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and this week from the youtubes:
“No man escapes when freedom fails,
The best men rot in filthy jails;
And they who cried: “Appease, Appease!”
Are hanged by men they tried to please.” -Hiram Mann
If we don’t defend the right to be offensive now, it will be too late when we are left begging a random judge not to lock us up for anything the government deems offensive- Simon Black
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves. -Abraham Lincoln
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.- Ronald Reagan
I think we have all pondered the reverse of this title- why do bad things happen to good people? It is always troubling, but most people accept and understand that bad things happen to everyone.
But for most people- myself included- who believe that God, Karma, or the criminal justice system should be making sure bad people get what they deserve- it can be more disconcerting seeing the schmucks and rascals among us getting things they don’t deserve.
And, just like understanding that sometimes people don’t deserve the bad things they get- sometimes people also don’t deserve the good things that regularly roll their way.
So why does it happen?
The Sun rises on the evil and the good
In Matthew 5:45, Jesus tells us that God “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” From that verse we learn that in the same way bad things happen to everyone, so do good things.
Sometimes, just by proximity or relationship, bad people are the beneficiaries of the labors or blessings of the good people in their lives. We see this happen in our families, jobs, communities, and churches. Don’t be resentful the undeserving are benefitting from your efforts, just be grateful that your efforts are producing good results. It is not easy to take that high-minded approach, but the end result is much better than the aggravation and resentment of not taking that approach.
Edmund Burke’s oft-quoted observation “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” provides another proactive perspective to the question. Are bad people prospering because you are too afraid/lazy/indifferent to do anything about it? If so, careful and prayerful consideration of what you and others can do to right these wrongs is necessary. Sometimes, simply exposing the nonsense people are up to is the solution per another oft-quoted saying “Sunshine is the best disinfectant.”
If someone is stealing from the store or abusing their spouse/children and you don’t report it, then you are giving tacit approval to their evil and are as guilty as they are.
Do you know what “good things” are?
You might be saying “well of course I know what good things are”- but maybe you don’t. And I say this because many of your churches don’t. And if you are attending one of these preachers of “prosperity gospel” then you clearly don’t understand what good things are either.
There is a proliferation of churches these days who teach that if you are a “true believer”, then God is going to bless you with financial security, wonderful health, and fantastic relationships. Your “good life now”.
These are damnable doctrines, and are putting your soul in jeopardy. God has promised no one any such thing. If your church is telling you to pray for a “check in the mail”- as a local Evangelical church I visited taught-then neither you nor that church has any comprehension of good things or true gifts of the Spirit.
“But our church is prospering and growing and bringing many souls to Christ!” or “Our church is bringing forth good fruits!” many have told me…
Sometimes good things happen to bad churches too. For all the same reasons.
Where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt
John D. Rockefeller, one of America’s first and most famous multi-millionaires, was once asked “how much money is enough?” His reply- “Just a little bit more.” Money can become your hunger, your passion.
Money and material things do not satisfy the soul.
Have you ever thought “if only I was rich, or at least well- off, I would be happy”? Then you should consider the statistics of lottery winners. A large percentage of them lose all of the money within three years. A significant number of them end up in therapy that they didn’t need before their good fortune. And many of them report the sad end to family and relationships.
What may appear to be “good things” are quite often just the opposite.
Matthew 6:19-21 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
If you have been fortunate financially, and there is nothing wrong with being successful, you should give thanks and remember: God did not bless you to raise your standard of living; rather to raise your standard of giving.
Everyone makes wrong decisions. The only people that don’t make mistakes are those that don’t do anything. After killing his brother Abel, Cain’s story could have turned out much differently. It could have been a tale tracing the greatest sorrow, a dramatic repentance, an inspiring tale of great change and redemption that comes from turning to God. How forgiveness is possible for all who will seek it.
It could have been that way.
Instead, Cain chose a different path, joining with the ‘murderer from the beginning’ in the dark covenant- a decision that metastasized and eventually led to the destruction of nearly everything.
Psalm 37:32- The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
It is impossible to know what Satan promised Cain in return for his treachery- but a deal with the devil always requires rejection of God- and we can clearly see that Cain had been completely turned against the Lord.
From Genesis 4:9-15 -God, who knows full well what has happened, gives Cain the opportunity to acknowledge his terrible deed; a chance to confess- the first step in repentance, the first step back.
“Where is Abel, your brother?”
“I don’t know” Cain lied. And then, in a response that any parent would rebuke as ‘talking back’, and revealing his contempt for the Lord, he infamously pops off “Am I my brothers keeper?”
