The need to walk in forgiveness: a message for ALL believers…

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God’s priority has always been, to have His covenant children work together, to act and to be as one…

Anytime you have people involved, who are working together with any kind of organization or group effort, even in ministry, arguments, disagreements and conflicts of personality will invariably happen; but as Christians, as children of our Father in heaven, we marched to a different drumbeat!

When God’s children quarrel with each other, and one is accused of having wronged another, whether it’s real or perceived, the Bible instructs us to follow certain protocols, so that both sides of the issue may be aired and examined, in order to determine FIRST whether there was an actual offense, and then SECONDLY, what if any action should be taken:

Matthew 18:15-17
(The Message)

15-17 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you.

If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again.

If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.”

If the one-on-one method doesn’t work out, then you take one or two others; and if that doesn’t work out, you take it to the church.

In today’s vernacular we would call it “binding arbitration,” were both sides of the argument are examined for their validity, where God’s Word and God’s Wisdom will determine what if any course of action should be taken.

God forbid that we should get into our flesh and go badmouth our brother or sister to others, gossiping about them behind their back, causing further division.

This happens to be two of the seven things that the Bible says that God hates, “A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren” (Prov 6:19).

This is serious folks and you never want to go there, as God will most certainly have to deal with you and chasen you in a very uncomfortable way.

Anyone out there who has brothers and sisters will tell you that some of your worst arguments will most often happen among your siblings, within your own family.

This is unavoidable; but for two Christians to break fellowship over an argument or disagreement, especially when based upon a misunderstanding, it really breaks God’s heart!

This is a prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father that only we can answer:

John 17:20-26
Living Bible (TLB)

20 Jesus speaking: “I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these.

21 My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me—the glorious unity of being one, as we are— 23 I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one—so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.

24 Father, I want them with me—these you’ve given me—so that they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me before the world began!

25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.

26 And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you so that the mighty love you have for me may be in them, and I in them.”

Why persist in going against the grain of God’s will, because in the end you will be the ONLY one hurt by such action.

So if you find yourself in a situation where a relationship has been fractured and broken, with another brother or sister, for whatever reason, why not swallow your pride and go back and try to restore and remedy that broken relationship God’s way, the way He has instructed us to do so?

Rest assured, only the mature Christian will be the one to take that first step!

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God’s path towards our destiny is NOT the path of least resistance…

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God has a plan, a purpose and a destiny for each one of our lives…

Psalm 139:16-17
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

They cannot be numbered!

Ephesians 1:11

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.

Romans 8:29

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

God’s way ALWAYS follows the path of faith, trust and absolute reliance upon the reliability and trustworthiness of God’s word and the leading of the Holy Spirit, day by day, moment by moment, and step-by-step!

And God’s timing is ALWAYS much different than ours.

Where as we always want things to happen yesterday and are always looking for the path of least resistance; from God’s point of view, your current path that’s fraught with challenges, obstacles, trials and tribulations, is the training ground that God is using to prepare you for your future destiny.

For Joseph, it took 13 years of first being sold into slavery by his brothers, then being falsely accused of a crime he did not commit, and being thrown into prison!

Psalm 105:16-22

16 Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the provision of bread.

17 He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.

18 They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.

19 Until the time that his word came to pass,

The word of the Lord tested him.

20 The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.

21 He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,

22 To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom.

Now mind you, to the extent we don’t walk with God, by faith and obedience to His Word; when we instead take our little rabbit trails, asserting our own will and our own way ahead of God’s, doing our own thing, or worse walking in out right disobedience, this is the nature of what sin is; and it is also what will either permanently sidetracked and most certainly, at the very least, delay our progress towards our God given destiny, until such time as we repent.

This pilgrimage that we are on is most certainly an Adventure of a lifetime, one for which we each have been made for;  but it requires of necessity that we travel our path in cooperation and union with God, by faith, walking and being in communion with Him, through the Holy Spirit,  moment by moment, and step-by-step.

So are you game, are you ready for this Grand Adventure or not?

You totally should make the decision today, because you may not be here tomorrow!

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A Mother’s Love…

There’s nothing so strong on this earth, than the love that a mother bears for her children…

In this Christmas season, we can ALL stand to learn a lot from the mother of our Lord, Mary (who will be mentioned later on in this article), in how she suffered all the way, following our Lord to the cross!

“On the judgment day, the Recording Angel will forgive much to him who can say, ‘I never knew my mother.’ ”

—Charles Lamb

“All that I am my Mother made me.”

—John Quincy Adams

“The bravest battle that was ever fought;

Shall I tell you what and when?

On the maps of the world you will
not find it, it was fought by the
mothers of men.”

—Juaquin Miller

“A mother is a Mother, still the holiest thing alive.”

—Coleridge

“Men are what their Mothers make them.”

—Emerson

“To the soldier who falls on the battlefield,

we give bronze and tablet.

But to a Mother, it is a battle without
glory.

She wears no medals of a nation.

Her badge is the furrowed lines upon her face.”

— Unknown

“She always leaned to watch for us,

Anxious if we were late,

In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate.

Her thoughts were all so full of us—
She never could forget!

And so I think that where she is,
She must be watching yet.

Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late—

Watching from heaven’s window,
Leaning from heaven’s gate.”

— Margaret Widdemer

[What follows are excerpts from a message given by Dr. Gene Scott on Mother’s Day]

The Jews have a saying out of their proverbs, which says:

“God couldn’t be everywhere, so He made mothers.”

But as Christians, we know that God is omnipresent, and also He’s omniscient, meaning all-knowing.

So then, taking these two concepts into account, we know that the Bible also tells us that the God who made us in His image and after His likeness, made us male and female.

So with that knowledge, we can plainly understand that the mothering instincts have all come from God himself.

Genesis 17:1

“The Lord appeared unto Abraham, said unto him, I am the Almighty God.”

The word used here for “Almighty” is Shaddai, and it comes from shad, which means ‘breast.’

Thus El Shaddai is ‘the breasted one’ and it comes in that meaning of a mother nursing her helpless child on her breast, so it signifies the giver of strength, the nourisher.

It is one of the few pictures in Scripture where God compares Himself to the role of a mother when

He says “I’m El Shaddai.”

Ethel Clemance will remember her father Dr. Price used to translate that name with a transliteration saying it means ‘The enough God.’

The God who is enough.

