Posts made in July 2020

Daily Devotional ~ Friday, July 10, 2020

WHY HISTORY IS IMPORTANT

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”-John 8:44

Take about ten minutes and look at this video from 1969. Some of the verbiage is different but the point remains the same. It’s almost as if he is describing what is happening now. Learn as the enemy of your soul is behind the destruction going on today both quietly internally and by force externally. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

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Daily Devotional ~ Thursday, July 9, 2020

WHY HISTORY MATTERS

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”-1 John 2:15-17

On August 19, 1966 – Chinese students launched a fight for social justice to fight for the rights of the oppressed in China. It was widely believed that the ‘patriarchal system’ in China had been created by the 1% and held down women, minorities, and the working class. The students cried out for a revolution and change, and consequentially launched the infamous Chinese Cultural Revolution. Students put a red band around their arm to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and called for a change on old ideas that they called the FOUR OLDS. The Four Olds were: Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas.

The movement was supported by the Chinese media. Mass demonstrations and looting by the students ensued. Statues were torn down. Chinese architecture was destroyed. Classical literature and Chinese paintings were torn apart and burned. Temples were desecrated. The Cemetery of Confucius was attacked. The corpse of the 76th-generation Duke Yansheng was removed from its grave and hung from a tree. Wealthy homes were attacked and destroyed. All of history, in short, was to be removed and replaced. This was the central meaning of Cultural Revolution: That China was going to destroy every trace of its bourgeois (privileged) past and replace it with a new culture built on the principles of Maoism and Marxism.  The police were disbanded in the city and the students formed a community solution called the RED GUARD. The RED GUARDS policed the communities and punished anyone who did not agree with their ideas. Even people that supported the movement, but had bad thoughts (“wrong think”) could be punished. The promise of equality for all through this “new” movement in China was a lie, that continues to place people in physical, emotional, economic, and religious bondage.

The way of the world is not the way of Christ. The philosophies and principles of this world bring bondage…only Christ brings true freedom. Sadly, even many in the church think that bringing in godless philosophies and practices will somehow bring what all people desire…freedom. This is the deception and the lie that the enemy of our souls would love for us to believe and implement. Whether we are talking about Nazi Germany, Communist Russia, or Communist China…these ungodly movements promised utopia, while bringing pain, poverty, and godless societies. If we want freedom for all people, the only answer is found in Jesus. Only Jesus brings true freedom. History tells us that the movements of man brings bondage…it also tells us that through the centuries Jesus has brought true freedom to everyone who has trusted and followed Him. John 8:36 tells us of the promise of true freedom…”Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Daily Devotional ~ Wednesday, July 8, 2020

WHY HISTORY IS IMPORTANT

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
But whoever obeys the law is joyful. – Proverbs 29:18 (NLT)

Vladimir Lenin was the most influential political figure in the development of the Russian Revolution. Before he was able to lead the coup in the capital during October 1917, however, Lenin first had to win the support of the Bolshevik party. Lenin appealed to the workers, soldiers and sailors, people he referred to as “the vanguard of the international revolutionary proletariat.”

Lenin believed that power must be given to “the proletariat and the poorest classes of peasants.” Moreover, he insisted there should be a complete rejection of the existing forms of government. He claimed the need for “not a parliamentary republic, but a republic of Soviets of Workers’, Agricultural Labourers’ and Peasants’ Deputies throughout the country, from top to bottom.” Though opposed by many of the Bolshevik leaders, Lenin responded to their criticisms by highlighting the dangers of dogmatism and the necessity to “consider real life.” Ultimately the Bolshevik party put Lenin in charge, and adopted his slogan, “All power to the Soviets!” After a period of time under the leadership of Lenin, Russia was forever changed by the move to become the Soviet Union…ruled by both Communism and Socialism.

Lenin was brought to power during a time of great unrest in Russia. His promotion of the denial of the established doctrine and a move to subjective experience was just what the masses wanted to hear. Basically, an appeal to no rules, but a system that would be all for the “little people” to live as they desired. The message was a lie…for the result of the move of Russia to the Soviet Union brought poverty, oppression, and an even more domineering ruling party. What was offered as the answer for equality, and the raising of the people, and a utopia…was in fact a lie. We live in a day of great unrest, and the progressives among us are calling for the dismantling of the existing system, that has served well for 244 years. They want us to deny the established truth found in the Constitution. They call for a system where the people live and do whatever they feel they want to do. Sound familiar? It’s happening again, only this time we are talking about America. This is why history is important. The answers offered by the progressive voices today have been tried and have failed…yet because of the ignorance of history they act like they have come up with something new that will change society for the better, and bring in utopia. They are deceived and ready to believe the lie. We as Christians know that only Christ can build any system that will stand, and truly be a blessing to all people.

The Scripture puts it this way…
“Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.”-Psalm 127:1-2.

Daily Devotional ~ Tuesday, July 7, 2020

WHY HISTORY IS IMPORTANT

“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”-2 Timothy 2:19.

In pre-WW2 Germany Adolf Hitler was moving within his own country to control the minds of the people. His propaganda machine pushed slogans in order to move the people to a place of compliance and one-mindedness to the spirit of that day. “Hiem ins Reich” was pushed as the chant of the day to get people on board with the agenda of the Third Reich…it means “Come home into Reich”. These few words were deceptively used to move people’s minds and lives into compliance with Hitler and his Nazi party. Today, we have people demanding that everyone quote the same mantra and slogan, in order to prove you are in line with the collective and are part of the great societal spirit. I would tell them I have one mantra…”Jesus is Lord”

Once the propaganda had moved a sufficient number of the populace to have the same mindset as the Third Reich, the next step was to require people to swear allegiance to an earthly leader and earthly movement. This was required of all “patriotic citizens who really loved their country”. The oath’s wording was…”I swear that I will be faithful and obedient to Adolf Hitler, the Fuhrer of the German Reich and German people, and will observe the laws and will conscientiously fulfill my official duties, so help me God”. The penalty for those refusing to swear this oath was they would be “dismissed”. Now keep in mind that the Third Reich had nationalized everything in the nation of Germany…including the churches. Pastors had to decide whether to swear the oath, or keep their allegiance to God alone. Thank the Lord for people like Dietriich Bonhoeffer, Helmut Gollwitzer, Martin Niemoller, and others who would not swear such an oath…and stood fast in Jesus. They were considered “illegal” by Hitler, and it cost them greatly, some like Bonhoeffer, with his life. Today we Christians and especially Pastors need to stand in Jesus, and make our allegiance to Christ alone. I have a great concern that many professing Christians and many pastors, sadly like thousands during the time of Hitler, will easily give their oath to this world’s system.

Why is history important? Because we are not the first to go this way…we are not the first to have to make a choice between this world and the Lord…we are not the first to be pressured to compromise, and give our allegiance to the spirit of the age. History tells us others have gone this way before…others stood in Jesus in the face of opposition…others refused to compromise with the powers of this world…and others saw the salvation of their Lord. History, along with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God tells me that we too can stand in this day…we can decide to bow our knees only to Christ Jesus our Lord. Finally, both history and prophecy tell me that Jesus has the victory! I choose to stand in Jesus alone. “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”.