The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
Not McCain, Not Obama, but YOU!
In the past several months, we have seen our nation in crisis. I believe that much of this crisis was deliberately created. The high cost of fuel was created by a ban on drilling where the oil is. We have noticed that this ban was allowed to expire just as we are facing elections. (I do not doubt for a moment that it will be reinstituted right after Nov. 4TH) The housing crisis was created when mortgage companies were ordered to approve mortgages to those who could not afford to pay it back. We are told that there is a crisis in Iraq , that we are losing this war but are we? Fox news recently had a special showing the huge accomplishments in Iraq . Accomplishments that one of the main problems in Baghdad now are...traffic jams. We do not hear about this on the main stream media.
We have had one crisis after another and I contend that each one of them has been created. There is one crisis that we have not had that we have not heard about...that the United States has NOT been attacked on our soil since the War on Terror has started. That may soon change. There are those in Washington that do not want to see victory in this war.
We have many who tell us that we need John McCain to solve our countries problems. Many others tell us it will take Barack Obama. We are told that McCain will keep taxes low to stimulate the economy and as a result, this will create new jobs. We are told that when one makes money off an investment, he will be more willing to create new jobs and new wealth when he can keep most of the money he makes.
On the other side, Obama wants to tax the wealthy and give it to the poor. He calls it spreading the wealth. Many have a problem with this plan but many have a problem with the other plan too. It is not the purpose of this message to tell you whose plan is best.
I am here to tell you that John McCain is NOT the answer to our problems!
I am here to tell you that Barack Obama is NOT the answer to our problems!
I have been thinking of writing this message for the past several days. I have told several people about this. Tonight it was confirmed that is the message we need for today. I just read a message that was pending approval in Shattered Men. Although we have been trying to keep politics out of this as much as we can, sometimes it is very relevant to this ministry. In this message I got confirmation of what I am about to say. Part of this message which I approved tonight was that the person (a pastor) was told by GOD that George Bush would be elected for two terms and that the second term would be the hardest election in the history of the United States . This was given him before President Bush was even nominated for his first term. GOD has also shown this pastor that after President Bush's second term…well let me put it in this pastor's words:
God spoke to me that after George W. Bush, America would elect its most ungodly president ever.
The pastor went on to say:
Now in 2006 I began to ask the Lord, "Is that guaranteed to happen in 2008?" He spoke to me very clearly and gave me the key words to what I believe holds this election in the balance right now. He gave me these key words that can forever change what is about to happen in America .
He said, "It depends on the Christians."
This was confirmation for this message. GOD gave me the title for this message several days ago. In fact, it was given to me as I and several others had a conference phone call and we were in prayer for this nation. Not McCain, Not Obama, but YOU!
Neither of these two are the answer to our problems. The answer to the problems in our society is the person YOU see when you look in a mirror! YOU are the answer!
Oh I can hear you now…."Hey wait a moment, I am nobody! I can not do anything about this mess. Don't blame me. Hey not me man, I don't even have a job right now.
Well my friend, there are two possible ways you are the only solution. Let me explain.
If you are a Christian and have trusted Jesus Christ for full payment for your sin…YOU are the solution.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Is this just not what the pastor above told us that GOD told him? "It depends on the Christians."
I have been instructed to tell you that it is YOU that can turn the tide for this nation. Lets look at this verse one part at a time"
If my people
Please notice that the indictment for "the state of the union" is not on the homosexuals as one well known pastor declares. (1) It is not the feminist or even the gender feminist. This indictment is not on the atheist or the anarchist who seeks to destroy this nation…it is on YOU!
which are called by my name
The name we proclaim and are called by today is Christian. It was taken from Acts 11:26: And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch . It was intended to be offensive but the disciples accepted it as a badge of honor. My friend, if you say you are a Christian, this indictment is on YOU!
shall humble themselves
What does it mean to be humble?"
Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful
This week I was watching a TV ministry. A woman sang a solo about her sins being forgiven. The pastor then stated only four years ago, this woman was singing in nightclubs. As he said that, we could see tears flowing freely in this woman's face. I know why because I have them often too. When I think of who I am and WHO Jesus is I can not help but to be humble known that HE loves me anyway. When I think of where I was nine years ago and where I was heading until Jesus said that is enough I can not help but to praise HIM!
Prayer is far more then "now I lay me down to sleep" or "Dear God bless this grub now lets eat" It is a personal conversation with GOD just as we are talking to our best friend. It is casting all of our care on HIM, telling HIM about others who need HIS touch. Yesterday, I got an urgent message from someone who asked me to check a Yahoo Answer question on suicide. She told me that when she read that question, she knew I was the right one to answer it. My friend that is what prayer is…..to see someone in need and then say….GOD….this person needs your answer. It is also recognizing God for who HE is and for what HE has done for us just as the woman above that use to sing in nightclubs but is now singing for our Lord. We do need to remember that praise got Jonah out of the "whale" and it got Paul out of the jail. (2)
and seek my face
Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek ye first the kingdom of God , and his righteousness but how many of us really do it? Think about the person you love most. Do you only want to spend an hour a week with that person if even that? How much time do you spend talking with them? Listening to them? If they do not get home on time, do you start wondering where they are? Do you start looking for them if too much time goes by? Remember, if we are not as close to GOD as we once were…who moved? (3)
and turn from their wicked ways
Oh yes, I can hear this too….wicked ways? No way Just look at so and so and you will see wicked. Well if you are saying this, I have a news flash for you. God does not compare us with Hitler or that guy on the news yesterday. HE compares us to JESUS! Now how holy are you? We are not to have a pitchfork religion, but a catcher's mitt one. Yet there is good news. When we have accepted Christ, GOD sees only HIS righteousness as far as salvation is concerned. Still we can have wicked ways. How? What about that off colored joke someone was telling. Did you strain to hear it? Did you laugh…even to yourself? What do you watch on TV? Do you find programs like Two and a half men amusing? Remember we are told that we are not to put evil before us. We are also told to present our self a living sacrifice holy and presentable to the Lord and we do this by renewing our mind…by changing the way we think. We need to change from seeking our wants to seeking HIS desires just as a small child learns that what mom and dad think is better then his or her thinking. We know that eating a well balance meal is better then all the candy they want to eat and we also know that if we really let them eat only what they wanted, they would literally die from malnutrition. My friend, God knows what is best for us too and HE knows that when we do not turn from our wicked way….there is a far too expensive hidden cost for sin. (4) (5)
then will I hear from heaven
Folks, God does not have to hear all of our prayers. He actually tells us that even after salvation sin will separate us from fellowship with Him. Need prove of this? Read Prayer, Why Not Answered! (6)
and will forgive their sin
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
will heal their land.
Who is here reading this that does not think our land needs healing? No….I did not think I would see anyone raise their hand. We all know it does. Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
One has only to look at recent history to see this. God has been taken out of our schools and out of the public square. People are calling good evil and evil good just as God told us they would. Same sex marriages are becoming the law of the land even though God calls this an abomination. Abortion is a "right" and no one has a right to contest it. Drugs are common even among our law makers and we even allow sex in the oval office...if we have money in our pocket. Remember, Jesus did say the love of money is the root of all evil.
John McCain is NOT the answer to our problems nor is Barack Obama! The real solution is YOU…and more important…ME! IF and when we do the above, GOD can heal our land but not until and unless WE do our part. God has given us free will and HE has given us instructions on what we need to do to allow HIM to act on our behalf. We can see examples of this in our homes and in many other places. If we do our part, another will do their part. If our children will do their homework, we will give them a treat. If we do a certain job by a certain date, we will get a bonus. IF we will humble ourselves, pray, seek HIS face and turn from our wicked way God will be able to do HIS part.
