Monday, November 24 2014
"If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues, great and prolonged plagues, and serious and prolonged sicknesses." Deuteronomy 28:58,59
You cannot deny the fact that in the past fifty years America has become a sick nation plagued with every malady known to man and disease has consumed us causing the death of millions, not to mention the cost of medical care and medicines of all kinds. Cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, auto immune diseases, chronic pain, West Nile virus, Parkinson's, MS, MD and on and on and on and even now Ebola has reached our shores, one of the most deadly plagues on the planet!
Everywhere you look there is a new remedy or a new cure for some disease that is advertised consistently on TV or the Internet and the drug companies are having a field day charging exorbitant prices to give us relief from all these things coming upon us. Sickness in the Bible most always had to do with sin and rebellion and God's people were healed two thousand years ago by the stripes that Jesus took on His body and from His blood shed for us on the cross, but we too are plagued by sickness and disease and there seems to be no distinction between believers and the world!
The American church leadership can be blamed for most everything we are suffering today because they have rejected the commands of God and not taught nor trained their people, but instead heaped up treasure stolen from their congregations of ignorant members, kept in the dark and controlled by manipulating wolves that could care less about your welfare and only concerned with padding their pockets! False prophets and shepherds are fleecing the sheep and ruining the testimony of the true blood washed saint's where it has made us all a laughing stock of foolish buffoons before the entire world, if you don't believe it, ask an unbeliever!
"Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this book of the law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed." Deuteronomy 28:61
'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' "For laying aside the commandments of God, you hold to the tradition of men." Mark 7:6-8
Jesus was speaking to the religious order of His day not unlike what we have today with the modern all about me social club that honors God with their lips but their hearts are far away from the true devotion and intimacy He desires. Praise and worship is geared for the congregation and not God, it is entertainment to draw the multitudes on Sunday, not to exalt and worship the Most High God.
It is not unusual to enter a church service and never even hear the name of Jesus spoken or any praise for God but plenty of accolades will be poured out upon the pastors for their undying devotion to make us feel happy and safe in our little sheep pens of prosperity, far away from the cries of the damned right outside the door keeping their people in a sermon induced coma of complacency! Because of greedy shepherds and false prophets galore, the church has sunken to an all time low of spiritual life in which our devotion to Him is turned to our love and devotion for us and our own little world of selfish desire, and it is a stench in the nostrils of a holy God, deeply offended by our un-holy actions toward Him!
We have defected from the true devotion and love that our God desires His people to have for Him but have turned away to serve other gods, gods of money, gods of sports, gods of lust and gods of worldly desire for anything our little hearts want in regards to satisfying the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful, arrogant pride of life.
"But why do you call Me Lord, Lord and do not do the things which I say?" Luke 6:46
BEAR FRUITS WORTHY OF REPENTANCE
Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance." Luke 3:7,8
John the baptist was the forerunner come to prepare God's people for salvation through repentance, baptizing them as they confessed their sins. The fiery prophet preached the gospel of the kingdom in that a man had to repent of his sins by confession, turning away from his sin and then by being baptized into his own death, burial and subsequent resurrection, thereby transforming him into a new creation.
Salvation isn't acquired by simply bowing one's head and reciting a little prayer asking Jesus to come into their heart, something that is not mentioned in scripture nor practiced by anyone in the New Testament. The first words that Jesus spoke as He began His ministry was repent as it was by all the apostles and anyone else for that matter who preached the true gospel of the kingdom. Coming to the Lord Jesus Christ meant that one would lose his earthly life, repent of his former wicked lifestyle, submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit to transform him into the image and likeness of the Christ!
Hundreds were coming for baptism and the religious crowd also showed up for another religious ritual as they do today wanting to feel good about themselves and by somehow pleasing God by their religious works, but John had their number by calling them a brood of vipers and commanded them to bring forth fruits worthy of repentance! The fruits of repentance are a transformed life, a life that has been changed by the Holy Spirit's inward work and by having their sins washed away, not by the baptismal waters but by the blood of the Lamb of God.
"And even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." Luke 3:9
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, November 17 2014
"When I shut up Heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, "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 I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:13,14
In the midst of the 911 terror attack people began to be overwhelmed with fear and for a time church membership swelled, but only for a short time and then it was back to business as usual, and instead of "God-less America" it was "God bless America" and we went off to blame someone else for this undeserved tragedy, and so our misguided leadership set America's sights on Iraq, a horrible mistake in judgment!
When we take a hard look at the scripture in II Chronicles 7:13,14 we see the answer to Solomon's prayer to protect Israel from harm and to bless His people as he dedicated the temple to God. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ knows it by heart and recites it frequently by rote, not really understanding the revelation of it nor does it produce a lasting repentance. God is speaking about His people committing wickedness, not the lost of the world as if America was somehow the Christian Mecca, although it is thought to be so.
