Key Verse:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. — Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)


Key #5: I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…— Deuteronomy 30:19



Freedom for the Eye and Ear Gates: Conscious diligence through faith

The eye and ear gates are the ways we receive information and also the filters used to determine what we see or hear. Freedom for these gates comes from being particular about what enters through them. God has given us the freedom of choice and with that freedom we can either maintain our freedom or choose to go into bondage.

What our eyes behold with regularity will have a great influence on what we will become. If we maintain a close relationship with the Word of God, our eyes will serve us well by helping to conform us to the Word of God which will bring blessing into our lives. If we allow our eyes to behold pornography, we choose bondage which will bring cursing into our lives. That which we hear regularly will determine what is acceptable to our lives. If we allow foul language to be a part of our daily lives, before long it will not only be coming into our ears, but out of our mouths. Jesus said in Revelation “Let those who have an ear hear” which means to obey. So when we are truly obeying, we are hearing.





Key Verse: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. —Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

Key #1: The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. —Psalm 9:9 (NLT)

Freedom from Oppression: Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High

We can be free from oppression if we are willing to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  Whenever trouble comes near us, if we are abiding in Him, we are safe.  How do we abide? We stay in the Word of God daily.  It is never enough to read the Word once in a while.  There must be a steady, stable routine of Bible reading and application.  The applying is the abiding, but if you don’t read there is nothing to apply.  To abide in the shadow of the Almighty is to live in continual union with Him, keeping His Word and obeying His voice.  Those who abide in the Lord can live without dread of what the devil will do.  Let’s make this clear though — God’s promise of protection doesn’t guarantee that the devil will leave you alone!  It means that God will give you a way of escape every time the devil rears his ugly head at you. 

Jesus came to set the captives free and He accomplished what He came to do!  If we want to live in that freedom, we need to live the way He lived.  Jesus never did anything unless the Father told Him to do it.  That means He was in constant communication with the Father.  We can be there if we are daily in the Word because the Father speaks through His Word.  If you are afraid of the dangers around you, spend more time in the Word and in prayer until your trust in God overcomes your fear.  Draw closer to the Lord until you are abiding in the shadow of the Almighty and no matter how dangerous this world becomes, He surely shall deliver you!


The Fear of the Lord


The New Testament revelation of God as holy love brings us to adoration and awe but does not exclude the fear of the Lord, which is our fitting and appropriate reaction to any consciousness of His displeasure. The fear of the Lord is reverential awe.

Luke 12:4–5 4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

As in the Old Testament, this denotes reverential awe. Indeed, in the Old Testament the fear of God is a definition of “true religion”:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.


The Second Coming (Part 2 of 2)


The Second Coming (Part 2 of 2)

Review: Jesus is coming again in 2 phases: For His Church = rapture; with His Church = earthly reign. 7 years of human history remains as the age of grace closes at the fullness of the Gentiles and the Jewish “clock” restarts, these 7 years will be the marriage supper in heaven and Jacob’s Trouble on earth.

Revelation 19:7-9 7Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

Rewards will be given at this time for the church:

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Romans 14:10 10 …For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Rapture happens and the “Jewish clock” restarts. Events are now aligning for this season over the reborn nation of Israel:

Amos 9:15 15 I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God.



The Second Coming (Part 1 of 2)


The Second Coming (Part 1 of 2)

God’s timetable: Jesus had an appointed time to come (Gal. 4:4); He had an appointed time to go at the ascension Holy Spirit had an appointed time to come (Pentecost); He has an appointed time to go when Jesus comes again at the Rapture. God will never leave you as orphans.       

2 Thessalonians 2:7 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

Holy Spirit will leave at a distinct time no one knows except the Father. His omnipresence is static but His bodily presence ends when the Rapture takes place. His work of restraint will be removed as He leaves with His Body. We will be taken up in the Spirit as the Body unites with its Head (God’s eternal plan/longing).


Times of Refreshing and Times of Restoration

Times of Refreshing

The voice of God is in the earth bringing forth His kingdom and will according to His eternal counsel. It is for “such a time as this” that we have come to the kingdom, a time when the Spirit of God is being poured out around the globe. Perhaps with too little recognition from the church, the Lord has been sending both times of refreshing and times of restoration on His church for both centuries and decades. Consider the following:

Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
Acts 3:21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

Times of refreshing contribute to the times of the restoration. If we recognize that the Middle Ages was a season when only a remnant church existed and all else that went by the name of Christianity was not, in fact, in relationship with God, that it held the form of religion but denied the power thereof, then we recognize as well that God would have to do a major reconstruction by bringing restoration of what was lacking. This is indeed what He has been about, sending repeated times of refreshing until the times of restoration were complete. This is in the fullest accord with the essential building blocks outlined as being Christ’s but greatly lacking in the church of the Dark Ages:


America, Will It Be More Arrogance or a Turning to Humility?

