Serious, Pertinent Issues! :: By Don Twobears

My Friends, we have so much to be thankful for in our everyday lives. That being the case, I wonder how many of us take that to the Lord. I know there have been people that would thank me for something, and it was usually, “Hey man, thanks.” And it left me with a feeling like I had done next to nothing for them… Sad, right? How many of us do the exact same thing with the Lord?

James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

This is a verse from the Holy Word of God. Let’s take a short look at it. It says, “Confess your Faults to one another.” How about that word “Faults”? Got any ideas on this? “Faults” is a Greek word for a “*trespass, offence, sin, fall.” And then it says, “Pray for one another, that ye may be healed.” To talk to one another about our Failures, essentially our Sin, and then ask to be “Healed.” That sounds pretty profound to me; how about you? How many of us would be willing to “Confess our Sins to one another”… Few, I am sure. Much less, to think we would need to be Healed. All of a sudden, this passage of Scripture takes on a whole new aspect; am I correct?

Then we have, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” This is another Greek word that means “*to be operative, be at work, put forth power, to work for one, aid one, to effect, to display one’s activity, show one’s self operative.” It makes me wonder, how this sort of praying is to be done. Evidently, the normal people are not using this as a guide for Prayer. It strikes me as being a “Groaning” in our hearts. What do you think?

The “Effectual Fervent” – could this mean to groan in our Prayers…deeply?! That maybe we need to Pray as the Lord did in the Garden? Jesus Prayed so earnestly, HE was sweating Blood! Are we even capable of doing the same? Would any of us be willing to PRAY for someone else that deeply?!

Now let’s take a look at “prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Of a “Righteous man” sounds pretty specific to me. In the Greek, it means “*righteous, observing divine laws, in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God.” I wonder how many of us could be able to say, this is me?! Be careful now! Let’s not think too highly of ourselves…right?! Just how Righteous are we as Individuals? It makes me think that this a pretty high standard; am I correct? What are your thoughts on this, my Friends?

Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.” I see this is how God speaks, that in many instances God as the Holy Spirit… “Groans” in our intersession. So should we not GROAN in our Prayers as the Lord God does for us?! This is a Greek word for “*a groaning, a sigh.” Have we missed the point when we Pray?

Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

Does this Passage of Scripture exemplify what “Groaning” really is? The Publican “Beating on his Chest?” A Jewish Sign that says “I am abased,” a sign for Humility on the part of the one Praying, concerns one showing they are a Sinner. Wow! There’s that word again, “SIN.” Could it be that we do not take SIN to be as important a subject matter as the Bible says it is?!

So many times, I have seen and heard someone pray, their hands lightly folded on their Lap, head tilted to one side; and then we hear, “Oh Father, we JUST come to you….” What’s with this word JUST that so many use? We don’t speak normally and use that word JUST, as we do when one prays. As with the Publican, we should be on our knees, beating our chest because we are Sinners and begging for Forgiveness of our SIN…before a completely RIGHTEOUS God. Am I not correct? In other words, we should be “Groaning” our petition for Forgiveness before The Lord God.

We do not understand that our SIN…stands between the Lord God and You and me! SIN is a most grievous concern in each of us; it is the one thing that dooms anyone to Hell if it is not dealt with. In other words, if God will not tolerate SIN, then neither should we because the Blood of Jesus Christ is the only way to be Forgiven! This is the Most serious concern for us in this Life!

Let me ask you this: how often do you or I…SIN each and every day? Can’t give us a number? Neither could I! Why do you think the Holy Spirit…GROANS for us?! Sin is the most horrendous condition to find ourselves in! Thankfully, we have the Lord to go before and beg HIS forgiveness; am I correct?!

The problem is, I do not believe that we take SIN as seriously as we should. How many sermons in church are teaching about SIN and its effects?! My Friends, the entire world is going to “Hell in a Hand-Basket”…because of SIN. My Friends, that is our SIN. If the Lord God will NOT tolerate SIN in HIS Presence, then HE will NOT tolerate you and me in HIS Presence with our unforgiven SIN. So when we go back to the question of, how much do we SIN each day, we should see this as a most serious situation for you and me.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” Wow!… Short and sweet…right? And now people wonder, what should I be Praying for? Forgiveness of our SIN…ya think?! Because we SIN so often, we need to be Praying…Groaning…Often! Does that make any sense to you?

“My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ… I come before you in All Humility… (Beating your chest) … and I ask you to forgive me of my SIN… (Then you elaborate)… Father Forgive me! In Jesus name I Pray.” This is a most serious Petition! And each and every Prayer should be FERVENT…A GROANING…to the Lord God!

John 9:31 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”

Is that serious enough…or not, my Friends? Sin is a very serious subject with the Lord God, and it should be the same with you and me!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

All Passages of Scripture come from the King James Version of the Bible.

All Emphasis is mine.

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(*) Strong’s Concordance

 

The Writing on the Wall…Says It All! :: By Don Twobears

My Friends, have you been looking around and noticing that the Passage of Scripture below is exactly what is going on everywhere? Please read the words slowly and let them sink in because this was written long before 4,500 years ago! My Point is: that passage of Scripture is a Prophecy of the last Days for Planet Earth! It is how people would be in the last days, and it’s taking place right now! Does Columbine come to mind? And now we have El Paso Tx. and Ohio shootings?! Is it me or do you see this as well? “The Writing is on the Wall.”

2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Take the time and consider each one of these and ask yourself, whom do they represent? I must add that it has taken years for these to come to a head and show themselves today. Stop and remember the days when people wanted the Bible and the Lord God taken out of schools and the Ten Commandments removed from our Courts! Is this beginning to make any sense to you? Do the shootings and general public attitudes come to mind? And what do we call these things?… Acts of Sin! Who else is talking about these things? Or have we forgotten,

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Is it me, or do you understand…SIN…is death!

Do you ever wonder why bad things are taking place throughout this world? SIN! And who is to blame for the furthering of SIN in this world?… Satan and his ilk! And they are working this on every human on earth! They have been working this Evil Plot for years and years…and what is worse, when they see it working…Satan and his ilk sit back and laugh their collective butts off. And they are doing so…at us humans…for our ignorance. For the lack of following Jesus Christ!

So many people want to know why all these things are taking place; why all the violence and hatred?! Problem is, whenever these things are discussed, most people will play the Ostrich, by sticking their heads in a hole in the ground. It troubles their delicate sensibilities…if you will.

The Holy word of God tells us to Love one another; it does NOT tell us to be a Doormat! The Holy Word of God also tells us to wear Armor. Does that mean we are to be easily shaken and disturbed? Are we to be steadfast against Sin and its effects? Are we to stand around and wring our hands, saying, “Oh my…My, oh my!” at everything we see going on and then doing nothing?! If I am correct, we are to be girded with Armor and standing against Satan and his ilk!

Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Right there in Black and White, From God’s Lips to your and my ears! The thing is, take a look at what we wrestle against. Do you read anything about being a “Wallflower?!” In my mind, we are fighting against some pretty substantial forces; this will be some serious fighting and definitely not for the faint of heart! Would you agree? So then, my question is…who is ready and able to fight?! How about you?

Definitely, in the Power of the Lord! That goes without saying right? BUT…whom is the Lord asking to wear the Armor?… You and me! It says “For we wrestle!” Obviously, we need to be ready, willing and able to Put on this Armor and fight! My question is this: who is willing to fight, and how are you going to fight…or are you going to sit there and watch others go?

I was not raised that way! I was raised to help others, to hold them up to be counted; even if I was weak, we would all help each other out! Following Jesus Christ…we should be of one mind…HIS. Stop and think about it… what is the worst they can do? Kill us?! And then we go straight to where we wanted to be in the first place…right? Heaven with the Lord?! Remember this passage,

Matthew 10:28 “And fear NOT them which kill the body, but are NOT able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Wow!… That is some serious advice! My Friends, we need to be thinking and pondering this stuff. What say ye? Remember…Time is running short!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

All Passages of Scripture come from the King James Version of the Bible.

All Emphasis is mine.

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