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Would I Be a Peter?

By Sue
While reading about and pondering the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus this past week, my heart has been drawn to Peter. I have been asking myself if I would have done what Peter did—deny Jesus, not once, but three times?

After walking with Jesus for a longer period of time than Peter did—51 years compared to 3 years—would I declare my love and devotion to Him, only to deny my closest friend and teacher?

On Palm Sunday, the crowd was cheering and welcoming Jesus as royalty. Peter and the disciples probably thought they were even more dedicated to the Master than the crowds. Then, less than a week later, some of those same people were calling for His crucifixion. And, at a desperate time when Jesus needed them the most, the disciples fell asleep and finally deserted Him.

When times of persecution come to us in our nation—and that is happening right now. When I am told that I can no longer worship or possibly even speak to others the Name of Jesus, how will I respond? When those in authority ask me whether I believe in Jesus what will I say? What will you say?? Will I be willing to lose my life to keep it? Will I stand with Jesus or desert Him?

These are very real questions that we need to wrestle with NOW! The day may be coming, though I pray not, when we will be challenged to stand firm with Jesus or deny Him. And, if we don’t have our hearts and minds settled now, we may find ourselves being a “Peter”!

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

Bill

Did You Hear It?

Did you hear it last weekend?

Will you hear it this weekend in Washington, DC?

You will if you listen carefully.

What will you hear?  You’ll hear the Trumpet of God sounding an alarm and calling America to repentance. This is the Biblical time of year when shofars are sounded. I believe that this year, more than any other, the shofar of God is being sounded to wake all of us in America up! It is a warning of imminent danger. He is calling American citizens and all who live within our shores to wake up before it is too late! I am confident that He loves America. Otherwise, we would never have become the world power that we have been. But we have strayed far from what made us great as a nation and as a society. We are being called to stop sliding down the slippery slope.

I believe that God is not done with America yet. He is calling us, all of us, including followers of Yeshua, to wake up before it is too late—for our own souls and the soul of our nation! We need to join with those in Washington, DC this Saturday, and raise our voices, calling out to God in repentance and asking for mercy on our land. But not stop there; we each need to seek God for how we can be part of the solution instead of just pointing our fingers at the problem.

Until 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!

Bill

Two Must Reads

I urge you to read the following two articles related to the desire of too many to create a “New World Order”, which would be socialistic and in which America would not be the world leader it is today. The first is a current article written by Karen Hardin and published 7/30/2020 on the Intercessors for America Blog. It describes four steps being used today by those who, in my not so humble opinion, destroy America and our current form of government and turn us into a socialistic government. This article was published in 2018 but scroll to the comments for an updated list on a few of the goals.

The second is a list of 45 strategic goals of the Communist party to take over non-communist countries and the degree to which they have been implemented in the USA. They were published in 1958 in The Naked Communist and give a good insight into the thinking and strategies of the so-called liberal elite. This article includes examples of how these goals have already been implemented.

“Conspiracy Theory,” “could never happen” you cry? Don’t be so quick to judge. At the very least, these are food for thought as we consider and pray regarding current events.

FOUR STEPS OF A COUP D’ETAT: WILL AMERICA LEARN FROM HISTORY?
Scorecard: The 45 Goals in ‘The Naked Communist’ to turn America into a Socialist State

Until the next time…”May the LORD bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; May the LORD make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; May the LORD lift up His face toward you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Bill

Be Prepared

In an earlier post (Musings on COFID-19 #5), I talked about the need to be prepared. I received the following link from a friend and felt it was worth sharing. This is not an attempt to instill fear. Contrary to what appears to be part of the agenda of many, that doesn’t help at all! I firmly believe that the Lord will take care of His own in all situations. Now, that doesn’t’ mean that we won’t’ suffer hardship. I also believe that He expects us to be aware of the times and use common sense.

Should be get carried away in stockpiling, No! But we do need to have more than then common 3-day hurricane box of supplies. COVID-19 showed us that need. We also need to have our financial house in order. As many have no doubt found out during the COVID shutdown, food and necessities such as toilet paper can be hard to obtain and any level of debt is unmanageable when your income is reduced or there is no income at all. The US government is not obligated to keep food on our tables and our utilities running. They have attempted to help, but they can only print so much money before everything collapses around them (and us)! This would be disastrous for all of us, except maybe those who want to destroy America and turn us into a dictatorship.

Of course, the primary preparedness item is to ensure your relationship with the Lord through salvation in Yeshua is secure and that you’re seeking to follow Him in everything.

Reflect on how this famous passage from Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” relates to what is happening in the USA, and around the world today, and then read the linked article in which it is quoted: “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.”

Other great minds in our history have said much the same thing, including one or more of our Founding Fathers.

The complete article by Patricia Lewis is entitled Something’s coming, folks – and we must become ‘self-dependent’

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

Bill

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