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Hope in Our Darkest Hour

What an amazingly beautiful three years it had been as the divine Son of God walked with His disciples and followers. They had all been filled with hope beyond their wildest imagination. They received more than just a glimpse of the new life in Christ as they observed Jesus overcoming the many obstacles from both the religious community and the power structures of decadent Rome.  From the many healings to the casting out of demons, and the many other miracles it brought forth an amazing hope for humanity in their darkest hour. But now things were different as they huddled together in the upper room to escape the prying eyes of the cruelest power on earth. Whatever happened to the hope that would deliver them from their cesspool of misery, long before they would classify this as depression and anxiety? All of Christ’s most ardent followers shared the same memories of a new hope for humanity who embraced the power of love and forgiveness. Somehow the light from within was still shining brightly even in the dark confines of their new sanctuary.

Once again after two thousand years, fallen humanity is huddled together with no real hope for the future. Although many loudly proclaim their false hope, many others are now questioning that hope as pure fiction. The great democracies of the West arose from the missionary movements that swept the known world. It arose from a strong desire to teach all children the foundations of our living faith. It arose from a belief in public prayer and obedience to all of God’s beautiful commandments. The great democracies of the West arose by shunning all perverted lifestyles, cherishing all children, even the unborn, and nurturing the strength of the family unit. In the beginning, there was great hope as the church bells rang forth from nearly every corner of society. It was a great day to be alive when our hope was built on nothing less than Jesus’s blood and righteousness. On Christ the solid rock I stand was more than just a hymn, it was the cement that bound us together as a nation and a true everlasting light to the Western democracies.

Tragically our vibrant hope in the Western democracies has turned into our darkest hour. Now we are faced with tragedy on every side. No one knows exactly where or when it started. Was it the television that led an entire nation to follow the liberal teachings of the left or was it the introduction of the internet that allowed people to enter the darkest alleyways of perversion? Perhaps it was the tearing down of God’s beautiful commandments or the cessation of prayer in public schools? Maybe it started when the local church adopted secular psychology and an array of psychotropic drugs to help their people to overcome the old sin nature and the wiles of the devil. I am sure there is a catalog of issues that started this horrific deterioration of the Western democracies. This deterioration eventually destroyed their hope as God’s wrath allowed them to lose one embarrassing war after another. Their hope has been diminished further with increasing earthquakes, tsunami’s, tornadoes, and heatwaves. Their hope has been diminished even further with continuous flooding in their cities.

Perhaps the greatest damage to their hope has been fear. There is the fear of recession, the fear of unimaginable lawlessness, and now the fear of a Third World War. As most of the Christian community huddles together in their homes and with like-minded friends on social media they too have had their hope greatly affected even if they are unwilling to admit it. Unfortunately, most of fallen humanity continues to proclaim their false hope to maintain their worthless ideology and their outright rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord. Truth be known, their hope is shaken too even if they too are unwilling to admit it. This is the Western democracies’ darkest hour. Although the other kings of the East have not yet joined Russia in its march against the Western democracies, starting with Ukraine, they have all justified their hatred and the latest invasion. They have publicly followed the Russian Church’s pronouncement that the West is decadent and must be stopped from spreading its lies and perversions. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is backed by Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. We need to find hope in our darkest hour.

It had been a long three days and nights as Christ’s followers hunkered down waiting for a sign, any sign that would deliver them from their peril and restore their robust hope. It finally came! Not at least what they expected. It was the women bringing forth the glorious news that Christ had risen. Shock turned into investigation, and investigation turned into a new revitalized Hope. The Apostles, disciples, and the followers of Christ came out boldly to a new world where their fear was eradicated. Eventually, with the power of the Holy Spirit, they separated themselves from the fallen world to strengthen their faith and to refine the irrefutable message of the Cross, the power unto salvation. It did not take long to embrace the new life in Christ so different from the known world. It didn’t take long before the message of Hope to spread throughout the known world turning the world completely upside down. Although persecution quickly arose it never doused the flame that was burning brightly in the heart of every believer. What a glorious day that was to see and touch the scarred hands of the resurrected Christ. What a glorious day to have their faith and hope renewed. They had gone from the darkest hour of their lives to the brightest day known to mankind. He has risen!

