THINGS TO COME

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Things To Come: Part 1 – 12-27-15 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 2 – 01-03-16 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 3 – 01-10-16 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 4 – 01-17-16 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 5 – 01-24-16 Sunday Morning
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Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

 

Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLS US OF THINGS TO COME.

John 16:13 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.

 

1. A NEW GENERATION WHERE A FEW ARE FAITHFUL.

THE LAST DAYS YOUTH. HOPE FOR A FEW. PARENTS WHO ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT PAYING BILLS THAN THEY ARE RAISING CHILDREN TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS.

2 Timothy 3:1-2 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

WHERE DOES THIS COME FROM ? IT COMES FROM PARENTS WHO DIDN’T TEACH THEIR KIDS. THEY FED THEM, TOOK THEM TO DOCTORS, KEPT THEM ALIVE, BUT DIDN’T INSIST THAT THE CHILDREN LEARN SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES.

GENERATIONS TO COME ARE LOST WHEN PARENTS DO NOT PASS DOWN GOD’S LAWS TO THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO AMERICAN CHRISTIANS. PARENTS ARE TOO BUSY. TOO BUSY ON THEIR CELL PHONES AND COMPUTERS TO TAKE TIME TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN.

Psalm 78:5-8 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE OF A PARENT IS TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO KNOW GOD AND DETERMINE WHAT GOD’S WILL FOR THEIR LIVES.

BUT, PARENTS CAN RAISE THEIR CHILDREN IN A BIBLICAL WAY THAT INVOKES THE PROMISES OF GOD. THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL.  DISCIPLINE. EFFECTIVE, LOVING, CONSISTENT, AND JUST.
EDUCATION. AT HOME. SHOW THEM THE DANGERS OF THE REAL WORLD.  REVEAL THEIR TRUE ENEMIES. BASE THEIR LEARNING UPON THE WISDOM OF GOD.  FRIENDS. NOT OF THIS WORLD.
FUTURE. SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD.

2. WHO WILL RULE IN THE WORLD TO COME ?

OBVIOUSLY, JESUS WILL BE THE HIGHEST RULER OVER ALL.

Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

NOT THE ANGELS.

Hebrews 2:5 For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

–WE SHALL JUDGE THE ANGELS.

1 Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

WE SHALL RULE ON EARTH.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

HOW CAN WE PREPARE ? IMPORTANT TASKS AHEAD. WE NEED GOOD JUDGMENT AND DISCERNMENT. NEED TO GET OUR PRIORITIES RIGHT, AND SEE GOOD AND EVIL FOR WHAT EACH ONE REALLY IS.

–ASK FOR IT.

James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

–LEARN WHAT GOD SAYS THROUGH HIS WORD AND GODLY TEACHING.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

GOD WILL RAISE UP GODLY PRIESTS IN THE MILLENIUM THAT WILL TEACH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

3. THERE ARE VICTORIES UP AHEAD.

FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS CAN WIN OVER THE WORLD. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES. WE CAN BE ON FIRE FOR GOD !

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

–WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY AND POWER TO DO IT.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

–THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO BE LUKEWARM. THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO PLAY LIKE YOU LOVE THE LORD WHEN YOU LOVE OTHER THINGS MORE. GOD’S POWER HAS NOT CHANGED.

–SOME PEOPLE WONDER HOW CHRISTIANS WHO WERE ONCE EXCITED ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TO THE LORD COULD BECOME LUKEWARM. THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE. IF YOU TAKE A HOT CUP OF COFFEE AND LEAVE IT IN THE AIR, JUST LETTING IT SIT THERE, IT WON’T TAKE LONG BEFORE IT BECOMES LUKEWARM. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE JUST SITTING THERE, MAKING ONE EXCUSE AFTER ANOTHER AS TO WHY THEY CAN’T BE DOING SOMETHING FOR THE LORD.

