american revelation

Fashionable: what is fashionable today? Able to be fashioned is a root definition, certainly. And somehow today in this hour and across this earth being fashionable has somehow become a status symbol, important, enough so to build entire industries around the concept. I’d like to warn you friends of what the Bible has to say about being fashionable:

  • Psalms 115:8 Those who craft them will become like them, as will all those who trust in them.
  • Psalms 135:18 Those who craft them—and all who trust in them—will become like them.
  • Jonah 2:8 Those who cling to vain idols leave behind the gracious love that could have been theirs.
  • 2 Kings 17:15 They rejected the LORD's statutes, the covenant that he had made with their ancestors, and his warnings that he gave them. They pursued meaninglessness—and became meaningless themselves—as they followed the lifestyles of the nations that surrounded them, a practice that the LORD had warned them not to do.
  • Jeremiah 2:5 This is what the LORD says: "What did your ancestors find wrong with me that they left me, and pursued worthless things, and so they became worthless?
  • Romans 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that looked like mortal human beings, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

Indeed, God has hard things to say about being fashionable. Somehow many professing to follow the LORD Jesus today are able to discern the false gods of ancient cultures and unable to discern the hybrid, half-human, half-animal-chimera gods our culture is setting right in front of us. Somehow we’ve believed the idea and altogether lie that they are super powered awesome entities we should be ok with. Friends we are sending our kids to school with lunchboxes of cars with personalities (half car half human), wrapping our children in bat boy sheets at night, teaching them to tie spiderman shoes. And when they grow up walking a path we don’t understand, dreaming of being something they are not, and pursuing artificial machine intelligence interface… see where they learned it??? They learned it from us. As we turned away from the teachings of the Bible. All the warnings we have traded for what’s on TV today. We taught them all of this was ok. Well, as for me…


I repent LORD. I’m sorry for not relying on You. I’m sorry for not playing Your Word at night and allowing my children’s ears to be loaded with eternal promises and Truth. Instead trying to calm them with cartoons teaching them homosexuality and self-worship is more than ok, it’s something to aspire toward. I’m so sorry LORD. I repent and will not allow these false gods to influence my family or my property any longer. Thank You for all that You have entrusted me with God. Thank You for showing me everyday the enemy’s plan. Thank you for finishing always with Your 3rd heaven agenda: Salvation. You want me saved from the muck. You want my children delivered from unrighteousness. You want my neighbor to know Your love and not the wickedness of my natural heart. Hoshiana. Save us. O Lord of the heavenly armies. Have Your way in our hearts and homes. We turn to You in this hour of need.


With breadth of heart, length of soul, the depth of mind, and height of strength we worship You; with entirety of our being we need You. In the Name of Jesus, amen.


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Considering Him First:

The poverty in spirit of man is multiplied and made manifest in every moment we allow ourselves to undergo inspection in the presence of our Great High Priest and Shepherd. ~ psalmwriter

  • GOD Had a Plan for Noah, He Has a Plan for You

    The great flood was anticipated and preached upon for four generations before it occurred and centers around a man, a man named Noah. Noah was the great-grandson of Enoch and the grandson of Methuselah. Scripture tells us Enoch won approval as one who both walked with and pleased GOD and Methuselah had the longest life recorded by man – 969 years!

    • Hebrews 11:5 - By faith Enoch was taken away without experiencing death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he won approval as one who pleased GOD. (International Standard Version)
    • Genesis 5:27 - Methuselah lived a total of 969 years; then he died. (God's Word)

    What a family history! Do we understand fully how blessed we are today? Who we are in relationship? Our family history? The generations of Noah did. They had full assurance in YAHWEH Tsuri (The LORD is my Rock) and as a result their children’s children’s children were sealed by GOD in a vessel surviving 377 days of judgment, the greatest devastation ever experienced by the earth and those calling it home.

     

    Jesus speaks of future events in the Gospel according to Matthew:

    • Matthew 24:37 - "As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be." (Christian Standard Bible)

    Only having an understanding of what the days of Noah were all about can we begin to recognize what this prophetic word from Jesus describing what the second coming will look like to us. Are you walking with GOD today? You could be…just like Enoch. Have you been sealed for eternity? You could be…GOD has set a plan in motion to save us by believing on His Son, Jesus Messiah. We are seeing wars, rumors or wars, famine, disease, death, martyrs, global chaos, earthquakes, and false Christs all with increasing intensity. Are these times as the days of Noah? Please take some time to examine your walk with GOD. Is there a false Christ in your life? Anti-Christ actually means “in place of” Christ and not just against or the opposite of Christ. Your time and attention are targets for the enemy. Is the fantasy found in television, video games, pornography, alcohol, drug addiction, or materialism deceiving you from the reality of what GOD would really have for you?

     

    My prayer today is simple that you be stirred and stir others. To GOD be all glory, in Jesus’ Name amen.   

