BREAK THE HEAVINESS

The constant barrage of terrifying headlines and mainstreaming of perversion vexes the child of God.  These verses from Second Peter have never been more relevant than now: “and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment…” 2 Peter 2:7-9

Angry debates, violent rioting, filth paraded in the streets, Christian leaders renouncing their faith, persecution, and constant bad news can drain the sanity from our souls.

Not only this, but we are forced to keep all our enormous frustrations inside of us. While stupidity and wickedness get a megaphone—wisdom and righteousness get duct tape over their mouths.

These are the times that rob inner peace—that bring intense restlessness—that drain all the color and enjoyment from our life.

These are the times Jesus warned us of—and that He gave us direction for.

First He said, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.” – Luke 21:17-19

Talk about mindless hate! Both the liberals and the feminists have incredible bias for Islam and sheer hatred for Christ and Christianity. It is mind-bending.  It makes zero sense.  Yet that is exactly the kind of irrational hatred our Lord predicted. It is weariness to believers who share their faith openly.

Then Jesus said, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.” (Luke 21:34)

The dumbest thing anyone ever said to me was, “When you come to Jesus, your problems are over.”  I never had problems until I met Jesus!  I kept wondering, “Why am I being attacked?  Why am I being shot at from all directions?  Why do I meet stiff resistance every time I try to do something meaningful for Jesus?”

Does this sound familiar? You walk through life, minding your own business and wham!  A co-worker rages at you for no reason. Money evaporates.  Your health fails.  Loved ones abandon God.  Someone makes an irrational defense for wickedness. A confluence of demonic attacks falls on you.  Life has never felt so cruel and unfair.

At the apex of one of these attacks, something happened to me.  A terrifying thought became a glorious thought, “SOMEBODY IS MAD AT JESUS, AND THEY ARE TAKING IT OUT ON ME!”  Suddenly, I felt qualified to fight back. And I felt profoundly honored.

Think about it!  A soldier does not go to war because he has a personal grudge against the enemy.  He didn’t declare war—his nation did.  He is not responsible for the battle plan—the military is.  He is not paying his own way to the war—his government is.

Let’s take a look at the things that are not the soldier’s responsibility:  The training he needs; the weapons he uses; the food and shelter he requires; the assignments he receives—these, and a host of other things, are not his responsibility.

“What soldier ever serves at his own expense?” (1 Cor. 9:7) “…No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” (2 Tim. 2:4)

The soldier does not create the organized army.  He does not carry the weight of how the war will be won. If he sits in the foxhole feeling alone and unfairly attacked, it is because he has forgotten who he is and why he is being attacked.  He has taken the battle into his own hands!

But when he remembers that he was recruited—when he recalls that he is not alone, but part of a victorious army, and all he is called to do is obey orders, it changes everything!

When we take the attack personally, we lose hope.  But, when we say, “The battle is not mine, it’s God’s,” we cannot be defeated.  Let’s stay out of things that do not concern us.  Let’s keep our conflict in the hands of God.  We must discern when we are operating in our own strength and by our own wits.

Remembering your attacks are not personal is plainly seen in these verses where Jesus speaks about conditions in the last days:  Luke 21:12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of special persecution, and you will be dragged into synagogues and prisons and before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 But as a result, the Messiah will be widely known and honored.  14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

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When they were arrested, it felt personal. When they were dragged to court, it felt personal.  But when they were asked to speak, it became God’s battle and Christ was glorified!  He gave them the words and the courage to speak.  He even told them not to prepare words beforehand.  That means that we are not to devise ways of fighting back.  It means we will get what we need, when we need it.

Paul experienced the same thing: Philippians 1:12 “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…”

Right now we have a presidential election that embodies everything that is wrong with our nation.  It is a hair-pulling, maddening, terrifying, and draining moment for believers. We must put the battle back in God’s hands and let Him replenish our peace and our joy.

Never forget! We have the best message humanity has ever heard, and the best Book ever written.   We have the best Captain in the universe!  We have the all-powerful Holy Spirit, Who has been sent to aid us.   We have access to power, strategy, and wisdom.  All of this, and more, will direct our fighting.