–HOW DOES A PERSON WHO IS LUKEWARM GET ON FIRE ? GET CLOSER TO THE FIRE. LOOK TO JESUS. SEE WHAT HE SEES, AND PREPARE YOURSELF TO BE IMMERSED IN A BAPTISM OF FIRE THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR WAYS.

Revelation 1:14 His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire;

Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass;

Revelation 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He himself.

–THERE IS A NEW NATURE THAT MAKES US BE CHRIST-LIKE.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

***YOU CAN TAKE A CAT AND PUT HIM IN THE MIDST OF A HERD OF PIGS, AND IT WON’T MAKE HIM A PIG. HE I STILL A CAT. YOU CAN TAKE THAT SAME CAT AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH MANY CANARIES, AND HE WILL STILL BE A CAT. SURROUNDINGS, AND WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND HIM DOES NOT MAKE THE TRULY BORN AGAIN CHRIST LIKE WHAT IS AROUND THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN BORN-AGAIN, AND ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST !

–IF YOU LOVE YOUR FAMILY, YOU WILL PUT GOD FIRST, BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE THE POWER TO LOVE YOUR FAMILY RIGHT AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR THEIR GUIDANCE.

THE VICTORIES BELONG TO A FEW. YOU CAN BE ONE OF THEM !
THERE ARE ALOT FEWER TRUE BELIEVERS THAN THERE WERE YEARS AGO. THAT GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO NOT ONLY FILL THEIR SHOES BUT TO RUN TO GREATER HEIGHTS. MANY OF GOD’S PEOPLE WILL DIE, AS A BLESSING TO THEM.

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

–TRIBULATIONS.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

–FAITHFULNESS TO GOD GIVES US VICTORY OVER TRIBULATIONS. THE WORLD CANNOT TAKE OUR JOY OF FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM, OR OUR POWER.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

YOU CAN’T BUILD A SOLID HOUSE WITHOUT A GOOD FOUNDATION. ***Treehouses. Nice, big, modern. But, as the tree grows, the house tears apart.
SOME TRUE BELIEVERS WILL DEAL WITH SERIOUS PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY LEAVE THIS EARTH. AND THEY NEED A STRENGTH THAT ONLY COMES FROM GOD. IF IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM, WE COLLAPSE, AND WHINE LIKE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WHO HAVE NO POWER, WE MISREPRESENT THE LORD. WE ALSO WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF A BAD TESTIMONY BEFORE CHRIST.

1 Timothy 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

THERE IS THE ANGER OF GOD WAITING FOR SOME.

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

THE CHURCH NOW WAS ONCE THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE. GOD PROMISED HIS CHILDREN A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS SPIRIT. ***(WE CAN COUNT ON THE PROPHECIES OF GOD TO BE TRUE).
HE WOULD DWELL INSIDE THEM.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

HE WOULD DWELL WITH THEM FOREVER.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

A DAY OF JUDGMENT.

FOR THE CHRISTIAN. A DAY OF SHAME AND SORROW.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

4. A SALVATION TO COME.

NEW LIFE BEGINNING NOW. “HATH” ETERNAL LIFE.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

FORGIVENESS AND GOD’S LOVE.

Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

A PLACE WITH THE LORD.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 

“Things To Come”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
December 2015 – January 2016

VALLEYS OF LIFE

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1. THERE IS A VALLEY FILLED WITH GIANTS.

THEY ATTEMPT TO BREAK YOU DOWN, INTIMIDATE YOU, MAKE YOU FEEL AS IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CHANCE. JUST LIKE GOLIATH TRIED TO DO.

Joshua 15:8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward:

WHO ARE SOME OF THESE GIANTS ?

  • THE WORLD’S VIEW OF THE NEWS
  • DEPRESSION. CAN BE HORMONAL, HABIT, UNWILLINGNESS TO TURN THINGS OVER
    TO GOD AND LEAVE THEM THERE IN HIS HANDS (LACK OF FAITH).
  • DEFEATS OF THE PAST. THEY COME AND HAUNT YOU, SAYING YOU CAN’T WIN.
  • BLINDNESS. CAN’T SEE ANY HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
  • ANGER AND HATRED. THINGS NOT COMMITTED TO GOD WITH A WILLINGNESS
    TO CHANGE.

