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Psalm 140-141 For Today

In the past, when I have read Psalms such as Ps 140 and 141, I’ve asked myself, “Self, what does this have to do with you? It’s good to see David’s struggles and groanings as he sought the Lord’s protection, but they don’t apply to me.  I don’t have armies or evil men chasing me!” Or do I?

Actually, all Believers in Yeshua do! This hit me between the eyes this morning during my devotions. In Ps 140, David is asking for protection from wicked and violent men. At this time in history, we in the USA have evil and wicked men and women who plan to harm us. They spend their time planning and stirring up conflict (Ps 140:1-2). These people are inside and outside of our government. I submit that they have fallen under the spell of the antichrist spirit. Not the antichrist himself, but a spirit that is anti-God. This spirit wants to suppress Yeshua-followers and destroy America as it was originally founded to be–a nation that honors the Creator of the Universe.

These people may believe that what they are trying to accomplish is best. But they are blinded by their lust for power and control. How do we know that they have sold out to the anti-Christ spirit, even if unwittingly? Because they have announced plans to take action and implement laws and practices that are in direct opposition to the Word of God. These people are not just inside our government. Some of them may live next door to you. Your neighbor(s) may not be in “power,” so to speak, but they support the actions of those who are, or who think that they are, but we know that HaShem is really in control.

Now, I am confident that HaShem will protect His people, but let’s stop and pray together with David:

Father, we ask that You will not let these people have their way (Ps 140-6-9).  However, Father, we cannot ask with David that You throw them into the literal fire and into bottomless pits from which they cannot escape (Ps 140:10-11). Instead, we ask that You do whatever is necessary to thwart their plans. I also ask that, in the process, they will truly find Yeshua as Savior, give Him control of their lives, turn from their wicked, revengeful ways, and become instruments of healing in our land.

Father, we must also ask You to open the eyes and hearts of many true Yeshua-followers who are not responding in love to either their fellow believers or to those who plan to harm us and our country. Apparently, they have forgotten Yeshua’s command to love their neighbors as themselves because they are striking out verbally and physically in anger and revenge. If I have been guilty, I repent of my sin and pray that they will also repent of their sin. Help all of us to stand and act peacefully but boldly in love for Right. With Your help, mercy, and grace, this country will be turned back onto the correct path. Let all of us who call upon the name of Yeshua (that’s you and me) put Him first above even our political alliances.

Father, we echo David’s cry in Ps 141 and ask You to accept our prayers, guard our mouths, and give us the clarity of thought as only You can. May only Your words come out of our mouths and may we not have evil desires or respond in kind to those who desire to harm us. We desire that our words and actions will be a witness against their plans (Ps 141:5). Please provide Your protection from their snares (Ps 141:9). May we never surrender to them but demonstrate Your love rather than succumbing to their ways and tactics.

In the name of Yeshua, we pray.

Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)


COVID is Trump’s Fault??

To those who blame President Trump for perceived mishandling of the COVID crisis and even the death of a loved one or friend…I am sorry for your loss, but I respectfully suggest that you take the log out if your own eye. While “the buck always stops at the top,” he wasn’t alone. The state governors played the primary part in their state’s response.

President Trump and the governors all had advice and counsel from “experts” who have served under other adminstrations. Hindsight always says that a better job could have been done.

Unfortunately, politics played a big part in an issue that should have been handled by everyone in a totally non-partisan partnership. If you want to blame someone or something, blame that!

Oh, and the person you think would have done a better job is touting a plan that is almost identical to what President Trump did. If you haven’t voted yet, think twice and pray hard before you fill in the circle.

Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

R U in the 75%?

Are you part of the 75% of Yeshua-followers who do not vote? We should be ashamed of ourselves! We should have a 100% voting participation record. Voting is a right and a privilege in the USA and we should be exercising it to the fullest. We will never see a change in the direction of our beloved country if we don’t participate in its government — and everyone who is eligible to vote can participate by voting!

Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)


Home Stretch

We’ve rounded turn 4 for the final lap and we’re coming down the home stretch to the finish line! What finish line? Nov. 3rd, of course! Have you voted? If you are a follower of Yeshua, have you and are you still praying for God’s will to be accomplished, even if you have already voted? After the election, will you continue praying for the winners, regardless of who they are or their party affiliation, that they will lead in justice and mercy according to Biblical values?

As Nov. 3rd fast approaches, we can’t let our guard down. We must remain steadfast in prayer. I hope that you are praying for His choices to be elected. I hope that you made or are making, your choices based on what the Bible says, not what man thinks. To assist in your prayers, I’m including the Top Ten Prayer Points from Intercessors for America*.