Is someone mad at Jesus, and are they taking it out on you?  What an honor!  What an opportunity!  Whenever Satan comes at you, let Jesus come at him!

The first time an angel stares at you in heaven with wonder and admiration for your service to Christ, you will know why your trials were worth it all.  The first time you hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” you won’t remember the suffering, the trials, or the battles.

No wonder Paul said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  -Romans 8:18

Hallelujah!  –

THE LEFT

Global warming, Russian collusion, White Supremacy/Racism—the trifecta of the Left—the constant drum beat of the “woke.” Always screamed about very loudly, but never defended by rational conversation or facts. Their endless plaintive cry, body language, and screeching confirm the sad, sad truth that emotion rules over substance and logical reason.

Global warming.  The myth of Climate Change took a hit today from an unlikely source: Joel N. Myers, Founder and CEO of AccuWeather.com.  He stated, “There is no evidence so far that extreme heat waves are becoming more common because of climate change, especially when you consider how many heat waves occurred historically compared to recent history.”

Hysterics are the order of the day for the Left, prompting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to say that the world will end in 12 years.  Yet, the Loony Left wants to prosecute anyone who doubts their weather claims. They want oppressive policies that would limit freedom and even imprison detractors of their theories. They are not trying to fix anything, they are trying to take total control through myths.

They will fly their polluting jets to conferences that conclude that you are a vile person for not changing your lifestyle and limiting your carbon footprint.

Russia collusion. The people who live in the districts that Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, and Gerrold Nadler represent must not need better schools, more jobs, clean water, stronger law enforcement or anything you normally elect someone to work for. These political hacks are literally doing nothing but chasing a hoax. They are deranged in their wish for Trump to be impeached. How the people in these districts can tolerate this is truly dumbfounding. I say again, they are doing nothing for you, while they chase a crime that simply doesn’t exist.  25 months and 25 million dollars later, there is no collusion. Yet, these three demand further investigations.

White Supremacy: They say White Supremacy fuels the mass shootings.  Let’s look at what the media will not tell you. Connor Betts gunned down nine people and injured dozens more in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, and this warped loner declares himself, in his notebook, to be a servant of ‘evil incarnate’ and rants about everything from schizophrenia to satanic rituals and massacres.

The pages read, in part: “I am the servant of the serpent evil incarnate, flesh consumer, light destroyer, fueled by hate, rage (is) my strength, distrust (is) my shield.”

But, this mass murderer also supported Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and ANTIFA. The media buries the news of a left-wing mass shooter because it doesn’t advance the narrative of White Supremacy and who Trump supporters really are.

Then, the Left cites economic injustice and poverty in the inner city as proof of White Supremacy. The only problem is, they have been in charge of these neighborhoods—they have spent the money—they have controlled the people. If this is their evidence, then White Supremacy either doesn’t exist or they are the White Supremacists.

Show me a major U.S. city run by Democrats for decades, and I will show you a city in decay, filled with crime, murder, drugs, and poverty. Example: Cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, and Baltimore, where every week there are mass shootings that dwarf the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton.  Yet, the national news outlets never report them.  Currently, in Democrat run Chicago, there are 51 criminals who have been charged with first degree murder, who have been put under “house arrest.”  The message: Murder someone, and the worst that can happen to you is: you will be sent to your room.

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 31: Residents, activists, and friends and family members of victims of gun violence march down Michigan Avenue carrying nearly 800 wooden crosses bearing the names of people murdered in the city in 2016 on December 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Nearly 800 people have been murdered in the city this year and more than 4000 shot as the city copes with its most violent year in two decades. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Is the Left trying to fix any problem that actually exists? The answer is a deafening, NO. They are far too busy creating problems. Their victims so far are:

 The nuclear family: A source of social stability and well-being for thousands of years. They shattered it with everything from shaming moms who wanted to stay home, redefining marriage, gender fluidity, drag queen story hours, gender-free bathroom crusades, and the oppression of churches. The list could go on and on.

