MEANWHILE BACK AT THE BEER JOINT, PART THREE
Yes, God is in the business of jacking folkís cans around as they float down the troublesome waters of life. He has a plan and He is working that plan. You can see that on every page of the Bible.
The teachers and preachers that say you can miss out on Godís best for your life and settle for second or third or even worst are right only in the sense of the old law enforcement maxim, we can do this the easy way or we can do it the hard way. Either way we are going to do it cause it is Godís plan and he is working that plan.
Think of Jonah, God said go to Nineveh and tell them judgment is going to fall if you go on in your wicked way and donít turn to Me. Jonah said, ďnoĒ by going the opposite direction. Instead of arriving in Nineveh all togged out in his finest with bells on he got thrown into the Mediterranean, swallowed by a big fish and had to walk into the town draped in seaweed and fish guts. But he did Godís plan none the less.
Think of Judah, the forth son of Jacob. He became fed up with his family and said I know who my friends are and you arenít them and up and moved in with the wicked Canaanites. He worked with them, ate with them, lived with them and even slept with them. He married a Canaanite. He raised up a son so wicked that God slew him. But God had a plan for Judahís life and he worked that plan.
Judah followed the custom of the day by having his second son marry his first sonís wife to raise up seed for his dead brother. The son knew that if he did this the inheritance would go to that child and not to him and saw to it that the women would have no child. For this act of greed God slew him also. Judah promised the Canaanite women his third son and sent her to live with her father until that child was grown, but he had no intention of fulfilling that promise because he thought that marriage to this person maybe why his elder two sons were dead.
Then Judahís wife died. Iím sure he was lonely, frustrated and maybe he had even began to practice one of the Canaaniteís false religious systems. The Canaanite would worship a false deity with the act of sexual intercourse and temple or shrine prostitutes were provided to promote this practice.
Judah set out to see to the searing of his sheep and came upon what he thought was a shrine prostitute and asked to have sex with her. She was veiled so he had no idea that his daughter in law, realizing that he had no intention of providing his last son for her to fulfill a womenís role of motherhood, had disguised herself so that one way or another Judah was going to provide for her fulfillment. The price of a young goat was agreed upon and the women asked that Judah leave his seal and staff with her until the goat was delivered. Upon reaching his livestock, Judah sent his friend back with the goat but there was no prostitute to be found and the men of the town said there had never been a shrine prostitute there. So, Judah shrugged his shoulders and chocked it up to one of those wierd things.
About three months later Judah was told that his daughter in law was pregnant. Judah sent for her and told his people she was to be burned to death. She sent his seal and staff to him saying that these items belonged to the father of her unborn child and did he know who they belonged to. Now, Judah could have said, to those who certainly would have recognized these thing as his, that fool woman stole those things from my tent and is trying to put the blame on me and he would have gotten away with it and very shortly after that she would have been dead but Judah had the integrity that God was looking for and owned up. The women lived and gave birth to twins one of which was named Perez.
When you read Mathew chapter 1 verse three you see Perez listed in the genealogy of our wonderful Savior and when He bled out for us on the cross, a little of that blood was Canaanite blood. Genesis: 38.
What I love best is working with animals. Horses first then cattle. Down second from last are hogs. of course dead last is humans. I learned that when trying to move a hog where you want him, his head is invariably going to be on the wrong end. So, you grab that little curly thing at the rear and lift then turn the hog until the head is on the right end. Then you grab a five gallon bucket, slide it over the hogs head, hold it on with the bale and shove. He canít see where he is at or where he is going and you can put him anywhere you want.
God knew that trick long before I did. God knew it would do no good for Rocky to tell me about Sylvan Lake but by confusing the directions in our minds, mission accomplished. I headed off to Stockade Lake so God slammed the bucket over my head and took me to Sylvan. Godís plan is always better, I saw Stockade one time. There was no comparison even if you leave out the hootenanny and the wonderful mate the Lord had for me there.
I earn and deserve every trip to the woodshed that I get but I donít feel sorry for God either. He knew what He was getting when He hired me on.
Letís look again at Jeremiah-29 verse 11. ď To give you an expected endĒ. That is old King James. The new King James says, ď to give you a future and a hopeĒ. That changes things entirely unless our end is a new beginning, which it is. If that works for you, it works for me.
But lets think expected end in the sense of it being an end of life, as we know it now. In the end you and I are going to be exactly where God expects us to be and we are going to have accomplished exactly what God expects us to accomplish because it is Gods plan and He is working that plan.
Before you were a gleam in your daddyís eye God knew you. Jeremiah-1 verse 5. He knew every thought you would ever think, every word you would say, every choice you would ever make, every mistake, every right thing and every wrong thing. We can never surprise God. That is why Joseph could say to his brothers that had sold him in to slavery, ď you meant it for evil but God turned it in to something good and many lives were saved, including yours.Ē Genesis-45 verse 5
Yes, we are given free choice but since God already knows what we are going to choose the game is rigged. We are free to choose and love God and to except His free gift of salvation, but some will choose wrong. Not a one of them will come as a surprise to God. He saw Satanís defeat before he even rebelled.
Now the storm clouds gather. For the first time in history the nations are about lined up as Bible Prophecy says they will be for the very end times. The Bible says that, in the end times, the whole worldís attention will be on riveted on tiny Israel and Jerusalem. The other day a delegate to the United Nations screamed out, ďcanít we, please, talk about something besides IsraelĒ. The days of the gentile trampling down Jerusalem are about over and with that goes the day of grace.
The removal of those that have put their trust in the Lord (caught up) Thessalonians-4: 17. will signal the start of a seven-year period of judgement, by God, on the unbelieving world. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have endeavored, through their Left Behind series, to show that people can still be saved during that terrible seven year period but it will be very hard. The unbelieving world will hate the Lord and anyone who looks to him. You can see the beginnings of that coming to pass at this very time. The time of godís grace is about to end and Satan knows it. While Christians are being enslaved, tortured and killed in many places in the world now, being an evangelical Christian in this country is becoming less and less popular.
Evangelical Christianity is being spit on by a world of Satanís followers for being intolerant of their sins of choice, fornication, adultery, homosexuality and carnality of all kinds. You name it.
In April 2000, I was sitting on the porch with my neighbor. It was the first time I had met her and she didnít know me from Adam. She told me she was a student of Buddha and that every war, famine or any other disaster that had ever happened was either caused by the Jews or the blood thirsty Christians. This attitude is a trend that is building all over the world including this one nation under God and is simply a prelude to what will take place during the last seven years before the return of Christ in power. In that last seven years to be a Jew or to hold to Christ will be a death sentence. To not hold to Christ will be a hell sentence for eternity
When the believers are caught away by the Lord, the Holy Spirit will cease to restrain evil on this earth and a person that endeavors to be a believer, at that time, will find it is open season on him every where.
Over seven hundred years before our Saviorís first advent the prophet Isaiah wrote: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call his name Immanuel (God with Us) Isaiah-7:14. He also wrote: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulders and his name shall be called Almighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah-9: 6.
To come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ is to enter in to a personal relationship with Him. Revelation-3: 20 Behold I stand at the door and knock: If anyone hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and him with Me. Jesus loves and seeks after each one of us
but we still have to respond and open the door. John Cash sang:
He will be a friend and guide you
He will walk along with you
You will feel Him there inside you
Heíll help you make it through
God showed Noah what to do
And itís the same God that stands by you
If you need a friend Heíll guide you
Heíll be a friend to you.
The first step to having a wonderful, personal relationship with the Lord is the realization that you want one and that you canít have one because of sin. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans-3: 23.
No one can do it for you; No church membership or affiliation can do it for you. No pastor or priest, mother or father, husband or wife, sister or brother, son, daughter, or friend can stand in for you. You must make a personal decision to turn from your sin and ask the Lord to save you ď For the wages of sin is hell but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Ē Romans-6: 23
Your goodness is not enough. The Lord says it is filthy rags to Him. You canít work your way. For by grace are ye saved, through faith and that not of your selves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any one should boast. Ephesians-2: 8&9.
The apostle John wrote, ďhe that hath the Son hath life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. I John-5: 12. Jesus, Himself said, ďI am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by M.Ē John-14: 6.
The apostle Paul wrote to the Romanís, ďthat if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call on Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans- 10: 9 thru 13
It wonít matter 100 years from now, what your yearly earnings are right now. It wonít matter what house you live in or the kind of car you drive. It will matter very much, 100 years from now and for all eternity, what your personal relationship with and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ is now while you still live.
This I do know, that, when we all shall gather at the river that flows from the throne of God, you are going to know me when you see me. Iíll be the one with a bucket over his head. God likes to play with trash. Iím living proof.
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