American Arrogance

America has become a nation of arrogance, turning away from the Living God. She trusts in her might, her wealth, and her position as world leader. She believes in herself, presumes on the continuing good graces of God, walks in a general lack of the fear of the Lord, and ultimately exalts herself over the word of the Lord and the ways of the Lord. Without repentance (turning) this always excites the judgment of God and leads to destruction.

Ps 31:23 “Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person.” Indeed, the literal rendering of the Hebrew “God resists the proud” from the Book of Proverbs is: “God puts on His battle array….”

I am going to use the prophet Obadiah to underscore my concern. This book is so short that it has no chapters, yet it speaks boldly of how it will be in the end for those individuals and nations that do not walk humbly with their God. Oba 1:3-4 “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, you who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’ {4} Though you ascend as high as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” says the LORD.’


Basic Christianity

Basic Christianity

Romans 14:17 says, “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Thus, any church’s goal must be to produce a society under the Lordship of Jesus Christ where righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit are hallmarks.

Basic to entering this society is faith as a conviction of an invisible reality (Hebrews 11:1. It is confidence in God who is invisible. This is not simply academic; it is a relational confidence in the reality of God and what He says. This will bring you to obedience (meaning = “to come under the hearing”). If you really believe God, not just in God, it will lead you to hear and submit in an act in obedience: “Show me; don’t snow me living.”

Real faith will produce real works. James 2:17-18 says, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”


Criticism or Judgment


Too often, our criticism is actually judgment of a person, a thing we are forbidden to do. On the other hand, we are to judge fruit and this can easily lead to the need to offer some criticism for dialogue. However, we must avoid unbiblical means of criticism which can tear down and attack others.

We have learned from the wrong sources such as American Idol’s Simon Crowell, and from election season when politicians wield criticism like an ax to cut their opponents instead of debating ideas in a civil forum. The blogosphere is criticism central. Bloggers attack the character of leaders they don’t know and rail against decisions made in circumstances they don’t understand. Often, their inflammatory tone escalates conflict without adding any substantial value to the interplay of ideas.

We need a healthy sense of criticism along with practical guidance for giving and receiving it. Dr. Bruce Weinstein says, “The goal of true criticism is to help someone be the best they can be…When criticism is done appropriately, the person who has been criticized will understand what he or she has done wrong and will feel inspired to make a change for the better. Not only should we not avoid being criticized, we should embrace criticism because it is the only way we can continue to grow professionally and personally.”




Zechariah 2:8-10 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. 9 For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me. 10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord.  

God’s eye is always on Israel. Israel can fit into Lake Michigan and sink beneath the waves. It is a little speck on the map but has occupied the attention, the emotions, the passions, and the beliefs of humanity for 4,000 years of recorded human history. It is a country that today more than ever before finds itself under attack, reviled, abused, living under a threat to its very existence, surrounded by neighbors who have committed themselves to destroying this country, and who say so regularly and constantly.

The Jewish people are a people who have come back and are coming back home; a people who are walking where their forefathers walked thousands of years ago. A people who want only to be left in peace to develop that home and worship God as they live their lives. They are a people who live, surrounded by a vast ocean of anger, hatred and hostility. Israeli’s understand the world of terrorism, anger and hatred. They have lived like this for more than 60 years. They have lived on the edge of the sword, waiting for the violence, the attack, the suicide bombings, the attempts to kill people. They know of no other existence. 

Israel needs friends, support, love, and champions. There has never been a more urgent time for Christians to stand with her. She is indeed struggling for her very right to exist against enemies sworn to her complete destruction. At the same time, Jewish people in many parts of the world face increasing hostility and threats to their well-being. In these troubled days, God’s ancient people need friends to step boldly forward and help. Just as Queen Esther was used by God to save the Jews from destruction, so Israel needs Christian friends in churches who truly understand that they have also been raised up “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

Yes, there are differences between Christians and Jews but the bedrock that unites our faith communities is that our feet stand firmly planted in our belief in the Bible, the heart and core and center of everything we are and everything that we believe. It is a remarkable bond.