Today's Christian thought: Friday January 9th, 2004

The best and most valuable of lessons.

There are no lessons, we can learn, that are better than those we learn in and through the Word of God. We, in the United States and throughout the world, are on a cliff, it is a cliff hanging over a valley, a valley which thousands of feet below is lined with rocks and has a raging torrent running through it. While I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet, one does not need to be a prophet to be able to read God's Book the Holy Bible, and see that we are living in the times that parallel those spoken of by God's Old Testament prophets. Times in which the Lord God spoke to Israel and Judah through His prophets, warning them that unless they repented and turned back to Him, He was going to bring destruction down upon them beyond anything they could even begin to imagine.

Many of you seem to think that President Bush is doing a good job in keeping terrorism off our shores. And I don't disagree that there is none of those seeking to replace him that could do even as good a job, never mind a better job. But, no amount of good work on the part of the President, the Military, the police, and homeland security will stop God if He decides we have crossed the line. Once God decides we He has had enough of our adultery, our idolatry, our lying to Him, our murdering of His children, there is no force on earth that will curtail Him from punishing us.

Christians need to get back to Christ. We call ourselves Christians, but instead of following the dictates, mandates, commandments, teachings and orders of Christ, we instead follow the secular world. Many of you have expressed the opinion that the Old Testament warnings to Israel and Judah were just that, warnings to them, not us. I want to address that for one minute if I may. Think of it like this, let us say that you are one of ten children. You have older brothers and older sisters and your dad is a strict but a loving man. While he would give you his life blood, he will tolerate very little disobedience from you, your brothers and sisters.

One day, your older brother Jimmy does something wrong, your dad gets home and your mom tells him about your older brother's transgression. Your dad calls him and all of you into the living room, where he looks at Jimmy and says: "Son, your mom has told me that you took the Lord's name in vain today. You are to go to your room without desert, you are to rake the leaves tomorrow after school, you are to sweep the porch and clean the cellar, and then you are to clean the gutters on the garage. And, young man, do not ever do that again, for next time I will not be so lenient!"

Now let's say that several weeks later, you do the same thing, you use the name of the Lord in vain. That night your dad get's home and your mom tells him what you did. Do you think he is going to let you get away with saying "But dad, you weren't talking to me, you were talking to Jimmy."? Since you were there when he disciplined Jimmy, you knew you should not have taken the Lord's name in vain, yet you did. So what do you think is going to happen to you? Do you think your punishment will be less than Jimmy's? You and I both know your punishment is going to be more severe than Jimmy's because you failed to learn from his mistake. And so it is with the Word of God. It is not there for you to read like a good book, it is there as the Good Book so that you and I will learn how we are to act and not make the same mistakes that our predecessors made.

Throughout the Old Testament we see God telling His errant children that in order to escape the punishment, they so well deserve, they are to repent. Repent means to turn from your ways. Repent also means to confess your sins and ask God to forgive you. Now, let us read Matthew chapter four. But let's not just read it, let's read it and learn from it. For, even if the Lord allows the earth to go a million more years before He raptures His church, you don't know when it will be that He will call you. Remember, the words in Red are those spoken directly by Jesus, the words in the sickly green are those spoken by satan.

Matthew Chapter Four

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter (satan) came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8 Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, 15 THE LAND OF ZABULON, AND THE LAND OF NEPHTHALIM, BY THE WAY OF THE SEA, BEYOND JORDAN, GALILEE OF THE GENTILES; 16 THE PEOPLE WHICH SAT IN DARKNESS SAW GREAT LIGHT (Jesus); AND TO THEM WHICH SAT IN THE REGION AND SHADOW OF DEATH LIGHT (Jesus) IS SPRUNG UP (Isaiah 9:1&2).

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him.

21 And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him.

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24 And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them.

25 And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. (Matthew 4:1-25 ACP/KJV)

There is a lot to be learned in Matthew four, way more than I can even begin to scratch the surface of here today, but there is three verses I would like you to really think about. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.", "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.", and "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Yes, by all means drop the President a note telling him you are praying for him and that you think he is doing a good job in protecting our nation, yes even figure on going and voting for him in November. But, do what is most important in your life, plan for the day that you will stand before All Mighty God and hear Him say one of two things, "Welcome" or "Depart from Me you worker of iniquity!"

I agree, thanking, praying for and voting for President Bush are important for the safety of our nation, but what is really important is the safety of your soul. And that is best accomplished by your understanding that "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.", "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.", and "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Lord, we give You thanks, and praise and blessings, and pray Jesus your blessings upon us. Amen.

Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.

The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.

It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.

All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.

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