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Ezekiel's Malefactors on the Move - By Terry James -
News today continues to prove Bible prophecy truth. Stage-setting for fulfillment of things foretold to come moves forward.
In the realm of setting the stage for the horrific wars that are predicted at the windup of the days leading to Christ's return, the prophet Ezekiel's words are front and center:
And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands: and many people with thee. (Ezekiel 38:1-6)
Dr. Harry A. Ironside, one of the most recognized of those who had a literal, futurist view of Bible prophecy, wrote the following early in the twentieth century:
In the last days, the final head of the Russian people will look with covetous eyes upon the great developments in the land of Palestine. They will determine that Russia must have her part of the wealth there produced. Consequently, we have the picture of a vast army, augmented by warriors from Persia, Cush, Phut, marching down toward Palestine.
Dr. Jack Van Impe, who recently went to be home with the Lord, wrote the following about Ezekiel's prophecy:
There is no need to marshal the scholars of the past to confirm the place or purpose of this war. Ezekiel explained:
"After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them." (Ezek. 38:8).
What a clear and up-to-date description of Israel! She is certainly the land that is brought back from the sword-gathered out of many people-a former wasteland-brought forth out of the nations. ("The Coming War with Russia," Dr. Jack VanImpe, Perhaps Today magazine)
There is little question that Russia is the nation or people of Rosh, as Ezekiel terms it, which will be the lead nation in the Gog-Magog assault. Its chief prince, i.e., its leader, will be the leader of the coalition that will invade Israel. The reason, according to the prophet, will be to take "spoil." That is, they will desire to plunder Israel's wealth.
It is rational to ask what could induce a coalition of nations to conspire to do such a thing in these days of nuclear weaponry. Israel reportedly has one of the top nuclear arsenals in terms of number of weapons. It would be foolhardy to attack as described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is especially a relevant question since Israel has demonstrated on many occasions that it will defend its territory. And, in modern times, it has never lost!
Ezekiel gives the reason Gog gets the evil thought. It is apparently because Israel will be dwelling in "unwalled villages." That is, it will be without defense, as walls were for the defense of nations in so-called Bible times.
But there is the factor also of that matter of Gog's "evil thought" including, apparently, the knowledge that there are "spoils" to be garnered by such an attack. It must be that the "spoil" is desperately needed for some reason.
Now we consider the way things are shaping in the Middle East in these times. One must concede they are strange, I think. Never has there been a world completely shut down because of something proven to be not much more than a flu bug with somewhat of an extra bite.
So, with these strange times and all other considerations we've discussed in these commentaries many times, it is prudent to ask whether the Gog-Magog war might be in view.
It is my opinion that this assault won't take place until after the Rapture of the Church. My belief revolves around a number of factors covered before. Space here doesn't allow that we go over that territory again.
So what do we see in the news at the moment that might be setting the stage for the Gog-Magog war, which the Lord Himself will win for Israel?
A quick look at the three major players in that coalition and one more minor nation involved in the attack will help clue us.
The first news item involves Iran, Israel's chief Middle East enemy of dangerous proportion. Iran, of course, covers much of what was Persia in Ezekiel's time.
Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, ahead of this week's annual observance of Quds (Jerusalem) Day to express support for Palestinians.
We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this," Khamenei said in a post on his official English-language Twitter account.
Iran, Israel's arch-enemy in the Middle East, has been a key supporter, along with Russia, of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria's civil war, sending military advisers as well as material and regional Shi'ite militias. ("Iran: Will Support Any Nation or Group That Fights Israel Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Launches Threat," Reuters, May 22, 2020)
The second story brings into view a major and a minor player as listed by Ezekiel. These two nations, close in proximity in military affairs, prove they're already closing in on conflict that might bring Libya totally into the Turkish orbit. The way things go with strongmen bullying and bashing their way around in the region, it might be just a matter of time before joint battle strategy is forthcoming.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Haftar's LNA received warplanes with 'foreign support' [File: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu]
Turkey has warned that attacks on its interests in Libya by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces will have "grave consequences" after advances by the country's Turkish-backed government.
Ankara has provided military support to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, which has been battling to fend off a year-long offensive by Haftar's forces to take control of the capital Tripoli.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Thursday said Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) had received warplanes with "foreign support" and that they had vowed to target Turkish positions in Libya with an air campaign.
"In the event Turkish interests in Libya are targeted, this will have very grave consequences," Aksoy said on Thursday, adding that the LNA's statements were "delusional." ("Grave Consequences: Turkey Warns Libya's Haftar Against Attacks | Turkey News, Al Jazeera May 21, 2020)
The third nation in the news will lead the coalition against God's chosen people, according to Ezekiel. Russia, already strapped for cash because of falling petroleum and natural gas prices and myriad other economic woes, was hit harder by the COVID-19 crisis than has been reported.
MOSCOW (Reuters)-Russia's economy could contract by more than 8% in the second quarter of 2020, central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Friday, adding that the bank would revise its most recent gross domestic product forecast.
Nabiullina said cutting Russia's benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points from 5.5% will be considered in June.
On inflation, Nabiullina said the bank's year-end forecast was 3.8-4.8%, with peak annual inflation expected in the summer. ("Russian GDP Could Fall by More than 8% Second Quarter 2020, Nabiullina, May 22, 2020)
Russia's Gross National Product figures are dismal and scheduled to get much, much worse. Israel is all but certain to pick up Russian clients in Europe and elsewhere because of tremendous finds in and around Israel. Could it all have to do with the "evil thought" the Russian leader of that day will have, thus bring Russia, Turkey (Togarmah), Iran (Persia), and Libya down over the mountains of Israel to take "great spoil"?
July 1st - Countdown to Next Middle East War? - By Michael Snyder/End of the American Dream -https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4082
The level of tension in the Middle East is sky high right now, and it is about to go even higher. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he would move ahead with a plan to annex portions of the West Bank in the months ahead.
The coalition agreement that he reached with Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz allows him to submit annexation for a vote as early as July, and if Netanyahu is actually going to do this it will almost certainly happen before the U.S. election in November.
The Trump administration is prepared to support Israel's annexation under certain conditions, but a Biden administration would be 100 percent opposed to such a move. So Netanyahu realizes that this opportunity may never come again, and he is fully prepared to seize the moment. But of course if Israel does annex large portions of the West Bank, that could easily spark a huge regional war.
Needless to say, the Palestinians and their allies will never, ever accept the annexation of any West Bank territory, but Netanyahu seems absolutely determined to move ahead with his plans. The following comes from Time Magazine...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies.
The Palestinians, with wide international backing, seek the entire West Bank as the heartland of a future independent state. Annexing large chunks of this territory would all but destroy the faint remaining hopes of a two-state solution.
And Haaretz is reporting that Netanyahu specifically stated that "the target date for beginning annexation is July 1, and we don't intend to change it"...
The Americans said recently that they're prepared for annexation "within weeks." Under the coalition agreement between Likud and Kahol Lavan, on July 1 - meaning in a month's time - Netanyahu will be able to "bring the agreement reached with the United States on the issue of applying sovereignty to a debate in the security cabinet and the full cabinet, and for the approval of the cabinet and/or the Knesset."
On Monday, Netanyahu told a meeting of Likud's Knesset faction, in response to an MK's question, that "the target date for beginning annexation is July 1, and we don't intend to change it." He added that "this is an opportunity that can't be missed."
It looks like this is really going to happen, and Israeli settlers in the areas that are going to be annexed will greatly celebrate once it happens.
But at the same time we will see a massive outpouring of fury from the Palestinians and their allies.
In the south, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are not strong enough to invade Israel, but they will almost certainly start firing rockets toward Israel in retaliation.
In the north, Hezbollah has more than 150,000 missiles aimed at Israeli cities right now, and Hezbollah was on the brink of a new war with Israel even before talk of annexation became public.
In the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has already voided all previous agreements with the United States and Israel because of this pending annexation, and he is warning that there will be grave consequences if it actually happens.
Needless to say, most of Israel's Arab neighbors are vehemently opposed to any annexation as well, and Jordan's King Abdullah has even warned of "a massive conflict" if Israel does not back down...
More than two weeks after Jordan's King Abdullah issued what can only be described as the sternest warning to Israel if it goes ahead with its annexation plans, Jordanians and Israelis are still wondering how Amman will react if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does go ahead with his intention to annex parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley as early as July.
In his May 15 interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, the king warned of "a massive conflict" between Jordan and Israel "if Israel really annexed the West Bank in July."
For such a long time the Middle East has seemingly been on the brink of war, and this could potentially be the trigger that finally pushes everyone over the edge.
Of course Netanyahu would never be pushing for annexation unless the Trump administration was willing to support it.
And it turns out that the Trump administration has made it abundantly clear that support for annexation will only be given if Netanyahu is prepared to fully accept Trump's plan to permanently divide the land of Israel...
According to the Trump plan itself and senior U.S. officials, including Pompeo, Israeli annexation is dependent on acceptance of the entire plan, especially its agreement to conduct direct negotiations with the Palestinians for at least four years.
During this period, Israel is asked to freeze all construction and demolitions in the territory earmarked for the Palestinian state, as well as possibly in other areas. The plan also includes the establishment of a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem neighborhoods and the release of Palestinian prisoners.
That certainly puts a different spin on things, doesn't it?
As I have discussed previously, Trump's plan would double the amount of territory currently under Palestinian control and would permanently divide the city of Jerusalem.
At this moment in history, the little nation of Israel has once again taken center stage, and what happens next is going to have staggering implications for all of us.
If a major war erupts in the Middle East and Donald Trump is still the president of the United States, it is quite likely that the U.S. would side with Israel in such a war.
But if Joe Biden wins in November, that would probably not be the case once he is in the White House.
In any event, it appears that war is coming. Benjamin Netanyahu is a man of his word, and I believe that he is quite serious about beginning the annexation process on July 1st.
And there is no way in the world that the Palestinians and their allies will allow annexation to go unchallenged.
It does not look like either side is going to back down, and so that means that we are on a course toward military conflict.
And once war starts, it may not be so easy to stop.
Russia's Arctic Empire - by Lawrence A. Franklin - https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16052/russia-arctic-empire
Moscow sent a spectacular message last month to the world's other Arctic powers: Russia is determined to dominate the region. Russian transport aircraft, breaking the record for the highest altitude jump ever, parachuted a group of their Spetsnaz (Special Forces) over the Arctic. from a height of almost 33,000 feet (Mt. Everest is 29,000 feet). Russian paratroops then executed a military exercise operation before reassembling at the Nagurskoye base, the northernmost military facility in Russia.
Any rival's attempt to catch up and surpass Moscow's head start in the Arctic is unlikely to succeed. Russia has a geopolitical advantage in that its sovereign land abuts over half of the Arctic's territorial waters. Historically, Russia's czars and commissars were frustrated in their attempts to secure warm-water ports, which would have benefited commerce and military force projection. Now, with environmental warming and subsequent accelerating ice-melt in the Arctic Ocean, Moscow appears poised to control the newest maritime corridor, "the Northeast Passage." This waterway will unite Russian Europe with Russia's Far East provinces adjacent to Pacific waters. The "Northeast Passage" could shorten the transshipment of goods from Asian countries to Europe by two weeks, rather than shipping goods through the Suez Canal route.
For centuries, ships could navigate only sections of the Arctic a few months of the year. If present climatic warming trends continue, however, and probably even if they do not, Russia seems to be expecting exclusively to exploit the region's vast energy, mineral and fishing resources, at least within the legal limits of its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone beyond its land borders.
