2021-03-25 My experience with the Holy Spirit

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

This is a letter to our friends –

My experience with the Holy Spirit
I Thought I was a Christian. After all – I was an American and I went to church on Sunday! I knew there was a prayer-answering God who sent provisions when needed and protected me in tight situations.

In 1964, Fremont, California in a Conservative Baptist church, the pastor said, “The Bible is the word of God; Jesus is who the Bible says He is: and all the things Jesus says are true.” Suddenly it dawned on me how long God had been patient with me! The Holy Spirit peeled me naked like peeling a banana! I did not know it was the Holy Spirit then, but I was “born again”.

When I got home, someone had rewritten the Bible. Before that, the Bible had been bone dry! Now it was alive. I couldn’t get enough of it! Our situation changed. We moved to southern California just as the “Jesus Movement” was blossoming. We got to sit on the front row and watch it happen!!

There were home prayer meetings going on everywhere! I saw spiritual power going on around us that I did not understand. Our Conservative Baptist church seemed unaware of what was going on throughout southern California. Fran and I were teaching high school classes at church. Every now and then we would take the kids to Costa Mesa to a little church that was beginning to explode. That was the beginning of Calvary Chaple.

We had just purchased our first house. I lost my temper at the same time my boss lost his – I got fired! I phoned our dear pastor who sent me to Psalm 96. I cherish that Bible with its tear-stained pages on Psalm 96. As I prayed the thought came to me, “Call Dan Krikorian”. Dan and I were both on the Board of Teen Challenge.

I told him what the Lord told me. “Well,” he replied, “John (another Board member) and I are driving to the beach today. I guess you are supposed to go with us.” As we drove, I pulled out a tract that had impressed me, “Have you seen these? I would like to get a bunch. They are written by a guy named Shannon Van Druff.” Dan drove to Shannon’s home in Yorba Lynda. It was impressive with a double hand carved front door.

As Shannon opened the door and shook my hand he said, “Do you know the Holy Spirit?” I answered, “What is that?” The four of us sat for an hour with open Scofield Bibles as Shannon went over the accounts in Acts of various transactions involving, “baptism in the Holy Spirit”. I had been seeing Spiritual power and authority around me that I knew I did not have. I sincerely wanted it. Part of the Holy Spirit package in Acts appeared to include “tongues”.

We all prayed and I asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They were expecting me to begin speaking in tongues. I did not. On mt left shoulder as if a little devil whispered, “phony, phony”. On my right shoulder was a response, “If you were truly praying sincerely, nothing can get between you and God.” “What you asked for has been done.”

Two days later, alone, chatting with Dan in his kitchen, I sensed what seemed like a belch coming up. Suddenly I was speaking in a language I did not know. Dan chuckled. I sat alone in his living room with God, praying in my new language for an hour.

The next day I was seated behind three unruly teens at a Teen Challenge “Praise In”. The Lord said, “Put your hand on her head and pray.” I thought, “No Lord – Everything in order. It isn’t the time to pray. I’ll look like a fool.” At the close, I was at the door handing out flyers. As the unruly girl passed, I asked her to wait in the yard. Later I came up to her, “Have you given your life to Jesus?”

“No” she replied. I shared my testimony with her as I had done many times with others since being born again. This time it was different. It was as if I were across the lawn watching me witness with new power and authority in my voice. She declined. I heard that she accepted Christ about a week later, but the Lord used it to teach me about obedience and timing.

From that point the adventure and learning curve went exponential. Witness opportunities, deliverances, healings, miracles, seemed to become a family lifestyle.

Looking back on all those years – I suspect the “baptism in the Holy Spirit” and all that goes with it is part of the “tool kit” that comes with the born again experience. You just have to trust in the Lord and ask for it. Many are afraid of being phony with God. Each of us knows in our hearts the depth of our sincerity. Nothing can separate a sincere heart from God!

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2021-03-16 A nudge

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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A nudge
Is it possible that the Lord has been nudging you to be a candidate for elected office?

It night be for the House or Senate. Trump and his team are going to be looking at every one of the candidates. If they think your philosophy, drive, and personality make you look like a winner – you will have surprising support!

It doesn’t have to be top of the ticket races. The down ticket state, county, and city races are, in many ways, more important. Again, I suspect “(R)” behind your name will be a surprising asset in 2022.

If there is even a possibility – time is shorter than you think. Some primary races are scheduled in about a year from now. I suggest you go to the County Registrar’s office in person. Talk with a knowledgeable staff member. (It never hurts to have a friend there that you can call.) Build a timeline of campaign filing dates.

Next – You will need a close friend to be your campaign treasurer. This person will have to stay current on filing dates and cash flow. I emphasize “close friend”, one who is as dedicated as you are. (Else you might be sharing a jail cell!)

Open a “fictitious name account” for your campaign. You will need about $50 to the county and another $50 to open a Campaign bank account. (You must have a county fictitious name to open a Campaign bank account.)

I recommend holding off on hiring a Campaign Manager. Get started on your own. Learn a little first.

That done, your friends will know you are serious. Invite them over. I suggest – don’t ask for money. That comes later. You re looking for advisers. They come in “flavors” – political experience; fund raising; philosophy; public relations; “girl-Friday” grunt work; … .

Attend the local Republican clubs. You are a newcomer – play dumb. DO NOT mention you are running until you know who else might be a competitor.

That should be enough to get started. Let’s take our country back!

OH – BTW If you win a Primary Election (Often you are the only candidate in down-ticket races.) and lose the General Election in November, you will have earned a voice with, perhaps, other political perks.
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2021-03-15 To a ypung mom from grandpa

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Monday, March 15, 2021

This is a letter to our friends –

To a young mom from grandpa

Looking back over almost 92 years of experiences gives me a heart full of things I wish I could share with the current crop of young parents. – Mom’s especially!

How wide is this page? You may say 8 ½ inches. That is your “opinion” until you measure the page with a ruler, i.e. a reliable standard.

Your generation has grown up without learning how to determine “right” and “wrong” by a reliable standard. Our society offers “what feels right”, or “someone says is right”. These “standards” are not fixed, or reliable, they change from time to time. Not measuring by a reliable, FIXED standard leads to chaos. What is “Right” and what is “wrong” are only opinions without a standard!

Not to use the most reliable, most proven measure for “right” and “wrong” seems foolish, but our culture encourages you to do it all the time. The Bible teaches that God works through people-groups (nations). Much of today’s culture favors one-world without nations. The Bible teaches the ten commandments. Our culture ignores them and removes them from sight. Yet no more reliable set of laws has ever been discovered.

Think back – What in your earliest memory? At some moment your child will create his / her earliest memory, one s/he will carry for a lifetime. What a blessing if that memory might be of parents in prayer!

You must choose. “Train up a child in the way that he should go …”, as the Bible teaches, or turn over his / her training to others. If you tern it over to government schools, who or what will the child be trained to serve? If you turn it over to a private (secular) school, who or what will your child be trained to serve? If you turn it over to a Christian school chances are better that s/he will be trained to serve God and have a long and productive life. “Honor your mother and father that your life may be extended,”

Knowledge without quality character will turn on you. Training up your child’s character cannot, I believe, be delegated. The product reflects the producer. For that reason, I believe every young parent should become a regular reader / studier of the Bible. Home schooling is by far the best way to pass on the best set of values to be found.

One of the “mother-ships” of quality education, The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE), offers an annual “Foundations” course that I have found to be inspiring. This year’s dates – July 11-16. I recommend the fellowship of in-person class in Virginia, else online classes via internet. Contact them, www.FACE.net or (800) 352-3223.

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2021-02-28 Election evidence

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Friday, March 5, 2021

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The way it is
To begin with – Please recognize all the different forces that are working hard to make you discouraged. They want you to feel overwhelmed. They want you to sit down and shut up! They want you to forget who you are – a God blessed citizen of the United States of America, endowed with life, liberty, and free-will.

I want to encourage you to exercise that free-will and overcome discouragement. “We the people” created our civil government to protect and defend our God-given rights. American civil-government is our servant not our master!

Remember – When you are in a discussion with a liberal who believes things that are not true, The Holy Spirit is working with you! Truth is always fighting for the surface. Just as we sin because we choose to sin – we believe what we choose to believe. Since last November’s election, the left has been diligent not to allow details of the big steal to be heard. Trump’s last best chance to air the truth on a national platform was to have been on the floors of the House and Senate on January 6th. I speculate the riot at the Capital was purposed to interrupt that platform. As it did!

Once discouragement sets in, the next step is to take the easy road, “Go along to get along!” It is done, better luck next time! Well, there may not be a next time! Just have a look at what allowing the left to steal a presidential election is costing us – and it is only March! Article II section 2 of the Constitution was clearly violated only days before the election. The Supreme Court failed to do their job – protect and defend the Constitution. I speculate that there are some very “dark” reasons for that failure. Our border is wide open. Our currency (your savings) is being squandered. Our children and even our military are being indoctrinated. Our election laws are being nationalized. There appears to be clear documentation that our vote counts were hacked and manipulated from specific computers that are overseas.

Fran just asked, “Are you optimistic yet? !”

Without a personal relationship with the God of the Bible, I believe optimism in the face of all that is impossible! This is aa spiritual battle for the soul of America.

“So, Ben, what are we to do in order to be optimistic?” To begin with – Get right with God. Humble yourself and pray, seek His will for you, and repent of your hidden sins. Our founders did everything they could to protect and defend their God-given right to liberty short of bloodshed. When war came, it was in self-defense. WE MUST DO THE SAME.

Once the truth of alleged election fraud becomes general knowledge (if it does), the current “President” will have no official authority. “We the people” are the source of that authority. It appears to me that there will be no alternative, but to declare the election certification null and void. Not to do so would be to violate the will of “we the people.” Then, to hold new elections, else certify Trump President. Many will say, “This will never happen.” Perhaps so. Some will fear the consequences on the street. It is never wrong to do what is right, because it is right – – and trust the consequences to take care of themselves!

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2021-02-28 Election evidence

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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Election evidence

Have you noticed that the left never answers 2020 election questions with specifics? Rather, they claim there is no creditable evidence, or all 50 or more Cases Trump filed have failed. Next, they attempt to intimidate us with charges we want to overturn a valid election. Well, I am interested in finding the truth so that I / we can have confidence in future elections.

Trump just spoke at CPAC. It was his first since January 6. He gave state legislators a check list of objectives for election security. A single day to vote was first on the list of commonsense suggestions. Trump pointed out that the Constitution clearly grants each state legislature authority to make election law for their state. In 2020 several states made last minute changes in election law – by judges, state officials, even bureaucrats!

I Googled “Navarro report”. The first thing that came up – “White House Advisor Peter Navarro Releases Dubious Voter Fraud Report
Joe Walsh Forbes Staff

“TOPLINE White House trade advisor Peter Navarro is the latest Trump administration staffer to publicly back up the president’s baseless voter fraud claims, publishing a report Thursday that claims widespread irregularities may have stolen last month’s election from President Trump – but the report hinges on debunked allegations that have largely been rejected when raised in court, and one nonpartisan ethics watchdog criticized Navarro for writing it.

“KEY FACTS Navarro, an economist who heads the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and has no clear background in election issues, released the report Thursday afternoon and organized a virtual press conference to discuss it. It walks through what Navarro called “six dimensions of election irregularities” and suggests swing states won by President-elect Joe Biden were tinged by pervasive fraud, an effort Navarro speculated (without evidence) was coordinated. …”

“Dubious report, baseless claims, debunked allegations”, are not supported with examples. Just sayin’ it don’t make it so! On the other hand, Mr. Navarro supports the numbers in his report with their source.

You can find the report at NavarroReport.com

Also – I just came across LindellTV.com – Check it out for updates.

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2021-02-25 Biblical principles of government

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Seven Biblical principles of government

Rosalie Slater, Cofounder of, “Foundation for American Christian Education” (FACE), wrote about seven Biblical principles in her book, “Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History”. In my book, “Principles of American Government” (FACE.net/PAG), I paraphrased and expounded upon them.

INDIVIDUALTY – God makes no duplicates. Everything has its own identity and purpose(s). Each continent has unique boundaries, climate, and topography. Arnold Guyot (1807 – 1884), a geographer, named the thee southern continents the continents of nature (plant life, animal life, antiquity). He named the northern ones “the Continent of Origins”, “the Continent of Development”, “the Finest Example of Christian Civilization”.

SELF-GOVERNMENT — Without individuality there would be no “self” to govern, It is a law if nature – As the quality of internal S-G decreases, external government-of-self will increase. Increasing the internal quality of self-government is only possible with Christ’s help.

QUALITY CHARACTER — “Quality” requires a standard by which to measure character. I choose the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. If there is a better standard, I agree in advance to adopt it.

PRIVATE PROPERTY — Without quality character we will not be good stewards of our property. We have as much property in our rights as we have rights to our property. “Conscience is our most sacred of all property” [James Madison]

AMERICAN FORM — Ours is the first government to incorporate: Representation; Separation of powers; Federalism, into one system. All three are Biblical principles.

LOCAL AUTHORITY — The quality of corporate self-government will determine the quality of family-, community-, state=, and
national-government.

LIBERTY — Our individual and corporate liberty rest upon these principles. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is – There is liberty.” [2 Corinthians 3:17]

Learning these basic principles, Biblically, historically, and governmentally (logically), enables you to easily know and defend what is true and correct. Teach them at every level, expanding the scope and depth each time.

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2021-02-21 Church and government

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Monday, February 22, 2021

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Church and government

In the Bible I find only three human organizations that God created and through which He dealt: Family, Church, State. Nothing exists without a set of rules
to govern it. The family is the building block of every civilization. We call the “vertical” relationship between man (generic) and God, “Church”. We call the “horizontal” relationship between man and man, “State”.

Each of these three organizations must be governed. To be “governed” is to be: Directed, Regulated, Controlled, Restrained. There are two sets of laws to govern each of the three human organizations: “The laws of nature, and [the laws] of nature’s God”. Natural law is discovered by observation and reason; Revealed law (the Bible) is learned by study and prayer. Revealed law is infinitely more reliable than Natural law, because human observation and human reason are imperfect,. Natural law once said the world is flat. Man was misinterpreting the data. Because they come from the same source, Natural law, rightly discerned, and Revealed law will never be in conflict.

Consider the Bible’s “10 Commandments”. The first four are “vertical: No gods before Me; No graven images; Do not take My name in vain; Honor the sabbath. The last six are “Horizontal”: Honor your parents: Do not lie; Do not steal; Do not commit adultery; Do not give false witness; Do not covet. If everyone obeyed just these ten laws, things would go well!

Another name for “horizontal” laws between man and man is “Civil Government”. The Bible teaches that we should honor mam-made civil laws that do not violate Bible law.

Christ was asked for the most important of the laws. He replied, “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength (i.e. love vertically) – and – love your neighbor as you love yourself (i.e. love horizontally),” America is the first nation in human history to have been created upon such Biblical principles by her own citizens.

The cross of Christ is both vertical and horizontal. I believe a church that is not teaching its members about Biblical principles of government is leaving them vulnerable to the enemies of liberty. Liberty is both evangelical and political. 1

1 Rosalie Slater

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2021-02-19 Things to do

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Things to do

This time next year the net will be wall to wall Primary election politics – a battle royal!!

By then we should know whether there is a possibility of honest elections. For this blog post – I will assume a more-or-less honest election is possible.

Rather than wait until the last minute for half-hearted activism, why not think about it now? I walked my first precinct in 1960 and have been involved since then. I know how to have your heart broken and get up again! For most of a decade I was a candidate vs. an incumbent state lawmaker.

I hope there will be many activated churches educating their congregants. Get in touch with your county registrar of voters. Keep track of the dates candidates file for local, state and national office. The moment a candidate draws papers, have your church send an invitation, “Please present your card to an usher at the beginning of any of our Sunday worship services – At the close of the service you will be invited forward to be interviewed by our pastor, introduce yourself to our members, and ask for their votes.” Soon every candidate will expect such an invitation. Some will accept. Some will not.

Some churches may select an appropriate race and invite all the competing candidates to a debate. Inform them the event will be recorded for local media stations. Further – If they choose not to attend, they will be represented by an empty chair with their name on it.

Prepare questions for a “Voter Guide”. Compile the responses and distribute the results.

The best campaign tool is door-to-door. This needs many volunteers. The best precinct results I ever had involved four volunteers who put a flyer on every doorstep in the precinct, early Sunday morning for four weeks in a row! Candidates are hungry for exposure. Gather a group of neighbors in your living room and most candidates will come if they can. Your county registrar can usually give you the phone #.

Local races, (County Supervisors. Sheriffs, School Board, City Council) are important! Do not put all your focus on the top of the ticket. Just a little bit of this sort of activity will wake up a community! Remember too – There will be special races “off schedule” when someone dies or resigns. Things like what is above have even greater impact then.

Regarding requests for money – I suggest contributing DIRECTLY TO THE CANDIDATE. If s/he cannot accept direct contributions, ask the candidate for instructions. Groups collecting funds for a group of races often take a significant fee. Let others support those causes.

Our American system only works with an informed electorate. Your vote is your sacred property. Use it wisely.

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2021-02-13 Acquittal

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

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Acquittal

The impeachment trial in the U. S. Senate took place on Wednesday – Saturday last. I viewed all of it, mostly in real time, on TV.

After viewing the concluding vote 57/43 (67 needed, that is 2/3 of the senators), President Trump was “Acquitted”. Immediately, both party leaders, Sen. Schumer and Sen. McConnel, took the floor to condemn President Trump. They accused him of inciting the bloody attack on the Capitol building on January 6th, the day the 2020 Election was Certified by Congress.

It appears to me that Washington Establishment (the “swamp”) is attempting to shame, demonize, intimidate all those in the conservative movement. One of the ways they do this is by saying, “There is no credible evidence.” and steadfastly avoiding objective discussion of the “evidence” of vote fraud. I have no more evidence than what has been reported to me on the net and TV. Is it reliable? I do not know. That leaves me with what I do know to be true plus common sense.

The largest block of “evidence” I have seen is a 2-hour video with Mike Lindell (the “My Pillow” guy) who had the personal resources to do his own research. I believe it spread all over the net. Today I cannot find a copy on the net. If anyone downloaded it, I would appreciate your sending it to me.

Some have scoffed at Lindell’s “Absolute Proof” saying, his claims have been refuted “piece by piece”. Saying it does not make it so. Please show me where Lindell’s list of “dead voters” was checked for accuracy. Please show me where the claim of truckload overnight inter-state ballot-shipment was RELIABLY investigated and disproven. Please show me the proof that computer vote-counting machines connected to the net cannot be manipulated as shown by Lindell’s research.

Just “saying” that not one of Trump’s 50+ lawsuits was valid does not make it so. Please show me the court case that opened and investigated the offered “evidence”, rather than avoiding the issue with legal technicalities as Lindell claimed.

If President Trump and Lindell are right, we can no longer trust election results. If citizens are no longer able to speak freely, and like Lindell, are shut down, “We the people” are no longer in charge of our government. President Trump said he believes he won by a landslide. By taking every opportunity to prove that, he was fighting to defend the nation (us !) from the damage that is happening.

What are we to do? Push for voter ID, and paper ballots that exist outside cyber-space. That is a place to start. Begin honoring the consequences that go with broken laws. Pay closer attention to your local primary vote. Pray! Europe did not have the Christian foundation and prayer base that we have. Remember, 2nd Chronicles 7:14 requires four things for a people to receive forgiveness of their sins and healing of their land: We must humble ourselves and pray. We must seek to do God’s will. AND we must “turn from our wicked ways”. Dear friend, secret sin can hinder the growth of any family, church, or state. Sin is addictive. “Cold turkey” with Christ’s help is the only way I know to “turn”.

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2021-01-30 Have confidence in God’s justice for His nation

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February 1, 2021

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Have confidence in God’s justice for His nation

This is my longest post so far. It is among the most significant. I hope the hyperlinks and illustrations survive the cut-&-paste.

If you can – I recommend reading the text as you hear the audio.

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Have Confidence in God’s Justice for His Nation

By Dennis Petersen

Audio – I am sorry = Microsoft tells me “I can’t get there from here” ! Try –

http://reclaimyourlegacy.com/2021/01/27/have-confidence-in-gods-justice-for- his-nation/
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With spiritual eyes, it is clear that the outrageous corruption of politicians is demonically inspired. So, how are the righteous to respond? The widespread deception of the news media is demonically inspired. The open dishonesty that has prevailed in this country’s indoctrination institutions that we call public education is demonically inspired. All this, now publicly obvious distortion of reality is crystal-clear evidence of a long-term war between Truth and lies. It can be a discouraging discovery of the spiraling conflict of good and evil – destroying liberty and increasing smothering captivity. It’s the very confrontation of devilish attacks against the kingdom of God, the King of all kings.
How are the righteous to respond?
With all the opinions and disinformation flying around, how do you know who to trust? Even if you’ve abandoned the propaganda of main stream network media – which you should have done long ago by now – we all need careful discernment as we navigate the many channels of religious programming and truth-telling sources on the Internet. I’ll share some that I find informative and Biblically trustworthy at the end of this episode (and at today’s post on the Reclaim Your Legacy dot com website).
In Psalm 20:7
King David says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
In today’s American society, you could say some believe in the flashy “chariots” of main stream public media, public education and big-network news analysts – those are the carriers of disinformation and propaganda. Others put their trust in the opinions of strong, influential politicians and celebrities. What will we declare is the solid rock of our trust? Will you agree with King David’s declaration of
Psalm 31:6
? “I have hated those who regard useless idols; But I trust in the LORD.”
Are we willing to abide by such a strong commitment as the “man with a heart after God?” Can we say that we hate the people who listen to (regard) and bow their allegiance to the idolatries of our culture?
The challenge we all face now is how to apply that principle of “trusting in the Lord.” It does require child-like faith to trust in the Lord, as we mature in Christ, but it’s much more than that. It’s imperative that we follow – actually do – the commands of our King – Jesus Christ. That way we can become increasingly responsive to the momentary guidance of His Holy Spirit. He promised He will never leave us or disown us, right? This requires abiding – being at home with and constantly living – in our Lord’s Word so that we can become set apart – sanctified – by that word just as Jesus interceded for us and as He continues to do (
John 17:17
). There are so many exhortations in the empowering scriptures of the new testament that reinforce this directive for us – His saints (set apart ones). One is at the end of Peter’s second letter.
“beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ( 2 Peter 3:18 ).”

