Leader Fitness to Serve

Leader Fitness to Serve

and Conclusion of Gentile Faith

January 11, 2023

The attached word that God put in my heart, I want to share with you because I believe God is doing a new thing in His people and we need to prepare ourselves for what He is doing.  We have nearly gone through the winter; and the spring and summer are coming.  Along with new seasons of the year, I believe there is a new season for our people if we are ready to receive it.

We have seen God’s anger, but He wants to show us His joy and pleasure in us as well if we will just listen.  While God has sent judgment into the land, He always bring restoration with His vengeance.  His enemy experiences vengeance for their sin, but He restores His people that have held on to His name. God showed me some time ago that many churches call upon His name but have not come into the fullness of His Word.  As He took me to various places, I saw churches that had certain aspects of the gospel message but had neglected some other important part of the way that Jesus compelled us to follow. We need to eat the whole roll and we cannot afford to leave ourselves uncovered in any area of our armor.  We must get the whole message and the whole protection Jesus provides so that we are not target practice for the enemy.  We must be willing to correct, add on or remove those parts necessary to be fully His.  We saw in the early church followers that had heard only part of the message, but when they heard the whole gospel, they immediately complied to receive that which was missing such as baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit or taking on the name of Jesus after being baptized by John.  We want to be fully prepared to enter into rest after laboring in the field.

I am joyful, hopeful and encouraged after reading the Word of God in Isaiah today and believe that God is about to bless His church mightily.  Let’s be ready for when He is ready to move on our behalf.  Please read the attached remarks that I believe are God-inspired and call upon me with any question or comment.  May God bless you and your family.

January 10, 2023

We have recently seen leaders at various levels display inadequate skills for leadership while operating in the highest levels of government, religion and business.  While it is proof of failure on their part, it also represents a failure on our part as constituents, followers or participants who did not properly vet, chasten or protest their leadership.  Leaders were always supposed to come from the best of us and make us proud of their leadership. No group wants to be led by a poorly prepared leader. The biblical children of Israel asked God for a king like other nations who could go in and out before them in battle and possess the strength to represent them. They wanted a strong leader that could stand up for them before the enemy. A lion is said to rule the jungle because he fights any contender to maintain rule of his domain.  He leads by strength, not weakness. We have looked to our leaders to be a type of Moses with worldly experience and a relationship with God to lead us in difficult times.

Something is seriously wrong when a God-fearing nation sits by and observes the placement of insurrectionists and habitual liars to the lawful position of being lawmakers in government with power over the people when they have already declared their intent to bring more chaos and insurrectionist action to discredit those responsible for prosecuting their crimes. Without a doubt we have become a lawless nation when lawful authorities fear prosecuting criminals of wealth and power.  We become lawless when we become God-less, no longer fearing punishment from the Supreme Ruler, our sovereign God, who watches over His domain and demands that every inferior domain submit to His divine order. When those in authority refuse to fulfill their jobs, the nation becomes subject to more chaos and is vulnerable to outside attacks.

Why have we come to a place of setting up weak leaders?  When we look at the history of nations, we see strong tyrant leaders who established themselves as rulers and the people had no choice but to follow.  In the republic of America that is established with democratic governance, we determine our leaders from among us by the vote.  The original leaders who established the nation of America were men who had worldly knowledge through education, science, business, history and biblical understanding. From the wisdom of many fields of study they were able to establish and project the needs of an emerging nation of people who would grow beyond them.  However, today’s national leaders who may have obtained knowledge of one field or no field at all, may not have excelled at any objective nor gained wisdom; yet they still qualify as our local or federal leaders and often operate without chastisement. 

Spiritual knowledge or religion has been a source of moral discipline for many powerful nations of the past and has served as the core of the educational training for its people.  If you examine the historical empires of the Chinese, Greek or Romans, you will find that they believed their strength came from their gods.  America started out promoting and following her God.  Our educational systems, our churches, government and even our armies upheld that our strength came from our God, and we gave praise to Him in all our gatherings. Today our school systems question the validity of divinity or distort the Word of God, if taught.  We, therefore, have a poorer pool of leaders to choose from because higher education does not acknowledge the Supreme Leadership of the Creator of the world and is producing a lower quality of college graduates for leadership positions, whose leadership should reflect an image of the divine.  Though our national government does not require a relationship with God as a prerequisite to hold office in government, it was always a normal practice to acknowledge faith in God; and the bible ascribes that a man who says there was no God, is a fool, thereby unsuitable for office.

