Daily Devotional for Thursday November 21, 2019
When they Padlock the Doors of the Churches in the United States
(John 15:20, 16:2; 1 Timothy 3:12)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me a passion, a hunger for Your Word. Let me wake up each day, excited what You will show me that day from that precious Word of God. Help me Lord each day to not just be a reader of the Word, but a DOER of the Word. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Why you NEVER compromise or cave to the enemies of God! For decades, especially as we have seen our culture spiraling into the spiritual abyss, Chick-fil-A has been a beacon of strength for the Christian community. This fast-food chicken business became one of the few visible representations of Christianity in the secular marketplace. Of course, it didn’t start out as such an icon. In those early years we still had a nation that at least acknowledged Biblical Truth. That is no longer the reality in 2019. God has protected and prospered Chick-fil-A over the years, honoring their commitment to Him. Under the attacks of this Godless culture, they never wavered and Believers around the country supported them. They have risen to become one of the top 2-3 fast food outlets due to this support. Sadly, Chick-fil-A recently made a corporate decision to stop corporate donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This was sadly done due to pressure from pro-LGBTQ groups who have always attacked this business and sought to take it down, in an effort to find “common ground.” Many Christians were disappointed, many vocally outraged. I understand their frustration since sadly, this fast food chicken business is one of the few Christian icons left in the secular world. Chick-fil-A learned the hard truth that you simply can’t cut a deal with the devil. After they made this concession on corporate support of these Christian organizations, these LGBTQ groups, like blackmailers always do, came back for mer. They then demanded Chick-fil-A denounce themselves and what they stand for! My friend, satan will never be satisfied until you are destroyed and dead. JESUS TOLD US THAT THE GOAL OF SATAN IS TO KILL, STEAL, AND DESTROY! THAT MEANS YOU! Pray for Dan Cathy, son of the founder Truett Cathy. He is operating in a Godless culture under great pressures from many sides. However, it was their faith and trust in God who has blessed their faith and commitment to Him. That same God will continue to bless and prosper Chick-fil-A as long as they continue to put their faith in Him and His Truth. My counsel to Dan, DOUBLE YOUR CORPORATE SUPPORT FOR FCA AND SALVATION ARMY. LIKE ALL BULLIES, SATAN ONLY UNDERSTANDS POWER...AND THERE IS NO GREATER POWER THAN GOD ALMIGHTY!!! My friend, take this as a personal challenge in your life as well. Never compromise, walk by faith and trust the Lord!!!
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When they Padlock the Doors of the Churches in the United States!!!
Impossible you say? That day is closer than you think my friend. If you would have told someone just 50 years ago, that there would no longer be prayer in our schools, they would have called you crazy. If you would have told someone 50 years ago, that crosses and manger scenes would be banned from public buildings, they would have called you crazy.
If you would have told someone 50 years ago, that it would be illegal to display the 10 commandments in a courthouse, they would have called you crazy. If you would have told someone 50 years ago, that there would be major efforts to take "under God " out of the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" off of our money, they would have called you crazy. However, 50 years later, these are all a reality!
Here is some more reality for you. Things are NOT going to get any better. I am thankful for all of those who love God and work so diligently in the public arena. We MUST continue to fight for the issues that support God's Word. We must never vacate the political arena, and support those who are in public office that support the agenda of God. We have to maintain that voice.
But here is the problem. Despite the numbers that Barna puts out, this nation is becoming more Godless every single day! It happened in Europe, it happened in Canada, and it is happening right before our very eyes here in the United States. We are fast becoming a Godless society.
There is now a large percentage of two full generations in our nation that do not go to church. The generation that is in their 20's and 30's has a large percentage that has never been to church. They grew up in homes void of God. They are now having children that are growing up in homes void of God, which means the coming generation will also grow up in homes void of God.
On top of that, the vast majority of those in these two generations that DO go to church, are NOT in a committed 24/7 relationship with Christ. They range from the Christmas/Easter churchgoers, to those who simply put in their "hour" each week. Their day in and day out lives really are no different than those who don't go to church at all.
So what is next for our nation? The false religions will continue to grow. The false religions are based on the writings of men and prey on the fact people are looking for God, but use man's sinful condition to lead them into deception. They tell them they can buy their way into Heaven, they will have sex with virgins, they can work to become a god, and numerous other lies.
Perverting the things of God that we used to honor will continue to get worse. Marriage has already become little more than a legal date to most people. Sex with people you are not married to, with the same sex, are now the mainstream norm. This will continue to destroy the family and simply create more generations of people totally void of God in their life, meaning the nation will adopt their Godless values and view of life.
IF YOU THINK I AM CRAZY, LET ME SUGGEST YOU READ YOUR BIBLE! IF THIS HAPPENED TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, THAT WERE BORN OUT OF THE PROMISE OF GOD AND WITNESS TO HIS GREAT MIRACLES, WHY DON'T YOU THINK THIS CAN HAPPEN TO US?
The answer my friend is this. We still enjoy amazing freedoms in this nation to share the Word of God. WE MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT! Jesus said that we had to work while it was still light because the night was coming. We have got to stop playing games and get serious, because we have a very real enemy who is deadly serious. Oh how I wish the church was as committed to building the lives of people, to building the Kingdom of God, as it is in building great structures of brick and mortar.
It is amazing how a church can find 20 million dollars to build a new building, but not $200 to help pay someone's rent! It is time for pastors to stop worrying about being politically correct and start being Biblically correct! Churches need to take out the theater seating and make people stand up in the presence of God. God's church was never supposed to be a place where people are entertained, but a place where they are trained up to do the work of God.
I love you and care about you so much. This is the third time in the last 30 days that the Holy Spirit has prompted me to give you such a word. I sense in my Spirit a great sense of urgency, that the time is truly very short now. Jesus is coming back at any moment for His church. We are living in a very evil and dark world. This nation has rapidly deteriorated spiritually right before our very eyes over the past 40 years.
BUT GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PEOPLE! GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A REMNANT! I pray today that you will be part of that remnant God will use to bring in this last great harvest!
Now more than ever, those who refuse to bow their knee to Baal need to stand up and be counted. The Bible proclaims that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. That is because the church is not a building, it is all those people that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and will follow Him to their death. THAT is the true church, and that is why they can padlock the doors of a building, but they will never stop the work of God!!!
GOD WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST WORD!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,