Think of the callousness and evil in the question- the killer asks ‘Am l responsible for what happened to him?’
No more playing around with Cain- “What have you done? Your brothers blood cries to me from the ground!”
No response. Crickets, as we say.
The Lord then told Cain because he had rejected God, he would be separated. He would no longer receive the Lords’ blessings in his labors- farming will now be a disappointing, futile effort.
Further, he was now known for his deed, and he would be persona non grata wherever he thought to settle- ‘a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth.’
Was Cain beginning to get the picture now- starting to see how serious this was to the Lord? Hardly. “Seems a little harsh” he whines.
“I can’t stay here, I can’t farm, nobody will hire me. People will say- look at the killer Cain- let’s get him, we should kill him before he tries to kill one of us eh?”
The Lord can see Cain is too blinded by darkness to reason with further. “Whoever kills Cain will get sevenfold vengeance” is Cain’s promise from the Lord. (Number symbolism is sometimes used in the Bible- seven is the number of perfection and completion- ‘sevenfold vengeance’ means the Lord will avenge his murder, should it occur, perfectly.)
As if he deserved such a reassurance.
God showed Cain that all the things he believed and assumed about God were lies. That his friend, Satan, was a liar- the father of all lies.
The Lord then puts a mark upon Cain and sends him on his way. We don’t know what the mark was exactly, but it was something visible to others. It was not to punish or remind Cain, but as a warning to others: Vengeance belongs to the Lord, and He will repay (Romans 12:19- Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.)
Cursed, marked, and casted out, the Lord tells Cain his lot is to be a fugitive and a vagabond, a nomad- so that he wouldn’t stay in one place and influence others with his evil doctrines: Cain responds by settling east of Eden and building a city (4:17)
A city founded by a rebellious murderer who was told not to build a city. Godless, lawless. What sort of ethics, culture, and civility was likely found there? A city of thugs, gang-bangers, war lords, and pimps. It was probably part Vegas, part Bangkok, part New Orleans with a little Pyong Yang and Mogadishu thrown in. Think Sodom and Gomorrah.
And we see that the dark covenant thrived and grew.
Six generations later, we meet Cain’s great great great great grandson- Lamech.
From Genesis 4:18-24– Lamech is the first polygamist mentioned in the Bible. He calls his two wives one day, and reveals to them the dark covenant, and both warns and boasts: “I killed a man who tried to wound me, and another young man who thought to hurt me. The Lord that cursed our father Cain promised seven fold vengeance for his life;
Hear my voice: My master will avenge me seventy and seven fold.”
A dark covenant- where murder rules and is protected. A covenant that claims to be more powerful and vengeful than God. A blasphemous and rebellious group of Satan worshippers has descended from the murderer Cain. And we read that Lamech’s sons are prominent leaders in the burgeoning cult.
Meanwhile, back to where our story began, in a world where darkness has struck hard- Cain and Abel are gone- there is a new hope.
Adam and Eve have a new son. And in the first prophecy- Eve proclaims that the new arrival, Seth- would lead the righteous and would take up where Abel had been ended.
And as this chapter closes, Seth has had a son- Enos. The new hope grows as we are told in Enos’ time, men began to ‘call upon the name of the Lord.’ (4:26)
Titus 3:3- For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
No matter how far we have fallen, our Savior Jesus Christ has provided a way out. If we choose to stay away from God, things get worse. We grow farther and farther from God. We start to believe crazy things. We think good things are bad, bad things are good. Like Cain, we begin to love the darkness.
John 1:5- And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 3:19- And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
We see SO many that love darkness. Tragic. We see many that have ignored good things and loved wrong things so long- their comprehension and conscience are warped. This is a dangerous place to get into.
Psalm 116:13- I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.
To escape the darkness you are in, call upon the name of the Lord. To stay in the Light and love of God- call upon the name of the Lord. In all things, call upon Him. If you call upon Him- you will be saved.
and this week from the youtubes:
June 20, 2018 authored by Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.
In 2008, Colorado separated a Jewish boy from his parents.
Marten Kudlis was separated from his parents while waiting for his mother to bring him his ice cream. The 3-year-old boy who had just been playing in the park never got his ice cream.
Instead Francis Hernandez, an illegal alien driving 81 miles an hour, slammed into a pickup truck, killing the two women inside, and smashing it through the glass wall of the Baskin Robbins.
Blood and broken glass covered the floor. Little Marten, who had just learned to ride a bike, died of a slashed jugular vein and was buried with a teddy bear.
