How Cowardice Enables Abusers

A Cry For Justice

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:7-8)

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to…

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The Prayers of a Righteous Man

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By: Susan Bea Good

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12/ESV)

I heard my father pray for me yesterday, and this morning I woke up without the bitterness that has tortured my heart the last six months. The source of my struggle is still present but it seems finally I have an opening to escape a vicious cycle of personal destruction.

Two days ago I found a biblical author (to be unnamed to avoid revealing the context of this blog post) whose advice helped pave the way for my salvation from bitterness. These are the portions I highlighted:

The Apostle Paul was kept from utter despair in times of great difficulty…

God is good and is doing something good in us, even in the midst of difficulties…

Persevere until things change…

Learn the secret of being content in whatever situation God allows into your life…

Our children will watch an example of what it means to walk with God and to trust Him in all things…

When this is all over you will hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”…and the pain will be gone forever!

When your life is imploding your only need is to keep your eyes on Jesus. He has already promised victory. He is always present to comfort and guide you through the terrible pathways. This is more than enough!

This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they see God’s Big Picture and purpose to be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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Get Back!

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By: Susan Bea Good

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” (Romans 16:17/ESV)

On Monday a fuel tanker truck exploded on an Ohio freeway. The flames spread across the overpass creating a deadly trap for any unwise drivers who might continue under the bridge. On scene off-duty police officer Matthew Bowman can be heard on video warning motorists, “Get Back!”

I find it interesting that anyone needed to be warned not to drive directly under a massive burning bridge. Apparently some do not have the innate or acquired instincts that would protect them from the affects of such a scene.

I find a correlation between those who would drive under a burning overpass and those in America today who throw themselves, heart and soul, into every flaming heresy that comes along from the false gospel crowd.

An example of false gospel is found in the soon to be released movie The Shack, based on a novel by William P. Young. The content of the book and the film is based on unorthodox alternative teachings about God and His involvement with mankind. And yet the heresies in this material appeal to many who desire a god who is custom-fashioned to match their own specific felt needs. Never mind that a created deity is powerless and the result of following one is only to distract the spirits of those who made it.

The list of modern fiery obstacles to avoid is long. If you have been a follower of Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, or Beth Moore (to name just three) I would advise you to Get Back! Regardless of the pleasure their words bring to your spirit. You are either unaware or underestimating the danger of the spiritual flames of false teaching.

God reveals through Scripture that only His truth will set you free. Though this truth is hard to hear, if you accept its message the result will be true freedom. If you resist biblical truth and insist on following a false gospel you will live this life as a slave to sin and possibly die in your sins as an unrepentant false Christian. Jesus warned that many will say to Him in the Day of Judgment, (my paraphrase) “Lord, did we not belong to You?” and Jesus will say, “Get back!”

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Stepping Out of Line

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By: Susan Bea Good

(the Apostle Paul) “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. (I Corinthians 9:19/ESV)

Marcus Garvey’s family is seeking a posthumous pardon from President Obama for their father, a civil rights leader whom Martin Luther King Jr. called, “the first man of color to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny. And make the Negro feel he was somebody.”

Not everyone spoke well of Garvey. He was also called, “the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America” by the then president of the NAACP, and “a notorious negro agitator” by the then FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. Garvey’s outspoken support of an unpopular cause got him two years in prison for mail fraud followed by a deportation to Jamaica…but his real crime was that he stepped out of line and encouraged others to do the same.

Society has always rewarded those who stayed in line. Groups and individuals are told they must hold the clearly proscribed and furiously protected policies of the powerful majority. Though policies may be corrupt, erroneous, or unbiblical, the only accepted location for those who want to remain inside man’s power structures is IN LINE!

The effect Marcus Garvey had on MLK is notable but the more valued commendation for this brave man came from his mother, who said her son was  “severe, firm, determined, bold, and strong, refusing to yield even to superior forces if he believed he was right.”

The world is in desperate need of men and women who will stand for deeply held and often unpopular principles. This need includes mothers who would bravely commend their children when they stand in a place that is “out of line.”

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Week After Rant

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By: Susan Bea Good

(Jesus) “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20/ESV)

This election was a great opportunity to stand on the testimony of Jesus Christ. The church in America missed it! American Evangelicals applied at least a dozen excuses for abandoning biblical principals in order to claim a prize of worldly value. I chose not to do that! Now my world is saturated with name calling (traitor, coward, idiot, fool, un-American, liberal, Hillary-lover, abortion-lover, etc). These names are hurled at me and others who refused to submit to the strong pressure to bow to an idol.

The hatred I am witnessing coming from the body of Christ is unacceptable. No, my honest warnings about sin are not “hate.” My warnings then and now are 100% based upon a faith that God will accomplish His will for America without Christians wallowing in sin to win an election. The hatred I witnessed directed towards Hillary Clinton is sin! The gloating, at the real pain of 1/2 of the population of America, is sin!

