Killers, Destroyers, and Gaslighters – Jonathan Brentner - https://www.jonathanbrentner.com/https/jonathan-brentner-g8fgsquarespacecom/config/2022/6/21/murderers-destroyers-and-gaslighters
When I read reports of the increasing wickedness and violence in the U.S. that seemingly grows worse by the day, grief and disbelief swell up inside me. Is this really happening?
It’s biblical prophecy alone that puts current events into a proper perspective for me and thereby calms my soul. The Bible not only tells me that I would see such perilous times in the last days, but it also assures me of the Lord’s response.
I first noticed the relevance of the book of Habakkuk to current events about thirty years ago. Today, I’m surprised that the U.S. has not yet experienced something similar to the judgment that God sent to Judah a few decades after Habakkuk wrote his book. How much time do we have until He does?
In Habakkuk 1:2-4, the prophet provides a listing of the evil and violence that he saw in ancient Judah, which sounds remarkably similar to what I see in America today.
In verse 2, Habakkuk complains about God’s lack of response to the violence that he witnessed in his day.
O Lord, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
Consider the killers active in our day:
In John 10:10, Jesus said that the thief, AKA Satan, comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” We see all these activities in operation now in our world.
In verse 3 of Habakkuk 1, the prophet protests about the “iniquity” that he sees.
Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
The Hebrew word for “iniquity” in this verse includes the sorrow that results from wicked behavior. This fits with the parallel word, “wrong;” the word here also denotes the grief and pain caused by evil and perverse behavior. The high rate of suicides among transgender children today exemplifies this sense; the word reflects both the evil done to others and its tragic result.
The aim of the LBGTQ agenda is to greatly harm children and eliminate the family structure that God designed to nurture them. The predators of our culture celebrate “pride month,” but those who cherish the words of Scripture recognize the gross evil that lies behind their vain boasting and shameful, vulgar parades.
Here are some further examples of modern-day destroyers:
During the past several years, we have seen the same evil, violence, and strife that Habakkuk complained about so long ago spiral out of control in the U.S., and it keeps getting worse.
I use the word “Gaslighters” here because it gets to the heart of the globalists’ activity more than simply saying that those who control our government are deceiving us. Brandon Holthaus, pastor and prominent prophecy speaker, describes gaslighting as “an evil way to manipulate and psychologically control people.” (Pastor Holthaus recently recorded an excellent prophecy update called, “WEF Is Gaslighting Us.”)
Gaslighters cause people to question what they know to be true about reality; they attempt to make us doubt what we both see or hear. They will tell you that what you watch take place did not happen.
Listen to them long enough and you will doubt your sanity and begin going along with their perverted portrayal of reality.
Make no mistake, they deceive people in order to pervert justice and justify their murderous and destructive behavior.
In Habakkuk 1:4, the prophet complains about such lawless deceivers in his day:
So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
The words of the above verse fit with the behavior of modern day gaslighters; this is the method they use to accomplish the things the prophet lists in the above verse.
Is it not the same deception, with an evil intent, that the prophet Isaiah described?
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (5:20)
Modern-day gaslighters attempt to convince us that “evil” is “good.” The examples of this abound everywhere we look:
I could cite dozens additional examples of how the globalists tell us that what we see and hear is not reality. And yes, it is brainwashing and the elite have succeeded in making many people believe their lies.
Gaslighting and bullying also happens on a personal, everyday level. I have experienced this and along the way I discovered that Proverbs 11:9 brings much welcome encouragement during such times:
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
A solid grasp on the truths of Scripture is absolutely essential in the day in which we live. We live in an age of deception where bullying and gaslighting abound, which necessitates a daily reliance on God’s Word.
THE LORD’S RESPONSE TO HABAKKUK
In Habakkuk 1:5, the Lord told the prophet to look to the nations in order to see His response to the evil and violence prevalent in ancient Judah. Judgment would come in the form of the Chaldeans, a reference to the Babylonians that under Nebuchadnezzar would later destroy Jerusalem and take many people captive.
What might be the Lord’s response to the killers, destroyers, and gaslighters in America? Where would the Lord have us look during these perilous times?
I believe Jesus answers this question for us in Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
The Lord gave us so many signs in Scripture so we would know the season of His return for His church, and this is it! That’s why we anticipate await His soon appearing; that’s why we look up in eager expectation of meeting Jesus in the clouds.