Wickedness you say, what wickedness have we committed, we are God's chosen, the apple of His eye and the sheep of His pasture? The wickedness that God is accusing us of is the sin of disunity, apathy, competition, greed, selfishness and pride in that we have not obeyed His command to go and make disciples, to love our neighbors, or to love Him for that matter, with all of our heart. We have been silent on the issues of abortion and fifty million innocent children have been murdered on our watch. We have been silent on sin and the preaching of repentance to the lost and not concerned ourselves with the souls of millions who have died and perished in the depths of Hell! These are just a few of the issues of disobedience and wickedness that His people have committed and yet we instead vote for somebody to change the land instead of us obeying the voice of God.
"And as for this house which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, "Why has the Lord done thus to this land and this house?" II Chronicles 7:21
CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE
"But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you." Deuteronomy 28:15
This indictment is not against America, it is against His people who have defected from His word and gone a whoring after the world. America receives the blessings of God because of His people who reside there, but we have left our first love and deeply grieved the Holy Spirit until the rain of Heaven no longer falls on us!
America was great as long as we acknowledged God as the Supreme Commander of the country, giving glory and honor to His great name and allowing His Spirit access to our lives, but when we began to turn away from Him to follow other gods, just as His people Israel did eons before, we are now reaping what we have sown! Famine describes a lack of sustenance and our financial situation is grave to say the least being so deep in debt that we are virtually bankrupt. Pestilence stalks the youth of the land with drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual deviation, suicide, school shootings and disease, rampant among our children, killing thousands and threatening thousands more.
Another curse in Deuteronomy is the illegal immigrants coming into the land not to mention the legal ones that are taking over our government while our leaders look on. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, a murderous, demonically inspired cult of terrorists overtaking countries and establishing their Sharia law and because of their shear numbers they are beginning to dictate to us how we are to live. The homosexual agenda has come out of the closet because there was no longer any fear of God brought about by a lack of preaching the truth. Abortion has murdered fifty million innocent children in the name of choice and their blood has stained the land with shame for this diabolical slaughter.
"The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me." Deuteronomy 28:20
DEFEATED BEFORE OUR ENEMIES
"The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth." Deuteronomy 28:25
Once a formidable force to be reckoned with, America has fought on many fronts defeating their enemies because Jesus was Lord of the land, but in the fifties something began to change. With the advent of the Korean conflict there seemed to be no winner and it cost many lives and much treasure and now we have a north and south Korea with a young novice dictator over the north threatening world domination.
Then comes Vietnam, another conflict where we were called upon to advise but ended up costing America fifty thousand precious souls who lost their lives fighting a people, most of whom were simple farmers with primitive traps and weapons backed by the Communists. All that was gained was given back as we left the country, again without victory. Next came the Gulf war and then Iraq and Saddam Hussein, all for the precious commodity of oil where thousands again spilled their blood and others were maimed for life and the outcome left us stretched to the limit financially, spread out across the Middle East, leaving us like a "Bush in the desert!"
Now in the 21st century after multiple conflicts, wars and numerous skirmishes America is no longer the once unbeatable super power and is now faced by ISIS, a result of our mis-guided leadership, another consequence of our defection from God, and Ebola that has also pierced our borders, not to mention the longest war we have ever fought, the war on drugs, also a miserable loss of life, and the millions poured down the drain, but to no avail! Are you getting the picture? America is on it's way to becoming another pagan third world country, because we have rejected Him who once blessed our shores with abundant prosperity. I advise you to take a hard look at the nations of the world where Jesus is not Lord and you will find poverty, sickness and death in abundance! May God have mercy!
"The Lord will bring you and the king whom you set over you (Obama, just one of our mis-guided leaders) to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone. "And you shall become an astonishment (a thing of horror) and a byword among all nations where the Lord will drive you." Deuteronomy 28:36,37
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, November 10 2014
How you have fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Isaiah 14:12-14
The all seeing "I" of Satan is the same as the all seeing, selfish, self centered, all about me attitude of man. Even in today's world of so-called Christianity, self help gurus, prosperity preachers and pillow profits (prophets) have polluted the assembly of the righteous with doctrines of demons and man-centered tradition and ritual! Best selling this, and "Mega" that, the superstars peddle their wares of poisonous venom spewed out of the mouth of the devil himself!
Today's fast food, microwave, consumer driven, event motivated church of all about me doesn't need God, oh, they talk about Him and even put scriptures on their refrigerators, but when the trials and tribulations of life comes they run to the world for help! Say it ain't so but it is at least in the western world where we have everything we could dream of at the touch of a finger. Doctors, lawyers, therapists, physiologists, psychiatrists and any drug you can think of to cure your ills and if that's not good enough we have Oprah, Ellen, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew and any number of self help gurus to help you solve life's problems!