Early in this message, I stated " there are two possible ways you are the only solution: I have shown the first solution and actually the indictment is on this first group…Christians. There is another solution. Just as Christians can follow God's instructions and see our land healed for which you will also get the benefit from even if you are not a Christian, YOU can become part of the solution by joining us and placing your trust in Jesus Christ for full payment for you sin. Even if our land is not healed, YOU will be. (7) Your sins will be forgiven and you will find a deep peace you have never had before. This is how:
Many people know ABOUT God but to have a relationship with Him, we have to KNOW Him. What is the difference?
Knowing about God can include us being aware of all the facts concerning Him. Many people think that knowing that Jesus Christ died for our sin is all that is needed for salvation. It is NOT! In order to have salvation that is to have eternal life there are a few basic steps we need to follow. This is so important I want to go over them,
1: We need to realize we have sinned. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God This means we have failed to met the goal of being perfect in order to enter heaven. Few of us would question this.
2: The penalty for the sin that we are guilty of is death. Romans 6:23 tells us The wages of sin is death. (Death is separation. When our body dies, our soul is separated from our body. Eternal death is when we die without doing what is being explained here and then our spirit is separated from God for eternity.
Since the only price we can pay for our own sin is to be separated from God forever, it stands to reason that there is no way we can pay for our sin ourselves. We thus come to the 2nd part of Romans 6:23: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord.
3: 2nd Corinthians 5:21 informs us: For he hath made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Jesus Christ, God's only Son became sin for us so that we can be freed from the penalty of sin. What then do we need to do?
4: For GOD so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten Son that whosoever (read YOUR name here) believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Please note the ONLY condition given is that we believe in Jesus Christ for full payment for our sin.
Now if we only learn these facts, even though we may understand that they are true and believe them. that is only knowing ABOUT GOD. How do we KNOW HIM then? It is APPLYING that payment to our account.
This would be like having a check to pay a bill and putting the check on a desk. The bill does not get paid because the check was never APPLIED to your account. Once we know and believe the facts pointed out above, the next step is to TALK to God much as you and I would and admit that we have fallen short of what He wants.
We recognize that we deserve to be separated from a Holy God. We then tell Him that we know that He has provided a payment for all our sin and this payment was Jesus Christ when He died on a cross.
It is at this time we ask God to APPLY THIS PAYMENT TO OUR ACCOUNT. We ask God to credit as PAYMENT IN FULL for all our sin the price Jesus paid for us. It is this step that gives us eternal life. If we do all but this step, we know about God.
When we do this step, we will KNOW God and we will have eternal life. Following is a model of a prayer to trust Christ.
Lord God, I now realize I am a sinner. I realize I have fallen short of the goal You have set forth for eternal life and I now repent of this sin. I also understand that according to Your Word, the Bible, that Your Son, Jesus Christ as paid the debt for me and I am now asking You to credit the payment Jesus made on the cross to my sin. Lord God, I also renounce any sin on the part of my ancestors that may have been invitations to curses or demonic activity. Lord God I also now understand that You have now given me eternal life and I thank You for that fact. Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer, please let us know so we can help you know more about this new relationship with the LORD. Meanwhile, this will show you the next step
My LORD, I come to You today to confess that there are far too many times I do not spend time with you as I should. There are far too many wasted moments and yes LORD, even hours. There are times in which I am not as humble as I may think I am. I confess that I do not always seek YOUR face as I should. I repent of this MY LORD and I turn from those things I too often find myself doing that although may not be wrong in and of itself, but they are wrong because I have not put you FIRST in my life. My LORD I do praise You so very much for all You have done through this ministry of Shattered Men and I thank You for allowing me the honor and privilege of leading this awesome ministry as YOU give directions. Lord we thank You for the healing we have seen, the people who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb since it was started 9 years ago today. My LORD, we rededicate Shattered Men to YOU to expand or leave as it is. It is Yours My LORD but I do also rededicate myself to YOU My wonderful LORD. Thank You for the compassion You have given to so many to reach out to those who feel the stings of rejection (8) and who have so often told us that even YOU could not love them only to find out that YOU do....when they have trusted You and found YOUR peace overflowing them. T hank You for each person that has passed through Shattered Men never to be the same again...because they have met....YOU!
LORD....Heal our land...PLEASE!
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