The Heart of the Matter – Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go #encouragement #America #politics #biblicalworldview #heart #election2016Our country doesn’t need Hillary Clinton. Our country doesn’t need Donald Trump. Our country doesn’t need Barack Obama, or any other candidate. Our country doesn’t need revenge or justice in the world’s eyes. Hope and justice don’t lie with them or any ideology from any political party.

It’s just like we studied in church Sunday–we can change circumstances all day long, but it won’t help matters. You can throw money at hundreds of causes, but if the hearts of the recipients aren’t right then they will blow the money and the cause is lost.

We have to change the HEARTS of people. Our hope is in THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Until people get that through their thick skulls, things are not going to change. In fact, they will only going to get worse. I know we are supposed to pray Jesus tarries so many more can be saved, but I think we are all growing weary and are ready for His return. Please be sure you are ready!

John 3:16-“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” REMEMBER, belief = action. It is not just an intellectual knowledge of Jesus for even satan believes Jesus is the Son of God. It is surrendering of your life to His Lordship every single day and having a personal relationship with Him.

Matthew 7:21-23-“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

Acts 4:12-“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Titus 2:11-“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

And be sure you are doing your part to get others ready for Jesus. This is not a suggestion, or an invitation, this is a COMMANDMENT!

Matthew 28:19-20-“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Let’s plant some seeds so The Lord Jesus can change some hearts! READY, SET, GO!

Will We Answer to God for Our Vote?

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Do you think we will have to answer to God for whom we vote in the next election? Do you believe God even cares about the election? These are some questions I’ve been hearing often lately.

It doesn’t take much time or investigation into the God’s Word to find the answers:

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

This one verse sums up so very much. God’s Word commands us to seek FIRST the righteousness of God. Therefore, in choosing for whom to vote, we are commanded to seek a righteous candidate.

What does righteous mean? God’s people are righteous when they are in a right relation with Him, when they enjoy His salvation; when they humbly admit their dependence upon God. They are considered by God as the Judge of the world as righteous when they are being and doing what he requires in His Word.

That is when inspecting fruit comes in–there is a difference between condemning, judging, and inspecting the fruit of ones life. We must research and study the life of a candidate to see what types of fruit they have produced for God’s kingdom.

We should also pray and ask The Lord for help in choosing a candidate. Many will tickle the ears of the people and say whatever they want to get elected.

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15

For these reasons, it is not easy to choose a candidate. We shouldn’t just jump on the popular candidate bandwagon. We must do our homework, pray, and seek God’s direction.

What if there are no worthy candidates? Well, that’s when even more prayer is needed. We must ask God specifically to lead us to the right candidate and to let us know if we should even vote at all.

Please, don’t fuss at me–I’ve been scolded by so many for this attitude, but at the end of the day I will answer to God for my vote. Many people believe if they don’t vote for the “lesser of the evils” then that gives more votes to the “evil” one. Not so. I believe God’s Word. He said if we seek Him first, He’ll take care of the rest. He said it, I believe it, enough said! Now, let us live what we believe!

So as we approach the 2016 election, please think and pray fervently. Don’t settle. Don’t give your vote to an unworthy candidate, especially one who does not bear the fruit of the Spirit.

We want to be able to stand before God and hear Him say he approves of our decision.

Are You Voting with Faith or with Fear?

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At some point we Christians have to stop making excuses and justifications why it’s okay to vote for someone less than worthy. Reasons like: all politicians are dishonest so I’ll vote for one whose not quite as bad as the other; I’m fearful someone worse will win so I’ll vote for the lesser of the two evils; he said the things I wanted to hear even though his life has never exhibited what he says now and his behavior continues to be unacceptable.

We don’t know who God has in store to lead our country. Sometimes He needs to rescue us from the mess we made. Sometimes He needs to let us make our bed and lie in it for a while. That’s what happened last time.

Did it ever occur to us that our little vote for the underdog may just be multiplied by our Almighty God?

Did you ever read the story of the loaves and fish, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion’s den? God took faith and multiplied it to defeat the impossible.

Conservatives mock liberals for the way they worship, adore, and proclaim a godless president as their savior. Yet they have done the same thing with Trump. I can only imagine how God is shaking His head at our lack of trust and faith in Him. We have to stop taking matters out of God’s hands. We don’t know what is best, but God does. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know Trump is not God’s best.

We want to defeat a liberal agenda that seeks to defy God. We want republicans to stop making promises they don’t keep. Most of all we want a Christian leader. Why are we choosing someone who is not?

To combat the enemy we don’t need to put his henchmen in office. Our strongest weapon is a warrior for God. I think that scares the enemy the most. Do you think the enemy is scared right now?

Instead of being part of the mess, we should be part of the miracle. Join forces with God. Ask yourself for whom would He vote. Vote for the true Christian candidate, the David, the Daniel.

God will have His will whether we are on His side or not. Personally, I want to be on God’s side. We will never defeat the enemy if we are not standing with God’s. Vote your faith not your fear. Do the right thing and leave the rest up to God. He performs miracles!

Don’t Let This Election Be Another Joke…

 

Don't Let This Year's Election Be Another Joke #election2016 #vote2016 #candidates

The primaries are quickly approaching, and I don’t know about you but I am getting so tired of the debates and political ads. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for them when they are conducted in a positive way. They can be beneficial if they inform you of the stances of the candidates on issues. Revealing the character of the candidate is also an added benefit.

