Archive for October, 2016

Seeking What Satisfies

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And let your soul delight itself in abundance. 

Incline your ear, and come to Me.

Hear, and your soul shall live…”

 Isaiah 55:2-3 NKJV

 The perfectly-loving Father who created you has also created a perfect plan, unique calling, and God-ordained vision for your life… and in His will is the only place your soul will ever know satisfaction

 The whole world seeks satisfaction, but so few find itA recent survey suggests that as many as 50% of Americans age 14 and over are suffering from significant depression or anxiety (or both).  It’s not your imagination: this world has become a tremendously stressful place for many of us, and man’s solutions (from vacations to prescriptions to shopping to chocolate and many more) may help ease symptoms, but cannot heal the source of our need. 

 With all the turmoil in our nation, all the violence in our streets, all the corruption in our political processes, all the strife being stirred up by the race-baiters and others who seek to divide and incite us… Now more than ever, we need to “Listen carefully” for the Lord’s voice, to “incline our ears and come to Him” as Isaiah 55 says, to be refreshed in His presence and surrendered to His will: 

 In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 Psalm 16:11 NKJV

 The Lord alone can heal your heart and restore your soul…

Only in His presence will you find the refreshing and strength you long for…

Solely by surrendering to His will can you find the satisfaction that you so deeply need. 

It is all in His will, His presence, His love… and nowhere else.

The Father doesn’t need us to struggle or strive or strain in order to know His will… Simply to seek Him, and to say “Lord, I surrender… Thy Kingdom come – not mine… Thy will be done – not mine.  I surrender my rights, my dreams, my life itself – so that you can be glorified in me.” 

If you ask and seek, He will come… He will move on your life in power – with cleansing and refining fire, stirring up spiritual hunger, a longing to walk more closely to Him, renewed joy in reading His Word, more care and thoughtfulness for others, and much more – and He will make you ready for whatever the season ahead holds in our nation and this world. 

Let us not be like the foolish virgins Jesus described (see Matthew 25) who went into the night without oil in their lamps… Now is the time to seek Him, so the oil of His Spirit can overflow from our lives and be a mighty blessing to those around us

May the Lord fill and refresh you as you seek Him this week,

Pastor Matthew (Casey) Langston

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2016

 

 

 

An Urgent Word

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The foundations of law and order have collapsed.

What can the righteous do?

But the Lord is in His holy Temple;

The Lord still rules from heaven.

Psalm 11:3-4 NLT

In just over three weeks, Americans will cast votes for our next president… But in reality, we may be casting votes for the very future and soul of our nation.

Despite the absence of a viably Christian candidate, more Christian leaders and pastors have spoken out regarding this election than perhaps ever before in our nation’s history. Many are sounding essentially the same trumpet call: “This is not just another political event… this may be the most significant election in our nation’s history.”

I share their sense of urgency: it is a crucial season for God’s people to pray and fast, and then to vote for a candidate who supports the most Biblical agenda possible. I believe the future of our nation weighs in the balance, and next month’s election is in many ways the fulcrum, the tipping point that will help determine America’s final chapter.

Let me be clear: this battle is not about politics, liberal vs. conservative, him vs. her, etc. –this is a battle being waged by demonic principalities to fully plunge our nation into an agenda of lawlessness from which there could be no return.

THE AGENDA:

  • Fully submerging our country into a culture of death, where the cost of killing unborn babies is underwritten by every American taxpayer, where “assisted suicide” is promoted and advanced, and where (eventually) the aged and infirm are pressured to choose “death with dignity” (the mantra of those who promote euthanasia) rather than continue to “burden” their families.
  • Fully indoctrinating our children and youth into satan’s lies about sexuality. Homosexuality and gender dysphoria will be further celebrated as normative and good, and those who hold traditional views (for instance, “men are men, and women are women”) will be castigated as intolerant, hateful, and in need of “re-education” (this has already happened in some places in America, friends). Satan’s goal is to shred the human soul at a terribly young age, to corrupt their sense of identity at its core, and to create little children who are preoccupied with sex and homosexuality long before puberty even hits. In so doing, the family structure will be undermined and rendered powerless, and a generation of young people will look to government first for things like identity, provision, and direction.
  • Further isolating and turning America’s back on the nation of Israel. Our current administration has been our most hostile toward Israel ever. God’s promise to “bless those who bless” Abraham’s descendants still stands, as does His warning to “curse those who curse” them. If we elect an administration that is an even greater curse to Israel, it will mean terrible repercussions for America.
  • Lastly: the goal is to destroy every last Bible-believing church in America. The groundwork for this has been laid through our current administration’s vehement advance of a radical homosexual agenda. The bullying and lawsuits against Christian business owners by homosexual activists that we’ve seen on a small scale will go mainstream through far-reaching “hate crime” laws.

In essence, any church or ministry willing to compromise what Scripture teaches on human sexuality and marriage and to embrace culture’s norms will be given a pass, and will be allowed to retain their 501c3 tax-exempt status. Any church or ministry which insists on teaching (or even espousing in their statement of faith) the authority of God’s Word on such matters will be liable to prosecution under hate crime laws, subject to lawsuits, etc.

Pastors will be forced to officiate same-sex “weddings” or else face fines/prison. Churches that don’t comply will lose their 501c3 status, meaning that gifts made to the church are no longer tax-deductible (which will be devastating for local churches).

HOWEVER, it gets worse: once that church is no longer a legal non-profit entity, they will be classified as a “for-profit corporation,” and therefore subject to corporate “hate crime” and discrimination laws regarding hiring homosexuals and those with gender dysphoria (cross-dressers, etc).

This means that if the drop in tithes/giving from loss of tax-deductible status doesn’t sink the church, the lawsuits by homosexual activists demanding to have their “gay wedding” in the sanctuary, or applying for the children’s pastor position, will finish them off. Churches will be unable to cover overhead, unable to exist and still adhere to God’s Word, and they will fold.

Tragically, many other churches will bend the knee to god of government, using the false rationale, “Well if we cease to exist as a church, then we can’t help anyone… So we’ll go with the flow about sexuality and gay marriage, so that we can still help the people and families that need us so much.”

HOWEVER: it won’t work. Churches and pastors that agree to compromise with the spirit of antichrist will help no one. And it won’t stop there – more demands will be made on these churches, further compromises required to show their allegiance to government first, God second.

Remember: had the German Lutherans and Catholics stood up to Hitler and his Nazi government, there’s no way Hitler could have accomplished his satanic schemes – it required a complicit national church. Doing so would have meant suffering and imprisonment for some pastors and Believers – perhaps even thousands – but would have certainly saved millions of Jewish lives (and others).

Given the outcome of this 2016 election, we may have the opportunity in the years ahead to show if our faith in Christ will stand the test and bring God glory through the fires of persecution.

THE HOUR IS LATE:

We have 21 days until the votes are counted and this is a season of intense spiritual conflict. Let’s endeavor to pray, to fast, to vote, and to encourage our brothers and sisters to do the same.

The Lord bless and strengthen you,

Pastor Matthew (Casey) Langston

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2016