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The Locusts of the Earth - By Vanessa Panas -
On December 23, 2016, we as a nation, under former President Obama, turned our back on Israel. We abstained from a vote that we traditionally did not abstain from. The Obama administration knew without a doubt that no other nation would step in and defend Israel. This was Obama's parting shot at PM Netanyahu and all of Israel. On that day I thought this nation would certainly be doomed. God said, when speaking of Israel, I will bless those that bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel. But there are some interesting things I have found in the Bible lately that make me question just exactly what the United States' role is in end-times prophecy.
On August 21, 2017, the United States experienced its first solar eclipse that passed through the United States since 1776, and then 33 days later on September 23, 2017, Revelation 12 was fulfilled - A 2,000 year old prophecy.
"Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
"And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days."
The gestation period for a woman from conception through birth, if she conceived on December 23, 2016, would have an estimated due date of September 23, 2017. And then the United States did something stunning just over two months after this gestation period. The President declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
We know that Revelation 12 tells us that Satan is waiting and ready to devour the woman's child; the woman of course is Israel. She was conceived in a tribulation of sorts for Israel. One year ago we turned on Israel. We denied them. We denied Jerusalem even belonging to the Jewish people, even though the archeological evidence has always proved otherwise.
The male child was Jesus. Satan has been here waiting to devour since creation. He was in the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve. He was waiting through King Herod to kill Jesus, and now he is about to turn his fury on Israel and the children of God like we have never seen.
God warns those living in Judea and Samaria to flee. What are they fleeing from and where are Judea and Samaria today? Judea and Samaria are in the same place they stood thousands of years ago, and are still named that today by the millions of Jews and Christians alike who live in Israel. What does the rest of the world call Judea and Samaria? "The West Bank," where there is never a day without Palestinians' threatening Jewish lives, and where at any moment another rocket attack could be launched.
If you look at the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria as they are properly called, it's very easy to see why the Jewish people will be surrounded instantly and will try to flee. They will be surrounded by millions of Muslims. The Bible refers to these multitudes of people as locusts.
Revelation 9:3-4, "And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
The Ishmaelites were called locusts by God. The Strong's word for "nation" in that verse is "gowy," which figuratively means "a flight of locusts." God told Hagar that He would make a great nation out of Ishmael. Abraham was promised by God that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, and they are. Abraham is the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
There is an Islamic tradition, which says "Locusts fell onto Mohammed's hand, and on the wings of the locusts it was written: "We are the army of the Great God."
The antichrist will not honor a God of his fathers, meaning he does not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He worships Allah. Allah is not God. Allah is not the same as God. He will for a time try to be God. He will ultimately be destroyed by an army. The Bible calls this nation the most terrible of nations!
Ezekiel 28:7-10 says "Because you have set your heart as the heart of a god, Behold, therefore, I will bring strangers against you, the most terrible of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and defile your splendor. They shall throw you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain In the midst of the seas.
"Will you still say before him who slays you, 'I am a god'? But you shall be a man, and not a god, in the hand of him who slays you. You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of aliens; For I have spoken,' says the Lord God."
The most terrible of nations means the strongest militarily, the strongest of fortresses. The word Terrible doesn't mean bad at all in this instance; it means the mightiest. It goes on to say that this country will also be strangers with a foreign God. There is one nation that fits these pieces perfectly. First, it cannot be a nation in Europe, because they are not strangers or aliens from a foreign land. None are what could be considered as the mightiest or most terrible of ALL nations. The Ottoman Empire and Islam swept through many parts of Europe. It is still happening today.
China? It's unlikely that they will be fighting against the antichrist to protect Christians and Jews. They are not the mightiest of nations, the most terrible of nations, nor do they have a foreign god, as many are atheist. The same can be said of North and South Korea. They do not fit.
Russia? They are not strangers in a foreign land, but they are a mighty military force; and the Ottomans warred with Russia for several hundred years. They are on the border with Turkey, where Satan's seat is, and where the Ottoman Empire began. Russia will, I believe, go back to her Orthodox Christian roots, but not yet. They are also siding with Iran. Iran and Turkey will be working together in the future to form the last caliphate.
No country other than the United States is the strongest of nations with a foreign God, AND are strangers. The world's largest Christian population belongs right here in the United States. Who has been the most terrible of nations? We have.