Russia's northwestern Arctic territory of the Kola Peninsula accounts for large portions of the country's nickel and copper output, as does Norilsk in East Siberia. The Arctic region also accounts for most of Russia's tin extraction. Russian mining centers within the Arctic Circle produce valuable minerals, such as diamonds in the Yakutia Republic in Russia's Far East, as well as palladium, platinum, selenium and cobalt. Probably the most famous minerals are the area's legendary gold deposits in the Kolyma area.
Russia's claim of exclusivity, or at least its special ties, to the Arctic are of long-standing. Moscow first claimed sovereignty over all the islands in the Arctic Sea north of its Eurasian land mass as early as 1926, and repeated this claim in 1928 and again in 1950. Russia's claim of sovereign control of these islands, along with its nearly 25,000 kilometers of Arctic coastline, is considered part of the country's historical patrimony and, therefore, its ownership supposedly non-negotiable.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin seemed to be underscoring that axiom in his 2017 visit to the Franz Josef Land archipelago, the northernmost outpost in a region, where Russia's claim of sovereignty includes 463,000 square miles of territory. All the same, these Russian claims have not yet been adjudicated by international law courts, the United Nations, or by any bilateral or multilateral treaty. Russia's assertiveness, and the failure of the other Arctic nations to corral Moscow into negotiating definitive boundary treaties, leave significant potential for misunderstanding and serious international incidents in the Arctic seas. Russia's blanket claims of territorial sovereignty pose a direct challenge to "Law of the Sea" conventions such as the "Freedom of Navigation" (FON) principle, championed by the U.S. and other Free World navies. The FON concept permits foreign vessels freely to ply waters outside the internationally recognized 12 nautical mile limit of sovereign national waters.
One longstanding territorial dispute fraught with tension is seen in the conflicting claims by Russia and NATO members Denmark and Canada over ownership of the Lomonosov Ridge. Nevertheless, some historical territorial counterclaims are negotiable, like the decades-old dispute between Russia and Norway over which country controlled the waters of the Barents Sea. Russia and Norway resolved the issue amicably in September 2010 with each country settling for 175,000 square km of the Barents waters.
The Kremlin continues integrating its industrial and military infrastructure in its Far North project, begun over a century ago. Pointedly, between 2015 and 2016, Moscow constructed six new military bases, at Aleksandra Land, Novaya Zemlya, Sredny Island, Wrangel Island, Kotelny Island, and Camp Schmidt. Russia maintains strict vigilance of the skies over its Arctic realm, and stations medium-range surface-to-air missile systems to assure control of its airspace. Russia's military has also deployed a polar-capable version of its latest air defense weapon, the S-400. Lessons learned from the Red Army's World War II winter combat against Germany's invading forces guarantees that all Russian military weapons systems are operable at -50 degrees Celsius.
Russia, in addition, has a natural geopolitical and cultural advantage over rivals for hegemony in the land and waters in the Arctic Circle. Russian citizens seem more acclimated to the frigid climate of the far northern regions, as evidenced by Russia's several large urban population centers in the far north such as: Murmansk, Vorkuta, Norilsk, and Tiksi.
Underscoring Russia's apparent determination to dominate the Northern Sea Route (NSR) once the passage is completely navigable, Moscow has already proffered a jurisdictional regime to manage all commerce. Russia's proposed NSR administration entails a mandatory 45-day advance application for right of passage, a hefty fee for passage, and the boarding of every vessel by a native Russian pilot to guide the ship into port. The U.S. will not likely comply with this proposal, as the U.S. Navy firmly adheres to the principle of mare liberum ("freedom of the seas"). In recent decades, the U.S. Navy has conducted hundreds of "Freedom of Navigation" military exercises around the world, and now may have to intensify such missions in the high north to prevent Moscow's unchallenged dominance of the Arctic region.
The aspirations of the five polar nations -- Russia, Denmark, Norway, Canada and the U.S. -- may also have to contend with the ambitions of the People's Republic of China. In the recent past, China and Russia have cooperated in navigation and commercial operation in the Arctic. Russia, owner of the world's largest fleet of icebreakers, has on occasion deployed these vessels to escort Chinese maritime convoys in the far North's frigid seas. It was Russia that also pioneered the building of the first nuclear-powered icebreaker, The Lenin, when passage in the Russian far north was restricted to the period from mid-July through the end of September. China is now busy producing its own icebreakers to ply Arctic waters. China evidently sees the Northern Corridor as a "Polar Silk Road" that will facilitate two-way commerce from Asia to the European Union. Now that the Northern Sea Route fully materialized last August, Russo-Chinese cooperation might also include China's financing of cash-strapped Russia's formidable development plans for military bases and modern ports. China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely caused Beijing to cast an avaricious eye toward the Russian Arctic's vast coal deposits in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, not far from the Sino-Russian border.
Perhaps a prudent path for the U.S. and Free World countries to adopt in the Arctic, given Moscow's comprehensive advance and the China-Russia tandem, would be to maintain its nuclear submarine superiority while closely monitoring Russia's own Northern Fleet, which is based in the Arctic port city of Murmansk. NATO successfully carried out this mission during the Cold War.
The U.S. and Russia remain quite capable of executing their most critical Arctic mission: over-the-pole attacks. While bilateral fail-safe procedures are in place to lessen the risk of such a catastrophe, unresolved differences in the Arctic region raise the prospect for miscalculation.
One such difference is Moscow's periodic claims that several of the seas adjacent to its land borders are "internal seas" or "historical sovereign waters," barring foreign maritime traffic. Occasionally, Kremlin spokespersons have designated that the Sea of Ohkotsk off the far eastern Russian coast is an "internal sea" and, as such, is Russian sovereign territory. That claim remains unresolved and vigorously disputed by both the U.S. and Japan. This is but one potential Arctic flashpoint of many likely to arise.
Fear, Apathy, or Love - By Hal Lindsey -
In times of crisis or danger, people respond in a variety of ways. Here are three among many possible responses. Some grow fearful, some pretend the danger is not real, and some turn to God in deeper, richer ways. I hope you've been experiencing the latter.
The current worldwide pandemic has frightened some to the point of paralysis. They are afraid to leave their homes, fearful of taking a deep breath, fearful of friends and family, and fearful in general. This should not be the response of the followers of Christ.
1 John 4:18-19 says, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us."
Others cavalierly pretend there is no problem. When you point out the fulfillment of prophecies given directly by Jesus, they accuse you of trying to instill fear. But the COVID pandemic is real. It is one of the pestilences that the Lord warned us would come in the last days. I agree that some have exaggerated it, and that some have tried to exploit it for political gain. But there is no use pretending it's not real or not significant.
Those who seem best equipped for the current crisis are those who knew it was coming - those who study Bible prophecy and take it seriously. They are the ones who say, "Yes, the problem is real, but I won't be afraid. The same God who told about this pestilence in advance also tells me to trust Him when the plague comes near."
The better we know Him, the better we know His love, His care, and His power. Knowing Him means having confidence that He always tells the truth.
Look at the 23rd Psalm. The valley of the shadow of death sounds like a scary place. But not if the Lord is your shepherd - not if He's seeing you through. He restores your soul and leads you in paths of righteousness. When He stands with you, there's no reason to fear even a real evil. In John 10:14, Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd."
In the presence of enemies (including unseen viral enemies) Jesus Himself prepares a table before you. It reminds me of Jesus preparing a meal of fish for His disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilea after His resurrection. He said them, "Come and dine." He says the same thing to us.
He anoints your head with oil. A good host in that day would provide anointing oil for His guests. Jesus gives us the oil of the Holy Spirit. Your cup overflows. Goodness and mercy will go with you - now and forever.
So, don't take a cavalier attitude toward the virus, pretending it's not real. Bluster is not the answer. On the other hand, just because a pandemic is real doesn't mean that you should cower in fear. Instead, follow the direction of Romans 8:15. "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father.'"
Daily Jot: The Farm Chronicles: Goin' Froggin' - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
The pond was an ongoing temptation. My parents didn't want me or my friends playing in the pond because they were concerned about one of us drowning, or in my Mother's case-getting so much mud encrusted on me that it may disrupt her clean house when I came in the door! In any case, that pond was the best thing for an adventurous boy, or group of boys. There were so many interesting exploits surrounding it. I used to make my rounds trying to catch frogs or turtles. Sneaking quietly along the edges of the pond and swiftly and silently pouncing on a frog before he jumped into the water was great sport. If I missed, usually they were back sunning themselves after I made my way all around the pond.
One particular summer, I found an old milk cooler that had been tossed out back behind the barn with all the other old artifacts of a time passed-horse drawn wagons, a horse drawn hay loader-cool stuff that me and my friends concocted many a frontier/western/Civil War/Army dramas in our quest to right wrongs and revel in being the heroes. Well, that old milk cooler, rusted as it was, still held water. And it was perfect for what I wanted to do. I spent the morning cleaning it up and getting it leveled on the South end of what we called the "shed." The shed was more than a shed-it was a horse barn, a hay storage, a workshop and a garage, but it always had been known just as the "shed." I filled the cooler with water.
Then I went out to the pond. Like a ninja, silently stalking my prey, I would sneak up behind an unsuspecting frog bathing himself in the morning sunshine. I had to take great care to approach the frog in just the right way so he couldn't see me or my shadow. In less than a heartbeat, I would aim for where I thought the frog would jump and if I was quick enough, I would snatch the frog up in my hand. Over the course of a few days, I caught seven frogs and gave them a new home in the old rusted milk cooler. I fed them and cared for them every day. When winter came around, I transferred them to a very large fish bowl I kept in the dining room. There, I trained them every day. Yes, trained them to sit on the linoleum floor and wait their turn to proudly ride on the roof of my Tonka truck around the dining room and the kitchen.
These frogs loved it. They would sit in a line and wait their turn to take a ride. When the tour de Wilson was complete, I would put them back in the fish bowl. And the next one would kind of hop up for his ride. Back in the day, we didn't have video games or 200 TV channels to occupy our minds during boring times, but we did have frogs! In the Bible, the Lord used frogs as judgment, especially on Egypt, as is told in Psalm 105:30, "Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings." The Ohio pond frogs could have been descended from the Biblical frogs, but their demeanor was likely far more pleasant and entertaining than those that helped liberate the Israelites from slavery.
Daily Devotion: From Head to Foot, Be His - by Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. -Romans 13:14
I have a friend who always looks like he's wearing an outfit no matter what day of the week it is. For some people, everything is an outfit. Their jeans are ripped in all the right places and their shirt is a certain way. They think it all through.
It's okay to think about what we wear, of course, because we put on clothes every day. But, the apostle Paul wrote, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts" (Romans 13:14 NKJV).
Now, doesn't Jesus Christ live in the heart of every Christian? The answer is yes, He does. So why do we need to put Him on?
The J. B. Philips New Testament puts the verse this way: "Let us be Christ's men from head to foot, and give no chances to the flesh to have its fling."
The picture Paul is giving us is that our clothes should conform to us; we should not conform to our clothes. In other words, let Jesus be a part of everything you do.
Make Him a part of every decision. Make Him a part of every area of your life. He's not just Sunday Jesus. He's also Monday Jesus, Tuesday Jesus, and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Jesus too.
Jesus should be Lord over wherever we happen to be and whatever we happen to be doing, and He should be Lord over what we watch on television and take in through social media. He should be Lord when we step out our door and Lord when we return home.
He should be Lord of all because if Jesus is not Lord of all, then He's not Lord at all.
So, put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
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