Current Events:  Deal with the Devil – Canada and Israel

Current Events: Deal with the Devil – Canada and Israel

The following is an article by Hal Lindsey.  It is just another sign that its time you became a Faith Prepper.  Why?  Because times for believers, especially in the United States, are going to get real bad, real fast.  It is time to take the words of Jesus seriously and prepare your faith to have it severely tested.  Soon.

So get prepared now!


Deal with the Devil

Nikki Haley, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, recently characterized a Canadian vote at the UN as “a deal with the devil.”

That’s strong language coming from a well-regarded diplomat.  I assume she meant it figuratively.  But something literal is at work.  Canada’s recent about-face on Israel is a capitulation to the growing forces of darkness in our world.  In recent years, the nations of the UN have been making a lot of deals with the devil – the actual devil.

Haley was referring to a vote on an anti-Israel resolution sponsored by North Korea. That’s right, those paragons of respect for human rights – North Korea’s government leaders – sponsored a resolution condemning Israel for “occupying” East Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria.  The resolution also says that the wall Israel built “severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.”

That wall was built to stop terrorist activity in Israel.  It has been highly effective.  It was necessary because Palestinian leadership continues to act as a major sponsor of terrorism.  Israel tries to make peace while Palestinian leaders encourage their constituents to randomly stab people and blow things up.  When Israel responds to these terrorist acts, the Palestinians decry Israel’s actions.  Israel continues to try to make peace.  But while they work for peace, they must keep their people secure.  Thus, the wall.


UN Resolutions Against Israel

A few years ago, the seat of world antisemitism could be found in the Islamic nations.  But more and more it is moving back into the lands where it manifested its greatest evil – Europe.  According to UN Watch, “In the current 74th session of the UN General Assembly (2019-2020), all EU member states voted for one resolution each to criticize (1) Iran, (2) Syria, (3) North Korea, (4) Crimea, (5) Myanmar, and (6) the U.S., for its embargo on Cuba.

“By contrast, EU states are expected to vote for 15 out of 20 resolutions singling out Israel.  Yet these same EU states failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution on the human rights situation in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries.”

Think about the numbers – 20 resolutions against Israel.  All EU nations are expected to vote for 15 of them.  All (or almost all) of the 20 resolutions either have passed or are expected to pass in the General Assembly.  Contrast that with 6 resolutions against the rest of the world combined!

There were 20 against Israel while there was one against the number one state sponsor of terror in the world, Iran.  There was one against Syria – the nation whose leader uses chemical weapons against his own people.  There was one against North Korea – which starves, tortures, imprisons, or murders all who oppose its “Supreme Leader.”

There were no resolutions against Venezuela, where the leader kills his enemies and systematically starves his people.  There were none against China where the war on religious freedom results in government-approved rape and pillage.  There were none against Russia where opposing the Putin regime often equals death.

Yet there were 20 against Israel.  This level of hatred and vitriol is not natural.

Jesus called Satan “the prince of this world.”  He is a being at war with God.  He believes that if he can destroy Israel, he will win the war by making God a liar.  And so, he fights Israel with all the venom he can muster. (And that’s a lot of venom.)   Eventually, he will try to destroy Israel by enacting a peace treaty between his man, the Antichrist, and the nation of Israel.  But even then, God will keep His promises.

These are troubled times.  But don’t despair.  Instead, look up.  Your redemption draws near.

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You can find out more about Hal Lindsey at Hal Lindsey Ministries.

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Prayer: Ephesians 2:20 – Our Job and His Job

Prayer: Ephesians 2:20 – Our Job and His Job

Today we move on to a new section in Ephesians 2.  Here we find Paul giving us still another example of who we are in Christ.  We have learned we are “no longer strangers and foreigners” but are now “fellow citizens with the saints” and, if that wasn’t enough, we are also “members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:20).  Next, the Lord shows us we belong to a grand temple, a “holy temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:21), which is the “dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Eph. 2:22).  This magnificent temple has its foundation built on the teaching and revelation of the apostles and prophets and the chief cornerstone is the Lord Himself (Eph. 2:20).  This is who we are in Christ.  Breathtaking, isn’t it?

As we pray today, let’s focus our prayers on the first phrase in Ephesians 2:20.  This verse speaks of the household of God being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets yet it is in the past tense.  It says:

Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20.

When we read this our attention naturally gravitates to the words “apostles and prophets” and to “Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone”.  But if we’re not careful, we’ll miss the beginning of this verse and all that simple beginning conveys.  There it says “having been built”. That’s past tense, something already done and established in the past.  And from these three words, we can get much encouragement today in our prayers.


Having Been Built

There are some elements in our relationship with Christ that are clearly our responsibility.  We have to act or meet some conditions to receive the promise or result.  Or, we have to do the “if” (in an “if / then” promise) in order for God to do the “then”.  One is conditioned upon another.  For example, using the classic salvation verse of Romans 10:9, notice the “if / then” promise: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and (if you) believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, (then) you will be saved.”  The condition has to be met in order to receive the result.  No confession and belief, no salvation.  It’s really that simple.  Most of the aspects of our salvation that are conditional usually have to do with sanctification, or how we live the life Christ has provided for us.

But there are other facets of our salvation in which we are passive recipients by grace.  There is nothing we did in the past, nor need to do currently, to merit God’s actions.  We see this truth in Ephesians 1:4-5 where God, on His own without our cooperation, “chose us in Him” and “predestined us to adoption as sons.”  This is a reality God accomplished in the past that we reap benefit from in the present and for all eternity.  This is also the same truth communicated by the phrase “having been”… something. It doesn’t matter what God did, we just know it has already been done and there is nothing we can do to enhance or negate God’s blessing.

Let’s close by looking at just a few of the other places in Ephesians where God has already done something for us, something He chose to do, without our cooperation or permission, that from our perspective is finished, complete, and unalterable. Be encouraged by these “having been” or “have been” acts towards us by our sovereign Father.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God – Ephesians 2:8.  Done!

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ – Ephesians 2:13.  Already done!

Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20. Already accomplished! Done!

Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets – Ephesians 3:5.  Already revealed!  Finished and complete!

Get the point?  And these are only a few verses in Ephesians.  The totality of Scripture speaks volumes of what God has already done for you.


Time to Pray

When you pray today, remember the Lord wants you to abide in Him, to rest in Him (John 15:4).  The work of salvation has already been done.  It is over, finished, complete, and there is nothing you can do that will make God change His mind.  In fact, Jesus said, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone (including you) snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).  So rest in the assurance your future is in good hands and rejoice in your Lord.  The frantic days of working and striving for something that already belongs to you should end.  Today is your Sabbath, your day of rest.  So quit worrying.  Relax.  And enjoy your time with the Lord today.

We’ll talk again tomorrow.

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Prayer:  Ephesians 2:19 – Living in a Family

Prayer: Ephesians 2:19 – Living in a Family

There is one last point we need to discuss regarding being “members of the household of God” before we move on to Ephesians 1:20, and that is the unity and security that comes from being a member of a family.  Our verse for today reads as follows:

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God – Ephesians 2:19.

Yesterday we looked at how someone actually becomes a member of God’s household and focused our prayer time on Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus as found in John 3.  But today we want to examine the dynamics of being in a loving, functional family.  Not the type of dysfunctional, narcissistic, and often abusive families many of us came from.  But from the type of family God intended and designed.  The type of family we would expect with God as the Father.  Think about it.

Most families have members that don’t always agree or see things the same way.  In fact, sometimes members of a family may have political or social views that are in stark contrast to each other which makes mealtimes and holidays something of an adventure.  In addition, some families have siblings that often fight with each other, purposely irritate each other, and basically just get on each other’s nerves.  That’s the nature of the family.  Actually, it’s just human nature.  In a family, we might have teenagers who are fighting for independence, pre-teens who are either goofy or moody or just plain loud and annoying, toddlers who want nothing but undivided attention, and parents who are just tired and don’t seem to have the time for each other, let alone this growing gang of children.   In a functional family, often members are angry with each other and say things that are hurtful or cause pain.  It happens.


Love and Protection

But the one thing a family shares together, the finite nonnegotiable responsibility of being in a family, is love and a common bond for the protection of each other.

When an outsider, a stranger, begins to pick on a family member, the other members rally around and protect each other.  When someone tries to divide the family by choosing one member and excluding the others, a functional, loving family will see what is happening and always put family first.  “Sorry, if you can’t invite my sister to your party, then I can’t come either.”  Why?  Because family comes first.  Family bonds together.  Family is forever.  Family as a whole is more important than the wants of an individual member.  Again, why?  Because when the world turns against you (and it will) and all forsake you, who can you depend on for support and unconditional love?  That’s right, your family.  As the saying goes, “All for one, and one for all!”  Sorry, I borrowed the Three Muskateer slogan.  But it fits.

Remember, this type of family may not be the type of family you had growing up or have now, and you may have experienced your greatest hurt and rejection from members of your family.  I know I have.  And if that’s true of you, I am truly sorry.  But that’s not the way God intended it to be.

God tells us we are “fellow citizens with the saints (holy ones) and members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19).  Or, to put it bluntly, we are family.  We are siblings with other believers and we all have God as our Father.  We are a family.  And the Lord calls this family, the new breed of people, these called-out ones, His church.

When you pray for others in your church, you are praying for your family.  You are praying for your brothers and sisters who all share a common heritage.  We all have the same DNA.  It’s called the Holy Spirit of promise who has “sealed” us and is “the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession” (Eph. 1:14).  By the way, the “purchased possession” is you and me and other family members in the “household of God”.


Time to Pray

Before you pray today, spend some time forgiving those in the “household of God” who may have hurt you deeply.  Forgive the elders, pastor, friends or fellow believers who may have caused you great pain.  Turn all those feelings and fears over to the Lord.  Don’t let a dysfunctional church family sour you on what church was meant to be.  If you will remember, most of the references to saints in Ephesians deal with praying for the church to be all God intended it to be, a loving, thriving, insightful, powerful, functional family of God.

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints – Ephesians 1:18

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God – Ephesians 2:19.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God – Ephesians 3:17-19.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ – Ephesians 4:11-12.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – Ephesians 6:17-18.

Thank Him for creating the church and placing you in the midst of it.  And remember, as a family, we may not always agree about everything, but we will stand united, side by side, to protect, encourage, love, and pray for each other.

After all, that’s just what family does.

Until tomorrow.

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441:  Faith is Justified by Action

441: Faith is Justified by Action

We have previously looked at how to pray at all times and in all circumstances by letting the Holy Spirit, through God’s Word, direct our prayers.  But next on the Faith Prepper list of required spiritual skills is learning how to trust Him at all times by allowing our faith to grow by having it exercised in often unpleasant circumstances.  After all, faith grows when it is tested.  And testing is usually unpleasant during the process but wonderful at the end.

The Greek word translated “faith” in the New Testament is pístis and means: “to win over, to persuade. Subjectively it means firm persuasion, conviction, belief in the truth”  This definition is used over 250 times in the New Testament alone.  Everything in the Spirit is based on faith and everything of faith is designed by God to bypass the senses.  Everything.

In addition to this, all faith is not justified by merely having it.  But all faith is justified by the action it produces.  In other words, faith by itself is worth little.  But faith, accompanied by actions or works based on that faith is alive and real.  This is exactly what James was trying to tell us in James 2:14-26.  Read it for yourself.


They Did Something

If you look at the people included in Hebrews 11, what we affectionately call the roll-call of faith, they are all listed there not because of their faith, but what they did based on their faith.  Or what actions they took empowered by their faith.  To believe God told you to do something but then not have the faith to actually do it, will not land you on this list.  Faith is justified by the actions empowered by our faith.  Let’s look at Hebrews 11.

By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain (Heb. 11:4).  Or, “by faith Able did something…”

By faith Noah prepared an ark (Heb. 11:7).  Noah did something by faith.  He built a boat in a desert when it had never rained.

By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was told to leave his home and travel to a land promised to him by God (Heb. 11:8-10).  His faith was justified, not by the fact he believed God had a land for him, but by the fact he actually left his home to travel to a foreign country.  He did something.

By faith, Abraham was told to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering (Heb. 11:17-19).  And he did just that.  If God hadn’t intervened, Abraham would have obeyed God explicitly and his son would have died.  Why?  Because faith is justified by actions.  And Abraham’s actions proved his faith.

By faith, Isaac and Jacob and Joseph did something on their death bed (Heb. 11:20-22).  They did something.  And what they did, by faith, is what qualified them to be listed with the others in this chapter.

Next, we have Moses (Heb. 11:23-29).  Then the story of the fall of Jericho (Heb. 11:30).  We are presented with the faith and actions of Rahab (Heb. 11:31) and so many more, Gideon, Barak,  Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets (Heb. 11:32-34).  And they are all listed in the chapter because of the actions they took based on their faith.  Not the other way around.

So where are you in your journey of faith?  Do you have the faith needed to be a faith prepper?  Can your faith survive the coming darkness?  What are you doing today to place yourself in situations where you must rely on your faith and not on your own wit or resources?  Where do you want to go from here?

To find out more about becoming a Faith Prepper, keep listening.

The following is a study on Trusting God by Faith and becoming a Faith Prepper.

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440:  Taking God at His Word

440: Taking God at His Word

One of the attributes of becoming a Faith Prepper is learning how to trust God as His Word.  I know many of us will say that we do.  When pressed, almost all believers will state the mantra, “I believe everything God says, start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation.”  After all, that’s the expected answer.  To say anything less would make us seem like a lukewarm believer.

But the truth is, most believers, maybe ever you, don’t truly take God’s Word as the final authority in your life.  How can I say that?  Because God’s Word speaks to just about every issue we face today yet the church seems to be divided up into various opinions that differ greatly from one another.  If God’s Word doesn’t change and is always true, how can that be?  If God’s Word says something is wrong, for example, how can any believer who claims God’s Word as the final authority in their life, have a different opinion than what the Word says?  It seems inconsistent, doesn’t it?  Hypocritical.

As the adage goes, the Scriptures are true about everything it teaches.  And it teaches about everything.

To test whether God’s Word molds your opinions or whether your opinions are determined independent of God’s Word, I have listed a number of controversial issues below.  What is your opinion on these?  And whatever your opinion is, does it line up with the Word of God?  If it doesn’t, who is wrong, and what are you prepared to do about it?


My Opinions

Let’s see how you would answer the following:

  • Abortion – Does a woman have the right to end the life of her unborn child under any circumstances?
  • Homosexuality – Is it a sin? Or did God create people both heterosexual and homosexual?
  • Sex – Is premarital sex always a sin?  Always?
  • Divorce – Is it proper to divorce a spouse?
  • Education – Whose responsibility is it to educate our children? Or, is it proper to send our children to government (public) schools?
  • Tolerance – Is it true that Jesus never judged any one and neither should we as His followers?
  • Children – How many children should a family have?  Is birth control or family planning ever in God’s will?
  • Church – Should women be pastors?  Should women have leadership roles that involve men?
  • Friends – Should a believer have friends that are non-believers?  How close should they be?
  • Home – Should a man be a stay at home dad?  Or should a woman go to work outside the home and put the kids in daycare or public school?
  • Spiritual Leadership – Whose responsibility is the spiritual leadership in a family?  Father?  Mother? Church?  Someone else?
  • Environment – How concerned should a Christian be about the environment?  And what should they do about it?
  • Politics – Should a believer ever vote for a Democrat?  Should a believer ever vote for a Republican?  Should a believer vote at all?
  • Dating and Marriage – Should a believer ever marry an unbeliever?  Should they date an unbeliever?
  • Dating vs Courtship – Should a believer date at all?
  • Islam – How is a believer to view the god of Islam?
  • Drinking – Should a believer drink alcohol?
  • Entertainment – Should a believer watch or listen to media that includes profanity, nudity, or sex?  Should a believer watch or listen to media that promotes anything contrary to sound Biblical teaching?
  • Money – How much money should a believer accumulate?  And how much of their income should they give away?

How many of your opinions were just that, opinions?  How many of your views or convictions were based on Scripture?  And those that weren’t based on Scripture, does that bother you at all?  Are you willing to change?  Right now?  Today?  No matter the costs?

To find out more about becoming a Faith Prepper, keep listening.

The following is a study on Trusting God’s Word and becoming a Faith Prepper.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

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