God Is Looking for Men

Few verses of Scripture have more powerfully influenced my personal life than Ezekiel 22:30. After having given my life to Christ in an act of repentance, and receiving His free gift of salvation, a few short years later I accepted the call to preach the word.

However as a young adult I let selfish personal desires and worldly decisions turn me away from the promise I had made to God. Though God kept that promise which I had made to Him ever before me, in rebellion I lived only for myself and like a tornado left a path of destruction which affected the lives of everyone with whom I came in contact. But, even in my immorality and wickedness God still loved me, and desired to draw me back to Himself, and to obedience to His Will.

After many years in disobedience, I had reached a point at which God in His mercy had allowed me to be completely broken. I was broken materially, emotionally, and most of all spiritually. I was jobless, homeless, and had lost all respectability and integrity. Like the prodigal son I had wasted everything God had ever given me and destroyed every relationship with those who mattered to me. However, even at the depths of my depravity, and despite my unrepentant attitude, there were those who never ceased to pray for me. In doing so, they kept the illuminating and purifying light of Christ shining into my life and exposing my sin.

At that low point in my life, as a result of those prayers and through the efforts of my mother and oldest daughter, I began to be exposed to Godly men who, in the love of Christ, began to council and then disciple me. After a few months I cried out to God for forgiveness and gave Him complete control of my life. Believing completely in His power and ability to change my life, I again turned to His Word to show me His Will. I began that process of sanctification, daily endeavoring to be more like Christ, which yet continues even to this day. Late one night while reading, I came to this passage in Ezekiel and God began to show me, to teach me, just what He would require of me.

Ezekiel was a prophet of God to the nation of Israel during the Babylonian captivity. Because of Israel’s wickedness and disobedience God had allowed Nebuchadnezzar to conquer the nation. In the process of the conquest, the destruction of Israel took place over a period of years and included three separate periods of destruction during which the people of Israel were either scattered into other nations or were carried into captivity to Babylon. Ezekiel had been a part of the second captivity and his prophecies were both for those in captivity, and those who yet remained in Jerusalem, to turn from their wickedness and ask for restoration before God. Ezekiel chapter 22 details the depths of wickedness to which the nation of Israel had fallen, and what His judgment on them would involve. Having reached this point, God told Ezekiel;

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 22:30-31 KJV)

God had looked for one man, just one. It would have only taken one man to step into the breach in obedience, one man completely committed to God to make a stand for God before the nation of Israel. One man who was steadfast and loyal to God, to stay God’s judgment on the nation. But, the Scripture says, He found none.

As I read and studied that passage I was struck by two thoughts; first, how tragic it was that God could not find even one man willing to stand for Him in all the nation of Israel; and second, I was overwhelmed and captivated with the realization that God is still looking for a man. That, in fact, throughout history, in every generation, God has looked for a man, Today, God is still looking for men willing to be His steadfast and loyal watchmen, warrior servants, and leader servants, willing to stand for God, for Christ, before this wicked world, calling for repentance and declaring His righteousness.

As the meaning of this passage and its significance became clear to me, especially as it pertained to my own life and to my walk with Christ, I realized that incredibly, God still wanted to use me. I realized that He wanted to use me not because of who I was becoming in Christ, but because of who I was before I turned to Him.

This realization compelled me to begin a study of the men God chose to use, both in the Old Testament and New, to accomplish His goals. And while this study revealed the character and characteristics of the type of man God is looking for, most importantly I began to understand not only why He still wanted to use me, but also what He was going to require of me.

Many years have passed since Christ in His mercy restored me to Himself and allowed His Holy Spirit to indwell me, protect me, teach me, and empower me to be His obedient servant. The process of sanctification continues in my life, and each morning as I rise I hear the call of the Holy Spirit in my heart saying “I sought for a man among them” and I pray to my heavenly Father; “cause me, make me, enable me to be that man.”

God is still looking for men! But God is not looking for perfect men, He is not looking for the wealthiest, or the best looking, or even the most intelligent men.

What kind of man is God looking for?

