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Grenfell Tower Fire, London UK and a Clever Political Twist: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attacks PM Theresa May for not doing HIS job

Here’s an interesting news headline from The Mirror this week:

“London Mayor Sadiq Khan writes stern letter to Theresa May demanding answers on Grenfell Tower TODAY” (article here: Sadiq Khan’s bait & switch)

The fire that ripped through a 24 story building in London this week in under 30 minutes is the primary current headline in UK news. The day after the fire a child tore a strip into London Mayor Mr Kahn saying, “How many children have died, Mr Kahn?”

Mr Kahn’s ultimate response? He pointed the finger at the Prime Minister Kahn seems to have got the knives out for her, thereby deflecting the heat from himself.

While Theresa May is seeking to ensure the nation is safe from terrorism and financial collapse as well as domestic fire, her political opponents are looking for leverage to look good, sound caring and gain popularity. I’m not usually cynical, but really, the fire took place in London. So why is the Mayor of London pointing the finger at the nation’s Prime Minister as though she is personally responsible to ensure local councils house people safely? If this is her job as national leader, then why does the city need a mayor? I think he is doing this to deflect the attention from himself; sadly, it is working.

To my mind, it is the mayor who should be on top of this situation. Rather than simply offering condolences and pointing the finger of responsibility at someone else, he should be stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for the London Council of Kensington and Chelsea who housed hundreds of people in a firetrap. Rather than instructing the PM with an action plan, he should get on with taking action himself. The PM has promised funds to the sum of £5 million. Surely the organisation and allocation of the funds should be the responsibility of the local council and the mayor.

I’m writing this comment because I want to expose the tricks of the politicians which the media are playing into, and for us to recognise a clever and dishonest trick: the mayor has managed to get the blame entirely off his shoulders by pointing the finger elsewhere. A true leader doesn’t just comfort and criticise. A true leader takes responsibility and makes a difference.

I am asking us all to think for ourselves, follow our own noses and consider: who is responsible for this tragedy? And how can we ensure this really does never happen again.

We must pray… pray that the people who have experienced this tragedy find the comfort and help from God most high and from authorities who offer assistance, and new homes and funds to re-establish the families. And we must pray for our leaders, that manipulation and smooth talking are exposed for what they are, that honour is given to the suffering and respect to our national leaders.

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The Voting Question: NOT Shall I Vote? But FOR WHOM shall I Vote?

Not My Will but Yours O LORD: Yes, Even When Called to Prayer in a Democratic Election

An act of surrender is rarely easy. Even our right to vote is vital to the Kingdom and yet it can be difficult to hear the LORD’s will, because our own thoughts, emotions, experiences and opinions often blot out our ability to hear God’s voice even when we ask. As the world keeps harping on Human Rights, we can so easily buy into that incantation. But when we gave our lives to the LORD, we gave them fully, didn’t we? Unconditionally, we are thankful and keen to follow the Messiah who gave his life so we could live eternally with him.

In every thing we are called to surrender to God. “Not my will but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) It’s what Jesus said in the garden and what I aim to do in everything. We all have our moments of Gethsemane haven’t we? Yet, some things are easy to surrender while other things are not. 

In our society we have our rights, our freedoms. But in Christ, we have our freedom and liberty to be who God created us to be, while simultaneously yielding everything to him in order to be free from the world, sin and the devil.

How much is everything? 

I do not succeed to surrender fully, but I keep trying. “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.” (Romans 7:14-15)

There have been and continue to be a lot of elections. In the past 12 months the American election and fall-out has been in the headlines repeatedly. The UK and Brexit have been highlighted and the French elections have brought forth huge change. Across Europe there seems to be a big divide between socialism and capitalism that has grown wider and split nations. But in the midst of all this commotion, surely the LORD’s still small voice is speaking.

But are we listening?

When Samuel was prophet to Israel, the people pleaded for a king, to be like other nations, even though God did not want them to have a king. Today, we may feel strongly in favour or against a particular person or party, but as Believers, surely we must vote for God’s purposes.

Throughout the Bible, He used kings to bless or to curse the nations. There are heinous leaders and there are brilliant ones, but according to scripture, we get the leaders we deserve and GOD’s sovereignty brings particular governors at particular times.

How can we apply surrender in our voting and our politics?

We pray, as in all things, all decisions, all activities. Our lives surrendered to Jesus are not our own.

And what if we don’t hear from God on a voting matter? As in all things, we do our best to seek the LORD and listen to His reply. If we don’t hear Him then we must do our best to practice what we know from His Word. But we must try… try to hear Him for He does speak. We must ask, and we must obey.

“So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.” (1Samuel 15:22)

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UK Election: Call to Prayer for the Nation and for Prime Minister Theresa May

God appoints governments and leaders.

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1)

But governments and leaders can act outside of God’s will: deliberately, out of ignorance or through presumption and error.

And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.” (Daniel 2:21)

Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom is one of whom I’ve spoken highly of, because of her integrity and God’s favour upon her.

She’s made a mistake…

In prayer this morning, I had a strong sense of the LORD’s response to her calling an election when she had a small majority, when she felt it wasn’t enough to silence those against her Brexit* plans.

But God gave her a gift in giving her the role of Prime Minister which she didn’t have to win an election to attain. And He gave her a small majority – just enough to lead the nation but with the necessity to lean on Him.

Yet, she didn’t trust in His authority.

She didn’t feel safe to lead the nation into Brexit negotiations without a larger majority, because there were so many who were flowing against her stream. So, she called an election as a “security blanket” when really, she needed to trust in God as her security.

Haven’t we all done that from time to time? I certainly have… I have certainly missed many blessings from God by trying to improve on His gift or by not seeing the present at all, until the time to receive it has long passed. I have been presumptuous and then regretted it, repented of it, and asked for God’s second chance. Sometimes He’s given it, and sometimes it was simply too late.

So I don’t condemn Ms May for her blunder. But it has proven a blunder as her majority and favour appears to be shrinking.

I’m making this a call to prayer: for God’s will to be done in Britain on the 8th of June, for His anger to subside, and for Theresa May to go to Him on bended knee and ask His forgiveness for her presumption. That she needed more politicians on her side, in order to get a positive result in Brexit, is not correct. What she needs is God’s hand and His army in her camp. She had it. I pray God does not remove His hand on her now, or upon the nation.

Will those of you who feel compelled for God’s will to be done in the nation of the United Kingdom please pray with me, and stand with me in the final week of campaigning, and for the result on the 8th of June to be God’s will for Britain and for the World as he is moving so quickly and completely in these days. Can we surrender our own wills and allow God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. And for a woman who has made a mistake, can we pray for Theresa May, that God would be gentle with her, and that He would show mercy and forgiveness to her, and to the United Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (1 Chronicles 7:14)

*For those not in the UK who may be unfamiliar with the term Brexit, it is the term coined by media and politicians for the process of the UK leaving the European Union. It stands for British Exit (from the EU), hence, BrExit or Brexit.

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Donald Trump: An Unlikely Prophetic Voice for World Peace

Donald Trump speaks to the Muslim world and says the path to peace is possible but only if the Muslim world will drive out the radical terrorists, giving them no home, no finance and no ideological support.

On Sunday 21st May 2017, the president of the United States made a landmark speech in front of the heads of state of the Suni Muslim world. He gave, I believe, a prophetic vision for the future of the Middle East, speaking about: if… you go this way, you will have this but if… you do not go this way, you will have that.

His “this” was a picture of prosperity, where men, women, and children of all faiths, prosper and respect one another, sharing the planet together in harmony. The Arab countries of the Middle East, North Africa and the Far East will prosper.

“That” was the continuance of evil and barbarism.

What struck me was his way of splitting the muslims between those of faith and those of terrorism. He said, “Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.” People of religion are good but barbaric criminal extremists are evil.

He emphasised the necessity to “drive them out”… that the Muslim world will have to drive out the terrorists if they are to achieve the prosperity they seek.

I have followed politics for many years. I have never heard a secular politician say the way to peace is for the people of the three Abrahamic faiths to unite in their acceptance of one another and their working together as a condition of peace, and yet Donald Trump — laughing stock according to so many journalists and professional politicians — declared the truth no political leader has dared to say: that world peace depends upon the religions of Abraham. He didn’t declare Jesus but at least he recognised that peace will not be won through human rights or politics but through faith in God.