We ended World War 1 and World War 2. The United States dropped two bombs in Japan that pretty much ended the entire war. We had enough. In World War 1 it was the United States that entered the war in 1917, and the war ended in 1918. The United States "shocked and awed" the world as the night sky lit up in Iraq. It was the United States that ended the cold war. We are a powerful nation. We have been a powerful nation since our birth in 1776.
Revelations 12:13-17 "Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
"But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Are we the two wings of a great eagle that keeps Israel safe through the 3 Â½ years? I believe so! The offspring mentioned are Christians. Islamists hate Israel but they hate Christians just as much. Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East. There is genocide happening at the hands of Muslims against Christians. The women are being raped, the children are being murdered, and the men being murdered.
All you have to do to survive is take their "mark." The Shahada is all one has to recite in order to become a Muslim: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger." That's it. But what have you done? You lost your soul to save your life. The Shahada is blasphemy. The Shahada is not only said but it's worn on headbands and arm bands. It's written on mosques and it's written over the black stone they worship in Mecca. The Shahada is the mark of the beast.
The Bible tells us that the image of the beast also speaks. Have you thought about how? Everyday across the world the image of the beast does indeed speak through loudspeakers connected to every mosque. It declares God has no son. Blasphemy. It declares the Shahada daily.
Revelation 13:15 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
That is happening now, and it is only going to get worse. You will be killed if you deny Allah. You will be killed if you laugh at a joke about Allah. You will be killed for making a cartoon image of Allah. You will be killed if you do not deny Christ. That is happening right now.
Last year in Iraq, a busload of Christian men, women and children were pulled from a bus by Islamists. They were told to deny Christ and profess Allah, that they may live. Not one person denied Him, including the children. They were shot to death, every last one of them immediately after refusing to renounce Christ.
There are slave auctions where non-Muslim women are beaten, sold, raped and eventually murdered. There are numerous videos with Islamists purchasing these women. All in the name of Allah. The Koran tells them it is not only their right but they are commanded to rape non-believers. Unlike in Judaism, it is the father who carries the "Muslim gene." In Judaism, the mother is the one who passes down Judaism.
Allahu Akbar does not mean God is great. It means Allah is greater. Greater than who? Ever notice Muslims with one finger held up? This is denial of the Trinity. One god, Allah. By saying Allahu Akbar, they are committing blasphemy. If a Muslim tells you that we worship the same God, they are lying to you.
Lying is also permissible in the Koran if it's used to spread Islam. They say it's the same God; all you have to say is the Shahada, right? Try saying GOD in place of Allah. It won't work. You must say Allah. Why, if they are the same God? I will gladly say there is no God but God. But it's not the same, you will be told. Question it further and you are now an Islamophobe.
Why are globalist countries so upset with the United States? The United States is recognizing Jerusalem and building her military; and the hidden evil deeds of the left are being exposed at record numbers to not be biblical. Something is happening. I don't think the United States will fail or be destroyed. I think the United States plays a significant role in prophecy, and we are seeing this more every day.
I think there has been an awakening in this country. God is not the author of confusion. It's all written here for us. Don't allegorize the literal and literalize the allegory! Jesus is returning and He is returning soon. NOTHING else needs to happen for His return.
Keep a watchful eye towards Turkey and Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the revived Ottoman Empire.
Jesus said no man knows the day or hour but my Father in heaven. We do know the seasons, the times and the signs. Now is the time to get right with God-the time to accept Jesus Christ into your heart and life. Tomorrow may be too late.
Ten Basic Facts About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - By David Harris - http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1889#UlcJYsthDIoZwPxD.99
In all the discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- and the quest for a solution -- some basic facts are too often missing, neglected, downplayed or skewed.
Not only does this do a disservice to history, but it also contributes to prolonging the conflict by perpetuating false assumptions and mistaken notions.
Fact #1: There could have been a two-state solution as early as 1947. That's precisely what the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) proposed. Two states, recognizing the presence of two peoples -- and two nationalisms -- in a territory governed temporarily by the United Kingdom.
And the UN General Assembly decisively endorsed the UNSCOP proposal. The Jewish side pragmatically accepted the plan, but the Arab world categorically rejected it.
Fact #2: When Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, it extended the hand of friendship to its Arab neighbors, as clearly evidenced by its founding documents and statements.
That offer, too, was spurned. Instead, five Arab armies declared war on the fledgling Jewish state, seeking its total destruction. Despite vastly outnumbering the Jews and possessing superior military arsenals, they failed in their quest.
