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The question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” has been asked more than once. Job, in the midst of trials gave a clue where to look when there are problems.
But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? Job 19:28
It is always wise to “examine ourselves” to see if the root of the problem is found “in me”.
There are sins of commission and sins of omission. Sins of commission are doing things we should not have done. Sins of omission are not doing things we should have done.
One big omission may be in the matter of tithes and offerings.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
If the devourer is not being rebuked, if there is problem after problem after problem, it is useful to seek the Lord if there is a problem with tithes and offerings.
Let’s just ask a theoretical question. Go with your gut. Do you think that the problem of terrorists entering the country through unsecured borders would be such a problem if the United States were a nation of tithers? Ask the Lord for the answer.
There are many problems in the world today. There are political, weather, economic, plague and other problems of all kinds. God Himself promises He will rebuke the devourer. However, mankind must meet the conditions.
This prophecy was given by a 90 yr. old woman in Norway 42 years ago about events leading up to the second coming of Christ. An Evangelist by the name of Emanuel Minos wrote this prophecy down in 1968 and thought it was so extreme that he put it away. He recently reviewed the prophecy and was amazed that it is not “extreme” anymore–but the norm in our society. Read the prophecy below.
This is the testimony of a marine who went to hell and was rescued from it. It is over one hour long.
The beginning until about minute 13:45 talks about how he got in the position of dying.
Around minute 13:45 he talks about how he died and then goes on to talk about his out-of-body experience.
I feel led to give a simple testimony that may help others who pray.
There are certain prayers I do on a regular basis. Today I expanded the scope of these prayers and included a wider group. When finished, I heard the Lord say, “Thank you for giving me something to work with.”
Even though I know this principle, the meaning expanded in a new way.
The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
I’ve said this before, but it hit me with new force. God has given the earth to mankind. He has also given power through Jesus Christ to rule and reign on this earth. However, mankind must use it.
A lot of analogies could be given. If a person gives a gift a car with the key, that gift is of no use unless the recipient actually gets in, puts the key in the ignition and drives it. The giver has done all he can do. It is up to the recipient to act. God has given salvation through Jesus Christ. We must receive it and learn about it through the inner teaching of the Holy Spirit.
Since God has given the earth to mankind, He will not interfere unless asked.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matthew 7:7
No matter what the problems, mankind must ask for help. In addition, men must listen to the answers and implement them. The Lord God is not a glorified Santa Claus who dumps answers in the form of gifts without participation on our part. David killed Goliath with God’s help, but God did not do it for him.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
So when we ask God’s help or wisdom, we have allowed Him entry into the earthly realm. He has done all He will ever do through Jesus Christ. He will give us help in implementing the finished work of Jesus Christ in this realm, but He will not do it for us.
When we ask God for help, whether for ourselves, others, or nations, we have given him the ability to enter into the earthly realm and help us. If a teacher had some students and wanted to share knowledge with them, he would wait until one of them asked. If he had 100 students and only one asked for help, would not the teacher pour himself into that one student since he was the only one that asked?
I am sure that God wants to pour Himself into all of our lives, and the life of our nations, but we have to ask. We have to give Him something to work with. And we have to listen and obey.
Here are some thoughts on leadership that I feel the Lord gave me to note here.
Four Characteristics of a Leader
- A leader is one who has denied their flesh.
- A leader is one who is not afraid to speak the truth.
- A leader finds more joy in productive activity than others.
- A leader is one is moving in the direction that others have felt to move, but have lagged behind.
Let’s take these one-by-one.
A leader is one who has denied their flesh.
A leader is one who works, thinks, studies, plans, and moves ahead while others are relaxing and playing. A leader finds more joy in productive activity than others.
A leader is one who is not afraid to speak the truth.
We can think of the rapid rise of Trump, as being a perfect example of this point. Trump has not tried to be politically correct and say what he thought would please people. He said the truth and by the wildly successful reception by many, many people, indicates it is the truth that his followers have been thinking. Some think, but will not say out of fear of being ostracized. A leader will say what he believes with disregard to who likes it or not.
A leader finds more joy in productive activity than others.
You will find leaders doing different things that others in their spare time. Edison spent his free time inventing the light bulb. The Wright Brothers focused on flying a plane. There is a blur of work and play for a leader. His work is his play. The necessity to “play” and take recreational periods is not there, because he is satisfied in his work. God said to work six days and rest one. That rest day should be spent seeking and refueling with God. That makes the other six days more productive.
A leader is one is moving in the direction that others have felt to move, but have lagged behind.
A leader will deny their flesh in an area where others know they need to deny theirs. Since the leader denies it first, and says what he is doing, he leads others to listening to their conscience and deny their flesh as well. This moves them on in life to higher things.
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