I have sought the Lord concerning what he would have me teach with regard to this passage of scripture today, and so what I am relaying is what I believe he has laid upon my heart to share, and that it is very timely.
Psalm 27:1-3 NASB
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
We read in the prophecies of scripture, both in the Old and the New Testaments, regarding a time at the end of time when things will get really evil, and deception will abound, and a “beast” will arise and will conquer nations and peoples and the saints of God (believers in Jesus Christ).
These things, nonetheless, don’t just suddenly appear on the scene. These things are carefully and craftily planned and carried out over many years in preparation for the “final act.” So, much of this has been going on forever, and with the passage of time we have seen more and more prophecy of scripture being fulfilled in our day and time.
What the Lord has been showing me these past fourteen years is that the elite “beast” of the world (the rich and powerful) are the de facto government of the USA, and our government serves them. They are the all-seeing eye which hovers over the unfinished pyramid on our national seal. And, NATO, I believe, is its/their military power.
Thus, the US military, which comprises the vast majority of NATO forces, under the direction of our government, which is really under the direction of the elite (all-seeing eye beast), is going throughout the world, not to protect our freedoms, and not to protect us from invading forces, but as conquerors in overtaking other nations and in confiscating their natural resources and their lands, and in killing Christians and anyone who opposes them and does not bow to this beast.
But, then the media, which is also under the control of the elite (all-seeing eye beast), spews forth whatever the wealthy and powerful rulers of this world want the world to believe, especially in America where most Americans truly believe the media, and where they believe we are the “good guys.” But, we aren’t.
We are the harlot who rides the beast, more specifically the institutional church is because it is the church in bed with the government which is of the beast, so that makes the (501c3) church culpable for the crimes committed by our government leaders and military forces.
But, this also means that our greatest enemies are those within our own nation, and those within the church, too, for the government is within the church, and many false teachers are also within the church, but they are not there to help us, but they are there to kill, to steal and to destroy the church (See John 10).
So, whether you live in a nation other than the USA where you are faced with the reality of physical persecution at the hands of the US government and the All-Seeing Eye (Elite, powerful and wealthy), or whether you live in the USA, and for now are only being persecuted in non-physical ways, still this beast, this conglomerate of the wealthy and powerful of the world is our enemy, and it/they are out to get us, to destroy us.
Yet, if we believe in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, and we have died with him to sin, and we have been resurrected with him to newness of life to be lived to his righteousness, we have nothing to fear. For, the Lord is our light and our salvation. He is our defense. He is the stronghold of our lives. And, he will give us everything we need to endure, to remain strong in him, to withstand all persecution, and to come out of it all as mighty conquerors through Christ Jesus, who loves us.
Psalm 27:4-6 NASB
One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
This is SO encouraging! If truly we have been crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we have been born again to new life in him, and we are walking according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh, then we can be assured that we may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives. For, Jesus died on that cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. This is what it means to be saved from our sins.
Thus, if we are in Christ Jesus by death to sin and living to righteousness, in his power and in his strength at work within us, then we are protected from the evil one. This is not to say that we won’t suffer persecution or false imprisonment or torture or death for our faith in Jesus Christ. We will suffer, because that is part of our walk of faith, and because Satan hates us and is out to destroy us if truly we are followers of Jesus Christ.
But, he will give us what we need to stand strong against the enemy and to not bow to this beast and to not compromise with the world and to stay firm in our commitments to Jesus Christ to the death, if necessary.
Psalm 27:7-10 NASB
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.
In this time of evil that is on the earth, and which will increase, we will be hated, but not just by those outside of our nation or those outside of the church, but by those within our own nation and in our own towns and in our own neighborhoods and households, and coming from family members and church people and church leaders, too. And, they will abandon us, if not physically, they will emotionally and spiritually forsake us.
Yet, we can be comforted with the knowledge that our Lord will never leave or forsake those who are truly his. He will be with us always. We can always count on him and his Word and that he will do what he has promised. So, in that we can rest secure that we can go to him in our sorrow and in our suffering and he will take us and hold us and comfort us. Amen!
Psalm 27:11-14 NASB
Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
These false witnesses have not only risen against us, who are followers of Jesus, but they are against the gospel of our salvation, too. So, they have infiltrated the church in order to destroy the gospel message, too. Thus, they have diluted the gospel to a half-truth gospel made to appear as though it is the true gospel, when it is a lie.
For, they have removed from the gospel the whole idea that we must die with Christ to sin and that we must live with him to righteousness if we want to have eternal life with God. Some even take it so far as to tell their listeners that God requires nothing of them other than some obscure and non-descript “faith” which is not true faith at all, for it doesn’t come from God, but from the flesh. And, they tell them that they don’t have to repent of their sins or obey Jesus or submit to his will for their lives.
But, the way of the Lord is not like that. The way of the Lord is the way of righteousness and holiness and purity and faithfulness and honesty. He says that if we want to come after him, we must deny self and we must daily put sin to death. He also said that if we hold on to our old lives, we will lose them for eternity, but if we lose our lives (die with him to sin) for his sake, then we have the hope of eternal life (See: Lu. 9:23-25; cf. Rom. 8:1-17; 1 Jn. 1:5-9).
The sad reality of it all, though, is that it seems the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians have bought into this feel-good half-truth gospel which is not the true gospel, for it saves no one of sin, but leaves them still bound in their sins and on their way to hell. And, that is because it is driven by the flesh in order to appease the flesh, so that people can continue in their sinful addictions without guilt.
But, it is all a lie, and if you buy it, you will pay the consequences. So, don’t be fooled. Know the truth. Believe the truth! For, the truth will set you free!
Only in Him
An Original Work / February 19, 2014
Based off Isaiah 30
Woe to those who look to man’s help;
Who turn away from Jesus Christ;
Forming an alliance not in step with God;
Making their own plans, and praying not.
Willing not to listen to truth,
They close their ears to what is right.
Pleasing words are all that they’ll hear;
Feel good messages that bring cheer.
Trust in your Lord; turn from your sin.
Put your faith now ONLY IN HIM.
Do not turn to idols. They’ll not satisfy.
Jesus will save you. That’s why He died.
Your Lord will be gracious to you.
He cares all about you, ‘tis true.
He forgives you all of your sin
When you give your life up to Him.
Oh, how truly gracious He’ll be
When you bow to Him on your knees;
Turning now from your sin; walking in his ways.
He’ll lead and guide you all of your days.
Now you will sing praises to Him.
He delivered you from your sin.
You’ll tell others now of His grace,
So they may see Christ face-to-face.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Thank You, Jesus!