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

God didn’t leave us here for a lifetime of defeat ! That would be an embarrassment upon His Name, and would be miserable for us ! He gave us power over ALL the power of the enemy, and we need to use what He gave to us !

2. THERE IS A VALLEY FOR JUDGMENT.

GET OUT OF IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN. IT USUALLY HAS SEVERAL CITIES IN IT. GOD SAYS GET OUT OR BE JUDGED WITH THEM. (Modern Law: “Accessory to a crime” “To be convicted as an accessory to a crime, the person must possess an awareness of the crime, either before or after its commission.” ).

A. IT HAS A HISTORY OF JUDGMENT TAKING PLACE.

YET SOME PEOPLE WANT TO DWELL THERE. ABRAHAM KNEW ABOUT IT AND SO HE PRAYED FOR LOT.

2 Samuel 8:13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.

DON’T STAY IN A PLACE WHERE GOD SAYS

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

B. THE SAME VALLEY WILL SPELL THE DEATH OF NATIONS IN THE FUTURE.

Ezekiel 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.

3. THE VALLEY OF UNNECESSARY BATTLES.

GOING INTO WAR AGAINST SOMETHING OR SOMEONE THAT GOD SAID NOT TO DO. JOSIAH WAS ONE OF THE MOST GODLY KINGS, YET HE MADE THE MISTAKE OF TAKING ON BATTLES THAT HE WAS NOT CALLED TO FIGHT.

2 Chronicles 35:22 20-23 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.  But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.  Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

WE HAVE ENOUGH BATTLES TO WAGE THAT GOD GAVE TO US AND THEY ARE IMPORTANT, SO WE SHOULD NOT GO OUT PICKING BATTLES THAT GOD DIDN’T CALL US TO. IT PLACES TOO MUCH ON YOU, AND YOU CAN GET HURT. *Josiah was seeing people turned back to God. He needed to lead a revival among the people, not go and fight physical armies.

4. THERE IS A VALLEY THAT HAS A SCARY SHADOW.

***Heard even younger people speaking about the possibility of death recently. The warning from China to keep away from their newly created islands, the possibility of some unidentified space object crashing down to earth, the diseases being raised out of ancient archeological dig sites, all bring people of all ages to wonder if they will live tomorrow. BUT, GOD WANTS YOU TO KEEP ON WALKING !

Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

DEATH FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER IS MERELY THAT–A SHADOW. THERE IS NO DEATH FOR US. WE SIMPLY GO FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.

John 11:24-26 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

5. THE FINAL VALLEY FOR MEN WHO WANT TO RULE THEMSELVES. PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT JESUS TO BE LORD OVER THEM.

Joel 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

 

”Valleys Of Life”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
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WHAT CAN WE DO ?


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WHAT CAN I DO ?

This is a common question when Believers recognize that this world has gone past the patience of the Lord, and judgment worldwide is around the corner.

WE DON’T LIVE IN HOPELESSNESS.

There is always something to do for the Lord until He comes.

He didn’t leave us on earth to watch the news and get depressed.  He left us here to finish up the work He assigned to His Bride.

This week there was a record breaking 165 degree heat wave in Iran.  An unknown number of people died.  The government issued a mandatory 4 day heat wave holiday, where people were NOT to come to work.

In the fringes of this heat wave, in Pakistan, 600 people died.  In India, over 230 died.

 

When will see similar things hitting where we live ?  What we are seeing on earth down is simply a small amount that is leading up to God’s judgment during the Tribulation.

REVELATION 16:8-9  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

(THERE WILL ALSO BE TIMES OF FREEZING COLD JUST AS DEVASTATING AS THE HEATWAVES).

What about the people who see it coming, and wonder, what can we do in the time we have left ?

 

WE NEED TO FINISH THE WORK GOD GAVE TO EACH OF US TO DO. 

