Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Holding us Hostage

The President of the United States of America is holding the American people hostage.  Mr. Obama wants tax increases.  More and more and more taxes.  He was given over 600 billion dollars in tax increases at the first of the year.  But now, he demands more.  Since there are legislators on Capitol Hill who believe the government should cut spending and they are insisting on a plan to reduce spending, Mr. Obama and his administration are now threatening the safety of the American people--- people he swore to defend and to protect.  He is responsible for the release of hundreds of criminal illegal aliens that were being held in detention centers in Arizona.  In actuality, we are no longer hostages, we are now the prey.

God have mercy upon us.  Our own president is loosing criminals back into our streets to spawn fear, danger, and unrest so that he can achieve HIS goals.  He is no longer representing us...he is tyrannizing us.  He uses his power to unleash harm and danger upon his own people.  And would have us give up any means to defend ourselves from them or him.  God have mercy upon us and deliver us! 

Consider what this action indicates about the lengths this man and his supporters are willing to go to induce compliance on the parts of U.S.citizens.... and over a budget bill!!!!  God help us!  Read the Declaration of Independence and the list of abuses that our forefathers wrote about during their time.  We have a ruler who cares not for the safety of his citizens at all.  God have mercy upon us!  

The outrage of Americans should be so HUGE and CLEAR that we will not stand for a bully to bend our wills unto his own.  Should men be forced into submission to one man's whims and demands or should men be free to follow God and His laws?  God have mercy upon us!  Pray for the citizens of Arizona and all of our land where our lives, property, and liberty are now threatened due to the actions of our own president.   

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

His Own Received Him Not

"He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him." (John 1:11)
"He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him." (Isaiah 53:3)

Scriptures are given for our instruction.  I find that they are a great comfort as well.  Christ came to His own.  He didn't come to people who were not His, He came to His own.  He belonged with them and they belonged with Him, but they did not receive Him.  Not only did they not receive Him, they despised and rejected Him.  Then comes the word "we" in the verse in Isaiah.  WE hid our faces from Him, we despised Him, we did not esteem Him. We did it.

How can this be a comfort?  First, Christ knows our grief and sorrows.  He knows what it is to have those who are His own turn their backs upon Him.  He knows what grief it is to come to your own: your own son or daughter, your own parent, your own spouse, your own friend, your own brother or sister...and to be despised and rejected by them.  He knows what pain, anguish, and sorrow it causes when it happens. He knows how we run it over and over again in our head about how it happened.  He knows how we long for the joint that is crooked to be made straight.  He knows how we desire for fellowship and to belong to our own and received by our own, and loved by our own.  He knows because this kind of grief He experienced in a very real and personal way.

Second, Scripture points out that WE hid our faces from Him.  Isaiah 53 says that we didn't find any beauty in Him or comeliness.  It reminds us that we have been the guilty ones of  doing the rejecting.  We did it to Christ and our shame comes from our own guilt.  The comfort comes from something amazing. We are guilty of doing the rejecting.  Yet by Christ, who we rejected, and His stripes...we are healed.  Healed of our guilt of doing the rejecting, and healed of OUR sorrows when we are rejected and treated as Christ was.  This is Christ. The rejected one bearing the sorrow of the one doing the harm.

This is streaming through my mind, trying to weave it into my soul so that I can find humility and healing and wisdom in this Christ who was wounded for my transgressions.  Can I find through Him the grace to bear the grief and sorrows of my own not receiving me?  This, this is the challenge.  To be like Him and be willing to be despised and rejected when He deserved to be received, loved, and embraced.  To be willing to go lower, to decrease and let Him increase.