But what about the rest of the world, those poor third world countries who struggle to survive on a daily basis, without doctors and miracle drugs they scrounge out a meager existence just trying to make another day? In most cases throughout the world they are dominated by either cruel dictators or demonic entities adding to their plight: more poverty, disease and death. These are the ones who need God and when they find Him, it is a sell-out! They receive Him with joy and thanksgiving believing His every word and trusting Him with their very lives! Should that not be the norm for all believers, a total surrender of ones will and possessions, trusting in Him who died for us to give us eternal life?
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. II Corinthians 5:14,15
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, November 03 2014
Proclaim among the nations: "Prepare for war!" Wake up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Joel 3:9
In case you haven't noticed there is a war raging outside the confines of the local churches: drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, gay marriage, abortion and if that's not bad enough we now have Ebola and ISIS to contend with. The powers of darkness have been loosed to rob, kill and destroy by the millions with no apparent restraint from the body of Christ.
When our mis-guided leaders in America rushed headlong and half-cocked into Iraq with bad intel they stirred up a hornet's nest of terrorists in the name of save the oil and subsequently defiled the Muslim "holy land" that has become a thirteen year long conflict costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars. After all the blood spilled and money wasted America once again led by misguided leadership pulled out and left Iraq to fend for itself and gave it back into the enemies hands!
We as the body of Christ have done the same thing and we would do well to observe America's mistakes because we are giving all the ground once obtained from the powers of darkness back into the hands of the devil! We are losing the war that has been given to us to win in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The world is being ravished as we sit in our cathedrals of complacency, sipping our Starbucks coffee and learning so much, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth or even lifting a hand to war with the enemies of our soul!
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. II Corinthians 10:3,4
WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AUTHORITY
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
The homosexuals came out of the closet, fifty million babies were murdered on our watch, thousands of our children have been addicted to drugs, school shootings have become a nationwide dilemma and violence has escalated beyond the imagination; not to mention terror on every side, Ebola, Enterovirus D-68, (thought to be contracted from illegals) unimaginable sickness and the continuing spread of sexually transmitted diseases and cancer! Why? The main reason for all of this mayhem is the lack of, or in most cases: the absence of the fear of God!
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ has literally shut down the preaching of the gospel, the only power to convict the sinner that he is lost and in danger of damnation in eternal fire! Jesus gave us authority to trample underfoot the enemies of God and to defeat the devil with the divine weapons of war, but the western church has refused to fight, instead they sit in a fog of sermon-induced complacency while the world goes to Hell! Judgement will be merciless to those who refuse to follow the Lord in obedience but instead bury their God given talents in the ground!
According to the book of Romans, the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and the earth is filled with wickedness of all kinds deserving of the righteous judgment of a holy and deeply offended God who will bring about a destruction in which the world has never seen and is already beginning to experience in these last days. America is suffering corruption from the inside out with wicked men with an agenda for selfish ambition and greed who exploit the people and rob them of their money and their livelihood and because of the example set by the present day church of the all about me crowd, unconcerned for the things of God, it will continue to decompose as a corpse rotting in the sun.
But in accordance with your hardness and your unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath in the day of wrath (the day of the Lord) and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds" eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish on every soul of man who does evil. Romans 2:5-9
STAND AND FIGHT!
You therefore must endure (share) hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier. II Timothy 2:3,4
The warfare that we are to engage in is the good fight of faith in which all believers shall be involved in. We as soldiers in the army of God are to be about the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom, and making disciples of all nations, snatching them out of the devil's hands and equipping the new born saints in the work and warfare of the kingdom!
A war is being fought around the world for the souls of men and the life of God's people who have laid down their lives to be about their Father's business and some have been killed for their faith, the ultimate sacrifice in serving the Lord Jesus. We have wasted much of our time in the last few decades playing religious games and enjoying our God-given prosperity, building fleshly kingdoms and squandering the wealth given for the furtherance of God's kingdom by spending it upon ourselves and because of this the church of the Lord Jesus Christ has become a laughing stock to the world, just ask an unbeliever what he thinks of the church and you will be appalled at his answer!
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a place to go, it is a Person to be, the very Person and expression of Jesus in the earth with the same mission and God-given mandate that was given to our Lord to save the lost at any cost and to make them into exact replicas of the Lord and to equip them to go out into all the world and do the same! Are you not tired and bored with man-centered religion and dry and dusty assemblies absent of Holy Spirit anointing and power? Then arise take up the weapons of war and fight for the souls of men sinking into the pits of Hell without Christ and snatch them out of the fire! I will warn you that it will cost you everything and maybe even your own life! Are you ready?
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come (and now is) when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. II Timothy 3:1-4
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin