Exploits!

Acts 17:22-25 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

Today’s morning message will be delivered to us from a very special guest of mine . . . Angela

Paul stood on Mars Hill challenging the mindset and actions of the Greeks as they worshiped their unknown God.  As I was reading this scripture this morning the Lord started to speak to me a powerful word. …. Daniel 11:32 32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. …. There is no sin new under the heavens, man has just taken it to an excess.  As we see in the Old Testament Elijah was challenging the god baal just like Paul is the challenging their “unknown god” on Mars Hill in the scripture above.  The prophets of baal wanted Elijah to allow them to worship their god while allowing him to worship his God at the same time.  Elijah refused to compromise as their was no place for any other god.  He challenged them that day just as Paul later does on Mars Hill.  Elijah new his God and called fire down from heaven which licked up the sacrifice, the altar and even the water he had surrounded it with.  Elijah did exploits that day.

Paul challenged the Greeks the same as Elijah once had.  We are living in a time where abortion is on demand, homosexuality is on the rise and predicted to be legalized in all 50 states by end of 2015, and chrislam has been ridiculously introduced as an acceptable form of religion.  Chrislam wants to infiltrate Christians and muslims worshiping together in the same setting.  Does this sound familiar?  Isn’t this Elijah on Mt. Carmel, Paul on Mars Hill, and now this in America? My challenge to the hearts and minds of people today as they go to their man-made temples is we as saints of God cannot just do church as usual.  We are at war, spiritual war and cannot compromise our standards in the old paths, we cannot bury our heads in the sand as ostriches, we cannot fear our conservative roots that we may be called judgmental, unloving, or insensitive.  In this last hour the saints need to stand up like our heroes Elijah and Paul against this “unknown god” that tries to seize our nation.  If the God we serve is sovereign, just, and all-powerful then we can assure ourselves that this battle we are fighting is not flesh and blood, but a spiritual one.  If we stand behind our beliefs and our God, we will be strong and change the course of events plaguing our country today.  We will do exploits too!  Love you all!!  Bless God in your exploits today!!!

Weak Makes One Strong?

2 Corinthians 12:8-10  Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Here is a tough bit of scripture to swallow.  Every time I come across this it makes me shake my head.  Boast about my weaknesses?  Take pleasure in my weaknesses?  Pleasure in insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles?  When I am weak, I am strong?  This sounds like something Edgar Allen Poe should have written–some demented story with deep meaning only truly known by the author. Lol  This is the Apostle Paul, the writer of most of the New Testament.  The man who used to pride himself in his strength of persecuting Christians.  On the road to Damascus a light shone down from heaven and surrounded him.  When he opened his eyes he found that he had become blind and a voice said to him, “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?”  Talk about weakness.  He immediately called out asking, “Who are you, lord?”

Later in his second letter to the Corinthians he writes the above scripture.  Obviously he continued to be humbled for the remainder of his earthly time and Apostleship.  Difference was that rather than channel his own earthly zeal toward what he thought was right, he learned to channel his efforts toward relying on Christ for his strength.  “For when I weak, then I am strong!”  What a great piece of scripture.  When we think that we are strong, normally we are doing more harm to the kingdom than when we are weak, just trusting Him for our next move.  Even if that move entails singing praises with Silas at a late hour while in prison.  Look at the events that happened immediately following.  An earthquake shook the doors open and the jailer who was about to kill himself ended up being saved with all his family by the two who were set free.  I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Paul and Silas had no idea what singing praises in that prison cell would result in.  I’m gonna also venture that they were not feeling very strong during the beginning of that ordeal.  BUT they were made strong, in the Lord, when they were in their weakness just doing what they knew to do.  That is praise the Lord.  It is no wonder that as Paul progressed through his ministry he felt the strongest when he was weak.  This is when the Lord can work.  When OUR strength becomes weak so that we can use HIS strength.  A contrite, weak heart is something God can and will use.  Love you all!  Bless God!!