Ephesians 5:17 –“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT GOD’S WILL IS FOR US IN OUR LIFE. WHAT IS GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU?
Jesus was crystal clear as to what the plan of God is……”For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:40
That said, it seems crystal clear that God’s plan for us is to win souls to the kingdom of God – God’s house…the place where God lives.
God’s house is also within us. His Holy Spirit dwells within each born-again believer. Because God lives within born-again believers, and we congregate in a physical church, God is also there in the house of worship with us.
“For where two or three are gathered together unto my name, there am I in the midst.” Matthew 18:20.
YET, GOD’S “HOUSE(S) LIE IN WASTE.
HAGGAI 1:2-11 – “This is what the LORD Almighty says: "These people say, 'The time has not yet come for the LORD's house to be built."
Then, as now, God’s house(s) lie in ruin. Those called by His name are nearly asleep when it comes time to do the will of God. America is losing its freedom to radical socialists called Progressive Liberal Secularists. They want to form a GLOBAL GOVERNMENT, and strip you of all of your freedoms, especially your religious freedoms.
Soon, America may also be subjected to Islam and Sharia Law.
Progressive, anti-God secularists will form an alliance with Islam for the purpose of sharing GLOBAL POWER over the populace in general, and Sharia Law will be used in the world court system to stifle anyone who does not worship Allah.
Be of good cheer, however, because this is all part of God’s plan to bring the curtain down upon mankind, and both factions vying for power and control are playing right into God’s divine plan known as the “END TIMES”.
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Hagai-3 “Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your (modern) houses, while this house remains a ruin?"
5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.”
“CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”
6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."
Everything we do seems to turn into ashes these days.
How are our marriages doing? I’m a Christian – and divorced!
How are our finances doing? Our money is being depleted and devalued, and tax increases beyond the 56% we are now paying the government is in the offing.
How are our children and grandchildren doing? We have allowed the government to teach homosexuality and other evils that are against our Biblical principles…like abortion, homosexual marriages…you name it…in our publicly funded school systems.
What is against our religions, whether Christian or Jewish, is now against the law to speak out against.
It now becomes a “hate crime” to speak out against these evil teachings because radical judges have made it an unlawful offence to “discriminate” against protected classes.
This is anti-constitutional as well, but Christians and Jews are silent.
Where are the Constitutional lawyers in these last days who remain silent on anti-Godly laws of the Bible..and anti-constitutional rights invoked, in writing, by our forefathers?
“The Government shall not establish religion, nor shall it prevent anyone from worshipping God however they see fit."
That is what the Constitution dictates, yet the government has established a religion – called Progressivism” in our public school systems and they are preventing most Americans from worshipping God however we see fit by making it unlawful to speak out against what our Bibles or Torahs teach about homosexuality or abortion or the sanctity of marriage.
Where are the constitutional lawyers?
Where did the oath of office of Congress and the President go?
“I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Yet, they (NAME) have removed the teaching of the Constitution from public schools, and they (NAME) have declared war against the Constitution.
Where are the Constitutional lawyers?
God continues in Hagai - 7 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.
“CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”
9 "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.
10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands."
Are we doing the Will of the Father? If so, how many people have you brought into the kingdom this week? This month? This year?
We complain about “TITHING” 10% to the Lord, but have no problem paying 29% to credit card companies…or paying $3000.00 a month to some lender to live in our homes…where only $300.00 of it applies toward principal.
We drive around in leased or financed automobiles where the creditor gets the bulk of the payment.
“CONSIDER OUR WAYS.”
I considered mine in December of 2007. I asked God to show me His plan for my life – because my plans turned to ashes throughout much of my life.
My plan was to get married, raise children, have a nice house and a couple of nice cars, put my kids through schools including college, have a bunch of grandchildren that I could spoil rotten, and walk off into the sunset holding hands with the woman I married.
How did MY PLAN work out? It didn't...because it was MY PLAN.
“Seek ye first the things of heaven…then, the other things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.
HAGGAI 2:6-7 - “This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty.”
