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Symphony silence filled the music hall before the curtain rose and the anticipated performance brought a moment of exhilaration and excitement scurrying over the elegant clad attendees.

Spotlights focused as the director strode center stage. Lights dimmed and the curtain lifted. He stepped to the podium, tapped his baton, and held up his arms as every eye in the house held on the performance-clad orchestra in all their finery. The audience sat spellbound, waiting for those first perfect notes to saturate their senses.

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But their music stands were empty, and shrieky, strident sounds of a weird, wild cadence blasted ear drums. Gasps were seen, but couldn’t be heard. The volume increased as did the out-of-tune mayhem from the thumps and bumps of the percussion section, mindless blasts from the horns, and screeches from the strings. Not an ounce of unity. No trace of a melody. Just a barrage of hateful clamor.

The audience twisted and turned to assess the reactions of other symphony goers, but not a soul left their seat. They sat in rapt expectation that this symphony of deception would somehow change. Some way have a good ending.

But it didn’t.

The chaotic chords continued as the audience squirmed in their seats. Watching. Waiting. Anticipating. But nothing changed. Yet all those concert goers remained in their places, listening, but doing nothing to stop this absurd spectacle. And when the last cords fell silent, the people who endured this catastrophe even clapped their feigned approval for their deceivers.

I know you’re thinking, what stupid people. These were obvious phonies pretending to be professional musicians. If I’d been there I’d a rushed up that aisle and demanded the performance be stopped and my money refunded.

Really? But isn’t this what’s happening across America today? No unity, no oneness of Spirit. Everyone banging their own tune. No United States of America. No “My Country, ‘tis of Thee.” No “Sweet land of liberty. Of Thee we sing—” The music has ceased, but the hateful haranguing shrieks and screams rage on, and on, and on.

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And the silence of the majority still waits for the deception to end. But it hasn’t. And it won’t. Unless you do something to stop it.

God offered, provided His Word and His Son, but the rancorous minority rejected His help and kicked Him to the curb, while the silent majority sat silent. And now we’re out of time. Next Friday could be the beginning of chaos, the likes of which America hasn’t seen since the Civil War. But only Elohim, The Lord God Almighty, can save us from ourselves and this great deception.

If we humble ourselves and pray as though our nation’s future depended on you and me. Because it does.

Political leaders claim to be serving the good of all the American people, but they don’t. With ulterior radical motives, a depraved mind, and an insatiable appetite for money, they have captured and created chaos for years with a perverted plan to fundamentally change these United States of America, while the public they pretend to serve, waits on the sidelines for someone—anyone to rescue them from the coming storm.

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Yet the God of the Ages is still faithful and still stands ready to rescue, if we will, with one voice, cry out to Him.

Teachers, professors, educators claim to teach our children necessary skills, but instead uphold an agenda contrary to the principals and precepts of the Word of God. These purveyors of deception have slipped in unnoticed and taken control of schools and universities. These pseudo-intellectuals delight in social experimentation to force their lies and ideological beliefs upon our children. And we have paid and still trust them to accomplish this hideous brain-washing, while we sit silent on the sidelines, grateful to have illegitimate babysitters relieve us of our responsibilities as parents.

Preachers who claim to preach truth, but actually proclaim another gospel, rather than the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, are multiplying and flourishing in this once “Under God” nation. These rebellious men and women seek and flatter congregations not grounded in the Word of God. And people with itching ears gobble their false-prophecies because their ears and hearts are not interested in the truths, practices, and principles of the Lord God Almighty.

Social media experts whose responsibility and pledge is to inform and report the truth and facts have only one goal …make money, regardless of the costs. And are for sale to the highest bidder. Truth? God’s instructions? They aren’t interested. Lies make bigger and better press.

And entertainers—in this Sodom and Gomorrah culture—invade not only movies, books, CD’s, theater, but have moved into our homes, the classroom, and our children’s hearts. Television shows broadcast with flamboyance their intentional rebellion against God and His holiness, while we sit and watch, night after night, week after week, and when called to account attempt a lame defense… “Oh, I don’t agree with ’em. I just watch ’em.”

Well, sweet friend, If you’re watchin’, you’re agreeing.

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I know we’ve all heard the saying, “Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it.” Yet we purposefully refuse to learn. God preserved His Word and called us to come apart and be separate. We are instructed to be different. We are instructed to be holy unto the Lord. Our pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress’ new book,  “All Roads Do Not Lead to Heaven,” confirms this truth.

Last night I read that the State of California as of January 1, 2017, will no longer prosecute child sexual molestation cases, thus throwing the door wide open to human trafficking. What are these California legislators thinking? What will they say when they stand before the God of all Creation and hear Jesus say:

“And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven and whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea’” (Matthew 18:2-6 NAS).

What will you say and do when your State legislators propose the same thing?

In that day, our excuses, our idols, and our hypocrisy will be burned up and many of us will be left with the bare bones of our salvation—no rewards—because we were too lazy, too busy, or too fearful to stand for God’s truth in the here and now.

And many will hear those awful words, “I never knew you. “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23 NAS).

Do you think God has changed His mind? He tells us He never changes. Do you know and trust His character?  His promises? Will you continue to sit and watch this symphony of deception play out until the end—never objecting, never speaking God’s truth, never caring about those your life touches? Will you, like those absurd fictional symphony goers, clap your hands together in feigned approval of those rushing down the wide highway to an eternal hell?

Our forefathers stood firm in the light of The Word of God, fought and died for the precious principles of faith in the God of all Creation. Will you sit in silence while the enemies of God steal our land too?

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Or will you accept and trust in the gift the Lord Jesus Christ paid for your soul and mine? While there is still time, God stands ready to grant His mercy, His grace, and forgiveness because of Jesus’ blood shed for you and me—if we will turn, listen, and obey Him. But time is short. Please search your heart. Please ask His forgiveness. Please repent…turn around and walk according to His principles and precepts.

Diligently pray for our nation this coming week and ask God to bind the forces of evil determined to turn the hallowed ground of our forefathers into a battle ground. Draw your line in the sand and stand like a soldier holding the solid line of Truth. Be thankful to our Lord. Our God. Our Only Salvation. Our soon coming King!

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost” (Revelation 22:16-17 NAS).

 

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How many times each day do I say “that’s too much?” The grocery clerk hits the total key and I gasp, “Oh my goodness. I didn’t realize I spent that much.” I step on the scales and realize those cookies I gobbled yesterday expressed themselves in two additional pounds. Overnight. A new house, a new car or even a new suit or dress seem to be twice-times-double these days. And I repeat, it’s all too much.

The nightly news broadcasts problems everywhere—at home and abroad. Hideous crimes plague our nation, our homes, and our families, tramping  underfoot moral and spiritual values. Our children and grandchildren are forced to confront problems, situations, and people they should never have had to face.

The entertainment industry wallows in the depths of depravity and beckons us to join them. And many do. The definition of marriage has been defiled and this nation is going the way of Sodom and Gomorrah. The number of aborted babies since Roe v. Wade numbers fifty-four million and counting.  The City of Chicago is a killing field with more murders there than have been military casualties in Afghanistan. Human slave trafficking in the United States traps untold numbers of our children and teens each year. All of these things are too much.

Politicians, regardless of party, and judges have taken oaths to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America but are openly passing legislation shredding our liberties and ripping apart the Constitution to ideologies of a rogue minority. Responsible financial stewardship is a lost concept in government and in our families. Checks and balances that were established to maintain a democratic government, forbidding any one of the three branches to force power on the other two has been demolished. And the Congress of the United States of America has allowed itself to be neutered because of their greedy grabs for power that are changing the face of America. Forever.

“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;  but when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2 NIV).

Yet when I turn on my computer to write this blog I’m advised to entertain you with pleasant antidotes, endearing personal stories, and to use pictures. Lots of pictures.  And, for goodness sake, they say,  don’t sound preachy and don’t use too much scripture. I’m told audiences don’t have an appetite for the truth of the Word of God.  These experts say it’s okay to gently point folks to God and to the Word, but anything with enough meat of the Word that folks could chew on  and receive nourishment from would be too much for them to swallow.

So how much is too much? And how much is not enough?

Look at the state of our nation and our homes. Could it be each one of us have not shared enough of our Lord’s words with our neighbors. Or could it be we don’t know enough of His Word to share?

Are we going to recognize, before it’s too late, that we have moved God’s ancient boundaries? Boundaries He established to protect us and keep us in a position to receive an abundance of His blessings.  The Lord God has called His people to come apart and be different. To be holy as He is holy.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV)

The Old Testament is the historical text of Israel choices to be like everybody around them and when God rescued them from slavery, they even wished to return to Egypt. After centuries of warnings, mercy and grace, God finally said that’s too much and He sent nations to carry His people out of their land and scattered them among the nations.  And for centuries the Jewish people have paid an enormous price for their rejection of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

But God is a faithful covenant keeper, even when we’re not.

God delivered our forefathers from religious bondage and brought them to America. He gave these courageous men and women the freedom to worship Him in any manner they chose. And they gave their lives to establish this great nation—One Nation, Under God. The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and the blood of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution calls us to consider our path; to repent and return to principles and precepts of God so that He can hear our cries and heal our land. It’s all there in the pages of His truth, folks. People of God—we are the problem.

“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” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).

Bible surveys demonstrate how little Americans read and know the Word of God. Even many within the church know more about Downton Abbey than they know about God’s story. It’s evident that we can’t live and teach our children what we don’t know.

If you or I had the cure for cancer we’d be shouting it from the rooftops. We have the remedy for all of the sins of our nation and our people. The Scriptures are our road map. But we remain silent.

Unless God’s people get serious and repent, learning to live in the power of His Spirit so we don’t fulfill the deeds of the flesh, living to bring honor to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and living so that the nations will know that He is the Lord–America will not survive.

So please tell me, how could we ever have too much scripture? When we stand before God how will we explain our loss of appetite for the truth of His ancient Word? Words preserved for us by the blood of the prophets. Our actions shout like those Jewish exiles, we’d rather go back to Egypt.  Because obedience to Your Word, God, is just too much.

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”  (Romans 15:4 NIV).

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