Who God Is For In The Race For President 2016…

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Who God Is For In 2016

If Jesus Christ walked the Earth in America today, which candidate would He identify himself with? Think about it. Who would God endorse for president? Would it be your candidate? Would it be any?

What platform would he choose? With whose policies would he align?

As a voter, a Christian voter, I feel the question has merit. The stakes are high for this country. We are in a battle for the very soul of the United States!

Values under attack…

Externally, there is a global terrorist Network that seeks to kill us and destroy our way of life. ISIS and the Islamic Brotherhood have proven to be formidable adversaries. We see rogue nations like Iran and North Korea getting closer to becoming nuclear capable.

Internally, there are forces that look to undermine our Christian Heritage. The institution of marriage has been assaulted as has the right to practice one’s belief. It has gotten so bad that the sanctity of where our children use the public bathroom has broken down.

So who do you think God supports to steer us out of this mess? Who gets His vote?

A Lack Of Honor…

As I follow the race, I’m appalled at the lack of civility. The name calling and leaking of untrue stories is quite nauseating. Attacking candidates and their spouses is at an all time low.

No doubt the fight is on and a scorched-earth policy is in effect. It truly makes many of us sick. We see our country being dragged through the mud, and it’s ethics and reputation tainted. To be honest, all candidates have shown a lack of decorum in their zeal to be president.

Just as shocking, is the behavior of their supporters. Scrolling Social Media, I find supporting a candidate other than ones own has caused severe rebuke and ultimate un-friending. It is divisive and ugly for candidate and supporter alike.

The aim is not to sell one’s politics, but rather assassinate the character of those who oppose it. I guess where a candidate leads, supporters will follow, and if we are not careful, we will all wind up in the ditch.

There is no question to many Americans that this country is on a road to disaster. The quality and character of our leader is of paramount importance. Something has to be done before it’s too late.

So again I ask you, who would God be for?

Joshua 5…

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”  “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”  The commander of the Lord ’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5:13‭-‬15 NIV)

In Joshua 5, the great leader of Israel asked this question face to face.

On one side was Israel, God’s chosen people. They had been rescued from Egypt, brought through The Wilderness and had just crossed the threshold of the land that God had promised them.

On the other side was Canaan. They had lived in the Promised Land for over 400 years. They had a different culture and worshipped different gods. They stood between God’s promise and God’s people. And their first barrier was the fortified city of Jericho.

Surely God was pulling for Israel. Surely He would follow them into the impending fight.

As Joshua was surveying the land before the battle, he noticed an armed Warrior he did not recognize. Immediately he confronted the soldier and questioned his loyalties.

“Are you friend or foe?” Joshua demanded. “Are you for us or against us? Do you side with us or with our opponent?”

Comparisons…

Can you see the comparison? Have you asked the same question during this election process?

“Who is your candidate, where do your loyalties lie? If you do not support my candidate, then you do not support me, you do not support this country. How can you call yourself a Christian by supporting him/her?”

We engage in this battle as does our candidate. We use their strategy, argue with their talking points. We are being led by flesh and we are fighting with ourselves.

Who God Supports…

The true identity of this creature was not known to Joshua, nor were his loyalties. But the answer to Joshua’s question literally floored him!

“Neither”, answer the angel. “None, nada, no! I am in no camp but that of the Lord’s.”

Theologians have commented that this occurrence could be labeled a theophany. That Joshua was indeed talking with God himself. But whether it was Christ or His Commander, Joshua experienced a Divine Encounter.

And the answer to his question was quite revealing to Joshua as it should be to us.

“No! I am commander of God’s Army, so take off your shoes cause you are on Holy Ground!”

The Real Question, The Real Answer…

The question is not who God supports but rather who supports God and is willing to remove anything that would separate them from God’s Holiness.

The problem with America is not political. The problem with America is we have lost our moral compass. We as a nation have turned our back on God. We have embraced sin and rebuked righteousness.

Righteousness Always Wins…

Righteousness will prevail no matter who becomes our president. Righteousness will prevail because God prevails.

So before we argue for who would be the best President, let’s remove our shoes to make sure that righteousness prevails in our relationship with Jesus. Before we get so passionate in fighting for our candidate, let’s get passionate in fighting for the Kingdom of God!

The answers to the problems we face in this country do not rest with any candidate or President. The answer rests with the relationship between this country and Jesus Christ and are we willing to follow Him into battle!

And that relationship starts with me and you and who we ultimately stand with for our country.

I vote for Jesus!

At Age 60, I Plan To Take This Mountain…

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In July, I turn 60.  I will be entering my 7th decade on this earth. Yikes!!

When most people my age are planning for retirement, I feel my life is just getting started. That the best of my life is yet to come. That my time, my season is here.

Although I have not accomplished anything that most would consider extraordinary, I am convinced I am destined for great things. Great experiences that will have everlasting effects on my life, the life of my family, and those of others.

I look forward to accomplish more in the latter stage of my life than I had in my former years.

How do I know this? Because it is a promise that has been given to me. Jesus promised that I will participate in accomplishing great things. So great, that they will exceed the things Jesus did while He lived on earth.

Now before you start sizing me for a straight jacket and initiating commitment papers, please read the following:

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 NIV)

So as I’m brushing off my shoulders and snapping my suspenders let me add that not only will my accomplishments be great…but also good.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)

Now as I said before, I have yet to accomplish greatness in my life. But I’ve had my moments. Achievements at work and also in my spiritual journey seemed great at the time. But in comparison to Nobel Prize winners and great Evangelical Missionaries, they were barely pedestrian.

Yet I know I am destined for great things.

You Might Be Skeptical…

Okay, now I hear you sighing under your breath, “who does he think he is, what makes him so different?” And my answer is…Nothing. I am no different than anyone else.

I am unique…but no better or worse than any other person. I was born flesh and blood just like everyone else. I was born with strengths and weaknesses, things I am passionate for and others not so much. I was born with a personality that pleases some but aggravates others.

So I guess you could say that I was born…ordinary. Nothing special, just a normal human being.

Then something exraordinary happened.

I was born again!

I was born into a small group where all things are possible! Through natural effort or supernatural power, I can do the extraordinary. I am part of a club where miracles, signs and wonders are a common occurrence.

That where we go, the miraculous happens. Where we go, prophecy is revealed. Where we go, fascination over takes us.

It’s not pride. It’s not that I think I’m better than others. It’s simply that I can see what God has promised and I believe it. I am convinced what God has prepared for me is Great!

One day God Promised Caleb An Inheritance…

So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’ (Joshua 14:9 NIV)

At the age of 40, Caleb was sent with Joshua and 10 others to spy out the land that God had promised Israel. What Joshua and Caleb saw was spectacular. It was truly a land of milk and honey. So fertile was the land that a cluster of grapes had to be carried by two men on a pole between them.

However, it would not be obtained without a fight. The inhabitants were formidable. Huge in stature and well equipped.

While 10 spies gave council against this fight, Caleb and Joshua argued for it. In their minds, the benefits outweighed the risk. Plus they understood, what God promises, God will deliver. Where Caleb and Joshua saw victory,  the other 10 saw defeat and convinced the people to avoid the fight.

An Ordinary Spy…

Caleb’s life was no different than the other Hebrews spies. He had been delivered from bondage in Egypt just as they had. He had witnessed the plagues, crossed over the parted sea and eaten manna just like everyone else.

As Israel wandered in the wilderness, he wandered with them. But when the time came to collect on God’s promise, only he and Joshua crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land.

The difference was Caleb saw the promise and was eager to obtain it. His vision was not obscured by the enemy, but was heightened by God’s promise. And at the age of 85, he saw his opportunity again, and he seized it.

And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses…I am this day fourscore and five years old.  As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war… Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. (Joshua 14:10-12 KJV)

Where Are Today’s Calebs…

I cannot proclaim that today I am as physically strong as I was as a Young Man. But I can say that spiritually speaking I am stronger than I’ve ever been. And that God’s promises are just as real as the day I was delivered.

And like Caleb, there is opposition for me to obtain what God has ordained. There is an enemy entrenched between me and my destiny. But now I am fully equipped for the fight. The river is crossed and now I plan to take my inheritance. I will take my mountain!

What Is My Mountain?

Okay, this is where I need to exert some humility. My mountain is to inspire the lost toward Jesus Christ. To take territory for God’s Kingdom. Also it is to help them identity their God given purpose, so they too may take territory and bring the lost to Christ.

How will I do it? By writing. It’s what I’m passionate about. It’s what God equipped me with to advance His Kingdom.

Lately I feel I am being led to write books. Books that will impact lives and bring people to Jesus Christ. Books that will help like minded believers find their destiny. To use their God given gifts and  talents to take their mountain.

I know some will think I’m crazy. They will remind me that I have no formal training as a writer. They will warn that most wannabe writers fail to get published. That the mountain is too hard to take. The enemy too strong to conquer.

Or they might have read my blog and say, “dude, you can’t write!”

Whatever the obsticles, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

I’m not sure what it takes to write such a book, but I know what one looks like. I’ve read many and they have inspired me. I also know that if the Lord is with me, I’ll write the books and they will be effective!

So as I look at God’s promise, I’m ready to gird up my loins with the truth of my purpose, knowing that no weapons formed against me shall prosper, and that this mountain will be mine.

So the only questions left to ask is: What is your mountain? What is your promise? What is your destiny?

Would love to hear.

Why God Helped Me Fix My Lawn Mower…

Posted this a year ago. Brought it back to remind us to get those lawn mowers ready….
I serve an awesome God. A God who created the heavens and the Earth. A God who brought order into chaos. A God who parted the Red Sea, brought down the walls of Jericho and ordered the sun to stand still! He changed water into wine, gave sight to the blind and rose Lazarus from the dead.

And most recently he helped me fix my lawn mower. Continue reading “Why God Helped Me Fix My Lawn Mower…”