truly repented and believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior, we remember God, we know that He cares about us.   “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares about you.”  1st Peter 5:6-7   “Save, O Jehovah! Let the King answer us when we call.”  Psalms 20:9   We must always remember that as Christians, certainly our lives are in Christ (Col. 3:3) and we have hope in Him (Rom. 15:3).  While God ultimately has His purposes regarding our lives, we certainly have access to the Father, through Jesus Christ.   “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to...