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So many in our society are addicted to illness!  Why is that statement being presented in this devotion?  Take a look around.  Look at the hospital emergency rooms.  Look at your Doctors office.  Look at our Nations focus for the last decade, if not longer, in the political realm!  Where’s my healthcare?  I am entitled to healthcare!  I am an American and I have a right to healthcare!  Vote for me and I will give you the right to healthcare, rants most politicians.  My concern is not so much political as it is Spiritual.  As a Christian I am told in the Word of God that dependence upon Christ alone for Salvation is not an option but a requirement!  Christ paid for our sins on the Cross of Calvary!  God’s Salvation by  Grace was given to all who would put Faith in Christ Blood and believe that Christ was Raised from the dead!  Thank God for His Mercy and Grace!  Is that all?  Is that the only thing God did for us through His Son?  Saving our souls from sin, death and the Devil?  Absolutely not!  Did you know physical healing was given as well?
Listen to what the Bible says concerning healing through Christ.  Ps 103:2 “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”  How about this verse; “1Pe 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”  What about the many verses in the Gospels where Jesus brings healing and then tells the recipients, “your faith has healed you.”  Let me say right here that I am not saying you don’t have faith if you go to your doctor!  What I would like to point out here is that Christian’s should seek healing for their physical needs first at the feet of Jesus!  Cry out to Him when an infirmity comes upon you!  Have faith that He has healed you.  Don’t pray for healing and then start doubting, Believe that you have received healing!  Have you done that before seeking a Doctor’s advice?  I can testify to many who have received healing without the aid of technology!  Yes, I know that God has bestowed knowledge and Wisdom to mankind concerning our bodies.  But I cannot and will not believe that God wants us to rely upon Doctors for our healing!  He wants to touch you and heal you mentally, physically and spiritually!  How many times have you got sick and never ask Jesus to bring healing?  How many times has God healed you through Doctors and you never acknowledged His Divine healing?  God wants us to be dependent upon Him!  Has your Church Pastor preached and obeyed Scripture concerning healing?  Listen to what the Bible says; James 5:14 “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”  Do you believe this passage dear Christians?  Do you believe in Divine healing or not?
Listen to what Paul the Apostle says concerning our remembrance of the Lord’s Supper. 1Co 11:23 “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.  30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.”  Could it be that many Christians have a sickly attitude because of their irreverence for Christ?  Weak and sick in verse 30 sure seems to point to Christians infirmities as the result of unworthily partaking of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
To address this further I will attempt to point out a powerful comparison from the Old Testament and its fulfillment in the New.  Notice this passage from Isaiah 53 which directs our attention to the coming of Christ in the future and Suffering for all humanity.  Isaiah 53:4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”   Now compare that with Peters proclamation.  1Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”  Did you here what the prophet and Apostle said concerning the work of Jesus the Messiah?  Isaiah says He took our infirmities (sickness) and by His wounds we are, present tense, healed; whereas Peter’s proclamation was (have been) past tense, healed.  Wow!  We as Christians have healing in Jesus broken body before we even get sick!  That sounds like the best healthcare plan I ever heard and it is a Promise from God, not a politician!  Next time you get sick consider these passages and cry out to Jesus in Faith for healing.  If the infirmity remains then seek Doctors advice! Always seek God first and give Him the honor due His Name! Amen

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May 6, 2010 has arrived and it is a day set aside for National Prayer. As a Christian and then an American, I often pray for our National leaders, our Military men and women, families of our troops and for persecuted Christians everywhere. As a Christian I am commanded by God’s Word to pray. 1Timothy 2:1 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men– the testimony given in its proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle– I am telling the truth, I am not lying– and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles. 8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
I want to offer my prayer, which is in agreement with Daniel’s prayer, in hopes you will agree with me in this powerful movement for our Country. I will put parenthesis around my assertions. Daniel 9:3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, (President) our princes (leaders) and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.(America) 7 “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame– the men of (America) Judah and people of (America) Jerusalem and all (America) Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 O LORD, we and our kings, (President) our princes (leaders) and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.
9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All (Americans) Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. “Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers (leaders) by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us (America), yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him. 15 “Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people (to America) out of Egypt (Europe) with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong.
16 O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from (America) Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill ( Your Country). Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers (leaders) have made (Americans) Jerusalem and your people (Christians) an object of scorn to all those around us. 17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary (Church). 18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.
19 O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your ( Country) city and your people bear your Name.(Christian)” Now for anyone concerned about my assertions let me say I am not changing God’s Word, only applying it to today! One last Scripture to sum up my assertions. 2Chronicles 7:13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Are we not Christ-ians? We bare the Name of God’s own Son and are adopted into God’s family through His Sacrifice on the Cross. Are we Christians not sealed with the seal of approval through His Resurrection and the giving of the Holy Spirit? YES! Have a Prayer filled Day for our Country!

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Search and Destroy all defects in the womb! This article from Albert Mohler.com is an indicator of the arrogance present in America. For all Christians reading this that have had or is seeking to have an abortion, regardless of situation, might want to close this article now! Better yet read on and reconsider your vanity and folly! Abortion is not a choice for Christians. Who are we to decide who lives and who dies? That’s right, if your are a liberal Christian and say you have a right to choose an abortion, you will be guilty of murder in the eyes of God. The blood of your baby will cry out to the Living God. God will hold you in Judgement for taking a Life. Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.” Ratsach is the Hebrew word for murder! Defined- to dash in pieces, i.e. kill (a human being), especially to murder:–put to death, kill, (man-)slay(-er), murder(-er). Cross reference this to Proverb 6:16-17 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood. Also study Psalm 139. Yes, if you have had an abortion you can receive forgiveness for this sin if you Repent and cry out to God through Jesus Christ! Is this a rant from a babbling idiot? Some would say so. But this is God’s opinion and all humanity will stand before Him regardless of your belief or understanding! It matters not at all if you disagree. Here is the article.

The news out of Sarasota, Florida caught many people by surprise. A doctor in the city has lost his license because he aborted what is now described as the “wrong” baby. Back in 2006, Dr. Matthew Kachinas had been asked to perform an abortion on a baby that had been identified as having Down syndrome and other congenital defects. Instead, the doctor aborted that baby’s healthy twin. As reported in The Miami Herald:

A Sarasota doctor has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus. Immediately after the Florida Board of Medicine’s decision Saturday, Dr. Matthew Kachinas was involuntarily hospitalized because he said he planned to commit suicide. Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect. CBS News added further details: “The woman had asked the doctor to perform a selective termination procedure on the male fetus, which had congenital defects. An ultrasound later showed that the other fetus, a female that did not appear to have medical problems, had been terminated.” What are we to make of this? We now know that the vast majority of babies identified prenatally as carrying the genetic markers for Down syndrome are aborted. National statistics indicate that 80-90% of such babies are now aborted — meaning that we have launched a search and destroy mission on Down syndrome babies in the womb.
The situation with Dr. Kachinas reveals the horribly confused morality that marks modern America and, in far too many cases, the practice of medicine. This doctor was asked to perform what is now euphemistically called a “selective reduction.” Instead, he aborted “the wrong baby,” killing a healthy baby instead of the baby identified as carrying the markers for Down syndrome.
Consider what this means for the sanctity of human life. We are now looking at babies as consumer products. We will accept babies that meet our specified qualifications, and abort when medical tests or other factors reveal that the baby does not meet our standards. Human life is reduced to just another consumer product subject to consumer preferences and demand. Do we recognize what this means? The abortion of Down syndrome babies is a scandal of the first degree, and this nation is growing more complacent and complicit in this scandal by the day. Beyond this, we can be certain that babies are now being targeted in the womb for reasons far beyond Down syndrome. Specialists working with autism are concerned that forthcoming genetic tests will put babies who carry markers for autism next on the list for prenatal search and destroy missions. This news story out of Florida is a warning to the entire nation. What is the real scandal here — that this doctor was ready to kill a baby with Down syndrome, or merely that he aborted “the wrong baby?”
The answer to that question will tell us all we need to know about the conscience of the age.” Let’s choose life! If your doctor tells you your baby has Autism or Down Syndrome and should be terminated, remember this, God is blessing you not cursing you!

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Lies! Lies! Lies! Are you a liar? Do you excuse lies? Do you like it when someone lies to you? Well God doesn’t like lies either! How do I know that you may ask? Simple, just listen to what He says. “Proverb 6:16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” I know that some of you reading this will say that God doesn’t hate? WRONG!!! He HATES a lying tongue and false witness who pours out lies! Notice there are two of the seven in this list that deal with lying! Again God said “Exodus 20:16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” Is not God saying DON’T LIE? Yes He is! Some may say, “that’s the Old Testament and doesn’t apply to us today.” Really! Ok, let’s look at the New Testament. Matthew 15:19 Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Oops, there it is again. False testimony is lying! How about this verse; 1John 2:21 “I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist– he denies the Father and the Son.” Still think lying is ok? You have lied to yourself if you think lying is ok as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Liar, liar, pants on fire! Remember that saying? Well according to the Word of the Lord, more than your pants will be on fire. Listen up, Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars– their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” The human soul who continues to lie will have their soul on fire! Is this to condemn you? NO! Only to warn you if you about lying, or rather warn you of the consequences of lying. You and I have all lied at one time or another, unless you lie to yourself, then we need to do something about our lying tongue! Here is Good News. 1John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive (lie to) ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” Lying is a sin and we need to stop! Look at how lies have destroyed some of our relationships. How about the lies from our Government? Do you like it when they lie to you? Jesus gave us a road map to lead us to the Truth, because He knows people will believe liars easier than the Truth. Here is the way out; John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus died on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins, including our lies! Turn away from lies ad turn to the Truth and you shall be Free Indeed!!

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There are Ten Principles I would like to share from God’s Word. Many have come to know them as the Ten Commandments. Pick up your Bible and spend a bit of serious time with the Commandments recorded in Exodus 20:1-17. It could be the best thing you do today!
You will not find a 1200-page congressional bill, but you will find about 300 words that outline good life and good government. No person who wants to know the Way, the Truth and the Life can ignore these 10 principles of life. No Nation that wants to weave a successful history of democracy can ignore and break these 10 principles of governance. These commandments or principles were given to the Israelites as they emerged from long and debilitating slavery in Egypt. They were abject slaves. They were nobodies. They had no government. They had no direction. God used Moses, their leaders, to pass along to them the foundational principles to organize a successful nation and create a citizenry that could maintain it. So, here we have them. Ten fundamental principles of government and society over which a nation or a person rises or falls! They are basic. They are unchangeable. They are forever! So, hang them in your homes, but more importantly write them into your heart and daily living. Hang them in the halls of our capital and in the public square, but more importantly write them into national legislation.
Notice that these principles fall into two sections. Principles 1-4 are found in versus 1-11 and have to do with our relationship with God. Principles 5-10 are found in versus 12-17 that have to do with our relationship with each other.
* First, the relationship with God. The “words” God spoke are clear and concise: (1) recognize “the Lord thy God,” the one and only God, the Creator, the deliverer, the Sustainer; (2) make no image of God image of God to break your personal relationship with God; (3) make no light or frivolous use of God’s Name – He is Holy – practice reverence; and (4) God has named one day of seven as “the Lord’s Day” – a day of rest, a day of worship, a day to come up out of the secular world for a breath of spiritual air and spiritual renewal. Keep it Holy!
* Second, the relationship to each other: (5) honor the family, father, mother, child – this is the commandment with promise – the best of life; (6) human life is sacred – do not murder, no abortion – no murder, period; (7) God’s established role for a man and a woman – wedded relationship, when two become one, a sexual breach of that sacred relationship is a divine “No, no;” (8) protection of private property is essential to any human society – stealing is condemned; (9) honesty – speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, this is essential to a workable society; and (10) do not covet – “no keeping up with the Jones’s”, desiring what doesn’t belong to you, curb evil inner desires.
“The cowboy church put them this way; Just one God. Honor your Ma and Pa. No tellin’ tales or gossipin’. Git yerself to Sunday meetin’. Put nothin’ before God. No foolin’ around with another feller’s gal. No killin’. Watch your mouth. Don’t take what ain’t yers. And don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddies stuff.” As a columnist put it; “These “Commandments” are stated, they are “principles” by which individuals or Nations live or die. They are the Foundation of the good life and National democracy. Why would the ACLU try to remove them from the public square? Do they have a hidden agenda? Do these biblical principles stand in their way? YES, they do!” Dr. Julian Pipkin
Jesus summed it all up as he stated the Great Commandment. First, love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul and mind. And second, love your neighbor as yourself. Think on these things and more importantly, obey. You will be Blessed if you live these 10 Principles!

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“We are 5 days away from Fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” “Change is coming to America.” “The Constitution is a document of negative liberties; what the government can’t do to Americans, but it never goes into what the government should do on behalf of Americans.” “I will not have special interest groups in my administration.” Anyone with honesty will have to say “you lie!” Mr. President. If we Americans compare what our President actually says compared to what he does, can there be a better definition than fascist? I wish to define a word, Fascism;“A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass_based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.” [Robert O. Paxton, “The Anatomy of Fascism,” 2004]
However there is something good that has come as a result of this President. I know that many of you will read this only because you think I will join in the Obama bashing club! Some of you may think that I have lost my mind and have drank the Progressive and Marxist cool aid! How many of you have found yourself praying more diligently for America? How many Americans do you know that are actually waking up from their slumber? How many do you know that used to never vote for or against anyone but now see that instead of complaining about policies from politicians they are actively voting for people who reflect their own principles and values? Our Nation has become Morally bankrupt. Largely because people look to men to solve their problems instead of God. As a result of a Nation of baby killers and Sodomites, we may be seeing God use Fascism to humble Americans who never get involved in our leaders who set themselves up as god. Idolatry is run amuck in our Nation and God wants us to repent! Compare Israel of the past with America of today. (2Chronicles 36 and Daniel 1) God in a nutshell sent Israel into captivity because of their idolatry and evil leaders. Israel did repent after the discipline of the Lord their God, but only after 70 years in Babylon. Maybe just maybe America is better than Israel. Is this your thinking? Think again! It is my sincere prayer that God’s people in this country will say thank you God for Obama, we have seen the errors of our ways and are repenting of our political Idolatry! May all who call themselves Christian take the attitude of Daniel. Listen to our Bible; “1Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men– the testimony given in its proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle– I am telling the truth, I am not lying– and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.
8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
I know this is an opinion of the Bible and it is hard to obey. But I am convinced that God is in control of our destiny!!!

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