JESUS COMPARES OUR WORK TO THAT OF A PERSON BUILDING A TOWER.  

Luke 14:28-30  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?    Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

JESUS SET HIMSELF AS OUR EXAMPLE IN FINISHING THE WORK OF THE FATHER.

John 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 5:36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

PAUL WAS CONCERNED ABOUT FINISHING ALL THAT GOD ASSIGNED TO HIM. 

Acts 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN I AM FINISHED ?

Answer:  “When God calls you to your reward in Heaven.”

 

1. BE A LIGHT TO THE LOST.

A. A STRONG LIGHT IS MOST VALUABLE IN THE DARKEST HOURS, NOT AT NOONTIME.

YOU WON’T CONVERT THEIR SINFUL HEARTS TO RIGHT THINKING UNTIL YOU SEE THEIR SOUL CONVERTED TO CHRIST.).

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

–SHOW THAT YOU KNOW THE TRUTH AND IT IS VALUABLE TO YOU.
–SHOW THAT YOU HAVE A LIVING SAVIOR WHO HELPS YOU DAILY.

Luke 8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
Luke 11:33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
Luke 11:35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

B. THE LIGHT IS OBVIOUSLY DISTINCT FROM THE DARKNESS, YET THE TESTIMONIES OF SOME PEOPLE IS NOT SO DISTINCT FROM THE LIFE OF THE LOST.

C. BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE BRETHREN. HOW ?

–BE WITH THEM FOR WORSHIP. SHOW THAT GETTING TOGETHER IS IMPORTANT TO YOU.
–SUPPORT EACH OTHER BY ENCOURAGING WORDS, AND YOUR PRAYERS.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

–SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER BY WORDS THAT BRING THEM TO REALITY BEFORE GOD.

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

–BE AN EXAMPLE THAT THEY WANT TO BECOME, TOO.

1 Timothy 4:12 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.

2. BE FAITHFUL TO GOD’S PEOPLE AND HIS WORK.

A. WHEN UNDER TRIALS FAMILY IS IMPORTANT.

YOUR SPIRITUAL FAMILY SHOULD BE IMPORTANT TO YOU ! (THAT’S WHY WE ARE CALLED ‘BROTHERS AND SISTERS’).

B. WARN THOSE THAT YOU CARE ABOUT.

THE BIBLE MENTIONS TWO ROLES, THE PORTER AND THE WATCHMAN.  BOTH WARN OF DANGER, BOTH ARE IMPORTANT, BUT HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT ?

PORTER IS THE PERSON WHO GUARDS THE GATES.
WATCHMAN IS THE PERSON WHO OBSERVES WHAT IS GOING ON OUTSIDE THE GATES.

–IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY WILL LISTEN, OR NOT. YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT REGARDLESS OF SOMEONE ELSE’S LACK OF CONCERN.

Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left His house, and gave authority to His servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me.
Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

3. KEEP THE LOVE FLOWING.

“CHARITY” – Literal translation “LOVE”

1 Corinthians 13:2-4  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.
Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

–KNOW THAT THE TEMPTATIONS ON EARTH WILL INCREASE. You need to be more solid in your commitment to the Lord.
–KNOW THAT OTHERS WILL HAVE TO BE STRENGTHENED. You will benefit if you help others to be strong.
–KNOW THAT MANY WILL NOT DO THEIR WORK FOR GOD, AND SOMEONE MUST PICK UP THE SLACK. Don’t be afraid to try something you may never have done before. God is able to empower you and give you strength.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

”What Can We Do ?”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
080915

 

THIS PRESENT WORLD

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ARE WE LOCKED INTO UNDERSTANDING ONLY OUR PRESENT EXISTENCE ?

WHEN ASTRONAUTS ARE PLANNING TRIPS TO OTHER PLANETS TO STUDY THE ENVIRONMENT VERY CAREFULLY, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO KNOW THE CONDITIONS THEY WILL FACE ?

