July 25

National sins bring National judgments.  When virtue is ruined and laid waste, everything else will soon be ruined and laid waste too: When the land sins against Me,

  • when vice and wickedness become epidemical,
  • when the land sins by trespassing grievously,
  • when the sinners have become very numerous and their sins very heinous,
  • when gross impieties and immoralities universally prevail [as has long since been the case now in our own Nation; we have way out-sinned Sodom and Gomorrah],

then will I stretch forth My hand upon it, for the punishment of it.  The Divine Power shall be vigorously and openly exerted; the judgments shall be extended and stretched forth to all the corners of the land, to all the concerns and interests of the nation.  Grievous sins bring grievous plagues.  God has determined by His Own Divine decree that our Nation will be destroyed.  When the sin of a people has come to its height, as it has now in our Nation, and the Divine decree has gone forth for their ruin, the piety and prayers of the best men shall not prevail with God to end the controversy.  [Matthew Henry Commentary]  Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were here, they wouldn’t be able to save their own sons or daughters!  They alone would be saved by their own righteousness. [Ezek 14 20]  This is what the Lord said to Jeremiah: So do not pray for this Nation nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with Me, for I will not listen to you. [Jer 7:16]

America is a “Christmas tree” Nation, cut off from our roots in God, and dead!  We are watching as the needles continually dry up and fall off…we see it in the news every day, God’s judgment playing out!  Following are just two of hundreds of anecdotes illustrating the disintegration of the very fabric of our society:

  • Tonight, Major League Baseball commemorated the start of baseball season by bowing down to Black Lives Matter.  Every member of the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals marked Opening Day by taking a knee before our National Anthem…the Star-Spangled Banner…in honor of Black Lives Matter.  They also saluted Black Lives Matter…a known Marxist organization.  I never thought I’d see the day when American men would shame themselves by bowing down to Marxism!  The Yankees and the Nationals brought great shame upon themselves, their families and their organizations.  They used to say that America could be summed up as mom, apple pie, and baseball.  But no more.  Maybe it’s past time for America to get a new favorite pastime. [Todd Starnes, Christian radio host]
  • Here is a link to a short but chilling video clip commentary from Tucker Carlson [Fox News] that documents the unfolding self-destruction in our Nation: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-response-is-being-driven-by-politicstucker-carlson

Blessed Jesus…I stand in awe of the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah, the Root of David. [Rev 5:5, 13]  Sovereign Father, You have made the heavens and the Earth by Your Great Power and outstretched arm!  Nothing is too hard for You!  O great and powerful God, Whose Name is “Lord Almighty,” great are Your purposes and mighty are Your deeds!  Lord, God of our Father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting all praise belongs to You!  Greatness and Power and Glory and Majesty and Splendor are Yours, Father, for everything in Heaven and on Earth is Yours!  Father, Yours is the Kingdom; You are exalted as head over all!  Wealth and honor come from You!  You are the ruler over all things!  In Your hands are Strength and Power to exalt and give strength to all!  Now, my Father, I thank You with all my soul, and praise Your Glorious Name! [Jer 32 17, 19; 1 Chron 29:10-13] Hallelujah!

WHY DO I EXIST?

Because there is an Eternal God Who exists.  In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.  The Heavens continually declare the magnificent majesty and Glory of God; their measureless expanse continually displays the awesome wisdom and power of His handiwork.  Day after day their silent speech is heard unceasingly throughout the farthest reaches of the Earth; night after night they unveil the fathomless knowledge of the Almighty.  Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities…both His Eternal Power and His Divine Nature…have been clearly seen.  They are perceived and understood in the majesty and Glory of God’s breathtaking Creation handiwork!  So those people who do not believe there is a God have no excuse at all for their blind unbelief.  The heavens declare the Glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the Earth, their words to the ends of the world.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities…His eternal Power and Divine nature…have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. [Ps 19:1-4; Rom 1:20] 

The framework for understanding our existence begins with fully embracing in my heart why the Eternal God of the universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb.  It is so simple a child can understand it; yet it is so simple that only a child can fully embrace it: Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.  Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them.  And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. [Matt 18:2-3]

 O LORD, You have searched me and You know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD.  You hem me in…behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Where can I flee from Your Presence?  If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.  For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the Earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I awake, I am still with You.  If only You would slay the wicked, O God!   Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!  They speak of You with evil intent; Your adversaries misuse Your name.  Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against You?  I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. [Ps 139]

God’s framework in creating Mankind:

  • Eternal Reason: Love. I have loved you with an everlasting Love.  The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” [Jer 31:3]
  • Eternal Purpose: Relationship. I made you for Myself…in My Own image and likeness…Divinely crafted with the capabilities and capacity to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness…the very crown jewels of My Creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My Glory to the created universe.  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. [1 Peter 2:9-10]  “My prayer, said Jesus, is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.  I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are One: I in them and You in Me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.  “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the Creation of the world.  “Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent Me.  I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them.” [John 17: 20-26]
  • Eternal Plan: I know the plans I have for you; you are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do the good works I have planned in advance for you to do. Every day of your life was recorded in My Book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. [Jer 29:11-13]  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. [Eph 2:10]  You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous…how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.  You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [Ps 139:13-16]
  • Eternal Promise: I have prepared a promised rest for My children.  No matter what storms of life may be raging…a fierce tempest, whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning, turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled.  In the shadow of the Almighty, you will find an unruffled child-like rest for your soul.  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.  If you make the Most High your dwelling…even the LORD, who is my refuge…then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.  “Because he loves Me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.  He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” [Ps 91]  So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried Me and for forty years saw what I did.  That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known My ways.’  So I declared on oath in My anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'”  See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.  As has just been said: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”  Who were they who heard and rebelled?  Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?  And with whom was He angry for forty years?  Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert?  And to whom did God swear that they would never enter His rest if not to those who disobeyed?  So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.  Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.  For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.  Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'”  And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.  For somewhere He has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all His work.”  And again in the passage above He says, “They shall never enter my rest.”  It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.  Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it “Today,” when a long time later He spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”  For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.  There remains, then, a Sabbath…rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. [Heb 3:7-4:11]
  • Eternal Provision: The Gift of My Son. I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the Precious and Priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus.  By virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of His Blood, poured out on your behalf on that cross at Calvary, I have forgiven all the sins of those who will receive Him and believe in His Name.  Christ My Son has thereby conferred upon those the judicial status of eternal righteousness in My sight.  The Gift of My Holy Spirit, given to dwell in you…never to leave you, never forsake you…to be the Divine Nature abiding in you Whose Power continually guarantees and secures your capability to live your everyday life: faithful to your solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ My Son; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and My unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

 If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Lord Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary:

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