November 7 – Anxiety: Don’t OD on Worry

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)

This is a powerful passage and we have considered its promises before.. It’s is a good time to consider again the instruction that our God has given to us through the inspiration of His Spirit. We seem to be overdosing on anxiety these days. We find it expressed by nearly everyone.  Especially in the United States following the recent Presidential election. Results are up in the air and there is a pretty fierce battle going on. The end results will bring satisfaction to only about half of the American population.  The command is blatantly clear. Do not be anxious for any reason about anything at all. Instead, take the concerns you have to God in your prayers. And in your prayers, plead for what is good and Godly and be thankful God hears your prayers. Then what? Then, a peace that comes from God will stand guard over your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Garding against the hate, bitterness, worry, and despair that may be filling your time. No, there is no explanation. This peace is beyond our understanding. But it is the Word of God and He promises this peace if we obey these instructions. 

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An Option When the Fork in the Road Leads to Desolation

From time to time we come upon a fork in our road that offers little hope for anything better than what we have presently. If there is any promise from the world it is more of the same desolation. The options while appearing to be different are not different. The common characteristics are many and each has touched on the serious angst that has our country and our world in turmoil.

Is there any hope for repair? Is there any hope for a return to conditions which are more comfortable and civil? Honestly, I think not. The changes in our society, in our country, in our world, have been going on without interruption since creation. Snippets of history will show ideas that the world has made changes for the better from time to time. However, the larger picture shows the trend of continual depravity and selfishness throughout history. Greed and despotism may be subdued for a time by righteousness but eventually the evil that is allowed to rule this earth will raise up yet another godless leader who has the powers to captivate large numbers under a web of lies and false promises. Eventually enslaved, the oppression begins and there is little that can be done. The process does not happen quickly and not even in large chunks but by increments that are hardly noticed.

The advance squads are here and have been working. For those who will look around and shake the spell off, the will see the changes and hopefully if they consider they will begin to understand and take serious notice. Civility is declining. Hope is failing. Faith is fading. Despair is on the uptake. We are in a new dawn. What lies ahead for this world is not pretty. Our country is in for some dark days and the global events which have already been set will evolve and manifest. It is just a matter of time.

God will not ever forsake us because we are his own – we belong to Him. He will never fail to fulfill any of his promises. He promises to not desert us and commands us to not fear because he is with us. He is our Lord and the only God. Believers who follow of the true Way* can rest secure that though they will suffer trial, tribulation and persecution, God is with them.

The question raised then, especially in the midst of this 2016 election of a president, is what our responsibility is. Without delving into yet another dialogue it is enough to say that neither political party has done much to stand up for the traditions that made our country strong. We need something else something that has a foundation that professes the sovereignty of God and builds its platform on solid moral principles. If it is time to dispense with our current two primary parties (and I believe as followers of the Way, this is up for serious consideration) then perhaps it is time to turn to a party that has the foundation and principles that align very closely to my beliefs as a child of God.

The preamble of the Platform for the Constitution Party is:
The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States.

The statement on the sanctity of life:
We affirm the God-given legal personhood of all human beings from fertilization to natural death, without exception. The first duty of the law is to protect innocent life, created in the image of God. No government may legalize the taking of life without justification. Legalizing the termination of innocent life of the born or unborn, whether by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or suicide, is a direct violation of their unalienable right to life. As to matters of rape and incest, we find it unconscionable to take the life of an innocent child for the crimes of his father.

I’ve not settled yet but I am close to making Darell Castle my choice on November 8.

  • On the ballot in 23 states.
  • Write in Status in 20 states including Texas and Illinois.
  • Write in Status pending in 4 states including California
  • NOT on the ballot in any legal way in 3 states including Oklahoma

https://www.constitutionparty.com/our-principles/platform-and-resolutions/

*There is evidence that the earliest name which follower of Jesus Christ was “The Way” or “Followers of The Way.” It was the followers of the Way that Saul has secured letters from the Jewish leaders in order to go to Damascus and roust them and bring them back bound to Jerusalem. Saul was dedicated to destruction of the so-called sect of Judiasm as he saw it. But Jesus met him on his way and Saul was converted to Paul and began to follow the Way. His own testimony in Acts 24:14-15 bears witness to this.

How Greed Elects our Leaders

A good Facebook Friend posted a status that included the observation “….most every prime time speaker at the DNC rode home in limos and jets with an entourage of armed security guards to a house that none of us can afford and with an investment portfolio that they accumulated through a life of “public service” that none of us will ever match.” I believe that is probably true of the RNC as well. The wealth of those in office is astounding. What is even more astounding is that voters ignore this factor: While the progressive candidates rail against the rich banks, wall street and the wealthy and blame our nation’s problems and struggles on them, the electorate seems to miss the fact that these candidates are standing among the ones they accuse.

The tough nut here is that those who actually elect these people keep believing the promises they are given – promises which are not fulfilled in spite of effort which causes loss to someone else. The needy believe they will be taken care of by the government that is taking from those that have. The government promises that by taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots, the have-nots will gain a better station in life. They will be assisted and able to crawl out of their hole. The evidence is to the contrary. In all the years of the government’s fight against poverty in this way, they have achieved no more progress than they have in the government’s fights against illegal drugs. Yet the electorate continues to elect those who promise these results.

But, as can be seen, these who make these promises are among the ones that have yet they are unwilling to give or give up what they have for the sake of the needy. They want to take what others have, enrich themselves in the meantime and give some of it to the needy in a way that keeps the needy needing more.

It is covetousness, a sin that goes back to a place in a beautiful garden where two believed the first lie. Ever since we have wanted stuff, more, free, and what belongs to someone else. We have wanted and believed that our lives will be made great by possessing what someone else has even if it means taking it from them because they don’t deserve to have so much. We can think for example of the multimillionaire Michael Moore who walked among the “Occupy Wall Street” campers as if he fit in. He did not but the Occupy folks did not quite get it. Hate, rage and desperation – as another Facebook Friend pointed out is what shapes the thoughts, actions and words of so many. It flows all directions.

We need our ears washed out with truth. We need our eyes cleansed with reality. The desires of our heart need to come not from the market place or political square but from our delight in our God. Coveting is wanting something that we do not need and actually belongs to someone else and going about doing whatever it takes to gain possession of it through any means possible. Even when it is dressed up in fancy evangelical words or progressive words or conservative words, or libertarian words, it remains a desire that drives our thoughts and decisions and how we treat one another. It misdirects our eyes from the Word of God.

It is an ancient problem that predates Republicans, Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, Conservatives, Lords, Peasants, Kings, Knights, Caesars, Barbarians, Romans, Greeks, Persians, Medes and any other human system of government. It is a problem that spawns hate, rage and desperation and this is what is overflowing in our society. We as God believers, are to be controlled by the Spirit of God, not by hate, rage and desperation. I know for myself, this is where the front line of my battle is. I must forsake the hate, rage and desperation and turn my seek God for it is the Hand of God that is favorable to all those who seek him. God and God alone is whom I am to serve and if I succeed in that it is only by the grace and mercy of God. “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me. Your lovingkindness O Lord is everlasting, do not forsake the works of your hand.” Ps 138:8.