ARE YOU A FROG?

We have been living in extremely desperate days, a time in which the church (and those of us, who call ourselves Christians) was not yet desperate. Satan has been slowly anesthetizing the church into not being desperate, many of which don’t even recognizing the desperation of the times in which we live. If, 50 years ago, we were thrown into the future of today, I guarantee that we would all be shocked at what has happened. Today, we are not shocked, simply because it has taken a 50 year process to get us to the point of anesthesia, where we don’t notice the evil world in which we live.

Recent administrative leadership was successful in putting policies in place, where we are expected to, not only abide by political correctness, but also to accept and even give special status to morally unacceptable acts, even though they are specifically identified as sin in the Bible. Some of them are even called ‘abominations’ by God. Even though the administrative leadership has recently changed, not much has been changed related to political correctness. It continues to move forward, with Christians constantly being attacked and damaged by simply standing up for their moral beliefs. It’s not a pretty picture.

I guess I can understand the normal everyday citizen choosing not to cause any waves to rock the boat, but I am amazed at the inactivity of the church. We seem to have become oblivious to the situation to a point where some pulpits are preaching that God wants you rich, homosexuality is an acceptable practice and has all but been removed from the list of sins, and some churches are sharing their fellowship areas with practicing Muslims and the like. We have become a church of moral weakness, blinded to the truth of scripture, simply because we don’t want to cause others to feel uncomfortable or hurt their feelings by calling sin for what it is…….sin!

I have been told, if you put a frog in a pan of cold water, and turn the heat on under the pan, that the frog will just continue to swim in that water as it is heating up, until he boils to death. He doesn’t notice, because it is just a gradual heating of the water. His body becomes used to the gradual changes, and he does not object, until it is too late. If, on the other hand, you toss a frog into a pan of water that is already boiling, the frog will simply leap out to safety.

This is exactly what is happening to us today, both in the church and in our nation as a whole. Satan is very clever. The first major move was to get prayer out of our schools. Then we saw a move to get the commandments of God moved. Now, they are being replaced by a code of “if it feels good, do it!”
bull frog

In the Book of Judges, we read several times “There was no king in Israel. Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” We are told in Genesis that the same condition of action was in place, just prior to the flood.

We have been slowly decaying, just enough, so as not to bring notice, until it is too late. Satan has turned up the fire, and we are swimming around in boiling water, suffocating, without really noticing, eventually coming to wonder what has gone wrong.

It is truly time that God’s people call upon His name, humble ourselves, pray, and seek His face, until we see a revival. Without it, we will continue to boil, until we simply boil to death.

I am a believer in the pre-tribulation rapture, so I am praying that we will soon escape this mess. I fear that many, even Christians, might be near the point where Satan will be looking for the melted butter.

Time to speak out the truth, folks. I personally would hate to leave in the rapture and have to think about someone back here, to whom I had an opportunity to witness but backed off, because I might have been rejected or seen as politically incorrect, or even being called a racist, homophobe, etc.

Just my thoughts!
Don D. Stephens

The Ugly Doll – I love her, because no one else will.

THE UGLY DOLL

Writer Morris Mandel tells about the little girl showing off her collection of dolls.
Although she had many beautiful dolls, her favorite was the oldest one–torn, tattered,
and limp. A friend asked why she loved that particular doll so much. The little girl
replied, “I love her most because if I didn’t love her, no one else would.”

In the ugliness of the cross, we find little to love about the people who killed the
Savior. Yet, in the final prayer from the lips of our Lord

(Luke 23:34-38 AMP
And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided
His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them. Now the people stood by
[calmly and leisurely] watching; but the rulers scoffed and sneered (turned up their
noses) at Him, saying, He rescued others [from death]; let Him now rescue Himself, if He
is the Christ (the Messiah) of God, His Chosen One! The soldiers also ridiculed and made
sport of Him, coming up and offering Him vinegar (a sour wine mixed with water) And
saying, If you are the King of the Jews, save (rescue) Yourself [from death]. For there
was also an inscription above Him in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew : This is the
King of the Jews. ),

He asked God to forgive those who were squeezing the very life out of Him. Such love from
our Christ is staggering.

It is easy to love those we like and those who are warm toward us. However, the real test
of our Christ-likeness is if we can truly love and pray for our enemies. Jesus taught
that we must learn this lesson: Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to
those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew
5:44 AMP But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, ).

In their ugliness to us, our enemies often make themselves so obnoxious that no one else
can possibly love them. May we, like the little girl with her doll, say, “I love
them the most because if I didn’t, no one else would.” Such love can be learned as
we spend more and more time with our Lord. He taught us and then showed us how to love
and pray.

Luke 23:34 AMP
And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided
His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them.

Man sins. Only blood atones for sin. Put your trust in Yeshua, He shed His blood for your
sins!