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Psalm 2 : 1 You are wondering: What has provoked the nations to embrace anger and chaos?[a]
Why are the people making plans to pursue their own vacant and empty greatness?
While yet not experiencing ISIS events in this country, at least known to the general public, the Middle East is on fire with ISIS. This cross-cultural, multi-country terror group is leaving bodies, heads, and lifeless children across Iraq and Syria. They are targeting Nazarenes, or Christians — people who follow the Nazarene (Jesus). Much like FEMA marking houses after a storm as having been searched and found empty or with bodies present, ISIS marks homes with :
Exodus 15 :26 …..then I will not bring on you any of the plagues that I did on the Egyptians,
for I am the Eternal, your Healer. (The Voice)
Disease, sickness, and plagues. As of this date it appears we have “dodged” a bullet. It has been 21 days since the gentleman from Liberia died from Ebola and to our knowledge no one in the family has contracted the disease. As far as we know, only the 2 nurses have contracted the disease. Something that could have insidiously affected this country seems to have been held “at bay.” Not so many years ago “Aids” came across the Atlantic to threaten this Western country in a similar way.
Over 30 states have legalized “same-sex” marriage. Over 55,712,000 abortions since the 1973 legalization of this act. In 1963 “formal” prayer was removed from schools. Another significant event occurred in the 90’s…note this quote :
(Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2005/09/32196/#Fp8BFWGfjtUbUbGy.99)
be wise, and be warned.
11 There is only one God, the Eternal;
worship Him with respect and awe;
take delight in Him and tremble.
If you don’t, you will face His anger and retribution,
And you won’t stand a chance.
For it doesn’t take long to kindle royal wrath,
But blessings await all who trust in Him.
They will find God a gentle refuge.
Lord, help us to find your gentle refuge…..
I have been training for a marathon, my first, and the training has been interesting. Often people will ask me what my goals are…mostly finishing is my main goal!! One goal people often ask about is your “time” goal. I kind of laugh at this because time is of little importance to me, but consider this following incremental difference. When running “fast” for me, I might be running a mile in 10 minutes or so, ( I know for some of you this is really slow), thus in a 10K, I finish in about 1 hour. If I slow my pace to about 12:30 minutes per mile or so, I would finish a 10K in about an hour and fifteen minutes (1:15). Just 15 minutes difference. Not a lot of difference.
But if you apply these changes to a marathon, the difference is pretty dramatic. At the 10 minute pace a marathon can be finished in 4:36 (ain’t gonna happen!), at the 12:30 pace it will tale 5:37 to finish. Adding just 2:30 minutes per mile adds an hour to the finish, because of the distance! An incremental difference, but a huge total difference in total.
Or how about in politics, and incremental differences? You have heard the terms ISIL and ISIS for the extremists that are persecuting Christians and beheading Westerners. So what is the difference between ISIL and ISIS? One letter, kind of a incremental difference. ISIS stands for “Islamic State (in) Iraq and Syria and ISIL stands for Islamic State (in) Iraq and Levant. To keep it simple, Iraq and Syria is a rather small area, Iraq and Levant is the region East of Eqypt. Much larger area, and it will take Israel off the map . (more on this here:http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/09/15/why-obamas-use-of-the-term-isil-instead-of-isis-is-actually-really-important/)
Lastly, consider these two statements :
I believe in God.
I have faith in God.
Just a “belief” in God really isn’t sufficient when it comes to the question of eternity and/or the impact of God in daily life. You may ask “why” or “how” is this so. Consider this verse from the Bible : James 2:19 states, “19 Do you think that just believing there’s one God is going to get you anywhere? The demons believe that, too, and it terrifies them! ” Belief in God by itself isn’t life-changing, even the enemy and His minions believe in God.
The other statement however, is impactful! One other verse to consider: Philipians 3:8-9
that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Incremental difference, belief “in” God, and being “found” in Him , and faith in Christ.
I “believe” the chair will hold me up(but refuse to sit in it) …….
I have faith the chair will hold me up and can be “found” sitting it.
WHICH ONE ARE YOU?
Incrementals makes a difference…..