Without knowing their surroundings, they could leave a space craft, and walk onto a planet where there are gasses that could penetrate their suits.  They could walk onto a surface which would consume them in a second.  So, NASA sends exploratory vehicles to report on what they can expect when they land there.

The Christian has already landed on earth.  In fact, we were born here.  Very often his knowledge of his environment is incorrect because the sources of information are deliberately trying to make it appear better than it really is.  But, our existence on earth is only temporary.  When a Christian gets saved, Jesus uses the term, that he is “born-again” into the kingdom of God.  That means that the Christian now has a new home.

 

Philippians 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:   [conversation= citizenship”    4175 πολίτευμα politeuma pol-it’-yoo-mah]

God’s Word gives us instructions on how to handle our environment.  We must begin treating it as a foreign nation, a hostile environment to the Believer.

 

1. GOD WANTS US TO FOCUS OUR KNOWLEDGE.

We are not supposed to focus it on this world.

A. FOCUS KNOWLEDGE UPON HIM. OUR NEW MAN IS RENEWWED–AND THUS GROWS–THROUGH OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.

Colossians 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:

B. FOCUS KNOWLEDGE UPON HIS KINGDOM.

Why would He have us pray “Thy kingdom come…” if He didn’t set before us something wonderful and exciting ?

Acts 28:31  Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

2. GOD WANTS US TO ACTIVELY DEAL WITH THIS WORLD, BUT NOT BECOME MONKS.

A. HE WANTS US AND OTHERS TO SEE THAT HIS CHILDREN ARE BLESSED.

GOD DOES NOT WANT US TO WRITE OFF HIS BLESSINGS FOR THIS PRESENT WORLD.  HE STILL BLESSES PEOPLE NOW.   NOT EVERYTHING IS FUTURE.

Luke 18:28-30  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.  And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,  Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

B. THE BLESSINGS AHEAD ARE A POWERFUL CONTRAST TO WHATEVER WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IN THIS PRESENT TIME.

Romans 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

C. THERE ARE ALWAYS TRUE BELIEVERS, EVEN THOUGH THEIR NUMBER MAY BE SMALL.

Romans 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

–SOME BELIEVERS IN PAUL’S MINISTRY TEAM WENT ASTRAY.   EVEN PAUL COULD NOT HAVE SEEN IT COMING, OR HE WOULD NOT HAVE CHOSEN THEM.

2 Timothy 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

 

3. THIS WORLD IS HOSTILE TOWARD GOD.

A. THE GOD OF THIS WORLD IS SATAN.

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

B. GOD’S PEOPLE ARE NOT A PART OF THIS WORLD SYSTEM. TRUE BELIEVERS STILL SUFFER IN THIS WORLD.  IT IS AS IF WE ARE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN PLANET.

1 Corinthians 4:11  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

–WE ARE AT WAR WITH THIS WORLD.

Ephesians 6:12  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.

C. GOD MAKES CLEAR THAT WE MUST NOT BECOME A PART OF THIS WORLD SYSTEM.

Galatians 1:4  Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

D. WE MUST DEMONSTRATE A BETTER WAY OF LIVING TO THIS WORLD.

Titus 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

 

”This Present World”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
072615

 

LOSS OF ALL THINGS.

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WHAT WOULD YOU NEED TO SURVIVE ?

IF ELECTRICITY BECAME TOO COSTLY.  HOW WOULD YOU GET YOUR WATER ?  WOULD YOU HAVE A/C ?  WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THE STORES KEPT RUNNING OUT OF BOTTLED WATER ?   WHAT IF THE STORES ONLY CARRIED BASIC FOODS, SUCH AS HOT DOGS, EGGS, AND BREAD.  COULD YOU LIVE WITHOUT SNACKS AND FLAVORED DRINKS ?

WHAT IF GASOLINE PRICES WENT TO $10.00/GALLON.  HOW WOULD YOU USE YOUR TIME SINCE GOING INTO TOWN WOULD BE A HUGE LUXURY ?   WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF INTERNET SERVICE WENT UP TO $ 200 PER MONTH ?  WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR COMPUTER THEN ?