It’s clearly a life-long process of God’s continuing transformation as we refuse to be “conformed to this world” and, rather, “be transformed by the renewing of our mind, so that we may prove what is that good… and perfect will of God ( Romans 12:2 ). This means we need to think – to use our minds – in discovering the “mind of Christ ( 1 Co. 2:16
).” That’s the way we leave behind the worldly way of thinking like a “natural man.” Then we can increasingly embrace “spiritual” thinking so that we can rightly judge and discern all things ( 1 Corinthians 2:14-15
). It takes daily conscious effort to reject the thinking of the corrupted natural man. Listening to God’s faith-building word is the purifying factor that renews our mind.
More and more God-fearing people in America are beginning to awaken to a reality they didn’t give much thought to in the past. They’re finding that engagement in discussion and activism in the marketplace of public policy ideas is a patriotic imperative for all law-abiding Americans. Do you think you make an effort to obey the laws of the land? If you do, how do you think those laws are made? Are you happy with increasing laws and bureaucratic regulations that make your life increasingly pressured by costs you didn’t agree to? How do you feel about laws that impose ungodly immoral values on your children and grandchildren? If the government decides to re-settle illegal aliens with possible criminal records into your neighborhood, it’s likely too late to do anything about it. If they offer tax breaks or rewards to your neighbors for snitching on you because you host a Bible study in your living room, are you going to start researching how you can change the government regulations?
Thomas Jefferson said,
“A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.” Do you have a copy of the Bible handy? Do you know what it says about our part in civic law and order? Do you have a copy of the US constitution handy? Do you know what it says about how the government is to be regulated to protect the rights of “we the people?”
18th Century British member of parliament, Edmund Burke, wrote: “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.” “Why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed.”
Do you know where that question is found in the Bible? Do you know what the Bible says is God’s response to those plots of nations against the Lord? “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Now, therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”
Psalm 2:1-4
,
12
; ESV Psalm 33:12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 Proverbs 29:2
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Luke 7:35
“Wisdom is justified by all her children”
Proverbs 15:2
“The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.” John 16:12
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”
Psalm 31:15
“My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!” Proverbs 28:1
“The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.”
Why is that? Could it be due to being informed?
Jeremiah 4:22
could easily apply to many of God’s people in American churches today:
“For My people are foolish, they have not known Me. They are silly children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.”
Jeremiah 4:22

In Romans 15:4
Paul tells us “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Does God’s Word give us counsel on today’s leadership crisis?

In the providence of God working through His people down through history, there have been several notable turning points when Satan inspired illegitimate subversions to God’s anointed plan for leadership of the people of God. We might think of Absalom’s rebellion to take the crown of his father, King David, but there is another incident that gets only little attention. It happened years later when king David was about to die in his old age. And it was the handsome younger brother of Absalom who decided he should be king instead of his father’s chosen son, his half-brother, Solomon.
His name was Adonijah. Some of Israel’s influential and trusted leaders (Joab, one of David’s leading military commanders, and Abiathar the priest) aided the treasonous conspiracy. For a short time, it appeared publicly that the people were celebrating the dishonest supplanting of the kingship by Adonijah. But then the royal family and the faithful officials of David’s kingdom assertively installed the truly chosen leader of the people, King Solomon. It appeared for a brief time that Israel had two kings. And it didn’t take long for the public perception to change. They finally saw that an attempted insurrection had been reversed by God’s righteously ordered choice for their nation’s king.
Paul consoles believers with a particular instruction in Romans 16, writing: “I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (
Ro. 16:9-10
).” Most of us Bible-believing Christians have no problem believing what the prophet Daniel said,
“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things…”
Daniel 2:20-22

America has no king but “we the people.” We understand that. But we have no reason not to believe that God sovereignly orchestrates the rise and the fall of heads of state like the head of America’s executive branch of government – the president of the United States. And regardless how corrupt the political parties have become; the one sacred cherished constitutional guarantee of our republic has always been the confident trust of our citizens in the fairness and honesty of our free elections.

Two Big Questions for us all to know about ourselves

I have two questions for you. First – If the choice of the American electoral system for the presidency is fraudulently usurped by an illegitimate criminal, in secret conspiracy with foreign enemies of the nation’s sovereignty, do you believe that God is a party to fraud? My next question for you to think about is more personal. By what standard could a law-abiding citizen justify his own affirmation, backing, or acceptance of an illegitimate usurper being shielded by a corrupt and complicit league of dishonest scoundrels who are in open coalition with outside enemies to dismantle our nation’s sovereignty?
Do you really want to put yourself in the position of a weak-kneed coward, giving consent to an illegitimate pretender as the executive officer of the most powerful nation in the world?
Do not think that you’re being innocent in what is evil when you concede to an illegitimate conspiracy that has overtaken your peers through propaganda. God has no part in it. And neither should you if you claim to uphold righteousness.
Ephesians 5:11
“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.” Matt 10:26
“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.”
Isn’t it revealing to see how clearly God is exposing the utter futility of corrupted governments and elite powers in earthly dominions? His people are rising in concerted intercession. Tens of millions of God-fearing citizens are interceding to Almighty God in this country and in other countries. They are declaring God’s truth – shining light on this world’s evil darkness. Are we seeing that the enemy’s works are about to be exposed on a scale that many of us have prayed for over years of intercession for our generation? We may not know or understand all the ways that God’s providence can turn around what looks like a hopeless situation when wicked and ungodly rulers are ignoring God and oppressing His people. But God, in His mercy, confirms by His prophet Amos that… “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets” (
Amos 3:7
). And His prophets have emphatically and unanimously reaffirmed that treasonous fraud will not sustain an illegitimate presidency of the United States of America. Indeed, if the reestablishment of our true constitutional republic is publicly revealed, we will be in for a whole new chapter in this country’s history. In God’s providence, interceding patriots will see the dawning of a new reformation. The long-awaited harvest depends on the sovereign outpouring of God’s Spirit for a 3rd Great Awakening. Millions of souls drawn to Jesus Christ, seated on the throne of heaven, will transform a new younger generation as He brings all His enemies under His footstool. Note: See the Constitution of the United States of America, 14th Amendment, Article 3 – Ratified by the required three-fourths of states on 9 July 1868. “No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
The 59th chapter of Isaiah seems alarmingly accurate in describing our wayward nation today. But insight and mercy in this prophetic word give us hope.
1 Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.
2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away
and will not listen anymore.
3 Your hands are the hands of murderers, and your fingers are filthy with sin.
Your lips are full of lies, and your mouth spews corruption. 4 No one cares about being fair and honest. The people’s lawsuits are based on lies.
They conceive evil deeds and then give birth to sin.
Verse 7 exposes more… Their feet run to do evil, and they rush to commit murder.
They think only about sinning. Misery and destruction always follow them. 8 They don’t know where to find peace or what it means to be just and good…
9 So there is no justice among us, and we know nothing about right living. We look for light but find only darkness. We look for bright skies but walk in gloom…
12 For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us. Yes, we know what sinners we are.
13 We know we have rebelled and have denied the LORD. We have turned our backs on our God.
We know how unfair and oppressive we have been, carefully planning our deceitful lies.
14 Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. 15 Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. 16 He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.
He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.
18 He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds. His fury will fall on his foes.
He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.
19 In the west, people will respect the name of the LORD; in the east, they will glorify him.
For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the LORD. 20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins,” says the LORD.
21 “And this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Psalm 97:2
reminds us that “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” Let God’s Word revive our hope when darkness seems to be extinguishing the light. The light will prevail.
The illegitimately installed administration has swiftly reaffirmed its intent to marginalize, if not criminalize all the patriots who do not agree with their tyrannical agenda to complete the deconstruction of the freedoms, values, and fundamental principles of America’s founders and our constitution. They intend to ‘re-educate’ the opponents of their Marxist ideology. But they underestimate the resolve of the remnant of patriots who dare to persevere with their convictions.
If God is to use our honestly elected President Trump in the process of His miraculous deliverance from the evil being schemed by the Devil’s wicked and willing slaves, we should pray for his wife, Melania, for full release and confidence to encourage her husband to do what God’s sovereignty is enabling him to do… Remember Mordecai’s words to Esther in
Esther 4:13-14 . “Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Esther 4:13

Millions are praying like never before. Jesus said the wheat and the “tares” (weeds) will grow up together until the reaper puts in the sickle to reap the harvest at the end. As the darkness grows darker, the Light grows brighter. Things are shaping up for an awakening of souls to eternal life that will be glorious.
Let’s not conform to the world of cowards who are fearing the gloom of national judgment. Indeed, if that were our expectation, we should be preparing today for the world to fall into a terrifying age of darkness. Why not look for the hints that God is raising up a new generation of warriors? By God’s grace and with our help, they will be equipped to rebuild the ancient foundations of truth. They will provide restorative authority of Christ’s Holy Spirit to overcome the confused insanity of the enemies of God.
I will be sharing here on Reclaiming Your Legacy, in the coming weeks, how being equipped with the truth and facts of God’s providence, will contribute to our confidence to prevent the calamity that would otherwise fall on believers and their communities.
Jesus promised in Luke 12:2-3 , “The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!”
Therefore, when we see our beloved country being stolen, defiled and “fundamentally transformed” as it is right now, right-thinking Americans feel compelled to defend her. But how? World Net Daily editor, David Kupelian provides good insight at the link below, from which these points came.
In every area of life, Americans must bear up with grace and dignity to fight the good fight. Citizens, the ultimate sovereigns in America’s unique constitutional system, may be tempted to “drop out of politics.” We must do the opposite. We must vigorously exercise our sacred rights of voting, free speech, free association, freedom of worship, and to “petition the government for a redress of grievances” in every legal and moral way. Unlike virtually all other nations, the essence of America is not a common ethnicity but a common spirit – a grateful, moral, entrepreneurial, freedom-loving, generous, essentially Christian spirit, which needs to burn more brightly now in America than ever.
No real and lasting recovery is possible for America without a genuine spiritual revival. And each of us can and must play a key part in this revival. How? While we’re engaged on every battlefront – committed to work creatively and effectively, to educate and persuade, to enlighten and awaken, and to outthink and outmaneuver the demented Left – each of us needs, as Christ commanded, to “Let [our] light … shine before men,” always praying we can wage the battle righteously. And even praying for our enemies.
Pastor Dutch Sheets gives us wise counsel in his “Give Him 15” prayer guide for January 22, 2021: ( https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-22-2021)
Remove from your heart all unbelief that God cannot cleanse our nation. Ask Him for mercy to those who will repent. God loves them all. Continue to ask God for righteous leaders.
Ask Him to release a great awakening to the earth.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, there is indeed a weariness on our nation. The last 2 1/2 months have been difficult, confusing, and disheartening. Many have grown more cynical; others have become disillusioned. Division in our nation has intensified. It does, indeed, seem that truth has fallen in the streets. And yet, You are showing many that You’re going to cleanse our nation. We believe this has already begun. You are exposing so much. We ask You to continue this. Give grace and mercy to those who repent and turn from their deceitful ways, but whatever it takes, please cleanse us from this corruption. And we continue to ask for the corruption in this past election to be exposed until it is clear to all what really took place. Then bring Your solution.
And finally, Lord, we ask You for this Third Great Awakening, which we know is coming. Pour it out on America, and also around the world. We ask for 1 billion souls to be saved, and for entire nations to be transformed. May America be a recipient of this revival and also be used as a messenger of Your gospel to the ends of the earth. In the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, we pray, amen.

