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Obama and Clinton tell us, duplicitously, disingenuously, and hypocritically that America’s sacrifices are necessary because they promote worthy causes. But, what worthy causes?
These constitutional scholars, like the current resident of 1600, wouldn’t know the United States Constitution from a roll of Charmin. Here’s the deal on 1A: you have the right to free expression, freedom of speech and all that entails – until you don’t. I’m no longer a minion of the government and represent it in no way at any time: you don’t have the right of free speech in regards to me. Say what you will about the government – I do – and you may be considered loutish, stupid, poorly spoken or ill-mannered, but you’re supposed to be held harmless regarding criminal prosecution for the act.
The Coming Wealth Transfer
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous (Prov 13:22).
In the last days there will be a transfer of wealth into the hands of the righteous for the purpose of funding a great harvest of souls and for believers to have greater influence on society in the name of Christ. This will happen in at least four ways.
1. Supernatural Transfer – Like the Israelites leaving Egypt, Christians and non-profit organizations will receive major gifts from individuals or foundations to carryout their Christian mission. In 2004, the Salvation Army received one of the largest gifts ever for Christian ministry via the founder’s wife of McDonald’s, Joan Kroc, in the amount of 1.5 billion dollars.
2. Power to Make Wealth – God is going to give witty inventions to believers throughout the world that will generate wealth. This has already begun. "But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today" (Deut 8:18).
3. Social Entrepreneurship – Just as Joseph was entrusted with the resources of Egypt to solve a societal problem resulting from a famine in the land, God is going to transfer money to believers who are solving societal problems. Governments will fund private enterprises because government is not been able to do it.
4. Wealthy Individual "Conversions" ? Finally, many non-believers who are wealthy will become Christians in these last days and will begin to use their wealth for Kingdom purposes.
The transfer of wealth is designed to accelerate God’s activity on the earth, not to simply make believers wealthy. Pray that God uses your work life call to accelerate His Kingdom on earth. And pray that God raises up good stewards of wealth.
How Jesus handled tension
"But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!" (v.50) Jesus’ behavior when He looked around at the Pharisees "with anger" was not the result of a bad temper but the fulfilling of a redemptive purpose. The cutting was not to hurt, but to heal. When we display anger, it is usually for purposes of destruction rather than construction.
Although Jesus was free from bad temper, however, He was not free from tension, that is: "a state of moderate stress." Moffatt, in fact, translates our text for today in this way: "What tension I suffer, till it is all over!" A certain amount of tension is a necessary part of life. Jesus experienced it, and so will we. And it is not necessarily a bad thing. The violin string that is free from tension is incapable of music, but when tightened gives forth a sound that delights the ear. The tension that Jesus felt was a tension that was harnessed to the interest of others. He was on His way to a cross and the tension was not to be loosed until He pronounced the words: "It is finished."The tension, however, did not leave Him frustrated and bad-tempered; it left Him calm and composed, with a prayer for the forgiveness of His enemies upon His lips. It drove Him, not to pieces, but to peace — the peace of achievement and victory. This was so because the tension was harnessed to God’s perfect will — hence it was a constructive urge. Unfortunately, many of our tensions drive us, not toward God’s will but toward our own will. We are more concerned for ourselves than for the divine interests. This kind of driving will succeed only in driving us "nuts."
Dear Lord and Master, teach me how to harness my tensions to Your purposes, so that they are transformed into rhythm and song. In Christ’s Name I ask it. Amen.
2. What does the word "compel" convey?