That’s fresh and that’s powerful. It puts responsibility where it belongs and brings hope to an otherwise dying world.

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Clearing the Swamp: Getting rid of Unnecessary Expenses to the American Economy and putting money into the public purse

A swamp can look beautiful or it can look ugly, it all depends on the perspective.

For President Trump, the swamp he referred to during his election campaign was unattractive and in now way complementary. He said he wanted to get rid of establishment and bring in a clean way of doing government.

Recently I got a very interesting email from an American cousin of mine. If I had a link I’d have just posted the link… Nevertheless, if these facts are correct, and President Trump proposes a big change, getting rid of these pay debts would be huge to the economy…. But wait, when you’ve finished reading, will you cast a vote? Is this a legit idea? Or not?

The TRUMP Rule:
Let’s see if  congress understands what people pressure is all about.
Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.
Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid
Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid
Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. $40,065
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000
Here’s where the cuts should be made!
TRUMP, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
“I could end the deficit  in five minutes,” he (TRUMP) told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3{f63c906b56db17ea373edd5192525d742fde26fad7d1e92561cfd0cfd6619902} of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.
The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure. Trump is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2017
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3{f63c906b56db17ea373edd5192525d742fde26fad7d1e92561cfd0cfd6619902}.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.
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End Times: Wisdom and Faithfulness from our Children

What we can learn from our children is so vast. Any parent knows that our children teach us at least as much as we can possibly teach them. Oh, we try… but in their case, they are just being themselves.

Innocence contains wisdom.

Here is something new…

I’ve witnessed — and practiced myself from time to time — tears and deeply felt weeping out of the gratitude for Jesus’ love. Many adults have repented and wept as Jesus receives and forgives.

But here is something new to me: A child weeping, simply and sweetly, broken-hearted and aware that Jesus loves her:

Super Awareness: Toddler Cries because Jesus Loves Her

But why is she weeping? What does she understand that is beyond me?

This child: what does she know? That Jesus loves her. But for me, her tears are Jesus’ tears for those who aren’t paying attention.

I’m paying attention and I’m drawn to Joel 2.

“Blow the shofar in Zion…”

Looking deeply into Joel 2, will you see what I see? I believe this world as we know it has an end that is drawing near; when children have the wisdom and the grief of Jesus what else can it mean?

Joel 3 begins,

So it will be afterward,
I will pour out My Ruach on all flesh:
your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.”

Are we far from this?

Awake men and women of God. light your lamps and keep them full of oil. The days are drawing near. When is the day of the LORD at hand?

People were marrying and being given in marriage in the days of Noah and the days of Lot. Most did not notice, most did not pay attention. The signs were there but few heeded.

Now, at such a time as this, Believers do not take your salvation for granted. Draw near to God, He will draw near to you.

Awake, be ready, watch.

How soon is the Day of the Lord upon us?

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Oh, Another Election: End Times – Elections, Economics and God’s Will

END TIMES: Electoral Voting, Economies and God’s Will

Across the UK we voted for government in 2015. Then we voted on the EU Referendum in 2016. Now it’s 2017 and we’re voting again! In Scotland, this is election #4 in three years. Though democracy is a hard fought privilege, many are thinking, “enough is enough”.

But the nature of these elections are truly unique, not only in their frequency but also in their spiritual significance. Across the globe there has been a lot of voting going on, and in the UK the election is within the next few weeks.

Does this spate of elections have anything to do with the End Times?

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. …” (Matthew 25:31-33)

We learn as the scripture goes on that the sheep are blessed and the goats are not.

Scripture also says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1)

Is He preparing our nations for Judgement? Is Jesus returning so soon that the governments are being prepared for his judgment of the nations?

As believers in the sovereignty of God and followers of Jesus, it is important to vote prayerfully, and to enable God to continue to do His work in whichever nation we have a vote.

But I sense in the bigger picture, that our votes are about much more than who the next leader of our countries are going to be.

I have a hunch the nature of these elections are truly unique, not only in their frequency but also in their spiritual significance. I wonder if the LORD isn’t giving democracies the opportunity to take a stand for right over wrong.

This past weekend, my husband and I discussed the situation. He mentioned something interesting. Tyre was a trading nation — a negotiating nation — and it collapsed. As Britain seeks trade, will the LORD be displeased? Is there something supernatural about trade that the Lord abhors? Is it shades of Babel all over again when nations try to build their towers where the LORD has created boundaries?

Satan is a negotiator. He negotiated with Eve so that she would take the forbidden fruit. He tried to negotiate with Jesus when he tempted him with three “ifs”.  He negotiates with us every time we fast and pray, tempting us to eat something “just a little” or when we are tempted to cheat or tell “just a little white” lie.

Satan is the arch deal-maker. 

When a nation deals, is that not a sign of its decline? It was with Tyre. It has been with Britain.

Was the modern golden age of Britain not when it was a manufacturing nation, when it produced cars, planes, trains, ships; linen, glass, Wedgewood/china, lace, sterling silver and stainless steel, clothing?


Now its biggest industry is banking. The text “you cannot serve both God and mammon” comes to mind.

Donald Trump is seeking to return the States to manufacturing, so it has goods to sell and supplies within it’s boundaries. Is it purely socio-economic, so the nation can build employment again? Or is it also prophetic? Is the End as we know it is near and nations will need to be self sufficient post apocalypse?


The nation who’s economy is growing is China; it seems everything is “made in China” these days!

Theresa May is diligently seeking trade deals beyond its borders so the British economy can carry on. But Britain needs to trade its services; it doesn’t produce much anymore. Should it go back to manufacturing?

The nations of Europe originally came together for trade. Now they are intertwined, and the economies of some are very precarious. One of the major issues politicians debate over Britain leaving the EU is trade.

Tyre was one nation in ancient times that was opulent, successful and proud with its trade; the LORD was unimpressed.

Worldwide, what are we heading for? Society seems to be accelerating to somewhere. Where are we going? What should nations do to prepare? Are our elections preparing the way?

For any believer, we need to pray, serve, love and do as the LORD leads. May we keep our ears to the ground, our eyes looking upward and our hearts pinned to the LORD who is our cornerstone, our rock and our life.

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Media and Donald Trump: An Observation

Donald Trump has been in office for just over 100 days. The mainstream media who mocked him is turning, ever-so-gradually, to acknowledging his presidency.

There are still those tv journalists who seem to revel when he does something that looks like failure, but they are beginning to show some respect too. They are admitting at least that he is the president of the United States, rather than a mistake that happened. They don’t seem to choke as they did originally, at calling him “President Trump”.

I notice they don’t praise him, though the universal opinion is that his decision to bomb Syria after Assad rained down chemical weapons (again) on his own people was in favour of it. But particularly since that decision, most journalists seem to be choosing a more objective language when covering a story about the US or commenting about the president.

They seem to have become self aware of their tendency to editorialise and criticise, and that is a good thing. Personally, I think Trump’s determination to expose them has helped, as has his stomping on political correctness by being blunt.

But Donald Trump too has changed. He is still hailing the victory of the silent majority in the United States but also seems to be aware of the importance of diplomacy. With North Korea rising as a real threat to world peace, the president is realising he needs to balance his words of power and strength with the need for diplomatic attempts too. To try to deter war is his aim, though he is still “telling it like it is” as a possibility.

Let’s continue to pray for the president and for all our leaders.

Let’s also continue to pray that the media will return to its true purpose, which is to share realities with the public so that the public can be informed objectively… rather than be swayed into a perspective that is bias.

As these days are intense, full of news of violence and aggression, let us also pray that the peace of God which passes all understanding will fill the hearts of our world leaders and media, and that the world will recognise the truth of the gospel before Jesus’ return to judge it.

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Theresa May: Does Integrity in Politics pay off

I wouldn’t take her job if it were offered to me.

PM of Britain. Did Theresa May stand in the mirror as a sixteen year old and practice a victory speech after a British Federal Election and thank her imaginary voters for making her Prime Minister?

I’ve given a few imaginary victory speeches in my life, but never for winning a federal election.

This woman has guts and there seems to be very little glory. She’s running again… As a politician she’s been in many elections but this will be her first as leader of the Conservative Party in Britain, the favoured to win in the election on 8th of June.

