Yesterday is forgotten

At some point believers must realize that the spirit of the age, which is both demonic and corrupt, is moving against God’s Word. We are living in the last days of time. Governments, political parties, celebrities, and media have joined to dismantle the scripture’s established truth. The Bible has guided us for centuries, but now it is deemed offensive. If you are reading this, then know that life will not return to some former time. Even yesterday is forgotten. We are in a spiritual fight and it will last until the Lord’s return.

Consider the Bible’s own declaration and then compare it to the world’s shifting narrative. God made man and woman. He separated them by gender. Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

He made the Heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh. He spoke it into existence. The earth did not evolve.

He established the husband as the head of the home. God ordered man to work by the sweat of his brow. Marriage was ordained by God and all fornication and adultery was declared sinful.

God’s breathed book declares the origin and beginning of every unborn child. Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My 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, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Jeremiah 1:5 “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.”

The Bible is replete with the pre-birth recognition. God formed you. God made you. God knew you even before you were born. The living soul was established in your mother’s womb.

These thoughts are not political fodder for argumentation. They come from the Voice of the Omniscient Creator. They are without rebuttal or rebuke. For Christians to espouse any other thought is an anti-god approach. Psalm 119:89 “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. We serve the God of the Bible, not society’s thought of who they want God to be. He is the Lord of all and He is our coming King!”

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

Motherhood

William Ross Wallace once wrote, “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” He wrote of the power and preeminence of motherhood; that almost all views are given by the voice of motherhood. The Bible bares this truth in the light and life of Hannah, Jochebed, Jedidah, Eunice, and more. Great men and women were birthed and raised in the things which pertained to the Holy Spirit by virtue of their godly mothers. Wallace asked, Who rules the world? Not politicians, preachers, employers, or the famed, but an attentive mother.

Motherhood is broader than just having a baby. To give birth is no small thing, but even that pales in the face of being a mother. In almost every case, children lean toward their mothers. Mothers carry the sound and sight for the present and the future of their children. They set on course the nations, both for war and peace. Churchill knew this fact and employed the mothers of England to raise sons with patriotism and purpose. In every age, the hand that feeds, cleans, nurtures, and guides holds the power of direction and cause.

The future of the Church is closely related to the spiritual depth of those who occupy the realm of motherhood. They teach holiness through daily living; godliness through common thought; and conviction via intentional boundaries. For the Church to thrive, and not just survive, it will be by the care given to those whose clay has not yet set. For people to be restored, the same virtues of “motherhood” must be exercised. Everyone needs to be cared for, again!

If this Mother’s Day is to be notable, let it not be simply because it is on our calendar. Rather, let it be because we have determined to establish ourselves as people of purpose. Let it be because the entire church body views itself as a place of love, restoration, and mercy for a world without hope. Furthermore, let the hands which guide these lives raise up a great army; marching for Truth and the Cause of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

All of Him or nothing

Matthew 26:4 “And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.”

In every age there is a resistance to receive the fullness of Jesus Christ. Pieces of Him are palatable, but the whole of Him is distasteful. He offers “hard sayings” and straightforward commands. He tells the rich to sell all; the good-intentioned to leave the dead and follow Him. He offers no room for personal endeavors or self-advancements.

If truth be known, the most combative group against His Lordship is the religious segment. Jesus, in His sovereignty and Word, is a threat to religious people. They sit in church; sing in choirs; teach classes; and sing about Him. Yet, forsaking all does not appeal to them. Jesus, Who talks of His Kingdom, must contend with their kingdom. Jesus, Who prayed for laborers, and sought for the lost in the byways; Who purposely went through Samaria, is rejected by those who profess Him. They don’t see the lost as a necessity. They think it is enough for them to have receive the Gospel. They have no intention of spreading it. They will even tell you how many years they have “been in church.”

Caiaphas was perhaps among the first to find Jesus a threat. The palace of the high priest was in an uproar as Jesus advanced in ministry and popularity. The religious order could not afford to lose control of the minds of the people. They needed rituals and fear to rule the crowd. Caiaphas knew that he could not keep the people if they followed Jesus with their whole heart. Caiaphas offered the enjoyment of temple worship and personal ambition. The mixture of worldliness and religious practices was the right blend. However, Jesus preached against the lukewarm lifestyles and the half-hearted paths.

Killing Jesus is subtle among Christians. They would never accept that they would do such a thing. Pentecostals, which boast of Holy Ghost and exuberant worship, have joined the ranks of removing the sharp edges of His word in order to fit in with the world. Submission, forgiveness, authority, self-sacrifice, and servanthood are buried. These biblical teachings have been replaced for subjectivism and advancement in personal ministries.

There is a consultation going on. It may not be overt or verbal, but many are negotiating their level of commitment. Most live on the peripheral of true obedience. Most give a portion; few give all. Most like the idea of Jesus on special occasions; few would give their life for His cause.

The killing of Jesus did not begin and end with Matthew 26. Caiaphas was not the last to conspire. The question resides with us. Shall we live fully devoted? Jesus said, “except ye eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will have no part with me.” It is all of Him or nothing. Sold out for the Cause of Christ is His demand. Yet subtly, the compromise is being considered.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole