September 30, 2012
June 16, 2010
The following clip is a message from John Hagee; I totally agree with him one hundred percent. Many “Christians” who think they are going to heaven (saved) are in fact on their way to Hell (lost).
March 23, 2009
Biblical Proof of a Pretribulation Rapture
By David J. Stewart
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” -Hebrews 11:5
The Church will be removed from the earth BEFORE the appearing of the Antichrist (2nd Thessalonians 2:7,8). There isn’t one verse in the entire Bible which indicates that the Church will go through the Tribulation period. In fact, if you want proof of a Pretribulation Rapture, you’ll find it simply by studying the Bible. If we compare Scriptures having to do with the Translation of the Church (i.e., the Rapture), with those passages relating to the setting up of Christ’s Kingdom, one can only reasonably conclude that it would be utterly IMPOSSIBLE for these two events to occur simultaneously. Let’s look at some of the comparisons:
Matthew 25:31,32 – “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations” Carefully notice that Jesus is going to sit upon His throne in Jerusalem when He returns, and the nations of earth will be gathered before Him to be judged. How can this fact be reconciled with 1st Thessalonians 4:17, which states that the saints will be caught up together to meet with the Lord in the air?
Matthew 25:32 to 34 – “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Please notice that there is NO translation (i.e., Rapture) of the sheep mentioned here. When the Lord returns to the earth at the Second Coming WITH His own, He is going to gather the nations of the earth together–separating the sheep from the goats (vs. 32), i.e., the righteous from the unrighteous. The sheep (saved) will simply enter the Kingdom, and the goats (unbelievers) be cast into everlasting fire. TH The test in this judgment is the treatment accorded by the nations to those whom Christ here calls “my brethren.” These brethren are the Jewish remnant (i.e., the 144,000) who will have preached the Gospel of the kingdom to all nations during the Tribulation. Carefully notice, there is NO mention of a resurrection and the persons judged are the nations of the earth. In sharp contrast, according to 1st Corinthians 15:52 there WILL BE a resurrection at the time of the Rapture.
The test in this judgment is the treatment accorded by the nations to those whom Christ here calls “my brethren.” These brethren are the Jewish remnant (i.e., the 144,000) who will have preached the Gospel of the Kingdom to all nations during the Tribulation. Carefully notice, the is NO mention of a resurrection and the persons judged are the nations of the earth. In sharp contrast, according to 1 st Corinthians 15:52 there WILL BE a resurrection at the time of the Rapture.
- It is important to recognize that when Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom there is NO Rapture, i.e., no one is caught up into the air to be with the Lord. People who become Christians during the Tribulation Period will enter with their earthly bodies into the Millennium. Proof of this is found in Isaiah 65:20-25, and in Zechariah 8:5 where children are mentioned playing during the Millennium. Those saved during the Tribulation will enter physically into the Millennial Kingdom. Where will these humans come from if the saints are ALL raptured and changed at the END of the Tribulation, i.e., a Postribulation Rapture? Obviously this cannot be. The only logical conclusion is a Pretribulation Rapture!
- Jude 1:14 – “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.” Carefully notice that NO mention is made of a Rapture at this time. Quite the contrary, here the Lord Jesus is returning with TEN THOUSANDS of His saints to the earth. That is drastically different than having our bodies changed, in the twinkling of an eye, and being “caught up” into the clouds to meet with the Lord. It would make no sense to say that Jesus is going to Rapture the saints, while coming to set up His Kingdom at the same time. Proof that this is not the case is the fact that Jesus will gather the nations and separate the sheep from the goats, i.e., the saved from the unsaved, at His Second Coming. Why would Jesus separate the saints TWICE? That is, why would Jesus Rapture the saints into the air, and then regather the SAME people a short time later when He arrived on the earth? Do you see the dilemma of the Postribulation heresy?
- Revelation 19:11 to 14 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Here we read about ARMIES from Heaven, riding upon white horses, following Christ into the Battle of Armageddon. There is NO mention of a Rapture. There is NOTHING in 1st Corinthians 15:51-54 or 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 about armies, or ten thousands of saints, coming to earth to war. The exact opposite is stated… we will be LEAVING this sin-cursed earth! Amen!
These are but a few clear and irrefutable Scriptural evidences teaching a Pretribulation Rapture.
