Wake Up Christians
I was watching Dr. David Jeremiah Sunday morning and he was teaching on the Coming Economic Armageddon and the collapse of the American dollar [economy}. Some of the stats he mentioned were more than alarming. Pastor Mike Snelgrove has preached on this before, about how much we owe as a nation and that everything we think we own and every penny that we have in our pockets is not ours but owed to China. Dr. Jeremiah said that we are going in debt by $41 million per hour and the government keeps printing money. Well if we have any economic sense about us at all we know that this cannot continue.
$1,000,000,000,000, (one trillion dollars) is more that we can fathom, at least I can’t. 0ne million, million or, a thousand billion. If we spent a million dollars a day back to when Jesus was born we would only have spent 730 billion and that leaves 270 billion short of a trillion,[Dr Jeremiah]. Does that blow your mind? Our national debt is 17+trillion.
The coming of the new world order and the evolvement to one government and one currency was another subject that he spoke of which is all Bible prophecy of course. Rev 13:16-17, indicates that this will happen when the anti-Christ is in power. We are already on the track to one global currency.
As I ponder on this I am reminded of Matt 6:19-21 telling us not to store up earthly treasures where moth and rust can destroy but to store up heavenly treasures that moth and rust cannot destroy.
Big bank accounts and large stock investments will soon go by the wayside and those who are dependent on these earthly treasures are in for a big fall. But those who have stored up heavenly treasures will not anguish over such happenings.
Just how do you build up heavenly treasures anyway?
How about obedience for starters like; Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength [and your mind through discipleship], Luke10:27, Matt 22:37, Mark 12:30-31 and Deut 6:5, and Love thy neighbor as yourself, yes it is OK to love yourself, didn’t you just read this as the second greatest commandment? (Matt 22:39)
How about being a generous giver, (2 Cor 9:7) - God loves a cheerful giver but don’t give reluctantly or under compulsion and the preceding verse says that if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. Please don’t give to receive or you will miss the point.
I think of brother Zoran Naskov when he talks about good stewardship before the offering and the chatter I hear from some folks saying it is a little over bearing. He clearly states that God doesn’t need your money but, This is an opportunity to store up treasures in Heaven by being a good steward of what God has given us and enhancing God’s work while we are in our progressive sanctification stage. This is more for our benefit than the church’s.
In closing let me tell you the Number 1 way to store up heavenly treasure. Build a strong relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and savior and everything else will align with God’s will for you.
Pastor Terry Skidmore
After a rather rocky start, David, with a new wife and baby, moved on with his life and had advised others to do the same (II Sam 11:25). Then a Prophet named Nathan delivers an atomic bomb to his front door. Perhaps for the first time King David realizes that besides being a father once again, that he also committed adultery (11:4), intentionally intoxicated his wife’s husband (11:13), had him murdered (11:16), compromised his general Joab’s integrity as a warrior, killed other innocent soldiers who fought with Uriah (11:17), caused the death of Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth who was also fighting with Uriah (11:21), and caused Joab’s messenger to lie (11:23).
The difference between the King we find in II Samuel 11 and the broken sinner starving on the ground, and alienated from his household in II Samuel 12 is amazing. Yes, it is the same man but not really – not ever again. His friends and family had seen him destroy his enemies by the thousands, but this time he has destroyed himself. David looks less like the commander of Israel and more like a sheep at the mercy of his Shepherd’s grace.
Nathan delivered a message from God as a parable about a rich man who thoughtlessly took the only ewe lamb its loving and impoverished owner owned. Nathan said that this poor man let his little lamb drink from his own cup and lay beside her as she slept. Knowing that the rich thug had many lambs of his own already, David was incensed and pronounces a sentence of death on this thoughtless goon immediately. Nathan then informs David “you are the man”.
The impact and clarity that objectivity can provide is infinite. Often used by Jesus Himself, a parable allows the truth to appear in the midst of the fog and haze of personal considerations and special circumstances that we may use to excuse our bad decisions. When David heard the account of his sin without consideration for Bathsheba’s beauty, the stress he was under as a leader, or perhaps the cultural acceptance of such, he was finally able to see what he had done.
“What is this you have done” was God’s question to Eve in Genesis 3:13. Not, “why did you do it” but tell Me what you did. Like her husband, who blamed her, she immediately began to offer “why” by blaming the serpent. The “what question” can purge away the details that we desperately hope others will consider, and allows us to finally see the sin.
The good news – we can then end the self-atoning arguments and allow Christ to be our Advocate before a holy God. Certainly, we should always appreciate the circumstances that affect decisions but real healing and forgiveness can begin when we are broken and transparent. We can now move to a place where we are no longer crushed by the burden of guilt but by the weight of God’s grace and unending love. David later writes, Then I confessed my sin to you… and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:5)
Pastor Mike S.
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