Daily Devotional for Wednesday February 10, 2016
The Super Bowl, Zika Virus, Islam in Europe, and Other Important News!
(Deuteronomy 8:19, 20)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name...AMEN
The headlines of the past few days are SCREAMING for a nation to turn back to God! The clear signs are being seen here and around the world that the judgment of God is falling, and our ONLY hope is to turn back to God and His Truth! As you read through these news headlines and the comments I made to help you see these individual issues in the context of the overall spiritual state of our nation, remember God's hand of protection and blessings is OFF this nation! These are simply a few of the current daily signs to a lost and hurting nation in spiritual freefall to turn back to our Creator and His Truth, or we will face His ultimate wrath and judgment as the children of Israel did many times for their sin and rebellion!!!
-Criminal Justice Reform is in the news. Criminal justice reform is weasel language to hide what it really entails, just like “pro-choice” is weasel language for supporting the slaughter of innocent babies! Criminal justice reform means letting criminals out of jail early and not prosecuting “non-violent crimes” like dealing drugs. It is a political agenda of the Obama Administration in response to their contention too many black young men are being incarcerated. Please understand, drug users may get minimal county jail time for possession, but those serving multiple year sentences in state or federal prison are there for DRUG DEALING…AND IT IS NOT A NON-VIOLENT CRIME! Dealing drugs is no different than randomly shooting someone with a gun, it simply is a slower act of killing a person.
The reason more black young men are in prison is the fact that they are the one committing more of the crimes. YES, the criminal justice system favors those with money as opposed to those who don’t. However, the answer is not letting criminals out early to go back to terrorizing their communities, or even worse, not prosecuting certain crimes, but working to reintroduce God’s plan for marriage and the family into society which is the ONLY true answer to alleviating the crime problem in this nation!
-Why what is happening with Muslim immigrants in Europe and Scandinavia matters to the United States! A plot to commit terrorist acts in 6 major European cities simultaneously was recently foiled by the grace of God. Sadly, they will not ALL be uncovered as was the case in Paris a few months ago. Europe and Scandinavia are under God’s judgment and wrath for their rebellion and rejection of Almighty God decades ago. They are where we will be in the next 20 years if we don’t turn back to the Lord!
Islamic immigration into Europe over the past 30 yrs was already causing incredible problems in all European nations, and the influx of hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Syria and Northern Africa will end Europe as it is known today! There is a media blackout throughout Europe regarding the severity of the migrant crisis. The economies of European nations are fragile as most economies around the world are, primarily due to their social welfare system that was already bankrupting nations, now made worse due to the Muslim migrants who are being taken care of by these nations in severe financial debt. Watch the destruction of Europe over these coming months and years and know that without turning back to the Lord, that will be the fate of the United States very soon!
-The Zika virus is becoming a worldwide problem, including here in the United States. The initial infection is from a certain strain of mosquito, primarily found in South America, and there is currently no vaccine for the virus. It affects pregnant women, causing birth defects, primarily a retardation of brain development. Thought to only be contracted from the mosquito bite, it is now becoming apparent it is possible to contract the virus through sexual relations and blood transfusions. Sadly, pro-abortion groups around the world are using this outbreak as an excuse to kill babies, stating it is the best answer for those pregnant women who are infected.
A real hotbed of this outbreak is Brazil, where in a few months people from around the world will travel to for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Pray for those in the worldwide medical community to enact measures to halt the spread of this virus while coming up with a vaccine to cure those who have the virus.
-The politicizing of the Super Bowl. This past Sunday was Super Bowl 50. I will never forget watching the first Super Bowl in 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs with my father who a few years later went to be with the Lord. What a contrast Sunday between the pregame program and halftime show. Pregame included a great rendition of America the Beautiful by a combined choir from the different branches of the military. That was followed by a heartfelt singing of the National Anthem by Lady Gaga. Forgetting her wild publicity stunts she is usually known for, Lady Gaga is an incredible talent and did an amazing job Sunday.
Now comes the halftime show. Most I am sure enjoyed the 12 minute performance and probably didn’t even notice the themes, but they existed. The British band Coldplay paid homage to the 60s in San Francisco where the game was being played, the era of “free love” along with a very clear tribute to the pro-homosexual movement. They were joined by Bruno Mars, an artist who actually had no political agenda in his performance. Finally came Beyonce. Unlike a few years ago when her Super Bowl halftime performance was like what you would see in a strip club, Sunday she unleashed a portion of her racially charged anthem “Formation.” This is an anti-police song that also glorifies the Black Panthers of the 60s, and is being embraced by the racist-anarchist group BlackLivesMatters.
It is sad that sports, a great part of the American culture which used to be a great escape for a few hours, is now as politicized as anything else in our society! In the week leading up to the game, so much of the media was devoted to trying to define the game as black versus white, Peyton Manning versus Cam Newton. Both QBs had sub-par games. From a nostalgia perspective, it was nice to see a future Hall of Famer like Manning go out on top. The 2016 NFL MVP Newton will hopefully have more chances to win the Super Bowl in his career, and rightfully took some criticism for bailing out on his post-game press conference early. However, the media attention in trying to bring race into the game was disgusting and sad. Unfortunately the renewed racial division in this nation that hasn’t been seen since the Civil Rights era of the 1960s will be a lasting legacy of the Obama Presidency.
The greatest bright spot during the Super Bowl was the Doritos commercial that has the pro-baby killers going crazy! Why? Simple, since the sonogram in that commercial makes it clear to anyone with eyes to see that what is inside of a woman's womb is NOT a "clump of cells" as they claimed, but a LIVING HUMAN BEING...A LIFE FROM GOD!!!
-Muslim massacre of Christians foiled. By the grace of God, a plot by a Muslim in Michigan was uncovered. The plan was to go to a Detroit area Christian mega-church that has as many as 6,000 on a Sunday morning and kill as many innocent people as he could. They can only thwart so many of these plots before the miss, such as happened in San Bernardino.
-Hijab Barbie is coming to a toy store near you soon. Most won’t think it matters much, but it is simply more of the creeping influence of Islam into the mainstream culture. Again, ask France, Germany, England, how that has worked for them over the past 30 years of Muslim influence in their nations!
-Tech crash imminent. Just like when the internet bubble burst in 2000, get ready for the next tech bubble to burst. Twitter, LinkedIn, and other major tech companies have lost hundreds of millions of value recently and could go the way of failed Pet.com and Myspace soon. These companies and many others in the tech community could literally disappear overnight as people move to newer and better platforms, wiping out billions of dollars from investors and shareholders, and causing a financial tsunami in the markets.
All of this only exacerbates the fact I have shared with you that God's hand of protection is no longer on this nation. We are currently on our own. The only question is whether God's final wrath and judgment will be unleashed ending this nation as we know it, or will we turn back to our Creator and His Truth before it is too late?
I love and care about you so much. God is showing us DAILY that we must stop, turn back to Him and His Truth or be destroyed as He promised to do in today's anchor verse. I wake up every day with the knowledge and understanding that we can still be like the people of Nineveh see this nation turn back to God our Creator and His Truth!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,