  • The nail scarred hands

    A fingerprint can be defined as a distinctive identifying characteristic. You and I in each of our fingers and toes have epidermal swirls and lines that when inked and printed become visual signatures. People can tell where we have been and what we were doing by these marks we’ve left behind. Likewise each page of Holy Scripture contains verses, words, letters even spaces between the letters whereupon applying the blood of Christ we begin to see Jesus revealed; where Jesus is and what He is doing on behalf of the Father. Sometimes the words paint a clear picture for example: Jesus tells us in His own words

    • John 17:4 “I have glorified *thee* on the earth, I have completed the work which thou gavest me that I should do it; (1889 Darby Bible)

    However, sometimes it’s only after we apply the blood to the words on the page that we see clearly who Jesus is and what He is doing for the Father’s glory; below we see the earliest known prophecy from Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. The prophecy occurs in the Old Testament yet it is recorded and revealed in the Book of Jude in the New Testament.

    • Jude 1:14-15 “About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (World English Bible)

    This is one small example of what happens when the blood of Christ is applied to Scripture. Friends, consider what happens when you apply the blood of Messiah to your life? Others will begin to see Jesus in you; who He is and what He is doing for the Father’s glory in you.


    Be blessed, bless others, in Jesus’ Name amen

  • CLIMATE CHANGE

    [1] Climate Change: [2] measurable differences having [3] affected conditions of a [4] known location.

    • Luke 11:28 He replied, “Yes, but even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”  (The Living Bible)

    [1] You want a blessing? Hear the Word of God! ;o) amen! Nothing will change your life like hearing the Word of God!! Listen for it! Make sure your heart is ready for it! This means you’re contrite, confessed, and corrected! If you haven’t corrected course or repented yet confess! If you haven’t confessed of known or unknown sin in your life yet ask God to show you what it is or where it is in your life, so you can possess the convicted heart that leads to confessing it. You are closer to the kingdom of God the closer you are able to follow Jesus!


    • Luke 8:15 The seed that fell into good, fertile soil represents those lovers of truth who hear it deep within their hearts. They respond by clinging to the word, keeping it dear as they endure all things in faith. This is the seed that will one day bear much fruit in their lives.”  (The Message)


    [2] Your fruit is your measurable difference: what is being produced by your words, actions, deeds, and behavior as you are responding to God’s leading. Ok, you’re a Christian. You’ve been a Christian for several years… great! What have you done with it?? What have you done with the Truth that Jesus Christ is both Savior & Lord? Is Jesus the Messiah, the Perfect Sacrifice, and Sovereign King of glory? If you really believe this how does your life look different now than it did before you confessed Him Lord? It should look different. It should make a difference or your believing could have been in vain.

    • 1 Corinthians 15:2 That is the gospel, the message that I preached to you. You are saved by the gospel if you hold firmly to it---unless it was for nothing that you believed. (Good News Bible)

    Understand the Bible even teaches about “worthless faith.” I pray this is not the case in your life, but know that it could be, amen.

    • Isaiah 64:1 Oh that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, (1833 Webster Bible)

    [3] Affected conditions… nothing can or will alter the atmosphere of your life like the presence of God! I know so many right now need a good ‘shake up!’ (a good quake, amen!) Folks that don’t know God and even folks that do and have just become numb to the slaughtering of innocents abroad in terror (assassination of Christians) and at home in the name of personal liberty (abortion of children) or become tolerant of homosexuality (God calls this sin), pornography (God calls this sin), even appointing practicing homosexuals to church leadership. Is this Christian? Is this following close to Jesus? Yes, Jesus told the prostitute, “your sins are forgiven” but do we forget that He next commanded her as a result of her sin being forgiven that she, “go and sin no more.” If you can’t let go of sin you can’t hold on to the Savior…. What are our hands grasping tight to? We must be broken and bold in our following Christ Jesus.

    • Psalms 34:11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. (New Revised Standard Version)

    Before inviting the presence of a holy God, before worship, there must be a fear of the Lord. It’s the beginning of wisdom, (Psalms 111:10) the beginning of knowledge, (Proverbs 1:7) and a requirement for worshipping in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24).

    • Ezekiel 36:26 And I have given to you a new heart, And a new spirit I give in your midst, And I have turned aside the heart of stone out of your flesh, And I have given to you a heart of flesh. (1898 Young's Literal Translation)

    [4] Your most important stewardship is a known location called your heart. The way God works with hearts is not putting a bandage on something that has been broken. He can and will do that for His heart. But until you’ve asked for and received His heart the location of your heart will be a jungle overgrown with thoughts of elevating self. A miracle He performs every day is totally replacing a heart knowing nothing but sin with a heart than can know, trust, follow, and feel the love of God.

    If you want to name and claim something today… claim the love of God!


    I pray climate change for you today friends! I pray the God of heaven and earth, the creator of all things alter the very atmosphere of your life with a new heart and new spirit if that’s what is necessary or a waking and quaking away from your own will and desires, and toward His will and His desires for you, amen. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Thank You, Lord!! Praise You, today and always Lord!!!


