Has God Cast Away His People and Replaced Them with The Church? - By Skip Heitzig - https://harbingersdaily.com/has-god-cast-away-his-people-and-replaced-them-with-the-church/
I heard a funny story about a pastor of a small church out in the country. As he was visiting all the people in his parish, he knocked at a certain house and got no answer. So on his card he wrote, “Revelation 3:20” (which is, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in”) and left it on the door handle. The next Sunday, a card was found in the offering plate with the words “Genesis 3:10” (“I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself”).
Some people want to spiritualize everything. But Scripture is simple and straightforward—there’s no need to spiritualize it.
God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants to give them the land of Israel. And even if they sinned, He would always bring them back. God is faithful to keep His promises. In fact, the Bible is a record of promises God has made and kept. This is where I’m going: the apostle Paul asked the question in Romans 11:1, “Has God cast away His people?” Then he answered it: “Certainly not!”
But some people would say that God has cast away His people. That’s the belief of amillennialism. Without getting too deep, amillennialists deny all the promises God gave to Israel, saying they were forfeited when Israel rejected Christ. Those promises, they say, are now fulfilled in the church, and the church has replaced Israel. God will not revive the nation literally.
Today, amillennialism is the view held by the Roman Catholic Church, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, and many others. But I would say to them, respectfully, I disagree. This belief takes the text of Scripture and spiritualizes the meaning away by making it an allegory, especially the prophetic passages regarding the end times. But I interpret biblical texts plainly, literally, unless compelled by the text itself to interpret it otherwise.
The fact is, God has preserved the Jewish people and brought them back to the land. By right of creation, God owns the world. By right of selection, God owns the land of Israel. And He can give it to anybody He wants to. Well, He gave it to Abraham and his descendants: “For all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever” (Genesis 13:15). And it’s an “everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:7). Sounds permanent to me. It doesn’t sound like God is going to replace them with the church.
Now, go back to Paul’s question: “Has God cast away His people?” No. He brought them back to the land after seventy years in Babylonian captivity and after the Romans caused a dispersion that lasted nearly 2,000 years. God has chastened them, sent them into captivity, and dispersed them. But He has not and will not cast them out.
One day, the Jewish people will recognize Jesus as their Messiah. What’s happening in the meantime? The church age, or the age of grace. Paul said, “Blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness”—literally, the full number—”of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:25). God has a purpose in letting them experience this blindness. And the purpose is us.
So when this present age of grace has run its course, when that last Gentile, whoever he or she is somewhere in the world, says yes to Jesus, at that point, I believe the rapture will happen. So, share the gospel. Maybe you’ll tell that last person the good news of Jesus. Or, as I like to say, if you’re that last Gentile holding this show up, would you please surrender to the lordship of Jesus?
Is It Just a Coincidence That the Great American Eclipse Of 2024 Will Enter the U.S. At Eagle Pass, Texas? - by Michael Snyder - https://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/is-it-just-a-coincidence-that-the-great-american-eclipse-of-2024-will-enter-the-u-s-at-eagle-pass-texas/
The Great American Eclipse of 2024 is just a little bit more than two months away, and amazingly the very first city that the path of the eclipse crosses over when it enters the U.S. is Eagle Pass, Texas. There are more than 19,000 incorporated cities, towns and villages in the United States, and out of all of them Eagle Pass is the very first that the eclipse will touch. On April 8th, 2024, the entire world will be watching as the Great American Eclipse travels across America. Prior to this historic event, the last total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. was the Great American Eclipse of 2017, and there will not be another total solar eclipse visible from our country until 2044.
So, this is a really big deal.
During the Great American Eclipse of 2017, approximately 216 million Americans were watching either in person or online…
On April 8, 2024, an eclipse will cross the continental United States from Texas to Maine. It has been seven years since the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017, when the Moon cast a shadow on Earth that raced from Oregon to South Carolina, watched by around 216 million Americans in person or online.
This time around, that number is expected to be even higher.
We are being told that Texas will likely be the best state for viewing the Great American Eclipse of 2024 in person, and the entire Dallas metropolitan area just happens to fall directly within the path of totality…
Texas boasts the best weather forecast along the path in April, and has an excellent highway system and abundant accommodations in Dallas, Ft Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. Some cities with long durations of totality include Eagle Pass, Uvalde, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Llano, Lampasas, Killeen, Waco, Sulphur Springs, and the southeastern suburbs of Dallas.
A remarkable fact is that the entire metropolitan area of Dallas and Fort Worth, a megalopolis of 7 million people, is entirely inside the path of totality! In fact, 12 million people in Texas reside within the path of totality, by far the largest of any state in the US.
According to GreatAmericanEclipse.com, the first city in Texas that the eclipse will reach will be Eagle Pass.
A partial eclipse begins in Eagle Pass at 12:10 CDT, and a total eclipse begins at 1:27 CDT.
Considering everything that has been happening in Eagle Pass in recent months, do you think that it is just a coincidence that the eclipse crosses over this city first?
After the path of the Great American Eclipse of 2024 leaves Texas, prime viewing will also be available in these states…
You will also be able to view the total eclipse is some parts of of Tennessee and Michigan.
When you put the path of the Great American Eclipse of 2024 on a map with the path of the Great American Eclipse of 2017, a giant “X” is formed…
As I have discussed previously, this has happened before.
If you put the path of the solar eclipse that occurred on June 16th, 1806 on a map with the path of the solar eclipse that occurred on September 17th, 1811, you will see a giant “X” over the New Madrid fault zone.
Just three months after the solar eclipse of September 17th, 1811, a series of catastrophic earthquakes began to erupt along the New Madrid fault.
Now two solar eclipses are forming another giant “X” over the New Madrid fault zone.
What will happen this time around?
And as I have repeatedly explained to my readers, if you add the “Ring of Fire eclipse” that happened on October 14th, 2023 to the map with the giant “X” on it, you get a paleo-Hebrew Aleph.
So many people are talking about this remarkable phenomenon. For example, the following comes from an excellent article by Kelly Ferrari Mills…
Because this next eclipse begins its path down in the Southwest and makes a swath up through New England, some say it will form an X across America (combined with the eclipse in 2017). But since there was another solar eclipse that traversed our nation in October of 2023, it is fascinating to see that these THREE ECLIPSES ACROSS AMERICA FORM THE HEBREW LETTER ALEPH!
If you think that everything that I have shared with you in this article is simply the result of completely random coincidences, you are stretching your credibility to the breaking point.
We have reached one of the most pivotal moments in our entire history, and now something truly extraordinary is taking place in the skies above America.
If you haven’t been paying attention, you need to wake up, because some really crazy things are going to start happening.
Of course the truth is that crazy things are already starting to happen all over the globe.
For example, Anchorage has already gotten more than 100 inches of snow this winter…
Alaska is on track to break snowfall records after Anchorage was blanketed with more than 100 inches − the earliest accumulation ever of that amount − collapsing roofs and closing schools.
The city, which was hit with almost 16 inches of snow over the weekend, has now had more than 8½ feet this winter, the second year to break the 100-inch mark. If the trend continues, Anchorage could break its all-time record of 134½ inches recorded in the winter of 2011.
I couldn’t even imagine dealing with that much snow.
It is being reported that the weight of the snow on some roofs has reached “more than 30 pounds a square foot”…
The snow’s weight reached more than 30 pounds a square foot, meaning a 1,500-square-foot roof would be supporting the weight of “eight full size light duty pickup trucks,” according to the notice.
If they have not already done so, officials in Alaska are urging residents to clear the snow off of their roofs while they still can…
Officials in Anchorage are urging people to clear the snow off their roofs to prevent them from collapsing, as has happened with some city buildings. Over the weekend alone, more than 16 inches of snow fell, pushing Alaska’s largest city past the 100-inch mark faster than ever before. With much of winter still ahead, Anchorage is on track to break its all-time record of 134.5 inches of snowfall.
Of course, all of this snow will be forgotten by everybody living outside Alaska in a few days, because new things will come along to dominate the news cycle.
We live at a time when crazy things are happening in rapid fire fashion.
As I discussed yesterday, there were more billion dollar disasters in 2023 than ever before.
This year is certainly off to a dramatic start as well, and now the Great American Eclipse of 2024 is coming.
So buckle up and hold on tight, because I have a feeling that we are in for a wild ride.
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PsyOps: The Historical, Modern, And Spiritual Warfare Tactics Used To Manipulate The Mind – By Dean Dwyer - https://harbingersdaily.com/psyops-the-historical-modern-and-spiritual-warfare-tactics-used-to-manipulate-the-mind/
It was once said that information is power. That has proven to be very true, particularly in the hands of those who can skillfully wield that power to influence the thoughts, emotions and actions of individuals and groups. The military gives this strategy a name: psychological warfare or PsyOps for short.
At its core, PsyOps uses information to manipulate how adversaries, allies, and neutral parties perceive a scenario or enact decision-making processes in response to a particular scenario. These strategies seek out well-defined objectives such as:
1. Undermining the morale and will to fight of an enemy;
2. Influencing the population of another country to support the objectives of those launching the PsyOps;
3. Discrediting opposition groups or governments;
4. Shaping public opinion in support of a particular cause or policy; and
5. Diverting attention away from sensitive activities or operations.
Although PsyOps may be a relatively new term, the premise of it can actually be traced back to ancient warfare, where obvious psychological tactics were employed to demoralize enemies and maintain control over conquered territories. For example, the famous work “The Art of War”, written by Sun Tzu in the 5th century BC emphasised the importance of psychological factors in achieving victory. Although there are other notable examples of PsyOps throughout history, one of the more bizarre examples was coined “Operation Mincemeat”. In short, the operation was the brainchild of two British intelligence officers who hatched an outlandish plan to trick the Nazis and alter the course of World War II. As part of the operation, fake documents were planted on a corpse dressed as a British officer which was then released off the coast of Spain where it was discovered by German agents. The documents contained false information about an upcoming Allied invasion, leading the Germans to divert their forces away from the actual invasion site. Despite the peculiar plan, the operation turned out to be a huge success. The same can’t be said of an IDF operation from 2021.
During its 2021 military operation in the Gaza Strip under the IDF operation “Guardian of the Walls”, the IDF admitted it engaged in PsyOps against the Israeli people by using fake social media accounts to try to increase public support for its operations in the Strip. This was viewed as a serious error in judgement because under Israeli law, the IDF is forbidden from using PsyOps against civilians (although it is permitted to use them against enemy targets abroad). After Israeli media exposed the IDF tactics, a statement was issued which read: “In hindsight, the use of these accounts was an error, which was limited to a 24-hour period. It should be emphasized that this approach has not been deployed in the previous two years. The Spokesperson’s Unit is committed to the truth and is as careful as possible to utilize only reliable and precise information.”
But although we have largely come to expect that political and military institutions of nation states will engage in PsyOps, we are starting to see PsyOps spill over into the civilian arena as non-state actors such as terrorist organizations utilize PsyOps to leverage the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens in order to advance their interests, sway public opinion and undermine adversaries. Dr Irwin Mansdorf, who is a clinical psychologist, had this to say regarding the challenge of terrorism and its effective use of PsyOps: “When it comes to psychological warfare (often called PSYOPS), various ‘playbooks’ have been used over the years.
Hamas, an ideologically driven Islamist terror organisation, has used several of these tactics. Most notably, they manipulate the ‘victim’ role to garner support from world opinion. When facing a stronger force like Israel, this strategy (also known as ‘psychological asymmetry’) has allowed them to undertake actions that can be classified as war crimes, and they then take cover under a blitz of distorted information that focuses on Israel as the guilty party. In essence, the asymmetry arises when the stronger military party, Israel, is forced to cease its operations, preventing it from attaining legitimate operational goals.”
As Dr Mansdorf touches on, Hamas has achieved great success by adopting the oppressor/oppressed paradigm that we see so often in society today. The reason that so many fall for this tactic is that they have a worldview which is inconsistent with Biblical truth. For instance, many do not understand that the Jewish people have a history in Eretz Israel which stretches back many centuries before 1948.
Of course, as believers, we are clearly able to see where psychological warfare began – the Garden of Eden. Satan is the first being to deploy this tactic by convincing Eve to question God and ever since, we know him as the author of confusion and the father of lies. Our spiritual enemy’s PsyOps are unceasing and that is why Romans 12:2 is so important to the mind of the believer.
Historical, modern and spiritual PsyOps are all intended to manipulate the mind of another person, convincing them to accept an alternate reality. The way we must counter that is to stay connected to the Word of God, speak to Him in prayer and seek the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The bad news for unbelievers is that the PsyOps used against them is about to get a whole lot worse. Although this will manifest itself in the physical world, it originates in the spiritual world and during the Tribulation Period, Revelation 12:9 tells us this (emphasis added): “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
If you are an unbeliever, I urge you to take hold of the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour this very moment. Many may be tempted to wait until after the rapture takes place, wrongly believing that they will be compelled to give their life to Jesus once they see this all unfold.
However, there are no guarantees that will be the case, particularly since the Scriptures provide this warning from 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12: “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Don’t wait! Today is the day of salvation!
Age of Accountability – Pete Garcia - https://www.rev310.net/post/age-of-accountability
[Pete's comment] This is an article a member sent me that dates back to 2012. I reached out to the folks at RaptureReady, but they are not able to contact the original author. I just wanted to say upfront, that this is one of the best articles on the subject, eclipsing and exponentially expanding on my own thoughts on the subject. Since this topic seems to come up quite frequently, I thought it should be included here for future reference.
By Kathy Overshiner (RaptureReady.com)
I know an individual whose child died at the age of twelve. She discussed with me if I thought her son had reached the age of accountability. I assured her that I thought her son was in heaven. Only God knows exactly when an individual arrives at the age of accountability─that moment when the individual knows right from wrong, good from evil, and becomes accountable to sin.
Each individual matures at a different pace but there are verses in the Bible that do indicate there is an age of accountability, although the phrase “age of accountability” appears nowhere in the Bible. Personal accountability before God is based upon one’s personal capacity to discern good and evil, right from wrong and to comprehend the fact that one’s choices in these areas are acts of willful rebellion against God and His purpose for one’s life. God does not hold accountable those who are incapable of appropriate responses such as someone with, Down’s syndrome. God is a gracious, loving, merciful Father and certainly would not treat those incapable of discerning the truth with cold, heartless abuse.
Some people have tried to fix a pre-teen theory of twelve to thirteen years of age for the age of accountability. This opinion is based on the fact that when Jesus was twelve he went to Jerusalem to observe the Passover with His earthly parents─Mary and Joseph. He said, “Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Many believe because He said those words, that twelve is the age of accountability. Jesus was deity incarnate and fully human.
In Luke 2, verse 40 (which is in reference prior to the incident in Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve), Scripture states:
“And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and grace of God was upon Him.”
In Luke 2, verse 52 we learn:
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor of God and men.”
Jesus was a human child and He experienced the process of physical and spiritual development. He kept growing in wisdom as the grace of God was upon Him. He was perfect in His human nature, developing perfectly as God desired. But the verse says the grace of God was upon Him. Grace means it is a gift given to us that is not earned─God’s unmerited favor and mercy given to us.
Then eighteen years passed when nothing was recorded about His life. Somewhere from the time He was twelve and until His ministry began, somewhere in between, Jesus arrived at the age of accountability. I do not interpret that to mean that He was accountable at twelve, as Scripture says the grace of God was upon Him at that time.
Regarding Jewish customs: The Bar Mitzvah ceremony does not appear in the Bible, but the Jewish people give the age of twenty as the time when adult obligations begin. What does Bar Mitzvah mean? Under Jewish law, children are not obligated to observe the commandments, although they are encouraged to do so as much as possible to learn the obligations that they will have as adults. At the age of thirteen for boys and twelve for girls, they become obligated to learn the laws. “Mitzvah” is commandment. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a relatively modern innovation not mentioned in the Talmud. The elaborate ceremonies and receptions common today were unheard of as recently as a century ago.
A Bar Mitzvah is not about being a full adult in every sense of the word, ready to marry, go out on your own, earn a living, and raise children. The Talmud makes this abundantly clear. In the Pirkei Avot, it is said that while thirteen is the proper age for fulfillment of the Commandments, eighteen is the proper age for marriage and twenty is the proper age for earning a livelihood. Elsewhere in the Talmud, the proper age for marriage is sixteen to twenty-four. At age thirteen children become accountable for their actions and the parents are no longer accountable. The post-teen of twenty to twenty-one years old is the other well-known belief of accountability and does carry more favor.
In the Hebrew language, a person is considered a child from the ages five to twenty. The word “infant” relates to ages five and under, and the age of twenty is considered to be an adult. A very important point from the Old Testament writings bearing accountability, however, has to do with the cut-off age of those wandering in the wilderness, those who were either allowed to enter the Promised Land and those who were condemned to die in the wilderness.
