ASK YOURSELF IS THIS THE CHANGE YOU SIGNED UP FOR?

Americas need to ask themselves if this is the change they signed up for?

Well like it or not, this is the CHANGE that is just around the corner if you don’t wake up!!!

On the subject of our Constitutional Liberties ALL Americans had better learn to stand together, against the forces within our government that would usurp those liberties, or our U.S. Constitution and all our liberties will soon be a thing of the past! Let us learn our lesson from history.

This video from 2007 is still relevant:

What you don’t understand is our two party system, between the Democrats and Republicans in the U.S., has been corrupted from the top down; until regardless of which party holds office, they are both like two sides of the same coin!

DEMOCRAT — INDEPENDENT REPUBLICAN

Look at the list below at what all your Congress has done for themselves; and remember all their recent unbridled spending of over $800 billion dollars of your hard earned dollars to bail out the banks, over your objections no less; and by the way much of this money is now unaccounted for; as many of you are today asking yourself just who are these guys working for?

Listen up folks, your country (as you know it), your U.S. Constitution, and all your liberties derived from that Constitution, are about to be a thing of the past, if you do not act.

The handwriting is on the wall, and for those who are Christians, who have also read your Bible, and certainly anyone who is a student of history, certainly none of these people have any excuse, for you both have been forewarned.

Look at what your U.S. Congress has voted for themselves: Subject:  Retribution is less than 5 months away!

Take a look at this and just remember elections in November 2010.

1.     U.S. House & Senate have voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 raises.

2.     They voted to NOT give you a S.S. Cost of living raise in 2010 and 2011.

3.     Your Medicare premiums will go up $285.60 for the 2-years

4.     You will not get the 3% COLA: $660/yr.

5.     Your total 2-yr loss and cost is -$1,600 or -$3,200 for husband and wife.

6.     Over these same 2-years each Congress person will get $10,000

7.     Do you feel BETRAYED?

8.     Will your cost of drugs – doctor fees – local taxes – food, etc., decrease?

9.     NO WAY.

Congress received a raise and has better health and retirement benefits than you or I.

  • Why should they care about you or me?
  • You never did anything about it in the past did you?
  • Obviously they believe we are simply too stupid or just don’t care.
  • Do you really think that Nancy, Harry, Chris, Charlie, Barney et  al care about you?

Send the message to these individuals — YOU’RE FIRED!

In 2010 you will have a chance to get rid of the sitting Congress: up to 1/3 of the Senate and 100% of the House!

Make sure you’re still mad in November 2010 and remind their replacements not to screw-up.

It is ok to forward this to your sphere of influence if you are finally tired of the abuse.  Maybe it’s time for Amendment 28 to the Constitution..

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”

Let’s get this passed around, folks – these people in Washington have brought this upon themselves!  It’s time for retribution.  Let’s take back America .

Understand this, if you don’t forward this to all your friends than you are just another part of the problem of national apathy!

You would think that Christians, meaning all those who have committed their lives to Jesus, and are also students of the Bible, you would think that they would have a pretty good understanding of what’s going on, and why; but that is sadly not the case.

For anyone today who really wants to know the truth about what’s really going on, I would first suggest that they read their Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to lead them and guide them into all truth; even the truth that the present day media has sought to keep hidden from us all.

This process of dumbing America down has been a well planned and thought-out process that has been going on for literally over 100 years.

Our media, the entertainment industry, our government, and our public education system, all of these institutions have been engineered to condition the American people towards the modern “Politically Correct” and so called progressive way of thinking; and whether you know it or not, you have been conditioned to believe and to accept a lie!

Case in point: put a man in the White House, George W. Bush, and call him a Conservative Republican, who also said that he was a born-again Christian, and most Americans bought it… myself included!

Later I find out what his true core beliefs are regarding God and the Bible, and they are not even close to Christian orthodoxy, as it is taught in the Bible.

I learned this after listening to an interview on TV, just prior to him leaving office, when George W. Bush admitted that he believes, to use his words, “that there are many paths to the All-Mighty;” and that people of other faiths, even Muslims can also be saved. He also said in that same interview that he doesn’t take the Bible literally.

Also you will note that the powers that give this government the right to rob us of our Constitutional Rights, many of them were enacted and signed into law through Executive Orders that were signed in to law by former President Bush.

And then later it came out in an interview with Laura Bush, after leaving the White House that she actually has always supported same sex marriages and Pro-Choice.

Today we have a man sitting in the White House, who from all available evidence isn’t even a citizen of the United States, who was raised in Islam, from his earliest childhood. He also has been groomed and mentored all of his life, leading up to his present political career, by died in the wool anti-American Socialists; and even one guy who was a sixties terrorist; but of course he also says that he is a Christian too, and that he believes in Jesus Christ… and there are a good many people who believe him.

Only problem is he has also, on live TV, admitted that he believes all roads lead to heaven; that Muslims and even atheists can go to heaven, who don’t accept Jesus Christ as Saviour; and he has even been recorded mocking the Bible and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

This man, Obama, also supports the “Gay Agenda,” “Same Sex Marriage,” and “Abortion;” and yet America nevetheless voted him into the White House!

The truth is, this lying and corruption that is so prevalent in politics today, has been going on for years and years; and it didn’t just begin with the Clintons, or the Bushes, or Obama… but it actually started in the U.S. way back in 1871.

This is when the Act of 1871 was established, the act that first established the District of Colombia.

THE UNITED STATES CORPORATION – the Columbia Organic Act of 1871

Here’s a little history that you didn’t learn in school, but that ALL Americans need to know today!

Team Law ^ | trustee@teamlaw.orgPosted on Sunday, December 29, 2002 10:49:44 AM by RFP

HISTORICAL FACTS:

from Team Law

1st: In 1863, Lincoln instituted martial law. He ordered that the states (people) either conscribe troops and provide money in support of the North or be recognized as an enemy of the nation.

This martial law Act of Congress is still in effect today – what it means is that the President has dictatorial authority to do anything that can be done by the government in accord with the Constitution of the United States of America. This is the foundation of Presidential Executive Orders.

2nd: The District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 created a private corporation (hereinafter “Corp. U.S.”) owned and operated by the actual government for the purpose of carrying out the business needs of the government under martial law.

This was done under the constitutional authority for Congress to pass any law within the ten mile square of Washington, District of Columbia.

3rd: In said Act, Corp. U.S. adopted their own constitution (United States Constitution), which was identical to the national Constitution (Constitution of the United States of America) except that it was missing the national constitution’s 13th Amendment. The national constitution’s 13th, 14th and 15th amendments are respectively numbered 14th, 15th and 16th amendments in their constitution.

4th: The corporation began to generate debts via bonds etc., which came due in 1912, but they could not pay their debts so the 7 families that bought up the bonds demanded payment and Corp. U.S. could not pay.

Said families settled the debt for the payments of all of Corp. U.S.’ assets and for all of the assets of the Treasury of the United States of America.

5th: As 1913 began, Corp. U.S. had no funds to carry out the necessary business needs of the government so they went to said families and asked if they could borrow some money. The families said no (Corp. U.S. had already demonstrated that they would not repay their debts in full).

The families had foreseen this situation and had the year before finalized the creation of a private corporation of the name “Federal Reserve Bank.

Corp. U.S. formed a relationship with the Federal Reserve Bank whereby they could transact their business via note rather than with money.

Notice that this relationship was one made between two private corporations and did not involve government; that is where most people error in understanding the Federal Reserve Bank system-again it has no government relation at all.

The private contracts that set the whole system up even recognize that if anything therein proposed is found illegal or impossible to perform it is excluded from the agreements and the remaining elements remain in full force and effect.

6th: Almost simultaneously with the last fact (also in 1913), Corp. U.S. passes and adopts (as if ratified) their own 16th amendment. It must be noted that this amendment has nothing to do with our nation, with our people or with our national Constitution, which already had its own 16th amendment.

The Supreme Court ruled that it did nothing that was not already done other than to make plain and clear the right of the United States (Corp. U.S.) to tax corporations. We agree, considering that they were created under the authority of Corp. U.S.

7th: Next (also 1913) Congress passed and entered the 17th amendment as ratified, even though the states had no opportunity to ratify the same. This amendment is not only not ratified, it is not constitutional; the Constitution forbids Congress from even discussing the matter of where Senators are elected.

8th: In 1914, the Freshman class and all Senators that successfully ran for re-election in 1913 by popular vote are seated in Corp. U.S. capacity only.

9th: In 1917, Corp. U.S. enters WWI and passes their Emergency War Powers, and Trading with the Enemies Acts.

10th: In 1918, President Wilson is re-elected by the Electoral College but their election is required to be confirmed by the constitutionally set Senate; where in the new Corp. U.S., only Senators were allowed to participate in the Electoral College vote confirmation.

The only authority that could possibly have been used for electoral confirmation was corporate only.

Therefore, President Wilson was not confirmed into office for his second term as President of the United States of America and was only seated in the Corp. U.S. Presidential capacity.

Therefore the original jurisdiction government’s seats were vacated because the people didn’t seat any original jurisdiction government officers.

11th: In 1933, the Trading with the Enemies Act is adjusted to recognize the people of the United States of America as enemies of Corp. U.S.

12th: In 1944, under the Bretton Woods Agreement, Corp. U.S. is quit claimed to the International Monetary Fund, and becomes a foreign controlled private corporation.

13th: Some time after 1935, you ask Social Security Administration for a relationship with their program. They create an entity with a name (that sounds like your name but is spelled with all capital letters) and a depository account number in the Social Security General Trust Fund (GTF).