 MOST AMERICANS DREAM OF THE NEXT MATERIAL STUFF THEY WILL BE GETTING.  BUT, WHAT IF THE REVERSE IS TRUE AND THINGS COLLAPSE ?   AND EVERY DAY YOU HAD LESS AND LESS INSTEAD OF MORE AND MORE ?

 THIS IS A MUCH MORE REALISTIC APPRAISAL OF THE FUTURE THAN YOU GETTING MORE AND MORE MATERIAL POSSESSIONS, OR EVEN KEEPING ALL THE ONES YOU HAVE NOW.

 

WOULD YOU BE PRAYING FOR GOD TO LIFT THE FAMINE OF MATERIAL WEALTH ?

INSTEAD OF PRAYING MORE AND MORE FOR SOULS TO COME TO KNOW JESUS AS THEIR SAVIOR, HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD  ?

 WOULD YOU TAKE THE TIME TO VALUE YOUR CHURCH FAMILY MORE OR LESS ?

 

WOULD YOU BE READING YOUR BIBLE MORE, OR TRYING TO READ ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HOLD OUT FOR SOME GOOD BARGAIN THAT MIGHT NOT MATERIALIZE ?

One of the main efforts of Satan is to keep people from prayer and fellowship with the Lord.  If he can distract them into concern for physical, material things, he has succeeded.  This results in less fellowship with the Lord.  Less time to hear His instructions on what to do and how to do it.  It results in  less time focusing on the most important things.  It results in a person spending less time praying, and more time being like everyone else and worrying.  This destroys the power of the Christian, and it also destroys his testimony in front of the Lost, because it makes the Christian look just like people of the world.

WOULD YOU BE REACHING OUT TO HELP SOMEONE WHO HAS LESS THAN YOU, OR STAYING AT HOME TO PROTECT WHAT YOU HAVE ?

 WOULD YOU BE TRYING TO REACH MORE SOULS FOR CHRIST, OR JUST WALKING AROUND IN SELF-PITY THAT YOUR LIFE HAS CHANGED FROM THE WAY YOU EXPECTED ?

 

1. TRY TO SEE YOUR EXISTENCE ON EARTH AS GOD SEES IT.

IF YOU FAIL TO GET THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE NOW, YOU WILL DEVASTATED IF THE LORD DOES NOT COME IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

A. YOU MUST SEE MATERIAL THINGS AS TRASH COMPARED TO THE RICHES WE HAVE IN CHRIST. 

Philippians 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

 B. YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO SURVIVE AND OVERCOME IN A DIFFICULT WORLD.

Philippians 4:12  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

HOW COULD PAUL SAY, “I know how to….”   God taught Him.  The Holy Spirit gave him the power !

C. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO LOSE EVERYTHING. 

A MAN WHO WAS VERY RICH AND HAD MANY THINGS WANTED TO BE CLOSE TO JESUS.   BUT, WHEN JESUS TESTED HIM, HE FAILED.  

Mark 10:21-23  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto His disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God !

–HOW MANY TODAY WHO ALREADY SAY THEY KNOW THE LORD WOULD FAIL IN THEIR LOVE FOR HIM AND IN THEIR SERVICE TO GOD IF THEY LOST THEIR POSSESSIONS ?

 

2. WE SHOULD CONSIDER HOW LONG THINGS WILL LAST.

NOT ONLY THE THINGS YOU OWN, BUT SEE PART OF YOU AS A PHYSICAL BODY THAT DETERIORATES, JUST AS OTHER THINGS DO.

James 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

A. YOU HAVE TO SEE THAT MATERIAL THINGS AS POSSESSIONS WILL DISINTEGRATE AND BE TAKEN FROM YOU.

Matthew 6:19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

B. YOU HAVE TO SEE MATERIAL POSSESSIONS AS DISTRACTIONS WHICH KEEP YOU FROM SEEING WHAT IS TRULY VALUABLE.

Colossians 3:1-4  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.

