Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 7, 2014

"But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD." Genesis 6:8

One of the most dramatic moments in the amazing account of the Creation is when God had completed His masterpiece, looked it over, and pronounced it "good". A perfect God had combined His creative genius with His incredible power and spoke the universe into existence.

So, how bad would it have to get for God to change His mind about the "goodness" of this creation?

Real bad. Check this out:

"The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them." Genesis 6:5-7

What an amazing portion of Scripture! It reveals a God Who had found such delight in His creation now grieving over what it had become. What He had created for His pleasure now brought Him great pain. Think about that! Think about how destructive sin is! Think about how it breaks the heart of God!

This condition could not continue. Something had to be done to make this right! How would that happen?

God had it in His mind to destroy everything and start over. But amid the degradation and disgrace there was one beacon of hope - Noah, a righteous man.

You have to understand the circumstances surrounding this statement - "Noah found favor with God" - to fully appreciate what "favor" means. To grasp grace you must understand the alternative of disgrace.

In a world filled with men who were disgracing themselves, Noah found grace. Grace refers to God's "unmerited favor" offered to us. This means that God is looking for reasons to extend His kindness and goodness toward us and Noah's righteousness brought favor on him at a time when God was ready to destroy everyone and start over.

Consider the powerful difference one person can make when God's favor rests upon them.

This morning I want to ask you, "Is your life bringing God's grace or His disgrace upon you, and upon your family? Are you living in a way that brings God pain?"

July 6, 2014

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LordThe people He has chosen as His own inheritance." Psalm 33:12

The past two weeks have been encouraging to those of us who hold conservative values. We have seen some sanity return to the highest Court of the Land! SCOTUS' latest round of rulings have been wins for religious freedom and Constitutional authority.

But if you want to make some sense of rapid decline of the past six years I will give you some homework.

Don't purchase a copy of the book but Google Saul Alinksy and "Rules for Radicals". This book has framed the social and political philosophy of current American leaders such as President Obama and Hillary Clinton. The latter wrote her senior college thesis on Saul Alinksy. The former has adopted Alinsky's strategies in his political "leadership".

Alinsky dedicated this book to Lucifer (aka - Satan) whom he admires as the "Original Radical". When a book begins with a tribute to the devil you can imagine where it goes from there.

As you do some research on Alinksy and his radical theories, suddenly some nonsensical Presidential rulings and decisions will make sense.

Another political strategy that guides the thinking of our Chief Executive and is often implemented by him comes from the teaching of two former Columbia University professors named Richard Cloward and Frances Pivens. Google "Cloward and Pivens Strategy" and do some research. Again, many of these "head-scratcher" policies that are being proposed and passed will suddenly make sense.

In short, Cloward and Pivens taught the way to collapse the American economy is to simply overload it with debt and entitlements. While this theory was directed toward economic collapse it also applies to the judicial system by overloading the court dockets with frivolous law suits, the legislative system by overloading it with codes and laws and regulations and the political demographics by flooding the nation with illegal aliens and creating a permanent dependent class of people.

This is suppose to be an inspirational or edifying blog, so I am sorry to expose you to these evil strategies, but you need to "discern" the times so you better understand how to pray and live!

Let me remind you that these evil concepts did not originate with Alinsky or Cloward or Pivens. They came from the Father of Lies and He has been defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ!

Stand strong in the Lord and the power of His might!

Be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.