Economic opportunity: The Left has never met a tax or a new regulation they didn’t like. Bloating government to strangle small business is their stock-in-trade. Given a free hand, their economic policies have always led to recession.

The human spirit: Convincing minority youth that they are victims destroys hope and incentive. The Left has turned self-pity into an art form. It was inevitable that they would worship Socialism. Socialism at its heart is for those who believe they can’t make it on their own without food stamps, free cell phones, and the bottomless government grab bag. They have been convinced they will not survive without these programs.

Is the Left trying to eradicate poverty? About as much as the drug dealer is trying to eradicate addiction. It is only by inducing fear, self-pity, and entitlement, that they maintain control.

America has been taken over by a Leftist spirit that is the antithesis of everything America was founded on. We are not engaged in a debate between the ideologies of the Right or the Left—we are in a war between addiction, degradation and atheism versus  liberty, decency, and a future.

Look at them. Do you see solutions, inspiration, openness, or compassion?  No you do not. You see a Party of delusional Don Quixotes who are tilting at windmills, while they trample honor, truth, and decency in their quest for a nonexistent cause.

Yet, in this fog of delusion, there are some hopeful signs of life.  Roughly 400 pastors and faith leaders will descend on Lynchburg, Virginia later this week as two major evangelical forces unite together in the beginning efforts of a 2020 national ground game aimed at restoring Judeo-Christian principles across the country and mobilizing an evangelical army of pastors to lead the way.

The closed-door, two-day event will be held at Liberty University, one of the largest evangelical universities in the country and is organized by the American Renewal Project, led by influential political mechanic David Lane. They’re bringing in the pastors for the affair, many of whom are expected to take part in a political training session as they mull over whether to run for local or statewide office.

Pray for an awakening like this to spread to churches all over America!

Pray like you know what is at stake!

 

 

EVEN FOR DEMOCRATS

The Debate Last night proved once and for all that a Democrat win would be a disaster even for Democrats. Leftists dream of a Trump loss, not realizing how horrendously they would reap what they have sown. The Left has poisoned the well so completely that it will be impossible for a Democrat to govern. A Trump loss would absolutely push millions over the edge, and only God knows what that would look like.

Here are the 3 reasons why it would be a nightmare for Democrats as well as for the rest of us, if Trump were to be defeated:

1. Americans, by the tens of millions will believe the election was rigged.  And, they will adamantly reject the results and force legal action.  Even those who are not currently Trump supporters believe that an elite group of leftists are in control of the social and news media platforms.  We know that they manipulate and censor information.  We know this elite group is fiercely anti-Trump. We know this cadre has the power to rig an election. Google has been caught in a scheme to add millions of votes to the Democrat candidate.  Facebook has leaked the fact that they will choke off Trump ads and shadow ban any post that asks people to vote for Trump.  We already know that CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS will saturate America with anti-Trump propaganda.

 2. The economy would instantly plunge downward. Does a Democrat really want to oversee the greatest collapse of jobs and wealth since the great depression?  The nation will blame the Democrat Party.

It is one of history’s greatest miscalculations to believe that veering left is what Americans want. Yet, all of the Democrat candidates are falling over each other to be as far left as possible.  The Socialist/LGBTQ/Anti-Israel rants play well to the oxygen deprived audiences of Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders. However, they scare the liver out of the majority of Americans.

If the day were to come when a Democrat takes the oath of office, all that will be seen by millions of Americans, is impending economic disaster.

3. Millions of people will make it their aim to be as rude and unfair to both the Democrat President and their followers, as the Left was to Trump and his supporters. I am in no way condoning this—I am merely predicting what would take place.  It  tragic that the Left destroyed civil discourse. 

A Democrat win would mean open season to say, print, or publish whatever vile slur comes to mind, because that is the model that has been created by the Democrat Party. A vast segment of the population would remember that Trump was the most unfairly, falsely, and cruelly treated President since Abraham Lincoln.

The backlash for all that the Left has been doing, such as: assaulting people in MAGA hats, spitting on them in restaurants, their elected officials calling for harassment and for chasing down Trump supporters, and for all the violence committed by Antifa, has set the tone for the new President.

