10/8/11

Time to wake up! Time to wake up!!!


Apathy is the stuff of failure.  It is a brother to laziness and indifference.  It aids in the destruction of empires and destroys families.  It kills in so many ways.  And this picture is the perfect representation of its nature.  Do nothing, care for nothing and nothing will happen, right?  No, not on your life!!!  What happens is that what you have slowly disintegrates. Slowly, inexorably, what is important to you wears away.  Then, something happens and BANG, you have nothing at all.  I wonder, could this happen to Christianity?  Read on and see...

WEB: Revelation of John Chapter 3:14-22

[14] “To the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write:

“The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Head of God’s creation, says these things:

[15] “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. [16] So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth. [17] Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing;’ and don’t know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; [18] I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. [19] As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me. [21] He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. [22] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”"

In spite of the impression the media gives, The United States of America is a great nation.  People who work hard will eventually do well in life.  Doubt that, then read about Herman Cain.  But, something HAS changed in our country and that is our ability to be responsible for ourselves.  The current mindset is that the government will care for us; that it knows best and we don't have to be concerned about anything at all.  Big brother is always there, right?  Maybe and maybe NOT!!! When the money runs out, then what?  In fact, some say that it already has!!!  This isn't pie in the sky; its real world stuff and unless something drastic happens, 2012 really may be a year of disaster.  If this is true in the physical realm, what about the spiritual?  We hear every day about the inroads the godless are making.  How, God is being systematically, deliberately removed from every aspect of our culture and yet where are the protests, where are the demonstrators in FAVOR of Christianity?  Where are those who will fight the good SPIRITUAL FIGHT?  Apathy rules.  Jesus speaks to those who were "well off" in Laodicea and warns them to repent (change).  The truth is America needs to listen to this and I mean REALLY LISTEN!!!!  Think you can do nothing?  Wrong, you can pray and pray and pray some more.  God will listen; I know, HE has answered prayers in ways that I can not even begin to describe.  What to do AFTER prayer?  The answer is; what ever is before you.  Consider Nehemiah...

WEB: Nehemiah Chapter 2:1-5
[1] It happened in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine, and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad before in his presence. [2] The king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing else but sorrow of heart.”

Then I was very much afraid. [3] I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why shouldn’t my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates have been consumed with fire?”

[4] Then the king said to me, “For what do you make request?”

So I prayed to the God of heaven. [5] I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you would send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may build it.”

Prayer and action; the cure for apathy.  Think it won't work?  Reread Nehemiah 2:1-5.  Think you can't do something, then you haven't prayed enough.  Feel like your are too timid or afraid?  Consider Timothy; a young man who didn't seem aggressive, yet one who died leading a protest against idols when he was old.  God has a way of changing people, of helping them do something to change not only themselves, but the whole world.  And that change begins with you; ask yourself, Have I prayed today; if not, why not?  Remember, prayer and action are the cure and God is the power.  Believe it!!!!

OT Bible Reading 10/8

Oct. 8
Psalms 145-147

Psa 145:1 I will exalt you, my God, the King. I will praise your name forever and ever.
Psa 145:2 Every day I will praise you. I will extol your name forever and ever.
Psa 145:3 Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! His greatness is unsearchable.
Psa 145:4 One generation will commend your works to another, and will declare your mighty acts.
Psa 145:5 Of the glorious majesty of your honor, of your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Psa 145:6 Men will speak of the might of your awesome acts. I will declare your greatness.
Psa 145:7 They will utter the memory of your great goodness, and will sing of your righteousness.
Psa 145:8 Yahweh is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and of great loving kindness.
Psa 145:9 Yahweh is good to all. His tender mercies are over all his works.
Psa 145:10 All your works will give thanks to you, Yahweh. Your saints will extol you.
Psa 145:11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk about your power;
Psa 145:12 to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, the glory of the majesty of his kingdom.
Psa 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Yahweh is faithful in all his words, and loving in all his deeds.
Psa 145:14 Yahweh upholds all who fall, and raises up all those who are bowed down.
Psa 145:15 The eyes of all wait for you. You give them their food in due season.
Psa 145:16 You open your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Psa 145:17 Yahweh is righteous in all his ways, and gracious in all his works.
Psa 145:18 Yahweh is near to all those who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Psa 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him. He also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Psa 145:20 Yahweh preserves all those who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
Psa 145:21 My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh. Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Psa 146:1 Praise Yah! Praise Yahweh, my soul.
Psa 146:2 While I live, I will praise Yahweh. I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist.
Psa 146:3 Don't put your trust in princes, each a son of man in whom there is no help.
Psa 146:4 His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. In that very day, his thoughts perish.
Psa 146:5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in Yahweh, his God:
Psa 146:6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever;
Psa 146:7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. Yahweh frees the prisoners.
Psa 146:8 Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind. Yahweh raises up those who are bowed down. Yahweh loves the righteous.
Psa 146:9 Yahweh preserves the foreigners. He upholds the fatherless and widow, but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.
Psa 146:10 Yahweh will reign forever; your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise Yah!
Psa 147:1 Praise Yah, for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and fitting to praise him.
Psa 147:2 Yahweh builds up Jerusalem. He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
Psa 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.
Psa 147:4 He counts the number of the stars. He calls them all by their names.
Psa 147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power. His understanding is infinite.
Psa 147:6 Yahweh upholds the humble. He brings the wicked down to the ground.
Psa 147:7 Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving. Sing praises on the harp to our God,
Psa 147:8 who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass grow on the mountains.
Psa 147:9 He provides food for the livestock, and for the young ravens when they call.
Psa 147:10 He doesn't delight in the strength of the horse. He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
Psa 147:11 Yahweh takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his loving kindness.
Psa 147:12 Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem! Praise your God, Zion!
Psa 147:13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates. He has blessed your children within you.
Psa 147:14 He makes peace in your borders. He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
Psa 147:15 He sends out his commandment to the earth. His word runs very swiftly.
Psa 147:16 He gives snow like wool, and scatters frost like ashes.
Psa 147:17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can stand before his cold?
Psa 147:18 He sends out his word, and melts them. He causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
Psa 147:19 He shows his word to Jacob; his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
Psa 147:20 He has not done this for just any nation. They don't know his ordinances. Praise Yah!

NT Bible Reading 10/8

Oct. 8
Galatians 5

Gal 5:1 Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don't be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Gal 5:2 Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing.
Gal 5:3 Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
Gal 5:4 You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace.
Gal 5:5 For we, through the Spirit, by faith wait for the hope of righteousness.
Gal 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision amounts to anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith working through love.
Gal 5:7 You were running well! Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth?
Gal 5:8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
Gal 5:9 A little yeast grows through the whole lump.
Gal 5:10 I have confidence toward you in the Lord that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
Gal 5:11 But I, brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been removed.
Gal 5:12 I wish that those who disturb you would cut themselves off.
Gal 5:13 For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don't use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another.
Gal 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Gal 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don't consume one another.
Gal 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won't fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire.
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let's also walk by the Spirit.
Gal 5:26 Let's not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.