The secret to saving America, by David Kupelian – how to fight the good fight without losing your soul; January 14, 2021 WND

https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/secret-saving-america/
“… become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world …” – Philippians 2:15 The United States of America is in the throes of a full-scale revolution. The incoming administration, which openly promises to transform America, rewrite her Constitution and “reimagine” all of her bedrock institutions, is being heralded by a shockingly totalitarian censorship campaign targeting everyone in opposition
the Left has relentlessly pursued its goal, as Barack Obama put it, of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
though President Trump fought mightily against this tide for four years, tirelessly pursuing a pro-life, pro-religious freedom, pro-Constitution, pro-America agenda, as of today the revolutionaries are wildly ascendent. Consider that in the past year the radical Left – with whose cause Big Media, Big Tech, Big Education, Big Hollywood and the entire Democratic Party totally identify – has succeeded in:
* indicting the freest, most welcoming and least racist nation on earth as irredeemably racist;
* inciting violent Marxist revolutionaries to riot, vandalize, loot and burn America’s major cities;
* abandoning their former “safe, legal and rare” stance on abortion in favor of wanton celebration of late-term abortion up to the moment of birth and beyond;
* encouraging innocent children to irreversibly ruin their lives by chemically (and sometimes surgically) “transitioning” to the opposite sex – a scientific impossibility;
* using the COVID pandemic as a cover for imposing unprecedented totalitarian control over Americans; and
* gaslighting an entire nation by perpetrating the most wide-ranging, egregious and in-your-face election fraud in U.S. history while pretending disenfranchised American voters who simply want a fair and impartial investigation are the crazy ones, “trying to steal the election from Joe Biden.”
what can good Americans do?
So now comes the big question: With such genuine wickedness openly manifesting in “the land of the free,” so much that it evokes the Apostle Paul’s admonitions about “powers and principalities” and “spiritual wickedness in high places,” what can good Americans do about the precarious state of their country? During this time of genuine tribulation and even persecution, how should moral, right-thinking Americans, who work hard, love their country, honor its history and obey its laws – and who don’t pretend there are dozens of new genders and that America is a despicable racist hellhole – now respond?
In truth, Americans today are confronted with a maniacal revolutionary movement emanating from a full-bore rebellion against God Almighty and the essential foundation stones of Western Judeo-Christian civilization – from biblical morality, to “unalienable” individual rights, to equal justice under the law, to the color-blind society championed by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., to the sacredness of children in the womb. After all, each of these priceless principles emanates directly from a deep recognition that human beings are created in the image of God – Imago Dei – and are therefore precious and of inestimable value.
America was blessed by wise founders who crafted a magnificent Constitution to be the template for a government based on individual rights and ordered liberty, not the rule of kings and potentates. Blessed with a population willing to sacrifice 600,000 lives in a war to expunge the evil of slavery. Blessed with an admirably resilient Judeo-Christian culture and a population genuinely in love with their country. Blessed with extraordinary natural resources, including more oil than Saudi Arabia. Blessed with unparalleled freedom and prosperity that to this day attract more immigrants These columns are archived since 12/10/09
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