Whatever your need, He is enough.

Certainly the mother who holds and protects that child on her breast and provides all that is needed for that child’s strength and nourishment portrays that view of God, but God’s more direct in Isaiah 66.

There He says in the King James Version,

“As one whom his mother comforteth,” Isaiah 66:13, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”

GOD is giving to us His promise of what He will be to His people and,

“As a mother comforting, so will I comfort you,”

In this verse, God lets Himself be identified with whatever we can perceive of a mother’s role on earth.

Now Jesus used the father symbol when He talked of ‘our heavenly Father’—draws a comparison and says if you go to an earthly father and ask him for bread, he will not give you a stone and if you go to an earthly father and ask him for fish, he will not give you a serpent.

So, likewise, He then makes the leap your heavenly Father loves to do good things for you.

If Jesus then—pointing to what we all know, the love of an earthly father—could then elevate it and say whatever you can perceive in that earthly expression, our heavenly Father is so much more, that’s my license today and in this book to look at earthly mothers in their comforting or loving expression because this day gives us that good focus and memory on what mothers are and what they mean and what they do.

I can look at a mother who is earthly in Scripture, see her love, and say on the basis

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”

How much more today and any other day we can count on our heavenly Mother, which El Shaddai gives us license to say,

“If we see love in an earthly mother, how much more shall our heavenly Mother comfort.”

Too bad all the feminists aren’t here today.  You go tell them about it.

They’ll never believe I preached this message.

Let’s look at three Biblical mothers:

Jochebed – You have to go a little forward to Exodus 6 to find the name of the mother of Moses.

And she will give us a view specifically focused in a particular situation, a view of a mother’s love that when seen I can say “How much more our heavenly Father.”

You all know the story.

The some 400 years was approaching when God had promised Abraham that his people—who would be carried, His descendants, that is, who would be carried into bondage, fall into slavery—would be delivered and come back to the place of promise given to Abraham.

The Pharaoh knew about those prophecies.  He knew the time was upon him and he proceeded to eliminate all the male children born among the slaves in order to eliminate the possibility of a deliverer
growing up—all of the male children thrown to the crocodiles in the river Nile.

Jochebed — is the first name in Scripture linked with Jehovah.

It’s a cognate, or rather a composite word, that links her name with Jehovah.

Literally it means ‘the glory of Jehovah.’

She’s pregnant and as the child develops within her, living in a slave hut made of mud and reeds, fear must have grown accordingly—“Will it be a boy or will it be a girl?”—in the knowledge that if it’s a boy it will be seized immediately, thrown into the river, killed.

Sure enough, when the baby is born it’s a boy.

Now I want Jochebed to portray the love of a mother to the hopeless and to the helpless, those that are caught in a circumstance—in this case not of Moses’ choosing—those who are caught in a circumstance that is beyond your power to cope with, a helplessness and a hopelessness that surrounds and it communicates only one thing: your destruction, your annihilation, your end.

I see this mother Jochebed with this baby whose every cry brought the threat of descending soldiers—see this mother who was a slave with no rights of any kind.

For 3 solid months she managed to hide him—somehow suppress or prevent his cries from being heard 3 solid months.

There are mothers here today who know the stress of those first 3 months.  Every hour, every day: “Will he be discovered?”  And he can do nothing.  Moses can do nothing.

She contrives a way.  Somehow or other she manages to bring reeds and mud from the riverbank and make a little basket.

Somehow or other she manages to find out where the princess goes everyday to bathe.

I’m sure that’s not something that was common knowledge among the slaves.

Somehow she manages to slip through the streets of that slave city in Memphis carrying this baby, knowing that at any moment, if discovered, we’ve already said, he’ll be slain.

Somehow she manages to place him in the little basket made of reeds in exactly the spot where he would float into the vision frame of the princess of Egypt.

And somehow or other she manages to get her daughter Miriam hidden sufficiently that when the princess discovers Moses….  And sure enough—because he was a, as the Scripture says, a “comely child”—the princess wants to keep him, and the timing of Miriam suddenly slipping forward—because the princess recognized a Hebrew child—and saying “Would you like a Hebrew mother to nurse the child?”

And sure enough—you know the rest of the story—he is raised a prince in the house of Pharaoh and, by his own choice, will lead them out as their Deliverer.

Now each of these mothers is going to focus this message in a way not everybody’s gonna find it to fit.

This part of the message is to those—and I’m quite sure they’re probably in the minority in this congregation—that are under some stress of circumstance that leaves you helpless and hopeless.

And there certainly are some who will be listening by television.

The message is axiomatic—this earthly mother symbolizes what every mother knows about the never-dying love of a mother.

She will not give up to those circumstances.  She will not accept the inevitable.  She will find a way, no matter what it takes, to deliver this helpless child from circumstances that show no way out.

But she found a way out with her meager resources, slave maiden though she was.

She found with a never-dying, never-give-up love for the helpless—she found a way.

Make the jump: our heavenly Mother—to use that phrase without apology or another explanation—our heavenly Mother, unlike Jochebed, is also the Lord of Hosts.

He has no limits on His ability.  He has all creation at His disposal.

All Jochebed tells me is that in that heart of God that made Him reveal Himself in Isaiah 66, “As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort,” in that heart of God is that same love, “If a earthly mother will never give up and never say die and never stop looking until she finds a way to deliver the helpless, how much more will our heavenly Father deliver you?”

That’s the basis of the verse of Scripture that says “He’ll not tempt you beyond what you’re able.”

That’s the basis for the verse of Scripture that says “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”  And we’ll see them both again.

Second mother.  That’s God our heavenly Mother in His love for the helpless.

You may be helpless; our heavenly Mother is an all-powerful Helper.

He will not give up.  He will not leave you without help.

Second mother?  I wanna see her in a different light because she’s been so glorified, exaggerated, made divine, that the earthly-mother side of her, which is the true side, is missed.

John 19, Verse 25: Mary—most popular name in the world.

Last time I did the research, which was a long time ago—1957: there were 3,720,000 women named Mary in this country.  No matter where you go, she’s revered around the world.

In this book I talk about a trip to Tahiti—a little rundown church on a northern island.

Centerpiece: Mary.  Top and the edge of that plateau-shelf at La Paz, Bolivia, the only place in the world where planes fly up to land—highest airport in the world.