    Be blessed, be a blessing to someone today, in Jesus’ Name amen.

  • STONE CASTING - VOTING IN SCRIPTURE

    • Acts 26:10 That is what I did in Jerusalem. I received authority from the high priests and locked many of the saints in prison. And when I cast my vote against them, they were put to death. (International Standard Version)

    There was a custom in the ancient courts of justice wherein a person would be condemned by a black pebble and acquitted by a white pebble. The Greek word that Luke uses above when writing of Paul’s testimony before Agrippa is psephos and it represents a vote of condemnation, Paul casting black stones against Christians before he encountered Jesus, amen.


    Today we have the power in our words and actions to condemn or acquit. Remember in Matthew’s gospel where Jesus tells Peter he is to forgive not just seven times, but seventy seven times. That sounds so crazy to us today because we want fairness, an eye for an eye. Luke says if our brother sins against us seven times in a day and comes back seven times saying, “I repent” that we are to forgive him. Do we do that? Can we even do that? All things are possible with God my friends. (Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27) Let’s look at one final verse that uses the same Greek word Paul used in our first Scripture. It comes from the pen and letter of Jesus Himself to the church at Pergamum:

    • Revelation 2:17 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.'(English Standard Version)

    Right now Jesus is standing at the door and knocking. (Revelation 3:20) He offers forgiveness if we will only accept His free gift of being salvation. Maybe you have judged yourself too long or allowed the judgment of others to impact your life to such a degree you’ve removed yourself altogether from the idea of being acquitted. There is One, and only one who has the power to forgive sin and set captives of condemnation free. He is the Way and the Truth and the Life. His Name is Jesus. He is God. Would you trust in Him today? Find a church before or after you vote. Visit a pastor. Call a friend who will sit and look at God’s Word with you and allow the Truth to begin to excavate through all the layers of hurt. Let love in.


    I pray today like Paul, that each one of us encounters Jesus, and the stones we cast are white stones. That we will operate with the mercy of God and not the mercy of man; that we will forgive as we have been forgiven. The culture and climate of the day begs us to cast condemning eyes and words upon our fellow pilgrims on this earth. Friends condemn the sin and acquit the sinner. Thank You, Father for Your mercy. Thank You, Jesus for Your forgiveness.


    Be blessed, be a blessing to someone else.

  • American revelation

    Fashionable: what is fashionable today? Able to be fashioned is a root definition, certainly. And somehow today in this hour and across this earth being fashionable has somehow become a status symbol, important, enough so to build entire industries around the concept. I’d like to warn you friends of what the Bible has to say about being fashionable:

    • Psalms 115:8 Those who craft them will become like them, as will all those who trust in them.
    • Psalms 135:18 Those who craft them—and all who trust in them—will become like them.
    • Jonah 2:8 Those who cling to vain idols leave behind the gracious love that could have been theirs.
    • 2 Kings 17:15 They rejected the LORD's statutes, the covenant that he had made with their ancestors, and his warnings that he gave them. They pursued meaninglessness—and became meaningless themselves—as they followed the lifestyles of the nations that surrounded them, a practice that the LORD had warned them not to do.
    • Jeremiah 2:5 This is what the LORD says: "What did your ancestors find wrong with me that they left me, and pursued worthless things, and so they became worthless?
    • Romans 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that looked like mortal human beings, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

     

    Indeed, God has hard things to say about being fashionable. Somehow many professing to follow the LORD Jesus today are able to discern the false gods of ancient cultures and unable to discern the hybrid, half-human, half-animal-chimera gods our culture is setting right in front of us. Somehow we’ve believed the idea and altogether lie that they are super powered awesome entities we should be ok with. Friends we are sending our kids to school with lunchboxes of cars with personalities (half car half human), wrapping our children in bat boy sheets at night, teaching them to tie spiderman shoes. And when they grow up walking a path we don’t understand, dreaming of being something they are not, and pursuing artificial machine intelligence interface… see where they learned it??? They learned it from us. As we turned away from the teachings of the Bible. All the warnings we have traded for what’s on TV today. We taught them all of this was ok. Well, as for me…

     

    I repent LORD. I’m sorry for not relying on You. I’m sorry for not playing Your Word at night and allowing my children’s ears to be loaded with eternal promises and Truth. Instead trying to calm them with cartoons teaching them homosexuality and self-worship is more than ok, it’s something to aspire toward. I’m so sorry LORD. I repent and will not allow these false gods to influence my family or my property any longer. Thank You for all that You have entrusted me with God. Thank You for showing me everyday the enemy’s plan. Thank you for finishing always with Your 3rd heaven agenda: Salvation. You want me saved from the muck. You want my children delivered from unrighteousness. You want my neighbor to know Your love and not the wickedness of my natural heart. Hoshiana. Save us. O Lord of the heavenly armies. Have Your way in our hearts and homes. We turn to You in this hour of need.

    With breadth of heart, length of soul, the depth of mind, and height of strength we worship You; with entirety of our being we need You. In the Name of Jesus, amen. 


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