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The first thing to do when we believe we may be under a spiritual attack is to determine, as best we can, whether what we are experiencing is truly a spiritual attack from demonic forces or simply the effects of living in a sin-cursed world. Some people blame every sin, every conflict, and every problem on demons they believe need to be cast out. The apostle Paul instructs Christians to wage war against the sin in themselves (Romans 6) and to wage war against the evil one (Ephesians 6:10-18). But whether we are truly under spiritual attack from demonic forces or just battling the evil in ourselves and that which inhabits the world, the battle plan is the same.
The key to the battle plan is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. Paul begins by saying that we must be strong in the Lord and in His power, not in our own power which is no match for the devil and his forces. Paul then exhorts us to put on the armor of God, which is the only way to take a stand against spiritual attacks. In our own strength and power, we have no chance of defeating the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (v. 12). Only the “full armor of God” will equip us to withstand spiritual attack. We can only be strong in the Lord’s power; it is God’s armor that protects us, and our battle is against spiritual forces of evil in the world.
Indeed, a war on God is taking place in today’s world. You need to understand why this is happening and what Bible prophecy explains is ahead for all humanity. Although this problem affects people in many countries, for illustration purposes we’ll primarily focus on how the influence of God and His way of life is under attack in the United States in a major cultural shift. First, however, let’s examine briefly the legacy of Christianity in America.
History records that the Pilgrim settlers who voyaged to the New World from England in 1620 did so specifically seeking liberty to worship and obey God as they chose. Following the Pilgrims, other Christian groups of various denominations sought religious freedom when they landed on American shores.
The profound desire and longing to worship God as each individual desired was ultimately enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1787 with these words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
The impact of the Bible and Christian values was plainly evident in the lives of many of America’s founding fathers and early leaders who studied the Scriptures and worshipped their Maker and Sustainer. For example, James Madison, a key leader in the creation of the U.S. Constitution, wrote: “Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”
George Washington, the country’s first president under the Constitution, penned, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
Even more recent national leaders expressed faith in and worship toward their Creator. For example, Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, stated: “Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”
Religion a bedrock of American culture
Respect and honor given to God formed the bedrock of American culture. This provided major benefits to society for many generations. In 1996 the Heritage Foundation released a report titled “Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability.” Written by Patrick Fagan, Ph.D., a senior fellow and director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, the report, which is posted at the Heritage Foundation’s website, summarized findings described in professional social science literature about the positive consequences arising from religious devotion. It concluded:
“The strength of the family unit is intertwined with the practice of religion. Churchgoers are more likely to be married, less likely to be divorced or single, and more likely to manifest high levels of satisfaction in marriage. Church attendance is the most important predictor of marital stability and happiness.
“Religious belief and practice contribute substantially to the formation of personal moral criteria and sound moral judgment. Regular religious practice generally inoculates individuals against a host of social problems, including suicide, drug abuse, out-of-wedlock births, crime, and divorce.
“The regular practice of religion also encourages such beneficial effects on mental health as less depression (a modern epidemic), more self-esteem, and greater family and marital happiness.”
The Bible’s teachings profoundly effective for good
The Bible’s teachings have had a profound effect for good in America as well as Western civilization and the world. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) is a classic example. Not only is the story a part of cultural parlance, but it’s the foundation for many Western concepts and legislation about the duty of all human beings to offer compassion and assistance to needy individuals. Similarly, Christian principles played important and influential roles in ending or severely limiting the abominable practices of human sacrifice, infanticide and slavery.
In addition, Jesus’ teachings upholding sexual morality had a positive influence in society regarding the sanctity of marriage and in child rearing and family life. Additionally, Christian values strongly elevated the status of women by condemning extramarital sex, divorce, pornography and prostitution.
Throughout history individual Christians have made countless valuable contributions to human progress in a wide variety of fields including the sciences, health care, philanthropy, law, government, literature and business.
Paul Maier, writing the forward to the book How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin Schmidt, Ph.D., said the following about how the values Jesus Christ taught had an enormous impact on humanity’s overall well-being: “No other religion, philosophy, teaching, nation, movement—whatever—has so changed the world for the better as Christianity has done. Its shortcomings, clearly conceded by this author, are nevertheless heavily outweighed by its benefits to all mankind.”
An atheist applauds Christian works
These benefits have been recognized and acknowledged even by those who do not profess any religious affinity. For example, Matthew Francis Parris, a South African political writer and self-proclaimed atheist, wrote the following on the TimesOnline website on Dec. 27, 2008:
“Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs [non-governmental organizations], government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do.
“In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good. I used to avoid this truth by applauding—as you can—the practical work of mission churches in Africa. It’s a pity, I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it.”
Major changes affect society and culture
While individuals and families of previous generations have been aided significantly by their worship of and obedience to God, profound and disturbing changes have taken place over the past several decades. Institutions and individuals in the United States have been subjected to an increasing number of attacks and restrictions on their freedom to worship and obey God and proclaim Him and His Word to others.
For example, the Supreme Court ruled in 1962 that prayer in public school was unconstitutional. In 1963 it declared that public schools were to no longer allow the Bible to be read in classes. In 1973 the Supreme Court legalized abortion, which struck at the heart of the Sixth Commandment prohibiting murder. In 1980 the court ruled that posting the Ten Commandments in public schools violated the Constitution.
These and other court decisions effectively disallowed the teaching of moral values that a majority of faiths in the country recognized as proper and necessary.
Since then, pressure has been relentless to realign society from a religion-accommodating orientation to a secular, agnostic and even atheistic one. And this is having a decidedly negative effect. As a November 2015 Pew Research Center study pointed out: “The change in Americans’ religious beliefs coincides with the rising share of the U.S. public that is not affiliated with any religion. The unaffiliated not only make up a growing portion of the population, they also are growing increasingly secular, at least on some key measures of religious belief.”
The same study also revealed that “the share of Americans who say they are ‘absolutely certain’ God exists has dropped sharply from 71% in 2007 to 63% in 2014.”
In addition, the report states: “The falloff in traditional religious beliefs and practices coincides with changes in the religious composition of the U.S.public. A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, including some who self-identify as atheists or agnostics as well as many who describe their religion as ‘nothing in particular.’ Altogether, the religiously unaffiliated (also called the “nones”) now account for 23% of the adult population, up from 16% in 2007.”
Social ills have seen a dramatic increase
Without the foundation of God and the Ten Commandments at work in people’s lives, it’s not surprising that the deleterious result is reflected in the popular culture. This is seen in people’s increasing appetite for illicit sex, pornography, violence, drug and alcohol addiction, and other evils. For instance, consider the following statistics published in December 2013 by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Inc., titled “The Effects of Removing Prayer and the Bible From the Schools in 1962”:
“Criminal arrest of teens is up 150% according to the US Bureau of Census; teen suicides in ages 15-19 years up 450% according to the National Center of Health Services; illegal drug activity is up 6,000% according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse; child abuse cases up 2,300% according to the USDepartment of Health and Human Services; divorce up 350% according to the US Department of Commerce.”
David Barton, founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history with an emphasis on its moral, religious and constitutional heritage, released a report in January 1997 titled “America: To Pray or Not to Pray.” Illustrated with more than 100 pages of graphs and statistical data, it showed that crime, venereal disease, premarital sex, illiteracy, suicide, drug use, public corruption and other social ills exhibited a dramatic increase after the 1962 Supreme Court decision banning school prayer.
Growing hostility toward God
What has been the result of turning away from God and the Bible? Beside the social afflictions just mentioned, American society is also paying a terrible price in a growing hostility toward God and His righteous ways.
A conflagration of animosity has emanated from private organizations, politicians, government agencies, school and university officials and teachers, militant atheist groups and the media. In the midst of this firestorm, dedicated Christian individuals and institutions, while clinging tightly to their beliefs, are experiencing increasing intolerance.