Further Evidence of a Pretribulation Rapture
God will NOT allow the Church to go through the Tribulation Period. It will be a time of atrocities as the world has never known! God wouldn’t destroy the wicked in Noah’s day until Noah and his family were all safely aboard the ark. Not one drop of rain fell until Noah and his family were on the ark, and God had shut the door. Afterwards, the rains fell and the wicked were utterly destroyed. The same is true of Lot and his family. Although Lot was a backslidden believer, he was nevertheless a “just man,” a righteous man (2nd Peter 2:7,8). We read in Genesis 19:22, “Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither.” These words were spoken by the angel whom God had sent to reign down fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah. No judgment could fall upon Sodom, until Lot and his family were removed. Likewise, the Church will be Translated (Raptured) away from this sin-cursed world before the Tribulation.
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” -Revelation 3:10
The “word of my patience” in Revelation 3:10 is the Word of God. Here we have God’s promise that because we have kept HIS WORD concerning salvation, i.e., because we have OBEYED the Gospel, He will keep us “from the hour of temptation” (i.e., the Tribulation Period). This seven-year period of tribulation is referred to in the Old Testament as The Time of Jacob’s Trouble in Jeremiah 30:7-11…
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him … Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.“
It will be when the Church is removed from the earth (i.e., after the Rapture) that God will again recognize the nation Israel in a special covenant relationship with Himself. During the Great Tribulation, a remnant out of Israel will repent and turn to their Messiah. They will become His witnesses (Revelation 7:3-8). Thus, the time of Jacob’s trouble will cause many Israelites to turn to the God of the Bible. We read in Matthew 24:14 concerning the Tribulation Period, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” We read in Revelation 7:4 who the 144,000 are going to be … “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” The 144,000 will be Jewish soulwinners! These are the preachers spoken of in Matthew 24:14. They will win multitudes of lost sinners to the Lord (Revelation 7:9). As a result, many of them will be martyred (Revelation 6:9).
The Abomination of Desolation
As I look at the events of the world today, and the stage being set for the coming Antichrist, I personally believe that the Pretribulation Rature is near, i.e., the Rapture will precede the 7-year Tribulation Period. The Bible plainly states that no man knows WHEN the Lord will return (Mark 13:32), which means that the Rapture MUST come before the Tribulation Period. The reason is because the Bible plainly states that the Second Coming of Christ will happen 3 1/2 years AFTER The Abomination of Desolation, i.e., when the Antichrist declares himself to be god and demands worship from the masses of the world (Mark 13:14; Daniel 9:27). So it will be KNOWN exactly how much time remains before the Second Coming, once the Antichrist declares himself to be god from the temple in Jerusalem. If you study the King James Bible at face value, you can only conclude a Pretribulation Rapture.
Why the Tribulation Period?
Although the Tribulation will affect the entire earth, and everyone in the world–it will center primarily around the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 20:37; 22:18-22; Malachi 3:2,3). We read in Ezekiel 20:37-38, “And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.” This prophecy concerns Israel during the Tribulation Period. Ezekiel tells us “why” God will allow this horrible time of unimaginable suffering and horror for the Jews. It will be a time of judgment against the people who have rebelled against the Lord. He will cause them “to pass under the rod,” i.e., the Shepherd’s rod. God will SEPARATE the true remnant of Israel (i.e., saved Jews) from counterfeit Jews (i.e., unsaved Jews). No unsaved Jew will ever enter the Promised Land, which God promised to Abraham and his seed in Genesis 17:8. Consider yourself forewarned that this promise only applies to those who are BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS… “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). All Jews who follow the Christ-rejecting religion of JUDAISM will be cast in to Hellfire.
To clarify, the Tribulation Period will be a time when God pours out His wrath upon mankind for his wickedness; but the PRIMARY purpose of the Tribulation Period is to prepare Israel to receive her King, Jesus Christ. This is not Zionism, which is a false doctrine. Zionism is the same sin that Abraham and Sara committed when they doubted God in their impatience and took matters into their own hands (i.e., concerning the promise of a son, Isaac). Likewise, some elite Jews today (i.e., the synagogue of Satan – Revelation 2:9), occultists and Judaizers, have taken it upon themselves to FORCE the issue of restoring the Promised Land. God is not part of this. The Star of David is not found in the Bible and is an occult symbol. Zionism glorifies the Jews, while demonizing the Arabs. This is unbiblical, as God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Keep in mind that the Arabs are ALSO descendants of Abraham. We should not discriminate. Jews are NO better than anyone else. This is not being anti-Semitic; rather, it is being just.
Daniel 12:1 states concerning the Great Tribulation…
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.“
Only those Jews who are true believers in Christ, who have their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will be delivered from the horrors of God’s wrath. In order for The Time of Jacob’s Trouble to occur, the Antichrist needs to be present, which means the Church must be gone from the world. By the way, the only thing preventing America from total immediate destruction are it’s Christian families, because we are fighting against the Devil’s crowd. The Antichrist’s hands will be tied with millions of Christians still in the world.
The Church Must be Removed from the World Before the Tribulation!
Thus, having laid the foundation, let me say that the Church (i.e., all believers) MUST be removed from the world before any of this can happen. 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-10 clearly tells us that the Antichrist (man of sin) cannot be revealed on earth until the Church is removed from the world. 2nd Thessalonians 2:7-9 state… “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” It’s as obvious as can be to any genuine believer, who is familiar with the Word of God, who “He” in verse 7 is referring to… the Holy Spirit of God! Jesus said in John 16:8 concerning the Holy Spirit… “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” Where does the Word of God say that the Holy Spirit lives? 1st Corinthians 3:16 says… “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” Are you starting to get the picture? The Antichrist doesn’t stand a chance with Christians in the world, because we will EXPOSE him, just as we do other servants of Satan (such as the Clinton and Bush Families). Wake up oh Christian! The Devil is at your front door!
2nd Thessalonians 2:7 is incontrovertible PROOF that the Rapture must precede the Tribulation! There can be NO other Person for “He” than the Holy Spirit. Also, the events surrounding the Second Coming of Christ are irreconcilably different with the events concerning the Rapture–solid PROOF that the Bible teaches a Pretribulation Rapture! Some ignorant people today are claiming that the Rapture doctrine didn’t exist until recent centuries. That is absurd! We are reading the exact same Words of God today which the Apostle Paul penned nearly 2,000 years ago! It’s not a question of history, but of faith in the precious Words of God.
More Reasons Why Rapture Occurs Before The Tribulation. –Material below by John Hagee
Covered by the Blood
First of all, the very nature of the Tribulation precludes the church from going through any of it. The Tribulation is a time of wrath, judgment, indignation, darkness, destruction, and death. Paul wrote, “There is therefore now no condemnation (judgment) to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
The church has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and needs no other purification. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Salt Conquers Satan
Another reason I believe the pre-tribulation position to be scripturally correct is Paul’s teaching in 2 Thessalonians 2. The believers in Thessalonica were experiencing great persecution, and they wanted to know whether the persecutions they endured were part of the Tribulation and whether Paul was right when he said in his first letter to then that Christians would not go through the Tribulation.
Paul tells them “not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come” (2Thess 2:1, 2). Paul says that they are not in the Tribulation. He writes, “that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (v.3). The “man of sin” is the Antichrist, who will come from the federated states of Europe, the final from of Gentile world power.
The Antichrist has not appeared, “for the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains (hinders) will do so [keep on hindering] until He is taken out of the way” (v.7).
Who is restraining Satan from presenting the Antichrist to the world as God? It is the church, the salt of the earth, that conquers corruption on contact. When the Lord Jesus appears in the clouds of heaven to remove the church from the earth, God’s restraint will be removed, and Satan can then accomplish his purpose of dominating the world—but not until the church has been raptured from the earth.
Vengeance for the Ungodly
Paul’s writing in 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8, which speaks of giving “you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed,” but “taking vengeance on those who do9 not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The wrath of God during the Tribulation is to be poured out on “those who do not know “God,” not on the church.
God saved Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because he was a righteous man. Since he was a righteous man (2 Pet. 2:7), the angels said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed…For I cannot do anything until you arrive there” (Gen. 19:17, 22). The presence of one righteous man held back the wrath of God. In the same manner, the church has to be removed before the wrath of God can be poured out upon the earth.
March 13, 2009
Christians : A great devotional from John Hagee-
- II Corinthians 5:11
Summary: “Here is a verse in 2 Corinthians that I’m sure is not underlined in have many Bibles, and will not be found in many promise boxes. But it is the Word of God. Paul is writing to the Corinthians…He said: ‘Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;…’
The fear of the Lord is a deterrent to sin. There is no hidden meaning here.
Exodus 20:20, Moses said: ‘God has come to prove you, house of Israel that His fear must be before your faces that you sin not.’
There’s a growing attitude in America that God is our Father and that He is our friend and because He is our father and our friend, which is true, that somehow we are His equal. That is not true. We are not His equal. He is God. He is the Potter. We are clay. He is the shepherd. We are sheep. He commands, and we do. Don’t ever get those wires crossed.
He shapes us according to His will. We don’t dictate to God what it is He wants us to be like. He makes us into a vessel of honor that He chooses and the end product of our life is what He sovereignly designs not what we sovereignly command. America’s church has lost the fear of the Lord. When John was on the isle of Patmos, he saw the Lord and fell at His feet as dead. And he was with the Lord for three and a half years. When he saw the angel of the Lord, he fell at his feet as dead. I often hear people say that they saw an angel and yada, yada, yada. And they had a conversation and so forth. And I said: did you have any fear? Oh, no, I didn’t at all. Then you didn’t see an angel. Because Mary saw an angel and was terrified. John saw an angel and was terrified. When you see something as powerful as the majesty as an angel of God, there’s the fear of the Lord. The church in America needs to recapture the fear of the Lord.
If you don’t know about the terror of the Lord, read about the Great Tribulation. Read Luke 19, the story of hell. It’s a real place and real people are going there and they’re going to stay there for a long time, because of the terror of the Lord. It pays to serve the Lord. May the Lord add His blessing to the reading of the Word. – Pastor John C. Hagee
March 10, 2009
This (revised) repost is in response to an atheist named Bob who claims God is not obvious . His post is very foolish. He answers my comments with sheer nonsense . God will have the last say. I assure you folks. You can read his post by going to the following link: http://irrationalbob.wordpress.com/2009/0308/an-obvious-god/
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction”.
A popular online satellite map labels Israeli land as part of “Palestine”…A passport application, citing the birthplace of the applicant as “Jerusalem, Israel,” is refused because officials of a foreign country will not allow “Israel” to be associated with Jerusalem…These are just two recent examples of how people deny the existence of Israel. Unfortunately, since God mentions Israel over 2,500 times in His Word, when people deny the existence of Israel, they deny the existence of God, and the Bible clearly describes those who deny God as fools. What exactly is a fool? What should a fool consider in his denial? The Fool Denies God—King David paints the portrait of the prince of fools in one sentence: “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). The heart is the seat of reason and decision making, “for as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). The word fool comes from the word nabal, which means “moral perversity.” The original text does not say, “Man is stupid.” We have gone to the moon, transplanted hearts, and harnessed atomic power—we are not stupid. David knew that, too, and picked the perfect word to talk about those who are “morally perverse.”
He is God Almighty— The word “God” in this text is not the normal word Jehovah but El Jehovah, which refers to the God of the covenant, the God who does something for us. El refers to the almighty God, the God of authority, the ruler, the judge, and the lawgiver. David’s choice of words shows that humans do not want to know a God who demands anything; they want to be free to participate unimpeded in their sinful behavior.
Hollywood labels God as someone up there who loves us. That’s true. However, He does demand that we present our bodies as living sacrifices, “holy and acceptable to God” (Rom 12:1). We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. Paul taught that if you do not endure chastening, you are illegitimate—not a child of God (Heb. 12:5-8).
Faithlessness is foolish—A man who claims to believe in nothing still believes in something. It requires faith to be an infidel. The atheist must believe that God is not, that prayer is a waste of time, that heaven is a myth, that death is eternal unconscious existence, and that hope for a better tomorrow is weakness. The agnostic has been duped by Satan to believe the wrong things. Look at our massive universe with its innate organization and structure that work together. The fool believes that this magnificent earth is the by-product of an ecological accident. Only a fool would believe that billions of years ago the sun shone on a pond and that life began wiggling in the water, and that this life form developed lungs and legs and walked out on the land. Finally it climbed a tree and hung by its tail. Only a fool would believe that.
History Attests God—The fool denies history. Daniel asked God to show him the parade of nations that would come upon the face of the earth. God gave him a vision of the nations in the exact order in which they would appear, the personality of their leaders, and the military methods of conquest (Dan 2:7). How was that known hundreds of years before it happened?
The Risen Christ is Coming—The fool detests the Resurrection. Jesus Christ’s tomb is empty. Why? Because He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. He is alive. He is real. He is coming again in power and great glory (Matt. 24:30). How do I know God is real? I know He’s real because I can feel Him in the depths of my soul. In the Garden of Gethsemane, in the valley of the shadow of death, when the storms of life are raging, when the burdens of life are unbearable, I know He is there.
Receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and confess Him with your mouth, for “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting live. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16).
Material from :
(John Hagee Prophecy Study Bible, pp.596-597)
November 14, 2008
A great devotional by Pastor John Hagee regarding taking a stand against sin. We as Christians must be a light for Christ in the darkness……Speak up God fearing Christians…Speak up against all sin!
There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city.Yet no one remembered that same poor man. Then I said: “Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.”
Instead of a city, there is a little Kibbutz (farm) called Nir Oz, in Israel. It is located within a stone’s throw of Gaza. This farm also has few men in it…none during the day and only a few at night, consisting of field workers and security guards, to try to harvest a bountiful potato crop.
Now why would a farmer have to harvest his crop at night, guarded by men with M-16 rifles? Because Palestinian sniper fire has turned Nir Oz fields into a battlefield and has forced farmers to use “wisdom” against the “weapons of war.”
Now you might be thinking, “So what’s new? This is just another battle in Middle East turmoil. What does this have to do with me?” Well, considering that 2008 has been dubbed the “International Year of the Potato” by the UN in an effort to promote the potato as a potential solution to food shortages involving wheat and rice, we all might have a bit of interest in the plight of a potato farmer risking his life and livelihood to produce this once obscure vegetable which now holds promise for the hungry. We must pray that the wise men, driving armor-plated harvesters, deliver the little Kibbutz from those who besiege them and take a lesson from their tenacity.
An Inheritance Gained by Fighting
Both Israel and the church will gain their inheritance by fighting. Israel gained the Promised Land by fighting. They received the miracle of the walls coming down at Jericho, and then they had to fight their way through the rest of the land. God says of Israel, “You are My battle-ax and weapons of war: for with you I will break the nations in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms” (Jeremiah. 51:20). And now God says through Paul to the church, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2Cor. 10:3). “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). God is saying to the church, “Your destiny is being a battle-ax in the hand of God to pull down the strongholds of iniquity.”
The evil day is not coming; the evil day is here. We are in a fight to the finish. There is not a crown without a cross. There is not a victory without a fight. Paul said to the church, “Fight the good fight of faith. Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Take a stand and fight.” Take a stand against abortion. Every child has a right to life when they are conceived in the womb of their mother. Take a stand against government corruption. Speak out against immorality. We are here to please God and nobody else! You cannot cower in the corner and claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ. (Life Plan Study Bible, p. 1395)
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November 5, 2008
A great devotional from a godly pastor , John Hagee.
My question to you , the Christian reader; Are you “standing in the path of sinners” ? Maybe a more important question should be raised first; Are you godly? If you are, you must realize that in order to be blessed of God you can not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners nor sit in the seat of the scornful. Here is the devotional:
Weekly Devotional Archives
Blessed is the Man
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.
Nor stands in the path of sinners. Nor sits in the seat of the scornful”.
When young stars of popular youth-oriented TV shows were recently asked what was the best advice ever given to them by their parents. They all answered with the “be happy… and be true to yourself,” theme.
At the same time, the results of a federal study claim that, “at least one in four American girls has a sexually transmitted disease.”
This shows that the advice is working! Left to our own devices we are sure to fail (The heart is deceitful about all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)? However, God has given us advice that brings true happiness…to not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.
The Power of Negative Thinking
We live in a constant state of seeking happiness. In our pursuit of happiness, psychologists tell us to think positively. God tells us, though, to emphasize the power of negative thinking by explaining what we should not do in order to be happy.
To be blessed or happy, we should not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. ‘Who are the ungodly: Murderers, robbers, and the like generally come to mind first. However, the Bible tells us that the ungodly are oral people who live their lives without God. These may be very nice people in our communities who have “fine” reputations, but they do not have God.
Two Groups of People
There are two groups of people in the world—the godly and the ungodly. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me” (Matt. 12:30). The person who is “with Me” is the one who has confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. He attends the house of God regularly, has a prayer life, studies the Word of God, gives of his time and resources, and serves the Lord God. If he is not doing these things, then he is ungodly.
To be happy, we should not stand in the path of sinners. To “stand” means to take their position and openly accept their sinful lifestyle. We live in such a permissive society. Nothing seems to be considered wrong anymore. The counsel of the ungodly has given old sins new names with the goal of making them more acceptable. Adultery is free love. A liar is an extrovert with a big imagination. A thief is a creative financier. Sin is not what I say it is. Sin is not what the media says it is. Sin is what God says it is, and His labels do not change.