Now back to our present-day where honesty would proclaim that real hope is nonexistent for most of humanity. As we are hunkered down experiencing our darkest hour, hope is still on the horizon for those who believe. God can still withdraw His hand bringing forth one tragic circumstance after another. Repentance is needed. God can still stop Russia not by advanced weaponry or your useless and hateful sanctions, but by His righteous right hand. God can stop the hate and lawlessness that’s invaded our cities. He can stop the flooding along with every other so-called natural disaster. God still offers hope through His only begotten Son, for all those who believe. Yes, it is time for the followers of Christ to come out of hiding and march boldly in the streets of the world denouncing the perversion of the Western democracies and sharing unashamedly the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ. This must reach further than your keystrokes on social media. On this Easter morn, April 17th, 2022, let God’s children arise with new hope and determination that will shake the known world. Arise and stop the fighting and hate-mongering. Extend your right hand in love and fellowship. Arise! And all of God’s children said, “Amen!

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Christian, Hold the Line Empirically

Fundamentally, through observation and experience, Christians can hold the line against the works of the devil. This is not a theory or pure logic; it is an empirically tested method. There was One who came beyond time and space to show us the way, a way that has all been lost in our modern age. We live in an age of theories and logic. We have come to rely upon our highly technological age to chart our path. We have bowed down to the so-called proven theories of the Scientific Age. All this is leading humanity further and further into darkness. To chart our own path, will always lead us into satanic bondage, and further away from God. Our observation started two thousand years ago by following Jesus Christ on the dusty trails of Judea and then continued by following the writings of those who originally followed Him. We followed their experiences in putting off the old life, which barred the way of the devil. Then we followed their written experiences of putting on the new life in Christ, which overcame the works of the devil and opened a new horizon. This has all been lost in the new age that’s leading the entire world into slavery to the powers of darkness.

In a previous blog article, “The Coming Storm” I took a critical approach to the problems facing the world and humanity in particular. Sadly, most are not aware of the powers of darkness and how they are leading them further into darkness. They are not aware of the wiles of the devil that’s constantly tripping them up and leading them into one tragic circumstance after another. They are unaware that Satan is orchestrating their demise by leading them to trust in their own unproven methods to deliver them from the horrors of life. They are unaware that by walking in darkness they are destined for the abyss of eternal damnation. Join with me as we learn how to hold the line against the powers of darkness so that we can walk in the light of God’s glory. This is an empirically tested method that has worked for believers since the First Century. Unlike the unproven methods in the world that promise deliverance from your problems, we will present to you a greater power to deliver you from your old life and usher you into an unimaginable life of divine glory. Unbeknownst to the fallen world this power is in the Cross. This great power is beyond your wildest imagination and hidden from the wise in every age.

This power from above can deliver you from every psychological problem known to man. This great power can deliver you from the wiles of the devil that has captured so many souls in his web of deceit. This deliverance begins with one little five-letter word, faith. This is a remarkable word because it not only believes the facts, but it also trusts this truth with our entire life. The fact is, that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, born of a virgin, who came from heaven above to show us the way to eternal life. The fact is, Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins and was raised on the third day to give us a new life in Christ. To hold the line against the powers of darkness we believe these facts as truth and commit our lives to follow the Way given to us by Jesus Christ. To offer up our entire life to following the Way takes faith. The first step in following the Way is dying to self, a step that most modern-day Christians have not taken. This is proven by the fact that they still seek guidance from their counselors of psychology and the ever-changing truth from their scientists. They have not died to self and all that the powers of darkness are offering to the fallen world. Dying to self must be the first step or we are still spiritually dead in our trespasses and destined for the fiery pits of hell.

So, how do we take the first step and die to self? We stop listening to and trusting in the fallen world to solve our problems. We reject their counsel and their so-called discoveries that are diametrically opposed to Holy Scripture. Believe me, this will take faith because the whole world has been blinded by their deceptive lies. Once you have successfully turned away from the world of lies, you are ready for the truth on how to overcome the old sin nature that has caused most of your problems. The good news is, it begins in the mind where Jesus Christ has given His beloved children, who have believed the Gospel, the power to say no to their evil thoughts and their vain imaginations. How can we say no unless we first recognize the evil thoughts or vain imaginations as a trespass against a Holy God? This is accomplished by reading and memorizing the Holy Scripture written under the inspiration of the Spirit of God. Once you accomplish this the indwelling Spirit can and will bring it back to your memory, so that you can immediately say no to the trespass, evil thoughts, or vain imaginations. It is essential that we don’t dwell on evil thoughts or vain imaginations for more than a millisecond. This is dying to self. In time you will discover how important it is to guard your eyes and your ears from all the corruptible things in an evil world.

The second step of entering our new life in Christ is to put on our new life. This must work in conjunction with putting off the old life, by dying to self. Simply put, we must replace the evil with the good. In the letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul gives us a number of illustrations of putting off the old life and in its place putting on the new life in Christ (Ephesians 4:17-32). This is not just playing church where you mimic the behavior of other so-called believers for one hour on Sunday and then follow the crowd for the rest of the week. As believers in Christ, we put off the old life and walk in our new life in Christ every moment of every day. This is where we will need the help of the indwelling Spirit to show us the path forward and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our life every day. When we successfully put off the old life, dying to self, and put on the new life in Christ, then we will be growing spiritually from one degree of glory to another. If you are not growing up in Christ, then you will be slipping back into the world and under the powers of darkness. You will once again begin to entertain their ungodly counsel and follow their deceptive lies. Unfortunately, most so-called believers have made their confession at the altar, then returned back to the world to be manipulated by the wiles of the devil.

Finally, if you are reading this, then let this message first apply to you. Those who have successfully journeyed thus far have discovered through observation and experience that it not only works but it brings us to the threshold of glory with peace and joy that defies understanding. Spiritual growth in Christ is an empirically tested method for those who have followed the Way by believing the Gospel, dying to self, and living wholeheartedly for Christ. The question is, what will you do with this information? Will you share it with every member of your family, or will you be satisfied by watching them burning in hell for all eternity? I pray that is not the case. The empirical evidence is true. Will you let Satan and the powers of darkness keep you and your family in bondage or will you hold the line against his wiles and his malicious lies? I sincerely hope and pray that you hold the line and experience all that our risen Lord offers in this life and the next, for all eternity. If you are truly happy with your life with no anxiety or depression and experience all joy and peace that defies understanding, then feel free to ignore this message. However, I believe if you are not growing up in Christ every moment of every day, then God sees you as very much in need of these words, and you ignore them at your own peril

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When the Witness Stops Witnessing (Video)

Let me remind you that the testimony of the witnesses is so strong it’s like fire coming forth from their mouth to destroy the arguments of those who come against them (Revelation 11:5). Their testimony is like our testimony, which is what Jesus Christ has done for us. The Bible says that there is great power in the message of the Cross and specifically our testimony (I Corinthians 1:18). After watching this important video on my secure website, please share it with others.

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When the Witness Stops Witnessing

Let me remind you that the testimony of the witnesses is so strong it’s like fire coming forth from their mouth to destroy the arguments of those who come against them (Revelation 11:5). Their testimony is like our testimony, which is what Jesus Christ has done for us. The Bible says that there is great power in the message of the Cross and specifically our testimony (I Corinthians 1:18). Our testimony says, before Christ, there was an emptiness that could not be explained. No matter how hard we worked to fill this emptiness in our lives, we could not. Before Christ, even the right we knew to do was very difficult causing us untold problems. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The Good News is everything changed when we believed what Christ did for us on the Cross. All our sins were placed upon Christ as He took our place and paid the penalty for our transgressions. He died for our sins and was buried for three days in a tomb. On the third day, Christ rose from the dead and is now seated in Heaven making intercession for our sins. Our faith in the resurrection of Christ gives us a brand-new life in Christ where old things truly pass away. This new life fills our emptiness with the indwelling Spirit and gives us power over the old sin nature. In time we are also filled with an amazing joy and a peace that defies understanding. Our testimony has great power to those who are willing to listen. This is our testimony. Continue reading When the Witness Stops Witnessing

The Immortal Message of Easter

On Easter morn, we are drawn back to the message of the Cross that all-encompassing will of God. We are catapulted beyond the simple historical message of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection to the infinite heights of God’s will for our life in Christ Jesus. If we only see the historical event steeped in tradition then we have missed the message. In the Apostle Paul’s farewell message to the Ephesian elders he declared, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). And the starting place in this wonderful journey in understanding the whole will of God is by following the admonition of Christ to pick up our cross and follow Him. The Bible says, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To pick up the cross means death. It simply cannot mean anything else. It is a conscious decision to follow Christ in His death by dying to self. As we enter the dark night of our soul we discover that everything of the old sin nature must die. Every vestige of pride must be nailed to the cross. Every glimmer of self-will must die with Christ. Through faith in Christ our death to self becomes a reality. Step by step we are able to put off the old life. Continue reading The Immortal Message of Easter