Thursday, September 24, 2015

Get Back To Your Post #2

Isaiah  21:8

 Then the watchman called out,
“Day after day I have stood on the watchtower, my lord.
    Night after night I have remained at my post.


Hosea 9:8 (NLT)

8 The prophet is a watchman over Israel for my God,
    yet traps are laid for him wherever he goes.
    He faces hostility even in the house of God.

Isaiah 21:3-10 (NLT)

3 My stomach aches and burns with pain.
    Sharp pangs of anguish are upon me,
    like those of a woman in labor.
I grow faint when I hear what God is planning;
    I am too afraid to look.
4 My mind reels and my heart races.
    I longed for evening to come,
    but now I am terrified of the dark.
5 Look! They are preparing a great feast.
    They are spreading rugs for people to sit on.
    Everyone is eating and drinking.
But quick! Grab your shields and prepare for battle.
    You are being attacked!
6 Meanwhile, the Lord said to me,
“Put a watchman on the city wall.
    Let him shout out what he sees.
7 He should look for chariots
    drawn by pairs of horses,
and for riders on donkeys and camels.
    Let the watchman be fully alert.”
8 Then the watchman called out,
“Day after day I have stood on the watchtower, my lord.
    Night after night I have remained at my post.
9 Now at last—look!
Here comes a man in a chariot
    with a pair of horses!”
Then the watchman said,
    “Babylon is fallen, fallen!
All the idols of Babylon
    lie broken on the ground!”
10 O my people, threshed and winnowed,
    I have told you everything the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has said,
    everything the God of Israel has told me.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pray Fervently

James 5 Living Bible

1 Look here, you rich men, now is the time to cry and groan with anguished grief because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. 2 Your wealth is even now rotting away, and your fine clothes are becoming mere moth-eaten rags. 3 The value of your gold and silver is dropping fast, yet it will stand as evidence against you and eat your flesh like fire. That is what you have stored up for yourselves to receive on that coming day of judgment. 4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. Their cries have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.

5 You have spent your years here on earth having fun, satisfying your every whim, and now your fat hearts are ready for the slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed good men who had no power to defend themselves against you.

7 Now as for you, dear brothers who are waiting for the Lord’s return, be patient, like a farmer who waits until the autumn for his precious harvest to ripen. 8 Yes, be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

9 Don’t grumble about each other, brothers. Are you yourselves above criticism? For see! The great Judge is coming. He is almost here. Let him do whatever criticizing must be done.

10 For examples of patience in suffering, look at the Lord’s prophets. 11 We know how happy they are now because they stayed true to him then, even though they suffered greatly for it. Job is an example of a man who continued to trust the Lord in sorrow; from his experiences we can see how the Lord’s plan finally ended in good, for he is full of tenderness and mercy.

12 But most of all, dear brothers, do not swear either by heaven or earth or anything else; just say a simple yes or no so that you will not sin and be condemned for it.

13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually be singing praises to the Lord.

14 Is anyone sick? He should call for the elders of the church and they should pray over him and pour a little oil upon him, calling on the Lord to heal him. 15 And their prayer, if offered in faith, will heal him, for the Lord will make him well; and if his sickness was caused by some sin, the Lord will forgive him.

16 Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as completely human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed again, this time that it would rain, and down it poured, and the grass turned green and the gardens began to grow again.

19 Dear brothers, if anyone has slipped away from God and no longer trusts the Lord and someone helps him understand the Truth again, 20 that person who brings him back to God will have saved a wandering soul from death, bringing about the forgiveness of his many sins.

Sincerely, James

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Hope Of Mankind

The only hope for mankind is The Gospel.  The active and powerful Good News of salvation and Jesus working with us performing accompanying signs and confirming wonders. 

Jesus ministry is summed up for us all in this one verse. "God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit power and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil".

This Gospel is the only answer, the only hope and the only salvation for man. All other endeavors fall short , good deeds are powerless to confront the darkness that is enveloping the hearts and minds of men. No social good work can heal the festering infection that is killing, stealing and destroying all good it touches. 

No religious man can face the evil one alone and stand. No great orator can declare upon the earth what is needed to muzzle the myriad of filthy, lying, demonic voices that are swaying men and women to stiffen the necks, commit evil and cause blood shed with no repentance or remorse. 

Only His voice, His words and His  works empowered by His Spirit, declared and done in His name with accompanying and signs and wonders is sufficient answer all these things and His  message is the only hope for mankind.        





Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Men Of Prayer

"The church today needs praying men to execute her solemn and pressing responsibility to meet the fearful crisis which is facing her. The crying need of the times is for men, in increased numbers. God-fearing men  praying man, Holy Spirit men, men who can endure hardness, who will count not their lives dear unto themselves, but count all things but dross for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Savior. 

These men who are so greatly needed in this age of the church are those who have learned the business of praying, learned it on their knees, learned it in the need and agony of their own hearts.

Praying men are the one commanding need of this day, as of all other days, in which God is to have or make a showing." EM Bounds