For example, the Family Research Council has issued a comprehensive report titled “Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in the United States.” The initial report in 2014 revealed how religious freedom violations across the United States were high and increasing. An updated version in 2017 found that the number of incidents had grown at an alarming rate. “The first edition—spanning over a decade—contained 90 incidents. Yet 69 new incidents have been added in the short time since the last report. That is a 76 percent increase in just under three years.”
Increasing attacks on religious freedom
In addition, First Liberty Institute, a leading legal advocate for religious freedom and a close ally of the Family Policy Alliance, published a comprehensive 420-page report in 2017 titled “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America.”
First Liberty’s president and chief counsel Kelly Shackelford, executive editor of the report, said in an interview with Bill Sherman of Tulsa World on May 5, 2017, “I’ve been doing this for over a quarter of a century, and I’ve never seen anything like the level of attacks on religious freedom that we’re seeing now.”
In speaking about the 418-page report, which includes more than 1,400 cases—a number that has doubled in the past three years—he said: “And those are just the published ones, so that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s just exploding.”
In referring to the newest battleground, the workplace, Shackelford said, “It’s a priority for us now.” He further stated, “If you lose religious freedom in the workplace—that’s where most people spend most of their waking hours—then you’ve really lost religious freedom.”
In the public arena, which includes government and the workplace, religious individuals and groups are facing increasing demands to hide their faith or sacrifice their beliefs in order to keep their jobs and maintain their livelihoods. Here are headlines illustrating a small number of the hundreds of legal cases that have been or are being brought before the courts for litigation:
• Christian Counselor Fired for Referring Homosexual Clients to Other Counselors.
• Faith-Based Child Services Provider Denied Children Because of Religious Content.
• Kentucky Biblical Heritage Display Attacked as Unconstitutional.
• Lawsuit Challenges County Commissioners’ Prayers Referencing Jesus.
In the school system—from elementary through graduate school—students and teachers face professional, academic and personal duress for living out their faith. Below are sample cases among many hundreds:
• Public School Bans Bible Club in Name of Nondiscrimination.
• School Bans Instrumental Music Associated With a Religious Song.
• Christian Club Risks Being Kicked Off Campus Because It Wants Christian Leaders.
• Group Demands School Band Stop Playing “God Bless America.”
There are also numerous threats against churches and ministries where religious leaders are censored, churches are sued and ministers, priests and the laity are told they must violate their religious beliefs or face exorbitant fines. Here are a few of multiple dozens:
• Church Sues for Right to Expand Building.
• Ocean, New Jersey, Blocks Orthodox Jewish School.
• African-American Church Denied Permit to Use Church Building as a Church.
• Former Teacher Sues Catholic School for Holding to Catholic Beliefs.
In the military, chaplains and service members are increasingly being told that they cannot express their faith. Here are some example cases out of many that have been documented:
• ACLU Sues Virginia Military Institute Over Prayers Before Meals.
• Marine Court-Martialed for Refusing to Remove Bible Verse From Desk.
• Air Force Veteran Forcibly Removed From Retirement Ceremony for Mentioning God.
• Group Coerces Air Force Into Changing Official Oath Due to Reference to God.
Religious liberty is the freedom to worship or not worship any deity one chooses in any way one chooses. Religious liberty has been a rarity in most nations throughout history. In most countries the religious liberty of one group is often denied for the sake of another group, and that is one reason free societies carefully guard the separation of church and state. Removing authoritarian control from the observance of religion is a founding principle of American society, which has traditionally seen religious liberty as more than a privilege, but as a God-given right.
The foundations for the democratic ideal of religious liberty have their roots in the Bible. God Himself extends a “freedom of religion” to people, and the Bible has several examples of God giving men the freedom to choose or to reject Him (e.g., Luke 18:18–25). Faith is commanded but not coerced. Part of God’s likeness in man is volition, i.e., the ability to choose. God respects our choices and gives us freedom to make decisions regarding our future (Genesis 13:8–12; Joshua 24:15), even if we make the wrong decisions. Using these principles, Christians believe that religious worship should be a matter of conscience. What the government does or does not do has no relation to the matters of the heart.
The church was born in a society that allowed religious liberty, within limits. But, as the church grew, persecution of Christian intensified. The majority of the New Testament was written to and for people suffering persecution due to their decision to follow Christ (Acts 8:1). Despite the cruel actions toward them, sanctioned by the authorities, Christians were encouraged to stand firm in the faith and pray for their enemies (1 Peter 3:14; 1 Timothy 2:2). One of the key passages of civil obedience, Romans 13:4–5, was written by a man who was at that moment suffering legal persecution for preaching the gospel.
Religious liberty is an unimaginable dream for millions of Christians around the world. Some must meet secretly and, if discovered, could be jailed or killed. Others know that the moment they announce their allegiance to Christ, their families will disown them, their wives and children will be taken away, and they will be left with nothing. Many more of our brothers and sisters in Christ languish in filthy prisons, suffering daily beatings, starvation, cold, and sickness, simply because they will not deny Christ. Religious liberty has never been a part of their experience, so they don’t expect it. Despite the consequences, they are willing to give up everything to follow Jesus (2 Timothy 3:12: Philippians 1:29).
For those in free nations, religious liberty has been taken for granted and often ignored. America is one of the few nations that has religious liberty written into its Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (from the First Amendment). Yet that liberty is often squandered by the masses. Church buildings sit empty in every city while bars, casinos, and amusement parks stay full. It would seem that the presence of religious liberty would cause Christianity to explode in numbers and practice, but history reveals the opposite to be true. In countries where Christianity is illegal, the church spreads like a grass fire, while places with the most religious freedom grow more secular by the day.
Christians should cherish religious freedom and not take it for granted. In open societies, Christians should use their religious freedom to practice their faith, share the gospel, and speak for biblical values on social issues. They should run for public office, start churches, host open-air events to attract the unchurched, and live as Christ would have them to. Those who do not wish to be exposed to the Christian gospel are working against Christians’ rights to exercise their faith freely, and encroachments upon religious liberty must be recognized and repelled.
The church was born in a season of religious turmoil and grew to maturity on the blood of its martyrs (Acts 7:54–58; 12:2). The church continues to spread even in the regions most opposed to it, and it does so right under the noses of tyrants and dictators who are unable to stop it. Truth shines brightest in the darkest places. Christians enjoying religious liberty should not squander the sacred right of freedom but thank the Lord for it and use it to further the work of God in this world.
Eroding the nation’s moral and ethical foundation
We’ve also seen a number of recent incidents in the news demonstrating clear prejudice toward those who hold tightly to their Christian beliefs. On April 12, 2018, Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s then-nominee for Secretary of State, faced an offensive line of questioning from U.S. Senator Cory Booker. The senator demanded to know if Pompeo opposed same-sex marriage and if he thought gay sex was perverse even though his views on marriage were unrelated to his intended position.
In questioning Pompeo, Senator Booker appeared to suggest that Pompeo’s Christian faith and religious beliefs made him unsuitable to be Secretary of State. Here is the line of questioning, which was repeated more than once:
Booker: “Is being gay a perversion?”
Pompeo: “Senator, when I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that.”
Booker: “So, you do not believe that it’s appropriate for two gay people to marry?”
Pompeo: “Senator, I continue to hold that view.”
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins wrote about this exchange on Twitter: “Not satisfied with Pompeo’s pledge to treat everyone with respect and dignity, Sen. Booker demanded an endorsement of gay sex. Is this the Left’s new litmus test for public service?”
Similarly, on June 10, 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders treated Russ Vought with similar disdain in his confirmation hearing to be deputy director of the U.S.Office of Management and Budget. Senator Sanders asked Vought, who is a Christian, if he stood by a past statement he had made about his beliefs. When he declined to deny it the senator reprimanded him.
It’s important to consider that it was only a few decades ago when a well-qualified, law-abiding person who professed Christianity and sought to promote the sanctity of marriage would have been welcomed into higher governmental office. But it’s completely different in today’s America as secular, cultural and political “progressives” actively seek to malign and even destroy such a person’s reputation.
We should recognize that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for Christians to practice their religion without criticism or intrusive restrictions.