Leaders of early world history often saw the advancement of leaders through nepotism as the heir of the king would ascend to the throne regardless of age or leadership ability.  In our modern democracy in America, professional leaders are often selected through nepotism, peer recommendations, or by financial influence.  None of those methods can guarantee a suitable candidate for a position.  Perhaps the worst of all selection processes is what we commonly see practiced today where we select someone whose outward appearance appeals to us as the best candidate. The flaw of this system was perfectly demonstrated most recently in the congressional candidate who dressed himself for the job he wanted using outward appearance, false credentials and lies to deceive his way into a House of Representatives seat in Congress.  He had plenty of evidence that his scheme would work because American citizens had recently elected a president over our nation in the same manner that used fraudulent credentials and deceived the population.

America is a nation that excels in many areas of life above and beyond other nations.  This nation gained that prestigious position because of hard work and sacrifices of those who came before us who put their trust in God and God honored the nation.  As their heirs, current Americans love to boast of prestige and wealth with pomp and glamour, extravagance and fashion.  Celebrity status will get you the best seat in town.  Even our religious leaders, from whom we expect spiritual guidance, will show reference to celebrity status as a symbol of importance. None of these practices measure a person’s worth or suitability for the type of leadership we find advised in the Holy Bible.  The first and highest leader of mankind is God and He set up and demonstrated the standards of leadership that we were to follow. God shapes His chosen leaders with knowledge, wisdom, experience and His personal guidance to lead the people.  He is still doing the same today, but it is mankind who has shaped leaders with lesser abilities to lead our communities. The results have been devastating.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore, for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Ps. 31:3 

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, Ex. 31:3 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Pro. 1:7 

Within the last millennium, the nations of the world have been primarily led by gentile nations who were first introduced to God by Christian apostles of Christ like Peter, Paul and Barnabas. The unfaithfulness of God’s chosen people had led Him to turn away from Israel and toward the heathen nations for obedient followers. Overthrow of the Israelite people by the gentile nations of Greece, Rome and many others subdued the Jewish lands and there came a mixture of Christian faith among the practice of idolatrous religions.

Apostle Paul began propagating the gentile nations with the Christian faith throughout the world. It took a process, but the then-known nations of the world accepted the Christian gospel and Jesus Christ as Savior.  At the conclusion of the past millennium, however, we saw gentile nations, including America, turning away from the pure knowledge of God and Jesus Christ back to unbelief, idols, and heathen religions, some incorporating the name of Christ.

In this time, truth has been declared and made available for any seeker of the truth.  Jesus Christ also has individually revealed Himself to pagans and people around the globe who are coming to know Jesus as Lord.  Those who have been taken into bondage through colonization by gentile nations can now come to know Christ and gain spiritual freedom until physical release is realized.  For the whole of the world, God and His Son, Jesus, are available as true leadership for all mankind.

God’s Old Testament prophets taught that man would not remain faithful to the Creator but would turn back to heathen beliefs and God would have to punish mankind for betrayal of the faith.

“…I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward (Isa. 1:1-5).”

In the nation of America, that has become a world leader, some have used their leadership position of clergy, president or congress to lead people away from truth.  The former president of the United States and his supporters, with some congressional leaders, tried to dissuade the American people from the True God to serving a man they set up as a god.  This gentile nation was taught better.  The bible clearly gives us indication of the troublesome times of the last days:

 … perilous times shall come… men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  (II Tim 3:1-5).