In Red States, masses would push their representatives to block everything the new Democrat President tried to do, and would take out their rage on any and every Democrat politician in their home State. Forget about any new appointments to the Supreme Court.

You may ask, “Mario, are you saying I should vote for Trump even though I violently disagree with him?” No, I am not. What I am saying is that you, who are leftists, have done a great evil to America. I am saying that defeating Trump will not bring the elation you fantasize about—it will bring even more misery.  And, why not? It is only fair that you should suffer along with the rest of us.

However, Trump is going to win. And, if you only realized what that means for the future of America, you would be relieved to know that it is true.

DON’T NEGOTIATE

Trump is right to Tweet about it.  And He is right not to apologize for it.  Trump questioning why billions of dollars have been poured into Democrat controlled cities which still remain rat holes is not racism, it is common sense.

Condemning Democrats for continuing the most corrupt and hare-brained investigation in American history is not obstruction, it is instruction—it is just plain logic.

Trump must keep Tweeting because it exposes corruption in a world where the Left has fought to make certain truths unsayable. They solemnly warn us that if we say certain things we will be shamed, and unemployable.  Because those threats do not work with Trump, he must keep using his weapon of Tweets.

The Left races to defend their own. They must show outrage—because, if Elijah Cummings is exposed as a corrupt do-nothing, others among them may be exposed, also.

But the biggest thing for Trump is that he should not apologize, because you don’t negotiate with crazy.

Alexandria says we need to spend 40 trillion dollars.  Nancy says that if Trump wins a second term, she will flood the House with committees and endless investigations.  Elizabeth says she is Cherokee because of trace elements in her DNA.   Hillary says Bill’s behavior was not as bad as Brett Kavanagh’s. Maxine Waters says God wants us to harass Trump supporters in restaurants.

The Democrat controlled House is doing absolutely nothing for their constituents—NOTHING. They are doing nothing about jobs, nothing about crime, nothing about healthcare or the infrastructure.  In fact, they are not doing anything else that affects your life. They are totally occupied with hating Trump.  And, it is crazy that those who elected these people are not outraged.

When they tell you they will give more money and benefits to those who broke into our nation illegally than they will give to either you, me, or to veterans, that is madness.

Say a man breaks into your home.  You got him dead to rights. Instead of leaving, he begins to act strangely and threatens you.  He claims he has a right to a part of your private property.  He even tells you that if you hurt him he will tell the police.  A cop arrives, who is not your normal cop.  For some reason this flaky officer finds merit in the burglar’s claim and suggests you find some common ground.  “Maybe you can let him use part of your house as a humanitarian gesture.” That is, well, you know— crazy.

We who support the President are not vying for some strange new world.  We merely wish to uphold the Constitution and the values that made America great.  For that we are condemned, threatened, and called vile names. Why should we apologize for doing what is right?

They are the ones who are crazy for condemning Israel for not giving in to Palestinian demands.  The fundamental demand of any of Palestinian offer of peace is that Israel must cease to exist.  You can’t negotiate with that kind of blind terrorism. That is why the Israelis have not, and never will.

University Presidents say no conservative should be allowed to speak on any campus.  That’s crazy. The Left is so gone that they have devolved from witch hunts, to witchcraft.  A group of leftist witches are formally putting hexes on all Republican leaders.  That is crazy! Appropriately, these witches are also making a donation to Planned Parenthood.  Of course they are!  Human sacrifice has always been a part of witchcraft.

The Left loves to say we are headed for a civil war.  That’s crazy.  Like true Confederates and plantation owners before them, Blue states want to secede from the Union.

They love to act like its 1860, when it is more like 1776, and the Loony Left is the British. We are in a fight for freedom from the curse of socialism. Oh, and need I mention that socialism is crazy?

Who is in the street wearing black masks and hitting people with bats?  Splinter News writer, Hamilton Nolan, penned an essay this week, warning that they are going to start using bombs. That is crazy.

This is no time to tell the rational people that they need to give in to insanity.

For Democrats, the next election has nothing to with policy or reasoned debate.  It is a referendum on madness.  The next election is about the American people seeing through the media shills, the false victims, and the bloodthirsty politicians—and voting to remain free.

So: Mr. President, Tweet away, and do not apologize. Because, you don’t negotiate with crazy.

My greatest shock

It is the greatest shock of my life that the American church has remained dormant. What atrocity must the Democrat Party commit before the American Church rises in appropriate outrage and rises to do her duty? By now, any other generation of Christians would be galvanized and unified in holy outrage.  Any other generation of preachers would be thundering from pulpits shaking drowsy believers awake.

The Democrats have rabies—and their bite will destroy our nation. Don’t believe me?  Take a look at what they did just today.

Today Democrats have shifted from legal immigration to open defiance of Federal Law. It was brewing, but now it is being finalized. They do not want to fix immigration, and are determined to break the law.

Jonathan S. Tobin reports:

“But it is quite another for Democratic leadership to declare, with near unanimity, as is the case with the party’s presidential candidates, that they wish to decriminalize entering the country without permission and to grant those who do so government-paid health care. The same goes with states now offering paid college tuition and driver’s licenses to people who crossed into the country illegally.

“Such positions are a neon “welcome” sign on the border that tells those who want to come here without following the rules that there will be no negative consequences for doing so. While liberals say Trump’s claim that they support “open borders” is a lie, there’s no other way to describe the net effects of such policies. Democrats now support treating entering the country illegally as the moral equivalent of jaywalking or spitting on the sidewalk.”

When will you see that we are being invaded? Our way of life, our faith, our very existence.

-Today Democrats voted to impeach President Trump.  They have zero grounds to impeach Trump and are doing it simply out of hatred for the man. This is rogue government, pure and simple. The fact that the vote failed does not change the outrage of how vulgar and out of control the Democrat House is.

-Today Elizabeth Warren hired a pro Hamas Aide to cement her hatred of Israel. “Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon reported that Warren recently hired anti-Israel radical Max Berger, who helped to found the IfNotNow organization, a group that has devoted itself to damaging Israel’s reputation in America under the guise of seeking an end to Israel’s “occupation” of Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem.

“In doing so, IfNotNow routinely ignores Palestinian terrorism against Jews, promotes the “scholarship” of noted terrorist spokespersons, and even harasses young Jews attending Birthright trips.”

https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/17/hiring-pro-hamas-aide-completes-elizabeth-warrens-anti-israel-pivot/

Today, the Democrats declared that anyone who disagrees with them is a racist.

That’s just today.

You already know that they support banning the Bible, Christian T-Shirts, prayer, and sermons they deem homophobic or Islamophobic.  They believe in killing babies even after they are born. They are in lockstep with Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Google, and Twitter to control information and blackout any content that supports Trump’s reelection.

Not only this, but there is also their concerted attack on the Founding Fathers, which is their pretext for altering the American Constitution and decertifying the Declaration of Independence.  The absolute worst mixture is ignorance with arrogance. Democrats are held hostage by voices that at any other time in history would be silenced in a heartbeat.

All of this begs several very big questions:

How can the church still be silent?

How is it possible that some pastors will still advise their people to vote for Democrat candidates?

If our faith is not about stopping this, then what is it for?

Why are some still teaching a tired falsehood—the lie that Jesus doesn’t want us to choose sides in such a blatant case of good versus evil? 

And the last question: What is the American Church waiting for?

 

American Christians do not know their duty because they do not know the Bible.  Of course Satan planned it this way. While he was moving the Democrat Party to the extreme left, he was moving the church toward marshmallow faith.

Democrats are not a political party anymore—they are a criminal enterprise that is mobilizing to remove your rights, ban Christianity, and legislate immorality.

Tragically, many modern American Christians have proven that they can stomach the vileness. This is especially sad, because that seems to be the only real strength they have—a tolerance for immorality. And do the preachers of this era have any inkling of how history will judge their deafening silence?

