Romans 10:19
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by [them that are] no people, [and] by a foolish nation I will anger you.

Why we should be Thankful

Some nearly four hundred years ago God led a small handful of people out of the religious oppression and intolerance of Europe to a new land, unfounded and virtually uninhabited by the civilized world of that day. These people possessed within their spirits a calling and a mandate of God to come out from among the religious beast of Europe that proclaimed its self to be Christianity. They stepped out in the faith of God, forsaking all to become the pilgrims that we remember as the founders of our nation. This little handful of people, who were no people in the eyes of the world, they heard a calling to a promise land that flowed with milk and honey. A place where they could worship in the manner that they chose without fear of reprisals. Here they could be true to themselves and to God. It was this kind people with which our God founded this great nation we live in today called the United States. If any ever doubts that there is a God or that He was the One who was at work to bring forth this great country, let them follow the true history and accounts that took place when this country was formed and through its growth, even till today. All that we are and all that we enjoy is only due to the sovereignty, goodness, mercy and the blessings of God.
How it must grieve Him that now we have laws that we can destroy our unwanted children, laws that prohibit our teachers from teaching the truth of God in public schools, that deny God as the Creator and forbid His Word from being read, along with the freedom to openly pray. We have tolerated those who would strike His name from every public place and have courts that will not even allow the display of His commandments. What kind of religious freedom is this that tolerates every other religion being taught about in our public schools except the one true gospel? What spirit have we allowed to come in that has blinded the hearts and minds of so many and even we, His people, have become complacent and lethargic?
These early pilgrims gave their very lives to establish a precedent of religious freedom. Even when the captain of the Mayflower offered to take them back to England, not one of them would go, even in the face of such great adversity and loss. They counted Him faithful who had called them out of darkness and brought them into the light. It didn’t come without great sacrifice and loss. Many of us don’t really think about or really appreciate all the sacrifice of so many throughout the history of this country that has sustained its freedoms and liberties.
Let us remember our heritage and how we that were no people, God has made us a great people with blessings like none other upon the earth. He has taken that which was nothing and has made it something. He has taken the weak and made them strong. He has taken the poor and made them rich. Great is the Lord!
God, please forgive us when we take so much that You have done for us for granted. Help us to truly acknowledge You and truly give thanks from the depths our heart and soul. We are a blessed people and You are the reason for that blessing.

Blessings,
#kent

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Destiny

June 4, 2012

Jeremiah 1:5-10
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6“Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
7But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
9Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Destiny


God created us with destiny.  He knew our beginning and our end before we were ever born.  Our destiny  awaits our arrival.  It calls to us; it beckons to us come.  All our life we can be walking in perhaps unperceived portions of what is bring us into the greater.   The circumstances that touch our life, the environment that we grow up in, the influence of those around us, the physical, emotional, social and spiritual influences that shape us into who we are.  We are the product of many things, but first and foremost we are the substance of who God created us to be.
God says of His people in Isaiah  46:3-5, ” “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived,
and have carried since your birth.  4Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
5“To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?”
Psalms 71:6 says, “From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.”
Psalms 139:13-16 gives this revelation of our destiny, “For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
We were created for God’s good pleasure and whatever we were designed to become in Him was programmed in our DNA and called forth by His Spirit.
Many arguments have been waged and denominations formed on the predestination and sovereignty of God  in the lives of men.  Just know that He is sovereign and as Romans 8:29-30 declares, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”  God knows His own and His own He has called to partner with Him in walking by the Spirit to perform and bring to pass that destiny of God that is upon your life.  If we are a destined one in the Father to become conformed to the image of His Son, then our Spirit will be united with His to be the instruments of righteousness and salvation that He purposed and designed us for in this hour in time.  God didn’t form us just to have a form of godliness and deny the power thereof, He called us to exemplify His form in the earth through lives that demonstrate Him in love, power and authority.  We will know His own, because they will look more and more like Him.  For some, it may not yet be revealed who they are, but like Paul, in due season, it pleased God to reveal His Son in Saul.  We don’t know the time, the season, or the callings upon men’s lives, but we do know that we are to  faithfully share Him in many ways so that the Holy Spirit, working through us, might call out His own unto Him.
In Christ, you are already walking in your destiny; your faith and obedience, allows Him to bring it to the level and fullness of expression He created you for.  Be all that you were destined to be.

blessings,
kent

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