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How Much Can We Stand?

In an effort to encourage someone I often hear people quote from a scripture, “Well, He won’t put more on you than you can stand.” That is actually a partial scripture taken out of context. here is the full context.

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

The word “bear” in the above passage is the Greek word, “hypopherō,” which means; “to bear up under patiently and endure.”

The passage has nothing to do with affliction or another harsh trial, but with temptation that has the potential to overwhelms us and cause us to sin. It is actually referring to the fact that our flesh, Satan, and the world system, can overwhelm us with temptation except for the “way of escape.” That “way” often includes prayer, sometimes fasting, surrendering or yielding up something in our lives, et cetera. The reason is because the “way” of escape is often through a difficult trial. There are no verses that declare God will not allow us to be overwhelmed beyond what we can endure in a trial. Continue reading

A Crisis of Conscience and Identity

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” – 1 Timothy 4:1-2

Like most individuals, I have witnessed professing Christians openly living as if they have no commitment to God. Then someone will invariably say about them, “Oh, he (or she) loves the Lord.”

What Lord? Lord Obsession? Lord Pleasure? Lord Perversion? Lord Money? Lord Fame? Or Lord Entertainment? Can one love any of Satan’s “lords” and properly love the Lord Jesus Christ? All those “lords” are actually surrogates of Satan, the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). That compels me to address a particular situation concerning loving the World System.

Christianity is currently struggling with a crisis of conscience and identity. The crisis has been brought to a crossroad by several “lords” of media and entertainment companies. After Georgia’s Governor signed the anti-infanticide “heartbeat” bill, Netflix, Disney, and WarnerMedia (et al) are threatening to cease film and television productions in the State. In other words, if Georgia’s citizens do not honor its amoral directives they will go elsewhere. Really? But they should not expect a good outcome when the consumer is threatened by the merchant for disagreeing. There is seldom a good outcome for the merchant when the consumer is threatened for disagreeing. Continue reading

When Persecution Arrives

I want to point out the “white elephant” in the room. That is the fact that it is very obvious that persecution is coming to this nation. I am compelled to state bluntly that individuals believing in political fantasy (MAGA) or religious escapism (avoiding persecution via rapture) are in grave jeopardy. It is without a doubt denial, which indicates a serious misunderstanding of eschatology.

When those professing Christians realize that one is under a diabolical attack, many of them will distance themselves from him or her. They observe them going through one battle after another and recognize that they are targets in Satan’s crosshairs. They are afraid that association will cause them to become targets as well.

Many of these Individuals have spent their entire Christian lives avoiding conflict with the Devil. Thus, they fantasize they are special, elite children of God that will not suffer as the rest of Christianity around the world is suffering. They plead by their actions, choices, and demeanor, “Lord, let me build a house like the wicked and live in it as your child.”

That is impossible. Whatever you are inside as a genuine Christian must shine outwardly and expose the darkness. However, like an old preacher friend once said, “People are like plastic bottles—whatever is inside will come out under pressure.” For your “house” you should “put on the Lord Jesus and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13:14) It is not how well you perform in peacetime that defines you, but your performance under the pressure of demonic attacks. Whenever you are “squeezed” by affliction, you should shine brightly. Continue reading

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