Jesus, Conquering Hero

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Colossians 2:15
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Most of us know the Easter story, but fewer know the scope of what Jesus accomplished for us in those terrible hours. Jesus removed our sin (John 1:29 and Hebrews 9:26). He removed God’s wrath from us (Hebrews 2:17). He reconciled us to God (Romans chapters 10 and 11). When Jesus was whipped He purchased our healing (I Peter 2:24). He made the way for the Holy Spirit to come (John 16:7).

He also defeated the power of Satan. Now Satan could no longer beat believers over the head with the threat of unforgiven sin because Jesus took our sins on the cross once for all (Colossians 2:13-14 and Romans 6:10). He stood in our place and endured the punishment we deserved (Galatians 2:20 and Isaiah 53:5-6). He declared it done when He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

I rejoice in You, my Savior,
who endured the shame and pain.
Who took the punishment I deserved
even when I was far from You
and one glorious day
bid me come.

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Pulling Weeds

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While I pulled weeds the other day, I thought how this act held a close parallel to sin in our lives. If we allow little sins to remain, they grow bigger and harder to remove, just like weeds.

After about a half hour, my back told me, “I want to quit now. It’s too hot out here to keep this up.”

“But I’m only half finished,” I said. “Keep at it.”

After another half hour, I said, “Lord, do I have to pull all these weeds?”

The thought came back in a flash–No, only pull those you don’t want to reproduce.

With each handful, I kept that thought in mind until I had two huge piles of weeds.weeds.2

When all the weeds were gone, I took my sore muscles inside, sat with a tall glass of cool tea, and went to work on my spiritual garden. Hopefully, I’ll keep a better watch on those weeds.

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Heavy Burdens

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Proverbs 16:3
Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

That word “commit” has an interesting meaning. It means “to roll.” I see us with a heavy load on our backs. Until we pray and commit that burden to the Lord, we struggle under the weight of it. We are not built to carry it.

Then we invite Jesus to enter the situation. He comes alongside us. As we pray, we roll the burden off onto Him. He is equipped to handle the load.

This scripture tells us our plans will be established. That means the thing we try to do on our own and fail, will not fail when we let Him bear it. It will be firm, stable, secure, enduring, fixed, established aright, be settled.

Why do we struggle so hard when He’s always there waiting for us to roll our burden onto Him?

Is there something you need to roll onto Jesus today?

Lord Jesus, forgive us when we carry burdens
too weighty for us.
Teach us to roll our way on You
so we may see the thing established
in Your strength and timing.

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End Times Insights

Deceivers

A friend sent me this notice. I believe it is very timely. After you’ve read it, please pass it on to others for the time is short. You can find this in its original form at www.olivetreeviews.org

A Perfect Storm Is Brewing
By Jan Markell

July 27, 2015

Can we take talk about a “New World Order” seriously, or is it just conspiratorial? If there is such a movement, who are the players? How does Pope Francis fit in since he seems to be a major mover?

Thirty years ago Gary Kah was a European trade specialist for the State of Indiana. There he learned there was, indeed, a plan for a global financial system and world government. A one-world interfaith push was a part of this. He has been used as a watchman warning anyone who would listen since then.

He sounded a warning on my most recent radio program.

How might the Iranian deal of mid-July fit into this scenario? First, it will destabilize the entire planet. Like no other single event, it catapulted us into a final days’ scenario.

Jim Hutchens of The Jerusalem Connection said it best: “The catastrophic results of the Obama administration’s deal with Iran are readily apparent and have been widely touted. What has not been noted is that our narcissistic, self-absorbed president has prematurely achieved his demonic obsession for a legacy.

“He will be known throughout eternity as the one who jump-started the process that produced the most destructive nuclear holocaust in the history of humanity–the slaughter of a third of mankind–over two and a third billion people.” (Revelation 6)

Indeed, that is quite a legacy. Who in their right mind would want that? And this one move has pushed us pell mell into what will become a one-world governmental, political, and religious system. The disastrous fall-out from this deal, approved by the P5+1 and the U.N. Security Council, will require a “man with a plan” as the world rocks and reels from this catastrophic blunder by foolish men who think they are farsighted but who are blind as bats. But they are blind, in part, because God’s plan for the end of the age must march on. In part, God has blinded them.

As Gary Kah said on my most recent radio program, “A perfect storm is brewing yet few are preparing for it, even spiritually. This is playing into the world government plan.”

This isn’t conspiracy. It’s Bible-based. Revelation 13 talks about a one-world system, and as Carl Teichrib writes in Kah’s newsletter, “Watch as religious leaders and organizations continue to call for global order, progressive internationalism, and world unity. These demands for interdependence will advance as wars and rumors of wars increase, and as other crises-real or perceived-unfold before our eyes. Cultural ‘progressive’ thinking will likewise add momentum to the cause, energizing the demand for global oneness.”

Pope Francis is in favor of a “New World Order.”
The Marxist-oriented Pope, who even conservative Catholics have warned about, is pushing globalism by being a spokesman for “sustainable development.” The United Nations and every other globalist outfit or individual pushes this effort.

Simply stated, we must change everything to sustain the ability to live on this planet. Everything must change: the environment, world peace, income redistribution, international treaties such as Iran. It is a push to take care of the planet and world government is the only solution.

The Pope kicks off the September 25 United Nations and will push these issues. It will lead to the climate change conference in Paris which is November 30 – December 11. Kah feels this is the most important meeting of this year and climate is not the main part of the agenda.

He feels this meeting will produce an international global agreement that will obligate nations of the world to go along with 17 points. They will include poverty, education, gender equality, water issues, energy, and many more issues that will be a step further towards global government.

A few more international crises along the way will make it all come together.

Gary Kah concludes, “Never before have so many signs of the times manifested simultaneously. Watching the evening news is like witnessing the prophecies of Scripture unfold before our eyes. An emerging caliphate in the Middle East; an energized Russia–thought to be dead; the global economy teetering on the brink because of insurmountable debt; the Pope making interfaith alliances with other religions. These and other headlines are setting the stage for world government that will be presented as the only practical solution in order for mankind to survive.”

The web of deception being engineered by Satan’s forces is vast and well thought out. He is a formidable adversary but will meet his destiny when Christ returns to defeat him and reign as our victorious King. Unfortunately, between now and then, our lives will not become easier, but rather, more difficult. The Bible has warned of these times, and they are now upon us.

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When Nations Gather Around Jerusalem

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Isaiah 42:13
The Lord will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.

When all the nations of the earth gather around Jerusalem for battle (Zechariah 14:2), Jesus will descend with a mighty shout (I Thessalonians 4:16). God’s jealousy for His people will be awakened. His wrath will descend on His enemies. Those who have wronged His people will be avenged. The Bible calls this the great and terrible day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5).

God will shout in triumph over His enemies. Those who have blessed His people will be blessed; those who have cursed His people, He will curse (Genesis 12:3).

Are you counted among His people—His own family? Or are you only His creation?

While there is still time, become a part of His family by receiving the truth that Jesus came, died for your sins, and rose again, to provide a place for you to be with Him forever.

Have you made that transaction with the Lord yet? There is still time. Do it today.

Lord Jesus, I believe You came, died, and rose again from Your grave.
Forgive my sin. Cause Your death to count as payment for the times
I’ve missed the mark and fallen short of Your ideal plan for me.
Receive me into Your eternal family by Your grace and mercy.
Thank You Lord Jesus for Your provision for me.

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Today’s World

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Early last Thursday morning, I sat to write. This came tumbling out. The first lines are a quote from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

Today’s World

Men call themselves women
and instruct us to accept
what God condemns.*

Abortionists pose as health-care providers
who reduce God’s unborn creation
to the brokerage of body parts.**

Politically correct atheists
now muzzle
the free exercise of religion.

Those bent on destroying
God’s chosen people and their nation
are encouraged and aided
by a government gone awry,
through treaties that will empower
the antichrist and his minions
issuing in the great and terrible day
of the Lord.***

* Leviticus 20:13
** Exodus 20:13
*** Malachi 4:5, Acts 1:11

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How to Win Over the Devil

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Psalm 118:6
The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?

The enemy, the liar and father of lies (John 8:44), the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), uses fear as a tool against us. He whispers a lie or a half-truth in our ear and then waits as a patient fisherman for us to seize on that bait. He cranks us closer by adding a few “what if’s” or a couple of “if only’s.” Before long he’s got us reeled in, ready for the frying pan.

Our loving Father God has given us His word to use as an effective weapon against the enemy. It’s very powerful but only if we use it.

If we’ll memorize scripture like the one above, it will be ever-ready when we are hounded by the father of lies.
Speak the scripture aloud. Refuse the enemy’s threatening thoughts. Stand firm on what God’s word says. It is the truth—the effective sword of the Spirit.

Do you have ready scriptures to use against the enemy when he comes to torment you?

Father God, thank You for giving us Your word.
May we learn to use it well in order to defeat the enemy.
By Your Holy Spirit, remind us of the verse we need when the time arises
so we will not be defeated by his tactics.

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