However, most of the debates and ads are negative. They are full of childish behavior by some rather arrogant, unintelligent, and downright ignorant candidates. The candidates on both sides have made a mockery and a joke of our country. It’s embarrassing to think that people all over the world are watching these bozos on our tv, and they are supposed to represent us. When you have candidates that stand there before all of the America and name call or are caught in betrayals and lies, it should open your eyes to the true character of a person. How can you possibly vote for someone like that? Is your head completely buried in the sand? Can you even think for yourself?

Arrogance does not equal strength. It equals SLIME. I saw it in the last two elections, and I’m seeing it now. Some of these candidates are slicker than oil. Oil is messy. How stupid (there is no better adjective to describe it) do I have to be to partner with some slick, slimy scoundrel?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell who is being deceitful. All you have to do is simply look at the body language of the candidates.  If you are close to The Lord, He may very well have given you a spirit of discernment which you can use to choose the best candidate.

I can’t even watch our current administration on television or listen to the radio. I end up reading about current events. Why? It’s because my spirit discerns the evil going on in the White House.  My skin crawls, my stomach knots, my spirit feels like it is being crushed. I’m not exaggerating—I literally get sick. When you can sense the evil, you know to stay away from it.

Have you ever been around someone who makes you feel like this? You can just tell there is evil around them. You can’t be around them because your spirit becomes so extremely unsettled. I had that same feeling around two other women in my life at one time. I ignored it with one of them and my family and I got hurt.

I have sensed this same evil with one of the current democratic candidates, and actually I have always had that sense when being exposed to her (no guessing who it is now). I don’t have that same sense with the other democratic candidates.

Now I haven’t sensed evil like this with any of the current republican candidates, but like I said it doesn’t take much to discern who is telling the truth and who is not, who bears Christian fruit and who does not. Most of the candidates are just so unintelligent and classless; absolutely no integrity. I mean give me a break. All you can think to do to defend your position on an issue is name call? This isn’t kindergarten!

It’s like a school election. Candidates promising they are will give “gifts and benefits” to voters like the kid who promises no homework. One of the promises that irritates me the most is the old “prosperity” routine. I get so tired of the song and dance about how they are going to make America great through money and the economy. With the hole we’ve dug over the past 8 years, no one president would possibly be able to fill it in.

Why on earth would I want to vote for someone who behaves like that? Why would I want to vote for someone who is obviously lying? Why would I give my precious vote to someone whose moral compass points south and you know it by the life they lead and their voting record? Why would I want to vote for someone who does not bear the fruit of a Christian? If he or she clearly has no relationship with The Lord, actually promotes sin and fights against God and His people, I am ABSOLUTELY not voting for them.

I have to answer to God for who I vote for. Think about it… Where does your loyalty lie with a political party, society, money, the American Dream, or God?

Lots of things are broken in our country right now. We do need to repair our economy, but not at the expense of sin. Money is not eternal. No amount of money is going to fix our country. Besides, if we turn back to God He has promised to take care of everything we need.

Souls are eternal—ours and the souls of everyone in our country and our world. We can’t keep sacrificing people’s souls for our politics and our selfishness—The price is too high. We have to be wise and Godly about our government.

Let’s make a sound decision this primary and upcoming election to care about the souls and lives of others. Be selfless in your voting. Let go of your ridiculous agenda.

We don’t need someone who puts everyone down every second they get. Everyone is boasting about the confidence of Trump, but all he does is belittle everyone. That’s not confidence—that’s insecurity. I want a candidate who doesn’t resort to playground antics.

We don’t another candidate that is going to finish the job of the current administration of dragging our country down the immoral, undignified, dark path we are traveling. There are both democratic and republican candidates that would fit that description.

I know who I will vote for in the primaries. I know God hears the cries of His people. I know He will take care of me and my family because we have given our lives to Him. I also know He is a gentleman and has given people free will. There are so very many stories in His Word of people who have turned from Him and caused destruction. He does allow us to make our own mistakes no matter how devastating they are. It breaks my heart to see so many people prefer temporary thrills and destruction to the blessings of God.  We must not be fooled. God does shower blessings on the just and the unjust. So just because we feel blessed doesn’t mean we are walking in God’s will.

I don’t believe it’s wrong to love America. I know many people take every chance they get to criticize people for loving this land and the people in it, for being faithful and loyal to their heritage. His Word is full of scripture about loving your land and guiding your people.  Just because we love our country, doesn’t mean we love it more than we love God.  Many people who defend this great land, would do that and more for The Lord. Our allegiance to God should be top priority, but there is nothing wrong with being proud and grateful to be an American. God brought our nation into being for a reason. We were to remain faithful to Him and His people.

Our precious country needs a candidate who clearly cares about this country and everyone in it, but who unapologetically puts God above all else. We need a candidate who hasn’t flip-flopped from one idea to the other  These candidates are few and far between, but be encouraged—they do exist. Pray and do your research.  It may sound ludicrous, but just ask yourself who Jesus would vote for if He had to choose. Our country needs a consistent, Christian leader to return us back to our first love—The Lord God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ!