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THE one thing that brings us to God

In the darkness, where everything is unknown, I faced the power of sin on my own.

Darkness, the polar opposite of brightness, is understood as a lack of illumination or an absence of visible light. Human vision is unable to distinguish color in conditions of either high brightness or high darkness. In conditions with insufficient light levels, color perception ranges from achromatic to ultimately black. Wikipedia

Darkness is not the opposite of light. Darkness is the absence of light. Cold is not the opposite of warn, cold is the absence of heat.  Hate, self loathing, envy, greed, condemnation, violence, pride, and so many other attributes of religions of error, comes from the absence of the Love of God. And without that Love, our ability to see clearly and function is greatly impeded.

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:1-7

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

It is not the rites and ceremonies of religions that satisfy our most intimate needs, nor do those empower us to help others and win souls. All the religiousness in the world cannot deliver one Muslim from slavery to the hate, poverty, and violence that defines Islam. All the intelligence and Christian philosophy in the world cannot deliver one from the philosophies of the Eastern religions – I have never seen anyone argued into heaven.

Only the love of God can deliver, and it is transferred to us by the Spirit of God during our time spent in communion with him.

The Holy of Holies is where we put aside everything else and commune with God, where we simply give our undivided attention and love him back as he loves us. By his death Jesus the Messiah opened the way to have personal fellowship with God, and signified it by ripping the thick veil that separated the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat from the court around it. (Catch the 11 March 2020 – Asst. Pastor T. Marsh – “Praying Through The Tabernacle – Lesson 7 and Lesson 8”

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11

The world is covered in darkness: religions or knowledge or ceremonies cannot fill the emptiness inside us or anyone else. The thing that saves people is the love of God. What we need is the Love of God. We cannot not shed it abroad (Rom 5:5) unless we have it ourselves first.

This message is for saints and not-so-saints. For frustrated people who are ready to quit trying because they always seem to fail somehow. This is the Word Jesus sent to me when I struggled with that and asked what I should do.

Jesus just said “I paid for it all. Just keep trying.”

God does not require us to be perfect – he knows we will fail. He took care of that on Calvary. He made provision for us, he paid for all our sins, and all he asks is “Just keep trying.”

Don’t give up on yourself or God. Don’t stare backwards at where you have plowed and see how crooked the lines are. Just keep trying.

May God’s Peace and Blessing be with you this week.

Let God’s Spirit be at Peace with Us

Zechariah’s Vision of Four Chariots from Doré’s English Bible

How Nations stay at Peace with God

Zechariah 6: 1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. 2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; 3 and in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.

BRASS represents JUDGMENT. “Horses” pulling chariots here represent “spirits” or philosophies or ideologies powering socio-economic political systems. Red is the color representing Communism, black represents Socialism, white represents Capitalism (he that will not work let him not eat, the worker is worthy of his wages, a wise man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children) and the color of the forth horse is literally translated “green” (the translators had never seen a green horse, and used alternate meanings that could also fit the word) and green is the color of Islam. Communism and Socialism went north into Asia and Europe: Islam took over much of Africa: Capitalism eventually went into Europe and some of Asia after Communism and Socialism had failed there.

4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? 5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.

BUT Islam is not contented to enslave all of Africa, but demands global dictator status: 7 And the bay (the green horse) went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.

Islam spreads by infiltrating other countries, exploiting the humanitarian philosophies of those countries, over populating while demanding total economic support and refusing to integrate, and then violently taking those countries all over the earth.

And God says of Capitalism, which came after Communism and Socialism,

8 Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.

The nations learned that Communism and Socialism do not work and adopted Capitalism – as a result they then gained fairness, prosperity, and peace – that pleased God.

The teaching of God’s Word is that each person should work and earn his living, each worker should be timely paid his wages, budget his money, save for emergencies, purchases, and to provide for his future generations. Charity in Scripture teaches we temporarily help people to get back to where they are earning their own living, and nothing in sScripture teaches we should be guaranteed a living wage if we will not work to learn skills that command a living wage, or that we should receive medical care, or any other thing at all unless we are actively working to earn those necessities. Socialism has never worked in the long term because it always ends up like it is now in Venezuaila – extreme poverty, starvation, arbitrary decisions against the working people by the Socialist elite, rioting, and violence with a very few uber-rich who previously ran the dead Socialist system. Ultimately a strong military leader emerges to purge the corrupt government and becomes a dictator.

Is Socialism the environment we want earth to adopt? Do we want Socialist Death Committees deciding that the medical care our loved ones need is “too expensive” and “doesn’t fit the needs of the State” so they are denied proper care and effectively ordered murdered by witholding food and water to be sure that they die? Do we want to live in a world where only criminals and government have the ability to defend their own rights and family?

Should we listen to the Word of God and adopt Capitalism instead? Should we reward workers according to their personal industry? Should we help only those who actually need our help and in ways that cause them to become productive members of our communities? Should we require (and train) all people to be financially and socially responsible so that they do not need others’ help? Should each Citizen be a member of the community in every way, including willingness and capacity to stand up to any terrorist threat temporarily until professionally employed government security personnel can arrive and take over?

Because that is what the Founding Fathers codified in the Constitution for the United States. And we need to do that or die.