The Lesser of Two Evils

A personal and spiritual look at Election 2016.

With less than two weeks until the Presidential election I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts about it.  And, I sincerely hope you read it.

I was going to present the case for or against the two candidates.  I had planned out detailed posts of my spiritual perspective of this election, and the candidates, but yesterday while working on the weekly Bible Study I had a startling revelation.  That revelation was this – most people who hold to a Judeo-Christian mindset won’t care.  What I share, no matter how Biblically sound, won’t mean anything to them.  And, the reason I know that is because we as a Nation have lived an ungodly, unscriptural life for decades.  We say one thing with our lips but another with our actions.  We have become a Nation of hypocrites and spiritual posers that have thumbed our noses at the God of all creation while supporting and promoting people of debased character and complete lack of morality.

Oh, we let them pose and preen in front of the cameras to fool us.  We even let them sit in our pews or stand in our pulpits with their hands in our pockets and political knives in our backs.  Both Jew and Christian alike have less rights now than ever before.  Our brothers and sisters are being attacked and slaughtered worldwide by our sworn enemies while being supported by our government or funding one of our Presidential candidates.

And, let’s get honest here, we’ve been misled and deceived by past candidates and Presidents who manipulated religious leaders and people with well-designed personas that were far from the truth.  Adulterers, rapists, liars, cheats and the like got past our religious radars because they had the right handlers or hid their sins better.  They sat in our pews and had the religious lingo down and we overlooked them lining their pockets while we suffered, sexually assaulted our women, sent our sons and daughters to their death or bodily destruction for reasons that only benefitted the global elite and we turned a spiritual blind eye to it all.

Since 1973 a Nation and supposedly intelligent society have permitted the slaughter of almost 58 MILLION babies. We now allow them to be partially birthed to be murdered and hacked to pieces even up to the day of delivery with the polite term of “late-term abortion”.  Undercover videos have proven that these baby parts have been harvested and sold for substantial profit and the only outrage has been the undercover videos themselves.  The only people punished have been those brave people who took the videos.

At the 1994 Presidential Prayer Breakfast Mother Teresa gave a stirring and stunning rebuke of the scourge of abortion in America.  With President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton sitting feet away from her in the front row this is what she said:

height-182-no_border-width-320But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.

 And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.

 By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.

 And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.

 Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

One reporter’s eye witness account stated that while the room stood and applauded the President and First Lady did not move a muscle in their seats.  Someone I know personally who was there said you could hear Hillary’s teeth grinding as she withheld her rage for these words and what she considered to be a personal rebuke.  Now that same person, a Presidential candidate, not only defends the act of abortion, the organization that profits from it (Planned Parenthood) but also calls the founder of PP, Margaret Sanger, her hero and role model.

From an article on The Weekly Standard:  In April of 2009, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, named after the founder of the American Birth Control League, which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in the 1940s. In her remarks, Clinton singled out the namesake of the award for praise: Now, I have to tell you that it was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision … And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her. 

New Jersey representative Chris Smith, the co-chair of the congressional pro-life caucus, said that he doesn’t think it’s possible to separate Sanger’s eugenicist aims from a greater vision. “If you read the books–I’ve read the books–[eugenics] is absolutely the pillar of everything Sanger did,” said Smith. “Look at what movement she spawned in terms of getting rid of the ‘undesirables,’ and that could be the disabled, African-Americans, and just about every other group of people. I mean, Catholics, Italians, and Irish. I mean, that is a very pathetic and sick perspective towards the human race, and yet she’s idolized by, of all people, our secretary of state.”

On CBS’ Face the Nation on September 20, 2015 she said, “I think that the kind of late-term abortions that take place are because of medical necessity. And, therefore, I would hate to see the government interfering with that decision.”

Dr. Lawrence Koning, an OB-GYN in Corona, California, said Clinton also is wrong about late-term abortions being necessary to save a woman’s life or health.  “As an OB/GYN physician for 31 years, there is no medical situation that requires aborting/killing the baby in the third trimester to ‘save the mother’s life,’” Koning wrote on social media after the debate. “Just deliver the baby by C-section and the baby has 95+% survival with readily available NICU care even at 28 weeks. C-section is quicker and safer than partial birth abortion for the mother.”

What is the late-term abortion that Hillary Clinton says should not be interfered with?  See for yourself:

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Author Paul Kengor says, “As someone who wrote an entire book on Hillary Clinton about 10 years ago, and has long followed her very carefully, especially on matters of her faith and abortion beliefs, I can say without equivocation that she is not mildly or even strongly pro-choice; no, Hillary Rodham Clinton is an abortion fanatic.”

What was Hillary’s response to the undercover videos exposing the sale of baby parts by Planned Parenthood? Clinton called it “unfortunate” that Planned Parenthood “had been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years.”

Does that offend you?  It probably does but not for the right reasons.  But, it more than offends me.  It outrages me that people who hold to a Judeo-Christian belief would even consider voting for such a person.  Regardless of the fact that she claims to take her childhood Methodist faith seriously her actions say otherwise.  Her campaign has been exposed in recent WikiLeaks emails to hold a derisive view of Christians and have called for “backward Catholics” to change their worldview or else.  And, even though many Catholic Bishops have called for an apology none has come.  Some outspoken Catholics fear a Christian persecution under a Clinton Presidency. At least the other candidate has gone out of his way to meet with religious leaders to hear their thoughts and seek their counsel.  In fact, his openness about his faith and the desire for their input has been refreshing.  Actions speak louder than words and the fruit on Hillary’s tree in this regard is both bitter and rotten.

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family states that it’s his belief that Donald Trump is a “baby Christian” only have been led to the Lord a few years ago by Evangelist Paula White.  Donald Trump is a work in progress and open to be guided during that time.   Dr. Dobson sits on an advisory board of religious leaders who advice Donald Trump has sought out.  He and Vice Presidential Nominee Gov. Michael Pence have met with religious leaders all over the United States.  I can find no such meetings taking place with the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton nor has she sought one.

Another hero of Hillary’s is Eleanor Roosevelt.  Eleanor Roosevelt has been reported to have been a bisexual woman who kept both male and female lovers during, and after, her time as First Lady.  In 2016 this doesn’t seem so scandalous anymore.  Today she would be applauded for such behavior.  We’ve heard of many of the secret sins and peccadilloes of the former residents of the White House that run the list from adultery, to rape, sexual abuse and drug use, as already mentioned.  That’s not what I want to share with you.  What I want to share is that Hillary feels such a kinship with Eleanor that she states, and Bill confirms, that she converses with the spirit of the former First Lady.

Author Bob Woodward reported in the 1990’s that Hillary Clinton held “seance” conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt and Gandhi in the White House. Bill Clinton also joked about the incident in 2012, during the dedication of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York.  “As all of you famously learned when I served as president, my wife, now the secretary of state, was known to commune with Eleanor on a regular basis,” he joked during his speech.   So, any individual who holds to Judeo-Christian beliefs will be voting for someone who defies the Biblical admonition of conversing with the dead.

Ephesians 5:11 (NLT) Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

Before I go any further, let me state for the record that I have no political party affiliation.  For many years I would have considered myself Conservative and Republican.  However, three years ago I decided to leave partisan politics behind to become an Independent thinker and voter.  I’ve come to realize that both parties are just two sides of the same coin in which each election there is, I believe, a predetermined exchange of power.  I liken American politics to professional wrestling.  The outcome is predetermined, the players already cast and the process is simply a show for the audience, i.e. the voters.  They put on a good show, entertain the masses and then meet backstage for cigars, drinks and parties.  If you don’t believe me look at how former Presidents who were bickering enemies during their political careers act when they are retired from office.  And, take a good look at what goes on at the Bohemian Grove if you dare.  Back in March of 2016 Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota said that the media has created a false perception that the primary voters select the candidate of the GOP.  “The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Haugland told CNBC’s “Squawk Box“.

When the global, political and media elite sided against one candidate as they have against Donald Trump it revealed a process that is biased and slanted toward keeping the status quo.  Their support and siding with one of their own, Hillary Clinton, against the brash outsider who cannot be bought, bullied or dissuaded has forced them to reveal the truth about the American election process.  American voters who thought they chose the party candidate were shocked to find out that the party leaders could, and would if able, defy the will of the people.  The GOP would have derailed the nomination of Donald Trump if it could have.  The Democratic Party used their “super delegate” process to stop Bernie Sanders from displacing their pre-arranged choice of Hillary Clinton.  If Election 2016 did nothing else, it exposed the fraudulent election process that has manipulated America for decades.

Now, as we enter the final push for the vote for President of the United States we are watching the mainstream media (MSM) double down on this effort to pick the winner outside of the will or input of the American voter.  Recent WikiLeaks exposure of Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails exposed the fact that 65 members of the MSM has either met with or given story approval to the Clinton Campaign.  At two dinners at John Podesta’s house in April 2015 these reporters were given advance notice of the Clinton Campaign and the framework from which they would report their stories.  Some of the biggest names in news media attended these events.

Deception and manipulation are common to the political arena but this Machiavellian effort goes above and beyond even that.   And if that does not offend you as an American voter of Judeo-Christian beliefs, something is very wrong.  We are called not only to live lives of integrity and honor but are also called to reject and expose any such efforts as well as to confront those who do them.  However, many of you are more offended by the words of Donald Trump and not the actions I describe.

I know Donald Trump’s personality from having been born and raised in Queens, New York.  It’s a “shoot from the lip” nature that can be annoying to those who have never experienced it before.  Before I became Born Again in 1988 I could cut you to pieces with my words and frustrate you into a mental frenzy.  I would excuse it away with the claim my mouth didn’t tell my mind what it was saying but I knew full well what I was doing. It was meant to keep you off-balance to control the conversation and situation. I see Mr. Trump do that as well and it has not gone over well in today’s intolerant, over sensitive society.  He’s not a career politician that has lived off of the taxpayer’s wallets and owes nothing to anyone in the political world.  He says what is on his mind and what many of us regular people have been thinking for years.  He ignores song writer Jim Croce’s advice to not tug on Superman’s cape or spit into the wind. He’s done that and he’s messed around with the political system in a way no one else has before. That makes him appealing to many disillusioned Americans and dangerous to the elite players in that system.

Is he a saint or a political “messiah”?  Absolutely not.  But, he has shown time and time again that he is willing to change and to make things right.  He wears his heart on his sleeve and the stories of his coming to the aid of others has already been told but not by him.  He refuses to do so and that belies a Biblical modesty he is not credited with.  I am sure he would like to be able to go back and undo some of the excesses of his youth as we all do, but he cannot.  He’s made his mistakes out in the open for all to see on camera and with headlines.  Donald Trump is a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy.  And, that rubs people wrong.

Were his words or actions from that 11-year old private conversation tawdry and inappropriate?  They were without a doubt and he has apologized.  But, how many of us who call ourselves Believers in the Lord or hold to the beliefs dictated by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob could stand the scrutiny of our lives before salvation or over the last 20 or 20 years?  I know that I could not have stood such scrutiny before October 9, 1988.  We are not electing a pastor, rabbi, deacon or elder.  We are selecting someone to stop this runaway train called the American economy, security and way of life.  To do that kind of job you need someone, a Teddy Roosevelt if you will, who is willing to talk loud and carry a big stick.  America and the American way of life is under attack and we need leaders who recognize that and are willing to do something about it, not go along with it.

