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Victims, Inc.

On both a personal and societal level, victimhood is truly deadly. Nonetheless, our culture celebrates it.

Victim chic has taken over the culture and the political narrative.

All we seem to hear day in and day out are excuses as to why someone or some group can’t make it in America. We are told why they are held back; impeded or deprived of their rights and deserve compensation, government handouts, special treatment, or even reparations for events that happened hundreds of years ago…

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Saturday’s Military Devotional – Watchmen

Watchmen, Who Are They? — Fulcrum7
Ancient soldier standing guard on the wall of a city/fort
Stand Guard Over the Nation — Generals International
Modern soldiers standing guard duty

Isaiah 21:6

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Chapter 21 v.1-10 is a repetition or better put confirmation of the promise given to the captive Jews in Chapters 13 and 14. The promise was simple their oppressors the Babylonians would be overthrown and they would be delivered. As with most all biblical prophecy an exact date and time was not given. 

Isaiah chooses a very interesting way of addressing the coming war, instead of relating the account in the first person as events unfolded, he chooses to tells the story in the third person as a Guard or Watchman doing his duty. 


BREAKDOWN:

God has related to Isaiah the coming invasion and then tells him this v.6:

For thus hath the Lord said unto me, –  God has spoken and Isaiah must obey. We all know the consequences of disobedience to God Deuteronomy 11:26-28, Jonah, or Ananias and Sapphira to name a few. For our military, the UCMJ provides for disciplining of military personnel who fail to obey orders.  

Go, set a watchman, – This request is simple and worthy, set a guard a watchman to let everyone know when the invaders are near. But not any lackadaisical sentry this one declares himself v.7 a Lion that is someone alert and ready to roar the alarm.

Guards and Watchmen have been a critical part of any defense against aggression and chaos since the beginning of man. We use them in everyday life as crossing guards, police, home security services, airport screening and so much more. 

In the military this task, especially in areas of combat and armed aggression is a must. From the beginning of Basic Training Army recruits (used) to be taught their 11 General Orders:

1: You will take charge of this post and all government property in view. 

2: You will walk your post in a military manner, always on alert and observing everything that takes place within your sight or hearing. 

3: You will report all violations of orders you are instructed to enforce. 

4: You will repeat all calls from more posts more distant to the guardhouse than your own. 

5: I will quit my post only after I am properly relieved. 

6: To receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves you all orders from the commanding officer, officer of the day, and non-commissioned officers of the guard only. 

7: You will talk to no one except in the line of duty. 

8: You will give an alarm in case of fire or disorder. 

9: You will call the Sergeant of the Guard in any case that does not have instructions. 

10: You will salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased. 

11: You will be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near your post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority. 

Somehow the army now thinks folsk are either too dumb or incapable of that much memory so they have chopped it to three. Other services still have something similar.

let him declare what he seeth. – Like any good  guard, sentry or watchman this one is told to yell out as soon as he sees the enemy. In v.9, he does just that calling out all he sees and then closes this section in v.10 with God has said all this to me. 


APPLICATION:

What is it you have need of being on guard for today? Maybe you are not being invaded by a foreign enemy as Babylon was, but one has only to look around at the happenings in America and most other countries to see that Judeo-Christian values are under constant attack. If you do not think you need to be a watchman for you family values and for your own self you are sadly mistaken.

Maybe you are not yet convinced repent and trust Christ as Lord and Savior (I pray that will soon change). If you are ex-military you still have a sworn duty to be on guard against all enemies foreign and domestic. Anyone who would pervert the constitution need be of concern. 

Maybe it is just something even simpler, as your heart or mind just do not seem to be in sync all the time. I hate “Flip Wilson” theology, that is folks who put all the blame on Satan and claim the “Devil made me do it”. However there is no denying the fact that is we let our “guard down” Satan will attack and attack in force. Daily we need to post the sentry that protects us from spiritual attacks. 

Finally everyone going into battle needs to be Armored up. Today’s modern soldiers are far more prepared ballistically than I was 30 years ago for battle. Yet many are ill prepared for personal battles. That is why the Bible says we must never start the day without the FULL ARMOR of Christ


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Being on Watch?     

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Riots and the Need a Heart Transplant

With all the riots going on across this land I thought it prudent to visit an old friend, our heart’s. 

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There are a few ways we can look at what is happening in America at the moment one being surprise the other with understanding or maybe a combination of both. Here is what I mean. 

Many seem to be amazed at the extent of the riots. I for one am not at all. In fact if anything I am slightly surprised they are not worse or more wide-spread. Why, here are some of my reasons: 

With more and more of our major cities being managed by very liberal, don’t upset the apple cart, politicians, who denounce Judaeo-Christian values it is no wonder folks act like animals. Yes, act like animals if you have been watching the news that is exactly what these law-breaking thugs have been doing, acting like wolves, hyena, or other predators.

As tragic as the George Flyod killing was, many of these so-called protesters are just fed up with being cooped up from COVID-19, but instead of peacefully acting out they willfully acted with a depraved heart. Then you have the riot-tourists, those who just have to see what is going on, those who want to see something really bad happen to fill their sick desires.

