We live in a time of great deception within our governments, within the church, within our families, and coming from the media. There is so much fakery going on these days that it is often difficult to separate truth from fiction; reality from fantasy. So many people are trapped in sinful addictions, too, including within the church, and within church leadership, so that it begs the question, “Where are the godly among us? Are they no more?” Who can you trust? Can you truly trust any other human being? Do you even really know the people with whom you have the closest relationships? Are they who they proclaim to be, or do they just play act? Where are the faithful, the holy, the godly, the righteous, the pure in heart, the moral, and the trustworthy? Is everyone corrupt? Surely not! But, it often seems as though the godly are very few in number these days. Sin abounds, even within the church, with large numbers of pastors living in sexual immorality. Be Not Silent Psalm 83:1-8 ESV O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!” For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant— the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah We serve a loving God who is gracious, compassionate and slow to anger. He is very patient with us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. And, so he delays his wrath, for a time. But, there will come a time when he will delay no longer, but he will judge his wicked people who have betrayed him and who have gone off to follow after the gods of this world, and he will judge those nations which have come against his saints to persecute and to kill them. So, this is a prayer to God to no longer be silent about all the evil which is going on in the world, and within our nations, especially that which is being perpetrated in his name, particularly within the gatherings of the church and among its leadership. It is a cry to God to do something which will get the people’s attention, which will open blinded eyes and will turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive true forgiveness of sins and a place among those sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ (See: Acts 26:16-18). God’s enemies are not just the people of the world, but they are within the gatherings of the church, too, and they are working their evil crafts within the church to destroy God’s church and his gospel of salvation. And, they have been very successful at doing so, too. They have turned light for darkness and darkness for light to confuse naïve minds so that they now follow after the lies rather than the truth, for the lies give them permission to continue living in sin while promising them heaven when they die. Yet, they not only have all but destroyed the truth of the gospel, but they have come against God’s servants and messengers, too – his saints; his followers. And, they are plotting all kinds of evil against them, slandering them, opposing their messages, and playing tricks on them to try to confuse them, etc. Their goal is to destroy them, too, in any way that they can, either through false accusations, via fierce persecution, or through death. Do to Them Psalm 83:9-12 ESV Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God.” There are many people within our governments and within the gatherings of the church who are saying, “Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God.” And, they are doing just that, too. False shepherds of the people have infiltrated the church in order to destroy her and to deceive her. They have turned the church into big business and are marketing it as such, too. They have turned the house of the Lord into a marketplace, and God is going to one day cleanse his temple once more of all these masqueraders. As well, many who call themselves “Christians” now serve in positions of public office and wield enormous influence over God’s people; his church. And, they are leading the church, through trickery, to join with them in uniting the church with the world and with other religions all in the name of unity and of peace and of harmony among people of all walks of life. So, through trickery and false flag operations and fake news (mainstream media) and a diluted half-truth gospel, they are leading the professors of faith in Jesus Christ toward a one-world religion and toward a one-world totalitarian government of the beast of Revelation. For, they have convinced them that the gospel, as taught by Jesus and his NT apostles, is works-based salvation and that true grace gives them liberty to continue in their sinful addictions without guilt. So, the call here to God is for him to judge them, to chastise them in some way so that they may seek his name (See v. 16). Fill with Shame Psalm 83:13-18 ESV O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, so may you pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane! Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O Lord. Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, that they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth. One of the ways in which these enemies of God have taken possession of the pastures of God, i.e. his sheep, is to convince them to believe in a false grace gospel and to reject the true gospel, so that they will continue in their sinful addictions, and so they will believe that they do not have to turn away from their sin or obey God or submit to his will for their lives. Thus, they feel no shame for their sins, because they believe God no longer judges them for their sin, and, in fact, that he doesn’t even see when they sin against him. They have been convinced that all that God sees when he looks at them is Jesus and his righteousness, and thus they can continue in gross willful and disgusting rebellion against God and believe God’s grace covers it all. And, if they begin to feel shame or guilt, then they are told to just claim who they are in Christ, and believe that God delights in them even when they are vegging out on porn, so they have no reason to ever feel the need to repent or to turn from their idols. Because they feel no guilt or shame, because they have had the blessings of the church to console themselves in their sin, their hearts have become hardened toward the voice of the Holy Spirit, and they feel they can keep sinning and still have the hope of heaven. And, since they feel no need to repent, they don’t. And, thus the church is filled with people who are living in sinful addiction, with the false grace gospel giving them permission to do so. So, this is a prayer for God to intervene on behalf of his church to fill their faces with shame so that they will repent of their sins, and so they will turn their hearts back to God, forsaking their idols, and now walk in the Spirit and no longer live to gratify the sinful cravings of the flesh. This, in essence, is a call for revival within the church, and for God to act in bringing his church to their knees, so that they will seek his name, and so they will know that God alone is the Most High God over all the earth. For Our Nation An Original Work / September 11, 2012 Bombs are bursting. Night is falling. Jesus Christ is gently calling You to follow Him in all ways. Trust Him with your life today. Make Him your Lord and your Savior. Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus. He will forgive you of your sin; Cleanse your heart, made new within. Men betraying: Our trust fraying. On our knees to God we’re praying, Seeking God to give us answers That are only found in Him. God is sovereign over all things. Nothing from His mind escaping. He has all things under His command, And will work all for good. Jesus Christ is gently calling You to follow Him in all ways. Men deceiving: we’re believing In our Lord, and interceding For our nation and its people To obey their God today. He is our hope for our future. For our wounds He offers suture. He is all we need for this life. Trust Him with your life today. Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:22 a.m. – Thank you, Jesus, for this teaching from Your Word. Bring it home to our hearts, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!