Although we were only in Leon Mexico for about 2 weeks I must say I am completely satisfied with what my eyes have seen God doing in that area! To put the cherry on the sundae, I must add that it was especially awesome to see what God is doing in the family I stayed with while there! I feel it's safe to say that I saw about 20 members of one family all baptized and praising God! Not a mixture of a bunch of man made denominations, but all in one faith according to Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism!
Now some may think that scripture is bible error when it says "One Baptism" because the same Paul that wrote the scripture from Ephesians, put some believers back in the water and baptized them for a second time in Acts 19:1-5, but, I can assure you it all makes sense if you can put your bible above the teachings of your denomination! After all, Jesus did say in John 7:38 He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Notice He did mention as the scripture says and not our parents, friends, local news or any denomination for that matter!
Praise God! I sure would like to continue with that but let me get to the point of Americas children. While in Leon, The Lord continually was giving me the scriptures from Exodus Chapter 20 verse 3-6.
Exodus 20:3-6 King James Version
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
It was the middle of verse 5 that made me begin to think about the USA while I was in Mexico. All I could see were American families honoring Christmas trees, manger scenes and easter bunnies, while their kids are now hooked on drugs, alcohol or stuck in fornication. I had a conversation with someone in the USA recently about the Christmas tree and they quickly responded that they don't honor the tree. I also quickly responded as I recalled the little song I used to sing to the tree as I grew up "Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, of all the trees most lovely".
I'm sure I'll be hearing from someone on this one, BUT, how many kids do you know that can sing a song to the tree and can't even say the Name of Jesus more less sing a song to Him! I'd say that little song was a crafty way to get many peoples eyes off the tree that truly is most lovely!
Revelation 22:2 King James Version
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
My main point here is this, if your kids are having problems and your wondering where in the world is God in all of this, while your house is still filled with worthless idols, maybe your just witnessing a fulfillment of Exodus 20:5. It's easy for idols to creep back on us at times but I've noticed that there are two types of people in the church. Those with struggles always eager
to push what is wrong away while seeking God's help to overcome these things, and those that just fall into sin and think it's OK because that's just the way it is today.
The bible says there will be a great falling away just as the church enters the tribulation period so we know that the majority of Christians are just going to do what they want. We also know that there is a faithful remnant that God has promised to keep from the hour of temptation that is to come upon the whole earth.
Revelation 3:10 King James Version
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will
keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world,
to try them that dwell upon the earth.
While some use this verse to support a phony pre tribulation rapture, I think we can get a better idea of what Jesus was really saying to us from another version of the same scripture.
Revelation 3:10 Amplified Bible
Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient
endurance [have held fast the a]'>[a]lesson of My patience with the b]'>[b]expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep
you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole
world to try those who dwell upon the earth.
Like everyone else, I prefer NOT to be here when the hour of trial comes very soon, BUT, I will be content just as well with the same protection that Moses and the Israelites had while the plagues fell upon Egypt nearly 3,500 years ago!
No wonder John wrote "here is the patience of the saints" after mentioning the period of time in which the mark would come in Revelation 14:12. Surely he wasn't calling the non believers
that were "left behind" saints.
Revelation 14:12 King James Version
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Time after time I have been told how UNimportant this information is but it sure seemed important to Paul in 1st and 2nd Thessalonians because it's primarily what he spoke of in the entire 8 chapters of the two books! In fact, he mentioned that NO ONE should be deceived into believing anything different!
2 Thessalonians 2:3 King James Version
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Anyway, if you happen to think now that there may be a couple of worthless idols in your house and your not sure what to do about it, PLEASE, don't do what most people do these days and sell them to someone else! Do what the spirit filled believers did in the New Testament when they realized the Living Presence of God was by far better than any man made idol!
Acts 19:18-19 King James Version
18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Have a blessed week and be SURE to tell someone about the GoODNESS of JESUS!