  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap and love Him more than they love the things of the world.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap because their hearts desire is to serve Him in obedience.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap because as men they are dependent on Him, humble men who trust him completely to lead them.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap and not compromise the Word of God to the popular culture or the ideas of man, who will not tolerate unrepentant sin, yet who will love sinners just as Jesus did.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap and love, lead, comfort, and protect their wives just as Christ does the church.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap because they are more concerned about their children’s souls than their athletic abilities or popularity.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap and lead by the way they live rather than by what they say.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap and pray, who current in their prayer life, are intercessors praying for the lives of others.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap as watchmen, warning His church of apostasy and infidelity, who will be defenders of the faith.
  • God is looking for men who will stand in the gap having put on the whole armor of God, and having done all to stand, will stand therefore!

The most important thing that we must understand is that God is looking for men not only willing to die for the cause of Christ, but more importantly, He is looking for men whose lives are yielded to the power of the Holy Spirit and who are willing to live for Jesus Christ!

Is He looking for You?

 

Confusion, and Barack Hussein Obama

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” 1 John 2:15-29

What are the foundational, fundamental beliefs which drive the decisions and ambitions of Barack Hussein Obama? I must admit that, for most of the 6+ years of his presidency I have considered him to be a Muslim. However, I have recently begun to reassess this thought. While he has personally claimed to be a Christian, his words, actions, and in fact the very evidence of his very life are contradictory to that claim. His one-time membership in the church pastored by Jeremiah Wright and his personal relationship with that pastor are well documented, as is the black liberation theology he teaches. It has been, and still is, my assertion that Jeremiah Wright is a false prophet and false teacher whose theology espouses hatred, which is completely antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ. If Jeremiah Wright or Barack Obama either were at one time in their life drawn to the Truth of the Gospel and the True Church, I submit that; “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.” (1 John 2:19)

It is therefore my contention that Barack Obama is not a Christian, and I am confident in saying so because his life has borne no evidence of any fruits of the Spirit. In fact, what evidence there is would point to him being anti-Christian. His stand for abortion, for homosexual marriage, and to force faith-based organizations to pay for contraceptives through Obamacare are examples, as is his Department of Justice and Department of Defense’s persecution of those who express their faith in Christ. The very fact that he ignored for months (while he was busy on the golf course) the plight of Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted by the ISIS, is evidence enough for most that he is anti-Christian. His negligence of the Christians in Iraq is documented in an article written by Kirsten Powers entitled; Obama’s inattention to Iraqi Christians, and published on August 13, 2014 in USA Today.

But, does this mean he is a Muslim? Of a certainty there is more evidence to make that claim than any other. We might begin with the very fact that he received a good portion of his early education in a Muslim madrassa (school) in Indonesia. Or we might point to the fact that all of his relatives in Kenya are Muslim. And in fact, his brother Malik Obama is the executive secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO) and is reported to oversee the Muslim Brotherhood’s international investments. Malik Obama is also known to associate with members of Hamas as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama brothers are said to be very close, Malik was the best man at Barack’s wedding to Michelle, and Malik has visited Barack in the White House on numerous occasions. Then there is this, Barack Obama has written that one of the most beautiful sounds he has ever heard is the Muslim call to prayers, and in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012 said; “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

In two recent articles it has been documented that no less than seven individuals who have ties with the Muslim Brotherhood serve or have served in appointed positions in the Obama administration. The first article titled; Sharia Advisors – Barack Obama’s Muslim Appointees In High-Security Positions, was written by Leon Puissegur and published April 29, 2014 on freedomoutpost.com and the second article titled; Barack Obama Has a Preference for Muslim Brotherhood Advisers, was written by Sara Noble and published May 4, 2014 on independentsentinel.com

Those named in the articles were;

• Arif Alikhan — Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for DHS
• Mohamed Elibiary — Homeland Security Adviser
• Rashad Hussain Marayati — Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
• Salam al-Marayati — Adviser, Founder and Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
• Imam Mohamed Magid — Obama’s Sharia Czar — Islamic Society of North America
• Eboo Patel — Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships
• Kareem Shora, – a native of Damascus, Syria, Homeland Security Advisory Council

Also of note is Huma Abedin, who was the Assistant to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and who has extensive family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In writing about President Obama’s obvious ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Graham J. Noble noted in a recent editorial; “One should consider that family connections to terrorist organizations would not only render any private American citizen ineligible to serve in the US Armed Forces, or be hired for any number of government jobs, but would also make them subject to surveillance and, quite possibly, investigation. The fact that such well-documented ties can be traced to no less a person than the president of the United States makes one wonder how Barack Hussein Obama was obviously able to completely evade any vetting process. Whilst, in a free society, there should be few barriers to running for public office, the position of Commander-in-Chief is far too sensitive and important to expose to someone with such dubious links as our current leader.”

But once again I ask, is this enough evidence to say that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim? Or, is he an Islamist? What is the difference you ask? An Islamist is one who adheres to an ideology of Islamism which uses the religion of Islam to promote totalitarianism with respect to politics, economics, militarism, and technology. As such Islamism is no different from socialism, Marxist-Leninist communism, or fascism in the way it desires to control the state and society. Islamism is anti-capitalist and as such most decidedly anti-American. Islam as a religion is personal, therefore a Muslim’s response to Islamic law is his choice. The Islamist on the other hand desires to force his form of totalitarian ideology and religion on everyone.

Since we have mentioned communism, and because Barack Obama has also been accused of being a socialist, perhaps we should explore briefly this subject as well. Unless you have been living under a rock, or are simply willfully ignorant, you are aware of Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn, formerly of the Weather Underground, classic Marxist-Leninist communists, who launched his political career in their living room. You should also be aware of Barack Obama’s adherence to the organizational teachings of Saul Alinsky, also a communist, and perhaps even of his relationship with the communist Frank Marshall Davis who mentored the young Barack Obama in Hawaii in the 1970s.

Frank Marshall Davis worked with Robert Taylor in the American Peace Mobilization group which was a communist front organization, and through Taylor, Davis met a Chicago writer named Vernon Jarrett. Davis and Vernon Jarrett were part of the publicity team for the Packinghouse Workers Union which was communist controlled. Now then, here is an interesting little tidbit of information, President Barack Hussein Obama’s most trusted advisor in the White House is Valerie Jarrett. Valerie Jarrett holds the title of Senior Advisor to the president. Her grandfather was Robert Taylor and her father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, and she was introduced to Barack Obama by Bill Ayres. So then, legitimately, the question might be asked, is Barack Hussein Obama a socialistic communist?

Islamist, communist notwithstanding, there is one “IST” that describes Barack Obama that I am willing to be dogmatic about; he is a Narcissist. The concise Encyclopedia defines narcissism as a mental disorder characterized by extreme self-absorption, an exaggerated sense of self-importance, and a need for attention and admiration from others. Narcissists are also described as being haughty, aloof, and unusually cool and composed unless their confidence is shaken and they feel threatened, which manifests itself in hypersensitivity to insults whether real or imagined. Narcissists have difficulty with empathy and sustaining satisfying relationships, and use other people without considering their feelings or counting the cost for having done so. Narcissists have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment because they are convinced they are special and are thus entitled. Any failure to comply with their desires is considered an attack on their superiority. Typically, they are braggarts who exaggerate their achievements and claim an above average intelligence, and expertise in many areas. Narcissists have an inability to view the world from other people’s perspectives, detest those who do not admire them, have no sense of guilt or remorse, and yet are vulnerable to shame.

I believe this very aptly describes Barack Obama. From the very beginning of his presidency he has abused the American people with the excesses of his lifestyle as president. From the unmatched opulence of his vacations and those of his family, to the incessant pandering of and to his liberal Hollywood cronies, to his limitless addiction to the game of golf, he has shown no regard for the financial burden he has placed on the American taxpayer or the dereliction of his duty as president during times of international crisis. Because of his own personal ideology he has alienated our allies and emboldened our enemies. He has destroyed our healthcare system, crippled our economy, and marginalized our military. His administration has displayed abject corruption in its Department of Justice, IRS, Department of Homeland Security, and Bureau of land management, Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, and Department of State. Barack Obama does not like the United States of America, but Barack Obama likes his position, Barack Obama likes his pleasures, and Barack Obama likes his power. Barack Obama loves worldly things!