Maranatha! Come soon, Lord Jesus.
My book, The Triumph of the Redeemed-An eternal Perspective that Calms Our Fears in Perilous Times, is available on Amazon. I wrote it for just such a time as this so as to infuse calming hope into hearts regardless of the circumstances. The killers, destroyers, gaslighters will increase in power leading up to the kingdom of the antichrist. However, we will reign with Jesus someday in His glorious kingdom!!
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The World Economic Forum's Global Governance – Tommy Salmons - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5438
In March of 2020 COVID-19 spread to the shores of the United States, introducing a medical threat that had all the signs of devastating families from sea to shining sea. But in the shadows, slipping in under the veil of a potentially deadly pandemic, another threat loomed.
This threat, known as ESG, was not airborne or viral in the traditional sense. This threat was birthed in the imaginations of banks, corporations, and governments, and much like COVID, this threat is going to alter the life of millions of people worldwide.
ESG is an acronym that stands for Environmental, Social (Justice), and (Corporate) Governance. The goal of ESG, as World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab stated in Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is to utilize investors to move corporations into a more socially progressive direction; moving technologies and businesses away from the current models of doing business to a new stakeholder method of business.
"Entrepreneurs and Investors are the vanguard when it comes to marrying a values-based approach to technological development...It makes sense that thinking about broader social impact at this stage would have significant cascading effects. Investors, on the other hand, have the carrot with which to direct the development of technologies...The values of entrepreneurs and organizational leaders have a tremendous influence on the workplace and how technologies are developed. Leading from the front can transform company culture and prioritize societal values."
When Coca-Cola, Gillette, Disney, BP, and other multinational corporations act counter to good business practices to advance a political agenda antithetical to the beliefs of most of their consumer base it is an effort to improve the new value-based credit score known as ESG. As corporations respond to investors and the credit score used to determine societal value, they push agendas intended to move the Overton Window and cultural acceptance towards a more progressive agenda.
Proponents of ESG metrics utilize the famous libertarian mantra of private companies being able to do whatever they feel is best for their company and fiduciary responsibilities, but there's nothing private about ESG.
In March of 2020 the SEC announced they would be forming an ESG Taskforce. The initiative has expanded to requiring publicly traded firms to make detailed disclosures on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. As with all regulations ESG is being sold as serving the greater good at the cost of business, costing the consumer more money.
Proponents of ESG make a litany of arguments to justify their regulatory dreams:
"ESG is crucial because it offers a focused framework through which governments, businesses, and citizens can work consistently toward solving serious global challenges."
"ESG, at its core, is a means by which companies can be evaluated with respect to a broad range of socially desirable ends."
"ESG criteria can help investors avoid investment losses when companies engaged in risky or unethical practices are held accountable."
But they will never address in any detail how ESG metrics will be utilized to make these changes to society. And if ESG is just a tool to help investors make decisions, why is the SEC mandating ESG data disclosures? And who is considered an investor?
According to Investopedia an investor is any person or other entity who commits capital with the expectation of receiving financial returns. Unfortunately for 401k holders, Merrill Edge agrees. In 2018 Merrill Edge added ESG scores to their client's dashboard, informing their customers whether or not they're invested in reputationally hazardous companies.
401(k)s won't be the only time average citizens find themselves in the crosshairs of ESG. After the trucker convoy in Canada earlier this year their government leveraged financial institutions to freeze the bank accounts of anyone involved in financing or participating in the protest in any capacity.
In 2021 Banks United closed Donald Trump's accounts after he had left office.
Recently PayPal has cancelled the accounts of many people without explanation, and for further reference Justin Haskins has detailed several instances in which banks have cancelled or frozen bank accounts of politicians accused of wrong-think. Fitch Ratings released a white paper in 2021 detailing how they incorporate ESG to judge individual credit ratings. FICO also has determined that ESG will be taken into account when an individual applies for credit.
What factors could contribute to credit agencies giving you a low ESG score? Do you own a gas-run vehicle rather than an electric vehicle? Do you own a firearm? Have you bought ammunition? Do you speak out about the injustices around the January 6 riot? Do you buy Bitcoin? Are you invested in an oil and gas company? Are you openly opposing the agenda to introduce children to the transgender lifestyle? Do you live in a red state? Do you grow your own food? What is your career?
All of these factors and more could lead to a situation where you find yourself being refused credit due to ESG.
As corporations, financial institutions, and governments around the world have introduced ESG standards many people and states have come out against ESG. Several of these states have introduced anti-ESG legislation to protect average Americans from these insane regulatory practices that are meant to advance an agenda.
In response, S&P Global has introduced a plan to track and maintain ESG scores for states. This will penalize states by strong-arming businesses into leaving states with bad ESG scores. If a corporation refuses to flee, they will be excluded from capital, loans, and resources. This will put an overwhelming burden on the people of the states that work for or depend on the corporations targeted.
And that is the plan.
Summer Preview: Rolling Blackouts, Higher Gas Prices, Natural Gas Rationing In Europe And A Historic Diesel Crisis - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/summer-preview-rolling-blackouts-higher-gas-prices-natural-gas-rationing-in-europe-and-a-historic-diesel-crisis/
Almost everyone has heard about the rapidly growing global energy crisis by now, but most people assume that this crisis will eventually go away because they think that authorities have everything under control. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. This crisis has taken our leaders by surprise, and now many of them have shifted into panic mode because they realize that there will be no easy fixes. Decades of neglect and foolish decisions have brought us to the precipice of a nightmare, and many of us are going to be absolutely astonished by some of the things that happen in the months ahead.
Here in the United States, we have neglected to properly invest in our power grids for a very long time, and now they are at a breaking point.
We are being warned that there could be widespread “rolling blackouts” this summer, and the situation is particularly dire in Midwest states such as Michigan…
The Lansing Board of Water and Light, or BWL, warned in a press release on Tuesday that the company is preparing for potential ‘rolling black-outs’ this summer.
The Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, or MISO, is Michigan’s power grid regulator. MISO will have to ‘load-shed’ if they see expected energy shortages during peak usage times due to hot weather. Load-shedding is purposefully shutting down electric power in some areas of a power-distribution system to prevent the entire system from failing when it is strained by high demand.
Meanwhile, the price of gasoline is likely to continue to go up.
For quite some time, the amount of oil that is being produced around the world each day has been lower than the amount of oil that is being used around the world each day, and as a result supplies have been getting tighter and tighter…
Fast forward to today, and where are we? Intrinsic demand is thought to be around 103 million barrels a day now, owing to 1% per year global population growth, plus increased wealth–and demand should keep growing at roughly that pace. But supplies aren’t nearly keeping up. We’re currently producing around 100.6 million barrels (reflecting the loss of about a million barrels from Russia), and the resulting spike in prices is already constraining demand to around 101 million barrels, according to Majcher.
When demand is greater than supply, either prices go up or eventually you have shortages.
And sometimes both things happen.
Bank of America is telling us that oil inventories have reached a “dangerously low point”, and until that changes prices are likely to continue to rise…
The result is a market that for the second straight year is under-supplied, and drawing down inventories as a result–on top of the drawdown in strategic reserves approved by political leaders to try and lower prices. Bank of America is already warning that global oil inventories have fallen to a “dangerously low point,” with certain gasoline and diesel supplies in particular at “precarious levels” as we head into peak U.S. driving season. U.S. oil inventories are already 14% below their five-year average, BofA notes, while distillates (like diesel) are 22% below.
I wish that I could tell you that there is hope that things will turn around eventually.
But at this point the CEO of Exxon is actually warning us to expect “up to five years of turbulent oil markets”…
Consumers must be prepared to endure up to five years of turbulent oil markets, the head of ExxonMobil said Tuesday, citing under-investment and the coronavirus pandemic.
Energy markets have been roiled by the Ukraine war as Russia has reduced some exports and faced sanctions while Europe has announced plans to wean itself off dependency on Russian fossil fuels in coming years.
If you think that things are bad now, just wait until you see what happens after a major war erupts in the Middle East.
Then things will really start getting crazy.
Speaking of war, over in Europe a looming natural gas shortage due to the war in Ukraine is likely to cause immense economic problems in the months ahead.
Now that Russia has significantly reduced the flow of natural gas to Germany, it looks like the Germans will soon be forced to ration it, and the Wall Street Journal is telling us that authorities expect “a gas shortage by December”…
The German government moved closer to rationing natural gas on Thursday after Russia cut deliveries to the country last week in an escalation of the economic war triggered by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Berlin triggered the second of its three-step plan to deal with gas shortages after the Kremlin-controlled energy giant Gazprom, the country’s biggest gas exporter, throttled delivery via the Nordstream pipeline by around 60% last week. Germany’s gas reserves are at 58% capacity, and the government now expects a gas shortage by December if supplies don’t pick up, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said.
It would be difficult for me to overstate the seriousness of this problem. Energy prices have already gone completely nuts in Europe, and one German official is actually comparing this crisis to the collapse of Lehman Brothers…
With energy suppliers piling up losses by being forced to cover volumes at high prices, there’s a danger of a spillover effect for local utilities and their customers, including consumers and businesses, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Thursday after raising the country’s gas risk level to the second-highest “alarm” phase.
“If this minus gets so big that they can’t carry it anymore, the whole market is in danger of collapsing at some point,” Habeck said at a news conference in Berlin, “so a Lehman effect in the energy system.”
Needless to say, it isn’t just Germany that is being affected…
The crisis has spilled far beyond Germany, with 12 European Union member states affected and 10 issuing an early warning under gas security regulation, Frans Timmermans, the European Union’s climate chief, said in a speech to the European Parliament.
“The risk of a full gas disruption is now more real than ever before,” he said. “All this is part of Russia’s strategy to undermine our unity.”
If the war in Ukraine could be brought to a peaceful resolution, that would greatly help matters.
But we all know that isn’t going to happen any time soon.
On top of everything else, global supplies of diesel fuel get squeezed a little bit more with each passing day. The price of diesel fuel is 75 percent higher than it was a year ago, and here in the United States we have been warned that the Northeast “is quietly running out of diesel”…
The upward pressure on diesel and jet fuel prices in particular is getting attention in the White House, Amrita Sen of Energy Aspects told Squawk Box yesterday. Diesel prices are up a whopping 75% from a year ago, and the spread between diesel and gasoline prices has also widened considerably. The high cost is creating huge strains on truckers and the supply chain; the Northeast “is quietly running out of diesel,” FreightWaves warned two weeks ago.
Even though there could be a historic supply crunch, we won’t completely run out of diesel fuel.
However, as I detailed in an article that has gone extremely viral, we are potentially facing really severe shortages of both diesel exhaust fluid and diesel engine oil if solutions cannot be found.
Urea is required to produce diesel exhaust fluid, and the U.S. doesn’t produce enough. We are normally one of the largest importers of urea in the entire world, and Russia and China are two of the largest exporters. Our leaders have decided that we don’t want urea from Russia, and China has restricted exports.
So that puts us in a really tough position. If you have a diesel vehicle, I would highly recommend stocking up on diesel exhaust fluid while you still can.
As for diesel engine oil, there are several key additives that are in short supply right now due to major problems at several manufacturers. An article that Mike Adams just posted goes into the details. This is a very serious situation that is not going to be resolved any time in the near future.
The bottom line is that supplies of diesel fuel are going to get very tight, and there may be times when diesel exhaust fluid and diesel engine oil are not available at all.
All three are required in order for diesel vehicles to operate, and as I explained yesterday, the U.S. economy runs on diesel.
If we were suddenly unable to use our diesel vehicles, all of our supply chains would collapse and we would no longer have a functioning economy.
So hopefully our leaders are working really hard to find some solutions.
Because it looks like this summer could be quite difficult, and the outlook for the months beyond is even less promising.
Is It Salvation or Destruction? - By Dennis Huebshman - https://www.raptureready.com/2022/06/23/is-it-salvation-or-destruction-by-dennis-huebshman/
“To be, or not to be; that is the question.” This is the famous line from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” Basically, the character was trying to decide if he should live or commit suicide. (all emphasis mine – all verses ESV)
To believe or not to believe does not affect only one person but every living human that is on this earth today. This is covered by one of the most recognizable Bible verses, which is John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” All, everyone on the face of this earth today, can have this Salvation if they will but choose it.
There is a condition to this which is found in John 3:18; “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
Later, in 1 John 5:10-12, the apostle expands on this; “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
A couple of points here: for this to be of value, one must believe that the Bible is the true and inerrant word of the Father, passed on to us through about 40 Holy Spirit-inspired writers; and that our Heavenly Father cannot, nor will not lie for any reason (Titus 1:2; 2 Timothy 3;16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Jesus had no illusions of what this earth would be like toward the end of this age that we are living in. In Matthew 7:13-14, He talks about the two paths; one leads to destruction, and the other to Salvation. His comments were that the pathway to destruction is wide, and many will be on it. The path to life, or Salvation, is narrow, and few will be on it. We’re seeing this quite clearly today.
John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Today, it’s become fashionable for the secular world to label the followers of Jesus as “haters.” We represent some conceived threat to all the alphabet groups because we don’t accept their lifestyles. False prophets are being found more and more in the pulpits of “evangelical” churches, and antichrists are causing laws to be made that “criminalize” many of our beliefs. The thing is, we do not hate anyone, just as our Savior commanded. However, we do not have to like or accept their abominations.
One thing is for certain, Satan and his forces are more active today than ever before as he knows his next to last hurrah is very close. That will be the 7-year tribulation. His final act will be at the end of the Millennial Reign of Jesus on earth when he will be cast into the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10).
Evil in the world today is increasing and at all levels that we have not seen before. More and more people are being drawn into the things of this earth rather than consider where they will spend eternity. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
The “new world order” is getting bolder by the day, and there’s talk of gaining more and more control of our everyday lives. This is not just in one area but involves the whole world. Cash money is on the brink of being removed, and all ability to buy or sell will be computerized. Right now, in some countries, parents face criminal prosecution for speaking out against all the gender and sexual-related issues to their children. It’s getting very close to this in America today.
Evil is abounding. There are violent episodes taking place more and more that were rare in the past. Yes, there has always been evil since the fall of humans in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), but today the incidents are gaining in volume and becoming more widespread than ever.
Isaiah 5:20, which was written about 2,700 years ago, is just about a perfect description of the radical left’s attitude today. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” Without giving the long list, the “Godlessness” actions and attitudes listed for the last days are all here as well (2 Timothy 3).
Again, the sheer volume should be shouting that Jesus will be calling all His flock up to meet Him very soon. For anyone who believes that they have plenty of time to make their decision, please consider 1 Corinthians 15:52; “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead shall be raised imperishable, and we shall all be changed.” Qualified mathematicians have calculated this to be considerably less than one second.
One day soon, all the true believers will hear that trumpet of God and the shout from the archangel, and we’ll be taken up to meet our Savior in the air. Those left behind will probably notice that something happened, but the full impact will not be realized until a short time later. They will be about to enter the worst period of time that this earth has ever seen or has ever experienced.
Sadly, all who remain will have chosen to be here. Now is the time to really consider that you have a choice of Salvation or Destruction. Yes, there will be those who will call out to Jesus to save them during the tribulation/wrath, but most likely, the cost of this will be martyrdom. The majority will go along with the evil leader and will voluntarily take his mark in order to be able to buy anything.
Jesus paid in full for each and every human soul on this earth, if they will have faith and believe in Him. All who confess they are sinners in need of a Savior and who believe that Savior is Jesus and call out for forgiveness will be saved (Romans 10:9-13).
All who leave this earth without Jesus as their Savior will end up in the Lake of Fire, as given in Revelation 20:11-15. There are no other options in spite of what false prophets are saying.
Therefore, the choice is up to each and every person to make. Will it be eternal Salvation with the Savior, or will it be eternal Destruction with the devil and all his demons (fallen angels)? Our Heavenly Father will force no one to receive and accept His Son but will turn no one away who truly calls on Him. No one has sinned so greatly that they cannot be covered by the gift of the shed blood of our Shepherd.
It is totally your choice, as no one can make it for you. The results of your decision will be made known very soon. We don’t know the day, hour, or even minute that the call will come, but from all the signs present, it will not be very much longer. In Luke 21:28, Jesus said when these things “begin” to happen to look up, as our redemption draws near. All the signs started just a decade or so ago and are speeding up every single day.
Today is the absolute right time to decide your eternal fate: Jesus or the world; Rapture or tribulation. In the end, nothing of this earth will be worth spending eternity in hell for.
Shalom! Come, Lord Jesus!
Daily Jot: The Farm Chronicles: The Chargers - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
There seems to be this innate force within kids to be a part of something bigger than them. It may be why cliques form in schools, or why kids play sports, or join 4-H or some such club. Kids like to socialize and come together for a common cause. When I was in elementary school at Paris, Ohio, we were all a pretty tight-knit group. There were maybe 30 kids in my class and we were pretty much all from the rural area of the county. I don’t know where I got the idea, maybe reading a book somewhere, but I thought it would be good to get the boys together in a club. So I invited all the guys in our class to come to the farm on a particular Saturday morning and form up the “Chargers.”
In the early 1960s, the San Diego Chargers football team was making headlines. What caught my attention, besides the Chargers winning the American Football League Championship in 1963, was one of the logos for the Chargers—a shield with a horsehead and a lightening bolt. I thought it was the coolest logo ever. And that’s the genesis of a second-grader’s imagination of having a boy’s-only club called the Chargers. Many of the brave young men in my class accepted the call to adventure and joined up with the Chargers. In preparation for our inaugural meeting, I talked my mom into letting me have an old white bed sheet to make a flag. I painted on that sheet a large shield with a horse head and lightening bolt with the name “Chargers” printed boldly across the top. Then I found an old broom handle to use as a flag pole.
The morning of our first meeting was upon us. It was a chilly, damp, misty spring morning as about eight of us gathered just outside the horse barn, trying to avoid the large puddles of water in our driveway. What next? I hadn’t planned what we would do after we got together. So we voted on what to do next and decided to go “charging” through the woods with our Chargers flag waving in the morning mist like warriors of old. We had our barn boots and goulashes on and we set out across the pasture, proudly passing the flag among us as we marched into the woods. Since only my buddy Sonny and I knew the woods well, we told everyone to stay close. But there was one guy—Chuck–who wanted to be the scout and against our orders he charged off in a different direction. After all, we were the Chargers who charged!
After a couple of hours “charging” through the woods, we were tired and went back to the barn for refreshments. All except Chuck. We couldn’t find him. Finally, about a half hour later, Chuck came in. He was muddy and wet. ‘Said he had crossed rivers and mountains and wasn’t sure he would survive or find his way back. Sonny and I just looked at each other as we knew there were no mountains, and only a small creek, but in Chuck’s eyes, he had just experienced the most dangerous journey of his life. In Isaiah 43.2 God says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.” But, as Chuck learned, it doesn’t mean your boots, or your imagination for that matter, won’t overflow along the way. Incidentally, that was the last meeting of the Chargers.
Daily Devotion: Spiritual Toughness - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. —Psalm 105:17–18
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/spiritual-toughness/ - Listen
Joseph’s father, Jacob, doted on him. He favored Joseph over all his other children and even made him a special coat.
But one day Joseph’s brothers got so tired of him that they decided to kill him. Reason prevailed, however, and they chose instead to sell him as a slave to a caravan of traders that was passing by.
The traders took Joseph to Egypt, where they sold him to Potiphar, who was the head of Pharaoh’s bodyguard. And because Joseph was a hard worker and full of integrity, it wasn’t long before he was running Potiphar’s estate.
Meanwhile, Potiphar’s wife tried repeatedly to seduce Joseph. He resisted her advances, but one day she falsely accused him of rape. He was sent to prison, which no doubt seemed like the worst thing of all.
Sitting there in a prison cell, Joseph easily could have thought, “Serving God didn’t work out so well, did it? I’m honest. I work hard. I didn’t give in to the advances of that woman, and where did it get me? In prison!”
But God had a plan for him. He was getting him ready for the future. Psalm 105 gives us this detail about Joseph: “They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons” (verse 18 NKJV). A different translation emerges from the original Hebrew, which gives us additional insight. It says, “As he was a laid in iron, iron entered his soul.”
Although Joseph was in the worst circumstances, he was toughening up on the inside. God was getting Joseph ready for something big.
You may be going through a time of trial so that you will get stronger, so that iron will enter your soul. The purpose of trials is to make us stronger spiritually—so that we’ll develop spiritual toughness.
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Let Us Make the Short Time We have Left,
Count for ALL of Eternity!
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"Folks, it's all beginning to unravel. America is in more danger of falling than at any time in its history. But I believe Bible prophecy predicts this very decline. From this point on, we believers have to get serious. We are going to face discouragement, disillusionment and, most certainly, persecution in the time between now and the Rapture. But don't be discouraged or disillusioned. The coming turmoil will provide us unrivaled opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel. So be ready to share your faith and your hope with those who need Christ. We still have time to reap a great harvest of souls for God's kingdom!" - Hal Lindsey
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