Religious liberty is being threatened. Indeed there is a war on God taking place in America. God, who has greatly blessed the nation throughout previous centuries, is under attack. Indeed, a systematic effort is underway to expel Him and His commandments from the public square, which, as a result, is eroding the nation’s moral and ethical foundation.
We wrote previously of the war on God in America in the November-December, Clearly that war yet rages on.
No fear of God before their eyes
What does the future hold for America if this situation continues and prevails? Let’s examine what happened in ancient Israel when many of its people ceased honoring and obeying their Creator and Sustainer. While doing so let’s note that since God’s character does not change (Malachi 3:6) and that “there is no partiality” with Him (Romans 2:11), His blessings for keeping His laws or enacting punishments for breaking them are universally applicable—and remain so today.
Although the prophet Amos was originally a sheepbreeder, God nevertheless sent him to give Israel’s people and leaders a prophetic warning during the reign of King Jeroboam II who ruled from about 782 to 753 B.C. Amos boldly and strongly proclaimed God’s divine message, which included the urgent need for people to repent of sin and return to Him (Amos 6:1-3).
Sadly, the people didn’t listen and had no interest in changing. Due to their prosperity and pleasure-seeking they had lulled themselves into a false sense of security (verses 4-6). The national mood was simply to ignore anything to do with a so-called “God.”
During Amos’ day, true religion had no purpose or meaning for many people. They were simply filled with pride, self-satisfaction and self-indulgence. And through Amos, God told them what He thought of their irresponsibility and what He was going to do to get their attention (verse 8). We see, then, that many in ancient Israel lived in a secular world of their own making and couldn’t have cared less about anything to do with God.
Is it much different in today’s society? Where is the love and deep respect for God and His righteous ways? What has happened to God-ordained morals and values?
God’s name is not treated with reverence, and His commandments are ignored or defied by an increasing number of people. The esteem for the God-created institution of marriage has nearly all but disintegrated. The God-ordained intent of sex within the bounds of a loving marriage relationship is often ridiculed. The tragic crime of abortion takes the lives of nearly a million innocent babies each year in the United States. Forty million Americans are regular visitors to pornographic Internet websites. The list could go on and on!
A growing number of people seem to think they can do almost anything without facing consequences. All this is indicative of the sorry state of our society. As the apostle Paul put it bluntly in Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
He also wrote in Romans 1:28 of those who “did not like to retain God in their knowledge.” This is so true of society today! Lawlessness is mounting, and many people casually partake of sinful ways while thinking it’s no big deal. But it is a big deal to God!
In the midst of the increasing corruption and degeneration in our culture, God is looking for those who will stand out from the crowd and do what is right. He seeks courageous, obedient, upright men and women (Ezekiel 9:4). God will hear their prayers and cries just as He heard and answered those of the patriarchs, prophets and disciples of old.
The prophet Malachi delivered a decidedly unpleasant prophecy about the time immediately preceding the return of Christ. He explained that the unthinkable will happen: “‘For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘that will leave them neither root nor branch’” (Malachi 4:1).
What manner of persons ought you to be?
But we now live in a society where a growing number of people don’t want to be corrected for their disobedience and contempt toward God (Isaiah 30:9-11). And they ignore critical warnings—proclaimed by God’s Church— that could save their lives (see Matthew 24:14; Ezekiel 33:4-5).
The systemic lawlessness and corruption occurring in the world is like the proverbial bulge in a rock wall—which has been there so long it’s been taken for granted and ignored. But the day is coming when that wall will collapse.“Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says: ‘Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly in an instant’” (Isaiah 30:12-13, New International Version).
This is what awaits our society unless people turn to God in repentance and obedience. Sudden destruction will occur that will utterly shock the world’s citizens (1 Thessalonians 5:3). “Life as usual” will come to a crushing, grinding halt! The comfortable existence filled with the latest electronic devices, entertainment and pleasure will come crashing down! The wall of this man-made, Satan-influenced civilization will topple and crumble (see Ezekiel5:12-15).