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” (1 John 2:15-16)

I believe Barack Obama is an Islamist, and a socialist/communist, and I believe because of their incompatibility, and because ultimately he is a narcissist; that he is presently one of the most confused individuals who has ever walked the earth. I believe he came into the presidency with the socialistic goal of the destruction of the United States power and influence in the world. I believe his Islamist ideology is in opposition to the socialist/communist goals of his handlers who placed him in the presidency, yet he has a desire to see it succeed. I believe his narcissistic and hedonistic desires and affectations have caused him to turn away from any semblance of responsibility, without remorse. I do not believe that he is incompetent, I do not believe that he does not care, I do believe that absolutely everything he has done or not done has been planned.

“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)

Barack Hussein Obama is not a Christian. He is an anti-Christian, not the Antichrist but an antichrist, and we are living in the last hour. As I have often stated before, nowhere in End Times prophetic Scripture is the United States of America found. Therefore, though I believe Barack Obama serves “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and the “rulers of the darkness of this age” (Ephesians 6:12), ultimately, whether he is aware of it or not, even in his sinfulness he is accomplishing the will of God.

“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (1 John 2:28)

EvenSoCome Lord Jesus!

The Church of Jesus Christ ~ Part 1

In our first teaching series on this blog we made a careful examination of the state of the “church” in the world today. We established the fact that most groups, gatherings and fellowships; whether independent, denominational, or institutional, that identify themselves as “churches” today, do not resemble in any way shape or form the Church as it was established by the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles. However, we do know that there remains today; groups of believers, true followers of Jesus Christ, Christians who have experienced true redemption and follow sound biblical doctrine.

These Christians are bound together in Christ through prayer and study of the Word, and are dedicated to one another in Christ through fellowship, making provision for one another as needed. And while most “churches” identified in the world today have no resemblance to the Church established by Jesus Christ, those who have remained faithful to the doctrine and identity of the New Testament Church in the book of Acts are the remnant Church today; His Remnant Church.

In this teaching we will begin to look at the Church established by the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. In the last half of Matthew 16:18 Jesus said; “I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” And so, in Acts 2 we read of the Holy Spirit falling on or indwelling the disciples who were gathered together praying. The power that they received from the Holy Spirit resulted in the birth of the Church, the Church of Jesus Christ. This Church built by His Holy Spirit, which Christ had already promised the gates of Hades (read Satan and his demons) shall not prevail against.

We need to understand the power in this promise. Quite literally, the Church Jesus Christ builds, which is established in the power of, and possessing the Holy Spirit of God, cannot be overpowered by Satan or his hordes of fallen Angels. But do you see the caveat in this statement? I can’t build His Church, you can’t build His Church, and no man can build His Church. Jesus said He would build His Church, and we need to get this point because the only Church Satan cannot touch, is the one established by the plan and for the purpose of Jesus Christ.

Throughout the New Testament we are taught that the Church is the body of Christ, and the bride of Christ. Therefore the True Church can only be made up of people who are “In Christ,” that is; people who have recognized their sinful condition, repented for and turned from that condition, having accepted the free gift of grace provided by Jesus Christ through His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection, establishing Him as Savior and Lord of their life. Understanding this, we know then that the Church is not an institution, it is not a denomination, and it certainly is not a building. Unfortunately, historically this fact seems to have been lost, and what men would identify as the “church” today… isn’t the True Church of Jesus Christ at all. The “church” identified by the world today is polluted or diluted by the fact that all of its so-called members are not “In Christ.”

In Acts 2:41-47 we have the pattern used by the Holy Spirit to establish the Church of Jesus Christ. In Revelation 2 & 3, in Christ’s letters to the seven “churches” in Asia Minor, we find examples of the pattern both followed and abandoned. Our goal in this teaching will be to examine and perhaps rediscover the pattern established by Jesus Christ for His Church. We will utilize the Word of God in the New Testament and only the Word of God to do so. For if we add anything such as creeds or traditions then we corrupt God’s design for the Church of Jesus Christ.

We teach because; Jesus is Coming Soon!

EvenSoCome