Oh, indeed, GOD IS SHAKING THE EARTH ONCE MORE!
He wants to get our attention once more for we are asleep.
We are letting man overrule God’s Laws and violate our Constitution.
We are asleep, and not caring about God’s house because we show up in church or synagogue once a week, and then we return home to our modern houses, and tell God, “See you next week…same time…same channel…while others are dropping off the earth into a place called hell on a daily basis.
“CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”
Revelation, Chapter 2:1, we read, “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write…and in verses 4 and 5, “I have something against you, because you have left your first love. 5-Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
“CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”
MIRACLE OF THE 5,000
We are told a story of how Jesus fed an estimated 15,000 people one day. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John…all newly appointed disciples of Jesus (whom Jesus selected as His apostles), had to learn some lessons about this one called Jesus.
We tend to skip over the story and write it off as it was simply one more miracle that Jesus performed…you know, heal a leper, cause a blind man to see for the first time, raise a dead child, or feed 5,000 men plus women and children…an estimated 15,000 – using just a few fish and a few loaves of bread.
John, the closest to Jesus, personally (the “beloved”) gave the best and most detailed story of what really happened that day.
John 6: 1-14 –“John 6 - NKJV - "After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.”
Jesus KNOWS exactly what He is doing all of the time. He wishes to train us…just like He was training His new apostles…twelve men chosen from a myriad of disciples or “followers” of His teachings.
7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” 10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Jesus KNEW that it would not be possible – HUMANLY SPEAKING, to feed the hungry…nor would it be possible to provide drink to the thirsty, or shelters for the homeless, or to provide clothing for those who have none, and it would be impossible for people to reach out to the sick, or imprisoned or shut-ins to provide comfort to, and it would be utterly impossible, humanly speaking, to provide for the orphans or widows, and I will include single mothers or fathers who have children to take care of and no income to support the effort. All of these acts of kindness are to get to these people and share the Word of God with them. Jesus wants them to have "Living Water", so they will never thirst again...eternally speaking.
Jesus TESTED Philip. He wanted to demonstrate to His Apostles -whom He also later commissioned to go out into all the world and preach the gospel and make disciples or followers out of new converts…. That He is THE SOURCE of all that we will ever need to provide needs for others less fortunate or lonely.
He asked His apostles to “BRING ME WHAT YOU HAVE”. He asks us to "BRING ME WHAT YOU HAVE".
Jesus then showed them the miracle of using THE LITTLE THEY HAD to take care of what He wants US to accomplish.
Oh, there is a great and might day coming SOON – spoken of in Matthew 25:31, where Jesus will look very kindly to those of us who DID take care of the needs of others….and a stern punishment for those who failed to take care of others.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left." (Sheep intended to mean born-again believers, goats are those that will be cast into the lake of fire).
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous (yes, those who claim to be born again believers) will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
“CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison (Author adds homeless or nursing home-bound elderly) and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
So, the moral of the story of feeding the 15,000 hungry people was clearly to show US…His disciples, how He will give the increase to us and multiply the LITTLE THAT WE BRING HIM if we simply TRUST and OBEY His commandments to do all that He asked us to do in Matthew 25.
We say, “How can I possibly give when I’m just getting by with what I have”?
It boils down to this: Do we BELIEVE that God is the source of everything…including our next breath of air, our next meal, and our next dollar?
If so, He wants YOU to know that He is bringing the curtain down RIGHT NOW, and you are asleep. He wants US to use what little resources and talents we have NOW...to warn others that the "bridge is out" and they will plunge into their eternal destiny SOON. Who among us would not warn pthers if, indeed, we saw that the bridge ahead had fallen into the deep ravine? Yet, our loved ones and co-workers or friends are heading for the bridge!
It is time to wake up and seek ye FIRST the kingdom of heaven…then all of the other blessings of God will be upon YOU and upon America.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – is the key toward having God heal America once again. He MAY forestall His plans to bring down the curtain for a few extra years if we heed His words:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
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