A brief summary of (Numbers 13; 14:29-35; 32:11-12): Twelve spies were sent out to check the land and ten came back with a negative report while two gave a positive one. Those with the negative reports did not want to go. They rebelled against what God had wanted for their purpose. Because of this rebellion those twenty years and older were doomed to wander in the desert. God allowed all those from nineteen years old and under to go into the Promised Land.
Numbers 14. 29-35:
“In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.
But as for you, your bodies will fall in this wilderness. Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.’ I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this wilderness; here they will die.”
Why did God allow those nineteen years old and under to enter the land?
“‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob— not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly.’”
“And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad-they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.”
The previous verse would seem to be a very clear statement with regard to the age of accountability. Some would say it is only for those people at that time. Children are children though, no matter what time period we are in. And God is the same today as was He was back then.
“But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”
God’s law set the age for military service at age twenty. The people in Israel must choose only those who are twenty years old and older. (Numbers 1:3 and Chapter 26:2) Atonement money (Exodus 30:11-16) was taken from the sons of Israel. This contribution of atonement money was taken from a select group. Each person twenty years old and over would give a contribution to the Lord. Why were those nineteen years of age and under exempt from pay atonement money? Because God saw that they had not reached the age of “accountability.” Josiah was a righteous king (eight years old) and reigned thirty-one years (2 Chronicles 34:1-2).
This eight years of age does not prove accountability, as for in his eighth year of reign while he was still a youth, he only began to seek the God of his father, David, and in the twelfth year of his reign he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the Asherim; carved images, and molten images. Josiah grew more mature in seeking God at the age of sixteen, but he didn’t begin to act out his growing understanding until the age of twenty. Josiah proves a post-teen theory rather than the pre-teen theory.
Now in scientific and medical research, scientists are finding out in adults that their anterior or prefrontal parts of the brain perform a lot of executive functions or thinking functions: planning, goal-directed behavior, and judgmental insight. Those who are in their teen years are still in the process of developing the prefrontal lobe of the brain, which is a major influence on one’s emotions, judgment, and decision-making.
Comparative brain scans of both adults and teens show that in an adolescent brain, the relative activation of the prefrontal region is less than it is in adults. This is considered significant in determining maturity and accountability. Child development specialists agree with the age of twenty in regard to the cognitive curve. From ages six to ten years old children are learning facts, soaking up details of information like a sponge.
From ten to fourteen they are developing logic and from fourteen to eighteen they are developing reason. Children learn from their parents. When toddlers hear, “No, no,” that does not necessarily mean they understand the “no” and they certainly do not understand that what they are doing is really wrong. They just learn that parents say, “no” for some reason, and along with the “no” comes the punishment.
They associate the “no” and punishment after so many repeats (conditioning), but they do not understand what they are doing is wrong. I look at my years of growing up and know that I certainly was not capable of understanding the difference from right and wrong, and the accountability to the purpose of God. When I was six, through others teaching me, I became aware of Jesus being important but I had no understanding what that all meant. I knew Christmas was associated with His birth. When was ten, I became curious and started looking in the picture books about God and creation but I did not comprehend the meaning of all of it.
At thirteen I started reading the Bible and learning about God through Sunday school, but I still did not comprehend the concept of what all I was reading. I did things as a child that I had no idea were wrong or why the consequences of it were wrong — but as an adult, I came to understand what was wrong and started understanding why. The understanding of the difference from right and wrong became evident when I was past twenty. Even things I did at age twelve or eighteen, I know now were wrong and why, yet back then I had not figured out the logic or reason. After I turned twenty, my entire thought process started changing and I never repeated anything I did before I was twenty.
This does not mean that parents should be slack in teaching and training their children about our Lord Jesus Christ when they are still under twenty years old. They should take them to church because while they are still immature when they are very impressionable, and they will become curious about the Lord. Even though God has exempted children from judgment, He has not kept them from His blessings. Allow the children to come to Jesus as Jesus did because curiosity develops first before a true understanding develops. God in His righteousness will always be perfectly fair in His assessment of accountability to each and every one of us.
“Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
What must we all do to be saved?
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Daily Jot: Stupidocrisy: Hiding in plain Sight - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
We are living in an era where we are being told one thing but the opposite is true. Think about some of the hard core stances made by corporate media and the government that are now proven to be false. The COVID mRNA shots are both safe and reliable. There was no evidence of voter integrity issues. The Jan 6 protest was an insurrection. The US border is secure. The Hunter Biden laptop story is fake news. Joe Biden never took money from the Chinese. Climate change is the reason behind massive worldwide migration. Free speech must be protected from misinformation. If you don’t believe this weaponized propaganda, you and people like you are threats to democracy, especially if you are a Christian.
This type of pressure is called soft tyranny. It’s a constant pressure. One that most people can’t quite come to grips with it in their minds. They feel the heaviness, the restrictions, the hesitation to say what they are thinking for fear of reprisal in some way, shape or form. There are people who have put words to this phenomena. One is Jeffrey A Tucker, president of the Brownstone Institute, who in a column for Epoch News says of the Left, “Their only hope at this point is to hold onto power through any means possible. It’s they who don’t believe in democracy. Indeed they fear it more than ever, and in every respect. They are against it in politics but also in economics, education, culture, and media. Democracy means competition and consumer choice whereas they want cartel-based control.”
Robert Knight, columnist for The Washington Times, writes: “Their first order of business is to defeat former President Donald Trump by any means possible, wielding the legal system like a stiletto. The second is to get rid of as many election integrity safeguards as possible… This is what “democracy” looks like in communist and Third World countries… At some point, more Americans in every state need to wake up to the fact that elections have consequences and that “saving democracy” has become shorthand for one-party tyranny. Perhaps the donkey party could adopt a more honest slogan, such as: “Vote Democrat. Help destroy democracy.”” Knight says, “By painting opponents as “threats to democracy,” they issue a license to would-be tyrants at all levels of government to silence speech.”
Layered on top of this march toward tyranny is the corporate media that shills the woke dogma with impunity, opinionizing from a godless Marxist worldview. One thing we hear a lot is how Christian Nationalists and White Nationalists are a threat to democracy, and the mouthpieces draw a direct line to Trump supports. Hence, they pound the drum that all Christians and all white people and all Trump supporters are a threat to democracy—they have to dumb it down because America is a Constitutional Republic, not a true democracy. But why let facts get in the way? So the dog whistle is constantly blowing. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free.” The threats to your freedom are hiding in plain sight and you hear them every day. To heed them is, say it with me…Stupidocrisy.
Daily Devotion: Give It Your All - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/give-it-your-all/ - Listen
The Bible is an honest book. It gives us its heroes, warts and all. It tells us the truth so that we can find hope and comfort from people just like us.
Just think of some of the individuals in the Bible who had so much potential but self-destructed in the end. Take Saul, for example. God had anointed him as the first king of Israel. God’s Spirit came upon Saul, the Bible tells us, and he prophesied.
King Saul had tremendous potential to do good things for his nation. But he disobeyed God and allowed pride and paranoia to destroy him, and he met a tragic end on the battlefield. Ultimately Saul had no one to blame but himself. He had everything he needed to make a difference, but he threw it away.
Then there was Samson, whom God had blessed with superhuman strength. He was able to vanquish his enemies with relative ease, yet he squandered his potential in continual compromise, culminating in his own death.
Samson had his moments of greatness, his moments when God worked through him. But it was Samson’s fault that he never fully realized his potential.
Gideon came from humble origins, but God chose him to lead the children of Israel into battle. God used him mightily to vanquish Israel’s enemies. But in the end, Gideon lowered his standards, and he fell into immorality and pride. His beginnings were good. He had his great moments. But everything came crashing down in the end.
Lifted like Gideon from humble origins, King David became beloved of God as the man after His own heart (see 1 Samuel 13:14). He was a good king, and God did use him. But like his persecutor Saul, David also played the fool and almost threw his entire life away. And to some degree, he undid some of the great good he had done.
Fortunately, in the end, David came to his senses. He repented, and God restored him. But it was not without facing the continual repercussions of sin in his own life. Here was someone who started well, who faltered and was almost destroyed, and in the last moment, he began walking with God again. Yet he still paid a price for it.
These people started out with great potential, but they didn’t all find their way across the finish line. Maybe you can relate to them. Maybe you’ve been sidetracked. Maybe there was a time when you had an intense commitment to Jesus Christ, but other things have begun to crowd Him out. It isn’t too late. Don’t let your life be wasted.
Maybe as you look at your spiritual life today, you realize that you’re not doing well. You realize that you’re easing up and slowing down. Or maybe you’ve even walked off the track, so to speak.
Now is the time to get back into the race and give it your all so that one day, you won’t wake up and realize that you’ve wasted the resources and potential God has given you.
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