How can I say those things, with understanding because the bible makes it real plain; Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”  Nothing good is coming from these rioters, Luke 6:45 nothing at all because their hearts are evil. 

These are acts predicated on man’s natural nature; here are some of the biblical examples describing man’s heart condition: 

Genesis 8:21: “. . . every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.

Psalm 14:3:All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Isaiah 1:5–6: “Your whole head is injured, your whole heart is afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness.

Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

The Blame Game is sure to start up in full swing. We have already seem evidence of some mayors and other officials blaming President Trump (seriously like he organized this). Yet the bible makes it clear that even sinful and unrighteous man is without excuse for in his soul he knows Romans 1:19-20; 2:14-16 enough to distinguish basic right and wrong. 

So do we really need to blame anyone; or would it be more profitable to just identify the core issue(s) and attack them head on. What has changed in America since the days of the Greatest Generation and In God We Trust? 

Think on this for a moment although declining in numbers the majority of Americans still claim to be “Christian.” If the majority actually stood tall and did the right thing (biblically) think of the difference we could make. The issue is even so called “Christians” fail the test far to often, just as the Jews did repeatedly in the Old Testament, thinking of them selves righteous more than God Almighty creator and Savior of Souls.

America needs a heart transplant ASAP. Of course I do not mean a physical, but a spiritual change of heart or I am personally convinced our nation (as we now know it) is doomed. We cannot continue on the path of self idolatry, socialism and big government all of which the Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves against. 

The Great reformer Martian Luther understood mans condition more than any of his time: 

Luther said he feared his own heart, more than Pope or Cardinal. The heart is the fomenter of sin. It mints evil thoughts-and blows up the coals of fiery passions. It is the Trojan horse out of which comes a whole army of lusts! Shall we not fight the good fight, and discharge with the fire of zeal against this bosom traitor, the flesh! The primitive Christians chose rather to be destroyed by lions without-than by lusts within! – Thomas Watson

Luther’s answer and our’s must be; Prayer, Prayer and More Prayer. We (The true Christian Remnant) need to pray daily for this nation, pray for God’s divine intervention, pray for the Holy Spirit to awake the rioters.

We need to pray for God to preform Heart Transplants among the masses for only he can change the sin nature of man. Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 15:5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blame Game

The Blame Game is the game that you will always lose. - Positive ...

It seems that everyone wants and needs to blame someone else for their mistakes, suffering or overall lot in life. What is worse for me is I hear it and see it regularly in those claiming to be evangelical Christians.

Mans Nature: 

It is mans fallen nature to lie and blame others for our failures. The very first thing that Adam, the father of all mankind did after eating the forbidden fruit was lie and blame Eve: The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate” Genesis 3:12. (ESV)

Then God in the next verse turns to Eve and she too lies and blames Satan: Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Excuses: 

Many years ago for a local New England prison newsletter I wrote an article entitled “Flip Wilson Theology.” The premise being that folks like to blame others for their mistakes and “Christians” especially like to blame the Devil for everything. But “the devil made me do it” (one of Wilson’s signature catchphrases) was and is totally unbiblical. 

What is biblical? Look at Mark 7:20-23 (AMP) And He said, What comes out of a man is what makes a man unclean {and} renders [him] unhallowed. (21) For from within, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come base {and} wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, (22) Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous {and} destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; an evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness), pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man), foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness). (23) All these evil [purposes and desires] come from within, and they make the man unclean {and} render him unhallowed.

In the end we must conclude with the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:20

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible ...

For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. (AMP)

Porque las cosas invisibles de él, su eterno poder y deidad, se hacen claramente visibles desde la creación del mundo, siendo entendidas por medio de las cosas hechas, de modo que no tienen excusa. (RVR1960)

CONCLUSION:

The book of Jude is often overlooked by readers and theologians alike but it contains a strong Warning to the Ungodly and those who would play the blame game:

It was about these people that [h]Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, when he said, “Look, the Lord came with [i]myriads of His holy ones 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the [j]ungodly of all the ungodly deeds they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh and cruel things ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16 These people are [habitual] murmurers, griping and complaining, following after their own desires [controlled by passion]; they speak arrogantly, [pretending admiration and] flattering people to gain an advantage. (Jude 14-16)

It is man’s nature to play the blame game but it should not be that of true “Christians.” We should want righteous discernment that leads to the truth but must heed the warning of Christ in Matthew 7:3-5.

APPLICATION:

Instead of blaming others for your circumstances do something to change them. Even in these trying times GOD can provide. Do all you can to restore your right relationship with Him now.

Instead of blaming this one or that one for having to Shelter in Place, try doing something productive to help your community. Try volunteering at a church that is handing out food, sewing masks, shopping for an elderly neighbor. 

If you must post something on Social Media, do your due diligence to insure it is fair and accurate. It is SO EASY to click and share JUNK! Just because you agree with something emotionally does not make it true. 

Finally, to quote my wife when ever I am down about something she never lets me even think about blaming my disabilities, or others, or anything she just says “suck it up buttercup soldier on.”  You would have to know my wife to understand she means this in the most loving and compassionate way, as I do to everyone here. Sometimes we just need to pray and pull ourselves up and get at it. No excuses, no blaming others for with Christ we can accomplish all things.