Fact #3: Until 1967, the eastern part of Jerusalem and the entire West Bank were in the hands of Jordan, not Israel. Had the Arab world wished, an independent Palestinian state, with its capital in Jerusalem, could have been established at any time. Not only did this not happen, but there is no record of it ever having been discussed.
To the contrary, Jordan annexed the territory, seeking full and permanent control. It proceeded to treat Jerusalem as a backwater, while denying Jews any access to Jewish holy sites in the Old City, and destroying the synagogues there. Meanwhile, Gaza was under Egyptian military rule. Again, there was no talk of sovereignty for the Palestinians there, either.
Fact #4: In May 1967, the Egyptian and Syrian governments repeatedly threatened to annihilate Israel, as these countries demanded that UN peacekeeping forces be withdrawn from the region. Moreover, Israeli shipping lanes to its southern port of Eilat were blocked, and Arab troops were deployed to front-line positions. The Six-Day War was the outcome -- a war that Israel won.
Coming into possession of the Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, Israel extended feelers to its Arab neighbors, via third parties, seeking a "land for peace" formula.
The Arab response came back on September 1, 1967, from Khartoum, Sudan, where the Arab League nations were meeting. The message was unmistakable: "No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel." Yet another opportunity to end the conflict had come and gone.
Fact #5: In November 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat broke with the Arab rejectionist consensus. He traveled to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem to meet with Israeli leaders, address Israel's parliament and speak of peace.
Two years later, underscoring the lengths to which Israel was prepared to go to end the conflict, a deal was reached, in which Israel -- led, notably, by a right-wing government- yielded the vast Sinai Peninsula, with its strategic depth, oil deposits, settlements and air bases, in exchange for the promise of a new era in relations with the Arab world's leading country.
In 1981, Sadat was slain by the Muslim Brotherhood for his alleged perfidy -- but his legacy of peace with Israel, thankfully, has endured.
Fact #6: In September 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reached an agreement, known as the Oslo Accords, offering the hope for peace. But eight months later, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat confirmed the suspicions of many that he was not honest, when he was caught on tape in a Johannesburg mosque asserting that the agreement was nothing more than a temporary truce until final victory.
Fact #7: In 1994, Jordan's King Hussein, following in the footsteps of Egyptian President Sadat, reached an agreement with Israel, again demonstrating Israel's readiness for peace -- and willingness to make territorial sacrifices when sincere Arab leaders come forward.
Fact #8: In 2000-1, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, leading a left-of-center government and supported by the Clinton administration, offered a groundbreaking two-state arrangement to Arafat, including a bold compromise on Jerusalem.
Not only did the Palestinian leader reject the offer, but he shockingly told Clinton that Jews never had any historical connection to Jerusalem, gave no counter-offer, and triggered a new wave of Palestinian violence that led to more than 1,000 Israeli fatalities (proportionately equivalent to 40,000 Americans).
Fact #9: In 2008, three years after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon unilaterally withdrew all Israeli soldiers and settlers from Gaza -- only to see Hamas seize control and destroy another chance for co-existence -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went even further than Barak in extending an olive branch to the Palestinian Authority.
He offered a still more generous two-state proposal, but got no formal response from Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor. A Palestinian negotiator subsequently acknowledged in the media that the Israeli plan would have given his side the equivalent of 100 percent of the disputed lands under discussion.
Fact #10: At the request of the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a 10-month freeze on settlement-building in 2010, as a good-faith gesture to lure the Palestinians back to the table. Regrettably, it failed. The Palestinians didn't show up.
Instead, they have since continued their strategy of incitement, attempts to bypass Israel, and face-to-face talks, by going to international organizations instead; denial of the age-old Jewish link to Jerusalem and, by extension, the region; and by providing lifetime financial support for captured terrorists and the families of suicide bombers.
Isn't it high time to draw some obvious conclusions from these facts -- to recognize the many lost opportunities to reach a settlement because of a consistent "no" from one side -- and to call on the Palestinians to start saying "yes" for a change?
Temptation - J.L. Robb -
The word, temptation, generally refers to something that is not particularly good.
Temptation is the state of being tempted, especially to evil; and the tempter is something or someone that entices the tempted to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
If one is dieting, a bowl of chocolate truffles might be tempting. If one is studying for an exam, a friend who calls and talks to you about a great movie instead is tempting. If you think your child might be stealing your loose change, you might leave some counted change on the counter intentionally, a temptation.
Is it wrong to set up your kids? Or is it love? Suppose you tell your fifteen-year-old not to smoke, but you have a strong suspicion he is; so you leave home and tell your son you will be back in an hour. You go around the block and "forget" something. You enter the house and sure enough, there's Junior smoking on the back porch; and it's not tobacco.
Sometimes in life, temptation comes from those who love us but know we are headed for disaster. They want to help. If Mom reads a child's diary, it usually is not because she is looking for a good book. It is because she loves her child and is afraid she is headed for harm.
Does God ever tempt the children He loves? Apparently not, according to Pope Francis.
The headline was glaring: Pope Francis wants to change the Lord's Prayer.
According to Sky News:
The Pope has revealed he wants to change the Lord's Prayer - as he thinks the current version implies that God pushes people toward sin.
He said the line "lead us not into temptation", memorized by hundreds of millions of Christians for centuries, is based on a flawed translation.
"It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation," the Pope said.
The implication is awkward for Christians, who believe it is Satan who tempts people to sin.
Since I was a child, I have been taught that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. In sixth-grade Catholic school, we were taught the same. Inerrant means there are no errors.
Biblical scholars claim that the New Testament was originally written in Greek, not Hebrew like the Old Testament. I am not an adherent of this belief, but so far the Greek is all that has been found. The Greek to English translation seems specific, and temptation in Greek can also mean testing.
The Lord's Prayer is arguably the best-known prayer in the Bible; and probably, the world. In every translation I have researched, Jesus asked God not to lead us into temptation.
So what does Pope Francis want to change the temptation line, to?
The French Catholic Church voted recently to change the scripture, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," to "Do not let us enter into temptation". The Mormons changed the scripture to, "suffer us not to be led into temptation". Not sure what happened to the part about evil.
Who planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Genesis 2:15-17 NIV
At this point in time, Satan has not been introduced. It would appear, since God was discussing trees and telling Adam he could eat from any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that God was the Planter. The forbidden tree turned out to be the bowl of chocolates. There was only one rule in the Garden of Eden, and the penalty for breaking the rule was death. That is serious.
Unfortunately for Adam and Eve, the tree became the temptation and Satan became the tempter.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
"You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:1-6 NIV
Why did God plant the temptation? Was it a test? If so, it was man's first failure; and the result was much worse than an F on a report card.
I am not a Catholic basher, though I think they got a lot of things wrong; but a book is either inerrant or it is not. Jesus said the prayer, the words were a gift from the Holy Spirit; only in this case, the Pope apparently thinks there is a mistranslation. That is a Pandora's box if there ever was one, because once the Pope changes the scripture to better fit his views instead of Jesus', there will be more to come.
Christians who do not believe there is a Hell use a similar logic. Would God really want to subject his children to Hell? Would you throw your children in Hell? What kind of parent would do that?
Would God test us?
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!"
"Here I am," he replied.
Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love-Isaac-and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you." Genesis 22:1-2 NIV
Hopefully the Pope will not doctor up scripture, at least until the Hebrew scrolls are found and prove the Greek version is inaccurate. Our entire life is a test if we are believers, because God wants to save us from impending danger, like the parent who tested his son about smoking.
The Unseen War! - David Pepe -
As we see our nation falling into the lawless and immoral abyss, amazingly many are wondering how these things can be? They are all pointing fingers at each other but who is truly the engineer and one behind the controls of this madness which is sweeping our land and world? The key to comprehending the day and hour in which we live is to see things by faith from Almighty God's HEAVENLY and ETERNAL perspective (John 17:17, Eph. 6:12, Col. 3:1-2). The world in which we live in is governed by a highly fallen intelligent order of supernatural beings (called fallen angels) that have been expelled and sentenced to Almighty God's ETERNAL prison called the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41, Rev, 20:10). In the outworking of unbelieving and unrepentant men (progressive-conservative) you can see their agenda revealed (Rom. 1:18-32, 2 Cor. 4:3-4, 2 Cor. 11:13-15 Eph. 6:12). I'm sure to average person this biblical insight sounds like the ramblings of a crazy man, but it is not. The greatest deception by Lucifer is to get you to believe that he does not exist (2 Cor. 4:3-4,1 John 4:3).
Planet earth has become a great battlefield between the fallen angelic host in which humanity has followed suite after Lucifer and his angelic hordes (Matt 25:41, Rev. 20:10-15) Lucifer (Satan) - the god of this fallen and cursed world (2 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph. 2:1-3) - knows if he can destroy the American family unit that he can put out the Gospel light that has shined forth mightily from this nation like none other before it. Once these ends are achieved, nothing will stop Satan from his vain grand design, the global reign and worship of himself under his Anti Christ (2 Thess.. 2:3-12, Rev. 13).
