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From Beth

For the week of April 1, 2024

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This page is on the Bible book  Habakkuk.

It is a message for

those who are concerned

as they watch the world

pulling away from God.

I will be highlighting the United States.

I think this page will be useful for whatever country you live in.

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Monday

The following happened on

Good Friday morning 2024.


I picked up my Bible and felt drawn to Habakkuk.


I thought it was odd that I was drawn to Habakkuk.

It had been a long time
since I had read Habakkuk.

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As I read the first 4 verses,

I knew that God had drawn me here.

God had heard my cries

and

he was giving me answers.

For years,

I had been crying out to God

about

my country falling apart and my country's people

moving away from God.

I have been grieving that

very few sermons

are about

reminding us to turn from sin

and

become more obedient to God and his Word.

 

All too often

sermons

are focused

on

the "exciting miracles" of the Bible

and

how we can see supernatural things too!

Many Christians

have gotten distracted, and they haven't even noticed

the trajectory our country is headed. 

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Day after day,

I see

violence increase, justice ignored, wisdom rejected, and

failure to enforce good rules and laws

while

elected officials

propose & pass & enforce ungodly rules and laws.

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My country is going bankrupt

both financially and morally.

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Habakkuk writes of such things...

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Habakkuk 1:2-4 NASB

Habakkuk prayed...

How long, Lord, have I called for help,
And You do not hear?
I cry out to You, “Violence!”
Yet You do not save.

Why do You make me see disaster,
And make me  look at destitution?
Yes, devastation and violence are before me;
Strife exists and contention arises.

Therefore the Law is ignored,
And justice is never upheld.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out confused.

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If you are familiar with this website,

you know that

I pray daily for the unsaved and the backslidden. 

I have lots of prayers for them on this site.


And NOTE that:

I realize that

IF

my country will repent and turn back to God,

then

God would heal our land.

But if

we do not listen

to the voices of Jonah in our generation

and react like Nineveh with sincere repentance,

then

we will fall into the dustbin of history.

My country will soon turn back to God or we will fall.




With the proceeding BLUE section in mind,

and

understanding that I think the rapture may be soon

I continue by letting you know that....


I have cried out to God -

"Lord, I don't want to have to see my country fall apart.

Please don't make me watch.

Please bring the rapture

so that I will not have to

look upon this disaster happening in slow motion."

(Not a mighty woman Christian prayer but I'm just being honest.)

God answered me

through the book of Habakkuk.

Habakkuk reminds me that...

God uses

evil leaders in other countries

to bring judgment on his people's nation ...


As I was growing up,

we Christians in the U.S. believed that we were a Christian nation.

The Supreme Court actually declared that in the 1800's. 

But we are obviously not that anymore.


Previously,
in the
U.S.
 Christians and non-Christians
used to
respect God in public.

Non-Christians did not complain about Bible-reading or godly laws.

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God has greatly blessed the U.S.

BUT NOTE:

In Luke 12:48 b - God says...

 "To whom much is given, much is required."

We have been given much but...

we are no longer a country that respects God.


If we do not

turn back to God

soon,

evil will overtake us and rule us

with a wicked hand

resulting in enormous destruction and suffering.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

God says...

 If

My people

who are called by My name

will

humble themselves,

and pray

and seek My face,

and turn from their  wicked ways,

then

I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land


We Christians need to be repenting and allowing God to mature us.


This moral decay is not  just from the unbelievers. 


God's people are required to turn from THEIR wicked ways.

Often

we Christians don't realize

how much

the world has influenced us.

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Many Christians in America believe that

God will never allow us to fall.

But

if

we read the Old Testament, we learn that

when God's chosen people

abandoned God -

the next step was that

an evil nation came and conquered them

and brought judgment to their sins.

Unless we repent and

truly respect & follow God,

God will not protect the U.S.

from the consequences of our great sins.


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Consider listening to Paul Harvey's Great 1960's video

predicting what we see today -

" If I were the devil, I'd.... "

https://youtu.be/cg5i7OPRaNg?si=tC_nERSw1wS9AZJP

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For me,

I believe God was saying that

I am going to have to

continue to watch this slow-motion destruction for a time.

And

his instructions for me

were

given in last verses of Habakkuk.

I will write about

verse 16 today and the other verses tomorrow.

Habakkuk  3:16 NASB

tells me that...

I heard, and my inner parts trembled;
At the sound,
my lips quivered.

Decay enters my bones,
And
in my place I tremble;

Because
I must wait quietly
for the day
of
distress,

For the people to arise
who will
attack
us.

Even though I tremble
(as I see what is happening)

Even though I sometimes
feel faint as if
decay has entered my bones -

I must accept that God's judgment is here.

I must watch it happen.

I must watch the destruction
and
wait quietly
(as opposed to anxiously)
as
God allows the devil to
stir up attacks against us.


That doesn't mean I don't continue to pray for my country.

It doesn't mean I don't vote for those who best uphold my convictions.

It doesn't mean that

God won't do 

some acts of protection and help.

It  - does  - mean

that

unless

my country

repents

in a big, permanent way,

we are

slowly or quickly going down. 

I write this page

not to

depress you

but to

get you to

wake up

and

at the very least,

choose to

refresh, renew and rededicate yourself to

pray in earnest daily for your loved ones.

Praying prayers for them to

dedicate themselves to God

and

grow strong in obedience to him. 

And.... this is

THE Time to

Pray that your country repents -

not just for a day

(we saw that kind of repentance right after 911)

  but a

true repentance that is life-changing.

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Not everyone who thinks he is right with God

is right with God....

Jesus said in Matthew 15:8,

"They worship me with their lips but their hearts are far from me."

Consider -  2 Corinthians 13:5

And Note...

In Matthew 7:21,

Jesus said...

"Not everyone

who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,"

shall enter the kingdom of heaven,

but he who does the will of My Father in heaven."

Jesus also says in

John 14:23,

"If you love me, you will obey me."

So...

it is important to

pray for your loved ones who are not obeying God.

Consider this prayer page


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Tuesday

2 Timothy 3:16 says,

 " All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,

and is profitable for doctrine,

for reproof,

for correction,

for instruction in righteousness."


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God's Marching Orders

Habakkuk  3:17-19 NASB

tells me that...

Even if the fig tree does not blossom,
And there is no fruit on the vines,
If the yield of the olive fails,
And the fields produce no food,
Even if the flock disappears from the fold,
And there are no cattle in the stalls,

Even

when

bad things

happen,

Yet I will triumph in the Lord,
I will rejoice
in the God
of my salvation.

I am called by God to rejoice in my God - the God of my salvation. There are always things to praise God for. 

The Lord God
is
my
strength,

And
He has made
my feet
like deer’s feet,

And
has me
walk
on my
high places.

When I see all manner of chaos, & crazy, all manner of sinfulness,
all manner of rebellion against God -
I will choose to remind myself of my wonderful Savior and HIS Strength. 

Deer are equipped to walk on
narrow, dangerous
ledges and cliffs. 

God wants to teach me to walk in these difficult times where we will walk in narrow, dangerous places during perilous
historical times.


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God tells us that in

good and bad times, 

Christians need to learn to walk on the narrow path.

The narrow path leads to God and to heaven.

The wide path is where the world walks and it leads to destruction.

Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV says,

 “Enter by the narrow gate;
for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,
and there are many who go in by it.  
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way
which leads
to life,
and there are few who find it."

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Wednesday

The United States

will have a

Great Eclipse on April 8, 2024.


April 8, 2024


God sometimes uses an eclipse to announce judgment.

Something to think about...

Disclaimer:

We do not actually know that the Nineveh eclipse was during the time Jonah preached.
The Bible does not mention it.

A

Darkened Sky

looks ominous.

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Thursday

Jesus says in Matthew 7:15,

"Watch out for false prophets.

They come to you in sheep's clothing."

The term

"Sheep's clothing"

means that they will say they are Christians.


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A Warning About Modern "Prophets"


I urge you to move away from

the "prophetic movement"

that is so prevalent in the U.S. today.

Note:

Even   IF   a current "prophet" gives a word that comes true

it is not necessarily from God!

The Bible says a prophet has to be 100% accurate. Nothing less!

Yet,

Modern "prophets"

decided on their own to change the 100% definition of a prophet.

Also note that
Jesus warns
us

in Matthew 24:24 that....
false prophets
will come
and
perform great signs and wonders!

PLEASE visit our page - Prophets


The church today

doesn't need to run after a

"Word"

from a

"so-called prophet."

We need to
pray in our prayer closet
and
receive our
guidance
from
God and his Word.

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But

that is

not as

fun and exciting

as getting it from others.

Christians are

following excitement

instead of

following God's Word.

When you seek your guidance from God,

I remind you that God may not quickly give guidance to you.

We have to wait on God.

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God gives us "maturing" words from the Bible

and

he uncovers our sins and makes us face them

so we can repent

and be obedient. 

That is not what the modern-day prophets are interested in doing.

These "prophets"

are a distraction from our mission

to allow God to

MATURE us.

We need to pray for THEM but not follow them in any way!


PLEASE see our pages:

Prophets

and

Prophet page 2 

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Also note that

"Prophet" Graham Cooke

writes books teaching people how to give

prophecies by using their imagination.

He admits it and is proud of it.

See our page: Graham  Cooke 

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Friday

A Great Sermon on

Habakkuh

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Saturday

A Short Look at

Habakkuh

And we end

with

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Celebrating

our

Lord and Savior


We Praise our Savior and Lord.

Jump to the top of Habakkuk 


This page was presented April 2024.



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