Democrats will create chaos and tyranny. Ignoring this will condemn your children and grandchildren to live in a world that is too horrible to describe. Worst of all, you won’t be there for them.  Maybe you don’t feel great outrage over what you consider a ‘secular’ subject, such as politics…but dear God, what will become of your children?

Nehemiah exhorts us from across the ages: Nehemiah 4:14, “And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.””

It is at this point that I wish to offer you some comfort.  You may remember in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, when Scrooge is terrified when confronted by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, in the dank, dark bedroom of Scrooge’s London home.

Cowering in fear, Scrooge cries out, “Jacob! Old Jacob Marley, tell me more! Speak comfort to me, Jacob!” With that the ghost candidly replies, “I have none to give. Such comfort comes from other regions, Ebenezer Scrooge, and is conveyed by other ministers, to other kinds of men.”

I reach deep down inside, and struggle to find what words of comfort I can offer—but I cannot lie—I cannot find any. Often, like Marley, I have no comfort to give.  The truth and comfort collide. I wonder.

I pray to God that the concept of “comfort conveyed by other ministers, to other kinds of men” does not apply to the American church. Is the lukewarm American church disqualified from the comfort and the moral awakening it must have, because those things belong to other kinds of preachers, who preached other kinds of sermons to other kinds of Christians?

Arise, church of God!  Take up the weapons of your warfare, and fight for your nation and your families— and fight the evil that threatens us all, in the Name of Jesus!

 

THE ATTACKS ON TRUMP WILL FAIL

It seems like every day someone comes up with an accusation which they are convinced will destroy Donald Trump.  However, a rogue group within the FBI found out that conspiring against the President backfires.  The media tried to boost their ratings by bashing Trump, only to lose both their ratings and their credibility.

Mueller’s witch-hunt investigation flamed out as a political disaster.   Americans can see the insanity of it.   Here is the head-scratching part of the whole deal:  We have proof that Hillary colluded with the Russians to produce a fake dossier that was used to start an investigation of Russian collusion with Trump that can’t be proven.  Are you still there?

Democrats still want to look for Russian collusion, the way O.J. is looking for “the real killer.”

– Comey claimed his new book would do Trump in.  Instead, it was like shooting spit-balls at a battleship.

– CBS believed it had the silver bullet to kill Trump.  They gleefully believed that a Sunday night interview with a porn star would bring him down.  But, Monday came and they joined a long list of disappointed Trump haters whose weapons did not prosper.

– Michael Avenatti believed he would be the Trump-slayer, but now he is being indicted by a long list of former clients.

– Michael Cohen along with Omarosa Manigault Newman, et al.  The list of names goes on, with some of them claiming to have some damaging tapes.  This too, will fail.

– 400 newspapers have declared war on Trump.  You know what will happen with that…

Trump will not be impeached.  He will not even be censured.  You don’t need to worry about Donald Trump.   Let me give you 7 reasons why all the attacks on Trump will fail.

1. The poll numbers are skewed against him. Scientists have shown that when people have a favorite candidate who is attacked by the press, they go silent. They still support the person, they just won’t tell you.  Many, many more than we hear about still support Trump. Look at the tens of thousands who arrive the night before, to attend his rallies all over the country.

Even so, Democratic pundits are dismayed at the way President Trump survives.  They were counting on a major drop in support after Trump’s meeting with Putin. It just never happened.

2. Americans see how crazy the attacks on Trump are. People see the flagrant, wanton, and disgraceful attacks that the media makes on him, every single day.  The over-the-top attacks and the insane goals of the Democrat Party have actually turned out to be helping Trump.

Uber-liberal director, Rob Reiner, denounced Robert De Niro and other celebrities for their remarks against President Trump, by saying, “Stop! You’re helping Trump!” Reiner is right. They have inadvertently  become the committee to reelect Trump.

3. It’s the economy. Unemployment is at a 16-year low, and the consumer sentiment levels are at near record highs. When all the background noise settles, and voters with good paying jobs, stand before the lever to cast their vote—the thought of returning to failed Democrat economic policies will horrify them.

