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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
To the degree I understand a pertinent truth, and to the degree I implement its corresponding action, is the level of freedom I will experience. Many people can quote this verse but live without the freedom it promises. The mere acquiescing of knowledge is not what produces freedom in this verse. It’s the experiencing of the truth or the implementation of what is known. The Complete Biblical Library Commentary (CBL) says, “The word "know" means "come to know" and connotes a knowledge that is learned through experience.”
3 John 1:2
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
It is interesting that John hinges prosperity and health on the condition of the soul in the latter part of the verse. As the soul prospers or increases so does my health, and outward prosperity becomes evident. The soul here is referring to the entirety of the inward man which includes his knowledge of truth. As his understanding increases; freedom from sickness and the curses are experienced, and the person lives in this world but is not of this world.
Knowing the truth will produce a saturation of freedom in every area of life allowing the glory of God to flow uninhibited through you.
Understanding the truth + doing the truth = FREEDOM
- Reuben Egolf
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Recently I wrote an article for the Leading Nations Blog entitled “Response Determined by Human Value.” I begin to ponder on how God views partiality and our responses determined by another’s possessions and not on their pure human value as a person. I give the article below but first let’s look at the scriptures dealing with partiality.
James 2:1-101 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
If there were two tribes in central Africa committing inexplicable atrocities against each other, and simultaneously two sects of people in central Europe doing the same; would the world respond the same to both situations? Would there be an immediate rush to end the violence and bloodshed? It begs the question, would there be an amassing of resources and financing to invest in the eventual outcome of peace? According to recent history, the truth glares at our lack of equality when it comes to intervening, or lack of, in these situations.
Unfortunately, do the powerhouse nations determine their response on economic rewards, geopolitical advantage, or ethnic background? If this is going on then there is a tiered human value system determined by a people’s economic status and possible perceived contribution to other societies and cultures. It’s the same principle if I see a man broke down along the side of the road and he is in an inexpensive car and I drive on by. However I would have stopped if the man would have been in a Mercedes. My response predicated on his economic status.
This inequality in our response should bring shame to our global leaders who turn a blind eye to the genocide and horrible human devastation. Global inaction demands responsibility on those who can but won’t intervene.
Eric Reeves said it best concerning Darfur
International failure in responding to genocide in Darfur should be occasion for the deepest shame. Inaction has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and caused untold human suffering.
We can do better than this! ALL lives matter regardless of skin color, ethnic background, economic status, or geopolitical advantage or disadvantage.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
I was recently watching a press conference with one of our leading politicians, and he was pointing out to the American people their need to trust the government again. Politicians shouldn’t lecture the American people on lacking trust in the political process. The people are not the reason for the lack of trust in our government leaders.
What has led to this demise?
Backroom deals hammered out by deep pocketed special interest groups swaying the voting records of our members of congress instead of them representing the voters. Activist judges legislating from the bench instead of interpreting existing law has promoted a disillusionment. An Executive branch that overpowers the constitution with legislative decrees labeled as executive orders have plummeted people’s faith in our system. It is leading them to believe it's all corrupt and what’s the use.
Instead of chastising a public who is not at fault, politicians would be better served by taking responsibility. The burden of restoring faith in their offices is all on them, not the people they are to be serving. Here is a simple thought. When you make a promise during your campaign – stick to it when elected. Start doing what you say. Trust is always lost when there is a divorce between what a person says and what they do.
Politicians, stop being selfish and acting like spoiled brats. Instead start serving the people instead of thinking we exist to serve you. That’s why you are called a “representative” you represent. In other words, stop acting immature and do what you were elected to do. Serve the American people with dignity, honesty, and a selfless passion. Then maybe the citizens will stop being so justifiably cynical of everything you say and do.
When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson