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Quote of the Day (October 11, 2016)

“Isolation breeds deception” (Bishop P. D. Zink)

It seems that we are meeting more and more people that have adopted a “cave mentality”. They have been hurt and disappointed by business leaders, politicians, family members, and even Pastors and religious leaders. As a result, they have backed away from getting involved and have retreated to their cave.

Those caves could take on many shapes and forms. For example, it could be a home based working position that just requires fellowship with a computer, or, on the extreme end, it could be a total recluse type situation such as in the powerful Prophet Elijah’s case where he hid in a cave fearing for his life (1 Kings 19:9).

The same question that God asked of Elijah is still being asked of us today. “What are you doing here?”

The root of this type behavior is usually rejection, hurt, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride or fear. We do not want to deal with the hurt and disappointment, and we are fearful of being hurt again, so we just go to our cave. We isolate ourselves.

Most of the people that we see doing this are very smart, talented, and anointed men and women. They have a powerful calling on their lives and the enemy has lied to them which has effectively placed them on the sidelines and out of the game.

The lies of the enemy have not changed over the years. He will play to your pride and tell you that you are the only one out there that does things right. All the rest are liars and schemers so the best thing to do is go to your cave. That is a lie!! God always has more people out there that have not bowed their knee to the enemy than you know about (read 1 Kings 19:13-18).

God wants and needs you to stay in the game! Jesus was constantly dealing and fellowshipping with sinners so why would you think we get a pass. You are called to go ye into all the World! You are in this World but not of this World! How are they going to know the truth without a preacher?

My wife and I can relate to the hurt, pain and rejection. After 28 years in business and 33 years in the ministry we have been ridiculed and rejected by the best of them. Take heart, they lied about and rejected Jesus, so you and I are in good company.

If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you. (John 15:18, AMPC)

This is why forgiveness is so important. It keeps you in the game and not on the sidelines. It requires you to humble yourself and not think more highly of yourself than you ought. There is no person that has ever been rejected without cause more than Jesus and some of His last words were, “forgive them Lord”. That was not an accident. He was trying to show us how to stay in the game.

We encourage all of you today to lay down whatever hurt and bitterness you are holding onto. Forgive, forgive, forgive!!! God needs you back in the game. God needs your talent, your anointing, and your heart. Kick the enemy in the butt and return to the fight. You can do this!!!


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(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (October 10, 2016)

Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

I have heard these verses quoted many times by people saying, “For God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are our ways His ways; so it’s impossible to know His thoughts or His ways.” But this verse is speaking to wicked, ungodly people. If we’ll look at the verses preceding these verses we’ll see the context of verses 8-9.

Isaiah 55:7 says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” God’s ways are higher than the wicked man’s ways and God’s thoughts are higher than the unrighteous man’s thoughts. Wicked ways are not God’s ways and wicked thoughts are not God’s thoughts.

In Psalms 25:4 David prayed, “Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.” Moses also prayed in Exodus 33:13,”Show me now your ways.” Why would they pray to God to know His ways if they were impossible to know?

We can see from I Kings 3:14 that David did walk in His ways, “and if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

In Zechariah 3:7; I Kings 11:38; and Psalms 81:13 God say’s “If thou will walk in my ways.” God wouldn’t ask you to do something that you couldn’t do unless He desired for you to do it.

In I Corinthians 2:11-16 Paul talks about how to know the thoughts of God when he says, “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him. But we have the mind of Christ.”

This is saying no one knows the thoughts of God but the Spirit of God, but if you are born again and in right fellowship with God, the Spirit of God lives within you. In fact that last verse says, “We have the mind of Christ”. That is something we can have according to Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

If the Spirit of God knows the thoughts of God, and we are led by the Holy Spirit, we can know the thoughts of God. Galatians 5:16 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.” In other words you won’t do what is wrong or evil if you follow after the Holy Spirit. Following after the Holy Spirit is right and good and it is according to the thoughts of God. Jesus said in John 16:33, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

And finally, Ephesians 5:1 says to be “imitators of God”. How can you imitate God if you could never know His thoughts or ways? Thank God, we have his Word which is His will and His way and we have His Holy Spirit that teaches us His Word and leads us and guides us so we can know His thoughts and His ways!


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Scripture for the Day (October 7, 2016)

And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. (Luke 8:24-25)

We are on the road again headed toward Charlotte, NC to see our youngest son, his wife, and our two precious grandsons. As we write this devotional hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the East coast of Florida where a lot of our friends reside. We are praying for all the people in that area.

As I was listening to the television this morning there was an interview concerning insurance coverage. One of the statements made was that this was considered an Act of God by insurance companies. If you are familiar with our devotionals at all you know that this is a pet peeve with us. Just because the insurance world calls storms Acts of God does not make it so. However, I have talked to many Christians that have adopted this definition as true. Let’s take a closer look at this:

And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:23-26)

In this account we see that Jesus rebuked the storm. Question, why would Jesus rebuke something God orchestrated? Answer, He wouldn’t. Jesus had just conducted many miracles before He and His disciples entered the boat and He was on a mission to minister to a demon possessed man on the other side of the sea. Now, why would God try to obstruct that ministry? Answer, He wouldn’t. Then who would want to shipwreck Jesus and His disciples? Who would want to keep the demon possessed man in bondage?

The key scripture in the Bible that gives you the answer to these questions is John 10:10 where Jesus said the following:

The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

God gets blamed for everything that the world doesn’t understand. In this case, the insurance companies use God as a scapegoat. The sad thing about it is that Christians, that are supposed to know the Word of God, buy into this same nonsense which negatively affects their prayers. For example, what Christian is going to rebuke a storm if they think it comes from God?

It is time to wake up!!! We are in a spiritual war and in war you need to know the tactics and attributes of your enemy. Our enemy is Satan (the prince of the power of the air) and he comes to kill, steal, and destroy. That is what a storm does! Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. That is not what a storm does. As a Christian you and I have been given power and authority over the enemy. We have to learn the stark differences between Jesus and Satan and learn how to pray in faith against and rebuke those things that are enemy generated.

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Ephesians 2:1-3)


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(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (October 6, 2016)

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. (Proverbs 4:20-24)

I’ve heard it said that if you shake up a can of coke and then pop the top, coke will come spewing out everywhere. Why? Because that’s what’s inside the can! That’s the way people are. Whatever is in them will come out, especially when they get shook up or upset. What’s inside of you?

Psalm 119:11 says, “Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart? If you have, it should be coming out of your mouth.

Matthew 12:34 says, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” That’s why Proverbs 4 says to hear the Word and keep it in your heart, so that Word is what will be coming out of your mouth. In verse 24 it says, “Put away a deceitful mouth and perverse lips.” At one time I didn’t think this verse applied to me because I didn’t lie or cuss. But deceitful words are any words that mislead people, even in joking. Perverse lips are anything that is contrary to the Word of God.

I Peter 2:24 says, “By whose stripes you were healed“, and Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” So to say that I know I’m going to get sick or I’m going broke is contrary to and is a perversion of the Word of God.

Ephesians 4:29-30 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Ephesians 4:15 says, “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head even Christ.”

Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Everyone wants to be prosperous and have good success. But it starts in what you hear, see and say. What’s going into your ears and what you’re putting before your eyes will affect what’s in your heart, which in turn affects what you say and do.

If you want to be prosperous and have success begin to find out what God is saying and doing and do that. Begin to look at the life of Jesus in God’s Word and you will see what the Father is saying and doing.

In John 5:19 Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”

We need to learn how to shut out everything, except what God is saying and doing, and say and do that.


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Scripture for the Day (October 5, 2016)

Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

The first scripture that most theological scholars would quote in answer to our question on whether God ever changes would be Malachi 3:6 which says, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” The reason I even attempt to step into this minefield is that I believe that many people have a misunderstanding of God, which negatively affects their freedom in the Spirit and their daily walk with the Lord.

What exactly does “change not” mean? There is no doubt that there are many attributes of God that will never change. He is God! He is Holy! He is the Creator! He is eternal! Those are the type of things that will never change. The problem comes in when we extend the definition of “change not” from Godly attributes to Godly actions. It is there where we run into this two thousand year tug of war between law and grace.

In Galatians 2 we see this heated disagreement going on where Paul withstood Peter to his face for separating himself from the Gentiles. It was the classic argument of works versus grace, Old Covenant versus New Covenant. Paul was not at all happy with Peter or the Galatians for trying to require the Gentiles to follow Jewish laws and customs. He put it like this:

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Galatians 2:21- 3:5)

The point is this. God does change and those changes are always for the good. Our human nature does not like change but there are examples all through the Bible where God changed His approach and actions. The following are just a few examples:

1. Changed from using floods – And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. (Genesis 9:11)
2. Moses prays for God to change His mind – So the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people. (Exodus 32:14, NLT)
3. Changed His mind about Nineveh – And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10)
4. Changed to a New Covenant – But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. (Hebrews 8:6-7, NLT)

I believe that the biggest change of all was when Jesus came to Earth as a baby and died on a cross, even though it was planned from the foundation of the world. My wife wanted to call this devotional, “A Baby Changes Everything.” As a mother or father you understand where she is coming from. The birth of a baby changes things. The death of a son changes things even more. The birth and crucifixion of Jesus was a big change for everybody. My wife believes it even changed the Father. I cannot prove that scripturally, but I think she’s right.

Paul said it best, “Do not frustrate (make void, nullify, ignore, reject, set aside) the grace of God.” We do that when we put God in a religious box that contains a bunch of rules and regulations. It paints a picture of God as a hard hearted tyrant or dictator. God is neither! He is your Father and He loves you!


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Scripture for the Day (October 4, 2016)

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (Psalm 107:20)

The definition of malnutrition in Webster’s New World Dictionary is, “faulty or inadequate nutrition”. We normally associate malnutrition with poverty and starving children in poor countries but for this devotional we are going in a slightly different direction.

We have spent 33 years ministering in churches, prisons, and the corporate arena. We have ministered in a wide variety of churches and to people in the marketplace that come from all types of religious backgrounds. The shocking thing that keeps on coming up in these various contacts, especially with Christians, is the amount of people that are malnourished. They have either not been fed the “Word of God” at all or they have been fed a faulty Word which leads to complacency, poverty, sickness and destruction.

I was in a function once where an attendee and I started talking about a hurricane that was in the forecast. He commented that God was bringing that storm. I mentioned to him the story of Jesus telling His disciples to enter the boat with Him and go to the other side of the sea. When they were about halfway across the sea a violent storm arose. The disciples were fearful for their lives while Jesus was asleep. They woke Jesus and asked for help. Jesus spoke to (rebuked) the storm and it ceased. My question to this attendee was how could Jesus rebuke a storm that His Father sent?

The answer to the next question I asked the attendee made my heart hurt. I asked him where disease comes from and without hesitation he said, “Disease comes from God.” I could write a book on this but I do not have room in this devotional. This is a prime example of a malnourished Christian. It is so critical that you know the heart of God and know His Word. If you do not have a personal relationship with Him you will be led astray by the religious doctrines of man which will rob you of all the benefits paid for by Jesus on the cross and ultimately lead you to arrogance, complacency, poverty and destruction.

Listen to the heart of God in the following scriptures:

And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. (Matthew 12:15)

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38)

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:15-18)

My point is this. Jesus is not going to rebuke anything that is of God and He is not going to tell us to rebuke or pray against anything that is of God. God’s heart is for us to prosper and be in health. The devil is the one that comes to steal, kill and destroy, not God. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and He did that by defeating death, hell and the grave. He did that by healing all that were oppressed of the devil. Don’t be fed a lie by the religious doctrines of man! Your Father loves you. You are His child and He does not need to use the tools of the enemy (such as sickness and disease) to get your attention.


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Scripture for the Day (October 3, 2016)

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

We just returned from a whirlwind trip which included a speaking engagement in South Florida and a celebration dinner in Valdosta, GA. The dinner in Valdosta was to celebrate 15 years of ministry with Chris and Terri Musgrove. This couple founded Future Now Ministries 15 years ago and have been speaking and ministering to thousands of youth in many states but mainly in Georgia and Florida.

Future Now takes a full production team into high schools, which includes live music, lights and drama. They concentrate their in-school program on speaking to young people about making the right choices, having a vision and plan for their future, and not getting into the things that would wreck their future like drugs, alcohol, gangs, etc.

They then invite them to a voluntary night service that is open to the students, their friends, and family. The night service is where they talk about the Lord and have an altar call. They have had over 20,000 decisions for Christ at these night services.

We have known this couple for over 25 years and have watched them grow and mature. We are so proud of them. As we were driving to the event I told my wife that there were three things that I especially liked about this couple:

1. They have been willing to go. The laborers are few. It is getting harder and harder in this politically correct atmosphere to see someone buck the system. Most people would just automatically tell you that you cannot preach in public schools. Chris and Terri did not accept that. They figured out a way to reach the youth. As we have said before, two-thirds of God’s name is go.
2. They have been willing to go into the “world”. We are instructed by Jesus to go into the “world” and preach the gospel. The “world” is outside the four walls of the church. Jesus spent most of His time ministering outside of the temple.
3. Chris is a dedicated “Word” person. You may have noticed that about once a week I use one of Chris’s daily devotionals. The reason I like his devotionals is that they are jam packed with the scripture. Thank God for a young man that cherishes the Word of God and backs up everything he teaches with the Word of God.

Happy anniversary Chris & Terri! Well done. We love you and we know your future plans to train new teams and expand to other states will be successful also.


“Happy is the man who delights in doing his commands.”
Ps 112:1 TLB

Lasting happiness isn’t found in money or career success. Does that mean these things are wrong? No, when you put God first He will actually give you these things! (See Mt 6:33). But you must never let anything God gives you rob Him of first place in your life. The Psalmist said: “Happy is the man who delights in doing his commands. His children shall be honored everywhere, for good men’s sons have a special heritage. He himself shall be wealthy, and his good deeds will never be forgotten. When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in. He is kind and merciful—and all goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes. He gives generously to those in need. His deeds will never be forgotten. He shall have influence and honor” (Ps 112:1-9 TLB). Somebody said that the best things in life aren’t things. Happiness isn’t determined by what you own, it lies in relationships. And the first relationship you need is with God, because every blessing in life flows from Him. In a world of urgency and confusion, God will give you values and priorities to live by. “Happy is the man who delights in doing his commands.” (Supplied by Bob Gass Ministries)


Psalm 1:1-3, KJV: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Commentary:

The people who you closely associate with (including family, friends, business associates), and the books you read (especially the Bible), have a direct bearing on your success or failure. There are three major times in your life when you will probably need to change close associates. First, when you get saved; second, when you get baptized in the Holy Spirit; and third, when you start doing what God has called you to do. But don’t worry. God has a replacement bench that is full of new friends, and a new family, that will help you grow in your faith and speak life to you and yours. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life (Matthew 19:29, KJV).

 


I keep hearing from our politicians and news anchors that the only way we can win the war against terrorists’ recruitment is by fighting an ideological war. And yet, I have not heard any ideas to counter the ideas of the terrorists who are constantly bombarding new recruits with their own theological ideas. This article is going to address warfare from a spiritual perspective. It will not just apply to our present geopolitical circumstances but it will also apply to our daily personal lives.

The scriptures tell us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV). Spiritual darkness (and lies) can only be defeated with spiritual light (or truth). You can kill a person with a bullet or a bomb but you can only kill an idea with a better idea. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5, NIV).

We are in an ideological war but it is ultimately a theological battle for souls. It is darkness versus light. It is lies versus the truth. It is life versus death. It is Christ versus the Anti-Christ. This is a spiritual battle and it begins in the mind and heart. We have to choose which side we are going to be on. God wants you to choose life, but you have the choice. “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV).

There are always weapons and rules of engagement in any war. As a Christian, our war manual is the Bible, which says “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:4-5, KJV). However, we are living in a time and place where political correctness has dulled, and almost disabled, the weapons of our warfare. Political correctness takes away the very weapons that are the deciding factor in this type war. It’s like going into a boxing match with your hands tied behind your back. It’s like swimming a race with a 100 pound rock strapped to your chest. It’s like going into a sword fight without a sword or going into a gun fight with no ammunition.

I recently watched an interview on CNN by Wolf Blitzer with Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii. According to Wikipedia Gabbard is a Military Police Company Commander (Captain) in the Hawaii Army National Guard; served two tours in the Iraq war; is the Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee; serves on the Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees; and is a Hindu. Blitzer asked Congresswoman Gabbard what she would do to counter the ideas used by terrorists to recruit young people. This is was what she said we need to tell these potential recruits:

“If you join them, number one, we will defeat you militarily, you will be killed. And number two, the spiritual promise that they’re selling that somehow this is pleasing to God is absolutely false, that you’re not going to heaven, that you’re going to hell if you follow that path and commit these atrocities.” (per CNN.com transcripts, aired 2/18/2015)

This is the first time I have heard someone from Congress (and on national TV) have enough guts to actually speak the truth. I know the political correctness crowd must have cringed at Gabbard’s remarks, and she probably caught a lot of flak for it, but thank God for her. Pray for her! God works in mysterious ways. If Christians won’t stand up and speak the truth, He will use a Hindu. It seems that God always has to go to His most powerful secret weapon (the woman) in tough times.

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (not the men) to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples (the men) that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word” (Matthew 28:2-8, KJV).

We are all in this battle together. First, you must make a choice!! Light or darkness? Truth or lies? Heaven or Hell? Second, you must not be afraid to use the armor and weapons that God has given you.

 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:13-18, KJV)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword (including the knives and swords used to cut off heads by the terrorists), piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, KJV).

We have to be courageous enough to speak the truth like Congresswoman Gabbard. We cannot fight an ideological war with no ideology! We are called to the frontlines, not the sidelines. Don’t you dare be ashamed of your faith! We are witnessing Christians being beheaded who will not renounce their faith! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:6, KJV).

 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:8-9, KJV).

We encourage you today to read the Word of God. If Jesus had to use it as His sword when he was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11, KJV) why do we think we get a pass? We also have a short Bible study on our website that will help you get started. Also, get into a strong Word teaching church. If you don’t know how to find one, call us or email us and we will give you some recommended churches for your area. If you don’t know Jesus, call us or go to our website under Resources and click on Plan of Salvation. Whatever your need, New Life Network is here for you.

In His Service,

Rev. Ed & Cheryl Henderson

www.www.newlifenetwork.org