But – to my transAtlantic readers I address – how is it that there is an election if she’s in the favoured party and there isn’t an election due for three years? What’s the point?

The point is that Theresa May stepped in when PM David Cameron lost “his” referendum on European Union membership. He stepped down and out of politics and, after a brief tussle for leadership, Ms May won and has been at the helm ever since. But while the people in the country seem to like her more than they liked her predecessor, some in her own party grumble. And there are many grumblers in the Senate as well… grumblers not against Theresa May in particular, but sour grapes or “rumbly tumblys” over the issue of Brexit. Of course there is the issue of voters not actually voting for Theresa May as their PM but that’s a relatively minor issue in the Parliamentary System that Britain has.

A year ago Britain went to the polls and voted to leave the EU. It wasn’t a resounding victory, in fact it was quite a surprise and quite a close result. But Theresa May has worked uphill just to get through the initial process to trigger the exit. And, by the way, she wasn’t a Leaver! She didn’t particularly want the country to leave the EU but since it has voted to do so, she has pulled out all the stops to make sure it happens.

Now that the trigger has been fired, and the UK has formally told the EU “We are leaving”, comes the hard task of making a good deal with the EU and countries around the world, so that the bottom doesn’t fall out of British life. Theresa May has to do the dealing. But with many politicians wishing to remain and sticking in their heals, and moaning that they don’t like how she’s suggesting a post Brexit Britain will look, they threaten to make it darn near impossible for her to deal.

So she wants a big mandate from the public to proceed in the manner she has been doing.

She’s going to the polls — again. Against her personal desires, and against the wishes of most ordinary folk who are quite fed up with elections, she’s telling folks, ‘If you like what I’m doing to honour your vote, help me finish the job… otherwise, my hands are tied and we’ll get bad deals all-round’. Well, she hasn’t said that but that is basically an accurate picture. Remainers are still trying to avoid the inevitable reality of Britain leaving the EU, and seem still to be trying to influence and control the next steps.

Theresa May is working for an outcome she didn’t expect or express she believed in, and is doing it because that’s what the electorate voted for. That is integrity personified! From where I’m sitting, she is exhibiting democratic leadership and holding a selfless agenda.

The early polls suggests she’s going to win. If she doesn’t win with a big majority, those against her will hound and needle and track her until there is little room left for her to finesse and orchestrate her deals for Britain.

Yup, Britain is going to the polls again. Let’s see if the mandate she needs is what she gets. Let’s see if a selfless politician is able to bring Britain the new hope it voted for, and lead us into a new era — into the vast unknown. Sounds interesting to me. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

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What the United Airlines fiasco tells us about our Western Society: signs of the times

Fly the Friendly Skies?

Society is becoming increasingly aggressive. What, for example, does the embarrassing public relations disaster that is the United Airlines’ eviction of one of its customers from a plane warn us about our times?

Last week Dr Dao wouldn’t leave voluntarily. He had his ticket and his seat. But UA wanted some of the seats back. They forced Dr Dao off the plane to make available his seat to a UA employee. To the distress of all the passengers, Dr Dao was humiliated because he wouldn’t comply to pressure.

When bullies force a 69 year old citizen off a plane it reminds me of the brownshirts in Nazi Germany before WWII. It also tells me a lot about how our society has degenerated in recent times.

What was the attack

Degrading themselves through acts of bullying, the staff at United Airlines demonstrated that survival of the fittest, money and power, and the-end-justifies-the-means hold prominence against the qualities of grace, humility and service in the eyes of some big businesses, and their employees. This is not new, but it is shocking that in a Secular Humanist Era, one that boasts of humanity being capable of taking care of itself without God, and where political correctness is supreme, this could happen.

The consequence of ditching the teaching of the Ten Commandments has left people bereft of a powerful code of behaviour that is civilised. Thank goodness passengers recognised the brutality was wrong, but it took a while for the UA CEO even to apologise for the abuse, and that was primarily because of public opinion against the actions on the plane rather than any inherent sense of shame or regret.

What has happened is that the moral compass in our society has shifted from an absolute code, as defined by the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus, to a foggy concept of good and bad, that is adaptable, depending on public opinion and the opinion of the media. There is a serious lack of power or authority in our current social values. It has been eroding over decades with consequences that range from unwanted pregnancy and abortion, to crime and substance abuse rising and continuing to rise with little hope of change.

So when employees on a plane need to have an end result, they force the result they want because they lack the ability to determine right from wrong, and to exclude options that are uncivilised and untenable.

Is it because children are not taught the Ten Commandments that homicide – planned murder – is considered by many young adults when polled, “Would you kill your neighbour’s spouse if s/he offered you a million dollars?” I think it is.

But so far, I’m preaching to the converted, literally… Readers will on the whole agree with me that we need a return to Judeo-Christian values in order to save our society from itself. So of what value is there to my writing about this?

Who is our ally

We need to be aware there is a movement afoot to shift back to what is wholesome, powerful and pure. The agents may not be those whom we would choose, but God chooses our leaders and so we must pray for and stand with them.

When someone(s) you don’t see eye to eye with upholds the values that God originated, let’s stand with them. God is supplying push-back and we need to get on the band wagon of those He’s given authority to.

Whether it is the boss at work, or a political leader, or a celebrity, those who stand for what is Godly will experience hate and a backlash, so they need our support.

Dr Dao is suing the Airline. Many would say he’s justified. The actions of the UA employees was nothing short of diabolical.

But they are pawns. Dr Dao is a pawn. The real enemy is not United Airlines or their CEO of staff members. It isn’t even the tendency for UA to overbook their flights. The real enemy is the same source that ignited the brown shirts and the legalisation of abortion, and who is the source for anything that seeks death and destruction.

Who is the enemy

Death and destruction is on the rise. Satan’s days are short. He may know this. But this much is certain: there is a war between what is Godly and what is not. We who are called by Him must take a stand on one side of the road and stand with all others who seek to uphold and defend right from wrong, the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, and stand against the tempest that Satan is wreaking. We are soldiers, there is a war, and we have been chosen to fight.

How do we fight

The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God is where we start (Ephesians 6). We band together because where two or more are gathered, there is He in the midst (Matthew 18:20). And we remember how good and pleasant it is when we dwell together in unity (Psalm 133). We represent a mighty and good God. Let us walk in the courage and confidence of our convictions, ready to share and waiting for God to lead us.

Dr Dao’s plight was horrendous. It is a marker of what society unchecked is capable of. And we who see the wrong have the opportunity to sow righteousness and point to the Founder of it to those who seek it. Our behaviour and attitude must stand upright as we seek to reconcile others to God. And we can no longer watch from the sidelines.

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Exposing the Towers of Babel: Part 2 Can we go forward in our Democracy

Exposing the Towers of Babel: Part 2 Can we go forward in our democracy without imploding?

Who are the Fascists really?

Fascist activity sprang from a rejection of freedom of expression. Aggression was it’s tool. The brownshirts of Nazi Germany were aggressive and destroyed public and personal property.

Donald Trump was accused by the media of representing and fostering a fascist movement. Now we have Assad in Syria gassing his own people – again, and suddenly the media is no longer harping on Trump in quite the same way. But I digress…

To my mind, the aggression on Inauguration Day of those who opposed Trump’s presidency revealed their hearts, and in so doing, they displayed the attitude and behaviour of which they accused Trump and his supporters.

There is a divide in American politics, which is also visible throughout Europe. Secular Humanism is at odds with its own roots: the JudeoChristian values and laws on which the West was built. But this divide must be mended because there is a much greater threat to Western society.

At the Heart of Islam

As migration increases from Northern Africa and the Middle East into Western society, and as a significant Muslim population moves into Europe, bringing with it its culture and religion, both JudeoChristian values and Secular Humanist values are under challenge. What we have in common is democracy. Perhaps that is the place where we need to come together.

Islam, whether peaceful or not, has a manifesto to take over the countries in which its people reside. Rather than assimilate, this group stands on its own faith and culture, and according to many, seeks to alter the political and legal landscape.

Can we Stand to Stand together?

