Divine Vision Ministries
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This has been a strange week. It's felt like everything was running just a hair off kilter, and something was either out of place or missing. It's been, as I said, a strange, out of sorts and out of sync week. Not that I'm reall Read more ... y worried about it; God's got this all taken care of.
This week's edition of The Sunday Sermon is going to feature some reader submitted thoughts. You're probably thinking, "You're getting lazy this week, Don...you don't even want to write a message!" NOT TRUE! These thoughts have some really good messages for us. I wouldn't post them if I wasn't absolutely sure they would inspire and enlighten you. So without further ado, I now present to you thoughts from my dear friend Heather T., and I will add my thoughts as I'm told to by the Spirit.
"It's been a long time since I have written anything, or even really felt inspired to write anything. Today, while listening to my favorite Christian radio station- K-Love – I heard them talking and felt an overwhelming compulsion to write again. I am referring to Ephesians 6:10-13, “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.”
I love to see this; someone, anyone, being moved and motivated by the Spirit. We're facing a fierce and potentially long battle here. Satan knows his time on this earth is about over. He knows that Jesus is going to judge him and send him to Hell forever and ever. He's trying like crazy to take as many people down with him as he can. This is what we NEED to do: put on the FULL armor of God--not just the gloves or just helmet--the FULL armor of God; helmet, gloves, breastplace, armor, chainmail...all of the necessary protection that God Himself has provided for us. We will NEVER defeat Satan any other way.
"People, look around us at what is going on in this world. We have the terrorism of al Qaeda from September 11, 2001, and now we have the terrorism of this group known as ISIS or the Islamic State. God predicted this before any of us were ever created that there was going to come a time where we were going to have to take a stand against the devil. WOW!!! Spiritual forces of evil in the heavens??? I don’t know about you, but I always thought of heaven as a peaceful place, a place with no evil, no pain. We have to stand up for what we believe in and take the full armor of GOD. Only He can protect us from all of the evil going on in this world. I am prepared to take my stand……are you?"
What she's referring to, my friends, is Revelation 12:7-12, which reads, "And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time." The end is here. Jesus is coming, very soon, and all of this will come to pass. After all of this, it's going to come down to the Rapture, the Tribulation, and The Judgment. When the Rapture comes, all that belong to Jesus will we swept up off this earth to meet Him in the air. The Tribulation will follow, and if you think what's going on now is bad.......
......you don't WANT to be here when The Tribulation comes.
Then, at the finish, will come the Judgment, when all will be made to stand before the Great Throne of God, and either be judged worthy of entering the Kingdom of Heaven...or condemned to suffer in the fires of Hell for all eternity.
Heather finishes her message with this:
"Matthew 5:11-12 says, “You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” This is what's going on now. People are being persecuted because of their beliefs. Christians have been persecuted for decades. I for one am not ashamed to stand up and say, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He died on the cross for MY sins.” Are you ashamed? I am not. 1 John 4:16 says, “And we have come to know and to believe the love that GOD has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.” God does not want us to be angry or anything, He wants us to love because He loves us. If He did not love us, do you think He would have sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. Think about it…..John 3:16 says, “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone that believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” I think that that is the most wonderful sign of love in the world. I cannot think of a better way to show love than that, can you?"
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Jesus Christ is the perfect example of perfect love. We can try to love like Jesus did....until we face the Cross. For most, they get a little squeamish. Jesus didn't. He went to His death because of His love for us. Jesus said in John 15:13-17, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another." It looks so bleak for us right now, but oh, my friends, the good stuff is coming! Pray. Believe. Stand fast. Don't let Satan or any other bad thing get in your way of praising Jesus! Shout "HALLELUJAH!" even when things are looking that bleak! God is FOR us, and NOTHING OR NO ONE CAN STOP US!! Shout HALLELUJAH the Almighty God, the Great I AM!!!
To close this week, Heather gave us all a prayer. Please pray with us:
“Lord, Thank you for showing me your undying love. I thank you for all that you do and all that you are. Please Lord, show these people that are doing all of this killing and maiming, show them your love. Show them your strength. With you by our side, we WILL defeat this devil. Lord, be with our military as they are casting the devil back home. And Lord, be with the families of the victims of such senseless and gruesome acts of violence. Lord, protect us and carry us through the coming days. Lord, be with all of those that are sick and also the ones that do not know you. I pray that someone will show them just how strong you are. Lord, thank you for being my fingers and showing me your words. I pray that this touches the hearts and souls of everyone that reads it. In Jesus name I pray....
Have a safe week, be well, and be blessed!!
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"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we?"
We shouldn't be fighting a war on terror. Seeing that fighting a war on "terror" means nothing. It's a word created to start regime change in multiple countries.
"Was it or was it not, started by Islam Read more ... ic people "
It was started by neo-conservatives who already had the war planned since 1998.
"who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001"
There's very little proof that the hijackers were Muslim. How supsected hijacker Mohammad Atta left the Koran around, his actions seemed a lot more anti-Muslim as he wanted Muslims as the scapegoats. Many see this as a Zionist Mossad operation to dehumanize their enemy in order to drag the US into a prolonged war with the Muslim communities.
"and have continually threatened to do so since?"
"Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they"
The US has killed more people before and after that in "humanitarian" air strikes.
"Do you think I care about four U. S. Marines urinating on some dead Taliban insurgents?"
You would if you would stop to think. The Taliban had NOTHING to do with 9/11. (not even in the official story) and they are just people that are fighting an invading army that is attacking their land. Wouldn't American soldiers protect their country if someone would invade it, especially if it was invaded under false pretense?
"nd I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban wereclaiming to be tortured"
They weren't claiming to be tortured. THEY WERE tortured. Alongside a bunch of people in Iraq. Remember that the people in both countries HAD NOTHING TO DO with the attack on 9/11. Nor where they terrorists in any way. Both the Taliban and the Iraqi people arrested were government officials fighting to protect THEIR government in THEIR country from invading forces.
"I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the MiddleEast, start caring about the Holy Bible"
There are hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East.
"I'll care when these thugs tell the world they aresorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head, while Bergscreamed through his gurgling slashed throat."
Shouldn't the US government apologize for putting people into harms way in the first place? Nick Berg never should have been there.
"I'll care when the cowardly so-called insurgentsin Afghanistan , come out and fight like men,instead of disrespecting their own religion byhiding in Mosques and behind women and children"
How many Americans would hide in churches and pray if bombed daily by an invading force, NONSTOP 24/7?
"I'll care when the mindless zealots who blowthemselves up in search of Nirvana, care about theinnocent children within range of their suicide Bombs."
They don't blow themselves up to reach Nirvana. They blow themselves up to get the invading army out of their country. It's a last resort.
"n the meantime, when I hear a story about aCANADIAN soldier roughing up an Insurgentterrorist to obtain information, know this:"
Torture doesn't work. And neither does empathy (I guess) for "Christians" like this.
"When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in thehead when he is told not to move because hemight be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank:I don't care. Shoot him again."
Terrorist is just a word that has completely helped dehumanize the enemy. You shouldn't take pride in that.
"2. The British Soldier.3. The Canadian Soldier.4. The US Soldier, and5. The Australian Soldier"
LOL. No one in Iraq or Afghanistan were planning on attacking or invading ANYONE. So no, none of these soldiers are out there dying for us. They are not doing anything to protect freedom for generations to come. And the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan did not stop any 9/11's. As evident in the rise of ISIS, going into Iraq was the worst possible thing the US could have done to aid in our security.
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