"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
It has been said of Patrick, the great missionary to Ireland during the 400s, he “found Ireland all heathen and left it all Christian”. And while, no doubt, that statement is not completely true, it, no doubt, has much truth in it because Patrick was used of God powerfully in converting the Irish to Christ and helping them structure their government so that it would protect for centuries the right to share the Gospel of Christ with the next generation. Patrick’s understanding and submission to God brought tremendous power from the Holy Spirit to his life. You hear his understanding of God and this world God created and controls in what is known as Patrick’s Breastplate. Hear the power of God in it! He states:
“I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through the belief in the threeness, Through the confession of the oneness Of the Creator of Creation
“I arise today Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism, Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial, Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension, Through the strength of his descent for the Judgment Day.Continue reading →
It is such an amazing story! Patrick, a young, former slave in Ireland, was called by God in the 400’s to go share the Gospel of Christ with those same Irish people who had enslaved him just a few years before! Yet, without fear, he boldly entered again into that realm and became the agent of liberty to those who had once been his agents of slavery.
He developed this boldness because Christ had revealed Himself to him in such a living way. Patrick’s faith in Jesus was no cold orthodoxy; his was a living relationship with the living, resurrected Son of God! In Patrick’s life, Jesus was Lord! We get a glimpse of the intimacy between him and his Lord when he writes of hearing His voice. With great humility he simply states that God said to him:
“He who gave His life for you, He it is who speaks within you.”
(Great Christian Classics, Kevin Swanson ed.; Generations With Vision, pub. 2010; p. 140)
His knowledge of Christ was deeper than most of us today. He understood that Jesus dwelt inside him. He knew Christ, not only as the Continue reading →
We are hearing a lot about what is termed, “Transgenderism” these days. Some say it’s an option. Some say it’s a choice. Some say it’s a right. The Bible teaches it is sin!! Most who promote the idea of “transgenderism” are also the people who push the murder of a child in the womb as being a “choice”—choice of death for the baby! Isn’t it interesting how satan loves to give sins a more acceptable name so that they will be more readily accepted by the masses. Let’s consider why what is called “transgenderism” is sin.
For starters, it is not logical: Not in origin, not in practice. No matter what kind of surgery you have on the body, you cannot change the genes. We are internally what God made us to be, either a male or a female. This cannot be changed. Change on the outside does not change what is inside, in the genes or internal organs. Neither can we change the way we go about doing things. All established order in this earth recognizes a male “approach” to things and a female “approach” to things. Thus, you can be a “transvestite” (meaning you can dress like the opposite sex) but you cannot be “transgendered”.