In the political climate of Western society, the establishment which is under threat. From outside there is a force which seeks to break it open and pull it down. On the other hand, the establishment does not like transparency and seems to prefer things as they are, denying corruption and the manipulation of the people. Who is right and who is wrong?

One is seeking to destroy the Towers of Babel (clean the cesspool), the other is saying the Towers of Babel hold things in place (offer security).

Given Arab Spring and the collapse of that society’s Towers, I think it is fair to say there is a danger to have nothing in place. But in their zeal to come against threat, some of those who fight to protect liberal values seem blinded by their own self-righteousness. The liberal-minded Secular Humanist attitude manifests as radical and intolerant behaviour.

For a long while, I sense there has been an undercurrent of hostility toward traditional values which runs like this,

“We can stifle the Christians, we can suppress the Jews, but we must placate the Muslims because otherwise they’ll turn on us.”

Well, some of them have turned on us anyway!

Christians have been a silent majority for decades. Under Trump there is a hope that freedom of expression will return and with it the values of righteousness under God. Some have demonstrated a level of passion equal to the Secular Humanists. At the other extreme are those faithful who watch and pray for God’s Word to be upheld and honoured.

Arab spring occurred in an atmosphere of oppression in the Middle East. Although it began in Tunisia, it spread like wild fire. A direct result is the situation in Syria, where the established government clings to power, and forces citizens who do not like the ruler to flee or be killed. ISIS is the opposition, seeking to destroy Assad’s regime, and any others in the West who do not value Islamic systems.

We don’t want collapse in the West. But fighting from within makes it difficult to combat the intrusion of a different system, that of Islam.

A house divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25). Instead, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity (Psalm 133).

We in the West have to work together if we want to hang onto Democracy. I’m not suggesting moral or value compromise, but if we want democracy to continue, surely we need to stand together with those who adhere to it, in order to defend it.

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Exposing the Towers of Babel: part 1 Dictatorship by Stealth, Liberalism by Design

A Look at Politics – Particularly in America

God establishes rulers,

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1)

Who are the Fascists, really?

Donald Trump has been accused of being a Fascist. Those who voted for Brexit have been described as being ignorant and UKIP as extreme right wing (racist and perhaps even Fascist).

But I propose that the behaviour of those against Trump, Brexit and UKIP are behaving like ousted dictators. So, who are the Fascists… really?

Britain and America have voted for change. Sovereignty in Britain and Conservatism in America seem to be preferred, but by a narrow margin. As other more right-wing contenders are on the rise across Europe, what can be agreed is that voters across the democratic West are divided over whether to maintain the liberal progressive status quo or to shift back to tradition.

It seems ironic that the established “status quo” is liberal: pro-choice on the abortion issue, pro-gay rights within society’s structure have helped to define the overall perspective of the current left. Over a number of decades, Western society has gradually swung away from Judeo-Christian values, which was once the established tradition and norm. Recently, the long-silenced voices of these traditionalists have begun to speak again; the American election heralded a swing back to more conservative values, for example. Their opponents however, are zealous in their attacks through the media and protest, and hope to maintain their influence.

By small percentages, Brits and Americans have voted to return to tradition. But the losing side: made up of the establishment, the media and some voters are reeling at the prospect of change. Some have been hysterical in their attacks against Brexit and against Trump.

What is really going on?

From Genesis 11:4-9 comes the following,

“And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

Over decades, powerful people have set up a number of systems to control the masses. Then they’ve used the media to manipulate and sway the public to their view. Business, pharmacy, medicine, science, politics are all under the control of a wealthy elite, who remain nameless and faceless. These elite have constructed their Towers of Babel and want to remain at the top of them. That’s my belief. I can’t prove it.

As an onlooker (I did vote in the British referendum, but I live in Spain which gives me some degree of distance; as a Canadian I grew up close to but separate from American politics and development), I think the establishment feels under threat, and are attacking their opponents using any means available to them in order to hang on to control. They are using fear tactics and propaganda to twist words and facts, disturbing the peace of mind of the ordinary voter. They even imply that a shift away from them is akin to inviting a fascist takeover.

But to my mind, their use of propaganda, accusation and fear mongering indicates a dictator’s strategies much more than anything their opponents have said or done.

What does the establishment want? Money? Power? Perhaps they are altruists, seeking to protect society, and are guarding against collapse and chaos. Whether their motives are for personal gain or to protect society, the red flag for me is their lack of respect toward the result of the democratic process. 

Who is The Establishment?

I see the establishment as,

  1. those who have been in elected office
  2. those who want government to continue to operate as it has done for decades, and wield their money and influence to ensure it
  3. international non-governmental bodies with their own hidden agendas

I’ve discussed those in elected office, those of influence and those in the media. There are also non-governing bodies which wield huge influence and power.

Towers of Babel, whether for good or for evil, are manmade constructs. They are built and run by people. Global, non-governmental institutions such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund, also part of the Tower Stucture, have their agendas. Individual nations are not democratically electing the leaders of these organisations, yet they seem to wield the greatest power. The governments have so far kept in step. Now, with Trump and May as leaders, there is a shift. Institutions and those who support them are vehemently resisting the shift, however.

Donald Trump says he is representing those in support of a shift back to what is the traditional in America. Theresa May, PM of UK, is standing up for the Brits who voted for sovereignty and against EU membership. These two and other opposition leaders in Europe are anti-establishment and pro-democratic. I don’t think they are fascist and I don’t think they are dictators. (However it’s another irony that wealthy billionaire Trump has made his empire by building what? Towers!)

What is going on? People have voted for a change in political leadership and methodology, and those who didn’t get their vote are uncomfortable.

Personally, I don’t see a shift from liberalism to conservatism as equivalent to a shift from freedom to fascism. In fact, I don’t see either side as fascist, but I do see an undercurrent of control being exposed that doesn’t want to be exposed.

Let’s look at two perspectives: from those who won and those who lost in the elections.

The Conservative Perspective against a Liberal Agenda

If we are to believe conservative strands of the non-mainstream media, there is a secretly-controlled mechanism that rules the common man by stealth. Non-democratic organisations stand above the accountability of the free will of the people. Governments and politicians support and uphold these institutions and the elite are straining to ensure the powers of the UN, EU, the IMP are upheld.

International organisations such as these wield tremendous power, influence and money. They coerce ordinary people and governments under the guise of interventionist “help” by attaching specific conditions to their Aid; these conditions are very liberal and socialist. While on the surface, they have a mandate to keep peace, maintain international unity and ensure financial stability, they manipulate governments who seek assistance. The governments in need will receive Aid subject to specific social conditions and moral expectations being met. The terms are liberal, which suggests the institutions offering the Aid know right from wrong better than the people or nations themselves.

For example, some conservative circles suggest that the IMF will not contribute financial help to nations unless they subscribe to planned parenthood, including abortion. The IMF then has a bias toward pro-choice. There are several strands of a liberal agenda within the institutional structure of non-democratic global organisations that hold influence over nations and peoples. This is a particularly sensitive area, yet only one of many weighty social/moral areas of contention.

Pressure to conform to a particular world view is usually hidden. The masses in both the nations offering the aid and the nations receiving it are meant to accept a new norm of Liberalism and Humanism. But this is a world view which is opposite to the Judeo-Christian principles on which Western nations — and many colonies as well — were built. The conservative perspective tends to prefer the old principles rather than the new Liberal Humanist agenda.

The Liberal Perspective* distrusts Christianity  

On the other hand, there are those in support of the global organisations and even in globalisation itself. They recognise the limitations of people and wish to ensure the protection of humanity against war, famine, disease and over population.

A liberal view holds more trust and acceptance toward the institutions than is its conservative counterpart. My interpretation of it I describe thus:

What seems good in the eyes of the institution is good, because it has a greater insight into the global situation than does the ordinary voter. Peace is desirable, and it is attainable under certain conditions; poverty can be overcome with man’s efforts to do so. Unity within our society is the best way to ensure peace. Globalisation, with national borders being less important than universal harmony, is desirable. Man can make this planet work if we all row together to make it happen. Moral standards are determined by what is right in our enlightened times; while tragically, some people don’t see this as the right way forward, if they could see things as we do, then they’d understand. The institutions, governments, and authorities must protect us against ourselves, because we are incapable of seeing clearly. Ordinary folk aren’t really able to understand fully, so institutions only need to share what we absolutely need to know. Judeo-Christian traditions are intolerant and oppose our views of right and wrong, so to limit those voices facilitates the achievement to our cause.

Well, if these are the two sides, and there has been a democratic vote, why is the established, more liberal side having such a hard time, this time, to let go?

Is it because of a lust for power? Or are they scared of the consequences of a structural collapse? Perhaps we are in danger of our own “Arab Spring” in the West.

I think they are balking because up until now the democratic sides have essentially agreed to co-operate, and the power base for the institutions and the elite have always remained in tact. But now, the Brexit folk and the Donald Trump team are refusing to cooperate; the institutions have lost their ultimate power, and they know it.

The end does not justify the means

I don’t think it matters the reason for the rejection of the democratic result. The reaction is hypocritical, and therefore earns no respect, in my view. The establishment has made accusations and excuses for their rejection of the democratic vote, has insulted the voter, and has manipulated the mainstream news.

I don’t believe the end ever justifies the means. Hiding the truth or attempting to indoctrinate by the use of propaganda (of which I include political correctness as one key tool) just to keep control is, in my opinion, cheating. It’s  undemocratic. One either believes in democracy and the equal right of all citizens to make an informed decision and exercise the right to vote, or one does not.

As to the issue of supplying Aid: to suppress free thought or to bribe another entity, be it a country or an individual in order to get them to act as you wish them to act, tempts them and attempts to coerce them away from true freedom of conscience and thought.

I find it ironic that the conservatives, who tend naturally to represent the establishment are the group that seem to be the anti-establishment. That’s because in the West, we seem to have swung so far away from traditional values that what was once seen as righteous is no longer accepted. As scripture predicted, ‘right has become wrong and wrong right.’

Arab spring occurred in an atmosphere of oppression in the Middle East. Though it began in Tunisia, it spread like wild fire, and as a direct result we have the situation in Syria, where the established government is clinging to power, forcing citizens who do not like the ruler to flee or to be killed.

We don’t want that in the West. But could we in danger of heading in that direction? If the result of a democratic vote is not accepted by a vocal, demonstrative part of the population, and they are being fueled by the losing side and the media, maybe that is where we are heading.

Perhaps, by accusing the winner, Donald Trump, of Fascism, we may end up creating the dictatorship we seem to fear. But not because Donald Trump is the maniac, but because some others who refuse to accept the democratic result, are.

And if the two sides within our democratic societies don’t learn to stand together, they may both fall under a far bigger threat…

Stay tuned for “Exposing the Towers of Babel: Part 2” next time

* I admit I’m less familiar or sympathetic to this view, so please correct me if I’m wrong…
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Identifying the Watchman – the Blurring of Sexuality as a Sign of the End of the Age

Are you a Watchman?

Sound the Trumpet! Blow the Shofar!!

A Watchman is one who sees with a spiritual eye and discerns the significance of events of the Age. He or she witnesses in his/her spirit with sensitivity and is aware that certain sights and sounds of the Present Time have spiritual significance, and asks God: “What does this mean?”

I am a Watchman.

One particular signpost for these days that indicates to me that time is short and our impact upon the world is imperative has to do with the bending of our sexuality.

Beyond reason, our sexuality is being called into question; whether we are male or female has become complicated.

This reminds me of a particular scripture:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;

Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;

Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21)

For example, women who bear children are called mothers, right? But in the UK there is a move even in the medical field to de-sexualise the term mother and remove child-bearing from being considered exclusively a female thing.

Doesn’t anatomy define gender? Not in America, where there have been disputes over the right for men to use women’s public toilets and women men’s, because some people do not feel their anatomy best defines their sex.

In our Age is this not beyond reason! Is this not man becoming wise in his own eyes?

What do we who are Believers do with this information?

We pray, entering into Intercession for those who are confused by socio-political agendas, and by their own sexuality. We pray that children who are bombarded with an agenda which asks children to question their sex and to experiment with same-sex encounters, will not succumb to pressure to sin. We ask God for clarity and discernment, that we will see the move of the enemy and the power of God to protect society from engaging in practices that are an abomination to God and self destructive emotionally and physically.

And we love: all, whether denying their sex or confident in their God-given identity.

Other Attributes of a Watchman:

A Watchman sees detail in the general, and the bigger picture from the detail, with lenses which are both microscopic and telescopic…. Always, always, events, people and occasions are seen with a duel understanding: in the natural and in the supernatural.

A Watchman signposts or announces the spiritual significance of events in order to sound the alarm and to protect or prepare others, some of whom are Believers and even some who are not.

A Watchman intercedes, praying and drawing God into everyday situations that need His hand and His eye.

A Watchman warns: calling others to account for their behaviour and their relationship with God, aiming to protect those who might be in danger of slipping away from Him.

A Watchman needs to know scripture well – in order recognise signs and times which have been prophesied as they are unfolding in the natural.

We who are Watchmen observe and discern. Always our sign posts must be tested as no prophecy or pronouncement replaces the Bible. But God has placed in all of His children some gifts for the sake of the body of Believers, and for the World, that some may come to recognise and follow Him.

We listen, we look, we read and digest… and then we share our understanding. Those who have ears to hear when God is speaking through a Watchman will be convicted in their spirit that truth is being spoken.

Are you a Watchman? Is it possible you are and don’t even know it?

Have you a discernment that you need to test, to share with others to see what God is saying in His revelation to you?

Share here, please, and let us all have ears to hear what God is saying to those who are ready to listen.

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Church Age: The End or Not?

Have we reached the End of the Church Age?

I’ve been observing the in/activity in the church for some years.

If God wants people to follow church, they will. But the decline in traditional church has been steady, even though there has been an increase in the number of new believers for decades.

What’s going on?

It is the end of the Church Age, I believe. The Age where Christendom dominates the setting of universal values has ended. We see this across Western culture. That which is abhorrent to God as evidenced in scripture has become the celebrated norm in many societies. Wrong has become right and right certainly has been labelled as wrong. Where Abortion on demand and LGTB rights have been declared as key to freedom, those with opposing values are labeled intolerant. The division, as demonstrated perhaps most clearly in US politics, has become so wide that there have been clashes, protests and even violence between the two sides.

A dear Messianic acquaintance said to me recently that the Church Age finished when Jerusalem was liberated from Gentile control in 1967. That could concur with the demise of values that began in the ’60’s and is ongoing. The morality of Judeo-Christian values has been in decline since the Sixties and in Britain and the US there is downright hostility toward anything that smacks of Biblical truth.

I believe the power and authority of the Church in our society has gone. Moving forward, God knew this time would come, and I don’t believe God’s strategy is to regain its influence, but rather to allow his God-ordained transformation to occur, so that the principles of God can again protect the people.

Do we ignore what is going on in our world and allow the decline? Certainly not. But I believe we must allow God to move differently from how He moved through the established church in the past.

What we need to do is to turn from our traditional concept of the practices of Christianity that are based on Constantine Christianity – aka Roman Catholicism and the spill over into Protestantism – and return to the 1st Century church that embraced its Judeo roots. Jesus was Jewish; as he was steeped in the culture God favoured, so must we learn to celebrate the festivals – not as Law but because it is what delights the LORD.

The Church Age has ended, with our false dates and festivals. We need to return to the Sabbath and the Festivals ordained by God. That’s what I think will bring us in to God’s blessing and freedom, and what will draw those whom He is calling to take notice.

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Why Donald Trump?

Times and Seasons: God is sovereign over all. So, why Donald Trump for the US presidency when so many in America and across the world despise him?

The simple answer is that God wants him in office. Why? Because he supports Christian freedom of speech, and many of the things Christians fight for, the right to life of the fetus being the greatest of issues.

That’s the simple answer.

I believe it goes deeper. God goes deep, doesn’t He?

I believe Trump exposes the deceit and control of an elite class and the media.

In his rudeness, he exposes the hypocrisy and rudeness of the elite and the media bias.

Some Christian circles have been saying Trump is a Cyrus for our times ( Christian Post ), King Cyrus being the historic pagan king who enabled the Jewish people to return to their homeland after 70 years of exile ( King Cyrus of Ancient Persia ). I agree that is possible. But there is something as important.

Donald Trump is fearless.

While perfect love casts out all fear, and Trump does not – at least on the surface – appear to be loving, fear is certainly how the enemy manages to control the words and actions of people who live in fear.

Trump does not appear to live in fear. He battles back at those who reproach him. There might be a better way, but for now, this is who the man is. He draws contention but does not fear it.

And in fact, if he is sincere, as he claims, to be acting for the benefit of “the people” then his reactionary contentious nature, while often unpalatable, is a means of protecting the rights of “the people” who have been silenced, duped, coerced and forced into accepting socialist liberal agenda for years, under the guise of political correctness and an anti-racist/anti-gay banner.

The elite, with their hidden agendas, won’t admit their schemes to global domination in business and culture. The media either are too naive to see they are being played, or are in on the schemes. And Donald Trump, like the large faction of sincere Christians worldwide who see the anti-Christ in the liberal agenda, won’t cooperate with it.

There are Believers who don’t see the schemes. I don’t understand that, but I don’t think it makes them less Christian. God reveals to whom He will reveal. Nevertheless I see it, and a huge proportion of Christians, by the power of His Holy Spirit, see it.

As for Donald Trump? We don’t know to what degree he is a Christian. That is really between the man and God. But he certainly has been given the eyes to see the reality of what is going on against the Judeo-Christian culture on which the Americas and Europe were built, the courage to fight against it, and the platform in which to do so.

Why Donald Trump?

God has allowed him the office of the President of the United States in order to

  • free Christians from “captivity”,
  • battle against a force of evil that is self-interested, self-righteous, and self-glorifying, all in the name of human rights and ultimately,
  • bring the Lord closer to his return.

What should we do?

Pray. Pray for the leader of the United States: pray for his protection and the protection of his family, pray for his relationship with God, and pray for those who would have ears to hear and eyes to see the workings of God through him in these days.

Shalom.

 

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Church Age: Why does it seem to be in decline?

Is it the end of the Church Age? This I’ve been observing for some years.
If God wants people to follow church, they will. But the decline in traditional church has been steady, even though there has been an increase in the number of new believers for decades.

What’s going on?

It is the end of the Church Age, I believe. The Age where Christendom dominates the setting of universal values has ended. We see that in Western culture. That which is abhorrent to God as evidenced in scripture has become the celebrated norm. Wrong has become right and right certainly has become wrong. Abortion on demand, LGTB rights been declared and opposing values are considered to be a demonstration of intolerance rather than conviction.

A dear Messianic acquaintance has said, the Church Age finished when Jerusalem was liberated from Gentile control in 1967. That would concur with the demise of values that began then and is continuing now. Certainly the morality as expressed by Judeo-Christian values has been in decline since the Sixties.

I believe the power and authority of the Church in our society has gone. Moving forward, I don’t believe God’s strategy is to regain its influence, but rather to allow a Godly transformation to occur, so that the principles of God can again protect the people.

What we need to do is to turn from our traditional concept of the practices of Christianity that are based on Constantine Christianity – aka Roman Catholicism and the spill over into Protestantism – and return to the 1st Century church that embraced its Judeo roots. Jesus was Jewish; as he was steeped in the culture God favoured, so must we learn to celebrate the festivals – not as Law but because it is what delights the LORD.

The Church Age has ended, with our false dates and festivals. We need to return to the Sabbath and the Festivals ordained by God.

 

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Watchman on Alert: new blog focus starting today…

Introducing Words and Voices: for a more abundant life

“WATCHMAN ON ALERT”

Introducing Sarah Tun Words and Voices: for a more abundant life

Jesus is the foundation stone for all Believers. Without a foundation, the structure falls. Given the foundation, a structure is also necessary for advancement. The body needs a skeleton as a structure to hold all things in place. With that in mind, Larus Press is now under a new structure so that the ministry for “Building the Kingdom one reader at a time” can flourish.

I believe the LORD has led me to create a new structure for all things relating to this ministry to build up you who are already on the spiritual battleground and are seeking to be prepared for God’s Call moment by moment and day by day.

Sarah Tun Words and Voices is now the over-arching business and Larus Press is specifically the imprint for the books. Watchman on Alert is now the name of the Blog. The Soaring Post newsletter continues, drawing from Watchman on Alert posts just as they were previously LarusBlog posts. Added to that are my personal Reflections posted on the blog under An Examined Life continues, so that my journey is incorporated into the ministry.

I have a desire to spark God-given discernment in other Believers.

As I develop Insights, glancing through windows into God’s heart and piecing together the puzzle of our time, there is a prophetic element, a discerning from what I see. All things MUST BE TESTED by the Word of God and your own sense of conviction with the Holy Spirit. But I do feel it is the time and platform to articulate the questions and insights I discern through the events around us in these days and my journey through them.

To this I pray…

Dear Lord, As we stand on this precipice, and the world’s Towers of Babel unravel, LORD, we ask for your wisdom, strength and compassion on our brothers and sisters and for those who do not yet know you. You have promised many things in your Word, both difficult and beautiful. May we receive all you have as opportunities to grow and to offer a more abundant life to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

January, 2017

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Focus for 2017

“Do not put your trust in princes,

Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;

In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,

Whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:3-5)

The world’s politics seems to be turning upside down. Beginning with Arab Spring six years ago, and culminating in the US election result this past November, national governments are changing significantly.

In the West a clash between progressive social views and conservative politics is more evident that ever before. All across Europe, democracies are calling for conservatism, with liberal perspectives being rejected after years of an acceleration in social freedoms. Both extremes loath censorship, while each side points an accusing finger at the other.

Violence and radicalism is on the increase; fewer people seem able to discuss politely and agree to disagree than in times past. In the West, political correctness seems to have created a genuine fear toward any viewpoint contrary to the liberal media’s perspective. In the Middle East there is war.

Even in the natural world, there is an increase in natural disasters: earthquakes, floods*, tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes.

Because of all these things, and the disarray of the world economy, poverty and disease are on the increase.

Many who believe in Jesus are saying we are in End Times (Matthew 24). Hollywood is producing film after film which depict an Apocalyptic plot or a post – Apocalyptic universe. There is increasing intensity in people and extreme perspective, and it is as if we are heading for an unavoidable explosion.

As Believers in Jesus, what are we to do?

We can recognise: “Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2) Now is not the time to take our faith lightly, nor our cause casually.

We can come together: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

We can lead: discern where others are fearful and model calm wisdom, use sound judgment in difficult relationships and circumstances, and love others as we love ourselves.

We can pray: that God’s will be activated upon the earth and that those who are called to Him will be saved, that those already called will remain in Him, and that those in rebellion will soon return to Him. In Matthew 24, Jesus does warn us that some will fall away. Let’s pray for those near to us to ‘hold fast’ to their faith.

We can praise: God is sovereign. Though the earth trembles and mountains fall into the sea, He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Nothing passes His notice. And so we can be confident that we are in the right place, in the right time and circumstance, and God is training us, leading us and teaching us to be all He has created and called us to be.

When we keep our focus on Him, we have peace and can offer that peace to others in trying times.

There is an old song, which goes like this:

“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,

Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

  We have an anchor that keeps the soul

  Stedfast and sure while the billows roll,

  Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

  Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love…”

How firm is your foundation? How solid is your anchor? If you need support to prepare you for the tasks ahead, turn to the word of God, recognise He’s in charge, be confident in that truth. As you pray and praise, the world will see your love and passion, others will calm down, and God will be glorified.

This is the power we have within us, based on the promise the LORD gave to Abram because of his faith.

“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

The Father God has promised and His Word will never return void. So, we can trust and stand on His promise and know we are safe and secure in Him.

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Prepare – Prepare – Prepare

On Tuesday of this week, I wrote and posted on social media a short Psalm-like poem. Reminiscent of Psalm 150 it began, “Sound the Trumpet”. I include it now, and will afterward explain its relevance.

As America Goes to the Polls

Sound the Trumpet

Soar, Oh Angels.

One speaks of Your Righteousness

One You have chosen – beyond reason.

Your Glory prevails over all the Earth.

Let Jerusalem arise.

Let Peace arise.

Let Truth arise.

With the TRUMPet.

 

I was in a time of prayer and fasting when I wrote this. I felt the LORD lead me; He impressed upon me that Donald Trump was His choice and that he would win the election. I had a hard time having the faith for it, because the media preached opinion polls that were contrary to that, but I surrendered as best I could for that outcome, prayed and waited, watched as the results came in.

statue-of-libertyDonald Trump has indeed won the November 8th, 2016 US Federal Election. The aftermath, I see, is a deeply divided public, with some rejoicing and others deeply distressed, not only in America but around the world. Both main presidential candidates spoke on the 9th and used words of encouragement, asking for a coming together – a reuniting of the nation. Some follow this suggestion. Sadly, in the United States, some are not.

With America as a powerful nation who has voted for change, and the British people voting likewise – for Brexit – and even following Arab Spring which has brought with it much chaos, from the Middle East across to the West, the once silent majority are now speaking out for what they believe is right and it is contrary to what has been issued by their respective media and leaders. As a result tension is mounting and over-spilling.

statue-of-liberty-hands-over-faceSome people are in despair over the result of the American election, but rather than hearing Hilary Clinton’s words to give Donald Trump a chance, there are protests in the streets and some nasty words and pictures posted on social media. We need to pray for them: for their safety, for them to find peace, and in some cases, for their deliverance.

There is deep animosity – often fanned by the liberal press – between conservatives who have put up with political correctness and liberals who have demanded to have freedom of choice even beyond common sense.

Now, for Believers, we need to prepare, irrespective of where we live in the world.

I believe the American election result emphasises this time in our world as particularly significant in the history. So, I believe it is time for the people who follow Jesus to prepare. Millions of people, some who believe in the Bible and some who do not, are recognising and defending what is right in God’s eyes. The enemy is not willing to let go, any more than Assad is giving up control over Syria. It is time for Believers to be ready. There is an almighty spiritual battle going on; there always has been, but it’s just been given a huge injection of fuel.

The Gospel in Romans 1 comes to mind: man knows right from wrong. Some turn their backs, but some face reality and accept that there is a code of common sense and righteousness that humanity must stand for. Otherwise there is little humanity left.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

Romans 1 goes on to identify further consequence for their refusal to acknowledge Him. The point for this post however, is to prepare and equip.

An onslaught of division, like never before, is coming upon us. And those who defend righteousness will need comfort, support and knowledge in order to discover Jesus and to walk through this season, fully equipped.

What are we to do to prepare?

Search the scriptures to find your calling. Seek out prayer partners for confirmation. Ask, seek, find the fullness of your identity in Christ.

When you know your calling, practise it to hone your skill….

For example, if you know you are called to preach, preach to the trees for practice. If you are a worshipper, sing, dance and play to the houses. If your greatest power is in your pen, write letters to the LORD as practice. The audience will come if you are prepared.

Next, if you are asked to serve, say “yes”. Pray for discernment but be ready to take the opportunities presented to use your gifting.

Finally, Praise God. This may be a type of End Time preparation for Jesus’ return. Or it may be the real thing. One thing is for certain, time is short and getting shorter (Matthew 25) and woe to any who are unprepared or unwilling to hear His beautiful voice.

Be blessed, stay blessed. The Master has called us and we have responded. Now, it is time to be ready to serve.

Blessings in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

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America On the Brink

I don’t write regularly because while I do enjoy it, I am attempting to write only what the LORD leads me to write, when He leads me.

I send out Soaring Post sparingly because, as there is so much that all of our email in-boxes are bombarded with, I aim to be read when I post, and not overlooked.

Today I’m posting and sending about the upcoming federal election in the United States of America. The presidency is at stake. Some say the leader of America is the leader of the free world. Certainly, the country is extremely influential globally in many spheres, namely: morally, financially, culturally. When America has preached righteousness, it has touched the world. When it has preached carnality, likewise it has influenced the world.

The current series I am writing for Larus Press is Preparing You for GOD’s Call.

So, how is the US federal election tied to readers, most of whom are probably not American and therefore, not eligible to vote in an American federal election? There is a vital connection, so I ask you to please bear with me as I explain my thinking…

Sometimes we are called to learn and to grow, while at other times we are called to application. Today, and over the next few days, we as a Nation of Believers in Jesus are called to pray; the days are short. In preparing you for God’s Call today, I am encouraging you to grow in your prayer life, and in particular, your intercessory prayer life. To pray for American and the voters there is the Call.

UNESCO – the world organisation that “encourages international peace and universal respect for human rights by promoting collaboration among nations” (see: UNESCO) has just voted that The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is only an historic site for Muslims, not for Jews, nor for Christians. Perhaps their thinking is that if they grant Arab supremacy, the Muslims will be appeased.

But what does this UNESCO vote signify in the Spirit?

Time is short. Zechariah 12 speaks about the attempt that will come to sever Jerusalem from the Jews; it prophecies the rage and battles that will ensue as a result. We are called to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122). The war over Jerusalem is inevitable. I say time is short, because the signs that this war is coming sooner rather than later, are increasing.

How is the election in America hinged on the events in Jerusalem? They may or may not be directly connected… What is significant in this US election is that, because the days are short, the state of the nation now, perhaps more than ever before, is critical for its fate. Like the vote over Brexit* – which has touched the hearts of many of my readers as a significant number are British – I think this particular election in America is pivotal to the way GOD sees it: Will America, in these Last Days, be seen by GOD as a sheep nation or a goat nation? (Does this mean that Jesus will only look at the immediate and not at the history of a nation? I do not know. Witness the virgins and their lamps… Matthew 25)

As recorded in Matthew 25, in the Last Days, upon Jesus’ return to earth (to Jerusalem), he will judge the nations and separate those of his (sheep nations) from those who will go eternal punishment (goat nations). I believe the American election is significant to the judgment it will incur as a nation in GOD’s eyes.

So, it is important that we pray for those who must vote. And for those with the right to vote, I say it is important to vote, to vote the way the LORD leads you.

Now this election is very unusual, because both candidates are so appallingly unpopular. Neither is particularly moral, trustworthy or righteous; they do not seem to me even to be “nice people”.

Imagine standing in the polling booth and gazing at your ballot, marking the person you dislike the least. With the bizarre way the candidacies have developed, this is the situation many in the United States face on Tuesday 8th November.

To say the situation surrounding the main candidates in the upcoming US election is bizarre is an understatement. There are several candidates, although only the two main party candidates get national and international press and television coverage. Of the two candidates, one is bombastic, rude to the degree of almost lewd, a creator of a casino empire with multiple sins, yet who defends the rights of the unborn and stands for Christianity in a bold, unapologetic manner. The other is deceptive, sly, cunning – like a fox or snake, she is untrustworthy and is currently under FBI investigation – yet, she is an experienced politician, is cool under pressure, and extremely intelligent. Neither Hilary Clinton nor Donald Trump are particularly moral, though their weaknesses are different. It is almost unfathomable to think these are the choices out of 300 million people. And yet, doesn’t a nation get the government it deserves (French lawyer Joseph de Maistre, 1789, who opposed the bloody French Revolution)? Perhaps it is the American people, more that these two candidates, who are to be scrutinised for how the nation got to this point of amorality.

Now, while American voters must choose the path of their least resistance, the rest of the world awaits.

Perhaps it will be as a Believing American I spoke to recently said… that after the election, the winner will drop dead, or will step aside and a capable american-flagVice President will step in. Nothing is impossible with GOD, and in these times in America, with this particular election, anything could happen!

The Brexit result came as a shock; even those who wanted to leave thought they’d lost before the ballot boxes closed. The election predictions for the US also are “too close to call” at this stage. We don’t know if there will be an acceleration of the liberalisation that Hilary Clinton heralds. Or, if Donald Trump wins, perhaps there will be a turn back to old standards, including both good and bad.

I believe, whichever the result, the LORD knows and has the result in the palm of His hand. But just as He wants that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9), He wants us all to stand in the gap and call for His will to be done upon this once GOD-fearing nation, itself born to give liberty and freedom to all who come to its shores or are born into it.

We don’t know whom the LORD would choose to win this election. One might think to have a leader who wished to abolish abortion would be GOD’s choice (Trump). But perhaps this is not the mind of GOD. Perhaps he wishes Christianity to be persecuted, so that more would come to Christ. What I do believe is that a vote toward morality and truth, a vote that stands for the truth of Jesus, a vote away from selfish ambition and personal gain, could herald this nation as a “sheep nation” and so be saved at the coming of Jesus.

So, as I write to prepare you for GOD’s call, I encourage you to be as one who stands in the gap for the nations and the world. Let us pray for this nation of the United States, with its rich history of defending Christianity and God’s truth. Let us pray that the nation does not get “the government that it may deserve”, but a Godly government that will lead people back to Him. As the world stands on the brink of change, let us draw near to GOD, that He might rescue the nation of the United States from itself, and lead it – and all the nations – back to Himself.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. And everyone says…. Amen.

 

*Brexit is the nickname given by the British media and its citizens regarding the referendum held last June to determine whether the UK leaves or remains as a part of the European Union. The vote was in favour of leaving; therefore, steps have begun in the process for Britain the leave the EU. Personally, I believe the result of the vote also speaks spiritually, declaring that Britain is a sovereign nation. To make a long discussion short, for me, the result of the vote signifies (knowingly or unknowingly by the voters) a rejection of the worldly principles encapsulated in the EU, and that Britain now stands as a Godly nation – a “sheep” nation – before GOD.

 

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Why are nation groups splitting off and redefining themselves?

Nation groups are seeking independence, sovereignty, autonomy.

Do I experience prophetic revelation? Am I simply discerning the times? I’m looking into current events, seeking to discern their significance and relevance to Biblical Truth: Why are nation groups in Europe seeking their independence on the rise?

I seem to have had a eureka! moment earlier today. I was listening to Revelation TV live (UK Christian television), as host and guests were discussing the imminent referendum in Scotland regarding the possible separation from the rest of Great Britain.

It occurred to me: in current events we seem to be having a preponderance of nation groups seeking sovereignty – going back to their ‘roots’, their identity. Whether its Ukraine, Iraq or the UK, around the world citizens are seeking to group themselves according to their historic roots. Why?

RevelationsIn the End Times, we see that LORD will judge the earth and nations groups will be sheep or goats, saved or unsaved (Matthew 25:31-46).

Ready:

Could it be that supernaturally, the nations are being divided according to their spiritual status? Will some nations be found wanting and others delivered from judgment? That is what the Bible says. And it may be that in these times, the Holy Spirit is behind the nations’ efforts for sovereignty, so that God’s justice will prevail over the nations.

Set:

Consider current events. What, with your spiritual eyes, do you discern is happening that stands in line with scripture of the End Times?

Go:

Practice looking at current events in this light. God can and does speak to us, and we can improve our sensitivity to His activity and His leading when we look beyond the media and toward lining His word with current events and activities.

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Is God Building an Army of Peacekeepers?

EzekielIs this a time for war or a time for peace?

The truth is God is raising an Army of Believers to fight for the human race against spiritual darkness. We fight to the glory of God, for the Prince of Peace, with the power of the Holy Spirit who operates within and through us.

Ready: The world is becoming a very dark place spiritually. Youth are depressed, trained to believe there is nothing after this life and that freedom is doing what you want. Bereft of hope, so many people are turning to substance abuse as false comfort. These are only two of many areas that reveal spiritual darkness. Prayer and praise, the application of God’s Word in our lives and for others – these are the weapons of our warfare to combat spiritual darkness.

Set: What is spiritual warfare? How do we apply the weapons that we have?

A look at Ephesians 6:10 – 18 will serve to deepen our understanding and preparation. We know the truth (vs 14) and must grow in our own character to have the right to fight the enemy (vs 14). We fight against principalities and powers and not people (vs 12) , instead loving them toward the light of God’s love and His inner and inter-relational peace (vs 15). Faith keeps us strong against the lies of Satan our enemy (vs 16). In our own minds we are confident of our salvation and rightness in Christ (vs 17) further supported by our knowledge and growth in God’s Word (vs 17), our ultimate instrument of victory. The eight verse text is packed full of encouragement and empowerment. Get to know it and stand to fight against the enemy for family, friends, colleagues and strangers, that they might be saved from living death and called to life today.

Action Plan:

lots of love birds1. Learn the weapons of your warfare (use Ephesians 6).

2. Grow as God leads you, in truth and righteousness.

3. Walk in peace toward whomever you encounter.

4. Allow God to grow your faith. In all things acknowledge Him and He will ensure your path is straight.

5. Be wary of that which seeks to challenge your confidence in your salvation. The enemy likes to attack our minds to shake our assurance. (Mind = Soul = Emotions+ Intellect+Will)

6. Read the Bible. Learn scripture. Prepare to use it against the enemy.

7. Don’t go in presumption, but rather prepare and trust God’s call.

Remember, it is the Truth that sets people free.

Go: Wait on the LORD. Be ready to speak of the hope you have. Love. And walk in the measure of holiness the LORD has already given you. You need not look for the battle. When you are prepared, it will come to you. God bless and may ‘The glory of the LORD be your rear guard’. (Isaiah 58:8b)

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Witnessing Salvation to the Unsaved Spirit

How can we best minister to the Unsaved?

When people talk about making a decision, and they are wrestling between their head and their heart, I believe they mean the are debating between an intellectual choice and an emotional one. But actually, both our intellect and our emotions are part of our soul, our mind. Neither have anything to do with our heart. Rather, the heart – apart from being the literal pump in our bodies – refers to our spirit, that part of us which is our identity, what makes up the core of our being. For Christians it is the part of us that connects with the Holy Spirit and affirms we are a child of God. For the unbeliever it is dead, awaiting salvation by God’s grace.

Ready: How do we minister to a dead spirit so that it may be made alive again through faith in Jesus?

Set: Relationship and prayer are at the core of encouraging someone who does not follow Jesus to find their faith and to trust in Jesus as God’s son. As we pray for someone who does not know God, let’s begin by praying for the opening of their heart. Let’s minister to their spirit, asking God to revive it, and to soften their heart so that it might become connected to God. When the heart awakens it can receive, recognize, and call out to God.

The way of salvation is through the heart.

1. Pray for your friend or loved one to have their heart opened.

2. Encourage them to reflect alone, to connect with their heart – that core of their being. You may not mention it, but this is the pathway to their personal discovery of God.

3. Befriend them. Be ready to answer questions about your experience of God. But above all, love them: “If I have the faith to move mountains but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)

Go: Be a light to others in the world, not by talking but by being the love of God and enabling them to soften their heart to the one who loves unconditionally.

Lillies

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The Internet: The Void

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THE INTERNET: The Void – a musing

There are times when the internet is not my friend. Sometimes a void fills my mind and I am incapable of being creative. It happens when I’ve been on the internet for too long.

My greatest desire is to write words to captivate an audience of people desperate to think deeply about themselves, their circumstances and their world. People like you… and me.

But sometimes my mind has been so pacified, so washed by internet usage that the deepest I can get inside myself is face level – I am filtered from my imagination and mental clarity where I am enabled to swim in the wide sea of ideas, passions and questions.

When I can’t get passed the filter, can’t get underneath the blank existence of meaningless drift, I live in a fog of confusion, boredom and vapidity whose only feeling is that of dullness… manifested as a glimmer of frustration in interminable boredom.

Oh that the Void did not exist. Oh that my brain would not succumb to the numbness of internet superficiality. Oh.

The Void is our enemy. Its identity is busyness, superficiality, shallow habits of mere existence on the screen and beyond.

Humanity deserves more than living in the Void. She deserves philosophy, faith, desire, curiosity, hope. These exist underneath the Void, where there is a fullness the Void cannot comprehend. This is life.

Life and the Void do not co-exist. Life is pain and passion; the Void is dull formulation and nothingness. Life seeks to ignite; the Void lulls the human spirit into detachment and docility.

Here’s to the internet, bringing the world together, bringing revolution, praise and peace. But avoid the Void that is death: vague, colourless, thoughtless despair.

The human spirit is vital and so it is vital we keep it alive. You… and I are much more than the Void. The human spirit lives in creativity. Let us create! That’s how we’ve been designed to be: created by the Creator to create.

Ah purpose! Reflection has brought purpose into focus: the filter is lifted; the Void is overcome.

I breathe easier in this moment. As the fog is lifting, I experience again the open window into life!

Me at Work

Sarah Tun at Work