Francis Hernandez had been arrested 16 times in 5 years without ever being turned over to immigration authorities. That failure to enforce immigration law separated a little boy from his family forever.
Advocates for illegal migration claim to be outraged by family separation. They want illegal alien invaders like Francis to go on separating American children from their families. What the fake news media falsely calls family separation is just arresting illegal aliens like Francis instead of releasing them. When previous administrations failed to enforce border security, they separated American children like Marten and many others from their parents forever. And the blood of those children is on the hands of the posturing politicians, activists and pundits who want to unite illegal aliens and separate Americans.
In February 2018, the United States government separated Grace Aguilar from her parents.
Grace was a bright and cheerful 6-year-old girl. While she was sitting by her favorite tree in the front yard of her family home, Maximino Delgado Lagunas, a Mexican illegal alien who had already been deported twice, ran her down.
The illegal alien’s blood alcohol limit was three times the legal limit. He had been arrested before for a DUI, but was put back on the street by local cops instead of being turned over to immigration authorities.
Sanctuary city policies separated Grace, whose parents had tried to have children for 8 years, from her parents. The illegal alien who killed her had been deported twice, once under Bush and once under Obama. The combination of lax border security by these two administrations and local sanctuary policies permanently separated the little girl and her parents. Unlike the illegal migrants whose plight is playing out on every cable news channel, the Aguilar family will never get their daughter back.
16-year-old Kayla Cuevas and 15-year-old Nisa Mickens were separated from their parents when they were battered with baseball bats and butchered with a machete in a suburban cul-de-sac by illegal alien MS-13 members.
The brutal illegal alien assault left the bodies of the African-American teenage girls, who had been out celebrating Nisa’s birthday, barely recognizable.
“There are days where you feel like you want your world to end, just like your child’s,” Kayla’s mother said. “Then you realize you have a new purpose: to fight, so that your child’s death is not in vain.”
10-year-old Alena Clay was separated from her family while walking down a bike lane with her 16-year-old sister and two other girls. Juan Carlos Ortega-Santos, an illegal alien, had no driver’s license, no insurance and his blood alcohol level was far over the limit. 16-year-old Tyeisha Lacy, Alena’s sister, pushed an 8-year-old girl out of Juan’s way. But Juan slammed into the two Lacy girls killing them both.
“He will never know the extent of the damage he did,” Lakeenya Lacy, Tyeisha’s mother, said in court. “You did not just take their lives. You took other people’s lives with them.”
4-year-old Ellie Bryant and 22-month-old Grayson Hacking were separated forever from their mother when Margarito Quintero Rosales slammed head on into their car. Ellie, Grayson and Courtney Hacking’s husband, Peter, were all killed.
Rosales had been previously deported and had no license. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
15-year-old Genesis Cornejo-Alvarado was separated from her parents when two illegal alien MS-13 gang members killed her in a satanic ritual after previously raping her and a 14-year-old girl.
11-year-old Abigail Robinson and 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt were separated from their parents while playing in a pile of leaves. Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, who ran them over, was an illegal alien and one of Obama’s DREAMERs. Despite killing the two girls, she was released from jail and allowed to apply for a Social Security number and a work permit. And that is exactly what illegal alien advocates want.
When illegal aliens separate a child from her parents, no power on earth can undo that separation.
The sheriff’s department and volunteers searched hundreds of acres for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon. The body of his mother, 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, had already been found.
Evarardo Donoteo-Reyes, a Mexican illegal alien who had already been deported twice, and convicted once of illegal entry, was charged with moving her body.
10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco went missing after church. Her body was later found in a well. The accused murderer was Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, her previously deported illegal alien uncle, who allegedly sexually assaulted her, beat her with a blunt object, choked her and then drowned her in the well.
But sometimes illegal aliens don’t even bother separating parents and children. Marco Tulio Hernandez Ramirez was driving his employer’s van when he slammed into the Cannon family’s Toyota Camry.
His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, he didn’t have a license and was driving on the wrong side of the roadway. But the illegal alien survived to become a 40-year burden on taxpayers. 5-year-old Rose Marie Cannon didn’t. Neither did Katherine Cannon and Russell Cannon.
Rose Marie had been given a dollar to spend as the family headed out to do their Christmas shopping.
“And she died with that dollar in her hand,” Louise Cannon, Russell’s mother, said. “That’s the most heartbreaking thing.”
“He gave them the death sentence,” she said of Ramirez.