They give you the Social Security card which identifies you as the single person with authority to control the entity they created (on review: you may notice that the Social Security Administration was the creator of the entity, the GTF is its beneficiary and you were made its Trustee.)

More importantly: this capacity does not limit you or your capacity to act in your sovereign capacity in any way.

14th: In 1968, at the national governors’ conference in Lexington, Kentucky, the IMF leaders of the event proposed the dilemma the State governors were in for carrying out their business dealings in Federal Reserve Notes (foreign notes), which is forbidden in the national and State constitutions, alleging that if they did not do something to protect themselves the people would discover what had been done with their money and would likely kill them all and start over.

They suggested the States form corporations like Corp. U.S. and showed the advantages of the resultant uniform codes that could be created, which would allow better and more powerful control over the people.

15th: By 1971, every State government in the union of States had formed such private corporations (Corp. State), in accord with the IMF admonition, and the people ceased to seat original jurisdiction government officials in their State government seats.

Now, having stated these historical facts, we ask you not to believe us, but rather prove these facts for yourself.

We then ask you to contact us with any evidence you find that proves or disproves these facts.

When you find there is no error, then remember these simple facts and let no one dissuade you from the truth.

The Bottom Line: when you speak about these private foreign corporations, remember that is what they are and stop calling them government.

Further, it is very important that we cease to attempt to fix them. It is far more important that we learn how to reseat our original jurisdiction government and spread the word about the truth. By reseating our State and national governments in their original jurisdiction nature, we gain the capacity to hold these private foreign corporations accountable.

They owe us a lot of money, in fact they owe us more money than there is available in the world. The fact is that it is impossible for them to pay and that gives us the leverage we need to take back our nation and put things right. The process is a simple one. The difficulty is in getting our people to wake up to the truth.

That’s why we ask you to prove the truth for yourself and contact us with the evidence you discover.

That means that you must stop acting and communicating like you are anything other than the sovereign that God created you to be. And, stop referring to Corp. U.S. or the STATE OF ‘X’ as anything other than the private foreign corporations that they are. And, finally, stop listening to the Bigfoot Patriot mythology that is espoused by those that only give these facts lip service.

It is time that we all start to wake up and follow the truth, that is to repent and become a moral and honorable society instead of lauding our Christianity while we stand guilty of:

a)     not knowing the truth;

b)    not living the truth;

c)     believing that God will save us even though we have the tools to know the truth the ability to use the tools but we refuse to live by the truth and use the tools we have to save ourselves and thereby become free.

The biggest problem with the so called Patriot Movement is that its proponents are all excited about uniting against the tyranny of Corp. U.S. even though they are blind to the truth, have no remedy, and bail out of “the system” hell bent for a rebellion that even the scripture says cannot be won.

Would that we could instead unite with truth and legally, lawfully and peacefully reseat our original jurisdiction government to take back control our nation.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/813840/posts

Also look at: http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm

Americans today truly are as the metaphorical frog in the pot of water, who started out in comfort, and ended up being cooked.

Likewise, the American people have been soaking so long in the relative comfort and ease of this prosperity that has been provided them, that they haven’t wanted to consider this history that I have just mentioned; but instead have just enjoyed the ride.

Well the party is now about to come to an end; because the funds, in U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES, which is nothing but fiat money (meaning it is worthless), is about to run out; and yet still so many Americans have chosen to remain in the pot of water, even though the temperature is obviously going up.

Well as happened with the proverbial frog, there will soon come a time for them, these Americans with their heads in the sand, when it will be too late for them to get out, under their own power!

The Congressional Budget Office just released a report, I learned just the other day, that says unequivocally that this UNITED STATES CORPORATION (of course that’s not that term they used, but it is what it is) is about to default and that it is evitable… and it is just a matter of time, before it happens. Some are saying it will happen before the November elections.

Well guess what folks the laws of economics still apply, and all this unbridled spending that has been going on all these years, that today has caused our national debt to rise to over 13 Trillion dollars, is about to topple this house of cards, called our American Economy!

America needs to wake up, because our country is on its last leg today; and some very evil and corrupt people are standing in the wings to establish their own “One World Government,” and monetary system, should we fall.”

Listen to three videos that will help shed some light on who these people are, that would control the world:

For anyone who has any knowledge at all about the Bible, and the warnings of Jesus, it should be very clear that we today are living in that time, and we are that generation, predicted and prophesied by Jesus Christ, that He said would see His return to earth.

We are also that generation that He said would experience firsthand what He called “A Time of Sorrows;” that He said would be the worse time this world has ever experienced in all of history.

Where the United States will be in this time of sorrows; and whether we will be, what the Bible calls, a “Sheep Nation” or a “Goat Nation,” has not been written in stone.

This is the choice that ALL America faces, in a little while as predicted will happen by the Congressional Budget Office, once the UNITED STATES CORPORATION goes bust, what they didn’t tell you is that afterwards Martial Law will be implemented, at which point ALL our Constitutional Rights will be gone, probably for good; and as happened in pre-Nazi Germany, our government will then be taken over by a dictator.

Question: is this what you want for your children and all future generations?

If not, then let us, We the People of these United States, let us restore our Republic; and lets get rid of these corrupt and self-serving criminals and traitors that we have now in Washington DC!

Let us replace them with honest men and women who will abide by our Constitution, and will keep their oath of office to truly preserve, protect, and defend it.

As just one example of many, as to the ever increasing encroachment on our rights, I just got this today from a friend, and it is coming soon to your neighborhood:

Friends:

Please pass on some positive prayers and thoughts of support for my client Mr. John Atkins.  John has been trying to help the homeless for many years now.  He picks up a few loaves of bread or other food and shares with a few people at a park near his home in Corona.  We had to ask the City of Corona to lay off a couple of years ago and it looked like they were going to leave the issue alone.  Not so.  I have attached a copy of the letter I had to send today along with a copy of the citation issued to John.  This is causing him a lot of stress and he has had very serious heart problems in the past.  He does not want to stop helping those in need and I can’t really find it in myself to tell him to stop.  The story from some time ago can be found at http://www.pe.com/localnews/rivcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_W_ticket06.229f9da.html .

Unfortunately, John has been charged with a misdemeanor for “operating a food facility” without a permit.  He has been charged by both the County of Riverside and the City of Corona, who were waiting for him a couple of Sundays ago.  He showed up with a few pieces of chicken to share with those he cares about.  The reality is that anyone of us taking a BBQ meal to the park for a birthday party could be cited for this same alleged violation.  I am hoping to resolve this peacefully, but likely have to file a lawsuit so that John can exercise his basic right to associate with those he cares about and for his right to help others.  While this might seem basic, that’s just the point.  Anyway, John’s appearance in Court is set for October 21, 2010.  I would like to file a motion to dismiss the case and do what I can to protect his rights so that this does not happen again in the future.

I would ask that you take a few minutes to uplift John and his faithful adherence to Matthew 25.  He is not a self-professing Christian — in fact, he just lives out what he believes (caring for the homeless and bringing happiness to those he may not even know).  I think this is something we can all appreciate.

We will have to raise a little money for his case in order to pay for court costs and related items.  Any help would be appreciated as well.  If you can help, please feel free to send a few bucks to www.profamilylegalcenter.com for the John Atkins case.  Any help is tax-deductible.  If we are able to resolve his case, then any help will be used for similar cases in which I serve as counsel.

Richard D. Ackerman, Esq.

24247 Madison Avenue, Suite 104

Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 296-2442 Tel.

(951) 224-6825 Fax.

www.AttorneyAckerman.com

So the choice is this… either we get the pillow of the Restored Republic, or the boot and bayonet of Martial Law and the subsequent dictatorship of the New World Order… which one do you choose for you and your family?

We as Christians need to wake up, and whatever strategy or plan the Lord has that will save our nation and turn us around, it won’t happen unless we as a nation humble ourselves and repent; and implement 2 Chronicles 7:14; which calls for all those who are called by His name, of those called “Christians,” to humble themselves and pray; turn from their wicked ways; and begin to seek after God’s face (meaning personal relationship); and then and only then does God promise to heal our land. Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Support the reestablishment of our Constitutional Republic!

Also, please note that whereas this interview (below) was recorded in July, the reason you have not heard about it is there has been a news blackout on this issue by the major media. Note also, that though there have been lots of problems to sort through, and there have been some delays and detours that had to be taken, nevertheless the Restored Republic is  still under way and is moving forward. Please pray for Tim Turner, and for the  continued success of this movement that we can save our Republic and preserve our liberties,  for our sakes,  for the sake of ALL our children, and for ALL future generations!

Please note that since the recording of this interview, the organization that is headed up by Tim Turner is no longer called the “RESTORED AMERICAN PLAN;” but it is now called the “THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES.”

For information on the ongoing efforts regarding the restoration of our Constitutional Republic; to register, and to sign up for updates, please go to the following website:

http://republicoftheunitedstates.org/

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This is your invitation to have communion and sup with the Lord forever…

YOU ARE INVITED!

Matthew 22

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”‘

5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10

So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.


11But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.


13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and[a] cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


14 “For many are called, but few are chosen
.”

David Wilkerson Today

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010

COMING TO HIS TABLE

An old gospel song has profound meaning for me. It says, “Jesus has a table spread / Where the saints of God are fed / He invites his chosen people, come and dine.”

What an exciting prospect: The Lord has spread a table in the heavenlies for his followers!

Jesus told his disciples, “I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom(Luke 22:29–30).

Hungering for him means that, by faith, we also are seated at this table.