   1 John 2:15-17  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

3. IF WE ARE VICTORIOUS IN SETTING THE RIGHT PRIORITIES WE WILL ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE MORE.

A. WE CAN REALLY LIVE OF WE PUT THE LORD FIRST IN OUR LIVES, AND DO NOT FOCUS ON MATERIAL THINGS.

Luke 12:15  And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

 

JESUS SET ASIDE ALL THAT HE HAD IN ORDER TO COME DOWN TO EARTH AND PAY FOR YOUR SINS.    HE SET ASIDE THE COMFORT AND BLESSING OF HEAVEN.  HE SET ASIDE THE HONOR AND GLORY HE RECEIVED THERE.  ALL WERE FORSAKEN SO THAT HE COULD BE THE LAMB OF GOD THAT TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD.

 

”Loss of All Things”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
072215

 

CAN’T GOD DO SOMETHING ?

 

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Every day we see more and more tragedy all over the world.  This brings up the question in many people “Can’t God do something ?”  Yes.  He is doing something.  He is showing people the fruits of evil actions.  He is making them see that life without His is horrible.

God gave Adam and Eve a choice in the Garden of Eden.   So today, each person has a choice to make.  As people choose to follow their own hearts desires instead of choosing to obey God, the condition of the world will get worse.  God is allowing the world to see what following Satan results in.

 Matthew 24:6-8  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.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

1. THE DEVIL HAS POWER, AND DESIRES TO RULE OVER PEOPLE.

A. GOD WANTS PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SATAN RULES. THEY ARE THEN GIVEN A CHOICE.

It is hard to decide between two things when you don’t know what the two things really are.  People today are fed much false information about the devil, and need to know that they can reject the devil and his ways.

Isaiah 14:16-17  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

B. GOD PUTS A HEDGE AROUND HIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN THOSE WHO SIMPLY RESPECT HIS WORD. THIS PROTECTS THEM FROM DOING THE FOOLISH THINGS.

Consider this, you won’t find any of the people committing mass murders going to church, or studying the Bible or having fellowship with born-again people.

Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

–GOD PUT A HEDGE AROUND LOT IN THE O.T. BECAUSE OF THE PRAYERS OF ABRAHAM.  BUT, GOD WAS GIVING HIM TIME TO GET RIGHT AND WOULD HAVE REMOVED HIS TIME ON EARTH IF IT WASN’T FOR ABRAHAM PLEADING WITH GOD.

–TAKE AWAY GOD’S HEDGE, AND THE PEOPLE WILL BE OVERRUN WITH EVIL.

Isaiah 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

 

2. GOD HAS ALLOWED PEOPLE TO DECIDE ON THEIR GOVERNMENTS.

THIS IS TO LET THEM DETERMINE IF ANY HUMAN-LED GOVERNMENT IS GOOD, OR NOT.

A. GOVERNMENTS SO FAR ARE OF THE GENTILES.

Romans 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

B. THE DEVIL, THROUGH THE WORLD, HAS TRIED EVERY TYPE OF GOVERNMENT, AND HAS FAILED.

Daniel’s image was the representation of types of human government.

Daniel 2:31-35      Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.  This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

 

3. SICKNESS, DISEASE, ACCIDENTS ARE ALTERNATIVES TO THE PERFECTION WHICH GOD ESTABLISHED.

THESE CAME BECAUSE THE DEVIL DECEIVED MANKIND INTO THINKING HIS WAYS WOULD BE BETTER.

A. PEOPLE FOLLOW LIES AND SUFFER AND DIE BECAUSE OF IT.

–MANY DECEPTIVE SPIRITS.  

2 John 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

–THE DEVIL HIMSELF IS INVOLVED IN DECEIVING PEOPLE.

Revelation 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

–A PERSON CAN DECEIVE THEMSELVES, TOOGOD GIVES US THE OPTION OF GETTING OUR HEADS ON STRAIGHT.  