4. Donald Trump has plenty of time to win back those who have turned against him. Listen to Jake Novak, senior editor at CNBC: “Both party establishments still need a vote-getting leader and President Trump already has the White House leadership role they covet. He has enormous executive power at his fingertips and the ability to win over some doubters with just the passage of time.”

5. The other side still looks far worse. Chuck Schumer annoys his base, let alone the rest of us.  Elizabeth Warren is a shrill-throated hater of the white middle-class worker.  Bernie Sanders’ economic “Plan 9 from Outer Space” plays well, only because pot has been legalized on campus.  Maxine Waters is a walking VOTE FOR TRUMP machine.  Nancy Pelosi is, well, Nancy Pelosi.

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is a gift to Republicans. Even Bill Maher said “”If you want to run a campaign based on reparations and concentration camps, then it’s going to be very hard to win the election.”

6. Millions are praying for our nation. There is no way that the fervent prayer of millions will go unheeded in heaven. Sometimes the early stages of revival look as if things are getting worse before they get better.

I know Satan is writhing in agony right now.  He knows his time is short.  He knows what God is about to do.  He is in a futile rage against the inevitable answer.  He is frantically spewing deception to make the anointed vessels of God think that no answer is coming.

7.This is the big one: Trump is here by divine appointment. Trump will survive.  Not because he’s perfect.  Not because his base is fiercely loyal.  He will survive even though he is hard for some Christians to take.  He is here by divine appointment.  Can you hear all the heads exploding?  Yes, you heard me right—he is here because God set him in the White House.

Today Maxine Waters said that God has raised her up to bring Trump down.  See if you can guess how that is going to turn out.

Donald Trump is here to wreck and dismantle. He is here to apply strong medicine to a self-destructive nation that has turned its back on God.

Nothing else explains why this President is still standing after the cruelest and most unrelenting attack on any leader in American history.  More importantly, nothing else explains why none of this has broken his spirit.   Deal with it.  Someone Who is way bigger than you and me wants him right where he is, doing just what he is doing.

IS THERE A WORD?

Facebook oozes with the voices of those claiming to be “prophets” or “mouthpieces for God.”   The internet teems with self-appointed prophets who scream to be heard, bombarding us with “prophetic words.”  Almost all of these “prophecies” can be categorized into one of two headlines:

AMERICA IS PAST HOPE AND WILL BE DESTROYED!

AMERICA IS FAVORED AND WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED!

So, are either of these the word of the Lord for this hour?  This is what I hear the Lord saying.

Hear the word of the Lord!

To autonomously pronounce judgment, is to play God.  Doomsday “prophets” are calling off the attack against evil, when God is not.  They are sounding a false retreat.  They are making evangelism futile.  They are helping put souls in hell by discouraging soul-winners.

I would say this to those “prophets”: Don’t lie to yourself.  Don’t make up “prophecies” of judgment just because you are mad at the church.  Face it!  Your righteous indignation may be nothing more than a personal grudge you hold because your ministry was rejected by the church.

However, the great danger is not an abundance of prophets of doom.  It is the false prophets of cheap grace and entitlement, who are the most dangerous.

In a wonderful book entitled The American Miracle written by Michael Medved, we read about astounding and undeniable instances of God stepping in when America seemed beyond hope.  However, these examples are not proof that judgment won’t come.  To assume this is sheer madness.

I want to use George Washington as an example of something that desperately needs to be said to the American church.  Washington died at the age of 67 because of medical malpractice.  Back then, doctors believed in bleeding as a way to remove the “bad blood” from sick patients.  Washington was already weak from his illness, and by draining five pints of blood from him, the doctors made him too weak to fight the infection, and it finally killed him.  Today we know it was the worst thing they could have done.

Listen church!  Cheap grace is bleeding an already weakened church.   It helps set us up for national destruction.   For Satan, this is the perfect theology.   Instead of a life-giving conviction and a robust will to proclaim the Gospel, make disciples of all the nations, and fight against those who would destroy America—this perversion induces drowsiness and apathy.