Delight in God
To be happy, we should not listen to the scornful, who ridicule anyone with faith in God. The scornful are the doctors of damnation, who proclaim salvation to be unnecessary. To be happy, we need to listen to those who preach, teach, and live the gospel of a loving Savior. We are to delight and meditate in God’s law day and night (v.2).
God plants every godly life in fertile soil (v. 3). You have a choice to be like a tree planted by a stream of living water lush with green leaves and full of fruit, or you can be like a handful of worthless chaff driven by the wind (v. 4). What choice will you make? Do you walk with the ungodly? Do you stand with sinners? Do you sit with the scornful? Are you happy? Choose to say no to sin and yes to God.
(Prophecy Study Bible, Diamonds for Daily Living, p. 588.)
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October 31, 2008
Here are a few insightful devotions by a godly preacher, John Hagee.
It’s Your Choice
“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; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days;
It is election time! A time that can be full of worry and confusion as the media bombards us with confusing and troubling information. The resulting discouragement can breed negativity and grumbling that can thwart sound decision-making when it comes our time to vote. Casting your vote for the wrong candidate or not voting at all are the tragic outcomes of not properly exerting your “power to choose.”
On Super Tuesday 2008, Janet Folger of Faith 2 Action had some good advice: “Fast for 2 hours from the polls, the pundits and the papers. God is more powerful. Take Him at His Word. Turn off the TV and get on your knees.”
She is right, God’s standards are clear and we have a choice to do what is right not only in the case of voting according to God’s Word, but also in our day-to-day living. It is simple…we have the power to choose, so choose life in all that you do!
Are you destroying your life with your attitude? Are you capable, intelligent qualified, but your attitude is so negative you are destroying those you live with, work with, and love? Have you have turned your home into a battleground filled with sarcasm, criticism, blame, cutting remarks, bitterness, and rejection?
I urge you to take charge of your mind, your marriage, your future, your destiny, and your soul. Refuse to grumble and criticize—duct tape your mouth if need be. Refuse to retreat from life and run from success. It is time to stomp your way to a new beginning in Christ. Let your mind begin to feast on the Word of God that produces positive change. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things: (Phil. 4:8).
Instead of saying, “I can’t,” start saying, “Whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (1John 5:4). Instead of saying, “If—“ start saying, “I will by God’s grace.” Instead of saying “It’s impossible,” start saying, “Nothing is impossible to those who believe.” Refuse to “be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of ‘God” (Rom. 12:2). Tell yourself that there is no victory without a fight; there is no sunrise without a night; there is no purchase without a cost; and there is no crown without a cross. You are a child of God…a member of royalty…and God does not manufacture junk or sponsor flops. The victory is yours through Christ, but the choice is up to you. (The Life Plan Study Bible, p. 386)
Summary: “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father which art in heaven hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Let’s focus on the tenth verse. ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ In heaven, God’s will is the only priority. In heaven the will of God is instantly obeyed by angels and archangels who do His bidding instantly, immediately, and without question. Jesus taught us that prayer, because He was saying that it is preeminent in the mind of God that His will be the top priority in our life.
Thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven, that there is no question that the will of God will be done; that it will be done in the church; that it will be done in your home. That it will be done your schools; that it will be done in your marriages; that the word of God is the law of your life. When you do the will of God, then you can do the work of God, and you can do the work of God by the power of God. But the bible says: ‘If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, then you can ask what you will and anything will be done.’
But if there’s not that abiding process, you can forget about all of the power and the attributes of God. When Jesus was teaching on the vine and the branches, He said: ‘Except you abide in Me, you can do nothing.’ If there’s not an abiding relationship as evidenced by the maintenance of the will of God, then you don’t have a relationship. Jesus said: “You are My disciples if you do whatsoever I ask you.’
The will of God is not some illusion. It was very clearly etched in the word of God. How is God going to control the earth? How will God control America? When the people in the church start doing the will of God. There’s are 60 million Americans who are Bible-believing Christians; there’s no way that this country should be in its current condition with that many Christians. If we went into the voting booth and 60 million of us voted one way, it would be impossible for us to have corrupt politicians in office.
We’re not doing the will of God and it is time that we start.” -Pastor John C. Hagee
John Hagee Ministries 2008
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