As you leave the airport and see the towering Andes in the distance, you suddenly drop over an escarpment, and the road winds down to La Paz that sits down in the valley under the escarpment.

And coming up that rugged road we had to stop and park.

The procession was carrying the image of Mary with the darts piercing her heart, reminiscent of the sayings of Simeon, and she had been elevated to divine stature by the Catholics.

They’ve exaggerated the role of the mother, as though she must express that mother view in appealing to Christ, because they have forgotten that God didn’t need Mary to be a mother.  He had that quality in Himself.

I wanna look at Mary not as divine, but as human.  I wanna look at her as the New Testament reveals her—one who did not understand her Son, one who simply viewed, in spite of the prophecy that was given, viewed him through fleshly eyes all too often.

I wanna view her from inside her own human feelings of rejection, not understanding her Son at all, seeing her own fears realized as He hung bleeding and dying on that Cross.

And yet John 19:25 says “There stood by his cross his mother, There stood by his cross, There stood by his cross his mother”—and she will symbolize love for the rejected.

As Moses in this message is seen in his earliest position helpless—those that feel helpless can identify—Jesus in this particular frame at this particular moment, seen from the earthly-mother side rather than the divine-with-prophetic-understanding side, was rejected, to quote Isaiah, by all men: “He came to his own and they received him not.”

She had watched Him led through the streets, screamed at, spat on, bearing His Cross.

She stood and watched her Son that she had held as a baby in her arms, that in spite of all that He might teach, just couldn’t seem to rise to the level of understanding that He really was not hers and that she had been honored above all women to bear the Incarnate Son of God.

To her, He was her child.  You can feel her frustration when He was 12 years old, missing him, leaving Jerusalem, crying it out, “My father and I were looking for you— your father and I.”

He rebukes her even then with a mysterious statement, I’m sure, to her: “I must be about my Father’s business,” meaning His heavenly Father.

Shortly before writing this book I’d sat on a moonlit night on top of Mount Tabor in Israel for about an hour.

I was looking across at the lights of Nazareth, and the little rising hill that marks its landmark, and reflected on the events at Nazareth, when He began to preach and His family.

I was sensing the resentment of the citizens of the town by the claims that Jesus was making about Himself, and hearing them say with a sneer

“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?”

—to rescue Him from what they knew was a fermenting mob riot, they sought to lay hands on Him to stop Him from saying some of the things He was saying about Himself

—to be coldly rebuked as Jesus looked at them when they said “Your, your mother and brethren seek you,” and He said “Who is my mother?

Who is my brother?

These that do the will of the Father that sent me.  These are my family.”

Still not understanding in this passage, I repeat, seeing Him bleeding, dying, and rejected of all men, she was not fainting, she wasn’t fleeing, and she wasn’t falling.

She stood by His Cross as life ebbed away.  Love for the rejected.

I’m quite sure there’s never been anybody on the face of this earth as rejected for unjust reasons as Jesus of Nazareth.

And I do not bring the Cross in front of us with its theological meaning; I bring it in front of us, with her mother’s limited understanding, from the earthly frame.

To her, her Son hung there between two thieves, the object of revulsion, the object of hate, the object of rejection.

She didn’t reject Him.  Her love did not waver.  She stood—I’m sure every mother knows feeling the pain—only second to Jesus Himself or the heavenly Father Himself, who saw His Son treated that way.

She certainly stood third in line, but she stood there.  She wouldn’t reject Him though the whole world rejected Him.

As Jochebed can give you the comfort—“As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort”—as Jochebed can comfort you that no matter how hopeless your circumstance or mine, our heavenly Mother will find a way and we can rest in His arms in that figure.

If you’re one of those listening by television, radio, or here today that has felt rejection from everybody, our heavenly Mother stands by and will not reject.

“Him that cometh unto me”—make sense of that verse — “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.”

That’s our heavenly Mother—no worry that He will take us and treat us as the rest of the world.

Love to the rejected.

I go to 2nd Samuel, 2nd Samuel 21 for the picture of the third mother.

Her name: Rizpah.  Second Samuel 21.  She was just a girlfriend of Saul, not even his wife—concubine—but she bore him two sons.

Saul the Benjamite was the first king anointed by Samuel over Israel.  In his beginnings God gave him a new heart and he was a great king, but as his power grew he became transformed until he ends his life in suicide, his body nailed to a wall near Mount Gilboa by the enemies, writing his own epitaph before he died saying “I have played the fool.”

Among the other foolish things that he did was to breach a sacred vow made by Joshua in the early days when the Israelites came into the Promised Land and Joshua made a vow with the Gibeonites that Israel would never destroy them with the sword.

Saul, in arrogance, broke that vow.  He slew the Gibeonites; set out to exterminate them, killing them with a sword.

After Saul committed suicide and David was anointed king, the Gibeonites came at the urging of David because God punished the Israelites for Saul’s action by putting a great famine on the land.  And in crying out to God for the cause….

Famine struck the land.  David inquired of the Lord and the Lord said it’s because Saul broke the vow.

He therefore urged the Gibeonites that remained to come and ask on their arrival what he could do to make atonement for what Saul had done, putting their whole nation to sword.

It was a cruel day and in the frame of that cruel day, a brutal frame of reference, they said they wanted the seven sons of Saul—which included the two born of the concubine Rizpah—he wanted those seven sons and they would hang them on a hill in Gibeah.

David gave them the sons and they hanged the seven sons on a hill in Gibeah, and at the time they were hanged, the Bible says it was the month of the barley harvest, which is April.

From April until the rains came in October those sons were going to hang on that hill.  The Gibeonites intended them to hang forever.

The mother of these two sons, Rizpah, upon learning where the sons were hanging, including her two, she goes to that hill at the time as I’ve said of the barley harvest which is April, bringing sackcloth either for mourning or to sit upon or to make a small tent.

And night and day from the barley harvest until the coming of the rains in October the Bible says she stayed on that hill.

She fought off birds by day, animals by night.  April, May, June, July, August, September, October —7 months.

Seven long months she sat on that hill.  Day, night—fighting the birds, I repeat, off by day and the animals by night.

Now at the risk of being revolting, let me force with word picture the mind to hone in on those seven bodies hanging there.

The flesh would begin to rot and droop from the frame, the sun would blacken, and inch by inch as the months went by they would begin to —the stench would be overwhelming.

To remain on that hill at the foot of those seven crosses would be to live in constant nausea and constant exposure to the change from the recognizable to the revolting and the horrible, as the flesh inch by inch would begin to sag from the bones and the body would rot and pieces and parts would begin to fall to the ground.

By words, I’m trying to force us to see a thing become revolting.

When she started you can feel the emotion and the tug—those are her sons and they’re dead on that tree, but as she wearily fought off the birds and fought off the animals they would turn to a thing that was revolting, as I’ve said.

Didn’t affect Rizpah.  She stayed there night, morning, noon, night.  At risk of life she fought off the birds, she fought off the animals.

Eventually David—that great heart that God described as “a man after his own heart”—eventually he heard the news.

Horrified himself, he sent the word to take their bodies down, what remained of them, join them with the bones of Jonathan and Saul and give them a place of honorable burial and brought Rizpah, an honor that was due her, back from that terrible hill.

If Jochebed portrays God’s never-say-die, never-give-up, never-turn-loose, never stop until you find a way to deliver the helpless,

And Mary signifies that mother’s trait that when all else reject her Son she stood by,

Rizpah portrays that unbelievable aspect of the enduring love of a mother who will watch her sons turn to decay and become things of revulsion, but her love will not depart.

If these earthly mothers show that kind of love, how much more on this day when we remember mothers, can we look past our circumstance of helplessness, rejection, or downright despicability and say we thank God that “As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort?”

Whatever your circumstance today, I’m glad this Church exists to preach the love of God instead of some of the baloney that goes, that so clouds that side of God’s nature.

He’s God and He changes not.

He’s El Shaddai, the Mother who comforts.

He is your God and will never leave you nor forsake you.

Take heart in your circumstance

—“As a mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”

May God bless all the mothers out there, because they each play a very important role in the lives of their children!

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Step one in this process of asking things of God…

1 John 5:14-15

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us.

And if we know that He hears us, WHATEVER we ask, then we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Here’s step 2, after having searched the Bible and having laid hold of God’s promises regarding your particular situation:

Mark 11:24

Jesus speaking: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

After Jesus’ experience on the Mount of Transfiguration, when He came down off the mountain there was a man who had an epileptic son, who approached Him, after having first approached His disciples for prayer with no results.

He asked Jesus, “If you can do anything, please heal my son;” to which Jesus responded, “You ask wrongly, the question is not whether I can do anything, but rather the question is can you believe” (Mark 9:14-29)?

All things become possible when we believe!

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge Calls For US Marshals and FBI To Arrest Congress and The President

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In the above picture entitled “The Forgotten Man,” by artist Jon McNaughton, we see our Constitution being trampled upon by the current president, while past presidents look on in approval.

On the left we see the “Forgotten Man,” John Q. Citizen, the one who is being taken advantage of and defrauded.

If this picture doesn’t depict the present state of affairs inside of our country today, then I don’t know what does.

The question is, whatever happened to “We the People,” who make up this de jure Republic, which consists of a government that is bound by our organic U.S. Constitution; a government of the people, by the people and for the people?

In the letter below, written by an Alaskan state judge, you will learn what has happened in history, that defrauded all of us!

Now mind you, you will not find any of this mentioned in the major news media, and the reason should be obvious.

Who do you think controls the media?

Judge Calls For US Marshals and FBI To Arrest Congress and The President

Dec 10, 2015

On November 28th, 2015, Alaska State Judge Anna von Reitz (Anna Maria Riezinger) addressed an open letter to all federal agents, including the FBI and US Marshals to arrest Congress, the President and the Secretary of the Treasury.

She goes into incredible detail on the fraud that has been committed.

Anyone who reads this is sure to learn at least something.

[You may click on the following link  to open the original pdf file: http://annavonreitz.com/dearfederalagents.pdf | Please note you have been encouraged by the author to share this information and pass it forward]

November 28, 2015

Anna Maria Riezinger (Anna Von Reitz)
Big Lake, Alaska

Dear Federal Agents:

I am addressing this letter in this way, because it is my understanding that it will be read by members of both the FBI and the US Marshals Service.

It is also my understanding that you have available for examination a wet-ink signed copy of the illustrated affidavit of probable cause entitled “You Know Something Is Wrong When…..An American Affidavit of Probable Cause” as back-up reference and evidence.

Since the publication of the affidavit a plethora of new supporting documentation and evidence has come to light.

We found, for example, that on June 30, 1864, the members of Congress acting as the Board of Directors of a private, mostly foreign-owned corporation, doing business as “The United States of America, Incorporated” changed the meaning of “state”, “State” and “United States” to mean “District of Columbia Municipal Corporation”.

Like the 1862 change of the meaning of the word “person” to mean “corporation,” cited in our affidavit, these special coded meanings of words render a drastically different picture of the world around us.

It turns out that your “personal bank account” is actually a “corporate bank account”.

The “Colorado State Court” is actually the “Colorado District of Columbia Municipal Corporation Court”.

If you are shocked to learn these facts, you are not alone. So are millions of other Americans.

These changes were made 150 years ago and tucked away in reams of boring meeting minutes and legalistic gobbledygook, meant to be applied only to the internal workings of a private governmental services corporation and its employees.

There was no public announcement, just as there was no public announcement or explanation when Congress created “municipal citizenship” known as “US citizenship” in 1868.

Properly, technically, even to this day, this form of “citizenship” applies only to those born in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and other Insular States, so there was no real reason to educate the general public about the topic.

As Congress was secretively using the labor and the private property assets of these “citizens” as collateral backing the corporate debts of “The United States of America, Inc.” there was plenty of reason to obscure this development.

At the end of the Civil War it would have been very unpopular to reveal that they were simply changing gears from private sector slave ownership to public sector slave ownership.

You may be surprised to learn that slavery was not abolished by the Thirteenth or any other Amendment to any constitution then or now.

Instead, slavery was redefined as the punishment meted out to criminals.

Look it up and read it for yourselves.

It remains perfectly legal to enslave criminals, and it was left to Congress to define who the criminals were, because Congress was given plenary power over the District of Columbia and its citizenry, by the original Constitution of the Republic, and could do whatever it liked within the District and the Washington, DC Municipalities.

A child picking dandelions on the sidewalk could be arbitrarily defined as a criminal and enslaved for life by the renegade Congress, functioning as the government of the District of Columbia and as the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Municipal Corporation, but for starters, Congress simply defined “US citizens” as debt slaves under the 14th Amendment of their corporation’s articles and by-laws—-which they deceptively named the “Constitution of the United States of America”.

The actual Constitution was and still is called “The Constitution for the united States of America”, but most people untrained in the Law and trusting what they believed to be their government didn’t notice the difference between “The Constitution for the united States of America” and the “Constitution of the United States of America”.

Are you beginning to see a pattern of deliberate deceit and self-interest and double-speak and double-dealing?

And are you also beginning to catch the drift—the motivation—behind it?

Let’s discuss the concept of “hypothecation of debt”.

This little gem was developed by the bankers who actually owned and ran the governmental services corporations, doing business as “The United States of America, Inc.” and as the “United States, Incorporated”.

When you hypothecate debt against someone or against some asset, belonging to someone else, you simply claim that they agreed to stand as surety for your debt — similar to cosigning a car loan — and as long as you make your payments, nobody is any the wiser.

Normally, it’s not possible for us to just arbitrarily claim that someone is our surety for debt without proof of consent, but that is exactly what Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Conference of Governors did in March of 1933.

They named all of us and all our property as surety standing good for the debts of their own bankrupt governmental services corporation during bankruptcy reorganization—-and got away with it by claiming that they were our “representatives” and that we had delegated our authority to them to do this “for” us.

The exact date and occasion when this happened and where it is recorded, is given in our affidavit.

In order to pull this off, however, they had to allege that we were all “US citizens”, and therefore, all subject to the plenary power of Congress, acting as an oligarchy ruling over the District of Columbia and the Federal Territories.

They did this by abusing the public trust and creating and registering millions of foreign situs trusts, named after each of us.

Under their own diversity of citizenship rules, corporations are considered to be “US citizens”.

So they created all these foreign situs trusts as franchises of their own bankrupt corporation, used our names styled like this: John Quincy Adams—-and placed commercial liens against our names as chattel owned by their corporation and standing as surety for its debts.

A group of thugs elected to political office grossly transgressed against the American people and the American states and committed the crime of personage against each and every one of us without us ever being aware of it.

They couldn’t enslave us, but they could enslave a foreign situs trust named after us— that we conveniently didn’t know existed— and by deliberately confusing this “thing” with us via the misuse of our given names, they could bring charges against what appeared to be us and our private property in their very own corporate tribunals.

And so the fleecing of America began in earnest. The hirelings had our credit cards, had stolen our identities, and were ready to begin a crime spree unheralded in human history.

They claimed that we all knew about this arrangement and consented to it, because we “voluntarily” gave up our gold when FDR sent his henchmen around to collect it—-when as millions of Americans can attest, people gave up their gold in preference to being shot or having to kill federal agents.

They chose life for everyone concerned over some pieces of metal, and for that, they are to be honored; unfortunately, their decision gave the rats responsible an excuse to claim that Americans wanted to leave the gold standard and wanted the “benefits” of this New Deal in “equitable exchange” for their gold, their identities, the abuse of their good names as bankrupts and debtors, the loss of allodial title to their land and homes, and their subjection as slaves to the whims of Congress.

According to them—that is, those who benefited from this gross betrayal of the public trust— we all voluntarily left the Republic and the guarantees of the actual Constitution behind, willingly subjected ourselves to Congressional rule, donated all our assets, including our labor and property, to the Public Charitable Trust (set up after the Civil War as a welfare trust for displaced plantation slaves), and agreed to live as slaves owned by the District of Columbia Municipal Corporation in exchange for what?

Welfare that we paid for ourselves. Social Security that we paid for ourselves.

The criminality of the “US Congress” and the “Presidents” acting since 1933 is jawdroppingly shocking.

Their abuse of the trust of the American people is even worse.

They have portrayed this circumstance as a political choice instead of an institutionalized fraud scheme, and they have “presumed” that we all went along with it and agreed to it without complaint.

Thus, they have been merrily and secretively having us declared “civilly dead” as American State Citizens the day we are born, and entering a false registration claiming that we are “US Citizens” instead.

We are told, when we wake up enough to ask, that we are free to choose our political status.

We don’t have to serve as debt slaves.

We can go back and reclaim our guaranteed Republican form of government and our birthright status if we want to—- but that requires a secret process in front of the probate court and expatriation from the Federal United States to the Continental United States and all sorts of voo-doo in backrooms that can only be pursued by the few and the knowledgeable and the blessed.

Everyone else has to remain as a debt slave and chattel serving whatever corporation bought the latest version of corporate “persona” named after us.

So let me ask you, as members of the FBI and as US Marshals—- does this sound like something you want to be involved with enforcing on innocent people, or does it sound like something you want to end as expeditiously as possible?

The frauds that took root in the wake of the Civil War and which blossomed in the 1930’s have come to their final fruition.

Employees of the “District of Columbia Municipal Corporation” and its United Nations successors are being used as jack-booted thugs to throw Americans into privately owned “federal correctional facilities” when those who need correction—- the members of the American Bar Association and the euphemistically named and privately owned and operated “DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE”—continue to ignore the fact that Americans DO have a choice and that by the millions we are demanding our freedom from all these pathetic false commercial claims and presumptions.

We are standing up before the whole world and telling these privately owned “governmental services corporations” to go bankrupt like any other corporation that doesn’t do its job and mind its budget.

These entities deserve to go bankrupt and worse. They have spent money and credit that was never theirs to spend.

They have defrauded millions if not billions of innocent people and they have prevented Americans from claiming their birthrights for far too long.

These people— the members of Congress and the various “Presidents” of the numerous “United States” corporations — have acted as criminals.

They deserve to be recognized as such. The members of the American Bar Association have attempted to wash their hands while profiting from the situation and obstructing justice.

They stand around shrugging and saying, “Well, it’s a political choice.

We don’t have anything to say about that.”—–yet at the same time, they refuse to correct the probate records to reflect our chosen change of political status when we plainly identify ourselves and enunciate our Will for them.

They, too, deserve to be recognized as self-interested criminals and accomplices to identity theft, credit fraud, and worse— which is why we have recently issued a $279 trillion dollar commercial obligation lien against the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

All our assets— our bodies, homes, businesses, lands, and labor—have been signed over into the “Public Charitable Trust” by con men merely claiming to represent us.

Then, when we object to their lies and entrapment, they use the same fraud against us as their excuse for bringing more false claims against us and throwing us in jail.

Enough is enough!

The British Monarch and the Lords of the Admiralty have promoted this fraud against us at the same time they have claimed to be our trustees, allies and friends in perpetuity.

It’s time to clear the way for us to politely and peaceably exit from any presumption that we are or ever were “US citizens”, willing participants in the “Public Charitable Trust”, or willing “sureties” for the debts of any private bank-run governmental services corporation merely calling itself the United States of Something or Other.

We repudiate any presumption of private municipal citizenship or obligation to the District of Columbia Municipal Corporation or any successor thereof, and demand an immediate and permanent correction of the civil record to reflect our birthright status as American State Citizens, nunc pro tunc.

As for you, as “Federal Agents”, you have a lot to think about.

For starters— who really pays your paycheck?

Is it the goons in Washington, DC? Or does it all come from the American people you are supposed to be serving?

Do you believe for one moment that anyone just lined up and gave their gold to FDR voluntarily?

Do you believe that anyone gave away all their property and the guarantees of the actual Constitution for the “privilege” of paying for Social Security? No?

Wake up and smell the java and start doing your real jobs.

If anyone complains—arrest him.

We are reopening the American Common Law Courts expressly for the purpose of settling disputes related to living people and their property assets in excess of $20 as mandated by the Seventh Amendment.

We, the American people, are the ones holding absolute civil authority upon the land of the Continental United States, and we give you permission to arrest the members of Congress, the President, the Secretary of the Treasury, and any other politician or appointee pretending to speak for us, so as to enslave us and bring false claims against us via this institutionalized fraud scheme.

We want it recognized for what it is and dismantled and repudiated tout de suite.

Any court that is caught arresting and prosecuting Americans under the presumptions just described to you— such as bringing charges against foreign situs trusts with names styled like this: John Quincy Adams, or Cestui Que Vie trusts styled like this: JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, or Puerto Rican public transmitting utilities styled like this: JOHN Q. ADAMS—-it is your responsibility to make sure that any individuals being addressed by these courts were actually born in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, or one of the other Insular States and that they are not ignorant American State Citizens being falsely registered and railroaded.

Do you understand?

Is it now completely clear who the criminals are?

Your actual employers and benefactors are being attacked and defrauded by criminals pretending to act as their elected representatives and accomplices in black robes who are serving as enforcers of this fraud for profit.

This has been happening right under your noses.

This whole circumstance has escaped broad scale public understanding because it was being pursued by private governmental services corporations, owned and operated by international banking cartels who claimed that these “private arrangements” were none of the public’s business, despite the grotesque and far-ranging impact these cozy understandings have had upon the people of this and many other countries.

Let it be perfectly clear to you that the business of these private corporations has become our business because they have operated in violation of their charters, in violation of the treaties allowing their existence, and in violation of the National Trust.

The American Bar Association and the Internal Revenue Service have both been owned and operated as private foreign bill collectors and trust administrators by Northern Trust, Inc., in violent conflict of interest.

They are not professional associations, non-profits, nor units of government.

They are con artists and privateers whose licenses expired as of September 1, 2013.

The United States Marshals Service is enabled to act in the capacity of constitutionally – sworn Federal Marshals and we invoke their office and service as such; failure to accept the public office means rejection of all authority related to us.

The same may be said of the FBI.

Either you do your jobs as constitutionally sworn public officers, or you act as private mall cops in behalf of the offending corporations and under color of law when you pretend to have any public authority or function.

This is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Judge Anna Maria Riezinger

Alaska State Superior Court

I and others have been beating this drum for a very long time and it’s so good to finally see someone in the judicial system who is telling the truth.

Our founding fathers and even JFK warned us about what was going on, and that’s what eventually got him assassinated.

The Bible tells us that, as God’s people, we are defeated for lack of knowledge.

Certainly I think that is a fair description of where we are today, in America.

The truth is, and this is true for all of us, that we don’t know what we don’t know, until we are taught.

Our Lord clearly warned us that the sons of disobedience, who rule in this world, are wiser and are more cunning in their ways and methods, than are the sons of righteousness; and He admonished us that we need to become wise as serpents and yet harmless as doves.

You may not know that the Republic for the united states of America was actually re-inhabited in March 2010.

For more information on this, please go to this website: http://www.republicoftheunitedstates.org

For more background information, regarding the history of how all of this came about, click on the following link: http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm

And if you are Christian, then this is of critical importance, that we follow God’s instructions, given in Second Chronicles 7:14, which says that,

“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, turn from their wicked ways and seek my face, then I will hear their prayers from heaven and I will heal their land.”

Whatever you do, don’t just sit back and keep your head in the sand, while these criminals in Washington DC steal your country right out from underneath your nose!

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How do we move forward when we are stuck…

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Moving forward and obtaining different results in our life, requires different actions on our part…

If things are not changing in your life; if you’re not advancing and find yourself in a rut, then you can be certain that it is because you’re not spending enough time praying and in God’s Word…

Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart (not your intellect) and lean NOT on your own understanding”

So many times, before we can move forward, we have to change that stinking thinking that happens between our ears.

We have spent years being enculturated and programmed by the world around us, being pressed into the world’s way of thinking, acting and reacting.

As the man said, “Insanity is doing the same things over and over again, the same way, and yet each time expecting different results.”

As Christians, if we want something different in our life, then we’re going to have to start working on doing things differently; and the first thing that every Christian must do is to repent.

This means that we literally must change the way we think; that we allow the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to rewrite the code, and the corrupt programming of the world.

The process by which this happens begins as we meditate in God’s Word and pray in the Spirit.

Studying and meditating in God’s word:

Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Psalms 1:1-3

1 God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn:
    when you don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes,

When you avoid sin’s highway,
    when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse.

2 For you, the Eternal’s Word is your happiness.

    It is your focus (you meditate within its pages)—from dusk to dawn.

3 Then you are like a tree,
    planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry.

Your fruit ripens in its time;
    your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun.

No matter what you do, then you will prosper.

Praying in the Spirit:

Ephesians 6:18a

“praying always with all prayer and supplications in the Spirit”.

Jude 1:20

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.

As we pray in the Spirit then, “Deep calls unto Deep,” as we are praying in the perfect will of God (Rom 8:26-27; 1 Cor 2:11-13)

There are three spirits that exists in the world.

1) The Holy Spirit

2) The human spirit

3) The unholy spirit or the demonic spirit.

It is important for us to understand that there is a battle for the control of our minds by each of these three spirits.

Depending on which one of these three spirits controls our minds, that spirit will also control our prayer life.

It had has been said that the flesh and the Spirit are like two mad dogs, who are constantly fighting one another; and the one that wins will be the one that you feed.

Praying with our human spirit (or mind) will only say to God what the flesh wants said, and it will only result in what the mind can achieve.

James 4:2-3 indicates that we can pray in the flesh:

“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures (of the flesh).”

The unholy or demonic spirit will work overtime to distract, detour, disinterest and to defeat the believer from spending time in prayer with God. 

In order for us to pray in the Spirit we first have to overcome the temptations, resistance, and unholy influences of our human spirit (our mind), and the unholy spirits (demons).

At the point that our prayers are no longer being influenced or controlled by our human spirit, or by unholy spirit(s), then that’s when we begin to see our breakthroughs, as we are praying in God’s perfect will, by praying in the Spirit.

You can do it, or not, it’s your choice; but that’s what the Bible instructs us to do, if we want to see breakthroughs in our life .

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Who is your sure foundation and tower that you run to in your time of need…

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What happens when push comes to shove in your life…

Listen to Rod Parsley’s testimony, having just faced his battle with cancer:

This was the Apostle Paul’s testimony, when the poop hit the fan in his life:

It started out with God telling Him,

“My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.”

Therefore, I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ.

I can even enjoy weaknesses, suffering, privations, persecutions and difficulties for Christ’s sake.

For my very weakness makes me strong in Him! (2 Cor 12:9-10)

So when your back is against the wall, and all the doctor’s reports, all the evidence and all the circumstances in your life are negative, what do you do?

Who or what do you turn to in your time of need; and who or what provides the foundation in your life to get you through these tough times?

Point in fact, this is where the rubber meets the road for everyone at one time or another in their life.

When that time happens in your life and you are faced with your own mortality, or your inability to cope with this problem or circumstance, this is when you learn exactly what your foundation in life is.

Listen to God’s promise, because this is exactly what He said He would do in the last days:

“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking.

For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.

His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”

This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

(Hebrews12:25-29)

God doesn’t promise to keep you out of the fire; but He does promise to be with you through the fire; to NEVER leave you, nor forsake you; and to complete the work that He has begun in your life!

So the messages is, bad things do happen to God’s children, just like they do to people in the world; but  Jesus’ message to the Christian is as follows:

John 16:31-33
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

31-33 “So you believe in me now?” replied Jesus.

“The time is coming, indeed, it has already come, when you will be scattered, every one of you going home and leaving me alone.

Yet I am not really alone for the Father is with me.

I have told you all this so that you may find your peace in me.

You will find trouble in the world—but, never lose heart, because I have already conquered (overcome) the world!”

25-30 “That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living—wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear.

Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear.

Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.

Aren’t you much more valuable to him than they are?

Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an inch taller?

And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these!

Now if God so clothes the flowers of the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you of ‘little-faith’?

Matthew 6:31-34

31-33 “So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?!

That is what pagans (the unbelievers) are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness (God’s righteousness and his way of doing things – put on the mind of Christ), and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.

34 “Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.”

So if you are a believer, a covenant child of God, then God has your back; you have His word on it!

The caveat though in all of this is that you MUST believe; you must walk by faith; this means that you must be willing to cast the WHOLE of your body and ALL of your life circumstances upon the reliability and trustworthiness of both God and His Word.

And the reason is, God’s ultimate plan for everyone of us is that we be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ!

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Stop the Islamization of America…

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Stop the Islamization of America…

Let us heed the call of others around the world, who are trying to give us a heads up warning.

What follows is a clarion secular warning, given by a political leader from Holland.

It must be said of us here in America, that on this issue of Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and liberties, of necessity, we ALL, as Americans, must stand on common ground to defend these liberties, regardless of religion, creed or ethnicity.

However here in the United States, as a government, pursuant to our Declaration of Independence and our organic U.S. Constitution, we stand out above all other governments of the world, because according to our founding documents, we view these rights as unalienable!

It is important for us, as Americans,  to understand what this word “unalienable” means.

What did Thomas Jefferson mean when he wrote the phrase “unalienable rights,” and what rights are “unalienable”?

Jefferson understood “unalienable rights” as fixed rights given to us by our Creator, rather than by government.

The emphasis on our Creator is crucial, because it shows that the rights are permanent just as the Creator is permanent.

Jefferson’s thought on the source of these rights was impacted by Oxford’s William Blackstone, who described “unalienable rights” as “absolute” rights–showing that they were absolute because they came from him who is absolute, and that they were, are, and always will be, because the Giver of those rights–Jefferson’s “Creator”–was, and is, and always be.

Moreover, because we are “endowed” with them, the rights are inseparable from us: they are part of our humanity.

In a word, the government did not give them and therefore cannot take them away, but the government still strains at ways to suppress them.

To protect fundamental, individual rights, James Madison helped include the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. The intent was to remove them from government’s reach.

The “unalienable rights” explicitly protected by the Bill of Rights include, but are not limited to,

The rights of free speech and religion,

The right to keep and bear arms,

The right to self-determination with regard to one’s own property,

The right to be secure in one’s own property,

The right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers,

The right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and so forth.

And these “Unalienable rights” are ours to keep, by virtue of our Creator…

[Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2013/09/23/what-did-thomas-jefferson-mean-by-unalienable-rights/%5D

The larger question for us, here in America, in this whole Islamization issue is:

Will we leave our children the values of our founding fathers, taken out of the Bible, or the values of Mecca, Teheran and Gaza, which come straight from the pit of hell?

There are only two nations in the history of the world who have formed their government, based on a covenant relationship with God, and have actually structured it around the truth of His word!

Those two nations are, the nation of Israel and the Republic for the united states of America, founded in 1776, which by the way is NOT the same government that presides over us today.

[For those of you who do not know this history, you need to educate yourselves:  http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm%5D

What I am about to say is very important for us ALL to understand, because as Christians, it is our abdication of that covenant, made by our founding fathers, that most threatens our existence and our continuation as a nation!

As we read in the first couple of chapters of the Book of Romans, we find the apostle Paul analyzing the civilization of the 1st century Roman Empire.

He is describing the moral life of great cities of old, like Ephesus and Corinth and Rome; but as we read about the condition of those societies, we find that he is also describing our condition, in what happened last night in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Detroit, Chicago and New York.

The truth is the moral climate of today, in our time, is the same as the moral climate of the 1st century that Paul wrote about.

That gives rise to the question, “Just how much progress have we made in twenty centuries of human existence?”

The apostle says there were two characteristics of the civilization he lived in, and those characteristics also describes our society today as well.

The first characteristic is godlessness, and the second is wickedness.

Our Godlessness is evident by our disrespect and our out right rebellion again God; and more than anything, it is this rebellious attitude that results in the wickedness that we see all around us, in our society today — the violence, the injury and all the hurt done, one to another, as human beings.

The fundamental message upon which this epistle to the Romans is built, is that in every generation there is godlessness, which results in wickedness.

The apostle is tracing for us how this godlessness came about.

He begins with the self-disclosure of God in nature; how God has spoken to this world and has shown himself in the natural world, of what can plainly be seen in His creation.

This also includes mankind, because we are also a part of His creation as well.

Paul tells us that God has made Himself visible in every age and place; and we are told that the truth about God is pouring out towards us, from every direction, if only we had the eyes to see.

This truth, which God has made known to us ALL, the apostle says, has been met with an unspoken agreement, among the godless men of this world, to suppress it; and isn’t this exactly what we see going on today?

There is a conspiracy of silence everywhere to ignore the Truth that is everywhere present; we find it in our government, our secular society at large, in our public schools systems, it’s everywhere.

In fact if there’s any one message that is given by our public education system today, to our young people, it is that faith and belief in “God is absolutely irrelevant to anything that is of any important or consequence  in your life!”

In the first part of Romans, Paul explains that mankind follows a three-fold process in suppressing the truth:

First, he ignores God,

He does not glorify him, nor

Give thanks to him.

This is certainly a characteristic of our day, especially in the way the media ignores God.

We act as though he does not exist and has nothing to do with our world.

The second step in the process of suppressing truth is that men imitate God.

They claim to be wise; they claim that they are able to handle all the problems of life and that they understand all that has happened in human affairs.

Some of you have followed the rather remarkable presentation by Jacob Bronowski and the Public Broadcasting System, called The Ascent of Man.

Here is a very clear example of man’s attempt to trace all that has happened to mankind without a single reference to God.

The third process by which man suppresses truth is to choose substitute gods and to make God appear to be much less than he really is.

By these means, men suppress the truth of God and have become godless.

In Verses 24-32 of Chapter 1, the apostle traces the effects of this godlessness in human society — the wickedness which inevitably follows.

When men lose God, they always lose themselves.

They do not understand what is happening in human affairs and are not able to diagnose the sicknesses and problems that break out in society because we have lost God.

In his book, The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis says hell is made up of people who live at an infinite distance from each other.

That is the result of the loss of God in our life.

This wickedness at work among human beings also follows a three-step process which is identified for us in this passage by the thrice-repeated phrase,

God gave them over!

Paul repeats this phrase in Verses 24, 26, and 28, and this phrase identifies what is going on in our culture…

[Read more: http://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/romans/the-deepening-darkness%5D

If what we are reading about here does not describe the culture and the times in which we are living today, then I don’t know what does!

Has God given us over to our base nature, and is He letting us have it with both barrels?

He is basically saying, in all of this, if this is the world you want that does not acknowledge Me and does not want to abide by my laws, then you will also experience ALL the anarchy and pain that results from such a world.

However it is in this sort of atmosphere, that we are now living in today, that I believe prepares the way for the next revival; because as this pendulum of evil swings to its extreme, even the ungodly, the atheist and the agnostic are looking to God, in repentance, for answers.

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Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior

Ps 150:6
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!

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Let God recycle your life and make all things new…

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GOD and God alone is the ONLY one who has the power to recycle men and women’s lives…

And can make all things new!

Listen to Brian “Head” Welsh, former hard rock guitarist from Korn, tell of his journey out of darkness into the Kingdom of Light:

Jesus said:

“Come to me, ALL you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

(Matthew 11:28-30)

This is a fact for ALL of us that,

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.”

And it is for this very reason that Jesus came to earth:

Luke 4:18-19

Jesus speaking:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

I personally have seen this story played out over and over again, through the lives of many people, having myself worked in Christian broadcasting for over 18 years.

The power of God is so real!

Spread the word and pass this testimony along, from this brother, so that others might know how much Jesus loves them!

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The reason for the season…

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Unto us a Child is given…

Isaiah 9:6 foretold of Messiah’s coming:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

According to Luke’s gospel, we read that the angelic annunciation of the birth of the Savior of the world came not to important dignitaries or kings, but to shepherds tending their flocks in the middle of the night.

Luke 2:8-20

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8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Do you really want to know the REAL reason for the season?

It’s all about our learning to put first things first!

It’s about our learning to reconnect with the Source of our life.

We have to learn to:

TRUST IN GOD
– not people

DEPEND ON GOD
– not yourself

LIVE FOR GOD
– not the world

Because you see, God is the Creator and Author of ALL things, in both heaven and earth; and it is because of that fact, as our Creator, that He comes before all things and is above EVERYTHING!

We must remember and understand that because He is God, then He gets to make those decisions, He make the rules and He calls the shots.

And so the Christmas message is all about God forgiving and reconciling His lost children back into His family; but before that could happen, there had to be a price paid.

A Saviour who would come, and offer His life in our stead, and pay a debt we owed, but could not pay.

And so the message of Christmas is that God loved you enough that He redeemed you; and He did that by sending His only begotten Son to die a cruel death and pour out His life’s blood on Calvary’s cross, all in order to pay our penalty and to seal the deal and guarantee our place with Him in eternity.

As Christians, we also need to know and understand why God created us, why He gave us our life and placed us on the earth?

It’s so that we could learn that God ALONE is our Source, our True North – our Abba-Father, in ALL things; and this faith walk, in this pilgrimage journey called our life on this earth, is all about our learning to trust Him as such!

Hebrews 10:38

God speaking: “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

His name is Yeshua Ha’Mashiach,  aka Jesus the Christ-Messiah; accept no substitutes!

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