But it wasn’t only Ramirez who did that. Ramirez had been deported before, but there he was back again. The failure to enforce immigration laws separated Rose Marie forever from her family.
America is full of angel dad and moms whose children were separated from them by illegal aliens.
Ray Tranchant was separated forever from his 16-year-old daughter Tessa, when Alfredo Ramos, a drunk illegal alien, slammed into the back of their car.
“My idea of heaven”, Tessa had written in her journal, “is a nonstop vacation on a tropical island … all the people I love would be there with me.”
Ray Tranchant has been fighting to prevent other American families from being separated from their child.
And he’s not alone.
The victims are all around us. These are only a handful of their stories. They are members of every race and religion. Some were born in this country and others came here as legal immigrants.
We have a choice to make.
Either we can detain illegal migrants crossing the border or we can let them all in. We can take the Merkel way out and hope that the family that pays the price for illegal migration isn’t our own.
There are no apologies or excuses necessary for detaining illegal aliens who illegally cross the border. Even if we set aside minor matters like national sovereignty and the rule of law, the stories of these murdered children provide ample justification for arresting every single illegal migrant.
Either we separate illegal migrants from this country. Or they will go on brutally tearing families apart. And if we allow them to use children as human shields, then American children will pay the price.
President Trump has called the media the “enemy of the American people.” It’s not just the enemy. Its manicured hands are covered in the blood of American men, women and children. The media advocates for drug dealers, for Islamic terrorists and for illegal aliens. The more Americans they kill, the more the media cheers them on. The media’s lies aren’t just tearing apart the country, they’re killing children.
“What’s up doc?” When I was a young Bondo, the Looneytunes cartoons were just about the best thing going.
“I did, I did saw a puddy-tat!” With a combination of unique, striking animal characters and genius comedy/story writing- the cartoons were entertaining, funny, and had broad appeal.
There, however, was always this particular episode that was always so… not so much. It had Wiley Coyote and Sheepdog, but it wasn’t the real coyote. They were out of character. It was less slapstick and more adult-themed- and more dark:
In case you are unfamiliar with the story, the sheep dog and coyote live a normal life in the city. They arrive at work and once the whistle blows the coyote spends 8 hours- with a hour lunchbreak- trying to steal sheep while the sheep dog prevents him until the 5 o’clock whistle when they pack it up and go home. Michael Maltese and Chuck Jones were obviously commenting on some aspect/facet of life in 1960- there are a lot of plausible interpretations- but regardless, Bondo believes it is uncanny how much this cartoon short is in fact a realistic take on today’s political theatre.
Bitter enemies from 8-5, then back-slapping and tale-telling down at the Well of the Senate until the cows go home. If you (still) think there are two competing ideologies in DC- you, respectfully, are being deceived. Consider some of the following:
Mission Accomplished- George W. Bush, May 1, 2003
Afghan War– Seventeen years after rolling into Afghanistan to ‘capture or kill Osama bin Laden and defeat the Taliban’, with bin Laden long dead and the Taliban having re-branded, routed, resurrected- who knows?- we are still there. Reminiscent of the conflict in George Orwell’s 1984 between Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia- it is mind numbing and stultifying trying to keep up with this dystopic ‘war’. Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Karzai, Pakistan. Who’s on first?
Tell me which Democrats are calling for the end of the longest war in our history? Republicans?
Somebody’s gotta protect those poppy fields. There ain’t no oil there.
Border– They have been fretting over the Southern border as long as I can remember. We have heard tough talk through the years- from just as many Democrats as Republicans if you care to look it up- and yet nothing ever really gets done. From ‘enforcing the law’ to troops on the border to punishing employers and every other futile scheme- the Dems and Repubs alike steadfastly refuse to do the one thing that will work- build the wall. Public opinion became so great during the Bush years that Congress approved the wall. Now that a president has arrived that is willing to get it done, what Democrats are willing? Republicans?
Guantanamo Bay (and other broken promises with control of Congress)– Barack Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay. The Dems had the presidency and control of Congress for two years and never tried. President Phone and a Pen never tried. And as the sub heading says- the W Bush administration was the biggest do-nothing presidency in recent history. With the Presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court in Republican hands for six years- what part of the Conservative agenda did they advance?
I thought so. W’s administration was my wake up moment as a matter of fact.
War– Here’s a simple one- Which party is the anti-war party? Explain how they are different in their war views.
