Who Do You Trust?

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Politics has become God for many in America……

I have been warning for years that so many Americans are putting their faith in politicians, political parties, in man and other things rather than GOD ALMIGHTY! I am amazed that people make GOD’s out of politicians and party politics….so very foolish. Both parties are responsible for the mess we have in America. Politicians are flawed people like you and me. You see what has happened here in America, many, many have turned to politicians, political parties and the government for help, for almost everything. Very foolish behavior. JESUS is always the answer!!! GOD ALMIGHTY CREATED US! Watching Facebook, like I do, to take the temperature of America everyday, because it is the hotline to the pulse of the American people, I get so very sad. People putting their faith in man and not God. My faith in God is very simple, I look to Him for everything! I hate politics. Politics is ruining America.

Hate brings more hate, hate is like pouring gas on a fire. Hate does nothing for the Kingdom of God, it just makes you look foolish.

An unbelieving world loves to see Christians acting badly.

Do people see Jesus in you?

We here in America are doing an awful job of fulfilling this commandment:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:
just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
 
By this all people will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.
John 13:34-35

My life verse….

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” -Acts 20:24

My Daddy always told me to leave this world a better place than I found it.

I am a registered Independent, I do not belong to a political party. Sharon and I run our lives on the Word of God and not a political play book. FGGAM is a non-partisan ministry.

Vet your politicians by the Word of God.

Are thewy producing fruit or rotten apples?

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. Matthew 12:33

This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. Amos 8:1

Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer.

WILL ROGERS, attributed, Diary of America

I love this from Dr. Jim Denison:

Beware “the protection of Pharaoh” 

When Isaiah 30 opens, the Assyrian Empire is the world’s great superpower to the north. Egypt is the superpower to the south. The tiny kingdoms of Israel and Judah are in-between.

The Assyrians would soon destroy Israel and threaten to do the same to Judah. You might think that in such dire circumstances, the people would turn fervently to God for help. But the opposite was the case.

Rather than asking their Lord for protection, they turned to Egypt for help. Rather than relying on their omnipotent King, they relied on a fallen king of a finite kingdom.

God warned that such dependence on people rather than their Lord was folly: “‘Ah, stubborn children,’ declares the Lord, ‘who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!’” (Isaiah 30:1–2).

As a result, God warned: “Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation” (v. 3).

“O Lord our God, save us from his hand” 

I am glad to report that their story had a miraculous ending. A few years later, Assyria invaded Judah. But rather than trusting in Egypt as had his wayward people, the Jewish king Hezekiah turned to God: “O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord” (Isaiah 37:20).

God heard Hezekiah’s prayer (v. 21) and sent his angel, who “struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians” (v. 36). The Assyrian king retreated back to Nineveh (v. 37), where he was later assassinated by his own sons (v. 38).

Seven chapters earlier, the people of Judah were trusting people to defeat their enemy rather than God. When they finally turned to their Lord, he did what no humans could.

Our situation is different: We can trust God to use people to defeat our viral enemy. We can encourage our healthcare heroes as they care for patients and scientists as they develop therapies and vaccines against the virus. We can work together to restart the economy while striving to keep down infections.

And we can pray for God to do what no mortals can. We can ask him to protect our families and those on the frontlines of this battle. We can ask him to work medically and miraculously. We can know that as we work, God works.

What we must not do 

What we must not do is trust people more than we trust our Lord. We must not make our heavenly Father into an impersonal “Force.” We must not believe in America more than we believe in Jesus.

Through this crisis, I am praying for our nation to admit that we are dying mortals who need a living Savior. I am praying for our churches to share the only vaccine for eternal death. I am praying for Christians to depend upon the Prince of Peace more than the pharaohs in our mirrors.

Will you join me?

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What causes conflict and will it ever be resolved?

May 5, 2020

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Just listening to the news daily causes me great stress. Even in my own life there is conflict at every turn. What causes conflict and will it ever be resolved? — C.P.

A: We live in a world of unending conflict. Lawlessness is in conflict with the law. Intrigue and dishonesty are in conflict with truth and honesty. Intolerance is at odds with tolerance and understanding. Lust and pleasure are in conflict with propriety and purity. Godlessness is at odds with righteousness. Disorder is at war with decency and order. As long as sin exists, conflict will continue to rage.

The Bible mentions three enemies that bring about conflict: the world, the flesh and the devil. They combine to form a powerful foe to defeat mankind, but God is still in control, working in the lives of people.

Worldliness is an attitude of the soul, never lifted upward in recognition of God. Its gaze is manward — never Godward. It’s a materialistic, sensual view of life, centering its attention on gratification of human appetites and desires, completely blind to the things of God. This is why the Bible says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:15).

The second enemy is the flesh which speaks of sin’s nature. The apostle Peter wrote: “I beg you… abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). But there’s hope, because when Christ died on the cross for man’s sin, He made the nature of sin inoperative by offering us forgiveness and salvation (Romans 6:11).

The third enemy is the devil, the commander-in-chief of the powers of evil. He accuses, tempts, deceives and lies, working through his allies — the world and the flesh.

But we can know peace even in the midst of conflict if we turn to the God of peace, Jesus Christ.

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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

(c)2020 BILLY GRAHAM DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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