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition… (2Th 2:3) 

The importance of Jesus coming was that every man, woman and child could know God personally and have a relationship with Christ for him or herself.  We each have power with God to cry out in prayer to Him when our leaders no longer reflect the righteousness and integrity of our God.  Our Righteous and Supreme leader, who is God, has supreme authority over all earthly leaders and knows how to discipline or punish dishonorable leaders. Our role is to cry out to Him for help to purge the land of evildoers.  God knows His children and we no longer need man as intercessor to know the Lord.

And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. Heb 8:11

There has been a failure of our leaders to make their followers aware that their service is a stewardship to God where they must answer to God if they fail to live up to His standard.  They have allowed followers to believe that their leadership is the final authority and that they alone judge their followers’ behavior.  God is the judge over all mankind and even those He grants the right to help discipline those in His domain, are all people subject to His direct judgment as well.  Therefore, ignorance of the line of authority and the rights of the people to denounce evil leadership has allowed evil to rule in high places.  Where leaders have failed to bring righteous authority over evil domains, we have seen God’s sovereignty intervene to bring correction to the whole domain, be it homes, churches, businesses, organizations, cities, states, nations and the entire earth, as was done through the worldwide flood.  God is very serious about obedience and order, and He will bring discipline and order to His domain as the Lion of Judah.

All that put their trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ can be saved from the wrath of God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Joh 3:16-17 

Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly; (Joh 10:10) but He also said that the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. ” But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men (Mt.16:23).”  Depriving one of his God-ordained liberties is what the devil does in many ways such as promoting ignorance, bondage, imprisonment, slavery, poverty, homelessness, sickness, broken families, and mental distress.  We must be aware when someone is trying to take us back into the bondage Christ delivered us from and denounce that person, mechanism or tactic as an emissary from the evil one, regardless of who they are.  The enemy comes in disguise and with the subtlety of a serpent that we must be alert of to escape his snares.

The leaders we allow to have authority over us in the community, government, workplace, or religion have an avenue to directly impact our life in bringing blessings or bondage while we put our trust in them because the enemy can work through his control of people.  We determine whether God or the enemy rule over us. The Lord will set us free and keep us free if we put our trust in Him.

God did put away His chosen people for a season because of repeatedly breaking the Law.  He has also warned the gentiles of His displeasure if they refused to be faithful to Christ.  Apostle Paul, an Israelite and teacher of gentiles, also warned them against despising God’s chosen people.  We have seen whites (gentiles) despising black people of African descent around the world, who are the progenitors of white populations, express hatred toward blacks merely because of the color of their skin. Their behavior is contrary to the Christian commandment requiring love for one’s neighbor.  Even the world and its experts have proven the error of this practice. The modern sciences of anthropology, genetics and archeologists have finally proven what the bible never hid: that human origin started with dark-skinned people in the continent of Africa.  The Word of God, Holy Spirit, and Jesus taught us the importance of loving all people, even our enemies, and without the love of God we are none of His (Rom. 8:9).  Therefore, the Israel of the bible are dark-skinned people of African descent who have been scattered around the world and they are the protected children of promise recorded throughout all of scripture.

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. Rom. 11:25 

I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?  Rom 11:11-15

Spiritual and worldly evidence have been presented to remove the blindness of Israelites around the world and the fullness of the gentiles has come in.  In our nation of America, every ethnicity of people is running to this nation for the liberties that are available to its citizens, which blessings are only available because of the people of faith who sought the God of the Universe for those very blessings.  However, the American white community, who are of gentile origin, are trying to prevent the truth from being disclosed to black people to protect white rule over the wealth and blessings of this nation.  That unbiblical and diabolical practice of white supremacy and Christian nationalism is contrary to the Word of God. The truth is that the time of white rule over black people is already up.  Apostle Paul who was the apostle to the gentiles, forewarned his gentile followers in Romans 11:25 that white rule would end when the scales are removed from the eyes of the true Israel and the good news of Jesus Christ has been taken worldwide.  The convenience of mass media makes the Word of God available for all people to receive the truth.  Furthermore, the days of Israel’s blindness is being removed as we are seeing more and more blacks come into this realization. 