The “Nuclear Option”– This has to be the biggest scam the Senate has. Constantly using the excuse that it takes 60 votes to get anything done in the Senate- somehow, inexplicably and completely inconsistently- from time to time they up and decide to use the ‘Nuclear Option’. So sometimes the Senate requires 60 and sometimes 51- without any reason. Both parties do this. What does the Constitution say?
“Russians”– As my son astutely observed- for a group of scummy inhuman dolts- the ‘Russians’ are sure good enough and trustworthy enough for us to depend on to get our astronauts back and forth to the space station. It is never even a concern. Something don’t add up. “Russians” are globalists’ scape-goats, and the party in power always ties them to the other while dealing with them behind the scenes.
Obamacare (and repeal)– This bad stunt should have convinced any Republicans who still believe the parties are different. John Roberts’ affirmation was one of those proverbial nails for me. The Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare around 60 times during the Obama administration. A complete fraud. It was outrageous dishonest political theater. They knew Obama would veto it- but by golly they tried. Then, the truly outrageous part- when Republicans finally got their man who would repeal it- all of a sudden the gutless wonders showed their true colors- Republicans in name only. There is absolutely no reason Obamacare shouldn’t have been repealed on day one of Trump’s administration if there really was an opposition Republican party.
I actually did vote for [it] before I voted against it. – John Kerry
There are two parties in America. And we can clearly see what the purpose of the two party system is- look around you.
Division. Yes, they like to play their games. The party in power controls the committees, the budget, and the agenda supposedly. But the theater is for your benefit.
“Look at that orange insane man! He’s going to ruin the country- I better send some money to the Dems” “Look at that Muslim in the White House. He wants to destroy the country- I better send some money to the Republicans”.
Are you enjoying the show?
In one of the most poignant moments in the Bible, God himself- knowing that Cain was already embracing the darkness- tried to pull him back:
“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?” (Genesis 4:7)
I love Genesis 4. Known mostly for the Cain and Abel story, it reveals more about the early days of our sojourn here than any other chapter in the Bible. There is a lot of information there.
The story begins with the announcement of the arrival of the brothers Cain and Abel. “Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (4:2)
A little about those professions. In the beginning, people were vegetarians (Gen. 1:29). Which meant that a keeper of sheep was providing a limited spectrum of products from a certain point of view. There was wool. There was milk. There were a couple of agricultural uses, such as manure for fertilizer, and a flock could be brought in to clear cut a pasture.
So other than an occasional chunk of cheese and a fall sweater, to Cain, this leading sheep around might have seemed like a slackers game. Particularly when we consider that Cain was a farmer, a task that was very labor intensive and often frustrating, because the ground had been cursed (3:17-19) as punishment after the fall.
I mentioned how much information is in Genesis 4. The biggest lesson we learn is that the same gospel has been preached from the beginning. Before the Sinless Sacrifice for guilt came to Earth, the law of sacrifice- in similitude of the sacrifice of the Firstborn- was instituted.
This practice was given to the children of Israel in the Mosaic Law- and they were already familiar with the ritual before then. Abraham practiced sacrifice, as did Job, just to name a few.
We see in verses 3 & 4 that sacrifice was already practiced. And because of its purpose being the symbolism of the innocent blood being shed for sin- we realize there is another important purpose for Abel’s sheep: For the sacrifice.
Cain- who was probably resentful from time to time when he was hot and sweaty from his tasks and could see Abel and his sheep sitting under a shade tree- was probably further aggravated when he realized he would have to go begging to Abel in order to obtain a sacrificial lamb.
As we all know, it is in these moments of discontent that the Serpent appears. Based on what the Good Book tells us- and a little artistic license from one who has a little experience with temptation- I imagine a conversation similar to this one occurred:
“Why so serious?” Satan hissed to Cain.
“It is time for the sacrifice,” muttered Cain. “I’ll have to see what sheep boy wants for a lamb. He’ll probably want all my strawberries.”
“That is not fair!” Satan declared. “Does God not see how you sweat to bring wonderful fruits, while your brother rests day by day with his sheep? No, he need not profit from your labors. You are a tiller of the ground. Bring the first fruits of your labors- God will respect your sacrifice for it is an offering from your hard works”
“But it must be a blood sacrifice in memorial of the sacrifice to come,” Cain replied.
“The Lord has cursed the ground because of your father Adam. Yet, through hard work you bring forth much fruit. That is something to be respected,” Satan said.
“Does God yet mock you and require you humble yourself to get a lamb from your younger brother who rests all the days? No. He will see that your offering is better.”
As we know, Cain was rejected. His rebellion and disobedience were not respected, while Abel’s was.
