Joel: Locust Chow

     God  REALLY loves you. Satan REALLY  hates you.

      Jesus told his disciples, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” John 10:10 NIV

    This world system we live in is under the control of Satan. Before the Devil’s “takeover” there was no war, famine, disease, death, or “natural” disaster. So it is that Jesus had to teach, ” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16: 33 NIV

     Jesus was letting his followers know that trouble was to be the expected norm for us here on Earth because the Devil was loose on the planet and had committed to stealing from, killing, and destroying everything that belonged to the race of men.

    The enemy doesn’t desire our good. His tool of choice (sin) isn’t good for us. But at the heart of it all Satan is a master strategist and a propaganda artist of the highest order. He could sell bikinis to Eskimos in December and make them think it was appropriate sled- wear.

    He did this to the Israelites. He convinced them to walk in sin and bring the judgment of God on themselves. Then when God removed his hand of protection and blessing from the nation, Satan sat back and laughed as his locust plagues descended on the hapless helpless humans.

      You know what a locust is don’t you? It’s an insect that eats all the fruit of your labors and all the life-giving seed of your harvest. There are lots of symbolic locusts in the world: economic collapse and job loss, divorce, loss of a spouse or a child, loss of your retirement, disappointment in a relationship, prolonged sickness, bitterness, unforgiveness and the list goes on.

      We cannot avoid being attacked by locusts in this world, particularly if we open ourselves up to sin. But here is what Joel says to us when our lives become fodder for a locust swarm.  “The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the stripping locusts, the cutting locusts, the swarming locusts, and the hopping locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.” Joel 2:25 NLT

     Even when God judges and disciplines, if we will repent then the Lord will restore what has been lost.

     The key is to recognize God’s purposes. He loves you and only wants you to return to Him. It is Satan who is revelling in your pain and longs to see you die.

   Today Jesus says : ” My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” John 10:10 NLT  AND “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

    Don’t leave yourself to the locusts. Come to Jesus and live the shadow of His love! He will restore as you trust.

Joel: In Decision

    Joel: What a great book!Nobody really knows when it was written. So we will put it here in our study.

    I am changing as I write. I find I need to take a break sometimes from the work of writing this series (hence the little side blogs which pop up now and again). My heart has to process all the Word is saying to me. The study has sparked some great conversations I might blog on later. Let’s just say by the end of this study I will not be the same man I was at the beginning. After all isn’t that the point of “Reinventing the We’ll”? We reinvent by making new decisions and choices for our lives!

     That brings me to my topic for the day, decision! In Joel Chapter four the prophet writes, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision.” Joel 4:13 NIV

     Now my life coach has a favorite line he is oft prone to quote. “You can do anything but you can’t do everything.”

    It is so true. Life requires decisions and each decision limits us.

    God and I were talking the other day and He spoke into the silences of my heart, “Son prayer is the most important part of your day for in it you are led to decide the things I would have you do. There is much in the world to be done. But I don’t want you to do it all. I am infinite but you are finite. So you must find out from me where I would have you invest your finite resources. It will be this way for all eternity.”

     Now that last bit of the word hit me hard. Maybe it caught you off guard too. I guess I never thought about still being limited in Heaven before, but it makes sense. We are not God now and we won’t be then. For those of you who might have been thinking when you get to Heaven you will be all-knowing or all-powerful I am about to burst your bubble of unbiblical belief. The word never says omniscience or omnipotence become the state of men. Those things are reserved, it seems, for God.

     Then as now we will have to make decisions about how we use the good things the Lord gives to us. Then as now the good things the Lord gives us will be enough to accomplish His purposes. Then we will just be free from the impetus of sin which is now putting so many of us in the Valley of Decision against the Lord.

     Now though we have to make a choice continually against that unsanctified part of us which says “You don’t have to pray about this. Do what you feel is right.”

    Listening to that voice never ends well for me. It’s not ending well for many of our fellow-men either. For so many the Valley of Decision is a place where men choose not to follow God. Instead they listen to the voice of the flesh which tells them they are more than qualified to captain their own souls.

    Even some of us who at one time bent our knees before the Cross of Christ are returning to the Valley and making a decision to live life out of our own desires rather than those of Jesus. I don’t know what that choice says about  salvation. But I do know what it says about the place brothers and sister who choose this way will stand in a coming judgment. Such folks are out from under protection. They are in the line of fire!

    There’s a subtle lie we have come to believe though: “We can do everything!”.

    Somehow we have come to believe we can live for Jesus and live in sin. This is a perfect example of “You can do anything but you can’t do everything.” If we have chosen to live for Jesus that decision excludes sin. A life for Jesus means I have committed to continually working to shut out sin. I may not always be successful. I may have trouble. But I will always work at it. My decision to be a Christian limits me to an ever-increasing holiness. I cannot just go on sinning wantonly. This is where so many are stuck in the Valley of Decision. That valley is a place open to the judgment of God.

     We have to come to the decision and move past it out of the Valley into God’s protective holiness. That is where I am journeying to! How about you?

     Remember Indecision is a decision!

A Little Light Please?

     The phone rang twice before she picked it up.

     “Hello?” She asked in that voice we use when trying to find out quickly if the person on the other end is a telemarketer we can afford to hang-up on.

     I explained to my parishioner that I felt led of the Lord to call and find out if there was something our prayer team could pray for her.

     The lady’s voice brightened “Honey, Pastor J is calling because God impressed him to call and see if we needed prayer.” She called to her husband over her shoulder.

     Turned out the day before my call the couple’s new car had been smashed by a lady who had a big seizure and a little insurance. The car had been towed and an investigation had begun. At the moment of  my call it was unclear when they would get their car back or if it would be paid for.

      We live in a world full of darkness and shadow. But we serve a God who is light. Not even the world’s deepest blackness can stifle His brightness. The thing is so many never leave the darkness and come into the light simply because they will never ask.

     I did something to my hand the other day. I couldn’t turn it or make a fist without intense pain. I let it linger for a whole day popping Tylenol like they were m&m’s. I never once thought to pray for it.

     I was just getting ready to offer the closing prayer for our intercessory team when God asked me “What about your hand? Have Bill anoint you with oil.”

     A little chagrined I obeyed. Bill anointed me and a few hours later I was rolling  and clenching my hand pain-free.

     Here’s the thing, there are times I voluntarily let the darkness hang around my life for entirely foolish reasons (like I’d rather watch T.V. than pray or I feel like there are bigger needs than mine to pray about). I don’t think I am alone.

     This is an issue we must deal with and quickly as we move into our world’s winter. If we are to see the light we are going to have to learn to pray about every little thing that concerns us. The more prayer the more light. I don’t know about you but I’d rather have floodlights than pen lights.

     We prayed for a man whose hours and income had been cut in half. A week later he was working seven days a week and twelve hours a day.

     We prayed for a man who had contracted cancer. God used the disease to heal a host of family relationships.

   How much light do you want?  How much will you change and pray?

Zephaniah: The Glory of Goodness

      Our world wafts on the wind like an autumn leaf. It falls and waits to be raked by a Greater Hand into the furnace of the Master’s wrath. The thoughts behind this are Scripture. We cannot save the world or the cosmos it is a part of. What the Word says of our world will happen. The day cannot be avoided or put off. Every judgment in the book will take place.

      When Zephaniah writes, ” ‘I will sweep away both people and animals alike. Even the birds of the air and the fish in the sea will die. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble,  along with the rest of humanity,’ says the LORD.” (Zeph 1:3 NLT) he is not practicing hyperbole. This judgment is coming and it will be terrible.

     But in the midst of that there is a glory that remains for the people who will follow Messiah. One Chapter later Zephaniah writes: “Beg the LORD to save you–all you who are humble, all you who uphold justice. Walk humbly and do what is right. Perhaps even yet the LORD will protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.” (Zeph 2:3 NLT)

    Isaiah says it this way: “Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.” (Isaiah 26: 20,21 NIV)

     Paul the apostle writes it in these words: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (I Thess. 4:16, 17 NIV)

    Later on in the same book He writes, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” (I Thess. 5:9,10 NIV)

      I know that these last verses in particular refer to the Blessed Hope of the church, what many call the rapture. I believe that before the final ending of Earth (before the last 7 years) Jesus Christ will take His church out of the world and shield them from those dark days.

