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July 2017

Romans 1:16

July 21
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
The only gospel that will save America is the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and our Savior!
 
The barbarians on America’s streets come from schools where the Ten Commandments have been ripped off the wall by order of the Supreme Court, lest they have “a moral influence” on the students who might read them.  Certainly America doesn’t need moral influence—not in a nation where a woman is raped every 48 seconds…where 25 of teenage girls live in constant fear of sexual assault fro a relative…where 80,000 people every year are shot in cold blood.  Certainly we have no need for any moral instruction in our schools.

They come from schools where God and the Bible are politically incorrect…from schools where condoms are passed out and “safe sex” is preached.  A silly slogan promoting condom use is now the hope of nation swimming in a moral sewer of AIDS and homosexuality and pornography.  Ladies and gentlemen, the gospel of condoms and safe sex will not save America.

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

John 16:33

July 17
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation:  but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Your Attitude Is Not Determined By Your Handicaps Or Your Circumstances!

People say, ”Oh, I can’t do that.”  Or is it that you mean, “I won’t do that”.  

Some people say, “I can’t do that, I’m handicapped.”   Helen Keller was blind and deaf, but she graduated from college with honors, wrote books and became a well known speaker.  My children have heard me say that so many times they hate Helen Keller.

It does no good to say, “If my circumstances would change, I would change.”  Wrong.  If you’ll change, it doesn’t matter what your circumstances are.  You choose your attitude, and your attitude determines your success.

Look at the circumstances of Jesus’ life.  His birth was considered illegitimate.  He lived in scandal every moment of his life.  Rome said he was a traitor.  The religious leaders said he was a heretic.  He was crucified between two thieves and buried in a borrowed grave.  When he came out of the grave, he didn’t go to his disciples and say, “Run for your lives I never dreamed it would be like this.”

Jesus says, “ye shall have tribulation:  but be of good cheer…” He did not say that from ivory towered walls of security.  He said it the night before he was to be slaughtered as the Lamb of God on Mt. Calvary.

I am here to tell you today that God is greater than your circumstances…however bad it may seem, God is greater than any crisis you’re facing.  Lift up your heads and rejoice.  You are more than a conqueror!

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Deuteronomy 8:18

July 15
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God:  for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth.
Power To Get Wealth Does Not Come From Your Genius; It Comes From God’s Goodness. 

You don’t have the power to take your next breath.  Even as you pound your chest and congratulate yourself for being a selfmade man, you ought instead, to deny your own doing… to save yourself the liability!

Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate” think day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water” unlimited resources, “…and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” verses 13.  After you think upon and act upon God’s word, you are destined to prosper!

Some of you read the word of God, you think about the word of God, you speak the word of God, but you don’t act upon it.  You don’t obey the word of God.  Nothing good is going to happen until you act.

When Jesus came to the pool and saw the man who had been crippled for 38 years, he told him, “I want you to act upon what I am saying.  Take up your bed and walk.”  That man could have looked at Jesus and said, “Hey, you’re an itinerant carpenter who just walked up on the scene.  I’ve been by this swimming hole for years and nothing good has ever happened to me.”  But he didn’t say that.  He immediately obeyed the Lord and got up, and instantly he was healed.

Your attitude determines your attainment.  A good attitude will produce a good result.  A bad attitude will produce a bad result, every time.

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Genesis 1:27

July 13
God created man in His own image…male and female He created them.

Family is Fundamental

Since the beginning of time, the family has been the fundamental building block for society!

God put man and woman on this earth and told them to “be fruitful and multiply.”  The creation of Adam and Eve is the greatest evidence supporting the fact that the Almighty intended the complete family unit to be the basis of human society.  Not only is the family a building block for society—but also for procreation, financial security, and even evangelism.  Because the family is so foundational for society at large, Satan has done everything in his power to see that the family unit is destroyed.  He has attempted anything that demeans the sanctity of the marriage bond or berates the uniqueness of family ties. 

Without a family there is no home.  Without a positive home life, there is no haven from the strife and pressures of daily living.  Satan would love nothing more than for each of us to walk through the valley of death everyday.  He attempts to do this by stripping you of the benefits that love and approval of family bring.  Satan’s attack against the family manifests itself through a variety of spiritual and societal ills.  Abortion, abuse, adultery, covetousness, disunity, divorce, enmity, financial troubles, homosexuality, lesbianism, love of money, murder, strife—all are works of the flesh, tools Satan relentlessly uses to attack the fundamental, Godordained, building blocks of human relations.

The foundational relationship of the family is the husband and wife.  The importance of this divine partnership has been demonstrated through the millennia.  After all that is why God created Eve—as a companion suitable for Adam.  If Adam could have made it on his own, there would have been no need for Eve.  Any student of biography and history can tell you that a man who has achieved great accomplishments has had a strong and mutually supportive wife in his life. Even secular success guru Napoleon Hill, author of one of the great personal goalachievement books, Think and Grow Rich, wrote that one of the major causes of failure in the business and personal life is due to the wrong selection of a mate in marriage.  Think about that.
Devotion taken from Pastor Hagee's book Bible Position on Political Issues

James 4:4

July 11
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

When Will We Take Action?

“If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

—Daniel Webster, 1821

Our founding fathers objected to a tea tax of onehalf of one percent, and gave their lives in return.  Will we object if our children are routinely indoctrinated in homosexual ideology in our public schools?  The homosexual community has come out of the closet; why hasn’t the church done the same?  Will we take a stand if imperfect babies are being killed in hospitals after they are born?  Will we protest if the state tells our pastor what he can and cannot say from the pulpit?  What if the state assumes “ownership” of our children and tells parents how they must raise them—under penalty of losing custody?  Will you take action then?

Will we argue if Christian businesses are required to satisfy a quota of gay and lesbian employees?  Will the Church cry out if universities refuse to grant degrees to outspoken Christian students?  Will we let our voices be heard in defense of our beliefs when every tenet of our faith is legislated against in Congress?

Listen to the echo coming form Valley Forge.  Look at the American patriot—stained with blood, hungry, barefoot, standing in the snow with his musket firmly grasped.  He fought in those conditions and now we are armed with the right to vote, yet we sit at home on Election Day because the weather is bad.  That patriot left his family alone and destitute to allow us freedom of speech, yet we remain silent to avoid political incorrectness or repercussion.  He orphaned his
crying children in order for us to have a representative government, but through neglect we have allowed that government to become the master of our children and the murderer of the unborn.

All of the aforementioned are now in process in America.  At what point will we have had enough?  To make any compromise with the world is to be guilty of treason against God.  James states, “A friend of the world is an enemy of God.”  When will we take action?

Devotion taken from Pastor Hagee's book Bible Position on Political Issues

Proverbs 13:13

July 9
He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

Stand Up

“Suppose a Nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only Law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited…What a paradise would this region be!  John Adams 1756 America’s Second President

First of all, you say that you are against abortion, but what do you do to aid young girls in trouble?  What does your church do?  Do you provide counseling and hope for the future?  Do you offer food, medical, and financial support?  Or do you merely cavil against teen pregnancies and judge those who are in such a predicament?  When the church offers no alternative, where else are these girls supposed to go but to the world?  What are you doing to make a realistic difference in the lives of hurting people facing difficult choices in their own personal abortion debate?

Regarding the issue of homosexuality, the Bible is crystal clear that this act is an abomination to the Lord.  In Leviticus 20, the Lord discusses punishments for sin with Moses.  Verse 13 records the Lord’s view of homosexuality:  “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.”  Yet why do we act as though homosexuality or lesbianism is worse than cheating, stealing, being a murderer or hypocrite?

AIDS patients are dying painful, impoverished, isolated deaths because they chose a homosexual lifestyle; yet Christians by and large have not figured out that compassion toward sinners, in their time of need, does not equate to condoning their sin.  Jesus is tough on sin, but tender toward the sinner.  He died for all of us.

Welfare reform has been a major voting issue ever since LBJ’s Great Society.  Put very simply, this “reform” is nothing more than taking money from a man who will work and giving it to a man who will not.  Since that time, over five trillion dollars in government aid has been paid out to remove poverty form our society.  Despite this, the percentage of those with incomes under the poverty level has been greater since liberal government activists started taking money from the pocketbooks of those who were working and giving it to those who refused employment. 

The welfare program in this country has shattered the family structure of those in the lower income brackets and has virtually guaranteed generational dependence on the dole.  Today millions of Americans are dependent upon welfare.  Although the welfare program has amounted to nothing more than a moral and economic morass, the Church cannot close its eyes to the truly needy who reside in our midst.  While working citizens should not be obligated to finance the lifestyles of those who can work but won’t—one cannot assume that everybody in dire economic situations falls in that category.

Paul laid out a rule stating, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”  Similarly, James wrote, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”  When we debate issues like welfare reform, abortion, or homosexual rights, we must remember that those who lack money, have immoral lifestyles, or find themselves pregnant out of wedlock, are not our enemies.  Our battles are not with flesh and blood—we are fighting a spiritual war!

Devotion from Pastor Hagee's book, Bible Positions on Political Issues

Revelation 20:2-3

July 5
He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
God Has A Plan For Satan!

Satan has the ability to roam the earth and torment all who are not protected by the blood of Jesus Christ.  During the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on earth, Satan will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit Revelation 20:2-3 for a thousand years before he is released for a short season after which he will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone…and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever Rev. 20:10

If you want to be protected by the blood of Jesus from the wiles of Satan, pray the following prayers:

PRAYER OF ACCEPTING JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND LORD:

If you have not personally asked Jesus Christ to come into your life as Savior and Lord, you are lost and in sin.  Going to church, giving to the poor and being religious does not save you.  You are saved only when you invite Jesus into your life.

“Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask you to forgive me of all my sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.  I ask you to come into my heart right now as Savior and Lord.  Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  I want to serve you, Lord Jesus, from this day forth.  Thank you for saving me and forgiving me of my sin.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.”

PRAYER OF DELIVERANCE:

“Lord Jesus Christ, I humble myself before you and confess my dependence upon you.  I confess my sins before you name them and I humbly ask you to forgive me and wash my sins away by the blood of your cross.  I forgive those that have hurt me in any way.  I denounce the Kingdom of Satan and call upon the Lord as my deliverer.  In the name of Jesus and by the power of His shed blood and through the authority of His Word, I command every evil spirit to leave me NOW, Amen.


Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

 

Luke 8:11

July 1
The seed is the Word of God.  Those by the wayside are those that hear; then cometh the devil and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Satan’s Plan For Unbelievers Is To Snatch The Gospel Seed Away Before It Can Take Root.

Satan’s objective is to damn the soul of every man on earth.  The Bible says, “He that believeth hath life and he that believeth not is damned already.”

When the gospel seed is sown in the church by the pastor, shared on the streets, or in the home, Satan does everything within his power to snatch the seed of the Word away before it can take root in the heart.

He purposes to blind the mind of the unbeliever from the gospel.  Don’t ever forget it…Satan is into mind control.  Paul wrote, “But if the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.  In whom the god of this world Satan has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto us.”

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

Revelation 20:3

June 29
And the angel of the Lord came down and cast Satan into the bottomless pit, and shut him up that he should deceive the nations no more.
Satan’s Plan For Nations Is To Deceive Them

Have you ever wondered why there is such confusion over Washington, D.C.?  Because ‘confusion” is an evil spirit and it reigns over that city.  Brilliant men can’t see practical solutions to tough problems facing our nation because of this spirit.

Satan has confused the nations of the world with regard to Israel.  Why is it that the nations surrounding Israel are continually threatening to “wipe Israel off the map?”  Why is it that Israel is undeservedly portrayed on the news every night in a negative fashion? 

The reason is spiritual…not political.  Jerusalem is to be the throne of Jesus Christ where He will rule the earth for a thousand years.  Satan has been struggling for control of the earth since day one in the Garden of Eden.  He feels if he can keep Jerusalem, hence Israel, in a state of turmoil, he can prevent the Second Coming of Christ on earth.  All of this is discussed in Psalms 2 in which the kings of the earth take counsel against God and against His anointed Christ Jesus.  Their objective?  Throw God out with His Son.  God’s reaction?  He laughs!  Satan’s deception of the nations and the people of the world concerning Israel will not work.  In the final analysis God’s Son, Jesus Christ, will rule from the throne of His father, David, for a thousand years when the lion shall lay by the lamb and men shall study war no more.

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

James 1:4

June 26
But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.
Demons Are Active!
Part One—

1. Demons entice men to sin.  Demons carry out the will of Satan, which is to make sin attractive, exciting and irresistible.  Once the hook is set, only the power of the gospel can break the chains that drag the soul into the chambers of hell.

2. Demons deceive.  1 Timothy 4:12, “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 demons.”

“In the latter times” refers to that period of time just before the Dispensation of Grace comes to a close.  In a word…NOW!  Men will depart from the plain truth of God, being drawn by seducing spirits into fad doctrines that excite people without bringing glory to Christ or producing a life of holiness.

The church today is riddled with fad doctrines and new sounds that distract from the clear message of the Great commission in the New Testament.  Any message that attracts you which does not bring glory to Christ is the message of a seducing spirit and the man giving it is in deception.

3. Demons enslave.  Paul wrote, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father.”

Demons seek to enslave men to Satan.  Every drug addict is a slave to Satan. Every person addicted to pornography is a slave to Satan.  Every person living in fear, depression, debilitating doubt is a slave to Satan.  The only source of freedom is in Jesus Christ and the blood of His cross.

4. Demons torment.  In Matthew 17, Jesus cast the demon spirit out of a man’s son whom the demons cast into the water and into the fire.  Demons promote physical destruction in their subjects.  Evil spirits causing dumbness are recorded in Matthew 9:23-33, evil spirits causing blindness are recorded in Matthew 12:22, and evil spirits causing deformity are recorded in Luke 14:11-17.

When Jesus cast the demons out of the demoniac of Gadera and they entered the herd of swine, they ran down the slope into the Sea of Galilee where they drowned.

Case histories of youngsters experimenting with Satanism verify that they seem driven toward exceptionally violent suicide.  Never forget it…Satan’s objective is to kill you!

Source:  Facts About Satanism In America

Philippians 4:29

July 19
My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus
”Need,” Not “Greed!”

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” 3 John 2.  Remember the connection between spiritual prosperity and success.

“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” Deuteronomy 28:2.  The Lord will give you cities you didn’t build, wells you didn’t dig and vineyards you didn’t plant Deuteronomy 6:10-11.  He desires that you prosper until the wicked look at you and say, “Why are they prospering?”  And the wicked shall say, “They are the children of the Lord and the blessing of God is upon them.” 

But as you think the word and speak the word, you have to act on the word of God.  Moses had to put his rod in the water before the sea would divide.  Peter had to get out of the boat before he could walk on the water.  Elijah had to pour water on the sacrifice before the fire fell from heaven.  Do you think he understood that?  No, he did not.

If all that you ever obey is what you understand, then you’ll never obey God.  Some of you will only follow the Lord as far as your logic can understand—which means you’ll never get to the first grade in faith. 

Many of you want to succeed, but your life is poisoned with anger.  You’re filled with bitterness and resentment.   You want to succeed, but you have no goal, you have no defined purpose.  Perhaps you’re trying to succeed without God.  You’ve waited for your circumstances to change rather than your changing your attitude. 

God is saying, “If you’ll put your hand in my hand, I’ll make you greater than anything you ever dreamed of being.”

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Philippians 4:13

July 16
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
After Paul Was Stoned, Paul Did Not Climb On His Pity Pot And Roll Out His Lower Lip To Whine And Complain About Suffering For Jesus!

Paul was beaten three times with 39 stripes, stoned and left for dead and shipwrecked.  Although innocent, he was thrown into prison.  He was cursed, he was kicked, and he was spit upon.  How many of you know that would hurt your selfesteem?

Paul never developed a negative attitude.  He picked his bloody body up out of the dirt and went back into the city where he had almost been stoned to death, and he said, “Hey, about that sermon I didn’t finish preaching—here it is!

Paul said, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.   He wrote that we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ Romans 8:37 and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us Philippians 4:13.

Compare that with Doubting Thomas.  He had been with Jesus for three years and had seen the sack lunch that fed 5,000, Lazarus walk out of his grave and the resurrection of a widow’s son.  But at the first negative thing, he doubted.  When the disciples came and said, “Thomas, Jesus is alive, he said, “Oh, I can’t believe that…not until I can touch the scars in his hands!

Everybody has been hurt or disappointed at some point in their life.  There is something all of us could go back to and wail about if we choose to.  In Jesus’ name, get over it!  Look to the future.  Forget those things that are in your past and say, ‘With God’s grace, tomorrow is going to be a better day.”

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Luke 6:26

July 14
Beware when all men shall speak well of you!
Success does not mean being accepted by the world!

Success comes from progressively, systematically moving toward your Godgiven goal in life.  If you have no goal, you will never succeed.  How would you like to watch a football game that had no goal?  The guy who got the ball would just start running all over everywhere.  That describes your life if you have no goal.

Success is not making lots of money.  Making a lot of money is a very shallow reason.  Money can buy you a 50 steak, but only God can give you the appetite to enjoy it.  As for me, I can eat anything that will slow down.  But I’ve had lunch with millionaires who had Maalox in one hand and crackers in the other.  They’re afraid somebody’s going to get their money…and somebody will.  When you die, they’ll strip you naked and dress you in a sit with the back cut out.  They’ll bury you in a box and all your money is going to be gone!

Money can buy you the finest surgeons, but God can give you the health to never need them.  Money can buy you a bed of absolute pure gold, but only God can give you the peace of mind that gives you true rest.  Money can buy you a mansion, but only the love of God will make it a home.

What is your definition of success?  To a drug addict, it’s another fix.  To a politician it’s getting reelected.  To the average American, success is the gratification of the instinctual man:  to get what I want, when I want it.  But you cannot satisfy the instinctual man.  The instinctual man is driven by greed.  He is driven by the world, the flesh and the devil.  The only thing that will satisfy your soul is Jesus Christ.

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Philippians 4:8

July 12
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
You Can Change A Negative Attitude!

Two men looked out through prison bars; one saw mud, the other saw stars.  Two men in the same situation, but two opposite reactions.

A Tennessee newspaper carried the story of two young men who had been jilted during their engagement.  They made a choice about their attitude.  One chose to jump off a bridge and commit suicide.  The other decided to write one of those “somebody done somebody wrong” country songs, and received 75,000 in royalties.

You get a new attitude not from the New Age, but from the New Testament!

Do you get mad thinking of something that happened in your past that still angers you?  Paul said if you will think about things that are true, honest, just, pure and lovely—put that kind of thinking into practice, he says, “and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:9.

If you think about the right kind of things, you’ll have the right kind of attitude and enjoy the peace of God.  But if you read trash and hang around with bums, pretty soon you’ll be a trashy bum.  “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7.

Quit worrying about what happened to you in the past.  All of us have had something to hurt us in the past.  God is a healer of broken hearts. He puts dreams back together again.  Forget the past and “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14.

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Romans 8:31

July 10
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Become Informed!

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.”

—George Washington
October 3, 1789
Proclaiming a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving

We have no right to complain about something we have the ability to change.  The gospel holds the transforming power of change.  In a teaching by John Maxwell, he stated, “The problem with the church today is they don’t want miracles, they want magic.”  He makes a very real observation:  while Christians complain about wanting to change our government—hoping that abortion will become illegal and crossing their fingers, eager to see homosexual marriage banned—we actually do nothing to see those dreams become reality.  We must not discount the supernatural power of God for one moment; the miracleworking power of God has never ceased.  We need to let His supernatural power flow from the Church into our world.  “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Those who prefer to feel inadequate and choose to believe that one person cannot change anything are truly mistaken.  Numerous times throughout history the power of one person has changed the masses.  Biblically speaking, Esther just one woman, saved the Jewish people from annihilation.  A more modern example is Rosa Parks; her one action, refusing to move to the back of a bus, ignited the civil rights movement and changed our nation forever.

John Maxwell points out that when a problem is recognized by a few, and those few sacrifice to rectify that problem—regardless of the cost—that is when a miracle happens.  This is what has changed this nation for the bettering in the past, and this is what is required in order to incite change in this nation for the future.  We cannot hope that lawmakers do what is right or pray that activist judges have a change of heart.  Without “we the people” fulfilling our role in government, the Constitution is nothing more than an antiquated mission statement penned over two hundred years ago.

The Constitution is not mere paper from antiquity only meant to be seen in museums or read about in history books. It is an active, dynamic document that is as applicable now as it was in its genesis.  The same way we reference the Bible in search of our political freedoms.  If we do not use our freedom to defend our freedom, we will lose our freedom.

Only enjoying fellowship with likeminded believers does not change the lives of the lost.  New relationships must be forged.  Jesus’ answer to this situation is expressed in the book of Luke.  He was criticized for associating with the sinner, but that did not stop Him.  He came ‘to seek and to save” those who were lost.  Unfortunately, many Christians have translated the admonition “to be in the world, but not of it” to mean total and utter separation from the world.  Christians isolate themselves—hoping that the problems in our government and society will disappear.  At best, some are willing to pray about issues, but not willing to tackle them headon and get involved.  That is not to undermine the power of prayer; rather it is being faithful to Biblical principles.  God is not going to zap all of our problems away when we pray; he expects us to get busy and change the things we can change. 

One of the great New Testament examples of a Christian engaging in his surrounding culture is when Paul was in Athens reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and debating the Greek philosophers in the marketplace.  Because of his compelling secular argument for the gospel, he was able to connect with the world around him in terms they could understand and identify.  He did not throw Scripture at pagans that did not know the Word; instead he used their knowledge and beliefs to turn their attention to God.

Today people feast on satellite news broadcasts, TV, and radio talk shows.  Like the Athenians, our society avidly discusses all the latest ideas and philosophies.  But are you able to represent your Christian beliefs confidently when your fellow citizens parrot the latest thing they have heard on Oprah?  While some decry daytime talk shows, at least they attempt to address issues that people are thinking about.  We as Christians cannot remain mum on these issues; we must stop letting the television set the terms of debate.  Become informed!  It is not the truth that will set you free; it is the knowledge of the truth that will set you free.  Learn what truth is and let your voice be heard!

Devotion taken from Pastor Hagee's book Bible Position on Political Issues.

Matthew 5:16

July 8
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Your Christian Duty  
Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind.  It is impossible that it should be other wise; and in this sense and to this extent, our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” 
U.S. Supreme Court 1892

Those words, uttered by our nation’s highest court a little over one hundred years ago, show that the Supreme Court once held the Word of God in the center of our country’s moral and political compass.  Now, however, as the gavel falls in that same court, it does not hold that same Book in the esteem it once did.  First the court turned its back on the Bible; now it turns its back on the United States Constitution.  What lies ahead?  Scripture has an answer for everything, but what most may not know is that the Bible even has clear and distinct positions on political issues.  If we are to live our lives by the Word of God and obey all His Commands, then we must be acutely aware of what is said in the t Word regarding the world today.  Matthew 5:16 presents a profound truth that should be the clarion call for all Christians in America today—to let our light shine.  Don’t curse the darkness; let our light shine now!

What does that mean?  Simply this:  it’s our duty, as Christians, to let he light of the gospel shine in our lives with the power and force that God intended.  In an American Religious Identification survey, over 76.5 percent of the American adult population claim to be Christian; if this is the truth, why are we not a dominant force in politics and shaping our country’s moral fabric?  It does not require profound intellectual insights to understand that our nation is headed down a pathway of moral and spiritual destruction.  In the meantime, the church hides the light of God from a world that so desperately needs to be illuminated.  Instead of allowing our light to shine through our lies, we sit idly by and curse the darkness we have allowed to perpetuate.  When this is the case, the church is not a dynamic force of change; rather it’s a mere reflection of the decaying culture around us.

We can change our rotting society and restore it to what God intended.  We, the people, in these United States have the responsibility to change anything our society that destroys the moral foundations on which our nation was founded.  Our first objective is to change ourselves and let our light shine as the ‘city on a hill that cannot be hidden.”

Jesus did not hesitate to call leader of His day hypocrites—literally, “mask wearers.”  He was against their showy, superficial, and abhorrent religious pretense.  They tried to present a public image completely different form whom and what they really were.  As Christians, we have no right to demand things from our leaders or fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that do not demand from ourselves. By putting on a false sense of spirituality we are not fooling God or those around us; we are only turning people away from God.

Devotion from Pastor Hagee's book, Bible Positions on Political Issues

Psalm 119:45

July 4

And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, they declared all Americans to be free from England.  They proclaimed to the world that America was one nation under God and endowed by her Creator—God—with certain inalienable rights, including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

George Washington, our first president and the ‘father of this nation,” made these important comments:  “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”  Do not let anyone claim to be a true American patriot if they ever attempt to separate religion from politics.”  Abraham Lincoln said that the Bible was “the best gift God has given to man.”

So what are we to do with our liberty?  Use it to keep it:

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
Honor all people.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honor the king.
                   —1 Peter 2:15-16

Source:  Financial Armageddon

1 Peter 5:8

June 30
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
 
Satan Has A FivePoint Attack On The Church!

The following information was given to me via a telephone interview with a middleaged man who had been baptized into the Church of Satan by his mother when he was twelve.  He had been converted but would not permit the use of his name for fear for his life.  Here is what he says the Church of Satan has planned for Christianity:

1. Members of the Church of Satan will be assigned to infiltrate the church.  The female members will try to obtain a counseling session with the pastor and entrap him in a sexual scandal.
2. Others will be told to seek employment, especially in the Business Dept., and release to the press any embarrassing or damaging information they can find.
3. They will join the join the church and start spreading lies about members to other members creating division, discord and suspicion.  I told him that Christianity had been doing a good job of this for two thousand years
4. The Church of Satan now supports preachers on television who are preaching false doctrine.  Anything to detract from the preaching of the Word of God.
5. Satan’s plan is to engage the Church of Jesus Christ in such intense spiritual warfare they will collapse beneath the tension and pressure.  St Paul gives the answer in Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles tricks of the devil.” 

The fight is on…LET’S WIN IT!

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

James 1:4

June 27
But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.
Demons Are Active
Part Two—

Demons drive and compel.  Luke 8:29 states, “For often times the evil spirit caught him; and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.”

Once a demon is invited in through music, occult ritual, or occult games, that person will be driven night and day until they call upon the Lord      for deliverance or destroy themselves.

Demons defile.  Demons totally destroy the conscience of the person they control.  Titus 1:15 states; “Unto the pure are all things pure; but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their minds and conscience is defiled.”

Paul records in 1 Timothy 4:2,”some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

Mexican police who captured the killers of Mark Kilroy were amazed at the total lack of regret for brutally slaughtering another human being in a satanic ritual.  From coast to coast, police remark how Satanists commit murder and mayhem without the lightest pain of conscience.  Why?  They are demon controlled and their conscience is seared with a hot iron.

Demons fight against peace in every aspect.  Demons fight every peaceful relationship on earth.  He hates peace among nations, he hates peace among friends, he hates peace between husband and wife. 

Demons produce restlessness in their subjects.  The Bible says, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”  Isaiah 57:20-21 

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

 

Luke 8:27-28

June 25
And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.  When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!"  
Demons Have Personality

The Scriptural truth is very clear concerning demons and their personality as is evidenced by the following facts:

1. Personal pronouns.  The pronouns I, me and you are applied to demons by Jesus Christ and by the demons themselves in Luke 8:27-30.

2. Demons have names.  Jesus asked the demon spirits inside the body of them demoniac of Gadera, “What is your name?”  The demons seized the vocal cords of their host and replied, “Legion,” because many demons had gone into him. Luke 8:30-31

3. Demons have will.  Matthew 12:44 Jesus describes the will of a demon who said, “I will return to my house body of a person from whence I came out…”

4. Demons have emotions.  James 2:19 records, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the demons also believe and tremble.”  Trembling demons equal emotions.

5. Demons have supernatural knowledge.  When Jesus entered the synagogue to teach, the demons within a demonized man cried out saying, “Let us alone, what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?  Art thou come to destroy us?  I know who thou art, the Holy One of God.”  Mark 1:23-24  The religious Jews surrounding Jesus did not know that He was the Holy One of God but the demons knew.

6. Demons have the ability to speak.  They take over the vocal cords of their host as is demonstrated in Scripture.  In Mark 1:23-24, the Bible says, “And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, ‘Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?’”

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America