Because they have adopted this doctrine of devils, many American pastors are closet alcoholics and addicted to porn.  And can you expect a poisoned vessel to preach a pure message on Sunday morning?

Past miracles don’t guarantee future mercy.  They should awaken urgency, an overpowering gratitude, humility, and profound soul-searching.  Throwing ourselves off the cliff of morality to prove the power of Grace, both tempts God, and provokes wrath.

God is trying to show us the times we are living in and what to do about it.

In 1 Chronicles 12:32, we read “of the sons of Issachar who understood the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”  The entire chapter lists the military talent of each tribe of Israel.  This gift: “to know what Israel ought to do,” was Issachar’s weapon.

These “prophets” who say America will be destroyed, or who say America cannot be destroyed, are dead wrong.  We are neither pardoned nor condemned.  Our fate has not yet been decided.

We are living in a moment of mercy: HOW SOON WE FORGET!  We were spared the horror of a Hillary presidency which would have been the finishing touch on Obama’s death spiral for America: a permanently enslaving national debt, a Supreme Court that would have chained us to anti-God laws, freedom-killing environmentalism, and open borders. All of these would have ushered in permanent control by the Democrat-Socialist Party, crime, and terrorism.

Trump’s election was a miracle that was intended by God to ignite the church.  But, his time in Washington will be short and ineffective, and in the end, we will be worse off than ever−if the church fails to obey God.

Trump has had missteps as president, but this does not by any means disqualify him from being the right choice.  We dare not abandon him so soon!  He needs our prayers.  He needs our support. As I wrote before, at least with Trump, we have a firewall to let us preach the Gospel and hold on for another miracle.

Here are the precise verses for this hour:

“And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.  For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.” Ezra 9:8-9

If, after all the mercy God showed us in the miraculous election of 2016, we fail to repent, fail to rise, and to take our rightful place in America’s future, then, yes, we can indeed be destroyed.

Listen again to Ezra:

“And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, since You our God have punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us such deliverance as this, should we again break Your commandments, and join in marriage with the people committing these abominations? Would You not be angry with us until You had consumed us, so that there would be no remnant or survivor?” Ezra 9:13-14

Wrath comes when you do not properly respond to mercy:

“But Hezekiah made no return for the benefit he received, for his heart was proud; therefore, wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.” 2 Chronicles 32:25  (NASB)

Look again at Ezra’s words: “but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.”

 

Trump is a temporary reprieve.  Now is the time when we must do our part.  We must act on the mercy we have been shown.  God has extended mercy so that we would do three things:

Revive, Repair and Rebuild. 

Revive: God commands us to seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  We dare not have church without it!  We dare not utter another word in the pulpit that denies it!  The word of the Lord for this hour is: Cry out to God with a heart of gratitude for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!

Here is the key promise if we do: 6 “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.” 1 Samuel 10:6-7

Repair:  Both the pulpit and our moral compasses are broken.  They must be repaired!  Our wiring, our plumbing, and our foundations are damaged.  Abortion and marriage are issues we lost because our leadership was broken.  We abandoned the Bible and did not arm ourselves or our congregations with convictions.

America needs Lions of God who will roar from a righteous heart.  Away with secret sin and lukewarm grace!  Prayer will bring about the needed repair.  The voice that shakes hell and frees men and women from bondage is forged only in fervent prayer.  Satan does not respect your stage presence, your education, or your worldly tactics.  He recognizes a prayerless poser.  He only retreats before men and women who have been to Gethsemane.

Rebuild: We must come home to the Glorious Gospel.  We must dismantle all the silly things we have tried to say to this generation.  Forget about “rebranding”!  We need to rebuild our sermons from the ground up.  Let them be replete with Bible Verses.  Let them speak of the power of our mighty God.  Fill them with content the Holy Spirit can use to win lost souls!  Lift up the name of Jesus. The Good News must once again roll off our tongue in the office, on campus, and at the mall.

The consequences of cheapening God’s mercy are too terrible to imagine.

The opportunity this miracle has opened for us is too wonderful to ignore.

That is the word of the Lord for this hour!

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