    But, the rapture aside, I also believe that these verses speak to a general characteristic of God which believers must cling to in the days ahead, the days before the rapture. God knows those who are His. He knows the righteous. He knows the good. He knows how to take care of those that are His.

     In these days when the world tempts us to give up our standards at every turn, we must remember there is a glory in goodness, a reward for faithfulness that is beyond anything this world might have to offer So it is that Paul counsels his followers in Galatia:

     “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

      Never forget!

Nahum: A Comforting Word

     Little is known about Nahum the Elkoshite. He was a prophet evidently of Judah. His job was to prophesy against the city of Nineveh, capital of the Assyrians. He spoke his word from God some time between 663 B.C. and 612 B.C. when his prophecy was fulfilled and Nineveh was destroyed by the Babylonians.

     But today I do not want to focus on the words of destruction and judgment which Nahum levels. I want to focus on the fact that in the midst of judgment, God also speaks words of comfort to his faithful ones.

    Nahum’s words about Assyria’s decimation are among the most potent in the entire prophetic play book. Yet in the midst of all the violence of judgment he utters this:

     “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

    The fact is that God is bound to punish wickedness in a nation because He is just. We have already established that. But He also knows those who are yet faithful in a nation (not perfect just faithful).

     Throughout time when He has judged nations He has dealt separately with the righteous in those nations. We see that when God judged Sodom and Gomorrah He first removed Lot and his family who were faithful to Him (though certainly not perfect).

     In the judgment of Judah many years after Nahum’s prophecy, God spoke to a righteous man, Baruch, about the great judgment which was about to come on Jerusalem:

    “I will bring disaster on all people… but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.” Jeremiah 45: 5 NIV

     We need to see a truth here people of God. In judgment God spares his saints. That is not to say that in judgment saints don’t experience loss. Lot  lost all his worldly possessions. Baruch did too. But God kept them. He provided for them. He took care of them.

      He will do the same for us! Stay faithful no matter what may come!

Pastor Wrinkles: Bargain Breakers

Let’s Review: What are the “God Bargains” we have talked about so far?

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After Moses died God raised up a new leader for the Israelites, ___________.

He was Moses junior officer and had been groomed for the position.

God told Joshua that it was his job to take the land of Canaan which God had promised to his great-great-great and so forth grandfather ____________. Through Joshua the God Bargain with Abraham would begin to be fulfilled.

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them–to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.” Joshua 1:1-3 NIV

Joshua and the armies of Israel went into ___________ and conquered much of the land but not all.

When Joshua died the people many of the people walked away from __________ and entered into sin.

They began to follow what pastors call the sin cycle:

Step 1: ____________

Step 2: Get _____________

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Step 4: Get God’s ____________ back

Step 5: Go and ____________ again.

This happened all through the next hundred or so years and God began to raise up _______________ who would help Israel to get out of trouble whenever they sinned and then _____________.

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Now in your groups:

1. Read Judges Chapter 4. What do you think of Deborah? What do you think of Barak?

2. Read Judges 7: 1-7 Why do you think God cut down Gideon’s army so much?

3. Read Judges 16 What does Sampson and Delilah teach us about relationships? How could Sampson have done things better?

Question of the week: In Judges Chapter 4 Deborah gives a prophecy. Does the way it gets fulfilled surprise you? What does this prophecy and the way it was fulfilled teach us about prophecy today?

The Untimely End of the End Of the World Bunnies

      The Lillie household is under a curse, I tell you. We have the worst luck with pets! Seriously an animal has to have powerful ju’ju’ to survive in our domicile.

      There was Cain and Abel our guinea pigs (named after the event). We had a perfect summer home for them under a covered porch until a freak sideways rain filled their cage with an inch of water. Apparently guinea pigs don’t like water. Cain used Abel as a stepping stool and drowned him in a sawdust puddle. No good deed goes unpunished as they say. Cain boiled to death in his own juices about a month later during a freak heat wave (apparently guinea pigs also hate intense heat).

      Then there was Solange Rapheala Chirptwix our blue parakeet. She was a good bird who met her demise when one of our foster kids accidentally knocked her cage out a second story window.

     Willowmane Chartreusian was a beautiful calico cat who died when a piece of wood fell off the wood pile and clocked her in the squash.

    After that there was the cockateel. I have blocked that hateful bird’s name from my memory. He escaped from his cage one day and spent four days mocking me from the maple tree in our back yard. It was Indian summer when he escaped. He lived until frost and then became a cockateelcicle.

   Penelope, one of our favorite cats, was carried to our home by one of our neighbors who found her flat as a pancake on her porch steps.

     Then there were the animals we couldn’t keep because of their freaky behavior. There was the dog who wouldn’t stop jumping over our heads. There was the dog who wouldn’t stop barking.We gave her to my sister. She never did stop barking but lived to a ripe old age. There was Benny Black the Jesus Cat who slept in the trash and then rolled in our arm chairs.

     I can really only remember one animal that lived for any length of time. Buffy, the cat, was seventeen when she was given to us by a couple who were on their way to the mission field. I think they only gave her to us because they thought she was living on borrowed time anyway.

     Buffy loved prayer. I could kneel down in any room of the house to pray and within a minute Buffy would be there jumping on my back and curling up in the hollow of my neck to “pray” with me. She lived to be twenty-one.

    We now have two Maltese and they seem to be in it for the long haul (I think they have the ju’ju’).

    We also had four rabbits. You may remember my post about the end of the world bunnies from a few months ago. I say had because it would seem the bunnies lacked the ju’ju’.

    We had four lion head minis. They chewed their way out of the first cages we had for them. So my wife decided to downsize from four to three. I guess she thought that three rabbits could not possibly chew as much as four.

    She traded two of the lion heads for a Netherlander mini. That “Little Bunny” (the name we gave it) didn’t chew. It was great we could let it roam the house and it was just such a love.

     The other two… they seemed to think that when we gave away their brother and sister they had to make up for it. My wife bought them a new cage which they promptly began to chew to bits. One of them also discovered that there was great power in his hind legs. He learned to kick open the door of the new cage. Jackie Chan had nothing on this bunny. I rebraced the door twice. But one day I came home and found the brace pushed back, the door broken open and the two  lion heads gone never to return.

     Little Bunny didn’t seem to mind getting all the bunny attention my wife had to give though. What a cute thing she was.

    Yesterday when I left for work she was sitting in her cage right as rain. Two hours later when my wife got back from the dentist she was a bunny board, a stiff! She didn’t have what it took to survive in our house 😦

    Now you may remember that I said I was keeping a close eye on these rabbits because when they started to multiply that would mean the famine was on the way. I wonder if their untimely demise means the recession has been called off! 🙂

The Jack-O’Lantern Of Praise

     Have you ever wondered about some of the traditions we practice during our holidays? What is a Christmas tree anyway? How about the yule log? Who decided turkey was the Thanksgiving meal of choice? How ’bout them pumpkins? Who got the idea to carve a creeper in orange?

     While the traditions are a bit mixed about the Jack O’lantern and some stories simply tie back to fanciful tales about a stingy guy named Jack, others spring from a bit more sinister root.

       For thousands of years before Christianity enveloped  Britain this season we are now in was regarded among the most holy of all times of the year. For during this period the veil between life and death was thought to grow ever so thin.It was believed that by midnight on the last day of October the veil would be so slight that the dead could walk amongst the living unhindered.

     The Jack O’Lantern was thought by many to be a talisman to ward off any evil spirits that might infringe upon the happy environs of an unwitting family.

      Sadly we know the truth. Satan is not afraid of a pumpkin, a beet , or even a turnip. While they all might turn some of us off, they do nothing for him….But I know something he is afraid of.

     “From the lips of infants and children Thou has ordained praise to silence the foe and the avenger!”  Psalm 8:2 KJV

    Satan may be a powerful angel capable of great even miraculous feats. But he can be silenced when little children honestly praise the Lord.

     Praise is simply, honestly thanking God for who He is. In sickness He is our healer, in need he is our provider, in battle he is our defender and banner, in sorrow he is our comfort, in tribulation he is our peace, in desperation he is our salvation,  in darkness he is our lighted way, in confusion he is our truth, and in the face of death he is our eternal life!

     Praise does not rely on our circumstance.  It comes not because of what God does but because of our recognition of who He is and what He will do.

      I tell you we cannot wait until the enemy is defeated to light the Jack O’Lantern of praise. Most times it must be lit first to defeat and chase away the enemy. You are going to have to praise God even while the enemy advances.

     Too often we are waiting for God to answer a prayer and then we will praise Him. That’s backwards. Praise is what brings the answer. We think of praise as a response to answered prayer when it is really a proactive action that brings the presence of God to answer our requests.

   In the future we will see the power of Satan increase on the face of the Earth. Praise is our talisman. Worship is our shield against his power…even his greatest power.

     When you see the power of evil afoot. Light the Jack O’Lantern of praise. Sing and speak your praise unto the Lord!

Micah: From Shittim to Gilgal

    

     “My people, remember what Balak king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord…. Micah 6:5 NIV

    Every family has a story or two about a branch of the family tree that made a sideways decision which led their particular clan down the primrose path.

    Family reunions are spent in conversations that go something like this:

    “Whatever happened to…”

    “Oh you know they just fell apart after the…. I heard their children ended up…. Tsk,tsk,tsk isn’t it just terrible and they had so much promise.”

    On the other hand every family also has its success stories.

    “Cousin…?”

   “Oh you know he finished his degree and got hired as the CEO of…What a marvelous guy. I wish he was here today.”

    Ultimately the difference between the two stories lies in a decision not necessarily a personality. Usually the family black sheep is wounded but likeable, while the family hero can often be an arrogant know-it-all or a bully.

     Israel was no different. Micah was calling the people to remember that their success or failure as a nation did not lie in their personality or their talent. Their hope lay in their decision regarding God.

    God says in Micah 6:5 ” Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal.”

    That’s a reference you will probably miss unless you know Israel’s history. It’s not a reference to a journey over land. The distance between Shittim and Gilgal is really only a jump across the River Jordan. It’s a reference to a journey through time. You see it took Israel forty years to jump the Jordan because of a decision made at Shittim. To understand you have to go all the way back to the days of Moses.

     The story of Shittim began as Israel arrived at  the doorstep of Moab. Moab’s king, Balak, was looking for a way to get rid of what he consider a major pest problem.

    So he sent for the seer Balaam. Balak wanted the magic man to whammy the Israelites with a curse. Instead Balaam blessed them in the name of Israel’s God.

     Balak not to be so easily discouraged looked for a way around the blessing. Balaam apparently a little bent out of shape about being “misused” by God helped Balak find the loophole.

      Through subterfuge Balak arranged for the women of Moab to sleep with the men of Israel and ensnare them into the worship of a false God. That one decision stole Israel’s godly blessing and released a plague upon the Israelites that killed 24,000 people.

     Forty years later the people of Israel finally crossed the Jordan and landed at Gilgal. In that place they had to make a decision different from the decision they made at Shittim. They had to choose God. It was in Gilgal according to Joshua chapter 5 that the Israelites renewed their dedication at last to God through the covenant of circumcision.

     At Shittim and in their successive wilderness wanderings the Israelites stopped practicing circumcision (the sign of their dedication to God). A wrong choice made by one generation flowed over to effect the potential blessing of the next. So at Gilgal the Israelites had to reverse the curse by making a new choice. That one decision by the men of Israel, to endure the pain of cutting the flesh off at Gilgal, released a generation of blessing that allowed them to take the land of Canaan as their own.

      Generations later God called to His people through Micah and warned them to remember the journey their ancestors took. He offered His hands out and said , ” Choose…Shittim or Gilgal?”

     Today He says to us, “Shittim or Gilgal?”

     He is cheering you on to His choice.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV

Micah: Why the Lord Will Judge

    

     The question has often been asked me, “If God is a God of love how can He bring judgment on a nation and destroy it?”

     The truth is this is not a new question. There were people in the days of the divided kingdom who asked the same question. Some had even come to the conclusion that anyone who talked about God as a judge was not one of His servants.

     Micah of Moresheth, a contemporary of Isaiah, said it this way; “But this is what the LORD says: “I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to escape! After I am through with you, none of you will ever again walk proudly in the streets.” Micah 2:3 NLT

       But this is what he got in response: “”Don’t say such things,” the people say. “Don’t prophesy like that. Such disasters will never come our way!” Micah 2:6 NLT

     Many of the Israelites did not believe that God would bring disaster upon them. After all they were special. They were God’s chosen people. They had rights!

    But this is what God told them: “Should you talk that way, O family of Israel? Will the LORD have patience with such behavior? If you would do what is right, you would find my words to be good.” Micah 6:7

    You see humans always want to put the blame on God when judgment comes. After all He is God; So if bad things happen to us it must be His fault. But the truth is  the harshness of judgment could be avoided if we would simply live right. Judgment is entirely avoidable for the nation which will serve God. The fact that no nation has ever avoided it speaks more about the behavior of men than it does about the behavior of God. Israel and the nations around them brought judgment on themselves and Micah said there were three cultural behaviors that were creating the judgment:

1. idolatry- Both Judah and Israel had become pluralistic societies, nations that legalized and even celebrated the worship of  gods besides Jehovah within their borders. I realize that I may be entering the realm of being un-American here but freedom of religion is not a basic human right given by God. There is no freedom to worship Buddha or Allah in Heaven. When the Israelites tried to allow worship of other deities in their country on Earth God destroyed their government because of it. That’s Bible not JE.

“Attention! Let all the people of the world listen! The Sovereign LORD has made accusations against you; the Lord speaks from his holy Temple. Look! The LORD is coming! He leaves his throne in heaven and comes to earth, walking on the high places. They melt beneath his feet and flow into the valleys like wax in a fire, like water pouring down a hill. And why is this happening? Because of the sins and rebellion of Israel and Judah.  Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion? Samaria, its capital city! Where is the center of idolatry in Judah? In Jerusalem, its capital!  “So I, the LORD, will make the city of Samaria a heap of rubble. Her streets will be plowed up for planting vineyards. I will roll the stones of her walls down into the valley below, exposing all her foundations. All her carved images will be smashed to pieces. All her sacred treasures will be burned up. These things were bought with the money earned by her prostitution, and they will now be carried away to pay prostitutes elsewhere.”

2. Injustice against the poor.

     The rich were making a killing in the housing market and putting people out of their homes in record numbers.

     “How terrible it will be for you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry out any of the wicked schemes you have power to accomplish. When you want a certain piece of land, you find a way to seize it. When you want someone’s house, you take it by fraud and violence. No one’s family or inheritance is safe with you around!” Micah 2:1,2

3. Political corruption was rampant

     “Listen, you leaders of Israel! You are supposed to know right from wrong, but you are the very ones who hate good and love evil. You skin my people alive and tear the flesh off their bones.” Micah 3:1,2 NLT

     “This is what the LORD says to you false prophets: “You are leading my people astray! You promise peace for those who give you food, but you declare war on anyone who refuses to pay you.” Micah 3:5 NLT

     “Listen to me, you leaders of Israel! You hate justice and twist all that is right. You are building Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption. You rulers govern for the bribes you can get; you priests teach God’s laws only for a price; you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid. Yet all of you claim you are depending on the LORD. “No harm can come to us,” you say, “for the LORD is here among us.” Micah 3:9-11

     Israel, Judah, and America three nations very alike in their sin very alike in their assertions that God would not bring disaster upon them. We know how it ended for both Israel and Judah. What do we believe about America?