Cain was humiliated and very angry. So angry that “his countenance fell.” (4:5) I once wrote an article about countenance (with a cheesy Star Wars intro that probably chased people away). I explained it thusly:
Notice how God asked Cain two questions (1 why art thou wroth? That was due to the expression on his face- he was obviously angry. The second question is where the distinction is made- why is thy countenance fallen? Cain had more than an angry face- he was affected by this anger to the point it was obvious in attitude, appearance, and what we call vibes. A negative energy that is expressed and is impactful. The holistic person- body, soul, spirit- is observed through your countenance. And Cains was “fallen”
Knowing full well that Cain was getting bad advice, God simply, lovingly, and starkly laid it all out for him; the essence of the matter:
If you do well, you will be accepted.
And, conversely, if you don’t do well- sin lieth at the door. (4:7) You will not be accepted.
I like to think that if I was being called out by the Lord, I would have- if not the good sense- at least the proper fear to say something like “I’m very sorry Lord” and/or “I will do it better next time”. Cain did not respond in this way.
He acted out of anger, shame, guilt, jealousy, pride, and covetousness- instinctive dark emotions he had been harboring and nurturing- and killed Abel. He entered into a covenant with the ‘murderer from the beginning’. (John 8:44)
And then, unremorseful, he rejected God. He lied about Abel’s whereabouts and then defiantly asked “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Acceptance is a natural human craving. We seek acceptance from our family, friends, peers, and colleagues. It provides emotional security, social support, and mental assurance. We should also crave God’s acceptance. It provides spiritual assurance, support, and security. Being accepted is being saved.
Scriptures about accepted:
Acts 10:35- But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness is accepted with him.
Romans 14:17-18- For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Ephesians 1:6- To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
2 Corinthians 5:9- Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Remember always- God cannot accept you if you do not accept him and the Savior he sent, his son Jesus Christ.
Next Sunday: the dark covenant
and this week from the youtubes:
You are hereby summoned to appear at the good fight.
Be prepared to fight.
1Timothy 6:12- Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
You are called to fight the good fight. It is how you grab the prize.
It can seem contradictory- talking about fighting- when we also preach turn the other cheek. But see, the good fight isn’t always a physical fight, but it is always good. When you turn the other cheek, you are fighting the good fight.
The good fight is the struggle to overcome. It is the will to always choose the right thing. It is the courage to suffer whatever is put upon us and the faith to know that no matter what, God will see us through.
Tragedies will befall, betrayals will come, heartbreak and grief will accompany us all the days of our lives. That’s why we fight.
If you don’t fight, the opponent will bring you down. If you don’t fight, you will not get better at it. If you don’t fight, you will regret it.
If you don’t fight, YOU WON’T WIN!
The good fight is loving God at all times, in good times and bad. It is loving others, even when it isn’t easy to or they don’t deserve it. It is praying for good things. It is doing the next right thing.
When you fight, others see you overcome. You are professing a good profession- the good fighter who takes hold of the prize. They are encouraged by your fight, and are inspired to carry on.
I enjoy a good message from a variety of sources. Here is one from one of my old 80’s faves- Triumph. I like the way they express it:
The days grow shorter and the nights are getting long
Feels like we’re running out of time
Every day it seems much harder tellin’ right from wrong
You got to read between the linesDon’t get discouraged, don’t be afraid, we can
Make it through another day
Make it worth the price we payThe Good Book says it’s better to give than to receive
I do my best to do my part
Nothin’ in my pockets I got nothin’ up my sleeve
I keep my magic in my heartKeep up your spirit, keep up your faith, baby
I am counting on you
You know what you’ve got to doFight the good fight every moment
Every minute every day
Fight the good fight every moment
It’s your only wayAll your life you’ve been waiting for your chance
Where you’ll fit into the plan
But you’re the master of your own destiny
So give and take the best that you canYou think a little more money will buy your soul some rest
You’d better think of something else instead
You’re so afraid of being honest with yourself
You’d better take a look inside your headNothing is easy, nothing good is free
But I can tell you where to start
Take a look inside your heart
There’s an answer in your heartFight the good fight every moment
Every minute every day
Fight the good fight every moment
Make it worth the price we payEvery moment of your lifetime
Every minute every day
Fight the good fight every moment
Make it worth the price we pay
Songwriters: Mike Levine / Gil Moore / Rik EmmettFight the Good Fight lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Your life has been given to you. There are tasks that no one else can do for you. If you want to win, you must fight.
The good fight. There’s no other way.
2 Timothy 4:7- I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: