Daily Devotional for Monday July 8, 2019
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know that it is Your desire that ALL come to repentance, that none be lost. Please give me a passion for souls. Help me to look at each person and never forget that they are created in Your image, that one day they will die, and they have an eternal soul. Take away any fear, any hesitancy, to share the hope we have in Jesus with those people You bring into my life. Let me never forget that without Jesus, their soul will be lost for all eternity and do my part to share with them how they can have everlasting life through faith in Jesus who died for their sins. It is in the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!!!
A nuclear Iran! Thanks to the foolishness of President Obama, in the final years of his Presidency he entered the United States into a deal with Iran (JPOA) which insured they would one day soon have nuclear capabilities that not only threaten the existence of Israel, but has guaranteed Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and all of the nations in the Middle East will soon have their own nuclear arsenal! How long before terror groups like ISIS have a nuke? In light of Bible prophecy, it certainly sets up the possibility for an "end of the world" scenario to unfold very easily.
The folly of this deal was the fact that under the guidelines, international inspectors (IAEA from the United Nations) were prohibited from inspecting ANY of the military sites in Iran. Seriously? Israel intelligence came up with evidence a year or so ago that it was on their military sites that Iran was proceeding full speed ahead with their nuclear program, despite claiming they were abiding by the agreement and verified by the international inspectors. Again, those inspectors are not allowed to inspect Iran’s military sites!
President Obama also unfroze $150 billion in Iranian assets in the United States, being held since the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in 1979. Those funds were immediately deployed throughout the Middle East to different terror groups such as Hama, Hezbollah, Yemeni rebels. They have been and still are the number one state sponsor of terror in the world and those funds greatly assisted in their terror efforts. Also, don’t forget that it was Iran that was responsible for the death of several thousand US service members in the Middle East since the war in Iraq began in 2003.
It is worth noting that President Obama REFUSED to even bring the Iran deal to Congress as is normal with international agreements. That is because it has NO SUPPORT, even amongst Democrats. Another fact is that to this day, Iran has never physically signed ANY agreement in regard to their nuclear program. President Trump took the United States out of the Iran deal, since the whole goal was to prevent Iran from attaining weaponized nuclear capabilities, something the JPOA was never going to insure.
Don't forget, these are the same Obama negotiators who traded a cowardly deserter for an undisclosed amount of CASH and five terror generals who were immediately back on the battlefield and are to this day, trying to kill Americans! The complete breakdown and failure of our foreign policy over the 8 years lays at the feet of President Obama's chief advisor Susan Rice. You remember Susan Rice, the woman who went on all of the Sunday shows after Benghazi and LIED to the American people that what happened was the result of a YouTube video.
Those lies had to be told since Benghazi occurred in the run up of the 2012 Presidential election and if the truth had come out would have been very embarrassing to the Obama administration. Under than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration forced the overthrow and ultimate death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Benghazi was literally set up to run arms thru Libya to the Syrian rebels fighting against the government of Bashar al Assad. What they didn’t know was that they were literally arming ISIS! That is why they had to sacrifice Ambassador Chris Stevens and the 3 brave heroes who tried to save him and the cover-up of Benghazi by the Obama Administration.
Between President Obama having zero foreign policy experience, the incompetence of Susan Rice, and the failure of Secretary of State's Clinton and Kerry, this nation had never been weaker on the international stage with our allies no longer trusting us and our enemies no longer fearing us! The end result was our nation in more danger from outside forces like Iran and North Korea than ever before at the time the Trump Administration took over in January 2017! This is simply another by product of a nation that has forsaken God and chosen to live in total rebellion to the Almighty, and why our only hope and the only answer is to turn back to God and His Truth!
One of the first lessons I learned in the early days of ministry from a wise old preacher was that you can only control what you can control yourself! The reality of the world that we live in is this. One day, some nation WILL use a nuclear weapon. One day, there will be a full-scale nuclear war that will change the lives of every person who is living. One day, nation will fight nation and this world as we know it will cease to exist. I say this without hesitation because I have read the Book of Revelation, and while the particular details may not be fully known, the worldwide destruction that will take place is clearly laid out in God's Word.
So how are you and I supposed to deal with what is happening in the Middle East today? How are you and I supposed to deal with the inevitable fate of this world that we live in? The Bible is quite clear. Only God knows for sure when these end-time events will unfold. It may be in the next hour, the next week, the next month, the next year, or in the next 100 years. ONLY GOD KNOWS. Our responsibility is not to try and read the tea leaves of international events and try to fit them into Bible prophecy, but to live our lives each day for Him. God is VERY explicit in His Word that tomorrow is promised to NOBODY! Our job is to treat each day as the gift from God that it is and do our best to serve Him and glorify Him.
WE CANNOT CONTROL THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS, BUT WE CAN CONTROL OUR OWN ACTIONS. GOD WILL NOT HOLD US RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT OTHERS CHOOSE TO DO, BUT WHAT WE CHOOSE TO DO!
Even though God originally created man to live forever, we destroyed that by our sin. Now death is part of the human experience. Because God so loved us, He has made a way for us to live eternally with Him through Jesus Christ. This time here on earth is but a brief journey. Our ultimate purpose is to serve Him and glorify Him with our lives. Regardless if we live only 20 years, 30 years, 60 years, or 100 years, the time here is brief. So it must be our number one priority each day to walk with the Lord and serve Him the best that we can.
I love you so much and care about you. Pray for Israel and God's protection, even though we know the final battle of human history will unfold on the plains of Megiddo in Israel. While we are commanded to pray for the leaders of our nation, we also must pray for those in leadership in nations all over the world. What they do can have a dramatic impact on our lives. But most of all, we must never lose sight of how precious this life is and how quickly it will be over. God will open up avenues of service for each of us. We must be serious about serving the Lord each day, since God can use your life to bless others. YOU become an instrument in His hands to reach others with the love and hope of Jesus Christ.
GET SERIOUS TODAY ABOUT MAKING EACH DAY OF YOUR LIFE COUNT FOR GOD, SINCE WE NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE OUR LAST!
In closing, there are literally billions of people worldwide alive today who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Take 5 minutes out of your day today and pray for all of those people to have open hearts to hearing the message of God's love for them. The greatest way God can use your life is to simply share the love of Jesus Christ with someone who is lost and hurting. Jesus reached out with love to those He met along His brief journey. Let us each follow HIS example and do the same. One way you can do that is to commit 5 minutes today, and pray for God to open the hearts of all those living today who are lost and without the hope we have in His Son.
You can't control what will ultimately happen in Iran and the Middle East, but you CAN PRAY!!!
To make the decision to surrender your heart and life to Jesus by faith, or to help someone you know who is lost and without Christ, go to this link: https://liveprayer.com/salvation.cfm
In His love and service,
Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,