As these days and hours rapidly come to a grand conclusion and we see the EXPONENTIAL evaporation of moral absolutes right before our very eyes - the chief of these being rejection of the Divine institute of marriage - remember what God has stated must be! All things are headed to the world's final war against its Creator at Armageddon! (Psalm 2, Matt. 24, Rev. 16:13-16).
The chief questions one must ask themselves in this ever-changing social climate is, "Do I truly believe Almighty God's Biblical perspective and revelation and do I have a personal saving relationship to my CREATOR as the Bible - God's infallible Word - clearly teaches (John 4:24, Act 4:12)?"
As America and this world heads into the Day of the Lord, may you be sure that you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior! He indeed is our ONLY hope!
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
Daily Jot: Don't take satan's bait - Bill Wilson -
Everyone is trying to make sense of all the violence across the country. These things are not new, but they seem to be getting worse. For example in a Christmas Eve Jot in 2008, I recounted the headlines of how a newlywed husband, eager to see what his wife had gotten him for Christmas, peeked inside the wrapping. The wife was so enraged that she stabbed her husband six times with a kitchen knife. A kitchen knife was also the weapon in New Jersey where a mother slashed her six year old son's throat, then tried to commit suicide. In Detroit, a woman committed suicide after shooting her husband and family dog dead with the same gun. Today we have stories of terrorist events and murders--leading up to and through the holidays.
Fires, family fights, murders, suicides, terrorist events, drunk driving deaths, even natural deaths seem to be more prevalent during the holiday season. People are stressed. They are rushing about, busy with the getting of and doing things, that life itself seems to take a backstage. Then there is that one little thing-a child asking that silly question for the tenth time, or the husband coming home a tad bit late, or the wife not getting that little thing done-and "boom" everything blows up and lives are changed forever. My household growing up was a wonderful place to be. But the only arguments I remember my parents having were during the holidays. Some stupid thing would go wrong and not even a well-prepared Secretary of State could successfully intervene.
We lived at our farm that had been in the family for over 200 years. And things were old and sometimes didn't work well. They didn't work well especially during the holidays when large family and friend gatherings were about to occur. One year, the well went dry just hours before my mother was to serve a meal to about 25 family members. She ordered a water truck to come fill the well. My dad said that the water would just run out of the well and that she just had to patiently wait for the water level to restore itself. This led to World War III. Mom was packing her bags and leaving this old farm house forever. Well, my Dad's patience with her saved the day, and a little help from a quick running spring gave us the water we needed. All was well.
But the point is that during holidays that celebrate the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, the spiritual enemy presses in and tries to steal the joy of the season. Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Remember that satan wants to destroy anything that would honor Christ-your holidays, your home, your family, even you. But Christ is a life giver. He came that we might have life to its fullest measure. So when those thoughts creep in that do not reflect the life-giving joy of Christ, cast them down before they become actions. If you can't seem to do that, call your pastor or a friend or 911. Don't take satan's bait.
Daily Devotion: The Great Debate - By Greg Laurie -
"By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." -John 15:8
For hundreds of years, Christians have been debating predestination. How did God choose us? Why did God choose us? Whom did God choose? However, they miss altogether the reason He chose us.
Rather than debating how or why you were chosen, why don't you focus on what you were chosen to do? If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and call yourself a Christian, then I can tell you on the authority of the Scriptures that you have been chosen by God.
So let's stop debating and instead focus on what we were chosen to do. We were chosen for a purpose. And what is that purpose? It's to bring forth fruit. Jesus said, "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples" (John 15:8).
So the question that begs to be asked is how are you doing with this? To put it another way, what are you doing for Heaven's sake? What are you doing for the kingdom of God while you are on Earth?
Sadly, many of us squander a great portion of our lives in the pursuit of nothingness. I once read that on average, Americans will spend about 15 years of their lives watching television. I think today people spend more time on the Internet than they do watching TV. I am not saying there is anything inherently evil about watching television or being on the Internet. But I am saying it is very easy to waste time. Then ironically we'll say, "I just don't have time to read the Bible. I just don't have time to pray. I really don't have time this week to go to church. I am just so busy."
Let's use our lives for the glory of God.
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