American Evangelicals have a history of rejecting “common” sinners. Yet these same Evangelicals (KJV only, no tattoos, no alcohol, etc) are actually self-righteous, dirty vessels, and hypocrites! Amazing isn’t it!?

I will not bow with the hypocrites! I will continue to reach out to those Jesus died to save. I will not beg for a drop of acceptance coming from the filthy cups! You who stand in need of clean hearts do not listen…and today I am finished talking to you.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Faithless

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By: Susan Bea Good

“And He (Jesus) told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9/ESV)

I wrote a short letter of resignation to my church last night. Too much faithlessness has pressed me out the door. There may not be another congregation any more faithful, but I believe I should try to find one.

For over twenty years I have taught the children in this church. Today was my last 4th grade Sunday School lesson. As I studied my Grace to You curriculum I was amazed at the Lord’s timing. I had a hard time delivering it without weeping. Here it is:

“Israel Disobeys God” (Judges 1-3)

Aim: Obey God and fear the devastating consequences of compromise.

Review: While Joshua lived the people were obedient to drive out the idolators in the land. After his death the tribes began to disobey. They failed to remove the pagan influences and instead learned to live with them and even become enriched by their presence.

Verse: “And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger.” (Judges 2:12/ESV)

Approach: How might the bad influence of others lead us into joining them in sin?

Lesson:

  1. Israel’s Faithlessness (Judges 1)- The tribes of Israel failed to obey God’s command. Manasseh, Ephriam, Zebulun, Asher, and Naphtali chose to do things their own way. (Proverbs 3:5-6) They decided that trusting in God was not their best option. Instead they applied their own creative alternatives and called that “obedience”…resulting in the provocation of the anger of God.
  2. God Rebukes and Warns Israel (Judges 2:1-5)- They do not repent. The Angel of the Lord (pre-incarnate Jesus) informs them of the impending punishment. “The same evil that you did not remove, but instead used for your own enrichment and even embraced, will now rule over you. The pagans you adored will become thorns in your sides, and their ways a snare to your children. You will weep with brokenness, but it’s too late!” (my paraphrase)
  3. Israel’s Apostasy (Judges 2:6-3:6)-

* Faithlessness was the heart-problem of Israel (2:6-10)

* Apostasy was the result of their faithlessness (2:11-13)

* Punishment would come from the hands of their enemies (2:14-15)

* God has pity and offers some deliverance (2:16-17)

* Israel refuses to repent (2:18-19)

* God’s punishment continues (Judges 2:21-3:6)

Summary: God’s people had a choice…it was a “binary” choice. They could faithfully follow His commands or unfaithfully vote another way. When we refuse to trust God we set ourselves (and our children) up for a lifetime of hardship. Only true repentance will turn God’s wrath back, and there is a point when His anger will not be stopped!

Application: Do you personally trust God to accomplish good with your circumstances? If not you may repent and turn back to Him.

Challenge: Ask for a renewal of faith so that you may regain fellowship with God and receive every blessing He has for you.

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Before heading to church this morning I heard Pastor Charles Stanley deliver this message about faith: https://www.intouch.org/listen/featured/a-time-for-courage-part-1

As I left church today with a heavy heart I turned on my local Christian radio WCSG to hear these three songs, which took me all the way home. God is so good!

“Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c24En0r-lXg)

“Higher” By Unspoken (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H9SXqzs0oI)

“Eye of the Storm” Ray Stevenson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sx8wTnnfSc)

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Last Call for Baby Boomers

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By: Susan Bea Good

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (I Timothy 6:17-19/ESV)

It looks to me that the Baby Boomers are making their final contributions to America and the world. This is the group that shopped while prayer was being kicked out of the public schools, and partied while the supreme court ruled abortion to be a constitutional right. This is also the generation bringing us Donald Trump.

At this point it is truly “pearls thrown before the swine” to continue trying to convince the Amelia-“Trump Supporter” and the Tom-“Deplorable” demographic. These folks are not wise, and have no desire to truly persevere. They refuse all information from references outside of their narrow worldview. Real life issues faced by “others” are irrelevant in their closed minds. Decidedly rigid on all subjects, they are quite sure there is nothing left to learn.

I will admit that I was taken aback this past year at these Boomers’ attitudes in regards to this election. The phenomenon of DT has revealed that age and experience can be wasted. Indeed, as the old folks like to jab, “Youth is wasted on the young,” well, I think this year we need to acknowledge that “Wisdom is not mandated at maturity.”

I was born at the tail end of the Baby Boom generation, but I choose to listen, learn, and love. Does that statement sound self-righteous? I have often been accused of that. However, those voices don’t deter me in the slightest. I hope to continue to see and serve the poor, the desperate, the abused, the struggling, and the lost. I have heeded the calls of Scripture, therefore I do not fear the future or doubt God’s sovereignty today.

Time is running out. This may be the last call for Baby Boomers to do what’s right.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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