A time of punishment is approaching for God-denying, God-defying society. But thankfully, that will be followed by an amazing time of restoration after Jesus Christ installs His global Kingdom on earth at His second coming. At that time He will give His faithful saints awesome power and immortality, and they will help Him administer the government of God throughout the entire world.
God’s question for you and me
The terrible events prophesied in Scripture are certain to come on those who don’t change their ways. Even so, God has a vital question for you and me: “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?” (2 Peter 3:11).
As mentioned earlier, in ancient times God looked for courageous, faithful men and women who would stand up for truth and righteousness.
He seeks the same now. And He can find them in you— if you faithfully do as He asks. God provides tremendous help and power through Jesus Christ to all those who love, respect and obey Him, even as the God-resisting society around us continues its reckless degeneration.
There are many, many promises of God in Scripture. In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. These are not flippant, casual promises such as we often make; these promises of God are rock-solid, unequivocal commitments made by God Himself. Because God is faithful, the recipients of the divine promises can have full assurance that what God has pledged will indeed be realized (Numbers 23:19).
Here are just a few of the promises that God has made:
Promises of God in the Old Testament.
God promised to bless Abraham and, through his descendants, the whole world (Genesis 12:2–3). This promise, called the Abrahamic Covenant, pointed to the coming Messiah for whom Abraham looked (John 8:56).
God promised Israel to be their God and make them His people (Leviticus 26:12–13). Old Testament history is teeming with examples of God fulfilling this promise.
God promised protection for His children (Psalm 121). He was the vigilant watchman over all Israel.
God promised that His love will never fail (1 Chronicles 16:34). He is faithful in every way.
God promised Israel that their sin could be forgiven, their prosperity restored, and their nation healed (2 Chronicles 7:14). Repentance opened the road to fellowship and blessing.
God, under the terms of the Mosaic Covenant, promised prosperity to Israel for obedience and destruction for disobedience (Deuteronomy 30:15–18). Unfortunately, Israel eventually chose to disobey, and the nation was destroyed by Assyria and Babylon.
God promised blessing for all who will delight themselves in His Word (Psalm 1:1–3). Simple faith has its rewards.
Promises of God in the New Testament.
God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17). There is no greater blessing than the free gift of God’s salvation.
God promised that all things will work out for good for His children (Romans 8:28). This is the broader picture that keeps us from being dismayed by present circumstances.
God promised comfort in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). He has a plan, and one day we will be able to share the comfort we receive.
God promised new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is the beginning of a brand-new existence.
God promised every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Whereas, in the Old Testament, Israel had the promise of physical blessing, the church today has been promised spiritual blessings “in the heavenly realms.” Our inheritance is reserved for us (1 Peter 1:4).
God promised to finish the work He started in us (Philippians 1:6). God does nothing in half measures. He started the work in us, and He will be sure to complete it.
God promised peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6–7). His peace is protection. It will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.”
God promised to supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19). Not that we get everything we want, but our needs will be taken care of. We are more valuable than the birds, and our Heavenly Father feeds them (Matthew 6:26).
Jesus’ promises in the Gospels.
Jesus promised rest (Matthew 11:28–30). Burdens are lifted at Calvary.
Jesus promised that He will return for us (John 14:2–3). From then on, we will be with Him always.
There are many more promises of God that could be listed. All of them find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, “the radiance of God’s glory” (Hebrews 1:3). “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Human beings are destined to ultimately lose their self-destructive war on God. In the meantime, however, as we watch the attacks on Christian values in today’s society, let’s pray for a desperately needed reversal toward spiritual repentance and renewal. Indeed, the only answer is in turning wholeheartedly to God while seeking His divine forgiveness, strength and support.
He will provide this gladly to all who sincerely go to Him in humble repentance and obedience. Will you be one of these?
MY MISSION IS NOT TO CONVINCE YOU, ONLY TO INFORM…
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
“It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. Let me tell you something, friend, it is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth, than to be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It’s better to stand alone with the truth, then to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel and Paul said, ‘If any man preaches any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
Preach the gospel with BOLDNESS AND STRENGTH! It’s better to follow God and be judged by the world, than to follow the world and be judged by God!
Jack H. Kirkland
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