Since we are talking about “words”, why are the critics of Donald Trump’s not offended by the words reported to flow from the mouth of First Lady Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  It’s been revealed (or reminded) that she is known for verbally abusive and profane outburst to Secret Service, staff and even her own husband who also suffered physical abuse.  During FBI recent interviews regarding the email scandal it was revealed that many members of her security detail considered being assigned to her punishment.  Does that offend anyone?

What I do know is that the values that should be core to someone who believes in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His Son Jesus of Nazareth are values Donald Trump will uphold and Hillary Clinton will resist.  We’ve become inundated with proof of an individual that has lived a professional governmental life of persistent lying.  Liars get special billing in the Bible with words such as “…and all liars”.  It is one of the most repugnant actions a person can perform in the face of a God that revels in Truth and is Truth.

Maybe, at this point, you are disgusted by both candidates as many others are.  You are in a position of being unwilling to vote for someone you dislike or not voting at all.  Then, you must set aside personal opinions and vote the political platform.  Let me share quickly and simply the differences in the two platforms

Trump

Stance

Clinton

Against

Abortion

For

For

Strong, Funded Military Against
Against Obamacare

For

For

School Choice

Against

For

2nd Amendment Rights

Against

For

Government Deregulation

Against

For

Stopping Illegal Immigration with renewed Border Control Against

Next President will appoint the next two Supreme Court Justices

(who will best match their views and political agenda)

If you have a family member in the military Trump will help them and return their benefits as well as quality of care.  He has given millions out of his own pocket and been a champion for the American military Veteran.  Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has given a total of $70,000 from the Clinton Foundation over the last 9 years. While Hillary wants to “revitalize” the broken down VA System, Trump wants to completely revamp and replace it.

If you have friends or family in law enforcement a vote for Hillary Clinton, who refused to meet with law enforcement leadership while meeting instead with Black Lives Matter, you are voting for someone who antagonistic to them.  Trump has proven time and time again he is for law and order and that Blue Lives Matter.

IFWT_DAVID.pngMilwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr.: “We simply cannot be great if we do not feel safe in our homes, on our streets and in our communities,” Clarke said during his convention speech. “Donald Trump understands that what can make our nation safe again is a recommitment to a system of justice in which no government official — not even those who have fought their way to the marble and granite halls of Washington — no private citizen, not even Hillary Clinton … can claim privilege above the law.”

If you are concerned with the global threat of ISIS and their violent and horrendous attacks against humanity that include the beheading, dismembering and burning of Christians, you must understand that Hillary Clinton helped create ISIS by the vacuum of leadership created in Libya and the Middle East while she was Secretary of State.  She lost $1.6 Billion dollars as well as weapons and American lives during this debacle.  She was unable to handle the security of a 13-acre compound and most certainly cannot handle the security of a Nation.

Donald Trump is not anti-immigration (he is married to a woman who is a legal immigrant, as was his first wife and mother of his oldest children) but is instead calling for the need to fix the broken immigration system and holding off on any new refugees until we can vet them better.  As a grandson of Italian immigrants, I know that my grandparents would agree with him.  They would be appalled at what we see in America today in the way of illegal immigration.

As a woman who claims she supports the rights of women and the gay community she also takes Millions of dollars from countries who suppress those rights, support the abuse, torture or even murder of women and gays.  Even though she states that is through her foundation we know from the WikiLeaks emails that they are one and the same.  How can any woman or member of the gay community vote for a woman whose actions are words than Trump’s words?

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s track record, personal and political, is one of arrogance, lawlessness, lies, greed, lack of accountability, godlessness, and at times even treason.  She turned the White House and State Department into her own personal enterprise of “pay to play” that has reaped her, and her husband, 100s of Millions of dollars.  Her choices for the Supreme Court will reflect her views and values.  The 2nd Amendment will be removed by Executive Order as stated by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, while appearing to revel in the passing of Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia.  The borders will be erased and refugee immigration/amnesty will overwhelm our already struggling system.  Veterans, the elderly and the homeless will be further marginalized and neglected.

America will never recover from these decisions or a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

Finally, let me share something I posted four years ago on October 4, 2012 I wrote this on Facebook:

I see many people writing that they won’t vote in this election because Romney is the lesser of two evils and still voting for an “evil”. DOH!   If you vote for the LESSER of the two evils, you REMOVE the one that is MORE EVIL.   By not voting you are VOTING FOR THE MORE EVIL ONE.

Even in the OT the Lord God would give Israel a reprieve by giving them a king that was less evil then the one before. He did it out of mercy and in the hopes they would turn back to Him. No politician can save this country. Only God can. But the one in office now will kill it quicker and faster than anyone else and he will do it on purpose.

The train wreck is coming no matter what but we need to slow it down for time to prepare for the crash or even to get off the train. No one hits the gas in a crash. They at least attempt to hit the brakes.

It’s obvious that many did not heed this word of warning and, for the most part, sat out the election in 2012.  They were afraid or unwilling to “vote the lesser of two evils” because of their “Christian ethics”.  Well, a respected, long-term professor of Christian ethics dispels that notion in this article.

It is my personal, spiritual and informed opinion that America gets a brief reprieve under one candidate and instant Judgement under the other.

The rest, as they say is up to you.

Choose wisely.

14725741_10157648518540305_4635633580631694543_nI’ve already chosen and voted

for Donald J Trump,

against Hillary Clinton,

against the political system and globalist plans,

and for America!

May God have mercy on and bless America!

Richard J Grund

New Year New Choices

540_293_resize_20130701_3b9dc09f8218f9325f956558fe990f4c_jpgThis is the time of year people are making New Year’s resolutions hoping that they will keep them but knowing that they probably won’t.

Sadly, this is a ritual many go through year after year and the outcome is always the same – failure.

Let’s make this year different.

Make is a new year of new choices for your life.

The word resolution means: 1. Process of resolving 2. Decision 3. Determination

Where are you in the process of the decision that will take determination to achieve?

Now, to the deeper question.

Where are you spiritually and what new choices do you need to make in this New Year?

Patient: Doctor doctor.  It hurts when I do this!

Doctor: Don’t do it!

In 25 plus years of ministry I have met countless people who want the pain or torment to go away but do not want to change the decisions that led to the pain and torment.

Many Believers in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior see Him and His grace as a license to sin.  They know He will forgive them so they keep doing what they did before and getting the same outcome.  Yes, He loves you just as you are but He also loves you too much to let you stay that way.

The Holy Spirit is given to inspire, encourage and convict us of sin.  He walks with us to show us the way and to remind of The Word.  When we willfully sin we wander away from Him and His guidance.  Eventually, if it goes on long enough, we are lost in the darkness and shadows of this world where the wolves dwell.  It is then that the Shepherd seeks us out and leads us home.  Correction regarding our choices is a part of His love and done with His grace.

woman-caught-in-adulteryThe woman caught in adultery in John 8 was offered love, grace and no condemnation.  But, she was also offered a directive –  “go and sin no more”.  In other words, stop doing what you are doing or make better choices.  The Lord finalizes this directive with His closing statement in verse 12 – “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

If we are claim to follow Him our lives must show it.  If we are walking in darkness it means we are no longer in the Light.  And, that means we are no longer following Him.

It’s a New Year I pray that you will make New Choices that will keep in out of the darkness and into His Light.

Firefall Talk Radio – New Year New Choices

Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch.
Director & Team Leader, SRT the Supernatural Response Team

Throught For The Day – Hypocrisy

The world is glad of an excuse not to listen to the gospel message, and the inconsistencies of Christians is the excuse. Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)
As for conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that. Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
Is it any wonder the World makes fun of us?
We give them an already written script with material of our own making!

 

The world is glad of an excuse not to listen to the gospel message, and the inconsistencies of Christians is the excuse. Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)

As for conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that. Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

None of us are perfect.  We are all works in progress.  We know that His Grace (unmerited favor) is always available to us.

However, that does not mean you have a license to do wrong.  Your freedom was not bought for you to fulfill your personal desires without fear of consequences.

You have been given free choice but that was not meant for your freedom to be an excuse to make the wrong decisions.

When you tell someone you are a follower of the Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus, and act like everyone else in the World you deny Him by your actions.  No words can change their perception of you because your actions speak louder then your words.  Quite simply that makes you a hypocrite and a tool of the enemy to lead others astray.

Romans 12:2 ( NKJV ) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 ( NLT ) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Is it any wonder the World makes fun of us?  We give them an already written script with material of our own making!

 

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.

Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.

These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear:

sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,

idolatry, sorcery, hostility,

quarreling,  jealousy, outbursts of anger,

selfish ambition, dissension, division,

envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, goodness,

faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.

There is no law against these things!

Galatians 5:16-23 ( NLT )

 

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

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No hiding. No fear!

Exodus 9:16 (NKJV) But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

If He raises you up it means YOU become His standard against the enemy to show His power.

Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV) So shall they fear     The name of the Lord from the west,     And His glory from the rising of the sun;     When the enemy comes in like a flood,     The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

In the OT a standard was, when used literally, a flag or banner usually used by the military to identify groups of soldiers or a central flag to rally all the soldiers at one time (Num. 1:52; 2:2; 10:14, 18). In this scripture from Isaiah its used figuratively.  The Hebrew word used for banner in Isaiah 59:19 means to dispel, to make that enemy run.  What if as in Exodus 9:16 YOU are the thing He wants to use to make the enemy run?  What if YOU are the banner He is raising up for a purpose or a time?

In the next chapter of Isaiah He shows us this.

Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV) Arise, shine;     For your light has come!     And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.     For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,     And deep darkness the people;     But the Lord will arise over you,     And His glory will be seen upon you.

It means He puts His spotlight on you. “Arise shine” means you will be seen by friend and foe alike. And the darker it is the more you will stand out.  How can you change anyone if you are hiding?  Is it no wonder the Word is in the shape it’s in when we have hidden our light out of fear?  No where in His Word can we find that He wanted us to hide or play it safe.

The Lord warned us that it wouldn’t be easy.
John 15:18-20 (NKJV) “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.

Later on in John 17 the Lord gives us a clearer picture of the price for following Him.  Here in Chapter 17 verses 15 through 18 He is talking to the Father about the disciples but it’s also about us.
John 17:15-18 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Did you see that?  He said, I do not pray that You should take them out of the world. Can you find anywhere in there that gives you the idea that He wanted you to play it safe and be a covert operative?  No.  It’s just the opposite.  He sends us out to a lost and dying World.  By praying for protection from the “evil one” we can see He expected us to be attacked for following Him and telling the World about Him.  No instructions to hide behind walls or doors.  There are no descriptions of secret agent Believers in the Bible.  There are only examples of people who lived their faith out loud in the word and deed for everyone to see.  Expect exposure and expect attacks.  It goes with the territory!

In 2 Timothy the Apostle Paul is exhorting and encouraging young Timothy who is under severe attack, in this case, from other believers.  No matter who the attack is from we should heed Paul’s words to Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NLT) This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Paul is telling Timothy – it’s tough, I know it is.  But don’t quit.  Don’t get timid.  Get fired up.  Stir it up inside of you.  It’s like a football player who gets fired up for a game or a fighter who uses motivation to get prepared for a fight.  We are in a fight and when it gets really bad we need to reach deep inside and get the Fire of the Holy Spirit roaring.  It’s a choice.  Fan those flames and remember who your Abba Father is – He is the Great God above all gods.  Remember that the One you believe in died on the Cross, rose from the grave and sits at the right hand of God far above ALL principality and power.  He is King of kings and Lord of lords.  That same Holy Spirit He sent to help us walk this walk will also give us His Power, His Love and His Mind.

Press on.

No hiding.

NO FEAR!

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

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