When the apostle Paul instructs, “Let us keep the feast(1 Corinthians 5:8), he means let us understand clearly that we have been assigned a seat in the heavenlies with Christ at his royal table.

Paul is saying, “Always show up. Never let it be said your seat is empty.”

The sad truth is that the church of Jesus Christ simply does not comprehend what it means to keep the feast.

We do not understand the majesty and honor accorded us by having been raised by Christ to sit with him in heavenly places.

We have become too busy to sit at his table. We mistakenly derive our spiritual joy from service instead of communion.

We do more and more for a Lord whom we know less and less.

We run ourselves ragged giving our bodies and minds to his work, but we seldom keep the feast.

The one thing our Lord seeks above all else from his servants, ministers and shepherds is communion at his table.

This table is a place for spiritual intimacy, and it is spread daily.

Keeping the feast means coming to him continually for food, strength, wisdom and fellowship.

Ever since the Cross, all spiritual giants have had one thing in common: They revered the table of the Lord. They became lost in the vastness of Christ. They all died lamenting that they still knew so little of him and his life.

Our vision of Christ today is too small, too limited.

A gospel of “vastness” is needed to overcome the complicated and growing problems of this wicked age.

You see, God does not merely solve problems in this world—he swallows them up in his vastness!

Someone with an increasing revelation of Christ’s vastness need fear no problem, no devil, no power on this earth.

He knows that Christ is bigger than it all. If we had this kind of revelation of how vast he is, how boundless, measureless, limitless and immense, we would never again be overwhelmed by life’s problems.

Paul is an example to us. He was committed to having such an ever-increasing revelation of Christ.

In fact, all he had of Christ came by revelation; it was taught to him at the Lord’s table and made truth to him by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, it was three years after his conversion before Paul went to spend time with the apostles in Jerusalem, and he stayed with them only fifteen days before continuing his missionary journeys.

He later said, “By revelation he made known unto me the mystery(Ephesians 3:3).

The Holy Spirit knows the deep and hidden secrets of God, and Paul prayed constantly for the gift of grace to understand and preach “the unsearchable riches of Christ(Ephesians 3:8).

The Lord is looking for believers who are not satisfied with sifting through all the conflicting voices to find a true word. He wants us to hunger for a revelation of him that is all our own—a deep, personal intimacy.

http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/devotions/2010/coming-to-his-table

It would seem that this sad state of affairs is even more true today, than ever before; as people today are much too busy with their own lives, doing their own thing, to be concerned about the things of God.

Most today, it would seem anyway, though they talk about God often, and many are religious, and some even attend church once in a while, but few there be that really know and love God… for even Jesus says, “To love God is to obey Him!

I believe it was Saint Augustine who once said, To know Jesus is to love Him; and to love Him is to want to serve Him.”

I believe it was also Augustine who said, “Love God with ALL your heart, mind, and soul, and do as you please;” meaning anyone who truly understood the supreme sacrifice and awesome love, which God bears for ALL His beloved children, they would never intentionally hurt Him!

I remember this story that was once told me about this man who was homeless, and lived in the streets of this particular town.

The lord of the town took pity upon him, and went down and picked him up out of the gutter; and brought him to his mansion to live, as a member of his family.

He cleaned him up and made him his adopted son, and invited him to come sit at his table.

This man was so grateful for this obvious demonstration of love and kindness that was being demonstrated towards him, that even though he possibly didn’t understand all the rules of his new home, he was very careful not to track mud into it; and he bent over backwards always to please his master, out of his love and gratefulness for all his master’s kindnesses towards him.

Likewise, this is our situation, whether we realize it or not.

God has invited us to come sit at His Heavenly Banqueting Table with His Son, Jesus Christ; and God forbid that we should be too busy with our own affairs and our own lives that we ignore His gratious invitation, as so many did in the above parable.

The wedding garment, by the way, that the one man failed to have on, is the Righteousness of Christ, provided when we accept by faith His atonement on Calvary’s cross, for the forgiveness of our sins.

This man obviously was trying to get in by some other way, other than through Jesus Christ… perhaps he didn’t think he needed a Saviour!

As a side note, we have had two presidents whose views on the Bible and the Christian faith show a marked ignorance in both the Bible and the Christian faith. 

Obama has been recorded mocking the Bible and the Sermon on the Mount; and also has been recorded as saying Muslims and Athiest can go to heaven.

Former President Bush, who though he also claims to be a Christian, has said much the same thing as Obama; when he says that all faiths lead to and have a belief in the same God. The Bible clearly says otherwise.

The words of both of these men stand in stark contrast to the words of Jesus Christ, who said that “He was the ONLY Way, the Truth and the Life; and that no one can come unto the Father, except through Him!” (John 14:6)

Let us not take this offer for granted, and miss our only opportunity for forgiveness and reconciliation back into God’s family!

Make no mistake, but that your only opportunity to avail yourself of this awesome gift and privilege is in this lifetime, between your entry into the world, at birth; and your departure, at death.

This means that for every individual, who has yet to commit their life to Jesus Christ, and be Born-again, their window of opportunity is getting narrower with the passage of each day; and there is no opportunity beyond this life for them to be reconciled to God!

Listen up people, do not take this for granted; and put off until tomorrow something you need to do right now; for tomorrow is not guaranteed to any one; and the truth is every breathe we take, and with every beat of our heart, it is all only by God’s grace.

So don’t be so self sufficient and prideful to think you don’t need God!

God created you, and He has provided you with your life and all that you have; but His purpose for doing so was always to have communion with each and every one of His Kids… including you, because He loves you!!!

This estrangement that happened as a result of SIN, which is our nature by the way, which is characterized by our independence and our tendency to want to do our own thing, and be the masters of our own destiny, all of which by the way we inherited from our father Adam… and let me be very clear here, because if a person is unrepentant (meaning they don’t change this way of thinking) and if they keep this independent attitude, it will bar them from God’s Kingdom forever. and they will find themselves in the same situation as the man in the parable (above) who didn’t have on his wedding garments!

Jesus Christ is both Lord and Saviour… do NOT leave home without Him!!!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Running the race God’s way… to win!!! (His ways are much different from the world)


“Run with endurance the race that God has set before you”

(Hebrews 12:1)

Here’s the point: In this race that God has placed us in, called life, it is not necessary to cross the finish line first to receive the prize. The prize is Jesus Christ, and all that is necessary for us to win this race and receive our prize is that we not quit, and we stay in faith!

Hebrews 12

Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on?

It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit!

No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.

Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.

When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

God has a race for you to run!  What a challenging and exciting thought—God has given me a race to run. God has designed a purpose for my life—a purpose that I can discover and fulfill.  What is this race?

(Note: This race begins, not when we are born into the world, but it begins when we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and make Him Lord of our life; this happens when we are born-again; as we receive his gift of complete forgiveness and restoration back into God’s family.)

My thanks go out to Manna Ko today for posting the above video on her Facebook page.

It is an excellent illustration of what the above verses of scripture are talking about.

How God has placed each of us in a race; and as the Apostle Paul said, for us to run this race we must discipline our bodies, and build our strength and endurance, that we may persevere and win the prize.

This prize however is the same prize that Jesus spoke of in the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, spoken here as wages; where this landowner goes out in the early morning hours to hire laborers for his field, and they agree to work for a denarius a day.

He then goes out about 9 am and when he sees others standing idle, he says to them, “Go into my vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.

Once again at noon and again at three o’clock he did the same thing.

Then at five o’clock that afternoon he went into town once again and saw some more people standing around; and so he asked them, “Why haven’t you been working today?

They replied, “Because no one hired us.”

The landowner told them, “Then go out and join the others in my vineyard.”

Then on that evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first.

When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage.

When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more; but they, too, were paid a day’s wage.

When they received their pay, they protested to the owner saying, “Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.”

The owner of the vineyard answered one of them, “Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage of one denarius? Take your money and go.”

If I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you, is it against the law? Can I not do what I want with my money?
Should you be jealous because I am kind to these others?

You will note that it was only the laborers who were hired first who went into the field to work only after agreeing on a wage of one denarius a day; the rest went in faith, because the master said “He would give them what was right.”

And as the Bible also says, “Those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”

We can learn from these stories that God’s ways of doing things and thinking are very different from the world; and if we are going to be His disciples the Bible clearly says that we have to learn His ways, and even it says we are to put on the mind of Christ.

How that happens is that we make choices when confronted with trails and challenges in our life; and we do this after our having meditated upon God’s Word, where we acquaint ourselves with His ways of doing and thinking, as the Holy Spirit rewrites our internal software, our source code for our lives; and replaces the sin ridden, virus infected, software of the world.

This experience cannot be had or learned vicariously, but it must be experienced and lived out in our life, as we persevere through the fiery trials of our life.

In the same way you cannot learn to swim by watching a movie or reading a book; you have to jump in the water!

Life is like that, and the challenges for the child of God, we will soon find out, are all prearranged and really they are a setup; and this is true whether it is good things or bad things that have happened to us.

We can learn this lesson from the story of Job, in the Bible, where Satan comes before God, from wandering to and fro in the earth; and God says to ole ‘slue foot,’ “Have you considered my servant Job?

To which Satan answers, “You have built a hedge around his life, and I can’t get to him; you remove the hedge, let me at him, and then see how faithful he is!

So we can learn from this that even though Job lost everything, it was Satan who is the destroyer who attacked Him, but God allowed it, for a reason; and so it is with us.

The reason is to train us and build us up, in preparation for the destiny God has prepared for us, in His service; and to mold us also into the image of Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Bible even says of Jesus (in Hebrews 5:8) that He learned obedience through the things He suffered… and so should we expect any different in our life?

There is a saying that is often used in gyms that says, “No pain, no gain;” and that is true in our spiritual walk as well.

We must understand that whatever challenges we face in life, and as much as we cry and holler for God to save us and rescue us; what God wants to see first, and mind you He watches us closely in order to monitor our reaction, is what is our attitude while in the fire? Who or what are we looking to as our Source and what truly makes up our foundation? Is it made of silver and gold, or wood, hay, and stubble?

Have we constructed our house on solid rock, or on shifting sands?

The outcome will determine the material that was used, and whether we persevere through the fiery trails, or are washed out by them… it all will depend on whether we followed the instructions of our Lord and obeyed Him, or not?

And here is the point, as illustrated in the above video; when we fall, and rest assured we ALL stumble and fall in this race; we don’t stay and cry there in that fallen place, we get back up as this runner did, and we get back into the race, because the goal is to cross the finish line; and as we will note in the video, it was his dad who came and helped him to cross; and so will our Heavenly Father do for us!

Just remember that life for God’s children is a setup, from start to finish, and as long as we remain in the race, in faith, and don’t quit, we are all assured of winning our prize! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Our Father in Heaven already knows what things we have need of…

“Our Father in Heaven already knows what things we have need of”

And Jesus says:

In Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[a]?

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The illustration of prayer that our Lord used here is one of a good child who is asking for something good.

We talk about prayer as if God hears us regardless of what our relationship is to Him (seeMatthew 5:45 ).

Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask.

Don’t faint and give up, but find out the reason you have not received; increase the intensity of your search and examine the evidence.

Is your relationship right with your spouse, your children, and your fellow students?

Are you a “good child” in those relationships? Do you have to say to the Lord, “I have been irritable and cross, but I still want spiritual blessings?” You cannot receive and will have to do without them until you have the attitude of a “good child.”

We mistake defiance for devotion, arguing with God instead of surrendering.

We refuse to look at the evidence that clearly indicates where we are wrong.

Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want, while refusing to pay someone what I owe him?

Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me?

Have I refused to forgive someone, and have I been unkind to that person?

Have I been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends? (see Matthew 7:12 ).

I am a child of God only by being born again, and as His child I am good only as I “walk in the light” ( 1 John 1:7 ).

For most of us, prayer simply becomes some trivial religious expression, a matter of mystical and emotional fellowship with God. We are all good at producing spiritual fog that blinds our sight. But if we will search out and examine the evidence, we will see very clearly what is wrong— a friendship, an unpaid debt, or an improper attitude.

There is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then Jesus says, regarding His children, “Everyone who asks receives . . .” ( Matthew 7:8 ).

http://utmost.org/

So the question is, are we facing problems today and are wondering why the heavens have turned to brass concerning our prayers?

Are we wondering why our prayers seemingly have gone unheard and unanswered by God?

Could it be, as is pointed out in the above devotion, that there are certain areas of our life that we have stubbornly refused to deal with?

One thing that becomes plain for all to see, as we study the examples of scripture, which by the way we are told in 1 Corinthians 10 have been written for our example and for our edification, is that God will often test us to see if we will obey him or not; and He often does this while we are under pressure.

He certainly did this with the children of Israel, when He allowed them to suffer lack in the desert; and likewise God will not graduate us to the next level either until we learn our lesson where we are, and are obeying… or like the children of Israel, we also will go in circles, repeating past problems and trials, until we learn to submit and obey where we are.

This one is a biggy, are we harboring unforgiveness and bitterness in our hearts, and are justifying those feelings and hanging on to them because of something we have suffered from our past?

If we are, then we are ignoring the scriptures that tell us to NOT allow the sun to go down on our anger, least we give a foothold to the enemy in our life!

For those who are married, examine yourself to see whether you are honoring your covenant relationships, as you once vowed to do with your husband or wife, whichever the case may be, which you vowed before God to do until death do you part?

Ask yourself whether you are doing what the scripture says to do, when it says to submit first to God and then to each other in the marriage relationship?

If you are wanting God to keep His covenant relationship with you, to forgive you and extend grace to you for your mistakes and trespasses, should not you also do likewise and extend the same to your covenant partner?

We don’t want to be like the rich servant who owed his master a lot of money, and when he was released from his debt and forgiven, this ungrateful servant then turns to one who owed him a much smaller amount, and refused to do the same.

Truly as the Bible teaches in more than one place, that we cannot be forgiven of our trespasses and sins, unless we first learn to release and forgive others of their trespasses and sins against us.

These are all things that must be considered, because before we can call ourselves disciples of Christ, and before we can even say that we love God, we must first (as Jesus himself said) show that we do by the way we honor and obey His Word… trusting and obeying Him with ALL our heart, and not leaning upon our own understanding.

Christianity is a process or pilgrimage, if you will, that takes us through many different experiences and challenges; and the purpose for this is so that we may be molded into the image of God’s Son; that we may learn to discern and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit; and put on the mind of Christ… meaning that we begin to do and act in our situations as we learn to do in God’s Word the Bible, in all the many examples that are given there; and that we should in all things learn to walk and do as Jesus did in His earthly ministry.

That is the goal from God’s perspective, and it had better be our goal as well! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


The importance of our passing the baton on to the next generation…

The importance of our keeping Christ at the center of our government…

as our founding fathers always intended, and of our passing our faith on to our children!!!

Genesis 18:17-19 17 Then the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.

19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

We need to understand that we didn’t just arrive at the state we are in today, as a country over night.

No, we have been on this road for a very long time; and this has happened as the result of a slow and very well planned and methodical process of indoctrination and the dummying down of our education system; with the removal of any teaching at all, from our public education system about God and His requirements.

Contrast that to our founding fathers, whose first act, after the formation of our Republic, was an act of Congress that passed a bill to pay for the printing of Bibles that were to be used in early America to teach children to read and write.

The only separation between the church and state, was to keep the state out, and to give the people the freedom to practice their faith as they choose, unhindered by the state.

This is what the First Amendment says, and its prohibition is strictly one way, in that it prohibits our government from passing laws, or intervening in any way with the free exercise of one’s faith.

The separation of Church and State as it is practiced now is a complete misrepresentation and it is a blatant lie; in that those words “Separation between Church and State,” are not found anywhere in our Constitution; but were taken out of context in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson, to the Danbury Baptists, to make the exact opposite point, as I just stated, that the separation is one way… the state butts out and leaves the church alone!

If it hadn’t been for the church, we wouldn’t even have a Constitution, nor a government; and yet these people today who have yet to know God, among the atheists and agnostics who today run our government and make our laws, who even though some have a form of religion and give lip service to having a belief in God, we can certainly tell by their fruit that they neither know God, nor do they know His Son, Jesus Christ!

These people would take all of this history, regarding the rich faith and spiritual heritage that has been left to us by our founding fathers, out of our history books, and have secularize our government to the point we can’t even teach the Ten Commandments in public schools today, or even have them posted, as it is in our Supreme Court Building, for fear kids would learn what God expects, and would develop moral character.

In the absence of any teaching about God and the Bible, the enemy has come in to fill this vacuum in spades, with the result that our society today has virtually become a pagan society, that has long since removed the spiritual markers that were once set and established by our forefathers.

This is where we are today folks, and the reason is the Church abdicated its position and stopped preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, which covers more than just getting people saved; but it involves having Christians affect the culture of the day; and letting people know that a new King has come, and that He will return; and in the meantime we as His disciples are to occupy in the world, in our government and in our culture to establish His righteousness, as it is in heaven, right here on earth.

Watch this little video and I think it will explain what I’m talking about:

Well how can that happen unless Christians are evolved with the political process, and with every aspect of society? The answer is it can’t, and the result is what we see all around us today, in the complete lack of moral leadership and direction in our country.

We definitely have a situation today in Washington DC where the blind are leading the blind, and if we aren’t careful; and if we don’t do some serious praying and repenting before God, our entire nation will fall in to the ditch, and we shall lose both our sovereignty and our freedom, as a people.

Pray folks… watch and pray like the future of our nation, and that of our children is at stake, for surely it is!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Are you wondering why our government today is operating apart from the will of the people?

Wakeup America…

Because our government today, under this Obama administration and Congress is both anti-Constitution and anti-Republic, and they are working to permanently undermine both!!!



We are today coming to the end of a long road, and for years now what we have been watching happen to our Federal, State, and local municipal governments, is a slow but steady trend that has seen an ongoing shift in power from We the People, as our U.S. Constitution mandates, to the GOVERNMENT, so that the power today has shifted to flow from the top down… until We the People are expected to just acquiesce and do as we are told by our government.

That was NOT the way our founding fathers set our country up to work!

Folks, this same thing that once happened in Russia, in pre-Nazi Germany, and in Red China… is today happening in our country!

It all started many years ago, when the Rothschild’s International Banking Cartel was allowed, twice in the 19 century to form a central bank in the U.S., but on a 20 year lease period, which had to be renewed every 20 years.

In 1871, coming out of the Civil War, our nation already in a state of bankruptcy, this is when the District of Columbia was formed.

The date is February 21, 1871 and the Forty-First Congress is in session. I refer you to the “Acts of the Forty-First Congress,” Section 34, Session III, chapters 61 and 62. On this date in the history of our nation, Congress passed an Act titled: “An Act To Provide A Government for the District of Columbia.” This is also known as the “Act of 1871.” What does this mean? Well, it means that Congress, under no constitutional authority to do so, created a separate form of government for the District of Columbia, which is a ten mile square parcel of land.

What??? How could they do that? Moreover, WHY would they do that? To explain, let’s look at the circumstances of those days. The Act of 1871 was passed at a vulnerable time in America. Our nation was essentially bankrupt — weakened and financially depleted in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Civil War itself was nothing more than a calculated “front” for some pretty fancy footwork by corporate backroom players. It was a strategic maneuver by European interests (the international bankers) who were intent upon gaining a stranglehold on the neck (and the coffers) of America.

The Congress realized our country was in dire financial straits, so they cut a deal with the international bankers — (in those days, the Rothschilds of London were dipping their fingers into everyone’s pie) thereby incurring a DEBT to said bankers. If we think about banks, we know they do not just lend us money out of the goodness of their hearts. A bank will not do anything for you unless it is entirely in their best interest to do so. There has to be some sort of collateral or some string attached which puts you and me (the borrower) into a subservient position. This was true back in 1871 as well. The conniving international bankers were not about to lend our floundering nation any money without some serious stipulations. So, they devised a brilliant way of getting their foot in the door of the United States (a prize they had coveted for some time, but had been unable to grasp thanks to our Founding Fathers, who despised them and held them in check), and thus, the Act of 1871 was passed.

In essence, this Act formed the corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. Note the capitalization, because it is important. This corporation, owned by foreign interests, moved right in and shoved the original “organic” version of the Constitution into a dusty corner. With the “Act of 1871,” our Constitution was defaced in the sense that the title was block-capitalized and the word “for” was changed to the word “of” in the title. The original Constitution drafted by the Founding Fathers, was written in this manner:

“The Constitution for the united states of America”.

The altered version reads: “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. It is the corporate constitution. It is NOT the same document you might think it is. The corporate constitution operates in an economic capacity and has been used to fool the People into thinking it is the same parchment that governs the Republic. It absolutely is not.

Capitalization — an insignificant change? Not when one is referring to the context of a legal document, it isn’t. Such minor alterations have had major impacts on each subsequent generation born in this country. What the Congress did with the passage of the Act of 1871 was create an entirely new document, a constitution for the government of the District of Columbia. The kind of government THEY created was a corporation. The new, altered Constitution serves as the constitution of the corporation, and not that of America. Think about that for a moment.

Incidentally, this corporate constitution does not benefit the Republic. It serves only to benefit the corporation. It does nothing good for you or me — and it operates outside of the original Constitution. Instead of absolute rights guaranteed under the “organic” Constitution, we now have “relative” rights or privileges. One example of this is the Sovereign’s right to travel, which has been transformed under corporate government policy into a “privilege” which we must be licensed to engage in. This operates outside of the original Constitution.

So, Congress committed TREASON against the People, who were considered Sovereign under the Declaration of Independence and the organic Constitution.

http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm

None of this could have ever taken place unless certain ones of our politicians and presidents had been bought and/or bribed to acquiesce to these Banker’s demands; and what’s worse, many of our politicians have been groomed and trained for their perspective positions in government, and the betrayal of both our Constitution and Country; and certain others for their positions in corporate America, to serve this Globalist Agenda, ever since their college years.

This is true especially of the Bushes for three generations; the Clintons; and also of Obama!

Corporate Bankruptcies last for 70 years, and so the UNITED STATES bankruptcy had to be renewed every 70 years from that point (1863) on.

This is not fiction folks, and what I am telling you actually happened; and now is being accelerated right before our eyes, under this present administration.

Today, most of the American people are completely oblivious to what’s going on, and for all intentional purposes have been blinded by the forces of darkness, to see what is hidden in plain sight for them to see.

Now mind you, this information is readily available online, if people would but do their homework and look; and it shows that the United States is no longer a Republic at all, and that we also are in fact in a state of bankruptcy, and we have been since 1863.

THE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865. In 1861, due to this war, seven Southern states walked out of Congress on March 27. This left Congress without a quorum to conduct the nation’s business, so the only lawful power left was the President.

President Lincoln declared a state of war and exercised his powers as Commander in Chief, to institute martial law under a state of emergency.

Congress was NEVER legally reconvened under the Constitution. Lincoln ordered Congress to reconvene under his military authority as Commander in Chief (not as President), therefore Congress still sits today under military authority, by order of the President. This was accomplished through the Libber Laws of 1863.

Lincoln also funded the war entirely by issuing war bonds, T-Bills, etc, which essentially put the United States government into bankruptcy in 1863. One of the funding schemes used was the so called 1040 Bonds. These bonds were to run not less than 10 years, and no more than 40 years, at 7.13% interest. To collect the interest on these 1040 Bonds, a form 1040 was used by the government. By 1864, the value of these bonds had dropped to 39 cents on the dollar.

In 1861, to collect the interest on those 1040 bonds, Congress created the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Do you think that was just a coincidence? Do you think that maybe the interest was never paid and we are still using the form today to collect?

http://usa-the-republic.com/revenue/true_history/Chap8.html

In 1913 is when the Bankers got permantely installed in our government, because that’s when the Federal Reserve Act was passed, which is also illegal according to our U.S. Constitution.

The Federal Reserve is NOT a part of our Federal Government, it is a privately held corporation, whose board of directors consists of 10 families, 70% of which are foreign nationals, and only three are U.S. Citizens. There is absolutely no oversight and no accountiblity except to themselves; and no elected official can even attend their meetings; and these guys are making decisions for us.  All of this is totally illegal according to our Constitution, as Congress is the only one who has the Constitutional authority to mint our money… not private banks.

President Lincoln was in the process of correcting this error and this atrocity, when he started having our government mint Green Backs; and also JFK was also trying to do the same thing, when he was minting 2 dollar silver certificates (in the 60’s); and it cost both of these men their lives.

For that matter, I think JFK was our last true president, who really was trying 100% to do what was right for the American people.

According to Corporate Law, Corporate bankruptcies, as I said before, have to be renewed every 70 years; so this 1863 bankruptcy was first renewed in 1933.

What happened in 1933?

EMERGENCY BANKING ACT March 9, 1933. President Roosevelt called for a special and extraordinary session of Congress in Proclamation 2038. At that session he presented a bill, an Act, to provide for relief in the existing national ’emergency’ in banking and for other purposes.

In this Act of March 9, 1933, it states in Title 1 Section 1:
“The actions, regulations, rules, licenses, orders and proclamations heretofore
or hereafter taken, promulgated, made, or issued by the President of the United States or the Secretary of the Treasury since March the 4th, 1933, pursuant to the authority conferred by subdivision (b) of Section 5 of the Act of October 6, 1917, as amended, are hereby approved and confirmed.

This says that any actions, orders or proclamations, made by the President hereafter taken, are hereby approved and confirmed. Congress just wrote a blank check to the President. ANYTHING he wants to do is approved, IN ADVANCE! Do you think we are living under a dictatorship! Is that how the President is acting today, as if everything he does is already approved? It seems so.

If you went to a law library today and looked up 12 USC (United States Code) Section 95(b), you will find this Act still on the books today!

But, if you will remember, the Act of 1917 applied to enemies “other than citizens of the United States.” So in 1917 the war powers did not extend to citizens of the United States, and the government did not have authority over us and the Constitution was still valid and upheld. But Roosevelt made an amendment to the 1917 Act, in 1933. In Section 2 of the Act of March 9, 1933 it states:

“Subdivision (b) of Section 5 of the Act of October 6, 1917 (40 Stat. L. 411), as amended, is hereby amended as follows;
During time of war or during any other time of
national emergency declared by the President, the President may, through any agency that he may designate, or otherwise, investigate, regulate, or prohibit, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, by means of licenses or otherwise, any transactions in foreign exchange, transfers of credit between or payments by banking institutions as defined by the President and export, hording, melting, or earmarkings of gold or silver coin or bullion or currency, by any person within the United States or anyplace subject to the jurisdiction thereof.

By simply including in this amendment “any person within the United States or anyplace subject to the jurisdiction thereof”, citizens of the United States were now included in the definition of ‘enemies of the United States’! As far as any commercial, monetary or business transactions were concerned, United States citizens were no longer any different from any other enemy of the United States.

http://usa-the-republic.com/revenue/true_history/Chap8.html

It was also on April 5, 1933 that Franklin Delano Roosevelt confiscated all gold from the public (http://www.the-privateer.com/1933-gold-confiscation.html). This meant that the Gold, our gold, was now used also as collateral for the debt.

Then in 1935 the Social Security Act was passed; so that when a person signs up for social security, they are basically co-signing for the debts of the federal government; and each American citizens are now the collateral for that debt.

A United States citizen has the status of an ‘artificial person’. His name is spelled in all capital letters. When you contract to be a U.S. citizen (property of the U.S. government), via social security, you are basically co-signing for the debts of the federal government. You are pledging all your income and assets to helping discharge the bankruptcy! http://usa-the-republic.com/revenue/true_history/Chap8.html

The next 70 years brings us to the year 2003. This is two years after 9/11 and five year before the economic meltdown that lead to the printing of 100’s of Billions of dollars that was just handed over to the bankers, first by President Bush, and now by Obama. Much of this money has since disappeared, and the FED refuses to give an accounting of where it went.

Now mind you also, this money consists of nothing but fiat money, for that is what the U.S. Dollar is today (meaning it is worthless, because there is no intrinsic value to back it up); and this money also (which is our tax money) will be loaned back to the American people, by these same international bankers at interest. This is one heck of a huge ponzi scheme that has been going on for over 100 years, and it’s past time the truth be told.

If you want to know why Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are operating it seems with a different agenda, then you should at least now understand the reason why. They are operating as corporate officers of the UNITED STATES CORPORATION, and are not operating in the best interest of the people at all!

Everything thus far that I have explained is but the tip of the iceberg; and to the extent these people, including past presidents, including President Bush and Clinton, are/or have operated outside of the scope of their Constitutional authority, and are taking to themselves powers and are doing things that the Constitution does not allow, these people (all of them) are both traitors and criminals to our country, and they should be tried as such.

American had better wake up, or all I can say is what former President George H.W. Bush Sr. promised back in 1991 would happen, will happen, in the establishment of a “New World Order;” but what he didn’t say is that this New World Order (which will ultimately be a One World Government) will be completely totalitarian in nature; we won’t any longer have a Constitution; nor our freedoms and our liberties; and our children and future generations will be forced to live at the whim and dictates of some pretty evil people. That is the future of our country according to the Bushes, the Clintons, and now Obama… the question is, is that what you want?

Regardless, whether we want it or not, it is the course our leaders in Washington DC have placed us on, and make no mistake but that our government has placed us on a collision course with total insolvency, and the complete collapse of both our economy and the U.S. Dollar.

Now the question is asked, why would these people want this to happen? The answer should be obvious, in that a strong economy and a strong U.S. Dollar would work counterproductive to the Globalist agenda.

What the International Bankers want is an entirely new centralized world government (the New World Order), and a completely restructured one world monetary system, all of which these Bankers will control; and which ultimately will consists of a mark on the either the forehead or on the back of the right hand.

Now mind you, these same self appointed potentate clowns also see themselves as the Masters of this new One World Government; and we are to be their slaves!

As you can see, this plan, this agenda, is well thought out; and it has been in place now for well over 100 years.

Understand this, if we do nothing; and unless we stop them, and take back our government, and reestablish our Constitutional Republic, then their plan for world domination will bring us, right along with the rest of the world, into their “New World Order,” which will ultimately give way to the a One World Government, led by the Antichrist!

Shalom,

Skip Barland

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The power of FAITH, in our having absolute trust and reliance upon God… and the power the tongue!

When all else fails and we are at the end of our rope, this is where God begins!

David Wilkerson Today

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010

A PERFECT HEART IS TRUSTING

The Psalmist wrote, “Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded”
(Psalm 22:4-5).

The Hebrew root word for trust suggests “to fling oneself off a precipice.”

That means being like a child who has climbed up into the rafters and cannot get down. He hears his father say, “Jump!” and he obeys, throwing himself into his father’s arms.

Are you in such a place right now? Are you on the edge, teetering, and have no other option but to fling yourself into the arms of Jesus?

You have simply resigned yourself to your situation, but that is not trust; it is nothing more than fatalism.

Trust is something vastly different from passive resignation. It is active belief!

As we hunger for Jesus more intensely, we will find that our trust in him is well founded.

At some point in our lives we may have thought that we could not really trust him—that he did not really have control over the big picture and that we had to stay in charge.

But growing closer to him and getting to know him better changes that. It means that we do not just come to him for help when we are at the end of our rope; instead, we begin to walk with him so closely that we hear him warning of the trials ahead.

The trusting heart always says, “All my steps are ordered by the Lord. He is my loving Father, and he permits my sufferings, temptations and trials—but never more than I can bear, for he always makes a way of escape.

He has an eternal plan and purpose for me. He has numbered every hair on my head, and he formed all my parts when I was in my mother’s womb.

He knows when I sit, stand or lie down because I am the apple of his eye. He is Lord—not just over me, but over every event and situation that touches me.”

A perfect heart is also a broken heart!

The Psalmist David said, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite [crushed] spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Brokenness means more than sorrow and weeping, more than a crushed spirit, more than humility.

True brokenness releases in the heart the greatest power God can entrust to mankind—greater than power to raise the dead or heal sickness and disease.

When we are truly broken before God, we are given a power that restores ruins, a power that brings a special kind of glory and honor to our Lord.

You see, brokenness has to do with walls—broken down, crumbling walls. David associated the crumbling walls of Jerusalem with the brokenheartedness of God’s people. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart…. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness” (Psalm 51:17–19).

Nehemiah was a brokenhearted man, and his example has to do with those broken walls of Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 2:12–15). In the dark of the night, Nehemiah “viewed the wall.” The Hebrew word shabar is used here. It is the same word used in Psalm 51:17 for “broken heart.” In the fullest Hebrew meaning, Nehemiah’s heart was breaking in two ways. It broke first with anguish for the ruin, and second with a hope for rebuilding (bursting with hope).

This is truly a broken heart: one that first sees the church and families in ruin and feels the Lord’s anguish. Such a heart grieves over the reproach cast on the Lord’s name.

It also looks deep inside and sees, as David did, its own shame and failure. But there is a second important element to this brokenness, and that is hope. The truly broken heart has heard from God: “I will heal, restore and build. Get rid of the rubbish, and get to work rebuilding the breaches!”

http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/9632

Kathryn Kuhlman always used to say God is not looking for golden vessels, and nor is He looking for silver vessels, only yielded vessels!

Well how are we doing on that score, when it comes to our TRUSTING God?

This is very important, because whether or not God can use us, as He would like, depends on our level of maturity in Him, our intimacy with the Holy Spirit, and our willingness to obey Him; also it depends on our heart relationship with Him (whether we truly love Him, have Him first place in our life, and are truly called according to His purpose).

Even Jesus makes reference to the importance or our trusting Him, and whether or not we have ulterior motives:

John 2:23-25

The Discerner of Hearts

23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him.24 But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. 25 No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.

Question: Can Jesus trust us?

Can He rely on us to obey His Word and not rely on our own understanding?

When we are under pressure how are we apt to react? Do we react according to our flesh, or according the counsel of God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Why do you suppose the military has boot camp and advanced training for SEAL unites and Special Forces?

It is to teach these men how to deal with pressure, and not to be compromised by external forces… to keep their eye on the ball!

This ability to trust and have faith in God in every situation, though it may come easy for children, it is generally a bit harder for most adults, especially if we have been hurt in the past and have been let down by people (such as parents, relatives, friends, and etc) who have used us; or maybe even have abused us (either emotionally or physically, or both).

In order for us to appreciate what God has for us, what His destiny and plans are for us, it helps if we first understand the nature of our relationship with Him, in that we have a Blood Covenant with Him.

This Blood Covenant is a marriage between Christ and His Church, that is not based on emotions or feelings, which vary up and down with each passing day (depending on our circumstances) but it is based on commitment, upon Agape (LOVE), and upon GRACE (unmerited favor), where each party to the covenant vows to dedicate the rest of their life, and give to their covenant partner all they have and the best they have, in order to benefit their Covenant Partner; and even if the other party fails to carry their weight, the other will carry them until they can.

This is what every marriage is to be like, and we each can thank God for this is exactly God’s commitment to us, in that truly (and this is true of all of us), in that we each blow our end of our covenant with Him every day; nevertheless, Jesus is faithful to carry us (as His covenant partners) every single day, or else we all would be up the creek without a paddle!

This Blood Covenant is a life long contract, that lasts until death do you part, and it is so sacred that under many cultures, even today, and this was certainly true in ancient Israel, that to break this Blood Covenant was a capitol offense.

The model and often the training ground in learning to trust, to love, and to extend grace and forgiveness, is found in the marriage relationship, between a husband and wife, as this is a model of the same covenant relationship which we have with God.

However, for those who have been abused in the past, God understands that it takes some time to get them to trust again; and the way God does this, is first by letting us know that whatever has happened in our past, whether by family or friends, and however we have been hurt or let down, God is NOT like that!

Secondly, God will enter into our circumstances, our trials and tribulations, if we let Him (and this includes situations and problems within family and marriage relationships as well), in order to teach us how to not be anxious (regardless of what we face); to petition God, and to trust Him, according to His Word, and to pray and supplicate before Him, even while in the midst of the fire and adverse circumstances, and to cast the whole of our lives upon Him, die to ourselves, and our understanding, and believe only what God says and has promised… this is what faith is.  And the Bible says that unless we have this kind of faith we cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6).

So again, I ask the question, look at yourself in the mirror (which is a metaphor for the Bible) and ask yourself how are you doing?

God will allow challenges in our life, where you live, and also (for those who are married) even in your marriage, in order that we might learn that in spite of what comes against us in the natural, God is faithful to His Word; and that if we would but TRUST Him, and have FAITH in Him, that we can truly cast the whole of our lives and ALL our circumstances upon Him, and jump into His arms, all the while knowing that He will never let us down!

How do we get there? We need to start today, with today’s problems, and begin to apply these principles to how we deal with our every day problems; and above all, we need to do this regardless of our circumstances or what we may feel or think, in the natural.

The point is, we don’t give up on Him (Jesus), and even when we stumble and fall (as will happen often), we have but to repent, confess to God our mistake, as the Blood of Jesus covers ALL our sins (past, present, and future), and then we just get back up and put ourselves back in the race. Because you see, to win this race (called life) you needed cross the finish line first, to win this race all you need to do is just don’t quit, and remain in faith!

Let’s now take a look at this subject of trust, as it relates to God’s Word and our confession.

What does the Bible have to say about the POWER of words and the confession of our tongue?

  • Matthew 15:18, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.”
  • Matthew 12:36, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”
  • Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear”
  • Colossians 3:8, “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
  • Proverbs 16:24, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
  • Proverbs 13:3, “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
  • Proverbs 21:23, “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
  • James 1:26, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
  • Proverbs 10:19, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
  • Matthew 12:37, “For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.”
  • Proverbs 17:9, “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”
  • Proverbs 15:4, “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”
  • Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
  • Matthew 12:34, “You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
  • John 8:31, “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”
  • John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
  • Proverbs 17:27, “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
  • Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
  • Romans 10:8, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim).”
  • John 8:31-32, “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'”
  • John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
  • Matthew 5:1-48, “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth…”
  • Proverbs 29:20, “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
  • Proverbs 17:28, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”
  • Proverbs 15:2, “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.”
  • Proverbs 14:1, “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands (and with her mouth) tears it down.”
  • Proverbs 16:23-24, “The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
  • Psalm 118:17, “I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.”
  • Romans 4:1-25, “What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness…”
  • Proverbs 18:20-21, A man is filled with what comes from his mouth and is nourished by what his lips provide. The tongue has power over life and death, those who like speaking will eat its fruit”
  • Romans 10:10 says, By believing from the heart, you obtain true righteousness; by confessing the faith with your lips you are saved” – After you have believed in your heart, it is necessary to engage your mouth to confess your salvation or else you will forfeit it. The leper in Mark 1:40-45 only needed the Lord to make one pronunciation. All Jesus needed to say was “You will, be clean,” and if he had refrained from saying it, the man would have died a leper.

    In Mathew 8:5-13 the centurion wanted Jesus to say just a word for his servant to receive his healing.

Listen up folks, if God used His words to create the world and all the planets, the vast expanse of space, and all that is in it; and if we are created in His image and after His likeness, then our words also create the world that we live in… so use them wisely!!! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Encouragement for the discouraged in time of battle, for some who may feel forsaken and forloarned; know this… God has not forgotten you!!!

Greater are them who are with us, than whatever or whoever opposes us…

“For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”

(Psalm 91:11)


Eileen Fisher:

I Want to Place Upon You Divine Appointments

The following corporate prophetic word was given by Eileen Fisher on August 3, 2010 during her weekly Prophetic School of the Holy Spirit meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

I heard the Lord say, “I am looking for empty vessels—that feel empty of themselves. They even feel empty of dreams, hopes, plans and purposes. For I have shaken that which could be shaken even unto the foundation of the earth—I have shaken out dreams of the soulish realm, I have shaken out dreams and visions that came man to man, and I was making room—room for a wineskin that could be poured out and poured into.

“For I have seen hearts that have been broken over and over and over, and left bleeding with no understanding with why. And yet I have counted the tears, I have shared in the size and I have felt the hearts that have felt that they have been shattered to where the pieces have been tossed to the North, South, East and West—impossible to come together again—except by My Spirit.

“For in My Word I have spoken that all things are possible with Me—so tonight I would come and I would rest My hand upon each head, and My other hand I would place upon your heart, and I would command the wind of change to come, to blow in every piece from the North, South, East and West. For have I not said in My Word I have come to heal the brokenhearted, to set the captives free, to proclaim liberty?

“I Am Pulling You Out of Chasms of Fear Where You have Hidden Away in Unbelief and Doubt”

“I am pulling you out of chasms of fear where you have hidden away in unbelief and doubt, fearful that I would come and judge you, that I would place disappointment and shame upon you, that I would exchange your broken heart and leave you with a broken spirit. No, I have come to take your spirits and set them free; I have come to heal your hearts, that they could not only give love but receive love. Have you not remembered in My Word that God is love? Let My love flow, receive it into your hearts, receive it just as you received salvation in faith; believe it, reach out for it, go beyond your understanding and come into the Spirit and let My Spirit exchange disappointment tonight.

“For I want to take off of you disappointment and I want to place upon you divine appointments. For I want to rearrange your schedules, I want to rearrange your plans, your vision, your purposes—I want to even recall your callings and call you in a new name. I want to place you at a higher level; I would not allow you to suffer in the soulish realm when I have grace and the anointing to cause you to rise up into the spiritual realm. For My grace I would place upon your feet, for you will not lose ground but you will claim ground, ground that has been robbed and stolen.

“I Have Boxed You In with Goodness, Mercy, Kindness, Gentleness and Compassion”

“You will see My Spirit come as one who tills the very ground, tills it with the moisture from your tears, as He goes behind you taking the soil and molding the future to place in front of you. For I am the Alpha and the Omega. And just as David said, ‘Where can I run from Your presence?’ I would declare over My own, ‘Nowhere.’ For I have boxed you in with goodness, and mercy, and kindness, and gentleness and compassion, and every wall that you run into will be the wall of grace that I have placed there, for you are about to see grace poured over you—grace poured into your families, grace released back into your nation, and you will stand in awe and you will say, ‘Truly is He not only a God of grace but a God of power.’

“For I am calling aside My own to be renewed, to be refreshed. To those who are battle-fatigued, I would say come off the battlefield and lay on the bridal gown. And when I say, ‘Lay on the bridal gown,’ I mean speak to your position in Me; pick up the armor, but put on the gown of righteousness, for when you come into that gown of righteousness, you come into who you were called to be—right-standing, right authority, right-mindedness, rightly called, and rightly positioned. I would say to you, My people, ‘Claim holy ground.’ For tonight I speak to each one of you and I say your body is the temple of My Holy Spirit, your body is My holy ground, and now I would have you stand, claim and worship on holy ground.”

Eileen Fisher
Eileen Fisher Ministries

Email: Eileen@eileenfisher.org

In the heat of battle often the forces that oppose us seem overwhelming. What comes to mind is the account in 2 Kings, where Elisha was faced with overwhelming problems, in that an entire army had come to capture him.

2 Kings 6:8-23

The Blinded Syrians Captured

8 When the king of Syria
was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.”

9 But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, “Do not go near that place, for the Syrians are planning to mobilize their troops there.” 10 So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he would be on the alert there.

11 The king of Syria
became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”

12 “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”

13 “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.”   And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.”

14
So one night the king of Syria sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.

16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”

17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

18 As the Syrian army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked.

19 Then Elisha went out and told them, “You have come the wrong way! This isn’t the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to the city of Samaria.

20 As soon as they had entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, now open their eyes and let them see.” So the Lord opened their eyes, and they discovered that they were in the middle of Samaria.

21 When the king of Israel saw them, he shouted to Elisha, “My father, should I kill them? Should I kill them?”

22 “Of course not!” Elisha replied. “Do we kill prisoners of war? Give them food and drink and send them home again to their master.”

23 So the king made a great feast for them and then sent them home to their master. After that, the Syrian raiders stayed away from the land of Israel.

Since we have the better covenant, with Christ; and since we have the Holy Spirit living inside us; since our sins are forgiven and washed clean (white as snow) through the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus; and also since Satan (the accuser of the brethren) has lost his leverage over us because of the work of Christ as our Passover Lamb; why should we also not have the same resources and benefits to aid us in our battles, and in our time of need, as happened under the Old Covenant.

In the above account we learn that Elisha supernaturally got the battle plans that were being discussed in the secret chambers of the enemy’s camp.

Question: could we not also use that same advantage and that level of knowledge and wisdom in our government today, and also in our personal battles that we all are fighting these days?

Of course we could, and why not… why shouldn’t we expect that and more, since as the Bible says, we do have the better covenant?

Why should we not also have the same protection of these angelic forces of God to back us up and guard our path, especially since the Word promises as much, and even tells us to expect it by faith?

How do we get to that place where we know that we know that God has our back, and that there truly are no trials nor temptations, nor obstacles in our path, placed there by the enemy, that is greater than the forces of God that back us up… but here’s the secret, we have to have faith; and we have to believe in God’s Word, more than we do our circumstances, our doubts, and our feelings… and therein is the rub!

The way we get to this place of faith is by having it tested and tempered while under fire; and by our also having to experience the heat of the fire.

Just as what happened with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three Hebrew young men who were captured by King Nebuchadnezzar, and were being required to bow to his image.

Listen to their response, given in the Book of Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, in the face of certain death, and learn what faith looks like under fire.

“King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.

So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.”

“Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

“Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! You have issued a decree, O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace.

But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

“Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?

Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

You will note that God did not keep them from the fire; and also neither did they have any assurance prior to being thrown into the fire that God would rescue them.

Quite the contrary, they had already resigned themselves to the worse possible scenario, and had totally put their lives, by faith, into God’s hands; and whether He saved them or not, they had totally resigned themselves to never allow this command to worship this image to compromise their stand and to offend their God.

Jesus puts it this way, when He says: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24)

Let us learn to lay hold of every opportunity, in our current trials, to trust God; as we understand that there is no trial nor temptation that we face in life, but such is common to all men; but God is faithful, in that He will not suffer us to be tempted beyond our ability to withstand the pressure (as He knows our breaking point), but along with that test, His promise is to provide a way of escape.

My point is, if we fail to learn our lesson, if we fail to gain endurance and perseverance in our trials, and if we fail to exercise our faith in these lesser trials and tribulations, then how can we hope to face the more severe ones, that I believe are coming?

Jesus has warned us that a “Time of Sorrows” is coming upon the world, that would precede His return to earth; and that it would be the worse time that this world has ever seen in the past, nor will ever see in the future!

Look around you, folks, read your Bible, look to the news, and understand that we are living very close to those times that have been predicted by our Lord, that would precede this “Time of Sorrows;” as the signs that our Lord gave us that would mark His Second Coming are today happening all around us!

We cannot be of a divided mind, and neither can we serve two Gods.

We have a guy in the White House today, who though he calls himself a Christian, he also champions the cause of Islam and of Allah, which is a demon god; and is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

We also have many people in our country who claim to be Christian, but who are also serving the god of Mammon, the name of another demon god; and are much more interested in maintaining their status quo, and their economic stability and comfort, than they are about being about our Father’s business; and whether they know it or not, they have made Mammon their god.

Even as Jesus warns us that: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money (Mammon).” (Matthew 6:24)

Our nation is in trouble, and I believe we have already been weighed in the balance (as happened to Belshazzar) and have been found wanting.

Our time is running short; and as I’ve pointed out before, with human nature being what it is, I totally believe that there will not be any national repentance, and nor will we have a massive turning back to God, unless there are some very serious, earth shaking calamities, on the order of Katrina and 9/11… and I believe that is what is coming.

It will not be to destroy us, however; and neither is God angry with us; but rather it is out of His love for us, that He will allow this attack of the enemy (who is Satan, aka – the Devil) on us in order to get our attention; and hopefully get all those who are currently sitting on the fence and are undecided, to decide for Christ… for as the Bible says, “God chastens them whom He loves!” Selah

Our part is to maintain our course; to put on our armor, and to be still and know God, and to know and experience the power of God, in the midst of every kind of problem and shaking that we go through.

God has already given us His Word that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us; and that He will complete the work which He has begun in us, in route to our being molded and shaped, through our trials and tribulations, into the image of Jesus Christ!

The point being, until we are moving in sync with Him and are of the same mind as Him, we are not truly one with Him… and therein is the point for all of this… for us to be in sync with God; for us to have unending communion with Him; and for us to have the Mind of Christ!

The Bible tells us that even Jesus learned obedience through the things that He suffered (Heb 5:8); and can we expect any less!

Let us each, therefore, learn from the examples given us in Scripture, where we find that God often allows the enemy to present us with adversity, in various problems and situations, in order to raise up the men and women of God, and teach them how to do spiritual battle, and to overcome and contradict the powers that are coming against them. Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


God’s ways are very different from the worlds, and from ours, especially when it comes to this living by dying business…

Which one will it be?

The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .”
This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace!

The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed.

The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted. He never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him— something very different.

At the foundation of Jesus Christ’s kingdom is the genuine loveliness of those who are commonplace.

I am truly blessed in my poverty. If I have no strength of will and a nature without worth or excellence, then Jesus says to me, “Blessed are you, because it is through your poverty that you can enter My kingdom.”

I cannot enter His kingdom by virtue of my goodness— I can only enter it as an absolute pauper.

The true character of the loveliness that speaks for God is always unnoticed by the one possessing that quality.

Conscious influence is prideful and unchristian. If I wonder if I am being of any use to God, I instantly lose the beauty and the freshness of the touch of the Lord.

“He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” ( John 7:38 ). And if I examine the outflow, I lose the touch of the Lord.

Who are the people who have influenced us most?

Certainly not the ones who thought they did, but those who did not have even the slightest idea that they were influencing us.

In the Christian life, godly influence is never conscious of itself. If we are conscious of our influence, it ceases to have the genuine loveliness which is characteristic of the touch of Jesus.

We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring.

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It would seem God’s value system is just the opposite from the worlds, as illustrated in the following verses, taken from Yeshua’s Sermon on the Mount; and also in many other places we can find throughout the Bible.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

We can learn from these examples of Jesus that certainly God’s value system is much different from ours; in that the things we consider of little importance and consequence, God puts a lot of stock in.

I think all of this comes into better focus as we understand that the first symptom of this thing called SIN which leads to separation from God is personal pride; and this is made evident by the first being who sinned against God.

The fall of Lucifer

Isaiah 14

12 “ How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:

‘ I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’

Our relationship with God starts with this phrase:

Not my will, but Thine be done!

Notice the difference between Satan’s I will’s and the Lord’s own attitude in the garden of Gethsemane.

  • Satan’s attitude was totally self-centered, prideful, and arrogant.
  • The Lord’s attitude, even though He was facing a cruel death on the cross, was that of complete meekness and submission unto God.
  • Three times Jesus prayed to His Father, saying,NOT as I will, but as You will.”

It is equally important to notice what the Lord taught us about OUR attitude toward God’s sovereignty, when it comes to our understanding that in ALL matters concerning us, that He knows what’s best for us; and it is for us to trust Him, and to follow His instructions, and to follow the lead of Jesus, as we read in the Bible.

It is necessary that we learn that God is not a man that He should lie to us, He would never do that; and if we are to be pleasing to God, it is all important that we come to the place in our lives where we learn to trust Him with ALL our heart, and are not leaning on our own understanding.

This is where our relation with God begins, as was emphasized in the life of Jesus:

  • In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us to tell our Father in heaven, “THY will be done.”
  • If we pray with any other motive, other than absolute trust and faith in God, then we are falling into the same trap as Satan did, which is to make ourselves all important and self-centered, which means we are becoming puffed up with pride!

In life every day we are faced with decisions, and in each of these decisions there is a choice for us to make; do we react as Jesus would have us to react, in obedience to God, as we can learn from His example and from His instructions, as they are given to us in the Bible; or do we react in our old carnal nature, and follow and do as we always have, in doing what seems right in our eyes, with our understanding; which is most often motivated by totally self-serving and selfish reasons.

So the question is in each one of these TESTS, for that is exactly what they are, and as a covenant child of God we need to understand that God is watching us; and He is training us through all of life’s trials and tribulations that we are experiencing in the earth… and we can learn this lesson from what happened to Job.

Mind you however, that God is never the one who tempts us, or who causes bad things to happen in our life… and again we can learn this lesson as well, from the life of Job.

James explains it this way:

James 4

Submit Yourselves to God

1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?[a]
6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”[b]

It is how we face life’s problems, and the decisions we make while feeling the heat of the fire; these are the things that determine our spiritual growth and our maturity!

The road to salvation starts with REPENTANCE (which literally means to change the way we think); in other words it means that we no longer are following after the world’s way of doing things; and nor are we any longer submitting to those old habits of our flesh; but that we now, of our own free will and choosing, are allowing the Holy Spirit to direct and lead us through every situation that we face in life; and we do this day by day, step by step, 24/7… and when we mess up and blow it (as we will many times), then we repent, we learn from our mistake, and get right back into the race!

But if we insist upon doing things as we always have done them past, and are refusing to submit to the counsel of God, as found in His Operations Manual (the Holy Bible), then we can expect to be facing a repeat of the same frustrations and trials in the future, because God will not graduate us to the next level until we learn obedience and we are doing as we are instructed where we are today! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


A salute to our brave men and women in uniform… Let us never forget their sacrifice!!!

Pray for our Troops!

These men and women in uniform are America’s best… they risk their lives and place themselves in harm’s way to protect us!


So why do we tolerate politicians in the White House and Congress who only serve their own personal agendas, who are working to undo both our Constitution and Republic; and therefore are working hard to undo everything these brave men and women are trying to protect?

Let’s fire these bums in Washington DC and replace them with true Americans!

Listen up America…

We all need to understand that FREEDOM is not free!



Let’s Restore Our Constitutional Republic

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Our country is in a state of crisis today on several different fronts; and it’s sad to say that our weakest link is in our present government.

We also need to understand that our government is but a reflection of the morals and values of the people who voted them into office; and on that note I think it is plain to see where our main problem is. It’s at a grassroots level, among our citizens.

Our nation was formed during a period called the “Great Awakening” (between 1730-1760), which was both a spiritual awakening and a revival; and I dare say that we need the same thing to happen again, if our nation is to be saved.

Only God has the power to save our country, and He does that by changing the hearts of the people.

When God chastens his people it is to bring us to repentance, and we can learn that lesson just by studying our Bible; for that happened time and again with the children of Israel.

The tendency is, and I believe it is but human nature, that we always take a major step forward during a Spiritual Awakening and Revival; but subsequent to our human nature being what it is, somehow we fail to pass the baton on to the next generation, with the sad consequence that every revival has always petered out eventually, for lack of prayer, with the result that God’s wisdom and power is replaced with man’s wisdom, and the results are always disastrous.

1 Corinthians 3:18-23

18Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b]
21So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

Listen to what our forefathers had to say on some of these subjects, and I think you will see how far we have missed the mark, not only on a grassroots level; but this is most obvious when you consider our present day leadership in Washington DC:

Quotes from the Founding Fathers

“Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin

“… God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

“If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained _ we must fight!”  Patrick Henry

“(T)he foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; …the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…”  George Washington, First Inaugural, April 30 1789

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  John Adams

“Political interest [can] never be separated in the long run from moral right”

“Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?  Thomas Jefferson

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

Patrick Henry

“The citizens of the U.S. are responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society”

“We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”  James Madison

“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”  Thomas Jefferson

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  George Washington

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.”  William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783

“We must all hang together, or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”  Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address.

QUOTES FROM FOUNDING FATHERS AND REVOLUTIONARY THINKERS ON THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

THOMAS JEFFERSON

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1796. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.   Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book,” 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776, Jefferson Papers 344.

THOMAS PAINE

“The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them … the weak will become prey to the strong.”

Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War

JAMES MADISON

“Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust their people with arms.”

SAMUEL ADAMS

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms . . .”

GEORGE MASON

“When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually…I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor…”

George Mason, Virginia Constitution Convention

NOAH WEBSTER

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”

Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787)

TENCHE COXE

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

Tenche Coxe,
The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

RICHARD HENRY LEE

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.”

Richard Henry Lee – Senator, First Congress

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms…”

ELBRIDGE GERRY

“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts

GEORGE WASHINGTON

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.”

“A free people ought not only to be armed…”

PATRICK HENRY

“The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.”

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”

March 23, 1775:

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Let us be forewarned, and let us pray for another Spiritual Awakening and Revival; and let’s take back our country!

Shalom,

Skip Barland