According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day. Rom 11:8   

The Israelites of the bible were black people from the lands of Africa, who followed Jehovah God.  Though some refused to accept the Messiah when He came and were blinded, for a season, today black people worship Jesus Christ and call Him Lord.  Not all black people from Africa were Israelites but all biblical Israelites from Africa were black and so most all black people since the time of slavery have known the name of Jesus and have worshipped Christ.  Israel’s eyes have been opened to the Messiah and they are no longer shut out but are heirs of the full inheritance of Jesus Christ. 

The reason for the present chaos in America, the insurrection, and the problematic seating of illegal insurrectionists in congress is that white America are still trying to fortify its strength against black empowerment.  White people have mistreated black people from the days of slavery till this day and they want to continue their efforts to block blacks from their citizen rights as Christians and Americans.  They cannot admit that they failed to heed the warning given to them by Apostle Paul to not despise God’s Israel.  They are busy trying to cover up their sin with a lie which brings them under the bondage of the enemy who will not allow them to admit the truth.  Every lie they tell takes them deeper into his territory.  Some of them have known the truth for quite a while and some may have recently come into the knowledge of truth but refuse to relinquish their control of power. 

It is the responsibility of black people to take their place in leadership and exercise righteous authority where God has given them an open door and to refuse any further oppression by the enemy because they are equal heirs in Christ.  Even those blacks who have not accepted Christ have a right to be released from oppression because the blindness has ended, and all Israel is released from bondage in this generation.

When Israel comes in, it is a time of truth.  Daniel 9:27 reveals the crucial time for setting up of the Christ or setting up of the anti-Christ.  If the anti-Christ is set up rather than the Christ, then we will see released the prophesied destruction to follow that Daniel foresaw.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week, he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Dan 9:25 

We have witnessed in this season a large portion of the white church, government, and citizenry following an anti-Christ spirit to set up an idolatrous god whose rule they were willing to follow because they refused to accept the truth. They have not repented, their formation of a violent group for attack is still viable, their chosen leader is still free, and now they are setting up lawfully an unlawful group that plans to follow through with their original plot to overthrow the government and set up their chosen leader in the next presidential election. 

Black people must not forget that they were the intended targets of white rage. They cannot afford to rely on the white governmental authority to correct or hold accountable those white perpetrators of crimes and insurrection because it is their own constituents, family members, spiritual leaders, friends and peers that they would be condemning.  Like in South Africa, white rule supports its own people and only an opposing force will change that. Justice and its officials are supposed to be blind to respect of person, but we know that was also true throughout the practice of slavery in the nation.  American history bears witness that black people have always been punished for crimes or suspicion of crimes while most whites law breakers are set free.  Both black and white people have repeated a well-known truth:  If the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists had been black, blood would have flowed in the streets.  The last presidential administration brought out of hiding the true sentiments of many white Americans.

A recent U.S. Sentencing Commission found that black men serve sentences 19.1 percent longer than that of the average white man for similar crimes.  American history records that a prior white insurrection against the American government attempted in the early 40s was backed by Nazis and the large host of civilian conspirators, including congressmen, were never prosecuted.  The past is an excellent prognosticator of the future and history forgotten has come back to repeat itself because justice for crimes was never rendered. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.

The reason why there is seemingly no one who can hold accountable the primary leaders that set up the insurrection is because it is the church’s job to be the moral guide for the people and it was the white church who led the insurrectionists in their scheme to overthrow the government.  Erroneous Christian principles were taught by religious leaders to incite racial hatred and violence.  Those Christian leaders were some of the most well-known television teachers and evangelical leaders of the church body nationally, who schooled the insurrectionists, and organized groups that included government officials, militia, white citizens and even some black Christians. Those white Christians who were not partakers of this scheme have a responsibility to help their brethren to come to the truth.  Judicial officials may be reluctant to use their legal authority to arrest elite societal members guilty of crimes, but that is their job.  Even though the guilt of many of the insurrectionists and the former president has been proven, we cannot keep assigning to a single person or agency the responsibility of judging our leaders or correcting society’s moral failure.  That responsibility must be carried by all of us and backed up by the majority of citizens who demand that justice be upheld or a change of authority be made. We all own a part of the dysfunction that is our world. 

The true church of Christ is responsible for standing up for truth and righteousness in our society.  The preached Word of God has the power to make disciples of men who will serve in integrity as professionals throughout the community as righteous stewards in business, law, government and other fields.  Just as Paul and Barnabas went into pagan lands and turned those cities upside down for Jesus, converting souls to Christ; the true gospel changes hearts and minds from living in sin to accepting Christ as Lord.  A righteous people will seek to do that which is right, giving their service for God rather than to obtain wealth, because they want to please Christ.  We need not make laws against every sin but just get the sinner to Christ and He will change that life.

The matter before us is not one of democracy but of white racial hatred of black empowerment. The democracy process and the law have been used for hundreds of years to exercise racial discrimination, but now Christian truth and the real legal process is exposing and demanding that the lies be pulled down.  That challenge has brought forth a stronger demand to suppress the rightful exercise of democracy and exercise the forces of fascism, autocracy, or authoritarian rule that derive their power from hatred supplied by the enemy against Christ and His church. These sinful tools could only be exercised by the suppression of the truth and hijacking the Christian faith.  The sin of a lack of Christian love is being disguised as Christianity by some who falsely claim to be Christians, while their neglect and hindrance of provision for the needy exposes their hypocrisy.  The Christian community must judge those religious leaders as unfit for their offices as the civilian insurrectionists.

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth.. Therefore, put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 1Co 5:11

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 1Co 5:4-6 

Not only is our community in violation of the law of Christian love, but also of the Constitution which collects taxes from citizens and must equally apply them to all citizens of the United States.  Leaders being found guilty of one or both unfaithful services, bring a mockery to the claim of Christian legislator.  Democracy allows lawful service only by the lawful and by permission of the people.  Likewise, it is the responsibility of civilian leaders of all types to faithfully watch over the lives they serve.  Therefore, it behooves black leaders, in particular, to bring about change in the church and to protest the unlawful seating of insurrectionists being installed as lawmakers over a tax-paying citizenry.  If we do not demand our rights to lawful representation in congress, we have already given our consent to the Republican plan to usurp unlawful authority over black citizens and others according to their whims and personal preferences. Both their legal seating and legal actions without regress is what they always planned as authoritarian rule.  If America, both black and white citizens, allow it to come to pass under democracy, the nation would have proven itself lawless and given the lawless their planned victory.  Their intentions are totally illegal as are their past actions of insurrection and if we do not protest their illegal acts now when will we…after they make all their illegal desires legal? Then where will the destruction of democracy take us?

We must remember that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. The prospect of bringing legal action against the perpetrators of evil brought against our God and nation is odorous because no one wants to stand against what should have been God-ordained leadership of our church and government.  We must remember Jesus rebuked Peter, Paul rebuked Peter’s prejudice, Judas was judged for insurrection, and that Ananias with Sapphira were all church leaders or participants who were judged for their acts against truth.  The bible does not tell us not to judge leaders but rather the means by which to do so.

Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 1Ti 5:19-21

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1Co 5:6-8

Both Christianity and American constitutional authority give us the right to question the faithfulness and lawfulness of our leaders who serve us by our mutual consent. We must realize that neither our God nor our democratic government gives power to any man or woman to sovereignly rule over the people.  The power of the government is given to individual citizens who express their will with the vote through our three-branch government; while the power of God is given to every individual believer to stand with God or with other believers to exercise proper rule for the people.  When all of these individuals combine their power together to stand against the forces of evil that comes against the body of believers or citizens, the power of that union with God defeats the enemy.  Therefore, the people are compelled to stand up or be complicit with or run over by evildoers.  Jesus simply said, If the blind lead the blind, they both fall into the ditch. Even Jesus refuses to help people that refuse help. 

We are all born with a sense of right and wrong and we can discern as a child what is wrong.  We have seen before our own eyes what is wrong in our present government or church leadership.  Some people who were led astray may have an opportunity still to repent but some will not and must be opposed or they will continue to rob us of our rights and privileges in a free society.  We have clearly seen the boldness and determination of those who have perpetrated evil against our society.  We have seen that they will not back down. While we as Christians believe in showing mercy to the wayward, we must also discern the spirit of those that oppose our Christian destiny as when Peter challenged Christ going to the cross.  Christ having rebuked Satan’s use of Peter, went on to fulfill His destiny.  Some people still professing Christ in error may be determined that they are right to oppose the rights of black people and to them we owe the gospel truth of their error.  Like the Pharisees, Sadducees and the scribes during Jesus’ ministry were religious, as was also Saul of Tarsus, religion in itself does not save, but righteousness comes through acceptance of Christ. The religious must submit to Christ to be saved. 

Jesus asked the Pharisee, Nicodemus, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things (Joh 3:10)?” His high office as Pharisee did not avail him to the truth.  Christian believers must stand together against evil for righteousness to prevail.  “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ec. 4:12).”  Let our citizenry, church, government and God stand against the evil that has been perpetrated against us as a God-fearing people.  None of us are saved by virtue of our ethnicity.  We become one body in Christ. Similarly, we become one people in our nation. “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe (Gal. 3:22).”  The church, which is made up of all Christian believers, will prevail against the forces of evil that come against Christ and His church. White Christians standing for truth should be in agreement with the black community as they stand up for Christian rights.  Evil must not prevail against the righteous. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31).” Consider the odds against the people of Ukraine and their stand against evil and they too are fighting our fight.  Their enemy of righteousness is our enemy as well.  Let not our strength for righteousness and liberty be less than theirs.

As we approach the Rev. Martin Luther King birthday holiday, we should remember that this is a fight for the rights of black people in America was already started but not finished.  As God stood with black people in the fight for civil rights, He will be with us again.  All people have a right to freedom under God through Christ, but we must be willing to fight our battles.  This is not a physical fight that we fight for our civil rights.  That civil war over the color of flesh has already been fought. It was a physical warfare that did not bring spiritual victory.

Our nation often does not take the time to see how God is managing the events of our world.  There is a correlation between our spiritual condition as a nation and the constant problems we contend with such as racial discord, political disunity, public violence, and even the pandemic.  We tend to work on the physical issues without recognizing the problems stem from our spiritual disobedience and will not be resolved until we deal with the spiritual issues.  Many of our issues today stem from our failure to exercise racial love.

This is a spiritual battle against an evil spiritual foe who has been against all mankind from the beginning.  Now that the world knows the name of Jesus, the enemy seeks to take back territory already won.  This battle is one of truth against the lie.  This battle is one of our God standing against Satan, where we are all called to the battlefield.  We can win if we fight it God’s way through faith in our Lord and a walk of obedience.  The battle is already won but we must stand up spiritually in Christ and contend with our spiritual enemy.  We cannot afford to compromise. The enemy stands between us and realization of our victory.  Our greatest weapons are love and our God, the same weapons Jesus used to prevail over the enemy of hate.  Like King David, we are called to give our lives to Christ so that He can make us leaders for His service for the good of our brethren and the land. Our victory is guaranteed by our God, as was David’s, which victory we share with all who love our God and our Christ.

King David as the highest civil leader of the land served and worshipped God and his love of God brought favor and blessings upon the people of his kingdom. There were prophets who brought King David a message of chastisement when he was found in sin against God or man.  The repentance and punishment of David brought a restoration of peace and order to the kingdom.  This example of executive, legislative and spiritual leadership is part of our leadership as well bringing the same result of blessings or turmoil based on the behavior of our leaders even though we are not dependent on a monarch.  Leadership behavior affects the people, and our three-part government and citizens must insist that leaders behave properly or be removed.  This is the way of God and if we do not self-correct, God’s correction follows.

Let’s not bow down to tyrants or evil men who seek to oppress us and deny our God-given rights. Let’s each stand in our God-given position for truth and liberty so that all God’s children can have peace, joy and the abundant life while we live in this our temporary home until we move to our permanent heavenly home. May God strengthen your faith and your resolve to do your part in standing up for Christ in these last hours to bring glory to His name.  May God get the glory of all His creation and may Jesus forever reign as Lord.  

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