  • Pray for more of God’s Presence to be experienced in your community and our nation. (Ps 16:11; 2 Cor 3:17)
  • Pray for the [Body of Believers] to see the need to repent of personal and national sins in the fear of the Lord. (2 Chron 7:14; 1 Jn 1:9; Prov 9:10)
  • Pray for believers to unite in prayer to seek God for their nieghborhoods and communities. (1 Tim 2:1-2)
  • Pray for godly candidates to be elected, regardless of party affiliation. (Ps 96:10; Ps 1:1-3)
  • Pray for administrators, legislators, and judges to serve in a way that aligns with God’s word. (Ps 19:7-11, Prov 3:5)
  • Pray for the elections to be fair, honest, and without corruption. (Prov 16:13)
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit convicts many who do not know [Jesus] as their Savior, leading them to seek Him as [Savior and] Lord. (1 Tim 2:4)
  • Pray for divine protection over our nation during the critical upcoming elections [and beyond]. (Prov 3:5; Ps 91)
  • Pray that those candidates who know [Yeshua] would openly and courageously speak of their faith and stand firm on their biblical principles. (Mt 5:13-16)
  • Pray that [followeres of Yeshua] across the nation will persist in seeking God’s purpose for America beyond the elections, and that God, in His mercy, will usher in transforming [and lasting] revival. (Ezek 37; Ps 42:1)

Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)


* ifapray.org

Withering America

“A disease that lies in the spirit cannot be cured by that which doesn’t”*

We have been watching America wither away morally and spiritually for many years. The politicians are campaigning that they will fix everything–“they”, not God! At least I haven’t heard any say that God would do the fixing, the curing. As Jonathan Cahn said in his recent book, “A spiritual disease cannot be answered by cures rooted in other realms, political cures, economic cures, ideological cures. No such cure can stop the withering. A spiritual disease can only be answered by a spiritual cure.”*

Are those of us who follow Yeshua willing to pay the price to obtain that cure? God is the source of that cure, but it starts with each of us. In our hearts, yes, but also in the way we live openly for Yeshua!  It will require spending significant time on our knees beseaching God! It will require standing up publically against the antichrist forces that want to see the US continue to wither! And, it will require the dedication of every believer–there is so much that needs changed in our personal lives, the “church”, our government,  and our nation in general.

Where, oh where do you start? If you haven’t voted, do so according to scripture, not according to your pocketbook or the personality of the candate. Once you’ve voted, find ways in your daily life to blatantly live out your faith. Doing so with love for your fellow man, regardless of his views, but being strong and forthright about the truth!

Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

* Jonathan Cahn, The Harbinger II, Charisma House

Election Prayer

Father God, in this U.S. election, crush the the disruptive people and forces that seek to replace order with caos! Scatter Your enemies with Your strong arm! Give us leaders who will stand by and for You!! Leaders who will lead and judge according to Your Word!!! (Ps 89:10)

Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)


How to Vote!

If the Word of God is against it, vote against the candidate who is for it!

Until the next time…“May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
And, may He extend His Grace to our great country!

To All Candidates

A special message for all of candidates for legislative office:

We, the voters, do not vote for you because you are smarter than we are, though you may think you are! We do not vote for you to be our parent, though you may try to act like one!

We vote for you to be our representative, to speak and legislate according to the Constitution of the USA and according to our will, not yours. (In case you don’t remember the definition: a representative is “one who serves as a delegate or agent for another,” in other words, they don’t speak for themselves, they speak and act for the one they represent. And a representative government, which ours is, is “an electoral system where citizens vote to elect people to represent the citizens’ interests and concerns.”)

So, if and when you are elected and sworn into office, we expect you to represent your entire constituency, not just those who voted for you, not just those who gave you large donations, not just the leaders of your party.

If you are currently in office and want to get re-elected, then get back to the business of representing all of us rather than trying to control our lives. Do so even during the election season. I know you don’t want to hear this, but doing your job is more important than getting re-elected. And, if you’d do your job with excellence and actually accomplish something for the people who are paying your salary, your real employers, you wouldn’t have to convince anyone that you should be allowed another term in office.

Oh, and while I’m at it, will all of you, and the organizations running ads for or against candidates, please stop telling half-truths and outright lies. Focus on telling us what you are going to do, not how bad your opponent is! And, when and if you are elected/re-elected, keep those promises you make just like our current President, President Donald Trump has done!

If you agree with this post, please share it. Maybe, just maybe, it will end up in the “mailboxes” of some of the “movers and shakers.”

Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)


Inaugural Parade Protestors

I don’t understand why these idiots think they need to disrupt the parade rather than peacefully demonstrate.  And, I don’t agree with them doing so.  But to also vandalize just shows how stupid they are and reveal their real motive — to vandalize and maybe even steal.  As I understand it, it started as 12 people and has grown to about 300 joining in the “fun”.  I hope that the media minimizes coverage because it only encourages them.  It would be best if they didn’t cover them at all, but I know that won’t happen.

Pray for the protection of all the peaceful families and individuals who just want to watch the parade.


Attend or Not Attend? That is The Question

An open letter to the congressional representatives of the great state of North Carolina who are refusing to attend the inauguration of President-elect Trump.  If you are attending, please forward this letter to our fellow members of Congress who are either not attending or considering not attending:

Dear Honorable North Caroline Member of Congress;

The inauguration of the President of the US is a long-standing symbol of the peaceful transition of leadership that has been part of the history of our great country since its inception.  By refusing to attend the inauguration, you are violating our long-standing tradition.  Although you may not agree with the majority of the country who elected President-elect Trump, the inauguration is not the place to show our disagreement by disrespecting the office of President.

Some of you have said you prayed about it and can’t, in good conscience, attend.  Did you read your Bible?  The basis of prayer is the truth of God as found in the Bible.  We are told in scripture to pray for and honor those in authority. For example, 1 Sam 24:6 talks about respecting the authority of those over us and Romans 13:1-2 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment.”  1 Timothy 1-2 tells us to pray for those in authority.

It is our prayer that you will reconsider your decision and properly honor the great office of the President of the United States.


WJ and SS Borden, Cary, NC

(This letter was sent on Jan 18, 2017, to all North Carolina Representatives and Senators)

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