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As I was praying the other day, I felt that I was to write down some things that I believed the Lord was saying to me.  This often happens to me.  Some people may think that it’s weird, but that’s ok.  Anyway, I felt that I was to share this on my blog.  As you read it, judge it yourself.  You may agree or disagree; that is your option.  As some of my friend’s say, “Eat the meat and spit out the bones”.

“Fast for the election.  It is not as it seems.  My people have the power to do right and bring about justice if they will only turn to Me.  Pick your meal and dedicate it to Me.  I will honor your fast and the hunger in your heart to humble yourself and be obedient to Me.  I have the power to set up kings and bring them down.  As My word says, I laugh at the plans of the wicked, then torment and terrify them by My coming (Psalms 2:2-5)

But My people must want me to intervene.  They must believe that I have the power to act.  Why should I act on behalf of those who dishonor Me?  Honor me and I will come forth with a mighty arm to save My people and your country. 

Tough times are ahead, but the enemy will not steal the victory.  More truth is coming for all to see.  Lies will be exposed, as well as hidden agendas.  Bush is being duped.  He was My man in his season, but that time is over.  A new day is dawning, a new page is turning.  Things will  not be the way they were before.

My people must remember what struggle is like.  What it is like to need My help.  They have been too self-sufficient.  Now they will learn what it is like to need Me.  I will judge in mercy, but I will judge.  I cannot but do this.  It would not be fair to others to let you go free.  But I am merciful and will not destroy, just severely discipline.  Then My people will call to me as a just ruler, a just protector, righteous in all My actions.  And they will then be pure, purified seven times by fire.  Look for seven trials to purify My people:  the economy, nature, health, wealth, relationships, war, famine.

My purging is coming, but be faithful.  I will be sorting the sheep from the goats.  The believers from the false believers  Those who believe when they don’t need Me because they can do it all themselves.  But they will not be able to do this by themselves.  No one will.  You will need My help and I will be here.  But you will need to call on Me.  I will not come to your aid unless you call.  No more mercy without humility.  That time is over.  The rebellious child will pay now.  Tough love is coming.  Good love, but tough.  It is time to straighten up and get on the narrow path.  Many will fall in the ditch because of rebellion and stubbornness, because they do not want to obey My laws.  Do not mourn for them.  They have been warned many, many times.  Make this as plain as I have.  I am your strong tower.  No one else.  I am coming.  Get ready and get right with Me.  For I know who is real and who is pretending.”

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For those of you who are still undecided about which candidate to vote for, let me give you another perspective to consider.  They both have interesting plans for our country that may appeal to you on an economic, safety, environmental, and energy level.  These are all “if I’m elected” plans and, of course, Congress will have its own say on what is really done.

But I digress.  How can we judge the man?  The actual person, not the plan.  Plans can change (“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry”.  Robert Burns), but it is much more difficult to change the character of the person.

The Bible instructs us not to judge others so that we will not be judged (Luke 6:37) .  However, we are told that we are to judge a person’s actions, their “fruit” (Matthew 7:15-17).

As you consider these two men, think about this:  Do these men support the moral standards that you are endeavoring to live by?  What do they support in the way of the sanctity of marriage only being between a man and a woman?  What is their view on the rights of the unborn?  Do they believe that we should  continually give handouts to those who are capable of working, but choose not to?  Do they feel people should be responsible for their actions (overextending their credit then looking for someone – the taxpayer – to bail them out of their predicament) ?  Do they feel our country should stand up for its right to protect itself or “just get along” with everyone else in the world? 

God instructed the Israelites not to make treaties with the countries around it as they were going into the Promised Land so that they would not adopt their pagan beliefs (Exodus 23:31-33) .  Our country has adopted many of the beliefs of the “world”, such as idolizing wealth, power, honoring man’s viewpoint rather than God’s.  We are beginning to lean toward wanting “peace at any cost”, wealth redistribution (socialism), and denying any responsibility for our actions.

Neither of these candidates is without faults.  They are only human as are we.  But, there are definitely vast differences on several issues involving our country.  As you cast your vote, you are endorsing the major plans of the person you are voting for.  If you were to stand before your God to give an account of who you support, could you in good conscience, explain why you voted for someone who may endorse a plan of action that is in total disregard of what your  God’s standards are?

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While meditating on John 3:36, I thought about what “believe” really means, especially when in the first part of the verse it speaks of believing in Jesus and the second part speaks of obeying Him.

“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life.  Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (John 3:36 NLT)

All who “believe in” (trust in, rely upon, swear by) Jesus have eternal life.  However, those who do not obey (comply, submit, follow orders, heed) Jesus will never have eternal life, but remain under God’s judgment.  Today, we have such a lenient view of what “believe” means.  I believe the sky is blue, grass is green, Bush is President, I need to lose weight.  These beliefs do not necessarily cause me to jump into action.  When we speak of believing in Jesus, this is a much deeper commitment.  By believing in Him, I am saying I agree with His teachings AND will endeavor to the best of my abilities to follow them.

Christians who have said “the sinner’s prayer”, but continue to lie, cheat, engage in adultery and promiscuity, slander, gossip, and worry about everything need to really look at their heart and think about whether they really do believe in Jesus or are just trying to use Him as a “fire escape” from hell.  I, at one time, believed the “say the prayer and you’re good forever” mentality.  I came to know Jesus in a personal way in a church that taught that.  But as I’ve grown as a Christian, read my Bible, and listened to other teachers, I realize there is a lot more to it than just “the prayer”. 

Following Jesus is a whole way of thinking, a lifestyle of trusting God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth.  One sin God says he hates most is sowing discord among a family (Proverbs 6:16-19)  which is usually done by gossip.  But in Christendom, this is a “small” sin compared to things like murder and stealing.  How many messages do we hear on gossiping?  Not many.  How about gluttony?  Whoa boy, even less here.  I’m not saying we have to be perfect, but we Christians have a real knack for deciding which sins are really bad (usually the ones we don’t commit or at least don’t commit often). 

How about getting back to “believing” in Jesus by accepting His teachings, living by them, and stop justifying ourselves or our church as not as sinful as someone else.  When we stand before God, He’s not going to let us off the hook if we say, “Well, that’s what my preacher said.”  We are to study God’s word ourselves and know what it says.  If you can’t understand the version of the Bible you have now, get one you can.  If your church is a “KJV only” church and you can’t understand this version, how’s it going to help you?  Let’s get real, people.  God wants us to understand His word.  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.  That’s one of His jobs (John 16:12-15).

I have certainly not “arrived” and never will until I die, but I do keep working toward the goal of fulfilling God’s purpose for my life.  I welcome you as a traveling companion along this journey with me.  God bless.

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