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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Wealth, Idols or God?


With each year passing this world is becoming more violate than ever before. The lies are being called the truth and the truth is being called a lie by the vast majority today. With the thoughts of the coming fulfillment of the End Times prophecies one should carefully re-examine their relationship with God today before it is too late. If it isn’t apparent to others that you are living for Christ than you are living for your own selfish desires and in danger of missing God’s plan for your eternal Salvation.

To distinguish between the truth of good and that which is evil there must be a guide in which we are instructed to best understand the differences of this truth. God has given us the Bible as a guide by which all nations and all people should be governed by that we may live a long and blessed life.
God’s WORD says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)? We are also warned in the Bible, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).”

Using the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional Guides one can read through the Bible in one year with approximately fifteen minutes of reading per-day to learn the details of achieving this long and blessed life which God provides.


The following is the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional guide for February 23, 2018.

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Read Numbers 23 - 25

Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his (Numbers 23:10)!


Whatever his faults, we must acknowledge that Balaam was a prophet of God. And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak (23:5. Balaam was endowed with far more than ordinary knowledge of the one true God. He received marvelous prophetic revelations and inspiration directly from the LORD. In fact, it was from the mouth of Balaam that we received one of the earliest direct prophecies of the coming Messiah. I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth (24:17). Despite all of this, the wealth and prominence of King Balak enticed him to compromise what he knew was God’s Will. He knew he should have refused Balak outright, but he coveted the rewards that were offered him. Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness (2 Peter 2:15).

There are many today that fall into the same category as Balaam. They know the right doctrine, sing the right songs, and can even quote the perfect Scripture to fit any situation. They have no doubt in the sovereignty of God, but they deceive themselves into believing that they can fulfill their own worldly desires while simultaneously following the will of God. They too, like Balaam, expect to die the death of the righteous, but in life they also love the wages of unrighteousness. They want to belong to the LORD in death and for all eternity, but they withhold a portion of the present in order to indulge their own selfish desires.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's (Exodus 20:17). Covetousness comes in a variety of forms, but they can all be recognized by one key characteristic. A covetous person will have something other than Christ and His WORD as their first concern. Most covetous people do not appear to be evil, in fact they may be considered pleasant, successful people by many who know them. Upon closer inspection, however, they can be easily recognized. These people will always measure their worth against the worth of other people, and they will always find themselves lacking. Because of this, they will never pass up opportunities to gain popularity or wealth, even if it means that they have skirt around the edges of God’s law to do it.

Balaam served God because he understood the LORD’s power and he was afraid not to. However, he was constantly looking for the angle that would allow him to receive the greatest reward possible in this world. In order to be a true servant of God, we must let go of selfish ambition. When balanced against eternity with the LORD, the accumulation of wealth becomes meaningless. God must be first!

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:15).


Thought for Today: Averting our eyes from God for even a single moment can lead to a lifetime of regret.


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Using the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional one can read through the Bible in one year’s time with an average of fifteen minutes of reading per-day. Click on Bible Pathway Ministries to order the monthly pamphlet and visit Christianity dot com for fun Bible games.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Are You Stressed?


Can you truly say that you are happy with the way your life is today? We certainly don't need to look very far to see that the stress levels have skyrocketed within ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our co-workers and even in the strangers we meet throughout our daily routine.
The American Psychological Association claims there has been a sharp rise of stress over the last several decades and that today's millennial generation is clearly the most stressed out generation ever, why is this happening?
Maybe it is because this millennial generation seems to struggle more with profound differences in values and definitions of who they are and how they perceive the truth of the news they hear from day to day, sadly, that even hold true for all generations to some degree?

How many times have we all heard it said, "Your truth is not my truth," or "There is no such thing as an absolute truth." Our perspective or understanding of what we think is the truth can make all the differences in the world pertaining to our attitude and relationships with others...
If we wish to combat this significant increase in stress in our lives we must be vigilance in not seeking 'our truth' but to seeking 'the truth.'

Common sense tells us that if we refuse to listen to the truth, than our perspective for the truth is greatly tainted and we end up creating our own truth, do we not?
Common sense also reveals there cannot be a contradiction to the absolute truth when given compared to the whole council of what is being said... Thus, there is and must be a basis for all truth and that basis is clearly found within God's WORD.
A well educated person may very well manipulate the truth which is presented but at that point his truth is invalid and corrupted.

The choice is entirely up to you, if you truly wish for a guaranteed less stressful and a blessed life than what you are living today, then start seeking the absolute truth by reading God's WORD.

I added the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional study for today in hope that one might see the wisdom in what I am trying to convey to you.

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Dec. 19, Read 2 Peter

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost
(2Peter 1:19-21).

From the moment that mankind first began to translate, print and publish the WORD of God, scholar have spent considerable time and effort on the task of accurately identifying the authors of each book. At times this task has proven relatively simple (such as in books where the writer identifies himself by name), but at other times it has proven to be impossible to state with any certainty (Such as in the case of the Books of Job and Esther).
Here, God, through Peter, offers us the assurance that what we don't know isn't a problem. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. In other words, the Bible may have been physically written by man, but it was authored by God. It is His WORD, given to us so that we may come to know Him through the wondrous Person of His Son, the living WORD. Yet even among believers there are skeptics, those that believe the Bible tells of the WORD of God, but that it is still subject to the fallibility of mankind. As children of God, we must be careful not to allow this doubt to creep into our thinking. If we begin to doubt God's WORD, then in essence we doubt God Himself.

Even critics must admit that the Bible is unique, a Book without equal. It was written over a period of more than 2000 years by at least forty different men that wrote in three different languages. Yet despite the time span and the variety of writer, its message remains consistent. Not once in the sixty-six Books does the Bible contradict itself. Another astounding fact of the Bible is the accuracy of the Old Testament prophecy. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture (Psalm 22:16-18).

King David described Christ's death in excruciating detail 1000 years before He was even born! No prophecy recorded in the Bible has ever been disproven. They have either already come to pass, or are still applicable for a future time. Although other sources have claimed to be able to foretell the future none have even approached this level of accuracy.

As with all spiritual things, ultimately it is a personal, faith-driven choice to trust in the infallibility of the WORD of God. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom that God faithful provides - 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), we have at our disposal all the tools necessary to discern the truth. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Thought for today: If the Bible were merely the words of men, then there would be nothing in it to hold faith and it would have been long since forgotten. God's WORD is enduring.

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Using the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional one can read through the Bible in one year’s time with an average of fifteen minutes of reading per-day. Click on Bible Pathway Ministries to order the monthly pamphlet and visit Christianity dot com for fun Bible games.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Today's Lesson


Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (2 Corinthians 13:5)?



October 11 Read Matthew 25 & 26
And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goas on the left (Matt. 25:33).
If we take nothing else away from our reading of the 25th chapter of Matthew, we must understand this – when it comes to joining the body of Christ, we must make a decisive choice. There can be no ‘fence-sitting’ or ‘hedging of bets.’ We are either all in, owe are out. There is no middle ground. Furthermore, the time that we have to make this decisive choice is unknown to anyone but God. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh (Matt. 25:13).
To illustrate His message, Jesus offered His Disciples two parables. In the first, He likened Himself to a much anticipated Bridegroom and those who would seek Him to the bridal party. While initially all ten of the virgins were excited for His arrival, only five of them came prepared for the vigil. As the wait grew longer the entire group grew distracted and tired, final lapsing into sleep. Upon the approach of the bridegroom they all awakened, but only the five who had prepared themselves beforehand were ready to meet Him. The other frantically rushed out to complete their preparations, but it was too little, too late.
The meaning of this parable is clear. It is not enough for us to want to meet Christ ‘someday’; we must actively prepare for that meeting today. When the time comes, either at the moment of our death or His return, we will have no opportunity for last minute preparations. All those who have not been made new in the body of Christ will be turned away.
The second parable is much like the first. Before leaving on a long journey, a master entrusts his servants with varying amounts of talents (Items of monetary value) to be conservators over while he is away. Upon returning, he asks each of his servants to give account for ho they managed the talents in his absence. The master commented those who took what he had given them and increased it, but he had harsh words for the servant that had taken what little he had been given and hidden it away with the sole intention of returning it in ‘like new’ condition. Jesus’ teachings leave no room for doubt. Through the power of His love we have been gifted with the Truth, but the only way for that Truth to make a difference in our lives is for us to embrace it and allow it to be a visible part of us. Salvation is not an insurance policy; it is active life eternal, and it begins the moment we join with Christ. If we view it as something private that must be locked away and kept separate and safe until some later date. We may be shocked to discover that we never really had it in the first place. Not misunderstand – Jesus will not sort us on our ‘works,’ but He will look into our hearts and determine where we stand. Have we allowed His love to fill us and overflow into all aspects of our lives, or are we coming before Him as a dry and empty vessel, totally devoid of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)? Do we belong on His right, or is our place on His left? Jesus will do the sorting, but the choice is up to us.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matt. 7:13-14).
Thought for today: God’s love is not something we are capable of reciprocating unless we are first willing to share it with everyone.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Lukewarm Church and The Falling Away


Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden (Genesis 3:1)?

Satan's deception and patience in corrupting our churches can begin in the most subtle ways as he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan's greatest deception is convincing the vast majority that neither he nor God exist...

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:2-4).
Most of us were taught during our early years that we must take pride in our accomplishments and be self-efficient and to rely on our own understandings, trusting our own instincts or ideas to achieve our goals in this life. And it is with this worldly wisdom that most of us have chosen our spouses, friends and careers which we believed would fulfill our desires only to find out that most of our choices hasn't brought the happiest and joy we thought they would.
However God's WORD teaches us to not rely on our own understanding by telling us: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?
When we first come to God most of us have a great deal of pride and arrogance thinking that we know much more than what we actually do and we are convinced that we can serve God and still maintain our independence in making all the right decisions in our lives.
The more we read God's WORD, with humbleness and a repentant heart, God gives us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17), giving us discernment concerning the schemes of the enemy to corrupt the Biblical doctrines of our Faith. The Holy Spirit guides us into the realization that our self-sufficiency is only an illusion designed to hide from us the truth of our enslavement to sin.

Sadly many Christians today will pray to God asking that their own desires might be fulfilled pertaining to choosing the right spouse, friends and careers rather than asking God for His guidance in making these choices, thus we see just as many divorces in the Christian community as we see in the non-Christian community, along with this comes business failures, turmoil and unhappiness all around us.
Satan's desires are to kill, steal and destroy all that belongs to God and the subtleness of his methods are great as we have seen in most churches today with they're acceptance of abominations such as; abortion, homosexuality and even same sex marriages and other strange doctrines in order to entices the non-believers through their doors.

Godly wisdom tells me that Satan's wisdom in his use of deception is far greater than most men on earth can imagine. Most likely that statement angers many but just step back for a moment and look at our churches all across United States today...
The disrespect shown in many of our sanctuaries is clearly disregarded by our pastors and elders in allowing, and maybe some actively participating in adultery, sexual perversion including homosexuality and same sex marriages and most likely even pedophilia in our congregations. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Nearly every church will claim to accept the casual dressed, thus we see men wearing hats in our sanctuaries during the services, and many young ladies and even young mothers wearing short shorts, and/or showing bare shoulders which may very well distracts young men from hearing God's WORD. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array (1 Timothy 2:9).
Today most of these churches are more concerned about money and the numbers coming through the front doors and being trendy, having a light and music show to dazzle the congregation....
The lies and deception is great, judgment is coming to those who continually walk in disobedience to God's WORD. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (2 Corinthians 113:5)?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Babylon USA Documentary

There is absolutely nothing in this physical world more awesome then having the Holy Spirit whispering a message in your ear... as I have said before I am a watchman for God and I will not remain silent...
It was just after midnight on Tuesday Mar. 29,'94, when the Holy Spirit whispered in my left ear saying, "You must get out of this lane now!" I truly believe that message saved the lives of not only Dennis (Student driver who I was training) and me but also the lives of those in the two cars which were stopped just around the corner in the left lane of East bound I-94 at the I-57 & I-94 split on our way to Indiana that night. Dennis asked, "How did you know?" I said, "The Good LORD shows me things and He tells me things!"
That Friday afternoon April 1st the Holy Spirit spoke another message in my left ear and a message Saturday and Sunday mornings to lead me to this man and his book "Through the Fire Without Burning," which tells of Pastor Duduman' life and the visions of the destruction of the United States which God had shown Pastor Duduman.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Heavenly Bound


As lawlessness and wickedness grows greater and greater throughout the world we Christians who believe in the rapture patiently wait to hear that trumpet blast calling us homeward.
The following was copied in part from The Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional guide.
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When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the Holy Angels with Him, then shall he sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (Matthew 25:31-33).

There will come a day when wealth, personal advantages and popularity will all be seen for their true value - worthless. Watch (Be prepared) therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh (Matt. 25:13).
When Jesus returns, all of the worldly advantages that seemed so important just seconds before will vanish. Millions will be overcome with grief and horror as they realize (Too late and for the first time) that Jesus is the only way. For those of us that profess to live in the Christian faith there will be one final question - Did we express the life of God in our daily conduct as one who possessed the new life in Christ, or were we a professor of belief only that had yet to accept the new life offered in Him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth ( 1 John 3:18 ).

There are three distinct groups of people that believe they will make it to Heaven. Two out of the three obviously don't have a firm understanding of the subject of God's grace. The first of these is made up of individuals that don't know what they believe. They say, "Well, if there is a God, I am a good person, so I have nothing to worry about." These are the people that are kind to their fellow man and are just general all around nice guys, but they do not have a personal relationship with God. The second group is comprised of the "I'm saved, but I don't have time for you" elite. Most of the people in this group were raised in the church and have professed a belief in Jesus their entire lives. That belief, however, has never influenced who they are or how they live. They are focused on personal success in this world and believe that their "Christian brand" will take care of them in the next. Both of these groups will be turned away at the Throne, the parting worlds of Jesus ringing in their ears. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matt. 7:23).

The final blessed group is represented by all who have found a new life in Christ. They are not their own but belong wholly to God. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's (1 Cor. 6:20). This group can proudly proclaim, For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). They are filled with Christ-like love for their brother and their enemy alike. They will sacrifice for the less fortunate and offer something of themselves to secure the well-being of the unlovely. They receive their greatest satisfaction and fulfillment while actively serving others for Christ's sake.

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren
(1 John 3:14-16).

Monday, April 2, 2018

Final Days or Is It Our Final Hours

It was twenty-four years ago tomorrow, Sunday, April 3, 1994 that the Holy Spirit had whispered a message in my left ear each morning beginning on Apr. 1st to led me to the prophecies revealing USA's destruction, which God had given to Pastor Dumitru Duduman in the mid 1980s.

For two years and nine months I tried to deny that God would allow such a thing to happen to United States but having a total of five witnesses as to how God led me to these prophecies made that impossible.

On the morning of January 22, 1997 I had heard on a local radio station in southern California that United States has allowed the murdering of approx. 26 million babies through abortion since Roe vs. Wade Bill, that night I was praying and crying asking how it is that we have allowed this to happen in America. After closing out my prayer I laid quietly waiting on God for an answer for several minutes when the Holy Spirit whisper in my left ear saying, "I will repay America double for her iniquities."

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

I cried out, "God, that would be 52 million deaths." Thus it was a certainty that USA's destruction was in our future but still I wanted to deny God would let this happen... I went back into prayer saying, "God, if this is really a true prophecy for America then You should give me two confirmations to verify this as being a true prophecy for America's destruction."

The two confirmations given me came through my next CDL student, I have written about this several times so I won't go into this again...

My efforts as a watchman is to warn those who have the ears to hear these warnings... You may Google, "The Message For America - Hand of Help Ministries" to read of these prophecies given to Pastor Duduman for the destruction of United States.

Our final days are here and it is your choice whether to believe in God's warnings or not to believe, just as it is your choice to believe in Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior.

The Bible tells us that the fool says, "There is no God!" But the fool can't know God when he refuses to search for God.

If you haven't searched for God in the past than today is the day you should start. Please believe me, I know; no one is so good that he doesn't need a Savior and no one has sinned so great that he can't be forgiven.

Confess your past sins and ask God to come into your heart and acknowledge Jesus Christ' death on the Cross and His Resurrection as your atonement for your sins....

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved
(Romans 10:9).

Monday, August 7, 2017

Onward Christian Soldier

Many times in the past 10 years or so I have thought to myself.... "What's the use of even trying; the fool says, 'there is no God.'" They try to shame the Christians and even many of the pastors seem to deny God's warnings to United States of her destruction just as the Pharisees and Sadducees had done long ago when they denied the prophecies of Israel's coming destruction. But then I remember how God's warnings through Jonah convinced all the citizens of Nineveh to repent of their sins just before God was going to destroy their city and all it's inhabitants for their great sins. Because of the citizens of Nineveh repentance God relented and held back the destruction of Nineveh for approx. 120 years or so until the children and grandchildren returned to the sins of their parents.

Today in United States the vast majority mock and ridicule the Christians that attempt to share God's Love, His WORD and His warnings of her destruction. They have been corrupted to the very core of their being; calling lies the truth and the truth they deny as being lies. They blaspheme the LORD's name in nearly every sentence... They have embraced the abominations of evolution, homosexuality and abortion, thus God has been warning United States of her coming destruction since at least the mid 1980's.

Just as we are warned in the Bible, we are seeing total chaos throughout the world today, nation rising against nation. Islamic terrorist's attacks all around the world, and the love of many is waxing cold just as we are told in Matthew 24:12, And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

It’s vital that every one understand the work of God's watchmen as events grow increasingly tense in a rapidly changing world. In ancient times the city watchmen watched from the city towers for any approaching dangers, either from beast or man. If the watchman spotted a danger of approaching armies the watchman would warn the people and the gates of the city would be closed aiding in the defense of it's inhabitants.

Ezekiel 33 best describes the job of the Watchman and how the blood of those killed by invaders would be on the hands of the Watchman if he failed to shout the warnings of danger to the citizens of the city.

Just as God provided prophets and watchmen for the nations in ancient times, so too does He still provide prophets and watchmen throughout all of man's history on earth. And just as the vast majority rejected the warnings of the prophets and watchmen in ancient times, so too do the vast majority of the people still reject the warning of the prophets and watchmen today.

An atheist told me the other day that he didn't believe in God. I asked, "Have you searched for God? Have you read through the Bible?"
The young man's answer was, "No, why should I when I know God doesn't exist?"
My reply was, "For you to know that God nor anything else for that matter doesn't or hasn't ever existed you would have to have known all of the past and presence history of this world."

The following was copied from the Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional which I have used for over nineteen years.

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Read Isaiah 10-14

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation; neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their house shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces; and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged (Is. 13:19-22).

When Israel allied with Syria to invade Judah (Is. 7:1-7), Isaiah foretold that Israel would be defeated by Assyria (7:8). He then looked beyond Assyria's victory to the rise of Babylon, the new world power who would eclipse Assyria and one day overthrow Judah and take her people into captivity. Yet even as he predicted the ascent of Babylon, he also foretold of her permanent downfall.

The Babylon of which Isaiah spoke would soon become the dominant world power. She would be known as a center of business, art and architecture; her high level of civilization would maintain influence far beyond her borders. Her citizens would be infused with both patriotism and prided, certain that they were partaking of the best that the world had to offer. Yet even with all her resources, culture and military prowess, The nation of Babylon lived in total opposition to the Word of God.

Although He would use her to bring judgment to His people, the Lord would form no relationship with Babylon or her leaders. As these verses from Isaiah reveal, her eventual destruction would be swift and brutal, with no chance of reprieve or revival. By choosing to live in violation of God's Word, they ensured that they would die in fulfillment of it. The Lord is known by the judgment which He executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Ps 9:16-17).

The only means by which to escape judgment is to repent of our sin and begin walking in the ways of the Lord. God sent admonishments and warnings to the nation of Babylon, just as He had to the nations of Israel and Judah. At times, some of her leaders, such as Nebuchadnezzar, gained a passing appreciation for the power of God, but that was not enough to save the nation. God is looking for individuals and those who will come to Him in complete surrender. Anything less than this will always be unacceptable to Him. If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chr. 7:14).

All who revel against the Word of God will find themselves in the same situation. Although they may think for a time that all things are in their control, sooner or later they will discover the lie behind that thought. True safety and security can only be found under the provision and protection of Christ, and ultimate control always lies in His hands.

Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).

Thought for the day: Rebellion is a provocative word, but make no mistake, a person who does not follow God lives in open rebellion against Him.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Is The USA In The Bible?

The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people (Ezekiel 33-1-3);
God has never allowed the destruction of a nation nor of it's people before He first has sent His warnings hoping that the hearts of the people might turn to Him.




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 What Will It Bring

With each year passing it seems as though we are living in a world where truth is becoming more and more irrelevant to the vast majority throughout the world where evil is now believed to be good and good is now believed to be evil.
To distinguish between the truth of good and evil there must be a guide to follow by which we are instructed to understand the differences of this good and evil. God, our creator has given us the Bible as a guide by which all peoples and nations should follow to lead a godly and productive life that a person can live in accordance to His instructions.
God’s WORD tells, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9). We are also warned in the Bible, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
In the last nineteen years I have used the monthly Bible Pathway Ministries Daily Devotional Guides for guiding me through the Bible with fifteen minutes of reading and to assist me in better understanding of His WORD. I feel as though these devotional guides have aided me in keeping my mind, heart and flesh in line with God’s Will.
The following is The Bible Pathway Ministry Devotional guide for January 1, 2017.


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Genesis 1-3
And God said, let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and left them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made (John 1: 1-3).
Today we begin our journey through the Old Testament, in which is recorded the history of mankind’s relationship with God. Yet if we choose to read it solely as a book of history, claiming that, with the coming of Christ, nothing that is written here has any direct bearing on our lives, then we are cheating ourselves out of a fully realized relationship with our Lord and Savior. Jesus did not come into being as a newborn baby in a small, dark stable in Bethlehem; He has been in existence since BEFORE the beginning, and he was one with God when He stated Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.
For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these Three are One (1 John 5:7). The plan of the Father that was set into motion in the Garden of Eden is the plan of the Son. To fully understand that plan, we have to avail ourselves of every word of Scripture given to us by God. But He answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by ever word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matt. 4:4). Only through starting at the beginning will our understanding of our need for a Savior be complete.
In the Garden of Eden we are introduced to the serpent (3:1), who we will later discover later is known by many names, among them Lucifer, Satan, the adversary, the accuser, the enemy, the devil, and the dragon (Is. 14:12; Matt. 13:39, 1 Pet. 5:8, rev. 12:10; 20:2). With his entry into the Garden, mankind first experienced temptation. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Gen. 3:4-5). It is important to note, however, that sin was introduced into this world not by the serpent, but by the conscious choices of Eve and Adam. At the moment of temptation, they shifted their confidence from the wisdom of God to the wisdom of self, and in so doing they forfeited the authority and protection of the Word of God over their hearts, their consciences, and their understanding. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Rom. 5:12).
Satan is still roaming this world, seeking to deceive and lead astray. The very temptations that he placed before Eve, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16), he regularly places before each of us. Yet we do not have to face him alone. Through the complete revelation of God’s Word, we have been given every tool necessary to resist the devil in all his forms.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Thought for Today: God's plan is not evolving; it does not change with the occurrences of the world. It is perfectly and continually on going.