Galatians 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

James 1:26  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

B. WE CAN CHOOSE LIFE OR DEATH.

Deuteronomy 30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

 

MANY DECEIVE THEMSELVES INTO THINKING THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH.   GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE IT TO HEAVEN.

 

 

”Can’t God Do Something ?”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
062815

The Bible On Freedom

THE BIBLE ON FREEDOM

Man has decided to re-define certain words which only God should give meaning to: repent, sin, heaven, hell, faith, love, peace, freedom & liberty (and the list could go on and on) !

1. FREEDOM MUST NOT BE DEFINED BY THE WORLD, BUT BY GOD.
*The Attorney for Elian Gonzalez and a congresswoman spoke about setting Elian “free”, and him having true freedom in Cuba. They obviously are using their own definition of freedom. 2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage.

2. FREEDOM MUST BE DEFENDED.

A. We must take a stand. Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
B. We must contend for the faith. (Contend=”battle for, struggle for”) Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

3. FREEDOM MUST PROVIDE REAL AND VALUABLE BENEFITS.
*If a government says to it’s citizens, “You now have freedom to travel to the driest, uninhabited spot in the Sahara Desert, it would not mean much. Not many people would even be interested in going there, so this so-called “freedom” is basically worthless. God provides freedom that means something !
A. Freedom to those who were bruised. Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
B. It requires the establishment of what God wants to be effective.
C. It is not freedom to hurt another person intentionally. 1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
D. Not freedom to do what is wrong. Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

4. PEOPLE WITHOUT CHRIST DO NOT HAVE FREEDOM, ALTHOUGH MOST THINK THEY DO.
A. Slaves to their habits. Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving diverse lust and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
B. They are puppets of evil whenever the devil wants them to be. 2 Ti. 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
C. They have a pre-determined destiny in hell. After they have finally rejected Christ for the last time, they will not have another chance to make that choice for Him after they die.

THE WORD FREEDOM HAS BEEN DRAMATICALLY CHANGED IN RECENT TIMES.

George Washington said, “The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.

Of the 55 men who attended the First Constitutional Convention, everyone of them believed in God, and held that the Bible was His Word, and the authority for this nation.

It is clear that the language and the intent of our forefathers was to follow Biblical definitions and principles. The most quoted verse by our forefathers was Isaiah 33:22, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King.” John Adams, explaining this verse said, “We need to have an empire that is governed by (God’s) laws, and not by man.”

The re-defining of freedom has brought dramatic changes in what people perceive as freedoms. Many of the freedoms our fathers and forefathers fought for are now lost.

INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS
– Abortion – the freedom of a woman to have her baby legally killed.
– Freedom for the homosexual – means that they can freely engage in their sexual activities, and have no liability for spreading sexual diseases. It means that they may have all the rights accorded to heterosexual couples, including but not limited to, adopting children, collecting a partner’s insurance benefits, and having all rights involving financial matters.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH
– You may say anything so long as it is not opposing homosexuality, abortion, or anything that might be implied to be negative against minorities.
– It means that homosexuals are free to speak and recruit converts to their way of life, but that any viewpoint which does not permit homosexuality must be considered a hate crime.
– It means you may use profanity, and blasphemy any time you choose, at your job, in public, or on television.
– It means that children are permitted to say anything to their parents that they want but if parents or teachers say anything that makes the child uncomfortable, it is a violation of the child’s rights to a peaceable life.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION now means that
– You may privately pray in your home or in your church, however, it is illegal to pray aloud or silently at any public event.
– You may read the Bible in the privacy of your home. However, you may not display the Ten Commandments or any section of the Bible, or any representation of Bible teachings in a public place.
– Children attending public school shall not be exposed to the “narrow” teachings of the Bible in public school; however, for purposes of history education, students may be required to study other religions in classrooms and other meetings.

The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Independence never allowed for these things to be considered freedoms. These are not things for which so many brave Americans went to war for, and died for. The word “FREEDOM” along with the word “LIBERTY” has been sorely re-defined in these last days.

If any seeks true freedom and liberty, they will find it at only one place – in the Person and Word of Jesus Christ !